1:1 with Successful Career Women
Connect with incredibly successful women worldwide through our 1:1 interview series. Be inspired by women who have overcome obstacles and taken the initiative to create their own career success and obtain personal satisfaction. We know you’ll find a little of yourself here and strive to have you be our interviewee someday! Know a woman who should be featured here? Contact us.
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Do you have your sights set on an executive position? There are many factors that contribute to achieving this level of success – taking opportunities to learn from others being one of them. Here’s your chance for an inside look at what it’s like being in a top leadership position at a Fortune 500 company. Plus, glean advice on how to get there yourself. In the interview below, Denise Morrison, President and CEO at Campbell Soup Company, and Irene Chang Britt, Senior VP of Global Baking and Snacking at Campbell’s and President of the Pepperidge Farm brand, provide their insight … Read the rest of this entry »
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I’m a strong believer that exercise and eating well have a huge impact on the success of your career. Sally Bergesen agrees – running changed her life. Her passion for the sport led to the creation of her company Oiselle, a women’s running apparel line. Under her leadership, Oiselle has grown 100% each year since it was founded in 2007, which is highly impressive! She humbly says Oiselle’s incredible growth has been more about the product and less about her, but Sally’s passion and commitment are at the crux of her success, too. Read more about Sally’s inspiring journey, her top tips … Read the rest of this entry »
I interviewed Olympic gold medalist Megan Jendrick (maiden name Quann) to obtain a professional athlete’s perception of the positive impact sports can have on women’s careers and their personal success. Megan is a local legend in my hometown of Puyallup, Washington. At the 2000 Sydney Olympics she was the youngest medalist on the U.S. Olympic swim team, earning gold medals in the 100-meter breaststroke and 400-meter medley relay. In the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Megan earned a silver medal in the 400-meter medley relay. During her swimming career (so far) she won ten U.S. National championships, set twenty-six American and world … Read the rest of this entry »
Any entrepreneur knows starting a business is no easy task. Founder and CEO of Tradesy is very candid about the hard work and dedication it took to get her company off the ground. She often worked 18-hour days and rented out her bedroom while sleeping on the couch to pay bills! Due to living on a tight budget through the start of her company, Tracy recognizes the importance of being able to build a great wardrobe on a tight budget. This is exactly what Tradesy does for its customers. Similar to a fancy online consignment shop, Tradesy makes it easy … Read the rest of this entry »
We all know a great outfit helps us put our best foot forward and boosts confidence, but the cost of dressing to impress can become expensive quickly. If you’ve faced the common dilemma of an approaching special occasion and nothing to wear (who hasn’t?), you’ll appreciate the concept behind Rent the Runway. The company was created to make designer clothing available to women everywhere, giving them access to fashion-forward items at a fraction of the cost. With a hit-the-ground-running mentality, coupled with a series of informal focus groups and formative meetings with top designers and retailers, Rent the Runway was born. … Read the rest of this entry »
As you’ve read in my past blog entries, I am a big proponent of women pursuing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) careers, an area in which women are hugely under-represented. Cindy Yeilding, a senior geologist in the oil and gas industry, shares those same values. She is the Vice President of Exploration & Appraisal at BP and is an example of a woman who has risen near the top of her company through a science track in an industry that is historically male-dominated. Read my interview with Cindy below where she discusses how her love of geology developed, what … Read the rest of this entry »
Social media has offered a new way for businesses to interact with both current and potential customers. Sanda Belaire, a manager at Nordstrom’s flagship store in Seattle, knows firsthand how beneficial it is to form these online relationships. She has used her socially savvy skills to promote both the company she works for and herself professionally. Utilizing Twitter, Sanda has increased social media interactions for Nordstrom and grown her own following. Check out this 1:1 interview for an inside look at how one of the largest department stores in the country utilizes social media. Sanda lends useful advice on growing a … Read the rest of this entry »
Social media isn’t going anywhere. As I’ve discussed in past blog entries, it’s becoming an integral part of our lives and our careers. Well, Meghan Peters’ career is social media. As the Community Manager at Mashable, which provides news, information, and resources for what it calls the “Connected Generation,” she is behind the website’s Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, and Google+ pages, ensuring its six million followers remain engaged. Read my 1:1 interview with this social media maven where she offers advice on which skills are needed to excel at a career in this field, how she keeps Mashable’s followers engaged, … Read the rest of this entry »
When Karen Vaniver found out she had breast cancer, she felt the color drain from her face and her body go numb, but she wasn’t surprised. She lost her grandmother to breast cancer and her mother and sister were breast cancer survivors, so she understood how devastating the disease could be. What made Karen’s situation unique? She was a cosmetic and reconstructive surgeon who had performed breast reconstruction surgery for numerous cancer patients. This meant Dr. Vaniver already knew the difficult road to wellness she would need to navigate. Not only did Dr. Vaniver become a breast cancer survivor, her … Read the rest of this entry »
In this digital age, face-to-face meetings are becoming more rare as people take their networking online. In this 1:1 interview Lisa Rodwell, chief revenue officer of MOO.com, an award-winning and innovative online printing company, tells us how the business card is not just here to stay, but still an important and necessary tool for making your mark on potential employers and clients. Lisa is in charge of driving revenue and growth for MOO.com while simultaneously building a lovable brand. She’s done a great job, as the company has won 3 Webby awards (the web’s Oscars), has been profiled in the … Read the rest of this entry »
For the past few months, I’ve been discussing the role social media plays in our careers. In this interview, Jenni Hogan offers more valuable input on the topic. Jenni is the traffic anchor on KIRO-7, Seattle’s CBS affiliate, and also hosts social media specials for her station called, “Social7 with Jenni Hogan.” This tech-savvy reporter is the most followed local female TV journalist on Twitter and Facebook in America and was named as one of the top female geeks in the world by the Huffington Post. In this interview, Jenni gives us some great advice on the importance of networking, … Read the rest of this entry »
Inspired by a passion to connect and mentor professional women, Diane Paddison founded 4word, a national nonprofit designed to connect, lead, and support young professional Christian women to fulfill their potential. Diane is currently the Chief Strategy Officer at a commercial real estate firm and serves on two corporate boards, and has held several executive positions for corporations, including Chief Operating Officer for two Fortune 500 companies. Diane is also an author, mother and wife.
Ever dreamed of being a writer? Not sure how to get started or make the transition from working 9 to 5 in an office to becoming a published author? Meet Pam Binder, an award-winning and New York Times best-selling author, instructor for the Popular Fiction course at the University of Washington Extension, and president of the Pacific Northwest Writer’s Association (PNWA). Pam made the transition from working full-time as an office manager for a middle school while raising three children to fulfill her dream of becoming a writer.
Tamie Adaya embodies the entrepreneurial spirit – she recently rebranded and remodeled Hotel Shangrila in Santa Monica as a reflection of her inspirations from great cities, famous hotels, famed restaurants and museums, which has gained the hotel rave review in publications including the New York Times, London Independent and Sunset magazine. In addition, Tamie is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post, owns the indie creative collective Crown Jewels, and is an avid art collector, mother and wife.
Professor Stephanie Coontz teaches at Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA, and is Director of Research and Public Education for the Council on Contemporary Families. She has also written several books, including the award-winning Marriage, A History: How Love Conquered Marriage (Viking Press, 2005).
Darcy Camden created Styled.Seattle in 2006. Previously a style editor and fashion correspondent for local magazines and talk shows, her style advice has been featured on The Style Network online, and in many other publications and media outlets.
Suzanne Swift began working as a marketing consultant with a desire to help others. She saw many smaller organizations that needed strategic support, but were unable to hire their own in-house marketing person.
Heidi Ganahl has a true story of tragedy to triumph. After losing her husband at the age of 27 and investing his insurance settlement in two failed start-ups, Heidi found herself broke and widowed by the age of 30.
Sara Sutton Fell was like many in today’s dismal job market – searching for a job that would allow her to telecommute or have some kind of job flexibility, all the while feeling bombarded with scams and faulty leads.
In 1991, Sunny Kobe Cook founded Sleep Country USA, a Washington and Oregon mattress retailer celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.
LuAnn de Lesseps, author of Class with the Countess and star of the hit Bravo reality show The Real Housewives of New York City, is a real-life example of acquired elegance, social stature and class.
Julie Edelman is the author of the New York Times bestseller “The Accidental Housewife: How to Overcome Housekeeping Hysteria One Task at a Time”.
I love to sing. I have always sung and “will sing with my last breath.” In fact, I cannot remember a time when I did not sing.
Terry Starr and Bradi Nathan, the founders of MyWorkButterfly.com, were brought together by fate and a similar understanding of the struggles working mothers face.
Inspirational author, speaker, and corporate consultant, BJ Gallagher educates and encourages women to empower themselves in the workplace and in life.
Olympic athlete Nikki Stone is recognized worldwide as the first American to take home a gold medal as an inverted aerial skier at the 1998 winter games in Nagano, Japan.
Young entrepreneur, Kelley Lee Gin, started her successful event-planning business, Picture Perfect Events, in 2003.
Carolyn Kepcher is the founder of Work Her Way. A high-profile businesswoman, often recognized for her role as an Executive Vice President with the Trump Organization, Carolyn is known by millions for her role on NBC’s hit series, “The Apprentice.”
Founder, The Funding Connection and President, National Women’s Political Caucus of Washington State
Founder and CEO of Women for Hire and author of FIRED TO HIRED: Bouncing Back from Job Loss to Get to Work Right Now
Co-founder of The Moyer Foundation
Owner, Salsarita’s Mexican Restaurant
President and Chief Operating Officer of Cousins Subs
Co-founder of Girl Power Hour (women’s networking group), Girl About Town, Seattle Post-Intelligencer blogger, and Editor of Seattle Spin Girl
Co-founder, Marketing Mentor, blogger and author
Staffing Manager and Microsoft Employee Evangelist
Founder of Stylesmart, Satsuma Designs and Mom
President, Dish D’Lish and Kathy Casey Food Studios
Development Director, Program for Early Parent Support (PEPS)
Program Manager at Microsoft
Founder, Kim Ricketts Book Events
Senior Program Officer for Education Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Christine is the host of About the Money with Christine Chen and principal of Chen Communications and a former news anchor at Q13 Fox.
CEO of Ultrasound and Patient Monitoring Business Group
Philips Medical Systems
Creative director for Drugstore.com and Beauty.com
Prior co-owner and creative director, Merwin Creative
Owner and Creative Director | Silver Fox Productions, Inc.
Seattle School District Career Counselor
Founder, I.G.N.I.T.E. (Inspiring Girls Now in Technology Evolution)