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Candy O’Terry is an award-winning interviewer who has spent the last 28 years featuring the stories of over 700 women from every walk. Along the way, she has learned that successful women think differently. They believe that roadblocks are opportunities and that our lives unfold in chapters. These are women who listen to their intuition and share a deep need to make a difference. As the creator and host of The Story Behind Her Success, Candy provides a weekly platform for these inspiring women to be heard around the world. No matter where you are in your journey, the wisdom and advice these women share will help you get to where you want to go. What’s your story?

The Story Behind Her Success Candy O'Terry

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 52 Ratings

Candy O’Terry is an award-winning interviewer who has spent the last 28 years featuring the stories of over 700 women from every walk. Along the way, she has learned that successful women think differently. They believe that roadblocks are opportunities and that our lives unfold in chapters. These are women who listen to their intuition and share a deep need to make a difference. As the creator and host of The Story Behind Her Success, Candy provides a weekly platform for these inspiring women to be heard around the world. No matter where you are in your journey, the wisdom and advice these women share will help you get to where you want to go. What’s your story?

    Lainey Dionne -171

    Lainey Dionne -171

    I hope to be successful in music and that doesn’t necessarily mean becoming famous. I just want to be able to be happy in what I’m doing, to make a living and to touch other people’s souls.

    -Lainey Dionne



    Talent is all around us, but only the very few achieve stardom. Meet singer/songwriter Lainey Dionne of Rhode Island. She’s a proud Berklee College grad with an interesting story about how she graduated from one of the most prestigious music schools in the world…in record time. To meet her is to be in the company of someone who lights up the room. But make no mistake about, her journey has not been sunshine and roses. She has known illness and adversity, too. What sets Lainey apart is her positive mindset. No matter what happens, she is driven to achieve. Lainey is the 2020 recipient of the Unsigned Only Competition in the Adult Contemporary category and has won 2nd place twice in the New England Songwriting competition. She has been nominated for Best Solo/Acoustic Act, Best Americana Act and Best College Act at the Worcester Music Awards and Best Breakthrough Act at the famous Rhode Island Motif Awards and has been a finalist in the International Songwriting Competition. Her latest album was recorded in Nashville and is called Self Titled. If you have a dream, Lainey’s story will ignite your passion to make it happen.

    • 22 min
    Betsey Sethares -170

    Betsey Sethares -170

    The world is not soft and you will fail. You need to have the internal resources to pick yourself up and move on. -Betsey Sethares



    The email from Betsey’s daughter, Lily said: “I’ve been feeling immensely grateful for the wonderful women who impact my life, especially during the pandemic and one of those people is my mom, Betsey Sethares.” With an endorsement like that, I knew that Betsey would be an inspiration to anyone listening to The Story Behind Her Success. The Executive Director of the Cape Cod Times Needy Fund for over twenty years, Betsey oversees the non-profit’s long standing mission to provide urgent financial assistance for basic human needs to residents of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. Because these communities rely on seasonal employment, many residents experience financial insecurity. Beyond the noble work Betsey does for her community, she is also a mother and a breast cancer survivor in a family where many women have died of the disease. In this interview, Betsey shares her wisdom about love, the importance of listening, and the idea that obstacles just might be opportunities. For a dose of inspiration from a humble woman who would never ask for applause, hit that download button. www.needyfund.org.

    • 23 min
    “Molly” the Army Wife -169

    “Molly” the Army Wife -169

    This is truly a matter of life or death. -”Molly” Anonymous Army Wife



    No matter what your politics are, there is a gigantic humanitarian crisis going on right now in Afghanistan. When the last plane left Kabul on August 31, 2021, thousands of people including Americans and Afghan interpreters and their families were left behind. Many news outlets are ignoring this story, but the truth is that acts of violence are being perpetrated by the Taliban as you are reading these show notes. Enter, “Molly”… that’s not her real name. She is an Army wife who needs to remain anonymous. Molly is working together with other military spouses to create an underground, long-distance life line for our allies in Afghanistan. The Taliban will show no mercy toward Afghans who served as interpreters during the 20 year war, and service members who worked alongside these men are determined to honor their code of honor to leave no one behind. In this interview, Molly describes what she has experienced trying to save lives behind enemy lines, including stories about what is happening to women and girls under Taliban rule. www.evacuateourallies.org and www.nooneleft.org. #AfghanEvac

    • 26 min
    Hildy Grossman -168

    Hildy Grossman -168

    I hate the word “no”. I hate the words “you can’t do it” and I hate “its been done before.”

    -Hildy Grossman



    When she was just a little girl growing up in Cincinnati, Hildy Grossman knew that singing on a stage would be part of her life. Her father was the owner of a famous night club called The Beverly Hills Country Club and among the many A-list performers who appeared there, Lena Horne was her favorite. Years later, the jazz singer with an impressive repertoire would become one of the founding members of the Follen Angels, singing timeless jazz tunes, songs from the American songbook, and even Cabaret songs in German, French and Russian. The mother of two and a clinical psychologist by day, Hildy developed her talents as a director and producer with the creation of the Devotion Follies for 10 years. When a surprise lung cancer diagnosis shook her to her core, she harnessed more of her boundless energy to create a non-profit called Upstage Lung Cancer which has raised over 3 million dollars earmarked for cutting edge, early detection and research. In this inspiring interview, you will meet a woman who has spent her life developing her talents, and using them every day. For this passionate singer, producer, director, playwright, novelist, podcaster, fundraiser and clinical psychologist, the sky is the limit. #upstagelungcancer

    • 22 min
    1 More From the Floor -167

    1 More From the Floor -167

    There’s a new Candy O in town. She’s a little less driven about what’s ahead and lot more grateful for what is right in front of her. - Candy O’Terry



    By the time I release this podcast, it will be 49 days since I seriously injured my lower back. Some people call it “blowing out your back”, and that’s actually a pretty good way to describe it.

    I have a herniated disc at L4 and L5 and S1 where all the nerve roots are covered with the material that ruptured from the disc. When that happens, the pain is unbearable because those nerves get all fired up. I can’t even begin to tell you how much agony this injury has caused me, and how much I have learned from it. In this episode, I’ll introduce you to a 98 year old woman named Eloise who was my roommate in the hospital for three days. They say that people come into our lives for a reason, and I’m so glad Eloise came into mine. We may only have known one another for 72 hours, but the lessons she taught me changed my life forever. I may have taught her how to be a little more patient, but she taught me to be grateful for exactly where I am in my life.

    • 25 min
    4 Life Lessons From The Floor -166

    4 Life Lessons From The Floor -166

    Every once in a while, we have to get thrown down on the floor to see the world from a new perspective. That’s where we come to understand what really matters. That’s where we press the re-set button and learn some of life’s greatest lessons. -Candy O’Terry



    I’m recording this episode in bed, flat on my back with a ruptured disc. After a 5 day stay in the hospital, I’m still in a lot of pain, but I didn’t want to miss this time with you. I’ve been thinking long and hard about the life lessons I’ve learned this week, so I came up with 4 life lessons from the floor…and my hope is that they might just help you if you are ever faced with an injury or an illness and you need some guidance, or a virtual hand to hold….maybe even a laugh…or a smile. And please forgive how I sound. One of the many things I’ve learned down here is that you become smaller. Your voice loses its power, you feel diminished, weak, a burden and kind of like a loser. It’s humbling down here, and that is lesson #1 from the floor.

    • 18 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
52 Ratings

52 Ratings

Jacy Dawn Valeras ,

Thank You.

I have been a huge fan of Candy's podcast since it launched, and having the opportunity to be a guest was beyong thrilling. I was blown away by Candy's preparation and her knack for asking the most interesting questions, while adding quotes and relevant stories to them. She is immensely talented. Truly inspiring in every way.

megan@podcastingyou ,

Amazing Content!

Candy does such a good job covering a variety of topics. The guests offer valuable insight as well. I would recommend this podcast to anyone looking to be inspired and motivated!

ariel yarger ,

Terri Trespicio- 097- dec 2 2010(?)

This interview has so many “ nuggets”! I can understand why so many people hired her for her “energy”. As much as her inner critic “rolled around with her” she sounds like “on fire “ and what one might call a go- getter” and that is catching and desirable! She has done so many things and learned so much! As she mentioned, she learned on the job, and that is what we all actually do... because no matter how much we know, we fit each job in a unique way and have to learn how WE will be successful in the job. Thank you!

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