Women Worldwide with Deirdre Breakenridge

Shannon Bloemker, founder and CEO of Glasshouse.com, joins Host Deirdre Breakenridge on Women Worldwide. Shannon has extensive experience in residential design, construction management, cost control, green building, and home maintenance. After having learned the value of good property management during her years as a strategist and co-owner of Five Ten Capital, Shannon founded Glasshouse in 2015 to bring the benefits of preventative maintenance to the single-family owner-occupied market.

On the show, Shannon discussed how a circuitous path took her from working 80-hour weeks on Wall Street to 80 hours weekly as an entrepreneur and owner of her start-up company.  With a passion for sustainability, she created Glasshouse to help homeowners sustain their biggest investments in life … their homes. Shannon shared the challenges of marketing to niche audiences and building strong partnerships. Social media, PR and relationship building and trade shows have been instrumental in increasing company awareness and thought leadership. Shannon also offered her advice to other entrepreneurs on problem-solving, delegating responsibilities and how to keep your priorities top of mind.

A little more about Shannon Bloemker  Shannon earned her Master’s Degree from Harvard in Environmental Science & Sustainability after changing careers from the Mortgage-backed Securities Industry at Salomon Brothers and Franklin Templeton Funds. She also managed six high-end residential construction projects for investment, each of which required a yearlong process of design, value engineering, strategic planning, and oversight.

You can connect with Shannon on LinkedIn and Twitter @shannonbloemker

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Jack Myers, founder of MediaVillage and the author of the The Future of Men: Masculinity in the Twenty-First Century, joins Host Deirdre Breakenridge on Women Worldwide. Jack is a cultural, economics and technology visionary as well as an award-winning documentary film producer. He’s been researching and reporting on the impact of technology and media on society for over forty years.

On the show, Jack shares his inspiration behind his book, The Future of Men, and perspectives on a generation in cultural conflict. He discusses how men are amidst two opposing worlds; there are those rebelling with the stand-up, be tough and adversarial attitude toward the societal shift of women in power. At the same time, there are men actively embracing feminine qualities, showing emotion, and empathy, and collaborating more with women in the workplace and in the home. Jack's research focuses on media shaping perceptions from the beer commercials that objectify women to the TV sitcom male role models (the past vs. the present). His main concern is young men who are not feeling empowered. With no set guide book, they are not getting the direction they need or feeling the motivation to excel. Lastly, Jack shares advice on what men (young and old) can do to better to embrace a shifting culture and society, and how women are also very much a part of the process.

A little more about Jack Myers  Jack is the author of several other books including, Hooked Up: A New Generations’s Surprising Take on Sex, Politics and Saving the World, which received International Book Awards in the Youth Issues and Women’s Issues categories. Jack has also been honored with a George Foster Peabody Award as well as Academy and Emmy Award nominations for Best Documentary Feature.

You can connect with Jack on LinkedIn

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Stephanie Abrams Cartin and Courtney Spritzer, co-founders of Socialfly in New York City and the authors of the book, Like, Love, Follow, join Host Deirdre Breakenridge on Women Worldwide. When Stephanie and Courtney met, and realized they shared the same vision and insights, they teamed up to create and successfully grow their social media marketing and PR agency, Socialfly.

Today consumers are tied to their smartphones. Studies also reveal that the highly digitized person has a dwindling attention span. At the same time, if businesses want to connect and engage with their customers, then they have to be highly digitized too. On the show, Stephanie and Courtney share what it means for a business to be fully digitized and which companies are receiving a high grade. They also offer tips for companies "restarting" their programs and what it means to be more strategic about their brand personality through social media. As entrepreneurs, authors, and media personalities, Stephanie and Courtney also discuss their best practices for staying organized, on track and reaching their goals.

A little more about Stephanie and Courtney ... Stephanie is a graduate of Cornell University School of Hotel Administration. She first began her career in sales at Marriott International. While helping some friends launch entrepreneurial endeavors, she recognized the tremendous positive impact social media could have on a business' sales and marketing efforts. Courtney began her career as a financial analyst at American Express and bond underwriter at Hanover Insurance Group. Early on, she too realized the incredible opportunity that social media presented for organizations worldwide.

You can connect with Stephanie on LinkedIn and Twitter @StephJillAbrams.  Connect with Courtney on LinkedIn and Twitter @CourtSpritzer.

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Sharon Nir an immigrant career woman and author of the new memoir, The Opposite of Comfortable, joins Host Deirdre Breakenridge on Women Worldwide. Sharon writes a riveting universal tale of her family's quest to find a new life in an unknown land and delivers a first-hand account of a highly-skilled immigrant career woman on the minefield of "legal immigration" into the United States.

On the show, Sharon discussed her career as a systems analyst and her work in the high tech industry in Tel Aviv. When she developed the first Knowledge Management System in Israel she was propelled into a successful tech career. At age 29, her husband, a transplantation surgeon, was offered a fellowship in the US and Sharon chose to keep her family together venturing to a new land. Sharon shares how she left her family and comfort zone, adjusted to life in NYC and learned the difference between a career and a job … each one coming with a price tag.

A little more about Sharon Nir At age 18, Sharon joined the Israeli Defense Force for the mandatory two-year service. She was assigned to the Armored Corps. and served as a tank instructor. At the end of her military service, she attended Tel Aviv University studying for a Bachelor of Arts degree with a specialization in literature and language.

You can check out Sharon on her website and connect with her on LinkedIn



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Dr. Patty Ann Tublin, author of the book, Money Can Buy You Happiness, and internationally recognized relationship and communication expert joins Host Deirdre Breakenridge on Women Worldwide. As a female entrepreneur, corporate consultant and licensed therapist,  Dr. Patty Ann has helped hundreds of corporate and entrepreneurial business women learn how to create it all – a highly successful thriving business without having to sacrifice happiness in their marriage and family life.

On the show show Dr. Patty Ann shares how it is difficult for women to talk about money. Your attitude about money is formed over time. It starts in the home with your parents and your surrounding culture. Your experiences shape your financial personality whether your a spender or a saver and is reflected in how you spend money.  Dr. Patty Ann also shares her thoughts around women negotiating for more money in the workplace, something that is not taught when you're younger. She shares several of the strategies and skills you need to begin the negotiating process and to start earning what you deserve. Lastly, Dr. Patty Ann discusses how money is tied to relationships and what couples can do to participate in the family finances together through honest communication and a shared end-goal in mind.

A little more about Dr. Patty Ann Tublin … Dr. Patty Ann has been featured as a relationship and communication expert on ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX News and the Martha Stewart Radio Show on Sirius XM. She is the Weekly Relationship Expert for 95.9 FOX FM Chaz & AJ in the Morning – CT’s #1 morning radio talk show, and she is featured on other radio shows internationally.  Dr. Patty Ann has been published in SUCCESS MagazineCNN, Fortune Postcards, Fortune, Entrepreneurial Woman Magazine and The Wall Street Journal.

You can connect with Dr. Tublin on LinkedIn,  Twitter @drpattyann, and Facebook


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Charissa Thompson, co-host of the syndicated entertainment news show, Extra, joins Host Deirdre Breakenridge on Women Worldwide. Charissa is also recognized as one of the most visible women in sports media. In 2013, she also became the host of Fox Sports Live on the Fox Sports 1 Network.

On the show, Charissa shares her journey as a woman in sports media including the challenges of building credibility and getting past the “blond on the sidelines” stereotype. She knew that credibility was always her responsibility, and worked diligently to prepare for her interviews. Through her knowledge and relationship building, Charissa quickly gained the respect from her peers in the sports world. She also inspires Women Worldwide listeners to reinvent and discusses how she seized a new career direction. Charissa's success, having positions in two industries (sports and entertainment), demonstrates how you can expand your brand and take advantage of different opportunities. Charissa's philosophy: Do whatever it takes ... there are no shortcuts.

A little more about Charissa Thompson … Charissa Thompson has also worked for Versus, GSN, Big Ten Network, SportsNation, and ESPN. She has appeared in The 2007 MLB All-Star Game Red Carpet Parade and The Baseball Report on FSN.

You can connect with Charissa on Instagram and Twitter @CharissaT


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Jen Kluczkowski, CEO, and co-founder of Mindfresh, joins Host Deirdre Breakenridge on Women Worldwide. Jen started her company, Mindfresh, to provide on­site and digital mindful movement experiences to improve body language, enhance emotional IQ, and increase attention spans. With a background in startup media environments and 8 years studying the philosophy of yoga, Jen leverages her experience in both worlds to make mindfulness accessible in the office environment. Today, Jen leads a growing team of 30 Mindfresh teachers in New York City and San Francisco with similar and relatable "business­ meets­ mindfulness" backgrounds.

On the show, Jen discusses her personal career journey and how chronic pain, anxiety, and fatigue led her to a lifestyle change of yoga and mindfulness. Knowing the benefits she experienced, Jen launched Mindfresh and quickly pioneered a path in organizations to help their employees who were also experiencing cycles of burnout. Jen openly shares her challenges and the education process needed for Corporate America, where a company culture of being busy and working without breaks is rewarded. Jen reinforces the benefits of meditation and mindfulness, especially when dealing with stressful situations and how you can be much more present, focused and productive at work.

A little more about Jen Kluczkowski  Jen is an 800­-hour certified Jivamukti Yoga teacher and now travels annually to India to deepen her mindfulness practice. She also speaks on several topics including the tools you need to get along with difficult co-workers or clients, how to create a more joyful approach to work, and the modern wellness dialogue in the workplace.

You can connect with Jen on LinkedIn and Twitter @jenklu




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Melinda Chen, the founder of Women Making Big Sales, joins Host Deirdre Breakenridge on Women Worldwide. Melinda, who is a native of Taiwan, started her sales career selling language courses for Berlitz. During her 15-year career, she has made more than 5,000 cold sales and has been responsible for more than $10,000,000+ in sales.  Today she coaches female entrepreneurs on how to land these big sales with big clients. Melinda's mission is to inspire more women to take control of their businesses by going for larger clients and closing important deals.

On the show, Melinda discusses how sales professionals need to differentiate themselves from their competition. You have to know the limitations of Google and really do your sales preparation; understanding the market and the numbers. Sales today is so much more than the elevator speech. Melinda offers advice on demonstrating fresh ideas, innovative thinking and the type of intense focus to see a situation differently.  When you identify the challenges of a business, having these deep insights is what makes you stand out. Melinda also shares her thoughts on the balance between giving and selling. You have to figure out in advance how much you will give away during the selling process.

A little more about Melinda Chen  Melinda specializes in sales and international business. She has established a successful career helping her clients develop new business opportunities in both North American and European markets. She has practical in-depth knowledge of cross-cultural business negotiation, she understands the diverse nature of modern business and has developed a cultural acumen that allows her to adopt different business practices for different cultures.

You can connect with Melinda on LinkedIn and Twitter @chen_melinda



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Rebekah Iliff, Chief Strategy Officer, at AirPR, joins Host Deirdre Breakenridge on Women Worldwide. Previously, Rebekah was the CEO of talkTECH Communications, where she created an industry-first methodology for emerging technology companies positioning talkTECH as one of the fastest growing, launch-only PR firms in the U.S. She is also currently a columnist for Inc., and a contributing writer for Mashable, Entrepreneur, and Huffington Post.

On the show, Rebekah, who is passionate about diversity and inclusion in the workplace, shares the importance of both to an organization. Her insights on the subject range from how you can’t have one without the other, the role of leadership as mentors and how leaders can leverage a diverse and inclusive workforce. Rebekah also shares her thoughts on what women must do to get recognized in an organization from having a voice to getting more comfortable with rejection. As a business professional, Rebekah is no stranger to challenges and discusses her own growth openly and how she honed her leadership skills.

A little more about Rebekah Iliff Rebekah speaks and writes frequently on the topic of diversity and inclusion in the workplace. She holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Loyola University Chicago, and an M.A. in Organizational Management and Applied Community Psychology from Antioch University at Los Angeles (AULA).

You can connect with Rebekah on LinkedIn and Twitter @rebekahiliff



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Jessica Iclisoy, CEO and founder of California Baby, joins Host Deirdre Breakenridge on Women Worldwide. Jessica is a woman who has long been ahead of her time. It was while Jessica was pregnant with her first child more than two decades ago that she began a dive deep into research about how to live the healthiest, most natural life possible. With no intention of starting a business but driven by an absolute determination to change the status quo, Jessica found replacements for unsafe cleansing and fragrance ingredients and made what would be the first California Baby product—a calming, shampoo and body wash.

On the show, Jessica shares her story; how she never intended to start a business but was looking for a healthier lifestyle. The launch of California Baby marked a period in time when organic / natural were not a part of our vernacular. Twenty years ago, she was educating the market and branding her company as a reflection of California lifestyle and thinking, which now is very popular. Jessica discusses her thoughts on smart consumerism and how we are living in a world of toxicity. She shares tips on how to be more in tune with the chemical in our products and how to identify them quickly.

A little more about Jessica Iclisoy Jessica single-handedly helped create the baby category in Whole Foods, and made California Baby the first natural brand to go to mass sales by selling in Target, even helping create the giant retailer’s premium category. Today, California Baby is also sold on massive e-commerce sites including Diapers.com, Amazon, and Drugstore.com.

You can connect with Jessica on LinkedIn


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