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When She Founded with Somer Hamrick, CEO & Founder of Channel Clinical is an insider view on what it really takes to start and scale a company in STEM. Each episode takes a deeper look into one such business venture and the woman who started it. Industry mavens describe their personal path to entrepreneurship through one-on-one conversations with a host who has been figuring it out herself. Somer Hamrick launched her own company in early 2019. With 20 years’ experience in business development and half that specifically in global health and clinical research, Somer found herself having to reach outside the life science community for support and mentorship. She created When She Founded as a platform to share what she has learned and is still learning, on her journey. This podcast demystifies some of the steps for female founders in industries where representation is lacking.

Oct 1, 2020

How are you coping with the challenges today of entrepreneurship, parenting, educating your children, dealing with the two pandemics of COVID-19 and the heightened racial inequality and injustice? Parenting a toddler is hard y’all, especially when you can’t count on them sleeping when they should. Today I felt that we all needed a reminder and a respite from the grind.


In today’s episode I share with you some advice from some wise women about what we are all facing these days. I also share with you some small victories and why we need to celebrate them. I talked about that we are not alone and many women are also feeling these same pains and the toll it is taking on all of us is unique, yet we are all feeling it. 




“Surge capacity is a collection of adaptive systems — mental and physical — that humans draw on for short-term survival in acutely stressful situations, such as natural disasters. But natural disasters occur over a short period, even if recovery is long. Pandemics are different — the disaster itself stretches out indefinitely” - Ann Masten




Today on When She Founded:


  • I am going off script and reminding us all of some things that we can all do to weather this storm
  • I remind you that it is the last week to sign up for the launch to leads lab
  • I share my experiences as the tiger handler of a three-year-old
  • Some of the various ways that my business has been effected recently
  • What surge capacity is and it’s effects on all of us during this stressful time
  • Some advice for dealing with this ambiguous loss that we all have been experiencing
  • Share some small victories of late
  • The one question you should wake up every day and ask yourself


Resources mentioned:


Insight Timer with Sarah Blondin


Launch to lead website:


Somer’s Instagram handle: Somer_hamrick


Somer’s Mentor Elanor Beaton


 Your surge capacity is depleted- it’s why you feel awful by Tara Haell from

Sandra Shpilberg’s article: New Startup Mindset: Ten Mindset Shifts to Build the Company of Your Dreams




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