Monthly Archives: March 2019

Sen. Cynthia Stone Creem -062

Senate Majority leader Cynthia Stone Creem has spent over 30 years in public service.  The daughter of two attorneys, she grew up in Brookline, Massachusetts deciding early on that she wanted to follow in her parent’s footsteps.  The road to the seat she now occupies has been long and in this very candid interview, Cindy Creem recalls knocking on doors to raise money for her first campaign and being asked the question:  “are you tough enough?”  Well, the answer is YES. The Story Behind Her Success producer Dan Thibeault and I interviewed the state senator in her office, just steps from the Senate chambers in the iconic gold-domed Massachusetts statehouse. And as we went through security and down the marble hallways, past murals of the American Revolution and sculptures of some of the state’s earliest leaders, I couldn’t help but wonder what this nation’s all-male founders would think of a female majority leader.  She is strong, she is passionate, and she is on a mission to make a difference for the next generation of women. @senatorcindycreem   #storybehindhersuccess    #16LifeLessons    #mydoveproductions 

Denise Hajjar -061

Welcome to the success story of Denise Hajjar, one of Boston’s most loved and respected fashion designers.   The grandchild of a designer from Syria and a pattern maker from Lebanon, Denise started making clothes for her Barbie Dolls when she was a little girl. By the time she was ready to go to fashion design school, she had an entire wardrobe created for herself and for her mother. Known for her generosity toward non-profits, Denise has made giving back a cornerstone of her business with a focus on raising lifesaving funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. In this very candid interview, she shares her lifelong love of ballet and ballroom dancing, along with stories of the good times and the bad, like her decision early in her career to buy fabric instead of paying her electric bill! “I’m driven, I’m stubborn and I’m tenacious,” says Denise.  “I will always do what it takes to make things happen.”   @denisehajjarboston    #storybehindhersuccess    #16LifeLessons    #mydoveproductions


Heather Anne Cook -060

Raised in the backwoods of Montana, completely off the grid, Heather Anne Cook learned the necessary skills to keep herself alive. In this interview, she shares the details of her adventurous life, including the many times she took 3 matches into the woods to see how long she could survive.  Now a wife and the mother of twins, Heather is a pastor, a survivalist, a long distance runner, a bee-keeper, a chicken lady, a horsewoman, a gardener, a children’s book author, an illustrator, an international traveler, and the force behind Three Match Creations. Her next adventure is to run the Pacific Northwest Trail which spans 1200 miles through the wilderness, high desert, and coastline.   #storybehindhersuccess    #16LifeLessons    #mydoveproductions

Nancy Gaudet-Aittaniemi -059

Have you ever heard the expression:  “love will find a way?” Meet Nancy Gaudet-Aittaniemi.  A very successful senior vice president for a commercial real estate company, Nancy’s success story is not just about climbing the ladder to take on a leadership role in a male-dominated industry.  It is about the power of a mother’s love for her child. You see, Nancy’s only child was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at only 9, and his chronic condition led her down a path that has been both terrifying and inspiring. Faced with the decision to stay stuck in her grief and hover over him or to let her son experience life to the fullest, Nancy chose to show Ryan that he could do anything he put his mind to.  Now a sophomore in college, Ryan is a seasoned bike enthusiast who has ridden in juvenile diabetes fundraising challenges in the United States and Europe.  As the leader of a monthly support group for Type 1 Moms, Nancy has taken other parents by the hand and has been a passionate volunteer and supporter of the JDRF,  the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes.  She is currently training to ride in her 4th bike race:  the Amelia Island Ride To Cure Diabetes and her coach?  You guessed it, Nancy’s son Ryan.   #JDRFRide    #storybehindhersuccess    #16LifeLessons    #mydoveproductions