High Five Success Stories is about amazing women from all different backgrounds who offer advice and inspiration to millennial gals through sharing their success stories. The show aims to focus on a range of different topics relevant to surviving the choppy waters of adulthood and careers including handling rejection, maintaining a positive mindset, balancing being a mother and having a full time career, the meaning of grit, pulling the trigger to go after your passion, and much more! “Stumble upon gold” in High Five Success Stories and become inspired and enriched!
Episode #64: Johnno Wilson: Comedian/Actor/Impersonator
Hi everyone! I’m so excited to share my podcast with my friend Johnno Wilson—my very first comedian/impersonator/actor! Johnno grew up in Shrewsbury, MA with his parents and younger brother, Pete. He then journeyed onto DC where he attended Georgetown University for college. After college, he decided to enter the corporate world and took a job at a consulting company in DC, and on the side, would pursue acting gigs. At the age of 27, Johnno took a leap of faith to finally pursue his acting career. He packed up and moved to LA, couch surfing and caddying to get by.
Fast forward almost 10 years, he has had a remarkable journey. Johnno tells us about both his setbacks and awesome comebacks, such as his role on Disney’s hit show Raven’s Home, getting called out to two Saturday Night Live auditions, and upcoming Curb Your Enthusiasm episodes this fall! Not to mention, Johnno is also the most incredible impersonator and has been featured on Good Day LA (check out his TikTok account where he has 375K followers and nails impersonations of well-known celebrities such as Vince Vaughan, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Hanks, and many more). I’m so excited to continue to watch Johnno kill it in LA!
Episode #63: Tony Maginnis: CEO of Global Packaging
I am so excited to share my podcast with my uncle, Tony Maginnis: CEO of Global Packaging, where they design and manufacture health and personal hygiene products, household products, food (fresh, frozen, snacks, baked goods), paper goods, pet food and more. Tony is my mom’s little brother (by eight years) and they also have five other amazing siblings!
Tony has had an incredible entrepreneurial journey that I have been wanting to share for so long. After graduating from college, he began his career in the packaging industry in 1980 at his dad’s company (Lincoln Graphics), and then at the age of 28, he decided to take a risk and start his own company (Cage Graphics). Tony started out with $750,000 in sales his first year. Fast forward to today, 40 years later, Tony’s company now has close to $100M in sales, making him a proven leader in the industry.
Throughout our interview, Tony provides us with skills on how to navigate adversity, listening, raising children (he has three awesome kids who are my cousins: Megan, Patrick, and Kevin), taking risks, being a leader, and so much more. And most importantly he gives a tremendous amount of credit to his wife and partner, Eileen! Hope you all enjoy!
Episode #62: Gwenn Daniels Nolan: Founder and CEO of Mother Compost
I am super excited to share my podcast interview with my friend Gwenn Daniels Nolan. I am especially excited about this podcast because Gwenn is a fellow Notre Dame Academy alum, she is one of my sister’s best friends, and she is making a huge, positive impact on our environment every single day!
Gwenn founded Mother Compost in 2018 with the goal of making composting simple and easy for her fellow Philadelphia Mainline residents. For those of you not familiar with what composting is, it is the next evolution of recycling. When you compost, you sort out organic materials (food waste, yard waste, household waste) at home that can be turned into a nutrient-rich fertilizer. So Gwenn, being a mother to three kids herself, was frequently frustrated by the amount of food waste her household created and recognized that her pile in the backyard couldn’t handle it all. In addition, she knew many people would love to compost but were short on the time, space, or energy needed to turn their food scraps into fertilizer. She started the company by asking 10 friends to convert to composting and let her test the idea of a collection service. After a month and overwhelmingly positive feedback, Mother Compost officially opened its doors and began building its composting community.
Now in its 3rd full year of operation, MC has over 500 subscribers and has rescued roughly 450,000 pounds of organic materials from the landfill. They partner with the team at Kitchen Harvest Inc, which processes all materials at Linvilla Orchards in Media, PA, and helps us keep these vital nutrients in our neighborhood. So an example of how it works – My sister Tara and her husband Jeff and their three little ones (Kate, Quinn, and Rhys) are subscribed to Mother Compost. Every two weeks, they leave their composting bucket by end of their driveway where Gwenn and her team pick it up and take it to Linvilla Orchards in Media, PA. Then in April and May, Gwenn and her team return nutrient-rich fertilizer to Tara which she is able to use in her backyard! Tara and Jeff have been composting for over two years now and they absolutely love it. Gwenn will go into more detail on the composting process during our interview. Hope you all enjoy!
Episode #61: Caroline Wright Turnipseed: Marketing Expert
I am so excited to share my podcast interview with my friend Caroline Wright Turnipseed who just launched her very own company – CWT Consulting Group! Prior to launching her company, Caroline spent 10 years leading teams in all areas of marketing at a variety of different companies such as Lilly Pulitzer ($250M), Victoria’s Secret ($7B), and Gal Meets Glam ($35M).
After creating a vast network of connections at all three companies and becoming an expert in all things marketing, this past February Caroline decided to launch CWT Consulting Group which is a full-service marketing partner fueling incredible growth for new-to-market and established brand clients. Fun fact: some of her clients include past podcast guests such as Marghi Walters Adzick of Addison Bay, Janie Winchester Paradis of Jane Win Jewelry, and Tuckernuck! Caroline has incredible grit and a can-do, figure-it-out attitude. I am so excited to continue to watch Caroline grow her company!
Check out CWT Consulting Group: https://www.cwtconsultinggroup.com/about
Episode #60: Entrepreneurial Journey of Two Sisters: Lauren Dudley Stephens & Kaki Dudley McGrath (Part II)
Hi everyone! I am super excited to share my second podcast interview with the amazing sister-duo Lauren Dudley Stephens and Kaki Dudley McGrath, the two co-founders of Dudley Stephens. They launched the company with their iconic flagship Cobble Hill Turtleneck Fleece in 2015 which immediately had success because they are comfortable, timelessly stylish, eco-friendly, durable, and last upon wear. They have had so much success with their flagship fleeces that they now have expanded the business tremendously by including dresses, pants, outerwear products for men and children and so much more.
Throughout our interview, they take us on their incredible journey over the past 5+ years. They touch on the high points, such as partnering up with Gwyneth Paltrow’s company Goop, being featured in Oprah Magazine, their partnership with Tuckernuck and so many other major milestones.
As always, they also are incredibly humble and down-to-earth and not afraid to share their setbacks, such as how they navigated the impacts of COVID-19. I hope you all enjoy my conversation with these amazing sisters as much as I did!
Dudley Stephens website: https://www.dudley-stephens.com/Photo credit: Julia D’Agostino | @juliadags | https://juliadags.com/
Episode #59: Navigating COVID-19: Part 2
The second episode of how my past podcast guests have navigated COVID-19 is now live! This episode includes Maureen Doron of Skirt Boutique (1:12), Liz Finegan McKee of LSF Pilates (27:40), Christine and Nick Kondra of Cornerstone Bistro (46:27), Alexa Buckley of Margaux Shoes, and (1:13:47) Joanne Cloack of Jofit (1:35:46).
I had so much fun reconnecting with these past guests and I continue to be blown away by their resiliency and creative responses to COVID-19. Just as a reminder of how these interview series work, each interview is around 20-25 minutes long. I then combine these shorter style interviews into a total of three episodes. The first episode went live on January 5th, 2021, and included Marghi Walters Adzick of Addison Bay, Laura Vandkeram – Time Management Expert, Lisi Lerch of Lisi Lerch Jewelry, Neely and Chloe Burch of Neely & Chloe, and Dr. Foote of Foote Orthodontics. If you haven’t tuned into that episode, definitely do so – they were all amazing!
I also have additional interviews with past podcast guests that I am combining into a third episode which will be released over the next couple of months and I can’t wait to share that episode! Hope you all enjoy!
Inspiring and Fun to Listen!
Steph keeps it fun yet informative. I love how she asks guests not only about their professional journeys but touches on personal as well. Definitely worth listening to even if you’re not from Philadelphia!
Great podcast for all go getters! Great ideas from successful business women and men! Steph effortlessly connects with all her interviewees!
I never realized how many people I really wanted to hear about how they did what they did until Steph interviews them!!! Such interesting guests with great stories. Inspiring, fun and full of heart. ❤️