Climbing the professional ladder is tough, whether you’re working in a corporation or building your own company as an entrepreneur. It’s doubly hard if you’re female. Or of color. Or as many of us are here at Dandelion Chandelier, both. So we’re constantly on the lookout for inspiration, ideas, and advice about work life. Which made us wonder: what are the best podcasts for boss women leaders to know about right now? Our ace correspondent Abbie Greenbaum has curated a list of the 12 best podcasts with fashion and career advice for working women right now.
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There are podcasts about everything, and here at Dandelion Chandelier, we’re researching the best-of-breed podcasts in the luxury topics we all love. Like travel, fashion, women at work, food, books and film.
why listen to a podcast for working women?
We all want to excel in our careers. But in a constantly changing job market, where many of the top jobs are still held by white men, it can be hard to know where to start.
And that’s where these twelve amazing podcasts can become a secret weapon. They are from women who have been through it all, who are engaging in conversations about and with women in positions of power. They are here to offer wisdom, empowerment, and share examples from those who have figured out a way to navigate the system.
The Best Podcasts for Boss Women
Here are our picks for the best podcasts for boss women right now.
1. Brown Ambition
From Mandi Woodruff and Tiffany Aliche, the excellent weekly podcast Brown Ambition is here to help you find better balance between work and life, and to get the most out of both. Every episode is highly relatable, filled with practical advice to help you manage finance, career, debt and so much more. Tune in to find great resources and lessons learned.
2. Girl Boss Radio
You’ve probably already heard of Girl Boss, which is an entire brand and media landscape (and even a Netflix series, based on founder Sophia Amoruso’s book) geared towards helping women own their lives and their futures. And of course, they have an excellent podcast, Girl Boss Radio. The lengthy episodes cover a lot of ground, and always include as guests lots of interesting public figures whose perspectives you definitely want to hear.[white_box]
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3. Women Taking the Lead
Women Taking the Lead has been making episodes since 2015, and aims to make tangible impact in how women prevail in the workplace. Host Jodi Flynn makes career-coach calls on air, as well as interviewing other female leaders on the show. The podcast likes to focus on the communal, connective nature of business, and offers excellent guidance through that lens.
4. Beyond the Business Suit
Beyond the Business Suit is dedicated to helping women find and keep leadership roles, and uncovering what it is that helps women succeed. Host Kailei Carr offers insight on how to help women avoid common pitfalls, interviews women who are experts in their fields, and spotlights subjects that are of interest to us all. You will learn so much, and finish each episode feeling secure in your own ability to achieve.
5. The Femails
Hosted by the “Career Contessa” Lauren McGoodwin, each season of the upbeat show The Femails grapples with a different aspect of the job experience, and aims to help its listeners feel fulfilled in their careers. Past seasons have centered on themes such as courage and comebacks, and season 5 is all about bringing in listener questions. If you’ve ever wanted to listen to a team of brilliant special guests solve a problem you’ve been having at work, this is your chance.[white_box]
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6. Women at Work
From the team at the Harvard Business Review, Women at Work is a first-rate podcast about – you guessed it – working women. They are currently in the middle of their fourth season. In which they’re covering topics such as salaries, sponsorship (as opposed to mentorship), and self-care. Hosted by Amy Bernstein, Amy Gallo and Nicole Torres, these incredibly thoughtful episodes provide content that will help you feel more comfortable in your own trajectory.
7. Stand Out Get Noticed
If you’re already in the business world, Stand Out Get Noticed is a podcast perfect for helping you enhance your performance. And making the moves to take yourself to the next level. With over 250 episodes, Christina Canters has been an incredible asset to her listeners. She’s teaching them about how they too can separate from themselves from the pack in their chosen fields.
Hosted by bestselling author Jacqueline Twillie, PowerBanking is for women who lead in industries that are primarily dominated by men (which is pretty much every industry, sadly). The episodes answer an wide range of questions: everything from how to negotiate to tips for better understanding your finances. These are short pep talk-length shows that will help you make better use of your commute.[white_box]
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9. Being Boss
A hugely popular podcast from Kathleen Shannon and Emily Thompson, Being Boss is all about the in’s and out’s of entrepreneurship and what it takes to run a business. Both hosts are business owners themselves, and are able to offer their own expertise as well as bringing on well-known guests to share their secrets. The podcast is as entertaining as it is informative, making it an enjoyable way to learn more about succeed.
10. Women Inspiring Women
If you need a podcast to convince you that you too can achieve your dreams, Women Inspiring Women is a great listen. Host Melanie Mitro built her online fitness business while living as a stay-at-home mom, and over the course of the podcast will teach you how you can do it too. Each episode is full of both information and encouragement, and hearing her story might be just the push you need.
11. Switch, Pivot or Quit
From Ahyiana Angel comes Switch, Pivot or Quit, an inspiring podcast about what it’s like to completely overhaul your career path – something she has done herself, going from a life as a sports entertainment publicist to one as an author. The episodes offer a lot of different formats, with both pithy advice segments and longer interviews with special guests. If you yourself have been considering a change, check out this show for some insightful solidarity.[white_box]
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12. Second Life
In a similar vein, Second Lifealso focuses the conversation on women who are enjoying their second professional chapter. These are people who have not just survived, but who are thriving after a major career or life change. Hosted by Hillary Kerr, each episode talks with a different woman who has taken the leap, and whose journey might just help you take your own. If you’ve ever wondered how people like Kristen Bell or Reese Witherspoon found their way, here’s your chance to find out. While many career-based podcasts are aimed at a younger audience, Second Life is different. It proves that women can have their do-over at any age.
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Abbie Martin Greenbaum grew up in New York City and currently lives in Brooklyn, where she drinks a lot of coffee and matches roommates together for a living. At Oberlin College, she studied English and Cinema, which are still two of her favorite things, along with dessert and musical theater. She believes in magic.