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Enterprising Women Names Three Women Business Owners to its Advisory Board Peggy Gionta, Kris Martinez and Monika Moss-Gransberry Inspire Success Among Clients and Colleagues

RALEIGH, N.C., December 4, 2018 –Monica Smiley, CEO and publisher of Enterprising Women magazine, has appointed Peggy Gionta, Kris Martinez and Monika Moss-Gransberry to the Enterprising Women Advisory Board. All three have built substantial and lasting businesses based upon their respective areas of expertise and mutual passion for their clients’ success. As such, they embody the leadership values of Enterprising Women and its network of successful women business owners across North America and globally.

“Enterprising Women is proud to welcome Peggy Gionta, Kris Martinez and Monika Moss-Gransberry to our Advisory Board. Each gives deeply of herself to enable the growth and well-being of their clients and colleagues; and each is an inspiration to other women business owners and the girls who aspire to become them,” 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:

Peggy Gionta is the President and Founder of Partner’s Consulting, Inc., a woman-owned project leadership company that helps enterprises meet the changing demands of technology.

Under her direction, Partner’s Consulting has been recognized for its remarkable growth by the Inc. 5000, Philadelphia 100, Philadelphia Business Journal and Philadelphia SmartCEO, was named the 2017 Professional Services Excellence Award winner by The Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. She was a 2017 recipient of the Enterprising Women of the Year Award.

Partner’s Consulting, Inc. was launched in 2006, when after 15 years as a top sales producer in the IT consulting industry, Gionta fulfilled a lifelong dream of owning her own business. With a constant focus on people and partnership and a strong drive for success, she propelled her business from a two-person team to one of Philadelphia’s fastest growing companies. Her enthusiastic and driven personality, blended with a sincere desire to help people realize their career goals and support their need for a better balance between work and family life, established Partner’s Consulting as an employer of choice, particularly for women with families, whose focus is building a successful career.

Partner’s Consulting’s success and trustworthy reputation can be attributed to Gionta’s steadfast determination to work collaboratively and build solid relationships to expand her network. In her role as an envoy and mentor for the Women’s Business Enterprise Council (WBEC), Gionta supports other women-owned businesses by connecting them with her many industry contacts, mentoring them in business matters and looking for opportunities to partner with them, earning their distinctive WBE Leadership Award in September 2018. She is also an active member, dedicated sponsor and strong advocate of organizations that are devoted to championing women and economically disadvantaged youth to excel and become leaders in STEM careers. Gionta completed the Executive Program in Management at The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy with a minor in Spanish, as well as her Master’s Degree in International Marketing from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. http://partners-consulting.com


Kris Martinez is owner and creative director of Martinez Creative Group, a digital marketing agency based in St. Charles, IL. MCG provides creative, branding, and integrated communications for a diverse range of clients on a national basis through print, mobile, digital, and video.

Martinez has over 23 years experience creating award-winning marketing and advertising campaigns. Since 2004, she has built her business from a one-woman shop to a full service boutique agency serving clients in security, manufacturing, food, agriculture, and other industries. MCG's long-term success has been built on the relationships it has grown with its clients. Martinez and her team aim to learn everything about their clients’ businesses in order to effectively communicate on their behalf.
In 2018, she was honored as an Enterprising Women of the Year Champion by Enterprising Women Magazine. Honorees demonstrate that they have fast-growth businesses, mentor or actively support other women and girls involved in entrepreneurship, and stand out as leaders in their communities. She was also a panelist for Crain’s Chicago Business in May 2018 for the Small Business Week panel on entrepreneurship and fostering growth among women-led businesses.

MCG’s work has been recognized with several industry awards over the years. MCG received a 2018 Communitas award, which recognizes top businesses doing work to benefit their communities. MCG was also recognized with 2017 and 2018 SAMMY Awards for Stanley Security for Best Overall Marketing Campaign. The SAMMY Awards are the most highly regarded awards in the security industry.

Martinez is a member of several organizations, including: WBENC (Women’s Business Enterprise National Council), IABC (International Association of Business Communicators), PWCC (Professional Women’s Club of Chicago), NAMA (National Agri-Marketing Association), NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners), and the American Advertising Federation. MCG is a WBENC-Certified Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE). www.martinezcreativegroup.com

Monika K. Moss-Gransberry is a Self-Mastery & Business Coach, Consultant, Teacher, and Author. She is the visionary designer of Life Mapping, a manifestation practice supporting people all over the world in mapping the life they have always dreamed of living. In 1996, she began to share this process through workshops and seminars. In 2007, she authored the book, Life Mapping: A Journey of Self Discovery and Path Finding, in which she shares this process in a workbook style format so readers can map their own lives and begin the process of transforming their reality. And in 2017, her newest book was published, The Technology of Doing Creating & Being.

With a business career spanning over 30 years, Moss-Gransberry transforms organizations and builds the capacity of the individuals in them as a coach and consultant in the company she founded, MKM Management Consulting. As a coach, she is a trusted partner to entrepreneurs, nonprofit executives and corporate leaders in assessing their situations, expanding their thinking, and exploring options. She partners with them in creating integrated strategies to address the complexity of the challenges they face be they external or internal, personal or professional.

She credits The Gestalt Organizational Systems Development Center with supporting her own self-mastery and helping her to hone her talents and skills. In 2017, Moss-Gransberry was awarded the prestigious Gestalt OSD Center Lifetime Achievement Award. She is a certified Gestalt OSD Practitioner and serves on the faculty of the Gestalt OSD Center. Moss-Gransberry also serves as a senior coach and trainer for Move the Crowd and serves on the faculty of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Initiative, Cleveland & National programs. She has taught at several universities and is a regular presenter and trainer at regional and national conferences.

Moss-Gransberry’s publishing credits also include contributing author to Embracing Cultural Competency: A Roadmap for Nonprofit Capacity Builders, regular columnist for the COSE Mind Your Business blog and newsletter and guest blogger with Move the Crowd. She holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Howard University and Columbia University, respectively, is a member of Leadership Cleveland, and involved with numerous community and civic organizations.
www.monikakmoss.com www.mossgransberry.com

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