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Dr. Melanie Brown
IT Strategic & Analytics Manager
Houston Area Professional Express Network
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."
Principal Financial Group
Lakeland Downtown Chapter
Member Since: 2005
Quincy Charter Chapter
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."
Diane Stewart, D.C.
General Director of School
and Career Programs
Topeka Public Schools, USD 501
Member Since: 2008
Lyte 2 Touch Chiropractic at The Rose Center
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."
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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
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
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