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Road to Independence {Aminatou Sow}: The new fall season kicks off with Aminatou Sow, host of the Call Your Girlfriend podcast where she discusses all things pop culture, politics, and feminism with her long-distance best friend. A fierce boss lady, digital powerhouse, and writer,...

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The new fall season kicks off with Aminatou Sow, host of the Call Your Girlfriend podcast where she discusses all things pop culture, politics, and feminism with her long-distance best friend. A fierce boss lady, digital powerhouse, and writer, Aminatou has been named in Forbes 30 Under 30 in Tech and amongst Women to Watch by KQED Arts.

More about this episode: majomolfino.com/blog/2018/1/28/road-to-independence-with-aminatou-sow

In this episode, Aminatou shares about being raised in a conservative Muslim family and her experience immigrating to the U.S. From working at a toy store when she had no other prospects, to becoming her own boss and a well-known podcast host, Aminatou has excellent advice for creative women working full-time who want to become more independent and level up in their leadership.

Show Notes:
-Aminatou’s childhood: Growing up in Nigeria in a conservative Muslim family that emphasized intellectual curiosity. [1:25]
-Thoughts on her high school days, being a feminist, and wanting to live in America. [4:30]
-College years and the pressure to achieve as a child of immigrants. [7:28]
-The unexpected death of her mom, what she learned, and how she moved on. [14:10]
-Living in Belgium and DC, struggling to find a job amidst the obstacles of being an immigrant, and the job that taught her humility. [15:30]
-Landing her first “real” job… and then the recession hit – how panic and anxiety turned to hustle. [21:09]
-How Aminatou redefined her path after being granted asylum and built a solid digital PR resume. [27:33]
-How the Call Your Girlfriend podcast got started. [30:32]
-The “weird ride” to becoming her own boss and Aminatou’s insights on the long game. [35:17]
-Aminatou’s advice to women working full-time who want to level up in their leadership and gain more independence. [40:03]

References:
Majo's website – majomolfino.com
Call Your Girlfriend – callyourgirlfriend.com

Music by Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs – carolynpennypackerriggs.com

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