Beauty Bosses
Beauty Bosses
Lara Devgan, MD, MPH
I'm Dr. Lara Devgan, and I'm a plastic surgeon in New York City, the CEO of Scientific Beauty, and of course, a major beauty enthusiast. You are listening to Beauty Bosses, where we chat with fellow industry leaders who are shaping beauty, fashion, wellness, and all things pretty.
Anne Mahlum, founder, owner, and CEO of [solidcore]
Anne M. Mahlum is a female entrepreneur who knows how to create and build with purpose…and she knows how to do it quickly. She is currently the Founder, Owner and CEO of a fast-growing boutique fitness company she founded in DC in 2013 called [solidcore]. In just 5 years, Anne has grown her company to more than 60 locations (entirely corporately owned) with more than 100,000 clients. [solidcore] has studios in DC, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Florida, Indiana, New York, Texas, Georgia, Minneapolis, North Dakota, Connecticut, Illinois and Michigan. Prior to [solidcore], Anne was the CEO of Back on My Feet (BoMF), a non-profit organization she founded in Philadelphia in 2007 that uses the power of running to change the way those experiencing homelessness see themselves so they can make real change in their lives, which includes employment and independent housing. Anne is also a motivational speaker and regularly speaks at corporate events, academic institutions and conferences on numerous topics including, leadership, being bold, finding your happiness, the business behind starting a nonprofit, and social change.
Mar 11
Bina Palnitkar Patel, Trial Lawyer and Civic Leader
Bina B. Palnitkar is a trial lawyer whose practice focuses on resolving complex business and intellectual property disputes through litigation, arbitration, and alternative dispute resolution. Bina has a national and international practice that is tailored to the needs and expectations of her clients. She has broad experience handling breach of contract, trademark infringement litigation, anti-counterfeiting enforcement, international FCPA compliance matters, medical malpractice defense for health care entities, fraud, tortious interference, and theft of trade secrets. Bina’s practical experience and approach to dispute resolution covers a number of disciplines and industries, including health care, start-up firms, and technology.
Mar 4
Katie Sturino, body positivity activist and founder of MegaBabe
Katie Sturino is an entrepreneur, social media influencer, body positivity advocate and fierce animal activist. Through her personal platforms, @katiesturino and, she lends her voice and personal style to raise awareness for size inclusivity, empowering women of all sizes to find their confidence and celebrate their style. Her regular content series, #SuperSizeTheLook and #MakeMySize have gone viral, reaching millions of people and attracting global media attention. Katie is also the founder of MEGABABE, an innovative beauty brand offering non-toxic, solution-oriented products that allow people to feel more comfortable and confident in their own skin.
Feb 6
Scopes & Scrubs, three med-school students living in NYC
On this podcast, Dr. Devgan chats with the girls of Scopes & Scrubs: Lindsey, Juliana, and Marisol. They are third year MD/PhD students living in NYC who started @ScopesandScrubs to share their experience in efforts to give exposure to MD/PhD programs and inspire others. Additionally, their goal is to make science/medicine fun and provide students with the resources to excel in the STEM fields. You can find them online at or on Instagram @scopesandscrubs.
Jan 30
Dr. Juergen Frevert, Head of Botulinum Toxin Research at Merz Pharmaceuticals
Dr. Frevert studied chemistry at the Philipps-University, Marburg (Germany) where he got his PhD in biochemistry. In his thesis work, he investigated the biosynthesis of plant organelles and enzymes of fatty acid metabolism. After a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley (USA), he started his career in 1983 at the Battelle Institute in Frankfurt (Germany). Between 1995 and 2006, Dr. Frevert was Project Manager for biochemical projects and later Chief Scientific Officer of BioteCon Therapeutics GmbH, and during this time he started a cooperation with Merz Pharmaceuticals to develop the pure clostridium botulinum neurotoxin as a pharmaceutical which was licensed as Xeomin in 2005 in Germany for the treatment of cervical dystonia and blepharospasm and in 2009 for the treatment of glabellar frown lines.  In 2007 he was employed by Merz Pharmaceuticals as Head of Botulinum Toxin Research and was responsible for the development of next generation botulinum toxin products with new pharmacological properties. In 2017 he retired and is now working as a consultant for Merz Pharmaceuticals. 
Jan 8
Jennifer Zuccarini, founder of chic lingerie brand Fleur du Mal
Jennifer Zuccarini is the founder and designer of lingerie and ready-to-wear brand Fleur du Mal. She studied Fine Arts in Montreal, after which she completed another degree in Fashion Design at Fashion Institute of Technology. She launched Fleur du Mal in 2012 with the goal to change the way women approach lingerie by creating pieces that can be worn every day. You can shop her collection at top retailers, including Neiman Marcus, Net-A-Porter, Barney’s, and Shopbop. She is also the former design director of Victoria’s Secret and the co-founder of Kiki de Montparnasse. In 2017, Fleur de Mal opened a boutique in SOHO, New York City.
Dec 19, 2019
Amanda Baldwin, President of Supergoop!
Amanda Baldwin is the President of Supergoop!, the first protective skincare brand that puts SPF at the forefront. The brand’s mission is to change the way the world thinks about sunscreen through its clean, feel-good, highly innovative formulas that are fun and easy to use daily—not to mention superpowered to shield your skin from the full spectrum of light and other aggressors. As President, Amanda oversees the company’s marketing, sales, product development, operations and finance divisions, and under her leadership for the past three years, the company is on track to grow by more than 7x. Amanda is a veteran of the beauty industry, and before joining Supergoop!, she was a member of the operating team at L Catterton, the largest global consumer-focused investment fund, collaborating with management teams across the portfolio and serving as the Chief Marketing Officer of StriVectin Operating Company. Prior to that, she led the omnichannel marketing strategy of Dior Beauty at LVMH, Inc. and held several positions at Clinique, a part of The Estee Lauder Companies. Her career began in finance as a private equity investor at Apax Partners and an investment banking analyst at Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Nov 20, 2019
Sarah Larson Levey, Co-founder and CEO of Y7 Studio
Sarah Larson Levey is the Founder and CEO of New York-based Y7 Studio. She is an innovator, entrepreneur, 200-hour registered yoga instructor, author, and certified Health Coach. After working in Fashion for five years, Levey launched Y7 at 26 as an answer to her personal desire for something other than the (very) traditional yoga practices offered. Since launching in 2013, the Y7 brand has expanded to a bicoastal business with ten studios across New York and Los Angeles, disrupting the fitness space and flexing real influence. Levey’s goal? Make the practice of yoga more accessible and inclusive in attitude and design, with dark rooms and zero mirrors to eliminate the distraction of physical comparison. Featured on the September 2018 cover of Inc. Magazine’s Annual Inc 5000 List, named All-Star Entrepreneur of the year by Inc. Magazine and featured in Forbes, Vogue, Bazaar, Entrepreneur, Shape, InStyle, Refinery29, Women’s Health and more, Levey has earned her success with pure drive and dedication. Outside the studio, Sarah has appeared in campaigns for GapBody, TRESemmé, and Nike.
Nov 6, 2019
Vikki Ziegler, Divorce Attorney, Female Entrepreneur and Media Personality
Vikki Ziegler is a practicing attorney of matrimonial law and civil litigation, a television personality that is known for her commentaries on high-profile cases, an active volunteer for women’s and children’s charities, and the innovator of a unique and realistic approach to “divorce management.” Bringing together her insights as a divorce attorney, her childhood experience of her own parents’ divorce, and years of careful listening to clients and friends, Ziegler’s approach seeks to de-stigmatize divorce by allowing its empowering aspects to triumph. She is the author of her book The Pre-marital Planner: A Complete Legal Guide to a Perfect Marriage and was the star of Bravo reality show Untying the Knot.
Oct 23, 2019
Karah Preiss, Co-Founder of online reading community, Belletrist
Karah Preiss is a content producer based in New York City. In 2017, she founded Belletrist, a social media-first community for book lovers, with actress Emma Roberts. Through Belletrist, Karah and Emma are on a mission to promote reading as an accessible and unique form of self-care. Prior to Belletrist, Karah was a video producer at The Huffington Post and hosted the short form series Talk Nerdy To Me. She now co-hosts the iHeart Radio podcast Sleepwalkers, which explores the A.I. revolution.
Oct 16, 2019
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