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Girl Behind The Hustle

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If you’re ready to stop playing it safe, you’re in the right place. On the Girl Behind The Hustle podcast we encourage, celebrate and share stories from Female Founders that push you to start, stop playing it safe, build that business and keep going. Host Lu’Cretia Thomas is speaking with women lead… read more

79 Episodes | 2018 - 2021

EP. 72 Creating A Magnetic Marketing Strategy to Attract Your Ideal Client with Naomi Powell

July 14th, 2021


Today's episode is with Naomi Powell of Lifestyle edit. Naomi is a business and mindset coach, a sought after speaker and the host of The Lifestyle Edit podcast. Over the past six years, she’s helped hundreds of female …

EP. 71 Is Selfcare Apart Of Your Business Plan with Niambi Cacchioli

June 4th, 2021


Today's episode is a timely live conversation with Niambi Cacchioli of Pholk Beauty who describes wellness in our everyday lives as just a state of …

EP. 70 Candice Coppola: Pivoting To Build The Business That You Want

May 25th, 2021


Today on the show I am chatting with Candice Coppola an author, a podcast host, and an entrepreneur who believes that if you want your dream …

EP. 69 Planning For Your Next Branding Photoshoot So You Can Stand Out On Social Media

May 13th, 2021


When's the last time you updated your photos for your personal brand or business? If you can't it has probably been way too long. If you're using Social Media to grow your business, establish your brand and increase …

EP. 68: Do You Really Need A Media Kit? Yes If You Want That Brand Deal Media Kits and Pitching with Ashlen Rene

April 28th, 2021


If you're ready to start pitching brands and partnerships, chances are you're going to need a media kit to get it done. There is nothing like reaching out to your favorite brand or media outlet and not being ready when …

Using Your Horoscope and Birthchart to Understand Your Life and Business With Psychologist and Astrologist Dr. Veroshk Williams

April 20th, 2021


Have you ever wondered how astrology and birth charts influence your life and business? Let me introduce you to spiritual, emotional and wellness …

The Art of Pitching and Telling Your Story With Eva Recinos

April 13th, 2021


Today on the podcast we're chatting with Eva Recinos an LA-based arts and culture journalist and creative non-fiction writer who focuses on telling …

Making Mental Wellness Accessible to Black Women in Chicago with Camesha Jones of Sista Afya

April 6th, 2021


When we heal ourselves we have the power to heal our community and others around us. Community healing is exactly what Spelman Alum Camesha Jones had in mind when creating Sista Afya, a mental wellness enterprise that …

Building Wealth Paying Off 300k of Debt in 3 Years With Bernadette Joy

March 31st, 2021


What does it mean to be financially well... I’m chatting with Bernadette Joy of Crush Your Money Goals who says, “Building wealth with purpose” is how you can be financially well. She's passionate about empowering women …

Delegating More In Your Life and Work To Be A Successful Business Owner with Alice Foy

March 25th, 2021


Alice Foy is a master delegator and Jane of All Trades. She is the Founder of The Digital Jane a business support agency catering to the day-to-day …

Live Podcast with Italia Woodson on Selfcare, Healing & Live Guided Meditation

March 14th, 2021


This episode is the first of four live podcast episodes for our Girl You Deserve podcast series. A conversation focused on women getting everything they deserve and practicing wellness in their Business, Finances & …

From Working For Diddy to Creating Her Own Docuseries: Hannah Rad, "Sorry to Keep You Waiting"

February 23rd, 2021


Today we’re chatting with Hannah Rad an on-air talent, radio host, dj, and content producer. She’s worked for King of ‘no sleep’ himself, Diddy as …

Being Humble Will Have You Broke! Own Your Greatness

February 10th, 2021


This solo episode is the pep talk that you need to get out there and own your power. You can't be frustrated with people passing you up when you're …

The Steps You Need To Take To Create An App to Build & Grow Your Business With Nastassia Ponomarenko of Connectful and Nasty Fit

February 2nd, 2021


"If you don't have a deep why then it's probably going to burn you out in the long run and it won't be sustainable" 

In this episode, we're chatting with 2-time founder Nastassia Ponomarenko on her latest venture, …

Reyna Noriega on Cultivating Community on Social Media and Blooming & Finding Happiness Thru Art

January 26th, 2021


On this week's episode, we're sitting down with the incredible Illustrator, Educator and Author of In Bloom, Reyna Noriega. Reyna's vibrant artwork …

Turning Your Passions Into An Extraordinary Career with Suzanne Vinnik

January 19th, 2021


Today on the show I'm chatting with Suzanne Vinnik has captivated audiences across the globe and has been recognized as one of the most influential women in classical music as an opera artist, community engagement …

Hashtags Are Still Working and Here's Why You Should Be Using Them

December 9th, 2020


Around election time Instagram decided to disable the use of Hashtags causing everyone to panic about their content being seen. What we noticed is that by pivoting our content to creating more Saveable & Shareable …

Stop Wasting Time On Social Media; You Need A Content Strategy

November 24th, 2020


You're spending too much time on creating and posting content. There's an easier & faster way. This episode is an audio replay of a Live Masterclass on Creating A Content Strategy That Connects & Converts. If …

A Lesson On Branding and Authenticity w/ Britteny Floyd-Mayo Creator of Trap Yoga Bae® Which Has Impacted Over 20 Million People

November 17th, 2020


This is not your Momma's yoga class and it is not meant to be.  Britteny Floyd-Mayo has combined empowerment, self-love and her signature trap yoga …

Replay: She Turned a Blog Into A Million Dollar Brand: Ada Rojas, Botanika Beauty

November 10th, 2020


"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 …

Diversify Your Income, Recession-Proof Your Business and Dominate Your Industry with Coleen Otero CEO Chicks

November 10th, 2020


Today on the show we're chatting with Coleen Otero of CEO Chicks. She is a motivational speaker, author of Brand to Bucks, and all-around …

Rashida Gayle: Breaking Barriers and Building Opportunities in Sports Marketing

September 10th, 2020


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 …

The Story Behind Girl Behind The Hustle with Founder Lu'Cretia Thomas

August 18th, 2020


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” …

She's Grown Multiple 6 Figure Businesses By Starting With 1 Pair of Jeans: Phylicia Benn (REWIND)

August 4th, 2020


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 …

Behind The Hustle of Celebrity Makeup Artist Stephanie Flor :: REWIND

July 28th, 2020


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 …

Jessica Lauren on Helping Business Owners Ditch The Excuses & Build 6 Figure Brands :REWIND:

July 21st, 2020


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 + …

Stop Allowing Doubt to Distract You From What You Were Called To Do

June 30th, 2020


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 …

Kara Stevens, Frugal Feminista Healing Your Relationship With Money

June 10th, 2020


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 …

You Need A Social Media Break

June 4th, 2020


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 …

Makisha Booth Founder of Sistahbiz Loan Fund & Global Network

May 26th, 2020


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 …

Elizabeth Dozier Founder & Ceo of Chicago Beyond, Philanthropic Venture Fund

May 19th, 2020


“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 …

Acceptance. Serenity to Accept The Things You Cannot Change

May 13th, 2020


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 …

Danielle Alvarez, Founder of Multicultural PR Agency The Bonita Project

May 5th, 2020


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 …

Behind The Hustle of Creating A CBD Skincare Brand With Andrea Barrera of Gracious Om

April 28th, 2020


After experiencing a stressful period in her life and not wanting to turn to pharmaceuticals to her manage anxiety & stress, Andrea Barrera began …

Here's What You Should Be Posting on Social Media Right Now

April 14th, 2020


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 …

Khadidja Toure: Creator of The West African Inspired Skincare Line Kubra Kay

April 7th, 2020


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 …

First Latina-Owned Hair & Skincare Line for Naturals with Aisha Ceballos-Crump

March 31st, 2020


"I bet on myself and won" After being frustrated with purchasing multiple hair products for her multiracial family, Aisha Ceballos-Crump decided to …

Prioritizing Yourself, Setting Boundaries & Practicing Self-Care Daily With Self-Care Doctor, Dr. Genovia Holmes

March 24th, 2020


"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 …

How To Work Well From Home While Quarantined

March 17th, 2020


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 …

Going Behind The Science of The Beauty Industry with Lindsay Wray of Eighteen B

March 10th, 2020


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 …

From Jet Magazine Editor to Director of Communications at OneGoal Going Behind The Hustle With Career Journalist L'Oreal Payton

March 3rd, 2020


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 …

Katrina McGhee On Understanding The Value That You Bring To The Table

February 25th, 2020


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, …

Winning Begins With Serving

February 18th, 2020


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 …

Fanny Coste & Chelsi Oestreich: The Power of The Follow-Up

February 11th, 2020


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 …

Phylicia Benn: From 1 Pair of Jeans To A Six Figure Business

February 4th, 2020


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 …

Ona Diaz-Santin: Behind The Hustle With The Top Latina, Celebrity Hair Stylist

January 28th, 2020


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 …

Limitless Vision: Get Your Mindset Together Before You Make Those Goals

December 17th, 2019


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 …

Kalyn Johnson Chandler: Founder of Effie's Paper

December 10th, 2019


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 …

Karina Mora: Change The Narrative

December 3rd, 2019


What do you do when you see the media telling a single story about  your culture & change the narrative.  Today I'm chatting with …

Ashley Williams of Unorthodox Legal: Is Your Business Protected?

November 26th, 2019


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 …

Scarcity vs. Abundance Mindset

November 19th, 2019


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 …

Latrice Love of Lip Love: Behind The Hustle of Creating A Vegan Makeup Line

November 12th, 2019


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 …

Caitlin & Robin of FWord Consulting: Maximizing Your Bottom Line

November 5th, 2019


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 …

Jessica Lauren of No Real Jewelry: Stop Asking For Permission. Create Your Own Yes

October 29th, 2019


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 …

Rilee Acrey: Creative Founder Balloon Works

October 22nd, 2019


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 …

Season 3 Sneak Peek

October 15th, 2019

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 …

Lu’Cretia 'LC' Thomas: Going Behind This Hustle

June 4th, 2019


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 …

Allison+Kalika of Bold Purpose: Removing The Mask To Connect With Other Women

May 28th, 2019


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 …

Jasamine Hill of Fear Hurdler: Turning Losses into Lessons

May 21st, 2019


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 …

D'Cher Whitaker of Love Peridot: You Can Have A Successful Hustle & Work In Corporate America

May 14th, 2019


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 …

Tina Fears of Stage Ready: Fearless In The Pursuit of Success

May 7th, 2019


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 …

Tonie Neshelle Robinson: You Were Created To Win

April 30th, 2019


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 …

Michelle Margaret Marques: Creating A Skincare line, Elise Marques London

April 23rd, 2019


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 …

Keyonda Pyles: Behind The Hustle of A Motherhood Blogger

April 16th, 2019


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 …

Aloni Ford: Behind The Hustle of Sports Management & Filmmaking

April 9th, 2019


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 …

Jasmine Lopez: Finding Identity & Purpose Thru Building a Non Profit

April 3rd, 2019


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 …

Lauren Bealore: Behind The Hustle of Politics

March 27th, 2019


Today on the podcast we're going behind the hustle with political fundraiser guru & co-founder of Young Ambitious and Beautiful, Lauren Bealore. …

Dr. Genovia Holmes: Prioritize Yourself With Boundaries & Self-Care

March 20th, 2019


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 …

Celeste + Kelsi of Viper: From Self Funded To A Million Dollar Venture In Events & Nightlife

March 13th, 2019


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 …

Christine Michel Carter: Behind The Hustle of a Forbes, EBONY & New York Times Writer

March 6th, 2019


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 …

Jasmine Dantzler-Williams of Pearled Shoebox Vintage: Behind The Hustle of A Vintage Boutique

February 27th, 2019


Today on the show I'm chatting with ultimate hustler, Motown bred and raised, Jasmine Dantzler-Williams. Jasmine fell in love with all things …

Ericka Polanco Webb: Behind The Hustle of a PR Maven Turned Mommy Maven

February 20th, 2019


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 …

Parker: Behind The Hustle of Creating a Global Fashion House

February 13th, 2019


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 …

Kenecia Lashae of Passport2Pretty: Behind The Hustle of A Travel Influencer

February 6th, 2019


Today on the show sharing the real deal behind the hustle is Texas native, Kenecia Lashae. Following graduation from Texas Southern University …

Alice Foy of Jane Ella: Behind The Hustle of an Event Producer

February 1st, 2019


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 …

Stephanie Flor: Behind The Hustle of a Global Celebrity Makeup Artist

January 21st, 2019


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 …

Season 2 Intro

January 8th, 2019


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

Dr. Tammy Hicks: Support Is An Action Word

March 27th, 2018


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, …

Kristen Harris: Can We Kick It

March 13th, 2018


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, …

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