Co-Founders & Co-CEO's, theSkimm & Bestselling Authors
Co-Founders & Co-CEO's, theSkimm & Bestselling Authors
Carly Zakin and Danielle Weisberg are co-founders and co-CEOs of theSkimm, a mission-driven media company dedicated to giving millennial women the information they need to live their smartest lives. They launched theSkimm from their couch in 2012 and have built a brand that continues to be a trusted source for a community of millions of Skimm’rs. theSkimm’s first book, How to Skimm Your Life, debuted at #1 on The New York Times Best Seller list. The pair has been featured on a number of prominent lists including Forbes 30 Under 30 in Media, Vanity Fair's The Next Establishment, Fortune’s 40 Under 40, Variety’s Power of Women, and Adweek's Young Influentials, and has also been recognized by Goldman Sachs Builders and Innovator Summit as one of the most 100 Intriguing Entrepreneurs.
Prior to founding theSkimm, Carly graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2008 before stints at CNBC and MSNBC, and NBC’s Peacock Productions. Carly is a Henry Crown Fellow with the Aspen Institute.
Danielle graduated from Tufts University in 2008 before starting her career in broadcast and digital media at NBC News DC Bureau, Nightly News, Today, and MSNBC.
theSkimm is a membership company dedicated to helping female millennials live smarter lives. By seamlessly integrating into the existing routines of female millennials, theSkimm has become a trusted source for its community of more than seven million daily subscribers. With its suite of products, theSkimm is fundamentally changing the way this audience consumes news, considers products or services, and takes action in their own lives.
Founded in 2012 by Carly Zakin and Danielle Weisberg, theSkimm is committed to helping its members tackle big decision-making moments in life by giving them the information they need to make informed and empowered choices whether that be in civic engagement, finance, career, health, and more.
theSkimm's flagship product, the Daily Skimm, is still the fastest-growing newsletter on the market, and the company’s product suite has grown to engage with members at home, work, and on the go. This includes theSkimm app and Skimm Studios, an in-house production team for video and audio content including the podcast "Skimm'd from The Couch.” The company's civic engagement campaign – No Excuses – activated theSkimm’s audience to get involved in the political process by getting 100,000 people registered to vote in 2016, and 200,000 to the polls for the 2018 midterm election.
When Carly and Danielle launched theSkimm, they quit their jobs and agreed to go all-in with no safety net or backup plan. Their newsletter now reaches over 7 million daily subscribers, with 100+ employees powering the mission-driven media company. But their path wasn’t always easy. From taking risks to tackling the challenges of scaling a business, Carly and Danielle share the lessons they’ve learned that were critical to their success.
It might seem like everyone you know took secret classes on budgeting, owning their career, and choosing the right wine—and you were sick that day. Enter: How to Skimm Your Life.
With theSkimm’s trademark mix of real talk, humor, and inspirational messaging, Carly and Danielle give audiences the information they need to make informed and empowered decisions in their lives.
Covering everything from personal finance, to career, to stress management, global politics, and more, Carly and Danielle break down these life hacks for anyone who’s starting out in the real world, looking to make a change, or just wants a reset.
Before the pandemic, women already earned less and had more debt than men. Then 2020 happened. So did the “she-cession,” the economic downturn that resulted in significant job and income loss for women.
Pre-pandemic, women made up the majority of the workforce, were making strides in pay disparity, working their way up to leadership positions, and getting elected to office. But COVID and the ensuing “she-cession” has impacted a lot of their hard-earned progress as well as their bank accounts. That’s why now is the time for women to find allies and advocate for themselves with their money, in their careers and at home. theSkimm’s Danielle Weisberg and Carly Zakin share tips on how working women can build financial confidence, combat setbacks, and own their careers.
After a period of drastic global change and uncertainty, the professional and personal needs of employees have changed. theSkimm’s Danielle Weisberg and Carly Zakin provide a framework that reimagines the future of the workplace, offering solutions that support the needs of all. Audiences will explore new ways to empower employees, support women with the right resources, and reshape the future of work with expansive and inclusive policies that solve the struggles employees face today, tomorrow, and in the future.
Carly Zakin & Danielle Weisberg co-founded theSkimm as a mission-driven media company dedicated to giving women the information they need to live their smartest lives. As women and business leaders, Carly and Danielle are all too familiar with the obstacles women are facing in the workplace - a system that was clearly not built for them.
In this talk, Carly and Danielle discuss the steps that need to be taken to address decades on inequality. They not only share insights but outline action items, from improving financial education access to providing paid family leave, that audiences can work to implement in their own workplaces. Audiences will walk away more knowledgeable about the gender wealth gap and its underlying causes and also inspired to be part of the solution.
They were PHENOMENAL.