F'ing Up

Deanne Rhynard

Society has programmed individuals, largely by way of social media, to think success happens easily and overnight. F'ing Up gives the listener an opportunity to understand the realities. The host, Deanne Rhynard, interviews successful individuals, points out what they’ve achieved and immediately throws that information out the window and focuses on the tripping hazards along the way. Deanne highlights the tough realities and humanizes the experience of the climb to the top. After all, we're all F'ing Up! Learn more at finguppodcast.com.

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F'ing Up with Luke Coan - S2 E16
Apr 24 2024
F'ing Up with Luke Coan - S2 E16
Luke Coan is an accomplished Chef, working for many successful restaurants including a James Beard Award winning restaurant, The Publican. His journey has been one of grit. He struggled to find his way and contimplated suicide on numerous occasions. The kitchen became his saving grace, enabling him to grow both professionally and personally.Trigger WarningThis episode discusses suicide and suicidal ideation. If you or someone you know is suicidal, please, contact your physician, go to your local ER, or call the suicide prevention hotline at 800-273-TALK (8255), or message the Crisis Text Line at 741741. Both programs provide free, confidential support 24/7.About Luke CoanLuke Coan is a former Chicago Chef with 10+ years experience opening and operating restaurants, including Sous Chef and Catering & Events Chef at the James Beard Award winning restaurant The Publican, Executive Sous-Chef for the opening team at Fisk & Co, and Culinary Director for Col Kitchen & Cafe in Colorado. Luke worked his way up from shucking oysters to running the catering for weddings and music festivals, and is now transitioning from working in restaurants into restaurant tech. In his spare time, Luke is an avid rock climber and hiker, having hiked the entire Appalachian Trail in 2021.The views, thoughts, and opinions expressed are the speakers’ own and do not represent the views, thoughts, and opinions of the companies or individuals referenced during this recording. The material and information presented is for general information purposes only.
F'ing Up with Hunter Smith  - S2 E14
Mar 27 2024
F'ing Up with Hunter Smith - S2 E14
Hunter Smith has experienced rocket ship success, both in the world of music and craft beer. Most recently, he built a brewing company and hospitality group that soared, until COVID hit. He found himself holding the pieces of a wildly successful venture that suffered the effects of something unexpected. About Hunter SmithHunter Smith is the founder and former President of Champion Brewing Company and Champion Hospitality Group. Hunter attended Northeastern University for Music and performed as a musician in the north east before returning home to Virginia in 2009. Hunter completed a BS in Business Marketing from the University of Phoenix, as well as a Certificate of Brewing Technology from the Siebel Institute in Chicago and started Champion Brewing Company in downtown Charlottesville in 2012. Hunter has also become an active member in the Charlottesville community as a board member for the Music Resource Center, Piedmont Housing Alliance, New Hill Development Company, and in June of 2018 was appointed to the City of Charlottesville Board of Architectural Review by City Council. Hunter also works in an advisory role at his family's winery in Nelson County and as Co-Chair of Government Affairs for the Virginia Craft BrewersGuild. Hunter is often recognized as the grandson of C. Ray Smith, a long-tenured professor and interim dean of UVa's Darden School of Business. The views, thoughts, and opinions expressed are the speakers’ own and do not represent the views, thoughts, and opinions of the companies or individuals referenced during this recording. The material and information presented is for general information purposes only.
F'ing Up with Carly DeFilippo  - S2 E9
Jan 17 2024
F'ing Up with Carly DeFilippo - S2 E9
Carly DeFilippo has spent her career supporting companies through copywriting, marketing and brand strategy. Though she was fortunate enough to work for household names, Carly spent periods in her career where she felt stuck, not doing what she truly enjoyed, in unsupportive cultures.About Carly DeFilippoCarly DeFilippo is the co-founder of Cognoscenti Creative, a Denver-based branding and creative studio. Her career has spanned the fields of copywriting, marketing and brand strategy, with a particular focus on the food and hospitality sectors. After earning a Master’s degree in Paris—studying French culture and culinary criticism—she spent a decade in New York City, leading content marketing efforts for the Institute of Culinary Education and The Dinex Group (Chef Daniel Boulud). After several years immersed in the world of award-winning chefs, sommeliers and service professionals, she pivoted to an e-commerce start-up environment, leading B2C brand creative for food product design company W&P. In 2015, she co-founded Cognoscenti Creative (with her sister, Lauren, a graphic designer and photographer) with the goal of offering comprehensive branding and brand storytelling services at a scale more accessible to entrepreneurs.The views, thoughts, and opinions expressed are the speakers’ own and do not represent the views, thoughts, and opinions of the companies or individuals referenced during this recording. The material and information presented is for general information purposes only.
F'ing Up with Liam Darmody  - S2 E8
Jan 3 2024
F'ing Up with Liam Darmody - S2 E8
Liam Darmody is the kind of employee you want on your team. He’s driven, passionate, and has an appetite to learn. Despite this, Liam has experienced some unexpected twists and turns in his career journey that will take you by surprise. Listeners will be relieved to hear just how normal he is and how he, too, has experienced trials and tribulations in the workplace.About Liam DarmodyAfter nearly two decades scaling operations at startup and mid-market technology companies, Liam Darmody jumped head first into entrepreneurship by founding Liam's Brand Stand, a consultancy through which he helps founders & leaders build magnetic personal brands that attract clients, talent, and opportunity on Linkedin. Prior to hanging his own shingle, Liam held leadership positions such as Director of Employer Branding & Talent Marketing at WillowTree (acquired for $1.2B by Telus International), Director of Revenue Operations at Homesnap (acquired by CoStar Group for $250M), Director of Customer Experience & Product Operations at AddThis (acquired by Oracle for $300M), Market Manager at Getaround and Hired, Director of Sales Planning and Enablement at LivingSocial, where he was the 20th employee, Operations Manager at Revolution Health Group, and Recruiter at Ettain Group (his first job out of college), and waiter at Chef Geoff's during college (he swears everyone interested in business should wait tables in their lifetime at some point). In his free time, Liam can be found smoking bbq low n' slow, collecting craft hot sauce for his collection, and geeking out over the latest innovations in technology. He resides just outside of Raleigh, NC with his wife, Megan, and two kids. The views, thoughts, and opinions expressed are the speakers’ own and do not represent the views, thoughts, and opinions of the companies or individuals referenced during this recording. The material and information presented is for general information purposes only.
F'ing Up with Rebekah Bastian - S2 E7
Dec 13 2023
F'ing Up with Rebekah Bastian - S2 E7
Rebekah Bastian's resume is impressive. She worked for companies like Microsoft and Zillow and authored a book, Blaze Your Own Trail, which led to her starting her own company, OwnTrail. Despite positive traction with OwnTrail, Rebekah was met with a challenging feat of raising capital in order to continue to grow OwnTrail. Ultimately, the raise was unsuccessful and she turned to finding a company to acquire OwnTrail, which meant Rebekah would no longer serve as CEO. Rebekah shares vulnerability about that experience as well as all the “No’s” she experienced throughout her career.About Rebekah BastianRebekah Bastian is a product leader, entrepreneur, writer and artist. She is currently SVP of product at Glowforge, helping people make amazing creations with 3D laser printers. Prior to that she founded social timeline platform, OwnTrail, which was acquired by Teal, and spent 15 years at Zillow, with roles including VP of Product and VP of Community & Culture.Rebekah wrote the award-winning book, Blaze Your Own Trail and is a Forbes contributor. She serves on the board of Bellwether Housing, founded the AuthenTech and The Time is DAO communities, and is an investor and advisor to technology startups. She has been recognized in the Puget Sound Business Journal 40 Under 40, the Inman 33 People Changing the Real Estate Industry and the Female Founders Alliance Champion Awards. Rebekah earned her Masters of Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley and Bachelors of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington.You can view Rebekah Bastian’s Own Trail here.The views, thoughts, and opinions expressed are the speakers’ own and do not represent the views, thoughts, and opinions of the companies or individuals referenced during this recording. The material and information presented is for general information purposes only.
F'ing Up with Tessa Wolf - S2 E5
Nov 15 2023
F'ing Up with Tessa Wolf - S2 E5
Tessa Wolf spent the first several years of her career unhappy in her work. She had the drive to make something special of her career yet, she couldn’t seem to land somewhere in a role that matched her. Desperate to find her footing, she found herself in startups and felt seen for the first time in her career. She gave everything to her work and ultimately risked her health by not understanding the importance of healthy boundaries.  About Tessa WolfTessa Wolf is a creative brand and merchandising leader. As the first employee at Framebridge, Tessa built the company's brand, merchandising strategy and assortment, site experience, and omnichannel retail programs. She developed and honed all consumer-facing touchpoints and recruited and grew teams to support them, incubating and scaling functions from single-person operations to 100+. With a total of seventeen years of design skill set development and leadership in in-house Creative, Marketing, Merchandising / Product Development, and Sales Strategy functions, Tessa's zone of genius sits in the strategic space between art and science.Tessa is currently renovating her third house, a mid-century gem in the woods of Durham, North Carolina. She splits her time between there and The Wolf Academy, the 1803 schoolhouse she restored on Maryland's Eastern Shore.The views, thoughts, and opinions expressed are the speakers’ own and do not represent the views, thoughts, and opinions of the companies or individuals referenced during this recording. The material and information presented is for general information purposes only.
F'ing Up with Katy McFe  - S2 E2
Oct 4 2023
F'ing Up with Katy McFe - S2 E2
Katy McFee is the Founder and CEO of Insights to Action Coaching & Consulting. She spends time helping women become executives and thrive as senior leaders. Katy, in her own journey, struggled to get to the top tier of leadership. It seemed no matter how successful and results driven she was, that top layer was constantly just out of reach. Katy shares honestly about her experience and how she overcame the hurdles, ultimately becoming an ally to others who experience the same struggle(s).About Katy McFeeKaty McFee is passionate about empowering women and helping to close the gender gap in senior leadership. As the Founder and Principal at Insights to Action Coaching and Consulting, she works with women to break through to executive leadership and become the successful and impactful executives they desire. Prior to this, Katy spent 18 years working in sales and leadership,holding senior leadership positions in Sales within the SaaS / Tech space. After becoming a successful executive, Katy saw that, like her, many others struggle with the transition to senior leadership and there are very few resources to help. She left her corporate role to launch Insights to Action, with the mission of helping other women make the successful leap into senior leadership and show up as the leaders they want to be, all without burning out. The views, thoughts, and opinions expressed are the speakers’ own and do not represent the views, thoughts, and opinions of the companies or individuals referenced during this recording. The material and information presented is for general information purposes only.
F'ing Up with Chris Efthymiou - Season 1 Relaunch
Sep 6 2023
F'ing Up with Chris Efthymiou - Season 1 Relaunch
Season 1, Episode 11 with Chris Efthymiou was originally released on June 7, 2023.Chris Efthymiou is a successful business leader founding companies and rising up the way through insurance and tech. Despite the success, he fought uphill to find confidence in his career. Being introverted, nervous to speak in front of others and suffering from self-titled, RAPS (right arm perspiration syndrome) gave him plenty to overcome all while trying to take NYC by storm and encountering the effects of 9-11. About Chris EfthymiouChris Efthymiou has been a Founder, Co-Founder, and business leader over the past 27 years of various disruptive health insurance technology & brokerage companies. He was fortunate to have spent his early years at Oxford Health Plans in sales and account management and then served on the start-up teams at JPMorgan IBAS, HealthPlanOne, HealthInsuanceGeeks, and Navinsure. He’s served on the board of advisors and as an investor to disruptive technology companies including Maxwell Health, GoCo, Lively, Justworks, Foundershield, HireAthena, and Scalus. Chris has made and been a part of a few successful acquisitions and recapitalizations including HealthPlanOne’s many years ago, and most recently with the sale of Navinsure to Acrisure. Today Navinsure is a growth engine for Acrisure which is a top 6 Global Financial Servies & Technology company.Chris is fortunate to have a wife of 27 years, Erika, and 4 kids ranging in ages from late teens to mid-twenties. When has spare time he spends it doing activities with his close knit family, including snowboarding, playing golf and tennis, and running around the beach.The views, thoughts, and opinions expressed are the speakers’ own and do not represent the views, thoughts, and opinions of the companies or individuals referenced during this recording. The material and information presented is for general information purposes only.
F'ing Up with Christy Johnson - Season 1 Relaunch
Aug 23 2023
F'ing Up with Christy Johnson - Season 1 Relaunch
Season 1, Episode 9 with Christy Johnson was originally released on May 10, 2023.Christy Johnson is an award winning educator and deeply experienced strategist, owning and operating her own firm. One interaction with her and you are immediately impressed by both her intellect and immense kindness. She is impossible not to like, her care for others speeps out and it’s no wonder she’s so accomplished. All that said, she’s had struggles and F’ing Up moments in her career. She doesn’t shy away from sharing about those experiences and knowing she’s come out better for them.About Christy Johnson:Christy Johnson is an entrepreneur, intrapreneur and educator. She is currently building her fourth start-up, Artemis Connection and facilitating courses at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She also is adjunct faculty at the University of Washington where she teaches entrepreneurship and has built a women in entrepreneurial leadership program. Ultimately, she believes people are an organization’s most important asset and by having a diverse workforce, organizations will have the most innovative solutions and best strategies.  She has seven years of experience working in corporate strategy, including 3 ½ years at McKinsey & Co. Before this, Christy was an award-winning economics and mathematics teacher. In 2005, Junior Achievement recognized Christy as its National Teacher of the Year.  Recently Christy successfully led the following efforts:Served on McKinsey’s “Women Matter” and “Centered Leadership” research team. Synthesized findings and led leadership teams for women in the United States and EuropeCreated a talent acquisition and development program for a $24B conglomerate that resulted in bringing in new, young leaders for a Silicon Valley company; resulted in strategic partnerships with top universitiesWas VP at Flextronics, a $24B manufacturing company where she led a corporate strategy team’s turn around in order to yield more innovative strategies and pilot new initiativesHeld the VP role at a Warburg Pincus-backed company where she developed and piloted a sales strategy for a new segment and redesigned operationsRecently, Business Insider recognized Christy as a power player in consulting. Christy holds an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business with a certificate in public management. She led the personal side of leadership club, was involved with the center for social innovation and co-led the student admissions committee. She also has a Master’s in Education from Stanford’s School of Education. Her undergraduate degree is in Economics from Western Washington University. Christy resides in Mukilteo, Washington with her husband, daughter and her twin boys. The views, thoughts, and opinions expressed are the speakers’ own and do not represent the views, thoughts, and opinions of the companies or individuals referenced during this recording. The material and information presented is for general information purposes only.