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Kanika Chadda-Gupta: 5 Things You Need to Know to Create a Fantastic Podcast

An Interview With Jason Hartman

Assemble a team so that you are not comprising on production quality. I am eternally grateful to my manager, publicity team, production assistant, podcast audio editor, video editor, graphic designer, web developer, web designer, and social media coordinator to keep this operation going.

Aspart of my series of interviews about “5 things you need to know to create a very successful podcast”, I had the pleasure of interviewing Kanika Chadda-Gupta.

Kanika Chadda-Gupta is a wife, mom of three [including twins], journalist, and entrepreneur. A creative thinker and born storyteller, she began her career as a CNN Anchor/Executive Producer and has made her mark in new media through her on-air interviews, marketing &branding, video production, and podcasting.

Parenting is tough, especially during an ongoing pandemic. That’s why Kanika has made it her mission to support parents and help them realize there’s no substitute for their superpower of intuition, “mom sense.” (and “dad sense.”)

She is the Founder/Host of the top-rated podcast, That’s Total Mom Sense, where she interviews industry experts on all things parenting. She has been featured on the Today Show, Good Day NY, Elle India, and

Thank you so much for doing this with us! Before we dig in, our readers would love to get to know you a bit more. Can you tell us a bit of your “personal backstory”? What is your background and what eventually brought you to this particular career path?

Sure! Let’s start from the beginning. I was born in Bombay, India and my parents immigrated to the US when I was two years old. Watching the news together was a daily ritual in my family and I grew up feeling most inspired by the women of color on TV — Oprah, Lisa Ling, Connie Chung — who helped me believe that I could pursue that career path too!

For fun, I competed in beauty pageants (crowned Miss India Maryland and Miss India East Coast) and loved that I could put my Indian classical dance training and public speaking skills to good use on stage in front of a large audience. What was most important to me was utilizing a platform where I could share my opinions and perspectives on society’s most pressing issues. And I liked the thrill of thinking on my feet.

I later earned my BA from Boston University in International Relations and MA from University of Miami. After my internship at NBC, I moved to India on a whim where I worked for CNN. Life came full circle. I worked as an Anchor/Executive Producer and hosted a show called “E Tonight,” where I covered the gamut of events from the 26/11 terror attacks to Slumdog Millionaire at the Oscars. I felt most compelled to unearth stories that were rooted in humanity and touched the heart.

Upon moving back to the states, I worked as a Director of Programming for a leading international network, then as the Editor-in-Chief for an online fashion retailer, and finally launched my digital marketing firm (Kronologie Agency).

Shortly after, my husband and I had our three kids. I had boy-girl twins and my youngest son in the span of a year and a half!

“I was thrown into the deep end [motherhood] when I had my three kids within a year and a half. It was drown or doggy paddle my way to the top. As a journalist, I’m hardwired to ask tough questions, so I found myself seeking answers about life as a parent from my pediatrician to the friendly Amazon customer service rep over the phone. I knew others were in the same boat.
With no time to read mountains of self-help books, I was yearning for tools to simplify daily life, as well as an outlet to feel part of a conversation and community. Just like that…my podcast, “That’s Total Mom Sense,” was born!”…

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SHANNON LEE: Leading A Legacy

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Martial arts is a metaphor for life. Did you ever think about that? It requires a fine balance of the body, mind, and spirit – a keen understanding of people and their intentions, skill, flexibility, wisdom, focus, anticipation, practice, and after you are hit to the ground with this challenge or that level of adversity, you muster up the courage and willpower to stand up and fight again. That is what living is all about.

Today, I am joined by a woman who lives by this philosophy more than anyone I know. She is Shannon Emery Lee.

She’s famously known as Bruce Lee’s daughter but she is SO much more than that and is carving her path and place in this world in such an authentic way. Across the globe, billions revere her father who made his mark as an incredibly talented martial artist, filmmaker, actor, and philosopher. But to her, he was simply Dad. To say she had big shoes to fill is an understatement, and to think her father’s shoes were never worn again when he died at the age of 32 and little Shannon was just 4 years old.

Shannon has been a keen martial artist throughout life in her own way. She’s also an American singer, actress, producer and entrepreneur. After her father’s death, her mother Linda Lee Cadwell left Hong Kong and raised her in California along with her brother Brandon Lee, who also died far too young during an accident while shooting for a film.

People tried to tell her that acting was not good for the family but Shannon decided to maintain the legacy of her father and learned martial arts from his students. She then made her debut into film and TV with movies like Enter the Eagles and Martial Law. She endeavours to preserve and promote her father’s legacy as the president of the Bruce Lee Foundation and Bruce Lee Enterprises.

Her book Be Water, My Friend pays homage to her father’s life and teachings, and her most important role is being a dedicated mother to her daughter Wren.

Welcome to the show, Shannon!

Let’s bow in ceremoniously to this interview so that we are both aware and present.

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ERAM SIDDIQUI: Embracing Her Roots and Paying it Forward

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As you all know, I am an organization aficionado. I am a minimalist and believe in buying things of good quality and store them in a way that’s functional and aesthetic.

That’s why I am LOVING the brand Hudson+Bleecker. They provide storage solutions for your daily needs from cosmetic bags to suitcase storage to garment bags. I became fast friends with the founder Eram Siddiqui and am excited to have her on this IG PODCAST LIVE today.

Eram Siddiqui brings over 10 years of entrepreneurial experience as Founder and CEO of Hudson+Bleecker, the premier travel and lifestyle accessories brand focused on thoughtfully designed and functional accessories for women on-the-go. Launched in 2011, Hudson+Bleecker is one of the fastest growing travel accessories brands for women in the country, with over 500 global retailers including Nordstrom and REVOLVE. Hudson+Bleecker has also been featured on QVC, Forbes, Fast Company, The New York Times, The Today Show, Newsweek and has a following of notable beauty, travel and style influencers.

Eram started her career in Public Policy advising two female United States Senators on banking, finance and international trade and then moved on to providing legislative guidance to financial institutions. She loves to travel, hike, cook and spend time with her family as well as support not-for-profit and philanthropic causes. Eram is a Board Member of the Sundara Fund, is Founding Member of Imapct100NYC and supports The Floating Hospital with annual donations of hygiene kits to survivors of domestic violence and women living in NYC shelters. Eram received her B.A. at the University of California, Irvine in Political Science and International Studies. She lives in NYC with her husband, Anees (pronounced Uh-nees), her son Raif (pronounced Rayf) and daughter, Inara (In-ara)

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Milestones with Nanit - Meet Sarah Dorsett

Milestones with Nanit: Meet Sarah Dorsett

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Milestones with Nanit

Milestones with Nanit is a special podcast and video series on “That’s Total Mom Sense” sponsored by Nanit, a family tech company that specializes in smart baby monitors and sleepwear. CEO, Sarah Dorsett and I talk about her journey as an executive in leadership, as a mother, and we hear from the Nanit team and community. Parenting is tough, especially in the early years when you’re getting the hang of things. We are here to support you through the growing pains and to celebrate your babies’ milestones along the way.

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Don’t Let a Dead-End Career Kill Your Passion For Life

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Can you ever be truly successful if you don’t have passion for what you do? Even if you end up with a hefty bank balance, you still might find that the best parts of you have been depleted. A life with financial freedom but no ability to enjoy yourself is a poor existence — but you can change that. If you are willing to look deep within yourself, you may find that the things you love can pay off in more ways than one.

Emotional Wealth

There are many ways to gauge professional and personal success. Being happy at work is one of these. According to a study on the workplace by Léger for Hamster, workplace happiness is achieved by feeling accomplished and having positive interpersonal relations. If you have none of these things, you are probably in the wrong place and lacking in the very important department of emotional richness.

Some people fill their emotional stores with creativity or fitness. But if you have tried these things and still long for more, take a closer look at your profession. Determining a fresh path can be a struggle, but you have resources. For instance, you might get a ballpark idea for a better direction from an online evaluation.

The Search Begins

Even if you do not desire to go back to school, you can still change careers. The search begins by identifying opportunities that spark an interest. Don’t underestimate the power of your network. Think back to conversations you may have had with acquaintances who work in an industry you’re interested in.

Outside of your network, you can always check sites like Craigslist for both job postings and freelance work. The Huffington Post notes that one benefit of working as a freelancer is that you can take on gigs outside of your regular working hours to test out a variety of options until you find something that you don’t want to stop. A few examples of freelance opportunities are web development, marketing, copywriting, project management, and tutoring.

Thought Catalog notes that the key is to find something you’re good at and that you enjoy enough to use as a source of income without letting criticism spoil it for you.

Start Your Own Business

You may decide that instead of working for someone else, you’d rather work for yourself. If so, the ZenBusiness starter guide has plenty of tips for you! After all, starting a business is an exciting prospect, and if handled correctly, it could become a very lucrative venture. However, turning an idea into a viable business will require some work. In fact, you may be surprised by how complicated certain aspects of business ownership can be.

For instance, if you want employees to help you run your business, then you’ll need to set up a payroll system. Payroll is the process of paying your employees, which requires you calculate their gross pay and make any necessary deductions. But it doesn’t stop there — you’ll also need to keep accurate records of these payments. And to ensure you’re in good standing with the IRS, you’ll need to file and make payroll taxes on time.

Although this information may seem intimidating, you can often find freelancers, software, and online guides to help you manage all the details. Don’t let any of this deter you from following your dream of starting a business that you’ll be proud of.

The idea of changing careers can be daunting. But you have to ask yourself which is worse, being unhappy for the long-term or being temporarily uncertain? Before you answer, keep in mind that how you feel at work doesn’t stay there when you leave. Instead, your negative emotions follow you no matter how far away you get from the cubicle. Workplace unhappiness can chip away at who you are until you no longer have the strength or courage to live the best version of your life. Remember, dead ends go nowhere, but you have the power to turn things around.

Kanika Chadda-Gupta is a wife, mother of three, and CEO of Kronologie Agency, a full-service digital marketing firm specializing in branding and web design. As a former television anchor for CNN, she is a born storyteller and host of the top-rated podcast, That’s Total Mom Sense where she interviews industry experts on parenting, lifestyle, and wellness. For more information, click here.

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AVANI PATEL: Advocating for Black Women + WOC Through Media

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Avani Patel is the Chief Operating Officer at ESSENCE. In this role, she leads the Technology, Finance, and Human Resources functions. A veteran of the technology & business consulting industry, her career spans product launch, management/operations and consulting across Fortune 500 companies and start-ups. She intends on fulfilling ESSENCE’s mission of serving Black Women deeply by a continued focus on the company’s digital landscape and business growth. Patel previously led technology at Sundial Brands/Unilever, as well as professional services at Verizon/Totality Corp.

Avani is also a PMP (Project Management Professional) and Six Sigma Black Belt. She recently completed the Women in Leadership Program at Oxford University. A true Jersey Girl by heart, Avani was born and raised in Sayreville, NJ and went on to attend Rutgers University.

Avani is an award-winning Indian folk-dance choreographer and former television host for a South Asian network. Coming from a large family, Patel learned to be organized and vocal from a young age; these are the skills that became the greatest asset to the launch of her career. She continues to lean on the skills and values inherited from her Gujarati family to help guide her, both personally and professionally. When not strategizing for ESSENCE, Avani travels the world with her children, Lucas, 15 & Lara, 14 with the hope that they will, one day, become model global citizens.

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Kanika Chadda Gupta talks about her podcast where listeners can get advice about parenting from herself and others. You can listen at


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Kara chatted with the “That’s Total Mom Sense” Podcast Host, Kanika Chadda-Gupta about parenting tips. Click here for more information about Kanika. KANIKA’S PARENTING TIPS: BE PRESENT WITH YOUR KIDS. MAKE TIME FOR “MAGICAL MOMENTS.” AFFIRM, DON’T COMPLAIN. TRUST YOUR MOM SENSE AND DAD SENSE. 1.When you’re with your kids, BE PRESENT. a.When we’re on…