Emma Mcilroy on Entrepreneurship, Feminism, and Community Activism

Emma Mcilroy

In The Interview: Episode #20, Ciara Pressler interviews Emma Mcilroy, founder and CEO of Wildfang. Emma and Ciara talk about… Dealing with high expectations and a lack of resources as a small business Learning in real time and having the world watch you make mistakes Creating Wildfang to combat widespread miseducation about feminism Making decisions from the heart rather than through a business lens What it means to be a feminist right now in the business world Emma Mcilroy is a queer-feminist-Irish-immigrant-female-CEO. As founder and CEO of Wildfang, she’s been smashing the patriarchy and gender norms in fashion and beyond […]

The Art of the Jedi Mind Trick

Carlo Proietto, Carrie Fisher, 2018 Pyrography, 31_ x 30.5

This is a transcript from my “Story Slam” presentation for IDEO U. It’s an excerpt from my longer talk.  I’ve wanted to give this talk for years! Actually, it’s been percolating since I first began teaching. I thought about all my favorite things and realized that I could use my love of Star Wars to teach Personal Branding. I even foreshadowed this talk at the conclusion of my first TEDx “The Price of Pleasing.” So What is the Art of the Jedi Mind Trick?   Before I get to that let’s go back A Long Time Ago….  to 1978. I was three […]

Tales from the Script

Carlo Proietto, Pericoli Nascosti, 2007 Pyrography, 39.5_ x 47.5

When I was a kid I used to stay up late to watch the show Tales From The Crypt.  For those of you who are unfamiliar, it was a series on cable hosted by a character named The Crypt Keeper who looked like a cross between Skeletor and David Spade in the movie Joe Dirt and featured many well-known actors. Every episode was a different story that focused on the idea of twist endings which I really loved and most of the time the story involved a character who thought they were getting one over on someone or something (the show […]

Michael Anthony on Overcoming Trauma, Vulnerability, and Ownership

Michael Anthony

In The Interview: Episode #17, Ciara Pressler interviews Michael Anthony, International Speaker, Coach, Podcast Host, and Author of Think Unbroken. Michael and Ciara talk about… Creating a career and life free of cultural expectations How your past can be indicative of present circumstances and how to begin consciously identifying these factors Creating a personal development path that fits your values, goals, and freedom Living with intention and holding yourself accountable Giving yourself permission to start a healing journey and the importance of building a community of healing around you Michael Anthony is a trauma survivor, trauma warrior, and trauma mentor. […]

Lora DiCarlo on Sex Tech and Fighting Double Standards with Success

Lora DiCarlo

In The Interview: Episode #16, Ciara Pressler interviews Lora DiCarlo, tech founder, inventor, and sexual health advocate. Lora and Ciara talk about… Tech entrepreneurship and equity in an industry that worships innovation while undermining innovation’s full potential with overwhelmingly homogeneous leadership The importance of hiring the right team and having people to support you Creating products to recreate the most mind blowing orgasm she’s ever had Creativity and using altruism as a vehicle Fighting back against gender discrimination How having a purpose can help improve profits   Lora DiCarlo founded one of Oregon’s fastest-growing tech startups, Lora DiCarlo, which develops […]

Jeffrey Madoff on Self Reflection, Creative Journeys, and Risking Failure

Jeff Madoff

In The Interview: Episode #15, Ciara Pressler interviews B. Jeffrey Madoff, filmmaker, brand strategist, and author of Creative Careers. Jeffrey and Ciara talk about… His work with legendary brands like Ralph Lauren and Victoria’s Secret Exploring and staying curious Staying true to your brand Myths of entrepreneurship The benefits of having a team, structure, and support behind success Building and expanding a network The discoveries and themes of a successful creative career B. Jeffrey Madoff is the founder of Madoff Productions, based in New York City. His company produces branded content for major brands such as Ralph Lauren, Radio City […]

Chasten Harmon on Art as an Outlet, Intuition, and Defining Values

Chasten Harmon

In The Interview: Episode #14, Ciara Pressler interviews Chasten Harmon, actress, entrepreneur, and advocate. Chasten and Ciara talk about… Her business Plush Armour Community spaces Healing as a person of color during these particularly challenging times The state of the entertainment industry Channeling anxiety, frustration, and tragedy into art Arming the spirit and soul and using violent and dramatic metaphors to talk about creating peace Chasten Harmon is a Los Angeles-based actress who holds a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and an MFA from the Yale School of Drama. She has performed on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and a […]

Jelani Memory on Using Books to Have Difficult Conversations With Kids

Jelani Memory

In The Interview: Episode #13, Ciara Pressler interviews Jelani Memory, author, publisher, and startup founder with a successful exit. Jelani and Ciara talk about… His company A Kids Book About How books can help give kids permission to have difficult but necessary conversations Being a creative story teller Making mistakes in building a company Self selection in publishing How his books allow children the dignity of having complicated lives and real fears Jelani Memory is an author, publisher, and co-founder of A Kids Book About, a collection of children’s books that kickstart challenging, empowering, and important conversations for kids and […]

Petra Kolber on Detoxing From Perfection, Authenticity, and Confidence

Petra Kolber

In The Interview: Episode #10, Ciara Pressler interviews Petra Kolber, author of The Perfection Detox. Petra and Ciara talk about… What it means to be of service to others right now How being a fitness professional created unrealistic expectations and goals Shifting the message away from a need to attain perfection Using the metrics of possibility and future building to measure success Petra Kolber is a speaker, author, mindset coach, podcast host, DJ, and wellness leader who is known throughout the industry as a beacon of authentic happiness. As a keynote speaker, she inspires people around the globe to stand […]

Book Brief: Creative Careers by B. Jeffrey Madoff

Jeff Madoff

Creative Careers: Making a Living with Your Ideas B. Jeffrey Madoff Hachette Go, 2020 The Idea Creative Careers pulls from interviews with more than forty experts–notable entrepreneurs, artists, and business leaders–as well as from Madoff’s own decades of experience. Born from Madoff’s popular seminar Creative Careers at Parsons School of Design in New York, he draws from interviews with huge names in creativity as well as a lifetime career in fashion and film. Creativity can often feel sporadic and unfocused, coming in bursts and peaks. That’s why Madoff focuses your professional path by asking vital questions that will ultimately help you. […]