Success can be defined in many ways. Our conversations with trailblazers, entrepreneurs, artists and business leaders explore how diverse women have paved their own way forward. Many have launched profitable companies; others have walked away from successful careers to pursue their dreams in other fields. As you listen to the stories of these determined and talented women, we hope they will inspire you to overcome the obstacles in your path and create your own unique version of success.


  • Preparing for Next: A Live Interview with Maggie Tucker

    Preparing for Next: A Live Interview with Maggie Tucker

    14/05/2020 Duração: 21min

    Maggie Tucker is the owner and founder of the Nashville-based retail stores magpies baby and magpies girl. The magpies stores provide clothing, gifts and more for young girls and their families in a uniquely joyful and fun environment. Maggie has been featured in Southern Living, Cottage Living and Gift Shop Magazine, and she won HGTV’s award for top retail merchandising and design. Maggie is also passionate about serving the Nashville community, both by partnering with entrepreneurs and creatives and by giving back to organizations like Preston Taylor Ministries and the Dream Center. When Maggie realized her store would have to close because of COVID-19, she and her team shifted the entire business online, providing curbside pickup and shipping orders to families across the country. She’s also had to stay flexible with her plans around ordering new products, marketing her business and still providing an incredible experience even when people can’t come into the physical store. In the process, she’s witnessed

  • Preparing for Next: Marketing for the Next Phase with Nekasha Pratt

    Preparing for Next: Marketing for the Next Phase with Nekasha Pratt

    07/05/2020 Duração: 23min

    Nekasha Pratt is an award-winning marketer, speaker and thought leader. She works as the Director of Marketing for Tennessee Tourism and is the Chief Strategy and Brand Officer for her own firm, Bright Advisory Group. With almost 20 years of marketing experience, Nekasha has worked in a wide array of roles and industries, servicing both small and large clients. Today she specializes in digital marketing, branding and multicultural marketing. Nekasha has been honored with many national and local awards, including 3 international Cannes Lions Awards, Nashville’s 2019 Women of Influence Award, a BizWomen Economic Develop Headliner, and more. She also serves her community on boards like Women Can Be Angels, the U.S. Civil Rights Trail, and Together Digital, and she’s an advisor for the Nashville Entrepreneur Center and a Business Mentor for Pathway Women’s Business Center.  In the midst of COVID-19, Nekasha believes marketing is more important than ever, and she’s helping clients to shift their messaging to build

  • Controlling the Narrative of COVID-19 with Nicole Wegman

    Controlling the Narrative of COVID-19 with Nicole Wegman

    30/04/2020 Duração: 22min

    Nicole Wegman is the founder and CEO of Ring Concierge, a jewelry company that’s making luxury accessible to the masses. Ring Concierge is run by women, for women, and it is disrupting the traditionally male-dominated jewelry industry with its all-female team and thriving e-commerce business. In 2013, Nicole left a career in the fashion industry to start Ring Concierge, inspired by her own experience of shopping for an engagement ring and realizing the industry lacked the perspective of millennial women. Ring Concierge has amassed a large social media following, where Nicole blurs the line between retailer and influencer to provide engaging, accessible content for her customers. Since the start of COVID-19, Nicole has had to pivot her business strategies multiple times, first by finding packaging manufacturers outside of China, and most recently by shifting to fully remote work when it became unsafe to go into the company’s New York City office. Because of her innovative, e-commerce approach to jewelry retail

  • Controlling the Narrative of COVID-19 with Gail Peace

    Controlling the Narrative of COVID-19 with Gail Peace

    23/04/2020 Duração: 16min

    Gail Peace is the Founder and CEO of Ludi, Inc., a healthcare technology and physician-advocacy firm that helps hospitals manage payments to their physicians. She has more than 25 years of experience as a healthcare executive and entrepreneur, serving in leadership roles at companies including WebMD and Vanguard Health Chicago. With Ludi, Gail created DocTime Log, Ludi’s software that helps clients keep track of their complex contracts with the independently employed physicians who work for them. Gail has been honored as a Female Healthcare IT Leader to Know by Becker’s Hospital Review in 2018 and 2019, and she’s a published author, blogger and speaker.  In the midst of COVID-19, Gail wants to help all hospitals pay their physicians properly, even those that aren’t Ludi clients. She and her team developed a free version of DocTime Log to help hospitals keep track of the practitioners who may be working different hours or in different areas than normal. She’s also working to keep her employees informed about t

  • Controlling the Narrative of COVID-19 with Christine Owenell

    Controlling the Narrative of COVID-19 with Christine Owenell

    16/04/2020 Duração: 19min

    Christine Owenell is an executive coach, consultant and speaker who’s passionate about helping leaders cultivate presence, compassion and self-awareness. She’s the founder of Owenell Global Consultancy, where she works with CEOs, high net worth individuals, entrepreneurs and people in transition to help companies scale without losing their souls. She’s also a partner at Evolution Service Corp, a coaching organization that specializes in working with high growth startups and companies. Christine has advised and coached leaders at high-profile organizations including Slack, Vanderbilt, LinkedIn, Northwestern Mutual and more. In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, Christine is helping executives to navigate all of the unknowns by reminding them that it’s OK to not have answers and giving them space to be vulnerable and talk about their fears and questions. She’s also launched her first group coaching program, where she’s working with high level leaders to help them transform the chaos of COVID-19 into new opportun

  • Controlling the Narrative of COVID-19 with Nina Stanley

    Controlling the Narrative of COVID-19 with Nina Stanley

    14/04/2020 Duração: 19min

    Nina Stanley is the Chief Creative and Neuromarketing Officer at MOD, a human experience agency. She helps brands bridge their physical and virtual expressions with an innovative approach that uses applied neuroscience principles. MOD has worked with an impressive portfolio of clients, including Comcast, CVS and Whole Foods. Nina is also an advocate for women’s heart health issues and the American Heart Association, and she works alongside the Quell Foundation to eliminate societal stigmas around mental health.  MOD started in 2004 and had to survive the Great Recession, so Nina has experience with leading her team through crises. However, COVID-19 has presented new challenges for MOD, as they’ve had to adapt to completely remote work for the first time. Nina and her team have risen to the challenge by maximizing the effectiveness of digital communication and producing helpful and engaging content for both the MOD team and their clients.  In This Episode: Nina explains how her team has been proactive about en

  • Controlling the Narrative of COVID-19 with Marcie Allen Van Mol

    Controlling the Narrative of COVID-19 with Marcie Allen Van Mol

    09/04/2020 Duração: 18min

    Marcie Allen Van Mol is the President and Founder of MAC Presents, a music sponsorship and experiential agency that connects artists, brands and fans. With more than 25 years of experience in the music industry, Marcie has worked with brands including Sony, Southwest and Verizon and artists like The Rolling Stones, Chance the Rapper and Billy Joel. Marcie teaches as an adjunct professor at NYU Steinhardt and is on boards for the Country Music Association and Berklee College of Music. She’s also a partner at Anzie Blue, a luxury CBD oil company and coffee shop that she started with her husband. When COVID-19 started to keep people from going to restaurants or wanting to visit Anzie Blue, Marcie and her team had to figure out how to pivot the business, adding takeout, curbside and local delivery for coffee, food and CBD Products. Marcie also moved to online marketing, using Instagram to engage with customers and educate them about Anzie Blue’s products. Since then, the shop has rapidly adjusted to new challenge

  • Controlling the Narrative of COVID-19 with Angela Proffitt

    Controlling the Narrative of COVID-19 with Angela Proffitt

    07/04/2020 Duração: 21min

    Angela Proffitt is an entrepreneur, wedding and events expert, productivity consultant, speaker, writer and coach. She’s the founder of productivity company GSD Creative and cofounder of Collective615, the first coworking space for women in Nashville. Angela has published eight books, created many online classes and live events, and hosts the Business Unveiled podcast.  Angela is not new to disasters putting a halt on business. During the 2010 Nashville flood she learned the importance of having important documents backed up online and a team that could work virtually. This experience helped her create a new business teaching other companies how to do the same.  Today a majority of Angela’s revenue comes from live events so she had to pivot again and find a way to keep earning revenue. In This Episode: Angela shares her story of creating multiple businesses that help companies stay productive and reach their goals, and she explains how she created programs to make live events virtual and help companies take

  • COVID-19 Controlling the Narrative with Jacqueline Au

    COVID-19 Controlling the Narrative with Jacqueline Au

    02/04/2020 Duração: 16min

    In this new series from Her Story of Success, we’re highlighting the stories of women who are controlling the narrative around their businesses during COVID-19. Jacqueline Au is the founder and creative director of The LOFT Bridal, a Hong Kong-based boutique where brides can experience a personalized, intentional shopping experience. Jaqueline shares how coronavirus drastically impacted her business and how wakeboarding has helped her learn to ride the wave known as COVID-19. They have gotten creative to find a new way to do virtual appointments and have implemented new health and safety policies so she can continue serving brides while also protecting her employees.

  • Redefining Hustle with Lily Hansen

    Redefining Hustle with Lily Hansen

    16/03/2020 Duração: 42min

    Lily Hansen has built her career around her passion for conversation. As an author, writer and speaker, she has interviewed more than 1,000 people all over the world, and she’s an advocate for better conversation and deeper connection in an increasingly digital age.  After working as a freelance music journalist, Lily found herself at a crossroads in her career and decided to pursue a new creative project. She started compiling interviews and portrait photography into a book, called Word of Mouth: Nashville Conversations.  Since then, Lily has written two more books under the Word of Mouth umbrella, including one to celebrate the 50th anniversary of HCA Healthcare. She also gave a TedX Talk in December, called “Talking to Strangers is My Self-Care,” which was all about the wisdom she’s gained from her interviews. Lily is an inspiration not only because of the work she does, but also because of her ability to find success in the pursuit of her own passions and happiness. She joins Leah on Her Story of Success

  • Moving from Stuck to Courage with Hayley Dickson

    Moving from Stuck to Courage with Hayley Dickson

    02/03/2020 Duração: 44min

    Hayley Dickson has always been driven to find “success” in her career. After a decade in the entertainment business, rising from executive assistant to  SVP at Fremantle Media, the largest media production and distribution company in Europe, she realized she wasn’t fulfilled.  While exiting the entertainment arena, a conversation with her financial advisor led to an offer from his company, Northwestern Mutual. In her first year, Hayley was No. 1 in the Western Region among advisors with fewer than five years at the company, and in 2019 she was named one of the Los Angeles Business Journal’s Most Influential Wealth Managers.  During that time she also worked tirelessly with the corporate office to launch a family planning policy that allows more flexibility and better benefits for financial advisor moms. That policy she helped create, is now used nationwide.  And it has changed the face of family planning for parents at Northwestern Mutual Hayley primarily works with women, LGBTQ+ and diverse communities. She’

  • Why You Should Care About Personal Branding with Cynthia Johnson

    Why You Should Care About Personal Branding with Cynthia Johnson

    17/02/2020 Duração: 56min

    Cynthia Johnson, Co-Founder & CEO of Bell + Ivy wrote Platform: The Art & Science of Personal Branding for “normal people.” She is on the podcast today to share whether we are a CEO, entrepreneur, or employee why it is important for us to own our personal brand and some steps we can take audit our online brand. Cynthia shares why it is important for us to advocate for ourselves, our work, and learn how to ask for what we want.  Let us know which tip or quote is your favorite @herstorysuccess and @cynthialive  We write about all of our podcasts. Check out the full post and learn what I learned from Cynthia at Thanks so much for listening! If you like this episode, please subscribe (for free) to “Her Story of Success” rate and review wherever you listen to podcasts.

  • Radically Generous Women Changing the World with Vicki Saunders

    Radically Generous Women Changing the World with Vicki Saunders

    03/02/2020 Duração: 43min

    Vicki Saunders is Founder & CEO of SheEO, a radically redesigned ecosystem that supports, finances, and celebrates female innovators.  Vicki has co-founded and run ventures in Europe, Toronto and Silicon Valley and taken a company public on the Toronto Stock Exchange. She was recently named as 1 of 30  “World-Changing Women in Conscious Business” by Conscious Company Magazine, one of the 100 most influential leaders of 2015 from “EBW – Empowering A Billion Women”, and in 2001, was selected as a Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum. In this Episode Vicki shares stories of growing up in the farm version of Disneyland, her experience living in Europe when the Berlin wall fell, importance of finding your tribe, when she learned your environment will determine who you become, and her entrepreneurial journey that led to to start SheEO.  The highlights:  Vicki explains how she “mashed together” microfinancing, crowdfunding, and other funding concepts to create SheEO (9:08) Why they give a 0% l

  • Chasing the Bright Side with Jess Ekstrom

    Chasing the Bright Side with Jess Ekstrom

    06/01/2020 Duração: 53min

    Jess Ekstrom , Founder & CEO of Headbands of Hope joins Leah in the Nashville studio for a fun conversation about the humble of Headbands of Hope, why she started a social enterprise instead of a nonprofit, and some of the lessons learned from her book Chasing the Bright Side.  They discuss some of the challenges Jess faced growing Headbands of Hope, how she redefines what entrepreneurship means, and how she is passionate about humanizing the hustle of success and normalizing the mess in the middle.  Jess tells the story of hearing Blake Mycoskie from Tom’s Shoes speak and how he inspired her to believe that we don't have to choose between making a living and making a difference.   She shares how taking improve classes helped her look at life in the expansiveness of possibilities instead of just making strategies and plans, and that some of the turning points in her life happened because she said yes and showed up.  We also talk through the process of writing her book Chasing the Bright Side and the humbl

  • Growth  Belonging

    Growth & Belonging

    23/12/2019 Duração: 44min

    Melissa N. Aldridge is the Director of Corporate Strategy and Development for  Unum Group and the new COO and CFO of Her Story of Success. These roles allow her to fulfill her twin passions of deriving actionable insights to transform businesses and positively impacting women and families.   A talent for seeing the big picture and executing on details has enabled Melissa to have unique experiences in corporate strategy, investment portfolio management, technology commercialization, operations and finance for startups, and venture and angel capital funding. She is a trusted advisor and partner of business leaders and has held leadership roles in organizations ranging from not-for-profits to Fortune 500 companies. Melissa serves as an investment committee member of the Launch Tennessee Innovation Capital Continuum Fund.  In this episode Host, Leah Hayes, introduces Melissa Aldridge as her new business partner with Her Story of Success. They discuss Melissa’s background, what led her to join Her Story of Success

  • From a Woman’s Perspective

    From a Woman’s Perspective

    09/12/2019 Duração: 49min

    Marcie Allen and Maria Aspan joined host, Leah Hayes for a lively and fun conversation recorded live in New York City where they discuss starting, running and growing a business from a woman’s perspective. They cover the types and amounts of financing needed as you start and grow a business, common struggles of entrepreneurs, unique challenges women face as business owners, and why you need to start planning for your exit early.  Marcie Allen is the Founder and CEO of MAC Presents, a music sponsorship and experiential agency that connects artists, brands and fans. She’s built an impressive portfolio of programs for brands including Sony, Southwest Airlines, AT&T, Microsoft, Capital One and more, and she’s worked with artists like Chance the Rapper, Lady Antebellum, Green Day and Billy Joel.  Maria Aspan is the author of Startup Money Made Easy: The Inc. Guide to Every Financial Question About Starting, Running, and Growing Your Business. When we recorded this episode, she was working as the editor-at-larg

  • Choosing Happiness with Joy Altimare

    Choosing Happiness with Joy Altimare

    25/11/2019 Duração: 46min

    Joy Altimare is a successful brand strategist who worked with companies like L’Oreal, Verizon, Colgate-PalmOlive and Conde Nast. Her took her skills to EHE Health where she became the Chief Engagement and Brand Officer. As the only woman and the only person of color on her company’s executive team, she knows how hard it can be to deal with discrimination in the workplace, but she hasn’t let that stop her. She’s built her life and career on her own terms. As a working mom in NYC, Joy understands the importance of surrounding herself with a tribe of amazing women and has learned that the choices she makes for her family might look different than how she was raised. Joy is passionate about mentorship and connecting kids with great opportunities, and she’s such a great example of strength and resilience. In this episode, Joy explains how mentorship shaped her career, and she shares about her passion for mentoring others (3:39). She opens up about dealing with racism and sexism in the workplace and encourages lis

  • Becoming a Self-Aware Leader

    Becoming a Self-Aware Leader

    11/11/2019 Duração: 55min

    Terry Humphrey, CPC is an executive coach that helps people develop the skills and mindset they need to adapt and compete in today’s constantly changing business world. Terry’s story is great for anyone focused on leadership or personal development. She is passionate about helping people find deeper satisfaction and personal fulfillment. For Terry, that includes taking time to rest and enjoy life while still achieving great results in the workplace. She’s full of so much wisdom and practical guidance, which allows her to help leaders find new levels of success, whether they’re stepping into a position, dealing with organizational change or just looking to get better results. In this episode, Terry describes some of the most important lessons she took from her time as a manager, such as  the value of finding mentors, learning to slow down and engage with people, and making smart hiring decisions (6:15).  After her mother’s passing and a period of feeling exhausted, Terry decided to  shift her career in a di

  • Leading from the Heart with Sarah Giblin

    Leading from the Heart with Sarah Giblin

    28/10/2019 Duração: 51min

    Sarah Giblin has seen firsthand the power of a great education, and she’s passionate about helping a diverse community of students have access to a great education. As the Managing Director of Schools at Valor Collegiate Academy, Sarah and her team are proving each day that any student can be successful no matter their ethnicity, socio-economic status, or background.  Today, Sarah oversees three of Valor’s five public charter schools, where she’s helped students achieve incredible academic results. Her school was one of only 15 in all of Tennessee to rank in the top 5% in both academic growth and academic achievement. Valor also focuses on developing students and teachers holistically, growing in mind, body and spirit. In 2018, Sarah was honored for all of her amazing work as the Tennessee Charter School Center’s Administrator of the Year. She’s a passionate educator, driven achiever, and her story is a great example of what can happen when you find your life’s purpose and pursue it everyday.  In this episode

  • Creating Your Own Path to Success with Dr. Lamees Hamdan

    Creating Your Own Path to Success with Dr. Lamees Hamdan

    14/10/2019 Duração: 51min

    When Dr. Lamees Hamdan struggled to find a safe and effective stretch mark oil to use while pregnant, she decided to make her own. That project grew into Shiffa, a luxury, organic skincare line that focuses on healing the skin from within. Dr. Lamees took a major risk when she left her job in the medical field to launch Shiffa, but her efforts paid off. Today, the brand is sold in Sephoras in the Middle East and in Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s in the U.S., and Dr. Lamees’ products are also used by spas around the world.  Dr. Lamees recently re-entered the medical profession and is now working with the United Arab Emirates’ Ministry of Health, promoting integrative healing. She also launched a new company, DL.MD, where she used her knowledge to develop a liquid multivitamin. Dr. Lamees has achieved so many things while also raising her four children and committing to continue learning about holistic health, and she serves as a huge inspiration. In this episode, Dr. Lamees tells her story of discovering a new p

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