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Member Spotlights.

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

 

Ramona Cedeno

CEO and Founder FiBrick

My name is Ramona Cedeno. I'm a CPA, CFP, and founder of FiBrick, an accounting firm based in NYC focused on empowering business owners by bringing clarity to their business finances. I love the stories numbers tell and use it to enhance financial reporting. Oh yes, I also enjoy tax planning!

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Jessa Robuck

CEO VidaLuz Development

Hello, All! My name is Jessa and I am the CEO and co-founder of VidaLuz Development, a new launch mission-based development company focused on reinventing the current consumptive development approach to elevate sustainability and conscientious building to an obtainable lifestyle within all of our communities and hospitality locations. We aim to create a ripple effect that results in real, widespread change through our systemic green approach to eco-agro microcities, holistic wellness eco-agro boutique hotels, and NetZero modular building. We believe that change is urgent, utterly vital, and we need big picture thinking and approach to insight big change.

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Myra Robinson

Community Success Coordinator Ellevate Network

Hello - Myra here! I am born and raised from a small town in South Carolina and always had a passion for the arts and making connections with others. I have currently started a new position within Ellevate Network and am excited to meet new faces as I grow into my role. My ultimate goal at this point is to absorb as much as I can and take the opportunity to learn from others within the network.

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Constanze Fuger

Executive Assistant to the CEO 10x Genomics

My name is Conny and I studied Banking and Finance and spend the last 15+ years in financial institutions, working my way up the ranks. In 2020, I was given the opportunity to ask myself what I want to do and I decided to challenge myself and leave my position and switch to the biotech industry. Being in San Francisco, I always felt I wanted to be a part of a really fast paced and fast growing company - something traditional finance definitely is not - and I am extremely fortunate that the CEO of my current company thought we would be a good fit. I get to use my skills supporting top management and being part of a very inspiring team with great ambitions. There were definitely times in between jobs where I was asking myself if I made the right decision and quite honestly, it was a gamble, considering the upheaval each and everyone is going through this year and felt safe to make this decision because I had a financial cushion. Every day at my new job is a challenge - getting to know new people (via zoom only), a new structure, a new business model. There is a point where you ask yourself: am I at the point where I have worked hard enough and now is the time to take it easy and coast - or is now the time where I give it one more full force effort to try something completely different and push out of the comfort zone. There are no right or wrong answers - you need to do you. I chose what felt right and true for me.

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Jen Walter

Confidence Coach Jen Walter Coaching

I'm a confidence coach for midlife professional women who want to take their next step. My clients want to move to the next level, make a career change, or start a business. And they have doubts about what they're capable of. Some have a lot of ideas and spin in overwhelm. Others have dreams but think it's not possible for them. I help them get out of their own way, step into their awesomeness, and go after what they really want.

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Hanifa L Barnes

Chief of Staff NJ Higher Education Student Assistance Authority

I am a multicultural mama, wife and leader with nearly 15 years experience in education and change management. As a Liberian-Ugandan American, I have also learned to navigate the challenges and nuances of race, identity and culture while climbing the ladder. Currently, I serve as a Chief of Staff & Operations in higher education finance, host and produce a podcast and am building a platform that amplifies the voices of multicultural women who are making the switch in work and well-being.

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Kim Frost

Managing Director Frost Connections

Hi there, I am so excited to be a part of this group. It's always been my mission to help other women succeed in business. I have a boutique retained search business. We are Talent Acquisitions experts. We don't merely just connect people to jobs. We connect the right people to the right jobs in the right culture.

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Kathleen Quinn

Operating Partner Tilia Holdings

I’m Kathleen Quinn, a CFO for nearly a decade and a Finance and Accounting professional for well over two decades. During that time I’ve enjoyed developing a deep knowledge in the finances and operations of companies in industries including manufacturing, distribution and services in both domestic and international markets. In my current role as an Operating Partner at a private equity fund, I am leveraging my experience and network to help portfolio companies create value for the fund's investors. Some of the organizations I’ve been privileged to serve include Coopers & Lybrand, Quaker Oats, Ameritech, John Crane, RR Donnelly, ABN AMRO, and ORNUA (Kerrygold). I began my career as an Auditor with Coopers & Lybrand (now PwC) and have served most recently as an interim CFO for a variety of companies here in the greater Chicago Metropolitan area. Prior to my recent consulting I served as ORNUA’s CFO for nearly eight years. Peers and clients will tell you that I’m a proven consensus builder skilled in promoting collaboration between business units to effectively grow organizations. By functioning as a key Senior Manager and trusted Advisor to Boards of Directors, I deliver a big picture focus balanced by a deep understanding of the details that drive results. Today’s CFO is most effective when he or she can effectively communicate complex financial information clearly and succinctly to key non-finance stakeholders. As a leader I strive to do just that. I’m on LinkedIn to network with companies and professionals who know the value of financial leaders that offer demonstrated proficiency in leading organizations, business case development, working capital planning, analyses, sales support and cash flow forecasting.

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ShaDonna McPhaul

President The Mo You Know Marketing and Media Consulting Services

Greetings everyone, I’m ShaDonna “Mo” McPhaul. I’m a retired Air Force Veteran and a mom from Fayetteville, NC. Currently I’m working on becoming the next “Oprah”.

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Christina Gamache

Owner Audax Wealth Management

I just launched my own investment management and financial planning firm after nearly 20 years of working at larger broker dealers. I am an independent and fee-only advisor, which means that I don't earn any commissions on client recommendations. I help business owners who have been traditionally under-served, women, minorities, LGBTQ+ and the differently-abled.

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Krista Resnick

Master Boundary Coach Krista Resnick Coaching

Krista Resnick is a women's leadership expert, success coach, sought after speaker and mother to 3 teenage boys. She is a powerhouse of soul, fun, compassion, and vibrancy. Her honest and curious approach guides the women she serves in a way that is both real, true and supportive. Her work empowers female leaders to stop settling, embrace their wholeness, and define success on their own terms. Her Selfish Badass Movement has helped hundreds of women across the globe. Krista is a walking permission slip, inspiring women to show up unapologetically and live a life that lights their soul on fire.

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Jenny Pollock

Lead Subscription Program Manager Together Labs

Hello! My name is Jenny and I am passionate about helping startups and other high tech companies grow and scale by focusing on the customer. I believe in elevating the customer relationship by focusing on scalable and sustainable customer success and support. I do this by improving customer education and onboarding to reduce churn, increase revenue and keep annual recurring revenue (ARR) clients coming back year after year. Let's chat about women in tech, breaking into tech, compensation negotiation, applying for jobs out of state, general application techniques, networking and working in the startup world.

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