A Special Podcast Series

Episode 15

Rising to the Occasion — IN MEMORY of Mary Therese

With Barbara Patterson + Melissa Palazzo-Hart

Today's episode, in all its solemnity, offers us a raw look at how, even when in authentically challenging and painful life situations, we can—and do—rise to the occasion. 


  • Barb explains to listeners why this show is different from the other episodes and dedicates it to someone very special. [00:00:00]
  • Barb shares her unexpected and poignant journey home to be with her cousin in her final days of life. [00:02:15]
  • Barb acknowledges our resilience in moments when we have no idea how we will make it through, yet even as we feel every emotion on the spectrum, we somehow rise and do what needs to be done. [00:07:40]
  • Melissa selflessly and beautifully ends the show to honor the passing of Barb’s cousin—while reminding us that we, too, have all we need to rise to the occasion no matter what we are dealing with. [00:10:40]



Meet Your Hosts

Barbara Patterson is the owner of a global coaching and consulting company bringing the insights of performance and fulfillment to clients around the world. She helps organizations, leaders, entrepreneurs and coaches access more clarity, creativity, have greater impact and higher levels of performance in work and life. Barb is the Founder of Beyond Limits in Business, a global platform and community designed to point people to the source of human potential.

You can follow Barb on Linkedin ,Twitter and Instagram. You can also subscribe to her weekly blog on her website at

Melissa Palazzo-Hart has 25 years’ experience leading marketing, strategy, finance, operations, and talent for some of the most prestigious agencies and brands including Disney, Activision and Omnicom. Throughout her career, she has built campaigns for some of the biggest names in entertainment and media which have been awarded Emmy Awards, Cannes Lion Awards, Effies, Telly Awards, Game Marketing Awards, Broadcast Design Association Gold Awards, and Clio Awards. Melissa is building a movement of paradigm shifters to unlock the potential of their minds to affect change in our world through seeing and living beyond perceived limits. She guides leaders and organizations at the highest levels how to make a meaningful impact through the power of heart work, instead of hard work.

You can follow Melissa on Linkedin and Instagram. You can also subscribe to her weekly blog on her website at


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