Host, Leah Hayes, introduces Melissa Aldridge as her new business partner with Her Story of Success. They discuss Melissa’s incredible background, what led her to join Her Story of Success, and some of what they are excited about in 2020 for Her Story of Success. She gets personal and shares how the experience of becoming a single mother and the process of doing the inner work necessary to move forward led to growth both professionally and personally.

Melissa shares some of what she learned as a listener of Her Story of Success and how the common theme she felt in all the episodes was a sense of belonging, which was inspiring & motivating during that time of growth in her journey.

Melissa and Leah reflect on their accomplishments and share some of the exciting opportunities coming in 2020 for the Her Story of Success community. 

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Melissa discusses why she chose to return to a corporate position and while ultimately Unum was the best fit for her (1:43).

Melissa talks about how company culture affected her growth, “I never realized how much culture mattered, until I didn’t have a good one” (14:10).

Leah outlines all the work and research she and Melissa did to vet their compatibility, and why they were ultimately a match as business partners (23:20).

Why Melissa ultimately made the time to assess what she wanted from her career, by taking herself on as a client and “decoupling her passion from her paycheck” (26:22).

The AH-HA moment that turned a switch for Melissa and gave her the feeling that we are all in this together (30:46).

 Leah and Melissa tells listeners about the great additions to Her Story of Success coming in 2020 (33:00).

Leah and Melissa talk about how the community and connectivity of Her Story of Success can help each listener grow, learn and give back (36:20).

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"In all the challenges I’ve had, I realized the common ingredient was me." 

— melissa Aldridge

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