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15: ...Meena Harris on Being Too Ambitious, Cooking with her Aunt Kamala Harris, and more!

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Today Zuri Hall is joined by Meena Harris — Founder and CEO of Phenomenal, and the NYT Bestselling author of “Ambitious Girl” and “Kamala and Maya's Big Idea.” Meena dishes on her favorite Netflix shows to binge, how she’s redefining gender roles with her partner Nic Ajagu, and what was going through her head during the 2021 Biden/Harris inauguration. She even shares a recipe inspired by her aunt, THEE Madame Vice President herself, Kamala Harris.

Plus, Meena takes us on the journey of how she was able to pivot as a corporate lawyer, to combine her passion for art and social impact to disrupt the status quo. And she opens up about why ambition isn’t a dirty word, but instead that it means courage and living your purpose. Let us know your favorite part of the convo: @ZuriHall + @HotHappyMess.


Meena Harris was born into a family of strong women whose legacy continues to inspire her. Her grandmother, Shyamala Gopalan, was a cancer researcher and civil rights activist; her mother, Maya Harris, is a lawyer and policy expert; and her aunt is Vice President Kamala Harris.

Meena herself is a lawyer and entrepreneur. In 2017 she founded the Phenomenal, a female-powered organization that brings awareness to social causes. On January 19th, 2021, Meena released her second children's book Ambitious Girl from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. She currently resides in San Francisco with her partner and two daughters. | @Meena

Rapid Fire Facts:

Meena's Favorite TV Show's:

  • Bridgerton, Ozark, + Lovecraft

Meena's Favorite Beauty Product from Live Tinted:

Zuri's Favorite Beauty Product from Live Tinted:

HHM Episode Referenced:

Episode 6: ...Is It Time for You to Pivot?! (ft. Deepica Mutyala) | Happiness + Peac‪e‬

Cooking with Madame Vice-President Kamala Harris




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Recent episodes: if ya feel like bingeing!

ICYMI: Listen to Episode 13: Bachelorette Tayshia Adams on Finding Love, Her Dream Wedding with Zac, and Embracing her Biracial Identity!

ICYMI: Listen to Episode 8: Beauty Boss Jackie Aina is a Forvr MOOD | An AlphaBabe Spotligh‪t‬

ICYMI: Listen to Episode 6: Is It Time for You to Pivot?! (ft. Deepica Mutyala) | Happiness + Peac‪e‬

Go back to the beginning --> ICYMI: Listen to Episode 1: How to Be Happy


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Zuri Hall is an Emmy award-winning TV host (Access Hollywood, American Ninja Warrior) and is the executive producer & host of this millennial-focused podcast that will empower women to avoid “best life burnout” through candid conversation, expert panel discussions, and real-life, human interest stories from everyday women.

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