Hi All! My name is Steph and I was born and raised right outside of Philadelphia in a town called Gladwyne alongside my 4 older siblings. I went to Rosemont School of the Holy Child for grade school, the Academy of Notre Dame for high school, and the University of Pennsylvania for college where I was fortunate enough to run division 1 cross country and track. After college, I worked in the commercial real estate industry for Maguire Hayden Real Estate Company for 11 years. My job was to find tenants to fill up the empty spaces in the industrial and office buildings and I absolutely loved it. My favorite part of the job was conducting tours of the properties because I would get to meet CEOs/Founders of so many incredible companies. In April 2017, as I was driving home from work I had an idea – why not start a podcast so that I could feature some of these remarkable women and men that I would meet through my job. My main intention behind the podcast would be to feature guests that have been through adversity but came out the other side to success! From that day forward, I spent a lot of time in front of my computer googling how to start a podcast. I then bought a $50 recorder from Amazon and in June 2017, I recorded my very first interview for “High Five Success Stories with Steph Hayden.” Fast forward 5 years, I now have 65 episodes under my belt and am so excited to launch the 6th season of the podcast.
Some other life changes happened in the past 5 years as well! I am now 34 and married an incredible guy named Nolan Funchion in April 2022. We are moving up to NYC in September 2022 and I am SO pumped for this new adventure. Because we are moving, I had to say goodbye to my 11 years at Maguire Hayden. I am so grateful for the time there because I learned so much.
Given that I knew I had to leave my job at Maguire Hayden, I did a lot of research and brainstorming over the past year of what I wanted to do next. I always gravitated towards the marketing side of commercial real estate so I decided to take an 18-week digital marketing boot camp at UPenn. It was then that I realized that many companies, especially in the commercial real estate industry, were not optimizing their digital marketing efforts. As a result (just before my wedding in April 2022!), I decided to launch my own LLC called High Five Success Marketing where I am a one-stop shop for all things digital marketing, with a specialization in the commercial real estate industry. I also will be able to fully focus on building my podcast and launching a 6th season! I now have 65 guests under my belt, and I am so excited to add more guests to the roster this October 2022.
If you are interested in being featured on the podcast or know of a great guest, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org