One Executive's Rise and Fall on the Life, Deconstructed podcast - Life, Deconstructed

Episode 5

One executive's rise, fall, and personal revolution

Published on: 4th November, 2020

By age 29, Daphny Bravo had climbed quickly through the executive ranks at Macy's, promoted 8 times in 9 years and managing $300 million dollars in annual retail sales. On paper - a major success straight out of business school. But it took her body shutting down, a hurricane, and ultimately pregnancy to confront what she knew deep down: she wasn't in the right place, and 'success' wasn't exactly what she'd been sold.

In a deeply introspective conversation, Daphny takes us through the process of becoming a dramatically different, fulfilled version of herself - mentally, emotionally, and physically. On the way: long aimless walks, an unexpected yoga guide, and...paper. Lots of paper.

Today she's the founder and creator behind DLaurenB Paperflorals: gorgeous paper flower creations sold around the world. She also recently co-founded Moguls of Infinite Opportunity: a community of women created to elevate each other in their personal and professional lives.

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About the Podcast

Life, Deconstructed
Candid conversations with inspiring women on doubts, decisions, and success
What's the right path for me? How can I discover and fulfill my own potential? Where's my tribe? Many of us spend years asking ourselves those questions, and don't have easy answers. And that's ok, because the truth is life isn't linear. Think of it like a heart monitor: the sign of life isn't a flat, straight line - it's a constantly fluctuating, vibrant zigzag. But that doesn't mean we have to figure it out alone. From CEOs to tech founders, designers, and journalists, join me for candid conversations with inspiring women on how they got to where they are, the debates, decisions, and doubts along the way, and what success even means.

About your hosts

Nurit Ben

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For over 12 years, I've worked in news and broadcasting as an anchor, senior producer, and reporter. I started out behind the scenes at the CBS Evening News, did some stints in print at GQ Magazine and the New York Times Magazine, and for the last 7 years was a managing editor and anchor of global evening news programs. In that space I've interviewed thousands of people, from government officials and political candidates to actors and musicians. But I've always been most drawn to how people actually got to where they are; how they figured it out, and how their paths formed behind the scenes, you know, in real life - not just the shiny final packages we see. Those are the conversations we're having here.

Talia Golijov

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For the past seven years I have worked as a television producer, first at a production company housing the Middle East bureau of several international news channels, and then as a senior producer of the main evening broadcast on an international network. My background is in cultural anthropology and I have a master's degree in conflict resolution and mediation. I’ve been a news junkie and avid podcast listener since the form emerged in the mid-2000s. Throughout the many nights of breaking news about war, political turmoil, and on the rare occasion, peace, what I show on screen often seems at odds with the stories I most want to hear myself - about shared experiences and personal triumphs.