Staci Franklin
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Breast Cancer Survivor Staci Franklin’s S.O. What! Success Story

It seems like it was just yesterday that I was looking up to this (from my perspective) super experienced woman who had just been hired to work in Community Investments at the Memphis Grizzlies. I was 21, and she was only in her very early…
LeShane Greenhill
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Serial Entrepreneur LeShane Greenhill’s S.O. What! Success Story

When you leave home after high school on whatever path you choose, you have no idea who you’ll meet along that path.  LeShane Greenhill was a fellow business major so I saw him in the business building often at the University of Memphis,…
Charlie Caswell
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From Trauma to Triumph: Charlie Caswell’s S.O. What! Success Story

Although we met nearly 20 years ago, it has been in the last few years that I have grown to know and truly respect the work of Charlie Caswell. With a strong passion for his community, Charlie has used his life and all he’s learned and…
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Burned by Bullying, Victorious as a Veteran – Justin Brazil’s S.O. What! Success Story

Once I started sharing my story, I began to hear and embrace the stories of others more. A few years ago, I spoke on a local panel and met an amazing man with an incredible story of resilience. One of the topics of the S.O. What! Literacy,…
Kendra Morman
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Kendra Morman’s S.O. What! Success Story

One of the organizations that I joined as a student at the University of Memphis was the Student Activities Council. I joined as a freshman, and as a sophomore, I was a committee chairperson- the Novelties and Varieties committee.  And Kendra…
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The Testimony of an Audience Member: Ebone Allen’s S.O. What! Success Story

As I stood before a packed gymnasium with every student in that high school in 2013. I spoke to the largest audience I had ever spoken to before. I nervously shared my story and hoped that I reached them, at least one of them. In this episode…
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A $110,000 Scholarship and The Power of 1

Never doubt your ability to do a small thing to make a huge impact! You already know that I'm a proud University of Memphis alumna and a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Based on my story, you probably also know that I once…
Jenny Turner Koltnow
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Jenny Turner Koltnow’s S.O. What! Success Story

I enjoy reflecting on other people’s journeys (what I know of it) almost as much as I enjoy thinking about my own. When I was a student at the University of Memphis, I met this young advisor for one of the organizations that I had joined.…
“Champ” Ron Brooks
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“Champ” Ron Brooks S.O. What! Success Story

Maybe a year ago I had an opportunity to be interviewed by “Champ” Ron Brooks for his incredible podcast, Minding Your Business.  We met in college, but I didn’t get to know him until after that day. I had so much fun sharing my story…