Member Spotlight

July 21, 2016 Member Spotlight

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


blog_Nicole_Caley_vipNicole Caley

Company: Ace Hardware Corporation
Industry: Retail/Wholesale
Title: Director of
Accounts Payable
Location: Oak Brook, IL

NAPW: What do you want members to know about you?

Caley: I often consider my “Director of Accounts Payable” role my “day job” and while I am extremely committed to my role, the development of my team and being of service to them in any way necessary, my passion lies in something bigger. I have an incredibly shocking story of my childhood, adolescence and young adult life. I spend the majority of my free time serving the Chicagoland area through True Mentors, Women’s Leadership Summit, as well as private speaking engagements, specifically focused on the inner city of Chicago and the young girls there.

NAPW: What makes this company a good fit for you?

Caley: The story of how I joined Ace is unique and it has been a blessing ever since. Upon my first interaction with HR and the CFO, I knew that this was a place that could handle my assertive, confident personality and also a place that treated everyone, from the top down, as though they matter. I was right. We are led by a phenomenal CEO who values everyone in the organization. I love that our entire Officer team is engaging, welcomes new ideas and doesn’t back down from a difficult situation. Ace allows me the level of autonomy I need in order to do what is best for my team and the organization. Recently, Ace supported a Women’s Leadership Summit I hosted. Corporate communications, HR and new business development were all present. It was a great success and we were able to broadcast it to the organization. I am also currently in the process of developing a Women’s Business Council at Ace to support women’s leadership opportunities and close the gender gap on senior leadership.

NAPW: How do you network?

Caley: Networking is rather new to me. I recently learned the importance networking has in your life, career and aspirations. A little over a year ago, I connected with someone on LinkedIn, which led me to a second connection—with Desmond Clark, formerly of the Chicago Bears! For any of you who doubt the power of networking, please don’t! I am on my way to fulfilling my dreams, all because of one simple connection, that led to hundreds more!

NAPW: What are some of your tips for “dressing for success?”

Caley: The way I see it is that you should always present yourself as though you might run into the President, your biggest idol or role model or whoever that person is that is on your “wish list,” because you only get one shot at a first impression. People laugh at me because I am always in heels, well dressed, with all my accessories. I have met some of the most inspirational people in my life outside of my office and I’d like to believe I might not have had the confidence to approach them if I were in my sweatpants and a t-shirt.

NAPW: At the culmination of your career, what would you look back on as your biggest achievement?

Caley: I’d like to say I haven’t reached it yet, because I always feel that I can do more. I have championed Women’s Leadership and provided women with the skills and confidence to take risks, define whom they are and be unapologetic for it. I have demonstrated (especially to the inner city youth) that your past story certainly does not have to dictate your future success.

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blog_Nancy_Gribble_vipNancy Gribble

Company: Nancy Leeds Gribble
Industry: Health/Wellness/Fitness
Title: Virtual Health and
Fitness Coach
Location: Spring, TX

NAPW: What are your biggest strengths/talents in your position?

Gribble: Being healthy and fit is so much more than numbers on a scale—it can literally change your life. It is easy to find information on how to eat healthy, lose weight and/or exercise but most people simply don’t do it because they think it’s too complicated or do not have the proper support. I am not another “how-to” coach that gives you all the information and then you never hear from again. I ensure you stay on track by providing the support and accountability that is lacking in so many programs. I am the missing link from where you are now to where you want to be.

NAPW: What do you feel is your most important business skill?

Gribble: Communication. If you do not truly understand your clients’ needs, you cannot serve them well.

NAPW: What do you think every entrepreneur should know about business?

Gribble: It takes work! We hear all the time, “find something you love and you will never work again.” That’s true, to an extent, but there is so much work that goes into building a business that you will on days, have to do work you don’t love.

NAPW: Which online career tools or apps do you use most?

Gribble: Hootsuite, Mail Chimp, Lead pages, Canva, Typorama, Zoom and other various social media. I am still building, so many more will come into play.

NAPW: How do you maintain a positive attitude in the face of adversity?

Gribble: I listen to at least 15 minutes of personal development every day. It is my exercise for the mind and helps to keep me focused, positive and moving forward.

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blog_Grace_LabaguisGrace Labaguis

Company: Synergy Production & Marketing, Inc.
Industry: Marketing
Title: Owner
Location: Jersey City, NJ

NAPW: What is your dream job?

Labaguis: I have several dream jobs, each one building on the previous. The job I have now is a dream of sorts because it combines my interests in marketing, public relations and the media. I love to connect with people. It’s one of the ways I learn and discover new things. I actually do not see a dream job as a final destination but as something to propel me to the next one.

NAPW: Name three college courses that best prepared you for your current job?

Labaguis: Looking back, my college days were filled with discoveries and challenges. I would have to say the three courses that prepared me for what I’m doing now are Public Relations, Advertising and Marketing.

NAPW: When is it okay to “break the rules”?

Labaguis: There are limits in everything we do. Most of the time, we follow the rules simply because they exist and everyone else follows them. Out of that context, I think we owe it to ourselves to be the most reliable and productive people we can be, to exercise the most control over what we actually do. If the need to go beyond the limit arises, we must have a good reason as to why we choose to break the rule. It’s about deciding between what’s right and what’s wrong—and weighing both before taking action.

NAPW: What kinds of people do you work best with?

Labaguis: Having worked in a variety of work environments, from very casual and laid back to super fast paced, I think I adapt well to most. I enjoy working with people who have a strong sense of camaraderie as well as a good work ethic. I like working with sincere, kind, funny and competitive people who like to get things done. It’s important to me to know and feel that I can trust my team members to always do their best, because I do.

NAPW: Describe the best boss and the worst boss you have ever had.

Labaguis: I’ve worked with several bosses who have mentored me, used lots of praise, kept the employees informed about issues, were approachable and didn’t micromanage me. They showed trust and confidence by giving me the freedom to learn and make mistakes on my own. I had a short stint working for a boss who didn’t want to communicate, didn’t make eye contact with me and portrayed the exact opposite of the best boss characteristics.

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Megan Bozzuto

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