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Mary Scott Hunter is married to Jon Shultz, and they have three children. Her law practice is a mix of legal, compliance, and business. She served 10 years as an Air Force attorney in the JAG Corps and two terms as a state elected official on the Alabama State Board of Education.  Mary Scott now serves on various volunteer boards. She loves to read, write, travel, and cook for family and friends.    

Rachel Blackmon Bryars is a Birmingham, Alabama, native who currently lives in the Huntsville area after years living in Washington, D.C., Naples, Italy, and South Florida. She and her husband of 15 years have five children between the ages of 5 and 14. Rachel is a former television reporter who holds a master’s degree in communication with a political focus from The Johns Hopkins University. She has taught in multiple universities and is a widely published writer and frequent speaker and media guest. She is a former Alabama Policy Institute senior fellow, and is currently the managing partner of a communication consulting business and a columnist for Al.com and Reckon

Liz BeShears is an Alabamian communications professional with experience in journalism, policy research, digital marketing, and business development. More importantly, she is a reader, writer, traveler, storyteller, wife to James, and dog mom.

Today at Belle Curve, we talked about how to resurrect your confidence after it has been beaten up, downtrodden, maybe even murdered by someone or something or some combination of circumstances.  Let’s face it, confidence destroying situations happen to everyone.  And if it hasn’t happened to you yet, hate to break it to you, it will.   In the immortal words of Dory from the movie Finding Nemo, “You can’t never let anything happen to him. Then nothing would ever happen to him.”  Indeed, there’s simply no success without failure.  You have to get into the arena and try, and sometimes...
Published on: 2022-04-28
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One of the biggest challenges facing organizations right now, and throughout the past year-plus, is the “Great Resignation”, some have called it “the Great Reshuffle.” According to Business Insider, January 2022 was the 8th straight month in which more than 4 million Americans left their jobs and “quits are still up 23 percent above pre-pandemic levels.”  Two generations are driving this trend, according to generational expert and this week’s Belle Curve podcast guest: Young millennial talent who came into the job market at its low and are using this opportunity to reset their terms in a market offering them a...
Published on: 2022-03-28
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It seems like one can’t scroll through Instagram or TikTok for more than 30 seconds without seeing a hashtag or a graphic or a video proclaiming the virtues of “Self Care.” But many (MANY) people struggle with Self Care—Liz, Rachel, and Mary Scott included—but not for the reasons you may think. In this episode of Belle Curve Podcast, your three hosts discuss How they struggle with the concept of healthy self careWhat it can look like to practice self care for the anxious among usWhy TikTok Psychology isn’t what it’s cracked up to beThe role of Community Care in our...
Published on: 2022-02-22
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Welcome to Episode 78 and Happy 2022! Mary Scott Hunter here, along with today’s co-hosts Rachel Bryars and Liz Beshears.  Fittingly, today, we are talking about growth.  These 21 months of COVID have been hard, and I think we all know that we aren’t done with this cursed disease yet.   A big hats-off to our essential workers, especially our Curvies in the health care fields.  We so appreciate you and know that life and work has been a blur for you.  Thank, you, thank you, thank you. From the bottom of our hearts. And for all the rest of us,...
Published on: 2022-01-20
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Ever wanted to kick yourself after “oversharing” something online or in a conversation that you really just wished you’d kept to yourself?  Of, what about that situation where someone tells you something that you would just really prefer not to be told?  Of course, you have!  We have all done it and had it dumped on us.  So, don’t kick yourself too much if you’ve been the oversharer or handled a situation poorly when you were the recipient.  On the other hand, don’t continue to overshare if you have this tendency and put some tools in your toolbox for dealing...
Published on: 2021-12-14
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Is it too early to talk about the holidays? Well, too bad if it is! Because today is the day we begin to prepare.  Last year’s holiday season was so different. Many of us stayed away from family gatherings and big Christmas parties, but this year we’re warming up to things looking a little (dare we say..) Normal?  But, as much as the holidays are romanticized, they’re also a breeding ground for the B-Word…  Burnout!  There are 365 days in a year, and about 365,000 ways to experience burnout, but sometimes it feels like 364,000 of them all converge around...
Published on: 2021-10-20
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Belle Curve is brought to you by HigherEchelon, Inc. – find HigherEchelon at higherechelon.com and on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook. Linchpins: We’ve likely all known and worked with one before. This is the person in your company or volunteer organization who is indispensable. It’s the person who leads whether they have a title or not. The person who creates so much value that they alone are worth five or more typical employees.  According to Seth Godin, “The linchpin is an individual who can walk into chaos and create order, someone who can invent, connect, create, and make things happen. Every worthwhile institution has indispensable people...
Published on: 2021-09-29
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Belle Curve is brought to you by HigherEchelon, Inc. – find HigherEchelon at higherechelon.com and on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook. When you digest news, do you ever feel as if you are being experimented on, manipulated, told what to think?  Know anyone, maybe even someone you love, who you think has changed, and not for the better, because of their news consumption?  Do you ever feel like the media is deliberately making us feel angry, worried, anxious? Episode 74 host Mary Scott Hunter calls out the media and leads a conversation around the way media can make us feel that the world is coming apart...
Published on: 2021-09-15
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In this week’s episode of Belle Curve we discuss Sorry Syndrome. What is Sorry Syndrome? It’s basically the compulsion to apologize for things incessantly, even when they’re things outside our control. Here are a few signs you might be afflicted, according to a few articles we found:  You apologize for things you have no control overYou apologize for someone else’s actionsYou apologize for normal, everyday interactions (e.g. scooting past someone who is seated on your row in a movie theater or airplane)You apologize to inanimate objectsYou apologize for things you don’t think are wrongYou apologize when you’re trying to be...
Published on: 2021-06-30
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Belle Curve is brought to you by HigherEchelon, Inc. – find HigherEchelon at higherechelon.com and on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook. Reminder, our season break is coming up, and we will be taking July and August off and will be back with you in September.  Curvies, it is so important to recharge.  A lot of you go, go, go all the time.  And for some of you, it is hard to imagine slowing down.  We hope you take time this summer to do some things you love, make some memories, and recharge.  And for those of you working full time, consider taking something off the to-do...
Published on: 2021-06-17
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Belle Curve is brought to you by HigherEchelon, Inc. – find HigherEchelon at higherechelon.com and on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.Belle Curve Book Club Episode is coming up in early June, and we will be doing Wonder Girl – The Magnificent Sporting Life of Babe Didrikson Zaharias. This is one of Mary Scott’s all-time favorite books and a great, inspiring summer […] The post 71. Do You Take Flawed Mental Shortcuts? – Dr. Donnie Horner Interview appeared first on Belle Curve Podcast....
Published on: 2021-05-25
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Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Belle Curve is brought to you by HigherEchelon, Inc. – find HigherEchelon at higherechelon.com and on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook. Have you ever opened your closet only to have a comedic shower of shoe boxes or purses rain down? Or shuffled through your desk looking for a particular Very Important Paper? Or raided the pantry looking for a […] The post 70. Clearing Your Clutter with Kati Wadsworth appeared first on Belle Curve Podcast....
Published on: 2021-05-18
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Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Belle Curve is brought to you by HigherEchelon, Inc. – find HigherEchelon at higherechelon.com and on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook. Belle Curve Book Club Episode is coming up in early June, and we will be doing Wonder Girl – The Magnificent Sporting Life of Babe Didrikson Zaharias. This is one of Mary Scott’s all-time favorite books and a […] The post 69. The Post-Pandemic Future – A Conversation with Dr. Neil Lamb of HudsonAlpha appeared first on Belle Curve Podcast....
Published on: 2021-04-27
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Belle Curve is brought to you by HigherEchelon, Inc. – find HigherEchelon at higherechelon.com and on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.  Ever been so mad, frustrated, or upset you just pop off, blow your stack, vent some steam?  Think back on a time you vented some negative feelings.  Was it helpful, or did it cause you problems?  How did you feel […] The post 68. When Venting is Unhealthy vs Helpful appeared first on Belle Curve Podcast....
Published on: 2021-04-13
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Belle Curve is brought to you by HigherEchelon, Inc. – find HigherEchelon at higherechelon.com and on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook. Today’s Belle Curve Book Club Episode is The Push by Audrey Audrain .  Click to purchase your copy.   Instead of just describing the plot, I’m going to use the author’s own words in a recent interview to give you her view. “Blythe Connor […] The post 67. The Push by Ashley Audrain – Belle Curve Bookclub appeared first on Belle Curve Podcast....
Published on: 2021-03-31
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