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Lead Like a Woman
The Lead Like a Woman Show, hosted by Andrea Heuston, features top women leaders who share their inspirational stories on life and leadership.
6 days ago
Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable
Sheila Attari is the Founder and CEO of SheBird. With the company’s creation, Sheila utilizes her strategic and brand-building skills to solve issues women face when getting dressed. After two-plus years in product development, SheBird launched in October 2019. Their goal is to make women happy by freeing them from their uncomfortable bras by designing wardrobe essentials with built-in bra layers. Sheila gained substantial experience growing world-class brands and developing and launching new products in the beauty, health, and home cleaning categories. She spent the majority of her career in consumer products brand management, advertising, and new product development roles. She has worked with multimillion-dollar companies such as Procter & Gamble; SC Johnson; and Foote, Cone & Belding. Sheila holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a BA in Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management from Michigan State University. Now, she's on a mission to help women free the girls. In this episode… When you wear comfortable clothes, you will be more productive in your work and feel more confident in yourself. Confidence is essential in every woman's life—personally and professionally. In life, you have to identify what you need and take the steps necessary to get it. The same case applies in business. If you feel the desire to go into entrepreneurship or start your own business, you should go for it. You’ll face a number of challenges along the way, but you have to believe in yourself and your abilities. In this week's episode of the Lead Like A Woman Show, Andrea Heuston is joined by Sheila Attari, the Founder and CEO of SheBird, to talk about Sheila's journey from consulting work to creating and running a women’s clothing company. They discuss the common reasons women have for going braless, the benefits of getting comfortable being uncomfortable, and the difference between entrepreneurs and non-entrepreneurs.
Feb 11, 2021
[Women of EO Series] Turning Flight Into Flow
Oksana Esberard is a mental wellness expert, mindfulness and meditation trainer, international speaker, and best selling author. She is the Founder of SattvaMe, a global virtual training organization that’s focused on stress management, productivity, and wellness for employees, business leaders, and entrepreneurs. Utilizing her extensive practice and multicultural background, Oksana leads online corporate programs and in-person training in small businesses and Inc 500 companies around the world. She has worked with companies like Microsoft, Sandler's Training, BuzzFeed, YPO, EO, Petra Coach, and New Horizons Computer Learning Centers. After overcoming her struggles with severe anxiety and suicidal thoughts, Oksana shares her story in her best selling book, Next Level You. She is also a member of EO's Accelerator Program which helps businesses grow through learning and networking. In this episode… Like other women, Oksana Esberard used to believe that success and stress came as a package deal, that you can’t be successful without having gone through a seemingly insurmountable amount of stress. But she learned through vast travel experiences that you can be productive and successful without sacrificing your mental wellbeing. She says that it is possible to work towards your goals and enjoy the material and financial fruits of your labor while being happy with your choices, your interactions with people, and the decisions that you’re making. Oksana advises women to use their feminine power in their businesses to create an energy flow that creates less resistance in everything they do. This will open them up to more business opportunities, attract the right people, and find the best solutions to issues. She also encourages women to go with the flow, express gratitude, and be kind to themselves in every way possible. In this week's episode of the Lead Like A Woman Show, Andrea Heuston is joined by Oksana Esberard, a mental wellness expert, to find out how women can use their femine power and energy to build better business. Oksana talks about her inspiration to write her book, Next Level You, her journey to founding SattvaMe, and how she helps her clients improve productivity and handle stress. Stay tuned.
Feb 4, 2021
All You Need is Love
Lisa Rueff is the Founder and CEO of Collective Hearts. She is a multi-faceted community leader, inspirational speaker, wellness expert, jewelry designer, Sparked board game creator, and entrepreneur. She created Collective Hearts to connect, inspire and amplify love in the world. As the Founder and Chief Love Warrior Lisa Rueff knows what it means to love with purpose, and she is on a heart-based mission to spread kindness and generosity worldwide from leading international humanitarian trips to raising millions of dollars for women and children. And from her heart jewelry designs to signature workshops, retreats and talks, Lisa inspires collective hearts worldwide. Lisa is also a Co-founder of The Jacmel Children’s Center which offers love, a home, education, and a better future for the orphans in Jacmel, Haiti. She also served as the Executive Director of the Do It For The Love Foundation which was founded by musician Michael Franti and his wife, ER nurse, Sara Agah Franti to grant live concert music wishes to people living with life-threatening illnesses, children with severe challenges, and wounded veterans, including those diagnosed with PTSD. In this episode… Lisa Rueff loves people. And her love for humanity and her desire to continuously be able to help others led her to Haiti to help victims of the 2010 earthquake that ravaged through the country. She was inspired by the people's spirit and perseverance, and she wanted to do more for them. This paved the way for her to help fundraise and start a children's home and later started a jewelry business whose proceeds help support the children's home. So why is Lisa so passionate about helping others and filling every project that she gets her hands on with love? Well, Lisa believes that when you follow your heart and do things that make others happy, more doors will open for you in the future. And women have a higher propensity to lead with love because they tend to be more tuned-in to their hearts in whatever it is that they’re working on, allowing them to have a kinder, more generous, more supportive, and more nurturing approach on their projects. Lisa Rueff, Founder and CEO of Collective Hearts, is Andrea Heuston's guest in this episode of the Lead Like a Woman Show. Tune in as Lisa talks about her humanitarian work in Haiti and how it led to the founding of a children's home and jewelry business, how her jewelry pieces have made its way to top female leaders like Patrisse Cullors and Michelle Obama, and find out how doing things with love can make the world a better place.
Jan 28, 2021
Put on Your Rose-Colored Glasses
Cherri Prince is the Executive Vice President, Head of Client Growth at Seed Strategy. Since 1990, she has been the strategic brains behind building some of the most successful brands that market to women. She has been awarded 5 Effie awards, the only award in the ad industry based on marketing effectiveness. In 1998, Cherri co-founded an agency with Leo Burnett designed to unlock new insights into women. In this capacity, she honed unique strategies to challenge how marketers think about specific female relevant topics including beauty, motherhood, and aging. Her expertise landed her a consulting role with the creators of the 2000 hit movie What Women Want starring Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt. In 2016, Cherri joined Seed Strategy, a brand growth acceleration firm that marries creativity and business strategy to grow client business from startups to Fortune 500 firms. She created the SheQ™ Test which is the company's insight and growth initiative to empower clients with insights and strategies to grow their businesses with women. In this episode… Cherri Prince believes that everything in life happens for a reason. Growing up, she didn’t see it that way. But as an adult, she has come to appreciate the wisdom behind the words that her mother shared with her early in her life. In life, there are many things that you’ll encounter that may seem like amazing opportunities. But things don’t always go as planned and there is always that risk for disappointments to happen. But when things don’t go right, what do you do? Especially in terms of your career and your business, how do you turn an upside down situation right side up? Cherri Prince, Executive Vice President of Seed Strategy is Andrea Heuston's guest in this week's episode of the Lead Like a Woman Show. Cherri shares her marketing expertise with Andrea, why she loves working with and focusing on women in her career, and why it’s important to learn to pivot during challenging times. She also talks about Seed Strategy's Leading Ladies Networking Event and how her mother has inspired her to do her work the way that she does. Stay tuned.
Jan 21, 2021
Your Network is Your Net Worth
Adi Klevit is the leader and visionary behind Business Success Consulting Group. Her 25 years of knowledge and experience as a trained industrial engineer, management consultant, and business executive gives her a unique understanding of the challenges that businesses face. She utilizes her practical know-how and wisdom to successfully help organizations and companies of any size to dramatically improve their efficiency and performance. By leveraging her ability to understand business processes and people, drawing on her high-caliber skills, and utilizing her knowledge and experience on vital areas of personnel management, finance and operations, Adi can help virtually any business owner to achieve their goals and bring order to their lives. When she isn’t busy running the Business Success Consulting Group or directly working with clients, Adi enjoys spending time with her husband and son, volunteering in the community, traveling, being outdoors and cooking healthy food. In this episode… Adi Klevit is a successful woman who surrounds herself with people who trust and believe in her. She believes in the power of networking and building connections because she recognizes how powerful these can be in different aspects of your life, particularly in business. Adi is also a firm believer of having a support group, especially for female leaders. She explains that it’s important to have a group of people who knows what you’re doing and can offer you support when you need it. This, along with continued learning through books and mentors, can help spell you become the kind of leader that you want to become. In this episode of the Lead Like a Woman Show, Adi Klevit, the Co-owner of Business Success Consulting Group, joins Andrea Heuston to talk about the benefits of networking and how your network can potentially determine your net worth. Adi also discusses how she helps fellow women leaders in scaling their businesses, why having systems and processes in place is good for any business, and what it takes to become a good leader. Stay tuned.
Jan 14, 2021
What Lights You Up?
Stephanie Sims is a capital strategist, startup advisor, and the Founder of Finance-Ability, where she helps founders build economic stories that make dollars and cents. After nearly a decade in investment banking and having worked with the likes of Goldman, Lehman and CSFB on over $5 billion of transactions, Stephanie rode the high tech startup rollercoaster in Europe, complete with angels, venture capitalists, and the coveted exit to a publicly traded company. Stephanie has educated and mentored hundreds of entrepreneurs across three continents and has helped her clients raise over $30 million dollars in early stage capital. She is frequently asked to judge startup competitions and to speak about venture capital, angel investment and alternative sources of funding. Stephanie is also the host of the "What's Your Ask Podcast', where she talks to investors and entrepreneurs about the different ways they've asked and been asked for money, references, introductions, and more. In this episode… Without a doubt, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a big impact on many people's lives, especially on women in business. They’ve been forced to work from home and juggle business with motherhood. However, these circumstances could provide a good opportunity for women to figure out what their businesses actually need. At this time of limited movements and interactions, it is important for women entrepreneurs to take advantage of the situation, sit down and get clear on what you want. You need to remember what got you excited about your work in the early days of your business and find out what gives you joy right now. This way, it will be easier to figure out what works well for you and use that to improve both your personal and professional life. Stephanie Sims, the Founder of Finance-Ability, is Andrea Heuston's guest in this week's episode of the Lead Like a Woman Show where she shares her expertise on entrepreneurial finance and venture funding. She also talks about her own entrepreneurial journey that led to the founding of Finance-Ability and her work with organizations that serve startup founders. Stay tuned.
Jan 7, 2021
[Women of Wine] Find Your Ally
Faith Koen has been in the procurement profession for over 20 years across multiple industries. She is currently the Procurement Manager for Ste. Michelle Wine Estates and she is responsible for overseeing the procurement team and supporting the wineries and facilities that are located in Washington, California, and Oregon. Faith joined the Women of Wine (WoW) Employee Resource Group within Ste. Michelle in 2015 and she currently serves as the Chair of the organization. During her tenure with WoW, she has embraced the opportunity to collaborate and learn from other amazing women in the organization, which has allowed her to grow as a leader and more importantly, a supporter. Christina Starr is a communications and public relations professional with 17 years of experience working with luxury brands from hospitality to tourism and wine. Currently, she's the Senior Communications Manager for Ste. Michelle Wine Estates' luxury and imported wine portfolio. She oversees the communications in the U.S. for Champagne and Villa Maria in New Zealand, along with several other domestic and important wine brands. She is also the Vice Chair of Ste. Michelle's Women of Wine (WoW), which supports events and programming to support professional development, collaboration and knowledge sharing within St. Michelle. Christina holds a level two certification from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust and is currently pursuing her level three certification. In this episode… Unlike men, most women avoid taking some actions because they feel that they do not know enough about certain subjects for them to make a move. They are unable to recognize themselves as leaders or experts in their fields and they often forget that even being a successful business owner is a continuous learning process that everyone goes through. This failure to see their own achievements and skills as enough puts a limit on them and the things that they can do, and these all stem from one thing: fear. Fear is a real thing but instead of embracing it and facing it head on, many women allow it to take over their lives. This reaction to fear prevents them from moving forward and learning from potential experiences that can elevate them and propel them towards success. So what can women do to help cope with their own fears and how can they get over their own limiting beliefs and imposter syndrome in order to unlock opportunities in their career and in their life? Join Andrea Heuston in this episode of the Lead Like a Woman Show as she interviews Faith Koen and Christina Starr of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates to talk about women in the wine industry and how they can assuage their own fears and realize that they are enough. They will also be discussing their company’s sustainability goals, what the Women of Wine Employee Resource Group in Ste. Michelle is all about, and how the wine industry has evolved through the years to be more inclusive of women. Stay tuned.
Dec 31, 2020
Jenna Lange is the Founder and CEO of Lange International. She specializes in high stakes communications and is a key partner for executives and their teams on how to make the most out of short but critical communication moments. Jenna has been transforming people into great communicators for over 15 years through her work with executives from the world's leading brands. In addition to working with the C-suite, she also coaches sales teams on how to pitch to win key accounts, and takes the stage for keynotes. Her experience crosses countries, industries, and communication challenges. Jenna is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese and has delivered keynote presentations to global teams throughout Europe, Latin America, and Asia. Jenna's book, Please Don't Picture Them Naked, takes readers on a humorous tour of public speaking do’s and don’ts. When she's not working, you can find her running, eating, biking, skiing, or relaxing with her husband and two children. In this episode… Unlike men, most women fail to advance in their careers and leadership roles because they are often afraid to ask for the things they need to move forward in their profession. They fear asking for referrals, asking for that promotion they've been working hard for, and asking for advice from the people who can guide them in their careers. Jenna Lange encourages women to work on their confidence and be ready to ask for things when the opportunity arises. She helps them network and communicate better, and she also encourages them to explore their world, be curious, be open minded, avoid judging themselves or other women, and get better at encouraging and advocating for other women. But why is she so passionate about this and how does she apply this to her own life and business? In this episode of the Lead Like a Woman Show, Andrea Heuston talks to Jenna Lange, Founder and CEO of Lange International, about entrepreneurship and creating your own success. Jenna explains why women leaders should not always say 'Yes' to everyone and everything, why they should advocate for fellow women, and how she leads like a woman in her business which she started 16 years ago. Stay tuned.
Dec 24, 2020
[Women Presidents' Organization] Find Your Authentic Voice
Nancie McDonnell Ruder is the owner of Noetic Consultants, a marketing consulting firm providing consumer research, brand strategy, marketing process and training expertise to BtoB and BtoC firms. Nancie has more than 25 years of marketing experience. She began her career at the Leo Burnett Company before starting Noetic Consultants in 2002. The word 'noetic' is related to one's intellect and thinking. Nancie chose this name for the company because it reflects her team's commitment to helping clients strategically think through their challenges, so that together, they can take the actions necessary to get the best possible outcomes. Noetic Consultants' clients have included Samsung, PepsiCo, Nike, Marriott, Mayo Clinic, and Discovery Inc, amongst others. Nancie also serves as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, and is the creator of the Noetic Art and Science Assessment. In this episode… According to Nancie McDonnell Ruder, a woman does not have to talk loudly when working with men in order to be heard or to establish herself as a good leader. A woman can effectively lead in her own unique and feminine way because leading doesn't have to involve dominating a conversation or being masculine. It’s all about attitude and knowing how to inspire people to do what needs to be done. Being a good leader involves collaborating well with other people and not being afraid to express who you are, most especially your feminine side. Although you should be assertive and express your opinions where necessary, what’s most important is you finding your authentic voice which can be and will be heard by those around you. You don’t have to be the loudest person in the room for you to be heard–you just have to be the one that makes the most sense and offers the best options for people to choose from. And the only way that you can do this is by defining who you are living by this standard everyday. Nancie McDonnell Ruder, Founder of Noetic Consultants, is Andrea Heuston's guest in this week's episode of the Lead Like a Woman Show where she explains why women leaders should find their own authentic voice in order to become good and successful leaders. Nancie shares her own experience as a woman leader among men and how she started company. She also talks about her brand building framework, and how her brand health diagnostic tool can help her clients. Stay tuned.
Dec 17, 2020
[Women of Wine] It's Not About What We're Handed, But How We Handle It
Stacy Lill is the Co-founder and CEO of Cashmere Partners, focusing her efforts on corporate networking, marketing and strategic partnerships. She provides strategic consulting in wine industry education and development for many wineries. In 2007, she founded O Wines, which she sold to Chateau Ste Michelle Winery. After the sale of O Wines, Stacy founded the Opportunity for Success Scholarship Program which funds educational college scholarships for deserving young women. To date, they have awarded 71 full scholarships. Stacy’s career includes 25 years of sales and marketing experience for numerous Fortune 500 companies including Ernst and Young. She has received many honors including the Women's University Club Businesswoman of the Year, Soroptimist Award for Outstanding Community Service, Women for Wine Sense National Rising Star Award, Seattle Magazine’s Community Service Award, and the Puget Sound Business Journal Woman of Influence Award. She is highly regarded for her philanthropic efforts and is known as a community leader in both business and philanthropy. Stacy is a graduate of University of Washington, a member of the International Women's Forum, and most recently became a founding member of the Puget Sound Business Journal’s Leadership Trust. Ensuring young women have an opportunity for quality education is a pillar in Stacy's legacy. Recently, Stacy and her husband, Greg, recently co-founded Lill Family Wines as another brand in their wine portfolio. In this episode… Wine is a delicious and wonderful way of bringing people together. It’s capable of connecting people from different walks of life and different industries, and allows them to enjoy something good together. The wine industry is also an incredibly inclusive industry, allowing both men and women to contribute to its growth through their individual knowledge and skill sets. While it is a fun industry to be a part of, it is not for the faint of heart. It takes determination and a lot of collaboration, and it often challenges people to go beyond their known limits. But once you learn the ropes and fully immerse yourself in all the things it has to offer–both the good and the bad–it’s not impossible to find success. Of course, it all really depends on how you handle the cards that you’re dealt with. In this week's episode of the Lead Like a Woman Show, Andrea Heuston interviews Stacy Lill, the Co-founder and CEO of Cashmere Partners, about entrepreneurship, marketing, and wine. Tune in as they discuss Stacy's career in the wine industry and the new brands that she has recently launched with her husband, the scholarship program she offers for college kids, and her best tips for success in the wine industry.
Dec 10, 2020
[Women of EO Series] Focus on Kicking Ass
Aimee Carpenter is the CEO and Owner of SolTerra Solar, a Seattle-based solar energy contractor. She leads a team of 25 people to bring solar design and installation services to homeowners and business owners across Washington State, and her leadership has helped grow the company to over 2000 installed solar customers. She's been an entrepreneur in the construction industry since 2004 and is passionate about using her entrepreneurial expertise for the greater good. Outside of her work at SolTerra Solar, Aimee serves on the board of the Seattle chapter of the Entrepreneurs' Organisation and the Advisory Board of NEDDIE. She is a big sister with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound and coaches incarcerated entrepreneurs through Defy Ventures. In this episode… When Aimee Carpenter took over a solar company and became its owner and CEO, she struggled with imposter syndrome and felt that she wasn't good enough to run the company. She even avoided making any new changes because she wa…
Dec 3, 2020
[10KSB] Don't Wait, Just Do!
Cole Banks is the Founder of Sisters Traveling Solo where she helps drive the travel culture for sisters with unmatched global travel experiences. Her passion for traveling, solo experiences, and wanting to help other sisters led to the creation of Sisters Traveling Solo. The idea was sparked after Cole read an online post discouraging black women from traveling solo. As a woman of color, the post disturbed Cole who frequently travels the world solo–and she knew she was not alone. The Sisters Traveling Solo Facebook page is a community of over 70,000 women from all over the world, and there, they get to share experiences, travelling tips, and enjoy diverse thoughts and engagements. In 2018, Cole left her corporate job at the Coca-Cola company to focus on Sisters Travelling Solo full time. Now her office can be anywhere she wants as she continues connecting, empowering, inspiring, and supporting sisters. In this episode… In many life situations, it is common practice to seek advic…
Nov 26, 2020
[Women of EO Series] More Lives than a Cat
Fran Biderman-Gross is the Founder and CEO of Advantages, an award-winning New York-based end-to-end communications agency. She is also the co-author of the book, How to Lead a Values-Based Professional Services Firm: 3 Keys to Unlock Purpose and Profit, which she wrote with Don Scales. She is also the creator of the groundbreaking 3 Keys Workshops. Fran leads her clients on an invaluable journey of brand discovery that reveals their personal and organization’s 3 keys: Purpose, Values, and Story. Since its inception, she has used her proprietary '3 Keys' approach to help propel the enduring success of hundreds of companies–including her own. Her workshops, lectures, and keynotes draw on more than two decades of marketing and branding expertise to inspire audiences and provide leaders actionable lessons that any organization can implement to bring any vision closer to becoming reality. In this episode… At 33 year old, Fran Biderman-Gross found herself a widow with 2 young kids a…
Nov 19, 2020
[Women of EO Series] There's Comfort in Discomfort
Cherry Lao is the Co-founder and Creative Director of Citizen Best, an international brand marketing agency with offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Bangkok. She draws design inspiration from different cultures, traditions and everyday beauty. Since moving from Bangkok to California, she sees imagery, colors, storytelling, graphics, and symbols as a way to understand cultural differences and bring nuance and clarity to communication. Cherry is a collaborator first and foremost. She creates inspiring solutions and guides clients through every step of the creative process, providing the necessary rationale for all design elements and strategies. Whether she is directing a photo shoot, developing a fresh concept or offering art direction to existing designs, she believes her role as a creative leader is about elevating the team, not the individual. Outside of work, Cherry can be found with a local dance community, immersing herself in another form of self-expression. She is also i…
Nov 12, 2020
[Women of EO Series] Move Fast!
Andrea Herrera is the Founder and President of Amazing Edibles Catering, an award-winning catering company that fosters relationship building at ground breaking events. She has served over a million meals in Chicago in the past 25 years and her personal mission is to foster connection to create community. Andrea is also the founder and president of Boxperience, a business that delivers an amazing invitation to a shared experience over food and drink in a customized gift box. Andrea is a proud global leader in the Entrepreneurs' Organization, a global organization with 15,000 members. She has also served on the boards of Cornell College, Global Citizenship Experience Lab High School, A Children’s Place, and she is currently Chair of the Board of Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, a theater dedicated to advancing the lives of women through theatre. Andrea has been profiled in Hispanic Living Magazine, CNN Money, MSNBC, Chicago Tribune, Today's Chicago Woman, and in the book From Risk to Rew…
Nov 5, 2020
[Women of EO Series] [Women of Wine Series] Get in the Room!
Alexi Cashen is the CEO–or as she prefers to be known, the Chief Executive Optimist–for Elenteny Imports, a fast growing wine business. The company is dedicated to helping its partners grow in the wine, beer, and spirits industry. Alexi is a self proclaimed type A, detail-oriented entrepreneur, and loves dominating in alcohol logistics. She is a board member of the San Francisco chapter of Entrepreneurs' Organization, and she is also a business coach, host of The Alexi Cashen Podcast, and a mom. In this episode… When Alexi Cashen and her business partner started their wine logistics business, she didn't take an active role in handling the company's finances. Over time, she realized that she needed to improve her relationship with money and the financial aspect of her business. Now, she thinks of money as a form of self care and that taking an active participation in her company’s finances is the best thing she can do. Alexi also advocates for herself and her work as opposed…
Oct 29, 2020
The Procurement Whisperer
Therese Jardine is the Principal and Founder of Strategic Event Procurement. She takes the pain out of procurement and provides thought leadership to the event industry. She has over 30 years of business experience and 15 years experience in managing the procurement strategy for Microsoft's event portfolio. She has deep expertise in event procurement strategy with a keen focus on strategic meetings management, contract negotiations, payment solutions, and supplier engagement. Therese helps event organizers develop sound procurement strategies and helps leading event agencies navigate their clients’ procurement process. She cares about helping her clients succeed and understands that solutions must fit within the cultural framework of each organization. In this episode… Many people desire to go out and start their own businesses, but a common challenge that they face is having to run and manage everything on their own. From accounting to marketing, procurement, demand generation,…
Oct 22, 2020
You Don't Get to Quit
Sharelle Klaus is the Founder and CEO of DRY Soda Company. When she was searching for a sophisticated non-alcoholic beverage that wasn't cloyingly sweet or made with artificial flavors, she realized that the ultra-competitive beverage market lacked one. She decided to make one and in 2005, she launched DRY Soda Company. Her brand has quickly become a disruptor in the sparkling beverage sector with its high end brand and deliciously surprising flavors like lavender, ginger and cucumber. DRY Soda is now sold in retail outlets across the country, including Safeway and Kroger, and can be found on the menu of many top restaurants and bars. In her spare time, Sharelle likes to travel and find adventure. Road trips and international trips are her passion. She is also a doting grandmother, mother and a vocal supporter of entrepreneurship and women. She holds a Bachelor's degree from Seattle Pacific University. In this episode… For any woman starting out in entrepreneurship, it’s very imp…
Oct 15, 2020
Dana Manciagli is an author and the President of Job Search Masterclass, the leading job search workshop with instruction, templates, and tools that job seekers need to apply and interview with confidence, that will make them irresistible to employers and land a great job in record time. She has been a corporate executive for more than 30 years and has leveraged her employee hiring and management experience into that of an author, trainer, private career coach, and online curriculum expert. She has had a remarkable career in global sales and marketing roles in Fortune 500 corporations. Retired from over a decade’s tenure at Microsoft as worldwide sales general manager, Dana has also previously worked for Kodak as VP of worldwide marketing and climbed the corporate career ladder through Sea-Land, Avery Dennison, and IBM. Named a top “Women of Influence” in Seattle, she lives and works in Puget Sound where she serves on the Worldwide Board of Junior Achievement. She is also a brea…
Oct 8, 2020
Hope is Not a Strategy
Suzette Patterson is the Founder of STAR-Performance Group, an authorized Sandler Training Center in Frisco, Texas. Suzette spent over 20 years in software sales and implementation before starting her Sandler business. She sold directly to physician practices and also built and managed teams for the largest GE Healthcare value-added reseller in the country. What she learned from all of those years of selling is that most companies do a great job of product and service training but they underestimate the value of having a sales process and developing their leadership teams. Suzette blends her own experience with the internationally proven training and evaluation tools from Sandler Training to teach a unique brand of sales and leadership training as well as personal development. She has been instrumental in helping successful companies develop management sales and prospecting strategies. When she isn't working with clients, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, riding motorc…
Oct 1, 2020
You Never Get Awesome by Being Average
Georgia Green is the Founder and CEO of BEU Revolution which she created with the hopes of sparking a revolution – a movement where people and companies are empowered to thrive. Georgia is the author of leadership curriculum, The Broken Business Model, and she is also a speaker, trusted organizational development advisor, and executive consultant. She is passionate about creating collaborative, strengths-based cultures, and mobilizing teams from inspiration to action. After solo hiking from Mexico to Canada on a quest to help people overcome fears, Georgia has inspired thousands of people to live their best lives. While walking over 2,000 miles and living in the wilderness for over five months, she wrote the curriculum used to found BEU with the vision to inspire, empower, and ignite others. BEU provides a number of proprietary tools to support organizational development and employee engagement, including MotivIQ, a software platform used to help uncover individual motivators for hi…
Sep 24, 2020
Sarah Nichols is an attorney who has more than 20 years of experience in HR employment law. She is the founder of Nichols Law P.C. where she represents individuals who experience discrimination and retaliation at work and helps them with wage and hour claims. She assists employees in negotiating their exits from their employers and she is a tough and conscientious advocate for her clients. Sarah believes that having experience on both sides makes her a better attorney. Sarah is passionate about different cultures in the workplace and in closing the pay gap. She is also involved in the community through her work with Youth Speaks, an educational non-profit empowering youth through the spoken word. A percentage of her firm’s profits is donated to Equal Rights Advocates every year as she believes the work that organization does is essential to closing the wage gap. Sarah is also the host of The Women’s Advocate podcast where she discusses how women can negotiate and support each oth…
Sep 17, 2020
[10KSB] Climb the Mountain to Jump off the Cliff
Wendy Pease is the President of Rapport International, a translation, interpretation, and language services company that eliminates spoken and written language barriers in 200+ languages. Prior to this, she served in corporate senior management positions in international marketing and business development. She has an MBA from Dartmouth College and a BA in Foreign Service from Penn State. Wendy is a frequent speaker and writer on language, culture, marketing, HR, entrepreneurship, and exporting. She has lived in Mexico, Taiwan, and the Philippines, and is enthusiastic about languages, culture and communications. Her lifetime passion is to connect people, especially when it leads to friendship and productive business relationships. In this episode… For a number of women, the decision to take a major risk in business or leadership can be scary. It is similar to climbing a mountain before taking a big jumpoff of a cliff. It is for this very reason that leaders need to come prepared fo…
Sep 10, 2020
Fall 7 Times, Get Up 8
Stephanie Dalfonzo is an integrative hypnotist, coach, and speaker. She has spent over 20 years researching simple ways to calm stress, anxiety and fear. She has authored a very timely book called Goodbye Anxiety, Hello Freedom: How to Build Resilience and Overcome Anxiety. Stephanie helps women heal and find freedom from the past, reclaim their lives, and create the life they deserve with ease and joy. Her journey has taken her through several career transitions from being a celebrity radio DJ to the proprietor of a successful hypnosis practice for 10 years, and ultimately, becoming an anxiety expert. In this episode… No one ever goes through life unscathed. People are bound to make mistakes and failures at some point in their lives but what separates successful people from the not--so-successful ones is their determination to rise up, learn from their mistakes, and try again. People who find success have learned that the only way to live life is to move forward. And more often t…
Sep 3, 2020
[Women Presidents' Organization] A Lack of Reality is Never Your Friend
Sue Peterson is a Managing Director of Client Management at Cornerstone Advisors. She has more than 30 years of experience in the financial industry, helping high-net-worth individuals and families achieve their financial goals. Over the course of her career, she has developed expertise in helping widows and divorcees, women business owners, and couples approaching retirement. She enjoys helping clients plan their financial future while shaping the legacy they will leave to their heirs and community. Sue's dedication to serving others reaches beyond her role at Cornerstone. She also offers her expertise to a variety of other charitable organizations and nonprofits such as the YWCA. In this episode… In some households, the subject of money or finances is often considered a taboo. This means that a lot of people grow up having zero knowledge on how to address financial issues properly which often leads to problems with debt and financial insecurity. And while this is a pervasive prob…
Aug 27, 2020
Tragic Death of an Employee with Cancer - 4 Life Altering Events That Have Tested Her Resiliency
Andrea Heuston is the CEO and Creative Principal of Artitudes Design, an award-winning creative agency. She has over 20 years of experience in the design industry and has won several awards such as the Puget Sound Business Journal’s 40 under 40, the Annual Enterprising Women of the Year Awards for Enterprising Women Magazine, Cambridge Who’s Who, and the Key4Women Achieve Award. Andrea holds a degree in Communications and Design from the University of Washington. She is a speaker, author, and a volunteer who helps plan, purchase, prepare, and serve meals for the members of The Matt Talbot Center. Andrea is also the host of the Lead Like a Woman Show where she features top women leaders in order to share their inspirational stories on life and leadership. In this episode… Losing a close friend or family member is painful in many different ways. But losing someone you’ve worked with for a long time can be just as devastating. This is what happened to Andrea Heuston when she los…
Aug 20, 2020
Jan Levy is a former Executive Director of Leadership Tomorrow, a Seattle organization that inspires, prepares, and connects leaders across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. She knew the moment she joined Leadership Tomorrow that she wanted to work in the field of leadership development and she served as the organization’s Executive Director for 29 years. Jan was named Citizen of the Year by the Municipal League of King County and received numerous other awards including the Woman of Influence award by the Puget Sound Business Journal, Spirit Award from the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle, and she was also honored by the Girl Scouts of Western Washington as their 2007 Woman of Distinction. In her retirement, she enjoys yoga, dancing, attending theater and listening to jazz. She loves to be outdoors and walks around Green Lake every day. In this episode… In order for a community to grow and thrive, it needs to have competent leaders from the private, public, and non…
Aug 13, 2020
Listen, Lurk, and Learn
Gillian Muessig is a serial entrepreneur noted for her ability to form indelible brands, claim critical markets, sustain fiercely loyal customers, and attract investors and best-in-class talent. She co-founded and built SEOMoz.org into Moz.com, turning it from a blog site and directory to the world's leading provider of marketing applications and metrics reporting software and the global hub for digital marketers. A thought leader in the startup industry, global keynote speaker, author, Gillian enjoys a global reputation for her ability to forecast trends in technology in established and emerging markets. She also helps companies understand how to develop and package new and existing product lines to nudge and ride those trends and successfully navigate these new markets. She is a sought-after counselor and has guided companies and inspired audiences as a keynote speaker in 50+ countries. Gillian serves on boards of directors of technology, biotech and global marketing firms on four c…
Aug 6, 2020
[10KSB] Capture Your Successes
Jennifer Scott is the Founder, CEO, and Chief People Officer of HireEffect. She brings a unique view to small business leadership after moving from corporate roles to solopreneurship and then to owning and running a growing multi state consulting firm. Jennifer and her team helps business owners create and sustain the kind of culture that promotes growth and success whether it's through the deployment of technology to improve efficiencies or focusing on people to improve effectiveness, Jennifer received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Connecticut and has earned a certificate in Human Resources Management from Florida Atlantic University. She presently resides in Frisco Texas with her husband and her son. In this episode… The journey of entrepreneurship is challenging and entrepreneurs are bound to make a couple of mistakes along the way. To reduce the risk of making costly mistakes, business owners are better off working on their businesses as opposed to…
Jul 30, 2020
[Women of EO Series] Ready Aim Fire
Dr. Cortney Baker is an award-winning entrepreneur, host of The Women in Business podcast, TEDx speaker, and a nationally-recognized authority on women's leadership. She's been featured on Fox News, Forbes, iHeartRadio, and Huffington Post, among other publications. As a leadership expert, mentor, business coach to female entrepreneurs and mother of three, she is passionate about empowering women to close the gender gap through the power of entrepreneurship. Dr. Cortney Baker is also the author of the best selling book The 10 Dos and Don’ts for Business Leadership: Lessons to Lead Effectively and her most recent book Unlimited: Conquering the Myth of the Glass Ceiling. She was named the 2016-2017 Texas Businesswoman of the Year and the top 100 in HealthCare in America. She's the Founder and CEO of KidsCare Home Health, a multi-million dollar healthcare organization with 11 locations across Texas, Colorado and Idaho. She holds a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Organizational Leadershi…
Jul 23, 2020
[10KSB] Make Your Soul Sing
Pastor Chanda Mills Crutcher is the President and CEO of the American Senior Assistance Program, Inc. (ASAP). She began her career as a certified nursing assistant in Louisiana and continued working in nursing homes to help pay her way through college. In 2004, she founded the American Senior Assistance Program whose primary focus is to provide services to the aging disabled adults and children in regards to transitioning and finishing well. In 2014, Chanda became an ordained minister. In 2018 founded the Legacy Center, which helps aging adults continue to live life with independent purpose and provides comprehensive support for caregivers. Not only is the Legacy Center the first facility of its kind in the state of Alabama, but Chanda is the first certified geriatric care manager in the state. With over 25 years of professional experience in the geriatric care industry, Chanda shows no signs of slowing down. As a wife and mother of seven children and three grandchildren, she's alway…
Jul 16, 2020
[Women Presidents Organization Series] Make it yours!
Zoey Mann is a fourth generation jeweler and President of Fox’s Seattle. She graduated from Whitman college with a Degree in Theater and Elementary Education and joined the family business full time after earning her Degree in 2003. After working in Fox's Seattle for 10 years, Zoey took over as the majority shareholder and President in 2013. She's a member of Seattle Executives Association, and the Women Presidents’ Organization. She was also on the board of the Seattle Children's Theatre for 14 years. On a personal note, Zoey and her husband, Jordan, have three kids aged 3 to 11. She has been through a lot in the last few years, having battled BRCA1 genetic mutation after finding out that she was a carrier of the gene when she was 36 and her youngest was only nine months old. She had a preventative oophorectomy and hysterectomy four months later, and a radical breast reduction after a year. In March 2020, she had a preventative double mastectomy with her husband by her side. When…
Jul 9, 2020
[10KSB] Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself
Jaci Russo is a brand strategist, author, podcast and radio host, and the co-founder & CEO of brandRUSSO, a strategic branding agency. Jaci began her career in Hollywood as a Junior Talent Agent at Creative Artists Agency working with clients such as Helen Hunt, David Letterman and Gwyneth Paltrow. After that, she worked as the Executive Assistant to Chairman and CEO Barry Diller, adding strategic value to his many companies including the Home Shopping Network and Ticketmaster. Jaci has years of experience in branding and marketing on a national level and is a sought-after speaker on the topics of branding and social media. She has four children and is married to Michael Russo, co-founder and Creative Director of the agency they launched together in 2001. In this episode… To be a successful entrepreneur, you have to be a lifelong learner and be willing to do more in order to grow. The mindset you have as your business grows is crucial because your beliefs and the way you think serv…
Jul 2, 2020
[10KSB] There's No Someday on the Calendar
Erin Branche is a lifestyle expert who has merged her background in luxury hospitality with her passion for makeup into a successful lash and beauty brand. She is the Founder and CEO of Lash Bash and has a passion for lashes, beauty, and the latest trends. Lash Bash opened its first location in Philadelphia's Rittenhouse Square in 2015. Erin Branche graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2006 with a B.A. in Communications and a post-graduate diploma in Hotel & Restaurant Management from École Hôtelière de Lausanne. She is a licensed aesthetician and a graduate of Esthiology from the Jean Madeline Institute of Philadelphia. She is certified in both classic and Russian volume lash extensions. Erin also recently completed the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses incubator program. Erin is active in her community and is passionate about the arts. She serves on the executive board of the Young Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. In this episode… Many female entrepr…
Jun 25, 2020
[10KSB] Let's Get Chocolate Wasted!
Sarahbeth Yeli Marshall is the Founder and Chief Chocolate Officer of Yelibelly Chocolates. She started her career as a registered dietician with a Master's Degree in Nutrition and Food Science, and worked for 15 years in the food service industry before falling into the dark side of chocolate. Yeli has been studying and performing the art of Middle Eastern belly dancing since 1999, and on one of her travels to Italy, she discovered flavor-infused chocolates. She brought back that inspiration and started making her own chocolates in 2007 and since then, she has worked at perfecting various flavors to entice her family and friends. Yeli started selling her chocolates around the Metroplex and at a dance studio where she taught belly dancing. After searching for a name that truly told the story about her chocolates, a friend suggested melding her name and her passion for dance, thus Yelibelly Chocolates was born. Yeli still performs from time to time around the Dallas area, and she also…
Jun 18, 2020
[Women of EO Series] Practical & Tactical Tips to persuade, communicate and just show up in this crazy online world
Andrea Heuston is the CEO and Creative Principal of Artitudes Design, an award-winning creative agency. She has over 20 years of experience in the design industry and has won several awards such as the Puget Sound Business Journal’s 40 under 40, the Annual Enterprising Women of the Year Awards for Enterprising Women Magazine, Cambridge Who’s Who, and the Key4Women Achieve Award. Andrea holds a degree in Communications and Design from the University of Washington. She is a speaker, author, and a volunteer who helps plan, purchase, prepare, and serve meals for the members of The Matt Talbot Center. Andrea is also the host of the Lead Like a Woman Show where she features top women leaders in order to share their inspirational stories on life and leadership. In this episode… For the last couple of months, the world has seen a lot of sudden and unexpected changes in people’s lives as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This crazy and uncertain time has cost people their employment,…
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Jun 11, 2020
[Women President's Organization Series] The journey back to Hamburgers
Jasmine Donovan is the President and CFO of Dick's Drive-In Restaurants. Being the granddaughter of one of the founders, she has worked in the business several times since she was 16 years old and started working full time on the executive team in 2013. Jasmine stepped into the role of President when her father, Jim Spady, retired in March of 2019. Jasmine is on the board of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, Mary's Place, and The Forum Foundation. She was recently recognized by the Puget Sound Business Journal as a Woman of Influence for 2019. She graduated from Hillsdale College with a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics and Chemistry in 2006. Jasmine joined the Navy after college and was assigned as an instructor at the Naval Nuclear Power Training Command in Charleston, South Carolina. During her service, she was the Public Affairs Officer, earned her Master Training Specialist certification and was the Division Director of the physics teaching division. While in Charlest…
Jun 4, 2020
[10KSB] Things Change When You Change
Connie Wyatt is the Founder, President, and Principal Consultant of S.A.I.D. Strategy Group. She has been leading the rapidly growing woman and minority-owned professional services firm since its inception in 2014. As a management consulting firm, S.A.I.D prides itself on being the best of the best at creative critical problem solving to deliver on what they commit to with their clients for their organizational strategic initiatives, hardware service platform deployments, and software application development projects. Their motto is ‘When you work with us, it's SAID and done’. Connie is a certified project manager, business analyst, and a thought leader in the industry, including being a contributing author to the book The Keys to Our Success: Lessons Learned from 25 of Our Best Project Managers, Second Edition. She has a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Illinois, a Certificate in Project Management Strategy from the University of Chicago, Certificate in Custo…
May 28, 2020
[Women of EO Series] Gender Equity & Politics
Lisa MacLean is the Founding Partner and CEO of Moxie Media, one of the first women-owned political consulting firms in the US. A courageous determiner and tenacious collaborative, Lisa turned first-hand experience with gender inequity into an established national political consulting firm that expands the impacts of women in leadership, and helps create a more inclusive government and nation. For more than 20 years, Lisa and Moxie Media have made a difference in electing candidates, winning a national initiative, advancing policies, and building movements across the country. Lisa holds a Degree in American Culture and Women's Studies from Vassar College. She is smart, savvy and driven. In this episode… While working for the Democratic party in Washington, DC soon after college, Lisa experienced first-hand the frustrations women in politics go through. These experiences were powerful and disturbing for her at the age of 22 and it made an impact in her life. She soon left and decide…
May 21, 2020
In a Coma for 19 Days - 4 Life Altering Events That Have Tested Her Resiliency
Andrea Heuston is the CEO and Creative Principal of Artitudes Design, an award-winning creative agency. She has over 20 years experience in the design industry and has won several awards including Puget Sound Business Journal’s 40 under 40, the Annual Enterprising Women of the Year Awards for Enterprising Women Magazine, Cambridge Who’s Who, Key4Women Achieve Award, and more. Andrea holds a degree in Communications and Design from the University of Washington. Apart from being an entrepreneur, Andrea is a speaker, author, and a volunteer who helps plan, purchase, prepare, and serve meals for the members of The Matt Talbot Center. Andrea is also the host of the Lead Like a Woman Show In this episode… Twelve years ago, Andrea decided to have a lap band surgery because she was unhappy with her body weight and wanted to get to her ideal body weight. What she didn't know was that the positive results she experienced post surgery would be short-lived and that it would instead turn i…
May 14, 2020
Catherine Crosslin is the owner and CEO of Instar Performance, an internationally recognized personal and organizational development company. Catherine is an internationally respected leadership and organizational cultural consultant, executive coach, master facilitator and keynote speaker. Her engaging and interactive facilitation and coaching techniques help clients challenge and overcome deeply held beliefs and habits that inhibit growth, achievement and success. Prior to founding Instar Performance, Catherine dedicated 15 years to Gordon Graham & Co. Inc, where she led and developed for businesses in prison. In this episode… As more women take on leadership positions in companies and in different industries, the expectation to match men in order to achieve success can become overbearing. This is particularly true for male-dominated industries where the demand for women to behave just like men can be overwhelming . But according to Catherine Crosslin, that shouldn’t be the ca…
May 7, 2020
[Women of EO Series] Be Decisive
Jean Thompson is the Owner and CEO of Seattle Chocolate Company, makers of the Seattle chocolate and jcoco fine chocolate brands. She has been running Seattle Chocolate for almost 18 years and has grown it from the ruins it was in after the Nisqually Earthquake in 2001 to the successful company that it is today. A native New Englander, Jean graduated from Bates College before embarking on a career in high tech. Prior to taking over the mantle in Seattle Chocolate Company, she was actively raising her two children in Bellevue, Washington and devoting her free time to nonprofit work. She had previously worked at Microsoft as a Corporate Communications Manager. In this episode… With no experience in the chocolate industry, Jean Thompson found herself taking leadership of a small chocolate company in Seattle. She was the majority shareholder with a 95% stake after the Nisqually Earthquake of 2001, and it was her love for chocolate, her determination, and her willingness to learn and ad…
Apr 30, 2020
[Women of EO Series] Be Fearless
Manon Buettner is the CEO of Nuvalo, a company known for helping their customers with their IT modernization journey. She is an accomplished CEO, a mother, a former gymnast, and the co-founder of Cloud Girls, a not for profit community of female technology advocates and leaders. Manon is an expert voice on cloud enablement and IT business management, and she is also an infrastructure architect, data center and cloud analyst, strategist, and speaker with over 20 years of experience in the industry. She is a tireless advocate for women in technology and a leader amongst leaders. She is also a good friend. In this episode... In today's rapidly changing world, people and companies are moving to a more application-centric economy. Businesses are migrating from hardware to a more subscription-based service which means more people are becoming more inclined to connect through cloud storage. Manon Buettner saw this opportunity as an opening for women to engage in a predominantly male-led ind…
Apr 30, 2020
[Women of EO Series] The Power of NO
Dr. Kristin Kahle, aka Dr. K, is the CEO and Founder of NavigateHCR, a full-service Affordable Care Act (ACA) and compliance technology company. In 2014 and 2015, she was awarded the “Most Influential Woman in Benefits” by Employee Benefit Advisor. More recently, Dr. K was nominated for the San Diego Business Journal Top Tech Award 2019, for the technology developed by NHCR. Highlighting her experience as a serial entrepreneur, speaker, coach, and mentor, Dr. K has published 'NOtivation: Use the Power of NO to Make Your First Million Dollars', a transparent and honest guide to how she used the power of no to make her first and second and third million. Dr. K holds a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) from Argosy University, an MBA from the University of Phoenix, and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Pine Manor College. In this episode… At the tender of 5, Dr. Kristin Kahle was a strong willed little girl who wanted to save her brother’s life by donating her bon…
Apr 24, 2020
[Women President's Organization Series] It's OK to fail
Debbie Oberbillig is the CEO of SuccessView Coaching and Consulting, and she is highly skilled in the business aspects of talent management including coaching, leadership development, facilitation, and organizational program management. Her passion and expertise are to consult with and coach CEOs and corporate leaders, as well as to create and facilitate programs to develop courageous emerging leaders. Before starting her consulting firm, Debbie was on the executive team of an emerging tech services firm where she assisted in growing the business from startup to a global public company. She is a graduate of the ICS accredited Newfield Network Ontological and Somatic Coaching Program, and she's an Enhanced Narrative Coach Practitioner and Certified Dare to Lead FacilitatorTM. In this episode… During a recession or pandemic, it is common knowledge that a number of small businesses struggle to survive and many of them end up going out of business. These are usually very challenging ti…
Apr 16, 2020
House Burned Down - 4 Life Altering Events That Have Tested Her Resiliency
Andrea Heuston is the CEO & Creative Principal of Artitudes Design, an award-winning creative agency. She has over 20 years of experience in the design industry and has won several awards including Puget Sound Business Journal’s 40 under 40, the Annual Enterprising Women of the Year Awards for Enterprising Women Magazine, Cambridge Who’s Who, Key4Women Achieve Award, among others. Andrea holds a degree in Communications & Design from the University of Washington. She is also the host of the Lead Like a Woman Show, a speaker, author, and a volunteer who helps plan, purchase, prepare, and serve meals for the members of The Matt Talbot Center. In this episode… Every August, Andrea Heuston & her family had made it a tradition to go on vacation at the family's beach house. Five years ago, the trip had been planned as usual, only that this particular one was going to be different. It would remain ingrained in their memory forever. Andrea and her two sons found themselves in a burni…