Women Worldwide with Deirdre Breakenridge

Entrepreneur, author, and speaker, Chris Dessi, joins host Deirdre Breakenridge on Women Worldwide. Chis is the founder and CEO of Silverback Social, an award-winning digital marketing agency in New York City. Chris is also the author of Remarkable You, Build a Personal Brand and Take Charge of Your Career. Chris is well known for his entertaining, customized and informative keynote sessions for corporate events and Universities. He regularly appears on CNBC, CNN, Fox News, and Good Day New York.

On the show, Chris reflects on a pivotal moment in his life. He shares a time when he hit a low point in his career and how his motivation and passion propelled him forward.  In addition, Chris discusses what "people don’t tell you when you’re an entrepreneur" and gives advice on how to build a strong personal brand using his seven important pillars. Chris inspires Women Worldwide listeners to become the "biggest and baddest" version of themselves.

A little more about Chris Dessi … In 2012, Chris wrote a leading social media book titled Your World is Exploding: How Social Media is Changing Everything - and How you Need to Change with it. The book shot to #1 on Amazon's “hot new releases" in its first two weeks - all by using social channels to get the word out. Also in 2012, Chris identified a problem that there was no major digital summit in Westchester, NY. Chris produced this conference and in 2015 Forbes named his event as one of the "Conferences That Will Keep You Ahead Of Marketing Trends This Year."

You can learn more about Chris on his website and connect with him on LinkedIn and Facebook


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Jimmy Wayne, country music singer, and songwriter joins host Deirdre Breakenridge on Women Worldwide. Jimmy is the author of the New York Times best-selling book, Walk to Beautiful, The Power of Love and a Homeless Kid Who Found the Way. In his memoir, Jimmy shares how he survived life on the streets and as a foster kid, bouncing in and out of the foster care system. Jimmy was able to overcome great adversity in his life and now uses his country music platform to help children everywhere.

On the show, Jimmy shares what it was like to experience life as a child growing up with uncertainty, and in different homes. He had to cope with an environment filled with violence, drugs, stress, and rejection. Jimmy learned to survive taking the advice of his granddad who told him to “get out there and work.” Through a strong work ethic, Jimmy earned money wherever and whenever he could. His message now is for people (especially men) to get out there and to give an hour of their time to boys in the foster care system. These kids are often labeled as "troubled or bad kids" but they really need guidance.  Through his own experience and the help of caring educators and influential women in his life, Jimmy changed his course and now speaks across the country raising awareness about teens who age out of the foster care system and become homeless.

A little more about Jimmy Wayne … Jimmy is known for hits songs including "Stay Gone", "I Love You This Much," and "Do You Believe Me Now.” In 2010, Jimmy walked halfway across America to raise awareness for kids aging out of the foster care system. He has helped to get a legislative bill passed extending the age of foster care to 21 in both Tennessee and California. He is also the author of the novel, made-for-TV movie and hit song, Paper Angels, an inspirational holiday story about a child in the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program.

You can learn more about Jimmy on his website and connect with him on Twitter @JimmyWayne and on Facebook.



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Hollis Thomases, the founder of ReinventionWorks, joins host Deirdre Breakenridge on Women Worldwide. Driven by her passion for helping people and facilitating significant transformation, Hollis is a 2x entrepreneur. She is also an award-winning digital marketing pioneer, who became a syndicated columnist for Inc.com and a book author, Twitter Marketing: An Hour a Day.

On the show, Hollis discussed the difference between change and significant transformation. Most people don’t realize that change happens all of the time and does not lead to reinvention, which is moving in a completely different direction in your career or life. Hollis shares her story of reinvention and how she conceived her business, Reinvention Works, in 20 minutes while she was serving jury duty. Hollis imparts advice to people who are facing challenges when they make a significant transformation. She also discusses the survival skills to deal with 21st-century stress.

A little more about Hollis Thomases … ReinventionWorks re-ignited Hollis' joy for work. Her startup utilizes her best talents and skills: big-picture thinking; strategy; writing, content creation, and curation; fostering and facilitating relationships; providing guidance and support; training and education; and productization. ReinventionWorks brings together all of the moving parts of deliberate change and acts as the conduit between all the players.

You can connect with Hollis on LinkedIn.



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Cecelia Fitzgibbon, President of Moore College of Art and Design, joins hostDeirdre Breakenridge on Women Worldwide for an in-person interviewon the college campus. President Fitzgibbon assumed the officeof president at Moore in July 2012. She serves as executive editorof The Journal ofArts Management, Law, and Society. She is also a speakernationally and internationally on topics of leadership in the artsand cultural policy.

On the show, President Fitzgibbon dives into the topic ofleadership sharing her thoughts on the Imposter Syndrome, therisks, and failure associated with leadership and the criticalthinking process that is required when you are a leadertoday.  In this in-person interview, she not only answersquestions about how to build the best relationships and the type ofnetwork that is required, but she also responds to individualstudent questions. A few of the student questions focus on how tohandle the fear of the unknown, how to showcase your talentand leadership and the best ways to balance personal work andleadership tasks. President Fitzgibbon also shares her approach totackling challenges and maneuvering tough situations at anypoint in your career.

A little more about CeceliaFitzgibbon … President Fitzgibbon was the leadresearcher for the Philadelphia component of the National and LocalProfiles of Cultural Support Project, a collaborative project withthe Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance that investigated howthe nonprofit cultural industry was supported in ten communitiesacross the United States.



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Carrie Sheffield, Founder and CEO of Bold, joins host Deirdre Breakenridge onWomen Worldwide. Carrie is a writer, political analyst and nowthe founder of Bold, a Millennial-focused, news and culturalplatform centered on ideals of personal responsibility andaccessible capitalism. Carrie has deep roots in journalism.She is a Forbes contributor and senior writer for OpportunityLives. She has hosted an online TV show for The Washington Timesand appears on MSNBC, Fox News, CNN, CBS digital, and Fox BusinessNetwork.

On the show, Carrie discusses the changing media landscape,from the way people are gathering their news and informationthrough new channels to how different types of media are coveringthe presidential election. Social media has disrupted how peopleobtain news and has fractured the conversation, siloing people intoniches. She shares her insights on Millennials and their socialmedia habits, news consumption and the presidential candidates theyprefer. Carries also offers tips to listeners on launching a startup, from raising money to managing the 24 /7 news cycle.

A little more about CarrieSheffield … Carrie began her journalism careerin Washington with Robert Novak, later covering Congress for TheHill newspaper. As a founding reporter at POLITICO, she wroteeditorials for The Washington Times under TonyBlankley. Carrie also spent several years in financialservices, at Goldman Sachs, where she managed credit risk on aportfolio with potential exposure of $1.97 billion.

You can connect with Carrie on Facebook andLinkedIn

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Jennifer Connelly, CEO of JConnelly, joins host Deirdre Breakenridge on Women Worldwide. Jenn is a leading communications strategist who has served as a trusted consultant to C-suite executives, helping them launch their businesses in new markets, broaden awareness of their brands and navigate potential crisis situations. Under Jenn's leadership, JConnelly has earned dozens of awards, including Bulldog Media Relations, American Business, Hermes Creative, MarCom, and Telly Awards, among others.

On the show, Jenn discusses what it takes to build a relationship with CEOs and high-performance executives. Not everyone gets to work with the C-suite. Executives are often put on a pedestal, and many colleagues around them are only willing to share the information that they want to hear. However, building a good relationship means building trust and telling executives the “hard” things that they need to hear. Jenn's approach to relationships includes being proactive, steadfast, and creating mutual respect. She also shares how listening, creating opportunities for face-time and being a giver are key characteristics that will take your relationships to the next level.

A little more about Jennifer Connelly … Jenn frequently speaks to businesses executives on topics such as PR best practices, sustainable brand building, reputation management and crisis management. She is also a longstanding member of the Board of Directors of Easter Seals in New York City.

You can connect with Jennifer on LinkedIn and Facebook

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Stacey Becker, Author of Knot the One: Why Getting Dumped Before My Wedding was the Best Thing that Ever Happened to Me, has a story to tell about “why getting dumped before her wedding was the best thing that ever happened to her." Stacey had met her fiancé online and they formed an immediate connection. After a whirlwind relationship, they got engaged and headed toward the wedding alter.

On the show, Stacey discussed how her heartbreak turned to love, and what she learned about herself through a tumultuous experience. The rocky journey with her ex-finance showed some big red flags, which she shares with Women Worldwide listeners. Stacey also offers tips on how to cope with upset, change and loss, and the importance of having a strong support system in place.

A little more about Stacey Becker … Stacey Becker is a 30-something writer who lives with her husband in New York City, along with their baby daughter. Disguised as a corporate lawyer, she circumvents any serious legal discussions in favor of analyzing relationships and her relatable day-to-day adventures. Stacey blogs about these topics at http://OfficeStace.com.

You can connect with Stacey on LinkedIn.

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PR, marketing and reputation expert, Gini Dietrich, joins host Deirdre Breakenridge on Women Worldwide. Gini is the Chief Executive Officer of Arment Dietrich, a Chicago-based integrated marketing communications firm and the author of two books, Spin Sucks: Communication and Reputation Management in the Digital Age and Marketing in the Round: How to Develop an Integrated Marketing Campaign in the Digital Era.

On the show, Gini discusses how sex sells, analyzing the celebrity brand transformation of Miley Cyrus, who transitioned from wholesome, teen Disney star to sexy, twerking, wrecking ball music artist. With respect to companies, she shares the ways they can avoid the “spin” and hype and take a best practices approach to sharing good stories, "honestly, responsibly and authentically” to get their brands recognized. Gini also offers advice to listeners on the importance of building strong relationships and some tips for working with the media, knowing they may help you out when your reputation is on the line.

A little more about Gini Dietrich … Gini is the lead blogger at Spin Sucks, the award-winning PR and marketing blog. Spin Sucks delivers the latest trends, hottest topics, and some controversial analysis on events from the worlds of PR, Digital Marketing and Communication. Gini is also the co-host of Inside PR, a weekly podcast about communications and social media.

You can connect with Gini on LinkedIn and Twitter @GiniDietrich.


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Ai Ching Goh, the CEO of Piktochart, joins host DeirdreBreakenridge on Women Worldwide. Ai Ching and her husband, AndreaZaggia, launched Piktochart in 2012, as a web-based infographicapplication, allowing users who don’t have any intensive designexperience to create professional grade infographics, using themedtemplates. Their self-funded start up grew quickly from 2 people to45+ employees today, and the platform serves over 3 millionusers.

On the show, Ai Ching shares her story from corporate America tostart up and getting rid of her Monday morning blues. Building astrong, and supportive culture at Piktochart required frequentinternal sharing and collaboration that has helped to build afriendly working environment in different regions around the world.For Ai Ching, now Monday mornings are filled with smiles andlaughter. Ai Ching also offers her advice on tackling majorchallenges in your career and life, and how to avoid getting burnedout, when you live the dream as an entrepreneur and businessowner.

A little more about Ai Ching Goh … AiChing graduated with a degree in Experimental Psychology from theUniversity of Bristol. She has since "experimented" with InvestmentBanking and Media at P&G. She considers herself an enthusiastin social enterprises, crowdfunding, and growth hacking. She isalso very keen on supporting startups.

You can connect with Ai Ching on LinkedIn

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Blanca Cobb, CEO of TruthBlazer and an international body language and lie detection expert joins host Deirdre Breakenridge on Women Worldwide. Blanca uses her behavior analysis expertise and psychology background to get to the truth. She is an ‘in-demand’ media guest who has been featured on HLN's Dr. Drew On-Call, Good Morning America, CNN, USA Today, FOX, ABC, CBS, and NBC affiliates.

On the show, Blanca shares deep insights about the 2016 Presidential candidates explaining their body language and who is “winning” the body language and commanding presence race. She breaks down the signs that show when people are nervous vs. when they are actually being deceptive, from their gestures to their remarks. According to Blanca, improving body language is not gender based but more so about your motivation and willingness to step outside of your comfort zone. Blanca offers several tips on how you can read body language in situations that you don’t always think about, including when you’re on a date, in the workplace and in settings where teens bully other teens.

A little more about Blanca Cobb … Blanca is a Senior Instructor at the Body Language Institute in Washington, DC. She also specializes in coaching different professionals from medical and sales to law enforcement and media, delivering both individual and group training sessions. Training topics range from business-oriented body language cues, to highly specialized industry topics, such as her extensive, and critically acclaimed Detecting Deception series designed for law enforcement.

You can connect with Blanca on LinkedIn

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