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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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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.