July Member Spotlights

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Meet NAPW members in Member Spotlight, a monthly column that lets members highlight their careers and businesses. This month, we feature 20 accomplished women so be sure to check out each of their profiles. See below to learn how you can be featured in an upcoming issue.

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Alexis Moore Rehm

Company: The Kelly Group Keller Williams Portland Premiere
Industry:
Real Estate
Title: Office Manager-IAHSP Accredited International Staging Specialist
Location: Newberg, OR

 

NAPW: What is your profession?

Rehm: Office Manager for The Kelly Group Keller Williams Realty Portland Premiere and IAHSP® Accredited International Staging Specialist.

 

NAPW: What led you to choose this career path?

RehmI’ve always enjoyed creativity and organization as well as connecting with people.

 

NAPW: What professional achievement are you most proud of?

Rehm: Problem solving, whether it be staging a $3 million dollar home or organizing an office system to make things run more smoothly for my boss.

 

NAPW: Role models inspire us. Whom do you admire, and why?

RehmMy mother was the one I looked to from my earliest memories. She was an inspiration to everyone who crossed her path. I can’t think of a better quote than Abraham Lincoln’s, “God bless my mother, all that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to her.”

 

NAPW: How do you define success?

Rehm: Finding something of worth in every circumstance. Savoring the love and laughter, learning through pain and failure and persisting, because life is a gift. Looking back and having no regrets.

 

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BL Gordon

Company: All About Property Solutions
Industry:
Real Estate
Title: Owner/Author
Location: Memphis, TN

 

NAPW: What is your profession?

Gordon: Retired Field Supervisor I with State of TN, currently employed as a Substitute Teacher, Owner of All About Property Solutions and Author of Expressions of a Self-rising Flower.

 

NAPW: What led you to choose this career path?

Gordon: After retiring, I realized I was retired, not expired and I became inspired to take on new interests such as real estate and working with young people, as well as writing a book.

 

NAPW: What professional achievement are you most proud of?

Gordon: Working as a Supervisor for the State of TN Department of Human Services.

 

NAPW: Role models inspire us. Whom do you admire, and why?

Gordon: I admire the success of Oprah Winfrey because her personal road to success was inspiring to me in view of her early challenging life experiences.

 

NAPW: How do you define success?

Gordon: Success to me is an inner peace that allows you to be compassionate and appreciative of living each moment. Feeling grateful and thankful, especially when you discover your real purpose in life that allows you to be creative and doing something you really enjoy.

 

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Danièle P. Trapp

Company: Danièle Arch-Design
Industry:
Home Improvement, Window Treatments
Title: Owner/President
Location: Palatine, IL

 

NAPW: What is your profession?

Trapp: I have two professions. One of them has been a great joy for almost a lifetime. I started my translation business years ago and am still at it today. Since I can translate any time I want but can concentrate on linguistics much better at night when nobody interrupts me, that is the time I dedicate to my translations. Therefore I needed a daytime fun job. I found it in the window treatment industry. I have worked for several window treatment companies over the last ten years and decided to start my own window treatment design business last July.

 

NAPW: What led you to choose this career path?

Trapp: As I said above, this was a bit of a fluke. I started in the window treatment industry mostly because I wanted something to do during the day (other than tennis and golf).  I really did not want to extend my translation business to my daytime hours. Anyway, I wanted something different. Well… I discovered beautiful fabrics and found out that it is absolutely true that once you are a manager you always are a manager, whichever kind of business you manage. I now manage the window treatment department for the Chicago branch at Empire-Today and have my own window treatment design business. Yes… I work about 16 hours a day and love it.

 

NAPW: What professional achievement are you most proud of?

Trapp: I am proud of my translation business, of course. I have come a long way as a sole translator/manager/contract seeker/marketer… to managing a business that is actually so well put together that I need to dedicate only about four hours of my time to it, five to six days a week.

 

NAPW: Role models inspire us. Whom do you admire, and why?

Trapp: I am a history buff and have been gleaning strong ideas and ideals from incredibly creative and powerful people who have made an impact not only on their contemporaries but also on the evolution of mankind. My favorite is Eleanor of Aquitaine who was without a doubt the most colorful woman of her time, considered by many to have been the most enlightened woman of the Middle Ages.

 

NAPW: How do you define success?

Trapp: Success is very relative. It should not be tabulated in money, numbers, targets, competition, etc. Are you happy? Do you enjoy what you do? You are successful when you find the ultimate pleasure in what you do every day, appreciate the people around you, rejoice in your environment and have a smile on your face every minute of your life.

 

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Andrea-Zabinski

Andrea Zabinski

Company: FastTracCRM© and LTCAdmissionsCoach.com
Industry:
Software
Title: Owner
Location: Gibsoinia, PA

 

NAPW: What is your profession?

Zabinski: CEO and Owner of www.LTCAdmissionsCoach.com.

 

NAPW: What led you to choose this career path?

Zabinski: I have always worked in various positions in sales and marketing and contract sales in the senior care industry. I wanted to branch out and work more directly with VP’s and SVP’s of larger corporations to mentor, coach and train them to be more effective in a sales and leadership roles. I also love working with management teams!

 

NAPW: What professional achievement are you most proud of?

Zabinski: Starting my own business and getting over the first five years and making a profit! When you jump into a new venture, you plan and execute but you do not know when it will finally turn a profit. It took me three years but I worked very, very hard and never gave up!

 

NAPW: Role models inspire us. Whom do you admire, and why?

Zabinski: I admire women who support each other, women who like to inspire women on a very personal level. I admire the staff at Chatham University for Women’s Studies. They support, encourage and help women at an affordable cost to grow their businesses. This year, I was invited to sit on their MyBoard for minority women and newly formed businesses by women. I am honored to be working with Chatham University and their wonderful staff here in Pittsburgh!

 

NAPW: How do you define success?

Zabinski: Success to me is all encompassing. It’s being a trend setter, self-motivated, listening to your gut, learning from mistakes and helping others along the way. It’s surrounding yourself with successful people to learn from, ask questions and steal great ideas shamelessly (with permission of course). It’s learning about yourself and what makes you tick, and finding the right business that you can be passionate about!

 

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Dawn M. Roberts

Company: Pfizer, Inc
Industry:
Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology
Title: Client Engagement Manager
Location: Kalamazoo, MI

 

NAPW: What is your profession?

Roberts: National Account Manager, Industrial Batteries – Telecom.

 

NAPW: What led you to choose this career path?

Roberts: I have been in sales my entire career.

 

NAPW: What professional achievement are you most proud of?

Roberts: Being a successful woman in a mostly male-dominated industry.

 

NAPW: Role models inspire us. Whom do you admire, and why?

Roberts: My Aunt Audrey because she is the ultimate lady and the picture of honesty and respect.

 

NAPW: How do you define success?

Roberts: Respect from my peers and customers.

 

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Dixie Lee Hedrington-Miller

Company: Friends & Stars, Inc.
Industry:
Nonprofit
Title: Executive Director
Location: Sunrise, FL and Plantation, FL

 

NAPW: What is your profession?

Hedrington-Miller: I am a professional Artist and can now work with special needs adults with Autism / Down Syndrome and others with intellectual, learning and developmental disabilities.

 

NAPW: What led you to choose this career path?

Hedrington-Miller: Being the parent of a deaf son gave me a chance to see how difficult it is to get good programs for special needs children and adults.

 

NAPW: What professional achievement are you most proud of?

Hedrington-Miller: I am especially proud to have been chosen as the Executive Director of Friends & Stars, Inc. This promotion has given me the opportunity to pour myself and my skills into promoting art to our target population. As a professional Artist, this position provides me with a wider venue to create while teaching art.

 

NAPW: Role models inspire us. Whom do you admire, and why?

Hedrington-Miller: I was most inspired by a family friend, Velven Millner. She was tall, elegant and a business owner. She took me to my first opera, which developed my interest in music and the arts. When I grew up, I wanted to be just like her.

 

NAPW: How do you define success?

Hedrington-Miller: Success is being able to look at the good that you’ve created for others and see appreciation from those who can benefit from it.

 

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Elizabeth-Berger

Elizabeth Berger

Company: Arthur J. Gallagher & Company
Industry:
Risk Management & Insurance Services
Title: National Director, Healthcare Practice
Location: Houston, TX

 

NAPW: What is your profession?

Berger: Insurance and Risk Management.

 

NAPW: What led you to choose this career path?

Berger: The insurance industry is one of the best kept secrets when it comes to opportunity both from an earnings and career standpoint. I started working in insurance while I was going to college at night. I was studying to be a Systems Analyst. Once I realized the potential for my career in insurance, I began to focus on making insurance and risk management by career path.

 

NAPW: What professional achievement are you most proud of?

Berger: My current role within my company as National Director for our Healthcare Practice.

 

NAPW: Role models inspire us. Whom do you admire, and why?

Berger: My stepson Travis. He has Williams Syndrome, which gives him the gift of accepting everyone without prejudice or judgment. Every day is his best day and he can make you feel like you are the most important person in the world.

 

NAPW: How do you define success?

Berger: I define success as being happy with who you are and finding joy in all you do.

 

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Mindy E. Moak

Company: MME Fine Art, LLC
Industry:
Arts
Title: Owner/Partner
Location: New York, NY

 

NAPW: What is your profession?

Moak: I am an Art Dealer specializing in 19th– and 20th-century American paintings and have been happily in this profession for over 30 years. My esteemed business partner and dear friend, Elizabeth Stallman, and I own a beautiful gallery, MME Fine Art, LLC on Manhattan’s Upper East Side that we have owned for nearly ten years.

 

NAPW: What led you to choose this career path?

Moak: Growing up in the Washington DC area, my parents took me to the National Gallery from a very early age and well, it left a large impression. When I announced to them that I wanted to be an Artist, they looked at me like I said I wanted to be an Arsonist, being that they were working class people. They were not much happier when I agreed to also major in art history…

 

NAPW: What professional achievement are you most proud of?

Moak: In addition to our creating this lovely gallery that we are so proud of, we are especially proud of surviving the horrible recession, which challenged us as it did so many others. Also, because the paintings we buy and sell are truly beautiful pieces of American history, the people who collect them are incredibly interesting and often highly accomplished individuals. Meeting such amazing collectors and curators has been an enormous honor.

 

NAPW: Role models inspire us. Whom do you admire, and why?

Moak: When I was very young, Marlo Thomas was the star of the TV show “That Girl” and I wanted to grow up and be her character, living/working in NYC and wearing fabulous clothes. Turns out, Marlo Thomas was a wonderful role model for women and for people in general. I admire so many of the usual suspects like Hillary Clinton for all that she has accomplished and how hard she has worked on our behalf. Of course, I would like to believe that all of us are inspired by the Dalai Lama and that gratitude and selflessness are shared priorities. I admire all those who have worked so hard to make a difference and while that is such a cliché, I read about these amazing people every day and it moves me deeply.

 

NAPW: How do you define success?

Moak: Success to me means working at what you love and being able to support yourself while doing so. Wealthy to me means not having to worry and being able to give back whenever and whatever possible. I do not covet material items other than exquisite paintings and that is so I might find them loving homes.

 

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Janice-Bastani

Janice Bastani

Company: Janice Bastani Coaching
Industry:
Executive Coaching
Title: Owner
Location: Pleasanton, CA

 

NAPW: What is your profession?

Bastani: I am a Professional Credentialed Coach, Mentor, Author, Speaker, Trainer, Mastermind Group Leader.

 

NAPW: What led you to choose this career path?

Bastani: I am a life-long learner and have a unique ability to get to the heart of the issue and help others come through the challenge to come out on the other side enthusiastic about their life and future. I have been doing this on a daily basis throughout my life and in 2002, found that what I have naturally been doing is a professional career path called: Coaching.

  

NAPW: What professional achievement are you most proud of?

Bastani: I am most proud of the 3,800 successful coaching sessions with my clients!

 

NAPW: Role models inspire us. Whom do you admire, and why?

Bastani: I have many role models and each one is a role model in a unique sector of my life. Florence Littauer influenced me with her books Silver Boxes and Personality Plus. Emily Barnes influenced me on all things a biblical woman looked like and my love of high tea. Dr. John C. Maxwell has been a constant mentor and sage in the area of leadership. I have read and incorporated all of his books into my life and coaching practice. Dr. Gary Chapman’s book and work The Five Love Languages has been invaluable in the healing of my clients and their relationship issues. Dr. David Rock and his work with the NeuroLeadership Institute opened my eyes as to how our brains work in every aspect of our lives and how this brain dynamic interplays with all of our decisions and in my coaching practice. The following group of entrepreneurs have helped me to develop and launch my online business and programs: Jack Canfield, Brendon Bruchard, Mike Koenigs, Jeff Walker, Darren Hardy, Dan Kennedy, Bill & Steve Harrison, Brian Tracy, Andy Jenkins, Alex Mandossian, Bog Burg and Dr. Daniel Amen. There are a slew of others who are too numerous to mention here; suffice it to say, as I go through the seasons of my own life, new inspiring people come into my life and I gladly welcome them.

 

NAPW: How do you define success?

Bastani: Success to me is defined in this manner: Success is what clients feel when then are completely aware of their own ability to succeed and that their success is tied to their own feelings of worthiness for what they are seeking. When a client understands this and accomplishes this, I break out in a big grin and fist pump to myself and say: “…now that’s why I do this every day to feel this joy….!”

 

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Kris-Miller

Kris Miller

Company: Ready For Pretirement
Industry:
Owner
Title: Partner
Location: Hemet, CA

 

NAPW: What is your profession?

Miller: Estate Planning, Safe Money Expert.

 

NAPW: What led you to choose this career path?

Miller: Since I am a Paralegal, I used to volunteer at retirement centers and helped folks create living trusts, and powers of attorney for financial, health, guardianship, etc. (all your planning documentation). I was really amazed how many people were taking advantage of and overcharging the elderly. I was outraged and that gave me the passion to not only make a living but to help people become financially independent.

  

NAPW: What professional achievement are you most proud of?

Miller: My clients love me as I have never lost one dollar of their money. Our business was nominated for many chamber awards. In addition to being an NAPW Women of the Year, I have also been asked to be a Success Coach for eWomen’s network. I also had a number one song on the radio in the U.S. and Europe. My book, Ready For PREtirement, became a number one best seller two weeks ago.

 

NAPW: Role models inspire us. Whom do you admire, and why?

Miller: I am totally inspired by Jesus, how one man could change the world and it did not take lots of money or fame, but true heart with purpose and a whole lot of faith. So, all of my heroes have been people who have compassionate to others like Gandhi and Mother Teresa. That is why I spent about 20 years as a missionary helping others around the world.

 

NAPW: How do you define success?

Miller: Success to me is when I have made a heart connection with someone and have helped them overcome a problem whether it is financial or a spiritual legacy.

 

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Michelle M. Perkins

Company: Limit Free Life
Industry:
Career and Business Coaching and Personal Development
Title: Founder/President
Location: Malibu, CA

 

NAPW: What is your profession?

Perkins: I am a Career Transition and Business Development Coach.

 

NAPW: What led you to choose this career path?

Perkins: I have worn several different hats over the years and have had an interest in many areas. I believe that my lifelong quest for work that is fulfilling, socially relevant, creative and fun led me to this profession that helps other people find work that is meaningful and aligned with their authentic selves. This is an area that I can dig deeper into for the rest of my life and I love to learn. It is a fit with my natural talents and it is a constantly changing set of challenges that keeps me from getting bored.

  

NAPW: What professional achievement are you most proud of?

Perkins: I am most proud of the more subtle, but profound changes that I have made in people’s lives to help them see that they can go beyond their self-imposed limits, to push their goals past what they would set on their own and to see more potential in themselves.

 

NAPW: Role models inspire us. Whom do you admire, and why?

Perkins: I always loved Jane Goodall. She related to animals as I did and could study them for hours, days, years as I used to with birds. She was fearless, independent and followed her calling (which was pretty unique) and created a life of work that she could be proud of and love. She is leaving an amazing legacy.

I also admire Walt Disney. It goes without saying that his dream was completely crazy and he pulled it off and left us with a magical place to take our children, a corporate empire and a constant reminder to dream big.

Of course, Oprah, Tony Robbins, John Muir, Ansel Adams, Frank Lloyd Wright and scores of others.

 

NAPW: How do you define success?

Perkins: Making a living doing something you truly enjoy, having love in your life, living in authenticity and integrity.

 

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Katonya M. Joiner

Company: Joiner Mediations
Industry:
Legal
Title: Owner
Location: Houston, TX

 

NAPW: What is your profession?

Joiner: I am a Mediator (civil, family, divorce and special circumstances)

 

NAPW: What led you to choose this career path?

Joiner: I wanted to be able to help people who truly need the help and are unable to always afford an Attorney!

  

NAPW: What professional achievement are you most proud of?

Joiner: That I was able to take the courses and get the education required that would help me perform my job without bias.

 

NAPW: Role models inspire us. Whom do you admire, and why?

Joiner: I really didn’t have a role model growing up; but I had a daughter at a very young age who was my focus and encouragement to work hard, go to school and do my best to be successful for the both of us.

 

NAPW: How do you define success?

Joiner: Success is to me the ability to set a goal and reach it no matter how big or small; also for me, having a mediation come to a close with all parties involved happy and with a clear understanding of the total process.

 

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Donna M. Keegan

Company: The Adventure Chef
Industry:
Entertainment, Entrepreneur
Title: Director/Host
Location: New York, NY and Toluca Lake, CA

 

NAPW: What is your profession?

Keegan: My profession is in the entertainment business as Director, Producer, Writer, Host, retired Stunt Performer/Coordinator and on-air Chef.

 

NAPW: What led you to choose this career path?

Keegan: I was an International Diving Champion on springboard and tower as a child. I grew into a Model who wanted to be an Actress but loved being athletic so I moved from NYC to Los Angeles to pursue stunt work. Within five years of being a Stunt Performer, I began coordinating. Once behind the camera, my goals shifted to directing. I realized that the opportunities for women were limited. If I wanted to direct I had to produce. One year later, I was producing and directing music videos.

I led a dual life. The stunt community didn’t know that I was a director of theater, music videos and documentaries.

Now, I am a Le Cordon Bleu Certified Chef. I have a cooking show on the Internet. I am working towards a slot in television. I am writing cookbooks, a blog and creating a specialty line of products.

While I am currently producing several shows for the internet, I am also writing a book about my life, Keeping a Grip on LIFE. This came about due to the urging of countless people. I have been approached on numerous occasions to make it into a film.

So, you ask, “What led you to choose this career path?” Well, this is just the beginning.

  

NAPW: What professional achievement are you most proud of?

Keegan: It’s hard to decide which professional achievement I am most proud of.

I am an Emmy awarding-winning Director. I am a Writer and Producer. I was also a Stunt Performer for many, many years and achieved the highest levels of success and respect as both a Performer and Stunt Coordinator. Proudly, and with great humility, I am the only Stunt Performer recipient of the Action Icon of the Year, presented to me by Jamie Lee Curtis. This highest achievement for women in the action genre is for actresses in film and television. Due to our long business relationship, I was Jamie’s stunt double for 25 years, Ms. Curtis insisted that I receive the award instead of her!

I was the first female Stunt Performer elected to the Board of Screen Actors Guild and the first to be National Chair-PERSON of Stunts and Safety. I served several terms, worked on many committees, including, but limited to the AMPTP-SAG Labor Management Committee, which is responsible for drafting and disseminating the Safety Bulletin Guidelines for the Entertainment Industry.

And now, a new chapter in my life … Chef … I am The Adventure Chef! I have an internet show, which I am working towards bringing to television, a cooking blog, writing cookbooks and developing specialty products.

So you see, it is all an achievement that when I refresh my memory and review my life … I’m proud to be a woman who has beat most of the odds as a professional in these arenas, and I did it my way.

 

NAPW: How do you define success?

Keegan: Being happy in your endeavors and to gain the respect of your peers.

 

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Nancy-Iglesias

Nancy Iglesias

Company: Independent Contractor
Industry:
Graphic Design
Title: Executive Consultant & Coordinator
Location: Babylon, NY

 

NAPW: What is your profession?

Iglesias: I have recently made a career change and am presently enrolled at the Art Institute of New York City for a Graphic Design degree. I currently take on jobs as an Executive Consultant & Coordinator of Special Events.

 

NAPW: What led you to choose this career path?

Iglesias: After a career in the dental health field as an Administrator and in the financial world as a Planner, I decided to do something I love.

  

NAPW: What professional achievement are you most proud of?

Iglesias: I have managed to get to a point in my life where I can be selective about the work contracts I choose.

 

NAPW: Role models inspire us. Whom do you admire, and why?

Iglesias: Louise Fili, a Graphic Designer, brilliant in her field; Madeline Albright; Hillary Clinton and Condoleezza Rice. They are women who have proven we can make a difference. They have gained the respect not only from women in America, but from women worldwide.

 

NAPW: How do you define success?

Iglesias: Success is like working on a beautiful piece of art, it is never really, completed. Henceforth, you constantly work on it because it brings you joy.

 

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Diana C. Cosgrove

Company: Veolia Environnement
Industry:
Utilities/Energy/Resources
Title: Manager, Strategic Sourcing
Location: Carmel, IN

 

NAPW: What is your profession?

Cosgrove: My professional title is Manager, Strategic Sourcing at Veolia Environnement North America, which specializes in energy, water and utilities. My skills and areas of expertise include national and global supply agreements, contract negotiations and management.

 

NAPW: What led you to choose this career path?

Cosgrove: My previous work experience included 14 years of supply chain management responsibilities within industrial manufacturing, engineering and utilities sectors.

 

NAPW: What professional achievement are you most proud of?

Cosgrove: I am extremely proud of my work on a team that was dedicated to building a “grass roots” manufacturing facility in the Midwest. The contract negotiations and procurement work on that project taught me how to work through challenging situations and how to work effectively with a team to accomplish the goals set forth by management.

 

NAPW: Role models inspire us. Whom do you admire, and why?

Cosgrove: The person I admired most was my mother. Before she passed away, she taught me that hard work and dedication provided the path to a successful career.

 

NAPW: How do you define success?

Cosgrove: Working in a job I love and going the extra mile to help others. If I can make a difference by helping others at work or at home I believe I am successful in my job and in my life.

 

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Diana G. Zwart

Company: IBM
Industry:
Manufacturing/Supply Chain
Title: Sr. Managing Consultant
Location: La Crosse, WI

 

NAPW: What is your profession?

Zwart: I am a Supply Chain Professional, currently a Materials and Order Fulfillment Manager.

 

NAPW: What led you to choose this career path?

Zwart: I started my career in IT and decided to move into the operations side of the business where the work was more challenging and tangible.

 

NAPW: What professional achievement are you most proud of?

Zwart: I have provided consulting services to most of the top corporations in the world and worked for two of the best companies in the world, 3M and IBM.

 

NAPW: Role models inspire us. Whom do you admire, and why?

Zwart: I admire my daughters. They both are much more successful, personally and professionally, than I was at their age.

 

NAPW: How do you define success?

Zwart: Setting out to achieve a goal and trying it, whether you succeed or fail. Not trying is failure.

 

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Sylvie-Beljanski

Sylvie Beljanski

Company: Natural Source International, Ltd.
Industry:
Integrative Healthcare
Title: President
Location: New York, NY

 

NAPW: What is your profession?

Beljanski: I am the President of Natural Source International, Ltd. Founded more than 15 years ago in the U.S., Natural Source provides research-driven, scientifically formulated all-natural supplements and cosmetic products in order to help promote a healthy balance in the human body. Our products are based on the 50-year career, and rigorous scientific standards developed by my late father Mirko Beljanski Ph.D., who spent 30 years as a Research Scientist at the world-renowned Pasteur Institute in Paris, France. I am also Vice President of the Beljanski Foundation, Inc, a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization whose mission is to increase awareness of Dr. Beljanski’s achievements in the scientific and medical fields as well as to encourage the continuation and development of Mirko Beljanski’s research.

 

NAPW: What led you to choose this career path?

Beljanski: Environmental medicine began in the 1960s when scientists began to examine the correlation between disease and the environment. Over the past 15 years, I have tried to build upon the outstanding body of research of my father and have become an advocate for integrative health, holistic lifestyles and detoxification. In doing so, Natural Source International, Ltd. has been able to utilize innovative research in order to bring our customers three lines of products, which include natural supplements and skincare products by blending science and nature together.

 

NAPW: What professional achievement are you most proud of?

Beljanski: I am proud to be able to continue in my father’s footsteps and continue his legacy. It was his research that brought to light that when exposed to certain pollutants, the normal structure of DNA is altered and destabilized, and that this progressive and cumulative process may lead to chronic disease and other major ailments, including cancer. His pioneering approach to wellness reinforces the idea that despite a growing “green” movement, our society is polluting the environment more and more every day, which in turn makes us more susceptible to illness. I have created a dietary supplement and skincare line to make The Beljanski Approach to Wellness a reality. I am proud to have become a health and detox advocate fostering new research through the Beljanski Foundation and setting the stage so others can reflect on those issues. The Beljanski Approach to Wellness is a holistic way of life to Avoid environmental toxins, Restore balance by removing toxin accumulation, and Repair homeostasis at the cellular level.

 

NAPW: Role models inspire us. Whom do you admire, and why?

Beljanski: My mother, Monique Beljanski; a published Author and tireless Speaker. Similar to my father, my mother was trained in biology and bacteriology and is a Project Engineer. Throughout her career, she has been dedicated to working with my father and is now spearheading the effort to continue his groundbreaking research and increase awareness of his scientific legacy. As the President of the Beljanski Foundation, my mother actively participates in conferences in the U.S. and Europe, presents lectures and new research and continues to publish and co-author (upwards of 30) scientific articles and (3) books summarizing the work of Dr. Mirko Beljanski

 

NAPW: How do you define success?

Beljanski: The late Steve Jobs once said, “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” There is no greater proof of that than in the work of my father. At the time of his discoveries, his research was hailed by some and misunderstood by most. Now his research is recognized for having unlocked a fundamental difference between normal and cancerous DNA, leading to possible selective targeting of cancer cells. Always a leader, never a follower, innovation and perseverance are the keys to success.

 

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Sara-Ruffin

Sara Ruffin

Company: Denio Press, LLC
Industry:
Publishing/Editing/Typesetting
Title: Owner
Location: Lincolnville, ME

 

NAPW: What is your profession?

Ruffin: I am the Owner of Denio Press, LLC. I publish children’s books.

 

NAPW: What led you to choose this career path?

Ruffin: My grandfather, Robert Bright, was a published children’s book Author and Illustrator. Some of his books have been out of print for over 60 years. Instead of hoping that a publisher would take on his books and revive them, I decided to start my own publishing company. I felt as though I was preserving his legacy so I wanted to have control over the quality of the books and the design and to keep them as close to the originals as possible. His books were such a huge and wonderful part of my childhood and I wanted to share his stories and drawings with children today.

 

NAPW: What professional achievement are you most proud of?

Ruffin: When I was 27 years old, I started my own coffee company. I had spent the previous five years in Latin America and got to know many coffee farmers and learned a tremendous amount about coffee production. I was in love with the farms, the beans, the mills. When I returned to the USA, I moved to New Orleans and began a coffee importing business. I felt young and unsure but I figured it out and made it happen.

 

NAPW: Role models inspire us. Whom do you admire, and why?

Ruffin: I have always admired Jane Goodall. My brother and I were fascinated with her as kids. I love her cause and her dedication to animal conservation and how she enlightened all about the intelligence of animals. She once said, “If you really want something, and really work hard, and take advantage of opportunities, and never give up, you will find a way.”

 

NAPW: How do you define success?

Ruffin: For me, success is discovering that spark that sends you forward, drives you to learn new things, makes you want to try like you’ve never tried before.

 

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Emma-Payne

Emma Payne

Company: DelMarVa Resorts Realty
Industry:
Real Estate
Title: Broker/Owner
Location: Lewes, DE

 

NAPW: What is your profession?

Payne: Real estate.

 

NAPW: What led you to choose this career path?

Payne: I grew up in a real estate family. My grandfather, dad, mother, uncle and cousin were all agents/brokers. 

 

NAPW: What professional achievement are you most proud of?

Payne: Opening my own company, DelMarVa Resorts Realty.

 

NAPW: Role models inspire us. Whom do you admire, and why?

Payne: My mother, Anna Mae Wilson Leslie. She handwrote a book to each of her five children describing her life during the depression and she wrote about each one of her kids individually. It was a labor of love. She passed away in 2000 but she still guides me with the things she wrote. All she ever wanted someone to say about her is that she did her best.

 

NAPW: How do you define success?

Payne: Having peace, love and joy being gentle, self-controlled, kind and patient. Loving others and not being selfish. Enjoying everyday life!

 

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Lauren-Lonergan-Taylor

Lauren Lonergan Taylor

Company: Duane Morris LLP
Industry:
Legal Services
Title: Partner
Location: Philadelphia, PA

 

NAPW: What is your profession?

Taylor: I am a Lawyer practicing in the areas of commercial finance, secured transactions, business reorganization, financial restructuring and bankruptcy law.

 

NAPW: What led you to choose this career path?

Taylor: From a very young age, I was fascinated by lawyers and their ability to help people. In high school, I took a detailed survey intended to provide guidance on which careers best suited my interests and skills. The results clearly pointed in the direction of a service profession, so I felt confident that my instincts had been right all along.

  

NAPW: What professional achievement are you most proud of?

Taylor: I am most proud of my promotion to partnership in the firm back in 2004. As is often publicized, the road to partnership in a large firm can be a long and trying one. I was very fortunate to have excellent mentors and to practice in a firm that supports and rewards the professional development of its young lawyers.

 

NAPW: Role models inspire us. Whom do you admire, and why?

Taylor: My partner Margie. She is an accomplished, reputable practitioner who is unwavering in her commitment to clients. Notwithstanding her thriving and busy practice, she sincerely devotes time and energy to managing and nurturing the professional advancement of women.

 

NAPW: How do you define success?

Taylor: Success means that I feel happy and fulfilled in all areas of my life. It encompasses far more than my work or finances. It means that I am the most accomplished Lawyer that I can be while also being an outstanding wife, mother, daughter and sister. It means maintaining long-lasting and meaningful friendships. It means earning the respect of my colleagues, peers and community.

 

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