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Winning With Women Wednesday – 5 Quotes From Trailblazing & Inspiring Women To Finish Your Work Week Strong

It’s Winning With Women Wednesday and today we have 5 “Trailblazing” quotes from inspiring 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 – An Interview With Nora Lynn San Diego, MD

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

Get to know Nora-Lynn San Diego

Name:  Nora-Lynn San Diego, MD

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Nora-Lynn San Diego, MD

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:  7.5 years

Organization headquarters:  New York


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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Winning With Women Wednesday: An Interview With Lynette Barbieri & Vanessa Coppes Co-Founders of the Entrepreneurial Think Tank for Women

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Get To Know Lynette

Lynette BarbieriLynette Barbieri is a woman who enjoys life, lives for the moment and does it on her own terms. Barbieri has owned her financial business for over 18 years and is the Co-Founder of the Entrepreneurial Think Thank for Women. ETTWomen is where her passion lies. As she continues to grow in her personal endeavors, she also mentors women entrepreneurs. As a mother of 4, Barbieri fully understands the obstacles women face while trying to pursue their goals. Also, as a woman in finance she understands the challenges women face when they are working in a predominantly male driven industry.

Get To Know Vanessa

vanessaVanessa Coppes believes women are multi-faceted.  They embrace the outer roles of wife, mother, sister, daughter and friend.  And they have inner roles; those that need to be honored in order to be authentic, productive and truly happy. Like many women, Coppes struggled with weight, periods of insecurity and postpartum depression.  It was the wisdom of her mother and the connection with other strong, beautiful women around her that reminded her of how to best honor and nurture herself back to living life.   She meets women where they are and helps them create lives and businesses they love.  She is the Author 5 Steps to Fabulous, the Social and Digital Media Strategist for BELLA NYC Magazine and the Co-Founder of ETTWomen.

1. Lynette and Vanessa, in your own words please share with us what it means to take on the role of being Co-Founders for the Entrepreneurial Think Tank for Women?

It means service that comes with heartfelt and genuine dedication, but also a lot of responsibility. It is our passion to support and encourage women to go after their dreams and to live the lives and build businesses that support that lifestyle. We are humbled by this amazing journey we’ve been on for 3.5 years.

2. What responsibilities and duties do you both oversee and part take in?

We work as a team as much as we allow each other to. We are both very controlling but have learned to work with and rely on each other’s strengths. We outsource whatever else we need support with as we are clear that we cannot do it all. It’s fabulous to have a rolodex of profes-sionals at your fingertips as we look to our members first whenever we need something.

3. How did you discover you wanted to create this organization?

Lynette started the group three years ago and named it the Freehold Think Tank for Moms. I attended 2 meetings and having had experience in both entrepreneurship and networking groups that didn’t live up to their expectations, I was very opinionated. I must have grown on her quickly as she asked me to partner with her shortly after. We agreed to make pivotal changes to how the meetings ran and what the group offered as well as change the name to ETTWomen to be more inclusive.

4. Do you have a quote, mantra or tip regarding how our audience could manage their one-to-one personal interactions better?

We have 2: “Together, we achieve more!” It’s our group’s tag line and “Everything happens for a reason.” A testament to how we met and how we approach everything that happens to us in our daily lives and businesses.

5. Who was an influential boss/mentor for you and in what ways did they shape you to be-come the leaders you are today?

Vanessa: I’ve always looked up to my mother who is the very definition of resilience. Another would be my high school principal, Maria Amalia Leon de Jorge.
Lynette: I look up to a woman named Frances Averett, she is a seven figure income earner in Primerica who raised five small children after her husband passed, and built a huge business back in the 80’s when finance and mompreneurs were not favorable for women, Vanessa Coppes, for all she has achieved after coming to a strange country knowing really nobody and raising two small boys. Lastly, I would add my grandmother to the list.

6. What do you think the greatest challenge is for women business owners today?

Guilt and the lack of a network of support.

7. What is the highlight of your work week?

We are always fascinated by the leaps and bounds our members make to improve themselves. We’ve created a philosophy of introspection, understanding that in order for our businesses to grow, we must also grow (360º Lifestyle). Getting a call, email or text message from one of our ladies about how they took action in a particular aspect of their lives or businesses, makes everything we do even more rewarding.

8. How would you characterize your management style?

Psycho-control-freaks. All joking aside, as controlling as we both can be we’ve learned that as much as we try to, in the end, we are not in control.

We manage from a spiritual realm and always with the intention that what we do, what we take part in or get our members involved with serves the greater good.

9. How do you stay abreast of hot topics within your industry?

We are both avid students of life and business, we are always seeking out new ideas and implementing new things. We are also very open to our member’s feedback. They are always up to interesting things and we share and regroup often. It’s the only way to keep up with the times and stay current with our offerings.

10. When speaking to others about the Entrepreneurial Think Tank For Women, what is the most important message you want them to take away from your conversation?

That we genuinely care about their personal and business development. That the more we work together, the more we can accomplish.

11. If you weren’t doing this job, what would you be doing?

Vanessa: I’d be teaching high school.
Lynette: I would probably be a therapist.

12. If you had one more hour to inject into your day, how would you spend it?

Vanessa: I would sleep.
Lynette: I would go out and meet/network with more women.

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MILSPRAY™ CFO/SVP of Operations, Liz Shivers To Attend Monmouth County Chamber Women In Business Power Luncheon

Liz DeSerio, MILSPRAY's CFO & SVP of Operations

Liz Shivers, MILSPRAY’s CFO & SVP of Operations

Liz Shivers joined MILSPRAY™ in 2007 and has held positions of increasing responsibility within the company. She has extensive experience in government contracting, management and the implementation of strategic objectives for the company. DeSerio earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting with a minor in Finance from Canyon College and a Master Certificate in Government Contract Management from Villanova University.

Her strong financial expertise and global business experience will be of great value in her new role. Shivers will lead strategic initiatives that support the company’s efforts to provide competitive solutions to customers around the world.

Tomorrow, Shivers will be at the Beacon Hill Country Club in Atlantic Highlands, NJ attending the Women in Business Power Luncheon.

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Winning With Women Wednesday: An Interview with Sarah Cirelli, Marketing Manager – Internet Marketing, WithumSmith+Brown


It’s Winning With Women Wednesday and over the past week we had the pleasure of getting to know Sarah Cirelli, the Marketing Manager – Internet Marketing for WithumSmith+Brown,PC. Sarah is a passionate and dedicated woman who is devoting her time and effort towards battling the “boring” reputation that the accounting profession has been known for. We invite you to learn more about her and all of her accomplishments.

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Name:  Sarah Marie Cirelli

Education:  Bachelor – Marketing // Summa cum laude in 3 years

Organization: Johnson & Wales University // Providence, RI

Position: Marketing Manager – Interactive Marketing

Organization:  WithumSmith+Brown, PC

Organization headquarters:  Princeton, NJ

Total number of employees: 550+

Number of employees the Interactive Marketing Manager oversees: Works WITH a team of 11

1. Sarah, in your own words please share what it means to take on the role of the Marketing Manager – Interactive Marketing for WithumSmith+Brown? What responsibilities and duties do you oversee and partake in?

As a Marketing Manager, internationally recognized social media strategist, interactive marketing guru (and non-sleeper), I spend my time coordinating and implementing various interactive and digital marketing strategies to the accounting profession. Perhaps best known for Withum’s famous viral video sensation, I fill my days creating and implementing online marketing strategies while battling boring accountant reputations everywhere.

2. How did you discover WithumSmith+Brown?

I discovered Withum when I was looking for an internship and still in school. A mutual friend of mine was the current Marketing Director. At the time, as a kid in college going to school for marketing, working for an accounting firm was the last possible place I thought I would end up. I always pictured myself working for Nike, or clothing or something way sexier. Fast-forward over eight years and I’m still here. I truly believe that you can inject so much of yourself and so much passion into something that it becomes exactly what you never knew you were looking for. I encourage everyone reading to look past your own expectations and dig a little deeper into the unexpected (career, job, industry, PEOPLE…) you never know what you’ll find.

3. Do you have a quote, mantra or tip regarding how our audience could manage their one-to-one personal interactions better?

I believe in living a certain type of life. The same goes for face-to-face interactions AND online. For colleagues, friends, family AND strangers. A bad attitude can literally block everything happy and successful from happening to you. I believe in surrounding yourself with people who celebrate you rather than tolerate you. It affects the way you view the world and how much you want to put into it. Too often, I see people with bad energy being the single reason they can’t figure out how to succeed. I believe that self-care is not selfish, it’s necessary. “Refilling your own cup” is vital to being able to pour out into your career, your family and all aspects of your life. You cannot do anyone any good if you’re not truly happy first. Also – it’s so important to be true to yourself. Embrace what makes you unique. It’s a brave thing to do and so incredibly attractive. Don’t be afraid to share, to give back without expecting anything and to go the extra mile for someone who can’t necessarily repay you. Put in the WORK… with a good heart… and you and the people around you will be happy and successful.

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 said on occasion that “perspective” is my mentor. Every person I’ve come across and every experience I’ve ever had have been my mentors. Some of the biggest professional and personal lessons I’ve learned have come from experiences in perspective. It all circles back to attitude. Things are going to happen TO YOU and FOR YOU and BECAUSE OF YOU. It all comes down to what you choose to take from any given person or situation. Not every situation or relationship is supposed to be forever. Every experience is a lesson to be had… and lessons (with perspective) are most definitely always positive in a way. Sometimes to show you what’s right, what is wrong, to show you who you can be and to teach you what you need to be happy. To ultimately, teach you how to be the best possible YOU… professionally or personally. The ability to identify a positive perspective, to keep going and to genuinely learn and improve from everything you can is the best possible teacher I have ever asked for.

5. What do you think the greatest challenge is for Interactive Marketing Managers today?

The biggest challenge I seem to face, along with other marketing professionals, can really be relevant to many positions… How do you make someone CARE? How do you make something… a product, service, message… relevant enough to spark an action or a response? Not easy!

6. What is the highlight of your work week?

I certainly have many highlights but… I like to be a “connector”… so, any time I can connect someone to a person or situation that makes their life easier, happier or more successful is a good day.

7. How would you characterize your management style?

I heard an old affirmation once. I try to lead in this way, “Act as a lighthouse rather than a lifeboat. Never try and rescue someone… instead, try to help others find their own way to shore. Guiding them by light and example.” I try and stay away from directing and, instead, SHOW.

8. If you could turn back time, what is something you wish you knew before entering the job market?

That “they” all try and scare the heck out of you about the real world. The real world is not scary and it’s not impossible. You don’t have to know everything right away. There many more good people than there are bad people. There is time to learn and most people will teach you if you just ask. Life rewards passion, hard work and kindness.

9. When looking for potential job candidates what do you turn to?

I definitely recommend using LinkedIn. Not taking control of your online identity is single handedly the most professionally irresponsible thing you can do for yourself these days. If you don’t take control of the information that people are going to find on you – someone else is going to. Describe every aspect of yourself, your education, your experience, etc. in words that will translate the unique value YOU have to the person you’re looking to meet. What can you do for someone and why do they need it?

10. What is it about your current role at WithumSmith+Brown that sets it apart from other accounting firms?

There’s no doubt that Withum is unique in terms of culture.

Just spend some time on YouTube and you’ll see what I mean.
Also – best described here

The fact that they’ve invested so much in me in my role and as a person is beyond standard for most companies, anywhere. It’s not every day you meet someone who knows what to do with a Sarah Cirelli!

11. How do you stay abreast of hot topics within your industry?

Talking, reading, sharing, exchanging… there are many blogs I read every morning before I even open up my email. I’m constantly speaking around the country and meeting people as I do it. Sharing information with someone is the easiest and fastest way to learn someone new. It leads to an exchange. I’m also not afraid to ASK. I’ve found that often times, people are really eager to tell you about their story if you prove your interest and admiration. One of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever gotten was also this… instead of looking ONLY at your competition within your industry – look OUTSIDE your profession for new examples to be inspired by.

12. When speaking to others about WithumSmith+Brown, what is the most important message you want them to take away from your conversation?

If you don’t love what you are doing, then why bother doing it? We are zealous in our pursuit of living. Happy professionals approach their work life with the same enthusiasm with which they approach their personal lives. This enhances their relationships with clients as well as the delivery of service to them.

13. If you weren’t doing this job, what would you be doing?

Honestly? There’s a little piece of me that really wants to work for Disney… put me in a plastic head, I’m sure I’d still be happy. Or dancing. Or serving/drinking all the coffee.

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Winning with Women Wednesdays: Interview with Sirena Moore-Thomas, Chief Operations Officer at Eagle Enterprises

Winning With Women Sirena Moore-Thomas

Today, is Winning with Women Wednesday and over the past week we had the opportunity to speak with Sirena Moore-Thomas. Sirena is the energetic, colorful, and passionate Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Eagle Enterprises. Eagle Enterprises was established in 2005 and is a proven and trusted supplier of spare parts for all Military and Commercial Aircraft worldwide. Since 2006, Eagle has been awarded 2,000 Department of Defense (DoD) small business contracts.

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Name: Sirena Moore-Thomas

Age: 33 years old

Education: Serial Entrepreneur

Company: Eagle Enterprises

Position: Chief Operations Officer (COO)

Time with company: 3 years

Company headquarters: Hampton, VA

Countries of operation: Domestic

Total number of employees: 10

Number of employees the COO oversees: 10

Sirena, I think our readers would love to know, in your own words, what the role of a Chief Operating Officer (COO) embodies at Eagle Enterprises…What are your main responsibilities and duties?

Well on most days I am pretty much, “Chief Everything Officer”. However, my primary role is to manage the day-to-day operations from our Corporate Headquarters to our Sales Office. I also am in charge of managing all revenue generating activities. This includes our sales teams, business development, and maintaining relationships with our manufacturers.

Do you have a mantra, or tip that you would like to share with our audience regarding how to sell their organization’s services, products, or capabilities?

A famous quote I would like to share was once said by Theodore Roosevelt. He stated, “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” This saying rings true each and every day I come to work. Early on, I learned to be the subject matter expert of all of our capabilities within our organization, and took it upon myself to create opportunities rather than wait for them.

Who was an influential boss for you and what lessons did they teach you about management and leadership?

For as long as I can remember, I have always been very self-motivated and ambitious from my early childhood years. Prior to coming to Eagle Enterprises, I worked with my father and brother for our family business and I would accredit my father, Ted Moore for instilling within me a, “Go Get It” mentality.

However, I remember also working with a Financial Planner named Thomas Tarka, at Advest Inc. who taught me that paying attention to small details and willing to go the extra mile is what makes a business unique and respected from a customer’s perspective.

Last but certainly not least, the Owner/Founder of Eagle Enterprises, Mr. Ken Johnson is a brilliant entrepreneur and has become an incredible mentor to me. Mr. Johnson challenges me on so many levels and seeks to stretch my mind, expand my capacity, and motivates me to pursue all possibilities. I affectionately refer to him as Father Boss. He’s certainly one of the most influential people in my life.

What are the biggest challenges facing Chief Operating Officers today?

I believe the role of Chief Operating Officers change drastically from one company to the next, which is why it’s hard to generalize the problems that all COOs face today. However, one main challenge I believe most COOs face today is closing the gap between what we do and what we say.

As a woman COO, I find that the majority of women tend to nurture by nature, where as our male counter-parts tend to be more black and white. Both styles can hinder or help the way in which we lead. However, my challenge is in determining whether I am being too “motherly” or if I need to just hold others accountable with regards to a specific project or task.

What would it take for you to say you had a good day at work?

I’d like to start by saying that Time Management and Productivity are extremely important to me. I tend to find myself teasing our staff with a saying that, “Our days do not have periods, they have commas and are meant to be continued.” When I look at any workload given to me, I break it down into a series of tasks. Since, a number of tasks need to be completed in order to complete the project. I know I am staying productive and managing my time responsibly, when I can check items off the to-do task list.

How would you characterize your management style?

I would have to say that I like to consider myself as participative. Since I believe, “Teamwork makes the dream work” I invite input from my staff in solving problems, creating solutions and/or simply suggesting changes.

Do you think management styles stem from individual beliefs or environmental?

I definitely believe that my participative management style stems from the environment I was raised in and can also be attributed to the fact that I am part of the Millennial generation.

What strengths and qualities do you look for in job candidates?

I tend to gravitate to people who are “Intrapreneurial” – I would characterize these individuals as people who want to own their positions. Meaning they run their position as if it was their own personal business.

What are some of your favorite interview questions or techniques to elicit information to determine
whether a candidate will be successful at your company? What sort of answers send up red flags for
you and make you think a job candidate wouldn’t be a good fit?

Although finding a truly “Intrapreneurial” individual is hard, I believe you can creatively pull out these qualities from an interviewee. I tend to have a reputation of running our interviews like “The Apprentice”.

For example, when our newest account manager met with our Human Resource Specialist she had been given a sheet of paper and a laptop. The paper had three questions on it: one question was to test her resourcefulness, the other to test her train of thinking, and the last was to see her writing skills. She printed all of her answers out and due to her outstanding answers, we proceeded to the next phase of the interview. After just a short time the candidate loved the challenge, and that’s when we knew we had a fit.

What is it about your current role, at Eagle Enterprises, that sets it apart from other chief operations positions?

The most powerful thing that sets Eagle apart from other chief operations positions is the fact that I’m not limited here and the fact that I get the chance to express myself in so many ways, which isn’t always welcomed in other organizations.

What do you do to unwind from a hectic day?

To be honest, I’m still trying to figure it out. But I do love spending time with my family. Sometimes all I need is one of my four children to make me laugh and that can be the replenishment I need from a long day at work. For example, something that comes to mind is my one son, Brycen came up with nicknames for everyone in our family. He calls himself “Batman”, my husband is “Ironman” and I am “Flash”. It’s the imagination, and purity of his age that makes me enjoy coming home even from the most hectic of days.

If you weren’t doing this job, what would you be doing?

Well I consider my life purpose is to encourage, empower, and inspire others to achieve success. I just love business, and am not married to any particular industry. I must say it’s hard to envision not being at Eagle Enterprises, but if I wasn’t here I would most likely be speaking and coaching others through my personal business

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