We’re Better Together with Cynthia Todd

“And whatever you do, be your individual best.”
Take a joyful and refreshing glance into the corporate workforce on today’s episode with Cynthia Todd. After experiencing loss at a young age, Cynthia pushed forward to bring positivity and passion to every aspect of her life. Cynthia advocates for the importance of teamwork and caring for each individual in order to achieve your common goal.

Cynthia Todd graduated from Calera High School as a Valedictorian scholar. In 1988, she earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a major in business management from the University of Montevallo. Cynthia further matriculated at Birmingham-Southern College where she received a master’s degree in public and private management. Cynthia is a proven business management professional with over 30 years of experience and a track record of consistent promotions and increasing responsibilities in the areas of customer service, claims and benefit administration, performance management, business analysis, process improvement, project management, and training and development. Currently, Cynthia is employed at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama as an operations manager. Moreover, Cynthia gives back to the community. She serves on several boards and organizations such as: president of the University of Montevallo National Alumni Association and Board of Directors for The Literacy Council of Central Alabama. She is a graduate of Project Corporate Leadership and has served as a Loaned Executive for the United Way of Central Alabama where she received the Crawford T. Johnson Loaned Executive of the Year Award.   

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Pursuing the Classics with Chris Mulvihill

“Don’t look at a job as being beneath you or something you can’t do.”
Networking and job hunting pre-internet; could you do it? Chris Mulvihill did, and worked for Fortune 5 companies throughout his entire career, all while developing his passion project at Classic Car Advisors. Chris tells us about his life motto, the importance of grit, and so much more. Connect with Chris at chris@classiccaradvisors.com.

Chris Mulvihill worked his way through the Indiana University School of Business and graduated in May 1983. He held sales and marketing positions with Ford Motor Company, Coca-Cola, Cummins Engine, Visa, and is currently with American Express. For several years he was an IU School of Business guest lecturer on brand building and product pull-through strategies. In his spare time, he enjoys working on and showing his classic cars.   

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Coaches, Athletes, Donors…Oh My! with Mary Ellen Gillespie

We’ve always heard from collegiate athletes, but what about the coaches? Mary Ellen Gillespie joins the show this morning to talk all things sports. Moving from an athlete, to athletic director, to deputy director of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, she’s seen athletics from all sides. Now, she turns her focus to the coaches to best support their education and development as leaders. Connect with Mary Ellen at meg@wbca.org.

Mary Ellen Gillespie was named the Deputy Director of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association in January 2020. She comes to the WBCA from the University of Hartford where she served as Director of Athletics. Prior to Hartford, Gillespie enjoyed a successful tenure as the Director of Athletics at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Under her guidance, the department saw strong growth in both leadership and revenue generation. Academic success and student-athlete development flourished during her time at UWGB, while the department achieved outstanding accomplishments in the competitive arena. Gillespie, a native of Sayville, NY, holds a bachelor’s degree in speech communication and a master’s in counseling-student affairs practice from SUNY Plattsburgh where she is also a Distinguished Alumna. She also has a certificate in fundraising management from the Indiana University Fund Raising School. 

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Life of a Digital Nomad with Chris Clemens

Interested in travelling full-time? Tune in to hear Chris ‘Tarzan’ Clemens tell us about his decision to leave behind the corporate world and start an adventure across the world. All he needs is a car and stable internet connection to make this nomad lifestyle a reality.

Chris ‘Tarzan’ Clemens (not his actual middle name) grew up in rural Indiana and graduated from Ball State University, where he was president of the AKPsi chapter. Later, he moved to Southern California to sell cheesecake cutting machines until 2012 when he quit his job to hike the Appalachian Trail. Upon returning to California, Clemens became the youngest president of the Rotary Club of Santa Barbara, moved into his car, and lived on the street while working in a fast-growing tech startup. In 2015, he quit his job, secured a freelance marketing client, and hit the road to travel fulltime. 

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