Giving women more fertility options with Anne Hogarty, CEO of Extend Fertility

Egg freezing startups like Extend Fertility may be a democratizing force to give women more child-bearing options. CEO Anne Hogarty discusses how Extend Fertility is giving women more choice through affordable egg freezing. As with any business designed to give women more choice, controversy abounds! Critics have a lot of questions: Is it ethical? Manipulative? Safe? Gimmicky?

You’ll hear:

  • Why are fertility treatments like in vitro fertilization (IVF) so expensive?
  • What are the unique advantages of egg freezing? What are the limitations?
  • Is egg freezing a “bandaid?” Should we, instead, make it easier for women to have children while having a career?
  • Should we be concerned that egg freezing businesses prey on women’s concerns about having children? Or is it unfair to suggest that women can’t assess their situations for themselves?
  • Why has there been pushback from making egg freezing more affordable?
  • Why did Extend Fertility upset so many when they advertised their services on Instagram?
  • What are typical success rates for egg freezing?

About Anne:

Anne Hogarty is Extend Fertility’s chief executive officer. Prior to joining Extend Fertility, Anne was chief business officer of Prelude Fertility, a national network of fertility clinics, and president of MyEggBank, Prelude’s frozen donor egg bank. From 2013 to 2017, she worked at BuzzFeed, the global news and entertainment company, during its period of hyper-growth from a $20 million disruptor to a $250 million digital media leader. There, she served in progressively more senior finance, strategy, and general management roles, including as vice president of international business. In this role, Anne oversaw BuzzFeed’s revenue-generating strategy and operations in 9 countries outside the U.S. and doubled BuzzFeed’s international revenue within two years.

Anne began her career on Wall Street, including several years in the Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs. She graduated cum laude from Harvard College and received her MBA from Harvard Business School, where she was a Baker Scholar. She is a born-and-raised New Yorker and resides in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood with her husband and two young children.

Anne feels strongly that women deserve every chance to build a family on a timeline that works for their life. She is honored to be leading a company devoted to that mission.

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How data bias is making being a woman more dangerous with Caroline Criado Perez

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“A lot of these tech solutions are driven by algorithms that have been trained on data that is hopelessly male biased and is severely lacking when it comes to female data. And the result of that is that a whole load of tech solutions for all sorts of things just don’t work very well for women.”
– Caroline Criado Perez, Author of Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men

Caroline Criado Perez is a writer, journalist and feminist campaigner. She has written two books: Do It Like A Woman and Invisible Women. In her most recent book Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men she describes how very old data bias can affect women today. In this episode, Sheana learns about the different ways data bias is affecting women today, from trivial things such as phone size to not so trivial things such as seat belt safety. Caroline tells all this and more in this episode of Innovation For All Podcast. 

In this episode you will learn:

  • What is male default thinking?
  • What are the consequences of male default thinking?
  • What are the consequences in tech?
  • Why the market is so bad at providing for women?
  • What is low hanging fruit for those of us who want to make money?
  • A stove example of male default thinking.
  • What can entrepreneurs and consumers do about these issues?

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Take a seat: Helping women of color advance their careers with Minda Harts

“The statistics show that women of color are the most educated group in the United States right now, but yet we are not reflected in senior roles in Fortune 500 companies or some of the top nonprofit organizations.”
– Minda Harts, Founder of The Memo LLC

Minda Harts is the author of The Memo: What Women Need to Know to Secure a Seat at the Table. In this episode of the Innovation For All podcast, Minda describes why “Lean In” didn’t resonate with her workplace experience. Learn how women of color can break through workplace barriers and have a more active voice in their careers.

In this episode you’ll learn

  • What career growth for women of color means
  • Minda’s take on the book Lean In
  • Things that women of color need to be doing to advance their careers
  • Should women of color practice self-advocacy more? 
  • How to obtain and secure a seat at the table
  • What the experience for women of color is in the workplace 
  • Leading Diverse Talent course: Talent Development
  • Networking and career advice from Minda

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More about Minda

Minda Harts, the founder of The Memo LLC, a digital career education platform dedicated helping women of color climb the corporate ladder. She  is also an assistant professor at NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Minda was also chosen by the General Assembly to serve as one of their Dream Mentors, alongside women like Cindy Gallop. Secure The Seat is her weekly career podcast for women of color.  

Is “intuition” a dirty word at work? with Kara Dake

“I remember being super uncomfortable with anything ‘mindfulness’ related.” – Kara Drake, Awareness Activator with The Feminine Intelligence

Kara Dake is a social impact innovator who is using a combination of wellness practices, community, media and exponential technologies. Her goal is to bring emotional and collective intelligence to the forefront of business and society. In this episode of Innovation for All Podcast, Sheana learns what this feminine energy is and how it can look in our society. Kara takes us through the value of feminine intelligence and intuition in the workplace and explains how it fits in with our technology and advances.

In This Episode You Will Learn:

  • What would it look like to have “female energy” in traditional workspaces?
  • How Kara brought her MBA finance experience into bringing intuition and emotional intelligence to the workplace.
  • Is there value in having more emotion in our workspaces?
  • Why Kara decided to pursue an MBA?
  • How Kara ended up in the tech space.
  • Kara’s current projects: FI and FeelTankTV and how you can use them.
  • Skills that can be learned at FeelTankTV.
  • What is Co-Creation and why is it important?
  • What are some of the assumptions we make in business everyday?
  • What could a middle manager do to bring these practices into a company or system today?

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More About Kara

Kara is also a seed catalyst of accelerator feminine intelligence or FI and a modern conscience media company, FeelTankTV. Kara regularly speaks on artificial intelligence, AI, and conscious growth topics at conferences such as SXSW, Ascent and the Chief Digital Officers Forum and has an MBA from NYU.

Black Hair is Big (Business) feat. Delali Kpodzo

In this episode of the Innovation For All podcast, we’re joined by Delali Kpodzo, the Co-Founder of We Are Onyx, a popular beauty destination for Black women and women of color. We dive into her entrepreneurial journey, why women of color need specific personal care solutions, and the state of the current beauty market. Discover how a hair salon mishap led Delali to start We Are Onyx, which has reached more than $2 million in sales. Delali thinks that’s just the beginning in a vastly untapped market. IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN:
  • When does it make sense to choose a subscription box model over the e-commerce model?
  • What are the specific beauty concerns that Black women have that are being overlooked by the mainstream beauty market?
  • What inspired and motivated Delali to start We Are Onyx?
  • Black women spend three times more than every other demographic on beauty products.
  • “Discontinuation [of products for women of color] is unacceptable.”
  • “It doesn’t matter if you know nothing about how to achieve your goal, as long as you’re willing to learn as you go.”
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