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The Story Behind Her Success Podcast
HOSTED BY CANDY O’TERRY
If you want to get someone’s attention, just tell them a great story. That’s what The Story Behind Her Success with Candy O’Terry is all about. Once a week, we’ll make your day and change your life by introducing you to a woman whose story is so powerful, you will never forget it. Program host and award-winning broadcaster Candy O’Terry has interviewed over 600 women from every walk of life, so there’s no stumbling around in this podcast! Success is so much more than the outcome. It’s about the journey. It’s the story of how you got there. Buckle up and come along for the ride.
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Meet a woman who has made a living making her clients look really good. No, she’s not a stylist. She’s a public relations genius and that’s not all. Dayla Arabella Santurri is the whole marketing package: one part event architect, one part PR/media strategist and one part talent buyer. She especially loves helping non-profits build fundraising events so that they can spread the word about their missions. And when she’s not doing what she does for a living, Dayla continues to mentor and guide others through Boston Women in Media & Entertainment, an organization she co-founded in 2012 to connect, educate and inspire women in these fields through wisdom workshops and powerful networking events. In this revealing interview, we sat down to talk about what makes her tick, including her work ethic, her faith, how she gets around obstacles and the next big chapter in her stellar career.
Jayme Washington has made a name for herself as the Founder & CEO of Washtone Media. A digital architect with 650 clients worldwide, Jayme’s company specializes in SEO: search engine optimization, social media marketing and strategy, branding, small business start-ups, product launches and more. A business leader and a fearless entrepreneur, Jayme is also a devoted community leader, a mentor, a public speaker, a coach and a trailblazer. But if you were to ask Jayme what she is most proud of, this loving wife and mother of five will point to her family, the power of her faith, and the lessons she has learned as a breast cancer survivor. #storybehindhersuccess #16LifeLessons candyoterry.com
It wasn’t that long ago when parents played an active role in teaching their children about the importance of respect and good manners. Sadly, those times have changed. Yet, the need for civility has never been greater. Enter Judith Bowman, Founder of Protocol Consultants International and the National Civility Foundation. A graduate of Boston College, she specializes in teaching people the kinds of interpersonal communications skills that help them stand out from the rest and succeed. In this interview, we dive into where her interest in teaching manners comes from, and her hopes for spreading the word about the need for civility throughout the United States. #storybehindhersuccess #16LifeLessons candyoterry.com
Kate Beeders is all about success. That’s her focus. It is at the heart of her mission to help others succeed. And if you are an entrepreneur, listen up! This exceptional woman has created programs that support the mindset and the unique challenges every entrepreneur must face. She is the author of The Winning Way, winner of the Quillie Award from the National Association of Best Selling Authors. Her latest book is titled Go or Don’t Go: The Complete Guide to Accelerate Your Success and Tap into your Brilliance. The Founder of Brilliance Builders, Kate refers to herself as The Breakthrough Expert. She maintains that it is actually easier than you think to make money fast. Do we have your attention? Download Kate Beeder’s episode now. It just might change your life. #storybehindhersuccess #16LifeLessons candyoterry.com
The road toward success has not been straight for Anne-Marie Aigner, but then again, she believes that LIFE is not a straight line and the real key to success is simply to never give up. In this episode, we explore the career path of a woman who began as a broadcaster working for CBS in Paris, France and then in New York City and Washington, DC. She loved the excitement of breaking news and chasing stories, but when she became a single mom, Anne-Marie decided to use her writing skills and her connections to create her own PR agency. When it was clear she needed an extra set of hands, Anne-Marie invited her best friend, Janet Prensky to join the company, eventually creating Aigner/Prensky Marketing. Thirty-five years later, her business continues to thrive and now includes Food Truck Festivals of America. The proud daughter of international photojournalist Lucien Aigner, Anne-Marie has spent the last 20 years chronicling, organizing and finding a home at Yale for a body of work that includes over 100,000 photographs taken between 1920’s and the 1950’s including candid photos taken during World War II of Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, and Winston Churchill, as well as up-close and personal shots of Albert Einstein taken at Princeton University. This daughter, mother, grandmother, PR pro, friend, and philanthropist has lots of wisdom to share about the power of adversity and the value of finding a way around obstacles…even if it takes a while! #storybehindhersuccess #16LifeLessons candyoterry.com
Once the Chief Marketing Officer for seven tech companies and the former CEO of an international marketing firm, Alyssa Dver started to ask herself why some people and certain brands have more confidence and therefore, more success than others. She decided to look to neuroscience for the answer and co-founded the American Confidence Institute. Alyssa has authored six books including her latest: Kickass Confidence: Own Your Brain & Up Your Game. What she has learned will astound you and might just help you harness your confidence and your success.” #storybehindhersuccess #16LifeLessons candyoterry.com
She’s the world’s greatest cold water marathon swimmer and a medical science phenomenon because when this trailblazer swims through frigid water, her body temperature rises instead of falls. At only 15, Lynne Cox swam across the English Channel, breaking the women’s and the men’s records, returning at 16 to do it all again. And that was just the beginning of her journey as a world-class athlete. Lynne made marathon swimming her life, swimming through just about every body of water in the world, wearing only a bathing suit, cap, and goggles. She is the first woman to swim across Cook Strait and the first to swim one mile across Antarctica in 32-degree water without a wetsuit. She is the author of Swimming To Antarctica, Grayson, and Swimming in the Sink and has been inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame. What makes this exceptional woman tick? Her complete love of swimming. Lynne says: “When I am swimming, I feel a complete connection to the ocean, to God and the universe. I am the instrument and the ocean is the symphony.” #storybehindhersuccess #16LifeLessons candyoterry.com
This week’s success story is about a medical doctor who is specially trained as a breast imaging radiologist. After years of watching patients receive mistaken breast cancer diagnosis that could have been avoided IF the patient had a full, side by side medical record of her mammograms, Dr. Kathryn Pearson Peyton created Mammosphere: a cloud-based repository for breast scans. mammosphere.com. Once a concert violinist, Kathryn thrived in medical school and was determined to do what she could in the fight against breast cancer. Her great-grandmother, her grandmother, her mother, her aunts have all heard the words “you have breast cancer” and when Kathryn learned that she had an 85% lifetime risk of experiencing the disease herself, she had an elective bilateral mastectomy. In this compelling interview, Dr. Peyton shares how she felt at the moment she raised her hand to take the Hypocratic Oath, her devotion to her family, and her passion for providing every woman with the tools she needs to take control of her medical records
Marie was only 8 years old when she had her first premonition. In her mind, she saw herself being hit by a car. As she walked to school one morning, a car coming toward her swerved to the right, so she went left and instead of being hit head-on, Marie’s premonition saved her and she was merely grazed by the car. A few years later, she started seeing images and shadows. Soon, those images and shadows began communicating with her. Marie began to understand that she had a gift she never asked for: she was a psychic medium. In this episode, Marie Loconte shares her life story, including where she believes we go when we die, what our loved ones want us to know, her experience with past lives, the truth about tarot cards, her firm belief that we all have untapped psychic abilities and the power of her faith.
The woman you are about to meet wears lots of hats. She is a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, cheerleading coach, a registered nurse, and a movie star. Yes, a movie star! Erica McDermott has acted in American Hustle, Black Mass, The Fighter, Joy, Manchester-By-The-Sea, Patriot’s Day and more, sharing scenes with superstars like Amy Adams, Casey Affleck, Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Johnny Depp, Donnie & Mark Wahlberg and Michelle Williams. In this episode, we sat down to talk about her childhood, her strong working-class family roots, her determination to get her nursing degree, the family life she cherishes and the joy she has experienced as an actress.
27 / IN THE SPOTLIGHT: JEN MASEDA
In this week’s episode, we’re shining the spotlight on a passionate entrepreneur who has taken one of those “why didn’t I think of that” ideas and turned it into reality. Meet Jen Maseda, creator of “She’s Local“, a multi-platform, global business that provides inspiration and support to women right in their own hometowns. If you ask this wife and mother of two what drives her, she’ll tell you that she’s on a quest to provide women with everything they need to dream big and accomplish their goals. With Masters Degrees from Harvard University and Florida Atlantic University in Public Health and Social Behavior, Jen used her energy, talents, connections, and business savvy to launch the sold-out MetroWest Conference for Women in 2017 and is also the host of a local award-winning cable access program called Woman2Woman Today. We sat down to discuss where her passion to empower women comes from, her definition of success and what matters most to her.
The woman you are about to meet has been an entrepreneur since the day she was born. I’m serious. It’s just the way she’s wired. You can thank her parents for that. At only 23, she launched Beauty Parlr and RLR Studio: a unique business plan featuring beauty services and a state of the art photography business…all in one, hip, cool space. Located in an old mill in Framingham, MA. news of Beauty Parlir and RLR Studio spread like wildfire and now, she has turned the page in her playbook to launch The Parlr. The best way to describe it is as a total BEAUTY EXPERIENCE from the inside out. 11,000 square feet of gorgeousness. What inspires this exceptional woman to do what she does and dream these big dreams? Let’s find out. Her name is Rachael Rubin and this is her story.
Meet Lisa Simmons: arts philanthropist, filmmaker and producer. As the director of the Roxbury International Film Festival and the Color of Film Collaborative, she has spent the last 20 years shining a light on stories that must be told and often are not. Every June, she screens films that celebrate people of color across the world and in doing so, Lisa supports filmmakers who are creating media that matters. The quality of her work has been acknowledged with many awards including the Image Award from Women in Film New England and the Leadership Award from the Urban League Guild of Eastern Massachusetts. In this inspiring interview, we sat down to talk about where Lisa’s passion for telling stories comes from and discovered…it’s in her blood. @roxfilm @roxburyfilm #RoxFilm20 #16LifeLessons @CandyOterry #storybehindhersuccess
The Dimock Center sits high on a hill in Roxbury, Massachusetts. Founded in 1862 as a place of hope, health and healing, the mission of Boston’s second largest health center continues to this day. In fact, The Dimock Center is considered a national model of excellence, providing comprehensive health and human services to more than 17,000 men, women and children every year. In the spotlight, Dr. Myechia Minter-Jordan, the woman at the helm of The Dimock Center. A physician with a medical degree from Brown University and an MBA from Johns Hopkins, this President & CEO is a powerful and charismatic leader who was just named #17 on Boston Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential People list. For her daughters, and for women everywhere, Myechia is living proof that obstacles can be leaped over and that with hard work and dedication, dreams really do come true.
Tenacity. That’s the attribute Sara Campbell says an entrepreneur must have in order to be successful. In this episode, we interview Boston based women’s clothing designer Sara Campbell. Born and raised in La Jolla, California, Sara came to Boston to attend graduate school at Lesley College and the Massachusetts College of Art. A person of great faith and conviction, she was mentored by Sr. Mary Corita Kent whose artwork became an inspiration for her vibrant, colorful clothing line. Incorporated in 1986 as Sara Campbell Designs, Sara grew her business to 23 stores through good times and bad. She is proud to manufacture everything she makes in the USA and says designing clothes makes her heart sing. “It’s what I love to do. I want to make my customer feel good about herself and her life.”
In the spotlight: Jodi-Tatiana Charles, a woman who has enjoyed tremendous success in multiple careers: as a school teacher, a radio and TV producer, deputy press secretary for Mitt Romney, public speaker, entrepreneur and most recently, as the author of a children’s book. Born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Brockton, Massachusetts, Jodi is a proud first-generation Haitian American whose inspiring book It’s Just A Rug teaches children to celebrate their heritage, traditions, and values through a sense of love and acceptance. Determined to open hearts and minds to the beauty of family, Jodi shares the lessons her parents and grandparents taught her along the way, inspiring a whole new generation. #storybehindhersuccess #16LifeLessons candyoterry.com
27 years ago, Ellie Anbinder heard the words “you have breast cancer”. With no family history of the disease, she began asking her doctors how she got breast cancer in the first place and no one seemed to have an answer. So she decided to dig deep into the disease, only to find that 93% of all breast cancer funding goes to treatment and cure, not prevention. To Ellie, this made no sense. She is the founder of Find The Cause: www.findthecausebcf.org, a non-profit focused on discovering the why behind a disease 1 in 8 women will experience in their lifetime. Find The Cause funds scientists and researchers who work tirelessly in labs right here in Boston with a focus on toxic chemicals and their effect on our bodies and our environment. Her passion to find the cause of breast cancer is not just about protecting her family, but yours, too. In this way, Ellie Anbinder is a trailblazer and her story will inspire and inform you. #storybehindhersuccess #16LifeLessons
This week’s success story has to do with climbing the ladder from receptionist to CEO. In the spotlight, Karen Kaplan, Chairman of Hill Holliday, one of the nation’s top advertising agencies. She’s got the corner office with a view of the Boston skyline, but her career did not happen swiftly. She’s had just about every job there is at Hill Holliday and she just kept putting one foot in front of the other. Recognized as one of the most influential women in advertising, Karen oversees Hill Holliday, EP&CO and Trilia Media. Mentored by Jack Connors, one of the three founders of Hill Holliday, Karen values empathy and collaboration, kindness and humility above all else. Her rise to the top was epic and women in her field see her as a role model with a blueprint for success.
Meet an exceptional woman who believes that having the courage to try new things is the key to success. From Miss America pageant queen to high school music teacher, to TV reporter, to major market news anchor, to the CEO of Brunner Communications, Liz Brunner believes that we should always be looking out for the next big chapter in our lives. In this up close and personal interview, Liz shares how it was her mother, and her grandmothers who paved the way for her tenacity. She recalls what it was like to be on the air in Boston during 9/11, the four-year email writing effort that finally led to her interview with President Barrack Obama and the joy she gets from sharing her knowledge and expertise as an Executive Coach. Learn more at lizbrunner.com. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Tunein, Google Play Music, Spotify or on Candy’s website candyoterry.com. #storybehindhersuccess #16LifeLessons
18 / IN THE SPOTLIGHT: VALERIE HARPER
Every once in a while, a TV show has a message, or a character, who defines a generation. For girls growing up in the 1970’s, that show was The Mary Tyler Moore Show. When Valerie Harper landed the role of Mary’s wacky best friend, Rhoda Morgenstern, her career was catapulted to a whole new level. In this interview, taken from my interview archives, Valerie shares her life story, including her start as a ballet dancer, her audition with Mary Tyler Moore, the adoption of her daughter Cristina, and her philosophy on life. Now 78, this Emmy, Golden Globe and Tony Award-winning actress is living one grateful day at a time with a rare form of brain cancer. Don’t miss this very special chance to be inspired. Catch all episodes of The Story Behind Her Success on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Tunein, Google Play Music and Spotify -or, just say “Alexa, play The Story Behind Her Success on MyCast”. @valerieharperfans #storybehindhersuccess #16LifeLessons, Tech Help Boston
17 / IN THE SPOTLIGHT: LAUREN BAKER
What is it like to be the First Lady of Massachusetts? This week, we packed up our recording equipment and headed to the gold-domed Statehouse in Boston to interview First Lady, Lauren Baker. Her husband, Charlie Baker took the oath of office on January 8, 2015 and is widely heralded as the most popular governor in the United States. His wife is a woman who has largely kept to herself, supporting Charlie but forging her own path as an advertising executive on Madison Avenue and at Hill Holliday in Boston, and as a devoted mom to their three children. When Charlie decided to run for governor, Lauren was by his side, campaigning hard in every corner of the state. Today, she is championing a little-known non-profit called the Wonderfund, www.wonderfundma.org with a determination to help children at risk. What started out as an initiative for the First Lady has become an avocation as she discovers the impact of early childhood trauma on a child’s well-being. Her life story and her vision for a better future for the state’s most vulnerable children will inspire you. #storybehindhersuccess #16LifeLessons @charliebakerMA @WonderfundMA
16 / IN THE SPOTLIGHT: WENDY MURPHY
At a time when everyone is talking about #metoo and #timesup, many people do not realize that men and women are not equal under the Constitution of the United States. Attorney Wendy Murphy knows this fact only too well. Her career has been devoted to defending the rights of women and children. As a young attorney, she tried the most horrendous cases where women and children were raped, their lives forever changed. She began taking on cases no one else wanted, often for free. Her groundbreaking book: And Justice For Some, along with her work to change laws and affirm the importance of the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment are just part of the inspiring life story of this fearless, exceptional woman. The mother of five, Wendy Murphy is a lion in the courtroom who is determined to create a future where her daughters are treated equally to men in the eyes of the law. #storybehindhersuccess #16LifeLessons #EqualRightsNow #metoo #timesup – Subscribe on your favorite podcast player!
15 / IN THE SPOTLIGHT: ANGELA PERI
Once upon a time, not so long ago, Angela Peri was working as a parking clerk at the Cambridge courthouse. She wanted to be an actress, but her strict Italian family said: “no way.” She did it anyway, learning the ins & outs of the entertainment business, eventually realizing she could earn a better living as a casting director so she launched Boston Casting. Thirty years later, Angela is so well respected, she has a direct line to Hollywood, working with A-list actors, discovering unknown local talent and casting Academy Award-winning films. Find out how this East Boston girl made it big despite every obstacle in her path. Her sense of humor, her crazy, but true showbiz stories and her life-changing experience as the single mother of a son with autism will inspire you. Subscribing is free and simple, found out how at candyoterry.com.
14 / IN THE SPOTLIGHT: MEGAN DRISCOLL
Megan Driscoll was doing just fine as a pharmaceutical sales rep, but she wanted the challenge of starting her own business. So she did. Fifteen years later, Megan is overseeing a thriving, one of a kind global company called Pharmalogics Recruiting, headquartered just outside Boston. In this episode of The Story Behind Her Success, this young, energetic, positive and determined CEO shares her drive to create a work environment where her employees can’t wait to come back to work every day. Hear her leadership philosophy and find out how she took the seed of an idea and turned it into a reality. As the 2015 winner of The Stevie Award, this wife, mother, and Entrepreneur of the Year is passionate about pay equality, transparency and #doit4yourdaughters. www.pharmalogicsrecruiting.com. Subscribing to The Story Behind Her Success is free. Have access to all the episodes and listen on your schedule!.
13 / IN THE SPOTLIGHT: ERIN BROCKOVICH
“You’ve probably seen the Academy Award-winning movie starring Julia Roberts, but this is the story of the REAL Erin Brockovich. Here in Boston to speak to a charity called Find The Cause, Erin agreed to this exclusive interview with Candy O’Terry. Once a single mom without a job, Erin Brockovich began working as a law clerk at a small law firm in Hinkley, California. Although she had no legal experience, Erin knew something was very wrong when people and animals started getting very sick and dying. It was discovered that Pacific Gas & Electric had been polluting the water supply with hexavalent chromium for decades. Erin’s intuition and perseverance helped to win the victims in this case 333 million dollars in 1996, making it the largest settlement ever paid in a direct-action lawsuit in the United States. Erin has devoted her life to uncovering lies and deception as a fearless environmental activist. Her passion to do what she does is rooted in her Kansas upbringing, the challenges of dyslexia and the life lessons she learned from her parents. Please leave a review of this podcast and never miss an episode by subscribing today.
12 / IN THE SPOTLIGHT: JESSICA LEIP
In this very emotional episode of The Story Behind Her Success, a young mom from Framingham, MA. named Jessica Leip gives us an up close and personal look into what it is like to live with terminal breast cancer. Diagnosed at only 37, Jessica had no symptoms of the disease and no family history. Terrified to leave her daughters without a mother, she endured powerful chemotherapy treatments that almost killed her twice. Five years have passed and although this exceptional woman knows her days are measured, Jess is determined not to let cancer rule her life. Her personal outlook and her message about what really matters will inspire you. Subscribe today for new weekly episodes and please tell us your thoughts with a rate and review in Apple Podcasts.
11 / IN THE SPOTLIGHT: THE BRASS SISTERS
“If you want to be successful, you have to imagine who you want to be and picture it in your mind.” These are words of wisdom from Marilynn and Sheila Brass, aka: The Brass Sisters. As the stars of the PBS show The Food Flirts, these two sisters from Winthrop, MA. have collected thousands of recipes, some from their own family and others, written on notecards, found in old cookbooks at yard sales. The cookbook authors believe that recipes tell stories about love, tradition and family and that when you prepare a meal for someone, you give them a gift beyond compare. Find out how Marilynn (76) and Sheila (80) are making foodie headlines with their famous Crazy Shake. Reinvention is their middle name! Marilyn and Sheila are living proof that “you have to have a dream” in order to achieve it. www.thebrasssisters.com
10 / IN THE SPOTLIGHT: ANNE JOLLES
As an award-winning life coach, Anne Jolles has spent her career helping people find their way. When she experienced personal hardship, she found herself searching for a new sense of hope and strength. Alone in her kitchen, she had an idea and before she knew it, that idea blossomed into the Grace Trail, a one mile path around Nelson Park in Plymouth where walkers find sea stones at various locations, each with a message about grace and an invitation to answer 5 questions about gratitude, release, acceptance, challenge and embrace. Now widely known as an author, TEDx and public speaker, Anne is constantly inspired by the stories of the people who walk The Grace Trail, whether it be in Plymouth, in spots around the world, or virtually with the help of her guides. In this episode of The Story Behind Her Success, she shares the lessons the Grace Trail offers to anyone who walks it. Learn more at Gracetrail.com. Subscribe, download, rate and review this podcast today and never miss an episode.
09 / IN THE SPOTLIGHT: LISA FENN
As an award-winning producer for ESPN, Lisa Fenn was always looking for the kind of sports story that showed the power of sports and the personal strength of athletes. One day, her father sent her a news clipping about two high school wrestlers from her hometown of Cleveland. Dartanyan and LeRoy relied on one another in ways that most of us could never imagine. You see, one boy was blind, so he carried the boy who had no legs and the boy with no legs became his eyes. Over the course of 5 months, Lisa began to care deeply about Dartanyan and Leroy. She decided to help them, creating an unlikely family rooted in faith, hope, and love. The book, which is soon to become a movie is called Carry On. Learn more at www.carryonbook.com. Don’t miss Lisa’s inspiring story this week on The Story Behind Her Success.
08 / IN THE SPOTLIGHT: MARY BRIDGET DAVIES
Janis Joplin was only 27 when she died of an overdose in 1970 at the height of her career. People used to say: “no one will ever sound like Janis”. But they were wrong. Enter Mary Bridget Davies. Born and raised in Cleveland, Mary wasn’t even born when Janis was making pop history. Yet, she heard her songs on the radio and played her parent’s old albums. Somewhere, very deep down inside, she connected with singing the blues. In this interview, Mary shares how she got to where she is today as an accomplished singer, including the long, hard road to Broadway, where she starred in “A Night with Janis”, earning a Tony Award Nomination for her incredible performance as Janis Joplin. Find her music, social links and more at www.reverbnation.com/marybridgetdavies.
07 / IN THE SPOTLIGHT: LISA BRODEUR
“I had no idea who was dead or alive and I can’t tell you what that feels like, not knowing, do I even still have a family?” These are the terrifying words of Lisa Brodeur, author of the book A Mother’s Journey Through Faith, Hope & Courage. Twenty years ago, this mom’s life was forever changed when a drunk driver crashed into her family’s minivan, killing her husband, paralyzing her son, breaking her three-year-old daughter’s hip so badly she was in a body cast, traumatizing her 5-year-old daughter to the point where she could not speak and leaving Lisa disabled. You might ask yourself, “so how does a family come back from such a huge loss?” That’s what Lisa’s story is all about: the strength of a mother’s love. Don’t miss this very special episode of The Story Behind Her Success. Learn more at Lisa’s website lisabrodeur.com or on FaceBook @amothersjourneylisa, Twitter @AMothersJourney and Instagram amothersjourney Purchase her book on Amazon http://a.co/1u8zgxy.
06 / IN THE SPOTLIGHT: MICHELLE CULLY
Flashback 20 years ago, and the confident, accomplished CEO of Xpressman Trucking & Courier in Randolph, Massachusetts was a skinny, scared victim of domestic abuse with zero self-esteem. In the spotlight, Michelle Cully. First, she hit rock bottom and then, she lifted herself up and made a plan to take her life back. Using her parent’s laundry room as an office, this exceptional woman created a multi-million dollar business in the male-dominated trucking and delivery industry. Featured recently in Harper’s Bazaar Magazine, Michelle is due to release a book about her life called High Heels in the Laundry Room this year. Learn more at www.xpressman.com and @XpressmanTruckingAndCourierInc.
05 / IN THE SPOTLIGHT: CARA BELVIN
When a girl’s mother dies, she loses more than her mother’s physical presence in her life. She loses her go-to person as she grows up, her compass, her role model. Some girls never recover from this loss, especially if they lack a strong family support system. When she was only nine, Cara Belvin experienced the loss of her mother and was very fortunate to have her father, brother and her aunts in her life. But she was still walking around with a broken heart. She knew she had to do something, and decades later, she created EmpowerHER, a charity whose focus is to provide mentorship and support to girls who have experienced the early loss of their mothers. In just a few years, EmpowerHER has reached out to hospitals, schools, and social service agencies in Massachusetts to locate these girls and to offer friendship and guidance to them in ways that have changed their lives. There is no other charity like this in the entire country. Cara Belvin’s story is one of inspiration and empowerment. We’re so honored she shared it on our podcast series so that you can be inspired, too. Find out more about her charity at: www.empoweringher.org
04 / IN THE SPOTLIGHT: ASTRID HENDREN
It’s hard to imagine the pain associated with having a blood clot explode in your brain. But that’s what happened to Astrid Hendren, this week’s guest on The Story Behind Her Success. She was only 32 when she had her stroke and Boston’s best doctors doubted she could survive. But they didn’t know Astrid! 20 years have passed and this exceptional woman is alive and well. She is the founder of a new non-profit called Cause Fund and despite debilitating headaches every day of her life, she is a constant advocate for stroke victims and the author of the book Surviving Lasts A Lifetime. Learn more about Astrid at causefund.org and astridhendren.com.
03 / IN THE SPOTLIGHT: SONDRA CELLI
Like her mother, legendary Boston fashionista Yolanda Cellucci, Sondra is a big fan of bling. In fact, word spread so quickly about the over the top gowns she created for gypsies that she was approached by the TLC network to star in My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding. This exceptional single mom, daughter, and entrepreneur even designs the outfits for our beloved New England Patriots cheerleaders! Rhinestones and glitter can but fun, but hard work is her middle name. Find out how world-renowned dress designer Sondra Celli got to where she is today on The Story Behind Her Success. Learn more about the queen of bling at: sondracelli.com
02 / IN THE SPOTLIGHT: CHRISTINE McSHERRY
This wife, mother of five and RN from Boston’s South Shore, was told: “your son Jett has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.” After shaking her head in disbelief, she knew she had to fight for her son, so she created The Jett Foundation. Christine took on Congress, the Senate, the FDA and the pharmaceutical companies in an effort to find a drug in a race against time to treat this fatal disease that strikes only boys. Hear her incredible story on The Story Behind Her Success with Candy O’Terry. To find out more about the Jett Foundation, just go to: www.jettfoundation.org.
01 / IN THE SPOTLIGHT: WENDY BOOKER
She heard the words “you have MS” and to be honest, she did feel sorry for herself . . . but only for a few days. Then . . . she decided to learn how to climb mountains. Hear her inspiring story and find out how she got to where she is today. Meet Wendy at www.wendybooker.com and find unique MS resources at www.climbonfoundation.org.