Rags to Riches and Burning Barriers

May 16, 2013
Hosted by Deanne DeMarco, MT, MA, RCC

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First will be business entrepreneur Vonda White, who will share her remarkable life story from her days as a food stamp child. The second guest is an equally as motivating role model for women and mother of five, Karen Moulder, who was the first female firefighter in Brownsville, Texas. Vondas life today is a far cry from her childhood, raised by a divorced mom who had to accept welfare and food stamps. Young Vonda contributed to the family by collecting empty soda cans. As a teenager she won a beauty pageant and college tuition which began a new life. Her new career in insurance sales led into the launch of her own million dollar business. Karen Moulder entered a man’s world when few women did so. A lifetime of breaking personal and professional barriers was epitomized by her getting hired 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.

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Deanne DeMarco, MT, MA, RCC

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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