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Less than 2% of female founders ever break 1M in revenue. We’re on a mission to change that. Welcome to CEO School. I'm your host Suneera Madhani, and each week you’ll learn from incredible mentors who’ve made it to the 2% club as well as women well on their way. But first, a few class rules. Come grab your seat because we’re here to get sh*t done. We’re one team, one dream. And we believe that we deserve to have it all. You’re a real business now. Class is officially in session.
 
According to the World Bank, Africa is the only region in the world where more women than men choose to become entrepreneurs. African Business Stories is a weekly podcast created to give voice to the experiences of these audacious African women. It is your insight into female innovators and entrepreneurs building and running businesses in Africa.The power of seeing successful people that look like you can never be overemphasized and so we are taking hold of our narrative and telling our own ...
 
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On this week's Wine Down Wednesday, Shannan and Suneera share about a big transition happening at CEO School. Suneera shares her top five lessons learned as she has built CEO School over the last 18 months and her vision for the CEO School brand moving forward. This episode is sponsored by The Club, a Quarterly box and digital monthly community to …
 
In this episode, you'll hear from Dr. Tracy Alloway, an award-winning psychologist, professor, author, and TEDx speaker who has published fifteen books and over one hundred scientific articles on the brain and memory. Dr. Alloway shares how she embarked on her journey to being a psychologist, and her two primary discoveries about the way women thin…
 
On this week's Wine Down Wednesday, you'll hear Suneera's interview on the Leaders in Payments podcast. This episode is sponsored by The Club, a Quarterly box and digital monthly community to help you level up and leadership and life. Learn more today at join.theceoschool.co/theclub Follow @ceoschool on Instagram for inspiration and exclusive behin…
 
In this episode, you'll hear from Jill Osur, CEO and Founder of Teneral Cellars, an empowerment community that supports women’s causes and industry inclusion through the production and sale of phenomenal wine. You'll hear how Jill uses her privilege for the betterment of others, especially women, and her her journey into the wine industry. She shar…
 
In today's Wine Down Wednesday, Suneera shares the importance of big vision planning and identifying your quarterly goals and needle movers. You'll hear why you should be breaking down your goals into smaller milestones so your brain can know it’s achievable, and making sure you have the right people around you in your personal life and tell them a…
 
In this episode, you'll hear from Robin Long, CEO of The Balanced Life – an online membership community that provides quick & effective Pilates workouts for busy women. In this episode, you'll hear how Robin went from a pilates instructor to running a seven-figure company, and how online business has shifted over the last decade due to social media…
 
In this week's Wine Down Wednesday, Shannan shares the seven lessons she learned about starting over in her personal life and with multiple businesses. You'll hear that whatever you are afraid of losing is going to be replaced with something better, and understand how our brains are wired to focus on anticipating the scary stuff instead of the best…
 
In this episode, you'll hear from Maya Elious, a personal branding strategist that teaches experts how to position themselves as the go-to authority figure in their industry so they can confidently launch their signature offer. Maya addresses a limiting belief we have as women around charging what we are worth and Maya’s advice on a pricing strateg…
 
In this week's Wine Down Wednesday, you’ll get a sneak peek inside The Club and hear an excerpt from this month’s fireside chat with Patrice Poltzer. She shares the top three trends she is seeing in video content and what entrepreneurs should pay attention to moving forward. You'll hear why you should be intentional with video on social media and i…
 
In this episode, you'll hear from Ashley Wray, founder and CEO of Mala Collective, a company that works with artisans in Asia (from Bali to India to Nepal) to create products supporting a mindfulness and meditation practice. Ashley shares her journey from being a journalist covering murder trials to owning a business centered around mindful meditat…
 
In today's Wine Down Wednesday, Shannan shares how to stand your ground and stand firm when someone speaks down to you, belittles you or mansplains you. You'll learn how to reestablish the power dynamic to enforce a boundaries, and specific questions to use in these situations that will make the person reflect on their own words and how they came a…
 
In this episode, you'll hear from Catriona Harris, CEO of Uproar PR, a full service public relations agency that specializes in developing strategic campaigns that drive brand awareness and create industry buzz. Catriona shares her beginnings in PR were accidental with her first job out of college where she discovered her passion to tell a company’…
 
In today's Wine Down Wednesday, Suneera shares why we should all become comfortable with being uncomfortable. You'll hear how she pushed through her discomfort of speaking on stages and has grown in her skills over the last seven years. She reflects on an area of her life where wants to stay comfortable and another where she wants to grow and embra…
 
In this episode, you'll hear from Jenay Rose, an Online Business Expert who quit corporate America to follow a passion and grew a 7-figure online coaching business in under 2 years. Jenay shares her journey quitting her corporate job and following her passion to become a yoga teacher full time. She tells about dealing with the naysayers and followi…
 
In today's Wine Down Wednesday, Shannan shares three questions to ask yourself to identify whether or not you are making decisions from a place of faith instead of fear. You'll hear how one of the best skills that you can curate and build in your life is the ability to make competent decisions that you can really stand in. You'll learn that comfort…
 
In this episode, you'll hear from Lil Roberts, CEO and Founder of Xendoo, a cloud-based Fintech company based in Fort Lauderdale. Lillian shares about her childhood growing up in South Florida and experiencing tragedy from a young age that instilled perseverance. You'll learn her process of reflecting on four areas of life and whether or not it’s f…
 
In today's Wine Down Wednesday, Suneera shares the top six things she believes we all should be quitting today. You'll hear how quitting people pleasing requires accepting the fact people will be disappointed, each of us has shortcomings and misalignment happens. You'll learn a natural self defense mechanism that we use to protect ourselves but hur…
 
On this weeks episode, I chat with Dr. Martha Namundjebo-Tilahun, Co-Founder and Chairperson of the United Africa Group, a privately owned multi-billion-dollar business conglomerate in Namibia that has been in operation since 1992. We talked about the enduring impact her late father has had on her both in life and in business. She shared his 4 guid…
 
In this episode, you'll hear from Sunny Lenarduzzi, a social media consultant, business growth coach and philanthropist who helps experts turn their experience into six-figure and seven-figure empires using video marketing. Sunny shares how she accidentally got into the world of video marketing and what happened when Sunny realized the dream she ac…
 
In today's Wine Down Wednesday, Shannan answers a question from her Instagram DMs on how to voice your opinion in the workplace. Shannan shares why it's important to speak up and how to do so in way that gains respect, and how to approach these situations in a way that is constructive and productive. This episode is sponsored by The Club, a Quarter…
 
In this episode, you'll hear from Jasmine Star, the CEO of Social Curator, where she empowers business owners to build a brand and market it on social media. You'll hear Jasmine’s journey from law school dropout to following her creative passion and becoming a top 10 wedding photographer. She shares how her online presence began by documenting the …
 
In this week's Wine Down Wednesday, you’ll get a sneak peek inside The Club and hear an excerpt from last month’s fireside chat with Maya Elious. Maya shares how she went from designing custom Myspace pages to running a design agency and supporting other entrepreneurs with messaging and content strategy. You'll learn tips for positioning yourself a…
 
On this weeks episode, I chat Zainab Ashadu, Founder and Creative Director of Zashadu a leading sustainable luxury brand that specializes in handcrafted leather pieces all designed and manufactured in Lagos Nigeria. We talk about starting her career as an actor, how a chance meeting with an old acquaintance helped her connect with her passion and b…
 
In this episode, you'll hear from Karagan Osmann, CEO & Founder of S'moo @thesmooco. S'moo is a women's health brand designed to help women everywhere achieve optimal hormone balance and feel their best selves from the inside out. Karagan shares how her business journey began in her teens when she was diagnosed with PCOS and her mom decided to take…
 
In today's Wine Wednesday, Shannan shares her top three tips to creating reels that go viral and bring in new followers. You'll hear why it is important to be on top of current trends, and how to niche your account on social media apps so you can create a unique tilt on successful reel formulas. Tune in to learn why consistently posting great conte…
 
On this weeks episode, I chat with Ambassador Dr. Kema Chikwe, a dynamic politician, distinguished public administrator, educationist, gender and social engineer and activist, writer and diplomat. She is the Founder and Chairperson of the Women Leadership Institute (WLI) - WLI is an international leadership development organization focused on devel…
 
In this episode, you'll hear from Berrion Berry, a Menstrual Health Educator, Certified Integrative Health Practitioner & the Founder of The Flo Academy. Berrion breaks down the menstrual cycle into three specific categories to help understand how to work with your cycle instead of against. You'll hear when the optimal time is to do vision casting,…
 
On today's Wine Down Wednesday, Suneera and Katie Rosa, customer activation team leader at Stax, share encouragement for working moms, whether own a business, are a working professional, or just getting started in your career. Katie shares how she manages her life as a working mom in a growing company and different ways to show up as your best self…
 
On this weeks episode, I chat with management consultant and author Chigozirim Otefe-Edebi, Co-Founder Gracehill Behavioral Health Services providers of comprehensive mental health and wellness solutions in Lagos Nigeria. We talked about her 12 year career in telecoms, experiencing burnout and quitting suddenly. Her drive as a side hustler and what…
 
In this episode, you'll hear from Dr Nicole Thaxton, a Licensed Professional Counselor, speaker and educator, and the Co-Founder and Clinical Director of Atlanta Wellness Collective, a private counseling and wellness practice located near Atlanta, GA. Shannan and Dr. Nicole discuss what it’s like to be ambitious women, what made us this way, and ho…
 
In this week's Wine Down Wednesday, Shannan shares how to navigate the moments of criticism from those you love in the early years of entrepreneurship. You'll learn her three step process for moving past negative comments from others and not letting it impact you, and how to get comfortable having uncomfortable conversations to set boundaries. You'…
 
On this weeks episode, I chat with lawyer, dancer, actress and choreographer, Bunmi Olunloyo the Founder & Creative director Bailamos Dance Company a professional dance training fitness and wellness centre in Lagos Nigeria. She is also the creative and managing director for FIT BY BUNMI an active and Athleisure clothing line. We talk about how her …
 
In this episode, you'll hear from Rebecca Liu, a principal investor at Insight Partners focusing on areas such as high-growth software, marketplaces, and consumer internet. Rebecca shares how she went from majoring in politics and economics and working on Capitol Hill to entering the finance industry and discovering the world of start-ups and ventu…
 
In this week's Wine Down Wednesday, Suneera shares the importance and impact of having an accountability structure in your business whether that is a board of directors, mastermind, peer community or coach. You'll learn what the function of a board of directors is, how it can help grow your business, and considerations when forming one. Suneera dis…
 
On this weeks episode, I chat with award winning Mountaineer, philanthropist and Executive Coach Saray Khumalo. Saray is the Founder of Summits With a Purpose an initiative that has raised funds and built physical and digital libraries in disadvantaged African schools. She believes that literacy and education have the power to change the narrative …
 
In today's episode, you'll hear from Shydeia and Brittany, founders of Black Girl Magik, a digital membership platform designed for Black women to flourish through sisterhood and well-being. Shydeia shares how Black Girl Magic originated and Shydeia’s mission to create a place of belonging for other women where they could be a part of a community a…
 
In this week's Wine Down Wednesday, Shannan shares the primary needle movers in each stage of business as you grow from zero to 7 figures You'll hear what your priority should be at the very beginning if you haven’t hit six figures yet or have inconsistent income months, and the importance of getting proof of product. Shannan gives considerations w…
 
On this weeks episode, I chat with serial entrepreneur Nkemdilim Uwaje Begho Founder & CEO Futuresoft Nigeria a leading digital & technology solutions company, Co-Founder SkillupAfrica focused on training and helping Africans launch their tech careers and Co-Founder of Alwaysme a children's clothing and lifestyle brand. We talk about how she went f…
 
In this episode, you'll hear from Avani Desai, a Partner and President at Schellman & Company, LLC, the largest niche CPA firm in the world that focuses on technology and security assessments. Avani shares her journey from majoring in computer science, landing a job growing her career with a top accounting firm, and then choosing to step away to fo…
 
In this week's Wine Down Wednesday, Suneera shares the weekly scorecard process she uses so she can successfully manage being a mom and CEO and achieve work/life integration. You'll learn that the trick to work life balance, and how to zoom out and identify the three buckets of your life that are most important to you. Suneera breaks down how to bu…
 
On this weeks episode, I chat with award winning entrepreneur, Jumoke Dada the Founder, CEO and Creative Director of Taeillo a tech enabled business that leverages mixed reality to sell furniture in Nigeria. We talk about how her love for the creative process led her away from architecture to furniture design. How she has distinguished herself in t…
 
In this episode, you'll hear from Trudi Lebron, a diversity, equity and inclusion coach who teaches individuals and institutions how to build successful, anti-racist businesses. Trudi shares how her professional background in nonprofit led her to teach entrepreneurs and business how to make a good living and be socially responsible in business. You…
 
In today's Wine Wednesday, Shannan celebrates her 10 year entrepreneurial anniversary and shares what she would do if she were to start again from scratch today. You'll hear why the very first thing that Shannan would do is to triple down on social media and how to do that in today’s market. Shannan emphasizes he importance of owning a niche and be…
 
On this weeks's episode, I chat with Hetty Boachie-Yiadom, an award winning entrepreneur and Co-Founder of P&H Boutique, South Africa's largest African print retail brand. While working for a leading South African bank, Hetty and her husband Papa started a fashion retail business. They would eventually leave their day jobs and scale P&H Boutique fr…
 
In this episode, you'll hear from Arlan Hamilton, Founder and Managing Partner of Backstage Capital, a fund that is dedicated to minimizing funding disparities in tech by investing in high-potential founders who are people of color, women, and/or LGBT. Arlan shares her journey from being broke to investing in 100 companies led by unrepresented foun…
 
In this week's Wine Down Wednesday, Suneera shares her own quarterly planning process she uses to set goals and map out how to achieve them. You'll learn how to assess the year so far and then create tangible and attainable, as well as exciting, goals for the quarter ahead. Suneera gives listeners a walkthrough of the zoom out process used in CEO S…
 
On this weeks's episode, I chat with Fatmata Binta - popularly known as Chef Binta. She was born and raised in Freetown, Sierra Leone, to Fulani parents of Guinean descent. Binta is the Founder of Fulani Kitchen - the first African nomadic pop-up dining experience in Ghana. A dining experience that is both a culinary and cultural journey. Chef Bint…
 
In this episode, you'll hear from Molly Fienning, CEO of Red Clay Hot Sauce, a modern, Southern hot sauce and hot honey company that brings a new kind of heat by putting flavor over fire. Molly dives right in and shares what it’s been like to run a food service company during the pandemic and survive all the changes. She shares the background story…
 
In this week's Wine Down Wednesday, Shannan and Suneera share the lessons they have learned the last year as their business and personal lives pivoted during the pandemic. Suneera discusses learning to let all the expectations and pressures go, and how the pandemic helped her to stop and smell the roses and positively changed views on professionali…
 
On this weeks's episode, I chat with Emalohi Iruobe Founder of Tribe XX Lab the first and only co-working, wellness and incubator space exclusively dedicated to female entrepreneurs and female led startups and companies in Lagos - a place where women are able to present a professional front for their business as well as network, get training, acces…
 
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