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Member Spotlights.

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


Andrea Driessen

Results-obsessed copywriter 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

Head of Sales & Customer Success Armoire

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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Erin Cave

Director, Corporate Social Responsibility Thornburg Investment Management

My name is Erin Cave and I am currently the Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at Thornburg Investment Management

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Sarah Waylett

Creator & Founder Dreamgarten

Hi, I’m Sarah and I’m a recovering perfectionist. I started Dreamgarten because I saw myself in so many other women who were showing up in their lives with this idea of perfection in their work, in their relationships and everywhere in between. I have spent 25 years of my life chasing a standard of success that was not my own. What does success typically look like for a woman? She’s a good wife. She’s a good mother. She’s everything to everyone and puts herself last. It wasn’t until I read Glennon Doyle‘s Untamed that I had the words. She describes how being selfless is the ideal of womanhood. I had fully bought into it. I did everything to make myself perfect. I would overextend myself into such an anxiety-driven state that I couldn’t even open my laptop without having a panic attack. I knew something wasn’t right. Was this how I was supposed to live? Why were there these tiny glimpses into a life that was beautiful, slow and divinely imperfect every day? I began to study ways to manage my own anxiety in yoga and dance. I began to connect with my body deeply through movement. I began to understand I would have to put myself first. How selfish to do that while I was married, had young children, had a career where I was the breadwinner of our family? Slowly, I began the dismantling. I danced. I set boundaries. I had difficult conversations. I had more difficult conversations with myself. I started to make space for a life that was less a pursuit of perfection and more a pursuit of grace, spaciousness, beauty, meaning so that I could decide what was the next right action for me. At the same time, in my professional life, I created new ways of working because of the personal work I was doing. I applied the things I was learning about boundaries and space and hard conversations at work. And I applied the design thinking methods I used to facilitate business problem solving to my personal questions. And that’s where Dreamgarten was born, at the intersection of my own experiments to dismantle my expectations of perfection and my realization that I was not alone in placing society’s definition of success on my shoulders. What I had the honor to witness was nothing short of a beautiful unfolding. Holding space for others to discover the whole person they take to work every day and give them tools to learn more about themselves and others is my greatest gift. When you guide people to find what’s inside themselves and encourage them to think about the human at the center of any problem, the creativity they bring to solving those problems is endless.

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Sarah Fricke

Sr Director Sales Enablement Ringcentral

Making Enablement a C Suite position

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Janet Kraft

Community Outreach ELG Estate Planning

I'm Janet Lee Kraft, a woman who wound up her corporate career 17 years ago and enjoyed semi-retirement -- at least until life necessitated a return to the working world. My new corporate job is as Community Outreach Coordinator at ELG Estate Planning. One facet of my job is to create a presence for the firm in the Puget Sound. This has proven to be much harder than I thought, but I am learning a lot about how to approach this through the women in Ellevate.

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Shannon McGee

Franchise Owner | Strategic Consultant Music City Referral Network / Network In Action

Hi, I’m Shannon McGee owner of Music City Referral Network, a Network In Action franchise, and also serves as a strategic business consultant and owner of Peregrination CX, LLC, a business consulting firm that specializes in helping small to mid-sized B2B companies utilizing a client-centric approach to change and transformation optimization that is focused on people, processes, and systems. As a local community builder and franchise owner with Network In Action (NIA), I’m looking for committed leaders like me who understand the value of building strong relationships to build business. NIA is a rapidly growing, award-winning business networking company that offers the combined power of advanced technology, proven systems, guaranteed return and trusted relationships.

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Shelley Nadel, CFP®,CLTC®, LUTCF

Business Owner Financial Success Strategies

For 14 years, I have been a FInancial Advisor, and in 2016 I opened up a practice as a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER (TM) professional. I live in Houston and have a branch office in Austin, TX. Prior to my current (and last) career, I worked for 20 years as a nonprofit professional, focusing on communications and fundraising. My passion has always been supporting women and young girls, and I've raised my two daughters (and one son) to be independent thinkers able to thrive on their own. I currently am serving my 2nd year as Co-President of the Houston Ellevate Chapter.

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Randi Crawford

Life Coach Randi Crawford Coaching

Hi - I'm Randi Crawford from San Diego California. I became a Jay Shetty certified life coach this fall and started working with young adult women almost immediately to help them deal with the stress and anxiety that comes with living and working through this pandemic. I work with women of all ages but seem to be focusing on young adults at this time. I'm also a stylist at Anthropologie on the weekends!

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