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How She Went Global® podcast

How She Went Global®

Successful women entrepreneurs and business owners share stories about going global, and offer new ways to take on the world, stay inspired and have fun! They join host Laurel Delaney every month.

Presenting Sponsor:
bluedog
Support Sponsor:
Associated Bank
episode 17

July 15, 2022

Dr. Chris Wachira on “Creating Quality Wines with a Kenyan Accent While Amplifying Equity Worldwide”

Dr. Chris Wachira, founder and CEO of The Wachira Group, discusses how her Kenyan roots influenced her business, what percentage of her revenue is global, what component parts she sources, and where she plans to expand next.

Dr. Chris Wachira
episode 16

June 15, 2022

Gwen Jimmere on “Making History as the First African-American Woman to Hold a Patent for Natural Haircare Products”

Gwen Jimmere, CEO of Naturalicious and Good Hair Bar Salons, discusses the most common enemy women face when it comes to their hair, why she obtained a patent, her company’s method of sales, and what percentage of her revenues are international.

Gwen Jimmere
episode 15

May 16, 2022

Meg Wirth on “Pioneering a Global Ecommerce Platform for Women’s Health”

Meg Wirth, founder of Maternova, discusses how she came up with her company name, what percentage of her revenue is global, what countries she is selling to, and how partnerships and licensing arrangements accelerated growth at her business.

Meg Wirth
episode 14

April 15, 2022

Adria Marshall on “Growing a One-Stop-Global-Shop to Treat Curly Tops”

Adria Marshall, founder of Ecoslay, discusses why she founded her company, where her top international markets are, how she gets paid, and how she leverages social media for the world to find her.

Adria Marshall
episode 13

March 15, 2022

Francine Farkas Sears on “Simplifying Your Life: It’s In the Bag”

Francine Farkas Sears, President, Francine Collections, discusses what inspired her to become a global entrepreneur, why relationships matter, how she designs her products, and the one piece of advice she would give to every woman in the world.

Francine Farkas Sears
episode 12

February 15, 2022

Dr. Deb Waterbury on “Reap What You “Sew” to Become a Global Entrepreneur”

Dr. Deb Waterbury, founder of My Malonda Girls LLC and the nonprofit Project Malonda, discusses how she trains women in third-world countries to be financially independent, why she launched the Elizabeth doll collection, and how e-commerce fuels the growth of her global small business.

Dr. Deb Waterbury
episode 11

January 14, 2022

Valeria Aloe on “For Latina Women Entrepreneurs, The Best Is Yet To Come.”

Valeria Aloe, native of Argentina, founder of Abundancia Consciente, and author of Uncolonized Latinas, discusses why she started her global business, how the right mindset fuels opportunities for Latina women entrepreneurs and what can be done to fuel more Latina women entrepreneurs to start and run global businesses.

Valeria Aloe
episode 10

December 15, 2021

Lena Phoenix on Going Global One Foot at a Time – Painlessly.

Lena Phoenix, co-founder and president, Feel the World, Inc. (www.xeroshoes.com), discusses how she has grown her organization to more than $23 million in annual revenue; appeared on the television program Shark Tank; and ships to more than 97 different countries.

Lena Phoenix
episode 9

November 15, 2021

Angie Yu on Exporting Success Is Only a Fishnet Away

Angie Yu, founder and President of Two Rivers Fisheries, discusses her business of catching, selling and distributing carp globally; how she used SBA and Exim Bank to fuel her business growth; and where she sees the future of carp as an industry.

Angie Yu
episode 8

October 15, 2021

Michelle Hayward on Unlocking Success at Scale Organizations

Michelle Hayward, founder and CEO of Bluedog, discusses what it takes to work with scale organizations and how small enterprises can, too; how to manage complex contracts; the winning formula for global success; and where she sees the next wave of change and growth.

Michelle Hayward
episode 7

September 11, 2021

Cherry Miyake on Promoting Commerce Between USA and China with Grit and Determination

Cherry Miyake, founder and CEO of China Electronics, discusses why she started her business on September 11, 2001; how her company promotes commerce between USA and China; which industries are booming in China; the competitive advantages with product customization; and her strategy for success in China.

Cherry Miyake
episode 6

August 16, 2021

Betsy Hamm on Building a Great Global Franchising Business One Donut at a Time

Betsy Hamm, CEO of Duck Donuts, discusses how her company set out to solve a serious problem besides people hungry for something tasty, warm and delicious; her plan for international expansion; and how she is taking donuts around the world.

Betsy Hamm
episode 5

July 15, 2021

Heather Acerra on Building Creative Toys That Let the Imagination Soar

Heather Acerra, co-founder of Lux Blox, a Galesburg, Illinois family owned business, discusses what prompted her to start selling globally, why her company is considered more for the 21 st century, what overseas markets look promising, and why occupational therapists and parents of children on the autism spectrum have had success with Lux Blox.

Heather Acerra
episode 4

June 15, 2021

Debra Dudley on Transforming Ordinary Grilling into Magnificent Meals Worldwide

Debra Dudley, President and owner of Oscarware, Inc., a family-owned certified woman business, discusses how she makes the world her business, utilizes governmental organizations to boost her global growth, gets paid and ships, and rides on the coattails of big global companies to fuel additional global growth for her business.

Debra Dudley
episode 3

May 17, 2021

Kara Goldin on Turning No and You Can’t, Into Yes and I Will

Kara Goldin, Founder and CEO, Hint, Inc., Author, Undaunted. Overcoming Doubts & Doubters, discusses growing her unsweetened flavored water business to more than $150 million in annual sales, the challenges to going global, the advantages to selling a Made In USA product, and what prompted her to write a best-selling book.

Kara Goldin
episode 2

April 15, 2021

Katrina Markoff on How Chocolate Can Raise Your Vibe

Katrina Markoff, founder and CEO of Vosges Haut-Chocolat, talks about growing her luxurious chocolate brand worldwide to more than $30 million in annual sales with 5% international, understanding the healing power of chocolate and rituals, and how to find your power in life.

Katrina Markoff
episode 1

March 15, 2021

Julie Smolyansky on How to Trust your Gut and Go For It

Julie Smolyansky, CEO, Lifeway Foods talks about how she became the youngest female CEO of a publicly held firm at the age of 27, grew its revenue from $12 million to currently more than $100 million in annual sales, and expanded distribution throughout the United States, Mexico and Ireland, as well as portions of Central and South America and the Caribbean.  How did she do it?  She trusted her gut and went for it.

Julie Smolyansky