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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!

High Five Success Stories by Steph Hayden High Five Success Stories by Steph Hayden

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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 #54: Former Chief Operating Officer of Venmo: Mike Vaughan

    Episode #54: Former Chief Operating Officer of Venmo: Mike Vaughan

    So excited to share my conversation with my friend Mike Vaughan, Former Chief Operating Officer of Venmo. Mike was born and raised right outside of Philly where he went to the Hill School and then graduated from Penn in 1997. He currently lives right outside Philly with his wife and two sons.







    Mike takes us on the journey of how Venmo was founded by two Penn graduates! He joined the team in the early days of 2011 when their headquarters were still in a small apartment in Philly and there were only a few people on the team. Since day one, Mike was the Chief Operating Officer of Venmo, where he played a major role in helping build the company from the ground up.







    Today Venmo is consistently in the list of the Top 20 Apps in the world, but what’s important to remember is that just like every start-up, Venmo experienced a great amount of adversity in those beginning days. In fact, they almost shut down in 2012 when they were days away from not being able to meet payroll. Thankfully, a company called Braintree came along, saw the potential in Venmo, and bought them for $26.2M in 2012. Then PayPal acquired them for $800M in 2013. Mike left Venmo in 2019 and is now an Executive in Residence for Oak HC/FT, a venture growth equity fund investing in financial technology and healthcare information and services. Hope you guys enjoy Mike’s story as much as I did!

    SPECIAL EPISODE: Father Rob Hagan on Navigating the Effects of COVID-19

    SPECIAL EPISODE: Father Rob Hagan on Navigating the Effects of COVID-19

    In light of COVID-19, I did a last-minute special podcast interview this past Monday, March 23 with Father Rob Hagan of Villanova. He is most well known for being an incredible asset to the Villanova University Community, where he is both the basketball and football Chaplain and Senior Athletic Director. He is also well known for providing valuable life lessons—my hope is that our podcast conversation will help people navigate and process the effects of the coronavirus. My favorite piece of advice is when he urges listeners to “protect” themselves and their loved ones: P: pray, R: read, O: offer it up, T: give thanks E: exercise C: check-in with someone T: take 3 deep breaths, all will be well.”







    A couple of cool facts on Father Rob: Coach Jay Wright gave him the honor of being the last person to cut down the net after the 2018 Championship game. Coach Wright remarked the following about Father Rob: 







    “I think every player and every member of our staff will tell you Father Rob is one of the greatest men any of us have in our lives. He has been an integral part of the program and my life, I count on him as a dear friend. Our whole team and staff attend a prayer service before every game. It starts with Father Rob doing a reading from the Bible and then a homily. He’s never talking about the game, he’s talking about life—and what kind of men we are and what kind of Christians we are. I always joke with Father: don’t make us cry before the game!!”Coach Jay Wright







    Also, if you enjoy this interview, please check out the original podcast interview I did with Father Rob in November 2018 where he provides not only life lessons but also his unique journey to becoming an Augustinian priest. Please enjoy!







    Apps to check out:







    Jesus Calling: https://www.jesuscalling.com/app/







    Laudate App: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/laudate-1-catholic-app/id499428207

    Episode #52: Erik Strid: CEO & Co-Founder of Concentus Wealth Advisors

    Episode #52: Erik Strid: CEO & Co-Founder of Concentus Wealth Advisors

    Hi everyone! Super excited to share my podcast conversation with my friend Erik Strid, co-founder and CEO of Concentus Wealth Advisors. This was my first financial advisor to come on the podcast so not only was it interesting to learn about Erik’s entrepreneurial story, but it also was a very informative podcast (especially in light of the Coronavirus and its effect on the market).







    Quick background on Erik: he lives with his wife and three children right outside Philadelphia. He grew up Villanova alongside his four young siblings. He went to Rosemont School of the Holy Child for grade school (I also went there so I have to give a shout out to what an awesome grade school it is!), then continued onto Episcopal Academy for high school and then Amherst for college. When Erik graduated from Amherst, he worked in the financial industry for a couple of years before joining his dad in 1993 at Merrill Lynch where they formed GD Strid and Associates. Over the next 20 years, they worked hard on their vision while working for two different Wall Street brokerage firms.







    In February 2014, Erik, his dad, and brother Paul took a leap of faith and decided to leave the big banks to start their own wealth management firm, Concentus Wealth Advisors. Over the past 6 years, Erik and his team have become proven experts in the financial industry. If you would like to learn more about the insight that Erik can provide, be sure to check out the three books he has written (info on the books are included in the show notes)!







    Books:







    * The Road Less Traveled by Scott Peck* E Myth by Michael Gerber* Erik Strid’s books:* Exploring: replacing an outdated paradigm for the “retirement years,” and exploring a new phase of life* Clarity: how pop culture is misleading you about successful wealth planning and what to do about it* Empowered Values: planning your wealth around your family’s core values

    Episode #51: Overcoming Addiction: Michael Blanche

    Episode #51: Overcoming Addiction: Michael Blanche

    Hi everyone! I am very excited to share my podcast conversation with my friend Mike Blanche who is an expert in the alcohol and substance abuse recovery industry in Philadelphia. Mike has been clean and sober for 26 years (high five to that!). He is the co-founder of Ethos Treatment with locations in West Chester, PA and Philadelphia, PA. At the Ethos Treatment centers, Mike is on the front line each and every day as he helps to prevent alcoholism, substance abuse, and many other forms of rising addictions, such as the addictions that are developing from the impacts of technology. Mike also spends his time giving prevention talks at schools throughout the Philadelphia area.







    Throughout our conversation, Mike was kind enough to share his personal journey in overcoming addiction, which is an inspiration to others that recovery is possible. We continue on to talk about the creation of OxyContin in 1996 and how it triggered the deplorable opiate epidemic that we have been fighting the past decade. Lastly, Mike talks about the major effects that technology is having on our culture. Given that we are exposed to technology in some capacity throughout every day, Mike offers different ways we can build a healthy relationship with our devices. Also, I interviewed Mike’s wife and my friend, Caroline, in the fall of 2017 — her podcast was one of the most downloaded podcasts I have ever done. I have a tremendous amount of respect for Caroline and Mike who are fighting every day to help people. Please give their episodes a listen!















    Website: https://www.ethostreatment.com/







    Book: Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America by Beth Macy







    NPR Podcast on the History of Opioid:https://www.npr.org/2019/04/04/709767408/a-history-of-opioids-in-america

    Episode #50: NY Times Bestselling Author: Kelly Corrigan

    Episode #50: NY Times Bestselling Author: Kelly Corrigan

    My 50th episode is with NY Times Bestselling Author and Philadelphia native, Kelly Corrigan! You may have seen Kelly appear on the Today Show or have come across her pieces in the New York Times. If you haven’t read her books, definitely do so — they will make you hysterically laugh and cry!







    Kelly talks growing up in Villanova with her parents and two brothers GT and Booker, who all attended Radnor High School. She takes us on her journey of how she got from point A to point B in becoming a NY Times Bestselling Author. She is a true testament that everyone’s journey in life is very different and so long as you aren’t afraid of failure, you can make things happen. Kelly always loved writing in her journal and sending long letters to her family from camp but it wasn’t until she was 36 and diagnosed with cancer at the same time as her father that she decided to write her first book, Middle Place, which is about her father’s battle with cancer and her triumph over the disease.







    Here is the coolest part: the book was published in 2008 and Kelly and her dad did a book tour together!







    Since then, she has written three more books Lift, Glitter and Glue, and Tell Me More. Her most recent book, Tell Me More, is a book about essential phrases in life that will help you with all sorts of relationships! She talks about why saying “I was wrong” is so much more effective than “I’m sorry.”







    Lastly, I absolutely love how Kelly writes about her loyalty and genuine love for her late father George (Greenie), her mother Mary, her brothers, her husband Edward, and her two girls Georgia and Claire. And a special thank you to a few people that helped me get this podcast over the line — Frannie and Martie Gillin, Peg Boova, Susie Valerio, and my sisters Patrice and Mandy!







    Links to books: http://www.kellycorrigan.com/







    Links to NY Times Articles:







    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/13/well/family/advice-to-my-college-freshman.html







    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/22/well/family/college-applications-parents-children-advice.html

    Episode #49: Founding Partner of Cozen O’Connor Law Firm: Patrick O’Connor

    Episode #49: Founding Partner of Cozen O’Connor Law Firm: Patrick O’Connor

    Very excited to share my conversation with Mr. Patrick O’Connor who is a lifelong family friend and was one of my dad’s very best friends! Patrick is one of the founding partners of Cozen O’Connor law firm, which was founded in 1973 with five lawyers. Today, 47 years later, there are 29 offices globally and 750 lawyers.







    We start out the interview talking about Patrick’s childhood. He was born in Wilkes Barre, PA and one of 10 children. His father passed away when he was just 15 years old so his mother, who became his hero, stepped up to raise the 10 children. Patrick went to King’s College and then Villanova for law school. At age 30, he took a risk and left a prominent law firm in Philadelphia to become one of the founding partners of Cozen O’Connor. He tells us all about the gritty entrepreneurial journey of building a company.







    Fun fact: what Cozen O’Connor made in one year in 1973 is now equivalent to what they make in a half a day. Patrick has also been on the board of Temple University since he was 28 years old and was also Chairman of the Board of Trustees for 10 years. 







    Patrick not only talks about his career path but also sprinkles in universal life lessons, such as the importance of failure and humility, taking risks, the definition of success, and his love for his wife Marie and four children and 12 grandchildren — they are wonderful people!

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94 Ratings

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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!

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Motivating!

Great podcast for all go getters! Great ideas from successful business women and men! Steph effortlessly connects with all her interviewees!

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Inspiring!

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. ❤️

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