In the last year I’ve gone through absolute hell. A divorce, an unhealthy fight for seeing my daughter, loss of a job, and a broken engagement just to name a few. About 6 months ago I was in a very dark and scary place. Lots of meds, visits to hospitals and rehab. Very dark thoughts.
I randomly read one of your posts and thought “easy for her to say, she’s one of the most beautiful women in the world.” Then I kept reading. And reading. And following. And reading. And started thinking positive. Started following your “rules”. It has been incredible.
In the last two weeks I’ve won cases to see my daughter more. Got a great place to live. And today I found out I’ve landed my “dream job”. Literally everyone around me has noticed the change. I was out on Friday night pre-celebrating and a random guy came up and said “man, I want to be around you. You’re so positive and happy. It’s infectious”.
I know technically you’re message is directed at women but I wanted to let you know you’ve changed my life. From afar. And I can’t begin to thank you enough. I wish you all the greatest that you’ve given off.
Be you. Forever.
Natalie Van Eron, Chief Development – Officer YouthBuild USA
Always driven, rarely distracted. Those who know her now would most likely agree; however, most haven’t seen how she came to be where she is at today. I have known Heather for thirty years. Through school, sports, friendships and apartments I have seen how the bridge from Worcester, MA to Miami, FL came to be.
Living at home, she seemed to have more freedom than most high school age girls. Instead of running with that freedom, in which many would self destruct, she had the ability of containing it while balancing caring for her two younger brothers and holding down multiple part-time jobs.
Her infectious laugh, engaging personality and untouchable confidence made her so much fun to be around. Heather was nothing short of a blast when it came to downtime but she had the ability to reel it in back to what she needed to do. She was, in retrospect, nurturing the personality of the confident leader she is today.
When we shared a living space, she was always working hard on her college degree. It was at that time, I began to experience panic attacks. It was Heather that insisted that I put a bell next to my bed and told me to ring it for her to come in and help whenever one came on. To me, that was over and above what someone could do for me at that particular time in my life.
Heather was never drawn to material things such as memorabilia, furniture or decorations. Instead, she is in the moment. She’s talking, listening, laughing, preparing and working. She’s engaging. Avoiding the distractions, getting it done and driving home what is now a brand.
I watched her get it done; she was a girl boss in training. The only difference now is the heels. #Bossinheels
Laura Erickson, Photographer
When Heather Monahan was my Boss in Saginaw I often found myself in awe of this very talented class act of a leader. You see she was not only in a male dominated industry, that industry was undergoing a massive transition where by several radio stations where able to now coexist under one roof due in large part to the transition to the digital age. The old guard was not happy about this to say the least, then add in the fact that stations would no longer require as much staff as they had in the previous decade, most people would politely run away from a task this difficult, not Heather. To a true leader she knew difficulty could translate into opportunity, more importantly she instinctively saw this as not just a job reducing transition ushered in by the digital age, but rather a technological transformation that would enhance every aspect of the business. Make no mistake Heather Monahan is a master of the business arts and as the 21 Century began so did the career of an elegant visionary leader my one time Boss Heather Monahan.
Former Radio Personality, Jamie Beck
I’ve had the pleasure of working for Heather as well as having the honor of calling her my friend.
In the work world, Heather is a strong, passionate and inspiring leader. I’ve been in the radio industry for many years, and have witnessed firsthand how rapidly this business has changed over the decades. What is so impressive about Heather is her ability to stay ahead of all the new and developing aspects of not only radio, but the overall media broadcast industry which changes at lightning speed. Heather has inspired me to continue to educate myself and to stay relevant and informed on the future of our industry. Heather is always evolving and has encouraged me to do the same.
Personally, Heather is a kind, compassionate, honest and loyal friend. No matter the time, situation or environment, Heather is always on call if you need her. She is also an attentive and nurturing Mom who is raising a strong and confident child. I honestly don’t know how Heather does it all so well. I guess it’s clear – I am a fan of Heather Monahan!
Lisa Blum, CBS Radio
Heather is a true best friend and a person who inspires me to be – better, bolder, stronger and more successful – than I think I can be. She is ambitious and her drive becomes contagious for other women and business associates. She raises the bar while always being authentic about challenges and opportunities. Heather is a great mom, friend and partner – she builds strong bonds and trust like it’s her job and you know you can count on her to be brutally honest and encouraging at the same time.
Christine Travaglini, President, Christal Radio & KRG Partnerships
I consider myself truly fortunate to have Heather in my life! She’s been an amazing friend, confidante and mentor to me over the years. Heather is a valuable resource because her perspective always helps people to step outside themselves and look at things from different angles. Heather’s wit, enthusiasm and generous spirit are contagious! Her insight has helped me through challenging times both personally and professionally & kept me laughing through it all! If you want to take your life to the next level, you need Heather Monahan in it!
Vanessa Severiano, Sales & Marketing Director, Anatomy @1220
If you ever have the pleasure to meet a person who is the total package, you will if you meet Heather. Heather is an inspiration to anyone who comes in contact with her, personally and professionally. I have had the luxury getting to know her in the workplace and outside. She has a special aura about her. She encourages people to be their best, she sees in others what they may not see in themselves, she pushes people to limits she knows they can achieve and beyond. Don’t judge this ball of fire by her outward beauty, get to know her and you will see it’s even more pronounced on the inside.
Jodi Greenberg, CBS Radio
Heather is my challenger. By that, I mean she challenges me on an ongoing basis to own it, to be it and to dream it. She pushes me when I can do more, be more, and achieve more, and she does it with a smile and grace. How does she do this? She asks the tough questions, she gently suggests and then she blatantly challenges the norm. I’ve been fortunate to have Heather challenge me in relation to my career, my self identity, my parenting and many other topics that are important aspects of my life. Heather challenges me to take risks, to think a little harder, to want a little more, and to push myself further to be a better me. I am grateful to have her as a friend and role model.
Lisa Schwarzberg, Private Equity Operating Executive
Heather is one of the most talented sales leaders in the media industry. She consistently demonstrates leadership, strategic thinking and is an inspiration to all. Heather honestly cares about helping those around her succeed in both their professional and personal lives. I am very fortunate to interact with her every day as she always gives sound advice, is someone I know I can count on and she’s the type of leader you would want to work for.
John Hesano, Senior Vice President/Director of Sales, Katz Digital Group & KRG Partnerships
From the board room to the dance floor- Heather is literally every woman’s woman. She’s the canvas of what all women, including myself, strive to be like: business savvy, fearless, dedicated and genuine. She can motivate and inspire you in a flash and her personality is so bold and fierce, it captivates audiences the moment she walks into a room. Her smile is radiant and her passion for everything in life is contagious. She sees possibilities and doesn’t let anything hold her back. She’s always pushing limits and raising the bar; she’s a powerhouse. But most of all, she has a heart of gold. She manifests what it means to be the ultimate #GirlBoss, #RoleModel, #FullPackage.
I have been fortunate enough to know Heather Monahan for many years. She has continuously inspired me with her positive attitude and optimistic outlook. She is one of those rare people you meet in life whose happiness and beautiful smile is matched only by her enormous heart. She truly wants to see others succeed and will do whatever it takes to help make sure that happens. I admire Heather and her ability to gracefully manage it all.
Jackie Tomassino, Miami Project To Cure Paralysis
Heather has been a rock and an inspiration to me in so many ways and someone that I admire so much. She is loyal and compassionate and no matter how busy her schedule, she always makes time for me. She is a ball of positive energy and has uplifted my spirits in some really hard times. I am in awe of her and her ability to juggle an extremely challenging career along with being a full time mom who is raising an amazing young man. I always say that Heather is one of the most successful women (or anyone for that matter) that I know. She has managed to create an amazing career and is always aspiring to new goals. I would love to achieve half of her success one day, both professionally and personally.
Samantha Lucas Arce, Director of Sales, Riviera Development
I met Heather Monahan is the spring of ’09, when I was the National Sales Manager in Philadelphia, for Beasley Media. It was a challenging time and Heather was successfully leading our company through the Great Recession as Executive VP of Sales. There were immense challenges both inside and outside of our company. Watching Heather unite and inspire us through that adversity taught me life-lessons both professionally and personally. What was even more impressive was watching a high-level business person, with such tremendous responsibilities resting on her shoulders, still find time to be an amazing parent. Heather’s son, Dylan is always at the forefront of everything she does. It’s her ability to cut directly to the heart of a matter with laser sharp clarity which makes Heather so accomplished professionally and personally; there are no wasted moments and she’s always 100% invested. Heather was a true mentor and helped me grow my career while at Beasley, guiding me towards several promotions by teaching me the art of negotiating and helping me first recognize then create value in my unique skills. To this day I still use the skills I’ve learned from Heather for personal growth and career success, which have helped me achieve goals even after no longer working with her at Beasley Media Group. Something which always impressed me about Heather is the enormous respect her competitors have for her, and even though I can now count myself as part of that group of competitors, I am grateful I can still call Heather a mentor and most importantly a dear friend. To this day when I need guidance or advice, Heather is always one of my first calls. If you want to empower yourself professionally and personally, if you want to unlock and learn the value of your unique skills, then I strongly encourage you to invest some time with Heather Monahan and get a taste of what everyone is talking about.
Rafe D’Amico, Senior Vice President, Sales, Cumulus | Westwood One
Working under Heather Monahan’s leadership was both inspiring and motivational. Her selfless guidance pushed me to be uniquely creative and encouraged me to strategize towards my personal passions. The result gave me a greater sense of self in my work.
Heather championed my efforts to look beyond the opportunities that even she could provide. She has continued to personally motivate me far beyond my employment at Beasley Media Group. This is something Heather gets an honest joy in doing. And I remain the beneficiary of her strength, drive and leadership outside of Monahan’s organization to this day. This support, I am truly grateful for.
Dustin Shearon, Southeast Regional Sales Manager, PANDORA
You were the first female executive I’d ever worked for (after 25 years in radio with mostly male leadership) and because of this I am changed forever. Our connect created one of the most positive and inspiring experiences of my career. Very rarely do you get to meet and work with such a striking woman (stunning) who is also equally smart, fearless, positive and REAL. Who leads by connecting, motivating and inspiring us to be our very best. And someone who behind all this is a very real woman and an amazing mother who had to overcome challenges and obstacles all with a wicked sense of self and sense of humor. You are a tremendous role model for women in business and in life.
Shari Gonzalez, Senior Vice President of Sales, iHeartMedia
Thanks for being my partner when we ran the radio stations in Saginaw Michigan. I always thought we were very good business partners together, covering all of the bases for each other and working as one unified team towards our goals. I also want to say thanks for continuing to be my friend beyond our partnership these past few years.
When you are in the moment, and are young in your management career such as I was back then, it is hard to appreciate just how a business partner can impact your life then, and for years to come.
Now that I am older (wish I was younger and knew what I know now right) and can reflect, compare and analyze, it’s much easier to see that you were a great business partner, mentor, coach and pal. I learned so much from working with you that made me a better manager, made me a stronger person and gave me more confidence, than any other partner, manager, colleague or supervisor I have ever had. And at the same time, we had a lot of fun hitting budgets, making money and working hard along the way.
I truly don’t remember working with any other person over the past 15 years who had my back like you did, helped me make good decisions (well mostly good), gave me solid advice and helped me become a better seller, business person and manager. I believe I would not have become as successful in my businesses career as I have been, if we had not crossed paths. Thanks Monahan!
Michael Laviolette, President Madstone USA Inc.
No one commands a room like Heather. I love her zest for life and passion for her career. Just being around her makes you want to try just a little harder. She is fearless with endless energy. On a personal level she is extremely loyal and cares deeply about people. Heather is the type of personal you want and need in our corner. I admire her desire to be the best she can be. I will always be grateful to Heather for having my back and encouraging me to fight for what I believed in. She is a true inspiration!
Keriann Worley, Vice President/Director of Sales, CBS Radio Miami
I don’t have words to describe how much I appreciate and admire Heather. I have been blessed to know her for more than 4 years and have been able to see the “behind the scenes” of her life! Yes she is BEAUTIFUL, even without makeup (for those that wonder), but more importantly, she is a strong, independent Mother. Being so successful at work makes her schedule very busy, however that does not keep her from her duties as a mom and being present in Dylan’s life. How does she do it? I even wonder myself sometimes, but I have come to realize that it comes down to: her love for the one thing that gives her the motivation to become a better woman and mother!
So if you’re looking for someone that can teach you a thing or two on how to handle life, work, single motherhood and all the obstacles that come with it, Heather is the complete package. She is a BADASS WOMAN!
Ana Gabriela Giron