Driving from DC through Virginia to the Carolinas, Mary and I had a LOT of time on our hands. Lots of discussions about the podcast, the women we were meeting, and the adventures we were having caused us to want to record ourselves talking. So, with the iPhone recording through the MINI speakers, we started sharing answers to the question: What would you tell your 18yo self?
Thankfully, we have a kickass podcast producer Tony Porreco who knows how to edit. He took our 30 minute conversation down to a few bite-sized minutes of the two of us sharing our adult advice with our 18 year old self.
Also, we went ziplining at GoApe (yes, we paid full-price and no, they didn’t sponsor us to say this) and had a blast! The lovely Cheney put together a video of the hilarity of our treetop adventures with Raleigh resident, Lisa Sullivan. Watch & laugh here: http://bit.ly/HERplaylist
Greenville, South Carolina is an underrated city with infinite possibilities. When Mary and I drove into this adorable downtown, we knew we were going to find too many things to do for our short stay. Exploring the downtown area with waterfalls and excellent restaurants, cycling on the Swamp Rabbit Trail thanks to PedalChic, and enjoying the local wine shop, we had the chance to chat with two sets of Greenville residents. They told us all about why they love the city but also gave us a look into their personal lives.
First, we met Marion Crawford, Jennifer Sutton, and Robin Bylenga at a wine shop and discussed everything from entrepreneurship and business to marriage and why long walks with friends are the key to sanity. These three founders & CEO’s share about the intricate balance of relationships while also running successful businesses.
The next day, after I spoke at the AAF Greenville meeting, Mary and I chatted with Sara Shumpert, Courtney Mitchell, Robyn Zimmerman, and Peyton Fish. We learned that Greenville has a growing entrepreneur and innovation community along with being a great place to grow your career. We even heard our favorite answer to the “what would you tell your 18-year-old self?” question.
Listen in to generations of Greenville women tell their stories of love, life, and business.
MEET THE WOMEN:
AT A WINE SHOP
Marion Crawford - founder and CEO of Crawford Strategy
mother, writer, entrepreneur, exercise enjoyer, amateur cook & gardener
Jennifer Sutton - founder and CEO of Bright + CO Marketers
mother, entrepreneur, marketing nerd, generous host, passionate for being kind
Facebook: Jennifer Sutton
LinkedIn: Jennifer Sutton
Robin Bylenga - creator, founder and CEO of PedalChic
Mother, cyclist, transformer of lives, bit of a workaholic, incredibly passionate
Facebook: Robin Lennon Bylenga
LinkedIn: Robin Bylenga
ON THE OTHER SIDE OF TOWN:
Sara Shumpert - Director of The Packaging School
dog lover, nature enthusiast, entrepreneur, lifelong learner, technologist
Her pup's Insta: Murray_the_Mini
Courtney Mitchell - Marketing Manager at Clemson Eye
New York, fun, runner, dog lover, adventurous
Facebook: Courtney Richard Mitchell
LinkedIn: Courtney Mitchell
Robyn Zimmerman Executive Communications Strategist at Crawford Strategy
teacher, stepmother, broadcaster, theater lover, wonderful wife
Facebook: Robyn Irene Zimmerman
Peyton Fish - Media Research Analyst at Charter Spectrum
event planner, traveler, spiritual, animal lover, dancer
Facebook: Peyton Fish
LinkedIn: Peyton Fish
Fierce competitors become fiercely loyal coworkers. You don’t hear THAT every day - especially not when it’s a group of women.
Mary and I made our way to Charlotte, NC where I spoke at the American Marketing Association marketing workshop. Three ladies sat down in the front row and quickly became super engaged in this workshop. Afterward, I asked for volunteers for the podcast and no one came up. When we walked out, these three ladies were so full of laughter, you could tell they had stories to tell. We were thrilled when they agreed to rock HERadventures with us and found out later they were competitors who had become coworkers through their employers’ recent acquisitions.
When we sat down with Carrie-Ann Kulinski, Messina Truttman, and Rachelanne Hansen, we realized these three ladies weren’t just coworkers, but friends. At a roundtable in the back of a busy hotel conference center, we shared life, advice, and love with each other and the podcast. Discussing everything from fixing furnaces, raising large families alone, how they were raised, being friends, and adopting Great Danes, we noticed there was much more in common between all of us than we first realized. I brought up Tony Robbins’s idea of “limiting beliefs”, Mary retells how she proved a naysayer wrong, and the whole group discusses the role of women in the workplace. Listen as these beautiful women share their greatest strengths, biggest influences, and find out what “Tall Tree Syndrome” is.
CONNECT WITH THE WOMEN:
Earlier this year, I jumped in Roxie Jean, the Hotrod Machine with my good friend & photographer extraordinaire, Mary Gardella, and embarked on a weeklong adventure to Virginia and the Carolinas. Logging hundreds of miles, we interviewed 15 rockstar women about their own personal brands and professional journeys, examining just what it means to be a woman today, in life AND in the workplace. We even went ziplining!
“Fear is invited to come along but Fear is not allowed to drive, choose the songs on the radio, select the snacks, or suggest detours.” - Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic
In this inaugural episode of HERadventures, Mary and I got together to reminisce and rehash our epic road trip. We get to share our perspective and what we learned as a result of our crazy adventure, touching on everything from Jennifer Aniston’s recent Huffington Post article to the role fear plays in our lives.
PODCAST EPISODE HERE
Who was the most influential woman in Mary’s life? What do I do to de-stress? Learn the answers to these questions – and more – and jump into our private HERadventures Facebook group or subscribe to subscribe to Adventures in Branding. We’ve got 6 weeks of kickass women. Stick around to see what happens next!
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