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NAPW September Member Spotlights

Meet NAPW members in Member Spotlight, a monthly column that lets members highlight their careers and businesses. This month, we feature 19 accomplished women so be sure to check out each of their profiles. VIP, Elite & Preferred Members: To be featured in an upcoming issue of the newsletter, contact us at featuredwomen@napw.com.

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Roberta Perry

Company: Scrubz Body Scrub, Inc.
Industry:
Beauty, Skin Care
Title: President
Location: Bethpage, NY

 

NAPW: What do you like to do in your free time?

Perry: I love to inline skate, walk my dog, travel, take drumming lessons, go hiking or just sit and read a great book.

 

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

Perry: Do your homework! Don’t be afraid to make a lot of mistakes, as long as you try not to repeat them. Listen carefully to your customers because they are the best way to know if you are doing it right.

 

NAPW: What is the best career advice you’ve received?

Perry: Give back to your community and involve charity in your business plan.

 

NAPW: How do you measure your success?

Perry: By the continuous joy I get in this business and by the number of people who tell me that our products changed their skin completely for the better.

 

NAPW: Tell us about your profession and/or your business?

Perry: I am the president and creator of Scrubz Body Scrub, Inc. It was a business started in my home, based around a handmade, natural line of skin care. I manage all the day-to-day business and manufacturing, if I have to. I handle all marketing for us, as well. I am lucky to be able to work with my sister who is our vice president, in charge of retail operations.

 

NAPWHow do you keep your ideas fresh?

Perry: Asking questions. Listening to comments. Taking older ideas and putting a different spin on them, to keep them new.

 

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Amy E. Wiker

Company: FundPhotos LLC
Title: Owner
Location: Marlton, NJ

 

NAPW: What do you like to do in your free time?

Wiker: I love to spend time with my family. My teenage children are very active athletes so my husband and I often find ourselves at Friday night high school football games or traveling to out-of-state soccer tournaments. Outside of seeing to my business and family time, I try to get some exercise in either at our local gym or walking in the community, playing beach volleyball, kayaking or skiing in the winter. I enjoy reading novels but rarely find enough time to do so. Sometimes, on a Friday or Saturday night, my husband and I stay up too late listening to 60s R&B, sappy 70s love songs or alternative 80s music. But during the week, from September to June, I work as a full-time 5th grade teacher (my 13th year) in the school district where I live. It has been a bit of a struggle this past year, working essentially both careers. However, I like to think (and in many ways I am better than most) that I have mastered the art of multi-tasking because I simply loathe idling. You will rarely ever see me doing ‘nothing’ (unless I’m truly on a vacation stuck in a lounge chair by the pool with a People magazine). Otherwise I am keeping up with all life has to offer and loving every minute of it.

 

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

Wiker: My advice to a woman planning to enter business ownership would be to have patience. It’s hard to be patient when you are so excited about an idea or a prospect. There were times (and still are) that I couldn’t sleep at night because I was excited about the things that I wanted to accomplish the next day. I found it difficult to be patient while our software, the website and the entire business concept of FundPhotos was being developed. I was persistent with my team to press forward trying to get my business launched but what I didn’t realize was that something so unique and intricate as FundPhotos takes a significant amount of time working out the logic and functionality. Thankfully, my team was full of rock stars who had the same aspirations and dreams for our success as I did. What I learned was that what I was seeking to accomplish couldn’t be completed in a week, or a month or even a year. But being patient paid off. The result is a solid product, a tight team of professionals and a bright future.

 

NAPW: What is the best career advice you’ve received?

Wiker: I applied for my “dream” job with my “dream” company when I was about 25 years old. I didn’t get an interview at first but I kept calling the office every month or so to talk to the HR department about potential opportunities coming up. After a year and a half of persistent inquiries about the company and about positions within it, I finally landed an interview. I nailed the interview and got the job! The HR director at the time told me that it was my tenacity that got me in the door and that I should never doubt the power of persistence!

 

NAPW: How do you measure your success?

Wiker: Being successful means different things to different people. Some people base it on money earned, or titles or popularity. I base the success of FundPhotos on how my business makes other people feel. FundPhotos is based upon giving. If FundPhotos is making contributions to charitable organizations, we are successful. Giving to charitable organizations makes people feel good and that is what feeds our success.

However, in my view, personal success is measured by the recognition one receives by one’s peers. To be honest, I was a just-slightly above-average student (academically brilliant by no means!) although I always had a strong will to succeed. I once said to my husband many years ago that the best compliment I could ever receive from someone is that I am smart. To be recognized for my intelligence brings me great satisfaction.

 

NAPW: Tell us about your profession and/or your business?

Wiker: I am the founder of FundPhotos, LLC. FundPhotos (www.FundPhotos.com) is the first web-based photo sharing, printing and photo merchandise website dedicated to supporting civic and nonprofit organizations by donating 20% of the purchase of all prints and photo merchandise to the charitable organization you choose.

FundPhotos was inspired by the many dedicated people who are tirelessly seeking creative and productive ways to fund raise for their favorite clubs, community groups, schools, youth sports teams, nonprofit organizations, etc. FundPhotos was founded on the passion and drive to help these groups and organizations raise financial contributions for their causes. Whether it’s money for new uniforms for a girls’ soccer team, a benefit to help a family struggling with a disabled or ill loved one, contributions towards building a new community playground or funding towards medical research to find a cure for diabetes, each purchase puts money into the hands of the organizations that need it the most.

Each time a purchase is made through FundPhotos, 20% of the purchase price gets donated to the charitable organization that is connected to that particular photo gallery. Photo galleries can be personal galleries or group galleries that you share with your friends and family. Group members can upload their best digital images to a photo gallery to share with other members of that group. Now there’s no need to worry if you forgot to bring your camera to an event. All your images, as well as images uploaded by anyone in your group, can be viewed in your password-protected personal dashboard on FundPhotos.

 

NAPW: How do you keep your ideas fresh?

Wiker: I see myself as an idea person. Ask my husband, he’s heard them all, from crazy and outlandish to “I think you need to patent that one!” Being an idea person goes hand-in-hand with being a problem solver, both of which are traits I see in myself. It starts with listening and observing the people and environment around you. That’s how I came up with the idea to create FundPhotos. I recognized a need to pair a product that people are already purchasing (prints and photo merchandise) with raising contributions for charitable groups. I love conversations when people talk about a situation they don’t know how to handle because I often chime in with “Did you consider doing…?” or “What about…?” Creativity is in my fiber. I am inspired by forward thinkers like Thomas Edison and Steve Jobs. They were inspired by the concept that new ideas could blossom from existing complications or difficulties. That’s how I keep my ideas fresh…by listening, observing and seeking out situations where problems can be resolved, thereby proliferating new ideas.

 

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Brooks Powell

Company: Roush Fenway Racing
Industry:
Sports/Recreation
Title: Account Manager, Sponsor Operations
Location: Concord, NC

 

NAPW: What do you like to do in your free time?

Powell: Exercise, particularly running and Pilates, getting outdoors and travel.

 

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

Powell: Make networking a priority and stay focused on what you want to get into. The more you know exactly what you’re going for, the better.

 

NAPW: What is the best career advice you’ve received?

Powell: Create your own luck, stay positive and never burn bridges

 

NAPW: How do you measure your success?

Powell: I measure my successes by the relationships I build within my industry and the accomplishments I can help my clients attain. If our partners feel like they are being taken care of then I feel we are succeeding.

 

NAPW: Tell us about your profession and/or your business?

Powell: I work in the motorsports industry, specifically NASCAR, with a Sprint Cup team. I handle the sponsor management and public relations for that car/team (minus the driver). More so than that, I help our sponsors ensure that they are accomplishing their marketing objectives through our assets at Roush Fenway Racing and see the return on their investments.

 

NAPW: How do you keep your ideas fresh?

Powell: Maintaining contacts outside of our office within the NASCAR community helps gain a fresh perspective on what other teams are doing, and what’s been done in the past. Staying up-to-date on industry news and broader marketing trends is always helpful.

 

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Sandra Mackay

Company: Fidelity Investments
Industry:
Finance, Quality Assurance
Title: Retired VP
Location: Bedford, NH

 

NAPW: What do you like to do in your free time?

Mackay: Spend time outdoors (skiing, gardening, camping, swimming…) and with family.

 

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

Mackay: Never doubt your abilities, keep positive and find a job you have a passion for. There are so many opportunities, and challenge can be fun.

 

NAPW: What is the best career advice you’ve received?

Mackay: Give job changes time – maybe 6-12 months for significant changes (new role, boss…) and then if you are not happy – move on. Life is too short and work is too much of our lives to not be happy at your job.

 

NAPW: How do you measure your success?

Mackay: Experience building and developing successful teams to deliver quality products.

 

NAPW: How do you keep your ideas fresh?

Mackay: Research, classes and discussions about new ideas.

 

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Mary Lou Decosterd

Company: The Lead Life Institute
Industry:
Leadership and Team Development
Title: Leadership and Children’s Book Author,
Executive Coach, Keynote Speaker,
Owner/Founder of the Lead Life Institute
Location: New Hope, PA

 

NAPW: What do you like to do in your free time?

Decosterd: Anything outdoors in nature – gardening, hiking, walking my two Westies. I also love to cook – always looking for new food wellness ideas to share with family, friends and clients! I am a sucker for romantic comedies – enjoy light movie entertainment to relax.

 

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

Decosterd: To be genuine and take the time to develop relationships with your clients – not personal relationships, but to know them, their businesses and their needs – to be there for them and to be flexible in helping them in any way you can. We never experienced a drop in business, even during the height of the recent economic downturn because we have loyal clients to whom we deliver value.

 

NAPW: What is the best career advice you’ve received?

Decosterd: To take your time when entering a new position – don’t make any new moves or changes until you get to know what currently exists, get to know the people and gain their input.

 

NAPW: How do you measure your success?

Decosterd: By the quality of the work I do – how satisfied clients are and that the work I do is true to who I am.

 

NAPW: Tell us about your profession and/or your business?

Decosterd: I am a leadership consultant and author. I have a new release out about women and leadership that was exciting to write! It is called How Women Are Transforming Leadership. I got to meet amazing women while writing the book. I have two other leadership books out. My main business is that I own a leadership consulting firm called The Lead Life Institute. We help leaders and leadership teams become their best and relate well to each other. We also help organizations design their training and people development programs. We have several special offerings just for women leaders as well. It is the part of the work I enjoy and value most. I also have a children’s book out called Magical Max Makes Friends, inspired by my real-life Westie, Max. Max and I go to schools and teach children about friendship, friendly attitude, patience and appreciating the differences in others. We donate Magical Max books by the case to children’s organizations, to animal rescue groups and to children in need.

 

NAPW: How do you keep your ideas fresh?

Decosterd: I read, read, read and am always open to learning new things from others.

 

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Kathie FitzPatrick

Company: Aspen Real Estate
Industry:
Real Estate
Title: Realtor/Author
Location: Yakima, WA

 

NAPW: What do you like to do in your free time?

FitzPatrick: Make smoothies in the summer time, take long power walks around the neighborhood, exercise and read the Bible. I sometimes make outlines on new stories that need to become screenplays. I like taking workshops on-line for screenwriters and authors. I like to water my veggie and herb garden and my roses and other flowers. There is something about getting right in the middle of that that brings life and refreshes me!

 

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

FitzPatrick: Real estate: Your best leads will come from your involvement in the community! Be enthusiastic…it will rub off on your clients.

Author/writer: The best stories come from real life! Help your readers feel your experiences and what you learned from them.

Screenwriter: Learn to be a good visualizer, and bring your story alive for the viewer. I have a method by which I write the book and the screenplay almost simultaneously. It saves a lot of work later!

Youth guidance counselor: inner strength, wisdom and direction is always a deep faith thing. The best help is through the leadership of a youth pastor and leadership through churches geared for youth. My best teams for Young Lions Youth Ministry Program are built from these kinds of people. They know how to put their faith in action for the sake of others!

 

NAPW: What is the best career advice you’ve received?

FitzPatrick: Don’t give up. Even Winston Churchill said this to large crowds.

 

NAPW: How do you measure your success?

FitzPatrick: If what you have done with your life has helped others, while at the same time supporting yourself…that’s a very good thing. If you are loved, and can love back…this is also very high on the list.

 

NAPW: How do you keep your ideas fresh?

FitzPatrick: I keep ideas fresh by renewing myself, then watching for the opportunities as they appear, or “blossom.” You often have to act while these new opportunities are very new. They come in the form of what people say they need, or wish they had or want to see. If you can provide these needs or services it can be the beginning of a new story, a book, a new movie idea or even a business opportunity. If you are a realtor, you can be out at Starbuck’s and hear perfect strangers talking about needing to buy a house. Just walk up to them, smile and hand them your card!

 

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Karen W. Stadler

Company:
Danville Regional Medical Center
Industry:
Healthcare
Title: Director Imaging Services
Location: Providence, NC

 

NAPW: What is your profession?

Stadler: Director of imaging services at Danville Regional Medical Center in Danville, VA.

 

NAPW: What led you to choose this career path?

Stadler: I enjoy helping people. I wanted to do something that made a difference in people’s lives. It is so fulfilling to know that my department and I are making an impact on people’s health. I have always been fascinated by the medical field.

 

NAPW: What professional achievement are you most proud of?

Stadler: I am the first woman director of imaging services at Danville Regional Medical Center.

 

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

Stadler: I admire Eleanor Roosevelt for her humanitarian projects, for her passion for what she believed in, for her endless energy and for her advancement of women.

 

NAPW: How do you define success?

Stadler: Success is when you achieve your goals. It is when you feel your life is fulfilled not just in business, but in all areas of life. It is also an ongoing journey not a destination.

 

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Judith McNiff

Company: Wells Fargo Advisors
Industry:
Finance: Investment Services
Title: Vice President – Investments
Location: Deerfield, IL

 

NAPW: What do you like to do on your free time?

McNiff: Spend time with my family; I especially love being with my granddaughter. I also like to work out, read, cook, entertain and volunteer.

 

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

McNiff: Be patient. It takes a lot of swings of the bat to get good. Also, prospects will pick up on your sincerity and trustworthiness. It’s a profession where you can enjoy a good lifestyle, but to get there, you’ve really got to care about helping your clients reach their goals.

 

NAPW: What is the best career advice you’ve received?

McNiff: Facts are your friends. As long as you have your facts, you will succeed in any situation that arises.

 

NAPW: How do you measure your success?

McNiff: By the fullness of my heart, which comes from loving the work I do and being surrounded with people who fill me up (family, friends, business relationships and God). I am very full!

 

NAPW: Tell us about your profession and/or your business?

McNiff: I help people accomplish their financial goals by helping them plan, save and invest. Where I earn my money is by managing investments for clients. These investments will help them reach their goals. I also conduct a variety of financial planning education programs – especially for women.

 

NAPW: How do you keep your ideas fresh?

McNiff: I stay current with what’s going on in my industry. I use a coach to help me with my all of my marketing ideas. I’m always looking for new ways to explain investment concepts by using stories and drawing parallels.

 

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Erin Applegate

Company: IMPACT Petroleum
Industry:
Petroleum
Title: CEO/President/Owner
Location: Houston, TX

 

NAPW: What do you like to do in your free time?

Applegate: Spiritual time and listening to Christian music

  • Spend time with kids, family, many nieces and nephews…and my first new grandbaby “Ivy”
  • Blessed with the incredible gift and time to build and work both on and in a business and industry I love.

 

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

Applegate: Pray without ceasing, be a diligent student of the industry, work mutually hard “and” smart and surround yourself with great people.

  

NAPW: What is the best career advice you’ve received?

Applegate: Volunteer to speak “and” start your own business.

 

NAPW: How do you measure your success?

Applegate: Quality time to spend with God and family

 

NAPW: Tell us about your profession and/or your business?

Applegate: I have a degree in accounting, but had the incredible pleasure of hanging out in sales and marketing for many years. I’m now full circle back on the financial side of the business and still can’t believe I get to do what I do!

Fleetcard, Inc., was formed in 2007 to help companies save money and control the fuel spent on company vehicles. We typically save companies 10% to 15% and often more. We accomplish this through a series of controls, best reporting portal in the industry, largest network of nationwide fueling locations and an experienced knowledgeable customer service staff that calls you by name and can help out in a moment’s notice.

Fleetcard, Inc., is also diversified with offerings in bulk fuel, fuel tank automation, diesel exhaust fluid and global positioning systems (GPS).

 

NAPW: How do you keep your ideas fresh?

Applegate: Networking and surrounding myself with extraordinarily talented people.

 

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Traci A. Berry

Company: Tuscarawas County Child Support Enforcement Agency
Industry:
Government/Municipal
Title: Director/Assistant Procescuter
Location: New Philadelphia, OH

 

NAPW: What do you like to do in your free time?

Berry: I’m an adjunct instructor for Stark State College and teach a course on business law and ethics. I’ve been an adjunct since 2005. I enjoy the change of pace from my daily career and love to influence students of all ages in their career paths and lives. It is very satisfying to hear from a former student who simply wants to share his or her successes with me. What has been more satisfying is what I receive from each student because they all touch my life in so many ways.

I also enjoy spending time with family and cheering on my nephews at school sporting events!

 

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

Berry: As women, we tend to be over achievers and think we can do it all, work double the hours, lead all the groups and achieve perfection. Be yourself. Take time for yourself. You will be a better leader and will earn the respect of your coworkers. Patience is the key for making meaningful changes in government. There are many stakeholders, budgetary limitations and political considerations that can make progressivism difficult, but perseverance, vision and patience will pay great dividends and even small changes in government reap great rewards for many.

  

NAPW: What is the best career advice you’ve received?

Berry: Goals are great aspirations, but do not try to plan out every step of the way. The best opportunities are those that are not in your “grand plan.” Take a chance on the unexpected; you never know where it can lead.

 

NAPW: How do you measure your success?

Berry: Seeing my office grow as a cohesive team and their excitement to tackle new challenges. It has not always been this way, so their growth as a team and their pride in improvement is very exciting. Individually, participating in innovation and strategic planning groups within my state organization, and seeing some of these ideas become reality that improves the program for the families we serve.

 

NAPW: Tell us about your profession and/or your business?

Berry: I am the director of the Tuscarawas County, Ohio Child Support Enforcement Agency. The Ohio child support program is a federally mandated, state-supervised and county-administered family support program. Tuscarawas CSEA is under the appointing authority of the county prosecutor. In addition to being the director of the office, I am an assistant prosecuting attorney for the county. I manage an office of 30 employees and a budget of approximately $1.7 million. I am responsible for maintaining compliance with all federal, state and local laws and regulations and policy development for program improvement.

Ohio’s child support program affects more children than any other program than public education. Tuscarawas County CSEA establishes paternity, support and medical orders for children, enforces and collects all current child support and arrearage ordered administratively or by the court. We are considered a medium-sized county of Ohio’s 88, and have approximately 8000 cases serving over 24,000 men, women and children.

In addition to our statutory duties, we engage in public education and outreach to improve the lives of  the families we serve and to educate the general public about our program. We participate in child- father events, continuing legal eduction for members of the private bar, early intervention for new clients and school outreach programs. We work with other public agencies, nonprofits, courts and family groups to connect our clients with needed services including job opportunities, family support and parenting assistance.

I am an active member of Ohio’s Child Support Directors’ Association (OCDA) where I am an executive board member, this year as treasurer and as the Canton-Cleveland District President the previous two years. I have been a member of the OCDA legislative committee since 1997 and have been a chairperson of various work groups and subcommittees.

 

NAPW: How do you keep your ideas fresh?

Berry: I talk with colleagues, participate in national child support organizations, read blogs and articles and share ideas with others in and outside my profession. I feel that every day is an opportunity to learn something new and apply it to my life and profession.

 

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Shannon G. Pollard

Company: DesignKids Habitat
Industry:
Architecture & Design
Title: Senior Manager – Accounting & Audit
Location: Prairie Village, KS

 

NAPW: What is your profession?

Pollard: Architect, designer and maker

 

NAPW: What led you to choose this career path?

Pollard: I’ve always been a maker, since I was little I’ve made art, clothes and forts. I truly enjoy the process of thinking up something and bringing it into reality. As I began college, architecture emerged as a creative problem-solving challenge. Now after 18 years of full-time architecture, I’m re-exploring my child side and making patterns to help kids and parents create play spaces of their own with DesignKids Habitat.

  

NAPW: What professional achievement are you most proud of?

Pollard: One of my favorite projects has been Longview Farm Elementary. It involved a historic farm with a 90-year-old horse arena. We were able to design an addition and renovate the existing building into an elementary school that not only incorporated 21st century teaching practices but kept the history alive in the building.

 

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

Pollard: Mickey Ford, she started a girl’s class at my church when I was in junior high. She showed us not only what it meant to be a godly woman, but also gave many of us our first experiences in cooking, sewing and caring for people beyond our families.

 

NAPW: How do you define success?

Pollard: I define success as being able to do something that makes me happy while benefitting others, and having friends and family to enjoy life with.

 

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Ruth-Milstein

Ruth Milstein

Company: Moran Creations
Industry:
Media/Radio/Publishing
Title: Author
Location: Forest Hills, NY

 

NAPW: What do you like to do in your free time?

Milstein: Reading books, newspapers and magazines from around the world. Creating new recipes and cooking.

 

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

Milstein: Lots of research and hard work. I write down most of the ideas I work on and try to put them into practice.

  

NAPW: What is the best career advice you’ve received?

Milstein: Do what you love and love what you do!

 

NAPW: How do you measure your success?

Milstein: By what you do with your time and the subsequent results.

 

NAPW: Tell us about your profession and/or your business?

Milstein: I am now concentrating more on writing new cooking recipes and finishing my next book.

 

NAPW: How do you keep your ideas fresh?

Milstein: By writing down most of my ideas and trying to put them into practice.

 

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Rosemarie Kaupp

Company: The Amberella Tales
Industry:
Journalism/Nursing
Title: Chidren’s Author
Location: Warrington, PA

 

NAPW: What do you like to do in your free time?

Kaupp: Mostly I like to spend time with friends and family, whether entertaining at home, dining out, attending plays, doing house tours or shopping. I really enjoy home decorating. I also make original hand-crafted beaded jewelry. I find doing anything creative very relaxing. I am a food network and house/garden channel TV junkie. I love going to the New Jersey seashore.

 

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

Kaupp: Be true to yourself and your creative ideas. Writing is a reflection of who the author is. In a sense, you come out through your characters. Don’t let anyone change the basic core of your writing voice. Attend writers’ conferences and take classes or workshops in your genre. If one door closes, try another or an open window.

  

NAPW: What is the best career advice you’ve received?

Kaupp: Be consistent and persistent in your daily writing tasks. Understand publishing a book involves three phases: writing, publishing and marketing. Be prepared for the work of publishing and marketing.

 

NAPW: How do you measure your success?

Kaupp: Personal satisfaction in knowing I have turned out the best product I could and hoping the public will agree. I track my sales, but I’m not obsessive about it. I pay attention to professional and customer reviews. I am very proud of the very positive reviews The Amberella Tales received from Kirkus, ForeWord Clarion and Blue Ink, including the May 2012 Blue Ink Review of the Month.

 

NAPW: Tell us about your profession and/or your business?

Kaupp: The Amberella Tales is a three-part children’s book series based on my dog, Amber. The first year follows Amberella’s challenging puppy year and meeting her prince in Obedience Class. The second book finds Amberella and Prince marrying and having four mischievous puppies. When the puppies go off into their own dog careers, Amberella opens a doggie daycare for problem dogs (based on real dogs) in the third book. I began to write in earnest a couple of years after I was treated for breast cancer, lost my son and then my husband, all in 21 months time. All the books include a French vocabulary list, two comical fainting French poodle sisters, a grandmother owner who understands dog-speak and trips to Paris.

 

NAPW: How do you keep your ideas fresh?

Kaupp: Being open to creative ideas when observing scenes involving children, adults and pets. I am always trying to develop new characters and story lines. When I connect with someone, whether human, canine or feline, I ask myself how I could incorporate him or her as a character in a book. My professional perspective from children as a school nurse as well as personal challenges and a lifetime of memories help shape and refresh my writing voice.

I remain open to writing for adult audiences. I am involved in a life writing experience called Walk with Women. Hearing a variety of women’s stories of survival and success has inspired me to want to write a book of hope for women. I also write a supportive blog for bereaved parents.

 

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Nancy-Domich

Nancy Domich

Company: Old Republic Title Company
Industry:
Real Estate, Title, Escrow Services & Sales
Title: Senior Account Executive
Location: Los Altos, CA

 

NAPW: What do you like to do in your free time?

Domich: I am an avid reader. I love to read biographies, history and really anything nonfiction. You can learn so much from history and about people! I love to travel and it is my goal to visit every state in the USA. I’ve got about 1/3 to go but I’ve managed to get to most all of the major cities. My husband and I love to visit museums wherever we go. I also like to paint (oils) dogs and landscapes, but find myself enjoying the journey more than the destination.

 

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

Domich: It takes time and networking to build your business. You need to get involved and be visible. Join committees and volunteer your time. You have to let the rejection roll off your shoulders. You will get many no’s; however, the longer you persist you will succeed.

  

NAPW: What is the best career advice you’ve received?

Domich: “Just Ask.” It’s very simple and straightforward. I was new in commercial real estate at the time and while some agents had preconceived notions about asking for business, I just didn’t really know any better and just asked, prepared for a yes and got my first big listing. It’s not always that easy but it was a great lesson to learn early in my career, “If you don’t ask, you don’t get anything, but if you ask you have the chance of getting what you ask for.” To this day I have that saying in my head telling me, “Just Ask.”

 

NAPW: How do you measure your success?

Domich: I have worked in the sales end of the title insurance and escrow business going on 23 years. Title is handled differently in various areas of the country. In Northern California where I reside, the title and escrow paperwork is handled by one company (in Southern California it is usually separate, on the east coast it is usually handled by attorneys). Networking and providing value to both real estate agents and lenders is what I mainly do. It is all about relationships. Prior to entering the title business, I was a commercial real estate agent for ten years leasing and selling buildings. It’s been very rewarding.

 

NAPW: Tell us about your profession and/or your business?

Domich: I have worked in the sales end of the title insurance and escrow business going on 23 years. Title is handled differently in various areas of the country. In Northern California where I reside, the title and escrow paperwork is handled by one company (in Southern California it is usually separate, on the east coast it is usually handled by attorneys). Networking and providing value to both real estate agents and lenders is what I mainly do. It is all about relationships. Prior to entering the title business I was a commercial real estate agent for ten years leasing and selling buildings. It’s been very rewarding.

 

NAPW: How do you keep your ideas fresh?

Domich: I am constantly keeping on top of technology (being in Silicon Valley helps!) because it is the present and the future. The next generation is constantly looking way outside of the box. If you aren’t learning then you become stagnant. I love hearing new ideas. I like to read and am always looking for motivation in everyday life. Having daughters in their 20’s to keep me in the loop also helps!

 

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Linda V. Hanson

Company: Merlo Corporation and Foundation
Industry:
Business Management
Title: Director of Operations
Location: Carlton, OR

 

NAPW: What is your profession?

Hanson: Director of operations; specializing in organizational skills and event planning.

 

NAPW: What led you to choose this career path?

Hanson: I happened to land a job that I loved early on and by nature of my personality and organizational skills, it was a natural fit where I was able to excel and improve, stay motivated and move up.

 

NAPW: What professional achievement are you most proud of?

Hanson: I went back to college in 1999 for a second business degree in management. I did this while maintaining a full-time job as senior executive assistant to the president and CEO of the largest beverage distribution company in the northwest and managing a team of five executive assistants. This was a two-year commitment.

 

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

Hanson: My mother. She’s amazing and unstoppable! She went to graduate school in her mid 60’s and got her degree in Spanish language and literature. She is now 90 and she is incredibly active—e-mail, Google, she reads a ton and does crossword puzzles and some physical exercise every day. She shows me daily that you can do anything you want at any age—you just do it!

 

NAPW: How do you define success?

Hanson: I’m happy. My husband and I have a great relationship that is stronger every day, my stepdaughter is well-grounded. Family is most important to me and I feel like immediate and extended family all get along and work together to stay strong and get along for the betterment of all of us. We both have good jobs and a great place to live and thrive. Things aren’t easy for us, but I think we know what’s important and we’re doing our best and to me, that is success.

 

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Jayne-M.-Wood

Jayne M. Wood

Company: Healthy Life Seasons/Go•Lo Foods
Industry:
Health & Wellness/Food
Title: President
Location: Los Angeles, CA

 

NAPW: What do you like to do in your free time?

Wood: When I am not involved in the day-to-day activities of building a uniquely modern low-carb food brand, I enjoy staying active and getting outside as much as possible. I adore going for a bike ride, taking a walk or just gardening in my backyard. These, of course, all fall to a distant second to spending time with my family, my greatest source of joy.

 

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

Wood: Connect with the best and share as much as you can. In the health and nutrition worlds, there are tons of professionals out there who are far more established than you, the newcomer. Look for like-minded people with similar passions and heart as you. Don’t be afraid to share ideas and get excited. They will help you grow professionally, expanding upon your connections, resources and overall experience. This is how you become the best in your own right.

 

NAPW: What is the best career advice you’ve received?

Wood: A good friend once told me, “Stay focused, survey your needs and prioritize them accordingly.” You can only deal with one thing at a time, so be efficient, be practical and remain calm. It’s easy to lose your way when you have those days that begin and end with a “crisis,” but you’ll put out more fires this way and actually do so with a smile.

 

NAPW: How do you measure your success?

Wood: I measure my success by happiness. Yes, there are numbers in the black or red, which make or break a business, but it’s a certain level of happiness that you can maintain through the ups and downs that means the most. I’m building a business with my own two hands, a business devoted to healthy living. It’s my passion and my passion is my work. At the end of the day, if I can continue to do this day after day, then I’m doing just fine for myself.

 

NAPW: Tell us about your profession and/or your business?

Wood: I am an entrepreneurial healthy living advocate within the low-carb food market. I help people learn how to lead healthier lives through the benefits of a low-carb lifestyle. To that end, I co-own and head a low-carb food manufacturing business, Go·Lo Foods and its sister company, Go·Lo Breads. Through these companies, we offer incredibly delicious, metabolic efficient food solutions to people struggling with various weight, diet and health issues as well as those who are wholly unaware of any such impending conditions. With the dramatic rise in obesity, diabetes and metabolic syndrome, my job is essentially to be a low-carb resource for people.

 

NAPW: How do you keep your ideas fresh?

Wood: I find that staying abreast of all the latest news and research within the world of health and nutrition really keeps my wheels turning and helps me explore and push the full scope of my business with any new potential ventures or avenues we may take. The more we learn about ourselves, the more we can do to improve our lives, and that’s at the very center of my work.

 

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Barbara-Rogoff

Barbara Rogoff

Company: Synthesis, Inc.
Industry:
Accounting, Administration & Sales Support
Title: President
Location: Overland Park, KS

 

NAPW: What do you like to do in your free time?

Rogoff: I love handwork such as sewing and crocheting, especially for charity programs such as Project Linus. I also co-chair the social action/social justice committee through my temple, working particularly with local food banks and Safehome, a shelter for women and children at risk for domestic violence.

 

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

Rogoff: Become extremely proficient in software and technology that best serve your clients’ everyday needs. You don’t need to know everything, but you should know some things inside and out. In the beginning of my career, I would devour after-market software manuals (Dummy variety) on programs such as ACT! and QuickBooks, even reading them in the bathtub! It fascinated me to discover software that truly helped organize my business. I would learn something, and then I would share those tips with my clients in a free monthly eZine called Synthesis Success Tips. Helping our clients maximize the potential of everyday programs – teaching them the why behind the how – gave value to our service, causing them to look to Synthesis as a source for further training.

 

NAPW: What is the best career advice you’ve received?

Rogoff: It’s better to stay busy 40 hours a week at $60 per hour than to sit on the couch knowing you are worth $180 an hour.

 

NAPW: How do you measure your success?

Rogoff: The fact we are still growing and thriving after 19 years in business! Plus, my husband was able to leave his 20-year corporate career and join the company full time in 1998 so we have spent the better part of our marriage working and being together, a true blessing. It’s funny, but we always treated Synthesis, Inc. as though it were a Fortune 100 company – having weekly production and sales meetings, even when it was just the two of us! We are constantly asking for – and responding to – feedback from our clients, finding better ways to serve. Our clients know their bills are paid, their payroll taxes filed, their projects timelined and organized, so they can RELAX and do what they do best. Retention of clients, knowing we are truly making a difference in their lives and their success, feels like success to me.

 

NAPW: Tell us about your profession and/or your business?

Rogoff: Synthesis, Inc. is billed as the ‘left-brain for right-brain, creative thinkers.’ We LOVE details and provide back-office support such as accounting services, ACT! setup and training, outbound telephone sales and administrative/sales support through our Synthesis Executive Assistant program. By taking care of the details, our clients are able to focus on what brings them joy – the creative aspect of their business. Our rates are between $40 and $65 per hour plus we bill in 15-minute increments. This makes us very attractive, and affordable, to small and medium-sized businesses, our target market.

 

NAPW: How do you keep your ideas fresh?

Rogoff: Although keeping abreast of technology is key in any business, the truth is, consistency of service is more attractive to our client base than introducing new ideas. They know that Synthesis, Inc. will do whatever they hired us to do – whether it’s making that outbound sales call, or balancing their checkbook – correctly and professionally the first time and each time thereafter. We always tell people: We may not be the sharpest knife in the drawer, but we are the most consistent!

 

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Barbara-Jones

Barbara L. Jones

Company: The Lillii RNB Corporation
Industry:
Retail
Title: Founder/CEO
Location: Marietta, GA

 

NAPW: What do you like to do in your free time?

Jones: I like to travel, read a good book and dance to Latin music such as Salsa, Bachata and Merengue.

 

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

Jones: I would advise women entering the field of IT to be constant learners. Technology changes DAILY, so you must be willing to be a constant student and teachable if you want to succeed in IT.

 

NAPW: What is the best career advice you’ve received?

Jones: The best advice that I received is to never give up on my dreams. This came from a mentor of mine in business who is a multi-millionaire and I have never given up on my dreams.

 

NAPW: How do you measure your success?

Jones: I measure success by the amount of time and money I have to devote to family, friends and things that give me pleasure or a sense of accomplishment. I do not measure success based on material things but on the value that I can instill in the lives of the people closest to me.

 

NAPW: Tell us about your profession and/or your business.

Jones: I am the Founder/CEO of The Lillii RNB Corporation, which is an IT consulting and products company based in Atlanta, GA. We specialize in Oracle retail consulting and mobile phone application software. We work with some of the largest tier 1 retailers in the U.S. and abroad and our corporate mission statement includes promoting and encouraging more women to enter the field of Information Technology (IT).

 

NAPW: How do you keep your ideas fresh?

Jones: I keep my ideas fresh by staying in touch with young people. The young people today are very technical and technologically savvy. They think innovation and have ideas that most of us seasoned IT professionals could never imagine. I like to surround myself with very bright, intellectual and innovative young people.

 

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Alicia-Diane-Durand

Alicia Diane Durand

Company: Discovery Doodles, LLC.
Industry:
Education, Graphic Design and Consulting
Title: President and Managing Director
Location: Cedar Park, TX

 

NAPW: What do you like to do in your free time?

Durand: As a businesswoman who operates a business I truly love and adore, the lines between business and free time are often blurred because there is a lot of play in my work. I spend a lot of my time drawing with my children and their friends. We have a large art board in our kitchen that is 4’ x 8’ and often filled with colorful images based on the things going on in our life. We are also dedicated to yoga as a family and attend classes three days a week. We have found having a yoga practice together helps keeps us grounded emotionally, spiritually and physically.

 

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

Durand: With my science background, I began work in biomedical research, which led to roles in clinical research and regulatory affairs. I enjoyed the efforts to bring treatment options to people and took interest in the career paths to accomplish this.

 

NAPW: What is the best career advice you’ve received?

Durand: The greatest advice I try to remember is that I always need to make sure I invest the time and money necessary for my personal growth. Life is filled with many stages and as I evolve into the next stage there will always be a “transition” period rich with challenges. In order to overcome the challenges and break through to the next level, I need to make sure I have the right team in place. Sometimes it is a board of directors, an accountant, a lawyer, a mentoring group or it could be a personal coach, professional stylist or even a spiritual advisor.

 

NAPW: How do you measure your success?

Durand: I measure success in trust, time and tasks. It is important for me to trust my team and make sure they have everything they need to succeed and then get out of their way. In terms of time, I have created a career for myself that allows me time with my family. I love that I can still be the mom in the car line and volunteering at school events.

 

NAPW: Tell us about your profession and/or your business?

Durand: At Discovery Doodles, we believe in immersing yourself in creativity everyday as well as being a creator of change in the world. By providing graphic facilitation, graphic design and coaching as our primary services, we are able to bring creativity to every project. Over the past 15 years, we have worked with hundreds of companies from the top fortune 500’s to nonprofits and have seen thousands of people light up when they realize they can draw and bring their ideas to life. As a network of artists and facilitators, we channel ideas, dreams and visions into graphic visuals. These images enable individuals and teams to see their work in a new way so they see the connections and related actions more quickly and easily. Graphic facilitation allows people to discover fresh insights and inspiration. We are on a mission to give everyone permission to explore and express their creativity. When you fully immerse your life in the creative process, you are connected to your self, your work, your family and your purpose.

 

NAPW: How do you keep your ideas fresh?

Durand: I have one of the most creative jobs on earth. And the most important thing I can do is doodle and draw all the time. When I take the time to draw out my hopes and dreams then I am creating the space for them to enter into the world. I travel with a journal and markers at all times so when creativity strikes, I am always ready!

 

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  1. Women Biz Works
    September 4, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Congratulations ladies! What a diverse group of women professionals!

  2. Ann Martinez, RN DON CARN
    September 5, 2013 at 3:58 am

    I have a suggestion. An inspirational story about Susan Burden of Long Beach, CA highlighting her leadership roles in preventative health care for Los Angeles. She is the CEO of Beach Cities Health District. She is a great role model and community promoter. She was instrumental in obtaining the “Blue Zone” initiative to choose Redondo Beach as their next project. She has been my role model and mentor for many years.

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