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Taylor, Michelle
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Michelle Taylor is the President and CEO of BETAH Associates, Inc. (BETAH)—a marketing, communication, and professional services firm bridging the gap between government agencies and the communities they serve. Her vision and entrepreneurial resilience led to BETAH's recognition by Inc. magazine on its Inc. 5000  list of America's fastest-grow...
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Serrano, Minerva
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Co-Founder, President & CFO of Activus Connect, a provider of Customer Experience/Customer Care outsourced solutions, delivered by remote-based Ambassadors. We are a people business who is driven to create the best working environments for our team members; and the best experiences for the brands we represent and their customers. We are a certi...
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Conn, Katie Schibler
Advisory Board
A classically trained marketer, Katie has 25+ years of experience leading integrated marketing initiatives for global brands such as Pepsi, SKYY Spirits, and PlayStation. She is an industry leader, delivering complex marketing campaigns and forging meaningful client partnerships with a focus on workforce and economic development. Katie is a past pr...
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Rivers, LuzElena
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Born in Colombia, she crossed the border into the US and was thrust into a new environment where she had to adapt to a different culture and language to succeed. Today, LuzElena is the CEO of Amera Solutions, known as the innovative "Uber" nurse of ambulatory medical transportation. Amera provides post-anesthesia patients with safe and reliable tra...
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Rivers, Keisha A.
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Keisha A Rivers survived a harrowing Hurricane Katrina experience to become a successful international speaker, change agent and learning leader. As Chief Change Officer and President of The KARS Group LTD, she facilitates successful outcomes by equipping people to embrace, manage and lead through change. Leveraging over 29 years of experience in t...
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Riggs, Lisa
Advisory Board
Lisa Riggs, known as the Sock Queen, is the founder of Spirit Sox USA, a company focused on making a difference in the world with each pair of its customized socks. By collaborating with her customers to design unique socks and incorporating their branding, Lisa has found a niche that allows her to use her background in fundraising, HR, and managem...
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Randal, Adonica
Advisory Board
Adonica has over 25 years of technical and business experience. She has specialized in development of new services and business process improvement and has experience across a variety of industries including healthcare, insurance, manufacturing and distribution. Adonica has served in technical, sales and management positions at General Motors, GE M...
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Adams, Melissa
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Melissa Adams is a supplier diversity manager with UPS is aligned with the transportation category team and is charged with helping the sub-category owners develop strategies for growing diverse spend.  Melissa also helps sourcing managers and other stakeholders find and engage qualified small and/or diverse suppliers. This includes developing...
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Marx, Patricia
Advisory Board
Life may not always go according to plan, but with purpose and passion you will find your path.   Growing up in a suburb just outside of Chicago, I watched my parents, neither with a college education, constantly work to make ends meet and keep a roof above our heads. When I was granted my worker’s permit at age 15, I immediately began wo...
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Liston, Kirsten
Advisory Board
Kirsten founded and runs Rethink Compliance LLC (Rethink), a compliance industry leader that is dedicated to empowering organizations to create real behavior and culture change. A repeat honoree on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing companies, Rethink serves more than 125 of the world’s great companies and its products and services reach million...
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Janicek, Kathryn
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Kathryn Janicek is a three-time Emmy-winning media and public speaking trainer who helps leaders communicate more effectively with the media and any audience. Kathryn’s 25+ years of experience running live news TV shows, as a media executive, and as a spokesperson means she brings expert perspective and guidance on shaping messaging and delivering ...
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Hetrick, Dana
Advisory Board
Dana Hetrick started her career in flooring during an internship while pursuing her Bachelor’sDegree in Interior Design. She fell in love with the industry, finding a passion in problem solvingto find the right flooring for the people using the space. After years of working in theconstruction industry, Dana utilized her experience and invested in h...
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Gluck, Chanie
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Chanie Gluck is the Founder and CEO of 4D Global, Inc., a medical billing staffing and human resources company dedicated to supporting healthcare companies grow and scale their business. 4D Global primarily focuses on revenue cycle management, efficiency, and profitability by providing specialized and experienced medical billers - all hired, manage...
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Garrett, Twyla
Advisory Board
Exceptional Serial Entrepreneur, Motivational Speaker, Homeland Security Strategist, and compelling Author, Twyla N. Garrett, is a native of Ohio who currently resides between Washington, DC and Raleigh, North Carolina, where she manages her multi-successful businesses. Twyla graduated from the John Marshall High School and holds a bachelor’s degre...
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Ganapathy, Jayanthi
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Jayanthi “Jay” Ganapathy is the Founder and CEO of FinAccurate LLC, an accounting firm that delivers business sense. Jay is dedicated to helping her clients grow their business and achieve their goals. She’s passionate about helping small business owners understand the ins and outs of their business by explaining their key financial statements and ...
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Durfee, Kathy
Advisory Board
Kathy Durfee graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and a Master of Arts in English. She founded TechHouse in 1995, following a career as a database developer and business process engineer with large firms like PepsiCo and Accenture. Kathy is a 25-year entrepreneur committed to leveling ...
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Bovelle, Renee MD
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Renee Bovelle, MD is a Physician Executive and Medical Director of Advanced Eyecare Medical Center “dba” Envision Eye and Laser.  Dr. Bovelle, a board-certified ophthalmologist, was trained at Wellesley College, UCLA School of Medicine, Yale University, and the LSU Eye Center.  She has held leadership positions both locally and nationally...
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Bonzi, Giselle
Advisory Board
Giselle Bonzi is an award-winning business executive, entrepreneur, and investor. As part of the leadership team at Washington Capital Partners (WCP), she led the company’s strategic initiatives for its growth from $96MM to $372MM annually in three years, increasing real estate loan transaction revenue margins by 529% in only two years. From incept...
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Quiroga, Marcel V
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Marcel V. Quiroga is the founder and CEO of TQM Wealth Partners, a registered independent advisory firm that works with business owners and C-suite executives under a fiduciary standard of care. Marcel is a certified Retirement Management Advisor (RMA) whose primary focus is on advanced planning to help clients protect, grow, and transfer their wea...
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Rivers, LuzElena
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Born in Colombia, she crossed the border into the US and was thrust into a new environment where she had to adapt to a different culture and language to succeed. Today, LuzElena is the CEO of Amera Solutions, known as the innovative "Uber" nurse of ambulatory medical transportation. Amera provides post-anesthesia patients with safe and reliable tra...
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Payton, Dr. Tameka L.
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Dr. Tameka L. Payton is the founder and chief executive officer of Psychometric Solutions, LLC, a human services research and data analytic firm that aims to advance social and educational equity by providing culturally sensitive assessments, program development, program evaluation, and data analysis services. Under Dr. Payton’s leadership, the org...
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Harrison, Melissa
Advisory Board
Melissa Harrison is CEO and Founder of Allee Creative, a marketing agency based in Minnesota. She has been a leader in the content marketing space for 20 years starting in higher education and nonprofits until she founded her agency at the age of 26. What started as a one-woman shop based heavily on traditional print content and marketing...
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Zhu, Jenny Jing
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Jenny Jing Zhu, Founder and CEO of Lush Décor Home, is an award-winning entrepreneur, business pioneer and motivator-in-chief who inspires a diverse, powerhouse team to create, produce, market and deliver top selling home décor. Zhu’s visionary perspective earned her opportunities a less keen eye would have missed. Armed with a degree in textile an...
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Enterprising Women Names Jenny Zhu, Melissa Harrison and Tameka Payton to its Advisory Board
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RALEIGH, N.C., March 11, 2024 – Monica Smiley, CEO and publisher of Enterprising Women magazine, has appointed Jenny Zhu, Melissa Harrison and Dr. Tameka L. Payton to the Enterprising Women Advisory Board. Zhu will be one of two inductees into the Enterprising Women Hall of Fame at the 22nd Annual Enterprising Women of the Year ...
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Adaptable You
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In the wise and infinitely relatable words of Michelle Obama, "There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish," especially in the high-stakes world of entrepreneurship. But let's keep it real: the landscape of business is changing faster than a chameleon on a disco dance floor, and adaptability has become the new currency. So, let's dive in...
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THE SPECIAL EVENT COMPANY ANNOUNCES ACQUISITION BY UK-BASED DRPG
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North Carolina-based company expands global footprint for parent agency APEX, N.C. (Jan. 24, 2024) – Global creative communications agency DRPG proudly announces a significantmilestone in its expansion with the successful acquisition of The Special Event Company, a distinguished live and virtual event agency based in North Carol...
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Monica Smiley Honored with 2023 Stevie® Award for Women in Business for Lifetime Achievement
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Cary, N.C, (December 6, 2023) In recognition of a career of community building and empowerment for women entrepreneurs, Monica Smiley, editor and publisher of Enterprising Women magazine, was bestowed the illustrious Stevie® Award for Women in Business for Lifetime Achievement. Smiley accepted her award at a black tie gala last month in New York Ci...
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Saifuddin, Mariyah
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Mariyah Saifuddin is the CEO and co-founder of Innovative Solution Partners, a Michigan-based IT consulting firm which creates analytics solutions that provide data insights for informed decision making. Saifuddin has a passion for helping businesses solve problems and reach their goals, and knows businesses are tired of dealing with the noise and ...
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Elrich, Lois
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Lois Elrich – an entrepreneur, innovator and Professional Certified Coach (PCC) in Dayton, Ohio – is president and co-owner of Solid Blend Technologies, Inc., a water management solutions company, and president and owner of Real Change Business Coaching, LLC. Both companies are certified as Women’s Business Enterprises by the Women’s Business Enter...
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Pama, Pooja Chandra
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Pooja Chandra Pama, the Founder and President of ACE Foods, is an Indian-born, American Humanitarian, Philanthropist, and Entrepreneur with comprehensive international business experience in myriad sectors: finance, healthcare, agriculture, and real estate. Pama helms several businesses which foster global entrepreneurship and is motivated by Pama’...
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Enterprising Women Names Lois Elrich, Dana Hetrick and Mariyah Saifuddin to its Advisory Board
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RALEIGH, N.C., September 11 – Monica Smiley, CEO and publisher of Enterprising Women magazine, has appointed Lois Elrich, Dana Hetrick and Mariyah Saifuddin to the Enterprising Women Advisory Board.  “Lois, Dana and Mariyah are powerful business builders who share a defining passion to benefit their clients, employees and the co...
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Enterprising Women Names Sharon Hulce, Kirsten Liston and Pooja Chandra Pama to its Advisory Board
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RALEIGH, N.C., September 11 – Monica Smiley, CEO and publisher of Enterprising Women magazine, has appointed Sharon Hulce, Kirsten Liston and Pooja Chandra Pama to the Enterprising Women Advisory Board. “Sharon, Kirsten and Pooja are outstanding entrepreneurs and highly respected leaders in their fields. At the same time they are passionate advocat...
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WBEC SOUTH INVITES WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS TO GO BEYOND! AT THE WE SUMMIT AWARDS & SCHOLARSHIP GALA
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NEW ORLEANS – September 6, 2023 – The Women’s Business Enterprise Council South (WBEC South), a regional partner organization of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), hosts its annual WE Summit Awards & Scholarship Gala on September 20-21, 2023 at The Roosevelt New Orleans. More than 300 women business enterprises (WBEs), su...
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Alexander, Christy
Advisory Board
Christy Alexander is CEO and co-founder of 5-Star Therapy which is a Denison Texas-based healthcare company that specializes in providing physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy services to home health agencies, hospice companies, medical facilities, and individual clients in Texas and Oklahoma. Christy and her business partner L...
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Descalzo, Anne
Advisory Board
Anne Descalzo is a champion of building relationships, developing culture, and conquering challenges. Known for her human-centered approach to leadership, Anne focuses on the power of individual wellness that leads to organizational well-being. She took a leap of faith in February 2020 — two weeks before the pandemic— to go heads down on the creati...
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WOMEN-OWNED BUSINESS ADVOCATES TAKE CENTER STAGE IN WASHINGTON TO DISCUSS BIPARTISAN POLICY SOLUTIONS
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WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Association of Women’s Business Centers (AWBC) hosted its annual 2023 Leadership Conference, where over 300 Women’s Business Center leaders from all 50 states gathered to discuss women’s entrepreneurship and advance a pro-women business ownership policy agenda. The conference featured Small Business Administrator (SBA) Isabel...
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SAUNDRA B. CURRY HONORED AS 2023 WOMEN OF INFLUENCE WINNER BY NASHVILLE BUSINESS JOURNAL - Curry Recognized as a Top Entrepreneur for Business Leadership and Community Involvement
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NASHVILLE, Tenn., – June 5, 2023 – Saundra B. Curry, co-founder and chief operating officer, BC Holdings of Tennessee, LLC, was recently honored as one of the Nashville Business Journal’s 2023 Women of Influence in the Entrepreneur of the Year category. The annual Women of Influence awards luncheon was held on April 25th at Nissan Stadium for a sol...
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Contreras, Rebecca
Advisory Board
Leveraging her experience as a business entrepreneur and CEO, former White House Commissioned Officer, and Human Capital expert, Rebecca’s message resonates with those seeking to transform their leadership, expand their opportunities, and grow their organization through building a high performing culture and  team. Rebecca’s professional achie...
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Enterprising Women Names Kathy Durfee, Amber Lutz-Sherman and Keisha Rivers to its Advisory Board
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RALEIGH, N.C., January 19 – Monica Smiley, CEO and publisher of Enterprising Women magazine, has appointed Kathy Durfee, Amber Lutz-Sherman and Keisha Rivers to the Enterprising Women Advisory Board.  “Kathy, Amber and Keishaare true enterprising women, committed to careers in top leadership roles i...
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Enterprising Women Names Chanie Gluck, Katie Schibler Conn and Michelle Taylor to its Advisory Board
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RALEIGH, N.C., December 21 – Monica Smiley, CEO and publisher of Enterprising Women magazine, has appointed Chanie Gluck, Katie Schibler Conn and Michelle Taylor to the Enterprising Women Advisory Board.  “Chanie, Katie and Michelleeach bring a force of nature to their thriving businesses and t...
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Enterprising Women Names Fatimah Moody, Dr. Arianna Sholes-Douglas and Dr. Andrea Wagner to its Advisory Board
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RALEIGH, N.C., December 19 – Monica Smiley, CEO and publisher of Enterprising Women magazine, has appointed Fatimah Moody, Dr. Arianna Sholes-Douglas and Dr. Andrea Wagner to the Enterprising Women Advisory Board.  “Fatimah, Arianna and Andreaare each powerhouse leaders in t...
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Evens, Susanne
Advisory Board
Susanne Evens is the founder and CEO of AAA Translation, formerly German Language Communications, in 1994, a premier certified translation agency based out of St. Louis, Missouri. Susanne was born and raised in Germany, studied five languages, and brings incredible value to her ventures through her understanding of cultures, market trends, technolo...
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Moody, Fatimah
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Fatimah Moody, Co-Founder and CEO of LinkVisum Consulting, has over 20 years of consulting, organizational development and strategy. A trusted consultant, leadership coach, and organizational development professional, Moody has successfully advised many organizations in the public and private sector. Her primary areas of focus include transformatio...
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Women’s Business Enterprise National Council Names America’s Top Corporations for Women-Owned Businesses for 2023
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February 1, 2023 – WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) is proud to recognize 66 corporations with the prestigious 2023 WBENC America’s Top Corporations for Women’s BusinessWBENC America's Top Corporations for Women's Business Enterprises seal Enterprises (WBEs) award, the only national award honoring corporat...
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AAA Translation CEO Susanne Evens Named to International Business Times’ 2022 IBT Social Capital Top 100 and 2023 St. Louis Titan 100
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ST. LOUIS, MO – Jan. 20, 2023 – AAA Translation, a global and multi-cultural communication solutions company based in St. Louis, Missouri, is proud to announce that its founder and CEO, Susanne Evens, was recently recognized for her leadership with two prestigious awards: the International Business Times’ 2022 IBT Social Capital Top 100 and the 202...
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Wells Fargo Expands Resources for Women-Owned Small Businesses
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SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Wells Fargo today announced resources designed to help increase the growth of women-owned small businesses, including a $1.5 million grant to How Women Lead aimed at disrupting the unequal venture capital (VC) system for women founders. The grant will help inspire 10,000 women to invest with venture capital...
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Ancient Knowledge and New Purpose The symbolism of Colors in Hinduism
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India: Home to Myriad Symbolic ColorsIn a black-and-white world, India, with its dizzying sights, sounds, and colors, is a magical experience in radiant technicolor. Color has always been a large part of the Indian consciousness; in fact, it is ingrained in our DNA. This reverence for color stems from ancient Hindu philosophical beliefs, mythology,...
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DIVERSITY & INCLUSION AWARD-WINNING INSIGHT CANADA SPONSORS YOUNG ENTERPRISING WOMEN
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When John Dathan, Senior Vice-President & General Manager, Insight Canada was asked to sponsor Canadian scholarship recipients for the Young Enterprising Women Foundation at the Enterprising Women Gala Awards Celebration, he didn’t hesitate. John Dathan is certainly well known in the tech sector and not just for his commitment to diversity and ...
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Iris Phillips
Advisory Board
Iris Phillips is the Founder, President & CEO of Grace Federal Solutions, LLC, a nationally recognized leader in healthcare and digital transformation.  With more than fifteen (15) years of healthcare service administration and management expertise, Phillips founded Grace Federal as a professional services company that provides healthcare ...
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Jeska Brodbeck
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Jeska Brodbeck of Be Light Consulting has for the last 18 years studied and practiced the disciplines of Flow State, one of the most researched and sought-after brain states known to humanity. Through her interactive keynotes, executive performance coaching and corporate workshops, she has taught countless business professionals how to step into a ...
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