Women to Watch Media® with Sue Rocco

Sue Rocco

Women to Watch Media® is the premier global media platform for women leaders. We tell the real story behind the titles of some of the most accomplished women worldwide. Our mission is to inspire and encourage more women to pursue leadership roles worldwide.

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Anne M. Prisco, PhD, president of Holy Family University, shared the story behind her title with us on Sunday, November 28th, 2021.Dr. Anne Prisco began her tenure as the sixth president of Holy Family University in July 2021. She has dedicated herself to advancing higher education and student success. Over the course of her impressive career, Dr. Prisco has served as an administrator, faculty member, researcher, and consultant. From 2012-2020, Dr. Prisco served at Felician University, where she was also their first lay leader. Prior to the presidency at Felician, Dr. Prisco served in a number of higher education institutions, including as a Vice President at Loyola Marymount University, a faculty member at St. John’s University, and a policy researcher at New York University.Dr. Prisco holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona with the highest distinction, an MBA in Finance from Fordham University, and a PhD in Economics and Education from Columbia University. She is the recipient of numerous awards including a public policy fellowship from Columbia University, named a Top 50 Business Women in New Jersey, and the Wise Woman Award from the National Organization for Italian-American Women. She is a member of the Forum for Executive Women in Philadelphia and is a champion for diversity, inclusion, and access in higher education.SUE SAYS"Anne grew up in Brooklyn the daughter of an immigrant from Italy whose sole reason for coming to the U.S. was to give his family better opportunities to live a life well-lived. Knowing just how important education was to her parents, Anne was dedicated to her schooling but also had her own innate desire to teach. Her openness to learning, pivoting, and evolving led directly to her role as President of Holy Family."Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/women-to-watch-r/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Nov 29

43 min 17 sec

Monique Idlett-Mosley, Founder and Managing Partner of Reign  Venture Capital (RVC), shared the story behind her title with us on Sunday, November 21st, 2021.Monique is a globally recognized entertainment pioneer. Her power and influence stem from a unique blend of business acumen and innovative strategic vision. Monique brings over two decades of unprecedented success as CEO of Reign Venture Capital. By adeptly traversing the spectrum from entertainment, marketing, press, and entrepreneurship, she has earned a reputation as an industry visionary. One of Gotham Magazine’s Powerful 100 names to know, her expansive reach into the hearts and minds of people across the world is transforming the way people interact with each other and iconic brands.SUE SAYS"Monique grew up in what she describes as humble beginnings, but she never felt she was lacking for anything. Her outlook was due to the love and support of a mother who instilled in her the advantage of accepting life's twists and turns and remaining grateful for what is. She now is following her own dream to help the world recognize the power of acceptance without judgment."Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/women-to-watch-r/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Nov 22

41 min 41 sec

Sarah Zubiate, Founder & CEO of Zubi's, shared the story behind her title with us on Sunday, November 14th, 2021.Being raised in the El Paso/Juarez area, Sarah grew up on incredible, family meals centered around her mother Gloria’s “famous” salsa. Because Sarah was known to “spice things up”, she shamelessly would add several helpings of lime juice and cayenne pepper to her bowl…leading to what came to be known as "Sarah's Salsa”.Upon the success of this spiced-up salsa, Sarah expanded her cooking expertise by transforming the traditional, often unhealthy staple Hispanic dips - crema and queso - into healthy, allergen-free, plant-based alternatives.For Sarah, this was something she not only wanted to do for her family - many of which suffer from various health issues as well as dairy intolerances - but for others too. With a dedication to better health alternatives, Sarah developed healthy, flavorful products with the mentality of "ZUBI's for Everyone" because she envisioned a world and community brought together through delicious, nutritious food (no matter one's dietary lifestyle or preference).Sarah launched ZUBI Farms and Facility in November 2019. From the beginning, Sarah has focused on ensuring that her dedicated Farm and Facility are zero-waste, certified organic, and always free from the top-8 allergens.SUE SAYS"Sarah grew up humbly in El Paso TX with a loving family and a gift for numbers. Beneath the surface however she questioned why she was so different from her parents. She would later learn she was adopted and it all became clear. What both families shared however was a love of food and so she set out to produce a healthy version of the Latin cuisine."Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/women-to-watch-r/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Nov 15

41 min 9 sec

Kirsten Moorefield, Cofounder & COO of Cloverleaf and a TEDx Speaker, shared the true story behind her title with us on Sunday, November 7th, 2021.Kirsten didn't intend to start a tech company, yet here she is, the co-founder and COO of an H.R. tech platform that allows individuals and employees to be their best selves both at work and at home. Cloverleaf believes that good business is about putting humans in positions that allow them to be their best. From their office in Cincinnati, Ohio, they equip employers and empower employees to give the greatest contribution to their organization and have the most fulfilling opportunity in their role.They believe it's critical for people to be intentional about truly knowing who they work with, even in a small team like theirs. The combination and contrast of their skills elevate ourselves and others. This creates exceptional value to everyone involved.SUE SAYS"Kirsten's life story is a prime example that we are not meant to "follow the rules" and live life like everyone else. We think differently, we learn differently and we are all energized by different things. Once we learn that about each other, there are no limits to what we can create or accomplish together, whether personally or professionally!"Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/women-to-watch-r/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Nov 8

41 min 35 sec

Dana Bookman, founder & CEO of Canadian Girls Baseball and founding VP of American Girls Baseball, shared the true story behind her title with us on Sunday, October 31st, 2021.Awarded a 2021 Meritorious Service Medal by the Governor-General of Canada for work with CGB & named one of the top 100 most influential people in Canadian baseball by the Canadian Baseball Network, Dana is a strong advocate of empowering girls through sports and giving them the soft skills to become future leaders.SUE SAYS"Dana began her life in Canada with a love of writing and journalism. Life however had a different plan for her as she would later learn when her six-year-old daughter wanted to play baseball, but not be the only girl out of 400 players. As a producer Dana was used to solving problems, so she decided to create a place for her daughter to play and it turned into a national baseball league for girls. Now it's a sport anyone can play!"Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/women-to-watch-r/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Nov 1

41 min 53 sec

Jeane Vidoni, President &CEO of Penn Community Bank, shared the story behind her title with us on Sunday, October 24, 2021.Over the course of more than 35 years in banking, Jeane served in various roles at financial institutions of all sizes throughout the Philadelphia region, gaining insight into the workings of community, regional and corporate banks. As an active leader in the Pennsylvania business and financial community, Jeane donates her time and leadership talents to several industry groups, including as Chair of Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council (CDIAC) of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, and as Pennsylvania Member Director on the board of directors of the Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB) of Pittsburgh, which supports homeownership programs throughout Delaware, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. SUE SAYS"Jean grew up in what she describes as less than ideal circumstances. Her mother suffered from mental illness. Any child unable to have a healthy relationship with their mother knows what that can do. Fortunately, Jeane had a loving and supportive father who instilled a tremendous sense of confidence and independence in her. It helped her to see herself as capable and worthy and she carries that with her today in her role as a CEO." Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/women-to-watch-r/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Oct 25

41 min 11 sec

Susan McPherson shared the story behind her title with us on Sunday, October 17th, 2021.Susan is a serial connector, angel investor, and corporate responsibility expert. She is the founder and CEO of McPherson Strategies, a communications consultancy focused on the intersection of brands and social impact. She is the author of The Lost Art of Connecting: The Gather, Ask, Do Method for Building Meaningful Relationships. Susan has 25+ years of experience in marketing, public relations, and sustainability communications, speaking regularly at industry events including Inspirefest/Dublin, BSR, Center for Corporate Citizenship’s Annual Summit, DLD and Techonomy, and contributing to the Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, and Forbes. She has appeared on NPR, CNN, USA Today, The New Yorker, New York Magazine and the Los Angeles Times.SUE SAYS"As the youngest of three and "teeny tiny" in stature, Susan always felt compelled to speak up. It served her well in life as she recognized the ability to speak to others in an authentic and curious way would often lead to opportunities. She also lost her mother in a tragic accident which placed even more emphasis on the importance of meaningful relationships over living with the goal of "what can I get?" Wise words from a champion connector."Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/women-to-watch-r/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Oct 18

41 min 33 sec

Melissa Skoog Dunagan, the Founder & President of Skoog Co and the Co-Founder & Owner of theJuggl, shared the story behind her title with us on Sunday, October 10th, 2021.Skoog Co is a brand strategy and communications firm that represents many of the most celebrated luxury and lifestyle brands. theJuggl is a private membership marketplace uniquely featuring advice, tools & direct connections to move you towards your personal and professional goals.Melissa is as much a fashion insider as they come. After majoring in glass-blowing at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Hinsdale native kick-started her career as Anna Wintour's assistant at Vogue. She climbed to accessories editor at Marie Claire before making the not-oft-accomplished leap from editorial to industry, spending four years in San Francisco as a merchant for women's fashion at Gap Inc. There, she co-managed a $200 million business at Banana Republic and soaked up lessons from retail guru Millard "Mickey" Drexler, the former Gap chief who now helms J. Crew.SUE SAYS"Raised as the baby in a small town in Illinois, Melissa spent a lot of time unsupervised and by herself. Her independence was seeded and she dreamt of living in the big city. Ironically after fulfilling her dream of working in fashion in NYC with the biggest names, Anna Wintour and Prada, she felt the need to leave it all behind to focus on herself and the wellness of other women."Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/women-to-watch-r/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Oct 11

42 min 10 sec

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, Author & Speaker, shared the story behind her title with us on Sunday, October 3rd, 2021.Gayle is the author of New York Times bestsellers, The Dressmaker of Khair Khana (2011), Ashley’s War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Specia Ops Battlefield (2015), and The Daughters of Kobani (2021).Lemmon is a frequent speaker on national security topics, including at the Aspen Security Forum and TED forums, and has given talks at West Point, ODNI, the Defense Intelligence Agency, the U.S. Naval Academy, and the National Infantry Museum. Her TED Talk on Ashley’s War and the reshaping of the hero story to include women has received more than a million views worldwide. She regularly appears on MSNBC, CNN, PBS, and National Public Radio. Along with her national security work, she has reported and written extensively on topics including child marriage in the United States for PBS NewsHour and on school choice, single moms, and the power and importance of girls’ ambition for The Atlantic. Lemmon holds an MBA from Harvard and received the Dean’s Award for her work on women’s entrepreneurship. In addition to serving as a Robert Bosch Fellow in Germany, she served as a Fulbright scholar in Spain, on the board of the international aid organization Mercy Corps and is a member of the Bretton Woods Committee. She speaks Spanish, German, and French and is conversant in Dari and Kurmanci. SUE SAYS"Growing up Gayle was heavily influenced by the women in her life going back several generations. She lost her mother to cancer at the age of 13, but not before her mother taught her that women could and should work to serve others and help to make the world a better place. In bringing forth the remarkable and often untold stories of women in war-torn countries who are stepping and speaking out, she is doing just that."Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/women-to-watch-r/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Oct 4

43 min 50 sec

Melissa Bernstein, Founder of Melissa & Doug Toy Company and Author of Lifelines: An inspirational journey from profound darkness to radiant light, shared the story behind her title with us on Sunday, September 26th, 2021.In her latest book, Melissa mother of six, married 30 years, and entrepreneur shares her inspirational journey and the LifeLines that enabled her to triumph over anxiety, depression, and despair, a story she hopes will help others find their path to meaning and inner peace.SUE SAYS"From a very young age, Melissa had deep and dark thoughts about the meaning of life. Not knowing consumed her, and left her feeling alone and severely depressed. It was not until she discovered her purpose of creativity through the creation of her toy company that she was able to live a truly joyful life. Now her purpose is to help others arrive at the same place."Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/women-to-watch-r/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Sep 27

41 min 58 sec

Gayle Martz, the founder of The SHERPA Pet Trading Company, shared the story behind her title with us on Sunday, September 19th, 2021.Gayle single-handedly designed, manufactured, and marketed the iconic SHERPA Bag you see everywhere! This carrier, which millions have bought for their dogs, cats, and other animal companions, continues to be THE top-selling, prize-winning, globally popularly soft-sided pet carrier. Further, It is because of Gayle’s advocacy and entrepreneurship that pet travel on airlines is now possible and common. Gayle’s the author of “IT’S IN THE BAG,” which is part memoir and part business book.SUE SAYS"From a young age Gayle was looking for ways to fix things. It makes perfect sense then that she came up with a way to allow people to travel with their pets. While she had a very dark moment in her life facing the loss of a job and her fiance all at the same time, it was her sweet dog Sherpa that not only comforted her through that phase, but spurred her idea that would turn into a multi-million dollar company. Keep on trying, she says."Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/women-to-watch-r/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Sep 20

37 min 23 sec

Wema Hoover, Global Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Leader, Executive Coach & Culture Curator, shared the true story behind her title with us on Sunday, September 12th, 2021.Wema has led global DEI efforts for Google, Pfizer, Sanofi, and Bristol-Myers Squibb to help inform and guide corporate leadership. Throughout her career, she has led teams of more than 85 people and developed multiple Global Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Councils to build internal capabilities related to belonging, unconscious bias, cultural competence, and global leadership.Wema is also an executive coach who holds a Master of Science in Human Resource Management and a Master’s-level Certificate in Organizational Change Management both from New School University. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Rutgers University and a certification as a Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR) through the Human Resources Certification Institute.SUE SAYS"From a very young age, Wema was interested in people and embraced the diverse community she grew up in. Having experienced first hand the joy that comes from diversity of thought and culture, Wema took this knowledge and landed in leadership roles with fortune 500's to help with their DEI initiatives. While she brought her expertise to these roles, I believe it's her innate optimism that has led to her success."Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/women-to-watch-r/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Sep 13

42 min 40 sec

Dana Snyder, Founder and CEO of Positive Equation, shared the true story behind her title with us on Sunday, September 5th, 2021.Positive Equation is a digital consultancy focused on helping nonprofits cultivate a passionate online following of donors, volunteers, and advocates.Dana has worked with Movember, Dress for Success, USTA, American Idol, The Gary Sinise Foundation, Coin Up, Hashtag Lunchbag, and many more.Dana is a member of the Purpose Collaborative, an invitation-only, global group of 40+ boutique firms, consultancies, and subject matter experts, all passionate about social purpose. Currently based in Los Angeles, she volunteers as the VP of Content for WISE LA.She believes social media is a powerful vehicle to spark social change.SUE SAYS"Having grown up in Sarasota Florida, Dana was exposed early on to the work of nonprofits and activities that placed her directly in front of people in need. This exposure taught Dana the power of stories and why all organizations should implement strategies that connect their brand directly to the people they are trying to reach. Impatient by nature, Dana set off to start her own company so she could work at her own pace and get things done faster in order to help cause driven organizations."Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/women-to-watch-r/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Sep 6

42 min 15 sec

Suong (Shu) Nguyen, Partner at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP, shared the story behind her title with us on Sunday, August 29th, 2021.Ms. Nguyen is a partner in the firm’s Silicon Valley office. She is an accomplished trial advocate, who has practiced both in New York and California. She co-chaired a patent trial that was named a “Top Plaintiff’s Verdict” by the Daily Journal. She has achieved plaintiffs’ verdicts in the hundreds of millions of dollars, and won defense verdicts in bench and jury trials, as well as arbitrations. Most recently, she won a $50 million jury verdict (and an additional $14.3 million in attorneys’ fees) for Olaplex against L’Oreal alleging infringement of multiple patents, trade secret misappropriation and breach of contract. Suong received her J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School, and graduated first in her class from Franklin & Marshall College, where she completed her pre-medical studies with a double major in Chemistry and Special Studies in Economics and Business. SUE SAYS"I'm always impressed with people who come to the U.S. to start their lives over, learn a new language and pursue their dreams. Suong is one of those people and takes every opportunity to express her gratitude for her parents, teachers and community members who helped her along the way. What struck me the most was her steadfast belief in herself knowing that she can achieve anything she works to achieve...and she hopes to pass that self-esteem on to her daughter."Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/women-to-watch-r/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Aug 30

40 min 3 sec

Dr. Yaba Blay shared the story behind her title with us on Sunday, August 22nd, 2021. Dr. Blay is a scholar-activist, public speaker, and cultural consultant whose scholarship, work and practice centers on the lived experiences of Black women and girls, with a particular focus on identity/body politics and beauty practices.Lauded by O Magazine for her social media activism, she has launched several viral campaigns including Locs of Love, #PrettyPeriod, and #ProfessionalBlackGirl, her multi-platform digital community.Widely respected as one of the foremost thought leaders on Black racial identity, colorism, and beauty politics, Dr. Blay is a globally sought-after speaker and consultant with an extensive client list of over two dozen academic institutions including Harvard University, Duke University, Spelman College, New York University, to name a few; and such corporate entities as Netflix, UniLever International, SheaMoisture, Estee Lauder Companies, Procter & Gamble’s ‘My Black is Beautiful,’ and the #meToo. Movement.SUE SAYS"Yaba translates her research into engaging creative projects that seek to impact, if not change, our lived experiences for the better.  She has launched several viral campaigns including Locs of Love, #PrettyPeriod, and #ProfessionalBlackGirl. She is also the author of the award-winning One Drop: Shifting the Lens on Race, the inspiration behind CNN’s television documentary “Who is Black in America?,” for which she served as consulting producer. "Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/women-to-watch-r/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Aug 23

42 min 12 sec

Tina Brown, the CEO of Overtown Youth Center, shared the story behind her title with us on Sunday, August 15th, 2021.Tina is a daughter of Miami – Historic Overtown to be exact – and the powerhouse leader has dedicated her life to improving the lives of those who live, work and play in the community of her birth. Armed with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Accounting from Savannah State University; a Master’s Degree in Accounting and more than two decades of experience in the field of accounting and business management for both corporate and non-profit entities.Today, Tina serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Overtown Youth Center; overseeing both Mourning Family Foundation, & Honey Shine, Inc; with an annual $5 million budget for all for programs; as well as managing a $20 million Capital Campaign Project to reconstruct OYC and expand its programmatic services. Thus far, $15 million has been raised and the project is scheduled to be complete in the 1st Quarter of 2022.Due to her lifelong passion of empowering young people, Tina doesn’t take her role lightly or for granted. She believes deeply in changing the narrative of children and families residing in low – socio-economic/systemically marginalized communities by providing a comprehensive and holistic approach that levels the playing field.   SUE SAYS"I asked Tina why she felt she was able to aim higher than other children who grew up in the tough neighborhood of Overtown, Florida. It was a teacher, she said. Her history teacher was a man who took the time and interest in Tina and pointed out her gifts so she would see she had choices in life. Tina is certain that having a mentor and someone who believed in her, is absolutely what led her down the right path. Her purpose now is to offer that same hope to other children in Overtown.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/women-to-watch-r/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Aug 16

41 min 4 sec

Nina Tandon, CEO & Co-Founder of Epibone, shared the story behind her title with us on Sunday, August 8th, 2021.Dr. Tandon bridges the realms of business and science, with 10 years of experience in tissue engineering and more than eight in bioreactor design. She completed two advanced degrees at Columbia University: a Ph.D. and postdoc in stem cells and tissue engineering and an Executive MBA in healthcare entrepreneurship. Named one of the 100 most creative people in business by Fast Company, she is also a TED Senior Fellow and MIT & McKinsey alum. Nina enjoys yoga, rock climbing, surfing, and growing a strong business while growing strong bones. Her TED Talk on personalized medicine has been viewed more than a million times. SUE SAYS"On paper, Nina's resume is quite impressive with a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering, a Master's in Bioelectrical Engineering, a PhD, and an MBA! What was most impressive to me however was Nina's ability to articulate her work in a way that was so clear and understandable to a lay person like myself. Her excitement, sense of curiosity, and humor around the important work she is doing left me curious and excited myself to continue to follow her and see what she does next!"Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/women-to-watch-r/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Aug 9

44 min 2 sec

Tere Riley, Sr. Brand Manager for Redwire, shared the story behind her title with us on Saturday, July 31st and Sunday, August 1st 2021.Tere oversees brand strategy across all Redwire and leads the strategic development and execution of marketing and communications plans that advance the business and brand across all marketing channels.Prior to Redwire, Tere oversaw marketing initiatives, and media partnerships at the International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory driving engagement and key partnerships including various research and science organizations as well as national and international media industries to convey the overall mission of the ISS.Holding several leadership roles in her career, she was an award-winning producer for Discovery Communications, leading creative and content strategies for global brands like the Discovery Channel, Discovery en Español, Animal Planet, and more. She developed cobranding opportunities working with Fortune 500 companies driving audience retention, ad sales revenue, and ratings. SUE SAYS"In speaking with Tere, I could not help but be moved by her candor. Two defining experiences emerged as she shared who she is and what's behind her strong work ethic. Her Mother, a survivor of breast cancer, came to America to escape Communism in Cuba. Tere's Dad battled alcoholism and died young because of it. Tere opted for a preventative double mastectomy after learning she tested positive for the BRCA-2 gene. In spite of it all, she remains an optimistic, hard working, ambitious wife and mother of two."Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/women-to-watch-r/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Aug 2

41 min 13 sec

Joi Garner, board member, executive vice president, general counsel & corporate secretary for THINK450, shared the story behind her title with us on Saturday, July 24th, and Sunday, July 25th, 2021.Joi brings nearly twenty years of experience in sports and entertainment, a wealth of knowledge in strategic contract negotiations, content creation, event production and management, and an unparalleled work ethic to THINK450, the National Basketball Players Association’s licensing and marketing subsidiary.SUE SAYS"Joi grew up in the blue collar town of South Philadelphia whereas she states, everyone is a fan of sports whether they want to be or not. While she had a true love of sports herself, it was PR that led to her current role with the NBPA. Her decision to go to law school enhanced her position and has allowed her to create great influence in an industry that is working hard on its diversity and inclusion."Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/women-to-watch-r/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Jul 26

41 min 4 sec

Jelen Greiner, co-Founder of iRobot and current CEO of Tertill, shared the story behind her title with us on Saturday, July 17th and Sunday, July 18th, 2021.Helen’s goal since she was 11 has been to create robots. Her career has been her dream come true. She co-founded and served as Chairman and President of iRobot Corporation for 18 years.Helen also founded CyPhy Works, a drone company that delivered persistent drones flying for many hours, days, weeks at a time autonomously. We had them deployed in Iraq and Syria with Army and Special Forces where they saved lives. CyPhy was sold to NASDAQ[FLIR].Helen likes delivering robot products that surprise and delight customers with utility, intelligence, and price.SUE SAYS"Helen’s love of mechanics and engineering was innate from the very beginning. While she didn’t always feel as though she fit in with the other girls growing up, she pursued her dream anyway to one day build a robot just like R2D2. She is the finest example of living life on her own terms."Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/women-to-watch-r/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Jul 19

41 min 48 sec

Joanna Jones, CEO & Founder of InterQ Research, shared the story behind her title with us on Saturday, July 10th and Sunday, July 11th 2021. InterQ Research, a full-service market research firm headquartered in San Francisco, does research for clients that include Delta Air Lines, Twitter, Audi, and Google.Joanna founded InterQ six years ago, after working in the ad agency world. Joanna majored in psychology and has been a lifelong student of understanding how people perceive experiences. At InterQ, she brings this passion into her work: Through qualitative interviewing, the InterQ team seeks to learn how people use products, perceive messages, and navigate digital experiences. Outside of her role at InterQ, Joanna is an avid mountain biker, skiier, cook, gardener, and travel aficionado. She was born and raised in California, where she lives with her partner, Justin, and her cat, Oliver.SUE SAYS"Joanna's vision is bold, but I have no doubt she will achieve exactly what she has set out to do. Her background growing up in a rural area of California spending most of her time alone as a child, ties directly to her ability to be comfortable with risk and uncertainty. As she shares, not having structure at every turn can turn out to be a gift."Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/women-to-watch-r/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Jul 12

41 min 45 sec

Dr. Nicole Saphier, the Director of Breast Imaging at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center - Monmouth, Fox News Contributor, and Author, shared the story behind her title with us on Saturday, July 3rd and Sunday, July 4th, 2021.Nicole was raised in Scottsdale, Arizona. Her father was an attorney and her mother, a licensed counselor that worked with children that were victims of abuse and mental illness. She had a child while in high school stating "The decision to have my son at a young age was not based on political or religious beliefs. On the contrary, it was based on emotion and a sense of responsibility. Had this happened decades prior, I may have been forced into an unsafe abortion or hidden away during my pregnancy and my child would have been given away. I am grateful to have had the choice to choose life". She is married to Dr. Paul Saphier, an endovascular neurosurgeon, whom she met in medical school; they have two sons together.SUE SAYS"The news that you're pregnant as a student in high school is news that will rock anyone's world. For Nicole, a type-A determined young lady with a lot of dreams and goals hit hard. Being told by some around her that she would now never reach those goals may have been exactly what she needed to hear to prove them all wrong."Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/women-to-watch-r/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Jul 5

40 min 50 sec

Shari Dingle Costantini, CEO & founder of Avant Healthcare Professionals, shared the story behind her title with us on Saturday, June 26th and Sunday, June 27th, 2021.Costantini is a renowned expert in the healthcare industry, with 30 years of experience in strategic leadership, nursing, and international staffing. She was named 100 Most Influential People in Staffing - 2013, Global Power 100 – Women in Staffing –2017 and 2018 by Staffing Industry Analysts. Costantini is the President of the American Association of International Healthcare Recruitment, a trade association she helped form in 2007. Through AAIHR, Costantini actively lobbies Congress for immigration reform to allow a consistent flow of highly skilled healthcare professionals. SUE SAYS"Nothing prepares us for adulthood like our challenges as children. In Shari's case, she had several medical challenges that were not only significant but at a very pivotal age. When Shari looks back, she can see that her ability to work through Viral Encephalitis, conquer rehab, and finish school was a precursor for her ability to start, run and sell a large company in the healthcare industry."Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/women-to-watch-r/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Jun 28

42 min 48 sec

Athena Staton, CEO & Founder of SheCar, shared the story behind her title with us on Saturday, June 19th and Sunday, June 20th 2021.SheCar is Athena's latest venture and the inspiration for her newly formed non-profit organization, SheCare, Inc. which exists to provide women who are emerging from hardship with reliable and safe vehicles. Together the two organizations serve to provide women and men with honest, transparent, and truthful information about the cost and condition of cars.SUE SAYS"At the age of 10 Athena wanted a Schwinn 10 speed bike that cost $112.00. Mom and Dad responded with a hard no. So she took it upon herself to work odd jobs saving $10 a week until that bike was paid off. That early determination and planning was an obvious sign that Athena would succeed at most anything she put her mind to. As it turns out, not only did she launch a successful company in a historically male-dominated field, she also launched a non-profit stemming from the sales of SheCar. Not bad for only three years in!"Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/women-to-watch-r/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Jun 21

41 min 6 sec

Tanya Markul, Poet, Writer and Author of The She Book series, shared the story behind her title with us on Saturday, June 12th and Sunday, June 13th, 2021.Early in life, Tanya discovered emotional pain to be a sustainable resource for art and creation—and she hasn’t stopped writing since. Her quotes, stories, poems, and prose have touched readers around the world. She hopes to be a safe space of inspiration and empowerment for years to come.SUE SAYS"Speaking to Tanya was such a gift. Her energy is one of calm, love and wisdom that is so needed in our world today. Her life story begins with abandonment, rejection, depression, and addiction, and sits now with her husband and two boys who bring her the acceptance and love she so desperately needed and wanted as a young girl." Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/women-to-watch-r/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Jun 14

41 min 47 sec

Natalie Gonnella-Platts, Director of Women's Initiatives for The George W. Bush Institute, shared the story behind her title with us on Saturday, June 5th and Sunday, June 6th 2021!Natalie is responsible for research and programmatic efforts that support women and girls worldwide to lead in their communities and countries. This includes the work of the First Ladies Initiative, which aims to enable and support global First Ladies in effectively using their platforms to impact change. Additionally, she is the host of the Bush Institute’s award nominated podcast, Ladies, First; the co-author of a first-of-its kind analysis on global first ladies, A Role Without a Rulebook; and served as a project lead on the development of the Bush Institute’s 2018 and 2019 special exhibits. Her work has also been published or featured across a wide range of external outlets including the New York Times, The Washington Post, Vanity Fair, The Dallas Morning News, Real Clear World, Politico, Bustle, Refinery 29, among others.SUE SAYS"We often explore our ancestry to learn where some of our own traits come from. When Natalie looks at her family tree, she can easily see leadership qualities in both her Grandmother, the founder of a candy store in 1946 and her own mother who was a nurse and always instilled in her children the importance of helping others. She now has the opportunity to do just that through her work with The George W Bush Institute."Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/women-to-watch-r/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Jun 7

42 min 12 sec

Dana Perino, Former White House Press Secretary, Fox News Contributor, and Author, shared the story behind her title with us on Saturday, May 29th and Sunday, May 30th 021.Dana is a co-anchor of America's Newsroom and co-host of one of the most popular shows on cable television, The Five. Perino was the first Republican woman to serve as the White House press secretary, and served for over seven years in the administration of President George W. Bush, including at the Department of Justice after the terrorist attacks on 9/11. Dana lives in Manhattan with her husband, Peter McMahon, and of course, their dog, Jasper.SUE SAYS"It was such a joy to speak with Dana Perino. I have long admired her work and her incredible ability to present the news and her own views on the latest events taking place daily in the U.S. and around the world. Our conversation confirmed my sense that what has led to Dana's success is her absolute faith and integrity that was shaped by the people who knew and loved her best. And on top of all that, she's funny!"Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/women-to-watch-r/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

May 31

46 min 51 sec

Janeen Gelbart, CEO and co-founder of Indiggo, shared the story behind her title with us on Saturday, May 22nd and Sunday, May 23rd, 2021.Janeen has been dedicated to creating Return On Leadership® for over 15 years. She spearheaded Indiggo’s transformation from a premier boutique consultancy to a highly innovative tech company that continues to break through static ways of working and unquestioned limiting assumptions.Never satisfied with the status quo, Janeen relentlessly engages herself and others in being the best they can.SUE SAYS"Janeen shared with me that as a child she was actually shy, and typically the observer of others. We talked about how those traits are actually quite positive for leaders who develop the ability to read people, develop insights and come up with the simplest solutions to problems. As the mother of two daughters, she hopes their journey's lead them away from being placed in boxes, and toward the life they were truly meant to live."Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/women-to-watch-r/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

May 24

40 min 25 sec

Dr. Ruth Gotian, the Chief Learning Officer and Assistant Professor of Education in Anesthesiology and former Assistant Dean of Mentoring and Executive Director of the Mentoring Academy at Weill Cornell Medicine, shared the story behind her title with us on Saturday, May 15th and Sunday, May 16th, 2021.Dr. Gotian has been hailed by the journal Nature and Columbia University as an expert in mentorship and leadership development. In 2021, she was selected as one of 30 people worldwide to be named to the Thinkers50 Radar List, dubbed the Oscars of management thinking and is a semi-finalist for the Forbes 50 Over 50 list. In addition to publishing in academic journals, she is a contributor to Forbes and Psychology Todaywhere she writes about ‘optimizing success’. Her research is about the mindset and skill set of peak performers, including Nobel laureates, astronauts and Olympic champions. Her forthcoming book, The Success Factor, will be out in January.SUE SAYSWe talk on the show often about being the only woman in the room. For Ruth, she was the only girl in four generations in her family! This comfortableness around boys led her to become the very first girl on the boys soccer team at 10 years old. A true lesson in determination and living by the questions, why not?Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/women-to-watch-r/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

May 17

40 min 52 sec

Tiffany Dufu, Founder and CEO of The Cru, shared the story behind her title with us on Saturday, May 8th and Sunday, May 9th, 2021.Tiffany is a catalyst-at-large in the world of women’s leadership and the author of Drop the Ball, a memoir and manifesto that shows women how to cultivate the single skill they really need in order to thrive: the ability to let go. According to foreword contributor Gloria Steinem, Drop the Ball is “important, path-breaking, intimate and brave.”Tiffany serves on the board of Girls Who Code and Simmons College. She is a member of Women's Forum New York, Delta Sigma Theta, Sorority, Inc. and is a Lifetime Girl Scouts. She lives in New York City with her husband and two children.SUE SAYS"Tiffany was born to very young parents who were not prepared to raise a child. When she reflects on her beginning, she is reminded that while her mother struggled with poverty and addiction, she also spoke to Tiffany in a way that led her to believe in herself, and ultimately aim higher. With the help of her father, she went off to college and discovered her true calling; to help elevate young girls and women become independent for the greater good."Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/women-to-watch-r/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

May 10

43 min 5 sec

Denelle Dixon, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of the Stellar Development Foundation, shared the story behind her title with us on Saturday, May 1st and Sunday, May 2nd, 2021.The Stellar Development Foundation is a non-profit organization using blockchain to unlock the world’s economic potential by making money more fluid, markets more open, and people more empowered.Before joining Stellar, Dixon served as COO of Mozilla, one of the most successful mission-driven open-source organizations. During her tenure at Mozilla, she led the organization’s business, revenue and policy teams including the ongoing fight for Net Neutrality and the global effort to ensure that people can control their personal data. She also pushed Mozilla to understand how to partner with commercial entities while staying true to its core mission of openness, innovation, and opportunity on the web. A lawyer by trade, Denelle previously served as a general counsel and legal advisor in private equity and technology.Throughout her career, Denelle has been a vocal advocate for net neutrality, encryption, the disclosure of vulnerabilities by governments, and greater user choice and control.SUE SAYS"In society today, particularly in the U.S., there are endless conversations around race, prejudice and inequality. For someone like Robin, who in her own words grew up privileged and white, she has a unique perspective because she experienced living in two worlds-one as a minority and one where all her peers looked the same. Robin's integrity and life experience has led her to walk the walk and purposefully contribute in areas that defend the rights of all people."Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/women-to-watch-r/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

May 3

42 min 11 sec

Robin Lorenzini, President at Lorenzini Family Foundation, shared the story behind her title with us on Saturday, April 24th and Sunday, April 25th, 2021.Robin is an experienced Philanthropist and Community Builder with a successful record in, program design and leadership. She specializes in making connections that build community to improve businesses in the for profit and non-profit areas.SUE SAYS"In society today, particularly in the U.S., there are endless conversations around race, prejudice and inequality. For someone like Robin, who in her own words grew up privileged and white, she has a unique perspective because she experienced living in two worlds-one as a minority and one where all her peers looked the same. Robin's integrity and life experience has led her to walk the walk and purposefully contribute in areas that defend the rights of all people."Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/women-to-watch-r/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Apr 25

43 min 50 sec

Deborah Parenti, EVP & Publisher of Radio Ink, Radio & TV Business Report, and Podcast Business Journal, shared the story behind her title with us on Saturday, April 17th and Sunday, April 18th, 2021.Deborah has been EVP/Publisher of Radio Ink and Radio + Television Business Report since. She succeeded Eric Rhoads, chairman and founder of Radio Ink, at the helm of the publication which she established in 1992. She has also led the company’s radio conference division since 2007, including Forecast, the Hispanic Radio Conference, Convergence, and the Radio Ink Sports Conference.SUE SAYS35 years is a long time to work in one industry. But if you love what you do, you continue to learn and look for ways to be creative. That was certainly the case for Deborah Parenti who even found a way to use her love of food from her Italian heritage as an equalizer when dealing with colleagues and clients. Deborah is the finest example of the power behind leaders allowing others to feel valued and important!Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/women-to-watch-r/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Apr 19

43 min 48 sec

Colleen Cutcliffe, CEO & Co-Founder at Pendulum Therapeutics, shared the story behind her title with us on Saturday, April 10th and Sunday, April 11th, 2021.Colleen has over 15 years of experience leading and managing biology teams in academia, pharmaceuticals, and biotechnology. Prior to starting Pendulum, Colleen was the Senior Manager of Biology at Pacific Biosciences and a Scientist at Elan Pharmaceuticals. Colleen received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Johns Hopkins University and her B.A. in Biochemistry from Wellesley College.SUE SAYS"As a young girl growing up in the deep south to immigrant parents, Colleen's experience was not one of racism or discrimination. She recalls the lesson she learned from her parents was that every person, no matter their background, has the absolute power to chart their own course in life. She's taken these values of integrity, hard work and education and applied them directly to her company Pendulum. "Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/women-to-watch-r/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Apr 11

44 min 39 sec

Shy Averett, Global Sr. Community Program and Events Manager for Microsoft, shared the story behind her title with us on Saturday, April 3rd and Sunday, April 4th, 2021.A serial philanthropist and Detroit native, Shy Averett serves as the Global Sr. Community Program and Events Manager for Microsoft in Redmond, Washington where she leads EDU & D & I Programming. She is tasked with strategically creating opportunities for advancement in underrepresented communities, educating the masses, and bringing forth ground-breaking solutions to problems in communities often forgotten.In 2017, Shy created Microsoft’s MANCODE Program to help underrepresented minority boys grow a passion for STEM related careers. Over the next few years, MANCODE would grow and develop into a program that not only teaches boys basic coding in areas such as C+ or HTML, but to also bring African American male mentors to teach and inspire attendees everywhere. By the end of 2020, almost 70,000 young boys across the US have gone through MANCODE program.SUE SAYS"Some of us go through life searching for our “calling.” Others find it early on, and spend their lives doing exactly that. Shy is certainly one of those people. At age 15 she became the youngest President of the NAACP in Michigan, and has been working to help others rise up ever since. Her story is a beautiful example of the power in being ” a little less selfish.”Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/women-to-watch-r/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Apr 5

43 min 53 sec

Elizabeth Neumann, Former Deputy Chief of Staff and Assistant Secretary for The Department of Homeland Security and Counter Terrorism, shared the story behind her title with us on Saturday, March 27th and Sunday, March 28th, 2021.Elizabeth served in the Trump administration from 2017 to April 2020 as a senior advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to DHS Secretary John Kelly and Acting DHS Secretary Elaine Duke, and as DHS Assistant Secretary for Threat Prevention and Security Policy to DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, Acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan, and Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf. Starting in 2003, she served on the Homeland Security Council in the George W. Bush administration.This episode also features Terri Boyer, our Educational Partner, providing information about Villanova University Women’s Leadership Program!Sue Says"As a young girl, Elizabeth’s parents told her she could do or be anything she wanted in the world. This lesson was challenged when she heard a different message from some of her peers who felt that women were not meant to lead, but be in more supportive roles. This was not something Elizabeth would buy into, or follow, as she set out to make her way in Washington."Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/women-to-watch-r/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Mar 29

1 hr 28 min

Pavlina Osta, a vibrant compelling multi-media, social-media influencer, personality force, and Best-Selling Author of 20 Things Every Motivated 20 Something Should Know, shared the story behind her title with us on Saturday, March 20th and Sunday, March 21st, 2021.Pavlina, who is currently based in New York City, a Media Culture and the Arts graduate of King’s College, executes her dynamic abilities as a show content creator, host, and producer through the Salem Media Group and her own company’s projects, PAV Media LLC. Pavlina, a winner of many awards, has created, hosted, and produced shows since her first self-created radio talk show at age eleven when she was the winner of a five-time Gracie Award.Holding the Guinness World Record for “The Most Live Radio Interviews Conducted in 24 hours,” three hundred and forty- seven interviews to be exact. Pavlina has strong roots in speaking to Pop Culture and its plethora of newsmakers, having interviewed over six hundred celebrities to date, including Katie Couric, Shaquille O’Neal and Steve Forbes.Pavlina consistently appears on various TV, radio, podcast segments, and speaking engagement platforms such as Newsmax, NRB, and her recent podcast creation, “If God had a Podcast,” focused on “Improving You for a Better Us.” Pavlina also appears as the Host of “The Stand” TV show on BOLD TV.SUE SAYS"At 23, Pavlina Osta has accomplished more in her life than many adults! She had her own radio show at 11, has written a book and has her own Podcast called “If God Had a Podcast.” With her interest in helping the younger generation get to know themselves better in order to alleviate anxiety and depression, she is well on her way to making a name for herself through curiosity, high energy and a deep understanding that every person should walk their own path."Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/women-to-watch-r/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Mar 22

1 hr 22 min

Gina Bianchini, Founder & CEO of Mighty Networks, shared the story behind her title with us on Saturday, March 13th and Sunday, March 14th, 2021.Gina ia an entrepreneur and investor. She is the Founder & CEO of Mighty Networks. Her mission at Mighty Networks is to usher in a new era of creative business built on community. Mighty Networks serves “creators with a purpose” selling experiences, relationships, and expertise to their members via community, content, online courses, and subscription commerce–all offered in one place under the creator’s brand.Gina has been featured on the cover of Fortune and Fast Company and in Wired, Vanity Fair, Bloomberg, and The New York Times. She has appeared on Charlie Rose, CNBC, and CNN.Sue Says"Gina’s mission at Mighty Networks is to usher in a new era of creative business built on community-serving “creators and brands with a purpose.” She envisions a platform where a brand can house all of its offerings in one place without its members ever leaving because this is where they want to engage. What seemed to give Gina the confidence to launch something in a highly competitive market is that she “always looked at herself as a leader.”Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/women-to-watch-r/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Mar 15

1 hr 13 min

JJ DiGeronimo, Founder of Tech Savvy Women, shared the story behind her title with us on Saturday, March 6th and Sunday, March 7th, 2021.She is a featured columnist for Smart Business Magazine, a regular guest on TV and radio shows, and a preferred keynote speaker for many corporate events including Amazon, Symantec, Ingram Micro, Cisco, RIT, VMware, Nestle, WITI, Progressive, and KeyBank.Sue Says"JJ DiGeronimo is recognized as a thought-leader for women and girls in tech & STEM. Even with this recognition, her numerous requests to speak and after authoring two books, JJ shares she still has moments of questioning herself and her ability. We spoke about what it might take for women to be able to once and for all have a consistent belief in themselves. Great topic!"Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/women-to-watch-r/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Mar 8

1 hr 20 min

Mandy Price, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Kanarys, shared the story behind her title with us on Saturday, February 27th, and Sunday, February 28th 2021!Kanarys is a technology platform that fosters collaboration between companies and employees to improve Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in the workplace and bring about lasting change. We help companies get the specific data and insights they need to diagnose, prioritize, and optimize DEI efforts by facilitating transparency and providing a safe, anonymous way for employees to let their voices be heard.SUE SAYS"Growing up in DeSoto TX and being one of only two black students at her school, Mandy recognized early on that there was a different perception of her because she looked different. After a 12 year career in law, Mandy decided it was time to do something actionable so she launched a company that helps organizations question the biases they’ve held, whether consciously or unconsciously, and commit to structurally change their systems."Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/women-to-watch-r/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Mar 1

1 hr 22 min

Sheba Fideler, Principal at Sheba Concept & Design, shared the story behind her title with us on Saturday, February 20th and Sunday, February 21st, 2021.In 1993 Sheba founded her graphic design, branding and marketing agency, Sheba Concept & Design. She has lead and executed successful branding efforts for clients including the Minnesota Children’s Museum, Abbott Northwestern Hospital Foundation, University of MN, 3M and Pepsi-Co.Sheba and her husband, Darren Ennis, launched their event production company, Sheba Productions, in 1996. Known for creating high-end, meticulous, creative and unexpected events that surprise and delight guests, including the ASID Showcase Home Tours, the Skyway Open (architect-designed mini-golf event through the Minneapolis skyways), the Taste! wine and food event at the TCF Stadium, the Magic 8 Ball fundraising event to name a few.Seeking to develop a company built on compassion and connections, Sheba partnered with Rosie DeSimone to launch BIG LOViE in May of 2019.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/women-to-watch-r/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Feb 22

1 hr 20 min

Esther Kestenbaum, President & COO of Ruby Has, shared the story behind her title with us on Saturday, February 13th and Sunday, February 14th, 2021.Esther has held leadership and C-Suite roles within venture-backed e-commerce and retail technology companies for 20 years, including several exits – both acquisitions and IPOs. Prior to Ruby Has, Esther was CEO of DayOne, a baby and prenatal e-commerce, retail and B2B services company. Prior to that, she was founder and CEO of TheShops.TV, an e-commerce company leveraging QVC-style video. Esther has also held SVP and VP roles with retail marketing technology companies specializing in mobile, ad tech, and data analytics. She has a strong background in fundraising, corporate governance, and media relations, along with significant supply chain background and certifications such as Six Sigma Black Belt and the APICS CPIM certification.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/women-to-watch-r/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Feb 15

1 hr 19 min

Emma Isaacs, Founder and Global CEO of Business Chicks, and Summer Watson, British Classical Crossover Artist, shared the stories behind their titles with us on January 30th and January 31st, 2021 for our monthly Double Dose of Inspiration show.Emma is a career entrepreneur, a home birthing CEO, a prankster and a fierce friend. For 15 years now, she has been talking to women about their lives and their challenges. Emma has been lucky enough to work with some extraordinary people like Sir Richard Branson, Elizabeth Gilbert, Diane von Furstenberg, Seth Godin, Arianna Huffington, Kate Hudson and many more.A big voice with an even bigger heart, soprano Summer is a singer on a mission. The chart-topping international vocalist aims to inspire as well as entertain. “Go for your dreams and never give up” is the message of this world class classical crossover artist. Having beaten breast cancer and survived a deadly train crash she knows all too well the setbacks that challenge us in life.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/women-to-watch-r/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Jan 31

1 hr 18 min

Suzanne Yoon, the Founder and Managing Partner of Kinzie Capital Partners, shared the story behind her title with us on Saturday, January 23rd, and Sunday, January 24th, 2021.Suzanne oversees the firm’s investments and operational activities. Suzanne’s philosophy of combining operational excellence with technological innovation separates Kinzie from other capital providers and seeks impactful and sustained growth for investors.Prior to founding Kinzie Suzanne was a Managing Director at Versa Capital Management, LLC, where she led transaction development throughout North America. In 2013, she received the “40 Under 40 Dealmakers Award” from The M&A Advisor for her work. Prior to Versa, Suzanne was a Senior Vice President at CIT Group, co-founded LaSalle Bank/ABN AMRO’s Corporate Restructuring Group and held positions in distressed loan portfolio management and turnaround advisory at LaSalle Bank and Ernst and Young’s Restructuring Advisory Group, respectively.SUE SAYS"Growing up with parents who immigrated from South Korea and were determined to provide a better life for their children was one of the greatest experiences Suzanne had as a young girl. Tragically, Suzanne's father, a successful entrepreneur was murdered during a robbery when she was 10 years old. How did that experience shape your view of the world, I asked her. To fully understand we have no control over many things in life, but can always move forward."Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/women-to-watch-r/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Jan 25

1 hr 20 min

Cherie Burton, Speaker, Author, Host of Women Seeking Wholeness, shared the story behind her title with us on Sunday, January 17, 2021.For decades, Cherie battled feelings of shame, insignificance & depression. She has a family pedigree riddled with addiction & mental illness. As a 20-something new mom, Cherie said goodbye to her firstborn—a girl—when she was 4 days old, which launched her into a major depressive episode that could have ended my life. Cherie later earned a psych degree and became a counselor at a behavioral facility, a psychiatric hospital, and an addiction recovery center. She would also visit siblings who were patients in these places; places that it became abundantly clear to her didn’t hold the big healing picture.SUE SAYSCherie describes herself as a Divine Feminine Scholar. She has come to this place of “knowing” through her own life experience dealing with trauma, mental illness, and loss. Those who suffer loss Cherie believes are the ones who heal more easily because they become more connected to the balance of the feminine male balance that the planet has been missing. A fascinating conversation with a very intuitive woman!Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/women-to-watch-r/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Jan 17

1 hr 20 min

Myoshia Boykin Anderson, CEO & President of AndTech Solutions, LLC., shared the story behind her title with us on Sunday, January 10, 2021.Myoshia is an IT Professional with over 17 years of experience as a Project Manager and Business (Systems) Analyst with an emphasis on Healthcare: Plan Administration, Healthcare Informatics, Medical Management, Risk Adjustment, Business Intelligence (reporting, query and analysis, dashboards and visualization) and Information Management (data analysis, data integration, data quality management, metadata management).SUE SAYSListening to the wisdom of Myoshia is like listening to that small voice inside that we don’t always pay attention to. Fortunately, she did. Myoshia is a perfect example of the power in knowing that our life can truly be what we decide it will be. She came from very little and created a life of abundance, both financially and spiritually, for the sake of her daughter.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/women-to-watch-r/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Jan 10

1 hr 22 min

Judith Guido, Chairwoman & Founder of Guido & Associates, shared the story behind her title with us on Sunday, January 3, 2021.Guido & Associates, a Business Management company working in the areas of Strategy, Processes/Systems, Research, Sales, Marketing/PR, Branding, Social Media, Mergers/Acquisitions, Green and Sustainable Markets, Women and Boomer Markets, focuses on helping organizations grow their people and profits.SUE SAYSOn July 5, 2017, Judy Guido was randomly attacked by a psychotic landscaper who was working at her home at the time. He chased and struck her multiple times with an axe. She survived the horrific incident through what she describes as spontaneously using her strategic and execution abilities as an advisor, and has since recovered from a brain injury. Judy is remarkable in many ways, but what I see in her is a mental and emotional toughness that we all could use.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/women-to-watch-r/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Jan 3

1 hr 19 min

Heather Kernahan, CEO, North America at Hotwire Global, shared the story behind her title with us on Sunday, December 27, 2020.Heather has spent her entire career immersed in technology, and moved over to Hotwire from Eastwick Communications after its acquisition in 2016. She is now President, North America for Hotwire. As well as agency experience she has a wide range of in-house knowledge. At Autodesk, Heather focused on integrated brand communications and led the development of the company’s first sustainability report. As Enphase Energy’s global marketing director, she played an integral role in Enphase’s successful IPO and aggressive expansion into Europe.Heather is a fierce advocate and practitioner of integrated marketing and believes deeply that customers are at the heart of successful communications strategies. A published author, she also holds an MBA from Dominican University.This episode also features an exciting update on our previous guest Mary Cantando! Learn all about what she’s been up to since our interview with her.SUE SAYSMy conversation with Heather was like sitting down with a friend talking about life. Heather shared candidly the story of growing up without her Dad in her life, and how watching her Mom do what she needed to do to take care of her, was the greatest lesson in how to be independent. Heather is the finest example of what comes when you set goals for yourself and stay dedicated to what brings you joy.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/women-to-watch-r/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Dec 2020

1 hr 21 min

Katie Fehlinger, Former Meteorologist for CBS, Author, Speaker and Content Creator, shared the story behind her title with us on Sunday, December 20, 2020.Up until September 2019, Philadelphians woke up to Katie Fehlinger delivering the weather forecast on CBS3 Eyewitness News This Morning. But the 2:45 A.M. alarm eventually wore out its shelf life and Katie decided to take the biggest leap of her life. She left what many would consider a dream job as meteorologist in the #4 market to pursue her true version of happiness – the freedom to make her own schedule.Now, she’s channeling her talents into multiple pursuits: as a burgeoning author, public speaker and through entrepreneurial ventures, including helping beginner video creators become on-camera and production rockstars.Before switching professional focus and leaving KYW-TV, Katie made stops at WCBS in New York, AccuWeather Inc., and WLVT as a reporter/producer. She’s worked as a regular game day meteorologist for several regional Fox Sports Networks, NESN, YES, and the Big Ten Network. She also appeared on a host of other major networks including ESPN, ABC, FOX News, FOX Business and Bloomberg. In addition to her television resume, Katie has worked extensively in radio, the highlights of which include a multi-year run as KYW Newsradio’s AM drive meteorologist and as newsbreak anchor for Talk Radio 1210 WPHT.Katie is also the extremely proud mother of 4-year-old twin daughters and solo-produces content for her thriving DIY YouTube channel.This episode also features an exciting update on our previous guest Melissa Davey! Learn all about what she’s been up to since our interview with her.SUE SAYSKatie’s decision to walk away from a successful TV career was not one that came easily. As she said herself, “Being fearless is terrifying!” The irony is that at the root of fearlessness is simply being yourself, and when you’re able to do that, everything else in life becomes easier. Katie is now blissfully in her happy place!Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/women-to-watch-r/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Dec 2020

1 hr 22 min

Angelou Ezeilo, Founder & CEO of the Greening Youth Foundation, shared the story behind her title with us on Sunday, December 13, 2020.The Greening Youth Foundation’s (GYF) mission is to engage under-represented youth and young adults while connecting them to the outdoors and careers in conservation. GYF’s cultural-based environmental education program engages children from local communities and exposes them to healthy lifestyle choices in order to create an overall healthy community.Angelou’s love for the environment stretches far back to when she was a little girl who had the chance to escape the dense urban streets of Jersey City, New Jersey, to summer in upstate New York.After a brief stint of practicing law, it was through her work as a Legal Specialist for the New Jersey State Agriculture and Development Committee that Angelou embarked upon a career as an environmentalist.This episode also features an exciting update on our previous guest Mary Cantando! Learn all about what she’s been up to since our interview with her.SUE SAYSAngelou fell in love with nature as a young girl running around the woods of upstate NY on family vacations. What she realized early on was the power that nature had to bring life and happiness to all those who ventured into it. Now she is on a mission to bring this awareness to people of color who typically do not have the opportunity to learn that conservation can be a career path.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/women-to-watch-r/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

Dec 2020

1 hr 19 min