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2 013 T o p T E n B u S i n E S S w o M E n o f A B wA Dr. Melanie Brown IT Strategic & Analytics Manager CenterPoint Energy Houston Area Professional Express Network Houston, Texas Member Since: 2007 Congratulations to the 2014 Top Ten Business Women of ABWA Though a short duration of time, working for a large organization has provided Dr. Melanie Brown the opportunity to head up a new entity, the Strategic Execution Office, for CenterPoint Energy, a Fortune 500 company. Challenged with nearly 30 percent of the workforce ready to retire in the next five years and doing business as usual, creating a new office within a matured organization was an innovative approach to moving the strategy from idea, to plan, and on to execution. "The greatest gift from ABWA is about building relationships that you learn from through diversity of thought and experience, which is the most coveted skill sought by organizations," says Dr. Brown. "As a teamcentric, lifelong learner and education advocate, I whole-heartedly live the ABWA mission." Kimberly Andreadis Sue McGee-Chiodini Financial Advisor Principal Financial Group Lakeland Downtown Chapter Lakeland, Fla. Member Since: 2005 Trust Officer Mercantile Bank Quincy Charter Chapter Quincy, Ill. Member Since: 2011 After 19 years in her hometown community in Ohio, Kimberly Andreadis relocated her practice to Florida in 2004. It has been her major accomplishment to start a new practice 900 miles away from her client base and to become a top agent with a new company and a major competitor in the business and personal planning market in her new community. Andreadis has built her agency sales and support team with the support of ABWA through networking and by hiring ABWA sisters. "With the leadership role as president this year, it has helped me improve my communication abilities and taught me diplomatic leadership and decision making skills," says Andreadis. "Using these skills in my sales presentations, workshops and client reviews has given me the confidence to help my clients make decisions to navigate through the difficult decisions necessary to combat rising tax burdens, a decade of low interest rates and volatile market swings." Sue McGee-Chiodini's ability to think outside the box has been beneficial to the bank and the customers the bank services. When a nonprofit account, which had an endowment with the bank, was in jeopardy, McGee-Chiodini presented to management that employees would volunteer their time after hours to this customer. The non-profit was thrilled to have so many new volunteers and the bank kept their business. This idea told the customer that the bank was interested in more than just having an account, and that they wanted to establish on ongoing relationship with them. "In 2012, I was told that I would be losing my job at the end of July," recalls McGee-Chiodini. "I turned to the business women in the Quincy Charter Chapter and asked them to keep their eyes and ears open. Within a few weeks, I found the perfect position for me at Mercantile Bank." Eileen Caspers Diane Stewart, D.C. General Director of School and Career Programs Topeka Public Schools, USD 501 Career Chapter Topeka, Kan. Member Since: 2008 Owner Lyte 2 Touch Chiropractic at The Rose Center Sunrise Chapter Sarasota, Fla. Member Since: 2005 A significant culture change was required among administration and teachers in Topeka, Kan., to affect the career-readiness initiative for students. Eileen Caspers introduced the implementation of a districtwide Postsecondary and Career Vision for students in 17 elementary schools, six middle schools, and five high schools, servicing 14,000 students. Her presentation created an energizing movement across the district and a majority of teachers and administration continue to work to implement the vision. "ABWA has been instrumental in my career and personal growth as demonstrated by my accomplishments," says Caspers. "I have gained strength in networking and communication skills, leadership capacity and the ability to work with individuals of diverse careers and personalities." 38 W O M E N i n B U S I N E S S w i n T E R 2 013 Diane Stewart established The Rose Center for Healing and Wellness to include alternative health services and protocols to increase treatment options available to patients under one roof. The office won an award for Best Natural Healing Center. She also instituted an Electronic Health Record database to automate and streamline office workflow and improve the organization and accuracy of patient information in anticipation of the upcoming government requirements under the Affordable Healthcare Act. "After relocating to Florida, life had tossed in a few curveballs," says Dr. Stewart. "I searched for an ABWA group and found Sunrise Chapter. I attended my first meeting and met dozens of women, but connected with one in particular, who not only became my dear friend but also my business partner."

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of WOMEN in BUSINESS - Winter 2013

WOMEN in BUSINESS - Winter 2013
ABWA Member Benefits
Letter from Executive Director
Annual Meeting Minutes
Evolution of the Cookie
Regional Conferences
The Face Behind Willow Tree
Sparkle & Shine: National Conference Highlights
The Job Survival Equation
2014 Top Ten Business Women of ABWA
The Office Santa, Secret or Not
The 2014 ABWA National Women’s Leadership Conference heads home to Kansas for the 65th Anniversary of the Association.

WOMEN in BUSINESS - Winter 2013