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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.

May 6, 2021

Alexandra Carter is a Clinical Professor of Law and the Director of the Mediation Clinic at Columbia Law School. In 2019, Professor Carter was awarded the Columbia University Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching, Columbia University’s highest teaching honor.  


Professor Carter’s teaching and research interests lie in the field of alternative dispute resolution, primarily in mediation and negotiation. She is a leading trainer on negotiation and mediation for many from the private and public sectors, including the United Nations, where she designed a negotiation workshop as part of the first ever skills-building summit for female diplomats, entitled “Women Negotiating Peace;” U.S. courts and federal agencies; private corporations, such as Comcast NBCUniversal, Time Warner and Viacom; and law firms, including Cravath, Swaine & Moore, Morrison & Foerster and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman.  


Back at home, she serves on the New York State Alternative Dispute Resolution Advisory Committee commissioned by Chief Judge Janet DiFiore; she previously served on the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee for the New York City Bar Association as well as the Mediator Ethics Advisory Committee for the New York State Unified Court System.  She is an admitted mediator for the Southern District of New York.


Prior to joining the Columbia faculty, Professor Carter was associated with Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, where she worked as part of a team defending against a multibillion dollar securities class action lawsuit related to the Enron collapse, served as the senior antitrust associate on several multibillion dollar mergers, and handled cases involving copyright law.  She also worked as an analyst at Goldman Sachs. She is a former U.S. Fulbright Scholar to Taiwan.


Professor Carter received her Juris Doctor degree in 2003 from Columbia Law School, where she earned James Kent and Harlan Fiske Stone academic honors. She also won the Jane Marks Murphy Prize for clinical advocacy and the Lawrence S. Greenbaum Prize for the best oral argument in the 2002 Harlan Fiske Stone Moot Court Competition. After earning her degree, Professor Carter clerked for the Hon. Mark L. Wolf, U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts in Boston.


Professor Carter has been sought as a media commentator in the area of conflict resolution, with appearances on MSNBC Live, Hardball with Chris Matthews, the CBS Early Show and NPR Marketplace. Her first book, Ask for More: Ten Questions to Negotiate Anything, will be published by Simon & Schuster on May 5, 2020 and became an instant Wall Street Journal bestseller -- the first negotiation book solo-authored by a woman to make that list.


Professor Carter is the Executive Director of Stand Up Girls, a New Jersey organization dedicated to the empowerment of girls and women. She lives in Maplewood, New Jersey with her husband, Greg Lembrich and their daughter Caroline.   


“The biggest negotiation you will have is within the four walls of your own brain.” 

-Alexandra Carter



Today on When She Founded:

  • Asking for what you are worth with clarity and confidence
  • The importance of picking the right problem to solve
  • Realizing that if you are talking to someone you are negotiating
  • What makes you different is your market advantage
  • How to lessen the gap of understanding your value
  • The three things that your ask should contain
  • How to reconcile your imposter syndrome 
  • The importance of audacity

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Connect with Alexandra on her website and on LinkedIn, Instagram and Clubhouse.

Below is a link to her Free 7 Day challenge.  The second link  is for digital course - which will do a second launch at the end of the 7 day challenge (May 11)



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