This post celebrates the Grande Dame, “a woman of influential position within a particular sphere.” Three Maturepreneurial episodes feature a Grande Dame: Lyn Slater, Susan “Honey” Good, and Suzi Grant; all mature women, all strong role models, all leaders online.
Celebrating the Maturepreneurial Grande Dame
Occasionally, Elaine and I plan to call out some of our podcast guests in the Maturepreneurial blog. At those times, we will feature people we think lend something special to our audience and theirs.
Lyn Slater, Susan “Honey” Good, and Suzi Grant are this month’s highlights. Each of these women personify the Maturepreneurial Grande Dame. All three are well into their sixties. Each of them has a strong presence online and on social media. Each of them is a writer with a unique perspective to share in her own unique voice.
Lyn Slater, Accidental Icon
- Maturepreneurial Interview: January 10, 2017
- Episode published: March 15, 2017
- Instagram | 259k Followers
- Facebook | 23.5k Followers
- Twitter | 2.4k Followers
Lyn became a fashion icon by accident, if you believe in such things!
She had been considering starting a blog for over a year. She had been diligently researching her options and thinking over the feedback and encouragement she was receiving from different quarters.
Then one day, she was on the Lincoln Square Plaza in New York City, waiting for her lunch date, when… Well, I’ll let Lyn tell the story since she does it much better than I can! Listen to her episode.
Today Lyn enjoys a second career as a fashion model and runs a successful, niche blog.
I started Accidental Icon because I was having trouble finding a fashion blog or magazine that offered an urban, modern, intellectual aesthetic but also spoke to women who live what I call “interesting but ordinary lives” in cities. Women (like me) who are not famous or celebrities but are smart, creative, fashion forward, fit, thoughtful, engaged, related and most importantly clear and comfortable with who they are.
Check out Lyn’s website to learn and to read more!
Susan Good, Honey Good dot com
- Maturepreneurial Interview: September 5, 2017
- Episode published: October 4, 2017
- Instagram | 5k Followers
- Facebook | 120k Followers
- Twitter | 2.5k Followers
Susan Good – or Honey, as she is known to her children, grandchildren and business staff – likes to say that she walks on the sunny side of the street. It’s a choice!
Honey has been dealt some lucky breaks and some hard knocks, but she’s learned to weather all of life’s surprises with grace, style and aplomb. As she says on her website:
I have learned that if I accept life on life’s terms and commit to making the most of whatever it throws at me, I can overcome anything. And so can you! That thought can give us great power, especially as we age and are faced with many destabilizing changes.
No stranger to tragedy, Honey was suddenly widowed in her early 40s and had to navigate a course she never expected. In addition to widowhood, she has lived through financial hardships, the uncertainty of cancer (twice), the horror of a suicide in the family, and the challenges of building a blended family to name a few.
Eventually, Honey met and married her soulmate and “ultimate concierge”, Sheldon Good. Today, the two divide their time between their homes in Chicago and Rancho Mirage, CA, and the homes of the many family members and friends they visit frequently throughout the year.
One day, a friend encouraged Honey to start writing a diary. She had never written before, but when she sat down to her computer that first time, the words came pouring out! She soon realized that she had a lot to say to other women over 50. She wanted to share with them, advise them, comfort them, amuse them, and inspire them to embrace life, to be visible, and to be themselves.
Visit Honey’s website to read her wonderful stories, wisdom and advice. Follow Honey on social media to join her conversation about embracing life after 50.
Suzi Grant, Alternative Ageing
Maturepreneurial Interview: September 7, 2017
- Episode published: October 11, 2017
- Instagram | 10k Followers
- Facebook | 6.5k Followers
- Twitter | 3.5k Followers
Suzi Grant was a chain smoking, hard drinking reporter/presenter in television and radio who became a nutritionist; author; photographer; food, fashion, and lifestyle blogger; and vintage clothing fashionista. She believes that aging is a positive experience to be enjoyed to the fullest and she provides her followers with all manner of tips, tricks, and advice on how to look and feel great, whatever one’s age.
Suzi’s been communicating her entire career, but she found her own authentic voice later in life, after studying nutrition and publishing three books.
By coincidence, two of her godsons, neither of whom know each other, both urged her to start her own blog. Suzi taught herself what she needed to know to put together her website and hired someone to do the rest.
Suzi loves photography and takes beautiful photos. She is also a talented videographer. On her website and social media channels, she shares delightful pictures and videos of her vintage clothing and jewelry purchases, the stores where she finds them (and sometimes their proprietors), the food she makes and eats, and the people and landscapes she encounters during her many travels.
A seasoned and fearless traveler, this year alone Suzi has visited Ibiza, New Zealand (Wellington and Napier), and Australia (Melbourne and Byron’s Bay).
Suzi seeks to inspire the over 50s, as she likes to call them, to go out and enjoy life without waiting for someone else. She’s a great role model, who is not afraid to do things on her own, either!
Visible, Positive Aging
We find the Maturepreneurial Grandes Dames particularly inspiring and hope you do too. Give their episodes a listen to get to know them a little better. You’ll be glad you did.
Also, find, follow and engage with these dynamic women on social media. Each of them is approachable, responsive, caring, and entertaining!
Collage photo credits (from Unsplash.com):
Hydrangea Annie Spratt
White gerbera Annie Spratt
White and yellow star flower Jeremy Bishop