The Startup Pregnant Podcast

The Startup Pregnant Podcast

The Startup Pregnant Podcast features interviews with pioneering women entrepreneurs, exceptional leaders, and new parents as they navigate what it takes to grow families and build companies. We ask deep human questions around what it means to become a parent, grow a business, deal with success, and learn from failure. Motherhood, fatherhood, parenting, startups, and entrepreneurship are similar in so many ways. This show gives us a chance to learn from these profound life-transforming journeys. Startup Pregnant isn’t strictly about startups and pregnancy; it’s about the deep-rooted power that growing businesses and babies taps into, and how we change as a result. Throughout both “Startup” and “Pregnant” viewpoints, we look at what it means to undergo these profound internal transformations that come with creating new things from scratch. By telling both personal narratives and stories, we guide a larger conversation about femininity, energy, creativity, and leadership. Transformation isn’t easy, in fact, it’s often painful, but it’s one of the most beautiful parts of being a human.... Show More

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September 14, 2020 62 min
#171 —  Lions + Tigers Panel Replay. School is back in session, and parents everywhere are fatigued, overwhelmed, and still in the lurch. Workplaces are less and less forgiving, and yet the problems created by the pandemic are still here. What's a working parent to do?
Last week, Lions + Tigers, spearheaded by Brea Starmer, gathered a panel to talk about specific steps parents can take to strategically plan ahead for the...
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September 7, 2020 32 min
#170 — We're back from "sabbatical" and heading into September after a big move. All of the things happening right now—a pandemic, job stress, health worries, lack of childcare, natural disasters, uncertainty about the future, an election year—can conspire to take a toll on our mental health. Here's what's happening in my brain and mind, and how I'm seeing the effects of all of these stressors play out in my...
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#166 — If you can be a parent, you can be an entrepreneur. We're back with our 2020 podcast tour looking at some of our all-time favorite episodes. If you missed it, this interview with Nicole Walters digs into all things money, growth, celebration, and entrepreneurship. She shares her overnight parenting journey (she adopted three kids all at once), her entrepreneurship path, and her secrets for getting rich and making your co...
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#165 — Parenting is a 24/7 job, but we've found most employers treat it more like an extracurricular activity. 
For the first episode of our best-of series, we're revisiting our podcast's very first interview (#002). This conversation about flexibility in the workplace, though, takes on new meaning right now. As we continue to blend work and motherhood amid this pandemic, the reality that today's workplace fails wome...
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August 3, 2020 8 min
It is hot, humid, and sticky here in New York City, and we're still dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. Every year I take a short sabbatical in August, and this year we're going to try to do a version of this, except we don't have childcare and there is so much uncertainty. This year, the sabbatical looks like a brief break from the podcast, a short hiatus from the newsletters, and a few more slow-downs while we try ...
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#164 — What do you wish someone had told you about motherhood and being a CEO? Shama Hyder is a digital strategist, speaker, and bestselling author. She is the CEO of Zen Media, a global marketing and digital PR firm. She also has a 1-year old at home.
She gives us an honest accounting of how much work motherhood takes, and how many people it takes to run her business and her team while at the helm of a 30-person award-winning digit...
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#162 — When coronavirus first happened, many of us were adjusting to figuring out the shut down. How long would it last? Would this just be a week or two? What were the next steps? Then a month passed, then another month, and we realized we might be settling in for the long haul here. For some people, that meant adjusting to work-from home; for others, they were essential workers very much in the day-to-day work of fighting the vir...
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Should you start a business on the side while you’re employed full-time? What are the risks and complications—and are you obligated to let your employer know? This is a tricky question, and a lot depends state to state. I dig into the things you should know about corporate contracts, employment agreements, inventions and assignments agreements, and why getting a lawyer to look at your contracts is a really smart investment (and sho...
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#161 — A few weeks ago, Tara McMullin invited me onto her podcast to talk at length about mastermind programs—how we run them, how the pricing breaks down for each tier, how they're organized, how many people are in them, and more.
This episode is a very detailed, behind-the-scenes look at both of our online programs and how we've designed our mastermind communities.
Tara McMullin runs What Works, a podcast, community, and ne...
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#160 — A Day In The Life with Kelsey Kerslake of Pinegate Road
You all have been asking to hear how other moms and small business owners are navigating the pandemic right now. I’ve been interviewing working parents about how they’ve been affected by the pandemic. Today we take a look at Kelsey Kerslake, the founder of Pinegate Road. She runs a design agency as well as a coaching business, and has a young kiddo at home. Her husband i...
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How do you make space for healthier habits when you’re exhausted by family and work? That's the question I got on this next episode of Ask Sarah, our bonus podcast that goes out to everyone who supports us on Patreon. Not yet a backer? Help grow and back this podcast at $7/month and get exclusive access to the monthly series where I answer any and all of your questions. 
In this episode, I talk about why the structural and syste...
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We live in a world where listening well is a scarcity. We barely know how to pay attention, let alone listen deeply for all that’s being said—and what’s not being said. In Episode #006 of the secret bonus podcast, I want to dig deeper and share a workshop all about how deep listening can be healing. Here's a sneak preview, and YES, you can become a backer on Patreon and add this podcast to your podcast players!
To listen to this...
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#159 — Think of a difficult conversation that you are in the middle of, or one that you’ve recently had. Maybe it’s onboarding a new team member, or working with a client. Maybe it’s with your partner or your spouse, and you're trying to negotiate all those logistics of parenting. Maybe it’s with the grandparents, your kids, your boss, a colleague—whoever it is, I am sure that you have had the experience of how challenging it c...
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#158 — You all have been asking to hear how other moms and small business owners are navigating the pandemic right now. I've been interviewing working parents about how they've been affected by the pandemic. Today we take a look at Caitlin Boland Aarab: she and her husband are both attorneys, and they own their own law firm in Great Falls, Montana. They have two kids at home and she's pregnant with their third kid. When...
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#157 — My friend Margo has an almost-two-year old and she asked me "So when do I need to think about potty training?" Yeah, as though you needed anything else to consider in the pandemic. Well, I took a few minutes to brain dump everything I remembered about potty training in a quick dash Voxer message to her, all while doing dishes and cleaning up the boys' room in our house. We both thought that these might be useful ...
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#156 — How do you push the reset button—that ability to feel like you've had a fresh cup of coffee, a good night of sleep, and you're ready to go at work? While we're all clawing at sanity and sobbing quietly into our fourteenth cup of coffee, it's really hard to find the capacity to work and keep your head above water right now.
Today's episode is for anyone trying to find a semblance of sanity amidst all of thi...
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May 6, 2020 8 min
#155 — A brand new show! So, you know when you're watching your favorite TV show, and you realize that the side-story of the show is quickly becoming it's own plot? That is happening to me right now, and after spending the last ten weeks podcasting from my stay-at-home orders in New York City, I realized that I may accidentally be starting a new podcast. One I'd love to introduce you to.
Let's Talk with Sarah K Peck ...
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#154 — One of the hardest things for me is finding a way back to myself amidst the clawing of children, the demands of home, the projects at work, and the to-do lists piled extra high. You know the days—when doing anything longer than 15 minutes seems impossible.
As a gift to everyone listening, and everyone on my email list, I'm building a series of short, five-minute guided audio tapes (Ha! I want to call them audio tapes, I&#...
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April 27, 2020 30 min
#153 — "Wake up everyone, it's a brand new day!" Today my children join me on this episode of the podcast to give you a snapshot of life in New York City quarantine with two working parents.
Want to know how we're breaking down our workdays and figuring out our schedules? I break down the exact schedules I'm using with my partner, who works when (and why), and how much work we're really able to get done. (Hin...
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April 20, 2020 3 min
Running masterminds is something I started doing about five years ago—and I've done them for groups of women in New York City, entrepreneurs, in-person retreats, online virtual events, and more. In 2018 I opened up The Wise Women's Council, a community and a mastermind program for women navigating parenting and entrepreneurship. In this episode of Ask Sarah, I dig deep into the Wise Women's Council, how I built it, the ...
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