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Member Spotlights.

Get to know Ellevate members — women who are leading the charge — and learn from their stories.


Amy Pirozzolo

Self-Employed Educator

Hi, I'm Amy, an educator currently focused on Chemistry.

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Abidemi (Abi) Marsh

Female Empowerment Coach, Speaker, Clinical Mental Health Counselor in training Reinvent Your Identity, LLC

Hello Beautiful Soul. I am Abi Marsh, the Chief Reinvention Officer at Reinvent Your Identity, LLC. I am currently focused on launching Motherhood2Menopause, a program designed to help organizations in supporting women's wellness in the workplace, and empowering women to self advocate from the bedroom to the boardroom.

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Mariana missakian

Inspirational Speaker. Best Selling Author. Doctoral Student. Westford Univeristy

Hello, I am Mariana Missakian, and I am an Amazon Best-Selling author. I am Armenian. I was born in Beirut and moved to Dubai when I was 18. That was 23 years ago. I am a former #bosslady in stilettos. I spent my 20’s and 30’s travelling the world, working for Fortune 500 companies, making great things happen. Now, in my 40’s I make people happen. I initiate conversations that matter - on women, on leadership and on identity - and I provide safe spaces and stages for women and young leaders to trust their voice and believe in their story. In 2021 I published my first book, a satire memoir on identity “That Suburbia Lady”. The book is a collection of 40 short stories, about a full-time mom navigating through the seasons of life to find her identity stripped from job and title.

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Vijaya Kuppa

CEO and Founder DANS-K Consulting LLC

An expert independent Pharmacovigilance and Drug Safety consultant with over 14 years of experience facing and resolving some of the industry's toughest challenges in the GCP, GVP space..

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Kelley Holland

Financial empowerment coach and author, You Are Worthy (coming Sept. '22) Own Your Destiny Coaching

I'm Kelley Holland. I'm a financial empowerment coach for women, and my book You Are Worthy: Change Your Money Mindset, Build Your Wealth & Fund Your Future will be published in September 2022.

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Kashmira Makwana

Executive Director, Deputy General Counsel Veracyte, Inc.

I am an experienced healthcare lawyer focused on seeking my next in-house position.

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colleen pon

Culture & Employee Engagement Colleen Pon

I feel at my best when I am learning, making connections and being of service. I enjoy building community and welcome stimulating conversations that will help us elevate together.

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Andrea Driessen

Wordsmith Amplify, Inc.

I help business owners, thought leaders, and entrepreneurs change the world with their words. Many professionals lack the skills and time to create clear, unified, buyer-directed communications—and showcase their highest value. But you can gain an unfair advantage with what I call Money-Making Messaging—communications that speak directly to the needs of prospects to drive sales. In my spare time, I am a hospice volunteer, and deliver interactive keynotes on “Gracenotes,” AKA eulogies for the living. A voracious reader, I also love to travel, sip cocktails, bike, and unfold into yummy yoga poses. My home base is Seattle, WA.

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Christine Alvarez ACC PCP

Co-Founder Your Next Next

Christine Alvarez - Building a Coaching Practice around Career Pivots and Transitions called Your Next Next. And working on a book with that title.

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Pam Jackson, PhD

CEO and Founder Driven Performance Consulting

Greetings, I am Pam Jackson, PhD, new entrepreneur as founder of Driven Performance Consulting FZE based in Dubai, UAE.

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Shelley Knisley

VP Sales, US Glisser

Hello Ellevate! I'm Shelley Knisley -- an event technologist supporting organizations as they rethink community and engagement with their audiences in the hybrid working world. I'm also privileged to serve as the Seattle Chapter's Event Ops Lead - bringing engaging and thoughtful, meaningful connections to our chapter.

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Joanne Vitali, PCC, MBA

Brilliance Guide Vitali Workshops & Coaching

New Year's Eve 2020 I was brought to my knees. I found out my oldest son had been using opioids for the past 5 years. He had been living right under my roof and I had no idea. I was devastated. I've been a coach for over 20 years, helping people find their dream job, yet I felt I had failed my own son. Fast forward to today, after much down time and contemplation, this experience has of course shifted my mission and perspective. I still coach, but have added much needed tools that help us to release emotional pain/blocks and some woo wooo stuff that helps you get to know yourself incredibly deeply. One group I'm hoping to be able to provide my new services to is parents of those affected by the opioid crisis because I know how much pain they are going through. My son has, thankfully, been in recovery and is doing well. And his mom is now too.

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