Stories of the grind before the shine, and how you can glow up in your business or career. Host Lené Hypolite is on a journey to find out what it takes by interviewing boss women and men who are successful in their own right. The Glow Up Podcast highlights the part that you won't see on social media. Guests will share the roadblocks, challenges, and struggles that they went through to get where they are today. Hear how Tonya Rapley went from being in debt to creating a growing personal finance business, how Rachel Hill retired at 27, and how Annastazia Unce went from homeless to owning her own spa,
This week is super special. We’re talking to my sister Ko about being an artist, working as an entrepreneur, and all the challenges she went through.
Ko grew up on a tiny island before moving to the US at 14. When life didn’t go as planned after college, she had to quickly figure out how to make the best of it. What I love about Ko’s story is that she’s always known what she wanted, and always has a plan to make her dreams a reality.
Life happens, right? We get into situations when we drop the ball on the things we need to take care of. How do we bounce back from that?
In this episode, I’m sharing how I fell off over the last few months, what I’m doing to get back on track, and what the 4 things you can do if you ever end up in this situation
This week, we’re talking to Chris-Tia Donaldson, the founder of Thank God It’s Natural, a manufacturer of natural hair products. Chris-Tia shares her journey through the corporate world as a lawyer, running a successful business, and surviving breast cancer.
What makes Chris-Tia’s story so amazing is that she’s had to juggle everything that life threw at her while fighting breast cancer. She talks about keeping her faith and balance, life after becoming a survivor, and what she learned along th
This week we’re talking to Khadijah Polly about how she took one of the simplest ideas and grew it into a multiple six-figure business.
Not long after getting laid off, Khadijah used a skydiving trip as the motivation she needed to go all in her most recent business idea. After starting the business by making popcorn in her kitchen, It didn't take long before Kay's Kettle Corn took off, and Khadijah started doing events, servicing colleges, and even created a popcorn subscription business.
This week we’re talking to the founder of Las Morenas de España (LMDES), Sienna Brown. After spending a year in Spain for a study abroad program, Sienna put a plan together to make her move to Spain permanent.
Six years letter, she's working in her dream role as a communications manager and has grown LMDES into a movement and a business on teaching women of color how to move abroad.
I love when I get to interview other boss Bermudian Women. In this episode. Suzanne Kipps was working in the insurance industry, married, with a baby girl and climbing the corporate ladder. After getting pregnant with her second child, she felt like she had to make a decision to live a life she wanted. As soon as she got her bonus (she had to secure the bag first!), she handed in her resignation and started to live the life she wanted.
Whew! This entrepreneur life has been a journey and I’m really still at the beginning of it, but I wanted to take a moment and reflect by sharing the five things I’ve learned since starting my own business. I’m sharing the good, the bad, and the ugly because I don’t want you to ever say that no one told you!
We’re talking to Candice Adams about her journey to creating Chic Geeks, a store that specializes in Macbook cases for girl bosses.
The idea came to her when she realized she could meet a need in the market. After 2 years of working to get the product right, Chic Geeks was finally launched. Candice shares all the lessons she’s learned along the way.
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Imagine deciding on the life you want, and then adjusting everything else to fit around it. Goals, right? That’s exactly what world traveler and go-getter Jessica Nabongo did. Jessica is on a mission to visit all 195 UN countries, and she’s almost DONE! At the time we recorded, she had about 25 countries left, now she’s down to only 10!
If you’re trying to make a deliberate shift in the way you live your life, and need the inspiration to keep going, this episode is for you!
Atiyah McDaniels dropped out of college three times. The first time, she went for fashion designing. The second time, she went for business. The third time, she went for communications. It just wasn’t for her. Literally 2 months after dropping out the last time, she had already started her hair business.
Atiyah set herself apart by creating a professional, upscale and chic brand right from the beginning and used her sales skills to bring in revenue. by the end of year one, she was making 6 fig
Today we have the queen of crushing goals back on the show! L’areal Lipkins, founder of Vision Boards Over Brunch is back to talk about her journey writing her first book in 21 days. L’areal is dropping gems this entire episode.
She sharing the raw truth about how she wasn’t connecting with what she was writing but then started to follow her inner voice. If you’re trying to write a book, start a podcast, begin blogging, this episode is for you.
We’re talking to Angela about her journey to become a relationship coach and someone who helps other people to be conscious about dating and how she discovered this piece of herself. Angela also shares some of the most common issues that Black Women have when it comes to dating.
This week, we're taking it back to one of my favorite episodes, because it's so relevant today!
If you're feeling unstuck, or like things aren't moving for you, at least one of these four reasons could be why. Take a listen and let me know what you think!
I wanted to share a story with you that most people don't know. My first business was a complete FLOP. I didn’t have the right systems, mindset and DEFINITELY no accountability.
By starting my new business the right way, I was able to match my salary from my first launch. Since then, I've been able to:
Grow my email list from 50 to almost 1,000 in 1 month, hit that 10k follower count on IG, and grow my podcast downloads to over 20k.
I’m sharing how I made it happen in this episode.
In this episode, we're talking to my girl Jenny who moved from Ethiopia to go to school in the states. She quickly climbed the corporate ladder and was being prepped for a management position, when she decided to leave everything behind.
My girl quit her job, moved back to Ethiopia, and started her own successful business. She talks about how NONE of this would be possible without her grind.
In this episode, we’re talking to Christina Duren, founder of Beautiful Brown girls, who talks about creating this community for Black women to fellowship, support each other, and grow together.
At first, creating Beautiful Brown girls was a way for her to fellowship and find a community that she could connect with. Her first meetup was a brunch with a total of 15 ladies. Now, it's a global network of 23 chapters with 38,000 members!
If you’re interested in looking to start a business abroad, this episode is for you!
I’m talking to Jenna Burton and Stacy Charles about how they left everything behind, moved to Amsterdam, and started their business - Wild Fruit Agency.
Wild Fruit Agency is a creative communications agency putting a fresh spin on inclusive, culturally-relevant messaging for a new global generation.
We also had a fun conversation around whether you should quit your job and start a business. Check it ou
Ok I’m warning you now, this episode is basically all about Beyonce.
This episode is all about stanning for Beyoncé’s Coachella performance. I hosted a watch party last weekend with some of my girls, and we were BLOWN away by her performance. Beyoncé exudes so many levels of excellence.
After the performance, we had a chat about how lit this performance was. I realized in our conversation that there were at least 10 things we can learn from Beyoncé’s homecoming show.
I got so much amazing feedback about The Glow Up Summit! What a lot of people don’t know is that I was completely unproductive after the launch. I was wiped out! Launching is exhausting, and when you’re not fully prepared for all of the marketing that needs to be done, it’s even worse. Lesson learned.
In this episode, I’m sharing how automation and systems are important, as well as some other lessons I’ve learned in entrepreneurship.
In this episode, we’re talking to Paige Brown, the author of Conqueror, a guide dedicated to helping black women to navigate the corporate world. She's also a PhD student in Engineering Education. So impressive!
I love Paige’s story because she uses the experiences she had in life to provide a resource to provide to black women as a way to help them overcome some of the challenges they faced.
Today we’re talking to best-selling author, motivational speaker Gayneté Jones, a Bermudian who is also charting her own path. This episode is extra special to me because I get to share more stories of another successful Bermudian Woman! It's really amazing to put my country on the map in ways that haven't been done before.
I’ve spent the last 3 months investing in myself. It took a minute to get comfortable with the time, energy and money that required, but now that I look back, I’m setting the foundation for growth in my career and in my business.
In this episode, I’m sharing why it’s so important to invest in yourself, how to know what you need to invest in, and what I’ve invested in so far this year.
In this episode, we’re talking to Gernae Alexander. Someone who went from being unemployed and sleeping on a friend’s couch - to making money by using her voice. She helps people to monetize their brand by using speaking.
I’m so excited because Gernae is actually going to be telling you how to do that at The Glow Up Summit, taking place from April 5th - 7th. I think you’re going to love this story because it’s so heartwarming and relatable. Let me know what you think!
In this episode, we talk to CeCe Olisa, a lifestyle blogger, and founder of CurvyCon. CeCe and I talk about her experience growing up as a plus girl, and why she started her blog in the first place. She talks about how the blog has helped her to stop comparing herself to others, and slay in her own lane.
In this episode, we’re answering a listener question on how to stay consistent without getting overwhelmed. This is a great question because we talk a lot about moving forward and getting things done, so now we can address how important it is to be BALANCED.
I've talked to successful women every single day, for the last 6 months. I started to see patterns of things they do and the things that they don’t do in order to win in their business or career. Even based on my life experience, I can see a lot of the things I’ve done that have helped me to achieve my goals. So I matched these with what I learned from these women, and I’m going to share everything I took away from these interactions. and how you can make 2019 your glow up year!
Annastazia Unce talks about how she left an abusive marriage and went from being homeless with two children to now owning a successful Spa. I love her story because she used so many situations that would have torn most people down to build herself up. It’s raw, it’s real, it’s… just listen for yourself!
Valentine's episode! What better way to bring in Valentine's day than with my boo! In this episode, we’re going to talk about the importance of having a great support system regardless if it’s a partner, family member, friend, or even co-worker.
Afua Osei, co-Founder of She Leads Africa talks about how she went from vision to execution. She also talks about being raised in a Ghanaian family in the DMV and moving to Nigeria, where she eventually founded She Leads Africa, a lifestyle brand aimed at helping women of the African diaspora to learn to navigate their careers
Introducing: SUNDAY MORNING VIBES
Okay so that’s the name we came up for this week, but…
Starting TODAY!! Tiambi and I are going to get together every first Sunday of the month for some morning convo. We’re going to talk about what’s going on in our world, some of the things we’re working on, and how we’re going to get there. This week is all about...
After finding herself at over 230 pounds, Tameika decided to start her weight loss journey where she lost 90 pounds in 9 months. This would eventually lead her to create a business that allows her to help others create the same life changes for themselves through online fitness coaching and her wellness retreats.
Today, we’re talking to L’areal Jenkins about creating Vision Boards Over Brunch. In 2015, She did her first vision board event and realized that a lot of women had no idea how to visualize what they wanted, and bring it to life. Now, L’areal helps women to achieve goals for themselves, full time.
In 2007, Tonya Rapley was fighting for her life in a relationship that was physically, emotionally, and economically abusive. Today, Tonya Rapley is an internationally recognized millennial money expert and founder of the award-winning site, My Fab Finance.
What was the last thing that you did that you really enjoyed that made a difference? That might just be what you’re meant to do. That’s what The Glow Up’s episode 13 guest Gala Jackson, did and now it’s her full-time job to help other people do the same. Gala is the owner of Interview snob, a company that helps job seekers discover, articulate, and leverage their value.
Have you ever had a situation happen to you that you didn’t think you could bounce back from? That’s what Jasmine Johnson had when she found out she was pregnant right before she went to med school. She talks about how she had to get over the “shame” and opinion of others to accomplish what she thought at one point was impossible. If she can go to med school with a family, you have no excuse!
This is a story all about how Jasmine's life got flipped turned upside down, but seriously. She was your average college student until right after she turned 18. that's when her life got a little crazy.
Chris Browning is the host of the award winning Popcorn Finance Podcast. Popcorn Finance is a weekly short form podcast where Chris discusses finance in about the time it takes to make a bag of popcorn. Topics range from investing and paying off debt to side hustles and tiny homes.
Tamyra Villines has been working in the addiction and mental health field for five years and recently started her own practice: Lynn eTherapy. It allows Tamyra to work in her passion by offering individual therapy to individuals around the world. Her goal is to break all stigmas surrounding mental health and addiction.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Tiambi came to the Netherlands to study at the VU in 2009. After completing a Master’s in Human Movement Science, her career took a whole new direction. She earned another Master, this time in International Business and Strategy at the UvA. In less than a year after graduating she was helming her own start-up: SheFarms, a company that helps (mostly female) farmers and stakeholders to connect by providing valuable insight about their farming activities.
This week, we're going to talk to someone who really encourages me to be better: Chief Encourager, Ahyiana Angel. Ahyiana is the Founder of Mayzie Media, a podcast network with content curated for women, and host of the Switch, Pivot or Quit. She talks about life, career, and really paying attention to what YOU want, vs what others want for you. She drops so many gems in this episode, it had to be longer than usual. It's only right!
Dr. Vivian Okirie is a resident physician at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Despite, the polished way it comes across, she maneuvered through obstacles (academic and personal) that might have halted others along this same path.
Please feel free to contact her at any of the provided outlets.
Kara is the founder of the award-winning site The Frugal Feminista and author of Unmasking The Strong Black, heal your relationship with money, The Happy Finances Challenge. Her sound yet relatable advice has been featured in Black Enterprise, Business Insider, Essence, Ebony, The Washington Post, and Woman's Day.
After silently suffering from Anxiety Disorder and Depression for over a year, Rachel made the decision to resign from a lucrative and promising corporate career to travel the world indefinitely.
She created a travel platform to educate, inspire, and influence Millennials of color to travel the world to push past their comfort zones, travel the world (like a boss on a budget), and change the narrative on what it means to be a traveler of color.
At 38 years old, Kimberly Lewis quit her full time job to go back to college with a mortgage, and four kids. She moved to an entirely different country to pursue her degree. Only eight years later, Kimberly has climbed to the top of her career field and is now one of the top performing underwriters at growing insurance company and making a six figure salary. She tells the story of why she wanted to take this risk in the first place, and what challenges she had to overcome to make sure she achieved her goal.
Who I am, why I think I can speak on success, and the importance of trusting the process.
I'll talk about my journey to finding what it takes to be successful, and why I decided to create The Glow Up Podcast in the first place. I'll also share some research I did on how to trust the process, even when we can't see results yet!