[10KSB] Capture Your Successes

Jennifer Scott is the Founder, CEO, and Chief People Officer of HireEffect. She brings a unique view to small business leadership after moving from corporate roles to solopreneurship and then to owning and running a growing multi state consulting firm. Jennifer and her team helps business owners create and sustain the kind of culture that promotes growth and success whether it’s through the deployment of technology to improve efficiencies or focusing on people to improve effectiveness,

Jennifer received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Connecticut and has earned a certificate in Human Resources Management from Florida Atlantic University. She presently resides in Frisco Texas with her husband and her son.

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

  • Why Jennifer Scott decided to start HireEffect and why she took jobs while building her company
  • Jennifer’s transition from being a solopreneur and employee to owning a company in 2 weeks
  • Jennifer talks about what it’s like to work with her husband full-time
  • How being a virtual company has helped HireEffect’s team with the current COVID-19 times
  • What Jennifer loves the most about the work she does and being part of the Conscious Capitalism movement
  • The difference between working on your business and working in your business and where entrepreneurs need to focus on
  • What Jennifer wishes she knew as she was starting out her business 13 years ago
  • Jennifer talks about the importance of trust and getting things in writing when doing business
  • The importance of a company’s values and culture when hiring people
  • The best piece of advice Jennifer has ever received and why being a connector is her superpower

In this episode…

The journey of entrepreneurship is challenging and entrepreneurs are bound to make a couple of mistakes along the way. To reduce the risk of making costly mistakes, business owners are better off working on their businesses as opposed to working in their business. But what is the difference and how does focusing on the former affect the way that their business is run?

In this episode of Lead Like a Woman Show, Andrea Heuston talks with HireEffect Founder and CEO,  Jennifer Scott, about the value of outsourcing business services to other companies who are experts in that field. They talk about which business services are most commonly outsourced, the benefits of outsourcing and running a virtual company, the importance of values and culture in the hiring process, and what lead Jennifer to start her company, HireEffect. 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.

[Women of EO Series] Ready Aim Fire

Dr. Cortney Baker is an award-winning entrepreneur, host of The Women in Business podcast, TEDx speaker, and a nationally-recognized authority on women’s leadership. She’s been featured on Fox News, Forbes, iHeartRadio, and Huffington Post, among other publications. As a leadership expert, mentor, business coach to female entrepreneurs and mother of three, she is passionate about empowering women to close the gender gap through the power of entrepreneurship.

Dr. Cortney Baker is also the author of the best selling book The 10 Dos and Don’ts for Business Leadership: Lessons to Lead Effectively and her most recent book Unlimited: Conquering the Myth of the Glass Ceiling. She was named the 2016-2017 Texas Businesswoman of the Year and the top 100 in HealthCare in America. She’s the Founder and CEO of KidsCare Home Health, a multi-million dollar healthcare organization with 11 locations across Texas, Colorado and Idaho. She holds a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University, where she concentrated her studies on understanding and advancing women to the highest levels of leadership.

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

  • Dr. Cortney Baker recalls her entrepreneurship journey and how it led to the founding of KidsCare Home Health
  • Why Dr. Baker decided to start a podcast and go into mentorship
  • Dr. Baker explains how women are holding other women back
  • Dr. Baker shares the before and afters of her life and how she fought her way through them
  • Dr. Baker talks about being a TEDx speaker and becoming a painter
  • What most people don’t know about Dr. Baker and her vision behind the Scaling Society community
  • Dr. Baker reveals a big mistake she made in business and what she is most curious about right now
  • Dr. Baker’s advice to fellow women entrepreneurs and leaders
  • Dr. Baker explains why she thinks that her superpower is her capacity to speak the truth in love
  • How to get in touch with Dr. Cortney Baker

In this episode…

When a young lady approached Dr. Cortney Baker after an event and asked Dr. Baker to be her mentor, she readily agreed because she is a big advocate of women supporting other women. Dr. Baker mentored the young lady who ended up achieving much success in her career and eventually starting her own business. And so being an award-winning entrepreneur and leader, Dr. Baker decided to take up coaching to be able to help other women in their entrepreneurship and leadership roles. 

In this week’s episode of the Lead Like a Woman Show, Andrea Heuston talks with Dr. Cortney Baker about the importance of women mentoring and supporting each other, the before and afters in Dr. Baker’s life, and why women don’t need to have it all to be happy and successful. 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.

[10KSB] Make Your Soul Sing

Chanda Mills Crutcher

Pastor Chanda Mills Crutcher is the President and CEO of the American Senior Assistance Program, Inc. (ASAP). She began her career as a certified nursing assistant in Louisiana and continued working in nursing homes to help pay her way through college. In 2004, she founded the American Senior Assistance Program whose primary focus is to provide services to the aging disabled adults and children in regards to transitioning and finishing well.

In 2014, Chanda became an ordained minister. In 2018 founded the Legacy Center, which helps aging adults continue to live life with independent purpose and provides comprehensive support for caregivers. Not only is the Legacy Center the first facility of its kind in the state of Alabama, but Chanda is the first certified geriatric care manager in the state.

With over 25 years of professional experience in the geriatric care industry, Chanda shows no signs of slowing down. As a wife and mother of seven children and three grandchildren, she’s always up for a challenge. She currently serves on the Governor’s task force for Alzheimer’s and health literacy, and is an executive council member with AARP, an advocate for seniors and their caregivers. Chanda shares her expertise with thousands annually from the White House to rural communities all over the world.

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

  • Why Chanda Mills Crutcher decided to start the American Senior Assistance Program (ASAP)
  • Chanda talks about her recent outreach program where she distributed 60,000 pounds of food to her community
  • What inspired Chanda to become an ordained Minister
  • How the idea for The Legacy Center came about and how it works
  • Chanda talks about her elder advocacy work within the government
  • What Chanda loves most about the work she does and what drives her on a daily basis
  • What most people don’t know about Chanda
  • Chanda talks about a big mistake she made and what she learned from it
  • How the COVID-19 pandemic made people become more aware of their health
  • Why it’s important for women can be true to themselves and believe in themselves
  • The best piece of advice Chanda has received from a mentor and her advice to other women looking to make an impact in their lives
  • Chanda explains why her superpower is her authentic engagement with people

In this episode…

While working for a large long-term care provider, Chanda Mills Crutcher was disappointed by the gap in services that were offered to older and disabled adults. She later resigned and started the American Senior Assistance Program (ASAP) through which she now provides transformational life opportunities for the elderly. 

In addition, Chanda’s great desire to help other people has driven her to be of service to her community. She recently distributed over 60,000 pounds of food in her community as her way of helping out in the midst of the current COVID-19 health crisis

In this episode of Lead Like a Woman Show, Andrea Heuston interviews Chanda Mills Crutcher, President and CEO of the American Senior Assistance Program about her advocacy work and her commitment to providing quality care for the elderly and disabled adults. Chanda discusses why she founded the American Senior Assistance Program and the Legacy Center, her decisions to become an ordained Minister, and why women should believe in themselves. Stay tuned.

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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.

[Women Presidents Organization Series] Make it yours!

Zoey Mann is a fourth generation jeweler and President of Fox’s Seattle. She graduated from Whitman college with a Degree in Theater and Elementary Education and joined the family business full time after earning her Degree in 2003. After working in Fox’s Seattle for 10 years, Zoey took over as the majority shareholder and President in 2013. She’s a member of Seattle Executives Association, and the Women Presidents’ Organization. She was also on the board of the Seattle Children’s Theatre for 14 years.

On a personal note, Zoey and her husband, Jordan, have three kids aged 3 to 11. She has been through a lot in the last few years, having battled BRCA1 genetic mutation after finding out that she was a carrier of the gene when she was 36 and her youngest was only nine months old. She had a preventative oophorectomy and hysterectomy four months later, and a radical breast reduction after a year. In March 2020, she had a preventative double mastectomy with her husband by her side. When she woke up, guests were no longer allowed and non essential surgeries were cancelled as an effect of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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

  • Zoey Mann talks about in the family jewelry business and what she has done in the last 7 years to advance the company
  • What Zoey has been doing to stay connected to her clients during the coronavirus pandemic
  • Why they created an e-commerce website for Fox’s Seattle
  • How Zoey has pivoted Fox’s Seattle in the face of the pandemic and how they have been supporting their employees and community
  • What Zoey wishes she knew when she took over Fox’s Seattle
  • Zoey explains why she’s curious to know if school will open this Fall about and what it’s like working from home
  • Zoey opens up about a mistake she made in her business and the lessons she learned from it
  • Why Zoey’s dad has been her biggest mentor and the best piece of advice she has ever received
  • Zoey talks about being a BRCA1 gene carrier and how overcoming adversities related to the gene has helped her personally and professionally
  • Zoey’s superpower and her advice to other business people

In this episode…

Oftentimes, when people inherit or take over the leadership mantle in their family’s businesses, they tend to do what the leaders before them did as opposed to creating their own course. Zoey Mann made the same mistake during her early days in their family business, Fox’s Seattle, until she realized that they were in a bad place business-wise. It was then that she decided to pivot and make several changes which turned out to be very much in their favor.

Zoey currently works with a number of designers and jewelers who ensures that she supplies top quality products to her clients. After taking over the leadership of the company, she not only moved the business to a new location but she has also changed its business model, leading it to the growth and expansion that it currently enjoys.

In this episode of Lead Like a Woman, Andrea Heuston is joined by Zoey Mann from Fox’s Seattle to talk about jewelry and conquering adversity. They’ll be discussing the changes Zoey brought about in their family business, how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted the company, and how they’re supporting their employees and community today. She also shares her experience of overcoming BRCA1 gene mutation and how this has affected her personally and professionally. 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.

[10KSB] Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself

Jaci Russo is a brand strategist, author, podcast and radio host, and the co-founder & CEO of brandRUSSO, a strategic branding agency. Jaci began her career in Hollywood as a Junior Talent Agent at Creative Artists Agency working with clients such as Helen Hunt, David Letterman and Gwyneth Paltrow. After that, she worked as the Executive Assistant to Chairman and CEO Barry Diller, adding strategic value to his many companies including the Home Shopping Network and Ticketmaster.

Jaci has years of experience in branding and marketing on a national level and is a sought-after speaker on the topics of branding and social media. She has four children and is married to Michael Russo, co-founder and Creative Director of the agency they launched together in 2001.

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

  • Why Jaci Russo and her husband, Michael, started brandRUSSO
  • Jaci explains what Razor BrandingTM refers to and what makes brandRUSSO different from other branding agencies?
  • Jaci shares what it’s like to work with her husband and the biggest challenges that comes with her line of work
  • Jaci talks about how she got to work in Hollywood as a Junior Talent Agent
  • Jaci talks about Barry Diller and what it was like working as his Executive Assistant 
  • Why Jaci decided to join the Goldsman Sachs program and get a PCM certification
  • The benefits of having an abundance mentality as opposed to a scarcity mentality
  • The mentors Jaci has had over the years and the best piece of advice she has received
  • Jaci’s advice to women starting out in their careers and those looking to make changes in their careers
  • Jaci explains why her superpower is enthusiasm and how it has helped in her business

In this episode…

To be a successful entrepreneur, you have to be a lifelong learner and be willing to do more in order to grow. The mindset you have as your business grows is crucial because your beliefs and the way you think serves as either the nudge you need to push boundaries or the wall that limits you from moving forward. 

Jaci Russo loves change and the uncomfortability that comes with it. Her daily mantra is ‘check yourself before you wreck yourself’ and she believes that it is only through suffering and being uncomfortable that one can open up space for self-improvement. 

Join Andrea Heuston in this episode of Lead Like a Woman Show as she talks with Jaci Russo, Co-founder of brandRUSSO, about creative branding and the importance of having an abundance mentality. Jaci also shares why she and her husband, Michael Russo, started their own branding agency, what sets their agency apart from other players in the industry, what it’s like to work in Hollywood, and how your mindset can be the key that sets you up for success. Stay tuned.

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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.

[10KSB] There’s No Someday on the Calendar

Erin Branche is a lifestyle expert who has merged her background in luxury hospitality with her passion for makeup into a successful lash and beauty brand. She is the Founder and CEO of Lash Bash and has a passion for lashes, beauty, and the latest trends. Lash Bash opened its first location in Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square in 2015.

Erin Branche graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2006 with a B.A. in Communications and a post-graduate diploma in Hotel & Restaurant Management from École Hôtelière de Lausanne. She is a licensed aesthetician and a graduate of Esthiology from the Jean Madeline Institute of Philadelphia. She is certified in both classic and Russian volume lash extensions. Erin also recently completed the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses incubator program.

Erin is active in her community and is passionate about the arts. She serves on the executive board of the Young Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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

  • Erin Branche talks about her entrepreneurial journey and how she started Lash Bash
  • Erin shares her plans for her business and why it’s important for her team to connect with clients
  • What makes Lash Bash different from other eyelash companies?
  • Erin talks about the most challenging part of running Lash Bash and what she loves most about her work
  • What Erin wishes she knew when starting her business and what she learned from an early mistake she did in her business
  • Erin’s thoughts on how the COVID-19 pandemic will affect the salon space
  • Erin discusses the new ideas and projects she came up with during the lockdown and her renewed connection with family
  • Why Erin’s challenges and indecisions in her 20s were a big learning curve for her
  • Why “trust your heart” is the best piece of advice Erin has ever received
  • Erin’s advice to fellow women leaders and entrepreneurs
  • Erin explains why her unlimited supply of energy and optimism is her superpower as a woman

In this episode…

Many female entrepreneurs and leaders have been working from home for these past few months because of the lockdowns that took effect as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This has given them a lot of time to think about their work, family, and future plans; and many of them say that despite working from home, they have found themselves to be more productive during the lockdown.

This has been the case for Erin Branche, who was able to sit down, research, and develop online courses which had taken a backseat to her numerous other projects over the years. She has also coined a new motto, ‘there’s no someday on the calendar’ and the time she spent at home has allowed her to not only revisit shelved ideas, it has also allowed her to spend more time with her family.

In this episode, Andrea Heuston is joined by Erin Branche, Founder and CEO of Lash Bash to talk about her passion for beauty and luxury and the impact and power of determination. Erin shares how she started her entrepreneurial journey which led her to Lash Bash, the challenges she faced growing her business, and why it is very important for her to create quality connections with her clients. Stay tuned.

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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. Check out 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.

[10KSB] Let’s Get Chocolate Wasted!

Jasmine Donovan
Sarahbeth Yeli Marshall is the Founder and Chief Chocolate Officer of Yelibelly Chocolates. She started her career as a registered dietician with a Master’s Degree in Nutrition and Food Science, and worked for 15 years in the food service industry before falling into the dark side of chocolate. 

Yeli has been studying and performing the art of Middle Eastern belly dancing since 1999, and on one of her travels to Italy, she discovered flavor-infused chocolates. She brought back that inspiration and started making her own chocolates in 2007 and since then, she has worked at perfecting various flavors to entice her family and friends. 

Yeli started selling her chocolates around the Metroplex and at a dance studio where she taught belly dancing. After searching for a name that truly told the story about her chocolates, a friend suggested melding her name and her passion for dance, thus Yelibelly Chocolates was born. Yeli still performs from time to time around the Dallas area, and she also teaches nutrition and healthy cooking classes.

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

  • What inspired Sarahbeth Yeli Marshall to start Yelibelly Chocolates
  • The most challenging part of the chocolate business and what Yeli loves the most about it
  • What most people don’t know about Yeli Marshall
  • How Yeli has changed her business structure to adjust to the current health crisis, and how working from home has benefited her and her employees
  • Where to find Yelibelly Chocolates and the nutrition classes that Yeli offers
  • What Yeli wishes she knew when starting her business
  • Yeli shares the biggest mistake made in her business and what she learned from it
  • The people Yeli admires and considers to be her mentors, and the most impactful thing she has learned from them
  • Yeli’s advice to other women entrepreneurs on being successful and handling their inner critics
  • Yeli talks about belly dancing and what her superpower is

In this episode…

Sarahbeth Yeli Marshall fell in love with flavor-infused chocolates while on a trip in Italy so much that she was inspired to start making her own when she got back home. When she no longer found happiness in her career as a dietician, her husband encouraged her to start a chocolate-making  business and since then, there’s been no turning back for Yeli.

The journey of entrepreneurship has been enlightening for Yeli and things she learned in the process is something that she hopes to share with other women. 

Join Andrea Heuston on this episode of Lead Like a Woman Show where she interviews Sarahbeth Yeli Marshall about chocolate and about chocolates and belly dancing. Yeli talks about how she came to start a business enterprise around chocolate, the challenges she faced growing her business, and the lessons she learned that she hopes other women can learn from. Stay tuned.

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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. Check out 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.

[Women of EO Series] Practical & Tactical Tips to persuade, communicate and just show up in this crazy online world

Jasmine Donovan

Andrea Heuston is the CEO and Creative Principal of Artitudes Design, an award-winning creative agency. She has over 20 years of experience in the design industry and has won several awards such as the Puget Sound Business Journal’s 40 under 40, the Annual Enterprising Women of the Year Awards for Enterprising Women Magazine, Cambridge Who’s Who, and the Key4Women Achieve Award. 

Andrea holds a degree in Communications and Design from the University of Washington. She is a speaker, author, and a volunteer who helps plan, purchase, prepare, and serve meals for the members of The Matt Talbot Center. Andrea is also the host of the Lead Like a Woman Show where she features top women leaders in order to share their inspirational stories on life and leadership.

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

  • The common challenges associated with working from home
  • How to create value for yourself and for others in the current virtual environment
  • Online meeting fails and the importance of defining your online persona and avoiding distractions
  • Best tips for Zoom backgrounds, lighting, and adjusting audio settings
  • What to do to make sure you are heard and your ideas are taken seriously during an online meeting
  • The need for empathy, flexibility, and patience in online communications
  • Tips on properly balancing time between family and work when working from home
  • Ann Nordquist from Wilcox and Flegel talks about her job at the oil company and how she manages working from home
  • Jamie talks about the working environment at Schwabe, WIlliamson and Wyatt 
  • Emily Greenwald from Historical Research Associates shares her experience working from home
  • Dina Horton shares tactics and challenges from the transportation, ports, and maritime group
  • Kelsey shares best practices and struggles from the technology breakout group
  • Erin from the healthcare and life sciences breakout group shares how the group was dealing with quarantine
  • What Stephanie learned from the real estate and construction breakout group stays connected
  • Samantha shares how the professional and tech services sector breakout group have been doing social video calls and maintaining cultural connection
  • Amy discusses the tips she got from the natural resources and agriculture breakout group
  • What members of the manufacturing breakout group are grateful for and what they’re doing to stay connected
  • Andrea’s advice on other practical and tactical things people can do with technology

In this episode…

For the last couple of months, the world has seen a lot of sudden and unexpected changes in people’s lives as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This crazy and uncertain time has cost people their employment, their health, and have essentially forced them to pivot from their usual routines so abruptly. One of the most common pivots done by many companies who remain operational is shifting their workforce from working in the office to working from home.

However, not everyone is conversant with working virtually, and taking part in online meetings has proved to be a challenge for many. In addition, balancing work and family time for women has proven to be another challenge.

In this episode, Andrea Heuston shares a recording of a webinar she did with a group of 200 women from different industries. In this webinar, they share the best tips for working from home, preparing and effectively taking part in online meetings, and the importance of empathy, patience, and communication when working remotely from your team. They also discuss solutions to the challenges they’re facing and how they’re staying connected to their work colleagues and family during quarantine. Stay tuned.

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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. Check out 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.

[Women President’s Organization Series] The journey back to Hamburgers

Jasmine Donovan

Jasmine Donovan is the President and CFO of Dick’s Drive-In Restaurants. Being the granddaughter of one of the founders, she has worked in the business several times since she was 16 years old and started working full time on the executive team in 2013. Jasmine stepped into the role of President when her father, Jim Spady, retired in March of 2019. 

Jasmine is on the board of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, Mary’s Place, and The Forum Foundation. She was recently recognized by the Puget Sound Business Journal as a Woman of Influence for 2019. She graduated from Hillsdale College with a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Chemistry in 2006. 

Jasmine joined the Navy after college and was assigned as an instructor at the Naval Nuclear Power Training Command in Charleston, South Carolina. During her service, she was the Public Affairs Officer, earned her Master Training Specialist certification and was the Division Director of the physics teaching division. While in Charleston, she also earned her Master’s degree in Business with an emphasis in Finance at Charleston Southern University. She currently resides in North Seattle with her husband and two sons.

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

  • Andrea’s appreciation of Women Presidents Organization (WPO)
  • Who is Jasmine Donovan?
  • How did Dick’s Drive-In Restaurants start and what are their core values?
  • Jasmine talks about her grandfather’s business philosophies
  • What it’s like to be the first female President of Dick’s Drive-In Restaurants after working for the company for a long time
  • Why Jasmine chose to go into military service and what she learned about leadership 
  • The most challenging part of Jasmine’s work at Dick’s Drive-In Restaurants
  • The changes Jasmine had made in their company and her future plans for the food chain
  • How Dick’s Drive-In Restaurants responded to the COVID-19 crisis and how they’ve been reaching out to their local hospital
  • Jasmine talks about a big mistake she made, what she learned from it, and the best piece of advice she has ever received
  • The advice Jasmine would give to a young woman who’s just starting her career about leadership
  • Why Jasmine considers her ability to be comfortable with change as her superpower

In this episode…

Being in the military is a great experience and there’s a lot to learn from being in service. Things such as discipline, leadership, and being of service to others are learned while in the military, and it’s a great place to start practicing persistence and how to manage through a crisis.

Jasmine Donovan knows this first hand because her time at the Navy was one filled with enriching experiences that prepared her for when she eventually took the helm of their family business, Dick’s Drive-In Restaurants. Being part of the business for a long time and developing the need to serve others has led her to make decisions that has not only allowed their company to help others in times of crisis, but also to maneuver beyond the challenges posed by being in one.

Join Andrea Heuston in this week’s episode of Lead Like a Woman as she talks to Jasmine Donovan, about what it’s like to be the first female President of one of Seattle’s top restaurants. She also talks about the philosophies her grandfather had for the business and how it made their business stand out from competition, how she applies the things she learned while in the Navy to their company, and her future plans for Dick’s Drive-In Restaurants. Stay tuned. 

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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. Check out 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.

[10KSB] Things Change When You Change

Connie Wyatt

Connie Wyatt is the Founder, President, and Principal Consultant of S.A.I.D. Strategy Group. She has been leading the rapidly growing woman and minority-owned professional services firm since its inception in 2014. As a management consulting firm, S.A.I.D prides itself on being the best of the best at creative critical problem solving to deliver on what they commit to with their clients for their organizational strategic initiatives, hardware service platform deployments, and software application development projects. Their motto is ‘When you work with us, it’s SAID and done’.

Connie is a certified project manager, business analyst, and a thought leader in the industry, including being a contributing author to the book The Keys to Our Success: Lessons Learned from 25 of Our Best Project Managers, Second Edition. She has a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Illinois, a Certificate in Project Management Strategy from the University of Chicago, a Certificate in Customer Relationship Management from DePaul University, and a Certificate in Entrepreneurship from Harold Washington College. She is also a graduate of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program.

In her free time, Connie is an avid listener of music, creating playlists and exploring new genres. She also loves bicycling with the ultimate goal of riding a century, which is a 100-mile ride.

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

  • Andrea’s appreciation for Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program
  • Connie shares why she decided to start the S.A.I.D. Strategy Group while working at the University of Chicago
  • Connie explains what S.A.I.D stands for, her vision for it, and what made her business successful right from the beginning
  • The role of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program in the growth of her business
  • Why it’s important to learn from different sources, grow, evolve and pivot as a person and as a business
  • The changes Connie has made in her business in light of the current health crisis and the 3 things she has learned from it
  • What Connie is most curious about at the moment
  • Connie talks about a big mistake she made, the lessons she learned from it, and her advice to women in order to advance professionally
  • Connie explains why perseverance is her superpower

In this episode…

You are the master of your own destiny. If you are in a position where you feel that your business or relationships are not working out the way you want them to, then it’s high time you made some changes in the way you approach these things. Instead of looking at everybody else, make a decision to change yourself because things will change when you change.

Oftentimes people tend to have a victim mentality when things don’t turn out the way they want them to. But according to Connie Wyatt, it’s very crucial for people to evolve as things around them change and to take the time to learn from others along the way.

This week’s episode of the Lead Like a Woman Show  is dedicated to Christine Wyatt, the late mother of this episode’s guest, Connie Wyatt. Connie talks to Andrea Heuston about the need for change, why she started her consultancy company, the importance of continued growth and learning, and how the COVID-19 pandemic has personally affected her and her family. Stay tuned.

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