Stephanie Hudson

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Entrepreneur and Fractional CMO Stephanie Hudson, in brief.

Stephanie Hudson

Home: Within myself.  Age: Wise in spirit, young at heart.  Old enough to have lived a fabulous life, developed some wrinkles and many stories written there.  Birthplace: Sicily.  Profession: Marketing executive.  Organization: Hudson  Title: CEO, Founder and Fractional Chief Marketing Officer.  Pronouns: She/Her/Hers.  Languages spoken: English and (conversational) German.

Current project: Defining marketing strategies and building execution plans for mission-driven and social impact clients.  Latest accomplishment: Within the last year I’ve built the brands and marketing strategy of several new clients that have great potential to impact our future.  Latest contribution to others: Proud to serve on the inaugural Advisory Committee for The Door in New York City.  The Door was founded in 1972 with the mission to empower young people to reach their potential by providing comprehensive youth development services in a diverse and caring environment.  What’s been your big (or biggest leap)? Launching my own business in 2022 after decades in the enterprise software industry. I now lead what I call a portfolio life, where I dedicate as much or as little time to individual clients, personal growth and volunteer work as I desire.  Hobbies: Cooking, wine, skiing, scuba diving, golf, travel, reading, watercolor painting, photography, studying the philosophy and practices of yoga and meditation.  Recent travel or adventure: A 10-day adventure in the Dominican Republic with beach time, ocean time sailing and diving, learning how to roll fresh cigars, taking a local cooking class and golfing the most beautiful course I’ve ever played.  Last book read: The World We Make, by N. K. Jemisin.

Personality profile: Open-minded and open-hearted, full of life and passion, thoughtful, deep, creative.  How do you define a perfect friendship? Intimate, deep, meaningful, mutual, open and full of belly laughs.  How do you define an ideal business relationship? Mutually respectful and beneficial, working to improve people’s lives and the state of how we live.  What is your greatest joy? Exploring all that life offers.  What natural talent have you neglected? I love music but no longer play an instrument.  I used to play piano, saxophone and flute, and I sing, too.  What is at the top of your bucket list? Trekking and visiting the vineyards of Patagonia.  How do you relieve stress? Meditation.  What is your go-to workout? The Class by Taryn Toomey.

What was your first paying job? Working in hay fields.  What was your favorite college course? Judo.  What’s prominently featured on your home or office wall? Framed wine maps of Burgundy, France.  What’s the best advice you received in your career? Stay humble and receive failures as the ultimate learning opportunity.  That will unlock success.  What is your go-to source of creative inspiration? Walks in nature, ideally the mountains or the ocean.  What world event has had the greatest influence on your life? The fall of the Berlin Wall in my young adulthood, which instilled in me the beginning of a practical, rather than theoretical, understanding of the world and the complexities of human behavior. 

What change would you like to see in the world?

More people leading from a place of awareness and consciousness. 

What message do you want to send out into the world? Kindness is a bridge to almost anywhere or anything we want to experience.  What widely held belief do you reject? That multi-generational workforces are problematic.  Rather, I believe they are enriching, enlightening and ripe for progress.

As a kid, what did you first want to be when you grew up? An astronaut.  After your loved ones, what object would you first save from your burning home? My camera (not my phone).  How would you choose to spend tomorrow, if you knew it was your last day on earth? In Sicily, shopping the farmers markets, cooking, drinking wine and having conversation with my best friend.  What period in your life would you do differently, if you could? My college years.  I would have more fun and take Italian classes.

Favorite quote: “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor and some style” (Maya Angelou).  Desired epitaph: To know her was to be loved by her.

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