Somi Arian Podcast
#33 - Catherine D’Ignazio: True Feminism & Closing the Gender Data Gap

#33 - Catherine D’Ignazio: True Feminism & Closing the Gender Data Gap

October 22, 2021

Catherine D’ignazio is an Assistant Professor and Director of the Data + Feminism Lab at the MIT. She is also an artist and software developer who focuses on feminism and data literacy. 

Catherine has also co-authored a super interesting and eye-opening book, Data Feminism, about what I call the female data gap.

 

I found our conversation super inspiring, touching upon subjects of culture, history and religion, digging deep into the roots of gender data and its biases, inaccuracies, and even its non-existence.

#32 - Naomi McDougall Jones: How to Thrive in Male-Dominated Industries?

#32 - Naomi McDougall Jones: How to Thrive in Male-Dominated Industries?

October 8, 2021

Naomi McDougall Jones is a successful actress, producer, and storyteller and an advocate for bringing parity to the film industry. 

 

Naomi explains the challenges of gaining success in the film industry as a woman, and shares some valuable tips on how to navigate the system to make it to the top.

 

I come from the film and TV industry myself, and I can vouch for so many of the points that Naomi raised in this eye-opening conversation.

#31 - Dame Stephanie Shirley CH: The Generational Technological Gap

#31 - Dame Stephanie Shirley CH: The Generational Technological Gap

October 1, 2021

Stephanie Shirley CH also known as Steve is an information technology pioneer, a legendary businesswoman and philanthropist, and the author of a fantastic memoir, “Let It Go.” 

 

I had the privilege of co-hosting today’s episode with another legendary woman and FemPeak’s Sherpani, Sue Nelson, who has also been a guest on my podcast previously. 

 

In this episode, we discuss three unique and equally important perspectives from a multigenerational view of technology, women’s stance in the workplace across history and how to run a successful business in today’s day and age.

#30 - Lisa Forte: The Next Disruptive Innovation

#30 - Lisa Forte: The Next Disruptive Innovation

September 8, 2021

Today’s episode is a little different from my previous episodes, in that this was a conversation I had a short while back as a podcast guest. 

 

Lisa Forte has had a fantastic cybersecurity career, from working in the British Intelligence and Police forces to building a non-profit and now she is a partner at the Red-Goat cybersecurity consulting firm. She is a truly inspiring woman, with a dynamic character and contagious positive energy.  

 

I thought our interview was so much fun, and it could inspire many other women no matter their professional field, so I asked Lisa if I could share this interview on my podcast too.

#29 - Shireen Smith: The Do’s and the Don’ts of Branding & Trademarks

#29 - Shireen Smith: The Do’s and the Don’ts of Branding & Trademarks

August 11, 2021

Shireen Smith is a lawyer specialised in the legal aspects of brands having graduated from London University’s QMW with a masters’ degree in intellectual property. After working in various roles including at Reuters as an in-house lawyer for 5 years, she founded her own specialist IP law firm Azrights in 2005 which protects IP rights. Her other business, Brand Tuned provides brand consultancy services. A good starting point to get insights into how to develop a brand on solid foundations is to take the brandtuned.com/scorecard which helps you find out whether you are the first choice brand in your market and how to improve your brand. She hosts her own podcast Brand Tuned which provides useful insights into all things brand-related including the IP dimension of brands. Shireen has written 3 books, her latest being Brand Tuned, the new rules of branding, strategy and intellectual property which is available to pre-order on Amazon prior to its release on 28 September 2021.

 

Shireen shares with us some valuable tips on branding, trademark protection and how to develop brand equity. Shireen was also our trademark and IP lawyer and consultant when I first started the company and she has written a great book called “Brand Tuned” that I think every entrepreneur should read.

#28 - Neale Godfrey: The Financial Power Imbalance

#28 - Neale Godfrey: The Financial Power Imbalance

August 6, 2021

Neale Godfrey is a best-selling author of 27 books on money, life skills, and value issues, including “Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees, “ and she is a leading expert on family finances. 

 

Neale and Somi discuss the reasons why historically women have been less financially empowered, the ways that power imbalance shines through today both in the business world and in relationships, and how to change that.

#27 - Elle Russ: Reclaiming Health through Confidence

#27 - Elle Russ: Reclaiming Health through Confidence

July 30, 2021

Elle Russ is a best selling author, film and TV writer, public speaker and seasoned coach. 

 

Elle is a great example of someone who has taken her health into her own hands after she struggled to get an accurate diagnosis and solution to her thyroid. She has had a very impressive trajectory, from a career in tech to gaining success in the media and her unique approach to health and wellbeing. 

#26 - Robert Baker: Gender Balance & Inclusion in the Workplace

#26 - Robert Baker: Gender Balance & Inclusion in the Workplace

July 21, 2021

Robert Baker is CEO of Potentia Talent Consulting Limited and an active investor in women-led companies, and an active advocate of equality in the workplace. 

 

Robert and Somi raise the issue of gender imbalance in the world of business and express their views and experiences in areas, where the uneven playing field was shining through, and propose a call to action for a change in the ways these everyday instances are dealt with in order to work towards a future with an even playing field for all.

#25 - Valerie Alexander: The Next Generational Shift & Happier Corporate Culture

#25 - Valerie Alexander: The Next Generational Shift & Happier Corporate Culture

July 16, 2021

Valerie Alexander is an author, speaker, screenwriter, director and CEO of Speak Happiness. 

Valerie takes us on a journey of knowledge and deep understanding of why gender inequalities in the workplace still exist, and how the forces of change emerging with future generations are slowly beginning to shift the paradigms towards a world with greater equality and happiness.

#24 - Dr. Warren Farrell: Revisiting the Gender Paradigm

#24 - Dr. Warren Farrell: Revisiting the Gender Paradigm

June 18, 2021

Dr Warren Farrell is a political scientist, activist and author, writing extensively on the subject of men’s and women’s issues.  

 

Warren and Somi discuss the differences of perspective between men and women, pressing upon the importance of being able to see the line, which separates differences from just common misconceptions, and how such awareness can help us resolve the ongoing power struggle and hence move towards a fairer future.