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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  #mydoveproductions  #16LifeLessons

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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  #mydoveproductions  #16LifeLessons.

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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.  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.   #storybehindhersuccess   #16LifeLessons

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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.  #storybehindhersuccess   #16LifeLessons

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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. #storybehindhersuccess  #16LifeLessons

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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.   #storybehindhersuccess  #16LifeLessons  @candyoterry

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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.  #storybehindhersuccess  #16LifeLessons @theparlr1 @rachaelrubin

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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

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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. #thestorybehindhersuccess    #16LifeLessons

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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.”  #storybehindhersuccess   #16lifelessons