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working for yourself sometimes means a LOT of time alone in the home office. my assistants/dogs don’t speak traditional english, so usually our conversations are pretty one-sided. this usually results in hours upon hours of podcasts and audio books running in the background while i’m getting $#!* done.

this has made me a pretty decent judge of podcasts across a few areas — business, entrepreneurship, mindfulness, and “other”. here are the 15 podcasts to listen to right now.

this weekly podcast hosted by jaclyn johnson (founder + CEO of create & cultivate) breaks down the business of being a modern working women tackling topics from negotiation, honing your pitch and creating that killer tagline.

second life
i love this one so, so much. hilary kerr (of who what wear, clique brands, my domaine, etc!) hosts powerhouse women who are in their second (or third, or fourth) life professionally. no journey is perfectly linear or tidy and this podcast reminds me that success looks different for everyone and you never have to settle for any reason.

don’t keep your day job
i started listening to DKYDJ in the months before i did quit my day job and it was such a transformative, positive experience. this podcast, hosted by cathy heller, is for creative entrepreneurs in any shape or form. she has honest conversations with successful creative entrepreneurs about the hands-on, practical steps to make a living doing what lights you up, and build a life that you can't wait to wake up to every single day.

secrets of wealthy women
it’s made by the wall street journal, so you know it’s good. host veronica dagher interviews successful women executives, workplace pioneers, self-made entrepreneurs, industry trendsetters and money-savvy experts as they reveal insights on how to get ahead, reach your goals, and achieve professional success.

girlboss radio
you’ve heard of sophia amoruso — she founded nastygal, wrote a book called girlboss, there was a netflix series based on her early entrepreneurial days, she now has a huge company with the same name — and now she has a podcast where she interviews other boss ladies who have redefined the meaning of success. it’s a must-listen.

call your girlfriend
i’ve been talking about this podcast since early 2015 — ann friedman and aminatou sow are the definition of #friendshipgoals. they have a book coming out this year called big friendship, too! ann and amina are both highbrow and lowbrow, fiercely opinionated, and not afraid to realtalk about true intersectional feminism, ethical fashion, abortion laws, self-care, money, and more. it’s like being besties with two extremely woke, well-read, hilarious ladies.

goal digger
this live-workshop style business podcast helps thousands of women redefine success and chase bolder dreams. jenna kutcher balances solo episodes packed with down-and-dirty tips with powerful, impactful interviews with others who have paved the way for others in the creative entrepreneurial world.

good life project
the good life project podcast allows listeners to discover powerful stories, conversations, resources and community to help you find and live their best lives — today. every week, jonathan fields interviews visionaries like seth godin, brene brown, and elizabeth gilbert, who share inspirational, intimate and disarmingly-unfiltered conversations about living a fully-engaged, fiercely-connected and purpose-drenched life.

raising the bar
drybar founders alli webb and michael landau speak to budding entrepreneurs whose ideas they love. they bicker, they rave about the products and brands they’re obsessed with, and share what it takes to risk everything on a great idea in hopes of turning it into a multi-million dollar business. it’s a good show to have on while you’re digging into hard work, too.

refinery29 global editor-in-chief & co-founder, christene barberich explores the funny, inspiring, sometimes heartbreaking tales of life, work, and love — as told through the things that we wear. guests this season include lena dunham, hilaria baldwin, aly raisman, misty copeland, jenna lyons and more.

the goop podcast
gwyneth paltrow and goop’s chief content officer elise loehnen chat with leading thinkers, culture changers, and industry disruptors — from doctors to creatives, CEOs to spiritual healers — about shifting old paradigms and starting new conversations. this one is perfect for longer road trips as a way to spark conversation!

getting curious with jonathan van ness
if you thought we were going to make it through this list without even a mention of the legendary jvn, you were mistaken. this podcast is a weekly exploration of all the things jonathan van ness (of queer eye fame) is curious about — from “how do we treat our skin like the gorgeous organ she is?” to “how can you turn marginalization into activism?”.

oprah’s super soul conversations
this podcast, based on the uplifting collection of “super soul sunday” interviews, showcases oprah’s personal selection of her interviews with thought-leaders, best-selling authors, spiritual luminaries, as well as health and wellness experts. all designed to light you up, guide you through life’s big questions and help bring you one step closer to your best self.

glowing up
for a more light-hearted listen, try glowing up! esther and caroline are on a mission to find their inner glowy goddess and share their findings about the worlds of beauty, health, diet and all things girly and glowy. interviews with vegan bakery owners and creators of ethical skincare lines are the norm.

the guilty feminist
this feminist comedy podcast is a supportive forum to discuss the big topics all 21st century feminists agree on, whilst confessing our “buts” – the insecurities, hypocrisies and fears that undermine our lofty principles.

women’s work
women’s work is a podcast celebrating creative women who do interesting work. from artists and entrepreneurs, to scientists, librarians, journalists, engineers, civil servants, educators, coders, and beyond. these are the stories of countless women who make our world a better place.