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High Five Success Stories by Steph Hayden

High Five Success Stories by Steph Hayden

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High Five Success Stories by Steph Hayden

High Five Success Stories by Steph Hayden

High Five Success Stories by Steph Hayden

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High Five Success Stories, presented by Steph Hayden, 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!

Latest Episodes

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!

--JUN 18
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Episode #54: Former Chief Operating Officer of Venmo: Mike Vaughan

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 23with 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 Wrightgave 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...

--MAR 26
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SPECIAL EPISODE: Father Rob Hagan on Navigating the Effects of COVID-19

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...

--MAR 13
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Episode #52: Erik Strid: CEO & Co-Founder of Concentus Wealth Advisors

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 pa...

--FEB 5
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Episode #51: Overcoming Addiction: Michael Blanche

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. Her...

--2019 NOV 26
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Episode #50: NY Times Bestselling Author: Kelly Corrigan

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 Te...

--2019 NOV 6
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Episode #49: Founding Partner of Cozen O’Connor Law Firm: Patrick O’Connor

Episode #48: A Powerful Real Estate & Political Figure in Philadelphia: Allan Domb

So excited to share my podcast interview with my friend Allan Domb, one of the most powerful real estate and political leaders in Philadelphia! This was a special one for me because Allan was close to my Dad. Allan comes from a very humbling upbringing. He grew up in an 800 SF apartment unit with his parents and brother in Fort Lee, NJ. He was constantly finding ways to make money, whether it be a paper route before and after school or shoe shining—he was always hustling. Allan took evening classes at American University in DC and worked full-time as a salesman at Phelps Time Lock Service during the day. After graduating from college in 1977, he was transferred to the company’s Philadelphia office. To make extra money, he decided to sell residential real estate at night time. As the real estate business became more profitable, he quit his full-time job at Phelps Time Lock Service and opened his own real estate office in 1983. Fast forward almost 40 years, Allan Domb has built a re...

--2019 OCT 9
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Episode #48: A Powerful Real Estate & Political Figure in Philadelphia: Allan Domb

Episode #47: Meg Donohue: USA Today Bestselling Author

So excited to share my conversation with my friend Meg Donohue, a USA Today Bestselling Author. This was a super fun podcast for me because not only is Meg a Philadelphia native, but she also is best friends with my cousin Anna Ficken Lesovitz and friends with my sister Patrice Hayden Meagher. Just like me, Meg spends three weeks in Avalon, NJ every — in fact, that’s where we recorded this interview! Meg was born and raised right outside Philadelphia in Chestnut Hill where she attended Penn Charter and then continued onto Dartmouth for college and Columbia University for grad school. She now resides in San Francisco with her husband and three beautiful young girl ages ten, eight, and five. Throughout our conversation, Meg tells us all about her journey of how she became a writer of five incredible novels. She writes with warmth and humor about love, hope, family, friendship, loss, and forgiveness. I am not that familiar with this industry so it was super interesting to learn about...

--2019 SEP 30
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Episode #47: Meg Donohue: USA Today Bestselling Author

Episode #46: Addison Bay: Marghi Walters Adzick

I’m super excited to share my podcast conversation with my longtime friend Marghi Walters Adzick! Marghi was born and raised right outside Philadelphia alongside her three older siblings. She went to Penn Charter for high school, where she met her husband Mark Adzick. She then continued on to the University of Virginia where she played lacrosse for four years. After graduating from UVA, Marghi worked at Lilly Pulitzer in King of Prussia for six years. She truly LOVED her experience at Lilly and was able to develop strong relationships and lifelong skills that she now applies to her own company. Marghi left Lilly in May 2018 to build her own company, Addison Bay, which officially launched in September 2018. Addison Bay is a clothing company that curates the most fashion-forward and high-performance women’s activewear from across the globe. It was created for the woman that is constantly on the go, juggling multiple activities—she wants to be comfortable but also fashionable. For i...

--2019 SEP 5
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Episode #46: Addison Bay: Marghi Walters Adzick

Episode #45: Tiffani and Chris Beaston

Hi guys! I’m So excited to share my podcast conversation with my friends Tiffani and Chris Beaston, a fantastic husband-wife duo! Chris is 33 and Tiffani is 31. They have been married since 2014 and have three adorable children together, all under the age of four! Tiffani tells us her story of how she built a successful YouTube channel called “Beauty and the Beastons”. It was a ton of fun to also have Chris on the show, given that Tiffani has credited Chris with a lot of the success behind the channel and together, they have built an exploding and thriving business. Some people (including myself) are unfamiliar with the blogging industry and how you can establish consistent revenue streams. That being said, it was very helpful to listen to Tiffani and Chris explain how they have been able to monetize their Youtube channel through different revenue-generating avenues, such as sponsorships, Google ads, affiliates, and their very own jewelry line. I also LOVE Tiffani’s humbling gra...

--2019 AUG 27
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Episode #45: Tiffani and Chris Beaston

Latest Episodes

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!

--JUN 18
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Episode #54: Former Chief Operating Officer of Venmo: Mike Vaughan

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 23with 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 Wrightgave 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...

--MAR 26
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SPECIAL EPISODE: Father Rob Hagan on Navigating the Effects of COVID-19

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...

--MAR 13
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Episode #52: Erik Strid: CEO & Co-Founder of Concentus Wealth Advisors

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 pa...

--FEB 5
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Episode #51: Overcoming Addiction: Michael Blanche

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. Her...

--2019 NOV 26
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Episode #50: NY Times Bestselling Author: Kelly Corrigan

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 Te...

--2019 NOV 6
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Episode #49: Founding Partner of Cozen O’Connor Law Firm: Patrick O’Connor

Episode #48: A Powerful Real Estate & Political Figure in Philadelphia: Allan Domb

So excited to share my podcast interview with my friend Allan Domb, one of the most powerful real estate and political leaders in Philadelphia! This was a special one for me because Allan was close to my Dad. Allan comes from a very humbling upbringing. He grew up in an 800 SF apartment unit with his parents and brother in Fort Lee, NJ. He was constantly finding ways to make money, whether it be a paper route before and after school or shoe shining—he was always hustling. Allan took evening classes at American University in DC and worked full-time as a salesman at Phelps Time Lock Service during the day. After graduating from college in 1977, he was transferred to the company’s Philadelphia office. To make extra money, he decided to sell residential real estate at night time. As the real estate business became more profitable, he quit his full-time job at Phelps Time Lock Service and opened his own real estate office in 1983. Fast forward almost 40 years, Allan Domb has built a re...

--2019 OCT 9
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Episode #48: A Powerful Real Estate & Political Figure in Philadelphia: Allan Domb

Episode #47: Meg Donohue: USA Today Bestselling Author

So excited to share my conversation with my friend Meg Donohue, a USA Today Bestselling Author. This was a super fun podcast for me because not only is Meg a Philadelphia native, but she also is best friends with my cousin Anna Ficken Lesovitz and friends with my sister Patrice Hayden Meagher. Just like me, Meg spends three weeks in Avalon, NJ every — in fact, that’s where we recorded this interview! Meg was born and raised right outside Philadelphia in Chestnut Hill where she attended Penn Charter and then continued onto Dartmouth for college and Columbia University for grad school. She now resides in San Francisco with her husband and three beautiful young girl ages ten, eight, and five. Throughout our conversation, Meg tells us all about her journey of how she became a writer of five incredible novels. She writes with warmth and humor about love, hope, family, friendship, loss, and forgiveness. I am not that familiar with this industry so it was super interesting to learn about...

--2019 SEP 30
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Episode #47: Meg Donohue: USA Today Bestselling Author

Episode #46: Addison Bay: Marghi Walters Adzick

I’m super excited to share my podcast conversation with my longtime friend Marghi Walters Adzick! Marghi was born and raised right outside Philadelphia alongside her three older siblings. She went to Penn Charter for high school, where she met her husband Mark Adzick. She then continued on to the University of Virginia where she played lacrosse for four years. After graduating from UVA, Marghi worked at Lilly Pulitzer in King of Prussia for six years. She truly LOVED her experience at Lilly and was able to develop strong relationships and lifelong skills that she now applies to her own company. Marghi left Lilly in May 2018 to build her own company, Addison Bay, which officially launched in September 2018. Addison Bay is a clothing company that curates the most fashion-forward and high-performance women’s activewear from across the globe. It was created for the woman that is constantly on the go, juggling multiple activities—she wants to be comfortable but also fashionable. For i...

--2019 SEP 5
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Episode #46: Addison Bay: Marghi Walters Adzick

Episode #45: Tiffani and Chris Beaston

Hi guys! I’m So excited to share my podcast conversation with my friends Tiffani and Chris Beaston, a fantastic husband-wife duo! Chris is 33 and Tiffani is 31. They have been married since 2014 and have three adorable children together, all under the age of four! Tiffani tells us her story of how she built a successful YouTube channel called “Beauty and the Beastons”. It was a ton of fun to also have Chris on the show, given that Tiffani has credited Chris with a lot of the success behind the channel and together, they have built an exploding and thriving business. Some people (including myself) are unfamiliar with the blogging industry and how you can establish consistent revenue streams. That being said, it was very helpful to listen to Tiffani and Chris explain how they have been able to monetize their Youtube channel through different revenue-generating avenues, such as sponsorships, Google ads, affiliates, and their very own jewelry line. I also LOVE Tiffani’s humbling gra...

--2019 AUG 27
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Episode #45: Tiffani and Chris Beaston
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