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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Genies Wants To Help Creators Build ‘Avatar Ecosystems’

Christian Hetrick

Christian Hetrick is dot.LA's Entertainment Tech Reporter. He was formerly a business reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer and reported on New Jersey politics for the Observer and the Press of Atlantic City.

Genies Wants To Help Creators Build ‘Avatar Ecosystems’

When avatar startup Genies raised $150 million in April, the company released an unusual message to the public: “Farewell.”

The Marina del Rey-based unicorn, which makes cartoon-like avatars for celebrities and aims to “build an avatar for every single person on Earth,” didn’t go under. Rather, Genies announced it would stay quiet for a while to focus on building avatar-creation products.

Genies representatives told dot.LA that the firm is now seeking more creators to try its creation tools for 3D avatars, digital fashion items and virtual experiences. On Thursday, the startup launched a three-week program called DIY Collective, which will mentor and financially support up-and-coming creatives.

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Here's What To Expect At LA Tech Week

Christian Hetrick

Christian Hetrick is dot.LA's Entertainment Tech Reporter. He was formerly a business reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer and reported on New Jersey politics for the Observer and the Press of Atlantic City.

Here's What To Expect At LA Tech Week

LA Tech Week—a weeklong showcase of the region’s growing startup ecosystem—is coming this August.

The seven-day series of events, from Aug. 15 through Aug. 21, is a chance for the Los Angeles startup community to network, share insights and pitch themselves to investors. It comes a year after hundreds of people gathered for a similar event that allowed the L.A. tech community—often in the shadow of Silicon Valley—to flex its muscles.

From fireside chats with prominent founders to a panel on aerospace, here are some highlights from the roughly 30 events happening during LA Tech Week, including one hosted by dot.LA.

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Motional Links With Uber to Make Robotaxis a Reality

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 samsonamore@dot.la and find him on Twitter @Samsonamore.

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Motional, a self-driving taxi startup backed by Hyundai, will partner with Uber to bring its robotic taxis to cities throughout the United States within the next decade as part of its push to get people more comfortable with the concept of taking a ride in a driverless electric vehicle.

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