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On the Women Authors of Achievement Podcast, we hear from some of the most successful women of our time about the ebbs and flows of their personal and professional lives. Host Daria Suvorova takes listeners to discover and learn from the inspirations and obstacles these remarkable humans faced to get to where they are today.

Every woman is an author of her own achievements. Throughout history, women founded institutions, built economies and influenced global developments.

On the Women Authors of Achievement (WAA) Podcast, Daria Suvorova interviews some of the most successful women of our time. From investors and social entrepreneurs to textile engineers and design researchers, host Daria delves into the minds of these women. She sets out to uncover the essential ingredients behind their professional paths, taking listeners on a journey through their lives to reveal humble beginnings, seeds that grew into ideas, their inspirations and heroes, and the obstacles they faced to get to where they are today. Whether you are just starting out in your career, lacking motivation or direction, or simply curious to know more about a new topic, let WAA Podcast be the source for your own discovery.

WAA Podcast was launched in February 2021. It doesn’t follow trends or run after sensations, but creates a timeless source of inspiration and knowledge. With over 1,000 downloads per month and regularly included in the Top 100 ‘Career’ Apple Podcasts in Germany and other European countries, episodes are released every two weeks on Spotify, Apple, Google Podcasts and all other podcasting platforms.

Photography by Donya Joshani
Photography by Donya Joshani

I am Daria, founder and host of the WAA Podcast. I strongly believe that every day is a chance to learn and discover new things about ourselves and the world we live in. WAA Podcast was founded as a source for everyone's own discovery.

Growing up in a family that hosted dinners and social events, I was surrounded by creative, ambitious and curious people. Back in those days we had writers, actors, art critics, journalists and artists all coming over to submerge themselves in thought-provoking discussions and reflections on issues happening around the world, which I was invited to participate in from a young age.

I had a desire to create this intimate experience where a small group of women can meet up, discuss different topics and connect on a personal level, which is how I started organizing dinner parties. The first dinner started with only 12 women, but once word got out, more and more started coming and soon a community was formed with over 200 women. The conversations and connections that were made at these dinners, and the amount of knowledge that was shared between these women, is what inspired the WAA Podcast.

Once the pandemic hit, dinners were no longer possible and I started thinking about how we can continue sharing this knowledge, not just within these exclusive circles, but with a wider audience. A year later, the podcast has grown in ways I never imagined possible. We are now on our second season and have had 30 remarkable and inspiring women share their stories so far.

We’ve deep dived into different industries including research design, VC investing and energy-centric leadership, and discussed timely topics, both on the podcast and through written interviews, such as accessible healthcare, sustainability in fashion, and how to create equal financial opportunities for all.

Deep inside I am constantly seeking stories and learnings from other people and my hope is to awaken this curiosity for knowledge in WAA Podcast listeners and WAA Stories readers. I invite you to embark on this journey with me.

You can find me in Berlin, either recording in the studio located in the heart of Kreuzberg, moderating panel discussions, interviewing creative people of Berlin or holding lectures on my favorite topics - podcasting and storytelling.

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