Seneca Women And P&G Are Launching A Podcast Network To Boost Women’s Voices

By Amit Chowdhry ● January 12, 2020
  • Global women’s leadership platform Seneca Women recently announced the launch of Seneca Women Podcast Network

Global women’s leadership platform Seneca Women recently announced the launch of Seneca Women Podcast Network — which is a new women-led podcast network and app that will connect and amplify female voices around the world. The podcast is being launched with the support of founding partner P&G and it will have original shows while providing a platform for the voices of established and emerging women leaders as well as organizations making a difference for women and girls.

The network’s first podcast series — which originally debuted in late 2019 — has featured conversations with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, fashion icons Diane Von Furstenberg and Tory Burch, and entrepreneur Arianna Huffington.

Women make up about 50% of podcast listeners. But women’s voices are under-represented in the fast-growing podcast space.

“Technology—in particular, podcasting—provides a unique opportunity to fast-forward progress for women around the world,” said Kim Azzarelli, CEO and Co-Founder of Seneca Women. “We no longer need to travel by horse and buggy to advocate for women’s progress as our foremothers did, but the discovery and amplification of a diversity of women’s voices is still a significant gap that we can help address through the Seneca Women Podcast Network and app.”

The Seneca Women Podcast Network builds on Seneca Women’s thought leadership along with the decades of experience of its founders in advancing women around the globe. And the Seneca Women Podcast Network will produce and curate audio content on a diverse range of topics highlighting positive role models, practical insights and shared learnings.

The Seneca Women Podcast Network builds on Seneca Women’s thought leadership along with the decades of experience of its founders in advancing women around the globe. And the Seneca Women Podcast Network will produce and curate audio content on a diverse range of topics highlighting positive role models, practical insights and shared learnings.

The first season of Seneca Women Conversations on Power and Purpose features thought-provoking discussions from Seneca Women Forums at the Metropolitan Museum of Art with former Avon chairman and CEO Andrea Jung, Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Muhammad Yunus, author/health advocate Chelsea Clinton, and former President Obama’s former senior advisor Valerie Jarrett.

“Media can be a powerful force for good, and the Seneca Women Podcast Network offers the opportunity to reinvent media with innovative, positive, and quality content. It’s time to ensure that the voices of women are finally and fully heard and amplified to help make the world a better and more inclusive place for all,” added Procter & Gamble Chief Brand Officer Marc S. Pritchard.

Seneca Women was co-founded by Ambassador Melanne Verveer (the first U.S. Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues) and Azzarelli — who is a corporate, philanthropic, and legal advisor. Together they co-authored the best selling book Fast Forward: How Women Can Achieve Power and Purpose.

“Since the Seneca Falls convention of 1848, women in the U.S. have been on a journey to equal rights. That journey continues here and for women around the world,” explained Ambassador Melanne Verveer, Chair and Co-Founder of Seneca Women. “The recent Global Gender Gap Report from the World Economic Forum predicts it will take another 99 years for us to get to equality. We are launching the Seneca Women Podcast Network to accelerate women’s progress, as we believe, progress for women is progress for all.”

Verveer and Azzarelli are also joined by Sharon Bowen (former Commissioner of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission). And Seneca Women has sought to accelerate women’s progress through signature thought leadership events at Davos, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the New York Stock Exchange along with a weekly newsletter. Plus they also run Fast Forward Girls programs and significant partnerships with the public and private sectors.

“We’ve partnered with Seneca Women for several years to change the narratives about women in the workplace and the world and shift the focus from ‘fixing the women’ to fixing the bias and systems that can hold women back,” stated Carolyn Tastad, Group President – North America and Chief Sales Officer, P&G. “The Seneca Women Podcast Network provides an important new platform for conversations and content to help expose blind spots and embrace broader perspectives and solutions that can change the trajectory of gender equality and create a more equal world for everyone.”