When COVID forced a canceled reunion, these friends took to Marco Polo

As his 30th college reunion approached, Michael Champlin – “Champ” to his buddies – watched the pandemic unfold and saw the writing on the wall. Convening in June was going to be a no-go. Champ was philosophical but still disappointed. His treasured group of 10 once-inseparable friends, the people who’d finished each other’s sentences, shared […]

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Following her dream with Marco Polo Channels

Brittney Stefanic’s dream business came into being four years ago when she realized that two of her favorite roles – new mom and hard-core sleep enthusiast – just weren’t meshing. Baby Lincoln wasn’t sleeping, Brittney wasn’t sleeping, and postpartum anxiety and depression began to take a foothold. Until, at a well-baby checkup, Lincoln’s pediatrician told […]


This podcasting pair built community – and sustained business success – with Marco Polo Channels

In 2018, Shelly Johnson joined Mary Rutt, her partner in life and crime, to launch the Latter-Day Lesbian Podcast, a weekly show providing heartfelt, compassionate, yet irreverent support to others who, like themselves, had been raised in deeply religious communities and struggled with coming out.  Their podcast was an immediate success, averaging 7,000-8,000 downloads per […]


Bring on the glitter: Empowering mom-owned businesses with Marco Polo Channels

Years ago, when Aria Leighty was learning to juggle her roles as young mom and business owner, she found herself looking for support – from anywhere, from anyone. Tired of not being taken seriously when she had to bring her daughter to a meeting (to name one of dozens of examples of mainstream businesses just […]


With Marco Polo Channels, this leader distills the essence of inner learning

In 2011, Leah Pearlman left a high-profile technical career at Facebook to explore a new calling: self-discovery. As she read, wrote, practiced, and made art (creating the acclaimed comic series Dharma Comics), Leah explored answers to big questions. Who or what are we? Why are we? How does life really work? What does it mean […]


The art of teaching with Marco Polo Channels

Fine artist, designer, and illustrator Amarilys Henderson has built a thriving business selling original watercolors and prints, authoring instruction books, and licensing her artwork. Like many artists, Amarilys also teaches. From her hub,, she has served upwards of 100,000 students with more than 20 different classes covering everything from selecting the right tools to painting […]


Marco Polo Channels helped this brand strategist up her profile as a best friend in business

Michelle Gifford is a living example of the power of branding. Her company, Michelle Gifford Creative, helps everyone from established influencers to emerging “momtrepreneurs” build their businesses, capture new audiences, and extend their reach. Like many of her clients and followers, Michelle is also a mom, running a busy company while staying at home with […]