Girl Behind the Hustle

Girl Behind the Hustle

www.girlbehindthehustle.com
The podcast created to encourage, inspire and share stories of women behind the hustle. Each week, host Lu’Cretia Thomas chats with some amazing female founders and CEO’s who have agreed to share their story and the truth of what it takes to launch, fund and run a successful business while practicing self-care and celebrating their wins. Featuring interviews from Liz Dozier, Katrina McGhee, Phylicia Benn, Ona Diaz-Santin, Aloni Ford, Rashida Gayle, Stephanie Flor & Christine Michel Carter. It’s time to hear the truth from women behind the hustle.


Rashida Gayle: Breaking Barriers and Building Opportunities in Sports Marketing
Sep 10 • 30 min
Today on the show I’m chatting Rashida Gayle. Rashida is the Director of Talent Marketing at GSE Worldwide—a leading talent marketing agency in the sports industry. Her roster includes several high-profile players including Atlanta Falcons’ Veteran…
The Story Behind Girl Behind The Hustle with Founder Lu’Cretia Thomas
Aug 18 • 43 min
Who is the Girl Behind The Hustle? Today on this throwback episode I’m switching things up and hoping in the guest chair. One of my good friends from Xavier University, Lena Melton, the host of the “In Pursuit Of” podcast, is interviewing me. Today I’m…
She’s Grown Multiple 6 Figure Businesses By Starting With 1 Pair of Jeans: Phylicia Benn (REWIND)
Aug 4 • 32 min
What do you say to someone who’s first starting out and only has one thing that they want to sell? Do it! That is exactly what today’s guest did. I’m chatting with influencer & entrepreneur Phylicia Benn of City Republik & City Gurl Curlz. She founded her…
Behind The Hustle of Celebrity Makeup Artist Stephanie Flor :: REWIND
Jul 28 • 35 min
Today sharing the real deal behind the hustle is NYC based celebrity makeup artist, Stephanie Flor. Stephanie has worked with some of the most influential celebrities out there from Mariah Carey to Sting. Her global beauty tips have been published in…
Jessica Lauren on Helping Business Owners Ditch The Excuses & Build 6 Figure Brands :REWIND:
Jul 21 • 35 min
Over the next few weeks we’re throwing it back to our listeners’ favorite episodes as we start to gear up for Season 4! In this Summer Rewind episode we’re chatting with Jessica Lauren the blogger behind the lifestyle + inspirational blog…
Ada Rojas Founder & Owner of Botánika Beauty
Jul 8 • 38 min
“I started to notice that I was always the Latina girl that they would make sure to check off the box” Today on the podcast I’m chatting with Ada Rojas. A proud Afro-Latina, Ada combines her background in marketing and public relations with her passion…
Stop Allowing Doubt to Distract You From What You Were Called To Do
Jun 30 • 7 min
In this solo Season 3 episode wrap up, Lu’Cretia shares an empowering message in response to the question “How do you stay focused? Do you ever doubt your purpose?” Hope you are motivated & equipped to pick up your dreams and keep going. You can find…
Kara Stevens, Frugal Feminista Healing Your Relationship With Money
Jun 10 • 31 min
Today I’m on the podcast we’re chatting with Kara Stevens who is the founder of The Frugal Feminista, a thriving personal finance and personal development company committed to helping women heal their relationship with money and themselves. She wants all…
You Need A Social Media Break
Jun 4 • 11 min
In this week’s solo episode LC is talking about the importance of taking time away from social media to regroup, realign and refocus on your assignment. Here’s how to figure out if you need break. You can stay connected via Instagram/Facebook or by email…
Makisha Booth Founder of Sistahbiz Loan Fund & Global Network
May 26 • 35 min
Today on the podcast we’re chatting with Makisha Boothe is the founder of the first small business loan fund for black women entrepreneurs in the nation, Sistahbiz Loan Fund as part of Sistahbiz Global Network. The fund launched with $250,000 to provide…
Elizabeth Dozier Founder & Ceo of Chicago Beyond, Philanthropic Venture Fund
May 19 • 41 min
“We are all connected, nothing affects a few that does not ultimately affect us all.” Today on the podcast we’re chatting with Elizabeth Dozier of Chicago Beyond, a philanthropic Venture Fund. Liz is an impactful, thought leader transforming Chicago and…
Acceptance. Serenity to Accept The Things You Cannot Change
May 13 • 8 min
How do we accept things that are beyond our control so that we can continue to flourish? In this solo episode Lu’Cretia is speaking on the importance of acceptance and releasing. When you accept what is you give yourself permission to move forward.…
Danielle Alvarez, Founder of Multicultural PR Agency The Bonita Project
May 5 • 55 min
What does it truly look like for a brand campaign to be inclusive and diverse instead of checking off a diversity box? Danielle Alvarez created the multicultural PR agency, Bonita Project after being frustrated with the slim budgets and lack of true…
Behind The Hustle of Creating A CBD Skincare Brand With Andrea Barrera of Gracious Om
Apr 28 • 37 min
After experiencing a stressful period in her life and not wanting to turn to pharmaceuticals to her manage anxiety & stress, Andrea Barrera began looking into holistic healing, plants and the healing properties of CBD. This led Andrea to create Gracious…
Here’s What You Should Be Posting on Social Media Right Now
Apr 14 • 14 min
Are you wondering if you should be posting or selling right now? Yes, absolutely! In this solo episode Lu’Cretia breaks down what you should post after doing your SWOT analysis and determining your position in the market. If you’ve been struggling with…
Khadidja Toure: Creator of The West African Inspired Skincare Line Kubra Kay
Apr 7 • 23 min
Khadidja Toure watched her mom make her first million at 24 and was later inspired to launch her company, Kubra Kay Skincare. Her skincare line is influenced by West African skincare secrets that she learned from her mom and grandmother. Khadidja traveled…
First Latina-Owned Hair & Skincare Line for Naturals with Aisha Ceballos-Crump
Mar 31 • 40 min
“I bet on myself and won” After being frustrated with purchasing multiple hair products for her multiracial family, Aisha Ceballos-Crump decided to use her grandmother’s secret hair ingredient “miel,” or honey in English to create the first Latina owned…
Prioritizing Yourself, Setting Boundaries & Practicing Self-Care Daily With Self-Care Doctor, Dr. Genovia Holmes
Mar 24 • 42 min
“Self-Care is a daily decision to choose and prioritize self. Otherwise, we’ll just put ourselves on the back burner and that puts us in position to always be reactive to every situation that we experience.” Dr Genovia Holmes believes that you should…
How To Work Well From Home While Quarantined
Mar 17 • 11 min
In this solo episode Lu’Cretia is sharing tips on how to work from home while bingeing all 6 seasons of Sex and the City and being productive while doing so. (don’t judge, lol) Most of us are on Work From Home status right now due to the Corona virus…
Going Behind The Science of The Beauty Industry with Lindsay Wray of Eighteen B
Mar 10 • 27 min
Today on the podcast I am chatting with Lindsay Wray the Chief Science Officer of Eighteen B, a skin care company that has developed an amazing product using the power of spider silk. Lindsay recently received the Elle Future of Beauty award for advancing…
From Jet Magazine Editor to Director of Communications at OneGoal Going Behind The Hustle With Career Journalist L’Oreal Payton
Mar 3 • 38 min
Today on the podcast I am chatting with L’Oreal Thompson Payton. L’Oreal is a freelance writer, motivational speaker and the forthcoming author of Trust Your Dopeness: How to Stop Doubting Yourself & Start Marking Sh*t Happen. Her work has appeared in…
Katrina McGhee On Understanding The Value That You Bring To The Table
Feb 25 • 22 min
Today on the podcast I am chatting with best selling author, founder of I Am Loving On Me and she recently made her return back to the American Heart Association as the Executive VP of Marketing & Communications, Katrina McGhee. Katrina believes that each…
Winning Begins With Serving
Feb 18 • 8 min
In this week’s solo episode LC chats about the importance of Servant Leadership. Maybe the reason you aren’t winning is because you haven’t learned to serve well. Be sure to grab tickets to our next event. https://www.girlbehindthehustle.com/bookclubgbth…
Fanny Coste & Chelsi Oestreich: The Power of The Follow-Up
Feb 11 • 28 min
Today I’m chatting with Kinkō Founders, Fanny Coste & Chelsi Oestreich. Fanny is a French cosmetic scientist with over 18 years of experience and has worked all over the world. Chelsi is a 20 year beauty business veteran who has worked with cult beauty…
Phylicia Benn: From 1 Pair of Jeans To A Six Figure Business
Feb 4 • 33 min
What do you say to someone who’s first starting out and only has one thing that they want to sell? Do it! That is exactly what today’s guest did. I’m chatting with influencer & entrepreneur Phylicia Benn of City Republik & City Gurl Curlz. She founded her…
Ona Diaz-Santin: Behind The Hustle With The Top Latina, Celebrity Hair Stylist
Jan 28 • 37 min
Today I’m chatting with Ona Diaz-Santin better known to her clients as “The Hair Saint” She is a highly sought-after NYC celebrity stylist and educator. She has styled the tresses of some of your favorite curly women including Massy Arias, Franchelli…
Limitless Vision: Get Your Mindset Together Before You Make Those Goals
Dec 17, 2019 • 8 min
This week LC is chatting in a solo episode about Limitless vision, faith and goals. What would your resolutions look like if you were to write them from a place of believing you could have everything you wanted. Visit www.girlbehindthehustle.com/mindset…
Kalyn Johnson Chandler: Founder of Effie’s Paper
Dec 10, 2019 • 28 min
Today I’m chatting with Kalyn Johnson, Creative Founder of Effie’s Paper, Stationery and Whatnot. Kalyn created Effie’s paper as an ode to her grandmother’s legacy who passed on her love of stationery to Kalyn during her childhood. Before Kalyn chose to…
Karina Mora: Change The Narrative
Dec 3, 2019 • 28 min
What do you do when you see the media telling a single story about your culture & history…you change the narrative. Today I’m chatting with Karina of Karina Mora Art. Karina is passionate about education others about Mexico thru art. She is on a mission…
Ashley Williams of Unorthodox Legal: Is Your Business Protected?
Nov 26, 2019 • 38 min
You’ve put so much energy and time into building your business, but is it legally protected? Today I’m chatting with Ashley Williams,Esq, a New York licensed attorney for Creatives and Entrepreneurs. She has changed the game with her ability to breakdown…
Scarcity vs. Abundance Mindset
Nov 19, 2019 • 12 min
This week we’re throwing it back to a solo episode with LC chatting about the difference of operating from a place of ABUNDANCE vs. SCARCITY. Are you being stingy with your connections, resources and processes because you don’t want anyone to take what’s…
Latrice Love of Lip Love: Behind The Hustle of Creating A Vegan Makeup Line
Nov 12, 2019 • 30 min
Today I’m chatting with the creator of Lip Love, Latrice Love. Lip Love is a vegan makeup line that compliments every complexion. Latrice created the proprietary formula after learning about toxins found in many mainstream makeup brands. Listen in to hear…
Caitlin & Robin of FWord Consulting: Maximizing Your Bottom Line
Nov 5, 2019 • 157 min
Today on the show I’m chatting with the creators of F.Word Consulting, Caitlin & Robin. After realizing the lack of support that small retail business owners experience while running their companies, Caitlin & Robin chose to leave their corporate…
Jessica Lauren of No Real Jewelry: Stop Asking For Permission. Create Your Own Yes
Oct 29, 2019 • 38 min
Today I’m chatting with Jessica Lauren the blogger behind the lifestyle + inspirational blog NoRealJewelry.Com and the host of The Sunday Jumpstart Podcast— a weekly podcast helping goal getters ditch the excuses, do the work + make ish happen. We’re…
Rilee Acrey: Creative Founder Balloon Works
Oct 22, 2019 • 26 min
Today I’m chatting Rilee Acrey. She is the creative founder of Balloon Works. Riley started Balloon Works after she was asked to create balloon decor for a friend’s gender reveal. She had absolutely no prior experience in the event’s industry. Riley’s one…
Season 3 Sneak Peek
Oct 15, 2019 • 8 min
And we’re back!! I’ve missed checking in with you guys every Tuesday, but we’re back with all new episodes. This season we’re chatting with some amazing women who are breaking barriers, saying no to fear, switching lanes, pivoting and going after…
Lu’Cretia ‘LC’ Thomas: Going Behind This Hustle
Jun 4, 2019 • 42 min
Thank you guys so much for listening to the first season of the Girl Behind The Hustle! We’ve made it to the final episode you guys! I’m so grateful for every guest who took time to share their story. I hope that you have been motivated and inspired to…
Allison+Kalika of Bold Purpose: Removing The Mask To Connect With Other Women
May 28, 2019 • 24 min
Today on the show I’m sharing a throwback chat that I had with the women of Bold Purpose, Allison Maxwell & Kalika Blake. We spoke about sisterhood and how being authentic, transparent and vulnerable have helped them create something transformational.…
Jasamine Hill of Fear Hurdler: Turning Losses into Lessons
May 21, 2019 • 41 min
Jasamine Hill is a Life Coach, Author and the Founder of The Fear Hurdler- a brand dedicated to teaching Women to defeat fear and self-doubt so they can take action and do the work that they love. After getting fired from her dream job and overcoming a…
D’Cher Whitaker of Love Peridot: You Can Have A Successful Hustle & Work In Corporate America
May 14, 2019 • 25 min
Today on the podcast I’m chatting with my friend D’Cher Whitaker who is the creator of Love Peridot, a lifestyle boutique with a curated collection of jewelry, travel and home. If you think that it’s necessary to leave your corporate hustle to pursue your…
Tina Fears of Stage Ready: Fearless In The Pursuit of Success
May 7, 2019 • 29 min
Today on the podcast I’m chatting with Tina Fears who created her first company, Stage Ready, with $100 & a dream after making a tough decision to leave college due to funding. Present day, Tina’s company has become the go to plug in the entertainment…
Tonie Neshelle Robinson: You Were Created To Win
Apr 30, 2019 • 27 min
Today on the podcast I’m chatting with Business Owner, Empowerment Speaker, Entrepreneur, Life Coach, Mentor, and Mother Tonie Neshelle Robinson. Tonie began her entrepreneurial journey with the opening of her childcare center, which has served over 500…
Michelle Margaret Marques: Creating A Skincare line, Elise Marques London
Apr 23, 2019 • 39 min
Today on the podcast I’m chatting with Founder & Creator, Michelle Margaret Marques. After experiencing the loss of her Mother, Michelle began to refocus on loving herself and self-care. She opened several successful spas to share this mission with other…
Keyonda Pyles: Behind The Hustle of A Motherhood Blogger
Apr 16, 2019 • 32 min
Today on the podcast I’m chatting with Motherhood Lifestyle Blogger, Keyonda Pyles. Keyonda began sharing her daily life of being a Mom & Wife on social media and soon realized the value that she offered other families. She created A Real Urban Mom to…
Aloni Ford: Behind The Hustle of Sports Management & Filmmaking
Apr 9, 2019 • 33 min
Today on the podcast I’m chatting with powerhouse Aloni Ford. If you’re considering quitting your job to pursue your purpose, listen in to Aloni’s story to hear how quitting with a plan led her all the way to Good Morning America and The White House.…
Jasmine Lopez: Finding Identity & Purpose Thru Building a Non Profit
Apr 3, 2019 • 40 min
Today on the podcast I’m chatting with Co Creator of Authentic Adventure & Co Founder of The Firehouse Dream, Jasmine Jazzy Lopez. Jasmine is a storyteller, dreamer and executer. Her story is one of restoration and purpose fulfilled. Eight years ago she…
Lauren Bealore: Behind The Hustle of Politics
Mar 27, 2019 • 54 min
Today on the podcast we’re going behind the hustle with political fundraiser guru & co-founder of Young Ambitious and Beautiful, Lauren Bealore. She is a serial barrier breaker & changemaker who can tell you everything about getting into rooms that you…
Dr. Genovia Holmes: Prioritize Yourself With Boundaries & Self-Care
Mar 20, 2019 • 42 min
Today on the podcast we’re going behind the hustle with the Dr. Genovia Holmes. She believes that you should never leave home without your boundaries. She is a therapist, a Certified Dynamic Mindfulness Teacher, Co-Founder of The Impact: A Millennial…
Celeste + Kelsi of Viper: From Self Funded To A Million Dollar Venture In Events & Nightlife
Mar 13, 2019 • 49 min
Today on the podcast we’re going behind the hustle with the creators of VIPER, Kelsi and Celeste. VIPER is a self-funded company that brought an entirely new concept to the event market. Now valued at over a million dollars, Kelsi + Celeste have tapped…
Christine Michel Carter: Behind The Hustle of a Forbes, EBONY & New York Times Writer
Mar 6, 2019 • 25 min
Today on the podcast I’m chatting with Christine Michel Carter. Christine is a writer and thought leader for marketing to young moms and black consumers. She has been called the “exec inspiring millennial moms”, a “mom on the move” and “the voice of…
Jasmine Dantzler-Williams of Pearled Shoebox Vintage: Behind The Hustle of A Vintage Boutique
Feb 27, 2019 • 25 min
Today on the show I’m chatting with ultimate hustler, Motown bred and raised, Jasmine Dantzler-Williams. Jasmine fell in love with all things glamorously vintage at the young age of 8 when she first laid eyes on pictures of The Supremes in their gorgeous…
Ericka Polanco Webb: Behind The Hustle of a PR Maven Turned Mommy Maven
Feb 20, 2019 • 32 min
Today on the show I’m chatting with Ericka Polamco Webb. Ericka is the creator of ‘Becoming the Mrs’, a platform created to inspire mothers to get the most out of their parenting experience and cultivate an attitude of fun. So how does one shift from a PR…
Parker: Behind The Hustle of Creating a Global Fashion House
Feb 13, 2019 • 34 min
Today on the show sharing the real deal behind the Huśtle is Dallas born, Parker of Parker Parker. Parker Parker is a women’s custom fashion line that specializes in making one-of-a-kind, elaborate pieces for bold women who love pushing the boundaries of…
Kenecia Lashae of Passport2Pretty: Behind The Hustle of A Travel Influencer
Feb 6, 2019 • 37 min
Today on the show sharing the real deal behind the hustle is Texas native, Kenecia Lashae. Following graduation from Texas Southern University Kenecia landed in “The Big Apple”, where her dreams of being a pro makeup artist came to life. Kenecia took her…
Alice Foy of Jane Ella: Behind The Hustle of an Event Producer
Feb 1, 2019 • 34 min
Today on the show sharing the real deal behind the hustle is seasoned event producer, Alice Foy. Alice has the perfect amount of both grit + grace, and an infectious personality that manifests itself through innovative design and concept creation. Alice…
Stephanie Flor: Behind The Hustle of a Global Celebrity Makeup Artist
Jan 21, 2019 • 34 min
Today sharing the real deal behind the hustle is NYC based celebrity makeup artist, Stephanie Flor. Stephanie has worked with some of the most influential celebrities out there from Mariah Carey to Sting. Her global beauty tips have been published in…
Season 2 Intro
Jan 8, 2019 • 3 min
Did you miss the show? I bet. Season 2 drops Jan 20th. In this episode LC explains the change of the HeyLC podcast to Girl Behind The Hustle. Find out more about the show and Girl Behind The Hustle at www.girlbehindthehustle.com Until Jan 20th…
Dr. Tammy Hicks: Support Is An Action Word
Mar 27, 2018 • 32 min
LC is chatting with Dr Tammy Hicks who is on a mission to change the narrative in Chicago that women don’t support one another. She is the Founder of Chicago “300” BLACK Women which is an organization that encourages, inspires, and supports Black Women.…
Kristen Harris: Can We Kick It
Mar 13, 2018 • 28 min
In honor of Women’s History month for the month of March, LC has invited a panel of women to chat about Sisterhood. The series kicks off with Author & Mompreneur Kristen R. Harris of The Birthing Plan, Scribe Tribe, The Wives Talk. Kristen believes that…