Compelling women, casual conversations

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Coffee Break w/NYWICI is a career-oriented podcast, featuring casual conversations with compelling women who work within the communications industry.

Host and career expert Julie Hochheiser Ilkovich chats with successful, passionate women in various roles at different stages in their careers. During these conversations, Julie asks guests to share thoughts and experiences on universal career topics, such as mastering the job interview, managing up, workplace fashion, personal finances, entrepreneurship, time management and more. Coffee Break w/ NYWICI breaks through the clutter and provides women with unique, valuable, tried-and-true career advice that they are seeking. Plus, since it is a coffee break, the guest and hosts sip and talk about their favorite caffeinated (or decaf) beverages!

Episode 20

Kate White, Author of The Gutsy Girl Handbook: Your Manifesto for Success and Former Editor-In-Chief, Cosmopolitan

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Kate White, author of The Gutsy Girl Handbook: Your Manifesto for Success and former editor-in-chief at Cosmopolitan, is an iconic figure in the magazine and book publishing industries. After chatting about her extreme caffeine habits, she gives candid advice about side hustles, fashion investments, jumping into new jobs, time management, and seeking opportunities with confidence. You won’t want to miss Kate’s priceless tips for our listeners with dreams of becoming a writer. And, as an added bonus, she has some incredibly valuable money tips that you’ll definitely want to try!

Judith Harrison​​Episode 19

Judith Harrison, Senior Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion, Weber Shandwick

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In this episode, we chat with NYWICI’s incoming president, Judith Harrison. Judith is the Senior Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion at Weber Shandwick, a job that was created just for her. She discusses her career path, her passion for (and the importance of) diversity in the workplace, valuing self-care in today’s hectic world, and, of course, her coffee preferences! Plus, you won’t want to miss the wonderful stories Judith shares about mentorship and trusting your gut!

Episode 18​​Episode 18

Allison Murphy, Vice President, Ad Innovation, The New York Times

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In episode 18, we chat with Allison Murphy, Vice President, Ad Innovation at The New York Times. After sharing her favorite coffee order, she walks us through her career path so far, touching on business school, switching industries, finding a mentor, and even open seating plans. Bonus: Her must-hear career advice will help you keep calm through any work crisis!

Episode 17​​ Episode 17

Advice from the 2017 NYWICI Student Communications Career Conference

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And we’re back with more from the New York Women in Communications Student Communications Career Conference! Our team headed to New York University to attend the conference and interview some of the accomplished speakers and panelists that participated in the event. In this episode, we chat with Kelle Jacob (Global Marketing Manager for Victoria Beckham Estée Lauder Collaboration and The Estée Edit by Estée Lauder, The Estée Lauder Companies), Stephanie Agresti (Corporate Communications Specialist, Scholastic) and Gena Wolfson (Social Media & Content Producer, SiriusXM Radio). With their diverse career experiences and honest advice, each of our guests brought a unique perspective to the conversation.

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Advice from the 2017 NYWICI Student Communications Career Conference

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Live from the New York Women in Communications Student Communications Career Conference, it’s a very special episode of Coffee Break w/ NYWICI! Our team headed to New York University to attend the conference and interview some of the accomplished speakers and panelists that participated in the event. Tune in for this special episode that features interviews with Tiffany Pham (Founder and CEO, Mogul), Meredith Long (President, NYWICI), Casey Silvestri (Production Assistant, NBC News) and Kristin Russ (Wardrobe Stylist, MTV’s TRL). And don’t forget to check back soon for Part 2!

Lindsey WeberEpisode 15

Lindsey Weber, Writer & Host of Who? Weekly Podcast

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​In the first episode of season two, we catch up with Lindsey Weber, freelance writer and co-host of the podcast Who? Weekly. After chatting about the coffee she can’t live without, Lindsey discusses her tips for going freelance, why keeping in touch with your network is so important, and her love of celebrity news. She also shares her own podcasting tips and tricks, including how to start your own podcast. Plus, you won’t want to miss her thoughts on why she thinks everyone should delete their old tweets!

Jennifer Owens

Episode 14

Jennifer Owens, Editor, Spring St.

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In our final episode of the season, Jennifer Owens, Editor of Spring.St, shares her insight into launching an online publication in a new market. Jennifer discusses how she made the jump from jobs in traditional media to a startup media company, and opens up about setting boundaries at work. As the founding director of the Working Mother Research Institute, Jennifer brings a unique perspective to the conversation around work-life balance, and she shares smart tips for creating a company culture that encourages great work and respects flexibility and family time.

Arianna Huffington Episode 13

Arianna Huffington, Founder and CEO, Thrive Global

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In this special episode of the podcast, we’re bringing you inside a recent New York Women in Communications Cocktails & Conversations event featuring Arianna Huffington, CEO of Thrive Global, founder of The Huffington Post and author of 15 books, including, most recently, Thrive and The Sleep Revolution. Recorded live at Bloomberg’s New York City offices, this conversation between Arianna and Jacki Kelley, NYWICI President and Chief Operating Officer at Bloomberg Media, is brimming with valuable advice. Arianna shares stories from her upbringing, her decades of experience in media and publishing and her important research on sleep deprivation (find out why she says you should sleep with your phone outside your bedroom!). Arianna also reveals the one skill that’s been the most critical to her success and leadership. Tune in for her refreshing advice on wellness and taking care of yourself to ensure that you’re bringing your best to your work and life.

Neha Gandhi Episode 12

Neha Gandhi, SVP, Content Strategy & Innovation, Refinery29

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Neha Gandhi has many important roles at Refinery29, and she’s sharing all of the amazing advice, tips and experiences that helped her get there with Coffee Break w/ NYWICI. In this episode, Neha discusses why she thinks she started her career at a disadvantage (and why she wouldn’t have had it any other way), how she got into digital media during a time when it was not a very popular field to work in, and the pros and cons of working at a major media company vs. a startup. She also shares priceless tips on how to get a raise (you’ll want to start implementing her tips immediately!), how being a problem solver can help you get ahead and why you should be sharing your accomplishments. Neha’s career path has taken so many twists and turns and it’s the perfect example of the success you can have if you’re always open to new opportunities.

Claire Wasserman Episode 11

Claire Wasserman, Founder, Ladies Get Paid

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Claire Wasserman takes a coffee break with NYWICI to discuss her organization Ladies Get Paid, which is empowering women to start the conversation about money in the workplace. Claire candidly discusses topics that she has learned women are often uncomfortable talking about, including revealing how much money you’re making (and what you want to be making), managing emotions and fear at work, salary negotiations, professional skills you could be getting paid for and why women are earning less money. No woman should miss this episode about how to start an open conversation about money — and keep that conversation going in order to eliminate the wage gap! Check out the Ladies Get Paid Workplace Bill of Rights.

Ann ShoketEpisode 10

Ann Shoket, author of The Big Life and former Editor-In-Chief, Seventeen

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In Episode 10, Ann Shoket, author of The Big Life, shares takeaways and stories from her first job in journalism and her work as the editor-in-chief of Seventeen magazine. Ann knows firsthand the importance of building a network in an authentic way. She offers her advice for landing your dream job, even if you encounter some rejection along the way. Plus, Ann reveals what goes through a manager’s mind when an employee asks for a raise or promotion. Tune in to find out Ann’s tips for getting “the Big Life” for yourself.

Marissa RoncaEpisode 9

Marissa Ronca, EVP and head of Original Programming, truTV

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Marissa Ronca has had an incredible career in TV. On this episode she shares how she navigated through her unique career path by taking risks and asking about new opportunities. Marissa and Julie discuss the importance of self awareness in the workplace, how to manage a side project while having a full-time job, and why it’s important to not take things personally at work. Plus, you won’t want to miss Marissa’s tips about how to make sure you’re getting paid what you’re worth!

Julie PennellEpisode 8

Julie Pennell, Lifestyle Journalist & Author of The Young Wives Club

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Join us for episode 8 as journalist and author Julie Pennell shares a behind-the-scenes look at what it took to write, publish and release her first novel, The Young Wives Club. Julie shares her unexpected path to journalism, how mentors have impacted her career, and the Robert Pattinson encounter she had while on the job. Plus, Julie explains why “figure it out” is some of the best career advice she’s ever received.

Episode 7

Liz Perle, Digital Strategist & Consultant, Teen Trends & Tech

Episode 7 on iTunes | Episode 7 on Soundcloud

Liz Perle had such amazing career advice for the NYWICI Career Conference episode that we couldn’t fit it all in! So, we created this bonus episode to share everything she had to say. In this episode, Liz chats about her unique career journey in the teen media world and actionable tips on how to get a raise. Plus, Julie and Liz discuss how career paths have changed, if job titles matter, why complaining at work can be dangerous and why it might be a good idea to leave your job when you’re in a good place.

Liz Kaplow Episode 6

Liz Kaplow, founder & CEO, Kaplow Communications

Episode 6 on iTunes | Episode 6 on Soundcloud

On our first episode of the new year, Julie talks with Liz Kaplow, Founder, CEO, and President of Kaplow Communications — a top public relations firm that has been recognized as Consumer Agency of The Year. Liz shares some of the many lessons she’s learned since launching her company 25 years ago, and explains how embracing “over-communication” has shaped her business. She reveals the steps she took to create an environment that offers her team flexibility while still producing excellent work, and she explains why she believes that “mentoring should be a way of life.”

SCCC 2016Episode 5

Advice from the 2016 NYWICI Student Career Conference

Episode 5 on iTunes | Episode 5 on Soundcloud

Live from the New York Women in Communications Student Career Conference, it’s a special edition of Coffee Break w/ NYWICI! On this episode, Julie interviews five inspiring women at the conference. This episode features advice from Liz Perle (Digital Strategy & Consulting, Teen Trends & Tech), Jennifer Falk (Senior Marketing Analyst, Global Content Strategy & Distribution, Mattel Creations), Roxanne Emadi (Editor for News Curation, BuzzFeed News), Meredith Ferguson (Managing Director, TMI Strategy), and Brittany Masalosalo (Special Assistant in Vice President’s National Security Affairs Office, The White House). Our guests spoke about the importance of staying curious, knowing your worth, what it takes to be a team player and how to be a standout employee.

Megan HessEpisode 4:

Megan Hess, Mobile and Emerging Platforms Editor at Bloomberg LP

Episode 4 on iTunes | Episode 4 on Soundcloud

This episode features an interview with Megan Hess, Mobile and Emerging Platforms editor at Bloomberg LP. Megan gives listeners a step-by-step guide to negotiating a raise, shares tips and sample scripts for tactfully transitioning to the next step in your career (including details on how to start that conversation with your boss), and explains why you shouldn’t take a title change with no raise. Plus, she discusses the importance of separating professional failure from personal failure.

Taylor StreckerEpisode 3:

Taylor Strecker, host of Wake Up With Taylor on SiriusXM

Episode 3 on iTunes | Episode 3 on Soundcloud

In Episode 3, Julie chats with Taylor Strecker, host of the morning show Wake Up With Taylor on SiriusXM Radio. Taylor opens up about how she decides when to take on (and turn down) opportunities, her tips for building and managing a team that’s actually fun to work with, and her story of being lucky “but prepared for when the luck hit.”

Amy OdellEpisode 2:

Amy Odell, editor, & director of Editorial Strategy,

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On this episode, Amy Odell, the editor of and director of Editorial Strategy for, chats with Julie about how to find success and the reason why she says “You can’t wait around for things to happen to you.” Plus, the veteran fashion writer shares her insider tips for how to dress for work!

Saundra ThomasEpisode 1:

Saundra Thomas, vice-president of Community Affairs at WABC-TV

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Grab a latte (or your coffee drink of choice) and tune into the premiere of Coffee Break w/NYWICI, featuring guest Saundra Thomas, vice-president of Community Affairs at WABC-TV. Host Julie Hochheiser Ilkovich chats with Saundra about staying centered at work and finding fulfillment in our career (even if you don’t love your job).


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