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Member Spotlights.

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


Stephanie Beisser

Managing Director; Skincare; Cosmetics; Advocate; Safer Finder Beautycounter

Stephanie Beisser, Business Development Manager for Junction Creative. Currently I am working to build relationships, expanding my network, and collaborating with successful women. At Junction, we work with companies to drive revenue through digital marketing, strategically, creatively, and effectively. I would love to share our services with Ellevate community members that would benefit from the work we do.

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Kacie Swartz CFP®, CIMA®

Managing Partner Black Barn Financial

Hi! I'm Kacie Swartz and as of January 2023, I bought half of a small financial planning firm. All 5 of us employed at the firm are women and we are one of the few all-women financial firms in the country.

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Hilda Maria Valdespino

Associate Director of Career Services Instruction Year Up

I am a white Cuban woman who has achieved more than I could possibly ever have imagined. I have served as on Boards of various kinds. I have run my own business. In my mid-50's I served as an AmeriCorps VISTA for a year helping to help individuals break their cycle of poverty. I moved to Pittsburgh to live close to my grandchildren without a job. I am currently building my brand and reputation as a career coach in an organization committed to closing the opportunity divide in this counrty.

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Paulette Evans, Ed.D.

CEO & Founder Evans Efficiency Experts, L. L. C.

I identify as a process improvement/project management expert who utilizes proven methodologies to effectively and efficiently solve problems at work, at home, and everywhere in between. Because this ability comes naturally to me, I recently launched Evans Efficiency Experts, a process engineering consultancy focused on helping people and organizations convert chaos to calm before they burn out.

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Alesia Lewis

Global Head of Tax, Treasury, and Risk Management The Washington Post

I am a Finance Executive currently reporting to the Chief Financial Officer, responsible for tax, risk management, treasury, real estate, and environmental reporting matters at The Washington Post. I also chair international business expansion efforts and an employer inclusion network supporting the professional development of Women+.

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Eliza Collins

Burnout Expert + Integrative Wellness Specialist The Burnout Witch

Eliza Collins - Integrative Wellness + Burnout recovery expert. I'm pumped to help individuals address their burnout by combining my backgrounds in both the biomedical and integrative healthcare systems with my coaching experience.

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Sacha Lobo

Key Account Manager Lactalis Canada

Hello Ellevate - I'm Sacha Lobo, I work as a Key Account Manager for Lactalis Canada based out of Toronto. I moved to Toronto fresh out of school, not knowing what I wanted out my career, 8 years and many roles later, I have built a career for myself that I love and enjoy. My current focus is to continue to build on the relationships in the CPG industry and grow my career.

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Maria Pallas

Creator + Host of The Femme Cast The Femme Cast

By day, I’m a Director of Strategy and Optimization for LAUFT Flexible Workspace. I’m in numbers, data, reporting, and analysis literally all day. I love being able to provide people with accurate “re

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Jaemi Moore

DE&I Specialist Alliant

My name is Jaemi Moore and I am the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) Coordinator at Alliant Insurance Services. While our organization has had a focus on DE&I for some time they made a strategic shift to develop a full DE&I department December of 2021. With a year (almost) under our belt we have been focusing on building out our team to create a broader positive impact for our employees. I am primarily focusing on coordinating our initiatives and streamlining our processes.

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Amy Pirozzolo

Self-Employed Educator

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

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Abidemi (Abi) Marsh

Self-Advocacy Specialist, Speaker, Workplace Wellness Strategist 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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