CorePurpose Founder to Speak on Leadership Paths for Women

CorePurpose Founder, Joan Koerber-Walker, and seven other women leaders explore a women’s opportunities for leadership.

Leadership Paths for Women (A chapter in the Some Leaders Are Born Women series)

Barnes & Noble – 90th & Shea, Scottsdale

Monday, October 24, 2005, 7:00 p.m.

Open to the public – free of charge.

Eight women leaders will discuss leadership paths for women and share their experience.  You will hear from:

Joan Eleanor Gustafson – Award winning international speaker and author; former 3M Corporate Marketing international leader

Laraine Rodgers – Innovation catalyst, business technology executive, entrepreneur

Joan Koerber-Walker – Community leader and nationally-recognized entrepreneur and innovator

Dawn Lake – Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army Reserves; combat veteran, Global War on Terrorism, Afghanistan

Barbara McDuffie Kahler – Executive coach and former IBM executive

Karen Carter – Nationally-recognized motivational speaker and top producer in the insurance field

Raleigh Pinskey – Best-selling author of 101 Ways to Promote Yourself and founder of Strategic Alliances World Wide

Pamela Hillyer – Founder of Vocal Intelligence and trainer of media broadcasters

Please join us!

Biographies of Panel Members

Joan Eleanor Gustafson

An award-winning international speaker, author and consultant, Joan Eleanor Gustafson provides inspiration and life-changing insights to organizations and individuals, who want to live their dreams and maximize their results.  She is the author of seven books, including A Woman Can Do That! 10 Strategies for Creating Success in Your Life and Some Leaders Are Born Women! Stories and Strategies for Building the Leader within You.  She has spoken to more than 3,500 audiences in ten countries.

Joan is the founder of Success and Leadership Dynamics (SLD), a consulting company specializing in business strategy, organizational productivity, personal development and leadership.  In her role as president of SLD, she works with people who want to rise to the top and with organizations that want to increase their productivity.

Before founding SLD, Joan was a member of the Corporate Marketing Management Committee at 3M where, during her 26 years there, she held international responsibility for multiple functional areas including marketing and sales productivity, e-Business and knowledge management.

Joan is on the faculty of University of Phoenix, where she teaches graduate-level courses in international management, strategic management, and e-Business.

Laraine Rodgers

A force throughout the information revolution on the strategic use of technology, Laraine Rodgers launched Navigating Transitions to help leaders compete optimally in the innovation economy.  A noted-expert on aligning strategy, operations, technology and organizational culture to maximize ROI, she has helped organizations including American Express, Avon Products, Inc., Citibank, the City of Phoenix, GTE Government Systems, MasterCard International and Xerox achieve and sustain top-line growth and bottom-line profitability.

In addition to advising companies on strategy and technology-assisted execution, Laraine speaks and writes on leadership, technology and innovation. She actively participates in several community activites and is a member of CIO’s Editorial Advisory Board and the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) Executive Council on Information Management and Technology.  Laraine earned a B.S. in Organizational Behavior from the University of San Francisco and an M.B.A from Pepperdine University.

Joan Koerber-Walker

Joan Koerber-Walker leads… and loves it.  Whether at the helm of her own company, CorePurpose, Inc., or working with community organizations, universities or client companies she is know as the “go-to-person to get things done”.  An award winning leader and innovator,  Joan has held management and executive positions in sales, marketing, engineering management, global supplier contracts and corporate strategy at a Fortune 500 company before launching CorePurpose in 2002.  In addition to her activities as a CEO and advisor to companies on strategy and execution, she is a member of the National Speakers Association and speaks at universities and in the professional community on business growth, strategic execution and innovation.  An active community leader, Joan serves on numerous committees and boards of organizations here in the valley.  She was awarded an MBA from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University and a Bachelors in Economics from the University of Delaware.

Lieutenant Colonel Dawn Lake

As special Advisor to the Commanding General, Coalition Forces Afghanistan, in the Global War on Terrorism, Dawn Lake, MA, executive coach and professional speaker, understands the skills and techniques necessary to ignite and effect change in any organization.  Her military, corporate and university experiences quickly move groups and individuals to new levels of performance.  Her work as a trained military operative in the hunt for Al Qaeda and her extensive work in explosive situations give Dawn unique credentials to turn chaos into productive, profitable work environments.

Dawn works with companies to hire and maintain talent, with sales teams to achieve extraordinary results, with executives who want to master EQ, with women who want to come out from “under the veil,” and with those who want to manifest the infinite potential within.

Barbara McDuffie Kahler

Barbara McDuffie Kahler, a retired IBM executive, is an executive coach and Founding Principal of Leadership in Action, a coaching and consulting services company.  Barbara specializes in maximizing business results by leveraging the talents, passion and skills of the organization.  She has experience developing leaders, creating effective organizations, building high performance teams, attracting and retaining talent and leading change.  Barbara has a proven track record for developing people and organizations and delivering results.  For over 30 years at IBM, she coached hundreds individually and in groups as she led business and product startups and built organizational capability for competitive advantage.

In her role as business owner and executive coach, Barbara has worked with leading companies in the technology and healthcare industries to prepare leaders for more senior assignments, integrate newly appointed executives into their new roles, coach valuable leaders to address challenges that may derail careers, and guide the leader to seek assignments and training to accelerate their personal and professional growth.
Barbara couples her own executive experience with her extensive business knowledge to guide organizations and individuals to maximize results faster.

Raleigh Pinskey

Raleigh Pinskey’s company, The Raleigh Group ~ A Viz-Ability Marketing Company™ founded in 1979, specializes in business development, image building, brand recognition, public relations, book writing and speaker coaching. Her consulting clients range from a $5,000 Marilyn Monroe doll to a leather furniture store, dog grooming products to a stunt woman, jewelry designers to shoe stores.

Raleigh is the marketing and public relations consultant who launched the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series.  She has translated Viz-Ability into profits for Blondie, Sting, Bowie, McCartney, and KISS, as well as thousands of retailers, service organizations, home-based businesses and authors.  A motivational speaker, she speaks internationally on the topics of public relations, marketing, self promotion and Viz-Ability!  Raleigh is the author of five books, including best selling book 101 Ways to Promote Yourself, which helps many succeed in self promotion.

Karen Carter

Karen Carter, a native Arizonan, has been in the casualty, personal property, and life insurance fields for more than 30 years.  Before opening Carter Insurance and Pension Services in 1985, she led the Arizona agency of a major life insurance firm in production.  She holds a Chartered Life Underwriters degree and a Chartered Financial Consultants degree.  Karen is a nationally recognized motivational speaker, as well as a private trust administrator and is very active in community affairs.

Pamela Hillyer

Pam Hillyer is an executive voice consultant and founder of Vocal Intelligence, LLC. a consulting company specializing in communications in a unique and comprehensive manner.  Pam is changing the way people do business by helping them learn that the voice is the most powerful sales tools any star performer possesses and that we each have the capacity to do the same.  She is a highly entertaining and motivating speaker who delivers powerful and effective presentations and programs.

Pam Hillyer has over 25 years of communication and business experience in industries that range from the technical Oil and Gas Industry to the creativity of sales and marketing.  Pam found her niche when she was educating radio and acting students.  Although a few stars were born during her tenure, the true gift she received was the insight that the voice is one of the most misunderstood and overlooked elements of every person.  That process alters the human psyche in a way that each person can tap into an inner power only to find that this power is “heard” by those around them.  This was something that Pam knew that the “non-media” professionals had to experience.  She has worked with individuals from the front line staff to CEO’s and has an infectious enthusiasm and a passion to train others to speak more powerfully.

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