Kareeda Chones Aguam, Senior Vice President of Partner Strategy and Management for the Milwaukee Bucks and Fiserv Forum, LOVES her job, from working with her team to those amazing nights in Fiserv Forum. Kareeda discusses how her simple practice of just being a good human has helped in her professional career, where her passion for basketball comes from, and how she “drips” on her clients to build successful relationships.
Morgan Phelps, Founder and CEO of Colorful Connections, discusses what it means to her to be a part of Milwaukee Business Journal’s 40under40 class of 2023, the early start of Colorful Connections, and the importance of market research. Morgan also shares her 3-legged stool approach and opinion on the constantly evolving DEI environment.
Shawntell Taylor, Principal Consultant of Midwest Advantage Holdings Company, discusses how she got life totally twisted as an entrepreneur, the importance of being a lifelong learner, and how she helps women business owners achieve their business and financial dreams. Shawntell’s story is one of strength, vulnerability, and being positive in the face of adversity.
Terry Tuttle, President of HellermannTyton, discusses her connection to the Girl Scouts and how she strongly believes in their mission of “building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.” She shares the importance of investing in people early and seeing the results of growth while telling the story of her own journey in manufacturing, sharing the barriers and mentors who helped her along the way!
Joy Vertz, Drybar Franchise Operator in Milwaukee & Chicago, shares her journey and where she gets her serial entrepreneurial spirit from. In this episode, she discusses the importance of learning from and leaning on your community to find success, the experience of owning salons in two different markets, and how she builds culture within her organization that affects both customers and employees. She also shares her lessons learned about the process of stepping back to let your team own the business.
Adonica Randall, President & Chief Problem Solver of Abaxent, LLC, discusses her path into the technology industry and becoming a business owner (even though she totally didn’t intend to!) Adonica credits her love and representation in Star Trek and sci-fi for pursuing a career in engineering. She is a really big Nichelle Nichols fan, and even got to meet her once! Adonica also talks about her disruptive business model, why it works, and her philosophy on team building and diversity.
Beth Ridley, Founder and CEO of Ridley Consulting Group, challenges us to find the simple joys in work and be more involved in the process. In this episode, Beth discusses the importance of evaluating the tone you are setting as a leader, why people leaders should be valued and encouraged in organizations, and the benefits of applying positive psychology. And while Beth is a leadership and workplace expert, she is also a speed skater, has lived worldwide, and is a very exclusive part-time chauffeur of two.
Julie Hoover, Executive Director of Family Sharing of Ozaukee County, has worked as a commercial pilot, been in sales, and is now leading a non-profit. It only makes sense she describes her career as a patchwork quilt! In this episode, she shares how her quilt came together, ultimately finding her way to Family Sharing. She discusses the challenges, joys, and importance of community. Hoover’s passions also include greyhound adoption. You might find her Lizzy hanging out in the office on quiet days!
Emerald Mills of Diverse Dining is the founder and lead visionary behind the Turning Tables initiative. She aims to break barriers faced by food entrepreneurs in the Milwaukee area with her restaurant and teaching kitchen. In this episode, she shares her transformative journey and gets honest about learning to trust the process and the challenges of opening a new business. She also shares the dynamics of how she and her fiance work side-by-side. Her inspiration to impact the community is endless, and we can’t wait to see where she goes from here!
Marissa Kalkman, Executive Director of the Wellness Council of Wisconsin (WCWI), leads from the core belief that inclusive wellbeing is vital for all – individuals, the workforce, organizations, and our communities. She shares her road trip through the midwest, ultimately finding her way to Wisconsin and becoming a part of WCWI. Marissa discusses WCWI’s role in changing the narrative and leading the discussion for the wellbeing of Wisconsin’s workforce. Also, learn how Marissa’s core beliefs help her juggle this crazy thing we call life!