NEW ORLEANS SAINTS TIGHT END
BEN WATSON AND AUTHOR HEATHER MONAHAN
New Orleans Saints Tight End Ben Watson talks about putting God first and bestselling author
Heather Monahan joins the guys to chat about her book “Confidence Creator”
Benjamin Watson (born December 18, 1980) is an American football tight end for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League. He was drafted by the New England Patriots 32nd overall in the 2004 NFL Draft and later he would win Super Bowl XXXIX. He played college football at Georgia. Watson has also played for the Cleveland Browns, and Baltimore Ravens.
Watson is married to Kirsten Vaughn Watson, who grew up in Baton Rouge. Vaughn was a multisport athlete at Episcopal High School. Her grandfather, Isaac Greggs, was the longtime band director at Southern University. Her father Percy Vaughn, is from New Orleans and a Southern University graduate. Her mom, Audree, attended Louisiana State University. Vaughn and Watson married in 2005 after his rookie NFL year. Together they have five children: daughters Grace and Naomi, sons Isaiah and Judah (March 19, 2013), and daughter Eden (August 15, 2015), Watson is a devout Christian who is known for being outspoken about his faith. On November 17, 2015, Watson released a book, Under Our Skin: Getting Real About Race--And Getting Free From the Fears and Frustrations That Divide Us, with Tyndale House Publishers. Watson has also been a vocal opponent of abortion and spoke at the 2017 March for Life. On January 21, 2018, Watson was announced as one of the three finalists for the Walter Payton Man of The Year Award by NFL Network.
Heather Monahan started from very humble beginnings growing up in Worcester, Massachusetts. After graduating from Clark University, she began her career in sales and quickly advanced to top salesperson and Brand Manager within her first year in corporate America. After being harassed in her position, she left the wine business and started working for Wilks Broadcasting as a salesperson in radio. A year later she was offered an equity partnership which required her to move to Saginaw, Michigan.
She made the difficult decision to leave her family and friends behind and move alone to the Midwest for the chance to create value and potentially sell the Saginaw properties for a professional and financial gain. Within three years in Saginaw, she significantly increased the group’s value resulting in a successful sale of the properties more than doubling the purchase price from 27M to a final sale of 55M. Heather then moved to Naples, Florida to begin working for Beasley Broadcasting where she started as a Director of Sales.
After one year of substantial revenue results, she pitched herself for a position that didn’t previously exist and was awarded the VP of Sales title for the company. Over the next few years she pitched herself for and was awarded the newly created EVP Sales position and ultimately the Chief Revenue Officer title.
During this time Heather launched her personal brand to empower women and give them the insight and tips she had longed for as a young professional. She was the Keynote speaker at the Corinium CRO conference and held the main stage at the LOAC in NYC. Heather was recognized as a Glass Ceiling Award winner and as one of the Most Influential Women in radio in 2017 before her unexpected termination.
Faced with the choice to go back to her comfort zone or take a leap of faith and pursue her passion to elevate others, Heather chose to make her company Boss In Heels her full time job. Over the next few months, Heather was featured on the Elvis Duran show, she completed her first book on how to build confidence and was named the Brand Ambassador for Perry Ellis International’s female brand Rafaella. Heather and her son Dylan reside in Miami, Florida.
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