E22: Tim Herman: UpEquity

Tim Herman’s career has been dedicated to serving the American Dream, first as a fighter pilot in the US Navy, and today, in the world of business. While on duty to duty service, Tim and his family moved often, and experienced the challenges that come with buying a home. It was during his time as an MBA student at Harvard that Tim decided to confront these challenges, and build a wider, better, path towards wealth creation. On this week’s episode, Tim shares the founding story UpEquity, a tech-enabled mortgage platform disrupting the U.S. mortgage loan market and empowering buyers and realtors alike.

E21: Andie Aronov: Women That Rock

Andie Aronov is the OG Woman that rocks! Growing up, Andie always had a passion for music, and has turned that passion into a platform for female musicians. What started as a profile on Instagram has evolved into an entire community that lifts up lady artists through features, articles, and events. On this week’s episode, Andie and I discuss the industry, her founding story, PLUS she’ll share who she’s currently listening to.

Be sure to tune into Women That Rock’s virtual event, The ROAD SHOW on June 24th! For more info and updates, check out the Women That Rock on Instagram @womenthatrock.

E18: Josh Kaplan: Morning Brew to Thinking Is Cool

Early in his career, Josh Kaplan took a chance on a budding media company with a mission to deliver digestible business news to subscribers’ inboxes every morning. Fast forward a few years and a few million subscribers, the Morning Brew has established itself as a leading source of business headlines, valued at $75 million by now majority stakeholder Insider Inc.

After an incredible journey with the Brew, Josh decided to pursue his own new venture, Thinking Is Cool. On this week’s episode, Josh shares some thoughts on thinking plus his take on the creator economy.

E16: Emma Hartley: Today’s Twenties

Emma Hartley has always been interested in a lot of things, and has pursued those interests with incredible drive. From theater to politics, medicine to marketing, Emma has had a variety of valuable experiences early in life, all in the pursuit of finding her passion.

On this week’s episode, we’ll talk to Emma about her career journey, and her latest interest in podcasting about career development! For more information about Emma’s show, be sure check out today’s twenties wherever you get your podcasts, or follow her Instagram @todaystwenties.

E15: Hannah Finlayson: Hummingbird at Hello Sunshine

Hannah Finlayson has always been interested in a lot of things. A self-described career “hummingbird,” Hannah has taken on a variety of roles, all with a focus on mission. Driven by her love of learning and desire to make an impact, Hannah has contributed to many different causes first through film and film production, and eventually through marketing and social media management. 

Today, Hannah finds herself at Hello Sunshine, a production agency founded by Reese Witherspoon, with a mission to focus on the female narrative of every story.

Note: This podcast is not endorsed by or affiliated with Hello Sunshine Productions.

E14: Ben Dunham: CFO of WeWork

Ben Dunham has always had a knack for numbers, and found his footing in the world of corporate finance through traditional experiences in established companies. But in 2018, Ben was ready for a change of pace, and took on a new opportunity as regional CFO with WeWork.

On today’s episode, we’ll discuss Ben’s career path that eventually led him to his current role as CFO of one of the world’s largest flexible office space companies.

Please note this podcast is not endorsed by or affiliated with WeWork.

E13: Erin Hartman: From Nursing to Public Policy

We all may have made plans for last year, and for the one ahead, but the global pandemic changed everything. For one determined New York City nurse, it hasn’t stopped her from pursuing her educational and career goals.

Erin Hartman is a Penn Graduate in Nursing with a passion for public policy work. After spending a year on the ground working in a New York City Emergency Department, Erin felt called to pursue a career in public policy with a focus on health. Erin hopes to tackle health crises from all angles, from the forefront in the ER, to the decisions shaping health policy.

While working her demanding, high-stress job as a nurse, Erin applied and was accepted to a Master’s program with University of York in York, England While there are plenty of challenges to online schooling, Erin has found the benefits to virtual not only in the classroom, but in medical research. On this week’s episode, we’ll discuss Erin’s experiences as an ER nurse, her interest in and transition to public policy, plus the challenges and opportunities of going virtual.

E12: Ashwini Aburajan: 22x Fund

From campaign coverage to cryptocurrency, Ashwini Anburajan has done it all. Her wide array of impressive experiences include public policy work, a fellowship with NBC News, and an MBA at Cambridge University. 

From Cambridge, Ashwini pivoted into the business side of media. Eventually, she joined a small company of 90 employees called Buzzfeed and after experiencing the company’s explosive growth, Ashwini “caught the startup bug,” and sought to pursue her own venture.

On this week’s episode of Yuptown, Ashwini shares the story of her incredibly exciting career, of starting her own venture, of being a founding partner of the 22x Fund. 

E11: Sam Cooper: Mt. Joy

If you’re like me, or, I think I can safely say any other person in the working world, you’ve day dreamed about quitting your job to move to a new city or pursue an ambitious dream.

Sam Cooper was brave enough to do just that when he quit his job as a lawyer, moved from Philadelphia to LA, and pursued a new career entirely. The result was a band called Mt. Joy, and a hit single that received over a million downloads within its first month of release.

With what’s been called a “fast and furious 21st-century success story,” Mt. Joy has since exploded in popularity, with a monthly listener count now totaling over 2 million on Spotify.

On this week’s episode, I had the honor of speaking with Sam about his major career transition, what it was like to build a brand for a band, and Sam’s Spotify Wrapped playlist!

E8: Elise Crawford: RINGLET

Elise Crawford Gallagher is the CEO and founder of RINGLET, an integrated marketing agency with a mission to empower female entrepreneurs and small business owners to dream big.

Many owners, female entrepreneurs in particular, voiced to Elise that they needed a marketing agency with inclusive, cohesive services to achieve their goals for growth. Elise quickly realized the importance of a strategic integrated marketing plan for small businesses, and slowly started to build a team committed to serving female owners in the D.C. area.

After learning that just 2% of women-owned businesses earned over $1 million dollars in annual revenue, Elise knew she had to continue to expand her reach in the female entrepreneur community. In response to this statistic, Elise and her business partner, Claire Conway, established RINGLET Resources, a digital subscription offering stock photos, prompts, and even short classes that enable female entrepreneurs to authentically connect with customers, and effectively scale their businesses. Tune in to this week’s episode to hear Elise share her RINGLET story!

E6: Chelsie Noble, General Assembly

Today’s employment market is incredibly demanding, and requires any competitive employee to be equipped with a wide array of technical skills. In order to meet this need and to close the skills gap, General Assembly established itself as a pioneer in career education, offering coursework ranging from  software engineering and data science to digital marketing and project management on a part or full-time basis..

Tune in to this week’s episode of Yuptown for a discussion with General Assembly career coach Chelsie Noble about the organization’s many course offerings, plus a discussion on career navigation, including tips and tricks!

Interested in enhancing your own resume or learning a new skillset for fun? Check out https://generalassemb.ly/ for more info!

E5: Kristin Martin, The Magic Schoolbus

Kristin Martin is an Emmy-nominated writer and executive producer of the shows filling any Yuppie’s childhood. From All My Children to The Magic Schoolbus, Kristin has had a wide array of experiences in the production industry. Although she studied English during her undergraduate years, and obtained her Master’s degree in Shakespearean Studies, Kristin eventually decided the world of academia wasn’t for her. Once she broke into the production industry, she fell in love with the creative world of television production, and has been imagining new concepts ever since. Over the years, Kristin has built an incredible career, with her creative mind and determined work ethic to thank. She shares the story of her experience navigating the television production industry here, on this week’s episode of Yuptown.

E3: Julie Larkin, Girl Talk

Julie Larkin is an entrepreneur, coach, and storyteller. Through founding and fostering Girl Talk, she is most passionate about building a sisterhood of self-worth. Girl Talk began for Julie in college, when she noticed the women in her residence hall experiencing loneliness, worthlessness, and shame. To combat this crisis of self-worth, Julie hosted her first Girl Talk Coffeehouse in 2012. Over the years, Julie continued to develop the Girl Talk concept and model, and by 2015, established Girl Talk as a non-profit organization. In the 5 years since its founding, Girl Talk programming has taken on a variety of forms, ranging from content for girls in middle school to college women to mothers, all with the same message: you are enough, you are worthy, you are loved. Julie speaks to a variety of audiences on entrepreneurship and authenticity, and coaches young professionals to master their motivations. On today’s episode, we’ll speak with Julie about the Girl Talk story, the importance of mentorship, plus the best piece of advice she’s ever received as an entrepreneur! Feel free to learn more about her work and mission through: julielarkin.org or ourgirltalk.org

E4: Al Goldberg, Mess Hall

This week’s episode of Yuptown features Al Goldberg, a food entrepreneur with a mission of launching food concepts from kitchen to market. From his own experience in starting his own venture, Al noticed a gap in the market for early-stage food entrepreneurs and sought to fill it with the Mess Hall concept. 

Mess Hall is Mess Hall is a culinary incubator fostering a community of food entrepreneurs. The food startup studio offers its members shared kitchen spaces, educational programming, and community events, as well as access to a diverse and powerful network in the local food scene. 

To learn more about Mess Hall and its community, visit http://www.messhalldc.com!

E2: Matt Dixon

Matt Dixon is a Washington, D.C.- based chocolate maker with a passion for socioeconomic stability in the cacao industry. Matt navigated the culinary world by trial and error, working first in a bakery, next in a brewery, and finally in a chocolate factory. Matt landed his dream job as assistant chocolate maker at Harper Macaw, eventually taking ownership of the company in 2018. Founded on the idea that a good thing should do good for the world, Harper Macaw seeks to promote stability in the world of chocolate making. Through its responsible business practices, Harper Macaw supports sustainable agroforestry, environmental protection, and socioeconomic development for farmers in regions whose economies rely on cacao.

E1: Julia Coney

Welcome to Yuptown, a career development and business insight broadcast designed with young urban professionals in mind. Navigating the workforce can be incredibly challenging and confusing at times, but speaking with and learning from experienced professionals (no matter the industry) can provide some clarity as us yuppies try to find our respective ways.

The wonderful Julia Coney is a wine journalist, speaker, and founder with a mission of amplifying black voices in wine. Check out our conversation about Julia’s career journey from office desk to tasting table PLUS professional advice on navigating any company happy hour with finesse.

Be sure to check out Julia’s work at juliaconey.com and blackwineprofessionals.com, and follow her on Instagram @juliaconey!