Wonder Women: Seven Tips from Seven Outstanding Women

Wonder Women: Seven Tips from Seven Outstanding Women

By Jill Vitiello

Wonder Women is a blog series that lets me introduce you to amazing businesswomen doing remarkable work. Here are seven tips from the seven outstanding women who shared their stories with me:

Melissa_AgnesMelissa Agnes, crisis management strategist

Meet Melissa Agnes, owner of Agnes + Day, Inc., keynote speaker and author of Crisis Ready: Building an Invincible Brand in an Uncertain World. “I see so often people who are scared to make a change even though they’re unhappy. I’ll do whatever I can to empower them to make the change that will make them happy. Life is too short and the world needs us to be our best selves.”

Judy PaulJudy Paul, Village hotelier and restauranteur extraordinaire

Meet Judy Paul, president of Washington Square Hotel and North Square restaurant, located at 103 Waverly Place in the heart of Greenwich Village, New York City. “If you follow your passion, if you know what that is, you will land very solidly where you want to go. You will direct yourself. You may not get there instantly, there might be bumps in the road, but you will find your way there.”

Marianne FrayMarianne Fray, advocate for mothers and babies

Meet Marianne Fray, Chief Executive Officer of Maternity Care Coalition (MCC), based in Philadelphia, Pa., a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of pregnant women and their babies, ages 0-3. “Being a leader today takes courage, but it really takes a heart. I believe that if you care about people enough and if you recognize how wonderful people along the way have been to you, it will help you be a best-in-class leader.”

Cy WakemanCy Wakeman, leadership expert

Meet Cy Wakeman, founder and president of Reality-Based Leadership, a company that trains organizations to “ditch the drama” and restore sanity to the workplace. “I’ve found when you work on your own evolution the work is actually pretty effortless. A lot of ambitious women work on trying to change reality. I would say if you are ambitious, work on changing yourself and your view of the world.”

Mary Lou PanzanoMary Lou Panzano, change agent

Meet Mary Lou Panzano, Vice President and Head of U.S. Internal Communications at Bayer. “Remember to try not to discount the importance of face-to-face, smart, purposeful communications with managers and their employees. Conversations are still the place where you can have the best engagement. And as old-fashioned as that sounds, talking to each other is probably still the most important thing that you can do.”

Natalie LoebNatalie Loeb, leadership coach

Meet Natalie Loeb, founder and leadership coach at Loeb Leadership Development Group. “Work is all about the people. In one job, I learned the task is important. In another, I learned that you can’t ignore the human side. People are the most important resource in an organization and you have to take care of them.”


Stacy QuinnStacy Quinn, health advocate and spokeswoman

Meet Stacy Quinn, health advocate and an American Heart Association Go Red For Women Survivor Ambassador. A communication professional, Stacy became a volunteer spokeswoman after surviving a stroke at age 41. “Be the CEO of your own health. That means knowing your numbers, taking care of yourself and, if something doesn’t feel right getting the proper medical attention because you know your body best. You are your own best advocate.”

Do you have a question for one of the Wonder Women or me? Ask it here in our comments, or reach me on Twitter or LinkedIn. Stay tuned for part two of the Wonder Women series coming January 2019!

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