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A Daily Dose of Determination with Divya Gugnani

This week, Nikki is interviewing Divya Gugnani who is the co-founder and CEO of Wander Beauty. Nikki met Divya when they both moderated The HEARD’s Beauty for Breakfast Panel. Divya is so impressive, down to Earth, relatable, and super fun!

Divya is a Harvard Business graduate who left her career in investment banking and private equity to build a POPULAR online fashion destination. She sold to QVC in 2012 and co-founded Wander Beauty. Divya uses her success and platform to help other female founders of color. She is the type of woman who makes everyone around her feel like the possibilities are endless.

Nikki and Divya discuss so many compelling topics from empowering women to be successful, to Divya’s favorite beauty tricks. This episode touches on big life changes, work-life balance, creating seats at the table for other women, meditation, interdependence, and so much more. Tune in to listen to this inspiring and thought-provoking episode!

In this episode…

  • Radical authenticity

  • Moving to Miami

  • Big life changes

  • Creating seats at the table

  • Learning how to balance work and life

  • Learning from each other

  • Motivation

  • Empowered women

  • Women in leadership positions

  • Gratitude

  • Investing

  • Star products of Wander Beauty

  • Meditation

  • Beauty tricks

  • Shifting values

  • Interdependence

  • Having conviction

Connect with Nikki: @nikkisappspo @theknowwithnikkispo

Connect with Divya: @dgugnani


“A seat at the table means opportunities.”

“If we want to change the narrative of women having opportunities, we need to have women at all levels. At entry-level, mid-level, and senior leadership positions. We need to be everywhere so we can be surrounding every industry.”

“We have to open doors and invite people in.”

“I was so motivated and so inspired to work on my own, have my own career, to be self-sufficient, to be independent, to be able to own and buy and create things on my own terms. That is what motivated me.”

“I am in the happiest place in my life that I have ever been in. It took me so many years to get here, so many mistakes and miss-steps. And it is ok. Everyone has a different journey.”

“I want women to be empowered to make choices. We should be able to make choices about our bodies and what we want to do with them. We should be able to make choices about our careers and our family. We need to make these choices with partners who are supportive of our journies just the way we are supportive of theirs.”

“I had children and it turned my life upside. It was an identity crisis. I thought, ‘how can I be good at work and be a good mom?’ We have to learn interdependence.”

“The world revolves around interdependence. You have to learn how to rely on others to do your job and fulfill your job. You also have to be there for people when they need help. Learn to be interdependent.”


11:40 | What does a seat at the table mean to you?

14:08 | What was the work ethic modeled like in your family of origin?

18:30 | What are some of the best gifts that women in leadership positions can give each other?

23:00 | Working with other entrepreneurs and investing.

26:00 | The star products of Wander Beauty.

32:15 | What are the most effective beauty tricks in your life?

32:50 | How have your values shifted over time?

33:50 | Learning about the importance of interdependence.

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