Maliheh Paryavi

The Maliheh Paryavi Podcast features authentic and insightful conversations with amazing leaders and change-makers. It aims to create a community where everyone can tune in for inspiration and growth.

Season 1 was launched on International Women’s Day, March 8, 2019. It brings you candid conversations with eight inspiring women leaders. From beginning to end, every episode is full of useful insights, advice, and strategies as Dr. Paryavi and her guests explore how we can all live our best lives, pursue and thrive in leadership positions, and transform the world both within and around us.

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Latest Episodes


episode 1 — Angela duckworth

What are the keys to success?

Angela Duckworth is a Professor of Psychology at University of Pennsylvania, Founder and CEO of Character Lab, winner of the MacArthur Award (Genius Award), and New York Times Bestselling author on grit.

In this episode, Angela and Maliheh explore the keys to success while sharing reflections from their own growth experiences. Their conversation is full of great insights, reminders, and advice to help us reach our goals and live our best lives.


Episode 2 — iris bohnet

how to close the gender gap in leadership

Iris Bohnet is a Behavioral Economist and Professor of Business and Government at Harvard University, Academic Dean of Harvard Kennedy School, Co-Director of the Women and Public Policy Program, and author of award-winning book, What Works: Gender Equality by Design.

In this episode, Iris takes you through her scholarly journey and shares how she manages all her demanding commitments and finds the motivation to keep going. Iris and Maliheh also discuss the importance of having more women in leadership positions, and present strategies and insights for promoting gender equality and closing the gender gap in leadership.



how to find your passion

Anousheh Ansari is the CEO of the XPRIZE Foundation and Co-Founder of The Billion Dollar Fund for Women, who captured headlines around the world when she embarked upon an 11-day space expedition, accomplishing her childhood dream of becoming the first female private space explorer, first astronaut of Iranian descent, first Muslim woman in space, and fourth private explorer to visit space.

In this episode, Anousheh and Maliheh explore the keys to finding passion and purpose in life, while drawing upon Anousheh’s inspiring journey. They shed light on how we can become curious explorers and the steps we need to take to fulfill our biggest dreams.


Episode 4 — susan A. david

how to thrive with emotional courage

Susan David, Ph.D. is one of the world’s leading management thinkers and an award-winning Harvard Medical School psychologist. She is the author of #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling book, Emotional Agility, and her TED Talk, “The Gift and Power of Emotional Courage,” went viral with over 1 million views in its first week of release.

In this episode, Maliheh asks Susan to share how we can develop the emotional courage and agility to manage our inner worlds and truly empower ourselves to thrive. Susan describes life-changing strategies and techniques for navigating our emotions and using the critical information they provide to transform how we live, parent, and lead.


Future Episodes

New Episodes will be available monthly, starting September 25, 2019


Amaney A. Jamal

Edwards S. Sanford Professor of Politics at Princeton University

Director of the Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice

Amaney A. Jamal is the Edwards S. Sanford Professor of Politics at Princeton University and Director of the Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice. Jamal also directs the Workshop on Arab Political Development and the Bobst-American University of Beirut Collaborative Initiative.  

In 2006, Jamal was named a Carnegie Scholar. Her book, Barriers to Democracy (2007), which explores the role of civic associations in promoting democratic effects in the Arab world, won the 2008 American Political Science “Best Book Award” in the Comparative Democratization section. Jamal is the co-Principal of the Arab Barometer Project (Winner of the Best Dataset in the Field of Comparative Politics (Lijphart/Przeworski/Verba Dataset Award 2010), and has secured over 4 million dollars in grants for this and other projects.


christiane northrup, m.d.

OB/GYN & World Renowned Authority on Women’s Health and Wellness

Christiane Northrup, M.D. is a visionary pioneer and a leading authority in the field of women’s health and wellness.  She is a board-certified OB/GYN, former assistant clinical professor of OB/GYN at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, and a three-time New York Times bestselling author of “Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom,” “The Wisdom of Menopause,” and “Goddesses Never Age: The Secret Prescription for Radiance, Vitality, and Well-being.” 

In 2013, Reader’s Digest named Dr. Northrup one of the “100 Most Trusted People in America.”  In 2016, she was named one of Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul 100, a group of leaders who are using their voices and talent to awaken humanity. And in 2018, Dr. Northrup received the first Mind/Body Healing award, a special category within the New Thought Walden Awards, honoring those who use empowering spiritual ideas and philosophies to change lives and make the planet a better place.


Shivani siroya

Founder and CEO, Tala

Shivani Siroya is the founder and CEO of Tala. Tala’s mission is to expand access to financial products to the emerging middle class globally.  Millions of people have received access to credit and other services through Tala’s smartphone app. Tala is currently operating across East Africa, Southeast Asia, and Latin America. Tala is backed by leading venture investors including PayPal, Revolution, IVP, Ribbit Capital, and Lowercase Capital. In 2018, Forbes named Tala as one of the top 50 FinTech companies in the world, and Tala's work has been highlighted by the New York Times, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, TED, and TechCrunch, among others. Tala is headquartered in Santa Monica with additional offices in Nairobi, Manila, Dar Es Salaam, Mexico City, Mumbai, and Bangalore.


Valerie B. Jarrett

Senior Advisor, Obama Foundation

Valerie B. Jarrett is a senior advisor to the Obama Foundation and Attn, a Senior Distinguished Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School, and President of the Board of When We All Vote. She also serves on the boards of Ariel Investments, 2U, Lyft, the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, and the Economic Club of Chicago. Her New York Times bestselling book, “Finding My Voice: My Journey to the West Wing and the Path Forward” was released in April, 2019.

Ms. Jarrett was the longest serving Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama. She oversaw the Offices of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs and Chaired the White House Council on Women and Girls. Ms. Jarrett worked throughout her tenure at the White House to mobilize elected officials, business and community leaders, and diverse groups of advocates. She led the Obama Administration’s efforts to expand and strengthen access to the middle class, and boost American businesses and our economy. She championed the creation of equality and opportunity for all Americans, and economically and politically empowering women in the United States and around the world.


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