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Enterprising Women Names Christy Alexander, Jeska Brodbeck and Iris Phillips to its Advisory Board

RALEIGH, N.C., October 3 – Monica Smiley, CEO and publisher of Enterprising Women magazine, has appointed Christy Alexander, Jeska Brodbeck, and Iris Phillips to the Enterprising Women Advisory Board. 

“Christy, Jeska and Iris are each tremendous leaders in their fields, bringing extraordinary expertise to the success, health and wellness of their clients and communities. With insight, strategy and empathy, each contributes generously to other women and as such exemplifies the core values of our organization. Enterprising Women is proud to welcome them as members of our Advisory Board,” 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.

Christy Alexander is CEO and co-founder of 5-Star Therapy, 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.  She and her business partner Lindsay Hatfield launched the business in May of 2013 with a commitment to delivering the best-in-industry care available for patients, solving professional medical staffing needs for their business partners, and providing the support, flexibility, and tools needed for therapists to grow and succeed. They are devoted to helping patients regain their independence and improve their quality of life so they can get back to doing what they love. 

Alexander is a 2022 Enterprising Women of the Year Award Winner.  She is also a DFW SBA 2021 Emerging Leader.  She sponsors youth sports, activities and schools; donates to women's, children’s and veteran’s causes; and assists several individual patients each year by funding physical therapy treatment sessions pro bono.

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 new world of meaning and enjoyment while also experiencing the highest levels of performance possible – naturally– by accessing this state.

She is a featured speaker for the YPO, a global group of CEOs, and has been highlighted as a Distinguished Speaker at Florida International University. She has served on the Boards of the Program in the Study of Spirituality at FIU and the World Happiness Summit.

Brodbeck was also trained at one of the top yoga schools in the U.S., Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health; is certified in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction; and has contributed over 1,500 hours to multiple transformational trainings over the last eight years.

She is a keynote speaker at the 20th Annual Enterprising Women of the Year Awards Celebration & Conference, Oct. 23-25, 2022 at the Wyndham Grand, Clearwater Beach, Florida.

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 and information technology consulting, solutions, and services to government agencies (federal and state), healthcare organizations, and universities. Phillips also has extensive experience in project management, business development, and human resources management in working with a wide range of national, commercial, state and federal clients. 

As CEO, Phillips ensures efficiency and economy of operations; on-time and accurate delivery of contractual requirements; development; and execution of Grace’s business strategies.

Grace Federal Solutions is a Woman-Owned Small Business, NC HUB (Historically Underutilized Business) Certified; a Minority Business Enterprise, Carolinas - Virginia and Minority Supplier Development Council-MBE; a Member of the VA Women’s Owned Cohort Program; a Premier Sponsor of the Medical, Biomedical and Biodefense Conference. Phillips and Grace Federal Solutions were featured in the Triangle Business Journal Series “The Promise Of,” a series showcasing successful minority businesses, and the North Carolina Hubster Newsletter published by the North Carolina HUB Office. 

Phillips is a member of the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce Board of Advisors; the Women Presidents Organization; the Management Council Board of Defense Alliance of North Carolina; the UNC-Chapel Hill Patient Family Advisory Council; a recipient of the 100 Women to KNOW in America Award and a recipient of the 2022 Enterprising Women of the Year Award. Phillips was recently a panelist at the North Carolina Chamber 2022 Healthcare Conference discussing the importance of Health Equity.

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