HERadventures: Our First Adventure

HERadventures: Our First Adventure

Our First Adventure: The Carolinas!



 


May 16-20, 2016


Leaving Washington, DC – May 16

Enjoying Charlotte, NC – May 17

Rocking Greenville, SC – May 18

Loving Raleigh, NC – May 19

Hitting Richmond, VA – May 20

Returning to Washington DC – May 20


Mary & Melanie jumped in the MINI (AKA Roxie Jean – The HotRod Machine) & headed through the beautiful Carolinas on May 16. They sang songs on the radio (wait, people listen to the radio?!), went ziplining through treetops, and found new adventures. In between, they had conversations with incredible women about the adventures of their lives along with photographing them for the project. 


First Stop: Charlotte, NC


       


Second Stop: Greenville, SC


        


    


    


An Adventure: GoApe!



Third Stop: Raleigh, NC


        


Final Stop: Richmond, VA


        


 


 


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Belly-Laughing Business Women in Richmond

Belly-Laughing Business Women in Richmond

Embrace who you are and stop trying to be someone you’re not.


“Go where you’re celebrated, not tolerated.” Ingrid kicks off our final episode with the pivotal moment she decided to quit her job.


Our final stop in Richmond, VA led Mary and me to a wine shop for portraits and then the back room of Elements Beauty Store to chat with three kickass ladies. It was our last day heading back to DC and although we were exhausted from the five day journey, we ended up belly laughing our way through this episode. We had a roundtable with Ingrid Black, Charleen McManus, and Christina Dick learning about what motivates them, keeps them energized, and ahead of the curve.


 



 


These ladies are kicking butt and taking names – any way they need to. Ingrid has a strong belief that the Universe takes care of her – job, move, relationship. Charleen’s network kicked ass for her and got her a ton of new clients who believe in her without any marketing. Christina networks with her clients in a leotard while she’s doing adult gymnastics. They kept us laughing the whole conversation.


 


Grab some tissues for all the crying laughter and real talk while you listen in to find out why Ingrid wondered about why Americans wanted hairy penises, what Charleen’s “Accountabili-buddies” are, and Christina’s love for White Castle burgers. You’ll want to be at one of Charleen’s parties after you’re done. Thanks for being a part of our first HERadventures series. More to come!

 




 


Mentioned in this episode: Super Fun Yoga Pants: http://superfunyogapants.com/



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Ingrid Black –  Vice President Healthcare Services at Towne Park Systems

Five words: embarking on a new adventure

LinkedIn: Ingrid Black




Charleen McManus – Chief Marketing Monster at Tiny Monster Marketing

Five words: hopelessly curious, throw killer parties, enthralled with connecting people, world’s worst gardener, dork out over words & linguistics

Facebook: Charleen Pine McManus

LinkedIn: Charleen (Pine) McManus

Instagram: @cmpmcmanus

Twitter:​ @charleenmcmanus


 



Christina Dick​ – Founder of TFB Agency & Blogger at Tiramisu for Breakfast

Five words: energy, social media, beauty blogger, adult gymnastics, cat person​

Instagram: @christinamdick and ​@tiramisuforbreakfastblog

Twitter: @christinamdick

LinkedIn: Christina Dick

Facebook: Christina M Dick


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Women Know Their Value In The Triangle, NC

Women Know Their Value In The Triangle, NC

Surround yourself with people who more than you.


The Triangle area in North Carolina includes Raleigh, Chapel Hill, and Durham – Mary and I stopped at the beautiful Umstead Hotel & Spa in Raleigh to chat with the local lady residents. Mary-Ann Baldwin, Suzanne Miglucci and Jennifer Hoverstad gave us three different perspectives on life, politics, infertility, and business.



We wondered why people ask “innocent questions” about younger women and their position on having children while some aren’t interested in having kids and others are struggling with infertility. We talked through getting into the political game locally and how each of these ladies got to the place they are in their careers. We even got a chance to talk about knowing your value and learning how to choose the right mentor for you.


Most of us have a hard time asking for help, saying what we mean, and then we end up inviting our frenemies over for dinner – why? Sometimes we have to listen for the pivotal moments and grab them when they show up. Listen in to hear their favorite books and discover how to be more proactive in learning from the women who have been-there-done-that.

 




 



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Mary​-Ann Baldwin – Executive Director at Holt Brothers Foundation

5 words: dog mom, Boston-native, intense and driven, big heart

Instagram:@maryannbaldwin

LinkedIn: Mary-Ann Baldwin

Twitter: @maryannbaldwin

Facebook:Mary-Ann Baldwin

 



Suzanne Miglucci – CEO of Charles & Covard

5 words: Marketing professional, mentor, wife & mom, avid gardener, Raleigh

Bio: Charles & Covard

LinkedIn: Suzanne Miglucci

 



Jennifer Hoverstad – Marketing Director at PSPDFKit GmbH

5 words: attorney turned marketer, certified yoga instructor, dog mom, wife, supermom

Insta:@jenhoverstad

Twitter: @jenhoverstad

Snapchat: @​JHoverstad

LinkedIn: Jennifer Hoverstad


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What would you tell your 18-year-old self?

What would you tell your 18-year-old self?

…and other adventures of silliness


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 (@tonyporreco) 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 (connect with her on LinkedIn, Twitter, or Instagram). 



What would you tell YOUR 18-year-old self?

We want to know! Comment below or send us a social note.

 


      





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It’s All Business (Women) in Greenville, SC

It’s All Business (Women) in Greenville, SC

Greenville, SC 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.

 



 



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AT A WINE SHOP



Marion Crawford – founder and CEO of Crawford Strategy

5 words: mother, writer, entrepreneur, exercise enjoyer, amateur cook & gardener

Twitter: @mrcstrategy

Instagram: @marionrcraw

Facebook: Marion Crawford​

 



Jennifer Sutton – founder and CEO of Bright + CO Marketers

5 words: mother, entrepreneur, marketing nerd, generous host, passionate for being kind

Facebook: Jennifer Sutton

LinkedIn: Jennifer Sutton

Twitter: @JJMediaMaven

Instagram: @JenniferJohnsSutton

 



Robin Bylenga – creator, founder and CEO of PedalChic

5 words: mother, cyclist, transformer of lives, bit of a workaholic, incredibly passionate

Facebook: Robin Lennon Bylenga

LinkedIn: Robin Bylenga

Twitter: @PedalChic


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ON THE OTHER SIDE OF TOWN:



Sara Shumpert – Director of The Packaging School

5 words: dog lover, nature enthusiast, entrepreneur, lifelong learner, technologist

Instagram: @sarashumpert

Twitter: @SaraaaSmiless

Facebook: Sara.Shumpert

LinkedIn: Sara Shumpert

Her pup's Insta: @Murray_the_Mini


 



Courtney Mitchell – Marketing Manager at Clemson Eye

5 words: New York, fun, runner, dog lover, adventurous

Instagram: @cmegrichard

Facebook: Courtney Richard Mitchell

LinkedIn: Courtney Mitchell

Twitter: @cmeg

 



Robyn Zimmerman – Executive Communications Strategist at Crawford Strategy

5 words: teacher, stepmother, broadcaster, theater lover, wonderful wife

Twitter: @robynzimmerman

Facebook: Robyn Irene Zimmerman

 



Peyton Fish – Media Research Analyst at Charter Spectrum

5 words: event planner, traveler, spiritual, animal lover, dancer

Facebook: Peyton Fish

LinkedIn: Peyton Fish

Instagram: @_peytonfish


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Competitors Turned Coworkers – a Charlotte, NC conversation

Competitors Turned Coworkers – a Charlotte, NC conversation

Fierce competitors, 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.




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Messina Truttman – Marketing Director in Piedmont, MO

5 words: rescuer/dog-mom, adventurous, rebellious, creative, tattooed

Facebook: Messina Truttman

LinkedIn: Messina Truttman


 



Rachelanne Hansen – Marketing Specialist in Oshkosh, WI

5 words: mother, wife, student, traveler, dog-mom

Facebook: Rachelanne Yuza

Linkedin: Rachelanne Hansen


 


 




Carrie-Ann Kulinski – Director of Marketing in Oshkosh, WI

5 words: adventure, mom (of 5!), entrepreneur, sales, restless traveler

Facebook: Carrie-Ann Kulinski

Instagram: @Jordyfan_87

Twitter: @carrieann_16

LinkedIn: Carrie-Ann Kulinski


 



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