Ladderworks is a publishing platform of diverse picture books and online curriculum with the mission to empower over a million kids to become social entrepreneurs. Our current series features interviews by our interplanetary journalist Spiffy with inspiring Social Entrepreneurs, Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Builders, and Changemakers who are advancing the UN SDGs.
Hey, friends! It's Spiffy, back again on Planet Earth with an eye on entrepreneurs making the world a more equitable place! I have another great interview for you this week. Today, I’m excited to cruise around with Meggie Palmer, the founder and CEO of PepTalkHer. Let’s see what she’s been up to!
Spiffy: Thanks for joining me, Meggie! Tell me, what challenge are you addressing through your startup?
Meggie: Glad to be with you, Spiffy! When I was working as a news reporter, I (by accident) discovered I was being paid less than my male colleagues. This totally opened my eyes to the pay discrimination women face in the workplace. I wanted to change that so others didn’t have to go through what I went through. And so PepTalkHer and its app were born!
Spiffy: Awesome! Tell us more about what motivated you to tackle this challenge.
Meggie: I was so lucky in my career as a journalist and foreign correspondent to have amazing mentors. Both men and women supported me and, frankly, believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself. In those moments of doubt, or when you feel yourself spiraling towards the negative at work, it’s so important to have people or prompts to remind you that—actually—it's not all bad! You need a reminder that, sure, you may be having a bad day, BUT don’t forget last week when you had a win! Or the success you achieved a few months ago. The PepTalkHer app prompts you to track your wins, your work successes. The app collates those wins and then reflects them back to you as a reminder when you need it most.
Spiffy: In what ways are you or your organization working towards a more equitable world?
Meggie: The PepTalkHer app is like a FitBit but for your career. It helps you track your career success and focus on the work wins you’ve had. It’s totally free and will collate all your brags in one spot—that way, come performance review and pay-raise time, you have all the data and evidence you need to advocate for your salary increase and promotion. And it works! The PepTalkHer app’s helped women grow their pay from $5,000 extra a year all the way up to more than $100,000 extra in their salary. Awesome, right?
Spiffy: That is awesome indeed! Tell me about a recent organizational milestone or initiative. What impact does that make on your community or audience?
Meggie: I hear from women around the world that the PepTalkHer app, our courses, and our free Pay Raise Cheat Sheet have totally changed their lives and—importantly—their bank balances! We’ve supported people to get pay raises from $5,000 all the way up to more than $100,000.
Spiffy: How wonderful! Please also share an experience when you faced failure and didn't give up. What did you learn from it?
Meggie: So many failures, so little time! Honestly, I feel like anything that doesn’t work out is really just a lesson for the future. That’s the way I try to frame the (multiple) times I’ve mucked up in my personal and business life. I’ve learnt that rejection is redirection, and having a growth mindset is key to handling any obstacle life throws at you.
Spiffy: Is there anything else you would love to tell our audience?
Meggie: If you’re looking for support to get paid more and promoted faster, check out peptalkher.com/paymemore!
Spiffy: Thanks for speaking with me today, Meggie—it’s been an honor!
Meggie Palmer is a confidence creator. She’s a globally-renowned speaker, facilitator, and executive coach. Her work’s been recognised by Vogue Magazine, Forbes, and NBC. She built the PepTalkHer app with the mission of closing the gender pay gap. In her former life, she was an award-winning journalist. (Nominated by Ishveen Jolly of Open Sponsorship. First published on the Ladderworks website on March 10, 2023.)
The views and opinions expressed herein are those of the interviewee and do not necessarily reflect those of Ladderworks LLC.
© 2023 Ladderworks LLC. Edited by George Romar. Spiffy’s illustration by Shreyas Navare. For the Ladderworks digital curriculum to help K-3 kids advance the UN SDGs, visit Spiffy's Launchpad: Creative Entrepreneurship Workshops for K-3 Kids and their caregivers here.