Month: April 2020

[Women of EO Series] Be Fearless

Manon BuettnerManon Buettner is the CEO of Nuvalo, a company known for helping their customers with their IT modernization journey. She is an accomplished CEO, a mother, a former gymnast, and the co-founder of Cloud Girls, a not for profit community of female technology advocates and leaders. 

Manon is an expert voice on cloud enablement and IT business management, and she is also an infrastructure architect, data center and cloud analyst, strategist, and speaker with over 20 years of experience in the industry. She is a tireless advocate for women in technology and a leader amongst leaders. She is also a good friend.

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

  • Manon Buettner explains what IT modernization means and how she got into the field
  • Manon shares how she got into entrepreneurship and why she started her own tech company
  • How Manon delivers services to her clients in a male dominated field and how she empowers and elevates IT leaders
  • Things Manon wishes she knew as she was starting her company and her learnings from her biggest business mistake
  • How the COVID-19 pandemic is transforming the tech industry, the opportunities being created, and potential security risks that come with it
  • Manon discusses Cloud Girls and how the idea came about
  • Manon reveals why “be fearless” was the best advice she has ever received and why she advises the same to other women
  • The biggest challenge Manon has had to overcome in her business so far

In this episode…

In today’s rapidly changing world, people and companies are moving to a more application-centric economy. Businesses are migrating from hardware to a more subscription-based service which means more people are becoming more inclined to connect through cloud storage. Manon Buettner saw this opportunity as an opening for women to engage in a predominantly male-led industry.

In today’s episode of Lead Like a Woman, Manon Buettner, an expert in IT modernization, gets interviewed by Andrea Heuston about what IT modernization truly means and how she is able to provide cutting edge digital services in a male-dominated field. Tune in as she discusses her entrepreneurial journey, the reason behind Cloud Girls, and find out why she holds on to the best advice she has ever received: be fearless.

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This episode is brought to you by Artitudes Design by Andrea Heuston. Artitude 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 of EO Series] The Power of NO

Dr. Kristin Kahle
Dr. Kristin Kahle, aka Dr. K, is the CEO and Founder of NavigateHCR, a full-service Affordable Care Act (ACA) and compliance technology company. In 2014 and 2015, she was awarded the “Most Influential Woman in Benefits” by Employee Benefit Advisor. More recently, Dr. K was nominated for the San Diego Business Journal Top Tech Award 2019, for the technology developed by NHCR. 

Highlighting her experience as a serial entrepreneur, speaker, coach, and mentor, Dr. K has published ‘NOtivation: Use the Power of NO to Make Your First Million Dollars‘, a transparent and honest guide to how she used the power of no to make her first and second and third million. 

Dr. K holds a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) from Argosy University, an MBA from the University of Phoenix, and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Pine Manor College.

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

  • What motivated Dr. Kristin Kahle to write her book, ‘NOtivation: Use the Power of NO to Make Your First Million Dollars’
  • Dr. Kahle shares the story of her brother Jason got diagnosed with leukemia and how it impacted her life
  • How Dr. Kahle embraces her femininity, owns her power, and how she interacts working in a male dominated world
  • Dr. Kahle talks about her mission of protecting American businesses and helping female business owners
  • Dr. Kahle discusses her work as a coach, mentor, and why she empowers other women business owners 
  • What Dr. Kahle wishes she knew as she was starting out and her 3 tips for running a successful business
  • How Dr. Kahle helps her team manage their time and the skills she looks for when hiring someone
  • Why being given a chance stuck to Dr. Kahle and how it affects her until today
  • Dr. Kahle talks about her creative side, being an includer, and why women should get rid of negative thoughts
  • Kristin explains what a ‘double-double’ means

In this episode…

At the tender of 5, Dr. Kristin Kahle was a strong willed little girl who wanted to save her brother’s life by donating her bone marrow. Jason had been diagnosed with leukemia and tests showed that Kristin was the perfect match. 

However, her family was not too keen on her being a donor, but she persisted despite repeatedly being told “No”, and her persistence paid off. This experience led her to become more determined and her strong will enabled her to be a great basketball player in college and eventually, she went on to become a successful entrepreneur. She set up and sold 3 successful businesses and now, she coaches and mentors other women business owners on how to create their own success story.

In this episode of the Lead Like a Woman Show, Andrea Heuston gets to interview Dr. Kristin Kahle about the power of ‘NO. Listen in as they discuss Dr. Kahle’s reasons for writing a book, how being able to say “NO” can motivate you to succeed, how she has thrived in a male-dominated field, and why Dr. Kahle believes it is important for women to put a stopper on negative thoughts. Stay tuned.

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Sponsor for this episode…

This episode is brought to you by Artitudes Design by Andrea Heuston. Artitude 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.

House Burned Down: 4 Life-Altering Events That Have Tested Andrea Heuston’s Resiliency

Andrea Heuston
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.

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

  • Andrea recalls how her house burned down and how family and friends helped Andrea after the tragedy
  • Why Andrea loves staying at her now renovated house
  • Andrea’s realizations and learnings from that experience
  • The best thing that came out of that experience for Andrea
  • Where to learn more about Andrea Heuston

In this episode…

Every August, Andrea Heuston and her family had made it a tradition to go on vacation at their family’s beach house. Five years ago, the trip took an unexpected turn as the house they loved burned down.

Andrea and her two sons found themselves in a burning house on a cold night and had to save themselves from the fire. What seemed like a small flame ended up consuming the entire house, but instead of this experience dampening Andrea’s spirits, it led her to realize things about herself that she had somewhat forgotten about.

In this episode of the Lead Like a Woman Show, Andrea Heuston gets interviewed by Dr. Jeremy Weisz of Rise25 about one of four life-altering events that happened to her. Tune in as she recalls the eventful night where she saw her house burning down, how family and friends stepped up to help them, and find out her biggest takeaways from one of the most heartbreaking moments in her life.

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Sponsor for this episode…

This episode is brought to you by Artitudes Design by Andrea Heuston. Artitude 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 President’s Organization Series] It’s OK to fail

debbie oberbilligDebbie Oberbillig is the CEO of SuccessView Coaching and Consulting, and she is highly skilled in the business aspects of talent management including coaching, leadership development, facilitation, and organizational program management. Her passion and expertise are to consult with and coach CEOs and corporate leaders, as well as to create and facilitate programs to develop courageous emerging leaders. 

Before starting her consulting firm, Debbie was on the executive team of an emerging tech services firm where she assisted in growing the business from startup to a global public company. She is a graduate of the ICS accredited Newfield Network Ontological and Somatic Coaching Program, and she’s an Enhanced Narrative Coach Practitioner and Certified Dare to Lead FacilitatorTM.

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

  • How Debbie Oberbillig’s experience of working as a kid helped Debbie in launching her own company
  • Debbie discusses what it’s like to run a business with her husband and why starting a company during a recession is easier
  • How Allen Partners survived the 2008 recession 
  • Why it’s okay to make mistakes and to fail
  • Debbie discusses why she wish she started doing coaching and consulting earlier
  • Why Debbie wishes she knew to be more self-aware and intentional earlier in her career
  • Debbie talks about emotional intelligence and why the story you tell yourself is important to your personal narrative
  • How you can change your mindset during the COVID-19 pandemic to help you cope
  • Debbie explains why the best advice she received was about being able to be okay with both the good and the bad times

In this episode…

During a recession or pandemic, it is common knowledge that a number of small businesses struggle to survive and many of them end up going out of business. These are usually very challenging times for businesses and it affects everyone in every aspect: financially, emotionally, and psychologically. 

But according to Debbie Oberbillig, new businesses actually thrive during recessions and while things are not really going as wonderfully as you would have hoped, changing your mindset and adjusting the story you tell yourself can not only help you cope, it can help you see the opportunities that are out there if only you look with more scrutinizing lenses.

Debbie Oberbillig is a highly skilled coach and consultant whose companies have survived two recessions. She joins Andrea Heuston, as this week’s guest on the Lead Like a Woman Show where they talk about her early start in the entrepreneurial game, why she believes starting a business during a recession is actually a good thing, the importance of controlling your thoughts and feelings, and why she says that it’s totally okay to make and embrace failures and mistakes. Stay tuned.

Resources Mentioned in this Episode:

Sponsor for this episode…

This episode is brought to you by Artitudes Design by Andrea Heuston. Artitude 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.