Hazard Girls (Part 1)
with EMILY SOLOBY

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About The Episode

Today’s guest is Mitzi Perdue, a businesswoman, author, and a master storyteller. She is the past president of the 40,000 member American Agri-Women, the nation’s largest coalition of women in farming and agribusiness. She is also the widow of chicken magnate, Frank Perdue, and has been deeply involved in the Perdue family businesses for many years, from agriculture to trucking, which is a major division of Perdue Farms. Over her long and illustrious career she has authored 22 books, is a syndicated columnist with over 1,600 articles, and even hosted her own 400-episode television series, Country Magazine, which was syndicated to 76 stations. She is the founder of CERES Farms, a real estate investment company that has owned rice fields, commercial and residential real estate, and successful vineyards. These days, Mitzi spends most of her time fighting against modern slavery as part of a global effort to combat human trafficking, and is the founder of WTF, which stands for Win This Fight, through which Mitzi enables wealthy donors to convert high-end jewelry or works of art into cash that is then donated to anti-trafficking organizations. In this episode, Mitzi shares her unique perspective as someone that played a role in two of the biggest family businesses in the U.S. – Perdue Farms and Sheraton Hotels, which her father, Ernest Henderson founded – and the key lessons that she learned. Find out how a food fight gave Mitzi the nickname Peach Blossom, why she went into real estate, and how she put into practice what she learned about business, and Mitzi talks about what it was like, being a woman in agriculture. Tune in today!

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Hazard Girls (Part 2)
with EMILY SOLOBY

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About The Episode

Welcome back to part two of this interview with businesswoman, author, and a master storyteller, Mitzi Perdue. As the past president of the 40,000 member American Agri-Women, the widow of chicken magnate Frank Perdue, and the daughter of Sheraton Hotels Founder Ernest Henderson, Mitzi has been deeply involved in some highly successful U.S. family businesses. She has also forged her own path, creating a lasting legacy in her own business ventures. She has authored 22 books, is a syndicated columnist with over 1,600 articles, and has even hosted her own 400-episode television series, Country Magazine, which was syndicated to 76 stations. She is the founder of CERES Farms, a real estate investment company that has owned rice fields, commercial and residential real estate, and successful vineyards. These days, Mitzi spends most of her time fighting against modern slavery as part of a global effort to combat human trafficking, and is the founder of WTF, which stands for Win This Fight, through which Mitzi enables wealthy donors to convert high-end jewelry or works of art into cash that is then donated to anti-trafficking organizations. In this episode, you’ll hear more from Mitzi about making a family business last, the pros and cons of coming from a famous family, and her time on television, as well as how Mitzi is working to put an end to human trafficking. Make sure to tune in!

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About The Podcast

Host Emily Soloby, Founder and CEO of Juno Jones Safety Shoes, interviews women working in non-traditional fields about their career paths. Covering topics such as balancing personal and work lives, issues they have encountered and how they have dealt with them, their biggest challenges, their biggest triumphs, advice for other women, and many other topics.