Driven: How Did I Get Here
About This Show
The Driven: How Did I Get Here podcast explores the unconventional path to leadership. Host Justin Gray talks to some of today's most badass leaders about how they arrived where they are today. Discover how they overcame obstacles, navigated the detours, and
learned to trust the journey.
Most Recent Episode
Matters of the Heart: From Med School to Entrepreneurship
Danielle Tate, Founder and CEO of MissNowMrs, talks with host Justin Gray about missing medical school by three spots, leaving behind her successful career in sales and what it’s like being a pioneer in the wedding tech space –– all on the the latest episode of Driven: How Did I Get Here? What do you do in your current role? MissNowMrs is an online name change service for brides. We condense the tedious 13-hour process of collecting all of your forms of identification, going to all the government offices, and filing for your new name into 30 minutes for $30. We're many years in and just crossed the 370,000 customer mark. Nothing's the same day-to-day which is something I very much enjoy as an entrepreneur. I'm forever making new partnerships, building new brand platforms and extensions to continue to grow and scale in a way that keeps me busy and happy. What did you want to be when you grew up? I spent the first 20 years of my life doing everything possible to become a cardiologist. I spent a summer at an internship at Ohio State University Heart and Lung Institute. All I did was help with heart catheterizations and watched open-heart surgery and I just fell in love with all of it. I made all of the hard choices, took all of the hard classes, all to miss med school by three chairs. It was definitely a low. When you got this news, what were your options? My parents thought that I should move home to my very small town in Pennsylvania and work for the local physician and reapply. I couldn't imagine moving home as a failure. I ended up selling copiers. I learned that I love selling things but I just absolutely hate selling copiers. I parlayed that into a position as the number one sales rep for a very large medical diagnostic equipment company. How did you make the jump from being a quota carrying sales individual to forming your own business? I was very careful about it which is probably not something you hear from entrepreneurs. I had the idea and I didn't immediately quit my job. I did some research and turns out there's 2.3 million marriages a year just in the U.S. and 88% of women still change their name. That was a big renewable market. I