Month: July 2020

[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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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.

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[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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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] 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.