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Enterprising Women Names Deborah Garry, Marina Ilari and Nancy Watt to its Advisory Board

RALEIGH, N.C., November 30 – Monica Smiley, CEO and publisher of Enterprising Women magazine, has appointed Deborah Garry, Marina Ilari and Nancy Watt to the Enterprising Women Advisory Board. Each leads an award-winning business enabling organizations to communicate more effectively, and is dedicated to the advancement of women throughout the talent pipeline. As such, they embody the leadership values of Enterprising Women and its network of successful women business owners across North America and globally.

“Deborah Garry, Maria Ilari and Nancy Watt are outstanding communicators and business leaders in their respective fields of marketing communications, language translation and speaker training and empowerment. Each devotes her time to enabling other women to pursue their dreams and avocations. Enterprising Women is proud to welcome them to lend their wisdom and passion to our organization and become ambassadors for our magazine 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:

Deborah Garry, CEO & President of BBG&G Advertising & Public Relations. She leads a full-service marketing communications team of designers, content and social media strategists, programmers, digital specialists, videographers, copywriters and other professionals to develop award-winning and effective integrated branding and marketing programs for clients in a broad range of industries. Garry founded BBG&G in 1997.

A Certified Account Planner and Marketing Automation Specialist, Garry contributes regularly to business journals and the agency blog, and leads seminars on marketing for businesses, students, and niche industries. She has been a guest educator at NYU and Mount Saint Mary College, and enjoys sharing her experience and knowledge with the next generation of marketing leaders, as well as finding, hiring, and mentoring young women of talent.

She is a winner of the 2020 Enterprising Women of the Year Award.
BBG&G contributes to their community through various fundraisers and pro bono services, including Heroes Run, Alex’s Lemonade Stand, and the Hudson Valley Foodbank, and has also spearheaded Brandathon, a daylong event in which the entire agency donates its branding and marketing services to an area not-for-profit.

Garry currently serves on the Orange County Citizen’s Foundation Placemaking Committee, the Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress Board and Strategic Planning Committee, and the Marketing Committee for Leadership Orange, as well as serving on Leadership Orange’s Board. She is a past recipient of the Hudson Valley Women in Business award. Garry is a member of the Orange County Chamber of Commerce, Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, and Orange County Partnership.

Marina Ilari, CEO of Terra Translations, a global translation and localization company that helps businesses communicate effectively in a variety of different languages. In 2017, Terra Translations received the Women Owned Business Enterprise Rising Star Award presented by Governor Scott Walker and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation to a burgeoning business with great promise. And in 2019, the firm was ranked as one of the Top 5 Translation Companies in Latin America by Common Sense Advisory.

She is a winner of the 2020 Enterprising Women of the Year Award.
Ilari holds a degree in Literary Translation and is certified by the American Translators Association. She has over 15 years of experience in the translation industry and is an expert in translation technology and managing translation projects.

Ilari is originally from Argentina and was raised in a small rural town in the province of Santa Fe. Daughter of two entrepreneurial parents, from an early age she expressed a passion for languages and cultures. She was enamored by the translation industry through the work of her mother, who holds a PhD in Modern Languages. Ilari credits her parents, especially her mother, for instilling a strong foundational work ethic and being ever-present mentors, thus cultivating her personal and professional acumen, perseverance, and success.

In 2009 Ilari relocated to Wisconsin. Upon her arrival to the States, she leaned heavily on professional associations and organizations to establish a network of support and a client base. These professional roots continue to encourage Ilari to give back and to help cultivate the entrepreneurial spirit in new business owners, especially women and girls. Ilari became a US-citizen in 2016.

Nancy Watt, Founder and CEO, Nancy Watt Communications, is a skilled speaker, facilitator, and improviser. Introduced to Monica Smiley and Enterprising Women in 2016, Watt delivered a STEM event in support of the Enterprising Women Foundation’s Young Enterprising Women (YEW) Program, making YEW officially an international event. Since then, the Canadian YEW STEM events have taken on a life of their own and are gaining traction every year. In March, 2020, over 180 participants attended Brock University to listen to four outstanding women already well established in their STEM careers.

Watt has delivered dynamic and engaging applied improv workshops to the YEW scholarship winners every year at Enterprising Women of the Year Awards Celebration & Conference every year since 2016.

A huge Women-in-STEM advocate, she's worked with Society of Women Engineers, Women in Technology, Women in Cloud, Women in Science & Engineering and presented at countless corporate leadership conferences, medical schools, NGOs, Harvard, Rutgers, Princeton, Engineers Without Borders, federal government departments, and physics laboratories.

The currency of comedy allows Watt to engage the audience and explain the social science of communication, connection and collaboration. Using the tools and techniques of improv, this pracademic approach builds teams that work a lot like the theatrical ensemble.

It is unique and unconventional training that delivers impactful results. Her work is referenced in academic papers for pedagogical experiential learning.

She’s a graduate of Second City’s Improv and Comedy Sketch Writing Conservatory Programs in Toronto and Chicago. Trained in Positive Psychology and the neuroscience of human flourishing, she delivers a program called, H.A.P.P.I.E., How to Apply Positive Psychology Improv Exercises.

She is Associate Producer of the documentary, ‘Act Social’, starring actor Colin Mochrie from the television show, ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway’. This documentary examines how Applied Improvisation is used in interesting venues for conflict resolution.

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Enterprising Women, with headquarters in Cary, North Carolina, is the nation’s only women-owned magazine published exclusively for women business owners that chronicles the growing political, economic and social influence and power of entrepreneurial women. The magazine provides a friendly meeting place, a public forum and a national stage for the critical issues confronting women’s businesses and daily lives from the unique perspectives and experiences of entrepreneurial women. Published in both print and digital editions, the online edition of the magazine reaches one million readers in 185 countries. For more information, please visit or call (919) 362-1551.

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