Skip to main content

Member Spotlights

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

Member Spotlight

Mijanou Spurdle, CFP®, CPM®

First Vice President Branch Manager Morgan Stanley

My name is Mijanou Spurdle. I am originally from Brooklyn, NY but have lived in Miami Beach Florida since 2003. I am focused on being a mother, wife and financial professional.

Member Spotlight

Heather Besignano

Founder & CEO ICON PR

My name is Heather Besignano. I am the Founder and CEO of ICON PR in Los Angeles, CA and am also the mother of an almost 1 year old little girl! I'm currently focused on promoting my clients curren...

Member Spotlight

Michelle Gass

Managing Member Paradigm Advisors, LLC

Greetings! I am Michelle Underwood Gass, CPA, CFP®, founder and principal of Paradigm Advisors. I am passionate about helping people navigate their path toward financial freedom so they can live ...

Member Spotlight

Kate Turney

President Twelve Gardens Ltd.

I fell in love with landscape design long before I realized it—like discovering you're in love with a close friend. First I studied art and worked in graphic design. I studied international relatio...

Member Spotlight

Alyssa Adams

Associate Certified Coach (ACC) Psychologist

I'm Alyssa Adams, and I'm a clinical psychologist and board certified coach. I help stressed entrepreneurs to unlock their intuition, to shift their mindset, and to build unshakeable confidence so ...

Member Spotlight

Lisa Kaplowitz

Founding Director - Center for Women in Business; Assistant Professor - Finance Rutgers Business School

Hi Ellevate! I am Lisa (Stern) Kaplowitz and like many of you, I wear multiple hats, often at the same time. I am 45 and on my 4th career. I have been an investment banker, a CFO, a stay-at-home...

Member Spotlight

Vicki Sullivan

VP, Principal Project/Program Manager BNY Mellon

I am a Sr. Technology Project/Program Manager supporting Eagle Accounting for multiple business segments. As a project manager, I facilitate the execution of strategic initiatives in furtherance of...

Member Spotlight

Claire Cochran

Founder and Principal Law Offices of Claire Cochran

I am a Plaintiff's Labor and Employment Attorney who specializes in women's rights issues and works for the Me Too Movement. It is very important to me to make change through my advocacy.

Member Spotlight

Rashmi Kudesia

Reproductive Endocrinologist & Infertility Specialist CCRM Fertility Houston

I'm a board-certified fertility specialist and women's health advocate in Houston, TX. My professional passion is helping women and men preserve their fertility potential and build the families of...

Member Spotlight

Jodi Wellman

Co-Founder + Coach Spectacular at Work

Hello there! I'm Jodi Wellman, founder of Spectacular at Work– which as the name implies, means I'm all about helping companies become places their people don't dread showing up to on Monday mornin...

Member Spotlight

Annette Richmond

Career Storyteller, Personal Branding Strategist, Executive Resume Writer career intelligence Resume Writing and Career Services

I'm a career storyteller. I partner with my clients to create branded executive resumes, LinkedIn profiles, and other career marketing tools that tell their career story in a compelling way. Since ...

Member Spotlight

Kimberly Hamilton

Founder & Educator Beworth Finance LLC

Hello Ellevate! My name is Kimberly, and I’m the Founder of Beworth Finance LLC. I'm on a mission to reduce financially-related stress in people's lives, and give them a sense of hope when it comes...