June 4, 2019
Whipping up Magic: From Cupcake Mogul to Serial Entrepreneur
Our guest for this episode is Candace Nelson, who skyrocketed to culinary fame after she and her husband Charles launched Sprinkles Cupcakes in Beverly Hills in 2005. Candace is the quintessential entrepreneur. She is someone who is daring enough to break from the mold, and built an empire with sweat, ingenuity and a dream. She continues to generate ideas and chase new opportunities -- just because that's who she is. In addition to Sprinkles, Candace recently launched her newest culinary venture, Pizzana, a critically-acclaimed pizza restaurant with a location in Brentwood and a second location that just opened in West Hollywood. Candace's entrepreneurial talents aren't just limited to what she can bake in an oven. She just launched a men's athleisure brand with her husband called Willy, and she’s also built a massive media career. She is the executive producer and judge of a new Netflix baking competition show, Sugar Rush, after being a longtime judge on Food Network's Cupcake Wars. She’s also launching a podcast with Dear Media called Live to Eat. And if that weren't enough, she and her husband make early stage investments in innovative retail and consumer brands through Cm2 Holdings. Candace's career spans brick and mortar retail, e-commerce, media and investing. Her philosophy is that if something is well-made, people will want to pay for it and indulge, and all of her ventures have proved this to be true.
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29 min
May 21, 2019
Breaking Ground (and Battling Bias) in Brain Surgery
Our guest for this episode is Dr. Odette Harris. She made history last year when Stanford’s department of neurosurgery announced she would become professor of neurosurgery — a feat that makes Odette the second female professor of neurosurgery at Stanford’s School of Medicine, and the second African-American female professor of neurosurgery anywhere...some truly remarkable achievements despite some serious headwinds. She was born in Jamaica and earned her undergraduate degree in biology from Dartmouth College in 1991. When she studied medicine at Stanford University, she was the only black woman in her 1996 graduating class. Then, she was one of two women in her residency. And while Odette has also earned a master’s of public health in epidemiology from UC Berkeley, and has received numerous honors and fellowships for her work — among them, awards from the Western Neurological Society and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, and an appointment as the president of Women in Neurosurgery — she is continuously perceived as someone meant to do menial work on the hospital floor, whether it’s taking out the trash or cleaning the bathroom. As Odette puts it, when you’re black and female and working at a mostly white hospital, you’re constantly reminded of that. And asked time and again to defend your credentials.  Odette credits her mentors for encouraging her to keep going. And today, Odette pays that forward as a professor and mentor of students of all kinds of backgrounds, and is vocal about using her own experience to change the norms for both women and people of color. And she does so with poise and positivity.
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32 min
May 11, 2019
Welcome to Woven!
We're excited to announce the launch of a new podcast from Canaan all about the lives and work of female entrepreneurs!
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