What are the traits that set high-achieving individuals apart? In DNA of a MAKER, a podcast series by MAKERS and supported by 23andMe, Emmy award-winning journalist and E! News co-host Lilliana Vazquez interviews special guests to find out what they value the most about themselves and how these attributes have shaped who they are. Each episode begins with the prompt: What are the three to five qualities that make you successful?
For Tarana Burke, the founder of ‘me too,’ she says the characteristics that define and drive her are her straightforwardness, which she says she got from both her mother and grandmother; decisive nature; and action-oriented approach to life that has helped her to become a healer who doesn’t “facilitate bulls***.” Burke, a champion for women, says that female solidarity, not a personal characteristic rather a societal one, is a key contributor to her work and success.
Kimberlé Crenshaw, a leading authority on civil rights and Black feminist legal thought and the force behind the #SayHerName campaign which calls attention to police violence against Black women, shares the characteristics that she believes have contributed to her overall success, including being observant, prepared and a critical thinker and her thoughts on privilege and fighting authority. The Columbia and UCLA Law School professor, who originally coined the term intersectionality, credits her “not being able to be silent and insisting on saying my peace” as having the most significant impact on her life.
Upcoming DNA of a MAKER guests include me too founder Tarana Burke, sportscaster Erin Andrews, actress and activist Diane Guerrero, journalist Gretchen Carlson and venture capitalist Aileen Lee. Listen and subscribe at Apple Podcasts or wherever you catch your favorite podcasts.
DNA of a MAKER is a Verizon Media production and supported by 23andMe. This podcast is executive produced by Elizabeth Bohnel and Dyllan McGee and produced by Stacy Jackman, Carisse Moy, Kelly Matousek, Jevon Bruh and Jeffrey Pattit. This podcast is edited by Elena Perez, Roy Hamm and Meg Metzger.
This series is funded by 23andMe. All content is editorially independent, with no influence or input from the brand.