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  • Interview with Lizzie Swan and Marlowe Bechmann the Swingset Mamas | WomenandBiz.com
    booking shows taxes etc How did any advisors make a difference in your company We have tried a few business managers but most of our success has come from our own hard work In 2006 we did form a company with an LA based producer to film and distribute our award winning DVD Swing Dance and Sing He was an equal financial and creative partner with us and really helped get the music distributed to a national audience The best advice we received was from a well known children s television director He believed in our music and encouraged us to remain true to our belief in the power of music to connect families and that success would follow He was right Tell us about The Swingset Mamas and its products Our products include 3 music CDs and a 15 song music video DVD The music of the Swingset Mamas has been awarded Parents Choice Awards NAPPA Awards Dove foundation awards to name a few Our songs are played on satellite radio and our music videos are currently shown as inter stitial content on TBN We write record and perform upbeat songs in a variety of styles including reggae zydeco blues funk rock and hip hop all with sing able memorable lyrics for kids and parents alike Incorporating American Sign Language with call and response singing our live shows create an inspiring and unique shared social experience for people of all ages and abilities What were the most difficult challenges you faced as you began to grow One of the biggest challenges all musicians face is getting the music out there to new people We have always had a strong grass roots following but to reach a new and broader audience you have to tour constantly or have major media exposure Since we formed the band Marlowe has lived in 4 states We travel all over the country to perform but you can imagine this requires a lot of logistical planning as we each have two children This has been a challenge but our families have been so supportive that we are able to make it work What are your plans for the future We remain strong advocates of music as a tool for building community togetherness As the mother of a 12 year old with Autism Autism awareness is a top priority for the Swingset Mamas In addition to performing at Ability Awareness and Diversity Assemblies at schools across the country Marlowe teaches music to kids with autism at the elementary and middle school level We continue to spread the message of Inclusion and Awareness of all people through our music video from our latest CS Mamamorphosis Take a Walk in Someone Else s Shoes and are constantly creating new content for families children with autism and the community at large We are also in the process of creating a song book with some of our favorite songs visuals as well as tips for families on the best way

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  • October | 2013 | WomenandBiz.com
    women to dress their best and show their truth inside and outside I believe every woman is beautiful and deserves to look her best Catherine Storing Chief Style Coach Styling Women to the Top To learn more about Catherine Storing and her services please visit www catherinestoring com Comments Off on Elisa Balabram interviews Chief Style Coach Catherine Storing Posted in Women in Business Recent Posts Elisa Balabram interviews Chief

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  • October | 2012 | WomenandBiz.com
    felt great to contribute Allison Haunss Allison grew up on Long Island however she left New York to attend Duke University where she pursued her degrees in Political Science and Drama During her time as an undergraduate Allison says she was not sure what her profession would be She always had a curious nature and interest in telling stories Journalism seemed a natural fit and with that in mind she pursued several internships in journalism Those internships included stints at Nightline The David Letterman Show and the ABC News Program 20 20 Once she caught the journalism bug Allison pursued her career in journalism by enrolling in the Master s degree Broadcast Journalism Program at Northwestern University s prestigious Medill School of Journalism It was at Medill where she learned how to write how to present how to navigate legal and privacy issues and the proper way to tell a story During her last semester she moved to Washington DC to be the MEDILL DC correspondent for KNOE a CBS affiliate in Monroe Louisiana Read more Comments Off on Interview with Journalist Allison Haunss by Elisa Balabram Posted in Women in Business Recent Posts Elisa Balabram interviews Chief Style Coach

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  • March | 2012 | WomenandBiz.com
    with us your journey into becoming a musician TL As a child I loved singing and improvising skits in my living room for all to see I enjoyed drawing and making up stories and felt alive and proud when I expressed my imagination Besides I really enjoyed getting attention for being good at it There was also music playing in my house all the time Growing up my mother either had musicians like CoCo Taylor wailing the blues or Gospel Choirs raising up the roof And when I visited my dad we jammed out to Keith Sweat Marvin Gaye and Teddy Pendagrass It was contagious and watching The Muppets of my favorite pop stars like Kate Bush or Bono on MTV made me want to be a star So when fourth grade hit I picked up the flute and ever since then I ve played on stages in Mali Africa in Lincoln Center in NYC for dance troupes and film makers all the way to TEDx women in SF Read more Comments Off on Interview with Composer and Musician Tbird Luv Posted in Women in Business Recent Posts Elisa Balabram interviews Chief Style Coach Catherine Storing Interview with Journalist Allison

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  • January | 2012 | WomenandBiz.com
    in November 2007 Having an educational background allows me to give clients better informed choices What have been the most difficult challenges you face as a woman in a still mainly male dominated industry How do you overcome them The most difficult challenge in a male dominated industry is not to take their opinions personally when it comes to working with a woman If I find a contractor that refuses to work with a woman I just keep searching for one that will work with me The difficulty is living and working in Texas machismo attitudes are rampant in the construction business Read more Comments Off on Interview with Leticia Robles R B Construction Posted in Women in Business Interview with Lizzie Swan and Marlowe Bechmann the Swingset Mamas Posted on January 13 2012 by Elisa Balabram Dear Lizzie and Marlowe Could you please share your background prior to starting The Swingset Mamas Lizzie and Marlowe LS I am a graduate of UMass Amherst with a B A in communications I worked as a creative arts therapist and facilitator of therapeutic music group with elderly nursing home residents in CT I also performed and recorded in a rock band in New York for fun MB I am a graduate of Cornell University I worked at Chase Manhattan Bank Yves Saint Laurent Cosmetics Paloma Picasso Accessories in Sales Marketing and Promotion positions I always wanted to make music a bigger part of my life after growing up playing piano and guitar and being involved in musical theater After my first child was born and my husband s job moved us to another state I took the opportunity to do just that Read more Comments Off on Interview with Lizzie Swan and Marlowe Bechmann the Swingset Mamas Posted in Women in Business

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  • December | 2011 | WomenandBiz.com
    degree in anthropology with a minor in business management at California State University Dominguez Hills work on a master s degree at theUniversityofNorth Texas and travel to nine countries I made financial mistakes the whole way and I wanted students to learn from my mistakes What inspired you to start your business I had worked with youth for about ten years at that point I was running a truancy program in Philly when I began my speaking career The curriculum was about helping students that were chronically truant make different choices but the students inSouth Philadelphiahave some immediate issues of food clothing and shelter to worry about I started incorporating financial education points with the students The students loved it and I was asked to update the curriculum I saw that students really connected to me and my way of explaining things Read more Comments Off on Interview with entrepreneur Shay Olivarria founder of Bigger Than Your Block Posted in Women in Business Recent Posts Elisa Balabram interviews Chief Style Coach Catherine Storing Interview with Journalist Allison Haunss by Elisa Balabram Interview with Composer and Musician Tbird Luv Interview with Leticia Robles R B Construction Interview with Lizzie Swan and

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  • October | 2011 | WomenandBiz.com
    and the then tough economy dissuaded me from pursuing art in college Taking a practical what field can I be assured a job approach I enrolled in Bryant University and attained an AS in Executive Secretarial Science from Bryant University graduating summa cum laude Upon entering the workforce it didn t take me long to realize however that secretarial work was not intellectually fulfilling enough for me I almost immediately enrolled in night school toward my BS in Business Administration Meanwhile I became employed at the national headquarters of a major insurance company and by today s standards was very quickly promoted from secretary to a team of 12 actuaries to secretary in a newly formed market research department to market research analyst The market research department was part of Corporate Communications and it was there that I had my career aha moment I saw my coworkers in the advertising and marketing communications departments using writing and art two of my favorite talents I left my job shortly thereafter to pursue my degree full time Upon graduation I was hired by a four person advertising agency as new business developer account executive copywriter media buyer and production manager Read more

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  • September | 2011 | WomenandBiz.com
    start Red Hen Press KG I knew so many fantastic writers who I felt should be published and I wanted to make Los Angeles a literary city WBiz Tell us about Red Hen Press and the services it provides KG We publish twenty titles a year about half poetry and half prose We have three major annual awards that we give to writers with 5 000 in prize money one of which is for the publication of an original poetry collection Read more Comments Off on Interview with Kate Gale Poet Librettist Founder of Red Hen Press Posted in Women in Business Interview with Shelby Mason founder of Leg Up and creator of Bootights Posted on September 13 2011 by Elisa Balabram Dear Shelby WBiz Could you tell us about your background prior to starting your business Shelby Mason SM Sure I worked in television syndication sales programming and marketing for about the last 18 years I started at KCPQ FOX TV in Seattle as a Program Manager moved to NY and worked as a Director of Programming for Petry Television where I consulted and advised TV stations on their programming schedules audience flow programming strategy syndication contracts and promotional opportunities I then sold TV shows in syndication for Universal Warner Bros hired me and moved me to Chicago where I sold TV shows for them Ellen Access Hollywood People s Court etc to the mid west owners and General Managers of TV stations After 3 years Disney hired me and I moved up the ladder selling in the same territory I now sold Live with Regis and Kelly Who Wants to be a Millionaire Desperate Housewives and many more ABC off network and produced programs After 4 years I was promoted to VP and moved to LA to work

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