Hustle + Gather

Hustle + Gather Podcast with Courtney and Dana

Sister partners Marni and Willa Blank on fighting, codependency, and giving back to the community

Willa and Marni Blank never intended to go into business together. They were just too different, and they were nervous it would put a strain on their relationship. But while they were working on ideas for separate businesses, they started to realize that their differences were actually complementary – and maybe they had something special…

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When your best just isn’t good enough: Conversations with Sisters

On last week’s episode (Apple Podcasts | Spotify), Dr. Endya Perry talked about proving the doubters wrong and giving it your best. But what happens when your best just isn’t good enough?  And as you’re hustling to try to get to the good enough place, what happens when your work function becomes your sole identity?…

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Proving the doubters wrong: Dr. Endya Perry’s dreams are too big to be contained

When nationally ranked gymnast Endya Perry found out she was pregnant, the fan mail she used to get turned ugly.  But she refused to let detractors stand in her way of chasing her dreams. Now it’s Dr. Endya Perry, and she encourages, “You can close that window and you can close every door in this…

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No A-holes policy, and radical transparency with employees: Conversations with Sisters

Today Dana and Courtney unpack last week’s episode (Apple Podcasts | Spotify) with 2021 CEO of the Year by Triangle Business Journal Anna Lynch, founder of Lynch Mykins. Among other topics, the sisters talk about a “No A-Holes” Policy, if leaders and employees can truly handle radical transparency, and how to build a human-first culture….

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Building a human-first culture, with CEO of the Year Anna Lynch

Lynch Mykins’ Anna Lynch was named 2021 CEO of the Year by Triangle Business Journal. Today, she shares her journey from Iowa to Wyoming to Austin to Raleigh, being a woman in a field of almost exclusively men, how she formed Lynch Mykins, her radically honest interview process, and building a human-first culture. Transcript Anna…

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The masks we wear and why we need to keep failing: Conversations with Sisters

On last week’s episode (Apple Podcasts | Spotify), Ablr CEO John Samuel opened up about the masks he wore while losing his vision. Today, Dana and Courtney discuss the masks they wear and why it’s so important to keep failing. Transcript Courtney: I don’t really believe in just luck, right. You know, like I believe…

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Tedx speaker and Ablr CEO John Samuel on seeing his family for the first time, and his fear of judgment

When John Samuel realized he was losing his vision, he started to hide from others and from himself. He knew what was happening, but he didn’t want to admit it. His journey from embarrassment and fear to accepting his disability as a superpower took over 20 years. And then…John found an opportunity to see once…

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Why accepting criticism sucks, and our personal Board of Directors: Conversations with Sisters

Courtney and Dana unpack last week’s episode (Apple Podcasts | Spotify) with Abbie Nwaocha from For Her Empire. They talk about lying on their resumes (and who would be willing to lie as a reference), why it sucks to hear criticism, and who would be on their personal Board of Directors (Sara Blakely, are you…

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Building her empire one failure at a time, with Abbie Nwaocha

Abbie Nwaocha’s career path started, as she puts it, “because my mom stopped sending me money.”  She was a Nigerian in Kenya, a place where she had no relatives and no immediate skills, and she had already failed many times. With no money and no prospects for the future, Abbie was forced to hustle hard…

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Setting Goals for 2022

In today’s episode, we reflect back on 2021 – it was a crazy and in many ways unexpected year. And we set our personal and professional goals for 2022. What are your goals for 2022? Share this episode along with your goals on instagram, and tagging @hustleandgather, and we’ll share in our stories. Cheers to…

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