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  • 5/30/2013: WOMEN WHO FOLLOWED THEIR PASSIONS AND CHANGED CAREERS Listen Now
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Aila Accad

Aila Accad, RN, MSN, is an award-winning international speaker, best-selling author and certified life coach, who began her quest for the purpose of life at age nine. Insatiable curiosity led her to spend most of her time and money intensely exploring numerous wisdom paths, becoming an energy healer and stress expert in the process. As president & founder of LifeQuest International, LLC, she synthesizes and shares her learning through uniquely simple experiences and humor that inspires people to hear and heed their soul’s calling. Thousands have achieved self-knowledge and stress freedom through her groundbreaking process; “Breaking the Perfection Myth” and bestselling books “34 Instant Stress-Busters: Quick tips to de-stress fast with no extra time or money” and “The Call of The Soul: A path to knowing your true self and your life’s purpose.” As stress expert and wisdom maven,she is a popular keynote speaker and radio and television guest. View Guest page

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Miki Agrawal

Miki was named 2013’s Forbes’ “Top 20 Millienials On a Mission”. She is the founder of the acclaimed farm-to-table, alternative pizza concept called WILD in NYC. She has since partnered with Zappos.com CEO Tony Hsieh to open the concept in Downtown Las Vegas. Her next undertaking is THINX, a high-tech, beautiful underwear solution for women during their “time of the month”. She and her partners teamed up with AFRIpads in Uganda to fund 7 reusable cloth pads for every underwear sold to get millions of girls back in school. Most recently, Harper Collins published her book entitled “DO COOL SH*T” on entrepreneurship and lifestyle design. The book launched On August 6th, 2013 and in hit #1 on Amazon Bestsellers list in entrepreneurship. View Guest page

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Sylvia Allen

Sylvia Allen is Founder and President of Allen Consulting, an internationally recognized marketing firm. A leading New Jersey PR agency, Allen Consulting has provided media relations services to both for-profit and non-profit organizations for our 30 years. Some clients include the PNC Bank Arts Center, the San Gennaro Festival in New York, and the Iditarod in Alaska. In one year alone, her firm produced more than 100 events and raised more than $1 million worth of sponsorships for clients. Additionally, she has been an Adjunct Associate Professor of Marketing and Program Advisor for New York University for over 20 years. An internationally recognized author, having written A Women’s Guide to Sales Success and co-written, How to Be Successful in Sponsorship Sales. Sylvia has been recognized for her outstanding leadership, she recently received, the New Jersey State Governor Jefferson Award for Ambassador, Top 50 Women in Business in NJ award, and the ATHENA Award. View Guest page

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Dr. Patricia Arredondo

Dr. Patricia Arredondo is President of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago Campus. She joined the school in February after senior administrative roles with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Arizona State University. Formerly, she created and led a Boston-based organizational consulting company for 14 years Author of more than 100 articles, book chapters and training videos, Patricia has an extensive scholarship record with a focus on multicultural counseling and women’s leadership. Her contributions in her field have been acknowledged with numerous accolades including the Living Legend award from the American Counseling Association, ACA and Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Psychological Association, Division 45. She is the 2013 recipient of the prestigious Henry Tomes Award for Distinguished Lifetime Contributions to the Advancement of Ethnic Minority Interests. View Guest page

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Jackie Barretta



Jackie Barretta has a 25-year history as a successful Fortune 500 C-level executive and Big Four consultant in the Information Technology industry. She has led large organizations with hundreds of employees through challenging times and major transformations. Jackie is a Founding Partner of Nura Group, a consulting firm dedicated to enhancing team innovation and performance. She specializes in defining the super-energy of elite teams and helping organizations create it in their own teams. Jackie’s book, Primal Teams, is being published by the American Management Association. Her work with primal emotions in teams has won her widespread recognition and dozens of prestigious awards, including ComputerWorld’s Premier 100 IT Leaders, Information Week’s Innovator of the Year, and CIO Magazine’s Enterprise Value Award. She has served on the advisory boards of Hewlett Packard, Teradata, and the CIO Executive Council. View Guest page

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Judy Belmont

Judy Belmont, M.S., LPC is a wellness speaker and author, and is a member of The National Speakers Association. Over her 35 years as a psychotherapist and workplace wellness consultant, she has bridged the areas of Psychotherapy and Wellness on radio, TV and print media. Her message of positivity, healthy communication, resiliency and self-empowerment has reached thousands nationwide through her interactive presentations on mental health, emotional wellness and workplace wellness topics. She is the author of 5 books, including The Swiss Cheese Theory of Life, all which offer practical strategies for a more positive life. Her next book, The Therapist’s Ultimate Solution Book, is being released in February by WW Norton.Judy is the founder of Belmont Wellness where she offers a variety of wellness presentations as well as personal and professional coaching. Her message of positivity is followed by a wide audience due to her active social media presence on Facebook and Pinterest. View Guest page

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Diana Bilimoria, PhD

Diana Bilimoria, PhD is an Athena award finalist and co-author of Gender Equity in Science and Engineering. She has written a handbook on Women in Business and Management. She served as editor of the Journal of Management Education. Her primary research focuses on gender and diversity in governance and leadership and organizational transformation. She is internationally recognized for her scholarship, leadership, and expertise in how leadership development can transform individuals, groups, and organizations.Dr Bilimoria is a KeyBank Professor and Professor and chair of Organizational behavior at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University. Diana has received many awards including the Excellence in Higher education Leadership Award from the American Council on Education. View Guest page

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Lillian Bjorseth

Lillian Bjorseth, Duoforce Enterprises. Lillian has worked and played politics in corporate corner offices and trenches and maneuvered the entrepreneurial battlefield. She knows what it takes professionally to be a winner and how to build relationships that last. Lillian has that unique combination of Fortune 100 and entrepreneurial experience that enables her to successfully inspire and lead corporate and self employed women. Buoyed by her knowledge, confidence, enthusiasm and zeal, she creates optimum learning environments whether she is speaking, training or coaching communication and networking skills nationwide. Lillian is synonymous with face-to-face networking. The Chicago Tribune dubs her a networking expert, and the Association Forum of Chicagoland calls her the business networking authority. She’s a prolific author including Breakthrough Networking: Building Relationships That Last. She is also a contributing author to the upcoming book, Overcoming Mediocrity. View Guest page

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Renee Bondi

Renee Bondi, Professional Singer View Guest page

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Dianna Booher

Dianna Booher works with organizations to increase their effectiveness by improving their communication: oral, written, interpersonal, and enterprise-wide. She is a prolific author of 46 books, published in 26 languages, with almost 4 million copies sold. Her current book is Creating Personal Presence: Look, Talk, Think, and Act Like a Leader. Dianna has received the highest awards in the professional speaking industry, including induction into the Speaker Hall of Fame. As a result of Dianna's work among top corporations on communication issues, Leadership Excellence magazine has recognized her on its list of the Top 100 Thought Leaders in America. She has appeared on Good Morning America, USA Today, Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, NPR, the Washington Post, New York Post, and CNN. View Guest page

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Camille Caffarelli

Camille Caffarelli is Executive Director and founder of Horizons for the Blind. She has worked with numerous organizations to promote accessibility for the blind and visually impaired providing braille and large print educational materials to the Botanic Gardens, Brookfield Zoo, Field Museum, Smithsonian Institute, and NASA. Horizons, currently with a staff of over 50 employees,most are blind or visually impaired. She has been honored by numerous groups such as Lions International, Chicago Jaycees, City of Chicago Honor Roll of Handicapped Chicagoans and the recipient of the Impressa Award from the Women's Division of the Joint Civic Committee of Italian-Americans.She served as chair of the Advisory Committee of the Illinois Library Program for the Blind, and also State Chair for the Blind Services Planning Council for Illinois and currently is one of the Chairs for the Braille Authority of North America. View Guest page

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Collette Carlson

Collette Carlson says, The answer is always NO if you don’t ask. Prior to putting her own ASK into gear, she remained 50 lbs. overweight and making underwhelming choices. Not anymore! Not only has she worked for sales legends Tom Hopkins and Brian Tracy, but she has been featured in Success and Working Mother Magazines. Just a few of her clients include Microsoft, Boeing, New York Life, PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble, and Cisco. She’s on the leadership faculty at Executive Women International and has written a monthly column for six years running for Business Management Daily. She holds a Masters in Human Behavior which helps with her two college-aged daughters! View Guest page

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Susan Constantine

Susan Constantine is an established body language expert, speaker, trainer, author, and leadership coach specializing in reading suspects and witnesses in high profile trials, political candidates, and celebrities through verbal and non-verbal communication. She conducts seminars and workshops for corporate clients, lawyers, investigators, government agencies, and individuals. Susan is a regular contributor on CNN, HLN, ABC, CBS, MSNBC, HLN, and TruTV. She has been featured numerous times in national trade journals, magazines, newspapers, television, and film documentaries in the U.S. and Japan, and has a role in the national film “Be Natural,” produced by Robert Redford and narrated by Jodi Foster, coming out in late 2013. View Guest page

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Barbara Corcoran

Barbara Corcoran’s credentials include straight D’s in high school and college and twenty jobs by the time she turned twenty-three. It was her next job that would make her one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the country when she took a $1000 loan to start The Corcoran Group. As one of the “Sharks” on ABC’s hit TV show, SHARK TANK, Barbara has ponied up her own money and invested in more than a dozen businesses, competing to make those deals for all to see, then shepherding them to success. Her newest book, SHARK TALES, takes you behind the scenes of her life and business and her ‘seen on TV’ venture capitalism. Barbara is famously brash and blunt, bold and courageous, and a brilliant identifier of opportunity and talent (often invisible to others). During her presentation, you’ll get her very best advice for starting, growing, and expanding businesses, investing in businesses, and converting ideas and “dreams” into fortunes. View Guest page

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Jo Ann Corley

People have said that Jo Ann Corley is an emerging voice to be heard in the business marketplace, a catalyst for innovative thinking, and passionate for bringing theory into reality in the laboratory of real life. JoAnn utilizes her 20 plus years of business expertise, expertise in the knowledge of work functions and thousands of hours of human behavior coaching to consult in areas such as organizational design, creative and innovative thinking, management development, and adaptive leadership strategies. Her new book Organizational Strategies for the Overwhelmed is not a time management book but rather a fresh look at the new normal of the over demanding workplace. She emphasizes the need to work smarter than ever before. She shares the strategies, tools and tips to achieve greater results in less time. View Guest page

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Deanne DeMarco

Deanne DeMarco Deanne’s career has revolved around helping people break through boundaries and career roadblocks. She has a strong business background with expertise in medicine, educations and utilities. As a medical scientist she was on the original three-member team that first discovered the cancer link to second-hand smoke (published in theLancet). As a corporate trainer her management coaching program won national recognition from Training Magazines Top 100. For more than 20 years she has helped managers and individuals advance their careers. Today, she continues her work as a executive and individual coach, she conducts fun, interactive workshops and seminars. And is a keynote speaker at business and association meetings around the world. View Guest page

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Elaine Dumler

Elaine Dumler is passionate in helping military families at home and abroad. She travels to military installations throughout the country to make sure that every American deployed or on temporary assignment in the service has the means available to stay in the closest contact possible with their loved ones left behind. Her work as an active civilian has been featured in Ladies Home Journal, The N.Y. times and over 100 other publications including 6 in foreign languages. She’s been on TV, including MSNBC, FOXNews and Montel to talk about the importance of keeping family ties strong. She is honored to be the recipient of ABC TVs 7 Everyday Hero award for establishing the Free Flat Daddy project which has impacted over 10,000 military families. She has been presented with 26 challenge coins, including the Commander in Chief Coin from President George Bush. Her book, The Road Home – Smoothing the transition back from deployment, was written to cover the unique challenges of returning home. View Guest page

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Rebecca Elliott

Rebecca Elliott is a Violin Maker, is Co-Director and teaches at the Chicago School of Violin Making. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Rebecca played the violin while growing up but realized that she did not want to be a performer. Instead, she studied music therapy at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee receiving her B.F.A. While there she was a violin student of Abram Loft, second violinist of the Fine Arts Quartet. In high school, Rebecca had read a magazine article about a violin maker and his apprenticeship program. After a visit to a Washington D.C. violin shop years later, Rebecca decided to enroll in violin making school.Today, Rebecca is a full time instructor and Co-Director at the Chicago School of Violin Making and serves on the Board of Directors. She is also a member of the Violin Society of America. A regular participant in the acclaimed VSA Oberlin Violinmakers workshop, and is active as a chamber music player. View Guest page

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Rita Emmett

Rita Emmett, is a professional speaker and author who describes herself as a recovering procrastinator. Her first book, The Procrastinators Handbook, sold over 100,000 copies in its first year and has been published in 32 countries. Katie Couric is among the 300 plus interviewers who have questioned Rita about her successful strategies to overcome procrastination. Rita says that she was able to get rid of her putting off habit and that she can help anyone do the same. Once you break the procrastination habit, she says, you’ll not only get more done and start doing some of the things you have been hoping to do, you will also feel more energized. In her book, Rita gives comprehensive advice on identifying the behavioral styles and patterns procrastinators use for putting things off; applying proven anti-procrastination tips and techniques for achieving goals; and developing strategies to move forward when stuck or when reverting to old procrastination patterns. View Guest page

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Kelly Epperson

Kelly Epperson of BIRTH THAT BOOK is an award-winning author, speaker, teacher, and coach. She has written 25+ books, including some for NY Times Best Selling authors, one that sold 3 million copies. She’s been writing a weekly newspaper column since May 2001 and is a judge for the national Erma Bombeck essay contest. A former IRS agent, now an agent of joy, Kelly helps people fulfill their dream of becoming an author. She has the word joy tattooed on her wrist and is the founder of The Happiness Club of Loves Park, IL, a nonprofit community service meeting to teach women how to live healthier, wealthier, happier lives. Kelly was nominated for the YWCA Mentorship award for having a major impact of the personal and professional development of women, and for teaching, guiding, and inspiring women in ways that have changed their lives View Guest page

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Jo Ann Favia

Jo Ann Favia is president of the Favia Group in Villa Park, Illinois, a financial services firm that manages over $100 million in assets. She has over 25 years of experience helping business owners, individuals, and families with long term financial plans. While raising two children as a single mother and sole wage earner, Jo Ann earned her Chartered Life Underwriter, Chartered Financial Consultant, Accredited Investment Fiduciary, and is Currently pursuing her Retirement Income Certified Professional. As a top woman producer carving a path in a male dominated industry. She is a 24 year Qualifying and life member of the Million Dollar Round Table. An organization that is available only to those who have demonstrated exceptional professional knowledge, expertise and client service. Members must meet significant qualification each year to maintain membership. She has attained Top of Table qualification which represents the top 1 per cent world wide of financial advisors. View Guest page

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Debra Fine

An 18+ year member of the National Speakers Association, Fine receives high accolades from her clients which include Google, University of Chicago Booth Graduate School of Business, Cisco Systems, COMERICA Banks, Katten Muchen Rosenman LLP, Spectra Energy, The US Treasury Department, Toyota and hundreds of associations across the globe. Fine authored the bestselling books The Fine Art of Small Talk How to Start a Conversation, Keep it Going, Build Rapport and Leave a Positive Impression (Hyperion) and the most recent in the Fine Art series: The Fine Art of Big Talk: How to Win Clients, Deliver Great Presentations, and Solve Conflicts at Work (Hyperion). Both books have been translated and published in 20+ countries. Her recent media appearances include The Today Show, CNN, The Early Show, and NPR Morning Edition. For more information about Debra visit www.DebraFine.com View Guest page

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Robin Fisher

America’s premiere brand strategist Robin Fisher Roffer provides the rocket fuel that ignites the launch pad of brands all over the world. As founder and CEO of Big Fish Marketing, Roffer has launched, reinvented and crafted the stories for powerhouse companies like A&E, AMC, Aon, Animal Planet, Bloomberg brand, CNN, Comedy Central, Discovery, Disney Channel, Food Network, FOX, FX, History, Lifetime, MTV, Sony Pictures and TNT. Drawing on her experience creating some of the world’s leading entertainment brands, Roffer became the pioneer of personal branding when she penned her first book Make a Name For Yourself: Eight Steps Every Woman Needs to Create a Personal Brand Strategy for Success. Her third book, The No-Fear Career: 12 Steps to Becoming a Courageous Leader in the Face of Uncertainty, teaches readers how to navigate their career fearlessly, push through adversity and let go of what no longer works by letting intuition and personal vision be their guide. View Guest page

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Jana Flaig

Jana Flaig is an Author, Speaker, Inspirational Humorist, a member of the Christian Comedy Association and has two released DVDs, Who put the elephant in my stocking? and Been There – Got The Wig!. She is formerly a TV News On-Air Reporter in Los Angeles, and College Professor of Broadcasting Arts and Speech Communication. Jana’s an ovarian cancer survivor and Founder of the BEEN THERE – GOT THE WIG! who shares her story of challenging her battle with fear using humor, a positive attitude and faith to inspire others to never give up!Her book--FIGHT FEAR and FOSTER FAITH—is encouragement wrapped in humor, and provides practical tips to knock out fear that can discourage us, diminish our faith, rob us of hope and threatened to defeat us as we go through tough times or a hardship. View Guest page

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Mary Foley

Mary Foley offers entertaining advice to increase a busy womens career confidence. Her career in corporate America started by ditching her engineering degree for a 10 year career with America Online where she started as an 8 dollar an hour customer service rep and rose to become the company’s first head of corporate training. Even while experiencing success, her confidence was tested again and again. She survived six layoffs, a difficult marriage, and bumped her head on the glass ceiling. Not satisfied to settle, Mary reached deep inside to find her inner courage to reinvent her life. Today, Mary is the author of 3 books, and creator of the video program Keys to Being a Confident, Courageous, Career-Savvy Woman. When she’s not writing or creating videos, she’s presenting and facilitating live programs or being a personal career mentor. Mary has appeared on the cover of the Kiplinger Personal Finance magazine and on the Entertainment TV Show The Soup. View Guest page

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C.G. Funk

C.G. Funk was a highly successful sales and marketing executive for a ski resort before following her passion and becoming a massage therapist in 1992. As her career has developed she has held multiple positions including business owner, massage educator, curricula and program developer, writer and presenter, corporate trainer and school administrator. Today, C. G. is the Vice President of Industry Relations and Product Development for Massage Envy Franchising, the pioneer and national leader of affordable massage and spa services. Since launching nearly a decade ago Massage Envy has given over 50 million massages and a million facials at its 800+ locations. For Massage Envy, C.G. has developed several national programs including the Massage Envy Spa model and Massage Envy Careers.com as well as programs for the recruitment and retention of therapists and estheticians. View Guest page

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Carolyn Gable

Carolyn Gable is CEO of New Age Transportation, Distribution & Warehousing Inc. It’s a $30 million a year enterprise in Illinois. Its a far cry from her first long-term job, working as a waitress. When the restaurant closed for renovations Carolyn was spurred to move on. Her new position, as a customer service representative at a freight company led a year later to a job in sales and the beginning of a dream. When the freight industry was deregulated Carolyn took a risk, starting her own freight company at her kitchen table. She developed innovative ways to lower costs, track freight and offer excellent customer service. She credits her years as a waitress for giving her the necessary leadership skills. Her book, Everything I Know as a CEO I Learned as a Waitress, outlines those skills. Carolyn, has received numerous awards for her business achievements, and is the founder of Expect a Miracle foundation, that supports and encourages single mothers. View Guest page

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Jenny Garrett MA

Jenny Garrett MA is a sought after executive coach, author of Rocking You Role, the how to guide to success for female breadwinners, speaker, and founder of Reflexion Associates leadership consultancy. She provides Work and Life Navigation for Trailblazing Women and Inspires Authentic Leadership in Organizations. Jenny mentors women entrepreneurs and executives internationally for the Cherie Blair Foundation and ASPIRE program and was a finalist for the PRECIOUS Mentor of the Year. She is a selected Sage Business Expert. Jenny was honored to be listed in LinkedIn UK’s Top 10 Power Women and is Vice Chair of the Twenty Ten Club, an award winning organization and committed to connecting, supporting and inspiring Black female entrepreneurs and enterprising women of the future. She has been a guest on BBC Radio, featured in Magic FM Book Club, is a blogger for the Huffington Post and was featured on the front page of The Daily Telegraph. View Guest page

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Lisa Gibson

Lisa Gibson, JD is an attorney, internationally acclaimed conflict and forgiveness expert, mediator, certified trainer in managing workplace conflict. She is an award winning and Internationally best selling author of The Expert Success Solution, Life In Death: A Journey From Terrorism To Triumph and Releasing The Chains: Timeless Wisdom On How To Forgive Anyone For Anything. Lisa lost her brother in the 1988 terrorist bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. Rather than succumbing to bitterness she met with and forgave former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, the mastermind behind that terrorist attack. Lisa specializes in cross-cultural conflict resolution and has trained thousands of government, business, healthcare and nonprofit leaders in conflict-ridden countries in how to forgive and resolve conflicts more effectively. She has been featured in such media outlets as CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and the New York Times. View Guest page

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Connie Glover

Connie Glover is the owner of CMarie Marketing Studio, an award-winning boutique marketing and P.R. firm. She specializes in digital personal branding, and in marketing and communications for companies that have sustainable products and practice sustainability initiatives. The team of women professionals that make up the CMarie team have helped high-profile men and women develop, build, and protect their personal brands. They have also worked with major publishing houses in promoting books that their clients author, as extensions of their personal brands. Connie has sales, marketing, P.R., and publicity experience in a variety of industries. She has 15 years of experience in the hospitality industry, recently consulting in hotels around the country. Connie also has extensive sales and marketing experience in the interior building products industry, higher education institutions, and software solutions. View Guest page

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Karen Gridley

Karen coaches and teaches individuals and teams to think the way they want to act and act the way they want to think. As a former scientist and a Recovering Excuse Maker herself, Karen gives practical tools for business professionals to address everyday life and business challenges. Her clients refer to her as a unique blend of the head and the heart. Audiences gain insights and get into action with her dynamic, personable, down-to-earth, humorous and matter-of-fact approach. She is the author of Embrace Your Rights and the creator of The Recovering Excuse Maker Prayer. Karen partners with professionals from a variety of fields who value work-life balance, personal leadership skills and high-performance to create success in life and in business. Download a Productivity with Less Stress Tip sheet http://www.karengridley.com View Guest page

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Dr. June Hall

Dr. June is founder and CEO of Time to APT- Accentuate Positive Thinking. She is a motivational coach, advice columnist for Daytona Beach News Journal, Psychology professor, and author of No More Pity Parties. She has a Masters in Mental Health Counseling and Doctorate in Education. She has offered her advising services by being a consultant and speaker for organizations such as the Mental Health Association, Florida Developmental Education Association, TASS and CARE Foundation of Portland. A background in counseling and education, coupled with her positive, energetic, and motivating personality, Dr. June has implemented professional development activities for educational institutions and corporations such Florida Association of Women Educators. For over twelve years she was an advice columnist for the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel. Within that time her column was syndicated, she offered an advice segment on CBS Morning News in Miami, and received the EPIC Award. View Guest page

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Sulondia Hammond

Once a budding entrepreneur with several investment properties and lots of money in the bank, Sulondia Hammond, who is known to many as Sue-Ham, suddenly found her world upside down when she found herself in the middle of several foreclosures and repossessions of her investment properties. No longer able to maintain her lifestyle as she knew it, Sue-Ham was forced to file bankruptcy, surrender her cars, investments, and her personal home. Suffering through depression and dealing with a job she hated with a passion, Sue battled with suicidal thoughts. Then one day the thought occurred to her, If you are going to Live, then LIVE! No need to have a pity party. After all, where has the pity party gotten you thus far? So with that thought in mind and need to make her children proud as well as the goal to live her life's purpose, Sue-Ham pulled herself up by the bootstrap and implemented the doctrine the USMC had taught her, Do or Die! She is now a Author, Marketer, and Speaker. View Guest page

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Tammy Hawk- Bridges

Tammy is a broadly experienced marketing consultant, business strategist, and an entrepreneur mentor who has had the opportunity to consult with companies all over the globe. She is an expert at identifying new ways to leverage the Internet for marketing gain. Recently, Tammy re-launched her company under a different name, Perfect Marketing Equation. In this new role she teaches entrepreneurs marketing tactics to grow their business. In addition she consults with small businesses on their marketing strategies. Tammy launched her first book, Yanking Bootstraps- Bootstrap Your Business to Success. It is Tammy passion that with her book, an entrepreneur facing the same circumstances does not make the same mistakes she did. View Guest page

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Dr Gail Hayes

When looking for an internationally recognized communicator who ignites the atmosphere with contagious enthusiasm and a passion for purpose, you have but to look directly at Gail Hayes or Dr. Gail, as others affectionately call her. Her engaging, humorous, and candid style of communication leaves audiences wanting more and inspired to act on dreams and visions unfulfilled. Gail is an Executive Leadership Coach who helps others to discover identity, grasp purpose, and step into destiny. She lived in Asia for over four years and in Europe for over ten years. She also served as the first African American female law enforcement officer in Chapel Hill, NC. These experiences enable her to successfully connect and relate to diverse audiences. She also serves as a consultant in the educational arena helping youth discover their value. She is the author of several books including One Minute Success Secrets for Women, and The Power of a Woman Who Leads. View Guest page

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Rochele HC Hirsch

Rochele HC Hirsch has degrees in Physics and Industrial & Systems Engineering. She had a successful 15 year corporate career in the telecommunications industry, including management positions in information systems, marketing and sales, forecasting, and organizational effectiveness consulting. She has had her own business for over 15 years, consulting to multinational corporations both in the US and in Southeast Asia. In 1996, she added video conferencing equipment sales and e-business consulting. She has been on a journey for the last 20 years to understand who I am, what shapes her experiences, and how she can increase my freedom and to have more of what I know I want. As a professional consultant, she has worked with people of all kinds and cultures. Rich and poor. Successful business people. Overachievers. Geniuses. Hard workers. People like you and me. Also, she has diagnosed and designed many organizations and systems to improve their effectiveness. View Guest page

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Sabrina Isherwood

Sabrina Isherwood is a senior level Global Marketing/Sales Executive. Her 25 year career includes international and US marketing with Kraft International, Conagra, Welch, Wm. Wrigley Jr. and Cancer Treatment Centers of America. Isherwood is currently Chief Marketing Officer, for Chiro One Wellness Centers. Her success with multimillion dollar DME and market expansion budgets of Fortune 500 world class companies is a result of her strategic positioning, creative conceptualization, field execution and motivational leadership strengths. She is an effective marketer, direct marketer and funnel driver, from acquisition to loyalty and retention. Sabrina has extensive experience in the US, Caribbean, Latin American, European and Asian marketplaces, in both the consumer packaged goods and healthcare industries, she has delivered explosive growth year after year. This strong female leader directs organizations in her care through true transformation. View Guest page

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Sakira Jackson

Sakira Jackson, M. A., Business Psy.D. Candidate is one of the most highly regarded Transformational Psychotherapist and Behavioral Consultants in Chicago. She is one of Chicago’s sought after trainers and consultant whose business and personal development transformational methods are used by some of the most recognized and successful companies in the world and as has helped shape over a many successful leaders, managers and employees.Sakira is a highly acclaimed keynote speaker, consultant and executive coach. She addresses thousands of men and women each year on the subjects of leadership, team dynamics, personal transformation and peak performance. Her consulting and training firms, Brainpower Consulting and The Business Doctor, have attracted clients from across the country. She is also the current Chief Operating Officer of DiversityMBA, a member of the board of the Matteson Business Association and is past president of Museum Africa of Chicago. View Guest page

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Karen Jacobsen

Karen Jacobsen is the VOICE in over 100 million GPS units, as well as on cruise ships and elevators. When Karen Jacobsen walks on stage, there is no question she is in the drivers seat. The GPS Girl, Karen Jacobsens speaking voice is in over 100 million GPS units giving drivers directions worldwide. She has appeared on ABC World News Tonight, the CBS Early Show, in The New York Times, NY Daily News, Glamour magazine and was named one of People Magazine s Most Intriguing People. She speaks and sings to groups who want to inspire the best in their people, and create a road map for their future. She s that voice that guides you when you are lost and reassures you when you are wondering if you are headed in the right direction. You could say she specializes in telling people where to go. View Guest page

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Nicole Johnson-Scales

Nicole Johnson-Scales is SVP for Fifth Third Bank and overseas the banks community development efforts, charitable contributions, compliance with the Community Reinvestment Act, and various diversity efforts within the Fifth Third Bank Chicago region, which consists of 190 banking centers. She serves as chair of Fifth Third Bank Chicago Community Advisory Board, which is comprised of community leaders who provide input on the Bank’s community outreach strategy. She also serves as a visible and active liaison with the many community organizations that Fifth Third Bank partners with in both Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana. View Guest page

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Dr. Denee Jordan

Dr. Denee Jordan, is a licensed Clinical Psychologist with Over her 26 years of practice and she has worked with an extraordinarily varied population. Her clients have included all walks of life; celebrities, the homeless, artists, and people of all ethnicities and socio economic backgrounds. Dr. Jordan is the founder of Already Well, a progressive approach to treatment that works on the premise that no matter your present circumstance, you are already well. Dr. Jordan also created and directed the Adolescent Treatment program at the STEPS Substance Abuse Treatment Center, a premier facility on the CA West Coast and one of the first in the nation. Today she serves as Mental Health Services Director for the Exceptional Children’s Foundation, which is contracted with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. View Guest page

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Nancy Joyce

Nancy Joyce is a business executive, Internet entrepreneur and expert in teaching women the art of self-promotion. Nancys coaching and training courses on Authentic Self Promotion for women are the first to focus directly on this career defining skill . Through her consulting firm, Joyce Advisors, or directly as an executive Nancy has led divisions and strategic initiatives for Gilt Groupe, Digitas, DoubleClick (now Google), RUI Apple Computer as well as start ups financed by Bain Capital. Nancy sits on the board of YOUBeauty.com, a start up founded by Dr. Mehmet Oz. She is a graduate of Georgetown University and the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. Nancy speaks six languages. She lives outside of Boston, MA with her husband and two daughters. View Guest page

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Jennifer B. Kahnweiler PhD.



Jennifer is an international speaker and executive coach whose clients include General Electric Co., AT&T Inc., the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and NASA. Her first book, The Introverted Leader: Building on Your Quiet Strength (Berrett-Koehler, June 2009), has sold more than 20,000 copies and has been translated into multiple languages. Her latest book, Quiet Influence: The Introvert's Guide to Making a Difference (Berrett-Koehler, April 2013), shows how introverts can harness their innate tendencies to make a real difference. Kahnweiler is a Board Certified Coach, holds the Certified Speaking Professional designation awarded by the National Speakers Association and is actively involved in the Global Speakers Association. View Guest page

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Julie Kampf

JBK Associates International is an award winning executive search firm dealing in the retained search arena. The Firm was founded in 2003 by owner, Julie Kampf. It specializes in bringing diverse talent to small, mid-cap and multinational organizations within Healthcare, Life Sciences, Consumer Products, Retail and Luxury, and Financial Services. Much of the impetus and success of the Firm revolves around Julie Kampf. She has developed a reputation amongst CEOs as a search consultant who is committed, knowledgeable, and engaged in client business. She has also built a strong reputation in helping firms enhance their diversity. In October, she plans to release her new book, From My Bad to My Best, which focuses on bringing civility and courtesy back to the workplace. The lessons in the book are based on her many years of dealing with a broad range of corporations and seeing the best and the worst practices View Guest page

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Catherine Kaputa

Catherine Kaputa led the award-winning I love New York campaign at Wells Rich Greene ad agency, and she was SVP, Director of Advertising and Community Affairs at Citi Smith Barney for over 10 years. Then she taught branding at New York University’s Stern School of Business. Yet Catherine discovered that one of the most important applications for branding is not for products — it’s for individuals to define and own their career identity and create their own performance success. Catherine’s book, Breakthrough Branding, won the Silver Medal in Foreword Magazine’s 2012 Book of the Year Awards, Business category. She has been interviewed on NBC, ABC, CNN and leading publications. View Guest page

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Dr. Tracy Kemble



Dr. Tracy is a leading international emotional expert that is the founder of Empowerment is S.E.X.Y., an EMOTIONAL make over-program that helps women unclog their blocks and gain life tools and skills to make life and love work. Kemble was recognized by the National Association of Professional Women as the VIP Woman of the Year. For the past 20 years, as a business woman and CEO, she has launched her own two for-profit companies and one non- profit company, The W.I.N. Foundation -Women in Need, a non-profit that offers programs of recovery and empowerment around the world. W.I.N. and the assistance it has provided have been recognized by world leaders including Hillary Clinton. She has also mentored hundreds of women to become futures executives, and is the author of four books and has created dozens of empowerment programs currently taught in countries around the world. Her latest book is Empowerment is S.E.X.Y. View Guest page

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Vicki Kunkel

Vicki Kunkel is currently a digital content strategist working at the intersection of journalism, technology, and interactive consumer education. She creates interactive branded news sites, eLearning programs, and mobile apps that educate, inform, build customer and employee loyalty, and drive sales. She was a panelist along with Tony Robins and Stephen Covey on the League of Extraordinary Minds radio show speaking about her breakthrough research in social anthropology and how it impacts our present day communications. She is also the recipient of the Illinois Womens Bar Associations, Women With Vision award, and Nalco Companys, Innovation award for her cutting edge digital content and eLearning initiatives. Vicki is the author of best selling book Instant Appeal, The 8 Primal Factors That Create Blockbuster Success. Her current company is called Digital Wits, which creates online educational digital content for employee, consumer, and patient eLearning, and interactive news sites. View Guest page

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Maribeth Kuzmeski

Maribeth Kuzmeski and her firm, Red Zone Marketing consult and speak for businesses from financial services firms to Fortune 500 corporations on strategic marketing planning and business growth. Maribeth has personally consulted with some of the world's most successful CEO's, entrepreneurs and professionals. An internationally recognized speaker, she shares the tactics that businesspeople use today to create more sustainable business relationships and sales and marketing successes. Maribeth has written 7 books including the bestsellers ...And The Clients Went Wild! (Wiley) and The Connectors (Wiley). She is a regular media contributor appearing on Fox News, ABC, NBC, CBS, WGN-TV, and in publications including USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, New York Times, Entrepreneur, and Forbes. She has a degree in journalism from Syracuse University and an MBA from The George Washington University. View Guest page

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Susan Landay

Susan Landay, President of Trainers Warehouse and Office Oxygen, started her career as a clown for Ringling Brothers circus. Trainers Warehouse is the biggest name in training and educational supplies. Susan will share how being a circus clown taught her valuable leadership lessons. This graduate from Yale University and Kellogg Graduate School of Management has clear defined organizational values and goals. Her goal with both companies is to make line spent in learning and at work innovative, fun and productive. Susan is a hands-on executive and is involved in product development and is the voice of her companies writing all content and copy. She also is an accomplished writer and her articles have appeared in Sloan Management Review, Pfeifer Training Annual,and Training Magazine. Susan also serves on the board of NEMOA, the National E-tailing and Mailing organization of America. View Guest page

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Dr Jennifer Langan

Dr Jennifer Langan has held duel role appointments as Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine and Associate Veterinarian at the Chicago Zoological Society Brookfield Zoo. She Directs the Illinois Zoological and Aquatic Residency Program and has served on the American Association Zoo Veterinarians Public Relations and Ethics committees and is Chair for the American College of Zoological Medicine Examination Committee. Dr Langan provides clinical veterinary care to over 2,000 wild animals at Brookfield Zoo. Dr. Langan received her DVM from the University of Illinois, completed her Internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital, her Residency in Zoological Medicine at eh University for Tennessee and a Fellowship in Zoological Medicine at Brookfield Zoo and became a Diplomate in the American College of Zoological Medicine. View Guest page

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Terri Langhans

Terri Langhans started her marketing and communication career working as a newspaper editor, Public Information Officer and then marketing director of a health system. The first business she started failed miserably. The second one didn’t. She grew that ad agency and marketing firm large enough and profitable enough to sell to a publicly traded Big Boy, and then served as CEO for five years.Terri has managed to raise three grown children and stay married through her roller coaster career. When you do all that, something happens. You either go completely nuts, or you learn a lot. In Terri’s case, it was the latter. Although it could have gone either way for awhile, she says, including coming close to divorce at one point. She shares lessons learned, some the hard way, and real world ways we can be and do our best on a daily basis, without being blah. Terri is the author of The 7 Marketing Mistakes Every Business Makes and How To Fix Them, and a Certified Speaking Professional. View Guest page

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Dr. Caroline Le Poole

Dr. Caroline Le Poole is the first woman to receive her PhD from the University of Amsterdam in the Department of Dermatology. Her first faculty position was at the University of Cincinnati. She is now a tenured professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago. Caroline recently discovered the ground breaking possible cure for Vitiligo, a skin disorder causes irregular white patches on the skin, that affects over 65 million people world wide and over one million in the United States. Dr. Le Poole has authored over 50 book chapters and publications in scientific journals. She is on the board of the Association of Immunologists and the Directorship of the Immune Monitoring Core in the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center. View Guest page

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Misty Lee

Raised in Detroit Misty credits her upbringing as inspiring her sense of humor and interest in magic and musical theatre. She began performing magic when she was just sixteen but was quickly disillusioned by the ever-shrinking costumes given to her. She tried to swear off magic, but her Musical Theater and Improv backgrounds proved a fertile ground for magic and voice over work. Misty’s no-nonsense approach, creativity, and affinity for fearlessly speaking her mind has honed her career, and has won her both respect and friends among magic’s best and brightest. Misty became the first-ever female Staff to perform the famed Houdini Séance at Hollywood’s Magic Castle. Trained by some of the leading experts in the voice-acting business, Misty's voice-over career has spanned across multiple forms of media, including commercials, cartoons, videogames, narration, live announcing, and promos. Misty’s skills and experience have been further honed and sharpened by Second City LA. View Guest page

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Chef Julie Levin

With a culinary background spanning nearly twenty years, Julie Levin utilizes her experience, knowledge and passion as a sustainable food advocate. Her culinary aspirations began in Buffalo, NY where the home cooking of her grandmother and mother communicated to her the intrinsic nurturing value of scratch cooking and the inherent benefits of the ritual of shared meals at table. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America the premier culinary college, Julie began a journey. Her experiences include heading the kitchen at Rancho de San Juan, cooking at the James Beard House in New York City, the renowned restaurant Campanile in Los Angeles and acting as private chef to clients in Southern California. Today she is the Chef at Nardin Academy, and she advocates for ecoliteracy and a local, sustainable food system. She has been able to establish a near zero waste dining hall. View Guest page

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Connie L. Lindsey

Connie L. Lindsey is Executive Vice President and Global Head of Corporate Social Responsibility and Diversity and Inclusion at Northern Trust, Chicago. She is responsible for the design and implementation of the global Corporate Social Responsibility and Global Diversity and Inclusion strategy for Northern Trust and the development of goals, policies, and programs appropriate to the brand and business unit strategies. Connie is also National Board President of Girl Scouts of the USA. Ms. Lindsey has been on PBS television on and ABCs Heart and Soul. She has been recognized for her leadership professionally and in the community by the National Diversity Council’s Most Powerful and Influential Women Award, Ebony Magazines 2009 Power 150. She was the first woman to receive the Spirit of Achievement award by Loretto Hospital Foundation in its eight year history. The recognition established the Connie L. Lindsey, Cancer Resource Center at Loretto Hospital in Chicago. View Guest page

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Shayla Logan

Shayla Logan, founder of Life Out Loud, is a Professional Fear Buster. She's also an Amazon best-selling author of 10 Beliefs that are Killing Your Business. Shayla has gone through a torturous childhood, homelessness, a near death experience, and, most recently, a benign but potentially fatal brain tumor - but none of this has come even close to stopping her! In fact, only 5 years after being homeless and hopeless, Shayla rose to being a 6-figure international corporate consultant, helping Fortune 100 companies improve the way they do business. She now uses her extensive business knowledge, combined with her own special set of processes for overcoming fear, to help coaches and consultants bust through the fears that prevent them from having a thriving business, so they can amplify their income and impact with ease. View Guest page

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Dr. Melissa Luke

Dr. Melissa Luke is a published author and a professional speaker who trains minds in performance excellence. She holds a doctoral degree in management specializing in the reduction of white-collar crime and fraud. Dr. Luke’s thoughts on customer service, fraud detection and reduction, and the educational system have been seen on Fox News, Forbes, The Huffington Post, Salem Communications, Educational News, The Chief Learning Officer, Alister and Paine, BLR, The American Management Association, and many other nationwide media outlets. Melissa was co-founder and president of one of the first online trading floors in the United States, was a Revenue Officer for the U.S Treasury, worked as a Sr. Business Analyst for one of the largest consulting firms in North America, and has been lecturing at the university level for a decade. She speaks professionally to diverse audiences covering human analytics, increasing performance in organizations. View Guest page

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Amy Lyndon

Amy Lyndon is considered one of Hollywood's foremost booking coaches. Her belief is that anyone has the ability to act, with the proper tools and training. She focuses on helping her students treat their acting careers as a business, and helps them to book jobs. She currently has 13 Series Regulars on TV this season - 6 since January. She was a personal manager for nine years, and has been an International booking coach for 20. She is the founder of The Lyndon Technique, and wrote the book The 15 Guideline Map to Booking Technique. Some of her success stories include Adam Brody, of The O.C., Denise Vasi of Single Ladies, Nadine Velazquez of Major Crimes, Hosea Chanchez of The Game and Daytime Emmy Winner Christel Khalil. She has 40 films to her credit, has starred in over 30 TV shows, and is a comedy award winner for her work on stage. For more information on Amy, you can visit www.thelyndontechnique.com or her business site for actors is www.tltaccess.com. View Guest page

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Christina Machamer

Christina Machamer, wine and culinary programs manager at B Cellars winery in Napa, is a devout food and wine lover. Chef Machamer began her culinary career with an apprenticeship with world renowned Chef Larry Forgione at An American Place and classes at Forest Park Community College in St. Louis. After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, Machamer obtained a position as sous chef at Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant in West Hollywood. Machamer also studied wine and viticulture at the CIA Greystone in Napa Valley and passed the certified sommelier exam with The Court of Master Sommeliers, based in London. To better showcase the versatility and depth of B Cellars wines, Chef Machamer was brought on board to develop and lead expanded interactive food and wine tasting programs for winery guests, with the goal of demonstrating through sensatory experience the flexibility and depth of B Cellars wines. View Guest page

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Dr. Maria Malayter

Dr. Maria Malayter is known as a Chief Change Agent in navigating the R.I.D.E of change in organizations and with individuals. Her content reflects her dynamic and diverse career as a highly rated speaker, trainer, shampoo girl, professor, coach, photographer, and consultant for Fortune 500, public and private organizations across the country. Doc Maria has been internationally interviewed for her leadership, change management, and encore career projects. Quoted by The Chicago Tribune, Engineering Today, and The Daily Herald, her thought leadership, inspiring speaking has “wowed” national and international audiences. Beyond riding her bicycle almost every day, Dr. Malayter serves on faculty for graduate level courses in business psychology, I/O psychology, organizational leadership and business administration at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Webster University and Concordia University – Portland. View Guest page

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Leslie Manley

Leslie Manley Leslie joined IMS as a Sales Account Manager to initially expand IMS existing business base from Los Angeles to the Orange County market. She immediately added value to the bottom line with sales success, additionally contributed with organizational improvement recommendations and was quickly identified as a leadership candidate. Today Leslie is CEO of IMS. Leslie is a dedicated Executive Leader with over 30 years’ of experience in the technology staffing industry. Motivated, versatile, results-driven business and technical leader with over three decades of experience engaging large enterprise accounts across multiple sectors. She hands-on leader with a successful track record for managing and staffing multimillion dollar strategic projects. She practices a leadership style that values the art of listening, respect for the individual, and believes in leading by example. View Guest page

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Heather Marquard

Heather Marquard graduated with a professional degree in architecture from the University of Detroit’s School of Architecture. She has worked as an architect, specifications writer, and project manager for national firms headquartered in Detroit before starting her own sustainability consulting firm. She later relocated to California and works for a multigenerational family firm as an architect and sustainable consultant. She is an AIA member licensed in both Michigan and California and has worked on a variety of projects in her career, from the very small single-office tenant improvement to the very large corporate campus complex.Ms. Marquard was selected as USGBC LEED Faculty in 2003, and has been helping educate other professionals about sustainability, green building, and the LEED Rating Systems ever since. Heather also serves on the United States Green Building Council. View Guest page

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Martha Mayhood Mertz

Martha Mayhood Mertz is the author of Becoming ATHENA: Eight Principles of Enlightened Leadership and the founder of ATHENA International, a nonprofit organization that seeks to support, develop and honor women leaders, inspire them to reach their full potential and create balance in leadership worldwide. She is a global speaker in demand on the topic of leadership and a successful real estate entrepreneur as president and owner of the Michigan-based firm Mayhood/Mertz Investment, Inc. Martha was President of ATHENA International from its beginnings in Lansing, MI, in 1982 to May of 1999. Now a global board leads ATHENA and Mertz serves as a board member and ambassador, traveling the globe to share its message that women bring a distinctive, transforming approach to leadership, an approach that goes beyond gender to speak to all who would lead in the 21st century. View Guest page

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Pam McElvane

Pam McElvane is CEO, publisher and executive Editor of Diversity MBA Magazine. A magazine with a million plus global readers. Pam is a visionary and strategic critical thinker, with proven ability to link concepts, organizations and people to achieve goals. A strong facilitator and strategic planner, Pam's expertise is in business development, strategic planning, and positioning. She is known for her business acumen to turn around unprofitable divisions. Her media appearances include WGN, ABC, and NBC television. She has been recognized as Chicago's Who Who Most Influential for 2010, and is currently on the INC people and companies to watch list. View Guest page

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Dorri McWhorter

A proven leader in the corporate and social change sectors, Dorri McWhorter brings nearly 20 years of experience to her position as YWCA Metropolitan Chicago’s chief executive officer. A socially-conscious business leader throughout her career, McWhorter is an active member of Chicagos civic, business and philanthropic communities. Most recently, she was a partner at Crowe Horwath LLP, one of the largest accounting firms in the U.S. She has also held senior positions with Snap-on Incorporated and Booz Allen Hamilton. Dorri is also active in the accounting profession as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. McWhorter has won numerous awards and accolades, including Athena International’s Young Professional Leadership Award, Chicago Business Leader of Color, Diversity MBA Magazines Top 100 Under 50 Executive Leaders and the Illinois CPA Society’s Outstanding Leadership in Advancing Diversity Award. View Guest page

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Dr Sharon Melnick

Dr Sharon Melnick As a business psychologist, Dr. Sharon Melnick is a leading authority helping business professionals move to the next level and have success under stress. Her methods are informed by 10 years of research at Harvard Medical School, sharpened by training in cutting edge stress resilience techniques, and field tested by over 7500 clients and training participants. Dr. Melnick is the author of the newly released book, Success under Stress: Powerful Tools for Staying Calm, Confident, and Productive when the Pressure’s On. You too can have steady focus throughout the day and come home with 30% more energy, stay rational when someone is driving you nuts, turn your perfectionistism into self confidence. Dealing with stress goes way beyond take a few breaths, or make sure to take time for yourself. Instead of trying to survive stress Sharon will have tools to actually solve the challenges that stress you out. Learn how to go through your day with calm and focus. View Guest page

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Judy Milner

Judy Milner, Vice President of Operational Support. Judy joined The UPS Store, Inc. in 1988 and held various positions including accounts receivable manager, audit manager, revenue accounting manager, area operations support and director of operations. In 1997, Milner became the Area Franchisee in Northern Virginia and for the next 13 years, Milner, along with her husband, became multiple area franchisees and owned multiple UPS Store locations. In 2011, Milner became a consultant for The UPS Store, Inc. where she provided training for associates in corporate-owned areas, facilitated continuing education to franchisees, area franchisees and associates from The UPS Store Headquarters. In 2013, Milner was appointed to vice president of operational support. View Guest page

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Colonel Jill Morgenthaler



Colonel Morgenthaler is a woman of many firsts. She was one of the first women to enter ROTC and train as an equal with men. She was the first woman battalion commander in the 88th Regional Support Command; she was the first woman brigade commander in the 84th Division; and she was the first woman Homeland Security Advisor for the State of Illinois.

Colonel Jill handled disaster recovery during the San Francisco earthquake, worked as a peacekeeper in Bosnia, and helped sheltered Kosovar refugees. In Iraq, she ran the strategic communications for the international forces and on one memorable occasion stared down a hostile Saddam Hussein. For her performance in Iraqi 2004, she received the Bronze Star. Upon retirement, the Army awarded her the Legion of Merit. View Guest page

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Dianne Morr

Through a long journey of anxiety and depression, Dianne Morr set out to become an authority about happiness – who had it, how they got it, what they do differently, how they live, what they eat, who they associated with. She became a keen student of happiness principles and Positive Psychology. She delved into the work of leaders in the Positive Psychology community. She explored dozens of ways to bring more happiness into her life and published the results in her book, Choose Happy, 25 Happiness Habits to Transform Your Life. Dianne is now on a mission to help everyone she meets to claim the happiness they deserve and to share it with the important people in their lives. She continues to study, write and speak on Happiness Habits to Transform Your Life, Happiness at Work, Happiness for Mothers and Caregivers, and Sharing Happiness with Others. When not writing and speaking about happiness, she helps speakers and other professionals write and publish books. View Guest page

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Cam Morris

Cam Morris is the manager of Oneonta Bus Lines/Eastern Travel, a family owned and operated motorcoach company founded in 1947. She has been in the position for approximately 7 years and has been with the company since 1989. Additionally, Cam chairs the “Women in Buses Committee” for the American Bus Association, serves as the President of the Bus Association of New York State, was recently appointed to the American Bus Association Board of Directors and will serve as the 2015 Chair of the American Bus Association Marketplace being held in St. Louis, Missouri. Locally she also is a Director for the Oneonta Business Women’s Club. She is also the mother of two sons, one who works with her in the business and the other who lives in the Philadelphia, PA area and the very proud grandmother of a grandson. View Guest page

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Karen Moulder

Karen Moulder entered a mans world when few women did so. A lifetime of breaking personal and professional barriers was epitomized by her getting hired in 1983 as the first female member of the Brownsville, Texas Fire Department. She says that her tomboyish nature and single mother status led her to this fascinating and dangerous career which lasted 10 years.A serious car accident brought Karens life as a firefighter to an end but launched her in a new direction. She went back to college and majored in business. After college she managed a physician’s office and obtained her certification in medical billing. Subsequently, she moved to Massachusetts and started her own medical billing company. Karen wrote the book, Burning Barriers, to share her life story and encourage other women to pursue their dreams.Karen spent years protecting lives and property and educating the public on fire safety. She is a true trailblazer and has an inspiring story. View Guest page

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Kim "Daisy" Nelson

Kim "Daisy" was born to cook! She was taught at an early age by both her grandmothers and great aunt Daisy, after whom her company is named. A graduate of Wofford College, Kim has been in the food business for over 30 years. Being in the food business all started while working in the kitchen and waiting tables. Daisy Cakes began in June 2009. She and her mother bake and frost each 4-layer cake. The cakes are always available to take home or they can be ordered and shipped. Kim and her Daisy Cakes were cast in the ABC hit show "Shark Tank". Since then, her business has sky-rocketed! Along with the help of her business partner, Barbara Corcoran, many opportunities have come her way. She has been on ABC World News, Today Show, The Taste and QVC. Daisy Cakes have also been featured as a prize on "The Price Is Right" and "Wheel of Fortune". These delicious Daisy Cakes follow their blue ribbon tradition, shipped direct-from her kitchen to yours! View Guest page

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Captain Nancy Novaes

Captain Nancy Novaes is a recently retired Airline Captain with over thirty years of flight experience, including twenty-two years at CAL. Her flying experience includes the Boeing 777, B757, B767,and 6 models of the B737. She is experienced in airline and aircraft operations both international and domestic. She has considerable experience in Human Factors in Aviation. As the National ALPA Chairwoman of Pilot Assistance, she worked on organizational and pilot support issues at national and local levels. She has worked with the FAA and the flying public to ensure the highest standards of safety. Her work includes assisting pilots and their families, including assisting pilots who have experienced traumatic situations. She was also co-author and training developer for Professional Standards. She has also written about her work in various publications. Nancy has also done extensive work for the International Society of Women Airline Pilots View Guest page

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Dr Patricia O'Gorman

Dr Patricia O'Gorman Dr. O’Gorman was one of the first researchers in children of alcoholics in the 1970’s and created the Department of Prevention and Education for the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. She went on to direct the Division of Prevention for the National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. She is a co-founder of the National Association for Children of Alcoholics. She is a veteran of numerous television appearances including Good Morning America, Today, and AM Sunday. Through the development of the concept of self-sabotaging, self-limiting “girly thoughts,” Dr. O’Gorman brings to the subject of women building resilience in the face of hardship, the same type of seminal thinking that helped create the Children of Alcoholics Movement. In her book she provides an in-depth self-evaluation assessment any woman can use to identify her personal strengths, weaknesses, and resilience style. View Guest page

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Lisa E. Papp



Lisa E. Papp, founder of PracticalGratitude.com, has 30 years’ experience in direct and retail sales, retail management, customer service, and marketing for organizations including Nordstrom, SAFECO Insurance, and the American Institute of Architects – Seattle Chapter. Under her management, sales for the flagship Greetings retail store increased over 20% in 1 year.

She has received many commendations for superior customer service. Lisa has volunteered with various non-profit organizations including the Green Lake Chamber of Commerce in Seattle and Big Brothers Big Sisters. Using stress reduction and gratitude practices, Lisa overcame health challenges and the effects of trauma and which resulted in debilitating panic attacks. View Guest page

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Heather Paquette

Heather Paquette is the Managing Partner for KPMG in Michigan where she is responsible for the strategic direction and growth of KPMGs Detroit and Grand Rapids offices and in making KPMG a great place to build a career. Heather has more than 22 years of financial audit, information technology and business process experience, focusing on risk and control. Heather is also a veteran of the United States Air Force and prior to joining KPMG, served in the United Kingdom and then in Southern Regional Operation Center for NATO in Naples, Italy. Heather is a 2012 national ATHENA Award Recipient. Heather has been recognized by the Glass Hammer as a 2009 Rising Star, by the Illinois CPA Society as a 2009 Women to Watch and by KPMG as their 2010 Working Mother of the Year for Working Mother Magazine. View Guest page

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Lisa Quast

Lisa is a certified executive coach, business consultant and former Fortune 500 executive Lisa Quast has “been there, done that.” Lisa spent more than 20 years climbing the career ladder in corporate America with groundbreaking career success in traditionally male-dominated companies and industries. Lisa is the former Executive Vice President and General Manager of Strategic Planning for Philips Healthcare. Early in her career, Lisa defined her aspirations – to either make it to the executive level of a Fortune 500 company or own her own business. She knew that to achieve either of those aspirations required her to learn as much as possible about every aspect of business – so she made it her mission to work in almost every area of a company. Lisa authored the award-winning book YOUR CAREER, YOUR WAY, is a blogger for Forbes and The Seattle Times, and has appeared on MSN Careers, Monster.com, CBS Money Watch and Time Business. View Guest page

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Dr. Christine Quinn

Dr. Christine Quinn, Provost for National Luis University View Guest page

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Jeri Quinn

Jeri Quinn, President of Driving Improved Results, is a recognized professional development expert focused on small and mid-size businesses. Her most recent book, The Customer Loyalty Playbook: 12 Game Strategies to Drive Improved Results in Your Business, focuses on customer loyalty and the four areas leading to customer loyalty. Her background in education, psychology, along with the experiences of owning and managing small businesses, supervising employees, handling customers, and dealing with changing economies has positioned her well to aid her business clients in the areas of employee engagement, and strategic planning. She works with her clients, becoming part of their team, observing everyday challenges and helping each one discover what works in site-specific environments. With more than 30 years as a serial entrepreneur, Jeri helps drive improved results in client retention, numbers of raving fan clients, customer service,and business growth. View Guest page

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Dominique Raccah

Dominique Raccah is a book publishing entrepreneur and CEO of Sourcebooks, the company she founded in 1987. From that small start, Raccah has directed a continuously growing entrepreneurial company, which is today one of the largest independent book publishers in the U.S. with dozens of bestselling authors. Growing through small and large innovations, Sourcebooks has repeatedly created new ways for readers to interact with books, from Poetry Speaks (called the “definitive anthology” of poets reading their own work) to Put Me In The Story, the successful app and website that allows you to personalize bestselling books. Today Dominique is fascinated by the digital transformation of the book and wonders what more the future might hold for books and readers. View Guest page

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JJ Ramberg

JJ Ramberg is the host of msnbc: Your Business, the only television show dedicated to issues affecting small business owners. Now in its seventh season, the program has profiled hundreds of small business owners and featured advice from countless small business experts and investors. She is author of the book Its Your Business. 183 Essential Tips that Will Transform Your Small Business. JJ is passionate about small business and has firsthand experience as an entrepreneur herself. With her brother, she co-founded Goodsearch.com, a socially responsible company which is game-changing in how it helps people help their favorite causes. Through its services the company transforms every day actions into ways to support your favorite charity or school. To date, more than 15 million people have supported causes ranging from The American Red Cross to local high schools. JJ graduated cum laude from Duke University with a BA English and her MBA from Stanford Business School. View Guest page

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Sue Riehle

Sue Riehle the author of Make Me An Offer I Can’t Refuse, a book about workplace topics taken from a creative perspective. Topics covered in the book include interviewing, career strategy, negotiations and being accidentally lucky. She is also the CEO of Studio Productions, Inc. a special effects company specializing in the manufacture of theatrical scrims, which are used to make people appear and disappear and also are used as very large projection surfaces. Her background includes business MBA and engineering BSEE. As an engineer she has lead large software teams for Cummins, worldwide. Her evolution toward writing developed from counseling mostly engineers, several female engineers over the years on career changes and job strategy. View Guest page

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Cheryl Rigdon

Cheryl Rigdon works full-time as a Speech Language Pathologist. She has a Master’s Degree in Speech Pathology with an undergraduate degree in Special Education. Cheryl has always been a problem-solver, and when she got annoyed by not being able to access the product at the bottom of her expensive bottles of make-up and lotion, she came up with a solution. That solution was the Spatty. After creating the perfect tool for her dilemma in the bathroom, she decided that the same tool, only bigger, could be used in the kitchen, so the Spatty Daddy was born. The products were featured on ABC's Shark Tank. View Guest page

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Joni Rae Rogers-Kante

Joni Rae Rogers-Kante SeneGence International was founded by Joni Rae Rogers-Kante. As a newly single mother, she pondered her options and mustered the courage to act upon her burning desire to establish a company that offers an unparalleled opportunity. The opportunity for independent Distributors to build a business as large as they dreamed, to make as much money as they deserve by selling products that truly work through a global network opportunity, all from the comfort of their own homes and within their own communities. Joni wrote a business plan – and with that in hand set out to make the dream a reality. SeneGence has since become a recognized, international leader in the cosmetics industry. The SeneGence Independent Distributor Compensation plan, designed for women who are serious about building a profitable and secure career from their home while caring for their families, is one of the most lucrative compensation plans in the industry.SeneGence the company that REALLY WORKS! View Guest page

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Sara Rosenberg Bittorf

Sara joined Boston Market 2012. Before joining, she served as Vice President of Marketing for Carrabba's Italian Grill. At Carrabba's, Sara served as the head of the marketing team, helping guide a turnaround of the Carrabba's brand by leading all marketing strategy, new product development, public relations, advertising and promotion of the brand, as well as consumer insights. Sara has worked with Carnival Cruise Lines, Miami Herald Media Company, Diageo PLC, and Burger King Corporation. During these tenures, she has overseen brand building initiatives, new product development, lead programs that drove incremental revenue and customer retention, as well as marketing of new brand ventures and brand extensions. Throughout her career she has been an instrumental leader in process development for the organizations that she has served. Sara is a proven innovator and idea generator, achieving positive results for companies facing difficult barriers or obstacles. View Guest page

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Loretta Rosenmayer

25 years ago, Loretta Rosenmayer started Trench-It, a small trenching company with four employees and $15,000 borrowed from a close female friend who believed in her dream. Today, she is a leader in the development and execution of premier design, construction and management solutions for electric, gas and renewable energy construction services. Trenching is only six percent of the business and accordingly the name was changed in 2009 to INTREN, incorporating its core value of integrity as the core value into her business. As CEO Loretta leads more than 850 men and women she calls strong and proud and has revenues of over $250 million. Throughout the years, Loretta has maintained the belief that giving back to the community is vital to her as well as a core tenet of the company. She has given back to hundreds of organizations through service, support and monetary donations, touching organizations in McHenry County, Illinois, and across the Chicago region. View Guest page

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Sherrin Ross-Ingram

Sherrin- Ross Ingram,JD. From the courtroom to the board room she is a power strategist. Her insights and ability to quickly identify superficial reasoning and unchallenged assumptions combined with twenty years of legal and strategic planning experience enables her to develop strategies that achieve powerful results. Sherrin will address what is missing for most people and why people do not get the results that they want. She will also address why entrepreneurs and business professionals need a strategic plan. As an attorney she is of Counsel at Tressler,LLP and national law firm based in Chicago. Sherrin is also an appointed Commissioner of the DuPage Housing Authority. View Guest page

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Marala Scott

Marala Scott is a Best–selling, Award-winning Author, Motivational Speaker, and Ghostwriter who spends her time Teaching to Forgive, Inspiring to Live. Her efforts earned her the unique honor of being named an Oprah Winfrey's Ambassador of Hope recipient, in addition to The Sunny 95's 20 Outstanding Women You Should Know. Marala speaks from unimaginable experiences. She shares them with considerable passion, which translates into heartfelt truth. Her life-altering memoir, In Our House: Perception vs. Reality tells of her horrific childhood. Surrounded by Inspiration, shares her journey of healing through faith, personal growth and understanding relationships. Her passionate and honest words will challenge you to become a better, stronger, more passionate version of you! View Guest page

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Kay Sever

Kay Sever has shown thousands of managers and employees how to improve results by identifying, valuing and capturing lost opportunities and removing the organizational barriers that prevent sustainable change. When barrier removal is overlooked in process improvement work, there is little chance for success and the credibility of the management team suffers. A balanced focus is required to reap the benefits of process changes for years to come. Kay graduated from Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management and is president of OptimiZ Consulting LLC. Kay is certified in quality improvement and is a Certified Management Consultant. Only 1% of all consultants are awarded this certification, which is earned through client testimonials, ethical practices, and a working knowledge of consulting processes that maximize client value. Kay wrote, Building An Opportunity Culture, that addresses the barriers that prevent companies from meeting expectations with process improvement work. View Guest page

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Dr. Rhoberta Shaler

Dr. Rhoberta Shaler, author of Wrestling Rhinos: Conquering Conflict in the Wilds of Work. She says that if you are more exhausted by the people you work with than the work you are doing, you are most likely wrestling rhinos.That's when even the US Marines called Rhoberta Shaller for help. With a PhD in psychology and extensive post graduate work, Dr Shaler developed the concepts and solutions in Wrestling Rhinos. Dr Shaller teaches Collaborative Negotiation in the executive MBA program of the Naveen Jindal School of management at the University of Texas at Dallas. As well known problem solver, Dr Shaller has been engaged by leaders in diverse companies and organizations as the US Navy, TransCanada Pipelines, State Farm Insurance and Costco Wholesale. If you are wrestling with rhinos, it is time to stop! When you need a rhino doctor, contact Dr Rhoberta Shaler. View Guest page

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Sgt. Stephanie J. Shannon

Sgt. Stephanie J. Shannon is an author, entrepreneur, consultant, inspirational speaker and veteran advocate who has over 27 years of experience in the fields of business, social work, business, community development, leadership, ministry, collaborations, workshops, seminars and singing. She is a honorably discharged disabled U.S. Army veteran who has served her country for eight years including in the 1990-1991 Desert Storm/Desert Shield Persian Gulf War I. She attended Grand Valley State University where she studied Psychology and earned a Bachelors degree in 1996. In 1999 she created and since then managed her own non-profit youth development organization that serves the at-risk youth in the community.Her story is a story of struggle, survival, and healing; that empowers others to address their own personal traumas and overcome them, bring awareness to the public the many issues the veteran population face, and provide resources and solutions to veterans and others in need. View Guest page

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Betty Kreisel Shubert

Betty Kreisel Shubert sold her first design to a manufacturer at age 13 :It was that season’s best seller. The young designer had two hit Hollywood shows to her credit while still 18. A long career followed with credits for Stage, Screen ,TV Specials ,Ready-to-Wear, Las Vegas Musicals & Disneyland. In a parallel career, Betty created the uniform programs for major cruise lines, race tracks, hotels restaurants and casinos around the world. Her career focus changed from Costume Designer to -Fashion Historian when in 2010 , she wrote & illustrated a regular column for Ancestry Magazine,, called, OUT-OF-STYLE. Her long career culminated in having her first book published at age 88. Followed a year later at age 89, by the announcement that her ground-breaking book , OUT-OF-STYLE : A Modern Perspective of HOW, WHY and WHEN Vintage Fashions Evolved , had been named to prestigious Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2013, and by Family Tree Magazine UK, as OUR TOP CHOICE. View Guest page

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Jennifer Simonetti Bryan

Jennifer Simonetti Bryan is the fourth woman and among only 30 people in the U.S. to attain the distinguished title Master of Wine, the highest global achievement in the wine industry. She is the author of The One Minute Wine Master: Discover 10 Wines You’ll Like in 60 Seconds or Less as well a culinary textbook. She is also the author and host of five Everyday Guide, a DVD series on wine and spirits. Jennifer frequently appears on national television including NBC’s Today Show, Fox News, Fox Business Channel and Anderson Cooper. View Guest page

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Stephanie Skaggs

Stephanie Skaggs is an entrepreneur, business owner, financing specialist, mortgage professional and real estate investor. Over the past 16 years she has started 11 companies either by herself or with partners. As president of Asset Financing Group, Inc. she specializes in small business financing and commercial mortgages. She has helped more than 150 business owners and entrepreneurs obtain financing. Her expertise includes all things financial, both personal and commercial. View Guest page

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Dr. Bev Smallwood

Dr. Bev Smallwood is a licensed psychologist who, for the past 30 plus years, has been spreading her message of hope to individuals, families, and organizations across the U.S. and around the world. She’s the Founder and CEO of The Hope Center, a psychological clinic she established in 1984. Since the early 80’s, Bev delivers rich content, and high fun workplaces programs that have enabled organizations to accomplish successful transitions, develop more skillful leaders, intensify employee engagement, reduce turnover, and create fiercely loyal customers. She has been interviewed and quoted in such media outlets as MSNBC, CNN, FOX News, Maury Povich, New York Times, USA Today Weekend, Focus on the Family, Chicago Tribune, Cincinnati Enquirer, Self Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Womens Health, Entrepreneur, and numerous major radio stations and networks. Bev is the author of This Wasn't Supposed to Happen to Me: 10 Make-or-Break Choices When Life Steals Your Dreams and Rocks Your World. View Guest page

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Kelly Smith

Kelly Smith has served as a hiring consultant to large corporations for over fifteen years. She works alongside hiring managers and human resource professionals to find, interview and negotiate offers for thousands of candidates across the USA. Working within the H.R. department has allowed Kelly to witness both poor and highly effective communication tactics from all levels of personnel. Kelly has worked with thousands of hiring managers observing what traits they employ and what makes them either a valued leader or someone that contributes to the decline of their department.Kelly knows what management and H.R. is looking for in their next new hire or the employee they are looking to promote. Kelly wrote, Corporate Recruiter Reveals Who Gets Hired and Why. This book assists the job seeker minimize stress and increase success. Kelly has a number of books and publications available including one on how to accept the offer. View Guest page

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Rachelle Smith

I am positively passionate about your success! As principal of Positive Creative Infusion Consulting,I am an entrepreneur, professional speaker and author, based in suburban Detroit, Michigan. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, I spent several years in corporate America. My greatest passion in life is challenging, inspiring, and motivating corporations, businesses, organizations and individuals to be the best they can be, and to reach unparalleled success. I am a member of the global leadership team at at the Women Speaker Association, and a member of the Professional Speakers Guild,best selling author of Monetizing your Passion, The Leader Within, and Marketing Strategies to Build and Grow Businesses, Non=profit and Personal Brands: A White Paper Collection. View Guest page

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Tammie Souza

Tammie is a certified meteorologist and one of a handful of women in the nation and one of only a few meteorologists in Chicago that holds both the prestigious AMS/CBM Certified Broadcast Meteorology Seal of Approval, which is the highest seal awarded by the AMS, and the NWA Seal of Approval from the National Weather Association. Chosen as the first female chairman of the National AMS Board of Meteorology and have served on the National Boards of Broadcast Meteorology for both the AMS and the NWA. Tammie has been honored with 15 Emmy nominations and 5 Awards for Best Weathercast, Best Science Report and Live Reporting. Plus, a first place award from the Associated Press for a report on Shipwreck Diving in Lake Michigan which was done underwater on a 125-year-old Shipwreck. The National Association of Black Journalists has also recognized me with a national nomination for a story about Fugitive Slave Ships on Lake Michigan. View Guest page

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Laura Stack

Laura Stack, MBA, CSP, is America’s Premier Expert in Productivity. For over 20 years, her seminars and speeches have helped professionals, leaders, and teams accelerate individual and team performance, execute efficiently, and improve output in the workplace. Her company, The Productivity Pro, Inc., provides productivity workshops around the globe to help attendees achieve Maximum Results in Minimum Time. Laura was the 2011-2012 president of the National Speakers Association. Laura has been featured nationally on the CBS Early Show, CNN, NPR, Bloomberg, the New York Times, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur, and Forbes magazine.Laura is the author of Execution IS the Strategy, and she is a featured columnist for Success magazine. View Guest page

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Kelly Standing

The word “extraordinary” doesn’t begin to cover Kelly Standing’s life which she reveals in her memoir, “I’M STILL STANDING: How One Woman’s Brushes with Death Taught Her How To Live.” he brushes with death? Hanged from a tree by a childhood bully. Hit by a car. Struck by lightning. Removal of a major organ (which contrary to medical precedent actually grew back). And on top of all that—four of her co-workers were brutally murdered. Learning how to live? Kelly has traveled the globe; ranked among the top nine public speakers in the world out of 25,000 contestants and 180,000 Toastmasters; served as student chaplain to criminal youth; worked as a hospital chaplain in a Level-One trauma center; and now runs her own company, STANDING Media, focusing on individuals and organizations who want to rally around change and adversity. View Guest page

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Dayna Steele



Dayna Steele is a leading authority on business success trends, having spent more than 20 years working with the greatest rock stars in the world. A rock radio Hall of Famer, she is the author of the 101 WAYS TO ROCK YOUR WORLD book series and now creates rock stars as CEO of YourDailySuccessTip.com and as a popular consultant and speaker for Fortune 500 companies on such topics as great leadership, stronger teamwork, customer service and improved individual performance.Dayna Steele, who spent more than 20 years in radio and has gleaned advice from the world’s greatest rock stars and other celebrities on their secrets to success—simple tips that can easily be adapted by anyone wanting success in their lives. View Guest page

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Irene Stemler

Irene Stemler is a registered nurse and has over 25 years of health care experience in nursing management, education, advocacy and consulting. She has also been collecting well worn nursing shoes and the stories behind them in response to this country’s impending nursing shortage. Irene is the author of Heroic Acts in Humble Shoes: America’s Nurses Tell Their Stories. This book gives voice to the millions of nurses who are providing compassionate care in the face of unprecedented challenges to our health care system. Irene had been working on nurse recruitment strategies for the federal government and is now back in a clinical role as a Polytrauma Clinical Nurse Educator for the VA, where she works with combat veterans returning home with Traumatic Brain Injury and PTSD. View Guest page

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Marcie Stern

Marcie authored the book, So Long Inner Critic, Hello Inner Champion: 25 Tips to Master Your Mindset which has been endorsed by Mark Sanborn, bestselling author of The Fred Factor. Overcoming the inner critic and self-sabotaging messages has been a personal challenge for Marcie. Professionally, she experienced the Imposter Syndrome, a feeling that others would find out she did not know what she was talking about. This, despite the professional success she had experienced as an emerging leader at a prestigious academic medical center and as a leader in a local healthcare executive professional organization. It is through that personal experience, coupled with being a coach, speaker, trainer and life-ling learner, that Marcie is passionate about helping others overcome the inner critic that sabotages their goals. Marcie brings over two decades of progressive leadership, strategic planning and professional development experience with special expertise in the healthcare industry. View Guest page

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Stacie Stigar



Stacie Stigar is the owner of The UPS Store franchise in Palmer, Alaska, a small community about 40 miles north of Anchorage. While she was still Executive Director of the United Way, Stacie had frequented a local The UPS Store and was always impressed with the owner’s ingenuity, and customer service. Inspired, Stacie decided to open her own franchise, and after 18 months of hard work and increasing dedication towards making her business a success, she finally left her position at United Way to focus on her franchise full-time. After joining the franchise network, Stacie received strong operational and marketing support. She has also become active within The UPS Store corporate structure and was elected to serve a on the company’s Marketing Advisory Committee, providing feedback to The UPS Store leadership. Part of Stacie's success has been her sharp business acumen, inherent motivation, and a credo she picked up along the way and made very personal -- If it’s to be, it’s up to me. View Guest page

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Julie Straw

Julie Straw has spent her thirty-five years in business helping trainers, coaches and consultants build successful businesses. For the last twenty years, she has worked with learning assessments focusing on improving workplace productivity. Julie is currently Vice President of Wiley Workplace Learning Solutions group, which specializes in publishing research-based self-assessments designed to help people improve performance, increase job satisfaction, and value differences. Julie’s passion for leadership led to being co-author of The Work of Leaders, summarizing six years of research and development on leadership. She is also author of The 4-Dimensional Manager, published by Berrett-Koehler. Julie spends her time speaking at events and conferences, and supporting Partner events around the world to promote their offerings in leadership, management, and employee engagement. View Guest page

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Linda Byars Swindling

Linda Byars Swindling, JD, CSP, also made a major career switch. In her case she went from the courtroom to the boardroom. Formerly an attorney and partner by the age of 30 at a major law firm, she became an author and entrepreneurial workplace negotiator. Linda, whose latest book Stop Complainers and Energy Drainers; How To Negotiate Work Drama To Get More Done, was published by Wiley, is now an accomplished keynote speaker, executive coach, and strategic consultant. Linda is president of Journey On, her Dallas-based, woman-owned business that customizes training programs, strategic consulting and executive coaching. She is also the author of the popular “Passports to Success” series, which offers thirteen titles on workplace and communication issues. She is a national officer of the National Speakers Association, a Certified Speaking Professional and works with Fortune 500 companies, government entities and international associations. View Guest page

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Dr. Deborah Tannen

Deborah Tannen is best known as the author of You Just Don't Understand: Women and Men in Conversation, which was on The New York Times best seller list for nearly four years, including eight months as No. 1, and has been translated into 31 languages. This is the book that brought gender differences in communication style to the forefront of public awareness. Her book Talking from 9 to 5:Women and Men at Work expanded on this topic to explore communication in the workplace, and was aNew York Times Business best seller. Deborah Tannen is a frequent guest on television and radio news and information shows including 20/20, The Colbert Report, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, and Oprah, as well as many shows on CNN and NPR. She has been featured in and written for most major newspapers and magazines including The New York Times, Newsweek, Time, The Washington Post, and The Harvard Business Review. Dr. Tannen is University Professor and Professor of Linguistics at Georgetown University. View Guest page

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Mellanie True Hills

Following a brush with death in emergency heart surgery, and a subsequent close call with a stroke due to an irregular heartbeat, atrial fibrillation, Mellanie True Hills pledged to leave behind her high-tech executive life to use her second chance to help others avoid heart disease and stroke. As a patient advocate and heart-health expert, she founded the non-profit American Foundation for Women's Health and StopAfib.org, a patient advocacy organization that provides information and support for those living with atrial fibrillation. She travels extensively, speaking out about heart disease, stroke, wellness, prevention, and patient advocacy, including at American Heart Association for Women events, hospital atrial fibrillation and health events. From partnering in Facing AFib featuring soap star Susan Lucci and NBA Hall of Famer Jerry West, to following Barry Manilow at the podium in front of members of Congress, atrial fibrillation and stroke awareness are passions for Mellanie. View Guest page

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Michelle Van Slyke



VP Marketing UPS Stores

Michelle is a results-oriented marketer with a history of transforming brands and marketing teams into top performers in the highly competitive retail environment. Her background includes positions with nationally recognized brands, beginning with Ford Motor Company, where she progressed through the sales and marketing ranks and went on to hold positions as Corporate Advertising Manager and Vice President of Marketing for Jaguar. She gained additional leadership experience as Vice President of Marketing at Mercedes-Benz, Hyundai, and Jacuzzi, and Raley's, a $3 billion grocer in Northern California, before joining The UPS Store as Vice President of Marketing and Small Business Solutions in 2010. A creative problem solver with a history of proven results in the retail industry, Michelle's expertise is in maximizing revenue, building brand equity and driving consumer interest. She was recently recognized on the 2012 ExecRank's list of Top 500 CMOs. View Guest page

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Dr Margaret Wade

Dr. Wade was named by Chicago Magazine as a Top family Medical Doctor of Du Page County. Dr Wade has held a number of Executive Leadership positions including Chair then later Vice Chair of Family Medicine at Hinsdale Hospital. She also held the position of President of the Adventist Hospital- LaGrange hospital medical staff. Along with the demands of running a demanding private medical practice and holding her executive level positions, she raised two children. She has served as an instructor at Rush Medical College, participating in pre-clinical training of first and second year medical students. She has also served as a past board member of the Midwest Ballet Theatre. In her spare time she likes to read, travel, garden and enjoy the wonderful cultural scene in Chicago. View Guest page

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Kittie W. Watson

Kittie W. Watson, President and founder of Innolect Inc., has over twenty-five years of organizational development and consulting experience. An organizational communication expert and specialist in strategic issues management, cultural transformation, and change implementation, she is highly skilled at designing and cascading innovative systems-wide initiatives.Kittie serves as an expert witness and is regularly interviewed by the media. Her co-developed assessment tools such as the WATSON-BARKER Listening Test, LISTEN UP!, The Listener Preference Profile, The Listener Styles Profile, and the Advocacy/Inquiry Skills Inventory are used internationally to enhance individual and team effectiveness.. Her co-authored book Listen Up! has been published in seven languages. Her latest co-authored book is 21 Days to Smarter Listening . She was featured on ABC’s 20/20 as a listening expert and in publications including: American Medical News, Bottom-line Personal, Money,and Glamour. View Guest page

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Christine Welch

Christine Welch, Founder of The Coffeecake Connection Company is experienced in growing business from the ground up. In her corporate career she was a Regional Vice President of Accounts Manager. Christine built her success by going the extra mile for her customers and following her fathers’ advise to never ask anyone who works for you to something you won’t do yourself and always be honest even if it costs you the business. In 2011, The Coffeecake Connection Company was born, realizing Christine’s life-long dream of baking and selling gourmet coffee cakes. In 2013 the company introduced gluten-free versions of their coffee cake line and added gluten-free cookies and brownies to their sweet treat offerings. Today, The Coffeecake Connection Company bake 100% gluten-free, nut-free and preservative free treats to consumers online and wholesale to grocery stores, coffee shops, hotels and restaurants in both finished baked goods and a frozen ready-to-bake batters and cookie doughs. View Guest page

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Vonda White

Vonda White Vonda’s life today is a far cry from her childhood, raised by a divorced mom who had to accept welfare and food stamps. Young Vonda’s contribution to the family finances was collecting and redeeming empty soda cans. As a teenager, at her third attempt, she won the Idaho state beauty pageant. The triumph came with college tuition and the beginning of a new life which led her into a record-setting insurance sales career and the launch of her own business while six months pregnant.Vonda White, founder and CEO of Collegiate Risk Management, a million dollar company providing health and accident insurance to thousands of students nationwide, has received numerous awards for her business achievements. She is author of Success Against The Odds and has hosted her own radio show called Lets Talk Success. From her childhood Vonda learned first-hand the power of persistence, self-image and goal-setting. View Guest page

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Joyce White Nelson

Joyce is a Business Relationship Professional and has over 35 years of experience, and is a Nationally Certified Trainer with the relationship first company. She is an established networker who has been featured in a variety of media. She is Educational Leader for Public Schools. Responsible for introduction and implementation via the Department of Public Instruction of state wide Positive Behavioral Supports and Interventions. Consulted directly with National Leaders.Responsible for creation of 3 year strategic plan and manual to work within school systems in a step by step process for change. Joyce led 8 schools of over 500 staff, and students through 3 year change process to result in a positive climate, increased curriculum engagement, staff satisfaction and school safety. Joyce has conducted local and state Teacher Development Seminars for Curriculum, Team Building, and Positive Interventions and Organizational Supports. View Guest page

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Gwen Willhite-Gillum

Gwen Willhite-Gillum suddenly found herself an unemployed, single mother. With time on her hands, this creative and motivated woman combined two traditional gifts- flowers and sweets- and turned them into one deliciously clever concept, the cookie bouquet. Her edible bouquets of custom- shaped and hand-decorated sugar and cinnamon brown sugar cookies on sticks were cleverly arranged in baskets as tasteful gifts for any occasion. Gift givers quickly embraced the new idea, and Gwen’s budding enterprise soon outgrew her home kitchen. Now, 30 years later, approximately 100 Cookies By Design locations are operating across the United States. View Guest page

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Reesa Woolf, PhD

Reesa is a former Senior Trainer for the American Management Association a Senior Trainer for Drake, Beam, Morin – Executive Career Coaching, the Press Secretary-Hawaii Gubernatorial Campaign and an Adjunct Professor at University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University. As a high-content speaker with a fresh and practical approach, she's considered one of the most sought after Executive Speaking and Sales Consultants in the country. Because she had 10 years of experience as a Speech Pathologist, she has a specialty of improving the communication skills of professionals who speak English as a second language. Her PhD in Psychology helps her to efficiently cure any anxiety about public speaking. Reesa is an entertaining speaker at conventions where she shares techniques of capturing and holding attention every time you speak. View Guest page

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Lucinda Yates

Lucinda Yates is a uniquely creative person with a strong sense of purpose and direction. Given her natural instinct to be an entrepreneur coupled with her desire to help others, it is no surprise that she founded a company built on helping nonprofits. In the1980, Lucinda went from surviving a year and a half of homelessness with her daughter to building a multimillion dollar company that started by turning trash into one of a kind fashion jewelry. Lucinda founded Designs by Lucinda Inc. in 1989. One day, she noticed some colorful mat boards in a frame shop trash and pulled the discarded boards out. She cut them into elementary shapes, and created a pin that looked like a house. It became a Eureka” moment for her. Lucinda has defied typical business rules for growing her Designs by Lucinda, a multimillion dollar company. For example, every one of the 5 million products she has created and sold are one of a kind designs. No two pins are alike! View Guest page

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BRUSHES WITH DEATH AND LIFE-CHANGING LEADERSHIP

May 23, 2013
Hosted by Deanne DeMarco, MT, MA, RCC

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One woman has turned a lifetime of near-death experiences into an amazingly positive outlook on life. Another has spent her life as a passionate multicultural counselor, social justice advocate and promoter of women’s leadership. Kelly Standings life is extraordinary when she reveals, How Her Brushes with Death Taught Her How To Live. Kelly, was hanged from a tree by a childhood bully. Hit by a car. Struck by lightning. Died on the operating table, and on top of all that, four of her co-workers were brutally murdered. Dr. Patricia Arredondo is President of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She joined the school in February after senior administrative roles with the University of Wisconsin and Arizona State University. Formerly, she created and led a Boston based organizational consulting company for 14 years. Author of more than 100 articles, she has an extensive scholarship record with a focus on multicultural counseling and women’s leadership.

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Thursday at 12 Noon Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Empowerment Channel

Inspiring Women. You’ve heard of some: Hillary Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Sonia Sotomayor, and Meg Whitman. But there are many inspiring women who are not as well known; women who have touched our lives forever. Now you can find out who these female business and entrepreneurial rising stars are. During each episode you will be introduced to extraordinary women who may have come from a background similar to your own.

You’ll discover, how they overcame challenges and the lessons they learned to become successful in their fields. Not only will you hear success stories, you’ll be presented with professional insights, tools, tips and strategies you can use to achieve your own personal success.

And you can join the discussion, to get the most of this special opportunity. So, become inspired — and mentored with professional insights and tools. It’s where dreams meet information and inspiration. Today’s Inspiring Women airs Thursdays at Noon Pacific on VoiceAmerica Empowerment.

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Deanne DeMarco, MT, MA, RCC

Deanne is diverse in careers from scientist, college instructor, management trainer, Fortune 500 Manager, author to entrepreneur. She is a much sought after speaker and business coach who blends the spirit of change, life-long learning, and adaptability.

For more than 20 years Deanne has worked with managers and individuals to help break through personal and career roadblocks with her innovative strategies. She offers her abilities as a leader, certified business coach, and educator to corporations and organizations globally. Deanne demonstrates the adaptive thinking necessary for change in our present-day world.

Deanne is an example of her own advice, adaptability, and self-leadership. She knows first-hand what it takes to climb the corporate ladder and the challenges women face in career advancement.

She teaches workshops in leadership, management, communication, public speaking, the changing workforce, and conflict intervention.

Deanne is the author of four books, and her business articles have been published in over 300 trade magazines and professional journals. She has won numerous public speaking awards and Deanne's management coaching program won national recognition from Training Magazine's Top 100. Additionally she was on the three-member team that first discovered the cancer link to second hand smoke.

Deanne is known for her high energy speaking style and use of personal stories coupled with strategies that work.

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