Nancy Evans announced early in her life that she wanted to have a life full of multiple occupations and experiences, hence, the title of this podcast, the Serial Liver. Remarkably, she’s made this happen, going onto become a storied publisher, author, founder of iVillage, entrepreneur, farmer and mother. Today, Nancy is the host of the Confab podcast and partners with her daughter on the Women’s Wisdom Project, where she shares stories of extraordinary women whose wisdom we all need.
On the podcast, Nancy shares her experience of the careers she’s had and the important stories she’s collected from women she’s met throughout the years. She highlights the importance of community for women who can be inspired by those who want them to succeed, no matter what setbacks they encounter.
(02:29) Act 1: Wesleyan and the fork in the road
(04:03) The Power of One
(05:01) Publishing as a woman at Doubleday
(08:02) Giving Jackie Onassis a raise
(09:15) Family Life Magazine: feeding the hungry parenting market
(10:48) Confidence is found in comfort, like writing a letter to a friend
(12:29) The tech frontier in publishing
(15:55) iVillage and the legacy of women entrepreneurs
(18:25) Humanizing cyberspace
(21:59) Community: the engine behind iVillage
(24:28) Farming in Connecticut, with Evans Media as a side hustle
(25:57) A changing sense of identity
(27:29) Sharing stories through The Confab
(31:20) Building an internet destination for women
(33:32) Moving the room with humor
(34:27) Mother daughter duo
(36:15) Age is just a number
(39:04) Time to write a book
Read Vanity Fair’s Air Mail Newsletter, One Last Lunch, and Growing a Small Business for an enriched perspective on Nancy Evans’ inspiration and work. Listen to Nancy’s Confab Podcast at www.theconfabpodcast.com or sign up for the newsletter for more access to Nancy’s conversations with influential women. Hear more stories of people who found new meaning and fulfillment in the third act of their life on Liz Tinkham’s Third Act podcast at thirdactpodcast.com.