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YOU Spotlight: 20 Women to Know
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Roll with the Punches How do you react when things change? I like to think of myself as a fairly easy-going person, letting things take their natural course and handling situations with a certain nimbleness. But then things change. I mean, really fundamentally change. And I get scared. And all of a sudden that laidback person I thought I was disappears completely and she is replaced with a raving maniac who would bargain away her first born just to make things go back to normal. So, there’s that. Apparently I have some work to do when it comes to handling change. Maybe you can relate. If you turn to page 8 you will meet 20 women who not only gracefully deal with change, but they thrive on it. They’ve built careers and families on it. They are my new role models. Our 20 Women to Know Issue is always one of my favorites. The stories these women have to tell are so powerful, so inspiring, that it’s almost impossible not to feel like conquering the world when you’re done reading them. They prove that reinvention doesn’t have to be scary, that it can be invigorating and often the start of something wonderful. In the spirit of embracing change and celebrating new adventures, I dedicate this issue to former Press Gazette Media advertising manager Lori O’Connor who recently embarked on the next phase of her career. You might recognize her name which has appeared each month in the masthead to the right. She has been a guiding light and a champion of YOU Magazine since I started as editor two years (!) ago. She is definitely YOU Magazine’s unsung hero if there ever was one. She will continue to help guide the publication as an advisory board member, for which I am both grateful and relieved. At least that isn’t changing. She might not be involved in the day-to-day the way she used to be, but her energy and passion will still shine through in these pages.
Publisher Scott Johnson Executive Editor amelia compton wolff Advertising Director Steve Teofilo Graphic Artist KRIsty gnadt Circulation Manager Dave Sielski Contributing Writers Amelia Compton Wolff, Meghan Diemel, Andrea Naylor Photography Mike Peters, Jen Comins, Andrea Naylor, Press-Gazette Photography Staff
YOU Advisory Board Members Sharon Verbeten Brown County Public Library Patti Schisel The Ultimate Closet Allyson Watson Definitely De Pere Amy Bailey Skogen’s Festival Foods Janie Denis Strutt Forte Modeling & Talent Dave Compton Wolff Cineviz Stephanie Schultz, MSM, RDN, CD Skogen’s Festival Foods Lisa Malak Local Five Live, WFRV Tina Quigley Mosaic Arts Inc. lori o’connor Prophit Marketing
And she is most certainly a darn fine woman to know. Cheers, Lori!
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1. Zig zag food bowl, $2.99. HomeGoods, Green Bay. 2. Clip-on tie, $15. Petal Pusher, Green Bay. 3. Wisconsin-made wooden wall plaque, $24.95. Thornberry Cottage, Howard. 4. Statement tags, $12.99 each. Littlemore Twigs, De Pere. 5. French bulldog wristlet, $15. Petal Pusher, Green Bay. 6 | www.greenbaypressgazette.com/you | july 2015
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20 Women to Know
Story by Meghan Diemel Photos by Jennifer Comins of Pose Photografix on location at Olde School Square, de pere. Hair provided by Hair-I-tage Salon, de pere. makeup provided by Erth Minerals, de pere.
YouTube videos are great when you want a quick arm knitting tutorial or when figuring out how to unclog a sink. But if you want to learn how to live life with heart, hope and humility, put down the smartphone and turn your gaze to these gals right here. These 20 women are impacting our community in big ways â€“ from teaching girls to lead fearlessly to providing sacred places to explore spirituality and simplicity. Our home is strengthened by them and we are honored to share their stories.
Take a look and try not to be inspired. We dare you.
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LaurenLindsley Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist for Festival Foods
HeatherMueller Vice President, Breakthrough Experience at Breakthrough Fuel
Through her role at Breakthrough Fuel, Heather Mueller, 27, works with the Brand, Culture, and Applied Knowledge Teams. Together these teams create a seamless Breakthrough experience for clients and internal team members. “I love the work that I get to do – it gives me the perfect balance of creativity and research while staying focused on developing our team and helping to create an environment that people love to work in. I honestly couldn’t think of a job I would enjoy more!” Mueller, who is currently attending the University of Chicago Booth for her MBA, is also incredibly passionate about growing a thriving downtown in the greater Green Bay area. “I serve on the Meyer Theatre Board of Directors, the Greater Green Bay Board, the Saturday Famer Market Committee and the City of Green Bay Plan Commission,” she says. “I truly love having an impact in the community I live in and love to be able to share a young professional perspective with the organizations I am able to work with.”
Developing innovative nutrition programs and overseeing the execution of these programs in the Green Bay area is part of Lauren Lindsley’s role with Festival Foods. As a registered dietitian-nutritionist, Lindsley, 24, collaborates with a variety of community groups to educate about nutrition, health and wellness. “I am very passionate about helping people find achievable ways to live longer, healthier and happier lives!” she says. This is evident in her work with myTEAM TRIUMPH and The First Tee as well. She also makes it a priority to give back to her profession by serving on the Wisconsin Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Board of Directors and as a preceptor to Dietetic Interns and Students each year. “I believe that success is having a sense of purpose in life and feeling overjoyed when working towards that purpose every day,” she reflects. “God has blessed us all with special and unique gifts. Finding ways to share and use these gifts provides true happiness and loving relationships, which, in my mind, is ultimate success in all aspects of life.”
Executive Director at Definitely De Pere & Manager of the Downtown De Pere Business Improvement District Considered by colleagues as an energetic and charismatic young professional who is one of the most dynamic community directors in the Wisconsin Main Street Organization, Allyson Watson, 27, works tirelessly to bring events to De Pere, to improve the image of De Pere, and to get all the downtown businesses to work together. “We’re focused on empowering small businesses in our downtown core, generating community events that highlight De Pere’s assets, and on enhancing our downtown aesthetics to refresh our streetscape, rehabilitate our historic buildings and add to the charm we already have and love in De Pere,” says Watson. An East Coast native – and self-professed local authority on where to get the best pizza and pastrami sandwiches – Watson found a role model in local businessman Joe Schinkten, of Ryan Funeral Home. “He is a tireless community advocate, small business owner and all-around champion of worthy causes,” she says. “I feel so fortunate … to have him as a mentor, board member, friend and colleague in our community.” july 2015 | www.greenbaypressgazette.com/you | 9
TheresePandl Regional healthcare system CEO
Therese B. Pandl – known better to some as “Treasie” – is responsible for four hospitals including HSHS St. Vincent, HSHS St. Mary’s, HSHS St. Nicholas and HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital. Leadership responsibility includes the 50 percent partnership with Prevea Health as well as majority ownership of Prevea 360 health plan. “I originally began in health care as an intensive care burn nurse at St. Mary’s Burn Center in Milwaukee (now CSM). I pursued master’s degrees in nursing as well as in business; originally the goal was to influence health on an individual patient basis, then on a defined population of patients, and finally on systems of care for communities. I’m passionate about servant leadership, driving highly reliable, exceptional care and service to improve lives.” Pandl says her keys to personal and professional success are living with integrity, perseverance and courage; doing her best, every day; and knowing that humility and confidence are both essential attributes.
Executive Director, Center for Childhood Safety and Safe Kids Greater Green Bay Kimberly Hess, 38, leads the Center for Childhood Safety and Safe Kids Greater Green Bay, a coalition of health- and safety-related organizations in Northeast Wisconsin. She also leads the organization’s fundraising efforts, while working in conjunction with regional hospitals, health departments, law enforcement, social service agencies and other community education personnel in support of community education and prevention activities. “Working with/for a nonprofit is one of the most rewarding experiences,” says Hess, “knowing every day that I am working for a greater good and supporting the children and families of Northeast Wisconsin is an awesome feeling.” Hess believes people are an organization’s greatest asset; in order to be an effective organization, leaders must first appreciate, train, and mentor people. And for those entering the early stages of their career, Hess offers the following advice. “Don’t be in a rush. Enjoy and learn from every experience, good or bad. Failures are simply opportunities to learn and grow, not a setback.” 10 | www.greenbaypressgazette.com/you | july 2015
Community Engagement Program Officer with the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation In her previous employment as community engagement editor for Press-Gazette Media, Amber Paluch, 39, learned about organizations that she quickly realized she wanted to support. “The opportunity to join the Community Foundation, which plays such an important role in engaging the community on its greatest needs and connecting those who can help with those who have developed solutions, was the most perfect next step for me,” Paluch explains. “I’m learning more than ever about all the philanthropic and nonprofit work in the community and can help make these solutions possible. That’s huge!” In her current role with Greater Green Bay Community Foundation, she administers several community grant-making programs, manages the scholarships programs and helps lead community engagement efforts. Paluch credits her mother with instilling a sense of philanthropy early on. “She incorporated a giving mentality into everything we did, always,” she says. “Compassion and empathy, for everyone every day. Anything I’ve done that has helped others is because of the values she and my dad instilled.”
Therese Pandl, RN, MN, MBA, FACHE HSHS-EW Division President & CEO
Congratulations, Therese, on being named as one of the 20 Women to Know. Your leadership makes high quality, cost-effective and compassionate health care possible in Northeast Wisconsin. HSHS
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CONGRATULATIONS LAUREN! We’re Proud of You! From Your
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Heather Mueller for being one of Green Bay’s most inﬂuential women.
Her leadership, creativity, passion, and commitment to our community is inspiring and continues to move us forward.
Thank you Heather for your continuous commitment to excellence!
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Caroline Sullivan, O.P.
Founder and Spiritual Director at The Bridge-Between Retreat Center
JodySperduto Naturalist at the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary
Jody Sperduto plans events and conducts education programs that help people make a connection with the environment – a role she’s held for 18 years. “My primary job responsibility is to develop and teach environmental education programs, relating to nature and wildlife,” she explains. “Many of these are formal presentations to school groups and community groups and nature related day camps. In addition, I also lead hikes, give tours and work on special events. I think handling and training with [live animals] is a really cool part of my job – I especially enjoy working with the birds of prey.” Perseverance is her key to success, adds the mother of two. “It’s important to be willing to do anything…never think you are above any task, regardless of what it is,” Sperduto says of building a career. “And always try to be a positive influence on others, whether it’s an intern, a volunteer, a co-worker, or a child.”
Caroline Sullivan, O.P., was born in Scotland, educated in England and after a year of college and a year of work, she entered the Sinsinawa Dominicans, an order of sisters located in southwestern Wisconsin. “In 1977, I felt compelled to found a retreat center,” she says. “After a 10-year ‘pregnancy’ in 1987, I saw an ad for a farmette in rural southeastern Brown County and a donor said she would purchase the neglected piece of land and somewhat abandoned turn-of-the-century buildings. So here I am! Buildings are restored and retrofitted and the land is being cared for.” Sullivan, 70, was once told she wouldn’t amount to much and that not much was expected of her, but then Sullivan received a B+ Junior year in college. The experience changed her life forever. Later as an educator, that led her to teach students at an “instructional level rather than a frustrational one.” Most students thrived academically in that environment. “People, like seeds, need cultivating to blossom and grow,” she furthers. “Holistic teaching and living nurtures children and adults to be enlivened, enriched and energized to empower their own homes and communities.”
MariMcAllister-Charles Executive Officer, Brown County Home Builders Association
In addition to being the proud mom of Drew, 23, and Katie, 21, and wife to Tom, Mari McAllister-Charles, 54, oversees the day-to-day operation of the nonprofit trade association. “Our mission statement says it best - dedicated professionals providing excellence in housing through education and innovation for the betterment of members and our community,” she states. “I have five amazing staff [members] that help me make the BCHBA a success and work diligently to achieve the goals of our organization.” She cites her trip to Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina to help rebuild homes as an impactful moment in her life. “I recall returning from that experience with mixed emotions; first, feeling blessed for all I have in my life and second, shame for thinking material things were part of that blessing. I realized after that trip that you don’t need a lot of ‘stuff’ to be happy. The love and support of family and friends just seemed to be enough after that experience!”
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JenniferBerres-Dart Instructor/Owner of Jenstar Yoga & Dance, LLC
Creative visionary, planning for the future, but always in the present – Jennifer BerresDart juggles multiple roles as owner of Jenstar Yoga and Dance LLC in De Pere. “The most rewarding part about my job (and the part I am best at) is right in the classroom, teaching,” she says. “It is my passion to motivate and empower people through movement.” Last year, Berres-Dart, 33, started “Yoga for a Cause”, which is a monthly class highlighting local nonprofits to raise money and awareness for their causes. Anyone can attend the class and 100 percent of the proceeds go to the organization. For Berres-Dart, “Yoga for a Cause” is the real-life representation of how she sees her place in the world. “I would consider myself a ‘karma’ Yogi because I don’t always have the monetary funds myself to create positive change, but I have a voice and a talent I can share with people in exchange,” she says.
Language Arts Teacher at West De Pere Middle School, Director of the Girls Leadership and Development Summer Camp, Consultant for Youth Programs at St. Norbert College Throughout the school year, Chelsea Faase, 29, says she loves working with the students at West De Pere Middle School. During the summer, she directs a staff of 30 to work with the 400 girls who attend the GLAD (Girls Leadership and Development) Camp at St. Norbert College in De Pere. “I grew up with two parents – both of whom were educators – who worked hard to make learning a central part of our lives,” she explains. “Seeing their passion to change the world, one student at a time, made education a natural career path for me to take.” After her first year of teaching, Faase was hired to start GLAD Camp. “Ever since I was young, my parents stressed the fact that girls can become whatever they dream about and desire. Their motto ‘confidence is the best thing an individual can wear’ was heard often in my home. When presented the opportunity to bring this to young girls the spotlight continued onthroughout page 12 >>> greater Green Bay community, I was elated.”
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Director of Business Development, Insight Creative, Inc. For the past 10 years, Niki Petit, 42, has helped her clients increase their sales through strategic marketing plans and solutions. Alongside the help of the Insight team, she has been successful at helping hundreds of companies grow their business. “Outside of work, I am a fierce supporter of teen programs,” she says. “It is such a pivotal time in a person’s life and it can be fraught with challenges. For 15-plus years I have volunteered over 10 hours every week to run a weekly youth group helping teens navigate peer pressure, the ‘MTV’ generation, social demands, family conflicts and making a positive impact on society. This summer I have 45 teens attending a one-week mission trip to Copperhill, TN to work on home repairs in a poverty-stricken part of the country.” Mom to three and friend to many, Petit has simple words to live by. “Be nice. When all else fails, if we are nice to each other, we can make this world a better place.”
Dajahnae Williams, 17, is not your typical teenager. After her father was murdered when Williams was just 7 years old, her mother moved her from Chicago to Green Bay with the hope of providing a safer and more secure future. Finding a safe place within the Boys & Girls Club, perhaps one of the most poignant moments was her opportunity to spread the word about homelessness in her community. She found herself homeless recently when her mother decided she wanted to move back home to Illinois, which conflicted with Dajah’s path to graduation. On her own, she decided to stay in Green Bay to graduate. A few months prior to turning 17, she applied for the Transitional Living Program through Family Services, while committing herself to empowering and helping others at the Boys & Girls Club, using her platform to speak specifically to younger African American girls. And along the way, she has not forgotten the woman who took the first steps toward a better future. “My mother is my role model,” says Williams. “She teaches me right from wrong. She does everything in her power to make sure I’ll have a healthy future.”
GretchenGilbertson CEO, Co-founder of Séura
Humility, faith, perseverance, a strong network of a few friends, and a great glass of Merlot – those are keys to the success of Gretchen Gilbertson, CEO and co-founder of Seura, an award-winning manufacturer of vanishing TV mirrors, waterproof televisions, outdoor televisions, and lighted mirrors. She is responsible for every aspect of the young company. “I’m responsible for the success or failure of the company,” she says. “Setting the strategy and vision, marketing, financing, fostering a strong company culture, building a team, product evolution, sales, ensuring happy and loyal customers, etc.” In business, Gilbertson says her father is her role model, for his unwavering drive to succeed in life for himself and his family, despite facing many obstacles along the way. As a wife and a mother, her late mother is her role model; she taught Gilbertson about the importance of faith, and family togetherness. “I’m blessed with a wonderful husband, father, and business partner – Tim – of almost 14 years,” furthers Gilbertson. “Together we have three children – Louise (12), Brady (10), and Annie (5). Balancing motherhood, marriage, and a growing business – it’s been incredibly challenging but an amazing journey.”
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Community Volunteer and Advocate for Arts and Culture Since moving to Green Bay in 1972, Candyce Gilmore’s community involvement has been extensive. As her family grew, Gilmore became more involved with her children’s schools and activities, while remaining active in local nonprofit organizations. Currently, she is president of Cedar Center Arts, Inc./ARTgarage, president of the Encompass Early Education and Care Foundation Board, a past board member of the YMCA, Boys and Girls Club, and League of Women Voters, and a past trustee of Resurrection Parish. Much of Gilmore’s passion goes toward enriching the community through the ARTgarage. She says the arts can bring so much beauty and energy to life, whether we create it or enjoy it, and believes we need a community that supports all of the arts. “Making a difference inspires me,” she furthers. “I’m in awe of so many wonderful organizations that work to enrich our community or take care of community needs.”
Deanna Schlies Music and Science Educator
For the last two years, 25-year-old Deanna Schlies has taught science to eighth graders and will begin teaching choir and music in the Mishicot school district this fall. She also wears a crown – the crown of the Dairy State – as the 2015-’16 Wisconsin Fairest of the Fair. Schlies says it’s a defining moment for her. “I think being crowned Wisconsin Fairest of the Fairs has to be the top,” she explains. “Not only am I the oldest Fairest, I am also the first Fairest who has a full-time job in their professional career. I think the defining part about it is that I cannot be defined. What I am capable of does not fit one mold – I don’t just have to be a teacher, I can be a spokesperson for agriculture as well. More importantly, I still have the ability to reach goals.” The key to success, she adds, is setting those goals and being better than you were the day before. “Even small changes or goals can make a difference,” she says. “It is important to celebrate your successes, but always be thinking about what you can do to reach the next goal.”
Heba Mohammad AmeriCorps VISTA
In Heba Mohammad’s current placement as part of the AmeriCorps VISTA program, she has helped to expand youth development programming to underserved populations with the hope of equipping the participating students with additional life and learning skills. “We did this by expanding our after-school programming to 10 elementary schools in the Green Bay Area Public School District,” says Mohammad, 23. In addition, she has assisted with the development of financial literacy curriculum geared toward young children and their families to teach children good financial skills early in life and to help families learn new techniques for managing their finances. As the daughter of Palestinian immigrants, she was heavily influenced by her parents’ heritage. “My greatest achievement so far has been finding a way to embrace my heritage and culture while maintaining my own identity,” she explains. “Growing up between two cultures (American and Palestinian) was a battle at times … Being able to reconcile the two cultures I grew up with and pull an identity out of it that I can be proud of was a huge personal accomplishment.” july 2015 | www.greenbaypressgazette.com/you | 15
Amy Sorenson Chief of Staff/Secretary to the Board of Trustees at St. Norbert College
Green Bay native Amy Sorenson, 62, is responsible for managing the administrative, operational and financial affairs of the office of the president in her position with St. Norbert College. She develops and leads significant college outreach events and also serves as the secretary to the board of trustees, is an officer of the college, and is a member of the president’s cabinet. A strong commitment to learning has shaped her career and she believes that working with teams to create something of value – and in the process helping them develop their strengths and discover their own passions – is one her greatest achievements. “Education is the key to our future and that includes opportunities for life-long learning,” she adds. “I’m passionate about providing educational opportunities for all ages from first-grade GLAD camp participants to business executives to retirees. “I am fortunate to work at an institution where entrepreneurship is valued,” she furthers.
Photographer, Owner Koltz Photography at Studio Rouge As photographer and owner of Koltz Photography at at Studio Rouge in De Pere, Shanna Koltz, 41, photographs portrait sessions for high school seniors, family, kids, model portfolios, fashion and events for a living – while photographing fine art conceptual images and landscapes for her soul. As a child, Koltz says she spent way too much time in the hospital for numerous surgeries. Though difficult, she says those experiences and childhood memories have shaped her into the person she is today. “I feel it is important to give back and help others. For the past four years I have been the photography chair and lead photographer for the Prevea Runway for Life fashion show.” The key to personal and professional success, she adds, is to see the beauty in everyone and everything. “I believe imperfections are beautiful and they give people character. Everyone has a story to tell. Every wrinkle has been earned … You have to see it and connect with it before you can capture it or appreciate it.” 16 | www.greenbaypressgazette.com/you | july 2015
Margaret Antoinette Lardinois Principal, Washington Middle School
Margaret “Toni” Lardinois, 45, is responsible for providing professional development opportunities for her staff that will positively increase the academic, behavioral, and social success of the students with whom they are entrusted. “I have always wanted to be in education,” says Lardinois. “I played school when I was growing up (of course I was the teacher). I have a passion for helping children recognize the possibilities they have available to them through education.” She’s also very proud of the men in her life, including her sons Jamel and O’Brien, her grandson Teagan, and her late husband David, who passed in January. She considers herself blessed to have spent the past 18 years with David, and her children are her inspiration. “Whenever I begin to think that I can’t do something, I remind myself that I tell them that they can do anything they put their mind to doing. And if I tell them that, I had better be doing it myself and not ever giving up.”
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BeatingtheBurn Treatment options increase for GERD patients By Meghan Diemel
A burning sensation in the chest, trouble swallowing and regurgitation – the symptoms are uncomfortable at best and damaging at their worst. The latter was the experience of De Pere resident Kayla Hill, 22. 18 | www.greenbaypressgazette.com/you | july 2015
“My acid reflux started when I was in high school,” she states. “My symptoms that I experienced where a constant cough, hoarse voice and an upset stomach. My symptoms when they started were like a chain reaction and got allergy-like symptoms going, and then got me really sick. A lot of times
my acid reflux would leave me also being diagnosed with bronchitis.” Hill says her symptoms were highly disruptive to her life. “There were several times that I lost my voice for 14-plus days,” she explains. “That would force me to not be able to do group projects at school or not allow me to do my job at work. I never knew when it would happen and some instances were worse than others. I would also miss out on conversations or activities with friends.” Although some degree of acid reflux is normal, explains Dr. Hassanain Jassim, gastrointestinal surgeon for Prevea Health, reflux is considered abnormal if you experience symptoms at least once a week. In fact, it’s more than a mild, occasional annoyance for about 30 percent of the population in the United States who have gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. “GERD occurs when stomach acid, bile, or other stomach juices back up into the esophagus, or food pipe,” explains Dr. Jassim. “At the base of the esophagus, there is a narrow area called the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), which serves as a one-way valve. When that valve is working properly, it keeps most of the acid and bile from refluxing into the esophagus. However, if the valve relaxes abnormally, or is weak, then stomach acid can flow back up into the esophagus, causing symptoms of heartburn.” GERD can also be associated with a hiatal hernia, explains Dr. John Bosco, gastroenterologist, Aurora BayCare Medical Center. When some of the stomach has slipped into the chest, it can cause the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) to function abnormally, which can lead to the reflux. “Lifestyle is also important,” he says. “Diet choices, weight, smoking, alcohol - these are things patients can control. Pregnancy and sleep apnea can also be a cause of GERD.” Over-the-counter medication like Pepcid, Zantac, Prevacid, Prilosec and Nexium are popular for treatment of acid reflux, but there is a caveat, Dr. Bosco cautions. “Over-the-counter medication is a little bit of a twoedged sword,” he explains. “The patients feel great so they go back and eat the heavy, spicy, greasy stuff that we advise them not to do. Medications are much more effective than lifestyle changes, so they do allow people to liberalize their diet.” If a doctor decides surgery is necessary, Nissen fundo-
plication was formerly the gold standard. But now, explains Dr. Jassim, LINX is an option that is offered at Prevea’s Heartburn Treatment Center. “The LINX is a small, flexible ring of magnets that is surgically placed Dr. Hassanain Jassim, gastrointestinal surgeon around the esophagus, just above the for Prevea Health stomach to help prevent reflux,” he states. “The strength of the magnets helps keep the valve (lower esophageal sphincter) between the stomach and esophagus closed to prevent reflux. When a person swallows, the magnets separate temporarily to allow food and liquid to pass into the stomach.”
I am so happy that I had this procedure done to change my life for the better.”
The LINX is implanted using a minimally invasive surgical technique, and though the surgery is technically a major surgery because it requires a general anesthetic, the procedure typically takes less than an hour – patients usually go home the same day.
“With the LINX, there is no alteration of the stomach, reducing gas and bloating, and preserving the ability to belch and vomit,” Dr. Jassim says of its benefits. “In addition, patients do not need to go on a special diet, which is required after a Nissen fundoplication. In fact, - Kayla Hill I encourage patients to return to her normal diet as soon as possible, in order to ‘exercise’ the esophagus.” Hill had the LINX procedure done by Dr. Jassim in January 2015. “I liked the fact the surgery was not very invasive and had a short recovery time,” she says. “Those two things were very important to me since I was still in college and needed a speedy recovery. It helped me by improving my quality of life overall … I am so happy that I had this procedure done to change my life for the better.” july 2015 | www.greenbaypressgazette.com/you | 19
How to ask for a raise (and get one) By Amelia Compton Wolff
Bad news, ladies.
The majority of us are leaving money on the table by not negotiating our starting salary when offered a position or asking for a raise once we’re on the job. Linda Babcock of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburg conducted a study that found men are eight times more likely than women to negotiate their starting salary and benefits, and women ask for raises and promotions 85 percent less often than their male counterparts. I spoke to a recruiter in the healthcare industry who hires 95 percent female employees. Shockingly, this recruiter estimated only 15 percent of female recruits negotiated their salaries. The worst part? In almost every case the employer was prepared to offer more, had these women only asked. A Facebook poll of my friends revealed that many women would choose a root canal over negotiating their salary. So what are we afraid of? Barbara Jordan, owner of AdvantEdge Success Coaching & Training in Green Bay, says many women suffer from one of two aff lictions – Nice Girl Syndrome and/or Imposter Syndrome. She says Nice Girl Syndrome sufferers believe being loved is contingent on being nice and apparently “nice girls” don’t ask for raises. They have a difficult time saying no, are terrified of upsetting or disappointing people and take criticism extremely personal. Imposter Syndrome sufferers feel the need to work doubly hard lest everyone
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your life discover what a “fraud” they are. Sound familiar? Unfortunately, these mindsets end up taking a toll on female workers. “They tend to feel invisible, taken advantage of and reluctant to ask for what they want,” Jordan says. “This translates into not asking for a raise or promotion, or even thinking to ask for those things.”
No. 2. Practice and prepare. Whether you have accepted a new position or are negotiating a salary you’ve had for years, it’s important to know the current going rate for your position and market. “You want to paint in a negotiation that you’re knowledgeable, RAISE continued on page 22 >>>
The wage gap still exists. Women earned 84 cents for every $1 made by men in 2012, according to the Pew Research Center. Some things about pay inequality we can’t control, so let’s own the things we can. This starts with changing the conversation in our heads, then starting the conversation with employers.
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No. 1. Take a success inventory. Before you begin the negotiation talks, Jordan recommends taking a personal “success inventory” which entails creating a list of accomplishments, successes and achievements. This covers everything from big wins, like landing that major client, to smaller victories, like resolving an issue with a coworker. Don’t limit it to the accomplishments in your current or most recent position. Jordan suggests making a list that goes all the way back to grade school, if you can. A thorough look at your successes, big and small, will build confidence by helping you visualize your value and make you feel more comfortable negotiating compensation. “Many women have broken self-messaging systems,” says Tracy Johnson, chief operating officer for Initiative One Leadership Institute in Green Bay. “They don’t look at the world in terms of abundance, they look at it in terms of scarcity.” Changing that mindset is key for a successful negotiation. Johnson encourages women to weigh their potential for success in addition to past experience and achievements. “Men typically look at what their potential is and what they could do in this role versus their historical competency,” Johnson says. “You have to get into your head that you bring great value to a position, that you’ve worked and studied hard to get where you are.”
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Common Negotiating Mistakes • Bad timing. Avoid scheduling a
negotiation meeting when emotions are high, you are frustrated or during a work slump. The best time to have the talk is soon after a personal accomplishment.
• Taking it personally and getting emotional. Johnson sees some women
<<< RAISE continued from page 21 you’ve done the homework and are willing to have the conversation,” Johnson says. After you have gathered your data and have the numbers that support your request, set up a mock negotiation with a friend, coworker or mentor to practice your pitch and prepare to answer objections. “Role playing absolutely helps, especially if it’s with someone who has been through a successful negotiation before,” Johnson says.
No. 3. Make the ask. If you are asking for a raise in your current role, Johnson recommends having a casual conversation with your supervisor to schedule a meeting where you will discuss the specifics. “Schedule a time so they aren’t taken off guard,” Johnson says. “It’s a crucial conversation so this increases the odds you will be effective getting your message across. I would bring it up by saying ‘I want to know how I can increase my personal contribution to the company along with my pay.’” If you will be negotiating compensation for a new job, Johnson suggests keeping the lines of communication open throughout the interview process. “Don’t let the job offer be the first place you are talking about salary,” she says. “As you go through the interview process, try saying ‘Here’s what my research is telling me about the salary scope and opportunity for this role. Am I on track?’ Use that questioning to guide and manage the conversation from the beginning.” 22 | www.greenbaypressgazette.com/you | july 2015
take business negotiations personally, especially if the answer is no. “If you attach pay to your value there’s lots of emotion tied to that,” she says. “In some ways you have to emotionally detach.”
• Not asking. Nothing ventured,
nothing gained. Jordan says the worst mistake you can make is not asking in the first place.
No. 4. Dealing with “no.” Ideally, you present your case, make your pitch and your paycheck gets a little bigger next period. However, it doesn’t always go that way. If the answer is no, Johnson recommends shifting the conversation to focus on your own personal performance. “Ask ‘What is my opportunity here? How can I make a difference? What steps do you need from me? I want to help all of us to win.’ Then let some time go by. After you’ve proven you’re meeting commitments, ask if they are ready to have that conversation again because you feel good about the results,” Johnson says. If you are still met with resistance, Johnson says it may be time to explore new ventures. “Be willing to walk away and move on to the next opportunity,” she says. “Not because the grass is greener, but because it’s what you need to fulfill your purpose.”
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The Perfect Summer Getaway Explore Door County by car, boat and bike Andrea Naylor is an artist, photographer and epidemiologist. Her background has allowed her to travel to more than 22 countries, and to live abroad in Africa, the Caribbean and Australia. Andrea currently lives in Door County where she uses art and photography to remain inspired and inspire others. You can read more about her life and travels at www.Hippiebythesea.com
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As an avid world traveler, there are several things that are important to me when I’m looking for a travel destination. Amazing culture, good food, local live music and beautiful untouched wilderness remain at the top of my list! It’s a true testament to how awesome a place is when I choose to travel there a second time. Lucky for me, I now live full-time in a place I used to spend a lot of money traveling to every summer – Door County. The beautiful Peninsula of Door County is one of those places for me. With remote hidden beaches, amazing local beer and wine, great hiking, biking and kayaking everywhere you turn – and the friendliest people I have ever encountered – I regularly describe Door County as “magical.” Whether you are looking to plan a girl’s trip, a romantic getaway for you and your sweetheart, or a fun trip with the family, Door County is the perfect place to spend a beautiful summer day!
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Take a tour of the local wineries and microbreweries on the peninsula by renting a Door County Trolley for the day. Von Stiehl Winery in Algoma, although technically located in Kewaunee County, is no doubt the best place to start. With award winning wines, outdoor seating overlooking Lake Michigan and Ahnapee Brewery located right next door, you can pick up a guided map of all the wineries to stop at as you make your way up the Peninsula. Each winery on the route has their own unique style and some even have live music on the weekends. Beer lovers don’t forget to stop at Starboard Brewery in downtown Sturgeon Bay and Door County Brewing Company located in Baileys Harbor. You can plan your route ahead of time by visiting doorcounty.com.
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Get out on the water
Ready, set, go! Plan your next trip to the Door Peninsula by visiting the Door County Visitor Bureau at doorcounty.com or checking out Door County Magazine at doorcountymagazine.com.
Take a guided kayak tour with Door County Kayak Tours. With four different trip options, you can choose from the bluffs, caves, wetlands and last but not least – sunset tours. They even have ziplining and stand-up paddle boards for rent. Between guided private tours and beginner options, this is a one-stop shop to explore all the outdoor adventure Door County has to offer. You can find more information at doorcountykayaktours.com.
Drive to the tip of the Door County Peninsula and take the car ferry to Washington Island. A must-see for anyone who’s never taken the journey across “Death’s Door!” Approximately five miles wide, you can drive or even bike across the island. With so many great places to stay and eat, staying on this tiny island for the weekend is a fun option. School House Beach, Jackson Harbor, Lookout Tower and the lavender farms are all must-see spots. Consider leaving your cars and bikes behind to travel further to Rock Island for some epic hiking. To get to Rock Island, hop on the ferry, named “Karfi,” in Jackson Harbor for some primitive camping on the white sand beaches or even for a quick day hike around the uninhabited island.
With approximately 300 miles of shoreline, beach lovers are sure to find what they need at the coast. Whether you are looking to surf, fish, hike along the shore, or just get your feet in the sand, there are endless options available. In search of calmer, warmer waters? Consider checking out Sand Bay Beach located on the “bay side” of the peninsula just outside the town of Sturgeon Bay – a great beach to hit up if you are looking to avoid the summer crowds. Peninsula State Park in Fish Creek and Ridges Beach in Baileys Harbor are both great options to stop, stay, swim and enjoy lunch. Whitefish Dunes State Park is hands down the most popular spot for those weary travelers looking to get some sun on their skin, sand on their toes, and is where you will find those iconic crystal clear waves and rolling sand dunes. Whitefish Dunes is also a popular surfing spot in the fall for those willing to brave the cold Lake Michigan water!
Lavender Festival Visit Washington Island for Fragrant Isle Lavender Farm’s first lavender festival on Friday, July 24 through Sunday, July 26 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day.
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39th Annual Bellin Run
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In addition to the 10k main event, held on a pleasantly cool Saturday morning, this yearâ€™s Bellin Run was comprised of several other prerace activities including a Charity Fun Run, a health and fitness expo, childrenâ€™s runs and an all-you-couldeat spaghetti dinner. Visit www.bellinrun.com for more information. Check out facebook.com/youmag for more photos from this event. 30 | www.greenbaypressgazette.com/you | july 2015
1. Kid’s running coaches Jenny Hawley (with Resurrection Catholic School) and Allison Haltaufderheid (with Leonardo da Vinci School for Gifted Learners). 2. Jan DeCleene of Green Bay watches for her grandkids during the Friday evening Children’s Run. 3. Michelle Steeno and her daughters Kelsey and Veronica get a cooling blast of hose spray as they near the half-way point of the 39th annual Bellin Run. This is their fourth year participating, and they train together every Sunday morning, which according to Kelsey, is not only a way to stay in shape, but to stay connected as a family too. 4. Katie Riederer of Reedsville out on the course during the 10k. 5. Barbara Finn poses with her daughter Sophia, who at age 7, has already participated in the Children’s Run three years in a row. 6. Three generations of runners: with his grandmother Julie Flis and mom Jamie Williams, two-weeks-shy-of-three-years-old Cayden proudly displays the medal he just earned in the Children’s Run. 7. Liz Schumacher was there on Friday evening to cheer on her 4-year-old nephew Edward Kwiatkowski, before herself running the Saturday morning 10k. To see all the photos from this event, check out our Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/YouMag.
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