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Lisa Simmons -025 - The Story Behind Her Success with Candy O'Terry

Meet Lisa Simmons: arts philanthropist, filmmaker and producer. As the director of the Roxbury International Film Festival and the Color of Film Collaborative, she has spent the last 20 years shining a light on stories that must be told and often are not. Every June, she screens films that celebrate people of color across the world and in doing so, Lisa supports filmmakers who are creating media that matters. The quality of her work has been acknowledged with many awards including the Image...


Dr. Myechia Minter-Jordan -024 - The Story Behind Her Success with Candy O'Terry

The Dimock Center sits high on a hill in Roxbury, Massachusetts. Founded in 1862 as a place of hope, health and healing, the mission of Boston's second largest health center continues to this day. In fact, the Dimock Center is considered a national model of excellence, providing comprehensive health and human services to more than 17,000 men, women and children every year. In the spotlight, Dr. Myechia Minter-Jordan, the woman at the helm of The Dimock Center. A physician with a medical...


Sara Campbell -023 - The Story Behind Her Success with Candy O'Terry

Tenacity. That's the attribute Sara Campbell says an entrepreneur must have in order to be successful. In this episode, we interview Boston based women's clothing designer Sara Campbell. Born and raised in La Jolla, California, Sara came to Boston to attend graduate school at Lesley College and the Massachusetts College of Art. A person of great faith and conviction, she was mentored by Sr. Mary Corita Kent whose artwork became an inspiration for her vibrant, colorful clothing line....


Jodi-Tatiana Charles -022 - The Story Behind Her Success with Candy O'Terry

In the spotlight: Jodi-Tatiana Charles, a woman who has enjoyed tremendous success in multiple careers: as a school teacher, a radio and TV producer, deputy press secretary for Mitt Romney, public speaker, entrepreneur and most recently, as the author of a children's book. Born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Brockton, Massachusetts, Jodi is a proud first-generation Haitian American whose inspiring book It's Just A Rug teaches children to celebrate their heritage, traditions, and...


Ellie Anbinder-021 - The Story Behind Her Success with Candy O'Terry

27 years ago, Ellie Anbinder heard the words "you have breast cancer". With no family history of the disease, she began asking her doctors how she got breast cancer in the first place and no one seemed to have an answer. So she decided to dig deep into the disease, only to find that 93% of all breast cancer funding goes to treatment and cure, not prevention. To Ellie, this made no sense. She is the founder of Find The Cause:, a non-profit focused on discovering the...


Karen Kaplan -020 - The Story Behind Her Success with Candy O'Terry

This week's success story has to do with climbing the ladder from receptionist to CEO. In the spotlight, Karen Kaplan, Chairman of Hill Holliday, one of the nation's top advertising agencies. She's got the corner office with a view of the Boston skyline, but her career did not happen swiftly. She's had just about every job there is at Hill Holliday and she just kept putting one foot in front of the other. Recognized as one of the most influential women in advertising, Karen oversees Hill...


Liz Brunner -019 - The Story Behind Her Success with Candy O'Terry

Meet an exceptional woman who believes that having the courage to try new things is the key to success. From Miss America pageant queen to high school music teacher, to TV reporter, to major market news anchor, to the CEO of Brunner Communications, Liz Brunner believes that we should always be looking out for the next big chapter in our lives. In this up close and personal interview, Liz shares how it was her mother, and her grandmothers who paved the way for her tenacity. She recalls what...


Valerie Harper -018 - The Story Behind Her Success with Candy O'Terry

Every once in a while, a TV show has a message, or a character, who defines a generation. For girls growing up in the 1970's, that show was The Mary Tyler Moore Show. When Valerie Harper landed the role of Mary's wacky best friend, Rhoda Morgenstern, her career was catapulted to a whole new level. In this interview, taken from my interview archives, Valerie shares her life story, including her start as a ballet dancer, her audition with Mary Tyler Moore, the adoption of her daughter...


Lauren Baker -017 - The Story Behind Her Success with Candy O'Terry

What is it like to be the First Lady of Massachusetts? This week, we packed up our recording equipment and headed to the gold-domed Statehouse in Boston to interview First Lady, Lauren Baker. Her husband, Charlie Baker took the oath of office on January 8, 2015 and is widely heralded as the most popular governor in the United States. His wife is a woman who has largely kept to herself, supporting Charlie but forging her own path as an advertising executive on Madison Avenue and at Hill...


Wendy Murphy -016 - The Story Behind Her Success with Candy O'Terry

At a time when everyone is talking about metoo and timesup, many people do not realize that men and women are not equal under the Constitution of the United States. Attorney Wendy Murphy knows this fact only too well. Her career has been devoted to defending the rights of women and children. As a young attorney, she tried the most horrendous cases where women and children were raped, their lives forever changed. She began taking on cases no one else wanted, often for free. Her...


Angela Peri -015 - The Story Behind Her Success with Candy O'Terry

Once upon a time, not so long ago, Angela Peri was working as a parking clerk at the Cambridge courthouse. She wanted to be an actress, but her strict Italian family said: "no way." She did it anyway, learning the ins & outs of the entertainment business, eventually realizing she could earn a better living as a casting director so she launched Boston Casting. Thirty years later, Angela is so well respected, she has a direct line to Hollywood, working with A-list actors, discovering unknown...


Megan Driscoll -014 - The Story Behind Her Success with Candy O'Terry

Megan Driscoll was doing just fine as a pharmaceutical sales rep, but she wanted the challenge of starting her own business. So she did. Fifteen years later, Megan is overseeing a thriving, one of a kind global company called Pharmalogics Recruiting, headquartered just outside Boston. In this episode of The Story Behind Her Success, this young, energetic, positive and determined CEO shares her drive to create a work environment where her employees can't wait to come back to work every day....


Erin Brockovich -013 - The Story Behind Her Success with Candy O'Terry

You've probably seen the Academy Award-winning movie starring Julia Roberts, but this is the story of the REAL Erin Brockovich. Here in Boston to speak to a charity called Find The Cause, Erin agreed to this exclusive interview with Candy O'Terry. Once a single mom without a job, Erin Brockovich began working as a law clerk at a small law firm in Hinkley, California. Although she had no legal experience, Erin knew something was very wrong when people and animals started getting very sick...


The Brass Sisters -012 - The Story Behind Her Success with Candy O'Terry

"If you want to be successful, you have to imagine who you want to be and picture it in your mind." These are words of wisdom from Marilynn and Sheila Brass, aka: The Brass Sisters. As the stars of the PBS show The Food Flirts, these two sisters from Winthrop, MA. have collected thousands of recipes, some from their own family and others, written on notecards, found in old cookbooks at yard sales. The cookbook authors believe that recipes tell stories about love, tradition and family and...


Jessica Leip -011 - The Story Behind Her Success with Candy O'Terry

In this very emotional episode of The Story Behind Her Success, a young mom from Framingham, MA. named Jessica Leip gives us an up close and personal look into what it is like to live with terminal breast cancer. Diagnosed at only 37, Jessica had no symptoms of the disease and no family history. Terrified to leave her daughters without a mother, she endured powerful chemotherapy treatments that almost killed her twice. Five years have passed and although this exceptional woman knows her...


Anne Jolles -010 - The Story Behind Her Success with Candy O'Terry

As an award-winning life coach, Anne Jolles has spent her career helping people find their way. When she experienced personal hardship, she found herself searching for a new sense of hope and strength. Alone in her kitchen, she had an idea and before she knew it, that idea blossomed into The Grace Trail, a one mile path around Nelson Park in Plymouth where walkers find sea stones at various locations, each with a message about grace and an invitation to answer 5 questions about gratitude,...


Lisa Fenn -009 - The Story Behind Her Success with Candy O'Terry

As an award-winning producer for ESPN, Lisa Fenn was always looking for the kind of sports story that showed the power of sports and the personal strength of athletes. One day, her father sent her a news clipping about two high school wrestlers from her hometown of Cleveland. Dartanyan and LeRoy relied on one another in ways that most of us could never imagine. You see, one boy was blind, so he carried the boy who had no legs and the boy with no legs became his eyes. Over the course of 5...


Mary Bridget Davies -008 - The Story Behind Her Success with Candy O'Terry

Janis Joplin was only 27 when she died of an overdose in 1970 at the height of her career. People used to say: "no one will ever sound like Janis". But they were wrong. Enter Mary Bridget Davies. Born and raised in Cleveland, Mary wasn't even born when Janis was making pop history. Yet, she heard her songs on the radio and played her parent's old albums. Somewhere, very deep down inside, she connected with singing the blues. In this interview, Mary shares how she got to where she is today...


Lisa Brodeur -007 - The Story Behind Her Success with Candy O'Terry

"I had no idea who was dead or alive and I can't tell you what that feels like, not knowing, do I even still have a family?" These are the terrifying words of Lisa Brodeur, author of the book A Mother's Journey Through Faith, Hope & Courage. Twenty years ago, this mom's life was forever changed when a drunk driver crashed into her family's minivan, killing her husband, paralyzing her son, breaking her three-year-old daughter's hip so badly she was in a body cast, traumatizing her...


Michelle Cully -006 - The Story Behind Her Success with Candy O'Terry

Flashback 20 years ago, and the confident, accomplished CEO of Xpressman Trucking & Courier in Randolph, Massachusetts was a skinny, scared victim of domestic abuse with zero self-esteem. In the spotlight, Michelle Cully. First, she hit rock bottom and then, she lifted herself up and made a plan to take her life back. Using her parent's laundry room as an office, this exceptional woman created a multi-million dollar business in the male-dominated trucking and delivery industry. Featured...