5 Women in Business to Inspire on American Business Women’s Day

Posted by Stephanie Guida

American Business Women’s Day is September 22 and it’s not too late to book a speaker to empower and inspire your team. This year marks the 71st anniversary of the American Business Women’s Association, founded in 1949. The American Business Women’s Association is an organization whose mission is to bring together business women of diverse occupations and to provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking support, and national recognition. These 5 ladies are dynamite in the business world and would add value to any event.

Juliet Funt

Juliet Funt is the owner and founder of WhiteSpace at work. With the help of WhiteSpace’s thought-provoking content and immediately actionable tools, Juliet has become a nationally recognized expert in coping with the “Age of Overload.” She is working through the battle of reactive busyness. She strives to teach others the difference between meaningless activity and productivity. Juliet helps executives, managers, and teams answer the question “What thoughts deserve my attention today?” As a business owner, consultant, corporate speaker, wife, and mother, Juliet practices what she preaches everyday in her own life. 

Marissa Orr

former executive at Google and Facebook

Marissa is the author of “Lean Out,” a program that is a revolutionary path forward and has the potential and power to change the lives of women in the corporate world. She worked with Google for 13 years where she was the recipient of the company’s highest honor, The Founder Award. She also is a founding member of Google’s sales operations and strategy team. 

Marissa believes the systems used for organizing employees, evaluating performance, and motivating people were created by men for men. Instead of listening to the voices of the male hierarchy telling women they need to be more like men to succeed, Marissa encourages women to find ways to better value the talent that they already bring to the table. “Lean Out” is Marissa’s way of giving women permission to be more open and honest about how they feel about workplace hierarchy issues. Marissa provides a fresh voice for a new generation of thinkers and business women. 

Erica Dhawan

Erica is the world’s leading authority in Connectional Intelligence. Connectional Intelligence is the ability to create and drive greater value by effectively harnessing your networks and relationships. She is the founder and CEO of Contential, a company that teaches how to lead meaningful change with a Connectional Intelligence Report. Through her speaking, training, and consulting, Erica teaches business leaders innovative strategies that will increase value for clients. She was named “The Oprah of Management Ideas” by Thinkers50 and has spoken at the World Economic Forum and to companies such as FedEx, Pepsi, and McGraw Hill Financial. 

Risha Grant

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Risha Grant is the founder and CEO of Risha Grant, LLC, and award winning diversity consulting and communications firm. It is Risha’s personal mission to expose the value of diversity and inclusion while shining a light on the economic impact it creates. She has motivated and educated numerous corporations, associations, and universities. Risha has been awarded various honors, such as “2019 Top 100 HR Influencer,” “2018 Inclusive Leadership Award,” and “Entrepreneur of the Year” in 2017. 

Mandy Rennehan

Mandy Rennehan is the “Blue Collar CEO” and the founder of Mandy is called the “Blue Collar CEO” for her ability to seamlessly navigate between the white collar and the blue collar worlds. Mandy challenges the stigma that white collar jobs are “better” or “more desirable” than blue-collar jobs. She founded Freshco when she was only 19. It is Canada and the Eastern United States’ #1, full service, reconstruction and retail maintenance provider. Mandy was able to build a multi-million dollar empire in a traditionally male dominated industry. 

Interested in learning more from these 5 intelligent women in business? Inquire within to book any of these ladies for your next virtual or in-person event. 


Posted by Stephanie Guida

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