Creating a Legacy to Empower Others

Creating a Legacy to Empower Others

Sharon W. Reynolds’ whole life is a testament to the power of hard work and not taking no for an answer. Today, Sharon runs four companies: DevMar Products, DevMar Global Healthcare Solutions, DevMar Manufacturing, and Bryla J Couture Clothiers. In everything she does, Sharon is driven by a passion to help others, whether that’s through her companies, community service or her work to empower other women business owners.

Lawyer turned Moonshiner: Jessi Baker

Lawyer turned Moonshiner: Jessi Baker

Hard work, work ethic, employing people and really giving back to people in that sense is one of the highest callings you can have. We are really honored to be in that position and take it very seriously and every decision we make in our business is intentional.

Purpose, Passion, & Perseverance: The Story of Mixtroz

Purpose, Passion, & Perseverance: The Story of Mixtroz

You can start at any time and any age and be what you want to be. I believe our journey has made it easier for somebody because we share our story

Amplifying Messages that Matter: Two|PR

Amplifying Messages that Matter: Two|PR

There is no amount of money or no amount of vacation days that can make you stay somewhere… It is not even about security it’s more about the challenge. I just felt like I needed a challenge and need to be in situations where I am learning and growing.

Making a Difference Through Passion & Creativity: Milkglass Creative

We need to spend our energy where we’re getting the most life and where we can come alive so that we can be who we’re supposed to be.
— Mary Hooper & Amy Stroup
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Her Story of Success...

When Mary Hooper and Amy Stroup were looking for alternatives to the traditional career path in each of their fields, they decided to take their friendship to the next level by going into business together. The result, Milkglass Creative, is a unique blend of a design company and an independent record label, which works with everything from recording artists to authors to lifestyle brands. Since it started in 2010, Milkglass has evolved as Amy and Mary have learned to lean into their individual strengths and be open to new changes and experiences. They both keep busy doing creative work in their respective fields, with Mary running the art and design side of the company and Amy heading up the record label while also pursuing her own music career.

Because Milkglass Creative is a values-driven company, Mary and Amy are also intentional about giving back to the community around them, both through volunteering at Y-CAP and by mentoring younger women in their fields. They’ve learned important lessons along the way about taking time for themselves and only taking on clients that spark their creativity and passion.



In this episode…

Amy and Mary explain how they transitioned from being friends to working as business partners, starting Milkglass so they could both have space to be creative and work for themselves (2:41). One of Milkglass’ biggest assets today is the founders’ ability to take on clients who respect their vision, functioning as a true creative entity and not a “Band-Aid company” (13:24), and Mary and Amy explain how passion and a strong value system make that possible.

Since creativity is part of the job description at Milkglass, Amy and Mary also talk about how they’ve made space to allow themselves to be creative and avoid burnout (22:16), all while being intentional about investing in their own identities and lives apart from the company (26:55).

This has allowed them to each find a tribe of friends and supporters (30:49) and develop their own personal definitions of success, which center around personal fulfillment and wholeness (44:34).

Mary and Amy exemplify the magic that happens when you create space to pursue your passion wholeheartedly, and their story offers so much inspiration to help others get there, as well.

 
 

Laquita Stribling: Opening Doors for Others

To be successful, you’ve got to get comfortable with the discomfort of being uncomfortable. Hardly anything significant and sizeable has been accomplished from a place of ease and comfort.
— Laquita Stribling
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Her Story of Success...

Laquita Stribling knows the value of engaging in a wide variety of experiences. She works as senior vice president for Randstad USA, the number one staffing company in the world, and serves as a district governor for Rotary International in Tennessee. Laquita does all of this on top of being a mom, an active member of her community, a mentor, and a lifelong learner. In all of those roles, she strives to be a leader who opens doors for others.

Professionally, Laquita worked her way up over 22 years at Randstad, where she started as an entry level associate. She accomplished this by always being willing to tackle new challenges. That same attitude led her to engage with Rotary, starting out as a young woman in a club that was mostly made up of older white men. Rising to become the first African American district governor, she now uses her position to create greater diversity within the organization.

In this episode…

Laquita explains why she decided to stay at Randstad for so many years and how having a supportive boss has made a huge difference in her career (3:32). She also encourages listeners to be lifelong learners, a value which she learned from her family at a young age (6:56). As an experienced mentor, Laquita offers practical advice for finding a mentor or a mentee, saying no to opportunities that aren’t right for you, and getting the most out of your mentoring relationships (15:02). As she describes her experience with Rotary Club (21:40), Laquita also encourages listeners, especially women, to become more comfortable with being uncomfortable, a skill which she believes is essential for networking and finding new opportunities (32:42).

To close out the episode, Laquita talks about how she defines leadership and success (37:58). In both areas, she focuses primarily on how she can use her own skills, abilities and experiences to help others succeed. Whether it’s at her company, in her community or through raising her kids, Laquita embodies this type of servant leadership in everything she does.



 
 

Courtney Jones: Creating Work Life Blend

We must take initiative. We can no longer sit on the sidelines and wait for organizations to on their own create policies that are going to allow us to find the ideal work-life blend. We have to be the drivers of those conversations
— Courtney Jones
Courtney Jones

Her Story of Success...

As a mom of two kids, Courtney Jones started MomSource Network to help other women find opportunities she felt like she didn’t have when her son was born. Courtney is passionate about helping other women find a healthy work-life blend, and she knows that looks different for everyone. Whether they’re planning to become moms, looking to shift their work schedules to spend time with their kids or want help re-entering the workforce after a career break, MomSource Network helps women find flexible work options that fit with their schedules and their personal ideas of fulfillment.

Since its launch in 2013, MomSource Network has grown to include 10,000 women in 48 states. The company also partners with progressive organizations who want to find the best talent and helps them to create flexible work options for potential employees. Because of her work, Courtney has been featured by CNN, Bloomberg, Working Mother and more.

In this episode…

In this episode, Courtney explains how she recognized the amount of talent that was being wasted because women didn’t want to work full time and also be a mom (3:34), and how she started MomSource Network to help solve this problem (6:26). She offers practical advice about finding organizations that might be willing to give you flexibility in your work (8:20). While describing her personal philosophy of striving for “work-life blend” instead of balance, Courtney encourages listeners to accept the fact that different chapters of life will have different focuses, and she suggests that everything doesn’t have to be perfectly balanced all the time (18:25).

Courtney also outlines five different options for working other than the traditional 9-to-5 job (31:16). She ends the episode by offering helpful tips for finding flexible work options (51:30). But if you’re looking for more help, or if you’re curious about how to start providing flexible work options at your company, check out MomSource Network for more information!



 
 

Sabrina Cowden: Receptionist to CEO

Leadership to me is all about moving roadblocks and creating opportunities that allow your team to be successful – that’s my job as a leader.
— Sabrina Cowden
Sabrina Cowden

Her Story of Success...

As CEO of Milepost Consulting, a sustainability-focused strategy and engagement firm, Sabrina Cowden exemplifies leadership and the value of finding a career you’re passionate about. While her path was not easy Sabrina shares how starting out her career as a receptionist at a computer software company that had great leadership and a culture of learning, she was able to take a seven-year career break to raise her kids, and still come back confident in herself and abilities.

When it was time to return to work and after turning down many jobs Sabrina settled on a temporary position that ended up lasting for six years. She eventually got her MBA and rose to the rank of CEO.

In this episode…

In this episode Sabrina explains the lessons she learned at her first job out of college that shaped the rest of her professional life (4:20). From creating a space where people can feel safe to fail (8:19) to finding good mentors (12:46), Sabrina unpacks helpful advice, both for leaders and for those who are just getting started in their careers.

Sabrina also points out that the lessons she learned during her career break were just as valuable as the ones she learned at work, and she describes the process of reentering the workforce with the goal of finding a job she was passionate about (31:11). Her success in doing this banked on Sabrina’s courage and ability to bet on herself even when it seemed risky or uncertain, and in the process, Sabrina realized she was capable of becoming a great leader (35:13).

Sabrina encourages other women to explore many different opportunities without feeling guilty, and she highlights the importance of being able to take responsibility for your own professional growth.





 
 

Sarah Scarborough: Finding Your Purpose

Any practice or ritual can allow you the time and space to get quiet and experience peace where you can connect with yourself to find your own unique gifts and passions.
— Sarah Scarborough
Sarah Scarborough

Her Story of Success...

Sarah Scarborough CEO of Firepot Nomadic Teas took the path less traveled to becoming the successful business owner she is today.

Spending summers off the grid and living on the land with her family in Finland led her to realize that when all of her friends were buying suites and going on interviews in college, she just wanted to be somewhere farming. This led her on a journey across the world and introduced her to a passion for practicing and sharing the ritual of tea.

In this episode…

In this episode Sarah shares how her aversion to being a “business person” led her on a journey of finding her purpose, confidence, and how she realized being successful in business can help you make an impact in the world.

Sarah shares how following her passion for fair trade and sustainable farming led her to tea and across the world from Nashville to Montana to California and New Zealand. Sarah believes incorporating a rituals such as tea, yoga, or medication can help you make the room in your life to realize what you love and the next steps needed to make it happen.

You can check out her teas, Sunday tea ritual and her passion for Women and Wildlife.



 
 

Maria Aspan: Empowering the Entrepreneur in Everyone

I wanted to write a book that acknowledged that success in business can happen to anybody and that there are a lot of different kinds of heroes.
— Maria Aspan
Maria Aspan

Her Story of Success...

As an award-winning business journalist and editor-at-large at Inc Magazine, Maria Aspan strives to ensure that the pieces that she writes are both practical and enjoyable. She’s written about startups, technology, finance, and gender in her roles at the New York Times and American Banker, and in her book Startup Money Made Easyshe creates an inclusive entrepreneur guide to show how success can happen to anyone.

In this episode…

We dive into the key take aways from the book that make this a great guide for entrepreneurs in all seasons of their business from idea to exit.

Maria also shares the importance to find joy in the job you’re in right now, and how she looks for a place that will challenge her out of her comfort zone, where she can engage in work that’s meaningful to her, and where she can work with people she trusts.