#21 Molly Dare Hillenbrand - Battling Lyme Disease, Building Multiple Businesses, Being a Single Mother, and The Power of Choosing What Defines You
"Your worst days don't break you, they make you"
Molly Dare Hillenbrand is a successful entrepreneur in the PR, Marketing, and Media space who’s spent many years behind the scenes on the production side, and many years in front of the camera as a TV host. Molly is the Founder of Hillenbrand Media and host of the excellent podcast ‘On Air with Molly Dare’.
Molly and I first met in 2019 and I’ve had the privilege of getting to know her over the past couple of years - I wanted her on the show because she typifies the new breed of businesswoman that can be held up as a real role model to so many. Yes she’s good looking and glamorous but she’s also gritty, and scrappy in just the right measure. She’s someone who has built a successful career for herself from the ground up in Retail, Marketing and Media, all whilst being a single working mother of two.
This conversation is really upbeat, she’s an incredibly positive and optimistic human being who’s been through some tough times and processed them. The podcast is punctuated throughout with moments of clarity, laughter, and motivational gems a plenty. Appearances can be deceiving, and Molly is someone that reminds us once more that everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.
We discuss the constant tension between work life and family life, her battle with Lyme Disease, and how losing her ability to speak ignited a passion to give other people a voice. We talk about the challenge of being soft enough to feel things, but being hard enough to survive in the cut-throat world of business. We also discuss her new podcast and the art of interviewing - we cover a lot in the space of an hour. I hope you enjoy this one as much as I did.