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Defining success for yourself. And allowing your definition to change as your seasons of life and business change.

Valuing quality over quantity; it is more important to serve a few well than many mediocre.

Empowering women. To us, empowering looks like sharing networks and communities, experiences and expertise and building a valued team. 

Succeeding by using your gifts and talents to help others on their path to success. 
Enjoying the journey. And celebrating all of wins along the way. 

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her story of success

"behind every successful woman is a tribe of women who have her back."

leah hayes

Leah Glover Hayes has a passion for helping women define and find success by pursuing their passion. She is a podcast host, public speaker and panel moderator, and engagement consultant. From working with established women-business owners looking to leave a lasting legacy, ambitious emerging professionals looking for the next step in their career and companies who seek to authentically connect with women in their communities - Leah loves serving those who are striving to make an impact in the world.

She has served on the board of The Tomorrow Fund, the Junior Board of YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee, the Non Board Board, and is a member of ForbesWomen Forum, the Female Founder Collective, and BrainTrust. In 2019, Leah was recognized as a finalist for the Nashville Emerging Leader Award.
 
Leah also lives out her passion for helping others succeed through her various volunteer and mentoring efforts with

Corner to Corner Academy, JCHS Future Business Leaders of America, Vanderbilt University's Women in Business, is an Activator of SheEO, and mentors individual girls and women through Her Story of Success.

Leah has spent her career building a network of like-minded women who are just as passionate about paying-it-forward and empowering the next generation of leaders and business owners. She began looking for ways to connect these women to one another, launching the Her Story of Success podcast as a platform for women trailblazers and thought-leaders to share insights. Soon after launching the podcast, Leah began receiving overwhelming feedback to the positive impact these interviews were having on the lives of her listeners. She knew her dreams had even bigger potential and decided to expand the brand and multiply the reach of Her Story of Success. It was then that she asked Melissa to join the company, bringing over a decade of business strategy, finance, and operations experience to Leah’s vision and tenacity - Their superpowers complementing one another.

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Leah Glover Hayes has a passion for helping women define and find success by pursuing their passion. She is a podcast host, public speaker and panel moderator, and engagement consultant. From working with established women-business owners looking to leave a lasting legacy, ambitious emerging professionals looking for the next step in their career and companies who seek to authentically connect with women in their communities - Leah loves serving those who are striving to make an impact in the world.

She has served on the board of The Tomorrow Fund, the Junior Board of YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee, the Non Board Board, and is a member of ForbesWomen Forum, the Female Founder Collective, and BrainTrust. In 2019, Leah was recognized as a finalist for the Nashville Emerging Leader Award.
 
Leah also lives out her passion for helping others succeed through her various volunteer and mentoring efforts with Corner to Corner Academy, JCHS Future Business Leaders of America, Vanderbilt University's Women in Business, is an Activator of SheEO, and mentors individual girls and women through Her Story of Success. 

Leah has spent her career building a network of like-minded women who are just as passionate about paying-it-forward and empowering the next generation of leaders and business owners. She began looking for ways to connect these women to one another, launching the Her Story of Success podcast as a platform for women trailblazers and thought-leaders to share insights. Soon after launching the podcast, Leah began receiving overwhelming feedback to the positive impact these interviews were having on the lives of her listeners. She knew her dreams had even bigger potential and decided to expand the brand and multiply the reach of Her Story of Success. It was then that she asked Melissa to join the company, bringing over a decade of business strategy, finance, and operations experience to Leah’s vision and tenacity - Their superpowers complementing one another.

melissa aldridge

Melissa N. Aldridge is a Corporate Strategy Director for Unum Group and the Strategy & Finance partner for Her Story of Success. Melissa serves the community in the entrepreneurship and venture capital sphere as an investment committee member of the Launch Tennessee Innovation Capital Continuum Fund and coaching entrepreneurs as they grow their companies. Recently relocated to Chattanooga, Tennessee, Melissa is excited to explore her new community with her son, Myles. 

“I am obsessed with building a brand and company that is focused on women finding fulfillment on their journeys to success. As a mom, full-time employee, and HSS partner I need what HSS is offering as much as the next woman— a sense of belonging, resources to make my vision for myself a reality, and the confidence that I deserve it.”

Strategy & Finance Partner

Claire Bidigare Curtis

Claire is a podcast + music producer and loves helping build Her Story Of Success alongside her amazing team. Along with HSS, she edits and produces podcasts for podcast production agencies, news outlets, and various companies. She created and runs Hen House (@henhousenash), a platform providing audiovisual education and live music powered by a mission of empowering women in sound and media. In her free time, Claire loves to play ultimate frisbee and bake.

"“I want to uplift women through a platform that shows you that you CAN do anything, that you're not alone, and one that gives you resources to not only learn, but SUCCEED in your passion. HSS is exactly that and I am so happy to be part of it.”

Podcast Executive Producer

jessica kaplan

Jessica Kaplan is Her Story of Success' Research Assistant, spearheading projects on content creation and growth for the organization. She is passionate about HSS because when women support one another, that is when great change will occur. Jessica is an undergraduate at Vanderbilt University studying Human and Organizational Development and in her free time she loves going to yoga classes and concerts in Nashville. 

“Empowering women is so important to me on both professional and personal levels. Through my work with Her Story of Success, I love playing a part in supporting women throughout their careers."

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bronte lebo

Bronte Lebo is a multimedia journalist and digital content producer who helps create the Her Story of Success podcast, blog and live events. She graduated from Belmont University with a degree in journalism and political science, and her work has been published by blogs and news outlets including Her Story of Success, the Nashville Scene and the Nashville Post. 

Production Coordinator

halee sprinkle

Halee Sprinkle worked in Corporate Business & Marketing for over 10 years for large companies including Regal Cinemas and Tegna, Inc. eventually leading her to open her own marketing business in Fall of 2017, Czech Yourself Marketing.  Halee is an active member of Greater Knoxville community, volunteering time with the Tennessee Theater,  Women In Entrepreneurship Knoxville,  Women In Entrepreneurship of Blount County, and more. 

“I am a firm believer in raising up my fellow women in business and channeling the power of collaboration. I've seen the impact this can make on teams and companies as a whole. Working with Her Story of Success gives me the opportunity to amplify this passion.”

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“My biggest passion is storytelling, and I’m honored to help provide a platform for the inspiring women of Her Story of Success, whether it’s through podcasts, blog posts, events or social media.”

kylie hubbard

Kylie is a Public Relations Specialist and spends her time working on sharing the mission of Her Story of Success and the women it supports. She graduated from the University of Tennessee with a degree in journalism in December 2019, and has worked with various organizations in Knoxville and Nashville, Tennessee. Kylie loves sharing stories, and spending time outdoors. 

“As I am navigating my experiences, dreams and career aspirations, I am in an environment that allows me to tell stories, grow and connect with Her Story of Success. We all need community.” 

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WE HELP COMPANIES ESTABLISH AND GROW RELATIONSHIPS WITH WOMEN BUSINESS OWNERS AND DEVELOP AND RETAIN TOP FEMALE TALENT. THROUGH OUR CUSTOMIZED PROGRAMS, COMPANIES ARE ABLE TO REDUCE THE TIME AND COST OF NEW CLIENT ACQUISITION AND EXCEED GROWTH AND BUSINESS GOALS. we help companies establish and grow relationships with women business owners and develop and retain top female talent. through our customized programs, companies are able to reduce the time and cost of new client acquisition and exceed growth and business goals.

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