Female Firsts

Being the first female to break the glass ceiling in any industry or organization is a cause for celebration. At Female Firsts, not only do we celebrate these career trailblazers, but highlight the woman behind the achievement and their journey that got them where they are today. These inspirational women sit down with EMMY Award winning journalist, Cathleen Trigg-Jones to reveal the ingredients that are needed for women to rise to unthinkable levels. In addition, each female first will uncover the trials and tribulations of being the only woman at the top and maintaining a leadership position.

Season 1: Episode 3
Female First: Dr. Iris Gibbs
Season 1 : Episode 1

On this episode of Female Firsts, Cathleen Trigg-Jones sits down with her childhood friend and accomplished doctor, Iris C. Gibbs. Dr. Gibbs is a Professor of Radiation Oncology and Professor of Neurosurgery and Associate Dean for Medical Student Admissions at Stanford University School of Medicine. She is a champion of diversity and inclusion and was the First African American woman to be a resident in Stanford University’s medical program. On this episode of Female Firsts Dr. Gibbs describes her life story and how she grew into who she is.

Female First: Laura Hope
Season 1: Episode 2

In this special episode of Female First Cathleen gets the Global Head of the Americas at DBS Bank to open up about how she got to where she is today. In this revealing interview Laura shares her childhood, educational history, and how she entered the working world and learned business from her father. While she has been working in an international environment she explains that she is the first black woman in her current role, and was in former roles as well. She shares how she kept a strong mindset while overcoming challenges and obstacles.

Female Firsts: Alicia Guevara
Season 1: Episode 3

Cathleen Trigg-Jones interviews CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC Alicia Guevara on this episode of "Female Firsts." Alicia Guevara is the first woman, first black woman, and first hispanic woman to lead BBBSNYC. Guevara is a passionate youth mentor and works hard to be a good example for the children in her life. She believes positive mentors and youth engagement is the key to success in a young person’s life. Guevara is part of the first female graduating classes at Barnard University and is a graduate of Columbia University with an executive education certificate from the Columbia Business School. On this episode, Alicia details her journey to get to where she is now and how it feels to be so many firsts.