SE Episode 080: The Strength to Take Risks w/ Cillah Hall

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Groundbreaking Founder and Publisher of Gazelle Magazine, Cillah Hall, shares her riveting story from her roots in Zambia to her profoundly deep and lasting impact on countless lives across the world.

Bio: With a background as a former model, TV news producer and public relations entrepreneur, Cillah Hall is all about showcasing ordinary people with extraordinary stories.

She is the founder of Gazelle Media, an influencer multi-media agency that publishes Gazelle Magazine, STL County News, several community and lifestyle podcasts, and produces the recently announced Gazelle Live! a podcast event series and awards program to celebrate “Gazelles in Our Midst.”
Hall’s career includes starting her own PR firm, Xanadu Public Relations, where she represented world-renowned music artists, as well as nonprofits like the Pujols Family Foundation, corporate CEOs and professional athletes. Her resume also includes roles as co-founder and event producer of Missouri Style Week. But her proudest accomplishment thus far is Gazelle Media, whose name is inspired by the way she lives her life and her African roots.

Born in Zambia, Africa, Hall has paved her own way. When she was 18, she was runner up in the Miss Zambia Pageant. With a newfound confidence, she flew halfway around the world alone, and came to the United States with only her suitcase and $136 to her name. She later graduated cum laude from University of Missouri–St. Louis and worked her way up in the media business for several years. She was a morning news producer at KSDK-TV NewsChannel 5 where she produced a top-rated newscast on Today in St. Louis with Art Holliday and Jennifer Blome. She also honed her media skills at KPLR-TV, Channel 11, where she served as associate producer and assignment editor.
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Cillah’s Something Extra: The strength to take risks.

Links and Mentions:

– Lisa Nichols, Host
– Scott Crosby, Executive Producer
– Daniel Williams, Recording Engineer