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MILSPRAY’s Chief Operating Officer, Liz Shivers, Attends Women Business Leaders Forum

Today, September 23, 2016, MILSPRAY’s Chief Operating Officer, Liz Shivers attended the Women Business Leaders Forum at the Marriott Hotel in Whippany, NJ, hosted by the New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA). The Women Business Leaders Forum provided a platform to network, exchange ideas, and identify how to help women make headway in corporate leadership, and build the next generation of women CEOs. The event featured speakers from more than 10 leading industries such as NJTV, Wells Fargo, NJM, Deloitte and more.

 

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Winning With Women Wednesday: 5 Motivational Quotes To Conquer The Rest Of Your Work Week

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It’s Winning With Women Wednesday and today we have 5 “Motivational” quotes from successful women leaders. If you have a quote and would like to join the conversation on Twitter, be sure to add the hashtag #WinningWithWomen to your tweets.

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Winning With Women Wednesday: 5 Motivational Quotes To Conquer The Rest Of Your Work Week

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It’s Winning With Women Wednesday and today we have 5 “Motivational” quotes from successful women leaders. If you have a quote and would like to join the conversation on Twitter, be sure to add the hashtag #WinningWithWomen to your tweets.

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Winning With Women Wednesday: 4 Motivational Quotes To Conquer The Rest Of Your Work Week

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It’s Winning With Women Wednesday and today we have 4 “Motivational” quotes from successful women leaders. If you have a quote and would like to join the conversation on Twitter, be sure to add the hashtag #WinningWithWomen to your tweets.

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Winning With Women Wednesday: 4 Motivational Quotes To Conquer The Rest Of Your Work Week

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It’s Winning With Women Wednesday and today we have 4 “Motivational” quotes from successful women leaders. If you have a quote and would like to join the conversation on Twitter, be sure to add the hashtag #WinningWithWomen to your tweets.

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Winning With Women Wednesday: 5 Motivational Quotes To Conquer The Rest Of Your Work Week

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It’s Winning With Women Wednesday and today we have 5 “Motivational” quotes from successful women leaders. If you have a quote and would like to join the conversation on Twitter, be sure to add the hashtag #WinningWithWomen to your tweets.

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Winning With Women Wednesday – Revisiting Our Interview With Nora-Lynn San Diego, M.D.

Winning With Women Wednesday – An Interview With Nora Lynn San Diego, M.D. (2)

Back in November 2015, MILSPRAY™ had  the pleasure of interviewing Nora-Lynn San Diego, M.D.

Get to know Nora-Lynn San Diego

Name:  Nora-Lynn San Diego, M.D.

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Nora-Lynn San Diego, M.D.

Education:  Bachelor’s Degree in English from Brooklyn College, Medical degree from Far Eastern University,  Residency training in Psychiatry at University of Medicine and Dentistry/Robert Wood Johnson-Cooper Hospital, Fellowship training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Universities of Columbia and Cornell-New York Presbyterian Hospital

Organization: New York Presbyterian Hospital, Weill-Cornell Medical College (WCMC,) NYP-Center for Autism and the Developing Brain (CADB)

Position: Assistant Medical Director for NYP-Center for Autism, Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at Weill-Cornell Medical College

Time with the organization:  8 years

Organization headquarters:  New York

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1. Nora, please share what your role as an Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College embodies? What responsibilities and duties do you oversee and part take in? As an Assistant Professor in Psychiatry, I have the pleasure of being in the role of educator and supervisor for resident physicians, medical students, psychology interns/externs and nurse practitioners at New York Presbyterian Hospital. In addition to lecturing on core concepts of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry in relation to Autism and other developmental disabilities, I provide clinical supervision for young trainees, as they learn how to work with and provide psychiatric care for this population of individuals.

2. Do you have a quote, mantra or tip regarding how our audience could manage their one-to-one personal interactions better? Listening is just as important as talking when it comes to effective communication. In my professional experience, I find that many individuals that struggle with listening to others, whether in their personal lives or at work, have difficulties sustaining good relationships with the people around them.

3. Who was an influential boss/mentor for you and in what ways did they shape you to become the leader you are today? My mother. A very petite lady but a real spitfire. She came as one of the first over-seas nursing recruits to work in Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn back in the 60s. Despite the immigrant struggle that she encountered as a young Filipina in 60s America, her conversations about the past were largely devoted to the kind and compassionate people that she met throughout her life, both personally and professionally. She taught me that the quality of the people you choose to surround yourself with will determine how difficult the climb to success will be.

4. Have you ever mentored anyone? What are your top three pieces of advice for your mentees? Yes. 1) Be passionate about your work. If you do not have passion, it may not be the right job for you. 2) Fall seven times, stand up eight! Everybody makes mistakes. It is how you get good at what you do. 3) Learn to let go of what does not work or cannot be fixed.

5. What do you think the greatest challenge is for the New York Presbyterian -Weill Cornell Medical College (WCMC) today? Most physicians are committed to their patients. But to do so within the pressures of healthcare reform can be quite disheartening and mentally exhausting.

6. What is the highlight of your work week? I look forward to peer supervision with my colleagues. Having a forum to discuss interesting cases or problems encountered over the week helps all of us think and re-think our approaches to patient care and how to deliver the best care possible.

7. What is it about your current role at the New York Presbyterian-WCMC that sets it apart from other organizations? I have been given an incredible opportunity to work with seasoned clinicians and researchers from multiple disciplines. These individuals have devoted their lives to enhancing the diagnosis and delivery of care to people with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities. To care for children truly takes a village and I am fortunate to be a part of that.

8. How do you stay abreast of hot topics within your industry? New York Presbyterian- WCMC provides weekly grand round lectures with expert discussants in the areas of psychiatry and psychology. This keeps staff up-to-date with the latest research and glimpses into what the future holds for different conditions that many individuals struggle with on a daily basis.

9. When speaking to others about New York Presbyterian-WCMC, what is the most important message you want them to take away from your conversation? Our faculty prides itself on our commitment to the education of our medical students and residents.

10. Where do you see New York Presbyterian –WCMC in 5 years? With our current research in Autism Spectrum Disorders already underway, I hope to see an advance in treatment options for individuals that struggle with this disorder.

11. How does New York Presbyterian -Weill Cornell Medical College help women succeed in their careers? OR (You could also speak to how it has enabled you to be successful in your role). NYP-WCMC has given me the opportunity to work with some of the most talented and dedicated women in healthcare. My first inpatient team on our adolescent unit was comprised mostly of women and it gave me a positive perspective of what it is like to work with a cohesive, supportive team that defied the negative stereotypes of women in the workplace that so many young girls are raised to believe.

12. What would you do if you had one more hour in your day? I would spend that hour meeting with my staff individually for their input on how we are doing and how things could be done differently if it were up to them. Giving your staff a platform to voice their ideas shows that their opinions are valued, regardless of where you might lead them in the end.

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Feature Friday: Photo Recap Of Luncheon With The First Lady Of The Federal Republic Of Nigeria

Yesterday, August 4, 2016, MILSPRAY™ Vice President of Administrative Operations, Chantel Robinson, and Director of Business Development, Kanti Pandya, attended a Luncheon with the First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria at George Mason University, located in Fairfax, VA.  Here are a few images of the event.

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MILSPRAY™ Team Members To Attend Luncheon With The First Lady Of The Federal Republic Of Nigeria

Chantel Robinson, VP of Administrative Operations

Chantel Robinson, VP of Administrative Operations

Chantel Robinson has years of leadership experience in marketing, project management and brand development. Since joining the company in 2011, she has increased MILSPRAY’s exposure within the Department of Defense while leading technology demonstrations at the Pentagon, the Army Rapid Equipping Force (REF), the US Marine Corps Expeditionary Forward Operating Base (Ex-FOB) and other high profile military events. Under her leadership, MILSPRAY™ secured its first contract with the US Army for corrosion prevention and control services and formed numerous teaming arrangements with strategic partners to pursue multiple IDIQ contracts.

In August 2014, Robinson was promoted to Vice President of Administrative Operations with responsibility for Human Resources, Marketing and Communications for MILSPRAY™. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Science in International Business from Seton Hall University.

Kanti Pandya

Kanti Pandya, Director of Business Development

Kanti Pandya is a multi-linguist professional who brings a broad and diverse federal government experience from his distinguished career of over 39 years in the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Foreign Service. He is a senior DOD Acquisition Program Management professional with Defense International Security Assistance Management (DISAM) Program, the Navy International Program certifications and a member of the DOD Acquisition Community. During his tenure as the Senior Program Manager, U.S. Naval Air Systems Command, he led business development teams and high-value weapon systems acquisition programs. He directed multiple technical Integrated Project Teams supporting various naval aviation platforms, carrier based Support Equipment acquisition programs and the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) Programs. As the Foreign Service Specialist, he had served in the Bureau of African Affairs overseas U.S. Missions in the Administration Management disciplines in his extensive travels across the African continent.

As the Director of Business Development, Mr. Pandya’s overarching skills and credentials provide for key attributes required to steer MILSPRAY’s strategic direction in orchestrating profitable Navy Programs business. Mr. Pandya is also a Commercial Artist and graduated in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Today, Chantel and Kanti will be in attendance for a Luncheon with the First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The Luncheon will take place at George Mason University, located in Fairfax, VA.

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Winning With Women Wednesday – Revisiting Our Interview With Rebecca Tracy, Marketing Director, Dex Media

An Interview With Rebecca Tracy, Marketing Director, Dex Media

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Back in December, 2015, MILSPRAY™ had the pleasure of conducting an interview with Rebecca Tracy, Marketing Director for Dex Media. Rebecca is a dedicated, passionate, and highly organized marketer. Within her interview she gives advice on work life balance, and how to effectively manage one-to-one interactions.

Get to know Rebecca

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Rebecca Tracy, Marketing Director, Dex Media

Name: Rebecca Tracy

Education: BA Communications St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN
MBA Courses University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis, MN

Organization: Dex Media

Position: Marketing Director

Organization headquarters: Dallas Fort Worth

Total number of employees: 3,100

Number of employees the Marketing Director oversees: I oversee 8 people, there are about 100 people total in our Marketing Org at Dex Media.

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1. Rebecca, in your own words please share what it means to take on the role of the Marketing Director for Dex Media entails? Taking this role was a big accomplishment for me. I started as a sales rep, then moved into marketing. When they decided start up this new team 8 years ago I was thrilled to be named the lead.

2. How did you discover Dex Media? I knew of the company, but in 2001 I was job searching after college, a recruiting firm set me up with Dex.

3. Do you have a quote, mantra or tip regarding how our audience could manage their one-to-one personal interactions better? I always try to use the rule of 3 when I give any type of feedback, give 2 compliments or call out 2 areas of success and 1 area of opportunity. I always make eye contact and genuinely show interest in the people I’m engaged with. Another great tip, when your employees or peers ask for feedback on their work sometimes the BEST feedback you can give is saying it looks good, it helps others build confidence. You don’t always want to find issues with everything you are asked to review, sometimes it is best to say good work!

4. Who was an influential boss/mentor for you and in what ways did they shape you to become the leader you are today? I’ve been fortunate to have a few strong bosses, they’ve helped me understand how to manage in a large organization, survive and thrive during mergers and restructuring, build a strong team and find confidence in the work I do. My favorite boss always says don’t ever be afraid to make a mistake, if you never make any you aren’t running hard enough. Just own up to it, learn from it and move on. Also always be honest and give credit where credit is due. Great advice!

5. What do you think the greatest challenge is for Marketing Directors today? Our company sells advertising solutions to local Small and Medium Sized Businesses (SMBs), while we have a very robust product offering it is challenging. Our space is fractured, there are many competitors and options for SMBs with no clear path for generating leads. It’s challenging to find the niche, however we have a new product that goes beyond leads, gives our clients a fully integrated digital platform that includes an adaptive responsive website, social, reputation and listings management and a mini CRM/client database management and appointment scheduling tool. We manage it with the client and it’s competitively priced. It has really taken off since we launched a few months ago.

6. What is the highlight of your work week? It’s always nice to be in cross-functional meetings or in the field and see the work my team has done being used, it’s very rewarding. It also gives me an opportunity to see areas for improvement.

7. How would you characterize your management style? I’m pretty straight-forward. I have high expectations from my team, they are all seasoned managers. Each of them own projects and initiatives, I am quite hands off, they come to me when they need help. I trust them to make decisions and move their projects forward. I try to be gracious and appreciative. I’m blessed with strong leaders who make me proud right now. I’ve had challenges in the past, it’s difficult to manage folks who aren’t independent, self-starters remotely.

8. If you could turn back time, what is something you wish you knew before entering the job market? I wish I would have been more dedicated to finishing my MBA early on, before my job required significant travel. In hindsight I should have made it more of a priority.

9. When looking for potential job candidates where do you turn to? Because my team is so specialized I have looked internally recently, wanting folks who have a broad understanding of the business, marketing, our clients and sales team. LinkedIn is also a good place to start when looking for candidates. Internally our company also uses an agency for searching.

10. What is it about your current role at Dex Media that sets it apart from other Media Agencies? We actually help local businesses flourish, we act as there marketing department. The work my team does is used with these clients, we get to see the results that come directly from the work we create. It is rewarding and fun.

11. How to you stay abreast of hot topics within your industry? I’m fortunate we have 1,500 sales people out in the field, they are constantly sharing with us. In addition we have both a research and communication team who are always keeping up with the industry and share information with us almost daily. In addition I subscribe to a few blogs and other industry publications.

12. When speaking to others about Dex Media, what is the most important message you want them to take away from your conversation? That Dex has been a great company for me and my career. I’ve had significant opportunity, great mentors and I work with bright, smart, fun, passionate people who want the business to succeed. I learn something new each day.

13. If you weren’t doing this job, what would you be doing? Honestly? I don’t know for certain, but I’d probably be doing a similar marketing role at another company, working closely with the sales team, it is what I enjoy and feel I am pretty effective.

14. How important is it to be intentional when striving to keep a work life balance? It’s important but I don’t always do a good job, I could do better. I find you need to plan your time off and commit to activities, if I wait until the days I’m home I end up not doing the things I wish I would. A respected coworker who has traveled for years made an excellent point a few years ago, said when you travel consistently for work you have to make sure you are “present” when you are home, make the most of the time.” I need to work on this one.

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