Wonder Women: Nine Tips from Nine Outstanding Women

Wonder Women: Nine Tips from Nine Outstanding Women

By Jill Vitiello

At Vitiello Communications Group, we believe everyone’s story is worth telling. Wonder Women is a blog series that lets me introduce you to amazing businesswomen doing remarkable work. Here are nine tips from the nine outstanding women who shared their stories with me:

Laura BrandaoLaura Brandao, President of American Financial Resources Inc.

Meet Laura Brandao, President of American Financial Resources Inc. “I found that one of the most important things in leadership is to communicate with my team no matter where we are in the cycle. About a month ago, I started doing videos with shout-outs to team members and updates. My team is made up of remote workers – people who live across the country. Communication helps us stay connected and productive.”

Beth BurkeBeth Burke, Owner and Executive Producer, BSTV Entertainment

Meet Beth Burke, Owner and Executive Producer of BSTV Entertainment. “You can’t be afraid to take chances. You must take that leap. For example, I had a steady corporate job, three small kids, but I wasn’t happy or fulfilled and I wanted to be my own boss, so I jumped and succeeded. Don’t be afraid. Go for it.”


Lori WaldronLori Waldron, Co-Chair, Life Sciences Practice Group and a member of the firm of Sills Cummis & Gross P.C.

Meet Lori Waldron, Co-Chair, Life Sciences Practice Group, and a Member of the firm of Sills Cummis & Gross P.C. “It is easy to communicate by email or text, and everyone expects immediate responses. I use those modes of communication, of course, but I have most success with a telephone call or in-person meeting. When you are face-to-face or hear the spoken words, it is less likely to be misinterpreted.”

Sandra FavaSandra Fava, Partner, Fox Rothschild LLP.

Meet Sandra Fava, Partner, Fox Rothschild LLP, a national law firm that has been recognized six times as a “Best Law Firm for Women” by Working Mother magazine. “Communication is vital to every relationship. Professionally I make sure that my team knows the expectations, understands the strategy, and asks questions. My clients and I are in constant communication. I believe that promotes assurance that they are receiving the level of service that they need and are being kept in the loop.”

Dana Nalbantian Dana Nalbantian, Principal, Gensler

Meet Dana Nalbantian, Principal, Gensler, a global design and architecture firm with offices in Morristown, New Jersey. “No one knows everything. There is always room to learn and to be better. No matter who you’re working with at any given moment —a peer, senior leader, or someone who’s new to the profession, more often than not, it’s a learning moment.”

Robin A WaltonRobin A. Walton, Vice President for Community and Government Affairs, Thomas Edison State University

Meet Robin A. Walton, Vice President for Community and Government Affairs, Thomas Edison State University. “I would also like to tell women, as they find their own paths, to get good advice but trust your gut along the way, because that will impact the path you take.”

Erin Sharp-NewtonErin Sharp-Newton, Project Architect, Behavioral Health Specialist, NK Architects

Meet Wonder Women Erin Sharp-Newton, Project Architect, Behavioral Health Specialist, NK Architects & Executive Board Vice President, HDAP. “Be your unique self. I have a colorful personality and I spent a lot of years trying to get rid of that. At some point I just decided—this is me; this is who I am, character is a good thing. I think being able to stand tall and authentic and at the same time, to reach out with a helping hand is leadership.”

Jan LilienJan Lilien, Chief Executive Officer, YWCA Union County

Meet Jan Lilien, Chief Executive Officer, YWCA Union County. “You can learn anything if you’re not afraid to try new things. I’ve done several different jobs in my career and every time I started from the ground up and wondered how I would do it. The leadership lesson is to be brave, read, listen, learn from others, and be confident that you can learn anything.”

Brigitte Bastaldo-TsampalisBrigitte Bastaldo-Tsampalis, Founder and Inventor, Bond and Lead

Meet Brigitte Bastaldo-Tsampalis, founder and inventor of Bond and Lead, a fashion technology company. “The piece of advice I’d give is knowing when what someone is telling you won’t work for you. Not everyone will be as invested in what you’re doing as you are, (superfluous comments, suggestion and information runs rampant at times) so always go with your gut.”

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