Behind Her Empire: Dr. Sara Gottfried on Keeping Hormones Balanced In Stressful Times

Yasmin Nouri

Yasmin is the host of the "Behind Her Empire" podcast, focused on highlighting self-made women leaders and entrepreneurs and how they tackle their career, money, family and life.

Each episode covers their unique hero's journey and what it really takes to build an empire with key lessons learned along the way. The goal of the series is to empower you to see what's possible & inspire you to create financial freedom in your own life.

Behind Her Empire: Dr. Sara Gottfried on Keeping Hormones Balanced In Stressful Times

When Dr. Sara Gottfried speaks with her patients about stress and what it does to the body, she speaks from experience.

"I would park in my driveway, knowing that my precious daughter was inside with a nanny, and that I needed to get in that front door. And I just felt paralyzed. I felt paralyzed because I was so stressed," Dr. Gottfried said in this week's episode of the Behind Her Empire podcast.

A graduate from Harvard and MIT, Dr. Gottfried is a board-certified physician who has spent her career demystifying hormones and helping patients improve their health more broadly with personalized medicine.

Dr. Gottfried said she took it upon herself to go to a lab where she discovered that her stress hormone was three times as high as it should have been. Her body was producing too much cortisol, leaving her testosterone low, and leading to an imbalance.

After finding a natural way of getting her hormones back in balance, Dr. Gottfried wrote her first book and started her own digital health business.

She says one of the biggest myths women entrepreneurs face is the belief that they have to sacrifice their health in order to be successful.

"You had a fantastic raise, in terms of capital, but your relationships are suffering, your relationship with your own health is suffering. To me, that's not success. I think success for women is really about integration. And the core of it, the foundation of it is your health," said Dr. Gottfried.

Sara Gottfried, MD is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Integrative Medicine and Nutritional Sciences at Thomas Jefferson University and director of precision medicine at the Marcus Institute of Integrative Health where she focuses on career longevity for female CEOs. Her books include "The Hormone Cure," "The Hormone Reset Diet," and "Women, Food, and Hormones."

Engagement intern Joshua Letona contributed to this post.

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Los Angeles’ Wage Growth Outpaced Inflation. Here’s What That Means for Tech Jobs

Samson Amore

Samson Amore is a reporter for dot.LA. He holds a degree in journalism from Emerson College and previously covered technology and entertainment for TheWrap and reported on the SoCal startup scene for the Los Angeles Business Journal. Send tips or pitches to and find him on Twitter @Samsonamore.

Los Angeles’ Wage Growth Outpaced Inflation. Here’s What That Means for Tech Jobs

Inflation hit cities with tech-heavy workforces hard last year. Tech workers fortunate enough to avoid layoffs still found themselves confronting rising costs with little change in their pay.

Those national trends certainly touched down in Los Angeles, but new data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show that the city of angels was the only major metro area that saw its wage growth grow by nearly 6% while also outpacing the consumer price index, which was around 5%. Basically, LA was the only area where adjusted pay actually came out on a net positive.

So, what does this mean for tech workers in LA County?

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Energy Shares Wants to Offer You a Chance to Invest in Green Energy Startups

David Shultz

David Shultz reports on clean technology and electric vehicles, among other industries, for dot.LA. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Outside, Nautilus and many other publications.

Energy Shares Wants to Offer You a Chance to Invest in Green Energy Startups
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The Inflation Reduction Act contains almost $400 billion in funding for clean energy initiatives. There’s $250 billion for energy projects. $23 billion for transportation and EVs. $46 billion for environment. $21 billion for agriculture, and so on. With so much cash flowing into the sector, the possibilities for investment and growth are gigantic.

These investment opportunities, however, have typically been inaccessible for everyday retail investors until much later in a company’s development–after an IPO, usually. Meaning that the best returns are likely to be captured by banks and other institutions who have the capital and financing to invest large sums of money earlier in the process.

That’s where Pasadena-based Energy Shares comes in. The company wants to help democratize access to these investment opportunities and simultaneously give early-stage utility-scale energy projects another revenue stream.

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Why These Ukrainian Entrepreneurs Are Making LA Their Home

Aisha Counts
Aisha Counts is a business reporter covering the technology industry. She has written extensively about tech giants, emerging technologies, startups and venture capital. Before becoming a journalist she spent several years as a management consultant at Ernst & Young.
Why These Ukrainian Entrepreneurs Are Making LA Their Home
Joey Mota

Fleeing war and chasing new opportunities, more than a dozen Ukrainian entrepreneurs have landed in Los Angeles, finding an unexpected community in the city of dreams. These entrepreneurs have started companies that are collectively worth more than $300 million, in industries ranging from electric vehicle charging stations to audience monetization platforms to social networks.

Dot.LA spent an evening with this group of Ukrainian citizens, learning what it was like to build startups in Ukraine, to cope with the unimaginable fear of fleeing war, and to garner the resilience to rebuild.

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