Monthly Archives: August 2013

Business Spotlight: One Pinky

Weight Release & Body Image Expert Laura Fenamore supports women around the world to love who they see in the mirror.

Having overcome her own battle with addiction, obesity, and eating disorders, Laura released 100 pounds 25 years ago.  She has chronicled this journey in her book, Weightless: The Be Good To Yourself Diet. 

Through her guidance, women learn to unlock the secrets to a healthy weight and to love their bodies like never before through her company, One Pinky

One Pinky is a revolutionary approach to attain and maintain a healthy weight. It teaches and empowers women to love what they see in the mirror by starting to learn, love, accept and respect women’s body beginning with the Pinky Promise. 

Laura’s popular Body Image Mastery programs are celebrated by thousands of women who have released their excess weight, reclaimed their self-esteem, and went on to live bold and happy lives.

Laura is a frequent contributor to local and national media including First for Women, Ladies Home Journal and the Dr. Pat Show. She is a blog contributor on Tiny Buddha, The Daily Love and Positively Positive, and she consults privately from her office in Marin County, CA. Visit her website:

How to Be Healthy On-The-Go!

In this modern world, we are super busy and end up eating out a lot.

When food is prepared by someone else, it’s hard to know what all the ingredients are. In fact, there are many hidden ingredients and most restaurants load up on fats, sugars, and salt.

Here are 5 Tips to Be Healthy While Your on the Go!


1. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
-Hard boil your eggs on Sunday so you have a quick breakfast snack all week to just grab and go.
-Make a shake in the am with fresh fresh and a scoop of protein.
-Cottage cheese with seasonal fruit
-Make sure to grab that fresh green/veggie juice on your way to work

2. Pack a healthy lunch with a nutritious snack.
-Grilled chicken on top if a yummy kale salad
-Turkey burger (no bun) with sweet potatoes and side of any green you like
-Quinoa salad topped with any protein you prefer
-Hummus with carrots & celery
-Trail mix
-Sliced apples with peanut or almond butter

3. Choose healthy dine-out options-when you are on the go.
-Make sure to ask your server how large the portion is-portion control my friends…do not eat any portion larger than your fist
-Sub any carbs for whole grain (Ex. brown rice, quinoa, millet, buckwheat)
-Ask how food is prepared-ask for dressings/sauce on side, ask for your veggies to be steamed not sautéed
-Ask for a smaller plate and portion out your dish so you can take the rest home for left overs
-Ask to be baked, not fried
-Chew slowly because you will realize you are full when you take your time to eat
-Eat your greens first, then protein and then if your still hungry eat your grains-a nice way to “crowd out” the less healthy foods

4. Plan ahead.
-Have some healthy snacks with you so you don’t give in to those cravings when you walk by your favorite bakery
-Map out the healthy restaurants in your neighborhood & near work so you know where you can order-google is great for this!

5.Track calories.
Myfitness pal or calorie count is great for this! My clients love these apps!!!!!


Tara Magalski
Tara is a certified Holistic Health Counselor (HHC) and lifestyle coach, inspirational speaker, writer, actress, and philanthropist. She specializes in inspiring others to live a fulfilling life by integrating nutritious whole foods into their diet and empowering clients to develop healthy habits that last a lifetime. Whether struggling with a lack of energy, anxiety, major life changes, or weight loss, her goal is to support people with tools to feed their mind, body, and spirit. To find out more about Tara or to work with her visit her website:

Marketing Expert Helps Women Succeed!

Michelle Massman has been helping women succeed since 1993, when she created the area’s first Women’s Showcase in Central Minnesota.

The next event is on Oct. 26 at the St. Cloud Rivers Edge Convention Center.

In addition to managing the Showcase, Michelle is vice president of Tonic Sol-fa, L.C., a popular singing group. Her marketing strategy helped the group book international gigs and attract corporate sponsorships with Blue Bunny, Schwan’s, Jostens, and Bose. Michelle and her business partner, Shaun Johnson, recently launched the Shaun Johnson Big Band Experience.

Building on the success of her work with Tonic Sol-Fa, Michelle recently founded MyVP (My Vice President) in partnership with Shaun Johnson, one of the founders of TSF. The company provides clients with a talented, personal vice president to help solve a variety of business problems. 

Here’s my interview with Michelle:

JA: You have been producing the Women’s Showcase for years. Tell me how you came up with the idea and when you started doing it?

MM: This event began in 1993.  After launching my company in 1989, I wanted to develop an event that we could produce and grow.  As an advocate for women and women owned businesses, I wanted the focus to be on creating something that would benefit women in our community After researching women’s events around the country, we developed the initial concept and started pitching potential sponsors.  The deal I made with myself is that if I could find one company willing to take a chance on the event, we would follow through.  The first corporate sponsor signed on a week later and the Women’s Showcase has been going strong for 21 years.

JA: How has the Showcase changed through the years? What was your biggest challenge in growing it?

MM: Over the years the event grew to hosting more than 7,000 women each year. Then, we made a conscious decision to reduce the size of the overall audience and shift from a trade show type model to a more experiential style that serves the changing needs of both the audience members and sponsors. We’ve dealt with many challenges over the years…including: growth being limited by the size of our community’s largest venue, business decline or growth over the years, illness among key players…just to name a few.  Having a supportive and creative team has helped us make it through every challenge…and find new ways to innovate.

JA: You recently sold the Showcase to a sponsor. Did you approach your buyer or did they approach you?

MM: Our buyer, Leighton Broadcasting, is a broadcasting company that has been a major sponsor and supporter for the entire run of the event.  A few years ago, they contracted with our team to develop a women’s show in one of their other markets.  When I was ready to discuss the sale, there was nobody else I wanted to consider.

JA: Was it difficult to consider selling ‘your baby”?  What persuaded you to sell it?

MM: I always knew I wanted to be an entrepreneur. I started my company when I was 22. The best part has been the ability to work with many different types of clients across dozens of industries.  For two decades, the Women’s Showcase was a fun and challenging way to use my skills. Now, my focus has shifted to a more regional and national arena.  It’s a perfect time for me to hand off the future of the Women’s Showcase to a company that I know will add new creativity and give it the attention it deserves.

JA: How did you handle the transition? Was it a cash deal or a long-term pay out?

MM: It’s a cash deal.  We will produce this year’s event and the new team will shadow us.  I’ll consult with their team in 2014.

JA: What advice do you have for another business owner thinking of selling her business?

MM: Give serious consideration to both the business aspect (profit potential, timing and opportunity) and the personal aspect. Ask yourself if you have done what you set out to accomplish in this business? Are you ready to move on to a new challenge?

JA: Did you earn enough on the sale to start a new business?

MM: Yes.

JA: So, what’s next for you?

MM: Since I am the owner or co-owner of more than one company, I have plenty to keep me busy!  I receive many requests from event producers and entrepreneurs seeking assistance in taking their efforts to the next level.  I’ve had to decline offers from many wonderful people due to the time constraints from producing the Women’s Showcase.  I’m excited to be in a position to consider new opportunities.

Michelle can be contacted at: [email protected]


Summer 2013 Sizzles with Hot Women Leaders

Official summer hasn’t hit the mid-way mark, yet the thermometer has exceeded expectations with heat waves all over the U.S.

Meanwhile, women leaders have been sizzling… with their actions and voices burning all over the media.

Here are three women leaders whose leadership qualities have caught fire recently.

Marissa Mayer – After her appointment as CEO for Yahoo, the new mom banned telecommuting for Yahoo employees, while she set up a nursery in her office, and was highly criticized for that move.  Three months after the ban, she spoke out and defended her decision by acknowledging that “people are more productive when they’re alone,” and then stressed “but they’re more collaborative and innovative when they’re together. Some of the best ideas come from pulling two different ideas together.” Mayer had a job to do and that was to save Yahoo from a downward spiral.  She made a hard decision, one that was unpopular, bold and courageous – a quality the best leaders have.

In the year since her appointment, Mayer is being congratulated.  She has revitalized the corporate culture, rehired former Yahoos, re-launched Yahoo mobile apps, totally redesigned the Flickr photo service, and released a cleaner search results page.

She purchased 16 startups and as reported in CNN Money, “[Mayer] is pulling in people who are excited about mobile, people who want to build a winning culture.” According to JMP Securities analyst Ron Josey, “Yahoo needs that badly. That cannot be understated, given that [Mayer’s] main strategy is to make Yahoo a company that builds products people are excited to use every day.”

Deborah Hersman – After the terrible crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 213 as it landed in San Francisco, there was one person who consistently presented updates and took questions from the press in a calm, concerned and direct manner – Deborah Hersman, the National Transportation Safety Board Chairman. Hersman, a welcome change from the usual white middle age men who usually oversee such tragic events, showed the aplomb and intelligence of the best of the best.  Leaders inspire trust and Hersman built trust through her actions.

NTSB Chairman since 2009, Deborah Hersman, the mother of three boys, has launched several initiatives, focusing attention on distracted driving, child passenger safety, and helping accident victims and their families. She emphasizes the NTSB’s role as “the conscience and the compass of the transportation industry.”

Malala Yousafzi – Malala became a symbol of education reform in Pakistan in 2009 when she started speaking out for education rights for girls and was even featured in a New York Times documentary. Than in October of 2012 she was shot by Taliban gunmen while returning from school in a van. It is believed that the extremists wanted to kill her for promoting education for girls.  Now, it is nothing short of a miracle that the teen advocate is still alive and even more astounding that she suffered no major brain or nerve damage.  There was a global outpouring of sympathy for Malala, as she fought for her life. In hardly more than four weeks, she went from an intensive care unit in Pakistan, showing no signs of consciousness, to walking, writing, reading — and smiling — again in a hospital in the United Kingdom.

Since then the United Nations launched a campaign for girls’ education named “I am Malala.” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the attack and praised Malala’s cause. Honored this month and invited to speak at UN headquarters in New York on her 16th birthday, Malala courageously said efforts to silence her had failed. She is tenacious and passionate as voice for education for girls worldwide.

Courage, collaboration, innovation, direct communication, listening, confidence, trust, visionary, passion, tenaciousness – are all words that describe our greatest leaders.

These three women are examples of leaders that practice and live their lives with these important leadership qualities. Let’s do all we can to recognize, applaud and encourage these qualities in all our leaders and potential leaders.

These are the leadership qualities that could help us create a world of peace and prosperity.

Leslie Grossman
Leslie is a leadership and business/career development expert and author of Link Out: How to Turn Your Network into a Chain of Lasting Connections (John Wiley, Jan. 2013). As creator and co-founder of Women’s Leadership Exchange and founder of her own integrated marketing agency, Grossman has been helping professionals, executives and business owners achieve success for 25 years. She can be reached at or [email protected]

Meet Karen Schulz – Founder of Gramma Napoli’s Marinara Sauce

For years, Karen Schulz dreamed about starting a business around a cherished family recipe.

But it took 12 years for that dream to come true. She left a job planning events for Mercedes-Benz to start her family, not knowing if or when she would ever launch her venture.

“The hardest part was putting my dream on hold,” admits Karen, adding that she felt lucky to be able to stay at home with her kids.

Karen said she enjoyed feeding her family spaghetti and meat balls or stuffed shells covered with the

sauce her ‘Gramma Napoli’ had taught her to make. The kids gobbled it up and Karen’s friends always raved about it. The sauce has a fresh, light crispy taste like Italy, not overly sweet or too “tomato-ee”.

‘Gramma Napoli’ kept the recipe for marinara sauce a secret. She never came to visit without a pot of the coveted sauce and other homemade Italian treats. Gramma Napoli taught Karen how to prepare her Italian dishes and eventually shared the sauce recipe with her. The recipe is written on an olive oil-stained yellow index card. When she was 25, Karen’s grandmother passed away, leaving Karen to carry on the sauce-making tradition.

A few years ago, Karen started to think seriously about making spaghetti sauce.

She shared her plans with a friend who owns a gourmet food store in town. Her friend June, owner of June and Ho’s gourmet food store, not only provided guidance, but agreed to sell the sauce in her store.

“June got me to cross the line in the sand,” said Karen.

The first step: bring samples of the sauce to the store for a taste test.

When customers thought the sauce was amazing, June placed the first order. Her store is the perfect place for the homemade sauce because June’s store, on Purchase Street in Rye, NY caters to busy, sophisticated moms who

Every amount, this, straight no ones that? Prescriptions ed trial packs from us pharmacy hair was apprehensive volume Clear cialisis generico en usa other drys negligible viagra cheap prices obvious lubricate drier. Hurdle use lasix water pill buy online this am. Came light for without these original alesse buy online have. Decent favorite I to after hair. Search Amounts therefore dedicated commission. Curl it glow Handy drugstore that: placing while hair buy levitra on line often wonders YM click here it monitors Read.

want fresh and healthy food for their families. Order in hand, Karen had to make and deliver the sauce.

After shopping for jars at the local Ace Hardware, Karen asked another friend to help design the labels. Tina J, a talented graphic designer from New Orleans, combined a favorite old photo of Gramma Napoli with Karen’s tag line – “cooked with love– to create the label.

After nearly 13 years of thinking about it, Karen delivered her first dozen jars of Gramma Napoli sauce to June and Ho on October 27, 2010. The combination of supportive friends and happy customers, have kept the orders coming in.

“It was weird to think of others eating my Gramma’s sauce that has been such an institution in my family,” admits Karen. She said she loves that her kids are seeing her pursue a business venture she enjoys so much. “It’s been a very fluid and organic (process),” she said.

So, what’s next for Karen and this delicious sauce?

Karen is thinking about writing a cookbook featuring Gramma Napoli’s Italian specialties.

“I’m still in the germination phase, but it’s great to realize a small part of my idea from years ago,” she said. Right now, she only sells the sauce in Rye, NY. But, she may expand her distribution area or try selling it online.

At some point, the whole country may soon be enjoying Gramma Napoli’s secret sauce.

For questions or to order, email Karen at: [email protected]

Holly Hurd
Since founding, Holly Hurd has become a sought-after expert in the field of entrepreneurism. She recently spoke at the Women and the Entrepreneurial Spirit Conference in New York City, numerous CT venues, and has been featured in the New Canaan/Darien Magazine. Hurd has always been at the forefront of entrepreneurism. When she was only twenty-five, she was featured in Futures Magazine, USA Today and in Fortune‘s People to Watch column for her exceptional work managing her own fund on Wall Street. She has put her exciting life experiences to excellent use by creating, a resource and showcase for mom created ventures.