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Makeup Artist and Owner


akeup artist Mally Roncal’s love affair with all things glam started at a very early age. As a young girl growing up in upstate New York, Mally began experimenting with makeup on her mother, an incredible beauty who was and continues to be her biggest inspiration. From that early age, Mally’s parents instilled in her the philosophy that the things that make us different are the qualities that make us beautiful —a mantra that has guided Mally in her every pursuit. Determined to follow in her parents’ footsteps, Mally pursued a pre-med education. But the pull of her first love—makeup— proved too strong, and she put aside her plans to become a doctor to follow her true passion: beauty. Mally quickly moved to the top of the it-list in the beauty world, working first at the Shisheido makeup counter at Barneys and ultimately as a makeup artist for private clients. Her passion for art, color, and design— along with her charm, contagious enthusiasm and magnetic personality—helped her become one of the industry’s most dynamic, in-demand talents. For a decade, Mally traveled the globe doing makeup for some of the most fab faces in the world, including Beyoncé Knowles, Jennifer Lopez, Mary J. Blige, Rihanna, Teri Hatcher, Celine Dion, Toni Collette, Ashlee Simpson, Angelina Jolie and Heidi Klum. Renowned for her ability to make her clients look and feel beautiful, Mally became the go-to for all things beauty, sharing her advice in the pages of top magazines and on shows like The Today Show, Rachael Ray, Wendy Williams and The View. But for Mally, looking your most glam isn’t just for Hollywood A-listers—every woman deserves to look as gorgeous on the outside

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as she feels on the inside. Mally made it her mission to share her beauty philosophy, empowering women everywhere to celebrate the differences that make them so fierce, fabulous and amazing. Her experience as one of the most sought-after makeup artists in Hollywood means that Mally knows all the tricks of the trade, and why traditional makeup comes up short. From so-called translucent powder that shows up in the flash of red carpet photos to lipsticks, concealers, blushes and bronzers that fade all too fast, Mally identifies endless makeup no-nos and fixes them. That’s what originally inspired and empowered her to found Mally Beauty, a collection of products designed to deliver what Mally calls “all day fierce” beauty: user-friendly, multi-tasking products that truly stay put all day. Created for the real woman who doesn’t have time to touch up her makeup midday, the high performance products are developed to offer real results and ultra-glam looks. Since first founding Mally Beauty, Mally has given millions of women the strength— and the tools—to find the beauty within themselves. She created her collection in keeping with her original philosophy that the things that make you different make you beautiful, and dedicates every day of her life to helping women celebrate their unique beauty. With her top-performance products, professional-level tools, and insider tips and tricks, Mally has garnered a bevy of devoted fans, her Mallynistas, and continues to grow in the consumer market. As a wife and mother of three, makeup maven and entrepreneur, Mally is a firm believer—and living proof—that if you do what you love and follow your dreams, they can become a reality

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with Mally Roncal

How did you get started in your field/industry? I actually started college studying pre-med because my parents were both doctors. But I have always been obsessed with beauty. My love of makeup was so strong that I knew I had to follow my heart. What were some of the biggest challenges/obstacles you faced in your career? When I started as a makeup artist, I was under a lot of pressure to conform. I felt I needed to change myself to fit in, based on what other people felt makeup artists should do. I was unhappy, so I knew it wasn’t worth it. Who was your mentor? Who influenced you the most? My parents instilled in me to treat everyone as a superstar. They taught me the importance of loving people and making people feel good. What is some advice that has helped you juggle your career and family life successfully? I know this sounds cliché, but it’s really all about balance. You have to decide what’s important to you. For me, it’s really important that I put my kids to bed every night. Sometimes that means missing a work dinner party. But I make it up on the other end, meaning I give 110% at work. What do you feel are some of the biggest challenges that women face today? Well, we obviously have to fight challenges in the business world. I still believe there is a lot of work to be done to really have equality. But I think it’s also the challenges and pressure we put on ourselves. What advice would you give to women starting out in your industry? For all people, not just women, just remember that coming in you have to have a strong, meaningful difference when it comes to what you’re creating. There’s a lot of products out there but remember there is only one you. When you can bring your personal touch to whatever you’re producing that’s where the magic comes in. Name one outstanding quality that you think people should know about you or remember you by. One thing I want people to think about me is my positive energy. Let’s be honest, life isn’t always easy, but when you make an effort to see the positive and blessings around you, you are automatically bringing more goodness to your life. I try to do that not only for myself, but everyone I know and all my Mallynistas. www.mallybeauty.com 4 | P.O.W.E.R. Magazine

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PRESIDENT AND EDITOR Tonia DeCosimo DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS Syndi Reibman SENIOR EDITOR Susan Koop EDITORIAL COORDINATOR Ellen Gold PUBLIC RELATIONS Alison Swerdloff SPONSORSHIP & EVENTS Jeremy Felber WEB DESIGNER & IT Chris Ziminski CREATIVE DIRECTOR Cris Bell ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Nicole Crumb Helene Kay Joan Kroener Sari Meyer Renee Rosenfeld Michele Siemion Marguerite Sperduto Donna Stone Professional Organization of Women of Excellence Recognized/P.O.W.E.R. magazine is published quarterly by TJA Publishing, LLC. All biographical information and photographs submitted by members, as well as questions and answers may be altered as necessary to fit our format. While every effort has been made to ensure that information is correct, errors may occur. There is no guarantee of accuracy, timeliness, and completeness. We are not responsible for other’s opinions or views as expressed herein. P.O.W.E.R. magazine does not assume any responsibility for unsolicited materials. Copyright 2018 by P.O.W.E.R. magazine. All rights reserved. Content may not be reprinted or reproduced without permission from P.O.W.E.R. magazine.

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n high school, I was a waitress at Swensen’s Ice Cream Parlor in the Americana Shopping Center (Miracle Mile) in Manhasset. Susan Lucci would stop there for a quick lunch every so often. I will never forget the day she came in wearing “diaper shorts,” a very short-lived fashion trend. I went out and bought a pair the next day. Susan played the villain Erica Kane on the popular soap opera “All My Children,” which was one of my personal favorites. When I met Susan Lucci, I knew that she was nothing like her character. She was a genuine and kind person who was down-to-earth and worked very hard at her career. Little did I know, over 30 years later, I would interview one of my idols to be on the cover of my magazine. Talk about patience and a shock! It was well worth the wait. When I interviewed Susan Lucci for this edition’s cover, not only did I learn new things about her, but it made me realize things about myself and other working women. Even though



celebrities have fame and fortune, everyday women share many commonalities with them. Yes, some celebrities are more down-to-earth and even more humble than others. But at the end of the day, most women want to get the job done and achieve their goals. The typical woman is always multitasking and trying to force things to happen within the time frame she has chosen. We question why things don’t happen when we want them to. But sometimes our timing does not work out as planned and, eventually, we may even be pleasantly surprised that it was worth the wait. Susan Lucci waited 19 years to win her Emmy and told me in her interview that she felt the timing was right when she finally did win. Persevering and not having that immediate gratification teaches us patience. This makes achieving our long-term goals more satisfying and rewarding. There is a saying that goes something like, “We make plans and God laughs.” Ain’t that the truth!

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Adena Friedman






Susan Lucci Actress, Author and Entrepreneur Susan Victoria Lucci is an American actress, television host, author and entrepreneur, best known for portraying Erica Kane on the ABC daytime drama “All My Children.” Lucci has been called “Daytime’s Leading Lady” by TV Guide.

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In the Limelight


Mally Roncal, makeup artist, owner of Mally Beauty Deborah Haydon revives the oyster business in Chesapeake Bay



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Woman of the Year Dr. Leona Ayers

Women of Distinction Sundra Michele Bauman Dr. Gertrude Hutchinson

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Outstanding Authors

Women of Excellence Women of the Month

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Wedding trends, subscription boxes and vacation craze


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r. Leona W. Ayers, M.D. is currently an Academy Professor of the Emeritus Academy at The Ohio State University in the Department of Pathology, College of Medicine, in Columbus, Ohio. She stepped down from her full tenured Professorship to join the Emeritus Academy in 2015. She holds a Certificate of Qualification from the American Board of Pathology in Clinical and Anatomical Pathology and has special expertise in infectious diseases pathology and research interests in HIV/AIDS related malignancies. Dr. Ayers taught Pathology to medical students, pathol-

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ogy interns and residents, and medical technology students. While part of the Graduate School faculty, she directed 26 graduate and professional students. In addition to being an esteemed member of the medical staff of the Wexner Medical Center, Dr. Ayers is part of the consulting medical staff at The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Center where she has held various directorships and practiced pathology in the areas of Clinical Pathology, Medical Microbiology and Infection Control. She currently holds medical staff privilege

Leona M. Ayers, M.D. as a “Physician Scholar.� She is a member of The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center and has been honored as an Outstanding Microbiologist in 1982, awarded the Earline Kutscher Memorial Lectureship in 1991, selected as Foundation Lecturer for the National Foundation for Microbiology Lectures Program for 1998-2000 and was elected to the OSU Emeritus Academy in 2014. Dr. Ayers has been funded by National Cancer Institute grants for the last 24 years. These grants were given to support her research interests and HIV/AIDS related cancer diagnosis capacity building in the U.S., sub-Saharan Africa and India. As a Principle Investigator of the NCI MR AIDS and Cancer Specimen Resource, she organized and implemented the Sub-Saharan Africa Lymphoma Consortium with pathologist participants from East Africa, West Africa, South Africa and Europe. Dr. Ayers served as a leader in the first workshop in India on Research Methodologies for the study of HIV/AIDS associated malignancies. Throughout her outstanding career she has been an invited speaker for 256 presentations at regional, national and international meetings and workshops, presented or published with colleagues 226 abstracts/posters at national and international meetings, 110 peer-reviewed Journal articles and 14 book chapters. She has held memberships and served on the College of American Pathologist, American Association of Clinical Pathologists, International Society Biological and Environmental Repositories and the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology. After obtaining her B.S. in Zoology in 1962 from Duke University, Dr. Ayers graduated with a M.D., with Honors, from Duke University School of Medicine in 1967. She has been inducted into the Duke University School of Medicine Half Century Club.

Academy Professor of the Emeritus Academy Ohio State University, Department of Pathology How did you get started in your field/industry? Duke University accepted me into the second year of the medical class of 1967 as a transfer from the Duke Graduate School. At that time there were very few women in medical schools, so Duke accepting me was the critical opportunity for which I am very grateful. What do you think are some of the challenges that women of today face? In any profession you are a professional, not a woman or a man. Your success or failure should come from what you can accomplish professionally and not your gender. Behavior must be professional with no exceptions in the workplace. Do not fall victim to the power and politics of all workplaces! What advice would you give to women starting out in your industry? This is an industry I would not recommend unless you have a deep and abiding love for humankind as well as the emotional stability and intellectual curiosity and drive to keep you going when times get tough. Healthcare including patient care at any level is not an industry for the weak or faint of heart. pathology.osu.edu/ext/faculty/ayers.html

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undra Michele Bauman started her first daycare center, Shellie’s Rise and Shine Daycare, in 1998 with 15 children, ages 0 through 12 years old. She worked locally out of her home until 2000 when she opened her second daycare in Carver, Arizona. In October of 2004, she opened a daycare center in Buckeye which was the first Shellie’s Early Start After-School Learning Center 1, dedicated to children ages 2-12. In 2006, Sundra opened Shellie’s Early Start Learning Center 2. In 2012, she opened a third learning center, and in 2015, opened her fourth learning center. In 2016, she opened Shellie’s Early Start Learning Center 5. All of the centers are located in the South Phoenix area and are dedicated to children ages infant to 12 years old. Sundra is responsible for the overall administration, and staff oversight at all the centers. She is a member of the Better Business Bureau and the Arizona Family Childcare Association. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and four children, travel, reading, watching T.V. shows and volunteering. The center’s mission statement is to seek to be a leader in providing high quality, developmentally focused early education for the whole child. Sundra strives to engage and inspire parents, students, and the broader community toward a deeper understanding of the wonders of childhood. Her focus is on delivering excellence in childcare for the Shellie’s Early Start children, staff and surrounding community in a nurturing environment where the uniqueness of each child is recognized, respected and children are learning, growing, and safe. Her centers value diversity and full inclusion of all members of the South Phoenix community with a range of family needs, income levels, religious and ethnic backgrounds and lifestyles. www.shelliesearlystart.com

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r. Gertrude Hutchinson has over 45 years experience in the nursing field. She is an Adjunct Professor at SUNY Empire State College in Saratoga Springs, New York. She teaches advanced pathophysiology online and serves as the Director of History and Education at the Center for Nursing at the Foundation of New York State Nurses. Dr. Hutchinson also serves as an Archivist for the Bellevue Alumnae Center for Nursing History at the Foundation and as an Archivist for the American Association for the History of Nursing. Dr. Hutchinson is affiliated with the American Nurses Association, New York Chapter, the International Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau, the New York Archives Conference and the American Association for the History of Nursing. She is a member of the Interagency Council of Information Resources in Nursing, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, the New York Organization of Nurse Executives and Leaders, Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society, the American Association for the History of Medicine, Women in Development in Northeastern New York, the Capital Nursing Research Alliance, the Nurses Educational Fund and the National League for Nurses. After obtaining a M.A. in History from SUNY Albany in 2007, Dr. Hutchinson continued her education, obtaining a M.S.I.S. in NARA and Records Management from SUNY Albany in 2009. She then obtained her Doctor of Nursing Science with a focus on Leadership and Education from The Sage Colleges-Sage Graduate School in 2016. Dr. Hutchinson is the Recipient of the Northeast Region NYONEL Award in recognition of “creative and contemporary leadership in nursing practice.” In her spare time, she volunteers at the Hamilton Union Presbyterian Church and serves in many leadership capacities as a life member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She enjoys knitting, crocheting, reading historical fiction, playing piano and family activities. Dr. Hutchinson states, “I attribute my success to my inquisitive nature, wanting to help people, education opportunities and having gifts and abilities to leave the world a better place.” How did you get started in your field/industry? I started my career in acute care nursing. After completing my doctoral studies, realizing I had been teaching in non-conventional settings my entire career, I was hired at SUNY Empire State College as an Adjunct Faculty for masters-preparing nursing students. What were some of the biggest challenges/obstacles you faced in your career? One of the biggest challenges was understanding that nurses don’t know everything right away. It takes time to grow from novice to expert. The same is true of teaching. The development of confidence and expertise grows with each course taught. What is some advice that has helped you juggle your career and family life successfully? Advice I received early on was to “maintain perspective and

manage your time well.” My family time and religious life is very important to me. Time management is a skill I utilize to balance career, family, and “self-care.” What do you feel are some of the biggest challenges that women face today? Flexibility in work schedules is important. When some women have to take “time off” from their career path for personal reasons, having the ability to work from home to stay on the career ladder would be a wonderful challenge to overcome. What advice would you give to women starting out in your industry? Prepare for your career. Attend conferences. Set goals for your career path – understanding that goals set at ages 25-30 may change. Find a mentor in your field to help guide your acculturation to the business environment wherever you work. Name one outstanding quality that you think people should know about you or remember you by. In a conversation with friends about “what would you write for your epitaph?” I responded with this statement: ‘She was real.’ That is one quality that people should know about me. www.foundationnynurses.org

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Q I am a mother of three,

more and also figure out some working full time and managing household and childcare tasks you can do together. This may a household. Even though my husband works full time as well help alleviate those negative feelings that it is all one-sided. and does help out, I still feel Also, depending on the ages of like I’m carrying the load. Any your children, maybe adding suggestions on how I can better small chores for them to do will manage all this without having take some of the pressure off of negative feelings towards my you and your husband. To help husband? you rekindle that magic between A First of all, please know that you and your spouse, schedule your feelings are certainly jusa date night a couple of times a tified. A recent study commismonth to reconnect with each sioned by Welch’s Grape Fruit other as spouses, and less as Juice revealed that if you add parents. up the time the average working Q I find that when trying to mom spends at her paid position connect with other professional and her duty at home, it totals women, sometimes they seem to 98 hours per week, “Working reluctant to share personal Mother” reports. That’s equal to, if not more than, the weekly experiences and contacts. How do I deal with this? hours dedicated to two fulltime positions. A majority of A This is an excellent questhem also claimed to have an tion. It seems many women are average of only one hour and guarded with respect to their seven minutes to themselves career and contacts due to a daily. According to a Pew anal- variety of reasons. Trying to ysis, fathers today spend more move up in many male-domithan twice as much time doing nated fields has caused women housework as they did in the to become more protective and 1960s (10 hours vs. four hours competitive. Also, some women a week), yet mothers still do have had negative experiences more. Studies find that marital when they have shared contacts. quality is affected by how much Women empowerment has beof the at-home work the couple come significant within the past actually does together. Perhaps few years as women have broken you and your husband could through the glass ceiling. The discuss ways he can help out main purpose of P.O.W.E.R. is

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for our members to connect and share ideas with one another. That is one of the reasons they are a part of our organization. There are always some individuals who don’t want to interact, but for the most part, women today want to see others succeed. Being open and willing to share your business contacts and both positive and negative experiences can help put others at ease and open to networking.

Q I am 45 years old and have been in the same profession for 18 years. I am feeling burnt out and considering pursuing a new career. The change is scaring me and making me hesitant. Should I stick with what I know or try something new? A You know the saying, “You know what you have, but you don’t know what you are going to get.” If you are truly miserable in your current position, that is one thing. But if you are just burnt out, you may need a break to figure out your true feelings. Our immediate response to feeling burnt is to run and find something new. Before you do that, ask yourself these questions: Is it your profession? Your employer? The people you work with? Are you overworked and underpaid? Or is it simply you needing some R & R? It is normal to feel overwhelmed sometimes, especially in today’s society with women multitasking and doing it all. If you truly feel you need a change, then go with your gut feeling and intuition. However, before you jump to a new career, make sure your finances and family situation are in order and on board. Good luck. You are a woman of P.O.W.E.R. and will make the right decision.

Donna McNabb-Riley Entrepreneur DRiles Dynamic Solutions, LLC


onna McNabb-Riley retired after 29 years of outstanding selfless service with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force Reserve and retired as a Data System Analyst after 22 years with county governmental support services. While in military service, her actions exemplify “service before self.” Her last assignment was as Wing Inspector General, where she was responsible for the management of all mission readiness, support and operations. Donna is a highly decorated recipient of the United States Armed Forces Bronze Medal, given for heroic achievement, heroic service, meritorious achievement or meritorious service in a combat zone. In keeping with “service before self,” Donna is currently lending newly acquired entrepreneurship skills in support to DRiles Dynamic Solutions, LLC which offers online business training education, marketing, 30 minutes a day to full time pay advice,



media advertising and investing profits to include individual affiliation opportunities. After obtaining an A.S. in Mortuary Science from Florida International University in 2002, Donna then obtained a B.A., and then a M.A. in Human Resources and Business from Barry University in 2003. Although her biggest battle lies ahead of her; a bilateral lung transplant, Donna continues to put the service of others first and volunteers. She is a member of Compassion International. Donna tutors adults to help them with getting their GED. How did you get started in your field/industry? First, I accepted an amazing offer in Computer Technology which led to both a bachelor’s and master’s degree. After seeing an Air Force commercial, I sought a military career in Logistics and finally in the Mortuary Science. What advice would you give to women starting out in your industry? Take the steps to be a ‘Subject Matter Expert.’ Volunteer for that special project; don’t allow leaders to relegate you to mediocre levels to pacify you. Believe in your abilities, show leaders they need you and never let them see you cry.

Ramona Hernandez Senior Vice President Rubixis Ramona Hernandez has over 20 years of experience. Currently a Senior Vice President with Rubixis, she specializes in analyzing data and provides cost analysis for hospital revenue cycles. She utilizes her nursing background in the software/IT arena. Ramona is a Shareholder with GetixHealth. She consults and trains as needed. A member of both H.F.M.A. and H.I.M., Ramona received her RN in 1996.

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‘Head in the Clouds’

E ‘Girl in the Orange Dress’ ‘Breakup by the Bridge’

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lizabeth Sutton is an artist in New York City. She is a “mom-preneur” and visual artist who has taken the nouveau arts scene by storm and has catapulted herself as a well-known name within the art world. With numerous exhibitions and commissions, articles and collections to her name in a short period of time, she is definitely a Rising Star. Elizabeth’s compositional signature is a strong undercurrent of mathematical proportion and algorithmic color placement. Nothing is accidental; everything is intuitive. For her, process is paramount and begins with a survey of surface and dimension. Working through each concept as if solving a puzzle, she strives for balance, never leaving unexamined the precise nuances of her creative subject. She has a BBA in Marketing and Management from Baruch College. Elizabeth’s exacting process aims for a perfection that unfolds organically, creating pieces that are simultaneously unique and consistent in their compositional equilibrium. The work itself exhibits her skillful precision, eye for balance and decorous flow alongside her clients’ personal tastes. That’s why each piece speaks to the personalities of both its creator and customer. With a nod to pop and a dash of kitsch, Elizabeth creates compositions that are focused on enlivening spaces and uplifting spirits. She believes that her compositions find engaging the viewer with organizational complexity while simultaneously entertaining with whimsy.


Elizabeth Sutton


How did you get started in your field/industry? My career began by chance. I went to Blick, bought a bunch of supplies, and started playing around with glitter and collage art when I was 22. When my son was six months old I wanted to make artwork for his nursery that wasn’t full of glitter, so I picked up a paintbrush in October 2015 and created three small geometric artworks. I posted a picture of the paintings on my Instagram and someone sent me a message asking if I would be interested in making them artwork. I sold my first two works for a grand total of $875. On January 29th 2016, I was on my way to Costa Rica for a family vacation, when I received a call from Ryan Serhant, the #1 residential broker in New York. He knew me through a friend and asked if I’d be interested in staging a high-end development of his with my artwork. He needed 12 pieces in three weeks – I was thrilled and said “SURE!!!” although I had no artwork to give him. En route to the airport, I

posted an ad on Craigslist for an art assistant, interviewed him the day I landed, and proceeded to paint on my dining table for the next three weeks. That is what I consider the beginning of my art career. What were some of the biggest challenges/obstacles you faced in your career? The art industry is very challenging and there are many taboos. I consider myself a fine artist but I am also an Instagram artist. I sell a lot of work without having to give anyone 50%. Most of the challenges I’ve faced have been in my personal life, and not necessarily within my career. In the past few years, I’ve had many

losses and heartbreaks. I’ve used these losses to fuel my drive. What advice would you give to women starting out in your industry? HUSTLE. No one is ever going to hand you anything on a silver platter – it doesn’t matter how talented you are, how intelligent, how pretty. At the end of the day, it is hard work, thick skin, and ambition that will take you places. Do NOT be afraid when someone tells you “no.” It just means it leaves space for the right opportunity to come your way (and by that, I mean for you to seek out the right opportunity). elizabethsuttoncollection.com

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Ridge, New Jersey, Denise obtained a M.A. in Counseling and Education from Montclair State University in 1992. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and graduated from The Institute for Integrative Holistic Head Coach Nutrition as a Health Coach. She recently became certified from the Nutritious Life The Glitter Cookie, LLC School in New York founded by Keri Denise Taddeo is the Holistic Head Coach and Integrated Health Glassman, RD. She is affiliated with the Coach of The Glitter Cookie, LLC which provides coaching services I.I.N. and the N.A.P.W. Denise is NBCC in New Jersey. It provides a structured health coaching and wellness Board Certified and has been a professor counseling program that is individualized for each client. She assists since 1997. In her spare time she enjoys clients with counseling and coaching to overcome personal challeng- Pilates, yoga and animal advocacy. es and achieve wellness goals. Denise serves as a health coach, guide How did you get started in your field/ and mentor empowering her clients to take responsibility for their industry? own health and well-being. She encourages clients to implement I went to graduate school and earned a and sustain lifestyle and behavior changes regarding their personal graduate degree in counseling, but I always and wellness goals. had an interest in health. Feeling that this was a better way of taking care of my health, Not long ago, Denise had a personal, Denise is very proud of the work and health in general, I later went back to life-threatening experience due to an she’s performed as a counselor helping school for integrative health counseling. illness and subsequent over-medication. individuals with brain injuries, anxiety, What were some of the biggest challengUpon recovering, she decided that there depression, and other mood disorders. had to be a much better approach toward es/obstacles you faced in your career? Her greatest accomplishment has been I think one of my biggest obstacles taking care of ourselves and ensuring our her ability to work with adolescents with health and well-being. Denise specializes is definitely getting complaints that my mental health issues during her time as practice is not covered by insurance. a counselor. She is trained in dietary theo- in neurology and knows how the brain Unfortunately many people are unable to reacts with chemicals or medications. ry, bio individuality and caters wellness afford to pay for services out of pocket. With her background in neuropsycholocoaching to each specific person’s body Another obstacle is getting coverage for type, blood type, and their overall organic gy, she hopes to help those in the mental health field that are over-medicated take a people who clearly need assistance. body. With a background in neuropsychology and a knowledge of how the brain more natural approach to their treatment www.theglittercookie.com through healthy eating and counseling. interacts with chemicals, she can help pawww.newjerseyhealthcoach.com Born on February 14, 1966 in Glen tients in a more natural and healthy way.

Denise Taddeo

Nancy E. Aronson

Technical Specialist Federal Reserve Bank of New York Nancy E. Aronson has been a Technical Specialist with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York on and off since 1989. She specializes in information technology and software development. In her current role, she is responsible for problem solving, developing applications in different programming languages, providing business area support, and gathering and extracting data. Nancy also owns a shop called Iggie’s Curiosity Shoppe. She scouts local and regional estate sales and auctions, buying items she feels are unique or special that she can resell in her shop. The shop has the things you never knew you needed. She received a B.S. in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1988 and is currently working on her M.S. in Computer Science. In her spare time, she enjoys going to auctions,

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antiquing, painting and making jewelry. What were some of the biggest challenges/obstacles you faced in your career? One of the biggest challenges for me as an individual contributor (non-manager) has been trying to find positions throughout my career that provide the perfect combination of interesting and challenging work, room for growth, decent work/ life balance, good pay/benefits, and a great boss. What do you feel are some of the biggest challenges that women face today? Being able to afford college without being drowned in debt. If I had a child, I might recommend they go to a trade school instead. What advice would you give to women starting out in your industry? Find a mentor and/or someone who can help guide you throughout your

career. Be conscientious, genuine, don’t gossip, and be nice to people. Network with others to find out what type of IT you might like to focus on. Name one outstanding quality that you think people should know about you or remember you by. I’m a natural teacher and sharer and have a knack for explaining technical things to non-technical people in a way they can understand. nekadesigns.net

Dr. Lisa Lewis

CEO Lewis Healing Institute


r. Lisa Lewis, ND, MBA, LAC, is the De-Light Diva. She is the CEO of Lewis Healing Institute and Owner of NatureDrs Nutraceuticals. Dr. Lewis is a Bastyr University graduate, speaker and author of “Stop Stressing Me Out: 7 Solutions to Overcome Overwhelm and Conquer Disease Naturally.” As a transformational healer, best-selling author and speaker, she has had her work featured on the American Health Journals’ documentary “Discoveries in Alternative Medicine,” the Daily Café Live, ABC News, Awakenings TV show, Michael Baisden’s Cruise, and numerous radio shows and magazines. She provides a personal health remedy designed to help patients get rapid results. While overseeing the institute, writing, speaking and researching, Dr. Lewis still treats stress, provides lifestyle counseling, nutritional analysis, Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture and emphasizes naturopathic medicine and natural healing modalities. She is part of the 1%, but not the 1% you might be thinking of. She endured a surgical error that statistically occurs in only 1% of surgeries. She survived and recovered rapidly because of her natural medicine expertise. Her survival brought about a powerful calling. As a result, she’s helped over 5000 patients achieve energy, serenity and hormone harmony. In addition to earning a N.D., Master of Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine Certificate, and a M.B.A., Dr. Lewis has over three decades of experience working in the scientific and pharmaceutical industries. She is a member of the American Naturopathic Physicians and was honored as a Top Acupuncturist in Montclair in 2016. How did you get started in your field/industry? At the age of 5 I knew that I was going to be a doctor. I first went to work for the pharmaceutical industry. First-line therapy of medication and surgery didn’t result in healing, so my search began for healing modalities outside of the current medical system.

What is some advice that has helped you juggle your career and family life successfully? Schedule your self-care “ME” time. Woman tend to put themselves last after all their responsibilities, leaving little time for self-care. As a result, their health, joy, and self-worth suffers. Self-care is not selfish, it’s essential. What do you feel are some of the biggest challenges that women face today? Woman are more stressed and overwhelmed than ever. Stress can be detrimental to their health, life, and career. It can be assessed and treated naturally. There’s no need to suffer in silence. Get support. Name one outstanding quality that you think people should know about you or remember you by. Intention is the quality that I want people to know about me. I know you have the power to heal and I hold the intention for health, harmony, and success for all my patients and clients. drlisalewis.com

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strong woman who wears many hats, Charlotte Canion was born in a small town in Arkansas and grew up in Texas. She is an author, speaker, entrepreneur, mentor, wife, mother, sister and grandmother. Over the years she has purchased and sold numerous businesses including a shop in a strip mall and managed 25 women in the spokes modeling field. As an author, she has published several stories and poems, co-authored a book, “The Art of Brave Living” with 23 other authors, and has written a poignant, meaningful and informative book, “YOU HAVE TO LAUGH TO KEEP FROM CRYING / How to Parent Your Parents.” This book came about as a direct result of assisting her own parents with dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, while battling her own cancer. Within the publication, she emphasizes three powerful ideas: Empower yourself with knowledge, find humor wherever you can, and discover how powerful laughter is and see how it helps. Charlotte is also a certified Texas Master Gardener. She volunteers her time to teach gardening and has won many awards. She is a member of numerous associations including: Texas Landscape Gardener’s Association, Wise County Friend of the Library, Board of Directors for the Area Business Women’s Network, Wise County Chamber of Commerce, Northwest Metroport Chamber of Commerce, and Northeast Texas Nursery Growers Association. Charlotte’s book is a cathartic means of finding light at the end of a sad and often lonely tunnel. She offers advice and encouragement, talks about finding your strength and provides tools to face the absolute challenge of parenting your parents. Charlotte shares her experiences with the world through her book and hopes that her stories help ease the pain that many people endure and get through difficult times with laughter and love. How did you get started in your field/industry? My husband was an only child and my father-in-law came to live with us. He was diagnosed with dementia. My mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. My dad was in the early stages of Parkinson’s - all at the same time. I became the accidental caregiver for three parents.

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After all three had passed on, I wrote the book “YOU HAVE TO LAUGH TO KEEP FROM CRYING / How to Parent Your Parents.” What is some advice that has helped you juggle your career and family life successfully? LOVE – RESPECT – PATIENCE - FORGIVENESS I am married to the most wonderful man and he has kept me out of the abyss of my brain, by allowing me to laugh and cry when needed. I learned that I must take care of myself first. We took trips and had date nights when we could find someone to take over our parenting parents duties. I learned that love was a key element and you must love unconditionally. We must respect the dignity of others as well as ourselves. Patience is something that will be of great value in every aspect of our lives, including having patience with ourselves and others. In our lives we must forgive others as well as ourselves. Unforgiveness is an anchor – Forgiveness is freedom. What advice would you give to women starting out in your industry? Join an Alzheimer’s group. Support groups are all over the place now, but fifteen years ago I found very little information out there for me. That is why I wrote my book- to help those who are thrown into the deep end of the Parent Your Parent pool. I shared my journey with what I did to keep my sanity and how I dealt with the day to day problems that arose with three parents dealing with dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Whatever your problem, read, because knowledge is the key to survival and conquering an issue or problem. howtoparentyourparents.net


r. Jane Penelope Johnson is a Freelance Songwriter, Writer and World Renowned Poet who writes under her pen name of “Penny Johnson.” She has dedicated her life to writing poems, songs and gospel songs that are enjoyed internationally, many of which cater to her patriotism and her affinity to her Christian ways. She has written books and a plethora of poetry including: “Anthology, Treasured Poems of America,” “Noble Laureate” from A.B.I., “Songs of Honour,” “Worldwide - Penny’s Poem,” “Introspection,” “A Penny for Your Thought,” and “A Poetry Book.” Her songs include: “Christmas Is” on the Album “Glory of Christmas,” “Christmas Wishes and Unspeakable Love” on “The Miracle of Christmas” CD, “Gift of Christmas” CD with her featured song “The Best King,” “Elegant Equation,” and the song “Symbol” included on CD “Encore.” Dr. Johnson has received numerous honors and awards. She was chosen as the Most Admired Woman of the Decade, International Woman of the Year by Cambridge in England, three-time award winner of Woman of the Year by the American Biographical Institute, The National Library of Poetry and was listed in International Who’s Who of Intellectuals. Dr. Johnson’s poem “Goldpin” was in the Who’s

Who of International Poets for excellence in poetry and vision. She was appointed Genius Laureate, USA by Janet M. Evans, President of A.B.I., included in 500 Greatest Genius Laureates of the 21st Century, and is a life member of the American Hall of Fame. She was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from A.B.I. for her poem “Shout it Out-Immortal Verses” in 2007. Dr. Johnson received the Presidential Award from George W. Bush in 2008, and the Laureate International Biography Centre Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011. Dr. Johnson’s name is on The Life Member Roll of Honor at the President Dwight Eisenhower Center, Washington, DC. She is on the Republican Presidential Honor Roll for helping to get Donald J. Trump elected President, and the R.N.C. Presidential Advisory Board signed by President Donald J. Trump. Dr. Johnson is affiliated with the International Order of Merit, the World Literacy Academy, is the Deputy Governor of the American Biographical Institute, and Advisor for the International Society of Poetry for Life. She is a member of the International Poetry Hall of Fame, America’s Registry of Outstanding Professionals, Strathmore’s Who’s Who Worldwide and the Academy of American Poets. Dr. Johnson’s most notable career accomplishments include receiving The Emily Dickinson Award for the poem “The Wedding” from the Amherst Society, becoming a Member of the National Author’s Registry, and receiving Honorable Mention for the President’s Award for “Heaven Awaits.” She is especially proud of writing the song “Fighting for Freedom” which became a finalist for Best Song in the “Americans Stand Tall Songbook,” published by Hilltop Records and honoring victims of 9/11. Dr. Johnson received “The 2002 Noble Prize” for Outstanding Achievement and Contributions to Worldwide Humanity by the United Cultural Convention USA. She is motivated by her mentor, Dr. Norman Vincent Peale. Her efforts helped get Donald J. Trump elected as President of the United States of America. After graduating from the Famous Writers School in Westport, Connecticut in 1967, Dr. Johnson attended and graduated from The Newspaper Institute of America in New York and the Denis Waitley School of Dynamic Winning in 1969. She received an Honorary Doctor of Letters in London, England in 1993 and graduated from the American Association of Christian Counselors in 2001. Born on July 1, 1940 in Danville, Kentucky, Dr. Johnson began to focus on her talents at the young age of 10 and was quickly recognized by her parents, teachers and local community. She married William Evan Johnson, Sr. on July 15, 1958. They have two children and two grandchildren. In her spare time, she enjoys piano, singing with the Sweet Adelines, dancing, walking and swimming. www.poetry.com

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CORNER Susan Lucci All My Life: A Memoir The most famous face in daytime drama history, Susan Lucci has held audiences spellbound for years as Erica Kane on ABC-TV’s “All My Children”—the sexy, sassy, beautiful “woman you love to hate.” Now, in this long awaited autobiography, she holds readers captive as the feisty, funny, authentic “woman you love to love.” In the tradition of Julie Andrews’ Home, Jane Fonda’s My Life So Far, Barbara Walters’ Audition, and other enthralling autobiographies from female icons of our time, the award-winning soap opera star’s memoir of a life in the spotlight is sure to inspire, uplift, charm and surprise readers as they finally get to know the Susan Lucci her friends, family and colleagues love and know.

Ann Margaret Carrozza Love & Money It is no secret that we are living in an increasingly litigious society. What may come as a surprise, though, is that we are far more likely to be involved in a costly legal dispute with a former loved one than we are with a stranger. In Love and Money, Ann-Margaret Carrozza will help you to easily understand and implement essential legal strategies to prevent you from doing legal battle with someone you once shared Thanksgiving dinner (or a pillow) with. Through an engaging narrative, including amusing cautionary tales, readers will learn how to utilize contracts to identify and avoid costly relationship landmines, reduce pet peeves, and create a joint mission statement, all the while ensuring that one’s wealth and values are transmitted to future generations. Love and Money demystifies many legal structures.

Tonia DeCosimo Single and Not Settling After not walking down the aisle (as she assumed she would) in her twenties and then hoping it would happen in her thirties, Tonia DeCosimo found herself single at age forty and couldn’t help but ask herself, “Whose fault is this anyway?” The answer, she determined, is not as straightforward as it seems. And she quickly found out she’s not the only one facing these challenges. In her new book Single and Not Settling!, DeCosimo takes you through her dating journey. In a society where it’s becoming increasingly difficult to find the right partner, more and more people are finding themselves romantically unattached and they are still reluctant to “settle.” DeCosimo weaves together real-life stories in a web of hilarity and heartbreak, to expound on single life in modern America—with a sprinkling of tips to avoid those treacherous relationship pitfalls. Lighthearted and poignant in equal measure, Single and Not Settling!, offers camaraderie, hope, and a real look at life in the dating trenches.

Charlotte Canion You Have to Laugh to Keep from Crying: How to Parent Your Parents Up till now, you have dealt with life with grace and style, learning from the mistakes you’ve made along the way. You’ve raised your children and enjoyed a successful career. Now, though, you face the challenge of a lifetime, one that may have you feeling like you’ve suddenly been tossed in the deep end of the pool. Sometimes, parenting your parents can be an overwhelming task, one that has you struggling to keep your head above water. In this book, you will find the permission to laugh, to cry, and to make mistakes. You will also find the strength and encouragement to get up and repeat the cycle, all the tools you need to face the new challenge of parenting your parents! Betty Oliver Travel the Seven Continents of the World with Ollie and Mollie Betty Oliver shares her love of traveling through the eyes of two endearing penguins, Ollie and Mollie, from Antarctica. They travel to the seven continents, to places like The Great Wall, Ayras Rock, The Galapagos Islands, and The Leaning Tower of Pisa. They go on a safari in South Africa, ride a hot-air balloon in Australia, and take a sled ride in Alaska. The incredible, gorgeous sights Ollie and Mollie see are unforgettable!

Lyss Stern: Motherhood is a B#tch You’ve had a kid or two . . . or three. Now, every time you look in the mirror you ask yourself, “Who the hell is that tired, washed out woman looking back at me?” What happened to the stylish, stiletto-wearing woman who prided herself on living the fabulous life? It’s time to reclaim your pre-baby body, mind, and mojo. No more sulking, stressing, or resenting other moms who have it more together than you and wondering how they do it. Motherhood is a B#tch! tells you how YOU can do it. This guide tells it like it is and explains how women lose their sense of self once they have children and why it’s so important to reclaim it.

Nicole Badrudeen The Gorgeous Skin Handbook Skin care companies have an interesting way of selling women hope instead of actual results, and in this book, author and entrepreneur Nicole Badrudeen reveals all of the top skin care secrets she has learned from over 20 of the top dermatologists and plastic surgeons in the skin care industry. Her 10 years of experience has allowed her to assist in thousands of medical and cosmetic procedures in New York City and south Florida – and these very techniques are what helped her to write this book.

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r. Alyson Myers is the Medical Director of Inpatient Diabetes at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York. She is also an Assistant Professor at the David and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. Dr. Myers attended the University of Virginia where she majored in French and minored in Chemistry. After college, she returned home to Queens, New York to teach junior high school math and science. A year later, she attended SUNY Downstate for medical school, where she was the fouryear recipient of the President’s Award Scholarship. She completed a 5-year combined Internal Medicine/Psychiatry Residency at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. During her fourth year, she served as Chief Resident. After residency, she completed an endocrinology fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern. During fellowship she received a T32 training grant in the area of mood disorders under the mentorship of Dr. Madhukar Trivedi. In 2012, Dr. Myers returned to New York, to serve as a clinical educator at North Shore University Hospital. She oversees the endocrinology rotation for medical students, residents and fellows. She also mentors several residents and fellows in research projects. For the past two years, she has been a member of the Internal Medicine Residency Committee. From 2015-2017, Dr. Myers was accepted as an Empire Clinical Research Investigators Program Fellow. As an ECRIP Fellow she was conducting a feasibility study exploring the use of telehealth for lifestyle modification and improved glycemic control in Black and Hispanic patients with uncontrolled type 2 diabetes. She has several publications on the topics of depression, diabetes and hypertriglyceridemia. She has been a reviewer for Minerva Endocrinologica, Journal of Affective Disorders and Diabetes Care. She is an active member of the Endocrine Society as an abstract reviewer, member of the Clinical Affairs Core Committee, CME course reviewer and a presenter for the Early Career Forum in 2016 and 2017. In 2018, Dr. Myers was selected as a three-year member of the Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism Board of the American Board of Internal Medicine. Among her honors, Dr. Myers has

Alyson Myers, M.D. Medical Director of Inpatient Diabetes North Shore University Hospital received the Michael Kors Educational Advancement Award from the Advancing Women in Science and Medicine at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, Northwell Health in April 2018. She was the Kappa Omicron Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., 2018 Rudy W. Powell Scholarship Dinner Awardee for Outstanding Contribution to Medicine and Community Service. She was invited to participate in the JDRF PEAK – T1D Performance in Exercise and Knowledge in Chicago, Illinois in 2015. Dr. Myers received the Patient Safety Champion Award from North Shore University Hospital in 2014 and received the FOKANA Women’s Forum Award to Dedicated Service in the Indian Community during Women’s History Month in 2014. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, music, watching movies, reading and going to the gym. What were some of the biggest challenges/obstacles you faced in your career? Being a Black woman in medicine is a challenge. There is often the assumption

that I am a nurse or social worker. Even when I identify myself as the doctor, some patients address me as Alyson or Ms. Myers. What is some advice that has helped you juggle your career and family life successfully? My mantra is: leave work at work. When I come home, it needs to be about “me time,” friends and family. I also travel frequently which allows me time to unplug and recharge. What health care issues do you find are most prevalent to your female patients and why? I think that obesity is the common issue for most female patients. Obesity places women at risk for pregnancy complications, diabetes, hypertension, and certain cancers. Unfortunately, obesity is not well recognized as a disease so there are few effective treatments. www.northwell.edu/find-care/finda-doctor/internal-medicine/dr-alyson-kemoa-myers-md-11360493

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indy Novotny, Radical Mentor, is an internationally known leader in sales, leadership and customer service. She has been recognized by the Association for Talent Development as one of the most powerful, innovative and passionate speakers in the industry. She is an icon in the hospitality industry and in the speaking world. Cindy is the original founder of Master Connection Associates, using her ability to close the gap between senior executive and line workers. She trains all of the trainers and consultants for the firm and develops her team to go far beyond customer’s expectations. The brand of “Radical Mentor” has been given to her by the thousands of executives she has worked with due to her straight forward, no nonsense approach to leadership. She has been featured in numerous magazines, live broadcasts and lectures at many organizations. Cindy travels the world speaking to a wide variety of audiences and has shared the stage with global leaders, including former New York Mayor, Rudy Giuliani. She has been recognized as one of the Top 25 Most Extraordinary Minds in Sales & Marketing by the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association. She has also been named as one of the 4 most Radical Mentors by the ATD. Cindy brings an audience alive with her reality-based skills and cutting-edge training technology. In her book, “Living with No Balance…And Loving It!,” Cindy challenges people to feel good about trying to do it all and living in a less than balanced world. Her message applies to anyone interested in having a fulfilling life. As someone who travels almost 50 weeks a year delivering her message to diverse groups of people and industries worldwide, she is a true “road warrior.” Having started her career in the hospitality industry, Cindy’s clients today include hotels, travel advisors, automotive, legal, medical, retail, real estate and even community police departments. She is in the process of completing a new book, “My Secret to Stamina” which is due out by the end of 2018. Cindy states that her goal in life has always been to become the best she could be and to help others do the same. Therefore, professional success and giving more than she could ever hope to get back is a result of her PASSION! She claims that she is a ‘take no prisoner,’ friend and a kick ass mentor. Cindy believes that hard work, straight talk, focus and a commitment to get where you want to in life is done by taking control of your destiny. She helps people live the life they want to live - not the

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life they think they ‘have’ to live. Her passion is all about coaching and developing people to achieve their goals, so they find their passion as well. She wrote the book “Living with No Balance and Loving It,” to show how professionals and working parents can live full lives while giving their children the gift of expanding their world. Cindy has an online TV show, CindyTV, a blog, YouTube videos and you can follow along with her real-life travel and adventures. As she states: “This is the life I chose and helping you become the best ‘YOU’ is what I offer! If you’re ready for a radical transformation, you’ve come to the right place.” What do you feel are some of the biggest challenges that women face today? Women are their own worst enemies. Women fake friendships and don’t help each other out. This does not mean ALL women. There are great coaches and role models out there and I try to be that to other women but there is so much back stabbing, politics, and jealousy with jobs, etc. that women need to start focusing on how to help each other. www.cindynovotny.com www.masterconnection.com


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Ann Margaret Carrozza Elder Law and Estate Planning Attorney

nn Margaret Carrozza is a practicing Elder Law and Estate Planning Attorney who also served for 14 years as a New York State Assemblywoman. She served as an executive member of the N.Y.S. Bar Association, Elder Law Section and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. She is the former Chairperson of the Long Island Alzheimer’s Foundation Legal Advisory Board. She also served as a member of the Surrogate’s Court Advisory Committee to the Chief Administrative Judge of N.Y.S. Ann is “AV” rated Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell. As a TV legal contributor, Ann has appeared on Dr Phil, Good Morning America, Entertainment Tonight, Extra, Geraldo, FoxBusiness and CNN. She has been quoted by the Wall Street Journal, Crains, the New York Times, USA Today and Money Magazine. She is a member of the Huffington Post’s Expert Pane and is a contributor to HuffPost Money, offering advice as it relates to Elder Law and Estate Planning. Ann teaches at Queensborough Community College. Her first book, “Love & Money, Protecting Yourself from Angry Exes, Wacky Relatives, Con Artists and Inner Demons,” was released by Skyhorse Publishing in May of 2017. Her offices are located in Bayside, Glen Cove and Port Jefferson, New York. How did you get started in your field/industry? I got my start in politics by knocking on 100 doors a day and getting to know what was on peoples’ minds. It was a great test of stamina and humility. What are some of the biggest challenges/obstacles you face in your career? My biggest obstacle was getting my message out there, against a very popular and well-financed incumbent. What is some advice that has helped you juggle your career and family life successfully? I don’t think perfect juggling of family and career exists. My advice is to not let the perfect become the enemy of the good. We need to give ourselves more passes in the face of perceived imperfections. What do you feel are some of the biggest challenges that women face today? Women have an 80% chance of surviving our husbands. Our biggest challenge is to prepare financially and legally to ensure that our golden years will be lived out on our own terms. What advice would you give to women starting out in your industry? My advice to those starting out is to reach for the sky, and surround yourself with people who believe in you! Name one outstanding quality that you think people should know about you or remember you by. The quality that I am proudest of is my resilience. I know that I can withstand a blow, stay calm and try to turn it around. www.myelderlawattorney.com

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rene Angelakis is a dedicated and experienced matrimonial and family law attorney. Throughout the last ten years, she has worked in both the private and public sector. Her private firm, Law Offices of Irene Angelakis, P.C., is located in East Garden City, New York. Since her admission to the Bar, Irene has represented clients in matrimonial, child support, family offense, custody and visitation proceedings. Upon graduation, she worked in the private sector handling matrimonial and family court cases. In 2009, she joined the Children’s Law Center where she fiercely advocated for hunOwner and Founder dreds of clients in custody, visiKelley Gardner, CRNA, Inc. tation, paternity, neglect, termielley Gardner is the owner and founder of Kelley Gardner, CRNA, nation of parental rights, family Inc. She has over 34 years of experience in the healthcare field and offense, substance abuse, and domestic violence proceedings. is passionate about providing safe anesthesia for all patients. She In that time, Irene successfully is certified by the National Board of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists. She serves as a Coordinator and Owner of all CRNA groups litigated over twenty trials involving complex issues of law and fact delivering high risk anesthesia in Sacramento, California and has develand was eventually promoted to oped a reputation as being one of the finest anesthetists in the field. “Senior Attorney.” After obtaining her B.S.N. from the University of Utah School of Several academic institutions Nursing in 1984, Kelley worked as a trauma ER Nurse until she starthave invited Irene as a guest ed graduate school. She earned her M.S. in Nurse Anesthesia from speaker including St. John’s the Abbott Northwestern School of Nurse Anesthesia in 1991. She University School of Law, Brookworked at Kaiser Hospital prior to opening her own practice. Kelley lyn Law School Clinic, CUNY has worked in many underserved rural areas and volunteers her anesLaw, Long Island University and thesia skills for medical missions in Haiti. According to her, “Being a BramsonOrt. She has presentnurse anesthetist, you have to be a strong, fearless person, as you are dealing with life and death decisions for your patients.” Kelley special- ed on topics including custody, izes in obstetrics, high risk obstetrical anesthesia and general anesthesia. visitation, ethics, confidentiality, basics of a matrimonial case, She is a member of the National Association of Nurse Anesthetists. domestic violence and the role of Kelley is also an independent distributor and consultant for Kyani, which promotes natural health and wellness products. In her spare time, the attorney for the child. She has presented continuing legal she enjoys snow skiing, golfing, water color painting and sporting clay. education courses to colleagues www.sleepgal.kyani.com/en-us/ such as “Ethical Considerations in

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Irene Angelakis

Attorney Law Offices of Irene Angelakis, P.C.

lution Program and as a Pro Bono Attorney for the Safe Center representing victims of domestic violence. Irene was selected to the New York Metro Super Lawyers Rising Stars list in 2016, 2017 and 2018. She was named “Top 40 Under 40” in 2017 by the National Advocates. In 2015, she was named “Who’s Who of Distinguished Alumni” by the Worldwide Association of Notable Alumni. How did you get started in your field/industry? I always wanted to be an attorney; it was my childhood dream. Upon graduating law school, I took an associate position with one of my law school professors who would later become my mentor. About a year and a half later, I accepted a position with the Children’s Law Center where I spent five years in an incredible organization representing children. This changed my entire perspective. I went back to private practice in 2014 and one year later opened my own practice. What is some advice that has helped you juggle your career and family life successfully? Never be afraid to ask for help and always take time for yourself. We cannot be everywhere or do everything on our own. On both the professional and personal level- be where it matters. What do you feel are some of the biggest challenges that women face today? As a matrimonial attorney, I have seen a lack of confidence cripple women. The environments Family Law Cases,” “Traumatic Exposure,” and “The that we are in and the people we associate with are crucial. Women should always surround themselves Role of the Attorney for the Child.” with confident women that build them up and leave Currently, Irene is a member of the Nassau Bar them inspired and should run fast from people and Association, Hellenic Lawyers Association, Nassau places that do not promote them being their best County Women’s Bar Association and New York possible versions of themselves. State Bar Association, Family Law Section. She is actively involved in the Nassau County Women’s Bar What advice would you give to women starting Association. From 2015-2018, she was the Record- out in your industry? Form a network. Women will always succeed ing Secretary for the Nassau County Women’s Bar when they help and empower each other. Joining Association. During that time, she also served as and being active in professional organizations will the Co-Chair of the Solo-Practitioner/Small Firm help you create this network while also creating and Matrimonial/Family Law Committees. She is lifelong friendships. currently the President-Elect of the Nassau County Women’s Bar Association. Irene also serves as an www.ialawoffices.com Arbitrator for the Nassau County Fee Dispute ResoP.O.W.E.R. Magazine | 33

Irena Wasylczak Medical Aesthetician Dr. Jon B. Turk, Facial Plastic Surgeon


rena Wasylczak is a Medical Aesthetician in the office of Dr. Jon B. Turk, Facial Plastic Surgeon in New York City. She is a New York licensed Esthetician, specializing in Skin Care and Makeup through the Christine Valmy International School in New York City. With over 15 years experience in the field, Irena specializes in hydra facials, electronic micro-needling, skin rejuvenation including Forma skin tightening, Lumecca photo-facials, and Fractora resurfacing. In her spare time, Irena enjoys spending time with her family, cooking and baking with her daughters. How did you get started in your field? I was exposed to the importance of beautiful skin since I was a little girl. My mom would always emphasize the benefits of taking care of your skin and avoiding the sun. She would take me to the beauty spa where she would get facials, so I decided that I would become an esthetician and not only make her happy but also other moms and women that are challenged by their skin. At age 22 I enrolled in the Christine Valmy International Beauty School in New York City where I received my esthetician li-

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cense. Now 15 years later I am working for a world renowned facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Jon Turk. What were some of the biggest challenges/obstacles you faced in your career? One of the biggest challenges I face in my career is keeping up with the new technology and products to best serve my clients. Technology and beauty products are always evolving. I need to know what’s out there and what really works so my clients leave the office feeling educated and rejuvenated. Who was your mentor? Who Influenced you the most? I don’t think I had only one mentor. Mentors arise at different stages of one’s life. Of course, my parents were my first mentors. Growing up on a farm in Poland, they taught me the meaning and importance of hard work and how that hard work would yield a good harvest of crops. More recently it has been Dr. Turk. He has taught me many things about the skin and facial aesthetics in general. He is a great teacher and always willing to share his extensive knowledge. What is some advice that has helped you juggle your career and family life successfully? I truly believe that you need to find time for yourself as well as for work so that you can refocus and re-center your mind and spirit. As a mother of two beautiful girls (Sophia almost 5 years old and Stella 16 months), I always want to be the perfect mom for them. But being perfect is not realistic, so I do the best that I can at home and in my profession. What advice would you give to women starting out in your industry? My younger sister is finishing her third year at the University in Poland where she is studying to become an esthetician. My advice to her was to start work while she was studying. Put the theory to practice! In this way, by the time she graduates she will have more experience and knowledge of the skincare industry. Amazingly, she took my advice which has made me a super proud big sister. jonturkmd.com

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usan Victoria Lucci is an American actress, television host, author and entrepreneur. She is best known for portraying Erica Kane on the ABC daytime drama “All My Children” from 1970 to 2011. The character is considered an icon and Lucci has been called “Daytime’s Leading Lady” by TV Guide.

Ms. Lucci was born on December 23, 1946 in Scarsdale, New York and grew up in Garden City, New York. She attended Garden City High School graduating in 1964. Since she can remember, she wanted to be a performer, and through her teenage years, took voice lessons, dance lessons, and participated in community theater. In high school she was the ideal student. She took many honors classes, was a cheerleader, staff writer for the school newspaper, was a foreign exchange student to Norway, and performed in the school musicals, including having lead roles in “Oklahoma” and “The King and I.” She attended Marymount College and graduated with a BA degree in Drama in 1968. Susan has been married since September 13, 1969 to Austrian businessman Helmut Huber. They are the parents of two children. Their daughter is soap opera actress Liza Huber and their son is Andreas Huber, an aspiring professional golfer. They have five grandchildren. Lucci was nominated for the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Emmy for her work on “All My Children” almost every year since 1978. After 18 failed nominations, she finally won in 1999. When presenter Shemar Moore announced Lucci’s name, stating “the streak is over,” the audience erupted in a standing ovation, lasting several minutes. When ABC cancelled “All My Children” after 41 years on the air, Susan said in an interview: “It’s been a fantastic journey. I’ve loved playing Erica Kane and working with Agnes Nixon and all the incredible people involved with “All My Children.” I’m looking forward to all kinds of new and exciting opportunities.” Ms. Lucci has appeared in a number of television series and television movies. Here are some of the highlights. In 1982, she did a cameo appearance in the comedy film “Young Doctors in Love.” In 1986, she played the role of Darya Romanoff in the Golden Globe and Emmy Award–winning TV movie “Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna.” In 1990–1991, she began a series of guest spots on the nighttime soap opera “Dallas.” She hosted NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” in October of that year; in one skit, she appeared as Erica Kane competing on a game show. In 1995, Lucci appeared in the Lifetime television film “Ebbie,” an updated version of “A Christmas Carol.” She played a Scrooge-like department store owner visited by Marley and the three ghosts on Christmas Eve. In 2004, she appeared as a guest star in two episodes of the ABC comedy series “Hope & Faith.” In 1999, she played the title role of Annie Oakley in the revival of Irving Berlin’s musical “Annie Get Your Gun.” Michael Logan of TV Guide said, “Susan Lucci didn’t just take the Great White Way by storm: she took it by tornado, hurricane and tsunami, too.” Beginning in 2010, Lucci has appeared as herself, the arch rival of Wendie Malick’s character, Victoria Chase, in the TV Land sitcom “Hot in Cleveland” five times, including the February 1, 2012 episode entitled “Life with Lucci.” She appeared in Gloria Estefan’s music video “Hotel Nacional”

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in February 2012 and guest starred in multi-episodes of the sixth season of the Lifetime drama series “Army Wives.” Susan hosted and narrated “Deadly Affairs,” a prime-time series airing on Investigation Discovery as of 2012. On November 15, 2012 she appeared on “The Colbert Report” in a segment reflecting the soap-opera-like nature of the Petraeus scandal. In 2013, Lucci began starring as Geneviève Delatour in the Lifetime comedy-drama series “Devious Maids” created by Marc Cherry. In 2017, she played one of Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard’s grand-

parents (with Henry Winkler) in SIA’s music video, “Santa’s coming for us.” She also appeared in television ads for Progressive Insurance that were styled as a soap opera. Lucci competed in Season 7 of “Dancing with the Stars” with dance partner Tony Dovolani. She was voted off the show on November 5, 2008, finishing sixth in the competition. Among her numerous nominations and awards, Lucci won the Lucy Award from Women in Film in 1994, and numerous nominations and awards from “Soap Opera Digest” between 1986 and 2005. In 1996, TV Guide ranked Susan number 37 on its 50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time list. She won “Favorite Female Performer in a Daytime Serial” from the People’s Choice Awards in 2004 and the Muse Award from New York Women in Film and Television the same year. In 2005, she received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, won the MINY Award from the Made In New York Awards and Outstanding Female Lead in a Daytime Drama Award from the Gracie Allen Awards. She was inducted into the Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2006, was named one of VH1’s 200 Top Icons of All-Time and one of Barbara Walters’ 10 Most Fascinating People. In 2013, she won the Ride of Fame Award. In 2015, Lucci was inducted as a Disney Legend. She was inducted into the prestigious Silver Circle of the “National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences” for her contribution of twenty-five years in entertainment in 2017. She recently shared in the celebration of the iconic Garden City Hotel for its designation as an AAA Four Diamond Hotel and was honored as the “First Lady of the Garden City Hotel.” In New York City, Susan Lucci’s wax figure is prominently displayed at Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum, her handprint can be seen at Planet Hollywood and her caricature hangs at the famous Sardi’s restaurant. Her Star is on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, California and she appears on a billboard at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida. The gown she wore on the cover of “People” after her 1999 Emmy


Actress, Author and victory as Lead Actress resides at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, DC. Susan Lucci’s autobiography, “All My Life: A Memoir,” was acquired by HarperCollins and was released on March 29, 2011. It appeared on the New York Times Bestseller list. A paperback edition is now available in stores and includes a new, exclusive chapter about the final season of “All My Children.” Considered a “Pilates legend” in the fitness world, Susan has been practicing Pilates for more than 30 years. Her motivation is to look as young as she feels. She states, “70 is the new 40,” and she certainly proves that statement with her age-defying shape. Lucci discovered the Pilates Pro Chair 10 years ago, and she soon became its spokesperson. She sells the chair on QVC along with her own line of active wear. In addition to her Pilates workouts, she incorporates tennis lessons and cardio into her weekly routine. Her positive mindset enables her to continue reaching for new fitness goals and gives her the confidence to show off her figure on social media. Susan states, “As women, it’s easy to find the faults in ourselves. Be your own best friend: Don’t compare yourself [to others], and don’t be so hard on yourself.”

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What made you want to become an actress? I was always making up stories and acting out all the parts as a young girl. I would put on Broadway cast albums of musicals. My mother was wonderful. She would let me dance and jump from furniture to furniture (with shoes off), flying through the air to the music and learning all the lyrics. Then I would go upstairs and play that I was an actress. My mother had this kind of magical top drawer where she kept scarves and long gloves and wonderful props for me to wrap myself in and I would sing songs. I just always wanted to be an actress. Who were your role models? My mother and grandmother were my role models who helped me become a woman. They were not in the business, but my grandmother was a wonderful piano player. The first time I ever heard Gershwin or any other wonderful music, it was my grandmother playing it on the piano. She lived with us until she passed away when I was 11. My mother knew about fashion, and she always talked straight to me. She had beautiful taste and she and my grandmother taught me a lot about how clothes should be quality. The seams should match and patterns should match as well. They taught me “the girl lessons.” Who influenced and inspired you in the industry? Well, growing up I watched all the movies on T.V., and The Early Show, The Late Show, and The Million Dollar Movie. I would sneak at night and watch the Late Late Show. I would put a pillow on the floor in the hallway and I could see my parents T.V. on the wall in their room. There were not very many brunettes in the town I grew up in, if any, and everyone seemed to be quite beautiful with blue eyes and little turned up noses – but I did not have either of those things. I admired Sophia Loren, Elizabeth Taylor and Audrey Hepburn. Thank heaven there were some brunettes for me to look at and I thought they were wonderful. My first mentor on “All My Children” was Ruth Warrick, who played Phoebe Tyler Wallingford. Agnes Nixon, who was the creator of “All My Children” played a huge role in my career. I adored her and admired her, and I am forever grateful to her! How were you able to juggle family and career? I think that most woman wear multiple hats these days. They

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juggle a career, family, etc. My children always came first and of course I wanted to be there for my husband. It is all a balancing act and it takes a lot of energy and a lot of determination. Wanting to do it and wanting to do it well is what it’s about. Sometimes I would go on 3- 4 hours of sleep because I knew it all had to get done. You have been married to the same man for almost 50 years. You don’t see that much today. What’s your secret? We’ve been married 48 years. I’m happy. If I wasn’t happy I wouldn’t have stayed and that’s the truth. You know, we only go around once and it’s really important to assess, to revisit and say, “Wait a second, am I happy?” And I am. I think everybody’s dynamic is individual and what makes one couple happy wouldn’t work for us. I met my husband Helmut when I was very young, and I thought he’d been around the block a few times and that was good. He’s very handsome and charming and has always been very smart and sure of himself. Also he is very funny and that’s important to me. Laughter gets you through a lot. How did it feel to finally win an Emmy award (which hundreds of thousands of fans thought you should have won years prior)? Well, incredible is the right word. It was something I’ll never forget. You’ve probably heard this story, but I had stopped hearing who won the Emmy in my category after the ninth time that I didn’t win. I don’t know if it was self-protection, but every year I was amazed at how many people were rooting for me and how many pieces were written in the papers and how people were really excited for me. I know that I cared and my family cared, but that all those other human beings would even know I was alive and on the planet, let alone care was amazing to me, and that was incredible. When my children were little, and I would come home from not winning, my daughter would have baked a cake, she and my son would make glitter drawings. One year when I didn’t win, Liza had made signs out of construction paper, and placed them on the stairs going up to our bedroom on every single step saying, “We Love You Mommy, You Are The Best Actress In The World And We Love You.” There were balloons on the bed and always something: cookies, poems, and I have these treasures from my children from all the times I didn’t win framed. In my speech when I said I wasn’t meant to win until now, boy is that the truth, because the gifts I have from my children is something I will never forget as long as I live. In terms of that moment when they said my name, I didn’t really hear it at first. It was a very sweet moment indeed. My husband had to pick me up by my arm. I whispered in his ear, “Are you sure?” and he said ‘Yes!’ Just the night before, when I was lying in bed, I thought, it has been a particularly wonderful year in terms of the story line on “All My Children,” in that my little girl Bianca had an eating disorder, and the intervention- all of that and it was beautifully written and directed, so everybody was saying this was my year. So I was thinking, who do I need to thank? When I got up on stage and turned around and saw the audience on their feet including Kelly Rippa and Oprah Winfrey in the wings jumping up and down… I honestly never felt like that before. My knees were liquid and my legs felt like jello. I remember thinking, how can I even stand, let alone speak? I thought, I just have to compose myself, I have so many people to thank. At this point, to wait 19 years is a long time. How do you remain so humble and down to earth? I’d really have to say, my parents and my grandmother. Also, I remember the head of the drama department at Marymount

College in Tarrytown, where I was a drama major, said to the class one day, “I wish you all success. If you make it that’s great, but don’t ever lose touch with who you are and where you’ve come from and your humanity. Don’t allow yourself to get totally involved in all the trappings. You’ll get out of touch with human beings and that will ruin you as a person and ruin your work, so don’t get into a little bubble. Don’t live like that.” I loved that! I think if you surround yourself with “yes men,” you can’t learn anything and you can’t grow. When people think of Susan Lucci, they think talent, class, beauty, petite, tenacity and success. Name one outstanding quality that you think people should know about you or that you want to be remembered by. Oh gosh – “Authentic.” Do you have a hashtag? My hashtag is #SLActive. My handle on Instagram is: @ therealsusanlucci because crazy as it is, people will take your name and I’m @therealsusanlucci. The hashtag is #SLActive because of my work on QVC. It relates to my workout on my Pilates Pro Chair, which gives you the benefit of Pilates and cardio at the same time. You get faster results, you get the whole body work out. It saves you time and you don’t need lots of physical equipment. What grew out of that is a line of active wear that I launched on QVC and the hashtag #SLActive. Fashion corner: How many pair of shoes do you own? Oh wow - I haven’t counted them, but a lot. I tend to take really good care of my things, and I also tend to think, I can’t get rid of those – not only shoes, but clothes, because I might get a role as a World War II person and NEED them. But, I will tell you this, we did an auction last year when we sold our house on the beach, and also I was divesting clothes at our home here in Garden City and a percentage of the proceeds went to help cerebral palsy. One of my grandsons has cerebral palsy and he’s the best boy in the world. We’re about to do round two. I have clothes, shoes and bags as well as posters, photos and signed memorabilia from “All My Children” to sell. I think people will love that. A percentage of those proceeds will go to charity also. How do you keep your hair looking so healthy and amazing? I think the truth is that we all get a certain gene pool and we do the best we can with what we have. Within the last 10 years, I have been on so many planes, that I thought my hair was taking a beating. I started using a product line that I feel works for me which is Kerastase products. I find them to be wonderful. I go to a local salon in Carle Place, Long Island called Salon Beyond. They are wonderful and I have to give them kudos. The owner of the salon told me about the Biotin vitamin, so I take a low dosage of Biotin which really helps hair, skin and nails. Favorite Clothing designers? I like so many. I’m very petite, so there are certain designers that I like as soon as I try them on. I like Lejay which fits me very well. I like Yves Saint Laurent, Dolce and Gabbana, Michael Korrs. I really like the designers that fit me well. I love Cushnie et Ochs. And Chanel of course! Do you cook at home? Do you have a personal chef? I have a personal chef who happens to be my husband. But also, people want to know what I eat so I actually did a couple of pieces for “Harper’s Bazaar” where they came to my house to see what and how I eat. I cooked breakfast and lunch. My husband cooked dinner. I also did a bathing suit layout with “Harper’s Bazaar” which will be in the September/October issue.

What do you feel are some of the biggest challenges that women face today? I think it’s a great time for women. Women are able to do anything they set their minds to and I think there’s more acceptance. We’re at a crossroads. For one thing, women are empowered not just by the #METOO movement, but by the success of generations being educated to know that opportunities should be there for women as well as men. The other thing I’m really glad to see is the reduction of ageism. I am starting to see women “of a certain age” being the face of ad campaigns and cosmetics. Older women are as individual as younger women. Older women are working, looking good and keeping physically fit. This is inspirational for young girls in their 20s. The reason I wrote my book 6 years ago was my son Andreas said to me, “All the girls I know want to know how do you do it? How do you do it Mom?” And they looked up to me. I didn’t realize that. I am lucky I haven’t had a drug issue or a scandal, so I figured it would be boring if I wrote a book and he said, “No! People want to know.” He encouraged me. Is 70 really the new 40? Yes. It can be. That’s the thing. It really can be. That’s the point of my Pilates wellness. It’s about choices and that you can have control over your own life and how you live it. I mean, God knows the world’s gone kind of mad, so you have a little more control over our own bodies and minds. What else are you looking forward to accomplishing? Is retirement on the horizon for you? Retirement is not even in my vocabulary. I love what I do and I feel really lucky. I will tell you that I miss doing a series. I had such a remarkable experience on “All My Children.” I was in Agnes Nixon’s hands 99% of the time during the course of that. I had an incredible character, company of actors and crew. I was told that I would probably never find that again. I was unbelievably lucky to do “Devious Maids” after that with Marc Cherry writing and a spectacular cast. I also must tell you that I would love going to back Broadway. I loved doing “Annie Get Your Gun.” I have been offered other things on Broadway and it just hasn’t been the right thing. I haven’t chosen it because it would mean a whole lifestyle change. It has to be the right thing.

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tion picture, and features contributions from celebrity moms like Kelly Ripa, Christie Brinkley, Melissa Joan Hart and more. She is also the co-creator of the NickMom short-form series “Story Time For Moms” as well as the co-creator of the Scripps yss Stern is the CEO/Founder of DivalNetworks short-form series “Bad Moms In History.” Her latest ysscious Moms (www.divamoms.com), a national, NYC-based marketing and event book “Motherhood Is a B#TCH, 10 Steps to Regaining Your company with a database of millions of mothers Sanity, Sexiness, and Inner Diva” by Lyss Stern and Sheryl Berk, has recently been released with a foreword from Jill Kargman. and mompreneurs. In addition, Lyss is the goLyss offers her parenting expertise to T.V. audiences for to source for top-tier media, where she discusses networks like Fox News and on programs including NBC’s topics ranging from business to parenting to politics. She is in the coveted position of being Today Show and CBS This Morning. Her commentary has been featured in national publications such as Crain’s New a social media influencer, with followers who York Business, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal avidly trust and follow her on various social and The New York Post. Lyss writes a few columns including media platforms. the SummerLYSST, which appears in Social Life Magazine and Fourteen years ago, before marketers were FabULyssFinds in Manhattan Family Magazine. even using social media marketing to target How did you get started in your field/industry? moms, she created Divalysscious Moms as a way In 2003, after the birth of my first son, I searched everyto get her groove back after giving birth to her where and could not find a single company catering to the first child and help other mothers find themselves post-baby. needs of a new mother who didn’t want to give up my high Today, with a database of hundreds of thousands nationally, heels for high chairs in order to embrace the life-changes DivaMoms is the premier marketing and event company for brought by motherhood. I combined my creative skills, netthe New York area’s well-heeled moms. working abilities, love of children, and dual masters’ degree in Lyss is always researching and engaging with her followers Communications and Early Education to create Divalysscious about the latest parenting and lifestyle trends. It is this type of Moms, www.divamoms.com. business instinct that led to DivaMoms launching E.L. James What were some of the biggest challenges/obstacles you faced Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy in the U.S. When Stern posted in your career? the event invite to her People told me that I Facebook page, it was at could not do this. I had full capacity within the first very little support in the two hours. beginning. It was very DivaMoms continues to hard constantly hearing be an in-demand platform you can’t do it, or this for Mommy-driven prodis not a business; this is ucts and services, which a HOBBY! This is not Lyss has built by organizing a HOBBY. This is a sophisticated events and business. My first job is connecting high-end brands mom; my second job is including Fendi Kids, Luxbusinesswoman. ury Real Estate, UPPABaby, How do you keep up with Nestle’s BabyNes, Red Carnew trends in your field? pet Kids NY, Sweaty Betty, I am an avid reader of Flywheel and many others. magazines, newspapers, In addition to her work websites and novels. with DivaMoms, Lyss was What is some advice that the Editor-in-Chief of has helped you juggle Jared Kushner’s “Observer your career and family Playground” magazine and life successfully? co-authored the best-selling The best advice is do book, “If You Give a Mom what makes you happy a Martini” (Crown) offering and don’t listen to the her expertise on Momhaters. my Me-time to women www.divamoms.com everywhere. The book was optioned to become a mo-


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Mouth Watering Lamb Chops Ingredients ¾ tsp dried rosemary ¼ tsp dried basil ½ tsp dried thyme Salt and pepper to taste 4 lamb chops

1 Tbsp olive oil ¼ cup minced shallots 1/3 cup aged balsamic vinegar ¾ cup chicken broth 1 Tbsp butter


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• Mix rosemary, basil, thyme, salt and pepper • Rub on both sides of lamb and set aside for 15 minutes • Heat olive oil over medium high heat • Cook the chops for three and a half minutes (or longer depending on the cut of meat) on both sides • Remove from pan • Add shallots and sauté until brown • Stir in the balsamic vinegar, followed by the chicken broth for 5 minutes - until reduced by one half • Remove gravy from heat and stir in butter • Pour gravy over lamb and serve.

Macaroni Casserole Total kitchen time: 45 minutes* **cauliflower Ingredients **sausage 1 box elbow macaroni 1 pkg thawed broccoli Garlic and herb seasoning (to taste) 1 lb shredded cheese –I prefer mild cheddar (save some aside to put on top) 1/3 cup butter or margarine 1 lb peeled shrimp *When I prepare this for myself- total cooking Paprika and prep time is 15 minutes, last minute in microwave- no oven. If preparing it for more 1 Tbsp olive oil than one- prep time 15 minutes, cooking on 2 eggs top of the oven 15 minutes, bake @ 375 for Pepper 15-20 minutes. Salt (if desired) **If you need to stretch it for more than 12 people- add cauliflower and/or sausage


• Follow instructions on the box to prepare the macaroni. • Set your colander in the sink in preparation for draining the cooked macaroni. • Prepare shrimp - add olive oil in skillet, add shrimp and garlic and herb seasoning • Rub a small coating of butter in the pan to cook the mixture in. • Turn oven on to 375 degrees, (preheating) • Continue with macaroni until you have drained them in the colander. • Reusing the macaroni pot- stir in butter, hot macaroni • Continuously stirring - add eggs, shrimps, broccoli • Add salt, pepper, paprika and garlic & herb to taste • Add ½ lb of shredded cheese to start – stir- add more until cheesy • Pour in readied pan; sprinkle cheese on top, add very light layer paprika. • Bake in heated oven for 15-20 minutes.

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Ingredients Shucked oysters ½ stick salted butter 1 Tbsp Old Bay Seasoning 1 Tbsp oregano Onion flakes to taste Salt and pepper to taste Directions

• Empty oysters into a microwaveable bowl complete with juice • Add butter, Old Bay Seasoning, oregano, onion flakes and salt and pepper • Microwave on high for 5 minutes. Stir. • Microwave on high for 4 minutes. Stir. • Microwave on high for 1 minute. Stir. • Serve and enjoy with crackers and cheese


Submitted by Alyson Myers

Ingredients 2 lbs of chicken 1 large zucchini shredded 1 cup of Italian GF breadcrumbs 1 egg white 3/4 cup of cheese of your choice (I can’t have dairy so I use shredded almond cheese from Trader Joe’s)

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1 clove garlic, minced 1 tsp salt 1 tsp pepper 1 tsp-1 Tbsp of hot pepper (depending on how much spice you like)

Submitted by Dawn Strain


• Preheat oven to 350° and spray pan with olive oil • Grate the zucchini in a large bowl and press out all the liquid with some paper towels. Add in all the other ingredients. Mix well - the best way to do this is with your hands. • Roll meat into balls and place on the sheet tray. They may be a little messy and not perfect circles. It should make 20 large balls, so divide the meat accordingly. • Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until they are done. They should feel dense when you press on them. They will all have some residue around them; remove that as you take them off the pan.

Submitted Submittedby byDevshree DevshreeGoleta Golecha

Power Smoothie for Powerful Women Ingredients Pea protein ¼ cup mixed berries-strawberry, blueberry, blackberry (frozen or fresh) Few pieces frozen mango 2-3 dark cherries ½ frozen or fresh banana ½ cup spring mix/kale/spinach 1 cup coconut water Chia/flax/hemp seeds or a mix of all Directions

Blend together and enjoy on the go. Super healthy!

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Tricia Carlson Real Estate Agent Greenridge Realty Tricia Carlson is a Real Estate Agent with Greenridge Realty in Montague, Michigan. She specializes in residential real estate, working with both buyers and sellers throughout the entire process. She also serves as the Office Manager for Quality Maintenance Contractors. In her free time, Ms. Carlson enjoys volunteering with her church and hosting exchange students.

How did you get started in your field/industry? I decided I really wanted to be a Realtor, so once my youngest was a senior in high school, I went online to some real estate websites to do research. I received a call from one of the sites I had visited the next morning and the caller sent me the schedule for the next licensing class. It started the following Monday, so I jumped in with both feet and signed up for the class. What were some of the biggest challenges/obstacles you faced in your career?

Katherine W. Aven

Manager Nanakat, LLC

With over 21 years experience, Katherine W. Aven is a Manager with NANAKAT, LLC of Rio Rancho, New Mexico. She is Registered Commodity Certified and Real Estate Certified. Katherine is responsible for financial and tax preparation services, with a specialty in commodities. In her spare time, she likes to travel.

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The biggest challenge for me was learning how to control my schedule. In real estate, people want to see houses at all different times, so learning how to control the schedule was important. Also, there are no two real estate transactions that are alike. While it keeps the job interesting, every deal has its own learning curve. What advice would you give to women starting out in your industry? When starting out in real estate, know that the first year will be very time consuming and hard. Learn all you can, ask lots of

questions and know that it will get easier and become more routine. Name one outstanding quality that you think people should know about you or remember you by. I really enjoy working with people and helping them through the process of a real estate transaction. This is not something most people do on a regular basis, so to be able to walk them through the process and make it as smooth as possible for them is what I enjoy most. www.greenridge.com/ agents/41688-Tricia-Carlson

Karen C. Purnell Vice President/Chief Nursing Officer Winter Park Memorial Hospital Karen C. Purnell is a Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at Winter Park Memorial Hospital. With almost 40 years experience, she specializes in obstetrics, labor and delivery, and leadership. Karen oversees over 700 nurses. She is responsible for leadership, mentoring, coaching, nurse development, employee engagement, patient safety, clinical education, physician relations, Electronic Medical Record (EMR), care management and clinical research. Karen received her B.S.N. from Southern Adventist University and her M.B.A. from the University of Phoenix in 2007. She is a member of AONE, AWHONN, ACHE, ANA, AHA and FNA. Born on October 10, 1959, Karen enjoys cooking, spending time with her family, and watching her children perform music.

Mindy Pevar Distributor World Global Network


indy Pevar is a distributor and marketer of Helo products for the wearable technology company, World Global Network. She is also the Manager of an ambulatory surgery center. With a background in the hospital and healthcare industry, her skillset includes Microsoft Excel, management, customer service, Microsoft Word and strong sales experience. Mindy belongs to the American Academy of Professional Coders. She received her B.B.A. in Business Management from Long Island University C.W. Post Campus in 1988. In her spare time, she enjoys reading. How did you get started in your field/industry? I was already in the medical field and a close friend sent me a 2-minute video on the Helo product. I was immediately sold on it. What were some of the biggest challenges/obstacles you faced in your career? My biggest obstacles are getting over my own fears of doing something outside my comfort zone. Even though I am in the medical field, doing network marketing is a whole new way of doing things, and learning a whole new language is a big obstacle. Who was your mentor? Who influenced you the most?

Judith Gil General Manager FJA and Associates Judith Gil has been a General Manager with FJA and Associates since 1985 and currently oversees all daily operations. Judith is responsible for translating and interpreting, specializing in the areas of immigration and naturalization. She provides tax consultation and advises clients how to navigate paperwork as necessary. She also assists clients with job placement. Born on January 3, 1954, Judith obtained a B.S. in El Salvador. Previously she served as an Immigration Consultant with both the Law Offices of Enrique Arevalo from 1986–1987 and the Law Offices of David Shuman from 1977–1979.

I would have to say my mentor goes back to when I first started in the medical field in billing and coding. She took a chance on me with no experience, considering I had just finished my classes. She taught me to think outside the box and be confident in what I was doing even though I was still learning. She is my mentor to this day and a great friend. What is some advice that has helped you juggle your career and family life successfully? Be open and honest with your family about your needs. Do not try to do everything yourself. Ask for help. What do you feel are some of the biggest challenges that women face today? The biggest challenges women face today is being a mom and having a career. The biggest thing is the guilt that women (myself included) feel about saying they cannot do something with their children because they have to work. The second is being treated equally. Once a woman has a child it is sometimes looked at like she cannot do her job the same way because she just had a baby. What advice would you give to women starting out in your industry? Before you get started, know your “why.” Never give up and be coachable. Listen and learn, and you will grow. Be consistent and you will persevere. Name one outstanding quality that you think people should know about you or remember you by? I would like to think that I am an honest person but my honesty will not be cruel- it will just be the truth. mindyp.helo.life/cp5

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Nicole Badrudeen

start having mentors until I became an entrepreneur. Then I had many. What is some advice that has helped Owner you juggle your career and family life Sincerely Nikki LLC successfully? Nicole Badrudeen is a multi-talented I’m single, so there was really no individual who specializes in publishing reason to juggle a family life. But I and lead generation. Her company, realized working 11-12 hours a day at Sincerely Nikki LLC, provides services jobs where I was unfulfilled was not the including Facebook advertising, online way I wanted to live. sales funnel design, lead generation and What do you feel are some of the bigcopywriting. She also provides skin care gest challenges that women face today? consultations and authored “The GorWomen are often taught to smile and geous Skin Handbook.” be nice. But in business, that advice In her free time, Nicole enjoys will get you nowhere. kickboxing, going to the beach, music, What advice would you give to women reading, cooking, art and spending time starting out in your industry? with family and friends. Do what makes you happy and How did you get started in your field/ strive for your dreams. Don’t feel like industry? I briefly went back to become a physician you cannot advance in your career, no I started as a medical assistant in the assistant, but that path did not seem right matter how hard it may seem. dermatology field when I was 18 years old. for me. I felt stuck. Name one outstanding quality that What were some of the biggest challeng- Who was your mentor? Who influenced you think people should know about es/obstacles you faced in your career? you or remember you by. you the most? I felt I had to return to college to I don’t give up. I didn’t really have mentors, which become a doctor, physician assistant or was probably one reason why I was so www.gorgeousskinhandbook.com nurse if I wanted to advance in the field. unclear on which path to take. I didn’t

Laura Durso Key Director & Independent Consultant Touchstone Crystal by Swarovski

Laura Durso is a Senior Director with Touchstone Crystal and has been an Independent Consultant for over 4 years. Touchstone Crystal is a network marketing company that sells exclusively-designed jewels, brilliantly formed with the beauty of Swarovski crystals and the artistry and superior quality of the Swarovski brand. They offer an opportunity to build a successful business through their unique direct sales/party plan model. Laura received an Associates degree in Fashion from the Tobe Coburn School of Fashion in 1984. After graduating, she worked in retail which required her to be away from her family too often.

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My first mentor was my mother who taught me to always listen to others, ask questions, believe in myself and to never She thought about what she could do to give up. My second mentor is Amy Quinzer, the top leader in the company, make her own hours, be home with her family and still love what she was doing. who came to one of my early parties and gave me advice on how to succeed and be A co-worker at Clarins Fragrances, a better leader. She wrote small notes on Michele, approached her while weara napkin which I have kept in a frame. ing some beautiful jewelry and she was My third mentor is Shari Hudpseth, a immediately sold. She ordered her kit on the spot! What Laura thought would business coach, who taught me that by be a part-time hobby grew into a team of following the systems, you can work 20 hours a week and be extremely successful. 275 women which continues to grow. What is some advice that has helped Her hard work has paid off. Laura you juggle your career and family life was promoted to Director in 13 short months, has earned 8 all-expense-paid va- successfully? I color block my calendar. I crossed cations and has received many incentive gifts- all for doing her job. She is affiliat- off my Saturdays and Sundays and made sure that time with my family happens. I ed with the LeTip Networking Groups, Morganville Chapter and is a member of have a balanced schedule between work the International Association of Women. and home. What advice would you give to women Laura was featured in an article in the starting out in your industry? Asbury Park Press. The advice I would give is to follow Laura lives with her husband Anthony the systems, ask questions, believe in your and their two daughters, Christina and product and lead with your heart. When Alyssa in New Jersey. In her spare time she enjoys family activities, cooking and you help others, you will succeed in this business. their two dogs. Who was your mentor? Who influenced www.touchstonecrystal.com/LauraDurso you the most?


Founder ZIALI by Stefania Stephanie Navatto has over 15 years in the hospitality industry serving as a Director of Sales for luxury hotels and is now the founder of the fashion label ZIALI by Stefania. Her brand, newly launched July 2018, is one of New York’s greatly anticipated T-shirt lines. The ZIALI brand is unisex and exudes sensuality, embodying both masculine and feminine principles in bold, free-spirited, boho-chic style with gutsy wordage. Connect to a bold ZIALI slogan and work it! A native New Yorker and fashion entrepreneur, Stephanie’s love of T-shirts dates back to her youth when she would tie-dye, iron on letters, and adorn them with rhinestones in intricate designs. Her inspiration and creativity bursts from her own free and valiant spirit. All of the T-shirts are made from a carefully chosen 100% natural fabric blend of supima cotton and micro modal. A special mineral wash process keeps the tone warm and is true to the collection’s vision. Stephanie meticulously chose faded tones and created slogans that express sexiness and friskiness. She states, “The process of designing a T-shirt collection is fascinating, and the decision in each step is what separates each brand.” “The line is really a message for all to follow their dreams, tap into their creative side, live freely, and share a bold spirit with the world,” says Stephanie. “You will be surprised at how many people will respond with open arms. The slogans have no fear, and neither should you!” What separates ZIALI even more in authenticity is the fonts. Boho, retro era, and bold lettering grace the current collection that originated in collaboration with ZIALI’s Creative Director, Joseph Sigillo. His display work spans from Adele, Justin Timberlake, and Taylor Swift, to name a few. ZIALI by Stefania is showcased online for purchase and soon to be in specialty stores. What were some of the biggest challenges/obstacles you faced in your career? I’m a perfectionist, but I’m learning that life is not perfect. The biggest obstacle for a perfectionist’s mind in the art world


Stephanie Navatto

is to recognize the beauty in every imperfection. That’s a real challenge for me! What is some advice that has helped you juggle your career and family life successfully? Time is precious, and you should aim to be present. Balance is the key to success. If you’re not present when you’re with your family your work will suffer, and vice versa. Balance out your calendar and be in the moment. What advice would you give to women starting out in your industry? Refrain from any negativity or doubt and always know competition means the industry is hot! Don’t avoid it, just work harder to stand out. Name one outstanding quality that you think people should know about you or remember you by. Integrity. www.zialistudio.com

Jean Lynch Owner Bringer of Light Aromatherapy Jean Lynch is the Owner of Bringer of Light Aromatherapy. She provides clinical aromatherapy services. She interacts with clients to provide complimentary medicine and holistic health, aromatherapy, pain management, and wellness coaching using various oils and creams. As a Life Coach, Jean sees clients in person or over the phone and supports them through many issues including work issues, relationship issues, serious illnesses and the loss of a friend or relative.

Jean is a member of the American Holistic Nurses Association and the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy. Her educational background includes a R.N., a B.S. in Nursing, and a M.H.A. from U.C.L.A. She is a Certified Clinical Aromatherapist and earned her Nursing Clinical Refresher from the California School of Health Sciences in 2008. She received her Nursing Education Certification in 2008. Jean is currently a Candidate for a Ph.D. with the Institute of Interfaith and Holistic Theology. In her spare time, she enjoys dancing, walking and the beach. www.bringer-of-light.com

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Amanda Thompson Director, Minister, Pastor To God Be the Glory Ministries Amanda Thompson is the Director, Minister, and Pastor with To God Be The Glory Ministries. Among her many roles, she is an inspirational speaker, Christian Counselor, Fundraising Director and Administrative Assistant. She is responsible for Christian counseling, fundraising and empowering women. This includes showing women that they were created to live life to the fullest, enabling them to embrace their dreams and believe that they are possible, and fulfill their desires. In addition to her ministry, she sells (Class) candles, oils and prayer shawls. Amanda is a member of the Hope Center, Glorious Ladies Empowerment Conference, Empowering Women To Flourish, and Rotary Club. In her spare time, she enjoys exercising, reading and inspiring others to succeed. How did you get started in your field/industry? My father always helped people in need. I had a step brother with special needs, and he always listened to me and had peace (others always frustrated him). My parents would allow me to visit different Church Fellowships. I had a desire to attend church, and often volunteered to visit nursing homes. I always had compassion and wanted to help people. Who was your mentor? Who influenced you the most? I was mentored by Evangelist Bobbie Butler Mentor. She empowered me through the word of God, quoting: “The blessing of the Lord make us rich and add no sorrow to it,” (Proverbs 10:22) and “Greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world” (1 John 4:4). What is some advice that has helped you juggle your career and family life successfully? Everyone must take care of themselves, both emotionally and physically, to have balance and prioritize.

What do you feel are some of the biggest challenges that women face today? Being able to trust again, health, family, raising children and/ or grandchildren. Also, in this day and time, being married, being single, finances, managing stress, and time management. What advice would you give to women starting out in your industry? Whether in the administration field, or ministry, know what is really in your heart, and pursue it. Learn to motivate and encourage yourself when no one else does. Have a small inner circle that will push you through encouragement and empowerment when you feel you can’t do it or want to give up. Name one outstanding quality that you think people should know about you or remember you by. Confidence. I am compassionate and serious about helping others be all that they were created to be. My heart’s desire is that what has been invested inside leads to outward success. I want people to live life more abundantly with love and peace, and not settle for less.

JoAnn Tripi Travel Agent | ProTravel International JoAnn Tripi is a travel agent with ProTravel. She has been in the travel industry for over 30 years and has extensive experience in luxury travel, cruises, honeymoons and adventure holidays. She combines her many years of experience in the travel and tourism industries with firsthand knowledge of some of the world’s most exciting and exclusive destinations to create tour packages and itineraries that are designed to be unique and exciting. JoAnn states that making someone’s trip unforgettable is her utmost priority. Offering a level of customer service that is unrivaled, she is always as excited about her clients as she is about creating a unique travel experience for them. JoAnn is part of Virtuoso, which allows her to provide amenities and upgrades to

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her clients. She is a member of IATA. JoAnn majored in Business at CW Post Campus of Long Island University. How did you get started in the travel industry? I have always loved traveling and have been in the business for over 30 years. I was previously with Austin Travel, which ProTravel bought out a few years ago. I have been with ProTravel for seven years. What are some of the biggest challenges you face in your career?

The challenges are trying to get travelers to understand the benefits of using a travel agent versus the internet. The service and knowledge alone is so beneficial, plus the extra value and amenities we offer. Who was your mentor? My mentor was my mother, Marie Caputo. What advice would you give to women starting out in your industry? I would advise women to travel and take advantage of all the perks that come your way. What are some hobbies and sports you enjoy in your free time? I enjoy traveling, cooking, theater, music, and going to Mets games. What do you think are some of the challenges that women of today face? Women today have to compete with men in the business world and expect to get paid equally. www.protravelinc.com

Stephanie A. Burkhart Director of Finance/Insurance Billing Specialist Stone-Lang Company Stephanie A. Burkhart is the Director of Finance and an Insurance Billing Specialist for Stone-Lang Company. She is in charge of processing all the accounting functions including accounts receivable and payable, using QuickBooks accounting software. Stephanie manages all petty cash and office supply expense accounts. She reconciles bank balances and records general ledger entries. Additionally, she oversees insurance billing and coding for Medicare, Medicaid, Department of Labor, Federal Employee Benefits, and

commercial insurance. In 1990, Stephanie became a Certified Nursing Assistant. She earned an A.S. in Accounting in 2003 and was Certified in Medical Insurance Billing and Coding in 2010, all through the West Kentucky Community and Technical College of Paducah, Kentucky. Currently, Stephanie is studying to further her healthcare career and plans on returning to nursing. In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys camping, baking and spending time with her grandchildren.

Psychotherapist Private Practice Kimberly B. Meere is a Psychotherapist in private practice in Jericho, New York. She provides individual, family and group therapy to clients targeting anxiety, depression and stress relief. She specializes in working with children and teens with anxiety and related disorders, as well as working with adult children of parents with Borderline Personality Disorder. Kimberly also provides couples and group counseling. She is a member of Psychology Today and is affiliated with the N.A.S.W. and N.I.M.H. Born on July 25, 1973 in Long Island, New York, Kimberly obtained a B.A. in Psychology from Binghamton University and a M.S.W. from Adelphi University. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, Zumba, cycling, and yoga. Kimberly’s favorite quote is one of her own, “Happiness is a process, the product of choice and effort.” How did you get started in your field/industry? I always knew I wanted to be a therapist since I was a child. I was fascinated by how the human brain works and how I could simply feel better by talking about my issues. I had a challenging childhood where I often felt alienated and alone, so I wanted to help others feel supported and provide them with the tools they needed to cope with life’s difficulties. What were some of the biggest challenges/obstacles you faced in your career? One of the biggest challenges I faced in my career was balancing being a mom, a wife, a stepmom and a psychotherapist. Time is a commodity and it was hard to leave my young children most nights when I would leave for work as they begged me to stay home. Who was your mentor? Who influenced you the most? I’ve been blessed by knowing or working with some of the best therapists in the industry. One of the most influential of them is Mr. John Calabrese, MHC. He inspired me in many

ways and exposed me to many great minds of today such as Dr. Gabriel Cousins, Dr. Wayne Dyer, Dr. John Gottman, Tony Robbins and more. Another mentor that has guided me over the last several years is Dr. Richard Belson, a professor of social work at Adelphi University and a highly respected private practitioner for the last 40+ years. I am very fortunate to have worked with and learned from Joan Phillips, LCSW, CASAC-T, RYT, a clinical social worker, therapist, and owner of Mind Matters, a private practice in Merrick, New York. What do you think are some of the challenges that women of today face? Women of today face many issues especially when it comes to family and career goals. Many women are still responsible for most of the household chores even though they work equal or longer hours than their significant other. Women also function through hormonal challenges such as pregnancy, PMS, PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder), pre-menopause, and menopause. Hormonal changes can cause a significant amount of stress on the body both mentally and physically while making every task more difficult. Therefore, women will typically have a hard time avoiding stress and anxiety due to drastic changes in brain chemistry. Balancing stress levels by practicing self-care is crucial. What advice would you give to women starting out in your industry? I would advise women starting out in my industry to be patient and not try to “fix” everyone. Sometimes clients are not looking to become the best they can be. Instead, they may just want to be heard or validated. The most important part of the therapeutic process is rapport building, so make sure that is always the initial focus. www.kimberlymeere.com View her profile: therapists.psychologytoday.com/281135

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Mallory O’Connor

President | oconnorartLLC

Mallory O’Connor is the President of oconnorartLLC. She is an author specializing in publishing and creative consulting in art history education who also creates original art. She graduated with an M.A. in American History in 1968, an M.F.A. in Art History, in American and Oriental Art in 1970, and a B.F.A. in Art, with Honors, from Ohio University in 1966. Mallory is a writer, art historian and musician. She taught art history classes and served as a gallery curator. She has written several books, including two non-fiction books, “Lost Cities of the Ancient Southeast,” “Florida’s American Heritage River” and a novel, “American River: Tributaries.” She is a Board Member of the following associations: Arts Association of Alachua County, Institute for Learning in Retirement, Superfund Art Project and she is a Vice President of the Writer’s Alliance of Gainesville. Mallory has had a life-long fascination with art, music, and the natural world which led to her career in art history and to a second career as an author. Who was your mentor? Who influenced you the most? My high school art teacher, the realist artist Ralph Goings, was a big influence. He believed in my talent and encouraged me to be serious about my work. I was mentored and encouraged by three of my college professors at Ohio University who praised my work and opened doors for me. I was influenced early on by my aunt who, even in the 1940s, was an independent professional woman with degrees in psychology and nursing. She taught by example that women could achieve recognition and be successful in their chosen profession. I also have to give enormous credit to my best friend and husband, artist John A. O’Connor, who helped me, encouraged me, and believed in me. How do you stay abreast of what is going on in your field? All I can say to this is, read, read, read... and network. Dawn Jessica Strain, President and Founder of DJS Events, has created some of the most extraordinary affairs for prestigious clientele in the corporate, non-profit and social sectors. She is a charismatic leader in the business and networking communities, which led her to become the second youngest woman to be named to the Long Island Business News’ “Top 50 Business Women of the Year” in 2009. She received this award again in 2012. Dawn was featured on the cover of Networking Magazine. Her work has generated regional and national media coverage in outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Crain’s Business New York and The Huffington Post. Dawn’s passion for philanthropy and community motivated her to establish the Long Island Elite (LIE), a 501(c)3 organization, in 2002. This unique networking group connects successful executives under the age of 40 while demonstrating the value and fulfillment of raising money for Long Island’s charities. She served as president from 2002 - 2012. In 2012 Dawn created the innovative “Woof Woof Wedding,” a unique fundraiser benefiting North Shore Animal League and Waggy Tails Rescue, raising $10,000 in six weeks. This unique event was featured on Fox 5’s “Good Day New York” and TLC’s “Say Yes to The Dress.”

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What do you think are some of the challenges women of today face? As more and more women have challenged traditional patriarchal institutions, outmoded but deeply entrenched concepts have responded by becoming even less flexible and more tenacious as they become more threatened. This is difficult water to navigate, so women must be even more persistent in their quest for true equality, and must recognize the dangerous traps that appear to offer worthwhile alternatives. What advice would you give to women starting out in your industry? Take yourself seriously, otherwise, no one else will. Work hard and don’t be sidetracked by meaningless “stuff.” And please get rid of those damned stiletto heels! (The only thing worse might be foot-binding). oconnorartllc.com

Dawn Jessica Strain President and Founder | DJS Events Dawn recognizes that she could not accomplish any of this without support and effort from her amazing team. Dawn’s unyielding commitment to excellence and dedication to her clients’ needs results in event productions of the highest order. Dawn’s immediate family includes her Chihuahua Piper, who is a rescue service dog. She usually accompanies Dawn and was the bride and star of the Woof Woof Wedding and its media coverage as well as its newest edition, a 3 year-old rescue Chorkie Thalia. How did you get started in your field/industry? While working in two very corporate industries I donated my time to helping charities plan their events. During this time, I found my love for event planning and decided to open my own company. What were some of the biggest challenges/obstacles you faced in your career? Creativity is my strong point. Transforming spaces and creating out-of-the-box events comes very easy to me. It’s the day to day business side that is not my strongest attribute. What advice would you give to women starting out in your industry? Event planning is all about the details. Of greater importance is how you implement them the day of, and how you handle the pressure when things do not go as planned. I would recommend becoming an intern for a company that will get you involved in all aspects of events, including working with the public, clients and production. djsevents.com

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NATURAL CLEANING AND BEAUTY TIPS Here are some amazing cleaning and beauty tips* using household products. They are natural and better for both you and the environment.

Cleaning Tips

Baking Soda Candle wax can be removed from most hard surfaces with a paste of baking soda and water. Scrub with a nylon scrubber. Clean encrusted grease and food on roasting pans by dampening with hot water and sprinkling on some baking soda. Let this sit for an hour and then sponge clean with a damp sponge. Sprinkle baking soda over burned-on stains on cookie sheets, then cover with hot water. Let this soak for 10 minutes. Next, scour with baking soda and a no-scratch scrub sponge. Rinse with water. Vinegar Make your own polish for general use on all wood furniture. Whisk ½ teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil and ¼ cup vinegar in a small bowl. Pour mixture into a clean, resealable jar and label clearly. When ready to use, give the jar a good shake, then apply polish liberally to wood surfaces with a soft cloth. Wipe away excess. Get rid of the cloudy film on glassware by soaking items overnight in a tub of equal parts vinegar and warm water. Wash the glasses by hand the next day. Salt Rub salt onto a fresh ink stain on fabric and then soak fabric overnight in milk. Wash in cold water and check before drying. When you can’t wash the dishes right away,

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sprinkle salt on the plate to keep food from sticking and make dishes easier to clean later. To get rid of baked-on food in a glass casserole dish, fill it with boiling water plus 3 tablespoons of salt. Leave until water cools, then wash as usual. Corn Starch Wherever you see ants coming into your home, block their entry with a line of dried out coffee grounds, chalk, corn starch, vinegar or a little flour. To stop an ant attack, put small piles of corn meal where you’ve seen the pests. The ants will eat it or bring it home to the colony, but they can’t digest it. They’ll be gone within a week. Other Tricks To remove scuff marks from shoes, rub them with egg white on a soft cloth. Crest toothpaste (non-gel) removes scuff marks on vinyl or linoleum floors. Rub the paste into a mark and wipe with a damp cloth. A little baking soda added to the toothpaste can provide scrubbing power. You can rub out tiny scratches on your glassware by using a dab of non-gel toothpaste and a soft cloth. Use a clean, old toothbrush to clean the seals around refrigerator and freezer doors. To remove fingerprints from a stainless steel appliance, rub with a little baby oil on a paper towel. Clean your glass shower door with PAM cooking spray. Spray some on a soft cotton cloth and wipe away the dirt.

Beauty and Personal Tips

Vinegar is a great hair conditioner and can improve cleanliness and shine. For simple conditioning, just add 1 tablespoon of vinegar to your hair as you rinse it. To treat acne, use a clean travel-size bottle to mix 1 teaspoon of vinegar with 10 teaspoons of water. Carry this bottle with you with several cotton balls and you can dab acne spots several times during the day. This solution shouldn’t dry out your skin and the vinegar will help return your skin to a natural pH balance. It also may help prevent future breakouts. Discontinue if irritation worsens. Use a mixture of equal parts apple cider vinegar and water to cleanse your face. Rinse and allow your face to air-dry to seal in moisture. If your diamond rings have crud in the crevasses, take an old toothbrush and a small dot of toothpaste. Put some hot water in a bowl with your ring. Soak the ring for about 10 minutes. Then, gently use the toothbrush and paste to remove all the dirt from your ring. Brush thoroughly inside, outside and in between all the crevices. Rinse your ring in clean water and see it sparkle like new. To treat mild sunburn, mix corn starch and water to make a paste. Apply directly onto sunburned skin to soothe the pain. Instead of buying a very expensive dry shampoo, if your hair is dirty and you don’t have time to shampoo it, pour corn starch or old-fashioned oats into the palm of your hand and rub it through your hair at the scalp. Brush through your hair until the powder is no longer visible. If you run out of baby powder, corn starch makes a great substitute and is more absorbent than talcum powder. Your baby will stay comfortably dry and avoid heat rash. Use sparingly and be sure to keep corn starch away from your baby’s nose and eyes. Cool and nourish your face with a mask made with 2 tablespoons of orange juice and 1 teaspoon of yogurt. Mix well and smooth on with fingertips. Rinse after 5 minutes with cool water. To dry up pimples quickly, apply lemon juice several times a day using a Q-tip. This can also be used for cold sores or fever blisters. If you are bothered by freckles or age spots, dissolve a pinch of sugar in 2 tablespoons of lemon juice. Apply the mixture to each spot with a cotton ball or tissue. Repeat every few days until the spots have lightened to your liking. Make your own cough syrup by mixing 4 tablespoons of lemon juice, 1 cup of honey and ½ cup olive oil. Heat, stirring vigorously for 5 minutes. Take 1 teaspoon every 2 hours. You can add a touch of cinnamon for flavor. Make your own elixir to heal or prevent a urinary tract infection. Boil 8 ounces of cranberry juice. Reduce heat and add 2 teaspoons powdered echinacea root. Simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat, then add 1 teaspoon of powdered goldenseal root. Steep for 20 minutes. Strain and add a teaspoon of lemon juice. Drink warm or iced. *with special thanks to Betsy Rossen Elliot, author of a series of booklets, “Amazing Uses for Everyday Products” (Publications International)

Lisa Moreno Founder and President StopCAIDnow, Inc. What were some of the biggest challenges/obstacles you faced in your career? I had never started a foundation prior to StopCAIDnow, so I was unaware of all that was needed to be done. It took a lot of paper work, our own money, educating myself medically and learning the laws behind owning a 501 (c)(3). StopCAIDnow was not a job, it was a mission. I wanted to make sure every cent was spent on the projects that were going to make a huge impact for our children and make doctors eager to learn. I wrote a story book called “Hero in Me” to help educate the doctors and help support our families. They are free to the families and doctors and have been placed in the infusion floors at children’s hospitals and pediatrician offices around the globe. Who was your mentor? Who influenced you the most? The doctors who were willing to learn more were my driving force to establish a CME (Continued Medical Education) at the Cleveland clinic. The CME helped doctors become more educated on CAIDs, and properly diagnose and treat the children. What is some advice that has helped you juggle your career and family life successfully? I understand balance. I promised my children that I would never be so focused on a “cure” that we would forgot to live everyday to its fullest. I juggled between hospitals, long nights with no sleep, working on the foundation, writing for global genes, taking them on vacations and playing at the park on their “good” days. isa Moreno is the Founder and President of StopCAIDWhat do you feel are some of the biggest challenges that womnow (Stop Childhood Auto-Inflammatory Diseases), a en face today? nonprofit foundation she started to focus on all childI feel that many struggle with self-worth, and we allow hood auto-inflammatory diseases as a result of both of her sons excuses to take over accountability. Our society needs to learn being diagnosed with these type of diseases. The foundation to grow, inspire and empower others. Putting myself out there, educates doctors and assists families with children suffering sharing our hurdles and struggles has not been easy. That being from rare diseases. said, if our journey has encouraged others or just one individual As the winner of the Sixers Heroes Among Us Award, and to look within, given them more hope, patience and strength to Heroes in our Community, Lisa actively pursues her mission to push through, then, isn’t that what life is all about? We are all educate and help with regard to auto-inflammatory diseases. here to lift one another through our experiences. How did you get started in your field/industry? What advice would you give to women starting out in your I became the founder and President for StopCAIDnow out industry? of desperation due to my 9 month old being diagnosed with a Do your homework, remember your purpose, work with rare and genetic disease, Atypical Blau and my oldest son being other foundations vs compete, have a plan and stick with it. diagnosed with EDS (Ehlers Danlos) by Nemours Children’s Name one outstanding quality that you think people should Hospital. He needed off-label drugs to stabilize his disease. I know about you or remember you by. went to the Cleveland clinic (where he was diagnosed, along I stay true to myself and others and don’t worry about with the National Institute of Health and CHOP) and pronegativity. I focus on being the best version of myself and love posed starting a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, focused on all childhood watching others evolve in their success. My son said, “You nevauto-inflammatory diseases. I also wanted to help educate the er give up on life and you’re always positive.” So, I’d say leading doctors on these rare inflammatory diseases. StopCAIDnow by example versus leading with just words is most impactful. was the first nonprofit foundation to focus on all auto-inflamwww.stopcaidnow.org matory diseases.


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StopCAIDNow has partnered with Dr. Oliver Lawless, Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics and Immunology at Georgetown University, to culminate the cure for CAID. Dr. Lawless has patented a methylated DNA biologic Metvax Vaccine in 2011 to abate inflammation that is caused by the CAID diseases and in turn this will stop the painful and some irreversible symptoms associated with CAID. Currently, Dr. Lawless is conducting clinical trials and the last phase for human trial and patient use is FDA approval. This is ground breaking and would represent revolutionary change in medicine both for children in the short term and carry over to adults in the long term. With your help, The StopCAIDNow foundation will be able to bring this cure home. Every child should know the meaning of living a normal healthy life without pain and suffering. Your help is the change of a child’s future. https://www.paypal.com/donate/?token=XEk_iQwZo6LC7I6BKH5yp1SK_nY9KWCXaTgn0oKlaNyxBmvUNH96VKyAJZPZWC2D8KPOtm&country.x=US&locale.x=US

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which focuses on the caustic effect of uncertainty on medical students during their first two years of medical school training. In this work she takes a social network approach. The book is titled, “Friendship Networks in Medical School: A Network Analytic Approach to the Study of Social Solidarity.” What were some of the biggest challenges/obstacles you faced in your career? Because of my love of higher education, I think completing my dissertation and earning my doctorate was the greatest challenge and the most immense treasure in my professional life. During this time, I was extremely focused, forgot limitations, and moved ahead as smartly as I could. Name one outstanding quality that you think people should know about you or genocide globally means for individuals remember you by. and their families caught up in chaos. I am a firm believer in honoring the In 2002, Dr. Gallant published her first dignity of the Other and respecting book, “Coming of Age in the Holocaust: The Last Survivors Remember” mainly for yourself. Do not become inured by hard work or your own troubles so that you her students in the course. The research tolerate alienation, hostility and violence for the book was funded by grants she received during her first years as researcher that crush the individual spirit. Govern where you take a stand and how you and scholar. Using in-depth interviews, participate in life. Fight hard to bring she compared aspects of the survival process as socially constructed. She is now in closure to your goals and their potential value for now and the future. the process of working on a second book

Dr. Mary J. Gallant

Associate Professor Rowan University

Mary J. Gallant is an Associate Professor at Rowan University, where she has been faculty since 1992. She teaches social theory in the core for the Sociology major, working to create an expanded sociological imagination in each student. She also served as Chair of Sociology from 2007 to 2015. Dr. Gallant earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Minnesota in December of 1985. As a dedicated academic, Dr. Gallant does research in social theory and its application. Among her great concerns is the growth of conflict and violence worldwide. She is a Holocaust scholar and teacher with an awareness of the Holocaust as a turning point in the lives of millions of European Jews and in the post-Holocaust focus on what surviving

Pamela Brainerd

Director of Business Development Restoration Academy, LLC

leaves us gifts and lessons. To learn from our lessons becomes our greatest gift. In this industry, my husband has influenced Pamela Brainerd is the Director of me the most with his passion, thirst for Business Development for Restoration life and eagerness to help others succeed. Academy, LLC in Noblesville, Indiana. What is some advice that has helped She is responsible for business developyou juggle your career and family life ment and oversees IICRC Certification successfully? courses. She helps individuals become Separate them! Do your best at your providers of insurance restoration job, but to be truly happy, be your best at services. The company provides eduWhat advice would you give to women living your life. cation to receive certifications in water starting out in your industry? damage, fire, mold and other restoration What do you feel are some of the biggest The advice I would give is to be pachallenges that women face today? categories. Pamela is a member of the tient. There is a lot to learn and once you One thing that I feel is truly a challenge do, you will find helping others is very One Zone Chamber of Commerce. She enjoys spending time with her grandchil- for women today is being recognized for rewarding. the same field or industry expertise as men dren and her dogs. www.propertyrestorationacademy.com What were some of the biggest challeng- and earning equal compensation. es/obstacles you faced in your career? I would say learning all of the ins and outs of the industry was a big challenge. My main obstacle was actually going out and Director of Clinical Services | Hospice of Charleston learning on the jobs. It was very hands-on. Karen Manning is the Director of Who was your mentor? Who influher B.S.N. from Georgia State UniverClinical Services and a Nurse with the sity. She serves as a Volunteer with the enced you the most? Hospice of Charleston, South CaroMy father, Armond Moore was my Alzheimer’s Association. lina. She is responsible for oversight greatest mentor. He encouraged me to Previously, Karen served as a nurse of clinical services, management of do my best and reminded me that life with Odyssey Hospice of Charleston. services and marketing. Karen received

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Evelyn Simpson Curenton Musician and Composer

Evelyn Simpson Curenton has many titles including composer, arranger, pianist, organist, vocalist, artistic director, lecturer, producer, and clinician. Her versatile skills make her one of the most sought-after musicians in the area. Her talents have led her around the globe with performances in China, France, England, Italy, Austria, and a European tour with Bernice Reagon Johnson, founding member of Sweet Honey in the Rock. Evelyn has worked with some of the music industry’s best. She was commissioned

to do arrangements for the Carnegie Hall concert featuring Kathleen Battle, Jessye Norman and the Chorus and Orchestra of New York’s acclaimed Metropolitan Opera. Several orchestras and ensembles have performed her works such as the Philadelphia Orchestra, The National Symphony, The Baltimore Symphony, The Minnesota Orchestra, and The U.S. Marine Band. Distinguished musicians like the late Duke Ellington, George Shirley, her late sister and Naumberg winner Joy Simpson, Hubert Laws, Denyce Graves, John Blake, Angela Brown of the Metropolitan Opera, Janice Chandler-Eteme, and David Murray have also performed her works. Her music can be found on several recordings, including her own. “Reflections” is her most recent studio recording. Evelyn contrib-

uted several of her hymn arrangements to the acclaimed “African American Heritage Hymnal,” with songs ranging from pre-Civil War to contemporary music. She can be heard regularly at the Third Street Church of God or Shiloh Baptist Church in Washington, DC. In addition to her musical endeavors, Evelyn writes poetry, lyrics, children’s stories and plays. She received a B.A. from Temple University and is a member of A.S.C.A.P. She continues to perform internationally with symphonies and orchestras. In her spare time, she enjoys swimming and bicycle riding. What advice would you give to women starting out in your industry? Get a good background in piano and theory as a composer. As a vocalist, get vocal instruction from a reputable teacher. Go to a variety of concerts and research the education in your interest area and how to prepare yourself.

Devshree Golecha

Devshree Golecha started her journey at the age of 17 as a door-to-door salesperson selling bank accounts in Mum- Six Sigma Blackbelt | United Healthcare ness processes, and having gained bai, India. She managed to outperform all other sales people to become the best salesperson across all bank branches in India. She substantial experience, Devshree continued her banking journey and landed a job with Citibank as pursued the path of Black Belt and an NRI Customer Executive. She continued in the banking indus- earned certification by ASQ (The Global Voice of Quality) as a Certitry, earning her M.B.A. when she felt it would help her career. After getting married, Devshree moved to the U.S., leaving her fied Six Sigma Black Belt. Currently, she works at United high paying job as a Commercial Banker in India. As she came to Healthcare as a Six Sigma Black the U.S. on a dependent visa, she was not allowed to work. Her husband was very supportive and motivating. She decided to vol- Belt driving millions of dollars in benefits to the organization and unteer her time as a Research Assistant at the University of Chica- coaching Green Belts. She calls herself a Process Psychologist as go. She also volunteered at a Risk Management company. During it gives her immense pleasure to listen to customers and fix their business processes by making them lean and effective. that time, her husband introduced the concept of ‘Six Sigma’ to her and recommended she study for the Green Belt certification. How did you get started in your field/industry? Devshree was intrigued by the principles of Six Sigma. She cleared After I gave birth to my daughter, I studied for the Six Sigma her exam and became a Certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. Green Belt exam. I took the exam and landed my first job due Initially working as a Process Engineer with a major Insurance to my Certification. As a Six Sigma practitioner, you become a company, this lead to enterprise-wide process improvement and specialist in analytics, finance and business. optimization projects. After spending several years optimizing busi-

Melvina Newman

Melvina J. Newman is in the real estate industry serving as a property manager in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. In this position, she oversees the management of a home owner’s association. She is responsible for the bookkeeping, oversees daily operations and ensures that all restrictions are adhered to by members. Melvina previously served in the legal and retail fields. She has an A.A. in

Business. Melvina is a member of the Cosmopolitan International Diabetes Association. How did you get started in your field/industry? After starting my career in the legal field and then owning my own retail business, I knew it was time for a change. A customer suggested I look into management of a homeowners association. He felt my background would be a benefit. What were some of the biggest challenges/obstacles you faced in your career? In many ways, people were the biggest challenge in my retail career. We had to market ourselves

Property Manager

to our customers. This is still true in the homeowners group as there are many different opinions and marketing is still key. What do you feel are some of the biggest challenges that women face today? Women today still face the same challenges with discrimination and equality in the work force. We are still paid less for the same work, have limited opportunities for advancement, and are still facing sexual harassment in the work force. What advice would you give to women starting out in your industry? Believe in yourself and if you

do that you will succeed. You must network with people, become involved in the community, be courageous, always do your very best and reach for the top. Name one outstanding quality that you think people should know about you or remember you by. The outstanding qualities I wish to be remembered by would be my organizational skills and the ability to balance work along with community involvement. I have received numerous awards and have served as the International President to Cosmopolitan International.

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Brenda Starr Brush Born in California, Brenda Starr Brush always had an interest in Hollywood. Screenwriting for television and film filled her dreams as a young woman. She originally was a calligrapher and artist, creating her own greeting cards, entitled: Hody Cards. Then, in the late 80’s between writing screenplays and being a mother, she heard a particular piece of music that sharply influenced her direction. It was a beautiful instrumental piece entitled: Aerial Boundaries by Michael Hedges - and it was in VHS format, accompanied by a video of beautiful rivers, waterfalls and landscapes. The music and the visual together had a profound impact on her. Eventually, she invested in some graphic design education, particularly in PhotoShop, and discovered she had a passion for creating art on the computer, especially when inspired by the magic of music. In early 2001, Brenda had her own TV Show on Public Access TV, called “Dare to go Digital With Brenda Starr.” It was exciting, but she was still quite

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‘Sunset Serenade’


raw at it. However, the music along with the art was absolutely amazing. In 2012 she was accepted by a prestigious gallery in Cambria, California called: Artifacts. She remained a featured artist there for 2 ½ years. Her work was sold on bold, glossy metal as it still is today under her company BstarrArt. Brenda will soon have her own gallery called: The Healing Heart Gallery, which reflects her goal and purpose. She feels that this is the most important discovery of her whole journey. When she creates the art that she does, and approaches it like she does it heals her, including her spirit and her heart. What do you feel are some of the biggest challenges that women face today? Women in general have to push harder, above and beyond to get anywhere with the men in positions of power. The recent #MeToo movement has helped enormously and will continue to. Women need to support each other always. bstarr.art

Owner Violet’s Valentines Linda L. Sepeda is the Owner of Violet’s Valentines, a business which designs custom shapewear, undergarments and provides image consulting in the San Francisco Bay Area. She designs custom-made every day and special occasion bras, lingerie, swimwear and special requirements apparel which include mastectomy products, nursing bras, asymmetry, prostheses, shapewear and foundation garments. She also teaches bra making classes. Previously, Linda spent 40 years in the field of Information Technology, where she began as an entry level coder and became head of IT, eventually moving into project/program/and portfolio management. She left this field to start her apparel business and hasn’t looked back. Linda received a B.A. in Business Management and Accounting from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania and a M.A. in Program Management from George Washington University in 2014.

WOMEN OF THE She is a Certified Project Management Professional and is Certified in Production and Inventory Management. Linda holds certifications in Bra Fit for Every Body, and Special Requirements Design and Construction, from The School of Sewing Arts & Design in 2017. She is certified in Image Consulting from Color Me Beautiful of London, England. Linda is a member of the Project Management Institute. She enjoys ballroom dancing and sewing. How did you get started in your field/ industry? As a breast cancer survivor, I took a sewing course for my personal use. I realized that others were not being wellserved by the retail industry. What is some advice that has helped you juggle your career and family life successfully? When I started working, women were being discriminated against strictly due to gender. My main blessing was having a mother and teenage sister to watch my children while I worked. Without them, I would have had to hire a babysitter.


Linda Sepeda

After school programs did not exist. What do you feel are some of the biggest challenges that women face today? Women are still not taken seriously in the STEM industries. I believe that sexism in the form of unwanted attentions and lower pay are more widespread than are being reported. The #MeToo movement is just the tip of the iceberg. www.violetsvalentines.com

Melynie Durham Contributing Author and Assistant Clinical Professor Indiana University Northwest nology, and as a Program Coordinator MRI with South Suburban College since 2012. She is a volunteer with World Vision and her church’s mission team. She belongs to the A.R.R.T., A.S.R.T. and I.S.R.T. She received her M.S. in Health Administration from the University of St. Francis in 2015. Melynie is certified in radiography and MRI through the A.R.R.T. In her spare time, she enjoys family activities, gardening, reading and being Melynie Durham has over 30 years on the water. experience in magnetic resonance imagHow did you get started in your field/ ing and radiography. Currently, she is industry? an Assistant Clinical Professor at Indiana I started as a radiologic technologist University Northwest, where she instructs, and then moved into CT and then MRI. trains and mentors students in radiograI was given the opportunity to be an adphy, advanced imaging modalities and medical imaging technology. She oversees junct instructor and loved it. I eventually externs and collaborates with hospitals and obtained a full-time teaching position. students. Melynie attends and occasionally What were some of the biggest challengspeaks at annual conferences. es/obstacles you faced in your career? Additionally, Melynie has served as a Moving from the hospital setting into Clinical Coordinator of Radiologic Tech- an educational setting as well as moving

from a two-year educational institution to a four-year well-established university. What is some advice that has helped you juggle your career and family life successfully? Family comes first. Find an accountability person to help you recognize when family and career are out of balance. What advice would you give to women starting out in your industry? Never stop learning. Read, talk to people, and be with people that possess qualities that you would like to have. Name one outstanding quality that you think people should know about you or remember you by. A word that best describes me is passionate. My passion is sparked by missions, equality, education, and my family. www.iun.edu

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Deborah A. Haydon Owner | DT Callis Seafood, LLC


eborah Haydon has over 25 years of experience in the food industry. She is a Member and Owner of DT Callis Seafood, LLC, which is a family-owned business and distributor that processes and distributes oysters from the Chesapeake Bay area in Virginia. In addition to overseeing daily operations, she is responsible for harvesting and buying oysters from local watermen off the Chesapeake Bay area. Deb boxes fresh oysters for the half shell market and packages shucked oysters in quart and gallon containers for restaurant and seafood business clientele. Her husband, Terry, is the day-to-day manager of the business. He has been an oysterman all his life and taught Deb oyster harvesting when they first met. Along with her husband, they are working to revive the oyster business in the Chesapeake Bay area. The decline of oyster beds and the economic downturn caused high unemployment and poverty in what was once the bedrock of this community. Now the oysters are coming back and demand for them is growing. Her processing plant creates a market for

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many watermen who work the rivers to sell their harvests. Her business directly benefits her community by providing jobs and will donate to the local food bank that serves around 350 families every Thursday. Born on June 28, 1953 in Fort Dix, New Jersey, Deb attended Burlington County Community College, where she was on Dean’s List and a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. She managed a dairy farm for 23 years. She then served as a nurseryman growing native plants before managing the company’s satellite nursery. She has been with DT Callis Seafood, LLC for the past year. Deb received the Stevie Award for Women Entrepreneurs in 2017. She married Terry K. Haydon on April 19, 2014 and has two sons. In her spare time, she enjoys horseback riding, fishing and family activities. How did you get started in your field/industry? I began oystering with my husband Terry. He had been oystering for 50 years and I wanted to learn what that was all about. He taught me the ropes and I loved it so much I decided to start my own oyster business. What are some of the biggest challenges/obstacles you face in your career? A kingpin in the business. They tried to sabotage our equipment by cutting lines to our navigational equipment and the ropes to our harvesting equipment. They also tried to sabotage our cleanliness by putting bathroom tissue from the outhouse in our baskets. Who was your mentor? Who influenced you the most? Terry influenced me the most. He was my mentor. In addition, I watched other watermen that worked on our boat and observed their techniques. I soon learned some other valuable techniques to

harvest quicker and clean up the oysters faster. What is some advice that has helped you juggle your career and family life successfully? Crockpot dinners are easy to have ready when you get home. Always take time with family. Just take a camera-phone and take picture-poses at the beach, a park, zoo, the cemetery… There is always a Kodak moment to be found. What do you feel are some of the biggest challenges that women face today? It’s still a man’s world out there! However, take the challenge and figure out how to fit in. Instead of mentioning something as your idea, make it sound like it’s their idea and what they think about it. It works! What advice would you give to women starting out in your industry? Love what you do! Keep your eyes open and listen. Quickly learn what makes the male co-worker tick and then build your strategy. Don’t just plow in. Their blood is just as red as yours whether you are the chief or the Indian. Name one outstanding quality that you think people should know about you or remember you by. That I exercised the “Big Stick” policy which was to “walk softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.” Theodore Roosevelt coined that phrase, a West African proverb. He used it to steer the course of the country.

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Denise Dorey

Indiana University Northwest EDUCATOR Indigo Road CONSULTANT

French Connection Boutique SALES


Amanda M. Block Imarketslive FINANCIAL TRADER

Christina Lynn

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Laci Van Wy McGaffey


Beyond Beautiful Aesthetics AESTHETICS Anna Waters Head Start ADVISOR


Diane Blakey


Cheryl Kinney


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City of Lakewood UTILITY

Shar-Jolie Rachal

Shar Jolie- Realtor - Right Way Credit Solution - A1 Auto Masters REAL ESTATE AGENT

Consumer Automotive Professional Services CONSULTANT

Freelancer AUTHOR

Plainview School District EDUCATOR Lavish Studio STYLIST

Chantel Washington

Verdie L. Eaton

Jyoti Desai


Jyoti Desai DOCTOR

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Utah Valley University EDUCATOR

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Nekima Horton

Veterans Coalition of North Central Texas VETERAN ASSISTANCE

Racquel T. James The ARK Travel LLC TRAVEL AGENT

Edna M. Campbell-Alter LDA Enterprises CAREER SERVICES

JC Cholevik

JC’s Transmission and Automotive Repair OWNER

Lyss Stern


Marie Fecu

Massachusetts Care Services PHLEBOTOMIST

Victoria Henry Canarozzi Petrey Real Estate REAL ESTATE AGENT

Arlene B. Santiago

Arlene Santiago Coaching PERSONAL TRAINER

Cathy L. Elgin

Jack Henry & Associates, Inc. IT SPECIALIST

Tiffany Auman

Lanell D. Gueydan

Freelancer TRAINER


Sheila Cosey

Cosey Private Duty Human Service Agent, LLC HOME HEALTH

Tenita C. Johnson

Rebekah D. Combs

Faustina Korley

Carrie Doughty

Karen K. Dorf


King Soopers Manager

B. Renee Foster

Angela A. Gachassin

Celinda D. Bradley

Amber M. Haws

En Pointe Dance & Fitness EDUCATOR

Epic Home Health NURSE

Pamela S. Smith

Brenda J. Brown-Alexander

So It Is Written EDITOR

Center for Teacher Effectiveness Faustina Korley SEAMSTRESS EDUCATOR

Angela Gachassin TEACHER

Emmanuel House 1 DIRECTOR

405 Photography PHOTOGRAPHER

Urban Minority Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Outreach COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKER

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Norma Brito

A&T Graphics & Signs LLC GRAPHICS

Daisy A. Culler


Sherylin D. Renard

Keri Campbell

Broward Health Medical Center ULTRASOUND TECHNICIAN

Denise Williams We Eatz Sweetz BAKER

Carly Charrette

Kimberlie Y. Gladden

Kelly A. Ramirez

Cathy L Aman

Alice J. Paparatto

Kim M. Colautti

Christine M. Hoke

Karen Wollgast


Zephyr Homemaker & Companion Services, LLC NURSE

Mary J. Connor

Loretta Johnson

Shirley A. Wilson State of Tennessee HEALTH PRACTITIONER

Ciklin Lubitz Martens & O’Connell LAWYER

Merna M. Timaul

Lea Renay

Katherine W. Aven


Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center MEDICAL RESEARCH

Tawna Nielson

Equity Real Estate REAL ESTATE AGENT

Amanda Thompson

To God Be The Glory Ministries DIRECTOR

Gwendolyn A. Roberts Windsor Gardens NURSE

Monika Greczek

Extasy Hair Studio & Salon COSMETOLOGIST


Rising Harmonics LIFECOACH

Diamond Cross Freelancer COSMETOLOGIST

Arlene D. Brandt Greenridge Realty REALTOR

Saleha R. Ahmed

Saleha Ahmed, MD DOCTOR

Sharol Wilson

S. Wilson Staffing LLC RECRUITER

Sandy Hennum

Princeton Village

Village of Hope DIRECTOR


Kay James McCrimon

Margie Kardos

Valerie Congote

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Shayna Tarver


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Moten Consulting Group CONSULTANT

For History’s Sake HISTORIAN

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Empower on Purpose LIFECOACH

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Erika M. Taylor-Ruffin Rio Vista Middle School EDUCATOR

Polina Romo

Omi Beauty Supplies, LLC STYLIST

Romo Accounting Services Inc. ACCOUNTANT

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Donna L. Irvin

Ciomariz Morillo

Accomplished Financial CONSULTANT

MyHrFactor, Incorporated CONSULTANT

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City of Sacramento BANKER Aman Ink, LLC AUTHOR Care Fusion SALES MANAGER

Ergo Squad/Adapt CONSULTANT

Jacquelyn L. Smith


New Millenium Realty Investors REALTOR

Eutopia-Nicole Johnson

Tawnya Davis


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Michelle D. Johnson Genuine Partnership to Success ENTREPRENEUR

Jessica Aikey


Salamati Mariam

YDK Insurance Agency, Inc. INSURANCE AGENT

Barbara Mann

Your Empowered You COACHING

Wendy Sherry

International Nurses Association NURSE

Courtney Haschke


Janeen Farmer


Merry Citoli

Magic Cricket Music, LLC ENTERTAINER

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Maude Turnipseed

Unidos Dual Language School EDUCATOR

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Cari A. Mews

RKI Transportation and Business Managment TESTING

Vinita A. Moore Duke Energy GENERAL MANAGER

Cecelia E. Hunter

National Jewish Health IT SPECIALIST

Your Optimal Beauty Hair Care Solutions BEAUTY/COSMETICS

Cecilia E. Ford

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League of Women Bowlers EDUCATOR

Dottie’s Pilates Plus Studio, LLC HEALTH PRACTITIONER


Peggy Lindsey

On Angels’ Wings Healing and Coaching LIFECOACH

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Maryam Zadeh


Luma Mahairi


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South County Smiles DENTAL HYGIENIST

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Dian Glover

Cooperative Christian Ministries & Clinic EDUCATOR

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Rachelle Burkett-Rodarte Burkett-Rodarte Studio ARTIST

Nicol Bevins

Bevins Maintenance and Repair CONTRACTOR

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Beas Mentoring Program COUNSELOR


Mary Kay Cosmetics CONSULTANT

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Snowwolf Creations JEWELER

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Misty Murray

Rosenfeld LuAnn M. Warner-Prokos Sarit AHRC


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Regions Financial Corporation FINANCIAL ADVISOR

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Sandra Hannah

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First Choice National Consulting Group, LLC CONSULTANT



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Elizabeth F. Sutton


Hyrette Guenther


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Cindy L. Crawford

Dorota Tyrakowska-Jurus

Allenda Henry

Mern Residential REAL ESTATE AGENT

The Journey Foundation DIRECTOR

Doreen Inkeles

Sharmila Wijeyakumar

Annette M. Munnich

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Country Willows HOUSEKEEPER

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Community Tax Service FINANCE

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Just an Accident Stop Hit and Runs, Inc. NONPROFIT

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Kia Davis

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Law Firm of Charles Jamieson LAWYER

Gogetter, Inc. SOFTWARE

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Sunshine Daycare EDUCATOR

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Veronica Faircloth

HenVenVanVer, Tripps, inc. CEO

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Apostolic Worship Child Development Vision Academy EDUCATOR

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Grand Living Realty REAL ESTATE AGENT

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American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Hospitality House COORDINATOR

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Puerto Rico Department of Education LIBRARIAN

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Karen Demar

Covenant Home Care HOME HEALTH AIDE


Emma Muzzall



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The Anthony P. Clay Healing Project WHOLISTIC HEALTHCARE

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Viki Radden

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Honor Harvest CEO

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Ana Bar

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On Time In Home Care Services HOME HEALTH AIDE

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Loving Raw Foods


An Everlasting Memory Monument Company RETAIL/GRANITE

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Changing Your Life Forward Lifecoach

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Escape Travel Inc. TRAVEL AGENT

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Global Contact Services CUSTOMER SERVICE

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P.O.W.E.R. Magazine | 69

E M P O W E R E D Dinah Robinson

John F. Kennedy Elementary School PRINCIPAL

Cynthia McGuigan

Steps 4 Life Community Services DIRECTOR

Selina Molina Freelancer EDUCATOR

Tina Heard-Andrews New Phase Salon HAIR STYLIST

Vanessa Haley


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Joni’s Trucking DISPATCHER

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Andra Mitchell

Mitchell’s Health Advantages RECRUITER

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Tracy A. Macari

Tracy’s On the Side CATERER


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Jane M. Haldiman Freelancer EDUCATOR

Alice M. Roubos Vitality to You PHYSICAL THERAPIST

Alyson Kemba Myers

Northwell Health Systems DOCTOR

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Irena Wasylczak

Paula Hamm

Shameema Ahmed

Sara Fairbanks

Bristol-Myers Squibb CONSULTANT

Diz Art & Cosmetics ARTIST

Akilah R. Saunders

Dipti Vaishnav



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Ashley Tobias

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Ann Hunter Photography PHOTOGRAPHY

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Utah Attorney General’s Office LAWYER

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Moving Forward - Shaping Your Reality CAREER COACH

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Washington Regional Medical Center NURSING CASE MANAGER

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Crossing Trails Mini and Standard Aussies SERVICE DOG TRAINING

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Care Givers of Tennessee CARE GIVER

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Gwendolyn Kennedy Woman of Reiki REIKI



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Global Computer Sales ADMINISTRATION

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