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SPRING/SUMMER 2019

Madison McDaniel Setliff An Entrepreneur That Sparkles

Business and Professional Women Highlights

Workspace Organization

TWM Men Who Mean Business Profiles

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CONTENTS Spring / Summer 2019

10 JOURNAL

10. Trends

Business and Entrepreneurism: Workspace Organization

12. In the Know Ask for It!

14. Feature

Madison McDaniel Setliff: Sparkle From the Inside

16. Working Women to Watch

Highlights of Tallahassee’s Business and Professional Women WWMB Profile: Cynthia S. Barber

20. MoneyTalks

Handling Your Financial Insecurities in Relationships

22. Men Who Mean Business (MWMB)

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TRENDS

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Workspace Organization By Emily Monnier

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eeping things tidy can become increasingly difficult as our schedules start to fill up. Though organizing our workspaces and offices may seem like the least of our worries, it is very important and can actually have a significant impact on our well-being and the way we work. Here are four reasons to motivate you to finally declutter your workspace and achieve your highest level of efficiency.

1. A clean workspace increases productivity. A messy work environment can lead to unorganized thoughts, which slow down your productivity level. Messy desks—and even cluttered computers—add unnecessary stress to your life by causing you to feel overwhelmed. Devoting at least 10 minutes of your day to organizing your work area can incite feelings of motivation, allowing you to work more efficiently and productively.

3. It can have an effect on mentality. Various studies have shown that when our surrounding environment is in a state of disorganization, our moods tend to drop. This is because our moods and attitudes result from what’s around us. Therefore, a messy desk can often bring feelings of sadness or laziness, which lead to unproductivity. An organized workspace essentially acts as a mood booster by inciting feelings of happiness, inspiration and positivity.

2. It increases focus. Cleaning your desk not only organizes your workspace but also organizes your thought process. With a clean desk, the unorganized thoughts that came with the mess disappear. Instead, they are replaced by more organized and flowing thoughts that make it easier for you to stay concentrated and tackle your workload.

4. In a professional setting, presentation matters. Though some may work from home, many of us find ourselves seated at a desk during the week. Whatever the case may be, presentation is crucial. An organized desk will not only make you feel better about yourself, but it will also give you a professional, responsible and orderly image. A good presentation can speak a thousand words—and an organized desk says that you get your work done efficiently!

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IN THE KNOW

ASK FOR By Dana Crosby

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ne of my first real jobs out of college was in sales. I assumed this would be easy—it wasn’t. With no actual experience in sales and wanting to be successful, I went on a mission to learn all I could about sales techniques. I took advantage of every sales training class offered by my company, read volumes of books and watched hours of videos, all about successful selling. All this knowledge was tested in the field, reinforcing what worked for me and what didn’t. Often, I was surprised to find that most sales techniques actually worked. I’ve been out of sales for many years now, but I often think back on this training and realize how valuable it was to every career I’ve had since then and to my life in general. So many of the things I learned are applicable in any situation. One of the best lessons I learned is the necessity of “closing” a sale—directly asking for the business. This translated into a valuable life lesson: if you want something, you better ask for it! Most things you want and need in life don’t just tumble into your lap. Sure, sometimes they do, and we all know someone who seems to always fall into things—from pay raises and career advancements to special deals on their cell phone bill. Yes, perhaps they’ve worked hard and paid their dues, or maybe they know the right people or are just lucky. But the truth is that most people, even those who work hard and pay their dues, need to ask for what they want. From getting a promotion, a discount on my roof repair to a late checkout at the hotel and a better deal on my cable bill, people ask me, “How did you get that?” The answer is simple: I asked. No, I don’t try to take advantage of folks or constantly ask for special favors, but when I feel I’m being overcharged or have been a loyal customer or worked hard for something, well, I ask. Think about it, aren’t we all open and maybe even happy to grant others what they ask for too? For example, my lawn person asked for a small per cut

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For some, it’s easier to live with the status quo. I actually heard a young woman rationalize why she was being paid less than a brand-new, less qualified employee, by saying, “Well if the bosses wanted to pay me more, they would.” Really? She had excellent reviews, had been at the company for almost two years and was being paid below market rate, but refused to approach management. Why? One of the hardest parts of asking for what you want is that it requires you to believe in yourself, to have faith in your own abilities and trust that you’re worth more. To add insult to injury, the new employee making more money was a man. Sadly, the gender gap is still alive and well. No matter how you look at the statistics, it is undeniable that men still make more than women, and yes, even for the exact same job. Whether you are asking for someone’s business, looking for a promotion or simply requesting a better table at your favorite restaurant, give asking for what you want a try. Remember to be polite and , most important, retain your humility. No one likes dealing with someone who is indignant and acts entitled. Just try it— you might be surprised at the results.

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FEATURE

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FROM THE INSIDE By Jennifer Santana Photography by Jennifer Powell

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ust a girl with a dream and a love for all things pink, Madison McDaniel Setliff had no idea that her high school graphic design project would spark a fire that would one day lead to her becoming her own boss and opening a storefront of her very own. At the young age of 15, Madison was tasked with creating a logo for her graphic design class. Inspired by her passion for sparkly and girly things, Madison created the logo for Sparkle by Madison—a logo that would go on to represent her budding business for years to come and still graces her storefront and products. Influenced from a young age by her mother, a buyer for a local hospital gift shop, Madison remembers accompanying her mother to find things for the gift shop. “From a young age, I always loved fashion and clothing. When I was just 12 years old, I would go to America’s Mart in Atlanta with my mom. My love for the retail business began there.” Not only did her mother’s job spark inspiration in Madison, but she also considers her mother to be her biggest mentor throughout her journey with Sparkle. “My mom was and still is my mentor. She helps me with every aspect of the business, and she plays such a huge role in the business.” Inspired and determined to pave her own path as a teenager, Madison began her business journey by buying clothes and accessories and selling them out of her house. “When I first started, I would sell to my friends and family on Facebook, and I had a small room in my house to store all of my inventory. People would come to my house to ‘shop’ my inventory and that’s when I faced a new challenge: I needed a bigger space to store all of my inventory.” After operating out of her house for a few months, Madison steadily saw her business grow— surprised at how quickly it progressed. With her friends and family eagerly buying up her products, what started as a passion project for Madison quickly turned into a blooming business, as she sought out her very first storefront location.

Although Madison’s business has changed tremendously over the years—moving from a room in her home to four different locations around Tallahassee—her mission with Sparkle has always remained the same: to uplift women and make them feel beautiful. After being bullied for many years throughout her adolescence, it was important for Madison to make her store a place where women felt accepted and uplifted. “I have always thought of Sparkle as way more than just a business. In many ways, it is a ministry to women in our community. I have a strong mission to make every customer feel good about themselves no matter what. This mission comes from many years of being bullied myself as a teen. That experience has been one of the driving factors in my mission. Bullying is such a problem with girls, and I can use Sparkle as a small way to help this ever-increasing issue.” As for her advice to any younger entrepreneurs out there, or even just women that want to take charge and pave their own path in the business world, Madison urged the importance of taking chances, as well as not being afraid of making mistakes throughout the journey. “Without a business degree, I had to learn all about finances, marketing, laws, taxes, human resources, management and much more. I have made mistakes, but I have had to push through those and grow from it. I’ve learned to not be complacent. I have had to change with the times, yet still try to provide a great experience for my customers. ” With a love for beautiful things, a fascination with the retail industry and a passion for making women feel empowered, Madison was determined from a young age to make her dream of Sparkle by Madison a reality. Fueled by this passion and driven by her own experiences with bullying, Madison strives to use Sparkle and its mission as a platform to make women in the Tallahassee community feel beautiful in their own skin, proving that the most gorgeous diamonds are truly created under tremendous amounts of pressure.


WOMEN TO WATCH N E W S | A W A R D S | M I L E S T O N E S Beth Dees Beth Dees is active in promoting recovery for individuals with mental illnesses and/ or substance abuse disorders. At Apalachee Center Inc, she works as a coordinator for peer specialists, who in turn reach out to form a trusting bond with those affected by a serious mental illness or substance abuse disorder. She recently was bestowed with the “Iris Award” by National Alliance on Mental Illness—Tallahassee Chapter for delivering exceptional service to those with mental illness. She also loves writing and has written two nonfiction books and numerous articles for magazines and newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times Syndicate, The Birmingham News and U.S. Airways, among others, primarily featuring places and people and their passions. Michelle Dennard CareerSource Florida President and CEO Michelle Dennard has been selected to receive a prestigious 40 Under 40 Award in economic development, the only award of its kind recognizing young talent among economic development professionals. Michelle was one of 40 leaders chosen internationally from among more than 170 qualified nominees. As a champion of economic development in Florida, she consistently works to positively improve the workforce of our great state. Kirsten Dunton Kirsten (Kiki) Dunton recently joined the Gray Law firm. Kiki earned her J.D. from Wake Forest University and holds a B.A. degree from the College of William & Mary. She most recently worked as an Attorney ad Litem for children in the dependency system and worked with Children’s Legal Services for several years. Kiki brings extensive trial experience to her new role.  Allison K. Eades Allison joined Bridges Insurance Agency in January. Bridges Insurance Agency is centrally located in Tallahassee and is the only Farmers Agency in North Florida. Allison is part of a team that is that is dedicated to the people of the communities they serve. When calling the agency she wants to assure you that you will speak to a live person, that person will recommend the correct coverage with minimum expense, always looking out for the benefit of the client. Through client education and working hand in hand with clients, there will always be clear understanding of the insurance policies 16

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being offered. She wants you to always feel like the level of service you received has exceeded your expectations. Shelley Kaiser Having worked with SRI Management for nearly a decade, most recently as a senior vice president of operations, coupled with her past tenure as senior living community executive director and divisional director, Shelley Kaiser brings a unique value set of experience as the company continues exponential growth in the year ahead. In her new position, Shelley will monitor communities for potential opportunities and problems, strategize with division teams to offset deficiencies and maximize revenues and queue the direction of the corporate sales force to provide tactical support to communities. Tamara Roberts Tamara Roberts was recently promoted to Technical Product Training Manager at Syntech. Tamara graduated from Spelman College with a B.S. in chemistry. Tamara’s career at Syntech began over 15 years ago in the Customer Satisfaction Center, where she became an expert in her position. This knowledge led her to become a trainer, and she was quickly recognized for her innovative efforts and leadership abilities. In her new role, Tamara will lead a team of training specialists who will train customers about Syntech’s products and technology.  Dr. Regina Veal-Wright Dr. Regina Wright recently earned a Ph.D. in educational technology, specializing in world languages. She taught French in the classroom for 15 years, and she currently teaches middle and high school students for Florida Virtual Schools through various computer-assisted communication. She spends time teaching both students and their parents about learning through online classes. She believes that students and parents alike should understand and recognize the importance of preparing future citizens for a global and digital society.

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WOMEN WHO MEAN BUSINESS

CYNTHIA S. BARBER Cynthia S. Barber is an accomplished public administrator whose career in public service spans more than 31 years. Her heart for service started much earlier though. Growing up in Tallahassee as the daughter of a registered nurse and a Tallahassee Police Department officer, Cynthia learned from a young age that to effect positive change, one had to put their whole heart into the work, be open to collaboration and stay engaged. Cynthia still uses these lessons every day in her role as Deputy City Manager for the City of Tallahassee. She oversees numerous departments, including Police; Fire; Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Affairs; Community Beautification and Waste Management; Community Housing and Human Services; Sustainability and Community Preservation; Emergency Preparedness and Facilities Security; Consolidated Dispatch Agency; and the highly successful TEMPO program. As an African-American female serving in a leadership role, she enjoys spending time as a mentor to many and strives to build a legacy that reflects her mantra: Great leaders develop leaders, not followers. Being a leader has been a hallmark of her career as she has steadily advanced professionally in the city organization. Her passion for positive impact has led to improvements in public safety, neighborhood engagement, sustainability, regulatory compliance and more. Cynthia directed the environmental clean-up activities of the Gaines Street corridor and Cascades Park, which enabled the redevelopment of those areas and led to the city’s Brownfields program becoming one of the top programs in the Southeast and the country. Cynthia has been instrumental in the establishment of several important city initiatives, including the Public Safety Collective and the Neighborhood Public Safety Initiative. Under her direction, the city was recognized internationally, nationally, statewide and at local levels as a leader in sustainability, including its designation as Florida’s first Gold Certified Green City by the Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC). President Barack Obama recognized her as a White House Champion of Change for the Greening of America’s Cities and Towns. Several other programs that she initiated and championed have gone on to become model programs replicated by other municipalities around the nation. 18

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While her career has allowed her to effect change in the community, her service has extended beyond the workplace. She has organized countless food and clothing drives to support nonprofit agencies in the Tallahassee area, been a leading fundraiser for United Way and the American Heart Association and served in leadership roles in both professional and civic organizations. She and her husband Tony are the parents of two adult children and the grandparents of one grandson. Cynthia is truly a woman who means business, one who is dedicated to the Tallahassee community, passionate about public service and a fierce advocate for the citizens she serves, thus never resting on her laurels. SPONSORED CONTENT


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MONEY TALKS

Handling Your Financial Insecurities in Relationships

By Katrina Tuggerson, MA, CDCFC

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e have all faced insecurity and uncertainty from time to time with regard to financial matters. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. Following are three pieces of advice that will guide you as you work on eliminating your financial insecurities and focus on your financial success.

the fact that 70 percent of wives outlive husbands (it would be 50 percent in a same-sex couple), we can estimate that around 80 percent of those reading this who aren’t financially alone will be at some point. You need to “own your own,” by making solid financial decisions that will optimize your long-term wealth.

1. Ownership

2. Save and Invest as Much as Possible

Take heart that your own personal finances, apart from your partner’s, should be regarded as precious. I will be blunt in saying that it's possible that someday you could face being alone, and the wealth you create between now and then could be yours and yours alone. I’m not saying this is true for everyone, but with a divorce rate of 50 percent and 20

The only way that anyone ever saves up money is by actively choosing not to spend it. Save up as much money as possible. Invest that money primarily in the stock market and never, ever sell it, particularly when the stock market goes into decline. This is the most important point I can make on this.

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3. Improve Your Interpersonal Strengths

It is important to not let your interpersonal insecurities cause financial insecurities. Your long-term financial strength depends on your finding the interpersonal strength today, including working on how you communicate verbally and nonverbally, your assertiveness, how you listen and how you negotiate, as well as how you approach problems and decision making. Katrina Tuggerson, MA, CDCFC, is the Director of Financial Empowerment and Community Development at Tallahassee-Leon Federal Credit Union.


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WHO ARE THE TWM MEN WHO MEAN BUSINESS? TWM is excited and proud to feature the first annual issue of Men Who Mean Business (MWMB) profiles. These men serve in business and the community supporting the mission of women in Tallahassee. Research reveals that when men are dedicated to including women in leadership and business and advocating for gender equity and equality in the workplace, organizations experience statistically significant progress. The TWM “Men Who Mean Business� exemplify outstanding support of women through their medical and law

practices, community services, non-profit agencies, philanthropic contributions, leadership, volunteerism, advocacy, employment practices and commitment. TWM Men Who Mean Business demonstrate core values that support the best interest, mission and vision of Tallahassee women. TALLAHASSEE WOMAN MAGAZINE MWMB!

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MEN Who Mean BUSINESS DR. WILLIAM T. BALDOCK “It is a privilege for me to salute “Women Who Mean Business” in our community. We have so many successful women in Tallahassee representing all professions. Promoting the acceptance and success of women in business is paramount to the success of any organization or corporation. At Capital Periodontal Associates, we empower women both personally and professionally to create healthy lifestyles that are conducive to finding that important balance between work and family. Whether it is supporting and inspiring our periodontal team members or enhancing the overall health and healthy lifestyles of our patients, we are committed to strengthening women’s voices in the workplace.” –Dr. William T. Baldock It has been an honor to care for patients in Tallahassee and the surrounding area for over 30 years. Throughout my career, my primary mission has always been to provide patients with the best possible periodontal outcomes through the use of cutting-edge technology, clinical expertise and compassionate care. At Capital Periodontal Associates, we offer periodontal and dental implant treatment dedicated to restoring and promoting excellent oral health using the highest standard of care. We provide dental implant surgery, laser surgery, scaling and root planning, gingivitis and periodontitis treatment, gingival flap surgery, oral cancer screenings, cosmetic contouring procedures and more.

Our Capital Periodontal staff includes a registered surgical nurse, dental assistants, dental hygienists, patient care coordinators and administrative professionals. Every member of our team, made up primarily of women, plays a crucial role in our patients’ success as well as our practice’s successful and efficient operation. In my experience, women in the dental field bring an unparalleled level of compassion and dedication to our patients. At Capital Periodontal, we continually inspire each other to provide the highest level of periodontal care to our patients.

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MEN Who Mean BUSINESS TERRANCE L. BARBER Working Class Wednesday Terrance L. Barber is a Tallahassee native and a graduate of TCC, and is currently enrolled at FAMU. As the founder of Working Class Wednesday “Tallahassee’s Ultimate Networking Experience,” and cofounder of the Entrepreneur Resource Center, Terrance has helped empower local businesses and assisted countless women entrepreneurs in expanding their business reach. The Working Class Wednesday events have highlighted female business leaders, and many received awards at the recent two-year anniversary event. Terrance’s community service includes the Citizens’ Advisory Committee for the Tallahassee-Leon County Office of Economic Vitality: Minority & Women Small Business Enterprise. “It is my desire to see women and minority-owned businesses flourish in my community and beyond. The woman entrepreneur is one of the fastest-growing demographics in the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Women business owners have proven themselves to be just as good as and even better than their male counterparts. Minority- and women-owned businesses often do not get the recognition they deserve; therefore, I have focused my intention on ensuring they are not only represented, but represented well. Women entrepreneurs are a catalyst for small business and have proven to do a common thing uncommonly well! Without the support of women entrepreneurs in my community, I certainly would not have the success I have enjoyed. I’d be remiss if I didn’t thank a few of my amazing female business owners and sponsors: Lindsay Thompson of “Luxury with Lindsay,” a division of Keller Williams Homes; Danya Wilson, owner of Superior Realty Group; Amber Hall of Amber Hall Law; Walissa Cobb and Kiera Herring of Cobb Realty; and last but not least, the amazing Nicole Everett of “Conversations With Nicole,” who has been with me every step of the way. To all of the women entrepreneurs reading this—thank you for your courage and stepping out on faith, building your businesses and making this world a better place.”

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RODNEY J. "ROCKY" BEVIS For three generations, Bevis Funeral Home and Cremation Services has been helping families in Tallahassee, Crawfordville and Bristol create meaningful tributes to their loved ones. When Rodney J. “Rocky” Bevis was growing up in the business, female funeral directors were a rarity. But in the past 40 years, the number of female funeral directors in the United States has jumped from just 5 percent to about 40 percent and Rocky has been in the forefront of that increase. “Funeral directors used to perform a finite function, and most funerals were pretty much done one way. Now we are facilitators. We take a clientcentered approach to discover a family’s needs and to understand the story of the person who died. We bring the community together for a one-time event,” Rocky says. He adds, “Preparing for a service is like being a project manager or an event planner. It’s a job that requires communication skills

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and the ability to multitask—two areas where we know women excel.” Bevis’ Managing Partner is Susie Mozolic, who had more than 40 years of experience as a funeral director before joining Bevis Funeral Home in 2014. Five of the eight funeral directors at Bevis are women, and another 12 women work in support positions. All Bevis employees, regardless of gender, are encouraged and supported in being involved in the community. You can find them in your church, as members of your civic organization or in your school volunteering.

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MEN Who Mean BUSINESS

Leon County Administrator Vincent S. Long with Maggie Theriot, Director of the Office of Resource Stewardship

VINCENT S. LONG For Vincent S. Long, gender equity in Leon County government is not a quota, it’s part of the county’s people-focused, performance-driven organizational culture. Since becoming Leon County Administrator in 2011, Vince has received national, state and local recognition for leadership, transparency in government and fiscal stewardship. Through his leadership and the vision of the Leon County Board of County Commissioners, Vince has implemented personnel policies regarded as national best practices for gender equality: paid parental leave, required sexual harassment and domestic violence training, and a recent gender pay equity study, which found women employed by Leon County make slightly more than men. With good policies and a focus on investing in people, Vince has formed a meritocracy where women lead and drive the county’s biggest successes. You need only look around at a meeting of Vince’s Executive Team members to see the results of his leadership. Of the 14 executives, half are women, and that balance happened naturally as part of a high-performing organization that encourages diverse views and ideas. In Leon County government, women also hold leadership roles in positions normally occupied by men, such as facilities and information technology, bringing new perspectives to important functions. And the county also supports community partners and initiatives that promote equality for all women, such as the Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, Refuge House, and many others. “Through my policy development and training work with Leon County, I’ve seen Vince be an advocate for women in the Leon County workforce and throughout the community, particularly in the areas of domestic and sexual violence and its impact

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on the workplace,” said Robin Hassler Thompson, Executive Director of the Survive and Thrive Advocacy Center. “Vince has been a strong advocate for gender equity in the workplace and understands that an effective workforce must value and protect its employees from all forms of gender discrimination, violence and harassment.” For Vince, gender equity and diversity are not a one-and-done program but rather are a foundational part of the county’s continuous commitment to exceeding expectations. As a result, he exemplifies what it means to be one of Tallahassee Woman Magazine’s “Men Who Mean Business.”

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DR. KERRY MCCORD

First and foremost, Dr. Kerry McCord is proud to be married to the love of his life, Dr. Michelle Mitcham, the new owner of Tallahassee Woman Magazine! They have raised five wonderful children, three girls and two boys. Dr. McCord is a chiropractic physician practicing “the best of natural medicine” since 1973, and serving patients in Tallahassee since 2013. He is a renowned clinician, author and educator, internationally known for his contributions to the practice of applied kinesiology, a system of analysis and therapeutics that uses “manual muscle testing” as a window on nervous system function. Dr. McCord uniquely serves those whose life has been disrupted by persistent and seemingly unresolvable health challenges: from persistent pain and chronic fatigue to digestive distress and migraine headaches and from stress-induced illness and hormonal disorders to sources of persistent inflammation (often food sensitivities) and recurrent infections.

WHAT WOMEN ARE SAYING: “I suffered a crushed left leg, three titanium rods, a drop foot and severe difficulty walking without stumbling for the past 14 years. After one treatment, I was able to walk without complication!” “Dr. Kerry McCord found food allergies that had been bothering me for years... I am now on my way to a full recovery.” “Months after being released from the hospital with right-sided weakness from a stroke… I wasn’t improving enough to be confident in daily situations. Under Dr. McCord’s care, I am now riding a bicycle and jogging. The walker and cane once used are a distant memory.” “I have seen Dr. McCord for a variety of complicated conditions, and he has always been able to help me regain my health and mobility. I give him my highest recommendation!”

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NEIL ST. JOHN RAMBANA Attorney Neil St. John Rambana is an immigration attorney practicing deportation defense since 2000. He has handled hundreds of immigration trials and represents stateless individuals, wrongly detained U.S. citizens and aliens discriminated against by the federal government on the basis of their religion or nationality. New Yorker magazine described him as “an experienced immigration attorney.” He is married to his law partner Elizabeth Ricci, with whom he has two daughters, Paloma, age 13, and Belén, age 10. Active in the community, Neil recently helped raise over $100,000 as a dancer in Legal Services of North Florida’s 2018 Dancing With the Stars. He is the Treasurer of the Tallahassee St. Maarten Sister City Foundation and is the Junior Warden in the J. Edwin Larson Masonic Lodge. Last year, he was honored for being a Man Who Supports Women and was recently named a “Seminole 100.” He is a former board member of the Girl Scout Council of the Florida Panhandle and Refuge House. 

WHAT WOMEN ARE SAYING: “Neil Rambana is an amazing lawyer who instantly knew what to do about my case. His team is very professional and friendly and made me feel confident that I was getting the best service possible.” – Ana “Mr. Neil has been my lawyer for a long time, starting with my court case then Green Card. When I am eligible, I want him to file my citizenship papers too. Eventually, I want to file for my family with his help.” – Yessi “I hired Mr. Rambana several years ago for my mother's visa, and he has done a spectacular job. My mother and I were taken care of as soon as we walked into the office.” – Rachel

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MEN Who Mean BUSINESS CURTIS RICHARDSON Since birth, Curtis Richardson has benefitted from the influence of strong, positive female role models, beginning with his late mother, Naomi Richardson. The importance of service to others was instilled in him at an early age by his family, who dedicated over 100 years of military service to this great country.  Thanks to the strong female influences in his life, Curtis has supported and championed women’s causes throughout his life. Whether serving as Deputy Director of Cabinet Affairs in the Office of the Governor, as Chair of the Leon County School Board, in the Florida House of Representatives or as Tallahassee’s Mayor Pro Tem, he has strived to be a continuous advocate for issues important to women, such as a strong economy, employment opportunities, pay equity, support for the arts and culture and keeping our neighborhoods safe. Additionally, he is employed at Lively Technical Center, part of the Leon County School District, helping to empower women to start a new educational chapter through vocational and technical training. He has long been recognized for his service to and support of numerous women’s organizations and initiatives, such as serving as President of the National Women’s Political Caucus, Tallahassee Chapter.  He also champions children’s causes and women’s health issues as demonstrated by his service on the National March of Dimes and Children’s Home Society boards. He  raises awareness and funds through efforts such as the American Cancer Society’s  Real Men Wear Pink Campaign, and the American Heart Association’s  Women Wear Red Campaign.  He is a loving and supportive husband to his wife Nina, and inspired by their daughters, Aida and Carina, to leave this world a better place where all women can thrive and excel in any endeavor they choose. As a result of his dedicated life’s work in our community, Commissioner Curtis Richardson is one of Tallahassee Woman Magazine’s “Men Who Mean Business.”

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MEN Who Mean BUSINESS ANTOINE WRIGHT As a native of Detroit, Antoine Wright was raised by a family of inspiring, powerful, and intelligent women who instilled a foundation of community servanthood and economic empowerment. Antoine built a career in real estate development and construction and has been an active member in the Tallahassee community for over two decades. Having developed a passion for environmental sustainability in urban settings throughout college, Antoine now gives wholeheartedly to the cause as Executive Director of Big Bend Habitat for Humanity. In this role, Antoine constantly encourages hardworking women in the program; through homeowner education, by empowering women to build their forever home with their own two hands, and by raising awareness of the need for affordable housing for both women and men in our community. In his 22 years of service Antoine has built over 100 homes with more than 90 of those being headed by women. He has helped bring women of all walks of life by leading Habitat’s annual “Women Build,” an initiative for women to fund and build a new home for a hardworking and deserving family in need of affordable housing. You need only take a look at Antoine’s staff and board members to see the results of his leadership; the majority are women who serve top roles in the community and devote their skills to working and volunteering their time towards Antoine’s and Habitat’s mission to eliminate substandard housing and homelessness in Leon and Gadsden counties. Since 1982, Big Bend Habitat has built over 196 homes. Those homeowners, who are mostly women, have contributed nearly $20 million dollars in economic impact from new home construction, and invest nearly $100,000 in property taxes every year to make our community better. “As a father, I envision a world where my daughter can take over my construction company and BUILD, and no one bats an eye or even thinks about it twice” says Antoine. As a self-proclaimed “organizer of chaos,” leader to many, and loving father of two teens, Antoine exemplifies what it means to be named one of Tallahassee Woman Magazine’s “Men Who Mean Business.”

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Grace H. Dansby Helipad When critically ill or injured patients arrive at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare (TMH), seconds count. Grace’s generosity provided a new helipad that greatly reduces the time it takes to transport patients from a helicopter into the hospital for treatment. She served as Vice Chair of the TMH Board of Directors and later on the Foundation Board of Trustees for more than a decade. She is the co-founder of the Golden Gala.

What makes this gift meaningful to you? Shortly after Hurricane Michael, I read in the newspaper that people from all over the region who were sick or had injuries related to the storm were brought to TMH. It was touching to know that the helipad was being used to help these people in a time of crisis.

Why do you support the TMH Foundation? The hospital is something we all use and can be thankful for. We don’t have to leave town; we’ve got excellent healthcare right here at home. I always support the (Tallahassee Memorial Bixler Trauma & Emergency Center). I was delighted because the helipad is related to that.

What motivates you to give? I’m a child of the Depression. Sharing was part of survival. We were taught to think about others and how we could help. I give and share because I love to do it. Maya Angelou said, “Make a rainbow in someone’s cloud.”

At age 92, you’re still making an impact in your community. What keeps you going? I feel good. God’s been good to me, and I am very fortunate that I’ve been able to give back. My Alpha Gamma Delta sorority’s motto is, “Live with purpose.”

How does it feel to know that the Golden Gala continues as the Foundation’s major fundraiser? It’s special. It’s not just a fundraiser. The thing that I look back on over the years is the camaraderie that we have at the Gala, the fellowship we share, visiting with old friends. It’s a great feeling. Everybody wants to be there.

“ If giving comes from the heart, nothing is impossible.“ TA L L A H A S S E E M E M O R I A L H E A LT H C A R E F O U N DAT I O N

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