Member Spotlight

2017 April Member Spotlight

Meet NAPW members in Member Spotlight, a monthly column where members highlight their careers and businesses. This month, we feature four accomplished women, so be sure to check out each of their profiles. VIP, Elite and Preferred Members: to be featured in Member Spotlight, contact us at

Lonnie Rae Smith

Company: Advantage Learning Solutions LLC
Industry: Consulting
Title: Owner
Location: Vancouver,WA

NAPW: How is the economy affecting your industry?

Smith: Economic climate certainly has an impact of most businesses. My business has grown during the economic downturn but I have noticed a change in my clientele, most of whom are educated individuals with advanced degrees. They ask better questions, are more literal about the reasons why my services might meet their need, and after they purchase services, they follow outcomes and progress more diligently.

NAPW: If I had all the money in the world I would

Smith: generate brain training and professional coaching clinics, such as mine, on public and private school campuses as well as at business campuses across the nation and beyond. Although in great need and often sought after, addressing root issues and challenges is not usually possible in the standard school or business campus. Overcoming challenges and building skill and confidence is what is needed to positively affect their journey. When functionality improves an individual can more effectively gain academic and/or career objectives improving their chances for success. It’s time to remove the “labels” and train for ultimate ongoing success.

NAPW: Name an example of when you were able to contribute to a team project.

Smith: Our local Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) has served my community for over 20 years and I wanted to give back. ! I was able to serve on a team of Friends of the Vancouver Symphony developing bylaws to govern and support the VSO. This effort provided the structure needed for many future fundraisers and outreaches within the community. It was an opportunity to give back to my community while supporting something I firmly believe enhances the lives of so many.

NAPW: What does your company do to contribute to its employees’ professional development?

Smith: Professional development is more than making sure my employees are educated and serving our clientele well. Although I provide CE opportunities including seminars, classes, and local events for employees to stay current with our profession, I build in to their professional development by encouraging them to maintain healthy lives outside of the work environment. Creating a supportive environment that offers personal development opportunities is also critical to the climate within our clinic.

NAPW: What are some job search tips you can share with fellow members seeking employment?

Smith: Job search tips are often the same: Let your friends and colleagues know you are looking for work. Have a LinkedIn profile. Don’t limit yourself to online applications. Create an endearing memorable presence during interviews. Etc. While these tips will serve you well, although it might be obvious, when it comes to applying for a position, really want and be prepared for the job you are applying for. Believe you are the best candidate for the position and be ready to share why. When looking for a position in a particular field consider preparing yourself for that field by taking a class or two online to brush up on skills you may need for your new position. Being prepared will show when it comes time for your interview.

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Lisa Thompson

Company: Self Love Beauty
Industry: Consulting
Title: Founder
Location: Midland, MI

NAPW: When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Thompson: I wanted to be a math teacher. Growing up my favorite thing to do was multiplication and algebra; however writing and fitness were always my go to past time. I liked to journal as much as I could and I was involved in all sports.

NAPW: How do you define success?

Thompson: I love this question because as I have grown up I have realized success is measured differently for everyone. Honestly for me is to do what I love full time and be happy every day. I use to think it meant money and your leadership status, as I have gotten older I truly believe it is about how many lives you touch and how happy you are as a person.

NAPW: Where do you see yourself in five years?

Thompson: I would like to be leading more women empowerment, my blog to grow and to be a speaker on self-love. I truly have a passion for empowerment and self-love, I love speaking about it and I love writing about it. I want my future to continue to grow as a strong coach in this field.

NAPW: How do you relax?

Thompson: Reading this question, I did not really have an answer, I am not very much into relaxing because I am working a ton of jobs to build my career at the moment but when I do, I like to run, write or drink wine with my friends. I truly believe laughing can be the best relaxer so if I can spend time with my family and friends that is always a plus.

NAPW: What advice would you give to women planning to enter your field?

Thompson: To be sure to stand up for yourself. Public Relations, Marketing and media is an extremely moving field with a lot happening in society! But keep the energy alive we need amazing women like you out there empowering each other! Believe in what you are doing and your passion will shine through!

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Justina Welch

Company: Integrity Wealth Solutions
Industry: Finance
Title: Principal
Location: Greenwood Village, CO

NAPW: When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Welch: My favorite toy as child was a little yellow pedal car that I would “drive” up and down the block for hours on end pretending to be an Indy race car driver. Later when I was 16 (and when my more practical side began to emerge), I worked for a financial planner who had such wonderful relationships with his clients that I knew then – that is exactly what I wanted to be.

NAPW: How do you define success?

Welch: I believe Maya Angelou sums it up the best, “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”

NAPW: Where do you see yourself in five years?

WelchI see myself running a successful financial advisory firm, achieving financial security and a harmonious work/life balance while devoting more of my time giving back to my community and my philanthropic interests.

NAPW: How do you relax?

Welch: When I’m exceptionally lazy I like to relax by lounging around binge watching some hit show or movies with my dogs. Otherwise, I usually work out, practice yoga, and/or go for a long hike in the beautiful Colorado mountains to help clear my mind.

NAPW: What advice would you give to women planning to enter your field?

Welch: This is not an easy career path and it will test you at every turn. Enter this field if you not only enjoy finance and investing but also if you like to problem solve and want to help people. And if you can find a patient and giving mentor as well as a company that aligns with your values, it will make it easier and a lot more rewarding!

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Charlene Wehring

Company: Wehring Wealth Mgmt LLC
Industry: Finance
Title: Owner /CPA Financial Advisor
Location: Belville, TX

NAPW: What would you tell young women about the obstacles they will face in your industry?

Wehring: Most, if not all obstacles in our industry can be overcome by gaining as much knowledge as you can to be confident in the advice you are giving to your clients. With this confidence, comes a trust in yourself and the solutions you offer

NAPW: What is the biggest career obstacle you have ever faced? How did you overcome it?

Wehring: Willingness to take risks. Be willing to take risks to fulfill the goals you set for yourself in life. Keep your eye on the goal and don’t be afraid to take that step that will move you closer to it. Don’t let fear stop you.

NAPW: It’s been said that perseverance and hard work bring success. Do you believe this? Why?

Wehring: Yes, because with hard work, you can do anything you set your mind to. Always continue to educate yourself so that you can provide the best solutions for your client.

NAPW: How have you overcome budget constraints while promoting your business?

Wehring: Everyone has to deal with budget constraints on some level. When you’re on a tight advertising budget, your reputation and word of mouth is the most effective advertising you have. When you’re on a tight hiring budget, seek out team members that are flexible, and can multi-task to handle the many different aspects of your business. You need to be willing to step out there and sacrifice for the growth of your business.

NAPW: What is the best business advice you ever gave to another woman?

Wehring:Have confidence in yourself and gain the knowledge you need to feel comfortable in any recommendation you give to your client. Always do what is in the best interest of your client. Be yourself & treat people the way you want to be treated.

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