8 podcasts that will totally inspire your career (and make your commute bearable)

You will laugh, you will cry and you will be equipped to go in and ask for a raise or maybe start your own business.

It’s getting a little colder and a little darker out which means that commute of yours is going to get a little harder. Heck, just getting through the day as the seasons change is harder. This is why you need some major listening pleasures and you may as well try to get a little career inspiration at the same time.

So, we put together a list of some of the best career-oriented podcasts started by women. You will laugh, you will cry and you will be equipped to go in and ask for a raise or maybe start your own business. Check out these podcasts below.

Superwomen with Rebecca Minkoff by Rebecca Minkoff

In addition to being an incredibly successful designer, Minkoff has been all about helping women move up in their careers. And as a mother of three, she gets it. “We want to shift the conversation from
celebrating individual female heroes to celebrating those that make them heroes every day. Simultaneously, emphasizing female camaraderie in entrepreneurship and in life,” Minkoff, Co-Founder and Creative Director, said. Each episode of Superwomen celebrates collective success by exploring how thought leaders, artists, entrepreneurs, and advocates achieved their goals without sacrificing their multidimensionality. In intimate, share-all interviews, Rebecca takes listeners on a journey, but uncovering the many sides of powerful women and learns how they are encouraging the women around them.

The Femails by Career Contessa

Looking for some real, solid career advice? Turn to Career Contessa’s recently launched podcast The Femails. Hosted by CEO Lauren McGoodwin, they have had some incredible guests including Farnoosh Tarobi, Drybar founder Alli Webb, and actress Autumn Reeser.

Be My Neighbor by Bevin Prince and Brittney Levine

Brittney and Bevin’s friendship sounds a bit like a late 90’s sitcom but the issues they talk about on their podcast go way deeper than that (though we would love them to do an episode on their thoughts on 90s sitcoms.) Though talking to your neighbor in New York is a rarity somehow these ladies made it work and together they have created a podcast that is talking about the real issues. Prince is an actress (One Tree Hill) and SoulCycle instructor as well as health and fitness expert and Lululemon ambassador. Style and Trend Expert, Brittney Levine, covers everything from women’s accessories and makeovers, to men’s grooming and sports, catering each one of her segments (often on The Today Show, E!, Extra and QVC) to how every viewer can get the most “bang for their buck.” Though their lives sound quite glamorous, this is a podcast that is all about honestly with a particular focus on rejection. Both women are on a mission to not only elevate each other but to keep learning and evolving, together with their neighborly listeners along for the ride.

Pretty Electric by Dara Kaplan and Gwen Wunderlich

Pretty Electric is a weekly podcast for women that want to create an electric life of their very own. Hosted by BFFs and business partners, Dara Kaplan and Gwen Wunderlich, the Pretty Electric Podcast includes noteworthy discussions on everything from female entrepreneurship to business advice to up to the minute pop culture. Champions of all things female, Pretty Electric is a natural progression of D & G’s globally acclaimed program, The Enternship. The Pretty Electric podcast features interviews with Dara and Gwen’s badass femmepreneur friends, and hilarious personal stories based on the pair’s 20 plus years of owning a thriving Fashion and Celebrity Public Relations firm.  From the founders: “The Pretty Electric podcast is for anyone looking to raise their vibrations, start a new side business, or make a big life change. It’s also for the woman that just needs a good laugh while being inspired, uplifted and ultimately shifted. Join in to listen and get ready to be completely, utterly and undeniably electric. “

When’s Happy Hour by Betches Media

Just in time to go with their book of the same name, Betches’ latest podcast proves that you don’t have to go to business school to be an entrepreneur. Hosted by Betches co-founders Jordana Abraham, Samantha Fishbein, and Aleen Kuperman, their special guests have plenty of advice to offer to aspiring entrepreneurs based on their own experiences. If you’re struggling to find a job, do well in your job, can’t figure out what you want to do, want to start a new business (and don’t know how to behave at happy hour)…When’s Happy Hour will give you the honest advice you need to move your career forward in the right direction.

Lady Bosses (and Ben) by Jesse Draper and Ben Higgins

She’s a legacy venture capitalist who has helped fund some of the most successful female-founded companies in the last five years and he was on The Bachelor. An unlikely pair to host a podcast on female entrepreneurs? Maybe or maybe not. Higgins also is the co-founder and President of his social enterprise Generous Coffee and he is all about helping women. The podcast is called “Lady Bosses (and Ben)”, and is produced and distributed through iHeartRadio. Each week, they’ll sit down with a different CEO, entrepreneur, or business mogul and learn how they achieved their goals, what challenges they face building a company, and the tips they can share with the next generation of business leaders. Upcoming guests include Brooklyn Decker, founder of Finery, and Alli Webb, the founder of Dry Bar.

Skimm’d From the Couch by theSkimm

What can’t theSkimm do? Well, nothing apparently because now they have a super popular podcast full of good career advice.  The weekly podcast features powerful and successful women sharing their stories, especially the times when it wasn’t so great. “You can expect real stories from women who are leaders in their fields,” Carly Zakin and Danielle Weisberg, cofounders and co-CEOs of theSkimm, told Glamour. “Not just the flashy, success headlines we’ve all heard about. We get into the reality of starting a business, learning how to embrace failure, and recognizing when to take the advice of those around you and when to trust your gut. The stories and advice are relatable, funny, and honest.” Notable guests include Sallie Krawcheck, Whitney Wolfe and Reshma Saujani.

Chase Wild Hearts by Laura Chung

Ever wonder how all those people with magical lives on Instagram make it work? This is the podcast that shows you how they came to be and juggle it all. Chase Wild Hearts is a weekly interview-based podcast hosted by Laura Chung. Tune in to be inspired and empowered by entrepreneurial women from around the globe who have redefined what their dream life is by starting their own businesses, all while managing relationships and focusing on well-being.

Meredith Lepore|is the Deputy Editor of Ladders and can be reached at mlepore@theladders.com.