RALEIGH, N.C., May 9, 2018 –Monica Smiley, CEO and publisher of Enterprising Women magazine, has appointed Anne B. Freedman, Dr. Margo Jacquot, and Jodi L. Standke to the Enterprising Women Advisory Board. Distinguished leaders in their fields, these exemplary women business owners will contribute their expertise and resources to advancing Enterprising Women’s pre-eminence as a source of best practices and inspiration for successful women business owners across North America and globally.
“Enterprising Women is proud to welcome Anne Freedman, Dr. Margo Jacquot and Jodi Standke to our Advisory Board. They each bring seasoned executive perspective, industry knowledge and experience to our Board and will impart invaluable guidance to our one million readers around the world,” said Smiley.
Enterprising Women, the nation’s only women-owned magazine published exclusively for women business owners, chronicles the growing political, economic and social influence and power of entrepreneurial women in 185 countries. The organization extends this influence through thought leadership conferences, recognition, online learning and the Enterprising Women Foundation advancing vital mentoring for high school young women.
Joining the Enterprising Women Advisory Board are:
Anne B. Freedman, internationally recognized business communication and executive presentation consultant, corporate trainer, author and E-course developer. As founder and president of Speakout, Inc., a Miami-based company established in 1990, her mission in life is “to help prevent everyone from ever having to listen to or give another boring speech or presentation. And to keep the art of face-to-face communication alive and well!"
Freedman works privately and in groups to help executives and community leaders create powerful messages, while reducing the frustration and anxiety of public speaking. Bilingual in English and Spanish, she also conducts programs on team and leadership communication, networking skills, and developing elevator speeches. Clients include SAB Miller, Perry Ellis International, Kaufman Rossin CPAs, DHL, Western Union, Royal Caribbean, Florida International University, Banco do Brasil, and many other multinational and US corporations, nonprofits and business owners.
A University of Florida graduate and former journalist, Freedman is the author of Public Speaking for the Genius, and Say It! Own It!, a 240-page illustrated Workbook. Her 14-video E-course, Speak Your Way to the Top, is due out early next year. She currently serves on the President’s Assembly Steering Committee of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO). She is past president of Miami NAWBO, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and the South Florida Progress Foundation. She serves on the Florida International Bankers Association’s Women’s Leadership Committee and is involved in other business and civic groups.
Dr. Margo Jacquot, founder and director of The Juniper Center, one of the largest women owned counseling and therapy practices in the Chicagoland area, with five locations and 26 therapists. Dr. Jacquot is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Certified Supervisory Addictions Counselor and Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress. She is a national lecturer on trauma recovery, substance abuse, LGBTQ issues, and working with couples. Dr. Jacquot has taught graduate and post-graduate courses in treating trauma, substance abuse, couples and families and LGBTQ affirming therapies. She is Certified in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), a powerful treatment to help people resolve anxiety, panic, depression, phobias, stress and trauma. Dr. Jacquot provides clinical consultation to other therapists regarding treatment as well as mentoring around private practice development and management. She consults with businesses and community regarding behavioral health and healthy workplace policies. Dr. Jacquot also serves on the board of the Illinois Psychological Association. She is a winner of a Gold Stevie® Award in the 14th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business and a winner in the 2018 Enterprising Women of the Year Awards.
Jodi Standke, CEO of Talon Performance Group, a trusted partner that advances organizations through its people. Talon developed T.A.P. (Talent Alignment Process), a cohesive approach to talent selection, leadership development and retention for increasing effectiveness in the digital age. Standke believes organizations, groups and individuals alike can increase their effectiveness through aligning talent.
Talon Performance Group is Minnesota-based, providing Midwest values and cost-effective service to organizations and professionals nationally. For emerging companies to Fortune 50 organizations, Talon has a track record of creative and innovative solutions to support growth. Standke is currently instructing a master’s degree program for small business owners through the Small Business Association.
Standke is an elected Fellow of the prestigious College of Law Practice Management. She is a frequently sought-after author, keynote speaker and seminar presenter. She was featured in Forbes magazine as one of six outstanding Minnesota Women Business Owners. She was recognized by Finance and Commerce as one of 40 Minnesotans to Watch, and by the Twin Cities Business Journal as a Top Woman to Watch. Her Bachelor’s degree is from Minnesota State University, Winona, and a “mini masters” via the e-200 program. Jodi is certified in numerous coaching, assessment, personality and emotional intelligence programs. She has participated on several boards that include The National Association of Women Business Owners, MN Chapter, The National Association of Legal Search Consultants and The Minnesota Zoo.
In her 'free' time, Standke pursues her own passion for wellness by coaching and participating in running groups to include marathons, half-marathons and triathlons, as well as yoga and mindfulness meditation.
Enterprising Women is a partner in the new Million Women Mentors (MWM) initiative.
The initiative supports the engagement of one million science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) mentors — women and men — to increase the interest and confidence of young women to pursue and succeed in STEM degrees and careers.