Wife, mother, grandmother, actress, tv personality, perennial student and passionate lover of all things French! Volalá! Trying to balance all of these roles leaves me overwhelmed, overburdened, and feeling like I'm about to fall overboard! While I’ve spent many years studying and experiencing new things, the biggest lesson I’ve learned is that true wisdom comes from the experience of others. So, in my new podcast, Woman Overboard, I’m going in search of women (and occasionally men) who have achieved success while wading through the stressors of everyday life.
In our second episode, Hollyce Hammond describes how her unique family inspired her to develop her website, Holding Moonbeams, a blog and lifestyle support for families with children who have Down Syndrome.
In our first episode, we learn about Chancellor Beth Stroble's personal and professional journey towards becoming a global leader in academia, and the various opportunities that Webster University provides to its students around the world.
Susan Block is a legend in the St. Louis community. As an advocate for others, Susan's served on numerous boards and has invested much of her time towards philanthropic endeavors. With an eye for color and creativity, Susan has flourished through her love of interior design, fashion and fun! Despite obstacles that she faced as a young student, Susan's story proves that "where there's a will, there's a way."
Michael Blitz, our first male guest on Woman Overboard, has been teaching people how to reduce stress and live a happier life for over forty years. He is an instructor in Transcendental Meditation (TM)in St. Louis, Missouri. Here he shares his personal experiences, and the positive benefits of this simple, calming technique.
As a model, makeup artist, stylist and producer, Kathy Ferrara fuses her passion for others and fashion forward mindset in K.FerraraColor, an innovative and elegant nail polish line that truly outshines her competition. Having experienced hardships in both her personal and professional lives, Kathy’s success would not be possible without the love and support of her village.
Gina Galati and Nancy Pillsbury Shirley have a passion for Opera that has not only transformed their lives, but also the lives of St. Louis’ community members. Known throughout the world for her powerful voice and dynamic range, Gina has captivated audiences with a voice that could literally move mountains. As the founder of Winter Opera St. Louis, Gina has brought world-class singers and phenomenal performances, captivating adults and children alike. One such individual, Nancy Pillsbury Shirley, became so enamored with the operatic performances that she is now President of the organization. Like Gina, Nancy has dedicated her time towards giving St. Louis elegant productions that are sure to be remembered.
Although she’s a senior, Sharolyn McCoy recently enrolled as a Freshman at Maryville University. She is an inspiration to others in her fervor to earn her undergraduate degree following a near-death experience. Sharolyn’s optimism and positivity shine, as she encourages others to pursue their passions.
Nancy's friend, Laura Herring, is a dynamic business woman who begins each day with a dedication to make a difference. Her biography, "No Fear Allowed: A Story of Guts, Perseverance, and Making An Impact," is "an honest book, a rare insight into the truth of what entrepreneurs face every day."
- Maxine Clark, Founder, Build-A-Bear Workshop