My Empire: Impact, influence, inspiration

My Empire: Impact, influence, inspiration

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A broadcaster could not ask for a more fulfilling assignment than to showcase the community's best and most talented.

I originally proposed to my producers one report about three thriving businesses, but the leadership at WMC Action News 5 saw an opportunity to take it up a notch and produce ongoing segments that shine the light on the people who make the Mid-South great.

After several brainstorming sessions, we came up with the recurring series "My Empire."

Click here to experience all the My Empire episodes.

I never imagined how influential these reports would become. They created a special sisterhood among the women featured. They revealed the hard work, dedication, and sacrifice Mid-South women have put forward to be successful. They exposed some of the truly inspirational, good news stories that exist in Memphis. Then personally, they helped me to grow as a person.

This kind of experience has been extremely moving, as I've been able to see such incredible women in action.

Each woman has a totally different journey, but they all had something they loved to do at a young age and have spent the rest of their lives digging deep to find their inner power to become the best version of themselves.

All of the women realize God has a gift for each and every one of us. Some of the common personal traits I've witnessed within all of the women include:

  • A true passion for their works
  • Mentors to guide them along the way
  • Tenacity, when most people would give up
  • Working hard for the sake of personal growth
  • Taking risks to make their dreams come true

What really struck me was the community response to these reports.  Not only was there a sharp spike in viewership the moment each report came on the air, people were also sending messages that they were deeply inspired by these reports to follow their dreams.

I currently have a list of dozens of women to be featured in the series in the coming months and years, and I hope each woman will touch the community the way they have touched me.

We're always looking for the next woman to feature on My Empire. If you know someone who has a truly inspiring success story, please email me at

Please include the following in your email:

  • Candidate’s name
  • Candidate’s profession
  • How this person has or is building an empire
  • The candidate’s community impact
  • Specific challenges this person overcame to become successful
  • How this person stands out among peers
  • A website address
  • Contact number and email
  • Any additional materials, like a résumé

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