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Women to Watch® Media is the premier global media platform for women leaders. We tell the real story behind the titles of some of the most accomplished women worldwide. Our mission is to inspire and encourage more women to pursue leadership roles worldwide.

Women to Watch Media® with Sue Rocco Sue Rocco

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Women to Watch® Media is the premier global media platform for women leaders. We tell the real story behind the titles of some of the most accomplished women worldwide. Our mission is to inspire and encourage more women to pursue leadership roles worldwide.

    Dr. Sheila Robinson, Diversity Woman Media

    Dr. Sheila Robinson, Diversity Woman Media

    Dr. Sheila Robinson, Founder & CEO of Diversity Woman Media, shared the story behind her title with us on November 22, 2022.
    Dr. Robinson is a celebrated publisher, best-selling author on leadership, inspiring speaker, and talent innovation specialist. Her company Diversity Woman Media is recognized nationally as a leading multi-platform enterprise with program offerings that advances all dimensions of diversity and inclusion (D&I).
    An expert in diversity and inclusion, Dr. Robinson helps leading companies transform their culture to reach gender parity, equity, and belonging by combining her first-hand experience climbing the corporate ladder with the highest academic degrees, best practices from her leading magazines, and a deep passion for evidence-based workplace learnings.
    Dr. Robinson is the author of three books: Lead by Example: An Insider’s Look at How to Successfully Lead in Corporate America and Entrepreneurship (2014), Your Tool Kit for Success: The Professional Woman’s Guide for Advancing to the C-Suite (2017) and Redefining Your Life D.I.E.T. : Transform How You Look, Feel and Perform (2021)
    She has been featured in Forbes, Fortune, Entrepreneur, and Publishing Executive magazines. Dr. Robinson earned both a Masters of Education and a Doctorate of Education from the University of Pennsylvania.
    SUE SAYS
    Sheila grew up the youngest of three girls and lost her father when she was ten years old. Her mother would go on to become the driving force behind Sheila's path toward education, research and her devotion to assisting in the advancement of all women. "Work for what you want," her mom would tell her. Listen to why today Sheila's mantra is to lead by example and how her glass is always half-full. 


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    • 59 min
    Eunice Ajim, Ajim Capital

    Eunice Ajim, Ajim Capital

    Eunice Ajim, a Cameroonian-American Tech Entrepreneur, Investor and the Founder of Ajim Capital, shared the story behind her title with us on November 16, 2022.
    Ajim Capital is a venture capital firm based in the US that invests in early-stage technology startup companies in Africa. We believe that African entrepreneurs have the power to create valuable businesses using technology that compete on a global scale while massively changing the lives of Africans.
    Eunice is an executive with experience ranging from start-up funding and management to leading a $10M+ tech startup. She has a track record of leading business organizations to profitable, market-winning positions in hyper-competitive environments.
    She was previously a co-founder of OpenTeams, an online marketplace that makes it easy for users of open source to connect and transact with service providers.
    Prior to OpenTeams, she founded DataGig, an online marketplace where enterprises hired vetted data experts and vendors for their big data and analytics projects on-demand.
    Prior to founding DataGig, she was a Product Consultant and Analyst at Apple.
    She's also a Founder Institute and SputnikATX alumni, programs that teach all facets of start-up development and growth from concept, to fund-raising, to validation and expansion, all the way to exit.
    Eunice strongly believes in educating, equipping, and empowering the next generation of African founders, investors, and innovators on the continent and in the diaspora.
    SUE SAYS
    "Coming to the U.S. from Africa at age 15 for an education, Eunice had big dreams. She knew early on that she would eventually become an entrepreneur. Following in her father's footsteps, she started her own venture capital firm at the age of only 26. Now her sights are set on changing the ecosystem and opportunities for the entire continent of Africa. Tune in to see how she plans to do just that."


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    Tracy D. Gee, NACD

    Tracy D. Gee, NACD

    Tracy D. Gee, the Chief People Officer of NACD (National Association of Corporate Directors), shared the story behind her title with us on November 9, 2022.
    NACD is the leading membership organization for corporate directors who want to expand their knowledge, grow their network, and maximize their potential.
    As Chief People Officer, Tracy is responsible for developing and executing all aspects of NACD's people strategies and human resources activities, including talent acquisition, talent management, diversity, equity and inclusion, organizational effectiveness, succession planning, and compensation and benefits. She joined NACD from Raytheon Company, where she was responsible for leading all human resources and global security operations for the company's Global Business Development function.
    In 2019, Savoy Magazine named Gee as one of the "Top 100 Most Influential Women in Corporate America." Over her 25+ year career, Gee has held human resources positions in a variety of industries: Aerospace and Defense, Investment Management, Insurance, and Commercial Banking. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wellesley College. She also has an advanced certificate in organization development and HR management from Columbia University.
    SUE SAYS
    "Growing up in the south with older parents whose message was to always treat others with dignity and respect, Tracy attributes her success to living that lesson boldly. While others may perceive kindness as a weakness, Tracy knew that her ability to always lead with kindness was actually a demonstration of confidence. Watch to learn why leaving a legacy for her family is so important to her."


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    • 59 min
    Kathy Bloomgarden, Ruder Finn

    Kathy Bloomgarden, Ruder Finn

    Kathy Bloomgarden, CEO of Ruder Finn, will share the story behind her title with us on October 30, 2022.
    Ruder Finn is one of the largest independent communications consultancies in the world serving clients across four key pillars – Technology & Innovation, Corporate & Public Trust, Health & Wellness, and Consumer Connections.
    In her more than 30 years of experience, Dr. Bloomgarden has developed communications programs to help shape and enhance the reputation of clients across industries, including Novartis, Citi, PepsiCo, Cisco, Sanofi, and Microsoft. In today’s environment in which business reinvention and transformation have become a vital component of success, she works closely with C-suite executives to highlight the impact their business has on society, as well as their personal leadership values, while also building confidence and engaging stakeholders. Under Dr. Bloomgarden’s leadership, Ruder Finn opened one of the first global communications offices in China over 25 years ago, which has grown to eight offices in the region. Dr. Bloomgarden has also overseen the growth of Ruder Finn Innovation Studios (RFI), one of the industry’s largest dedicated digital teams, with expertise in online presence and reputation management and the development of insights and data analytics.
    Dr. Bloomgarden is a board member of the FNIH and the Partnership for New York City, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Advisory Board of the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs. She is the author of Trust: The Secret Weapon of Effective Business Leaders. She holds a BA from Brown University and an MA and Ph.D. from Columbia University in Political Science. She is fluent in French and has a working knowledge of Chinese, Italian, and basic German and Russian.
    SUE SAYSMany people might find stepping into the shoes of their father and a 74-year legacy a bit intimidating, but when you have the same excitement for the work as Kathy does, it becomes second nature. Listen in to Sue’s conversation with the CEO of Ruder Finn and how continuing to focus on what’s next has served her well.


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    • 43 min
    Shelmina Abji, Author, TEDx, IBM

    Shelmina Abji, Author, TEDx, IBM

    Shelmina Abji, an Author, TEDx speaker, board member, former vice president at IBM, and angel investor, shared the story behind her title with us on October 23, 2022.
    Shelmina started her career as a software engineer and then moved into sales and sales leadership, leading global teams to deliver over $1B in annual revenues and serving as a key decision-maker in hiring and promoting hundreds of professionals. She received extensive leadership training at IBM, Harvard University, and UCLA. As a global empowerment speaker, Abji has addressed attendees at companies, conferences, and colleges that include Google, Edward Jones, National Center for Women in Technology, Black women in STEM, and Harvard.
    SUE SAYSBorn in Tanzania from what she describes as humble beginnings, Shelmina was determined to pull her family out of poverty....and she did here in the U.S., beginning at IBM.



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    • 42 min
    Renee Heath, Entrepreneur, Inventor and co-Founder of Banana Loca,

    Renee Heath, Entrepreneur, Inventor and co-Founder of Banana Loca,

    Renee Heath, Entrepreneur & Inventor, shared the story behind her title with us on October 16, 2022.
    Business, the arts & charity are the driving forces behind all of Renee’s endeavors as she continuously explores new ways to create the best products and experiences on the planet.
    During her Journalism & Media undergraduate studies at Rutgers University, she was a DJ at WRSU 88.7FM, interned at MTV News & KWOD 106.5FM, and wrote music reviews for The Daily Targum. She has a master’s in international journalism from Leeds University and a mini-MBA in social media marketing.
    Renee has a unique work background that couples Marketing and Design Thinking to reach people in the most authentic ways possible. She first thrived at digital agencies in the UK, and after winning multiple industry awards, she moved back across the pond. Before joining Accenture, Renee flourished as a digital director at CPG Food & Beverage companies, such as Applegate and B&G Foods.
    Needing a creative outlet and wanting to flex her entrepreneurial muscles, Renee founded Made of Lionesses, an experiential boutique that designs and builds sets for bands and brands. Renee’s educational, professional and personal work has allowed her to lay the foundation necessary to create dynamic experiences and innovative kitchen gadgets like Banana Loca!
    SUE SAYS"Growing up in Mexico the youngest of eight, Renee was always up for an adventure. She went to work with her dad to learn business, traveled to Costa Rica as an exchange student at the age of 11, and volunteered for Odyssey of the Mind in grade school to become better at problem-solving. All of this prepared Renee for her latest adventure as an entrepreneur and also as a new mom."


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    • 43 min

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