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Want to learn about amazing women that are trailblazing through life? Whether it's shattering glass ceilings, breaking down barriers, innovating an entire industry, connecting communities , or crushing goals? Our #WomenOfTheWeek (#WOTW) podcast features women that truly inspire! We encourage listeners to reach out, support and learn about ways you can plug in to help our #WOTW make a huge impact! Join our DPW Ambassadors Ladda, Michele, Karuna, Nida and guest anchors Amber & Irum as they interview 52 women each year that have created a significant spark to inspire others! Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/dallas-professional-women/support

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Want to learn about amazing women that are trailblazing through life? Whether it's shattering glass ceilings, breaking down barriers, innovating an entire industry, connecting communities , or crushing goals? Our #WomenOfTheWeek (#WOTW) podcast features women that truly inspire! We encourage listeners to reach out, support and learn about ways you can plug in to help our #WOTW make a huge impact! Join our DPW Ambassadors Ladda, Michele, Karuna, Nida and guest anchors Amber & Irum as they interview 52 women each year that have created a significant spark to inspire others! Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/dallas-professional-women/support

    Woman of The Week: Sejal Thakkar

    Woman of The Week: Sejal Thakkar

    Dubbing herself "Chief Civility Officer", Sejal is not your average employment law attorney! Her more than fifteen years of experience advising clients, human resources personnel, and legal counsel regarding sound, standard employment practices uncovered a need - and personal passion - for bringing more proactive, relevant, and impactful workplace training programs to her clients and their teams.  Her highly experiential customized workshops tailored to executives, managers, and individual contributors bring the courtroom to the training room in an interactive, engaging environment that favors human stories over compliance checklists. She continues to provide legal counsel including investigations regarding harassment, discrimination, bullying, retaliation, misconduct and other topics with that same passion. No matter the context, her passion for helping clients understand the value of more harmonious workplaces - and the path to getting there - is always front and center.

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    Sejal Thakkar
    TrainXtra, Chief Civility Officer
    619-852-6529
    South San Francisco, CA 94080
    http://www.trainxtra.com

    www.linkedin.com/in/sejalthakkar


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    • 24 min
    Woman of the Week: Hajah Kandeh

    Woman of the Week: Hajah Kandeh

    At 23, Hajah Kandeh fled the conflict diamond war in her country of birth Sierra Leone, where she had suffered tremendous violence.
    With a background in International Relations and an avid interest in law, Hajah has worked as a mental health counselor, and consultant, amongst others; retail, customer service, and nanny jobs that most immigrants do to get started in America. Fluent in several languages including French, Russian, and Krio, Hajah developed a love of poetry and expressing her love for life in poetry.  Hajah Kandeh is the author of an upcoming, highly-anticipated memoir of survival; Stretched that dives into the childhood trauma of a brave, brilliant and resilient child from West Africa. Through cultural struggles, the story of survival unfolds as she describes the impact of FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) against her will.

    She is the Founder of "Do Tell"; an organization which aims to educate and empower children to speak up in a safe space about sexual abuse and other forms of violation so that they can get the help they need to begin the long journey of healing necessary to help them become healthy whole adults capable of living fulfilling and productive lives.

    #FirstGenerationAmericans #SurviverStories #Author


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    • 47 min
    Woman of the Week: ShantaQuilette Develle

    Woman of the Week: ShantaQuilette Develle

    ShantaQuilette Develle is a quintessential and enterprising woman who is enthusiastically passionate about revolutionizing  the way society views work and family. She uses her platforms to let the world know that higher education, motherhood,  and career are mutually exclusive.  

    ShantaQuilette is an accountant, revenue officer for the Department of Treasury. She has received her Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in Forensic Accounting from Texas A&M University- Commerce and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Economic Fraud from Regis University and Style Coaching Certification from Style Coaching Institute. To further enhance her ability to empower others, ShantaQuilette obtained a Life Coaching Certification from JRNI, Wellness and Mindfulness Coaching Certifications through Centre of Excellence, a Laws of Attraction Certification through Michelle Lamont, Raw Nutritionist and Herbalist Certifications from New Skills Academy and a Reiki Certification Infinite School of  Healing.

    ShantaQuilette is also the Visionary and Curator of Style Follows Her, a media and creative design company that inspires, educates, unites, and entertains real women with a creative spirit. Style Follow Her encourages women to live up to their fullest potential through beauty, fashion, and  lifestyle. ShantaQuilette is the also Founder and Executive Director of The Pink Peppermint Project which is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization that empowers women affected by breast cancer with a practical and compassionate approach to their informational, physical and  emotional needs through the M.I.N.T. Model (Motivate, Inspire, Nurture and Transform) using Beauty, Wellness, and Support Services. This non-profit organization wants women to Survive Cancer and Feel Beautiful while doing it. The Pink Peppermint Project is the only non-profit founded by African-American women pushing the integrative care message. 

    As a renaissance woman, ShantaQuilette is a “Jill of all trades” with very diverse interests and skills. She loves reading psychological thrillers and watching the History Channel. An avid reader, ShantaQuilette’s favorite authors are Stephen King and V.C Andrews. As the self proclaimed Martha Stewart, she loves decorating and having tea parties at home with her friends, interior decorating, fashion, and cooking. Her favorite colors are white, pink and variation of blue. ShantaQuilette enjoys spending quality time with my family and friends. She resides in Cedar Hill, Texas, a suburban area of Dallas with her husband and two daughters and a son and four bonus daughters as a beautifully blended family.

    #girlbnatural #glamconex #heyshantaq #pinkpeppermintcares #glamaste #thriveinnovate


    www.sqdevelle.com
    www.thriveinnovate.com
    www.pinkpeppermintcares.org
    www.glamconevents.org
    www.girlbnatural.co


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    • 31 min
    Woman of the Week: Deborah Whitby

    Woman of the Week: Deborah Whitby

    A former high school teacher turned CFO, Deborah Whitby now owns the only woman-owned and operated independent plumbing company in Austin, Texas.  She has been featured in national publications and was named a "Limit Breaking Female Founder" by Thrive Global. She won the Woman's Way Business Award's "Rising Star" after scaling her local family plumbing company, Austin Plumbery in fifteen shorts months. Having generated over seven figures in less than three years, Deborah attributes much of her success to having a strong understanding of her businesses finances and has co-authored a collaborative book about her transition into entrepreneurship. She now has a course 'Prepared to Receive' where she teaches other women in business how to manage their money and profits so they are prepared to receive more!

    You can #Follow Deborah on Instagram for #Tips on how to create a 7 figure platform: https://www.instagram.com/deborahwhitby/


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    • 27 min
    Woman of the Week: Dr. Alicia McKaye

    Woman of the Week: Dr. Alicia McKaye

    Congratulations to Dr. Alicia Makaye (the “A” in GXA) is a philanthropist, entrepreneur, and co-founder of GXA Network Solutions, an IT Solutions provider that helps other businesses take command and control of their IT. GXA prides itself on giving back to the underprivileged, not only within the community, but internationally.

    She is a Veteran, mom, wife, friend, philanthropist, and participates in activities that foster youth development and encourage youth to consider a profession in Information Technology.

    Her company, GXA has been in business for 14 years and employs 22 staff members. Since inception, GXA has serviced over 300 small to medium sized businesses in the Dallas/Fort Worth area with some of her recent and most notable clients being Covenant Church, Briggs Freeman, Integrity Transition Hospital, The Real Estate Council, and the Butler Burgher Group.

    GXA proudly brings over 50 years of I.T. experience to the DFW market. Most recently, GXA was recognized as the recipient of the Inc. 5000 award, one of America’s fastest growing companies in 2014, and is also a Microsoft Partner. But what separates GXA from the rest is its customer focus, the ability to build close relationships with the clients they serve, and their track record of consistently giving back to the community.


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    • 33 min
    Woman of the Week: Sadaf Haq

    Woman of the Week: Sadaf Haq

    Sadaf Haq’s heart for ensuring Frisco grows and changes for the better, just like the people at the heart of it, is what makes her special. Born and raised outside of Bronx, N.Y., Ms. Haq and her family moved to Frisco after a gut feeling Ms. Haq had that North Dallas is where she and her family needed to be. She recalls, “Back in 2014, my husband had a fellowship opportunity in Pittsburg. The whole year we lived there, I kept telling him I really felt like North Dallas was where we needed to be. In 2015, I mentioned that if we ever planned to move to Texas, he would have to get his medical license to practice in Texas, which can take up to six months. I told him to go ahead and start on that, and he did. During those six months, multiple family members moved to Texas out of happenstance, and when we came to visit them, I instantly knew this was the place. My husband still looks back and does not understand how I had that sense.”

    Ms. Haq has her master’s degree in public health and is back in the workforce with her husband at his practice, Pain Management of North Dallas, where she does business development and administration work. Ms. Haq has always had a love for civic engagement, and she credits Frisco for making it easy to be civically engaged. “Once we got settled in, I got involved and the trajectory of the city has just skyrocketed. This level of service has been so fulfilling. I am now in my second term on the Social Services and Housing Board and that really opened up my eyes to the soft underbelly of Frisco,” she shares.

    Ms. Haq sits on a board for a Collin County Impact Council that also deals with mental health, social services, etc., and roles on those boards led her to apply for Leadership Frisco, where she now sits on the Advisory Council and has just been appointed to the Frisco Census Committee. After her time in Leadership Frisco, others began approaching her about future leadership opportunities and encouraged her to run for City Council, and she has since formed an exploratory committee. Ms. Haq shares, “It is a matter of realizing that no matter where you come from, no matter who you are, you are serving the people of Frisco. My message has always been one of inclusion and how we are not only American first, but we are Frisco first here.”

    The future is bright for Ms. Haq as she figures out a possible run for City Council and keeps venturing out of her comfort zone. “I believe God placed me in this position to make this decision and that He will guide me further.”

    To learn more about Sadaf, follow #ForSadaf, #ForFrisco, #ForIntegrity, #ForHonesty, #ForInclusion, #ForCommunity


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