Innovation in unexpected places

Curated by Chinue Richardson and Halle Millien, founders of LemonDrop Media

LemonDrop Media is a podcast network and production company that amplifies diverse voices, stories, and perspectives and reflects the complexity of communities of color and women. Founders Chinue Richardson and Halle Millien selected a cross-section of podcasts by women that tell the story of innovation in unexpected places.

Around every corner these days lies a message about innovation, branding, and creating the next new thing. This collection highlights a few disruptors that are trying to bring fresh and creative conversations to the podcast space. We love that each show approaches innovation differently and covers real-life experiences of people looking to tell their own stories in their own way.

View, follow, and listen to the whole collection of shows on RadioPublic, available on iOS and Android

Project Entrepreneur

This podcast is by and for women innovators! Project Entrepreneur was founded by Rent the Runway co-founders Jennifer Hyman and Jenny Fleiss — in partnership with UBS. The show takes some key lessons and makes them available to innovative women entrepreneurs. It gives women access to the tools, training and networks needed to build scalable, economically impactful companies.

Dreams In Drive™

This podcast is geared towards creatives and lifestyle entrepreneurs who want to learn how to take their dreams out of PARK and into DRIVE. Each week, entrepreneurs share their personal dream-driving stories and their personal keys to success. The show guests had to think outside the box to get their idea off the ground, and each approach their business with an innovative mindset.


Clever is a podcast about design. Well, actually, it’s about designers. Sure, they’re visionaries, problem-solvers, critical thinkers, rebels, and aesthetes, but above all, they’re human. Designer Amy Devers and Design Milk’s Jaime Derringer have candid and revealing conversations with these super-smart people because relating to the humans responsible for the objects and environments that shape our lives can result in a more meaningful connection to the world around us. We agree, this podcast is clever.

Women at Work

We love this podcast because there’s no workplace orientation session about narrowing the wage gap, standing up to rude male colleagues, or taking on the countless other issues we encounter at work. Harvard Business Review editors Amy Bernstein, Sarah Green Carmichael, and Nicole Torres are untangling some of these knottiest problems. They interview experts on gender, tell stories about their own experiences, and give lots of practical advice to help women succeed in spite of the obstacles. This one is perfect for innovative and ambitious women.

Note to Self

This list would not be complete without including Note to Self. We especially enjoyed their new series, No Filter: Women Owning It Online, with New York Magazine’s The Cut. Every day for a week they covered a new conversation with a badass woman about the highs and lows of living online, and how they’ve bent the internet to their will.

The Rogue Muslim

This show is seeking to understand the complexities the Muslim community through interviews with Muslims from all walks of life. Interviews include some very candid conversations that we can all relate to and bring back to our own local communities. This podcast gets innovative by disrupting stereotypes.


Moe Abdou and Jenna Abdou interview a highly influential roster of thought leaders, authors, founders, creatives, and senior executives to deconstruct the hidden insights that only those who are building breakthrough ventures can reveal. For eight years now, 33 Voices has engaged closely with founders and senior executives to identify interesting and pressing challenges that give rise to thoughtful dialogue with contributors who not only think differently, but who represent the frontiers of knowledge in business, culture and lifestyle.

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