Episode No. 8 | Reimagining Corporate America

How are women changing the corporate climate?

In episode 8 Karna and Brandi speak to Anna Auerbach and Annie Dean, co-founders of Werk, a new type of job marketplace that allows job seekers to discover flexible career opportunities, and Adwoa Dadzie, a career strategist for corporate women today.

Some of the questions shaping this conversation:

  • What does the future of work look like for women?
  • How do women add specific value to the world of business?
  • How can we lead within the existing structures we participate in?
  • What are women doing to change the landscape of corporate America?

After you listen in, tell us what flexibility means to you and what you think needs to change to see more women leaders in the workplace.

Let’s dive in…

Episode Hot Points:

  • Anna talks about feminism and gender diversity and how it increases company shareholder value. (1:08)
  • We touch on how the funding climate for women is difficult. (3:20)
  • The advantages of being a woman entrepreneur! (5:53)
  • We learn about the 6 types of flexibility for businesses and women. (6:58)
  • We look at how to navigate and shrink the intersection between full-time work and the “gig-economy.” (8:54)
  • What does the future structure of work look like? (11:22)
  • Anna and Annie are excited about the idea of parental leave, and off-loading some of the work women are doing to level the playing field for working mothers and fathers. (13:05)
  • Adwoa shares her observation of how female leaders want or need something but are afraid to say it. (21:36)
  • We learn about the biggest thing holding women back from being a leader at work. (23:17)
  • Adwoa shares number one technique to share your voice in a meeting to add value. (26:45)
  • If Adwoa had a magic wand, what would she change in the corporate environment? (28:23)
  • We explore the importance of women having a tribe that supports them to propel their careers. (30:53)
  • What differentiates you can be a source of strength, not an obstacle. (33:41)


Memorable Quotes

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Werk, founded by Anna Auerbach and Annie Dean, is a new type of job marketplace for ambitious job seekers looking for real opportunities—all with pre-negotiated types of flexibility.


Anna Auerbach is a former McKinsey consultant and social impact COO. She is a Harvard Business School grad who learned her first lesson in entrepreneurship when she moved to the U.S. as a refugee at age 6, knowing just one word of English. Anna loves strategy and always sees the big picture. She is a mother to Asher, age 3.
Annie Dean is a recovering corporate real estate attorney with an eye for style and a passion for product development. She spent six years in Big Law closing billions of dollars of real estate deals for institutional lenders and equity owners. She is fascinated by simple answers to big questions. Annie is a mother of two in New York City.

Born and raised in the Bronx, NY, Adwoa Dadzie knew at a young age that she wanted to impact people’s lives. She embarked on this journey with endless faith in God, creativity and a “Make it Happen” mantra. Adwoa started off making an impact implementing game changing strategies for Fortune 500 organizations – inspiring, empowering and enabling women at all levels to take their place as leaders in Corporate America. Now, she’s taking this platform outside the walls of a corporate office and putting it into your virtual hands with Yes! She’s the Boss.


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