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As a certified Women’s Business Enterprise, we at KMA are champions of women achieving success in business, and we’re always looking for opportunities to mentor the next generation of women leaders. She’s Brilliant!™ is a collection of wisdom, generously shared by women leaders from diverse communities, and is designed to inspire, motivate and guide us all.

 

In addition to the blog, we have published these contributions in two printed collections: She’s Brilliant! Volume One, and Volume Two. If you would like to receive a copy, please contact us and we’ll pop it in the mail.

 

She’s Brilliant! Judy Rakowsky

She’s Brilliant! Judy Rakowsky

Judy Rakowsky Managing Director for Crisis and Strategic Communications Liberty Square Group  What was the best career advice you ever received? “If you want to win the lottery you have to buy a ticket. It sounds like an old joke, but my relative’s advice spurred me...

She’s Brilliant! Krystal Williams

She’s Brilliant! Krystal Williams

Krystal Williams Founder & Manager Providentia Group  What do you love most about the work you are doing today?  “I love that my work allows me to be a functional artist. I own and manage Providentia Group, an advisory company that cultivates...

She’s Brilliant! Charlene DeCesare

She’s Brilliant! Charlene DeCesare

Charlene DeCesare Chief Energizing Officer Charlene Ignites LLC What was the most useful feedback you ever received?  “At a time when the market was particularly tough and I was really struggling in sales, my greatest mentor noticed my state of constant...

She’s Brilliant! Cherie Scott

She’s Brilliant! Cherie Scott

Cherie Scott Founder Mumbai to Maine  What was the most useful feedback you ever received?  “Be the change you want to see. In 2015, I decided I no longer needed a seat at the table. I chose to build my own table: Maine’s first Indian brand, Mumbai to Maine. I created...

She’s Brilliant! Amy LaBelle

She’s Brilliant! Amy LaBelle

  Amy LaBelle Founder and Winemaker LaBelle Winery   What have you learned about leadership during a time of crisis?  “When the pandemic came for us, I learned how to lead through something very dark, to do it with grace, and in a way that kept my team engaged and...

She’s Brilliant! Kim St. Pierre

She’s Brilliant! Kim St. Pierre

Kim St. Pierre Owner and President SetAway, LLC What was the best career advice you ever received?  "When facing the decision whether to start my own business, I was offered the excellent advice to embrace change, and enjoy the ride. That opened my mind and helped me...

She’s Brilliant! Jennifer Dionne

She’s Brilliant! Jennifer Dionne

Jennifer Dionne, President and Partner, The Signal Group  How important has mentorship been throughout your career?  “I’m fortunate to have had two wonderful mentors in my career – one came early on when I didn’t really know what I wanted to do professionally – and...

She’s Brilliant! Cathy Lee

She’s Brilliant! Cathy Lee

Cathy Lee, Owner/Founder, Lee International  How important has mentorship been in your career?  “I’ve always understood the importance of mentors and have benefitted enormously from them, but only later in my career did I find women mentors. I’ve seen men push women...

She’s Brilliant! Gia Drew

She’s Brilliant! Gia Drew

Gia Drew, Program Director, EqualityMaine  What have you learned about the responsibilities of leadership during a time of crisis? “I am an optimist. And despite living through numerous crises, tragedies, and losses in my life, those challenging experiences have...

She’s Brilliant! Mandy Levine

She’s Brilliant! Mandy Levine

Mandy Levine, Owner, Mandy Levine Consulting, LLC What was the most useful feedback you ever received?  “The best feedback I ever received was to be my authentic self, which has always served me well personally and professionally. I began my career as an attorney and...

She’s Brilliant! Shima Kabirigi

She’s Brilliant! Shima Kabirigi

Shima Kabirigi, Program Officer, Maine Initiatives What do you love most about the work you are doing today? "Supporting immigrant-led organizations that are working to advance immigrant and racial justice within their communities has been humbling, but also...

She’s Brilliant! Saunya Urban

She’s Brilliant! Saunya Urban

Saunya Urban, Vice President, H.A. Mapes What do you love most about the work you are doing today? “I am proud to be the fourth-generation of our family business, and what I’m loving is the unique moment of growth and innovation we are in right now. H.A. Mapes has...

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