Monthly Archives: May 2018

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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 lense 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


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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:, 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



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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. #storybehindhersuccess #16LifeLessons #Candyoterry


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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  #storybehindhersuccess #16LifeLessons -Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Tunein, Google Play Music, Spotify or on Candy’s website

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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”.
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