Perfect Is Boring!

Laura Barnard

Laura Barnard is the Founder and Partner at BREAKTHRU Brands, a brand-building agency empowering women leaders to create personal and professional brands that break barriers. With two decades of experience in marketing and branding, she focuses her agency on building brands and guiding over 100 leaders to take action. Laura has led strategy for global brands such as HARIBO, Werther’s, and Skittles and has contributed to advisory boards for emerging startups, including PWRFWD and Fork Food Lab.

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

  • Laura Barnard talks about her transition from the corporate world to creating BREAKTHRU Brands
  • Laura’s revolutionary moments in founding BREAKTHRU Brands
  • How Laura’s background as a basketball captain influences her leadership style
  • What is the B.O.L.D. leadership approach?
  • Creating limitless possibilities in a limiting world
  • The importance of female leadership in today’s society
  • Advice for building a personal brand

In this episode…

Studies show that women leaders facilitate innovation and drive measurable business results. Yet women are continuously denied leadership roles and struggle to receive equal opportunities, which suppresses confidence and determination. How can you discover your leadership style and enable boundless possibilities for other women?

Typically, vulnerability is perceived as a weakness. But Laura Barnard says that women who exhibit this trait foster meaningful connections and confidence by demonstrating that perfection is overvalued and restrictive. Laura has developed the B.O.L.D. leadership approach to inspire emerging leaders to make an impact. The framework involves displaying bravery, being outspoken in your efforts, communicating your message and ideas with intention, and differentiating yourself from the crowd.

Join Andrea Heuston in today’s episode of the Lead Like a Woman Show as she hosts Laura Barnard, the Founder and Partner at BREAKTHRU Brands, to talk about building influential leaders. Laura explains the importance of female leadership in today’s society, advice for creating a personal brand, and how to establish opportunities in a limiting world.

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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.

[The Men Who Support the Women] Keep Rocking the Boat

Steve Crandall

Steve Crandall is the CEO of ProMotion Holdings Global, a leading national provider of communications consulting and content technology solutions. As CEO, he has overseen the organization’s growth from its founding to one of the largest LGBTQ-owned businesses in the Pacific Northwest. As a serial entrepreneur, strategic thinker, and community activist, Steve’s award-winning creative work has appeared on local and national news. He serves on numerous nonprofit boards and was named the Greater Seattle Business Association’s “Business Man of the Year” in 2005.

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

  • Steve Crandall discusses how female leadership has evolved since founding ProMotion Holdings
  • Steve’s journey to becoming a video court reporter
  • How Steve’s military upbringing has impacted his leadership style
  • Recognizing women’s skills in the workplace
  • The value of a women-led executive team to ProMotion Holdings’ culture
  • Advice for breaking the glass ceiling in a male-dominated work environment

In this episode…

Although women have gained some authority in the business world, male leaders continue to outrank their female counterparts in every sector. How can you inspire young women to pursue leadership roles while dismantling the barriers to gender equality?

As an advocate for workplace diversity, Steve Crandall believes that women play a crucial role in business decisions by bringing unique perspectives and insights to any undertaking. He has built an entirely women-led executive team that makes key decisions on equal pay and leave to facilitate widespread change. Steve encourages women to challenge the status quo and remain assertive and headstrong to obtain a leadership position.

CEO of ProMotion Holdings, Steve Crandall, joins Andrea Heuston in today’s episode of the Lead Like a Woman Show, to discuss the importance of a women-led team. Steve also talks about the evolution of female leadership, how to recognize women’s skills in the workplace, and advice for breaking the glass ceiling in a male-dominated workforce.

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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.

Synergy and Opportunity

Allison DeLeone

Allison DeLeone is the President and CEO of The Production Network (TPN) + Evia, a production agency providing messaging strategies and comprehensive solutions for brands wanting to boost engagement with their audience. For over 25 years, Allison has supported events and exhibit productions for the largest brands on high-profile stages. Her current focus is on incorporating TPN in Web3 and the metaverse.

Hilary Laney

Hilary Laney is the Chief Revenue Officer at The Production Network + Evia. As an executive and team leader, Hilary’s passion is to build engaging and inclusive event experiences. Her efforts have helped Evia’s customers target their intended audiences and collect accurate data from its users.

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

  • Allison DeLeone shares her journey from working as a sculptor in the museum industry to becoming the CEO of TPN
  • Hilary Laney’s experience purchasing Evia and changing the event industry
  • Staying agile and relevant when setbacks are ever-present
  • The future of TPN + Evia and the impetus of the merger
  • Allison’s unique contribution to the NFT space
  • Advice that has impacted Allison and Hilary

In this episode…

The event industry is complex and ever-changing. It can be challenging to maintain your influence if you don’t implement the proper strategies. To stay ahead of the competition, it’s critical to construct creative ideas and be vigilant of new opportunities.

Upon combining their forces, event industry powerhouses Allison DeLeone and Hilary Laney are raising the standards for creative production agencies. Their individual experiences have shown that they are capable of moving companies forward — even in trying times. Merging their companies has allowed the duo to expand their services for customers and create new opportunities for themselves, their team, and their customers.

In this episode of Lead Like a Woman Show, Andrea Heuston sits down with Allison DeLeone, the President and CEO of TPN + Evia, and Hilary Laney, TPN + Evia’s Chief Revenue Officer, to discuss the merger between the two companies and how it has introduced new opportunities. Allison and Hilary also talk about how the company has maintained its relevance and how they are innovating through NFTs.

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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.

Becoming a Change-Able Leader

Dianna Anderson

Dianna Anderson, MCC is the Founder and CEO of Cylient, a firm that helps clients create a coaching culture that drives momentum for enterprise-wide change. Through Cylient, she has developed various workshops including Coaching in the Moment®, Feedback in the Moment®, and Untying the Knot®, which have enabled leaders to take a coaching approach to daily interactions.

Dianna is the co-author of Coaching that Counts, offering a compelling business case for individual coaching in organizations. She is also a Master Certified Coach (MCC) through the International Coach Federation.

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

  • How Dianna Anderson began coaching professionals — and how she founded Cylient
  • Dianna talks about coaching as a lifestyle and Cylient’s coaching approaches
  • The power of safe and seen coaching cultures
  • What is change-able leadership?
  • Valuable tips for female leaders

In this episode…

Traditional leadership approaches often embody an authoritative model in which solutions are definitive and individuals receive criticism. Yet these methods are outdated and don’t align with modern workforces and cultures. So how can you evolve your leadership style to facilitate meaningful change?

Master Certified Coach Dianna Anderson has harnessed the change-able leadership concept. This style utilizes coaching as a way of life to help professionals learn, grow, and create connections. If you want to make a lasting impact, Dianna says to create spaces where individuals feel safe, seen, and heard to foster collaboration and solve shared challenges.

Join Andrea Heuston in today’s episode of the Lead Like a Woman Show as she chats with Dianna Anderson, Founder and CEO of Cylient, about what it means to be a change-able leader. Dianna also talks about coaching as a lifestyle, the power of creating safe and seen spaces, and Cylient’s coaching process.

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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.

You’re Worth More Than You Think You Are

Mikelann Valterra


Mikelann Valterra is an author, keynote speaker, and money coach who helps women transform their relationship with money to create a life they love. For over 20 years, she has been a thought leader in the field of financial psychology. Her strong background in emotional intelligence paired with her practical money strategies enables her clients to consciously design their life while escaping financial stress and anxiety. When she’s not working with clients, you can find Mikelann on the dance floor indulging in her love of Argentine Tango.

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

  • How Mikelann Valterra became a money coach and started her business
  • What led to Mikelann’s success in business?
  • Mikelann talks about co-founding a software company
  • The benefits of money coaching
  • Mikelann’s tips for designing a life you love, having money conversations, and creating a personalized spending plan
  • The best piece of advice Mikelann has received from her mentors — and her advice to women on creating a happy place
  • Mikelann talks about her future plans and her superpower

In this episode…

How can you use your money to be happy and create the life you want?

You can do anything you put your mind to. Take it from Mikelann Valterra, who had the faith and courage to go after her dreams and start a business in a new niche. She believed that she could — and she did! Now, she helps other leaders manage their money and design the life of their dreams. Today, Mikelann is here to share her advice on money, spending, and finding joy in your life.

In this episode of the Lead Like a Woman Show, Andrea Heuston interviews Mikelann Valterra, a money coach, about the psychology of money. They also discuss the benefits of money coaching, tips for designing a life you love, and how to create a personalized spending plan.

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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.

Embrace the Unexpected

Karen Hough

Karen Hough is the Founder and CEO of ImprovEdge and has been using improvisation as a catalyst for business training and consulting for over 20 years. ImprovEdge won the silver International Stevie Award for “Most Innovative Company of the Year” and is in the top 1% of US women-owned businesses. Karen won the WNBA Inspiring Woman Award and is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post.

Karen is a #1 Amazon best-selling author and 800-CEO-Read Top 25 Business Books recipient for The Improvisation Edge: Secrets to Building Trust and Radical Collaboration at Work. Her second award-winning book, Be the Best Bad Presenter Ever: Break the Rules, Make Mistakes, and Win Them Over, is available in four languages and won the Benjamin Franklin Gold Award for video content in an ebook. Her third book, Go With It: Embrace the Unexpected to Drive Change, was published by the Association for Talent Development in 2017. Karen is a national conference keynote speaker on topics such as negotiation, executive presence, presentation skills, leadership, and business development. She is also a graduate of Yale University and La Sorbonne in Paris and is deeply committed to philanthropic work. She lives in Ohio with her husband and three children.

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

  • Karen Hough’s acting and sales background
  • What went right when Karen started her company?
  • ImprovEdge’s new product for boosting competence
  • How Karen uses improv skills to serve clients and help them thrive
  • Why speakers should break some presentation rules
  • How to embrace the unexpected and drive change
  • The most impactful piece of advice Karen has ever received
  • Karen’s superpower and contact details

In this episode…

Many things can happen unexpectedly and cause chaos and confusion. In such cases, how can you improvise to emerge stronger and more empowered?

To successfully step into the unknown, you have to be willing to embrace change. Do the things that make you uncomfortable, whether at work, in your family, or in relationships. The fear of change can make you uneasy and prevent you from living your best life, but you can take baby steps toward your goals. When things happen unexpectedly, you don’t need to have all the answers. Karen Hough’s advice is to take a pause to calm down and allow yourself to reflect and think about the next steps.

In this episode of the Lead Like a Woman Show, Andrea Heuston is joined by Karen Hough, the Founder and CEO of ImprovEdge, to talk about the power of improvisation in business and in life. They also discuss breaking presentation rules to connect with an audience better, how to embrace the unexpected to drive change, and how Karen uses improv skills to serve her clients.

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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.

Perception & Promise

Cheryl Farr

Cheryl Farr is the Founder and Chief Strategist for SIGNAL Brand Innovation, a brand consultancy and strategic design agency dedicated to creating and activating brands people love. She founded the firm in 2009 to help organizations and leaders align their brands with their business strategies and take great leaps forward. Her success stories include Fairmont Hotels and Resorts where she helped position the brand for expansive worldwide growth, the Polti Group where she led the creation of an innovative new consumer trending methodology to guide product and marketing innovations for the nation’s largest homebuilder, and Cornell Hotel Society where she crafted the ultimate rallying cry for the world’s largest and most influential hospitality alumni network.

Cheryl has led multiple brand development and repositioning initiatives as part of mergers and acquisitions, most notably in the technology space. She is a former travel writer and editor for recognized guidebooks like “Frommer’s,” “for Dummies” and Travel + Leisure. Cheryl holds master’s degrees in business and history from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration and Columbia University. She is a writer and a public speaker on topics related to branding and creating winning experiences for customers and employees. She is also passionate about mid-century architecture and design and lives in the mid-century modern mecca of Palm Springs, California with her husband, Tony, and their talkative Shih Tzu, Harry Carson, who incidentally has his own Instagram handle, “@HarryCarsonSpeaks.”

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

  • Cheryl Farr’s experience as a travel writer and how she transitioned to brand building
  • What led to Cheryl’s success when she started SIGNAL Brand Innovation?
  • How Cheryl’s company has evolved over the last 14 years
  • The connection between brand and influence
  • How to build an authentic brand
  • Cheryl talks about Harry Carson, her Shih Tzu, the most impactful piece of advice she has received, and her superpower

In this episode…

What perceptions does your target audience have about your company? What is the connection between your company’s brand and its influence on customers?

The type of experiences you create for your customers influence how they perceive your brand. To create a brand that people love, you need to earn their trust and win them over. Cheryl Farr advises leaders to be authentic and build their brands from the inside out in order to be unique and stand out from other companies.

Cheryl Farr, the Founder and Chief Strategist for SIGNAL Brand Innovation, joins Andrea Heuston in this episode of the Lead Like a Woman Show to talk about creating influence through brands. They also discuss how to build an authentic brand, how Cheryl transitioned from travel writing to brand building, and how her company has evolved over the years.

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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.

Be Well To Do Well

Natalya Berdikyan

Natalya Berdikyan is the Founder and Chief Energy Officer of Life By Design, where she combines her coaching, yoga, and breath work certifications with her corporate and entrepreneurial experience to help individuals and organizations grow beyond borders and boundaries, increasing their energy and leadership ability. Through coaching, training, and transformational holistic retreats, she helps entrepreneurs become better leaders in business and in life by understanding their energy potential. Natalya is also a member of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization and serves as the President of EO Barcelona. She is a certified EO global speaker and a trained EO and YPO Moderator.

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

  • Why Natalya Berdikyan founded Life By Design Academy
  • What went right for Natalya when she started her business?
  • The connection between leadership and wellbeing
  • Natalya’s tips for managing energy — and how running a chocolate business drained her energy
  • Natalya talks about dealing with infertility and how she maintains hope
  • The best piece of advice Natalya has received — and her advice to women taking on new endeavors
  • Natalya’s superpower and contact details

In this episode…

How can you live a life by design? Can you move from a place of struggle, overwhelm, and stress to a place of peace and satisfaction?

To live your best life and achieve maximum potential, it is essential to focus on your whole being — including your mental and physical health. Identify and concentrate on your source of energy and do less of the things that drain your energy. Natalya Berdikyan also advises entrepreneurs to believe in themselves and never allow anyone to bring them down.

Natalya Berdikyan, the Founder and CEO of Life by Design, joins Andrea Heuston in this episode of the Lead Like a Woman Show to talk about leadership, wellbeing, and energy. They also discuss the connection between leadership and wellbeing, tips for managing energy, and Natalya’s experience dealing with life’s challenges.

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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.

Up Your Confidence Game

Nikki Rausch

Nikki Rausch is the Founder and CEO of Sales Maven, an organization dedicated to authentic selling. She is a sales strategist with over 25 years of experience selling to prestigious organizations like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and NASA. Nikki’s unique ability to transform the misunderstood process of selling has helped her shatter sales records and receive top producer awards along the way. Entrepreneurs and small business owners hire her to show them how to sell successfully and authentically. As an engaging speaker, Nikki shares the secrets of her sales success through keynote speeches and business-changing workshops. Her robust Sales Maven society ignites game-changing outcomes for clients. Nikki is the author of three books and hosts the Sales Maven Podcast.

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

  • Nikki Rausch talks about starting her company and what led to her success
  • The Sales Maven Podcast
  • How successful women sell
  • The difference between traditional and relationship selling
  • How Nikki uses speaking as a sales tool
  • Nikki talks about her books, tips for increasing your influence in client conversations, and steps to an effective sales conversation
  • The most impactful piece of advice Nikki has received from a mentor and her advice to women on selling
  • Nikki’s superpower and contact details

In this episode…

How can you create value through your sales process? Can you spot buying signals?

Your conversation with potential leads is critical in driving sales. According to Nikki Rausch, it is essential to understand your customer and the sales process. Additionally, you have to up your confidence level and believe in yourself and what you are selling. Nikki encourages women to be authentic, build relationships with clients, and invest in themselves.

In this episode of the Lead Like a Woman Show, Andrea Heuston interviews Nikki Rausch, the Founder and CEO of Sales Maven, about creating value through sales. They also discuss the benefits of having a sales coach, how to use speaking as a sales tool, and the steps to an effective sales conversation.

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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.

You Cannot Be What You Cannot See

Daniella Menachemson

Daniella Menachemson is the President of StyleNations, a custom furniture company. She is one of the industry’s leading custom furniture makers and environmental design experts. As an award-winning entrepreneur and leader, Daniella takes pride in her great strides in business and leadership. Her approach to design is now met with a hint of anticipation toward the digital age. She has observed changes in consumer demand over the past two decades, inspiring her to elevate her career and company to a new level.

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

  • Daniella Menachemson’s journey to starting a custom furniture company
  • What went right for Daniella when she started her business?
  • Why Daniella moved from Australia to Dallas, Texas
  • Daniella talks about StyleNations’ products, her passion for the metaverse, and her story from Andrea Heuston’s new book
  • How Daniella empowers and supports women
  • The most impactful piece of advice Daniella has received from her mentors — and her advice to women feeling stuck
  • How StyleNations impacts local communities
  • Daniella’s superpower

In this episode…

What does it take to lead by example? How can you take control of your destiny?

To be an exceptional leader, you need to be audacious and empower others to become the best version of themselves. To do this, surround yourself with inspirational mentors to guide you in the right direction. According to Daniella Menachemson, being audacious is having the courage to step into the unknown. You have to be willing to undertake uncomfortable things that will eventually help you achieve your goals. Take bold, courageous steps and support the people around you.

In this episode of the Lead Like a Woman Show, Andrea Heuston interviews Daniella Menachemson, the President of StyleNations, about her entrepreneurial journey. They also discuss Daniella’s passion for the metaverse, why she moved from Australia to Dallas, and how StyleNations impacts local communities.

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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.