EP. 23 Star individual contributor to Manager is a big step. And that means incorporating different styles to build high performance teams.

Laurie McGraw is speaking with Inspiring Woman Rebecca Marks, a Senior Finance Manager at Grainger headquartered in Chicago. Becca has been at Grainger for nearly ten years in a variety of positions in Finance, currently, as a Senior Finance Manager supporting Sales Operations. Her team’s responsibilities are to provide strategic financial decision support, insights, and […]

EP. 22 “Reality: Challenges are out there. Maritza Diaz chose to ignore them.”

Do not be distracted.  Maritza Diaz wants her kids to be proud of Mommy.  She is busy creating jobs and doesn’t have time for doubters.  Laurie McGraw is speaking with Inspiring Woman Maritza Diaz. Maritza Diaz, Chief Executive Officer of ITJuana Maritza Diaz is a talented and seasoned technology executive with over 25 years of […]

EP. 20 Those gray areas of harassment, pay equity. Real issues. Real advice.

Laurie McGraw is speaking with Inspiring Woman Susan Gross Sholinsky, an expert on those workforce issues that still exist and really matter. Susan Gross Sholinsky gives employers the tools they need to make smart decisions about their workforce challenges. She is a sharp, versatile partner to executives, human resources, and in-house legal teams who seek […]

EP. 18 It was a wake up call when her daughter wanted to drop out of STEM in high school. Now, Gavriella Schuster wants you to BeCOME an ally.

Laurie McGraw is speaking with Inspiring Woman Gavriella Schuster, a veteran executive with ideas and a plan to solve gender equity. Gavriella describes her BeCOME framework and urges all of us to take action now. Gavriella Schuster, Corporate Vice President, One Commercial Partner  As a C-level Microsoft executive and thought leader, Gavriella leads a global […]

EP. 17 “Just start somewhere….” Amy Christensen’s advice on how to build your network, a key to unlocking opportunity.

Laurie McGraw is speaking with Inspiring Woman Amy Christensen, one of private equity’s Most Influential Women of Today and Tomorrow. Amy Christensen is a Partner and founding member of The Vistria Group, a Chicago-based, middle-market private equity firm that invests in healthcare, education, and financial services companies. She is responsible for the sourcing, due diligence, […]

EP. 16 This astrophysicist started dreaming big when she “broke math” at age 8. Katie Melbourne is about to launch a $9B telescope. And she is just getting started.

Laurie McGraw is speaking with Inspiring Woman Katie Melbourne, systems engineer and astrophysicist, ultramarathoner, and PhD to be. Katie Melbourne is a Systems Engineer at Ball Aerospace working on the James Webb Space Telescope commissioning team. Developing an interest in science and space at a young age, Katie graduated from Yale University with a Bachelor […]

EP. 15 “Convene, understand, amplify, elevate.” More than a mantra – a purposeful approach to professional development for this inspiring attorney.

Laurie McGraw is speaking with Inspiring Woman Sumi Pitroda, an attorney with the AMA with a clear vision that supporting women is key to growing her own career while building her network for success. Sumi Pitroda, JD “Convene, understand, amplify, elevate.” Professional Bio:  Sumi Pitroda is Senior Assistant General Counsel at the American Medical Association.  […]

EP. 14 “Women’s libber” may have been her label early on, but it’s her badge of honor now. This scholar/thought leader tells us why Feminism and Feminist principles are simply good business.

Laurie McGraw is speaking with Inspiring Woman Dr. CV Harquail, author of Feminism:  A Key Idea in Business and a lifelong advocate for feminism. CV Harquail, PhD, Author, Feminism: A Key Idea in Business, Co-Founder, Feminists At Work CV Harquail, PhD, is an author, management scholar, consultant, writer, and tool maker. Her new book, Feminism: […]