Month: June 2020

[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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Sponsor for this episode…

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.