Stephanie McClung | DET Member Spotlight

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Stephanie McClung

Dames Collective Chapter: Detroit

Social Media Manager & Podcast Producer for Pathway X Events


1. What is the name of your business and can you tell us a little bit more about it?

Oh boy, which business? So, I consider myself a Jill-Of-All-Trades because I try to do a little bit of everything! Currently, I work full-time for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra as an Event Coordinator. I also am pursuing my MBA with a double concentration in International Business and Marketing. Additionally, I am the Social Media Manager & Podcast Producer for Pathway X Events, a company that fellow Dame Melissa Wilson founded! If that doesn't make me sound busy enough, I also consult on the side and teach digital marketing at Oakland Community College.

2. What has been your biggest win as an entrepreneur thus far? 

My teaching gig at Oakland Community College. This was something I secured by myself at the age of 23. I was amazed and so proud of myself for securing this opportunity at such a young age. After 6 years of teaching there, I have developed and adapted the curriculum to stay with current trends. As my jobs have shifted, teaching has been the one constant for me and is showing me what I want to do with the rest of my life! 

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3. Where do you find daily motivation and inspiration? 

I am a Textbook Extrovert so for me, I am motivated and inspired by conversations and by people! If I am ever feeling down or needing a boost, I will call one of my friends or chat with a coworker or look for a networking event to get that energy from people I am close to or total strangers!

4. What is the best piece of advice you have received and who was it from? 

Best piece of professional advice was from my father. I was struggling at a previous job and trying to find my place, and he told me "You are your own company. You have to look out for yourself." It has stuck with me in professional situations as I realize that I have to take care of myself first in all situations. 

Best piece of personal advice was from a friend, Lisa. She told me "always moisturize your neck."

5. What is your morning routine?

I am not a morning person. At all. Grad school has prevented me from being the person I want to be in the morning. I wake up, check my phone, have a quick shower, slap on a quick face, and bolt out the door with some type of fruit in my hand for breakfast.  

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6. What is your favorite podcast?

For staying connected to the business community, the HBR Ideacast. It's put on by the Harvard Business Review and they have really good interviews with different business minds. I've learned a lot from listening to it. 

For personal, Why Won't You Date Me? is easily my favorite. Nicole Byer is hilarious and has such a raw authentic viewpoint on dating in these modern times.

7. Something that most people wouldn’t know about you:

My desk is messy, my house is messy, but my car is always clean! I have to have a clean car. I can't stand when my car is messy.

8. If you could go back to when you started your company what would you say to yourself? 

It's okay to say “No” to things. Take care of yourself and your health, first and foremost.


Stay in touch with Stephanie through:

sloumcclung AT gmail DOT com

Or hit her up on Instagram at @spontaneousblonde
@pathwayxevents OR @dsoevents