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42 minutes | 8 days ago
Denelle Dixon, Stellar Development Foundation
Denelle Dixon, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of the Stellar Development Foundation, shared the story behind her title with us on Saturday, May 1st and Sunday, May 2nd, 2021.The Stellar Development Foundation is a non-profit organization using blockchain to unlock the world’s economic potential by making money more fluid, markets more open, and people more empowered.Before joining Stellar, Dixon served as COO of Mozilla, one of the most successful mission-driven open-source organizations. During her tenure at Mozilla, she led the organization’s business, revenue and policy teams including the ongoing fight for Net Neutrality and the global effort to ensure that people can control their personal data. She also pushed Mozilla to understand how to partner with commercial entities while staying true to its core mission of openness, innovation, and opportunity on the web. A lawyer by trade, Denelle previously served as a general counsel and legal advisor in private equity and technology.Throughout her career, Denelle has been a vocal advocate for net neutrality, encryption, the disclosure of vulnerabilities by governments, and greater user choice and control.SUE SAYS"In society today, particularly in the U.S., there are endless conversations around race, prejudice and inequality. For someone like Robin, who in her own words grew up privileged and white, she has a unique perspective because she experienced living in two worlds-one as a minority and one where all her peers looked the same. Robin's integrity and life experience has led her to walk the walk and purposefully contribute in areas that defend the rights of all people."
44 minutes | 16 days ago
Robin Lorenzini, The Lorenzini Family Foundation
Robin Lorenzini, President at Lorenzini Family Foundation, shared the story behind her title with us on Saturday, April 24th and Sunday, April 25th, 2021.Robin is an experienced Philanthropist and Community Builder with a successful record in, program design and leadership. She specializes in making connections that build community to improve businesses in the for profit and non-profit areas.SUE SAYS"In society today, particularly in the U.S., there are endless conversations around race, prejudice and inequality. For someone like Robin, who in her own words grew up privileged and white, she has a unique perspective because she experienced living in two worlds-one as a minority and one where all her peers looked the same. Robin's integrity and life experience has led her to walk the walk and purposefully contribute in areas that defend the rights of all people."
44 minutes | 22 days ago
Deborah Parenti, Radio Ink
Deborah Parenti, EVP & Publisher of Radio Ink, Radio & TV Business Report, and Podcast Business Journal, shared the story behind her title with us on Saturday, April 17th and Sunday, April 18th, 2021.Deborah has been EVP/Publisher of Radio Ink and Radio + Television Business Report since. She succeeded Eric Rhoads, chairman and founder of Radio Ink, at the helm of the publication which she established in 1992. She has also led the company’s radio conference division since 2007, including Forecast, the Hispanic Radio Conference, Convergence, and the Radio Ink Sports Conference.SUE SAYS35 years is a long time to work in one industry. But if you love what you do, you continue to learn and look for ways to be creative. That was certainly the case for Deborah Parenti who even found a way to use her love of food from her Italian heritage as an equalizer when dealing with colleagues and clients. Deborah is the finest example of the power behind leaders allowing others to feel valued and important!
45 minutes | a month ago
Colleen Cutcliffe, Pendulum Therapeutics
Colleen Cutcliffe, CEO & Co-Founder at Pendulum Therapeutics, shared the story behind her title with us on Saturday, April 10th and Sunday, April 11th, 2021.Colleen has over 15 years of experience leading and managing biology teams in academia, pharmaceuticals, and biotechnology. Prior to starting Pendulum, Colleen was the Senior Manager of Biology at Pacific Biosciences and a Scientist at Elan Pharmaceuticals. Colleen received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Johns Hopkins University and her B.A. in Biochemistry from Wellesley College.SUE SAYS"As a young girl growing up in the deep south to immigrant parents, Colleen's experience was not one of racism or discrimination. She recalls the lesson she learned from her parents was that every person, no matter their background, has the absolute power to chart their own course in life. She's taken these values of integrity, hard work and education and applied them directly to her company Pendulum. "
44 minutes | a month ago
Shy Averett, Microsoft
Shy Averett, Global Sr. Community Program and Events Manager for Microsoft, shared the story behind her title with us on Saturday, April 3rd and Sunday, April 4th, 2021.A serial philanthropist and Detroit native, Shy Averett serves as the Global Sr. Community Program and Events Manager for Microsoft in Redmond, Washington where she leads EDU & D & I Programming. She is tasked with strategically creating opportunities for advancement in underrepresented communities, educating the masses, and bringing forth ground-breaking solutions to problems in communities often forgotten.In 2017, Shy created Microsoft’s MANCODE Program to help underrepresented minority boys grow a passion for STEM related careers. Over the next few years, MANCODE would grow and develop into a program that not only teaches boys basic coding in areas such as C+ or HTML, but to also bring African American male mentors to teach and inspire attendees everywhere. By the end of 2020, almost 70,000 young boys across the US have gone through MANCODE program.SUE SAYS"Some of us go through life searching for our “calling.” Others find it early on, and spend their lives doing exactly that. Shy is certainly one of those people. At age 15 she became the youngest President of the NAACP in Michigan, and has been working to help others rise up ever since. Her story is a beautiful example of the power in being ” a little less selfish.”
88 minutes | a month ago
Elizabeth Neumann, Department of Homeland Security
Elizabeth Neumann, Former Deputy Chief of Staff and Assistant Secretary for The Department of Homeland Security and Counter Terrorism, shared the story behind her title with us on Saturday, March 27th and Sunday, March 28th, 2021.Elizabeth served in the Trump administration from 2017 to April 2020 as a senior advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to DHS Secretary John Kelly and Acting DHS Secretary Elaine Duke, and as DHS Assistant Secretary for Threat Prevention and Security Policy to DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, Acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan, and Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf. Starting in 2003, she served on the Homeland Security Council in the George W. Bush administration.This episode also features Terri Boyer, our Educational Partner, providing information about Villanova University Women’s Leadership Program!Sue Says"As a young girl, Elizabeth’s parents told her she could do or be anything she wanted in the world. This lesson was challenged when she heard a different message from some of her peers who felt that women were not meant to lead, but be in more supportive roles. This was not something Elizabeth would buy into, or follow, as she set out to make her way in Washington."
82 minutes | 2 months ago
Pavlina Osta, TV, Radio & Media Personality
Pavlina Osta, a vibrant compelling multi-media, social-media influencer, personality force, and Best-Selling Author of 20 Things Every Motivated 20 Something Should Know, shared the story behind her title with us on Saturday, March 20th and Sunday, March 21st, 2021.Pavlina, who is currently based in New York City, a Media Culture and the Arts graduate of King’s College, executes her dynamic abilities as a show content creator, host, and producer through the Salem Media Group and her own company’s projects, PAV Media LLC. Pavlina, a winner of many awards, has created, hosted, and produced shows since her first self-created radio talk show at age eleven when she was the winner of a five-time Gracie Award.Holding the Guinness World Record for “The Most Live Radio Interviews Conducted in 24 hours,” three hundred and forty- seven interviews to be exact. Pavlina has strong roots in speaking to Pop Culture and its plethora of newsmakers, having interviewed over six hundred celebrities to date, including Katie Couric, Shaquille O’Neal and Steve Forbes.Pavlina consistently appears on various TV, radio, podcast segments, and speaking engagement platforms such as Newsmax, NRB, and her recent podcast creation, “If God had a Podcast,” focused on “Improving You for a Better Us.” Pavlina also appears as the Host of “The Stand” TV show on BOLD TV.SUE SAYS"At 23, Pavlina Osta has accomplished more in her life than many adults! She had her own radio show at 11, has written a book and has her own Podcast called “If God Had a Podcast.” With her interest in helping the younger generation get to know themselves better in order to alleviate anxiety and depression, she is well on her way to making a name for herself through curiosity, high energy and a deep understanding that every person should walk their own path."
74 minutes | 2 months ago
Gina Bianchini, Mighty Networks
Gina Bianchini, Founder & CEO of Mighty Networks, shared the story behind her title with us on Saturday, March 13th and Sunday, March 14th, 2021.Gina ia an entrepreneur and investor. She is the Founder & CEO of Mighty Networks. Her mission at Mighty Networks is to usher in a new era of creative business built on community. Mighty Networks serves “creators with a purpose” selling experiences, relationships, and expertise to their members via community, content, online courses, and subscription commerce–all offered in one place under the creator’s brand.Gina has been featured on the cover of Fortune and Fast Company and in Wired, Vanity Fair, Bloomberg, and The New York Times. She has appeared on Charlie Rose, CNBC, and CNN.Sue Says"Gina’s mission at Mighty Networks is to usher in a new era of creative business built on community-serving “creators and brands with a purpose.” She envisions a platform where a brand can house all of its offerings in one place without its members ever leaving because this is where they want to engage. What seemed to give Gina the confidence to launch something in a highly competitive market is that she “always looked at herself as a leader.”
80 minutes | 2 months ago
JJ DiGeronimo, Tech Savvy Women
JJ DiGeronimo, Founder of Tech Savvy Women, shared the story behind her title with us on Saturday, March 6th and Sunday, March 7th, 2021.She is a featured columnist for Smart Business Magazine, a regular guest on TV and radio shows, and a preferred keynote speaker for many corporate events including Amazon, Symantec, Ingram Micro, Cisco, RIT, VMware, Nestle, WITI, Progressive, and KeyBank.Sue Says"JJ DiGeronimo is recognized as a thought-leader for women and girls in tech & STEM. Even with this recognition, her numerous requests to speak and after authoring two books, JJ shares she still has moments of questioning herself and her ability. We spoke about what it might take for women to be able to once and for all have a consistent belief in themselves. Great topic!"
82 minutes | 2 months ago
Mandy Price, Kanarys
Mandy Price, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Kanarys, shared the story behind her title with us on Saturday, February 27th, and Sunday, February 28th 2021!Kanarys is a technology platform that fosters collaboration between companies and employees to improve Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in the workplace and bring about lasting change. We help companies get the specific data and insights they need to diagnose, prioritize, and optimize DEI efforts by facilitating transparency and providing a safe, anonymous way for employees to let their voices be heard.SUE SAYS"Growing up in DeSoto TX and being one of only two black students at her school, Mandy recognized early on that there was a different perception of her because she looked different. After a 12 year career in law, Mandy decided it was time to do something actionable so she launched a company that helps organizations question the biases they’ve held, whether consciously or unconsciously, and commit to structurally change their systems."
81 minutes | 3 months ago
Sheba Fideler, Sheba Concept & Design
Sheba Fideler, Principal at Sheba Concept & Design, shared the story behind her title with us on Saturday, February 20th and Sunday, February 21st, 2021.In 1993 Sheba founded her graphic design, branding and marketing agency, Sheba Concept & Design. She has lead and executed successful branding efforts for clients including the Minnesota Children’s Museum, Abbott Northwestern Hospital Foundation, University of MN, 3M and Pepsi-Co.Sheba and her husband, Darren Ennis, launched their event production company, Sheba Productions, in 1996. Known for creating high-end, meticulous, creative and unexpected events that surprise and delight guests, including the ASID Showcase Home Tours, the Skyway Open (architect-designed mini-golf event through the Minneapolis skyways), the Taste! wine and food event at the TCF Stadium, the Magic 8 Ball fundraising event to name a few.Seeking to develop a company built on compassion and connections, Sheba partnered with Rosie DeSimone to launch BIG LOViE in May of 2019.
79 minutes | 3 months ago
Esther Kestenbaum, Ruby Has
Esther Kestenbaum, President & COO of Ruby Has, shared the story behind her title with us on Saturday, February 13th and Sunday, February 14th, 2021.Esther has held leadership and C-Suite roles within venture-backed e-commerce and retail technology companies for 20 years, including several exits – both acquisitions and IPOs. Prior to Ruby Has, Esther was CEO of DayOne, a baby and prenatal e-commerce, retail and B2B services company. Prior to that, she was founder and CEO of TheShops.TV, an e-commerce company leveraging QVC-style video. Esther has also held SVP and VP roles with retail marketing technology companies specializing in mobile, ad tech, and data analytics. She has a strong background in fundraising, corporate governance, and media relations, along with significant supply chain background and certifications such as Six Sigma Black Belt and the APICS CPIM certification.
79 minutes | 3 months ago
Emma Isaacs & Summer Watson
Emma Isaacs, Founder and Global CEO of Business Chicks, and Summer Watson, British Classical Crossover Artist, shared the stories behind their titles with us on January 30th and January 31st, 2021 for our monthly Double Dose of Inspiration show.Emma is a career entrepreneur, a home birthing CEO, a prankster and a fierce friend. For 15 years now, she has been talking to women about their lives and their challenges. Emma has been lucky enough to work with some extraordinary people like Sir Richard Branson, Elizabeth Gilbert, Diane von Furstenberg, Seth Godin, Arianna Huffington, Kate Hudson and many more.A big voice with an even bigger heart, soprano Summer is a singer on a mission. The chart-topping international vocalist aims to inspire as well as entertain. “Go for your dreams and never give up” is the message of this world class classical crossover artist. Having beaten breast cancer and survived a deadly train crash she knows all too well the setbacks that challenge us in life.
80 minutes | 4 months ago
Suzanne Yoon, Kinzie Capital Partners
Suzanne Yoon, the Founder and Managing Partner of Kinzie Capital Partners, shared the story behind her title with us on Saturday, January 23rd, and Sunday, January 24th, 2021.Suzanne oversees the firm’s investments and operational activities. Suzanne’s philosophy of combining operational excellence with technological innovation separates Kinzie from other capital providers and seeks impactful and sustained growth for investors.Prior to founding Kinzie Suzanne was a Managing Director at Versa Capital Management, LLC, where she led transaction development throughout North America. In 2013, she received the “40 Under 40 Dealmakers Award” from The M&A Advisor for her work. Prior to Versa, Suzanne was a Senior Vice President at CIT Group, co-founded LaSalle Bank/ABN AMRO’s Corporate Restructuring Group and held positions in distressed loan portfolio management and turnaround advisory at LaSalle Bank and Ernst and Young’s Restructuring Advisory Group, respectively.SUE SAYS"Growing up with parents who immigrated from South Korea and were determined to provide a better life for their children was one of the greatest experiences Suzanne had as a young girl. Tragically, Suzanne's father, a successful entrepreneur was murdered during a robbery when she was 10 years old. How did that experience shape your view of the world, I asked her. To fully understand we have no control over many things in life, but can always move forward."
80 minutes | 4 months ago
Cherie Burton, Women Seeking Wholeness
Cherie Burton, Speaker, Author, Host of Women Seeking Wholeness, shared the story behind her title with us on Sunday, January 17, 2021.For decades, Cherie battled feelings of shame, insignificance & depression. She has a family pedigree riddled with addiction & mental illness. As a 20-something new mom, Cherie said goodbye to her firstborn—a girl—when she was 4 days old, which launched her into a major depressive episode that could have ended my life. Cherie later earned a psych degree and became a counselor at a behavioral facility, a psychiatric hospital, and an addiction recovery center. She would also visit siblings who were patients in these places; places that it became abundantly clear to her didn’t hold the big healing picture.SUE SAYSCherie describes herself as a Divine Feminine Scholar. She has come to this place of “knowing” through her own life experience dealing with trauma, mental illness, and loss. Those who suffer loss Cherie believes are the ones who heal more easily because they become more connected to the balance of the feminine male balance that the planet has been missing. A fascinating conversation with a very intuitive woman!
82 minutes | 4 months ago
Myoshia Boykin-Anderson, AndTech Solutions
Myoshia Boykin Anderson, CEO & President of AndTech Solutions, LLC., shared the story behind her title with us on Sunday, January 10, 2021.Myoshia is an IT Professional with over 17 years of experience as a Project Manager and Business (Systems) Analyst with an emphasis on Healthcare: Plan Administration, Healthcare Informatics, Medical Management, Risk Adjustment, Business Intelligence (reporting, query and analysis, dashboards and visualization) and Information Management (data analysis, data integration, data quality management, metadata management).SUE SAYSListening to the wisdom of Myoshia is like listening to that small voice inside that we don’t always pay attention to. Fortunately, she did. Myoshia is a perfect example of the power in knowing that our life can truly be what we decide it will be. She came from very little and created a life of abundance, both financially and spiritually, for the sake of her daughter.
80 minutes | 4 months ago
Judith Guido, Guido & Associates
Judith Guido, Chairwoman & Founder of Guido & Associates, shared the story behind her title with us on Sunday, January 3, 2021.Guido & Associates, a Business Management company working in the areas of Strategy, Processes/Systems, Research, Sales, Marketing/PR, Branding, Social Media, Mergers/Acquisitions, Green and Sustainable Markets, Women and Boomer Markets, focuses on helping organizations grow their people and profits.SUE SAYSOn July 5, 2017, Judy Guido was randomly attacked by a psychotic landscaper who was working at her home at the time. He chased and struck her multiple times with an axe. She survived the horrific incident through what she describes as spontaneously using her strategic and execution abilities as an advisor, and has since recovered from a brain injury. Judy is remarkable in many ways, but what I see in her is a mental and emotional toughness that we all could use.
81 minutes | 4 months ago
Heather Kernahan, Hotwire Global
Heather Kernahan, CEO, North America at Hotwire Global, shared the story behind her title with us on Sunday, December 27, 2020.Heather has spent her entire career immersed in technology, and moved over to Hotwire from Eastwick Communications after its acquisition in 2016. She is now President, North America for Hotwire. As well as agency experience she has a wide range of in-house knowledge. At Autodesk, Heather focused on integrated brand communications and led the development of the company’s first sustainability report. As Enphase Energy’s global marketing director, she played an integral role in Enphase’s successful IPO and aggressive expansion into Europe.Heather is a fierce advocate and practitioner of integrated marketing and believes deeply that customers are at the heart of successful communications strategies. A published author, she also holds an MBA from Dominican University.This episode also features an exciting update on our previous guest Mary Cantando! Learn all about what she’s been up to since our interview with her.SUE SAYSMy conversation with Heather was like sitting down with a friend talking about life. Heather shared candidly the story of growing up without her Dad in her life, and how watching her Mom do what she needed to do to take care of her, was the greatest lesson in how to be independent. Heather is the finest example of what comes when you set goals for yourself and stay dedicated to what brings you joy.
83 minutes | 5 months ago
Katie Fehlinger, Former CBS Meteorologist
Katie Fehlinger, Former Meteorologist for CBS, Author, Speaker and Content Creator, shared the story behind her title with us on Sunday, December 20, 2020.Up until September 2019, Philadelphians woke up to Katie Fehlinger delivering the weather forecast on CBS3 Eyewitness News This Morning. But the 2:45 A.M. alarm eventually wore out its shelf life and Katie decided to take the biggest leap of her life. She left what many would consider a dream job as meteorologist in the #4 market to pursue her true version of happiness – the freedom to make her own schedule.Now, she’s channeling her talents into multiple pursuits: as a burgeoning author, public speaker and through entrepreneurial ventures, including helping beginner video creators become on-camera and production rockstars.Before switching professional focus and leaving KYW-TV, Katie made stops at WCBS in New York, AccuWeather Inc., and WLVT as a reporter/producer. She’s worked as a regular game day meteorologist for several regional Fox Sports Networks, NESN, YES, and the Big Ten Network. She also appeared on a host of other major networks including ESPN, ABC, FOX News, FOX Business and Bloomberg. In addition to her television resume, Katie has worked extensively in radio, the highlights of which include a multi-year run as KYW Newsradio’s AM drive meteorologist and as newsbreak anchor for Talk Radio 1210 WPHT.Katie is also the extremely proud mother of 4-year-old twin daughters and solo-produces content for her thriving DIY YouTube channel.This episode also features an exciting update on our previous guest Melissa Davey! Learn all about what she’s been up to since our interview with her.SUE SAYSKatie’s decision to walk away from a successful TV career was not one that came easily. As she said herself, “Being fearless is terrifying!” The irony is that at the root of fearlessness is simply being yourself, and when you’re able to do that, everything else in life becomes easier. Katie is now blissfully in her happy place!
80 minutes | 5 months ago
Angelou Ezeilo, Greening Youth Foundation
Angelou Ezeilo, Founder & CEO of the Greening Youth Foundation, shared the story behind her title with us on Sunday, December 13, 2020.The Greening Youth Foundation’s (GYF) mission is to engage under-represented youth and young adults while connecting them to the outdoors and careers in conservation. GYF’s cultural-based environmental education program engages children from local communities and exposes them to healthy lifestyle choices in order to create an overall healthy community.Angelou’s love for the environment stretches far back to when she was a little girl who had the chance to escape the dense urban streets of Jersey City, New Jersey, to summer in upstate New York.After a brief stint of practicing law, it was through her work as a Legal Specialist for the New Jersey State Agriculture and Development Committee that Angelou embarked upon a career as an environmentalist.This episode also features an exciting update on our previous guest Mary Cantando! Learn all about what she’s been up to since our interview with her.SUE SAYSAngelou fell in love with nature as a young girl running around the woods of upstate NY on family vacations. What she realized early on was the power that nature had to bring life and happiness to all those who ventured into it. Now she is on a mission to bring this awareness to people of color who typically do not have the opportunity to learn that conservation can be a career path.
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