Speaker – Molly Grantham

About Molly Grantham…

Anchor. Author. Mom. Molly Grantham is a two-time Emmy-award winning journalist who has been named TV News Reporter of the Year for both Carolinas, one of Charlotte’s “40 under 40” and one of Mecklenburg County’s “50 Most Influential Women”. She anchors WBTV News at 5:30p and 11p and published her first book last November. (It sold out on Amazon the first week!) Besides her public and often nutty job, she juggles motherhood with two young kids, social media madness and the swirling circle of life. She’s a glass-half-full perspective, with self-deprecating humor and an authentic voice that shows not all you see is always real.

 

Learn more about Molly’s Talk…

Title: I’m still working that out. I have a hundred ideas.
Description: The television news industry can be really good at perpetuating a false sense of perfection. Especially for women. Here’s why now — more than ever — it should be less about image and more about authenticity.
What do you want people to learn from your talk? As the industry I love continues to get more divisive, women and men everywhere are working harder than ever. We’re under fire. We aren’t trusted and are harshly judged on the many platforms we’re responsible to serve: TV, websites, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, App alerts, digital live videos… the list goes on. Meantime, while we’re all working constantly in exceptionally non-glamorous conditions (that many on the outside looking in assume are diva-like and glorious), female television journalists are also expected to look great. You don’t often get to see the side of no sleep, a long week and a 3-year-old who wakes you up every morning at 5am. With more platforms than ever, now is the time for women who tell the real life struggles of others to be showcasing their own truths as well. Stop trying to make life look superficially good, all the time.
What action items do you want people to take away from your talk? To remember it’s not the image. It’s never the image. It’s what’s inside. Be strong. Be kind. Most of all, be authentic.

 

Learn more about Molly…

Where is your hometown? Born in Petoskey, Michigan. Lived in Pinehurst, North Carolina. Grew up mostly in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. After 15 years in Charlotte, consider this home.
What are your hobbies? Sitting on a beach. Writing.
What are you passionate about? #MollysKids
What is the best compliment you’ve received? “Your emails sound just like how you talk!”
What do you want to be remembered for? Smiling persistence. Being out of options, but never actually accepting defeat. Driving in the fast lane. Never being ashamed to say, “I love you”.
How do you push the boundaries? This talk is a good start.
What does your happy place look like? Blue and sandy. Has a wooden pier, always sunshine, and a pile of books that gets magically replenished.
What is one thing that you’d like to share that is not commonly known about you? My three brothers are the best in the world.

 

Thoughts on Charlotte

What part of town do you live in? Westside.
What draws you to Charlotte? Originally, the job. Now the fact that I can have a career, two kids, good public schools, a great backyard and extra closet space. I love that Charlotte is a big city that still feels kind.
Where do you see Charlotte in 5 years? With even more hotels.

 

Our most important question…

What animal will most likely be our future overlords? A unicorn. Obviously.