Lean In, Listen In: Podcasts for Women at Work

August 29, 2016

Aloud YoProIt’s pretty much a weekly occurrence: I see a friend’s tweet that reads something like, “Looking for a new podcast. Any recs?” We’re overwhelmed with podcasts available for every topic imaginable. It’s an exciting time for podcast creators and listeners alike.

As of 2016, 21% of Americans age 12 or older said they’ve listened to a podcast in the past month, up from just 12% in 2013, according to a study by the Pew Research Center. That number is certain to rise over the next few years, as podcasts become more prevalent, and media organizations with massive audiences, like The New York Times and BuzzFeed, launch their own shows.

If you’re new to podcasts or just want to switch up your current list, check out these recommendations. They’re brimming with career advice and inspiration to help shape the way you work and live. 

Coffee Break w/ NYWICI

What to expect: On NYWICI's own career-oriented podcast, host Julie Hochheiser Ilkovich lets listeners in on her insightful interviews with compelling women in the communications field. Julie asks guests to share their advice and experiences on popular career topics, like mastering the job interview, personal finances and negotiations, time management, and more. 
Episode length: 30-40 minutes


#Girlboss Radio

What to expect: Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso interviews inspiring female leaders (“girlbosses”) about running a business, managing people and work/life balance. She aims to “humanize the known, champion the unknown” and give listeners access to candid conversations with creative women at the forefront of their industries.

Episode length: 30-50 minutes

Where to start: Interviews with Emily Weiss (founder and CEO of Glossier) and Kathryn Minshew (founder and CEO of The Muse)


Awesome Etiquette

What to expect: This podcast from the Emily Post Institute, the authority on etiquette in business and society, offers a modern take on how to behave in all areas of life through the lens of consideration, honesty and respect. Hosts Lizzie Post and Daniel Post Senning answer listener questions that often touch on sticky situations at work, including how to handle coworker conflicts, recovering from email mistakes and business dining etiquette. Lizzie and Dan are experts at providing sample language to take the guesswork out of dealing with those delicate situations.

Episode length: 35-50 minutes

Where to start: Episode #62: A Handshake Will Do, Episode #59: Is it Eavesdropping When You’re Standing at My Desk, Episode #9: Nosy Bosses, Dietary Preferences and Bringing the Dog



What to expect: A podcast with candid career discussions created specifically for young professionals? It finally exists in Joblogues, a weekly discussion hosted by Joymarie Parker and Cortney Cleveland. The women cover everything from interview techniques to navigating politics at work with refreshing candor.

Episode length: 35-55 minutes, 10-30 minutes for “minisodes”

Where to start: Episode 8: Buzzwordy, Episode 22: The Interview Slay, Episode 23: Working While Woke


WSJ Media Mix

What to expect: Jack Marshall and Steven Perlberg from The Wall Street Journal’s CMO Today section interview some of the smartest people in communications, marketing and advertising. Think of it as a weekly 30-minute master class in understanding the media landscape from the people that are shaping it.

Episode length: 30 minutes

Where to start: 360i CEO Sarah Hofstetter on the Changing Ad Model, Why Hearst’s Digital Chief Loves Snapchat


Being Boss

What to expect: Geared toward creative entrepreneurs and business owners, this podcast focuses on what it takes to run a company and features interviews with coaches, writers and more. Hosts Emily Thompson & Kathleen Shannon provide guidance on handling the success and tough times of starting a company, while encouraging listeners to “be boss” in their work, life and everything in between.

Episode length: 55-60 minutes for regular episodes, 8-15 minutes for “minisodes”

Where to start: #37: Making Decisions Like a Boss, #42: Vulnerability as a Creative with Brené Brown, #59: Finding Balance in Business & Life with Meg Keene



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Chelsea Orcutt

NYWICI Must Reads August 19, 2016

August 19, 2016
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Tekla Szymanski

Join a NYWICI Committee

August 15, 2016

Join a CommitteeAre you new to NYWICI? Are you a long-time member? NYWICI owes its success to our fantastic volunteers who participate in our committees. If you're not already on a committee, make the most of your NYWICI membership and join one today. No matter your membership status, your career level or area of experience, there is a committee for everyone within New York Women in Communications!

Being involved in a committee is a great way to make connections. These connections can lead to a number of opportunities: You’ll meet new friends, discover new career possibilities and to learn about the ever-changing communications’ industry.

Did we mention that joining a committee is a great resumé builder?

Whether you're a writer, a publicist, into branding or marketing, whether you are a student or a seasoned professional, there is always an opportunity to learn from and share your expertise with your fellow committee members. There couldn't be a more fun way to network and get involved in your industry.

NYWICI currently has these committees that you can join:

  • Professional Programming Committee
  • Sponsorship Committee
  • Student Affairs Programming Committee
  • High School Outreach Programming Committee
  • Young Professionals Programming
  • Scholarship Fundraising via CharityBuzz Committee 

 Click here for full details on all of our committees!

If you would like to join a committee or have any questions, please email us at info@nywici.org


Starting Off Strong in a New Job

August 8, 2016

Aloud Blog YoProStarting a new job can be scary, but the most important thing you can do is to learn your surroundings quickly. With a few tips, you can get a better understanding of your new work environment and how to adapt.

Volunteer for Everything

Your reputation is the biggest collateral you have. The more people know you in a positive light, the sooner you’ll stand out; the more people you know and like at work, the more you’ll enjoy your new workplace. So if there is a company event that needs volunteers or a workshop after hours you are invited to attend, raise your hand!

Ask the Right Questions in the Right Way

It is important to ask the right questions and in the right way. Initially, you’ll have a lot of questions. The best approach to ensure you’re getting the information you need without being a pest is to write a few questions down at a time to bring to your supervisor instead of continually coming with one-offs. Everyone will appreciate that you value their time.

Don’t be afraid to ask a peer about the office culture. Everyone remembers what it likes to be new and asking these kind of questions shows you want to be a part of the company culture. Some questions you might want to ask are: Do people typically go out or lunch or eat at their desk? Are you encouraged to offer suggestions and observations to higher-level employees? How do certain policies work? Learning these nuances will help you avoid awkward situations and fit into the culture.

Learn Your Team Structure

This can seem a bit obvious but a lot of people don’t take the time to understand their team structure to the degree they should. You should learn the role of everyone on your team, how long they’ve been there, and who they report to. Usually creating a chart with this information is most helpful. Learning about your team will help you navigate the chain of command and will also help you map out a path for yourself in the department. Seeing how long people have been there and how they’ve progressed can give you an idea of the path you can expect moving forward and help you set attainable goals. 

Introduce Yourself

You may expect to be introduced to all the key players at your new company but this isn’t always the case. You need to be your own champion and ensure you introduce yourself to as many people as possible. Of course this can depend on the culture, but I’ve found that partners and CEOs were very impressed when I introduced myself. You should also introduce yourself to every peer you run into, be it in the bathroom, the kitchen, or anywhere else. When you make the introduction you seem confident, friendly and good-natured.

Finally, keep your chin up and enjoy the ride. You won’t be new forever. Soon you’ll be guiding a new employee through all you’ve learned.


— Alyssa Barnett


NYWICI Must Reads August 5, 2016

August 5, 2016

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Aloud Must ReadsFor Women at Every Career Stage

An Illustrated Celebration of Trailblazing Women in Science (Brainpickings)

54 Amazing Women on What It Means to Be an American Woman in 2016 (Glamour)

President Obama says, “This Is What a Feminist Looks Like” (Glamour)

Calling All Women Futurists (Medium)

Women in Charge: A New Record? (Politico)

Combatting Pay Inequity: It Is Illegal in Massachusetts to Ask Your Salary in a Job Interview (The New York Times)


The Changing Landscape of Communications

Millennials Read to Learn (Reynolds Journalism Institute)

Twitter Is the Strange New Kingmaker of the 21st Century (Quartz)

Authors Need Publishers Less Than Ever (BookBusiness)

Publishers: You Had One Job — Not Anymore (The Media Briefing)

The New York Times Is Publishing a Print-Only Novel Excerpt This Sunday (8/7/2016) (NiemanLab)

Exit Interview: On Digital Landscape and Buyouts at the Guardian (Columbia Journalism Review)

Even on Social Media, Trusted News Sources Command Most Influence (Mediashift)

Is There A Double Standard When Female CEOs In Tech Stumble? (NPR)


Technology News

Facebook Has Officially Declared War on Clickbait (The Next Web)

Famous Headlines, Rewritten for Facebook’s New Cklickbait Policy (to Game Its Algorithm) (The Atlantic)

Top 10 Ways Families Can Encourage Girls’ Interest in Computing (NCWIT)

Why 1 Billion iPhones Sold Matters (ECommerce Times)

Old Tech Can Create New Security Woes (TechNewsWorld)

Apple Makes Slight Progress On Diversity While Its Rivals Are Making Practically None (The Washington Post)

Virtual Reality Could Usher the Dawn of Gender Equity in Tech (Venture Beat)


Fun Read

Hillary Clinton’s Husband Wore a Fetching Pantsuit to Honor Her Nomination for US President (Quarz)




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Tekla Szymanski