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Lynn Doyle

Host & Producer, “It’s Your Call with Lynn Doyle”

Lynn Doyle is a multi-award winning journalist, ten-time Emmy recipient and New Jersey resident shared some of her entrepreneurial journey 
and congratulatory message to the Top 25 Leading Women Entrepreneurs. Lynn currently hosts and produces “It’s Your Call with Lynn Doyle” on The Comcast Network, now in its 15th season.

Elizabeth Barry

President, Elizabeth Barry & Associates

Elizabeth Barry is an energetic pioneer of new ideas and a recognized marketing expert. She is the founder of Elizabeth Barry & Associates, a strategic marketing firm and design agency. Her specialties lie within building strategies for first-time launches and re-powering the brands of top performing business owners through her Power Session. She is the curator of TEDxHoboken, she leads the ever-growing and popular Hoboken Chamber of Commerce Women in Business Council, and was named 2012 Hoboken Woman in Business of the Year. Elizabeth runs a brand division called Branding Brilliant Women. She is looking to meet females who wish to breakthrough towards fearlessness in their companies. She will help get them to their NEXT level.

Siri Skøien

Founder/Owner, Comlight AS

Siri Skøien is a graduate of the BI Norwegian Business School, specializing in company development and entrepreneurship, and has international experience of brand-building and market introductions. Siri Skøien is the founder of Comlight AS, a company which, through five years of research and development, has patented and launched a unique environment-friendly outdoor lighting technology onto the global market. The firm’s founder and CEO set about growing the company from day one, despite a lack of relevant expertise in the lighting market or start-capital. Over many years as an entrepreneur, she has achieved impressive results and acquired solid experience. Siri Skøien is proof that the impossible is possible, but underlines that success requires the right attitudes and plenty of enthusiasm. In recent years Ms Skøien has won a number of awards for innovation, attracted a great deal of press coverage, and was named Female Entrepreneur of the Year 2012 by the Norwegian Ministry of Trade and Industry. Siri Skøien is a popular speaker, consultant and motivator. She is known for her infectious enthusiasm for entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation processes.

Debra Taeschler

President, and CEO, GráficaGroup Founder

Lifelong New Jersey resident Debra Taeschler traces the impetus of her professional success back to when she was just 12 years old. It was then that her father passed away and her mother was forced to enter the job market. Those experiences, coupled with her mother’s philosophy, “Do it right or don’t do it at all,” touched her in a way that has guided her ever since. After graduating from Rutgers (summa cum laude/Phi Beta Kappa), Debra entered the advertising world, working her way up from mechanical artist to vice president of account management. In 1986, she launched her own state-certified, woman-owned company from the basement of her home. Over the ensuing decades, as countless New Jersey competitors came and went, GráficaGroup flourished — primarily due to Debra’s uncanny ability to inspire. Under her stewardship, it has become the agency of choice for many FORTUNE 1000 companies and New Jersey’s leading corporations and associations. Debra has contributed greatly to everything from the American Red Cross to Dress for Success to the Delbarton School and, Rutgers. She is a mentor to all of the young women (and men) who have joined the ranks of GráficaGroup and an inspiration for all.

Ellyn Spragins

Owner, What I Know Now® Enterprises

Ellyn Spragins leads Letters To My Younger Self Seminars and Workshops around the world for women’s leadership networks and leadership development programs. She has presented at Microsoft, Genentech, Goldman Sachs and Johnson & Johnson and many other corporations. Her books, speeches, seminars and products inspire women to discover their inner wisdom and share it with each other. She is the author of What I Know Now About Success, published in the spring of 2010 and If I’d Known Then: Women In Their 20s and 30s Write Letters to Their Younger Selves, published by Da Capo Press in May 2008. Previously she authored What I Know Now: Letters To My Younger Self, a New York Times bestseller and Books For A Better Life finalist, published in April 2006.

Tami Evans

Humorous Motivational Speaker,

Genuine & funny, Tami Evans is an energetic, entertaining, motivational speaker specializing in fast-paced, interactive programs, filled with lots of learning and laughter. With both corporate and entrepreneurial experience, she holds an MFA in performance, and firmly believes laughter is a vital part of learning and living. Awarded TOP 5 New NSA Speakers and the VP of NSA-NYC.

Barbara Schmidt-Kemp

Managing Director, North Star Consultants LLC

Barbara Schmidt-Kemp is a business consultant who focuses on growth. Barbara works with for profit and not-for-profit leadership teams and individuals to develop and facilitate the execution of their strategies for successful results. 

Some of her experience includes both internal and external consulting in publicly held companies, partnerships, entrepreneurial firms and not-for-profit organizations and associations. Barbara uses tools such as mission/values/visions, strategic plans and goals to execute successful growth. Her super powers include: reading people quickly and understanding their strengths and motivations, teaching people how to manage, developing targeted business development and achieving client satisfaction. 

Some of Barbara’s specialties include: building performance driven cultures through effective use of talent, career paths succession planning, and compensation design including performance metrics to measure success.

James Barrood

Executive Director, Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurship at FDU

James Barrood is a dynamic innovator who leads collaborative teams in incubating ideas and executing plans to achieve vision. 

He has developed, fundraised for and managed many of the Institute’s innovative academic and outreach programs since 1997. James is active in the regional entrepreneurial and business communities and was recognized recently as a Small Business Advocate (NY Enterprise Report) and as among the state’s ‘Forty Under 40 Business Achievers’ by NJBIZ business journal. In addition, Mr. Barrood frequently speak at regional business events on topics including innovation, entrepreneurship and family business and has appeared on MSNBC, ABC, My9, NJTV (Voices of Innovation) and News12 NJ. James is the editor of the multimedia book, Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Global Insights from 24 Leaders and the co-author of the book, Lessons from the Great Recession.

Ethne Swartz

Chair, Department of Marketing and Entrepreneurship

Ethne Swartz is the Chair of the Department of Marketing and Entrepreneurship. Ethne conducts research in entrepreneurship and teach at graduate and undergraduate levels. She participated in search, selection and appointment of faculty and staff. Chaired strategic planning committee that developed strategic plan for the Silberman College Business. Participated in outcomes assessment and curriculum development, including the creation and implementation of digital teaching initiatives for business courses. Ethne Swartz is also responsible for coordination of publications team at USASBE

Dr. Marsha Firestone

Founder and President, Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO)

Dr. Marsha Firestone is the Founder and President of the Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO), which began in 1997 as a peer advisory organization for women who own multi million dollar businesses. She is also the Founder and President of the Women Presidents’ Educational Organization, dedicated to increasing access to business opportunities for women’s business enterprises Dr. Firestone previously served as Vice President of Women Incorporated and as Vice President of Training and Counseling at the American Woman’s Economic Development Corporation. Her career also includes positions as President of a for-profit educational institution; National Executive Director of Women’s American ORT, a volunteer organization; and a faculty member at the American Management Association Competency-Based Management Development Program, at City University of New York, and at Adelphi University. Dr. Firestone is the author of The Busy Woman’s Guide to Successful Self-Employment and has published research in business and educational journals on adult learning theory, nonverbal communication, and managerial competency.

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