Episodes
Telegraph writer Bryony Gordon had hidden her true self from others, and herself, for many years - until finally, one day, she wrote a column about her experiences of alcoholism, OCD and anxiety. Mary & Emily speak to Bryony about how her colleagues, bosses, friends and family reacted to her 'coming out' and how she came to own the skin that she's in, taking thousands with her as she told her story. This is the last episode of the first series - be sure to listen to the other wonderful...
Published 07/09/19
What kind of a podcast would we be if there wasn't a little treat every now and then? In this episode, Mary Portas and Emily Bryce-Perkins introduce two extracts from the book, Work Like A Woman, which inspired this podcast. This audiobook extract is published by Penguin. For more information, and to buy your copy, visit their website.
Published 07/01/19
The chief executive of Greggs, Roger Whiteside OBE, joins Mary and Emily to discuss how he's grown the baker, but not at the expense of his workforce. Over his career he's seen the worst excesses of alpha management culture... yet kept true to himself. How did he do it, and what can we all learn?
Published 06/24/19
Mary & Emily return to The Attic to talk POLITICS... and are joined by a campaigner who, amongst many notable achievements, persuaded the Bank of England to put Jane Austin on the £10 note. Now Caroline Criado Perez - OBE, don't you know - is on a mission to address the huge disparities in scientific research between men and women, and how that affects our everyday life. Her book, Invisible Women, is out now.
Published 06/17/19
This week we bring you a special edition of Work Like A Woman, where Mary was interviewed by broadcaster Miranda Sawyer in front of a live audience at the Shaw Theatre, London. Together they discuss Mary's roots, her progression through some of the most well-known high street brands, to the highs and lows that brought her to this point. Thanks to Penguin Random House for producing this live event, the staff at the Shaw Theatre, and our sponsors Natwest. To find out more just search NatWest:...
Published 06/10/19
What does it take to hold a room? The world of stand-up comedy is still dominated by male comedians, but as writer-turned-comic Viv Groskop tells Mary Portas, it's all about finding your voice. Also on the programme, we peak behind the scenes of The Work Like A Woman book tour and Mary reveals the many names she's been called in the workplace. Thanks to the sponsors of this episode, Natwest. Find out more about how they're rethinking business here.
Published 06/03/19
Journalist and author Elizabeth Day made, as we all do, some questionable decisions when she started in her chosen career - some were in her power to change... others less so. In our feature interview this week Elizabeth tells us how those mistakes shaped her and how it helped shape her voice. Plus, Mary & head of culture Emily Bryce-Perkins discuss the week in business (including Jamie Oliver's recent misfortune) and we hear about the time Mary tried selling Kinky Knickers to a rather...
Published 05/27/19
Everyone in the UK is entitled to ask for flexible working hours - but most of the time that request is denied. Mary and Emily sit down with Flex Appeal founder Anna Whitehouse (aka Mother Pukka) to discover what we can do to change the culture.   Plus: Mary delivers her verdict on the week's business news, including the recent goings on at Richer Sounds.
Published 05/20/19
Alongside colleague Emily Bryce-Perkins and a host of guests from Bryony Gordon to Elizabeth Day, Mary Portas solves your workplace disputes and learns from our collective mistakes.
Published 05/09/19