Tallu Quinn: Following Your Personal Passion to Make a Difference

“There are so many ways to do good, and it’s very easy to idealize someone else’s way.”
— Tallu Quinn
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As Executive Director of the Nashville Food Project, Tallu Quinn uses her passion for food as a tool for creating community and defining pathways out of poverty. Her grassroots organization recovers edible food from grocery stores and other sources and uses it to prepare more than 5,000 high-quality, made-from-scratch meals each week for people in need. In this wide-ranging conversation, Tallu shares the nitty-gritty challenges of launching a nonprofit, being a boss and simultaneously fulfilling her roles as a wife and mother. She also acknowledges that there are “many amazing ways to make a difference in the world” outside the nonprofit sector — from volunteering to donating to entrepreneurial endeavors.

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Tallu tells us why she decided to return to her hometown to launch her food ministry, why working at a nonprofit isn’t always easy or glamorous and why it’s important that women take a long view of work-life balance. She also shares what she’s learned about the importance of self-care and attending to what’s beneath the surface. “The healthy, life-giving things that you do for yourself, those are good things for your family, too.”

 
 

Christine Owenell: Life Changing Lessons from our Executive Coach

…on this basis of knowing your self really well, you can start to shift the belief systems that are no longer working for you or put a crown on the ones that are.
— Christine Owenell
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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have a coach who would help illuminate your path to success and fulfillment? In this conversation with Leah and Ellen, Executive Coach Christine Owenell offers an inside look at the coaching process. Using issues from the lives of the two co-hosts as examples, she shows how small changes in perspective and routine can lead to big gains in personal happiness and career achievement.

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Founder of Owenell Global Consultancy and a partner at coaching firm Evolution, Christine explains why self awareness is a crucial trait for anyone who wants to work with a coach. Then she breaks down her coaching method and explains how intentional exercises can help us let go of internal issues that are holding us back. Whatever your concern — perfectionism, self-discipline, self-doubt — the key lies in turning a negative approach into a positive one. Christine also shows how incremental changes can lead to rewarding new pathways. Want to start a daily meditation practice, for example? Something as simple as lighting a candle each day might be a good way to start. Making major life changes or landing a big promotion doesn’t have to be your goal. Christine says that “giving yourself the space to enjoy who you already are” can be the most successful strategy of all.

 
 

Maggie Tucker: Letting Go of Your Doubts to Achieve Your Dreams

“Let go of this idea that you’re not going to be able to make it happen. What is holding you back? What are you waiting for?”
— Maggie Tucker
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Her Story of Success...

Five years ago, Maggie Tucker was working part-time at Lululemon. Today, she’s the owner of magpies nashville, whose three popular children’s stores offer a “joyful and welcoming” environment to their clientele. In a heartfelt and emotional conversation, she reveals how she overcame roadblocks to start her dream business and why she practices gratitude every day.

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Maggie gets real about the obstacles she’s faced in starting and running a business — from the negative voices in her head to the strains that her long hours put on her marriage. She shares the steps she’s taken to put less pressure on herself and explains how she’s used her company’s success to give back to her community in amazing ways. “It’s been a huge challenge juggling it all and I don’t by any means do it perfectly, but that’s what grace is for,” she tells us.

 
 

Our top 10 lessons on creating your own success

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Looking for a quick dose of inspiration as you start the new year? Join us for a rundown of the top 10 lessons we’ve learned in our first year of conversations with successful women. We distill the hard-won wisdom these guests have shared and reflect on what it takes to reach the top while doing what you love. If you have big dreams and goals for 2019, don’t miss this look back at 22 amazing women who’ve achieved their own version of success!

We identify the themes that keep popping up in our interviews — from perseverance to the importance of exploring and trying new things. We look at how the definition of success changes over the course of a career and the strategies women use for combining work and family. And here’s a point that will resonate with those stuck in less-than-desirable jobs: several podcast guests have pointed out that hating their jobs motivated them to make a major change. It’s never too late to find a new direction — success could be just around the corner!

 
 

Julia Polk: How to Take a Career Break and Come Back Confident

“Cut yourself some slack and believe. The moment you believe (in yourself) you perform better.”
— Julia Polk
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How do we balance the demands of work and family? It’s a dilemma most career women face, and one that Julia Polk confronted when she had two young daughters at home. Her solution would take her on a non-linear journey to success as an investment banker and healthcare executive. “I’ve come and gone a bunch of times” from the workforce, she says. “I think my children benefited from it — I know I did.” Today Julia is chief financial officer of healthcare startup IQuity and a valued mentor to many healthcare entrepreneurs.

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Julia explains why she was lucky to have female role models early in her career and what she did to stay connected during her extended breaks from the workforce. She also tells us about the value of diversity in leadership teams, the issues women face in raising capital for a business, how to overcome the imposter syndrome, why the first step for any startup is understanding its customers and why she thinks younger generations will have more opportunities for flextime work.

 
 

Maneet Chauhan: Lessons on Career and Family from a Celebrity Chef

“I am a strong believer that your actions are like boomerangs — what you send out in the world comes back to you.”
— Maneet Chauhan
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Maneet Chauhan left her native India to attend the Culinary Institute of America and has gone on to become a culinary ambassador for Indian food in her roles as a chef, restaurant owner, cookbook author and Food Network star. She made it to the top of the male-dominated food world as the mother of two young children, including a son who was born on the day her first restaurant opened in Nashville.

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The irrepressible Maneet shares how she discovered her love of cooking as a child growing up in India, the synergy of working closely with her husband, how she managed a new restaurant while her newborn son was in neonatal intensive care, how she compartmentalizes each aspect of her life to be 100 percent present in whatever she does, and the advice she offers aspiring young chefs.

 
 

Caroline Hobby: "Getting Real” Navigating Fear to Find Peace

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As a member of the Top 40 country music trio Stealing Angels, Caroline Hobby thought she’d landed just where she always wanted — on the top rungs of the music business. But when the trio broke up and her dream crumbled, she was forced to re-envision her life and begin a journey toward a meaningful new career.

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Host of the popular celebrity podcast “Get Real!” and entertainment correspondent for CMT, Caroline tell us what she learned about the meaning of success during her two appearances on the CBS TV show “The Amazing Race.” She also shares the lucky break that landed her a job as a song plugger and brought her back to Nashville, how she copes with the hills and valleys of life, why it’s important to make your self-talk more positive and affirming, and how she’s learning to feel more comfortable during periods of rest. “Say your life is a train, you either hop off on that first breakdown and you live there — you live in that failure and you think you’re done, or you grab a lesson, you pick yourself up … and you start walking forward.

 

The Voices Behind Her Story of Success

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Her Story of Success...

Why would two busy young women with career, family and volunteer commitments take on the challenge of starting a podcast? Find out what launched Leah and Ellen on their journey to share the stories of high-achieving women, an endeavor that’s become all-the-more relevant in the #metoo era.

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This time around, our podcast hosts turn the tables and interview each other about their career paths and the personal challenges they’ve faced. For Leah, a turning point came when she found the courage to leave her small-town Tennessee home and make a life-changing new start as a flight attendant. For Ellen, landing her dream job on Wall Street didn’t bring the personal fulfillment she’d hoped for. Together, they’ve pursued a shared dream: creating a supportive community where women can connect and support one another on the road to success.

 

Cordia Harrington: The ‘Bun Lady’ Shares Her Recipe for Success

“Giving each other hope is a very important thing we can do every day.”
— Cordia Harrington
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After establishing herself as a successful McDonald’s franchisee, Cordia Harrington was determined to take her career to the next level by becoming a supplier for the world’s largest restaurant chain. Her efforts were rejected 31 times before McDonald’s finally gave her the go-ahead to launch a bakery business. Today Cordia, also known as “the bun lady,” is CEO of The Bakery Cos., which sells more than $100 million of buns and other baked goods annually to McDonald’s, grocery stores and other institutional clients.

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Cordia relates the inspiring story of running her first McDonald’s as the single mother of three young sons. She tells us how her company strives to help its employees reach their full potential, why she tries to be transparent about the struggles she’s faced, and why helping others in the business world make connections has become the most fulfilling part of her work.

 

Retta Gardner: The Importance of Raising Your Hand

“If there’s an opportunity within your company, even if it’s out of your comfort zone, go for it, try it. You’re not going to know until you try.”
— Retta Gardner
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Retta Gardner’s career proves that you don’t have to leap from company to company to work your way to the top. For more than two decades, Retta has stayed with Guaranty Trust Mortgage Co., one of the top 100 mortgage companies in the U.S., making herself visible along the way and seeking out challenging new assignments whenever she could. She’s now CEO of the billion-dollar mortgage lender, and she credits a strong work ethic and continuous learning as key factors in her rise to the top.

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Retta gets real about leaving a newborn baby to go back to work and shares her thoughts on the importance of taking credit for your own ideas, what she learned from her predecessor as CEO and the best way to deliver bad news.