Hi everybody! I am super excited to share my conversation with Jill Cohen. Jill is married and has two daughters – Maggie (30) and Lizzie (26).  She has had a tremendously impressive and successful career in the book publishing industry, where she focuses on illustrated books for lifestyle design, architecture, fashion and pop culture. Any bet you have some of Jill’s beautiful masterpieces in your home or you have seen some of them in homes you have visited!

Jill has worked at several of the most prestigious publishing houses, holding some of the highest executive titles such as: President at Random House Direct Marketing, President at Conde Naste Books, VP of Business Development at QVC and President at Time Warner Book Group. In 2006, Jill took a leap of faith and started her very own publishing company called Jill Cohen Associates. Throughout our conversation, Jill not only takes us on her 30-year journey in the publishing industry, but also provides us with countless and valuable tactics and skills on how to be successful in the business world. I even told her a couple times that she should write a book on the secrets to success! I hope you enjoy my conversation with Jill as much as I did!

For more information on Jill, check out her website!

Hi everybody! I’m very excited to share my interview with my friend Pam McGonigle. Pam is in her late 40s and living in Ardmore with her husband and son. She is a development manager at The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration. Pam is a very genuine, honest person, and she has more grit than anyone I have ever met. Pam was born with albinism and, as a result, she has suffered from vision defects throughout her life. She is legally blind. However, that never stopped Pam from achieving anything extraordinary.

In our conversation, Pam talks about how she went to the 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2004 Paralympic Games for track. She tells us the story of the unfortunate setback she encountered in the 1500M race (just shy of 1 mile) in the 1992 Barcelona games, as well as how she courageously found grit and persevered in order to strike gold in the 3000M (2 mile) and bronze in the 800M (half mile). She tells us all about the concept of guide runners and dog guide runners as well – it is so cool!

Pam also tells us about how she sometimes sees her disability as a gift – when she encounters setbacks or failures, she is able to bounce back quickly because she is already wired to navigate challenging situations due to her disability. We also talk about her son JT, who she and her husband adopted from China when he was four years old. JT also has albinism, but just like mom, he doesn’t let that stop him – he is also a runner!  I hope you enjoy her interview as much as I did!

Hi Everybody! I’m very excited to share my interview with my friend Lisi Lerch. Lisi is in her mid-40s, married with three children and living in the Philadelphia suburbs.

Lisi tells us the story of how she started her very own successful jewelry company called Lisi Lerch back in 2001 at the age of 30. Throughout our conversation, we touch on many different topics, including some of the rejections Lisi experienced in the early years, how the business evolved from hats to jewelry, and how she waited to grow and take the company national until her youngest was in kindergarten. Lisi also shared some of the exciting and cool moments along the way, like when she is watching television and spots famous people from Good Morning America, The Today Show and other well-known television shows sporting the Lisi Lerch jewelry line.

We also talk about maintaining a positive mindset even when life throws you curveballs, as in when her oldest was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of two. Lisi and her family are super involved in the JDRF Diabetes Association, given that both her husband and daughter have Type 1 diabetes. Lisi is chairing the 2018 JDRF One Promise Gala honoring Bill McNabb (chairman and CEO of The Vanguard Group) which will be held on April 21, 2018 at The Loews Philadelphia Hotel. To learn more about how to donate to help find a cure for diabetes or on the event, please visit www.jdrf.org/ – help us turn Type 1 diabetes into Type None!