So excited to share my conversation with my friend Billy Cunningham, an incredibly humble Philadelphia legend! Billy was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY alongside his three siblings.

Early in life, Billy realized he had a love and passion for the game of basketball. He was fortunate enough to go to the University of North Carolina and to this day, he is recognized as one of the best players in the school’s history. After graduating from college in 1965, he played professionally for nine years, playing for both the Philadelphia 76ers and the Carolina Cougars. He was on the team that won the 76ers NBA Championship in 1967 with the famous Wilt Chamberlin, who is considered one of the greatest players of all time.

His career came to an end in 1976 and after a short stint in broadcasting for CBS, he was hired as the head coach of the 76ers from 1977 to 1985. In 1983, he led the team to win the NBA Championship, which was the last team ever in Philadelphia history to win an NBA title.  Billy talks a lot about this team and the humble and incredible team members such as Bobby Jones, Maurice Cheeks, Andrew Toney, Moses Malone, and Julius Erving—all considered some of the best players in NBA history.

In 1986, Billy was inducted into NBA Hall of Fame and in 1996 he was named one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history.  His jersey number 32 is retired, however, he allowed it to be worn by the legendary Charles Barkley, who he also coached.

After retiring from coaching in 1985, he went on to be one of the co-founders of the Miami Heat NBA team, which was a remarkable entrepreneurial journey. After building that team into a true success, he sold his share in 1994 for a very profitable number. Over the past 20+ years, Billy has continued on with tremendous success in business, becoming a very keen investor in different businesses.

I personally think that one of his greatest successes has been his 53 yearlong marriage to his awesome wife and my good friend Sondra Cunningham. Together they have two beautiful daughters Stephanie and Heather and four grandchildren!

Hope you enjoy the interview!

Hi everyone! Super excited to share my conversation with my friend Alexa Buckley. Alexa is 27, grew up right outside Philadelphia, went to Episcopal Academy for high school, and then went on to Harvard University. During her senior year at Harvard, she and her friend Sarah Pierson came up the dream of starting their own shoe company called Margaux. Although they were passionate about the idea, they had already committed to jobs in venture capitalism and consulting. However, they suddenly became inspired when they heard Sheryl Sandberg give the commencement speech to their graduating class at Harvard in 2014. Sheryl asked, “What would you do if you weren’t afraid?” That moment sparked the fire in Alexa and Sarah to forego their planned corporate jobs, take a risk, and dive head first into starting Margaux.

In the spring of 2015, just a year after their graduation, they successfully launched Margaux, which has evolved over the past three years into standard and made-to-measure comfortable and chic ballet flats, loafers, slippers, sandals, and boots. They have had several pop-up stores all over the country in places like San Fran, Boston, Palm Beach, and Nantucket and just last month opened their very first flagship store on Bleeker Street in the West Village in NYC. Throughout our conversation, Alexa takes us on her entrepreneurial journey over the past three and half a years. We talk about the setbacks, the rejections, the importance of resilience, the ah-ha moments, working with a best friend, and so much more. I especially loved how Alexa told her story in such a humble manner. I hope you enjoy our conversation as much as I did!

Also, with Thanksgiving coming up, I wanted to let you all know that my good friend Brittany Fenkel and her family just published an awesome children’s picture book based on their true story of how they cook for a homeless shelter every Thanksgiving and all the great feelings that go along with it. There aren’t many Thanksgiving books out there for kids and this one is very sweet (it also makes a great gift!). A portion of the proceeds of the sale of this book goes to Project Home. The book can be purchased through their website www.gobblesgivesaturkey.com. Link in the show notes!

 

Books: Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike by Phil Knight

Website: https://margauxny.com/