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Freeman Means Business

Freeman Means Business

By Susan Freeman
We help women in business communicate effectively with the world -- and men communicate effectively with women in business!

"Freeman Means Business” podcasts serve to raise awareness about the great things incredible people in business are doing to serve others. We write about the podcasts on the blog on the website and then with social media.
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Freeman Means Business

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Wonder Woman in Business, Mridu Parikh
Ready to get control of your demands and distractions so you wake up with a plan and feel less overwhelmed? Then you need Mridu Parikh on speed dial. As the creator of Life Is Organized, Mridu has helped working women increase billable time from one to five hours a day, create a routine to shed 15 pounds, and save 10 hours a week on emails and texts. She’s also been known to decrease overwhelm from a level 10 to a level 5 in just three sessions. Mridu’s strategies on streamlining tasks and mastering habits have been featured in The Huffington Post, US News & World Report, and Real Simple. With half her career in corporate and half in entrepreneurship, she’s an expert in ditching stress – in the boardroom or in the home office. When she’s not wrangling a list or schedule, you can usually find this former professional organizer with her two teens and one husband in Nashville (albeit inseparable from her 917 NY number) enjoying milk chocolate in one hand and red wine in the other.
October 22, 2020
Wonder Woman in Business, Rika Nakazawa
Rika Nakazawa is a senior executive, entrepreneur, investor in, and frequent public speaker on, technology-powered business transformation.  She is also Vice President and Client Partner at Conduent, a $4B revenue global BPO provider to Fortune 100 companies, and is also the Founder and CEO of BoardSeatMeet, Inc. a Silicon Valley, social impact venture, focusing on diversifying the board room by empowering women to build and leverage social capital with modern technology.  BoardSeatMeet's mission is to deliver the “High-Performance Board Room of Tomorrow”. Trilingual in Japanese, German, and English, Rika grew up in Japan and moved to the US initially to attend Princeton University.  Rika has since worked internationally over two decades in senior executive roles in strategy, business development, and marketing with Fortune 500 companies - NVIDIA, Sony, Accenture, American Express - and Silicon Valley startups.    She is a technology industry veteran and has served on multiple venture boards in next-generation computing and artificial intelligence ecosystems. Throughout her career, Rika has been an avid advocate for advancing diversity leadership in governance, technology, and business across industry verticals and global dimensions.  And she is particularly passionate about deepening the intersection of human and digital paradigms through transformational innovation and the pursuit of purpose-driven collaboration.
October 16, 2020
Wonder Woman in Business, Emily Alexander
Emily Alexander is an experienced litigator and trial attorney. She has represented business clients as both plaintiffs and defendants in partnership and contract disputes, negligence and malpractice actions, intellectual property and securities fraud claims, and antitrust and regulatory matters. Ms. Alexander graduated from Fordham Law School, Order of the Coif, and clerked for the Honorable Lawrence M. McKenna of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. She is a member of both the New York and California bar.
October 12, 2020
Wonder Woman in Business, Dina DiGiorgio
In her own words: For 27  years, I have practiced as an attorney and mediator in my own boutique law practice specializing exclusively in Divorce, Family Law, and Mediation.  I focus on clients’ objectives and critical issues, unravel complicated finances and entanglements, and problem-solve to reach beneficial resolutions.  My clients choose me to be their ally to navigate complicated divorce matters—because of my deep experience and commitment to understand their goals and to avoid protracted and unnecessary litigation. I leverage my extensive knowledge of the law, litigation experience, and mediator training to help identify the bottlenecks that prevent agreement and craft innovative approaches and solutions to bring resolution without the cost, time, and emotional toll of lengthy litigation.  I understand that each client has individualized needs and objectives, and while reaching a fair financial agreement is essential, divorce is an emotional process, and other things such as maintaining strong relationships with children and moving on with your life are often just as important.  I work with my clients to achieve a resolution that will allow them to enter into their next chapter.  When necessary, I am a tenacious advocate for my clients both at the mediation table and in the courtroom. As a trained mediator, I am able to simplify complicated issues and focus in on the ones blocking resolution. By understanding the motivations of each party and helping them to separate emotions from their decisions, I  bring parties together to reach an agreement—even under the most challenging and contentious circumstances. For 8  years, I proudly served as Councilwoman in the Town of North Hempstead, representing Port Washington and Manhasset.  During my tenure, similar to my private law practice, I was a fearless advocate who stood up for what I believed and, at the same time, developed relationships and collaborated with others to reach resolutions and move forward. I am a member of the Matrimonial and Family Law Committees of the New York State Bar Association and the Nassau County Bar Association and I am also a member of the New York State Council on Divorce Mediation. I participate regularly in peer-group discussions with financial professionals, mediators, and attorneys where I  promote and discuss utilizing a team approach to mediation as an alternative to litigation for high net worth divorcing couples. I leverage this network and expertise to benefit my clients.
October 12, 2020
Wonder Woman in Business, Katy Goshtasbi
Katy Goshtasbi is a change and branding expert and founder of Puris Consulting. She works with entrepreneurs, executives, and organizations on growing, in size and profits, by mastering change and developing brands that get their message out effectively. The results include happier, more productive employees, reduced stress, attracting better clients, and more revenues. Katy practiced securities law for over 14 years.
October 7, 2020
Wonder Woman in Business, Carmella Glover
Carmella Glover joined Page as the Director of DE&I in August of 2020 and has been Executive Director of the Diversity Action Alliance since July of 2019. In her role, she provides strategic direction for Page’s DE&I initiatives and oversees the operations, programs, finances, and strategic plan of the Diversity Action Alliance (DAA). The DAA is a cross-industry coalition led by communications trade organizations with a mission of accelerating progress in the achievement of meaningful and tangible results in diversity, equity, and inclusion in the field. Glover brings 10 years of corporate experience from L’Oréal USA, Procter & Gamble, and Johnson & Johnson where she worked on and led manufacturing, supply chain, and communications teams. Before transitioning into diversity work, Glover was in operations, designing an organizational strategy for and leading a team of supply chain managers at L’Oréal U.S.A., where she was responsible for overseeing the successful launch of luxury skincare products resulting in $100+ million in new sales annually. While at L’Oréal, Glover led a capital avoidance project in the fine fragrance manufacturing department, saving the organization $1.5 million in spending, improved the speed-to-market of skincare products, and restructured the launch management department to improve efficiency and productivity of launch managers. Other operations in her purview included internal communications for intranet newsletters and blog posts. In May of 2019, Glover was the recipient of the Logos Institute Rising Leader Award and a keynote speaker at the New York University School of Professional Studies May 2019 commencement. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology and a Master of Science degree in Public Relations from New York University. Glover is an active member of Newark’s Beta Alpha Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, wherein she exercises her passion for diversity initiatives and philanthropy. She resides in North Jersey with her husband and daughter.
October 6, 2020
Wonder Woman in Business, Hilary Bendon
Hilary Bendon has a passion for empowering people to transform conflict into opportunity. She believes in focusing on the human side of things and knows there is never only one right answer. Using her decades of experience studying conflict and the underlying causes, she empowers companies, teams and individuals to forge a productive path forward.
October 2, 2020
Wonder Woman in Business, Eleanor Carey
Elea Carey is a native of Memphis, Tennessee, where I was raised in the sixties and seventies by a mom from a migrant working family and a dad who was the descendent of Mississippi's political elite. They offered us a marvelously radical education and rare insights into social justice movements from an early age. My work has always been in how to best communicate and has ranged from writing and editing to large scale communications campaigns. I've also produced vinyl records, counseled incarcerated military troops, and served as the longtime writing coach for an author on Florida's death row. Most of my current work is in supporting public transit in their communications during these challenging pandemic times--I tend to take up causes others might call "lost," and I relish finding opportunity in crisis. I have also worked extensively in a tech startup and venture and early-stage investing, including focusing on out-of-the-box initiatives like Bee Partners' voting rights campaign.
October 2, 2020
Wonder Woman in Business, Carol Ross-Burnett
Carol Ross-Burnett is CEO of CRB Global LLCoffering diversity, equity and inclusion (“DEI”) consulting, advising and coaching to individuals, groups and organizations. She most recently served as Senior Advisor, Diversity & Inclusion (“D&I”) Strategic Partnerships at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, LLP, a full-service, global law firm with eleven offices in the U.S. and four international offices. In that position, she worked closely with executive leadership; partners; professional, administrative and support staff; clients and other external constituents to collaborate and partner around D&I. Ms. Ross-Burnett was originally hired with director-level responsibilities for Sheppard Mullin’s nascent diversity and inclusion initiatives, a role that she held for ten years. During that time, she helped to position Sheppard Mullin as a D&I thought leader in the legal profession. The firm now regularly earns top client awards and law firm rankings for D&I, including a preeminent industry award in 2019. Ms. Ross-Burnett was awarded the firm’s 2020 Diversity & Inclusion Award for her outstanding leadership and contributions. Before joining Sheppard Mullin, Ms. Ross-Burnett was a law school assistant dean of career services and multicultural affairs, and principal in her first consulting practice. She is a seasoned speaker, experienced trainer and workshop facilitator, and published author who has served in DEI leadership roles with many local, state and national associations and organizations. These include the Association of Law Firm Diversity Professionals, the American Bar Association, the California State Bar, the Los Angeles County Bar, and the National Association for Law Placement. She currently serves on the board of California LAW Pathways, a statewide diversity pipeline program that provides instruction and guidance to underrepresented students through high school, community college, undergraduate school, and as they enter law school. A woman of many talents, Ms. Ross-Burnett is also a singer, songwriter and music producer who holds an annual workshop in Los Angeles for singers, songwriters, authors and speakers; she also hosts workshops for women. In addition to speaking and writing in the area of diversity, equity and inclusion, she will shortly earn the top designation of Distinguished Toastmaster, and her publications include stories in the Chicken Soup for the African American Soul and Chicken Soup for the African American Woman’s Soul books.. A lifelong learner, Ms. Ross-Burnett recently began her doctoral studies in Organizational Change & Leadership at the University of Southern California. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and also holds a 60-unit master's degree in counseling with honors from San Francisco State University. She received a certificate of completion from the Leadership Development in Interethnic Relations (LDIR) community program in Los Angeles, and recently completed a training intensive for professional coaches.
September 29, 2020
Wonder Woman in Business, Rebecca Cohen
Rebecca P. Cohen is Founder of, the curated peer hub that connects caring people 1:1 by phone and in small groups online to share knowledge and life experience during challenging circumstances and transitions. Rebecca has been featured as a Mom Boss in the Washington, DC area and is also the founder of and author of the parenting book Fifteen Minutes Outside: 365 Ways to Get Out of the House and Connect with Your Kids and children's book, PJ's Backyard Adventures. Rebecca has worked with over 6,000 children around the world in making outdoor connections for a healthier life. Her work has appeared in USA Today, Better Home and Gardens, Parenting, Redbook, Working Mother, Family Circle, and Backyard Solutions.
September 25, 2020
Wonder Woman in Business, Meghan Lundeen
Meghan Lundeen is an entrepreneur that has started four businesses.  She is also an HR Business Partner for a Fortune 100 company with a passion for all things talent and leveraging talent to compete in an ever-changing business landscape. Her background is in communications and she’s supported the CIO and CFO’s of a Fortune 100 company as a communication consultant. Meghan started her professional career in the news business, working in Peoria, IL, followed by a top 40 market in South Carolina.  She left the news business to work for a federally funded Housing Authority. After a short time, she became the Director of Business Development & Marketing for the Housing Authority, where she founded the Access to Resource and Referral Opportunities, also known as the ARRO program, all while leading strategy and implementation of the authority’s first public image campaign. Meghan graduated from Illinois State University with a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication. She has a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership with an emphasis on Human Resource Management from Colorado State University. She was in the 2010 class of 40 Leaders Under 40, and is a recipient of the Prescott E. Bloom Distinguished Service award. Meghan co-chairs the self-reliance grant review team for Heart of Illinois United Way, founded the Tri-County Interagency Council, helped launch Emerging Philanthropists of Central Illinois within the Community Foundation, and more.  Meghan is a past president of the Board of Directors for Peoria Friendship House and the former chair of the Board for Methodist College. She also led a fundraiser for several years to rappel off historic buildings for Peoria Friendship House, where she humbly served on the Board for six years. Meghan lives for her husband, two girls, and any international travel she can possibly squeeze in.  This January, she went to her 15th country and has a long list of locations she’s working on as soon as Covid-19 is over.
September 18, 2020
Wonder Woman in Business, janet Miller Evans
Janet Miller Evans, MPA, PCC, EQCC, is Founder and CEO of Entevos, an international coaching and professional services company. She shares her knowledge gained from diverse business, professional, and personal experiences to empower leaders to build trust. She guides teams to productive collaboration, business owners to increased profits, and organizations to make diversity, equity, and inclusion a normalized part of their culture. Recognized as a thought leader in business and her community leader, Janet is known for achieving results through effective strategic planning, coaching winning teams, building excellent client relationships, and her collaborative negotiation skills. Janet has coached clients in 28 different countries. She has bee a featured speaker on many live learning sessions, panel discussions, podcasts, and conferences. Janet is a Certified Professional Coach with the International Coach Federation (ICF) and is a certified Emotional Intelligence Coach with Six Seconds. She will receive her Certified Team Coach certification from the Global Team Coaching Institute and EMCC certification in the fall of 2020. Her previous corporate experience includes leadership and management roles at Fortune 100 companies, FedEx, IBM, UPS, and Comcast. Janet was the first Black female District Sales Manager for FedEx. She quickly progressed up the ranks from starting as an Account Executive to District Sales Manager, National Accounts Manager, Global Account Manager, and Regional Sales Manager. She held the leadership role of Project Executive with IBM, responsible for teams delivering operations and sales services to her clients. Janet has led teams of over 150 employees in sales, marketing, and service delivery. She attained target sales revenue goals of 450 million dollars, managed P&Ls of two million dollars. Janet received excellent reviews for fostering successful client experiences, delivery on key performance indices, as well as many sales and leadership honors, and recognition. She earned Fed Ex National Account Manager of the year and achieved five President’s Club awards. Janet is a Member of the Advisory Board for Oji Life Labs and Board Member for The Gratitude Network. She volunteers as a Coach for How Women Lead, Women Leaders for the World Cohort, and Network Leader for Six Seconds. Professional memberships include International Coach Federation (ICF), The Club of Silicon Valley, Her pastimes are hiking, bike riding, hanging out at the beach, reading, swimming, and travel. Janet is married and has two daughters.
September 18, 2020
Wonder Woman in Business, Lindsey Nehls
Lindsey Nehls is an Executive Coach and Leadership Development Trainer. She brings the perspective and understanding of what it is like to sit in the seat and be in the board room. Lindsey was previously an executive and an SVP of Sales where she scaled sales organizations - created the vision, culture, and go-to-market strategy, developed sales talent, and established effective processes to drive success. Over her tenure, she has successfully managed turnarounds increasing sales by 1000%, led $200 million business units, and delivered a billion dollars in enterprise sales. Lindsey has also helped lead two successful company acquisitions and is an expert in change management and communication. Lindsey is a Harvard Business School and Middlebury College alumna. She is certified in New Ventures West Coaching to Excellence, DISC, Booth, and Center for Creative Leadership 360 assessments. When she is not with her clients, she is mountain biking, skiing, and spending time with her family.
September 17, 2020
Wonder Woman in Business, Monique Burt Williams
Monique Burt Williams is the Chief Executive Officer of Cadence Counsel, a certified Women’s Business Enterprise and sister corporation to both Lateral Link and Bridgeline Solutions. She is deeply committed to helping corporations and other organizations diversify their in-house legal divisions as they strive to reflect a global economy. Monique formerly worked for a prominent boutique litigation firm, and was subsequently asked to join the legal services division of a global workforce solutions company.  While there, she created a consulting practice to address the various concerns of corporate law departments: legal operations and administration, playbook development and outside counsel management, cost containment, permanent and interim search, talent development, diversity and inclusion initiatives, and remote workforce management.  Immediately prior to joining Cadence Counsel, Monique directed national business and strategy development for one of the largest privately held legal outsourcing providers in the country. She earned a B.A. with honors from the University of Michigan, and her J.D. (Order of the Barristers) from the Indiana University Mauer School of Law.  In addition, she studied International Business Transactions at the Université de Paris – Panthéon-Sorbonne in Paris, France.
September 14, 2020
Wonder Woman in Business, Neha Sampat
Neha Sampat, Esq. is CEO and founder of GenLead|BelongLab, where she focuses on building belonging and true inclusion. Through consulting, training, speaking, and coaching, she helps organizations create peak‐performance, inclusive teams by addressing hidden barriers to belonging, such as internalized bias, unconscious bias, generational diversity, distrust in teams, and wellness challenges. She is a nationally sought-after expert on disrupting Imposter Syndrome and runs the top-rated “Owning Your Value” program to develop inclusive leadership. Neha’s insights have been featured in numerous publications, including Time Magazine, Thrive Global, ABA Journal, and News India Times. Neha holds BAs in Sociology and Political Science from University of Illinois at Urbana‐Champaign, obtained her JD from UC Berkeley School of Law, holds a Certificate in Graduate Applied Psychology, and is certified in Hogan Assessments. Neha works across industry, from Pixar to Perkins Coie LLP, and UC Berkeley to City of San Leandro. Neha also relishes her role as mama to her two kiddos. You can read more of Neha’s insights at, follow her on TW/IG/FB at @belonglab, and reach her directly at
September 5, 2020
Wonder Woman in Business, Kristina Tsipouras Miller
Kristina Tsipouras Miller is a 35-year-old serial Entrepreneur, born and raised in the greater Boston area. Kristina’s Father immigrated to Boston from Greece in his 20’s to open up a dry-cleaning business in Newton. Kristina learned hard work ethic at a young age while working in her Father’s store. Today, Kristina is known as the proud Founder & leader of the largest networking group for women in New England with over 26,000 members and over the last five years has grown both a six and a seven-figure business. She too, has a failure under her belt that she learned many lessons from her first start-up, a herbal Greek Mountain iced-tea beverage that she launched at the age of 24. Kristina has created and executed two successful sold-out Boston Business Women conferences hosting over 1,000 women in Boston bringing speakers to stage from Arianna Huffington to the Former CEO of Soul Cycle, Editor in Chief of SELF Magazine, Carol Fulp, Kip Hollister and many more. She has also Founded & scaled her consumer goods product company, Moroccan Magic Clean Beauty on a bootstrapped budget with just a team of two, to over seven figures, available in 25,000+ stores nationwide from Walgreens, CVS, Bed Bath & Beyond, Target, Wegmans, Walmart, Stop & Shop and many more retailers nationwide. Her brand has received national press, beauty awards and was even tweeted about by Steve Wozniak, naming Moroccan Magic, ‘the best lip balm he has ever tried.’ Kristina is also a published author, a Huffington Post blogger, volunteer at Build Boston & the MSPCA and recently was honored as Boston Business Journals 40 Under 40 and her alma madders Alumni of the year in 2019. Kristina has been featured in publications from The Boston Globe, to Forbes & USA Today and has spoken on several panels at Google, the Metrowest Conference for Women & many more.
August 30, 2020
Wonder Woman in Business, Shawn Edwards
Shawn Edwards’ professional career began in the U.S. Navy as a Data Processing Technician. Upon honorable discharge, she held various technical positions while attending college and law school. Shawn now has over eighteen years of experience in managing complex litigation and technology projects. She specializes in strategic planning and management of large eDiscovery projects and developing appropriate solutions. Her expertise includes data retrieval and reconciliation and the design and maintenance of electronic discovery systems. In addition, Shawn specializes in facilitating processes, policies, procedures and automated workflows enhancing the quality of work product and controlling expenses. Shawn began Parent Coordination and Parent Facilitation services in 2011 and started teaching CLE courses in 2012 to train other professionals in cooperative parenting using Parent Coordinators or Facilitators. Shawn has a variety of interests including running, cooking for family gatherings, watching Premier League Soccer, sampling varieties of Scotch and recently took up baking pastries. She earned her JD from South Texas College of Law, her BA from the University of West Florida and is admitted to the Texas Bar.
August 23, 2020
Wonder Woman in Business, Robin Hauser
Robin Hauser is the director and producer of cause-based documentary films at Finish Line Features and President of Unleashed Productions.  Robin’s award-winning film, CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap, premiered at Tribeca Film Festival 2015, and has caught the attention of the international tech industry and of policymakers and educators in Washington, DC and abroad.  Robin’s most recent documentary, bias, explores unconscious bias and how it affects us socially and in the workplace.  She delivered a TED talk about the impact of unconscious bias on artificial intelligence, and is a frequent speaker at major conferences on topics including diversity and inclusion, the importance of ethical AI and gender equality.  Robin has been featured in international publications: Forbes, Fortune, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Fast Company, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, USA Today, Wired, Marie Claire, San Francisco Business Times and has appeared on Bloomberg TV, CNN, NPR, CNBC.
August 20, 2020
Wonder Women in Business Ally, Dr. Mario Paz
Originally from El Salvador, Dr. Paz moved to southern California, with his wife Linda, shortly after graduation from the Eastman Dental Center at the University of Rochester, New York. He joined the orthodontic community and established a private practice in Beverly Hills followed by one in Marina del Rey. Believing that people prefer to minimize the orthodontic process, Dr. Paz specialized in Lingual braces, placed behind the teeth, where they don’t show. When Invisalign was introduced to SoCal he was one of the first orthodontists to jump on board. Dr. Paz is internationally known for practicing Lingual braces and is a Platinum Invisalign orthodontist. Today Dr. Paz practices in a single office location, Marina del Rey, the community where he lives. On weekends one may find Dr. Paz fishing (his passion!), barbecuing Brazilian style meats or walking on the strand with his dog Rudy. Dr. Paz and Linda have two adult daughters. Each year Dr. Paz donates several Phase I orthopedic-orthodontic treatment cases to local schools to aid in their fund raising. Education: Dr. Paz graduated from the University of Rochester, Rochester, New York with a Masters in Dental Science. He received a Certificate of Proficiency in Orthodontics with special training in Lingual Orthodontics, and completed a fellowship in Temporomandibular/jaw Disorder. Dr. Paz completed his General Dentistry Residency at Eastman Dental Center, Rochester, New York and has had special training in the treatment of children with cleft palate and other craniofacial anomalies. Dr. Paz holds memberships in: American Dental Association (ADA) American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) American Lingual Orthodontic Association, past President (ALOA) European Society of Lingual Orthodontics (ESLO) World Society of Lingual Orthodontics, Founding Member (WSLO) Western Los Angeles Dental Association Sociedad Ibero-Americana de Ortodoncia Lingual (SIAOL) Dr. Paz specializes in early treatment for children, fixed self-ligating labial braces, Lingal braces and the Invisalign system. His goal is to provide the best orthodontic care for an exceptional orthodontic result.
August 17, 2020
Wonder Woman in Business, Terri Givens
Terri E. Givens is a CEO/Founder, Political Scientist and a consultant to educational technology companies and educational institutions. In February of 2019 she founded The Center for Higher Education Leadership, a portal for professional development for higher education administrators. She was the Provost of Menlo College from July 2015 to June 2018. From the Fall of 2003 until the Spring of 2015 she was a Professor in the Government Department at the University of Texas at Austin where she also served as Vice Provost for International Activities and Undergraduate Curriculum from 2006 to 2009, Director of the Robert S. Strauss Center’s European Union Center of Excellence, and Co-Director of the Longhorn Scholars Program.  She founded and directed the Center for European Studies and the France-UT Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies from 2004-2006. She was a faculty member in the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington from 1999 to 2003. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her B.A. from Stanford University. She is the author/editor of several books on immigration policy, European politics and security, including Voting Radical Right in Western Europe, Immigration Policy and Securityand Immigrant Politics: Race and Representation in Western Europe. Her most recent book is Legislating Equality: The Politics of Antidiscrimination Policy in Europe (Oxford University Press, May 2014). Her textbook, Immigration in the 21st Century was published in May of 2020 (Routledge). Her most recent book is, Radical Empathy: Finding a Path to Bridging Racial Divides is scheduled for publication in February 2021 (advance excerpts are available). A popular speaker, blogger and social media enthusiast, Terri is very active in the community as a member of several nonprofit boards and is a fitness enthusiast.
August 14, 2020
Wonder Woman in Business, Alma Uldedaj
Alma Uldedaj is currently an Assistant Vice President with Deutsche Bank in Jacksonville, FL where she works as a corporate banking attorney. Alma previously worked as a global markets attorney, residential real estate and banking attorney in New York.  She is an active participant in Deutsche Bank’s Employee Resource Groups. She is the Co-Treasurer for the Multi Cultural Partnership and is a Committee Member for the Americas Diversity and Inclusion Council. She previously served as a mentor at the Tiger Academy Charter School in Jacksonville, FL. She also served as the Vice President of the New Albanian Generation Organization in Bronx, NY. Alma was born in Shkodër, Albania and immigrated to the United States in her early 20’s, settling in New York City. She obtained a Bachelor’s degree from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and earned her Juris Doctor from Hofstra University School of Law. She is admitted to practice law in New York. Alma enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, volunteering, painting, playing volleyball and soccer.
August 13, 2020
Wonder Woman in Business, Julie Baker
Julie Baker is Sr. Counsel, Employment Litigation for Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL).  JLL is a Fortune 500 professional services firm that specializes in real estate and investment management.  In her role, Julie manages the Company’s employment litigation across the United States.  This includes developing case strategy, managing outside counsel in lawsuits and agency charges, conducting internal investigations, and advising business partners to mitigate litigation risk. Prior to working at JLL, Julie worked at Jones Day representing a wide variety of employers in labor and employment matters.  She graduated with her B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.  Although she has returned to her beloved Chicago (or at least a nearby suburb), Julie bounced around for a number of years – almost 5 years in London as a kid, a semester abroad in Santiago, Chile during college, and 2 years living and teaching fourth grade in Brownsville, Texas as a Teach for America corps member. Julie and her husband, John, are busy raising their two daughters to be adventurous, open-minded, and empathetic.
August 2, 2020
Keep Calm & Cope Coronacast EPISODE 17 / July 31, 2020: Addressing the -isms
Keep Calm & Cope Coronacast with Lindsay Griffiths, Marcie Shunk, Susan Freeman & Katie Barnard Some challenges we face at this time include: Loss of structure, support systems, routine (coping mechanisms) Social isolation Judgmental attitudes, self-righteous sentiments and criticism The politicizing of the virus Separating fact from fiction We will focus on coping mechanisms and feelings, such as: Anger Fear Impatience Emotional eating Obsession/compulsion Distraction Disruption Loneliness Helplessness Kids with anxiety Feelings of failure Financial insecurity
July 31, 2020
Wonder Women in Business Ally, Ari Kaplan
Ari Kaplan, an attorney and legal industry analyst, is an inaugural Fastcase 50 honoree, a fellow of the College of Law Practice Management, and a finalist for the International Legal Technology Association’s Thought Leader of the Year award. He is the author of Reinventing Professional Services: Building Your Business in the Digital Marketplace (Wiley, 2011) and The Opportunity Maker: Strategies for Inspiring Your Legal Career Through Creative Networking and Business Development (West Academic, 2nd Ed. 2016). Kaplan serves as the principal researcher for a variety of widely distributed benchmarking reports, has been the keynote speaker for events worldwide, and is the founder of the Lawcountability® business development software platform and iPhone app. He is an avid swimmer, a self-taught, beginner-level python coder, and a two-time Ironman triathlon finisher.
July 26, 2020
Wonder Woman, Asra Nadeem
Asra Nadeem is a speaker and investor, who is passionate about artificial intelligence. As the President at Draper U, Asra has invested invests in early stage companies. DraperU alumni have raised $250M+ in investments and include companies like QTUM ($5B) and nVision ($275M acq). Aside from investing, most of Asra’s work is directly with governments, universities and international incubators to establish local entrepreneurial hubs, investment opportunities and corporate innovation initiatives. Before working at DraperU, Asra worked on product and market development for startups in the Middle East, North Africa and Southeast Asia. She was an early employee and the first female product manager in Pakistan for (jobsite) and (matchmaking for Muslims). She later led's special projects team to build web infrastructure for government organizations and MNC's in the MENA region. She frequently speaks globally to help teams and individuals innovate around the future of work, understand the basics of angel investing, build startup ecosystems and engineer an entrepreneurial mindset. Asra can be found reading and funding researches to build vertical cities or inventing new recipes for world's best hummus.
July 26, 2020
Wonder Woman in Business, Jenn Ocken
Jenn Ocken in her own words… “Love is always available, and it has an amazing story to tell us.” Boy, did I stumble onto my purpose the first time I ever picked up a camera in 1991! I was 15 years old and was inspired by two of my (4) older brothers, who, at the time were just beginning their photo careers. I never put the camera down, even though I wasn't setting out to be a professional photographer. My bachelor degree from Ball State University was in graphic arts with a minor in business. It wasn't until I moved to Arkansas in 2000 to work for my brothers that I realized that taking photos was my calling. Working with my brothers I had the freedom to really define my craft and create my own personal style of shooting. I appreciate the inspiration my photo approach gives me and seek to find in my assignments: ·       The blessings expressed by the excitement of a loud laugh ·       The endearing eyes that speak of peace that can hit your soul ·       Those sweet tears of joy welling up inside before they hit the cheeks ·       The intimate look of a cherished embrace ·       The sweet smile that says “I am exactly where I want to be always,” ·       And AHHHH that moment right before a kiss where you can see light shining through the moment! SO GOOD! After working for about seven years in Arkansas and then in Chicago side by side with my two brothers taking photos, I move to Baton Rouge, LA in 2007 I took a big step and ventured out on my own to start a business in the Gulf Coast area. I rebranded myself as Jenn Ocken Photography and set my sights on capturing weddings, holiday portraits and my favorite, beach photography sessions, along with also photographing musicians specifically in the blues genre. In 2015 I self published a book about The International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN, an event that I dedicated 11 years to photographing. 2020 I took the call to start The Front Porch Project in Baton Rouge during the stay at home ordinance earlier this year not only saved my sanity but it gave purpose to the people who showed up for a session, the other photographers who joined me and encouraged the businesses to keep moving forward. It has been the highlight of my career reaching about 900 porches. I hope the results and the photos taken remind us all to always do something, anything to help your community especially when we need it most.
July 22, 2020
Keep Calm & Cope Coronnacast: EPISODE 16 / July 17, 2020: What’s Good for the Goose is Good for the Gander - Or Is It?
Keep Calm & Cope Coronnacast with Lindsay Griffiths, Marcie Shunk, Susan Freeman & Katie Barnard Keep Calm & Cope Coronnacast: EPISODE 16 / July 17, 2020: What’s Good for the Goose is Good for the Gander - Or Is It? Some challenges we face at this time include: Loss of structure, support systems, routine (coping mechanisms) Social isolation Judgmental attitudes, self-righteous sentiments and criticism The politicizing of the virus Separating fact from fiction We will focus on coping mechanisms and feelings, such as: Anger Fear Impatience Emotional eating Obsession/compulsion Distraction Disruption Loneliness Helplessness Kids with anxiety Feelings of failure Financial insecurity
July 17, 2020
Wonder Women in Business Ally, Steve Camac
Steve Camac is the founder of Centerforce, a conference and events company focused on Diversity & IP topics.  For over 10 years, he has set the strategic direction for the company as well as each summit's editorial content. His focus is to develop quality conferences that cover hot button topics and provide high-level networking opportunities for business communities. Steve's conference and trade show experience includes leadership positions at IQPC (International Quality and Productivity Center) and IIR (Institute for International Research). Centerforce is run with the core belief that conferences, when done well, are a powerful platform for education, networking, and creating change. Steve moved from his native England to the U.S. in 1991 and not only graduated with a B.A. and M.A. in History from Montana State University (MSU), but was also an all-conference collegiate tennis player. Go Bobcats! Most weekends, Steve can be found either cooking and hosting friends for dinner or on a tennis court somewhere contemplating a comeback.
July 15, 2020
Wonder Women in Business Ally, Ross Fishman
Of Counsel magazine wrote “Many people consider Ross Fishman to be the nation’s foremost expert on legal marketing.” Ross specializes in strategy, branding, websites, and marketing training for law and professional-services firms.  A former litigator, marketing director, and marketing partner, he has helped over 200 law firms dominate their markets and trained over 20,000 lawyers in leading-edge marketing techniques. A Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management and 2020 Lawdragon 100 Leading Consultant, Ross was the first marketer inducted into the Legal Marketing Association’s “Hall of Fame.” He has written 300 bylined articles and many popular marketing books, including “The Ultimate Law Firm Associate’s Marketing Checklist,” “The Ultimate Women Associate’s Law Firm Marketing Checklist,” and “We’re Smart. We’re Old. And We’re the Best at Everything,” all available on Amazon.
July 11, 2020
Wonder Woman in Business, Lauren Rebbel
Lauren Rebbel is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER (TM) professional and Partner of The Prosperity Consulting Group, Lauren specializes in working closely with successful and affluent women, including those who are going through a life-changing transition, by helping them organize, understand, manage and track progress towards their financial goals. Lauren takes the time to listen and understand her clients’ financial objectives and concerns, before delivering advice and offering solutions in concert with clients’ attorneys, tax advisors, bankers, mediators and other trusted advisors.
July 11, 2020
Keep Calm & Cope Coronacast: EPISODE 15 / June 26, 2020 - Working 9-5 - Best Practices in Business Operation During Coronavirus
Keep Calm & Cope Coronacast with Lindsay Griffiths, Marcie Shunk, Susan Freeman & Katie Barnard Some challenges we face at this time include: Loss of structure, support systems, routine (coping mechanisms) Social isolation Judgmental attitudes, self-righteous sentiments and criticism The politicizing of the virus Separating fact from fiction We will focus on coping mechanisms and feelings, such as: Anger Fear Impatience Emotional eating Obsession/compulsion Distraction Disruption Loneliness Helplessness Kids with anxiety Feelings of failure Financial insecurity
July 10, 2020
Wonder Woman in Business, Jill Katz
Jill Katz is an Influencer, Speaker and Strategy Coach that is passionate about shifting the workplace to be more #PeopleFocused. She is the Founder and Chief Change Officer of Assemble HR Consulting, a boutique Human Resources firm that focuses Culture, Communication and Conflict in the workplace. Jill brings candid insights, brave questions, humor and empathy to her advisory practice. She is a seasoned human capital expert, facilitator, and executive coach with more than 20 years of success in the fashion, retail, digital technology, media, and banking industries. Jill is best known for her #CandorCourageAndCareTM Feedback Model, which changes the way teams communicate, and allows for more honest and productive relationships. Jill has held senior HR/Talent leadership roles at USA Networks/IAC, Ann Taylor, Calvin Klein Inc./PVH, Elie Tahari, and Macy’s.  In leading the human resources functions, Jill has worked closely with senior executive teams to build leadership capability, drive performance strategies, and focus on employee culture and experience. She has extensive experience in large-scale organizational design projects, including the selection and placement of top talent, along with the communication and rollout strategies to manage effective change. Jill works closely with executives to help them see the value in relationships, and how taking accountability and focusing on authentic communication can result in better business results for teams and organizations. She is certified in assessments including the Gallup StrengthsFinder, Hogan Suite of Assessments, Change Style Indicator, and several 360-degree feedback methods. Jill earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Communication from the University of Michigan. Most important of all, she is a very proud Mom, a devoted wife, a Broadway fanatic, and a dog lover.
July 9, 2020
Wonder Women in Business Ally, Dan Udoutch
Dan Udoutch is a passionate chief executive officer (CEO) and multi-time industry leader who has brought multiple successful technology innovations to market. Dan has deep experience in enterprise sales, marketing, professional services, and partnerships. He has led organizations ranging from startups to enterprises with annual revenues of more than $250 million. Currently co-founder and CEO of RSquared, an artificial intelligence (AI) pioneer in the Workforce Intelligence market, Dan was previously CEO of Alpine Data Labs, an AI/ML platform firm he positioned for a successful exit via M&A to Tibco. Prior to that, he was CEO and president of Code Green Networks, a data-loss prevention company that he established as a leader in the healthcare vertical and led to a successful M&A to Digital Guardian. Dan has held prior executive roles at NavTeq, Netscape and Commerce One. Dan has a B.A. from San Jose State University in Math and Computer Science.
July 7, 2020
Wonder Woman in Business, Clarissa Shetler
Clarissa Shetler's passion for marketing and science led her to her current role as CEO/Founder of C2 Clean Beauty, Inc. She holds a Bachelor's in Marketing/Advertising and a Doctorate of Pharmaceuticals from the University of Pacific. She has taken these two skill sets and weaved them together to develop a clean/green skincare company as well as a consulting business. By wearing different hats, she helps other businesses with marketing strategy, connects people and brands, and also advises new entrepreneurs on how to get things rolling. Her skincare company has won numerous awards and is focused on green chemistry and plant-based ingredients. Educating and informing people is part of her philosophy and integrates it into her brand strategy. Recently, she has presented to Harvard (Environmental Studies Dept) and to the Natural Beauty Summit on the dangers lurking inside our personal care products. Clarissa is happily married with two grown children. When not working, she loves to play tennis, golf, snowboard, and dance - and loves spending time with her animals. #C2CleanBeauty #CleanBeauty #Womenscientists #Womenentreneurs Promote on FB, IG or Twitter Business handles: FB, IG, Twitter: C2CleanBeauty
July 2, 2020
Wonder Woman in Business, Laura Click
Laura Click is a writer, speaker and brand-strategist. She’s the founder and CEO of Blue Kite, a Nashville-based brand strategy agency that helps socially conscious businesses create strong brand stories to help them soar above the competition. Laura also hosts the Make it Brave podcast, where she shares inspiring stories to help you fight fear, chase your dreams and live bravely. Laura lives in Nashville with her husband, Garth, their son, James and their chocolate Labrador, Bailey.
July 1, 2020
Wonder Woman in Business, Kori Carew
Kori Carew focuses on inclusive leadership development, cultural fluency, skill building to mitigate bias, and success strategies for professionals from underrepresented groups to innovate, integrate, and operationalize diversity, inclusion, and belonging into the business and practice of law at Seyfarth. Kori is the firm's external liaison and ambassador on inclusion and diversity for Seyfarth, along with the firm's national Diversity and Inclusion Action Team (DIAT) co-chairs and firm chair and managing partner leading all efforts of national partnerships and client engagement on inclusion and diversity. She works closely with the firm's executive committee, practice department leaders, the national DIAT, and clients as well as office DIATs, the firm's affinity groups, and the Human Resources, Talent Development, Marketing and Business Development, and Recruiting departments. Kori is an innovative, collaborative team-builder with success working with diverse personalities, backgrounds, training, education, and experience, and in situations with sensitive and political considerations.
June 29, 2020
Wonder Woman in Business, Jennifer Willey
Jennifer Willey launched Wet Cement to help unlock fearlessness to unleash growth for individuals and organizations around the world. She is proud to be one of only 50 CEOs in the US leading a company that is double-certified as a Disability-Owned (DOBE) and Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE). Wet Cement’s approach is informed by proprietary research, led by behavioral scientists from Wharton, to understand what fears hold people back professionally, and how that differs by gender.  These findings are coupled with a comprehensive analysis of academic literature over the past 75 years and proprietary diagnostic tools that assess your team’s strengths and weaknesses, so every program is customized to your business needs.  Every program focuses on their five Fearless Fundamentals: Confidence, Communication, Control, Connections and Courage.  In addition to their core “Fearless Strategies for Professional Growth” Program, they offer a “Fearless Growth: Sales Edition” and “Fearless Growth: Advance Women at Work Edition.” What truly differentiates their full-service training, coaching and consulting programs is Jenn’s unique experience, that informs all of their curriculum and methods.  Before launching Wet Cement in 2017, she spent 20+ years leading sales, strategy and marketing for tech and digital media companies… including Verizon Media/AOL, WebMD, Yahoo and pwc.  She built in-house Women’s Leadership initiatives and championed ground-breaking programming while serving on the Boards of industry associations. Before that, she learned a thing or two about overcoming fear and compelling communication as a TV news anchor and reporter.  And she started motivating others to achieve their goals, as a certified fitness instructor for 15 years. Jennifer is a global Keynote Speaker and Content Creator. Fearless in 5 is her snackable, career-enhancing video series that helps business professionals learn how to unlock their fearlessness to be more successful at work and in life. She is a professional member of the National Speakers Association. Jenn’s personal mission is supporting the advancement of women. Wet Cement donates 1% of its profit and 1% of its time to the non-profit Working for Women; and she is a founding member of the Enrichment Committee for Impact100 Jersey Coast, a philanthropic organization for women. Jennifer graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Communications, and earned her Diversity and Inclusion Certification from eCornell in 2019. She lives in New Jersey with her husband John and two teenage sons.
June 27, 2020
Keep Calm & Cope Coronacast: EPISODE 14/June 26 - The Little Things
Keep Calm & Cope Coronacast with Lindsay Griffiths, Marcie Shunk, Susan Freeman & Katie Barnard Some challenges we face at this time include: Loss of structure, support systems, routine (coping mechanisms) Social isolation Judgmental attitudes, self-righteous sentiments and criticism The politicizing of the virus Separating fact from fiction We will focus on coping mechanisms and feelings, such as: Anger Fear Impatience Emotional eating Obsession/compulsion Distraction Disruption Loneliness Helplessness Kids with anxiety Feelings of failure Financial insecurity
June 26, 2020
Wonder Woman in Business, Katherine Robertson
Katherine Robertson is an executive leadership coach who thrives in guiding her clients to realise their innate potential and produce the results they desire in every aspect of life. It is her passion to enable women & men to find equilibrium in male-dominated industries to access their natural strength as Leaders, to feel vibrant, be mindful & have presence. It is her belief that this is the pathway to take bold action, to have impact, resilience & influence in everything her Clients do. Katherine has over 20 years leadership experience within the retail and construction industries, within the B2B & B2C sectors, so she sees things from both sides & has a diverse understanding of all facets of how a company works best Her expertise is in Project management (Planning & Productivity), Product development/Buying (Creativity) yet her ability to develop strategic relationships with Stakeholders & all People involved (Collaboration) is what has made the difference to long-term accomplishment. Experienced and trained in coaching techniques, Katherine shows her Clients how to transform their thinking, because it is both a competence (IQ) & a skill (EQ), therefore it can be improved through awareness and practice. The key is they walk away knowing they have tapped into their inherent resourcefulness to leverage talent, communicate powerfully, enrich performance, use time productively, develop new ideas, and naturally embrace supporting others to do the same. For Katherine, the client’s goals are her mission. Her strength lies in inspiring others, creating simplicity of plans, setting structure for excellence, using clear communication & having measurable outcomes for personal, career and dynamic Leadership aspirations.  If you want to learn the secrets to creating an environment and culture where people flourish, are empowered and phenomenal results are commonplace, then you will appreciate taking Katherine’s results-focused, solution-based and consultative approach.
June 25, 2020
Wonder Woman in Business, Alissa Penney
Alissa Penney is the Owner of/HR Consultant with A Better HR, LLC, an HR consultation company focused on helping small, thinly stretched HR teams do Better work.​ She founded the company in mid 2019 in response to what she felt was a gap for HR professionals working in small teams or departments of one when it comes to consultation resources. The possibility of helping HR teams achieve their best work is what keeps her motivated each day! As a SHRM-SCP and IPMA-SCP certified professional, she’s especially passionate about finding innovative and effective ways to make great HR happen. She’s also a huge data/workplace analytics and company culture nerd so feel free to connect with her if those are passion spots for you too!
June 25, 2020
Wonder Woman in Business, Carly Duvall
Carly Duvall is a bet-the-company litigator who defends large corporate businesses in high-stakes disputes. She is particularly adept at advising clients facing serious legal jeopardy such as allegations of fraud, embezzlement, and conversion. Carly recognizes the high-stress nature of such matters and partners closely with each client to help them avoid criminal penalties and civil damages so they can stay in operation. She holistically manages multi-faceted disputes by first conducting an internal investigation then creating a strategy and plan to address all aspects of the problem–from criminal and regulatory penalties to potential civil claims and damages. Throughout her cases, Carly manages crisis communications and consistently works toward creative resolution. Carly is mindful that her cases require more than just a legal strategy and response; she works side-by-side with her clients to help them find clarity and calm so their companies can thrive again. Carly also acts as outside general counsel to a wide range of startup and emerging growth companies. She is passionate about helping entrepreneurs grow into the next stage of their business.  In this role she advises her clients on risk management and long-term strategic legal planning in a cost-effective way.  Carly also advises technology companies on how to operate their business in a regulatory and legal climate built for brick and mortar businesses. Carly is co-chair of the Spencer Fane Startup Lab where accepted startup companies receive 3 months of free legal consultation, access to Spencer Fane resources, and mentoring.
June 23, 2020
Wonder Woman in Business, Cathi Rodgveller
Cathi Rodgveller founded IGNITE Worldwide to help girls everywhere to believe in themselves and encourage each girl to strive to develop her abilities and skills. Cathi understands that STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers offer women the opportunity to make their unique contribution to society while working in high paying roles, gaining confidence and in turn each one becoming a role model for the next generation.  Cathi sees her reward each time a girl understands that she is smart and capable and gains the conviction to accomplish her special dream.
June 19, 2020
Wonder Women in Business Ally, John Iino
John Iino is a proven change agent, helping individuals and organizations achieve excellence through his experience as a global law firm leader, diversity professional and executive coach. He serves as Reed Smith’s Chief Diversity Officer, leading Reed Smith’s efforts to sponsor and achieve diversity and inclusion in the legal community. Reed Smith ( is a global law firm with over 3,000 employees in 30 offices around the world.  Some of the most notable accomplishments during his tenure as CDO: Recognized as one of the top three major law firms to receive the Thomas Sager Award from the Minority Corporate Counsel Association for diversity & inclusion programming and successes (2019) Increased number of women lawyers by 15%; increased number of diverse lawyers by 20% (2016-2019) Decreased attrition of diverse lawyers from 21% to 11% (2016-2019) John is a Certified Diversity Professional (CDP) from the Institute of Diversity Certification and was recently named one of the Top 50 Chief Diversity Officers in the nation by the National Diversity Council.  He is the creator and serves as host of the acclaimed podcast, “Inclusivity Included: Powerful Personal Stories.” John also is a Certified Professional Coach (CPC), and founder of Cumbre Alta Associates (, a consulting firm focused on business and leadership coaching for lawyers and business executives.  He received his coaching certification and training from The Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC) and earned their Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner (ELI-MP) status. His coaching has helped numerous individuals reach their goals and achieve greater awareness. John previously served as Global Chair of Reed Smith’s Business & Finance Department, overseeing a $400M division of a $1B global law firm. He also served as Chair of the U.S. Corporate & Securities Group and Managing Partner of the Los Angeles office. In 2010, John became the first Asian American to serve on Reed Smith's Executive Committee and Senior Management Team. He previously served as the Chair of Reed Smith's Asian American Affinity Group. John was recognized as one of the nation’s Top 50 Chief Diversity Officers by the National Diversity Council (2020), a 2020 TOP50 Diversity Star by Diversity Stars, the “Nation’s Best (Western Region)” by Lawyers of Color (2019) and was one of the inaugural recipients of the “DiversityFIRST™” Award from the California Diversity Council (2019). He was named among the top 500 ''Most Influential People in LA'' by the Los Angeles Business Journal (2018) and has been named ''One of the Nation's Most Influential Minority Attorneys'' for two consecutive years (2014-2015). John received the ''Lifetime Achievement Award'' at the Los Angeles Business Journal's Asian Business Awards (2016), the "Volunteer of the Year" Award from Ednovate, Inc. (2019), the Leadership Award from the USC Asian Pacific Alumni Association (2017) and the President's Award from the USC Alumni Association (2017). He is a frequent speaker and trainer on topics such as diversity and inclusion, inclusive leadership and law firm management.
June 17, 2020
Wonder Woman in Business, Kathryn Jarrett
Kathryn Jarrett guides the busy woman on how to find "A Pretty Balance", allowing her to recognize and harness her power in relationships, health, and business. She is a branding expert, top income earner and elite team leader in a strong network marketing company. Kathryn's six figure income is reflective of the large team that she is building and supporting. They collectively generated $2.2 Million in team sales for 2019 and are on track to surpass $3M in team sales for 2020. She has reached the top of her company’s pay plan and now leads other women towards the same. Through her branding work, Kathryn currently offers a course called "Balanced Branding" in which she helps business women establish a powerful and effective online branding strategy. She specifically helps women in business strengthen their online presence and following, so they may generate significant income and impact. Kathryn is a Mom, CEO of a busy, blended family and has her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She is an active part of the South Shore, MA community and is a supporter of small businesses and women empowerment. She is creating an amazing impact both online and locally to help hundreds of women discover and leverage their power within to reach greater balance and success in both business and life. Kathryn calls this, A Pretty Balance.
June 17, 2020
Wonder Woman in Business, Courtney Jenkins
Courtney Jenkins is the Vice President and General Manager of ENGIE North America’s Public Sector Energy Services organization, focused on designing, financing, and building transformative sustainability solutions for educational, governmental, and healthcare entities across the U.S. In this role, Courtney oversees all U.S. business operations within the Services team, inclusive of engineering, financial performance, and strategic growth for this 200+ person clean-tech division, which is a key part of ENGIE’s deep-rooted commitment to a zero-carbon future. The work that she and her team do has generated over $2.5 billion dollars in savings for public agencies across the U.S., generated tens of thousands of local green construction jobs, inspired over 50,000 students and teachers through pioneering STEM educational programming, reduced the carbon footprint of campuses and city facilities, and transformed physical infrastructure to be more conducive to the future of education, health, and work. Prior to this role, Courtney served in a series of expansive management roles within key commercial and project leadership functions with ENGIE, OpTerra, and Chevron’s clean-tech division, where she had the opportunity to work directly with schools, cities and counties all throughout the Western U.S. on these types of trailblazing, award-winning public-private partnerships.
June 16, 2020
Wonder Woman in Business, Jessica Aries
Jessica Aries helps busy professionals make the leap from the corner cubicle to the corner office. Through her one-on-one coaching and on-demand training course, the Next-Level Career Strategy, she helps highly qualified individuals reconstruct their strategies for the next level career. Learn more here. Jessica helps seasoned professionals make navigate the most overwhelming and frustrating part of the job search: resumes and relationship building. Through her comprehensive resume services, she helps professionals seeking a job or career transition remodel their resumes for career success and learn to build relationships that help them get their resumes in front of their best contacts. She also helps foreign professionals seeking to transform their CV into resumes for immigration purposes. Through my CV transformation services, she helps the most talented and qualified individuals in the world convert their CV into a winning resume ready for U.S. Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS).
June 14, 2020
Wonder Woman in Business, Laura Bocquillon
Laura Bocquillon is Head of Marketing and Operations at Ulule's North American headquarters based in Montreal. Ulule is the leading impact crowdfunding platform. Her main focus is to empower entrepreneurs and creators move from idea to action, with the goal of supporting the birth of solutions that will fuel a more diverse and sustainable world. Prior to this role, Laura worked in Paris on bringing cultural experiences online with the Google Cultural Institute and France's largest online cultural media, Artips.
June 13, 2020
Keep Calm & Cope Coronacast: EPISODE 13 / June 12, 2020 - Cognitive Dissonance in the Age of Coronavirus - Why are we doing things we know will hurt us?
Keep Calm & Cope Coronacast with Lindsay Griffiths, Marcie Shunk, Susan Freeman & Katie Barnard Some challenges we face at this time include: Loss of structure, support systems, routine (coping mechanisms) Social isolation Judgmental attitudes, self-righteous sentiments and criticism The politicizing of the virus Separating fact from fiction We will focus on coping mechanisms and feelings, such as: Anger Fear Impatience Emotional eating Obsession/compulsion Distraction Disruption Loneliness Helplessness Kids with anxiety Feelings of failure Financial insecurity
June 12, 2020
Wonder Woman in Business, Donna Williams
Donna Williams, MHRM, MBTI has over 20 years of experience in strategic business development, leadership, marketing, organizational development, training and she is an energetic outstanding speaker. Additionally, she is a published author, certified Myers Briggs Type Indicator Practitioner, Notary, founder/CEO of S2S Facts, Inc. a 5013C non-profit designed to unite girls & women by bridging the gap through diversity, friendship, empowerment, and community engagement and owner of D. Williams, Consulting, LLC specializing in, Re-purposing Futures, with services for small businesses and large organizations. Services include but not limited to organizational development, team building workshops, strategic development, business development agent, and other adhoc services. Donna is a member of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women Inc. Columbia SC Chapter, Junior league of Columbia SC, Savannah Toastmasters Professional Speakers Club, SHRM, and serve on  multiple committees and boards throughout Ga    & SC. She has received many awards, accolades, and recognitions, to include articles dedicated to her accomplishments in the Atlanta Georgia’s Voyage, P.A.S.S.I.O.N. & Voyage Houston Magazine. She earned her BBA, Management from Savannah State University, and M.A. in Human Resources Management from Webster University.
June 9, 2020
Wonder Woman in Business, Erin Twamley
We need kids, both boys and girls, to SEE the diverse role models in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math or STEM, cultivate their STEM superpowers and imagine themselves in a sustainable STEM future. As a nonfiction children's book author and educator, Erin Twamley is working to create a new generation of Everyday STEM Superheroes. Through her education consulting company ErinEDU, LLC she shares the diverse faces of STEM with elementary students. Providing hands-on encounters and writing nonfiction STEM books, she aims to empower kids to imagine and say, "I want to be an animator, robotics engineer or a zoologist," just as often as they say, 'actress/actor, singer or doctor.' Mrs. Twamley works with Parent Teacher and Student Associations to visit US schools from South Korea, to Europe to the USA. Her latest STEM book is a leveled reader picture book called “Capturing Cow Farts and Burps.” This book shares the ways that scientists, engineers, and farmers are working together to make cows less gassy and sharing the science behind caring for our environment. This book will be released by Waldorf Publishing in the summer of 2020. Mrs. Twamley loves to travel, has 2 kids and has lived on three continents. Learn more about her STEM publications and encounters on social media or her website at
June 7, 2020
Keep Calm & Cope Coronacast: EPISODE 12 / June 5, 2020 - How Japanese ‘Ikigai’ Philosophy Could Be the Secret Formula to a Long and Happy Life
Keep Calm & Cope Coronacast with Lindsay Griffiths, Marcie Shunk, Susan Freeman & Katie Barnard Some challenges we face at this time include: Loss of structure, support systems, routine (coping mechanisms) Social isolation Judgmental attitudes, self-righteous sentiments and criticism The politicizing of the virus Separating fact from fiction We will focus on coping mechanisms and feelings, such as: Anger Fear Impatience Emotional eating Obsession/compulsion Distraction Disruption Loneliness Helplessness Kids with anxiety Feelings of failure Financial insecurity
June 6, 2020
Wonder Woman in Business, Charlise Hyatt
Charlise Hyatt has more than 17 years of experience in professional services marketing and business development and is currently a Senior BD Manager at Fenwick.  Her career has included a variety of roles at various firm sizes and types – from a local accounting firm, a mid-size law firm and some of the largest law firms in the world – including Fenwick, Latham, Duane Morris, Orrick and Nixon Peabody.  She has served on many board roles for the Legal Marketing Association including most recently on the West Region Board of Directors as a member-at-large and President of the Bay Area chapter. Having lived in the San Francisco Bay Area her whole life, Charlise received her M.B.A. from Saint Mary’s College and her B.S. from California State University, East Bay. Charlise is a wife, proud mom to her 6 year old daughter and 8 year old son and in her free time enjoys running, riding her Peloton, spending time with her dogs, crafting when she can and anything active and in the outdoors. She is also the troop leader to 14 daisy Girl Scouts.
June 4, 2020
Wonder Woman in Business, Dr. Liz Dobbins
Dr. Liz Dobbins spent over 20 years studying and practicing techniques which transform the mind, body, and spirit. Her roots began as a yoga instructor, which then moved me to becoming a specialist in Network Spinal (where she holds a doctorate in chiropractic). Her 10+ years as a chiropractor, transformational healer and coach led her to specifically study all aspects of the Feminine...her wiring, her expression, her spirituality. She has been a catalyst for the transformation of hundreds of women from all aspects of life. From CEOs to performers, from medical doctors to stay-at-home-moms, from designers to teachers,she has helped women rise up into the next level of their expression, joy, and fulfillment. She is a mother, wife, business owner, feminist, friend, creatrix, activist, and community builder. Nothing gives Liz greater joy than witnessing a woman rise. She is a champion and sister to all women. A book that Liz is loving right now: “Untamed” by Glennon Doyle.
June 4, 2020
Wonder Woman in Business, Amber Spencer
Amber Spencer, Head of Customer Development at Damon Motorcycles. Amber has a diverse portfolio of professional experience including marketing, social media, software development, and entrepreneurship. Prior to Damon, Amber founded a computer software company, Epicalls, and Flare Ventures, a technology consulting firm. Amber is a motorcycle enthusiast experienced at riding various bikes, including cafe racers, dirt bikes, and cruisers. She is a member of the WMRC Westwood Motorcycle Racing Club and placed 3rd in her first-ever race. Amber enjoys motorcycle road trips across San Francisco and the Duffy Lake Loop in Canada,  but prefers the track to put a powerful bike through its paces and fine-tune her racing skills. She aims to race the Damon Hypersport in the MotoE World Cup in the near future. Amber is also an award-winning fitness competitor and advocate for health and wellness. Damon is the disruptor leader in the high-performance two-wheel vehicle market—unveiled at CES 2020 the company achieved the best Automotive Innovation and the Digital Trends Best of Show. Damon is leading a new era of transportation which will connect riders to cities and be used for commuting, deliveries, and supply chain for the retail, food industry, and other services.  There is a fundamental shift in how we will address these markets post-covid-19. The company has pre-sold several hundred Hypersport HS and Premier models to millennials, who make up half of the company’s preorders. ….this is a big part of Amber’s job. The Hypersport represents the first viable solution to bring millennials into motorcycling in a meaningful way. Damon’s preorder data has presented some surprising insights: many of its customers prefer to use motorcycles as their primary transportation as a means to avoid congestion and reduce commute times or due to a lack of available parking spots in modern condos
June 4, 2020
Wonder Woman in Business, Belinda Luu
Belinda Luu is the leader of enterprise-wide data management and governance.​ Lead for the Legal Department with respect to the development of data management and governance practices regarding the external and internal sharing of data. Belinda is a senior technology attorney with 19 years' experience in negotiating upwards of one-billion-dollar technology transactions for Kaiser Permanente - one of the largest health care non-profit organizations. Belinda is experienced in Healthcare Information Technology, complex technology transactions, Big Data management, governance, and strategy, cloud services, AI, strategic innovation collaborations, licensing, professional services, outsourcing transactions, and IP.​ Prior to Kaiser Permanente, she counseled clients ranging from Fortune 100, and early-stage companies in IT, healthcare, software, web-based, e-commerce, automotive, manufacturing, insurance, energy, and banking and financial industries. Belinda is passionate about equity, inclusion and diversity (EID) matters. She is the Chair of Enrichment and Development Committee of the Legal Department's Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Belinda leads the Enrichment and Development Committee, made up of 10 attorneys and staff, to organize the delivery of unconscious bias training for the Legal Department. Every year, Belinda is the Co-Master of Ceremonies and host of the annual Kaiser Permanente and California Minority Counsel Program MCLE Marathon. She is a speaker on and moderator of panels discussing EID issues within Kaiser Permanente and at EID conferences. Her passion for this work stems from wanting to make the world a better place for her 5-year-old daughter and under-represented communities.
June 1, 2020
Wonder Woman in Business, Alexis Gladstone
Alexis Gladstone is the founder of Intelead, a Chicago-based consulting practice dedicated to aligning people strategies and business results. Intelead designs strategies and programs to help clients develop current and next generation leaders, increase the effectiveness of individuals in sales, and drive organizational change that delivers results. Alexis has a passion for empowering women and helping them succeed and is a sought out voice, trainer, and coach on the topics of women and leadership and helping clients attract and develop female talent. She has worked domestically and internationally across a variety of industries, including manufacturing, financial and legal services, and not-for-profit.
May 30, 2020
Keep Calm & Cope Coronacast: EPISODE 11 / May 29, 2020 - Embracing The Shadow Self - Managing Your dark side so it doesn’t manage you.
Keep Calm & Cope Coronacast with Lindsay Griffiths, Marcie Shunk, Susan Freeman & Katie Barnard Some challenges we face at this time include: Loss of structure, support systems, routine (coping mechanisms) Social isolation Judgmental attitudes, self-righteous sentiments and criticism The politicizing of the virus Separating fact from fiction We will focus on coping mechanisms and feelings, such as: Anger Fear Impatience Emotional eating Obsession/compulsion Distraction Disruption Loneliness Helplessness Kids with anxiety Feelings of failure Financial insecurity
May 29, 2020
Wonder Woman in Business, Camila Mize
Camila Mize is passionate about emotions. She believes that emotional intelligence skills hold the key to unlocking our potential to be our best selves and increase the quality of our lives at work, at home and everywhere in between. She currently serves as the Director of Customer Success at Oji Life Lab in San Francisco. Founded in 2018, Oji Life Lab is focused on helping adults gain essential soft skills like Emotional Intelligence and Decision-making and more. Her team consists of top scientists from Apple, Microsoft, Robert Half and Yale University. Camila caught the bug for emotional intelligence while an undergraduate when she worked as an assistant on Dr. Marc Brackett's early RULER research. After graduating from Fordham University with degrees in Economics and Psychology, Camila changed paths and enjoyed a decades-long career in working in finance. She was hired by world-renowned Economist, Bernard Connolly to launch a macroeconomic research firm in New York City. There, she worked with the world's top hedge fund managers, central bankers, and sovereign wealth fund managers. In New York, she nurtured her creative spirit by working as a performance artist which led to her being featured on Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett's Cheek to Cheek album artwork. In 2015, she returned to California and worked in private wealth management before transitioning back to her original passion: emotional intelligence. In addition to her work, she serves on the Alumni Board of St. Ignatius College Prep in San Francisco and is a dedicated beekeeper. She loves her rescue pups, hiking in the California redwoods and learning everything she can about the natural world. Her current obsession? Mycology.
May 28, 2020
Wonder Woman in Business, Daphne Forbes
Daphne Turpin Forbes is a trusted legal and business advisor at Microsoft with 20+ years of practice in the U.S. Public Sector and Commercial Regulated Industries. Her corporate experience spans in-house at companies like Microsoft, Discovery Communications, ACS State & Local Solutions (formerly Lockheed Martin), Hyatt Hotels, and General Motors. At Microsoft, Daphne is the lead counsel responsible for supporting a $7B segment of Microsoft’s U.S. Public Sector enterprise operating unit. She manages a legal team that supports public sector and commercial sales, state government affairs, PR/marketing, professional consulting services, devices, and product leadership teams in the Federal Civilian, State & Local Government and Education verticals on various legal matters including; complex technology and professional services negotiations, legal and regulatory issues related to digital transformation strategies, data privacy and security matters, critical infrastructure considerations, product/solution development, government and enterprise cloud, Artificial Intelligence (“AI”), public sector contracts/procurement law and ethics, public policy; matters raised by U.S. Attorneys General; financial services and healthcare regulations. Daphne is a leader who is passionate about diversity, inclusion, and equality. She has participated and collaborated with various organizations as a champion for diverse lawyers and legal professionals, and women - with a focus on women of color.  In addition, Daphne is the U.S. Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) lead for Microsoft’s Global Commercial Field Group and, has served as a corporate leader for the company’s African American Employee Network.  A former Human Resources professional, who claims civility and problem-solving as her superpowers, Daphne is effective at and enjoys leading people, projects, and process. In addition, she is active in her community, and enjoys long-standing memberships in several community service organizations.  She has served on various non-profit boards and advisory councils nationally and in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. She currently serves as Chair and Commissioner of the Liquor Board in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Daphne is also an adjunct law professor at the Howard University School of Law where she co-teaches a class on Technology and the Law.  Daphne is a member of the Maryland State Bar and National Bar Associations. Daphne is the recipient of various corporate awards for her D&I and client work. Most notably, she is the corporate recipient of the Microsoft MVP Circle of Excellence (Gold Club) Award, and the National Bar Association’s Clyde E. Bailey Corporate Leadership Award. She is a graduate of Michigan State University, and the American University Washington College of Law.  Daphne lives in Prince George’s County, Maryland with her husband and two “almost grown” children.
May 27, 2020
Wonder Woman in Business, Simone Morris
Simone Morris is CEO of Simone Morris Enterprises LLC, a certified minority and women-owned business enterprise. She is an award- winning diversity and inclusion leader and a consultant and speaker committed to training women and emerging leaders to take true leadership positions in all aspects of their lives. Ms. Morris has a background that includes over two decades in corporate America, spanning information technology, commercial strategy, and human resources. She holds an MBA from the University of Connecticut. Her technology background has served her well, embedding strong project management acumen that allows her to educate and create transformational results for her clients. She teaches diversity and inclusion, conscious inclusion, and project management. Ms. Morris shares her message across various platforms (for example, Forbes, Medium, Thrive Global, Glassdoor, Leadercast, SmartRecruiters, Social Hire, Diversity Best Practices, Profiles in Diversity Journal, and BambooHR). She is also the author of 52 Tips for Owning Your Career: Practical Advice for Career Success, The Power of Owning Your Career: Winning Strategies, Tools and Tips for Creating Your Desired Career, and Achievement Unlocked: Strategies to Set Goals and Manifest Them. She resides in Connecticut with her family. In Simone's words... I love what I do. I teach women how to take ownership of their careers. This is me feeling especially great after having a successful workshop on the Power of Owning Your Career. I’m a Career Strategist and now it’s even more vital to take ownership of your career. Listeners can work with me on a one off tackling a specific career issue, in a one on one coaching capacity, or in a group coaching scenario. To begin the conversation, go to and schedule your time.
May 27, 2020
Wonder Women in Business Ally, Cameron Woods
Cameron Woods was born and raised in a small community called Macedonia in southwest Arkansas. He is the son of a counselor and an attorney, who encouraged him to find and create his own path from an early age. This served him as he attended the University of Arkansas, where he majored in Political Science and Journalism. His experiences in college led him to Southern Illinois University, where he was the first student complete the JD/M.S.Ed. in Higher Education program. Cameron currently works as an Associate Counsel at Allstate Insurance Company in Northbrook, IL. Throughout all his work, Cameron remembers the importance of representation and creating inclusive environments around him. He hopes that the work that he does will inspire generations of young Black boys from Arkansas to always reach their goals. Book recommendations: All About Love x bell hooks Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations About Race x Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum The People Factor: How Building Great Relationships and Ending Bad Ones Unlocks Your God-Given Purpose x Van Moody Equal Means Equal: Why the Time for an Equal Rights Amendment is Now x Jessica Neuwirth Hood Feminism x Mikki Kendall
May 26, 2020
Wonder Woman in Business, Julie Kratz
Julie Kratz is a highly-acclaimed speaker and trainer who led teams and produced results in corporate America. After experiencing her own career “pivot point,” she developed a process for women leaders to build winning plans. Promoting gender equality in the workplace, Julie is a Tedx speaker, a frequent keynote speaker, and executive coach. She holds an MBA from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, is a Certified Master Coach, and is a certified unconscious bias trainer. Her books include Pivot Point: How to Build a Winning Career Game Plan, ONE: How Male Allies Support Women for Gender Equality, and Lead Like an Ally: A Journey Through Corporate America with Strategies to Facilitate Inclusion. Meet Julie at
May 22, 2020
Keep Calm & Cope Coronacast: EPISODE 10 / May 22, 2020 - Seeking Diversion - Putting something in your brain that's NOT about Coronavirus.
Keep Calm & Cope Coronacast with Lindsay Griffiths, Marcie Shunk, Susan Freeman & Katie Barnard Some challenges we face at this time include: Loss of structure, support systems, routine (coping mechanisms) Social isolation Judgmental attitudes, self-righteous sentiments and criticism The politicizing of the virus Separating fact from fiction We will focus on coping mechanisms and feelings, such as: Anger Fear Impatience Emotional eating Obsession/compulsion Distraction Disruption Loneliness Helplessness Kids with anxiety Feelings of failure Financial insecurity
May 22, 2020
Wonder Woman in Business, Megan Lutes
Megan Lutes is the Director of Legal for Convoy, Inc., a technology company that is changing the logistics and transportation industry with the use of modern technology.  Convoy was recently named Geekwire’s 2018 Tech Titan of the Year and 2019's Deal of the Year. Convoy recently became Seattle's second Unicorn company, being valued at over a billion dollars, and is one of the fastest-growing tech companies in the country with offices in Seattle and Atlanta growing in a matter of a few years to 900+ employees.  Convoy has been in the news recently with its significant fundraising successes, with impressive investors such as CapitalG (Google's late-stage venture arm), Jeff Bezos, and venture capital firm Greylock Partners. Megan joins the panel with over a decade of legal experience both at law firms and in-house at large companies in the Puget Sound region.  At Convoy she leads its commercial transactions team, handles its employment law matters, handles its immigration work, and advises leadership on all types of legal matters.
May 22, 2020
Wonder Woman in Business, Claudine Francois
Claudine Francois is a Health & Wellness Coach who helps successful women entrepreneurs achieve the same level of success in their health as they do in their business so they can break the cycle and live out their lives eating the foods they love, waking up full of energy, and loving their bodies. As a former CFO of a multi-national company, Claudine found herself in a constant state of stress, which led her into a cycle of over-indulging in what she later discovered to be harmful foods to her body, and reeling from the consequences (frequent headaches and migraines, sluggishness, inflammation, bloating, leaky gut and weight gain). She decided to take control of her life by leaving that job and starting her own business helping women entrepreneurs step into stress- and toxic-free lifestyles with her own practices, recipes (that taste amazing AND nourish the body) and lifestyle strategies. She is now happy to be the successful woman entrepreneur’s guide to food bliss and enjoying life again! Her website and blog ( provides tips and recipes for healthy living that are full of flavor to help women feel vibrant, energetic and at their best.
May 21, 2020
Wonder Woman in Business, Eileen Scully
In Eileen’s own words… In my 20+ years working in and around the research and advisory field, I’ve worked with and for an impressive list of companies and clients, In doing so, I’ve learned from some of the smartest leaders anyone could ever hope to know and witnessed first-hand the growth of a dynamic and fascinating industry. I’ve also had the good fortune to work beside some great leaders and some fantastic mentors.  It is from these individuals that my passion for strengthening the roles women can play in each other’s success grew.  As women, not only are the demands on our professional lives extending but as our personal lives are continuing to flourish, I believe we need to move closer to a business culture that appropriately supports both.  We need to help each other get to a place where the work/family debate is behind us.​​ "Stories about women who have succeeded are great and necessary — but I want to tell the stories about why we can’t stop there — why we need to use that platform to make the journey easier for the next ones." ​In June of 2016, I was honored to be invited by the Obama White House to participate in the United State of Women, one of five thousand global advocates for women and girls. My summary report can be found here. In November of 2017 and again in November of 2018, I was named one of Irish America Magazine's Business 100 honorees. ​ In August of 2018, I keynoted the IEEE's first Women's event in Tunisia. In September of 2018, I was invited to go back to Tunisia to give my first TEDx talk in Sfax, Tunisia. In March of 2019, I spoke at the ArabWIC (Women in Computing) conference in Rabat, Morocco on International Women's Day. In April of 2019, I was named to Irish Echo's Community Champions. ​ And in September of 2019, my first book was published. You are welcome to review my professional credentials here.
May 20, 2020
Wonder Woman in Business, Melanie Kiely
Melanie Kiely is Sr. Counsel for T-Mobile's Engineering, Products and Information Technology organization’s and partners with her Technology clients in bringing the Un-carrier revolution to T-Mobile’s customers.  Her practice includes legal guidance for T-Mobile’s network deployment strategy involving thousands of cell sites, distributed antennas systems (DAS), and in-building facilities providing wireless coverage to T-Mobile’s 100+ million customers and propelling 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT) into the future. She also focuses on commercial transactions involving software licenses, software as a service, cloud computing, data collection, privacy and cyber security and all aspects assisting the digitalization of T-Mobile’s systems. Melanie supports the business with acquisitions, integrations, and divestitures. Additionally, Melanie was the Chairperson of the Women’s Leadership Network, an internal leadership organization that drives gender diversity at T-Mobile and empowers its 16,000 members across 53 Chapters nationwide reach for opportunity and thrive in their personal and professional lives. She also is a Board Member of Law360’s Telecommunications Editorial Advisory Board and advises the publication on trends in the telecommunications industry.  Prior to joining T-Mobile, Melanie served as Managing Attorney at American Tower Corporation and led an organization in the securitization of the company’s most valuable real estate tower assets. Melanie graduated with a J.D. from New England School of Law and a B.A. from Brandeis University, where she was a 3-sport varsity captain and recipient of the Max I. Silber award for being an outstanding student-athlete. She is a champion for diversity and advocate for gender and racial equality.
May 19, 2020
Wonder Woman in Business, Wendy Steele
Wendy Steele understands the impact of generosity and has been encouraging philanthropy for most of her adult life.  In 2001, she launched and led an innovative pass-through foundation called Impact100 which empowers women to fund transformational grants to the communities it serves across five broad focus areas: Arts & Culture, Education, Environment, Family and Health & Wellness. She continues to support, mentor and advise Impact 100 Chapters around the globe as her Impact100 Model has been replicated in many cities. By the end of 2019, Impact 100 organizations had given away just short of $80 million to worthy non-profits and it continues to expand at an accelerated pace. Her work in philanthropy is also noted in several books including, The Transformative Power of Women’s Philanthropy; Women, Wealth and Giving; Women’s Giving Circles; and The Right Sisters – Modern Women Inventors.  PBS Television created an hour-long documentary entitled, Impact 100: Changing Lives, Strengthening Communities, which highlights the work of Impact100 Pensacola Bay Area, the world’s largest Impact100 organization. In 2014, Wendy was awarded the Jefferson Award for Public Service for her work with Impact100. Considered the Nobel Prize for community service, this prestigious honor was founded in 1972 by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Senator Robert Taft, Jr. and Samuel Beard to recognize individuals across the nation who improve communities through their service. In 2016, Wendy was named by Philanthropy Media as one of America’s Top 25 Philanthropy Speakers. She appeared on this list as Number 2, behind U2’s Bono, who holds the Number 1 spot.
May 19, 2020
Wonder Woman in Business, Anne Post
Anne Post is an experienced lawyer and entrepreneur, with a celebrated litigation career spanning more than 20 years. Anne received her BA in Political Science – International Relations at the University of California at Berkeley and her JD from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She began her career in a large Kansas City law firm before launching her own practice which she maintained for 17 years. During her legal career, Anne was repeatedly recognized by her peers as Best of the Bar. In 2017, Anne made the jump into legal tech joining Xakia Technologies as Senior Vice President, North America. Anne brings to Xakia her passion for organization and efficiency, which translates to her heightened understanding of the needs of clients to achieve greater visibility and control over their legal function. In 2018 Anne was appointed by then-Mayor Sly James to the board of the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority and now serves as Board Secretary. In her “spare” time Anne is the co-owner and Director of an elite boys soccer club serving the Kansas City metro area. Anne lives in Kansas City Missouri with her husband and two sons ages 16 and 13.
May 16, 2020
Keep Calm & Cope Coronacast: EPISODE 9 / May 15, 2020 - Listening with Empathy Through Digital Means
Keep Calm & Cope Coronacast with Lindsay Griffiths, Marcie Shunk, Susan Freeman & Katie Barnard Some challenges we face at this time include: Loss of structure, support systems, routine (coping mechanisms) Social isolation Judgmental attitudes, self-righteous sentiments and criticism The politicizing of the virus Separating fact from fiction We will focus on coping mechanisms and feelings, such as: Anger Fear Impatience Emotional eating Obsession/compulsion Distraction Disruption Loneliness Helplessness Kids with anxiety Feelings of failure Financial insecurity
May 15, 2020
Wonder Woman in Business, Rae Ritter
Rae Ritter is Director of Client Service and Marketing for LISI, a boutique digital marketing agency that primarily services law firms and lawyers. Rae provides digital marketing strategy and guidance, and she manages all aspects of the website design and development process from start to finish. With elevated client service as a car principle, she ensures that the websites are fully-optimized and draws on more than 15 years of experience in the legal marketing industry. Previously, Rae was the Senior Marketing Technology Manager at Ballard Spahr LLP, a national firm with 15 offices and more than 500 attorneys. During her tenure, she successfully led a new website build and complete rebranding of all marketing collateral. Additionally, she was responsible for the firm’s external website, blogs, client relationships management (CRM) database, email marketing, and social media strategy. Prior to Ballard Spahr, Rae was Marketing Technology Project Manager at Dechert LLP, an international firm with nearly 1000 attorneys. She managed the firm’s CRM database and spent a year seconded to the firm’s European offices deploying CRM using techniques that was tailored to the culture and languages of those offices. Rae has been an active member of Delaware Valley Law Firm Marketing Group and Legal Marketing Association for many years.  Currently, she serves as the Communications Co-Chair for the Metropolitan Philadelphia Chapter of the Legal Marketing Association.  Rae is a frequent speaker in these groups, plus the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Association of Legal Administrators. She presents training and educational sessions for lawyers and legal marketers on the following topics: LinkedIn Training for Lawyers and Marketers, both in group and one-on-one formats Project Management Essentials Social Media Check-up – What’s Missing From Your Law Firm Social Media Strategy? Other topics on website best practices on the LISI blog
May 13, 2020
Wonder Women in Business Ally, David Ackert
David Ackert is the President of Ackert Inc. and business development mentor to thousands of high achievers in the professional services sector. Over the past two decades, David has developed and implemented revenue acceleration programs for hundreds of firms around the globe, many hailing from the top of the Am Law list and the Big Four. Widely recognized as a pioneer in business development innovation, David is the founder of the PipelinePlus suite of software products, which have won the Legal Marketing Association’s “Your Honor Award” in the US and Canada and are featured among NLJ’s “Technologies on the Rise.”
May 13, 2020
Wonder Woman in Business, Meg Manke
Meg Manke has years of experience in leading through transition. From major changes in highly-regulated industries to managing through $100M acquisition, Meg has refined skills in understanding people through change. Her studies in organizational psychology and mastery in leadership concepts ensure that your people are taken care of. Period. Meg has a passion for helping others realize their full potential - breaking down social and personal barriers - changing their story. Her innate ability to recognize opportunity in weakness and present a strategic solution is unprecedented in today's business world. Meg is a ranch kid from western South Dakota, where she still puts in a hard day's work on the family place. Ranch life gave her sticktoittiveness, passion for family and outdoors, and maybe a touch of stubbornness. Meg is an avid runner, an advocate of the well-rounded education of youth, and a major supporter of finding humor in all things. Partnering with Dr. Rachel MK Headley at the Rose Group Int'l, they developed the critical, new (and practical) iX leadership framework which allows you to actually solve problems in your team, address generational issues, guide people through big changes, and accomplish your most ambitious goals.
May 11, 2020
Wonder Woman in Business, Kelly Ferraro
Kelly Ferraro, founder and principal of KAF Communications, LLC, is a results-oriented corporate communications professional with over two decades of experience identifying and creating actionable communications plans in order to capitalize on a client's ever-evolving goals and strategies. She has worked across several industry verticals, which include financial services, fintech, medical technology and real estate. She has a keen understanding on how to position a client in front of the audiences that move the needle in their respective industries. Kelly began KAF Communications, LLC in 2018, realizing that she could make more of an impact by starting her own boutique, where she could better align herself with clients as a partner and what she calls an “in-house extension.”  Her recent work includes strategic media relations, brand development and thought leadership for companies seeking to foster disruption and better solutions to age-old problems. Clients include New York City real estate developers and brokers looking to share their wins and innovative strategies, cutting-edge medical technology companies and individuals that have built businesses single-handedly and are seeking coverage about their successes. She is especially passionate about working with start-ups, given the fact that the messages can be shaped from the beginning. Prior to her time in public relations and communications, Kelly worked for large banks and financial institutions, which include Bank of America and Guggenheim Partners. She formerly held Series 7, 24 and 63 licenses and is therefore well-versed in crafting strategies for public companies.
May 10, 2020
Keep Calm & Cope Coronacast: EPISODE 8 / May 8, 2020 - Coping with Reality - What to do when you have sick loved ones?
Keep Calm & Cope Coronacast with Lindsay Griffiths, Marcie Shunk, Susan Freeman & Katie Barnard Some challenges we face at this time include: Loss of structure, support systems, routine (coping mechanisms) Social isolation Judgmental attitudes, self-righteous sentiments and criticism The politicizing of the virus Separating fact from fiction We will focus on coping mechanisms and feelings, such as: Anger Fear Impatience Emotional eating Obsession/compulsion Distraction Disruption Loneliness Helplessness Kids with anxiety Feelings of failure Financial insecurity
May 8, 2020
Wonder Woman in Business, Debbie Epstein Henry
Debbie Epstein Henry is an expert, consultant, best-selling author, and public speaker on careers, workplaces, women and law.  She runs DEH Consulting, Speaking Writing where she consults and speaks internationally, including The Hague, the French Senate, London, and Vienna.  Debbie conceived of Best Law Firms for Women, a benchmarking survey and competition she ran for a decade with Working Mother.  She wrote two ABA best-selling books, Law & Reorder (author, 2010) and Finding Bliss (co-author, 2015) and she’s been featured by hundreds of news outlets including The New York Times, NBC Nightly News, and The Wall Street Journal.  In 2011, Debbie co-founded Bliss Lawyers to employ lawyers in temporary roles for in-house and law firm clients.  In 2020, her company was acquired by Axiom, the global leader in high-caliber, on-demand legal talent, and she now serves as their executive consultant.  A native New Yorker, Debbie and her husband live in the Philadelphia area; they have three sons.
May 5, 2020
Wonder Woman in Business, Robyn Addis
Robyn Addis joined LISI in October 2019 as Chief Operating Officer. Robyn provides the leadership, management, and vision to ensure organizational excellence, and has responsibility for providing superior experience, service, and results to ensure satisfaction. Robyn brings more than 15 years of professional services marketing experience to the role and has spent the past 12 years in two of Philadelphia’s largest law firms in marketing and business-development roles. Her wide-ranging experience includes leading national and international cross-functional teams tasked with achieving marketing operations, technology, and event strategies to drive revenue growth. Throughout her legal marketing career, Robyn has collaborated with various legal and functional departments to guide a unified approach to customer service. She is skilled at mobilizing internal and external resources to drive successful outcomes and is seen as a natural connector. Robyn is actively involved in the legal marketing community, having served in various roles on the Legal Marketing Association Metropolitan Philadelphia Chapter board and Philadelphia local steering committee. In 2020 and 2021, Robyn will be Director-at-Large on the LMA Northeast Region Board. A graduate of St. Joseph’s University, Robyn has a B.A. in Political Science.