31 minutes | Sep 20, 2022
Untold Story #147: Meet Lynn Utter
Today’s woman grew up in a middle class home with two working parents. From an early age she was very responsible and often showed up as a leader. As she grew into a young woman, the bible verse “to whom much is given, much is required” guided her path. She worked with others to develop high performance leaders and teams. And her impact grew as she served as a global executive in a variety of top companies. Today she has turned her talents and wealth of knowledge to the boardroom where she sits on two public and two private boards. It is my pleasure to introduce you to Lynn Utter.
31 minutes | Sep 7, 2022
Untold Story #146: Meet Ying Mcpherson
Today’s woman grew up in a lower class area of China. But as she grew, her status changed due to her father’s success. Even though her father became successful with much hard work, he lacked a real education – something he insisted his daughter receive. So, at age 17 she left China and came to America as an exchange student. Here in new home, she felt very alone but she focused on making good grades and learning all she could. Her US host family helped her find her direction into accounting and finance. As her career unfolded, she became an executive in several industries. Today she serves as a top leader in one of the largest ground handling & aviation services companies in North America. It is my pleasure to introduce you to Ying Mcpherson.
31 minutes | Aug 30, 2022
Untold Story #144: Power Partnerships
Today’s episode takes a little different twist as we look at business partnerships among powerful women and how they work or don’t. The two women showcased today are well educated and are innovators in the skincare field. One of these women already had a skincare product line that could be found in major department stores but she believed its consumer reach could be even greater. This is where the other woman came in. She had different skills and business acumen that the skincare company founder didn’t have. So, they joined forces to expand the skincare company by forming a 50/50 partnership. But being business partners, though extremely beneficial, can be a tough business arrangement to manage much less thrive. But these two women are making it happen. They are working together toward a common goal and have much to teach us about the power and pitfalls of partnerships. It is my pleasure to introduce you to Aliett Buttelman and Nina Labruna.
30 minutes | Aug 30, 2022
Untold Story #145: Meet Desiree Walker
Today’s woman has taken a very unusual career path. She grew up in Washington DC, attended Catholic schools and went onto to major in college in financial management. But after a short time in this career, she realized she wasn’t cut out for such a sedentary role. So she became a DC police officer. She was a bit of a political junky so being a police officer got her into the middle of things happening in the capital city. She went onto to specialize in homeland security. Along the way she discovered the game of golf. She loved it so much she started a side hustle featuring gold events around the country aimed particularly at involving minorities. Today she runs a successful event company while serving the public as a Washington DC police officer. It is my pleasure to introduce you to Desiree Walker.
29 minutes | Aug 16, 2022
Untold Story #143: Meet Lori Garver
Today’s woman grew up participating in more activities than most young people. She was curious and loved to be a part of things. In her family unit, conversations usually centered around how to leave the world a better place - a burning desire that developed in her as she grew into an adult. The area she began to influence was aerospace and her determination and talent landed her a senior executive spot in the US Space Program. As a Deputy Administrator of NASA, she knew she could bring so much good to the world as she set out to reform the agency. But aerospace was not a place where women were welcomed and being in such a powerful role of influence was not easy. She was sexually harassed and verbally abused but she pushed on. Now others can learn from the wisdom of her journey from her recently released book “Escaping Gravity, My Quest To Transform NASA and Launch A New Space Age.” The story reveals how she defied the status quo as a woman working in a male-dominated field. It is my pleasure to introduce you to Lori Garver.
29 minutes | Jul 12, 2022
Untold Story #142: Meet Mara Swan
Those that watched this woman grow up knew she was destined to be a leader. She was at the forefront of all activities in school. But as she grew into an adult, she at times felt so overwhelmed and decided all she had to do was survive. But even in surviving, losing was never an option. In college, she pursued a business degree and realized believing in herself was paramount to her success. Her focus was always to move forward and never whine. As her career unfolded, she became an C-Suite executive in human resources for large corporations. Today she serves on several corporate boards and operates a human capital consulting company. It is my pleasure to introduce you to Mara Swan.
30 minutes | Jun 22, 2022
Untold Story #141: Meet Sarah Albritton
This woman grew up on a farm. Even though there wasn’t much money, she was around an affluent crowd and saw clearly how those with money lived. As she grew into a young woman, she became well-grounded and confident. And as she moved through high school and college, she found herself constantly showing up in leadership roles. After college, she remained involved in the education arena. But after 10 years, she realized she could have an even bigger impact on developing leaders if she took the leap to start her own company. This began a life long journey as a highly regarded and sought-after leadership consultant. It is my pleasure to introduce you to Sarah Albritton.
27 minutes | May 10, 2022
Untold Story #140: Meet Monique DeBose
Today’s woman was born to a black father and a white mother. Both her parents were well educated and they in turn had high expectations for her. She went to college and earned a degree in applied mathematics. But as her career took shape, she felt she didn’t quite fit in anywhere. So after a year, she left the career her college degree had prepared her for and decided to pursue the arts. Jazz singing was where things felt right and she knew her voice and intelligence would lead the way. She joined a band and wrote her own songs. She won awards and became known in the music world for helping women choose more for themselves through music. Today, she performs, coaches and shows women leaders of all colors and ages how to choose more for themselves. It is my pleasure to introduce you to Monique DeBose.
29 minutes | Apr 13, 2022
Untold Story #139: Meet Kass Thomas
This woman grew up being exposed to many different cultures. She was curious about others and wanted to know more. In college she studied journalism but quickly realized this field of study paid little. So she ventured abroad to Paris to learn more about communications and media. As her career unfolded, she appeared to have it all – money, career, the perfect man - but she knew something was missing. She began to explore deeper to find out what this was. She moved to Italy and explored the music and theater scene, started a film production company and wrote best-selling books. Today she is walking her path to greatness as a world renown connection and communication expert who is using her skills to bridge the gap across all things. It is my pleasure to introduce you to Kass Thomas.
26 minutes | Mar 29, 2022
Untold Story #138: Meet Elizabeth Bachman
Today’s woman grew up in a liberal family and was the oldest of three children. As a child she took acting lessons and all thought she would be a professional actress. However, in college she realized she would be a better director than actress. So, she moved to New York City and broke into the opera scene. Eventually she worked her way up to the stage director level at Metropolitan Opera, one of the largest classical music organizations in North America. As time passed, the director level wasn’t enough. She wanted to run an opera company but no one would give her the job. So, she started her own company. Today, after 30 years in the opera industry, she has taken her lifetime of perfecting the art of presenting and is using it to help leaders become concise and compelling presenters. It is my pleasure to introduce you to Elizabeth Bachman.
22 minutes | Mar 15, 2022
Untold Story #137: Meet Ceci Cleary
Today’s woman grew up being taught to make her own way. She thought she might be a lawyer but had no passion for it. While in college, windsurfing caught her attention and she went on to become a professional windsurfer and to be the first woman in the world to kitesurf. This path eventually led to Hollywood stunt work. She liked the movie scene and decided this was to be the space in which she would find her career. She started at the bottom of the movie set but was a quick learner. Others took notice and she found herself with credits on films that included such stars as Denzel Washington and Clint Eastwood. Eventually she produced a script and now is quickly becoming one of Hollywood’s leading authority figures. It is my pleasure to introduce you to Ceci Cleary.
29 minutes | Mar 1, 2022
Untold Story #136: Meet Yemi Penn
Today’s woman spent much of her childhood in Nigeria being raised by religious parents. Growing up she traveled extensively and eventually immigrated to the UK. She was a quiet child yet always felt there was a fighting spirit within her. As a young woman she attended college and achieved a degree in mechanical engineering. But after graduation, her life took a turn. She became pregnant and struggled. As time passed, she found her way again and began to put her engineering degree to work. However, she kept getting placed in projects that didn’t seem to fit. So, she designed her own path by starting her own companies. Today she is an author, documentary producer, speaker, engineer and all-around fearless thought leader on creating your own memo. It is my pleasure to introduce you to Yemi Penn.
30 minutes | Feb 16, 2022
Untold Story #135: Meet Christie Mueller
Today’s woman grew up in a middle class family in the US Midwest. Her father never had much to say but her mother constantly told her to “go out and sleigh the dragon.” This saying guided this woman’s life and with each hit that life offered, she bounced back and continued to elevate herself. She worked as a television news anchor and reporter for ten years at CBS television stations. She eventually moved from television to the world of financial security. Along the way she also learned what it meant to be authentic…to not pretend to be someone else but to embrace who she was. As an executive leader at New York Life, she has excelled by being authentic and was ranked in Forbes Magazine as one the top financial security professionals. It is my pleasure to introduce you to Christie Mueller.
10 minutes | Feb 1, 2022
Bonus Interview: Kate Gilman Williams of World's Greatest Girls Club
Some of the World’s Greatest Women are stepping into positions of influence and leadership, making the changes the world so desperately needs. But what about girls and young women? Can they be a part of the leadership shift? I would argue they must be if a long-lasting permanent change toward inclusion, diversity and equity is to be had. And it is from this place that I want to introduce you to Kate Williams, an 11 year-old that is brave enough to step forward and show what is possible. She is on fire with passion for protecting wildlife and wild spaces. And determined to do all she can to make sure that when she turns 21, both are still here. But she is not just a young girl talking about something. She is showing up as a young leader, showing others her age and beyond what the young can do to lead others toward creating a world worth living in. Meet Kate Gilman Williams, leader of Kids Can Save Animals and one of the World’s Greatest Girls.
29 minutes | Jan 11, 2022
Untold Story #134: Meet Judy Balloff
This woman grew up in the inner city of Minnesota in a strong Christian home. She was a driven to succeed and was often seen as bossy. As she became an adult she realized protecting and preparing people for a good life was what really mattered to her. So, she became a nurse and then enjoyed a long career as a commercial lender. And along each step of the way, she was the best in her field. Her life twisted and turned like most of our lives do. She came to realize the only thing she had control over was her thoughts. And that there were 12 universal laws that, if she followed, would bring her abundance. Today she is the author of a book that has captured the wisdom of these laws into 365 Days of Abundance. It is my pleasure to introduce you to Judy Balloff
29 minutes | Dec 21, 2021
Untold Story #133: Meet Patty Aubery
Today’s woman was the oldest sibling among 4. And at an early age she got involved in business and was driven to succeed. Attending a self-help workshop by Jack Canfield would set her on a direction she never could imagine. She went to work for his organization and ended up being the glue that brought the Chicken Soup For The Soul series together. Eventually she became the President of the company and led it to incredible success. As the years have passed, she has stayed closely connected to Jack Canfield, now as President of the Canfield Training Group. But she has also found her autonomy as an author and provider of powerhouse programs that change the lives of all she works with. It is my pleasure to introduce you to Patty Aubery.
29 minutes | Dec 7, 2021
Untold Story #132: Meet Sarah Maston
Today’s woman was an only child to working parents. She grew up in New York and as she entered her teen years, decided she wanted to be a ski racer and compete in the Olympics. However, an injury made this impossible and she went off to college majoring in psychology. And as her life unfolded, she took an unusual direction. She navigated toward computer programming and got really good at it. And as a tech woman, she played all kinds of roles. Entrepreneur, corporate manager and worldwide spokesperson. Always using her tech skills to better the world and those that live in it. Today she works for Microsoft and is the founder of Project 15, an open platform used to accelerate scientific team building solutions. It is my pleasure to introduce you to Sarah Maston.
29 minutes | Nov 23, 2021
Untold Story #131: Meet Lisa Fey
Today’s woman grew up on a farm to a lower middle-class family. From an early age, she learned how to work and was always competitive. And she realized she had a presence about her – one that people noticed when she walked into a room. After earning a college degree in radio, TV and motion pictures, she landed a sales job at Coca-Cola. Over the next 30 years she excelled as a leader in sales, marketing, and training and development. Today she is an author and professional speaker who motivates audiences with her real-life stories of aspirations, failures and achievements in the world of business. It is my pleasure to introduce you to Lisa Fey.
29 minutes | Nov 2, 2021
Untold Story #130: Meet Dr. Marilyn Simmons Bowe
Today’s guest grew up with 7 siblings in the Bahamas. Her parents earned very little money therefore she grew up in very basic surroundings. In spite of being poor, she loved to learned and would often sneak off to the library to read as much as she could. At age 15 she graduated high school and found the money to go off to college and earn a degree in biochemistry. While working as a waitress, a woman offered her a job as a chemist. Here she thrived. And as the years flew by, she married, had children and went on to get her doctorate focused on social emotional learning. Today, she is walking her path to greatness as she teaches children and adults how to deal with emotions and relationships. It is my pleasure to introduce you to Dr. Marilyn Simmons Bowe.
30 minutes | Oct 19, 2021
Untold Story #129: Meet Darlene Whitehurst
This woman grew up in a family with 3 siblings. At age 8 her father left the family and her mother took over raising the children. There wasn’t extra money but this woman knew she wanted to go to college. So, she found a way to put herself through college and began a 22-year marketing career. Then at age 50, she made a promise to God to commit to inspire and reach the masses. She had always felt purposeful, even as a kid. This commitment at age 50 to a bigger purpose was the next step along her journey. Today she is walking her path to greatness as she promotes powerful conversations, powerful connections and meaningful transformation through her thriving platform Goalfriends. It is my pleasure to introduce you to Darlene Whitehurst.