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Member Spotlights.

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


Michele D'Amico

Founder Vetta

Hi, I'm Dr. Michele D'Amico, CPC, CELC and the Founder of Vetta, an Executive Coaching firm based in Los Angeles. I'm an executive leadership coach and valued expert in resilient leadership, executive presence, emotional intelligence and conscious communication. I specialize in developing a strong leadership culture through executive presence, conscious communication, resilience, and team building in a variety of corporate, entrepreneurial and individual settings. I use a whole-person approach that supports individuals to grow to their next level of personal and professional development by building the leadership and resilience skills necessary to successfully navigate an ever-changing corporate or personal environment. I'm currently focused on helping women find success both personally and professionally.

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Jacqueline Maduneme

CEO/Founder Compliance Core LLC

I’m Jacqueline Maduneme, CEO and Founder of Compliance Core. Compliance Core is a risk management consulting and technology solutions firm to small and mid-sized financial firms. We enable rapid business outcomes by bringing the right solution to create transformative change. For additional information, please visit: My current focus is on client acquisition.

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Kelly Ruybal

Area Vice President VOSS Solutions

I am a sales leadership expert and strategist with over 25 years of experience solution selling and managing successful sales teams focusing on the pain points organizations face as the pace of technology continues to grow and change rapidly. I consult companies as they search for expertise around integrating technologies as Digital Transformation is at the forefront of company strategy. I joined Intrado (formerly West Corporation) in 2000 and I have been one of the top performers selling cloud-based IT communication services to SMB and large Global Enterprises. My success launched into a Leadership role as Area Vice President for the Cross-Selling organization. My commitment to the evolving IT industry is showcased in my passion with my relationships with my customers, partners and peers.

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Jaclyn Smith

Regional Director The Boeing Company

Hi all! I’m Jaclyn. I’m passionate about writing, helping others, and working through complex problems. Although I am a licensed attorney currently I manage a team of contract and negotiation support subject matter experts. I’ve been with my company for coming in 8 years, but I’m ready for a change. I’m a great advocate for others, but need to learn to use those skills for myself too.

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Pradnya Deshpande

HR Generalist IPC Systems, Inc.

SHRM-CP certified graduate with a Master of Science in Human Resource Management from Roosevelt University. I have completed my Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resource Management with electives in psychology from Murdoch University, Australia. I have 3 years of experience in recruitment primarily in the IT Services industry. I currently work as a HR Coordinator and Immigration Specialist for IPC Systems, Inc.

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Joan Walsh

Founder and Partner Kashbox Coaching

I am a business coach who helps teams and/or individuals to achieve their vision. The journey is one that includes strategies, goals, processes and take action steps. This provides clarity and I walk with my client every step of the way.

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Jo Burkholder

Associate Director for Mission Renewal Society of Saint Vincent de Paul Seattle/King County

I'm the kid who jumped in the pool before I knew I could swim. I'm the one who led the bored neighborhood kids to run away to Hawaii, from Pennsylvania! I traveled in Ecuador, Bolivia, and Peru alone, with not enough Spanish or cash, looking for inspiring problems to solve and questions to answer. I have stood up to bullies and stood up for friends even when it meant putting myself in harm's way. And I have always been happy to band together with like minds and souls to stir up a little "good trouble." Three years ago, I got caught in a storm. Recovering from my third half-marathon, looking at my fourth, I fell and tore all of my hamstrings off my hip. The accident came just as my partner and I filed for divorce, my kid announced his plans to spend a year abroad as an exchange student, and my university campus percolated with more plans to limit academic freedom and promote systems that perpetuate inequality. It was time for a change. In addition to learning to walk and run again I learned to dance on air - hanging from aerial silks and trapeze. Rather than stay in a back-water burg, I packed up and moved to Seattle. I found new love. And instead of just taking a corporate job, I hung out a shingle and began marketing the coaching, consulting, and organizational change services I had long offered for free. So now I'm a solo-preneur building a business in which this fearless outsider helps stir up a little bit of trouble so others can find a space where they feel like they belong.

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Michaela O'Reggio

The Leadership Optimizer Awaken The Mastery

Greetings! I am Michaela, The Leadership Optimizer. As a leader, you spend a lot of time focusing on external factors - people, goals, and processes. Would it surprise you if I said that you would achieve better results, faster if you focused more on yourself? It is my pleasure to help you focus on you.

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Senior Marketing Director World Financial Group

15 yrs ago, I went to Kenya to volunteer in a young mother's association & when I returned, I wanted to help the women I had met. However, my government job only paid me enough to get by & I couldn't afford to help them as I was barely getting by myself. I also realized that my 'good govt pension' really wasn't going to cut it when I retired so I realized I needed to find another career. That's when the Universe provided me with the gift of a career in financial services where I could earn the money I was worth, help poeple in a really big way and all on my own terms. Today, I run a successful agency and am focused on recruiting, training & licencing an army of women who want to do the same!

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Lynn Yazbec

Leadership Coach and Organizational Development Consultant Yazbec Consulting Services

Hi. I'm an Organizational Development Consultant who helps leaders reach their potential. I'm currently focused on helping women be better leaders. I particularly enjoy working with millennials since they're the future leaders of our organizations.

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Chantal Boeckman

Director, Corporate Communications, Americas Amadeus IT Group

My name is Chantal Boeckman, and I am co-president of the Ellevate Dallas chapter. I’ve been an Ellevate member and leader since 2017 and have valued this organization for the space it has provided me to up-level my networking skills and to meet exceptional women who are supportive and accepting of each other from the moment we meet. I’ve dedicated my career to communications and public relations driven by a fascination to understand what motivates people to take action or to believe in one another. Any public appearance, media interview, team meeting or customer call is an opportunity to build trust. I believe that our communication skills, the words we use, and the ways we choose to interact with people are at the core of securing trust from the people we want to do business with. I lead Corporate Communications in the Americas for Amadeus, a company based in Madrid, Spain, that is the global leader in travel technology. I’ve spent the bulk of my career working for European companies and have loved the exposure these companies have given me to people from all over the world and the opportunity to travel to amazing places. My most beloved role is being mom to my almost 10-year-old son. My passion for communication has blossomed into exploring how I can be a better a parent and spouse with empathy, patience and an open mind.

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Ann Freeman

Morgan Stanley Wealth Management Financial Advisor

My name is Ann Bettendorf Freeman and I’m a Financial Advisor with the Bettendorf Group at Morgan Stanley. I have been passionate about the stock market since early childhood and had the privilege of learning about the financial services industry from my father. My financial services career has taken exciting turns and loop de loops over the years, and I have loved every second of it! I have an amazing husband and four awesome children and really treasure spending my free time with family and friends. I currently lead philanthropy efforts for the Ellevate Chicago Chapter and am involved with many civic organizations that hold special meaning for me such as the Nova Network for women who attended women’s colleges.

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