What is your “backstory”?

I’ve spent the past 20 years in the allergy and asthma industry — 15 years in pharmaceutical and medical device leadership roles and 5 years leading Allergy & Asthma Network. I am also the mom of five teenagers, four of whom have allergies and asthma.

Why did you found your company?

Allergy & Asthma Network was founded in 1985 by Nancy Sander, the mother of a child with severe asthma and allergies. She and the board of directors selected me as her successor in 2013 when she retired.


I had the pleasure of interviewing Andrea Sommer, the founder & CEO of Hiver. Hiver is a female-founded, majority women technology company that helps event marketers measure and improve engagement at their events by enabling networkers to remember the names of every contact they meet and to quickly connect with those they find valuable. It is designed to connect in-person with the digital networking experience.

She is passionate about technology, entrepreneurship, increasing the number of women represented in both, from entry-level to board-level. …


I had the pleasure of interviewing Priyanka Mittal, Director KRBL Ltd. Ms. Priyanka Mittal is a full-time Director on the board of KRBL Limited. She is the International Division Head also handling investor relations, government relations and corporate affairs of KRBL. She is responsible for brand development of India Gate rice globally. Graduate of Harvard Business School’s OPM programme, an undergraduate of University of Southern California and on the Board of the University of Southern California Veterbi School of Engineering.

Priyanka has been Special Advisor to the ‘Women in Parliament’ — a European Parliament Initiative and presently is the Chairperson…


I had the pleasure of interviewing Elyse Kaye, the founder of Bloom Bras.

Thank you so much for doing this with us! What is your “backstory”?

One in three women experience breast pain when working out, leading to many opting out. The average breast size has risen from a 34B to a 34DD in the past 20 years. The major brands — Nike, Lululemon, Athleta, Victoria Secret — only carry up to a D or DD leaving 70% of the active US female population unsupported. The sports bra simply does not cater to the well-endowed woman. That means a lot…


I had the pleasure of interviewing Cherie Tan, Founder and CEO of Mogul Tech International (www.mogultechinternational.com). She has built and launched projects for some of the largest companies in Singapore and worldwide. Prior to Mogul Tech International, Cherie helped entrepreneurs craft beautiful products as a frontend developer and designer, leveraging on a set of design skills she has built since the age of 14.

Thank you so much for doing this with us! What is your “backstory”?

I started freelancing very early on as a web designer, specifically in frontend development and graphic design. As a young, precocious Asian girl…


I had the pleasure of interviewing Linda Murphy, CEO, of Product Launchers, which represents inventors, manufacturers and importers as sourcing agent, distributor, and sales and marketing arm. Linda also recently launched Unscripted, a business development firm that offers sales services such as list development, graphic design, lead generation and closing sales. Linda has degrees in Marketing, Management and Advertising; and she is
a licensed New York State attorney.

Thank you so much for doing this with us! What is your “backstory”?

I learned about business at a very young age, growing up in her family’s retail store, starting with mopping…


I had the pleasure of interviewing Yasmin Mattox, Founder and CEO of Arkatecht, a technology company that creates apps to reduce working mothers’ mental load, so they can more efficiently accomplish their career and family building goals. Raised in NYC, she’s been a proud Rochesterian since graduating college (Alfred University) in 2007. She is married to her college sweetheart, a Rochester police officer, with whom she is raising three young daughters: Emma Grace, Lillia Rose, and Nina Avery.

Thank you so much for doing this with us! What is your “backstory”?

I grew up a very precocious and eclectic kid…


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I had the pleasure of interviewing Jenny Dearborn. Jenny is an HR professional and co-author of “The Data Driven Leader.”

What is your “backstory”?

Looking back at my career path, I feel very lucky. Until I was 18, I had undiagnosed severe dyslexia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). When I was a kid, these disorders weren’t as commonly diagnosed as they are now, and teachers didn’t know how to see my potential.

I was put in special education classes and barely graduated from high school. Yet, I believed in myself and gave community college a try…


I had the pleasure of interviewing Louise van Drumpt, who is the CEO of Krea Group Limited. She started as an environmentalist / marketing expert, which lead her to lay the foundations of her own sustainable womenswear brand, LOU BLACK.

Thank you so much for doing this with us! What is your “backstory”?

Well, where do we start? ;-) I have always been a bit of a strange one. Being the middle child in a family of 5, I had the choice of choosing to either go with the flow or to make my own plan and take advantage out…


I had the pleasure of interviewing Andra Sandru, who is the COO of Krea Group Limited. Andra was the creative director and founder of Acurrator, a minimalist RTW brand. Due to her past experience as a product developer for high street brands, she gained great contacts within the manufacturing and sourcing sphere.

Thank you so much for doing this with us! What is your “backstory”?

I started my first company at 21, when I was working with lifestyle brands in Europe. I went on to own a coffee shop, before moving back into fashion and consumer goods in 2015. I…

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