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 place, but it’s not going to stop me because my dreams are too big to be contained in one building. You didn’t create me. So you can’t confine me. You didn’t design me. So you can’t deny me.”


Dr. Endya Perry: You’re still here. You’re still standing. Yeah, you went through this. Someone abused you, someone molested you, it didn’t break you. You’re still here. You are the most powerful being in this room right now. And so like those experiences to me, That’s what life’s about, 

Dana Kadwell: Welcome to Hustle and Gather, a podcast about inspiring the everyday entrepreneur to take the leap. I’m Dana 

Courtney Hopper: and I’m Courtney. 

Dana: And we are two sisters who have started multiple businesses together. And yes, it is as messy as you think. Because we know that starting a business isn’t easy. 

Courtney: We’ve done it four times. And on this show, we talk about the ups and downs of the hustle and the reward at the end of the journey.

Dana: And we love helping small businesses succeed. Whether it’s through our venue consulting, speaking, or team training, we love to motivate others to take that really big leap.

Courtney: Or you could just use our misadventures to normalize the crazy that is being an entrepreneur, because every entrepreneur makes mistakes.

Dana: And we like to call those unsuccessful attempts around here. 

Courtney: And we know it’s just a part of the process. And today we’re learning from Dr. Endya Perry. She is a segment chief financial officer for government markets at Blue Cross, North Carolina. Under her leadership, her team provides financial strategy, guidance and support for the government market segments. She earned her bachelor’s degree from NC State University in accounting, her MBA with a concentration in business law from Campbell University, and recently earned her doctorate specializing in organizational leadership from North Central University out of California.

She is a proven leader with a strong passion for inspiring and transforming people and teams. Her background is rich and finance, business analysis, digital tools and leadership. Welcome. 

Dana: Quite the bio. 

Endya: I know, it was a lot to say, honestly. 

Dana: Oh, we are so excited to have you. We actually heard you at the woman’s leadership conference. I don’t even know when that was. It was sometime in 2021, I think it was the fall. 

Endya: It was a fall. 2021 was like a blur. 

Dana: But we absolutely loved you. Got to have her on the show. So we’re so excited to have you here today. 

Endya: That’s amazing. I appreciate. Very excited to be here.

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Hustle and Gather is hosted by Courtney Hopper and Dana Kadwell, and is produced by Earfluence.  Courtney and Dana’s hustles include C&D Events, Hustle and Gather, and The Bradford Wedding Venue.

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