Cindy Callaghan: There’s No Business Like Show Business

Cindy Callaghan

Here’s how Cindy Callaghan describes her story: “a bizarre and fascinating tale with lots of twists and turns and things that come full circle.” Here’s how we describe it – yet another person, who after a long and successful (and rewarding, but not passion-filled) career returned to a first love.

Callaghan grew up in New Jersey but wanted to get far away as soon as it was possible. As a kid she dreamt of being in movies – in front of the screen, behind the screen, it didn’t matter. She just wanted to be part of “the business.” (more…)

Kathy Lindert: The Mortgage Banker Who’ll Put You Under Her Spell

KathyLindert-head-shotKathy Lindert wants you to take her to bed. In fact, she has slept with thousands of men and women and swears it’s okay because her husband is good with it.

You see, Lindert is a hypnotist who helps people overcome any number of issues ranging from smoking to fear of flying. She records all her sessions and gives them to her clients on MP3 or CD.

“The last thing you hear, read, see, or do is what your mind works on, and so I want that to be you. I want you go to bed and listen to my voice. So tell your partner, I’m 52 and really cute, and I’m going to teach you a lot of things because I’ve got a lot of experience,” she says with a laugh. “But seriously, it really works because when a person is relaxed, they are able to change.” (more…)

Margaret Kilibwa: From Big Pharma to a Clinic in the Tropics

MKprofileRare is the medical research professional who would give up an established 23-year career to start a healthcare clinic in Africa. Fewer still are those who would fund it out of their own pocket, eating through their savings and foregoing retirement benefits. Meet Margaret Kilibwa, clinical nutritionist and social entrepreneur.

“I wasn’t prepared when I made the leap, but I suppose if I knew then exactly what it would take, I might not have jumped into it. Then again, when I’m at the clinic, many women come to tell me ‘you saved my life’ but even if it was one woman it would be enough for the amount of investment I’ve made.”

Kilibwa was born in Sabatia not far from Kisumu, on the banks of Lake Victoria in Western Kenya. Influenced by her American classmates at boarding school, the young graduate crossed the Atlantic to study chemistry at the University of Cincinnati, where she had won a scholarship. From Ohio, she was accepted to the prestigious Cornell University where she did a Masters, followed by a PhD in clinical nutrition. Although she was interested in going to medical school, Kilibwa decided to gain work experience instead, “not in the diet area but rather to understand in more practical terms how nutrition can be used to prevent disease,” she recalls. (more…)

Mary Beth and Helen Graham: A Tale of Two Sisters

Graham_SistersAlthough as close as sisters can be, Mary Beth and Helen Graham couldn’t have chosen more opposite paths in their first careers. They both graduated from Smith College, three years apart, and – through economic ups and downs, and workplace, and customer challenges – the two have leaned on each other to find their rhythm and passion. They eventually came together to fulfill a dream of running their own business and in the process have discovered the best coworkers they ever could have imagined – each other.

But their stories are their own to start.

Graduating with an English literature degree in 1988, Mary Beth left Smith not sure what she wanted to do when she “grew up”. After a stint in artist management, another at a veterinary front office, and a variety of other temp jobs, her uncle suggested teaching. “He felt I’d have a real aptitude for it and he was right. I loved working with the younger kids, molding their minds. That moment in kindergarten, when you can almost see the metaphorical light bulb switch on when they get reading – it’s a great feeling knowing you had something to do with that!” (more…)