LOVE is a Superpower

Cathi Rodgveller

Cathi Rodgveller is the Founder and CEO of IGNITE Worldwide, which works directly with teachers during the school day to provide programming that promotes STEM education and career advancement for girls and non-binary youth from historically marginalized communities. As a longtime educator and school counselor, Cathi witnessed the systemic obstacles girls face in accessing STEM pathways, especially girls from underserved communities. She founded IGNITE Worldwide in Seattle Public Schools over 20 years ago to bridge this gap and has grown the program to reach girls in over 100 US school districts and 50 countries, inspiring 80,000 girls to date.

Cathi received the 2012 Social Impact Abie Award from the Indiana Borg Institute, and IGNITE Worldwide has been lauded by the Department of Education, Department of State, and the National Science Foundation.

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Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn: 

  • How Cathi Rodgveller’s experience as an educator inspired the founding of IGNITE Worldwide
  • What Cathi’s bold mission statement means to her
  • What is STEM education?
  • How Cathi organizes STEM events for girls and what has led to her success with IGNITE Worldwide
  • Cathi talks about her motivation for her work and the need for funding 
  • How to support IGNITE Worldwide
  • Cathi’s superpower and contact details

In this episode…

Although many school-going girls love STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and would love to venture into careers in these fields, few of them actually pursue those careers. The main reason behind this is that girls shy away from appearing smart in front of their peers and do not want to stand out.

This perception minimizes girls’ powers and abilities and ultimately limits their career prospects. This problem is common in many schools worldwide and not just in the US. To change the narrative, it is important to instill power, courage, and confidence in these girls at a young age. They need to know just how capable and talented they are, and receive the support they need to dream big, own their intelligence, and harness their full potential. 

Cathi Rodgveller, the Founder and CEO of IGNITE Worldwide, is Andrea Heuston’s guest in this episode of the Lead Like A Woman Show where she talks about community and providing educational opportunities for girls and non-binary youth. Cathi discusses what STEM education means, explains what drove her to start IGNITE Worldwide, and talks about how she helps empower girls and achieve gender equity in STEM.

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They specialize in connecting speakers with audiences by creating visual value with presentations and through the creation of motion graphics, video, and content.

To learn more about Artitudes Design, visit their website today. Checkout their portfolio to see their previous projects, and contact them today to find out how they can help you bring your business a cut above the rest.

Listen Twice as Much as You Talk

Megan McNally

Megan McNally is a business lawyer, angel investor, and strategic advisor to purpose-driven people and organizations. She spent more than two decades as an organizational leader, consultant, educator, and public speaker, including executive roles with NPower Network, Washington State Bar Association & Foundation, and Pacific Science Center. In 2017, she founded Diana Sports TV, a streaming service dedicated to women’s sports that failed resoundingly, and the FBomb Breakfast Club, a thriving peer support community of nearly 4,000 female founders and women business owners — which was a finalist for GeekWire’s 2018 Newcomer Award.

Megan was named one of the most influential people of 2018 by Seattle Magazine and was awarded the Female Founders Alliance inaugural Champion Advocate Award. Today, she leads Doyenne Strategy, a consulting firm with offices in Seattle, New York, and clients around the globe. She also serves as a Legal Officer with Foundry Law Group. She is an active board member, advisor, and investor, and has been featured in GeekWire, Puget Sound Business Journal, and Seattle Lawyer. She is a two-time winner of the Moth storytelling competition and frequently speaks on community, leadership, and failure. Megan is happiest riding her bike or whale watching from her deck.

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Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn: 

  • What drives Megan McNally to make a difference in the world
  • Why Megan created FBomb Breakfast Club and how its culture came about
  • Megan talks about building a diversified supportive community through her club, explains how they transitioned to online events, and talks about their paid membership program
  • Where to learn more about the FBomb Breakfast Club
  • Why Megan started Diana Sports TV, the mistakes she made, and what she learned from the experience
  • What excites Megan about angel investments — and her advice to women with great business ideas
  • The most impactful guidance Megan has ever received and her current business focus
  • Megan’s superpower and how to get in touch with her

In this episode…

In the quest to build a thriving business, many owners often find themselves making mistakes in the way they run their business, how they handle their customers, or through their products. How such mistakes or failures are handled separates the successful businesses from the non-successful ones.

Megan McNally experienced this when she started her own sports channel in 2018. She made a couple of mistakes that turned into great learning opportunities to help her build better businesses in the future. She now advises fellow women entrepreneurs to show up and build authentic businesses without the need to live up to other people’s expectations.

In this episode of the Lead Like A Woman Show, Andrea Heuston is joined by Megan McNally, a strategic consultant, lawyer, and angel investor, to talk about cultivating a supportive community of female founders and learning from your failures. They also discuss the importance of creating products that meet customers’ needs, knowing who your ideal customers are, and building authentic businesses.

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They specialize in connecting speakers with audiences by creating visual value with presentations and through the creation of motion graphics, video, and content.

To learn more about Artitudes Design, visit their website today. Checkout their portfolio to see their previous projects, and contact them today to find out how they can help you bring your business a cut above the rest.

You Can Make Anything Happen

Lei Wang

Lei Wang is an executive coach, speaker, and mountain climber. As the first Asian woman to complete the Explorers Grand Slam, Lei has been a sought-after international motivational speaker since 2010. She has inspired people around the world to dream big and achieve a fulfilling life that is truly exciting. As a coach, Lei helps business leaders accelerate their career to exciting new heights with ease and grace, lead their organizations to make bigger impacts, and connect deeper with the communities they serve.

In 2004, Lei, who grew up as a Beijing city girl with no athletic training, set out to climb Mt. Everest. She was on a promising career track in finance with an MBA from Wharton. But she was excited about proving that an ordinary person could climb Everest. That excitement empowered her discovery, and she found that excitement is the driving force that motivates and empowers every one of us — and it’s the secret to innovation, peak performance, and extraordinary achievement. Today, as a coach, speaker, author, and adventurer, she travels the world to ascend new summits and empower individuals and organizations to dream big, take a leap of faith, and tap into the power of excitement to realize their potential and move mountains.

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Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn: 

  • What inspired Lei Wang to start a coaching business?
  • How Lei uses the power of excitement when coaching clients
  • Lei talks about her motivation for climbing Mt. Everest, how she trained for the climb, and how much it cost
  • Lei’s experience completing the Explorers Grand Slam
  • What Lei has learned about herself over the years
  • How Lei’s life lessons inspired her to write a book
  • Lei’s advice on leading like a woman and tapping into the power of excitement
  • The counsel that has had a big impact on Lei’s life
  • Lei’s superpower and contact details

In this episode…

Climbing to the top of the tallest mountains in each of the continents is not an easy thing to do, and very few people have succeeded in doing that. One of those people is Lei Wang, who did not even grow up with athletic training.

Some of the best life lessons Lei learned were from her experience climbing mountains — as well as from her failures and mistakes. They helped her make better decisions in both her personal life and professional life. She learned that she has the power to change her life and make things happen, and now she’s sharing these lessons with others.

In this episode of the Lead Like A Woman Show, Andrea Heuston is joined by Lei Wang, an executive coach and mountain climber, to talk about ascending new summits in life and business. Lei shares her experience preparing for and climbing Mt. Everest, participating in the Explorers Grand Slam, and how she guides others to reach new heights through her coaching business. Stay tuned.

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They specialize in connecting speakers with audiences by creating visual value with presentations and through the creation of motion graphics, video, and content.

To learn more about Artitudes Design, visit their website today. Checkout their portfolio to see their previous projects, and contact them today to find out how they can help you bring your business a cut above the rest.

Ask for What You Want

Luly B.

Luly B. is a business strategist, speaker, coach, mother, and best-selling Amazon author on a mission to help women define success on their own terms. She is a feisty Cuban-American mom and entrepreneur with 20 years of experience in marketing strategy, business consulting, and leadership.

Drawing from her experience in the nonprofit, academic, and corporate sectors as well as her own entrepreneurial journey, Luly supports women who wear a ton of hats to get over the guilt, self-doubt, and fear that stops them from truly living happy lives. She helps them create businesses around their lifestyle and family priorities while making an impact on their clients and community. She is blessed to share her message of empowerment, leadership, and confidence with thousands of women all around the country, including clients and partners like Procter & Gamble, Macy’s, and Dell.

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Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn: 

  • Luly B. explains why she started her own business, Luly B. Inc., and why she named the first brand Chispa Marketing
  • The success of Luly’s SPARK event
  • How Andrea and Luly met — and how they’ve been working together
  • How Luly’s core values play a role in her business and personal life
  • Luly talks about her BOOST Community, shares her experience dancing at an event, and explains how she deals with her own feelings of being too much
  • The best piece of advice Luly has received from a mentor, and her advice to women feeling lost
  • Luly’s superpower and contact details

In this episode…

Oftentimes, women fail to achieve their goals and attain the success they desire because of fear. They fear asking for what they want, going after their dreams, and facing reception from others. However, it’s vital that women remember they’re not going through the journey alone. It’s important to seek out a support group, celebrate the women inside (and outside) your circle, and acknowledge the expressions of love and appreciation around you.

But how do you fully receive the love and gratitude that’s being given? Luly B. is here to help. Luly guides women to connect with one another and build supportive communities. Through her BOOST Community, she helps women network, share their gifts, learn to be more confident, learn from one another, and create the type of business and life they desire.

Luly B., a business strategist and speaker, is Andrea Heuston’s guest in this episode of the Lead Like A Woman Show where she talks about leadership and building a community of supportive women. Luly also discusses her core values, her superpower of connection, and shares her experiences as an entrepreneur and speaker. Stay tuned.

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They specialize in connecting speakers with audiences by creating visual value with presentations and through the creation of motion graphics, video, and content.

To learn more about Artitudes Design, visit their website today. Checkout their portfolio to see their previous projects, and contact them today to find out how they can help you bring your business a cut above the rest.

Find Your Allies

Katie McLaughlin

Katie McLaughlin is the Founder, Chief Strategist, and Transformation Artist at the McLaughlin Method, a boutique consultancy specializing in leadership and skills training for executive leaders of mid to late-stage startups. She is passionate about creating happier and healthier workplaces by stopping workplace hurt. In her business, Katie leverages her decades of experience driving organizational change, transforming processes and training programs, and applying principles of adult behavior and performance to create people-focused leaders and team cultures. Companies that work with her learn from the benchmarks and successes of over 15 software companies that have coached and trained with her.

Katie believes that culture must be consistently reinforced and brought into all interactions at work. Through leadership development programs, executives and rising leaders learn how to inspire and motivate their diverse teams, making inclusion and engagement a priority in the team culture. Katie believes all training must develop real skills and go beyond theory, so her sessions are highly interactive, employing theater exercises and games to go deeper while cementing the learning.

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Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn: 

  • Katie McLaughlin’s inspiration to create the McLaughlin Method
  • What went right when Katie started her business?
  • Katie explains why she calls herself a transformation artist and explains how her theatrical background has impacted her corporate work
  • How the McLaughlin Method helps leaders improve
  • What Katie is currently focused on through her company and how she leads like a woman
  • Katie talks about her mentors and the most impactful piece of advice she has received from them
  • The biggest challenge Katie has faced — and how she overcame it
  • The types of exercises and training under the McLaughlin Method
  • Katie’s advice to women on becoming better leaders in the workplace
  • Katie talks about her superpower and shares her contact details

In this episode…

To be a great leader, you must be a person who is willing and ready to learn constantly, make changes in your leadership strategies where necessary, and be good at relating with other people. The best way to learn people skills is by practicing them constantly through interacting with different types of people.

Katie McLaughlin’s mission of helping leaders become better and more transformational people has allowed her to work with different executives from various companies. She believes that leaders should pay attention to their team’s varied perspectives, nurture them, and acknowledge their great potential.

Katie McLaughlin, the Founder of McLaughlin Method, is Andrea Heuston’s guest in this episode of the Lead Like A Woman Show where she talks about nurturing better leaders and living a transformational life. Katie also describes how her theatrical background has impacted her corporate work and explains how the McLaughlin Method helps develop great leaders.

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They specialize in connecting speakers with audiences by creating visual value with presentations and through the creation of motion graphics, video, and content.

To learn more about Artitudes Design, visit their website today. Checkout their portfolio to see their previous projects, and contact them today to find out how they can help you bring your business a cut above the rest.

Of Course You Can!

Dr. Kara Johnson

Dr. Kara Johnson is a physician, CEO, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and international public speaker. Educated at Harvard University and the University of California San Diego School of Medicine and trained at the world-renowned Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Dr. Johnson was well-equipped to create Mountain View Medical Center, a multi-specialty medical center that brings world-class medicine to the people of Alaska. With an entrepreneurial spirit, Dr. Johnson grew Mountain View Medical Center from the ground up and created the most technologically advanced medical and surgical center in the state. 

But Dr. Johnson didn’t stop there. She also founded the international nonprofit, Gift of Sight, and co-founded the Prevention of Global Blindness fellowship, which empowers recent graduates to join this international community. Most recently, she started Troy Medical, a novel telehealth company that offers long-term subspecialty medical care to remote areas. In addition to this, Dr. Johnson is a member of the Seattle chapter of Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO).

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Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn: 

  • What inspired Dr. Kara Johnson to start a practice in Alaska and what led to the center’s success?
  • Dr. Johnson shares her reasons for creating the Gift of Sight nonprofit
  • Dr. Johnson’s focus on preventing the effects of blue light on eyesight and the body
  • How Dr. Johnson’s telehealth company, Troy Medical, helps provide specialty medical care to patients in remote areas
  • Where did the name “Troy Medical” come from?
  • The most impactful piece of advice that Dr. Johnson received from a mentor
  • The biggest challenge Dr. Johnson has faced and how she overcame it
  • Dr. Johnson talks about her superpower and shares her contact details

In this episode…

Growing up, the best piece of advice Dr. Kara Johnson ever received was from her mother. She was told that she could do anything she wanted to — and this inspired her to become the woman, entrepreneur, and philanthropist she is today.

Over the years, Dr. Johnson has learned that if you put all your energy and power into doing something, you can achieve so much more than you ever thought you could. With this in mind, Dr. Johnson has become a strong leader who leverages her passion for her work, team, and family to achieve great feats and give back to people in need. 

In this episode of the Lead Like A Woman Show, Andrea Heuston is joined by Dr. Kara Johnson, the Founder of Mountain View Medical Center and Troy Medical, to talk about carving your own path, taking care of your health, and building a successful medical practice. Dr. Johnson talks about the passion behind her success, the challenges she faced building her business, and how she helps correct eye problems through her nonprofit organization.

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This episode is brought to you by Artitudes Design by Andrea Heuston. Artitudes Design is an award-winning creative agency that has been creating visual communication for Fortune 500 companies for over 25 years. They have worked with notable companies such as Microsoft, Starbucks, Expedia, and have also served startups and nonprofit organizations.

They specialize in connecting speakers with audiences by creating visual value with presentations and through the creation of motion graphics, video, and content.

To learn more about Artitudes Design, visit their website today. Checkout their portfolio to see their previous projects, and contact them today to find out how they can help you bring your business a cut above the rest.

Manage Up

Jessica Devine

Jessica Devine is the Founder of Todayist, an app that helps busy people be happy one step at a time. She is a former finance and management consultant and worked at the corporate level before jumping into entrepreneurship. Her previous roles ranged from personalized technology to creating the birthday fundraiser on Facebook. She leverages technology to scale a social impact for good. 

While she firmly believes that degrees are in no way a measure of a person’s abilities, Jessica had a fourth-grade math education and a subpar GPA — Santa Monica Community College offered her a gateway of opportunities. She holds a BA from the University of Southern California and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

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Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn: 

  • Jessica Devine talks about the spark behind leaving the corporate world to create Todayist
  • How Jessica elevates underrepresented organizations in her social enterprise, and how she gives back to the community
  • Jessica talks about how the Facebook birthday fundraiser was born and living with purpose and intention
  • Jessica discusses her shift from the corporate world to entrepreneurship, and the benefit of placing value in yourself 
  • The most impactful piece of advice she has received — and Jessica’s advice to a woman on how to manage up
  • Jessica’s superpower and contact details

In this episode…

At some point in life, we all need help making the most of each day. Stress can make you feel pained and disconnected — and when you are busy creating an empire, it is difficult to stop and breathe.

Jessica Devine is an entrepreneur and a mother — and she struggled with the pain of taking care of herself, which is why she created Todayist to give purpose to each day. Her social enterprise finds a sustainable way to focus on yourself, creating a moment of clarity in a murky world. 

Jessica Devine, the Founder of Todayist, joins Andrea Heuston in this episode of the Lead Like A Woman Show to talk about creating community and doing good. Jessica talks about the importance of practicing self-care, looking through a different lens for a positive mindset, and being authentic and placing value in yourself. Plus, Jessica shares how you can get a discount code for the Todayist app!

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They specialize in connecting speakers with audiences by creating visual value with presentations and through the creation of motion graphics, video, and content.

To learn more about Artitudes Design, visit their website today. Checkout their portfolio to see their previous projects, and contact them today to find out how they can help you bring your business a cut above the rest.

Think BIG

Diane Najm

Diane Najm is the Founder and CEO of PhotoPad. After practicing social work for over 20 years, Diane leapt into the entrepreneurial world to launch two tech platforms in the photo and digital content marketing space. Her first product was PhotoPad, a consumer photo app on Facebook in 2010, and PhotoPad for Business in 2016.

Diane’s passion and leadership continue to empower women in business by providing resources and connections. She serves on the board of directors of Women in Wireless and Women in Tech, is a past director of Founder Institute, is a mentor to startups, and was invited to the Seattle White House Digital Tech Summit. Diane regularly speaks about entrepreneurship and leadership, and she’s passionate about making the world a better place.

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Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn: 

  • Diane Najm’s inspiration for creating PhotoPad and why her product targets women and small businesses
  • What led to the success of PhotoPad?
  • How Diane finds clients for her business
  • Diane and Andrea talk about some mistakes they made in their businesses and what they learned from the experience
  • Benefits of building and maintaining a great company culture
  • Diane’s background in social work — and how she transitioned to entrepreneurship
  • The best piece of advice Diane has received from a mentor and her advice to women looking to go into entrepreneurship
  • Diane’s superpower and contact details

In this episode…

Businesses are never perfect, and the smartest (and most successful) entrepreneurs see the various failures in business as stepping stones to greatness. Such experiences are meant to make you stronger, wiser, and a better business owner. However, it is important that entrepreneurs don’t get stuck in the past or compare themselves to others because this limits their success.

Diane Najm believes in thinking big, believing in yourself, and growing a business with a big vision. She advises women to own their dreams and be persistent in going after them. For her, thinking big also means having the right people around you from the time you start your business. Diane also guides others to trust their intuition, not only when hiring new employees, but also when it is necessary to fire some of them.

Diane Najm, the Founder and CEO of PhotoPad, joins Andrea Heuston in this episode of the Lead Like A Woman Show to talk about the importance of thinking big when starting and building a business. Diane also talks about her background in social work, developing a photo app, having the right team, and building a company’s culture.

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This episode is brought to you by Artitudes Design by Andrea Heuston. Artitudes Design is an award-winning creative agency that has been creating visual communication for Fortune 500 companies for over 25 years. They have worked with notable companies such as Microsoft, Starbucks, Expedia, and have also served startups and nonprofit organizations.

They specialize in connecting speakers with audiences by creating visual value with presentations and through the creation of motion graphics, video, and content.

To learn more about Artitudes Design, visit their website today. Checkout their portfolio to see their previous projects, and contact them today to find out how they can help you bring your business a cut above the rest.

What Do YOU Want?

Ariel Gliboff

Ariel Gliboff is the Founder and Executive Director of The Emotional Abuse Discussion nonprofit and the host of the Domestic Violence Discussion podcast, which is focused on domestic abuse from the perspective of a survivor.

As a first-generation Chinese American, Ariel’s goal is to create educational tools for survivors of color. She is also an Ironwoman and has a focus on exercise as a form of self-care.

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Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn: 

  • Ariel Gliboff talks about her Emotional Abuse Discussion nonprofit and explains why she started the Domestic Violence Discussion podcast
  • Why Ariel’s focus is tailored towards people of color and how the nonprofit has been helping women
  • Ariel talks about domestic abuse during the pandemic and how she realized she was in an abusive relationship
  • How Ariel finds guests for her podcast and the ways she has been helping survivors
  • Ariel’s current and future plans for her nonprofit — and how you can offer them support 
  • What Ariel does for self-care, the best piece of advice she has received from a mentor, and her advice for women who have been in an abusive relationship
  • Ariel talks about her superpower and shares her contact details

In this episode…

Are you confident to go for what you want instead of what others think you need to have? Are you willing — and ready — to chase after your dreams regardless of what your friends and family say?

Some children grow up in households or communities that teach them to do what their parents want, even though it may not be what they want for themselves, and this often leads to unhappy and miserable lives as adults. Ariel Gliboff found herself in this situation but decided to change and follow her own path. She made a decision to go for what she wanted and now lives a happy and fulfilled life.

In this episode of the Lead Like A Woman Show, Andrea Heuston is joined by Ariel Gliboff, the Founder and Executive Director of The Emotional Abuse Discussion, to talk about the effects of emotional abuse and how Ariel has been helping survivors heal. They also talk about the importance of being kind to yourself, practicing self-care, and what actions women can take to live happier lives.

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This episode is brought to you by Artitudes Design by Andrea Heuston. Artitudes Design is an award-winning creative agency that has been creating visual communication for Fortune 500 companies for over 25 years. They have worked with notable companies such as Microsoft, Starbucks, Expedia, and have also served startups and nonprofit organizations.

They specialize in connecting speakers with audiences by creating visual value with presentations and through the creation of motion graphics, video, and content.

To learn more about Artitudes Design, visit their website today. Checkout their portfolio to see their previous projects, and contact them today to find out how they can help you bring your business a cut above the rest.

Step Off the Cliff

Kerri Garbis

Kerri Garbis is the Founder, President, and CEO of Ovation, a communication skills training firm. Kerri has trained hundreds of executives internationally on presentation skills, storytelling for business, etiquette, and emotional intelligence. At the helm of Ovation, a 30-person global training firm, Kerri ensures that every Ovation engagement delivers the highest level of client-focused professional training. Dedication to this standard sets Ovation apart from the competition and ensures multiple repeat engagements and many long-term clients.

A professional actress since childhood, Kerri has starred in productions such as Evita, Singin’ In The Rain, and The Lady With All The Answers. You may also have seen her catching a pass from a New England Patriot, singing a Christmas carol, or complaining of bloating in a television commercial. She is also a member of the Actor’s Equity Association. Kerri is a business etiquette expert certified by The Emily Post Institute and an emotional intelligence expert certified by The Hay Group. She is also the Founder of Be Ready, a nonprofit initiative offering Ovation’s professional presence training to the black youth of America.

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Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn: 

  • Kerri Garbis’ background in sales, what drove her to start her own B2B company, and why she decided to hire fellow actors in her business
  • How Kerri’s acting has supported her work at Ovation and how the company uses acting skills to help professionals become better speakers
  • What differentiates Kerri from other speaking coaches?
  • What has led to Kerri’s success with Ovation?
  • Kerri talks about her new nonprofit, Be Ready, and how the effects of the pandemic sparked the idea for Studio G
  • The most interesting role Kerri has played in her life and the most rewarding role she is currently playing
  • The most impactful piece of advice Kerri has received from a mentor and her advice for women looking to try something new
  • Kerri’s superpower and how to get in touch with her

In this episode…

To be a successful leader, you need to understand how you show up and influence your audience — whether that is your employees, fellow business leaders, or speaking at an event. You need to think about how you communicate with your voice and body language.

According to Kerri Garbis, leaders should start by becoming more self-aware in order to become strong communicators. With good training, you can learn to alter your messages and method of delivery for different situations. Kerri also advises leaders to recognize their strengths, surround themselves with people who are smarter than they are, and find the right resources to get where they want to be.

Kerri Garbis, the Founder and CEO of Ovation, is Andrea Heuston’s guest in this episode of the Lead Like A Woman Show where she talks about using her professional acting skills to build a communications firm made up of actors as facilitators. She also talks about her company’s continuous learning platform, Studio G, and her new nonprofit, Be Ready, which offers training to the black youth of America.

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This episode is brought to you by Artitudes Design by Andrea Heuston. Artitudes Design is an award-winning creative agency that has been creating visual communication for Fortune 500 companies for over 25 years. They have worked with notable companies such as Microsoft, Starbucks, Expedia, and have also served startups and nonprofit organizations.

They specialize in connecting speakers with audiences by creating visual value with presentations and through the creation of motion graphics, video, and content.

To learn more about Artitudes Design, visit their website today. Checkout their portfolio to see their previous projects, and contact them today to find out how they can help you bring your business a cut above the rest.