Posts By Career Expert
|Investing in the Road to Riches|
|Living Large on Less|
|Staying in the Financial Fast Lane While Changing Career Gears|
|Banish the Bag Lady Nightmare: Learn How to Retire Rich|
|8 Steps To Financial Freedom|
|Make Friends With Your 401(k)|
|Make Uncle Sam Pay You – Top 50 Overlooked Tax Deductions|
|Make Money Work for You – Investment Boot Camp|
I’ve been called the human Prozac of wealth management! I literally take the worry and anxiety out of managing your finances.
Hello, I’m Stacy Francis, President of Francis Financial, Inc., an independent, fee-only, financial planning firm that helps individuals just like you achieve financial freedom.
My background in finance began with my education at New York University Center for Finance, Law and Taxation. I successfully completed CFP® education requirements and CFP® certification exam. I graduated CUM LAUDE from Middlebury College with a B.A. in International Economics and French. I was formerly employed as Director of Investment Relations at Robinson, Lerer & Montgomery. I was an investment banking analyst at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette Securities Corp. specializing in financial services.
As a nationally recognized expert in finance, I have appeared on The Today Show, CNBC, Fine Living and am frequently quoted in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Barron’s, CNN, The Daily News, Dow Jones, Money Magazine, MSN, Newsday, and many others.
I am also the Founder of Savvy Ladies®, a 15,000+ strong non-profit organization that empowers women to take control of their finances and achieve a more rich and rewarding life.
I am committed to empowering my clients to discover what’s important to them and in doing so I get to see their dreams come true. One of the most important things I do for you is I do NOT sell products such as insurance, nor do I accept commissions or compensation from any other source. This means you will receive unbiased advice concerning your financial decisions at all times. I’m here to ensure you clearly understand where you are, help you determine where you want to go and then I show you how to get there and I’m here every step of the way.
I speak over 40 times a year to both national and international audiences about important money issues with an emphasis on money smarts for women. One of the most important qualities to my presentation is my message resonates with a diverse audience, young and old, educated and uneducated, all races, money smart and not so money smart.
The second thing is my message is simple and easy to understand. In a poised, energetic and generous style, I use easy to understand language that doesn’t require a degree in Finance to comprehend. I share a wealth of information and I walk the audience through exercises immediately introducing them to tools for taking charge of managing their finances in a knowledgeable and empowered fashion.
The message I deliver is fresh, it’s timely and it’s one that is singled out time and again by the press. I have appeared on The Today Show, CNBC, Fine Living and am frequently quoted in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Barron’s, CNN, The Daily News, Dow Jones, Money Magazine, MSN, Newsday, and many others.
What makes my presentation unique is my holistic approach to wealth management. There is more to a person’s finances than a person’s bank account. I teach my audience to explore their values and to make decisions and to build dreams based on what’s important to them…to their values. Planning financial wealth based on personal values creates lasting rewards rather than mere monetary gain. We cover topics such as goal setting, budgeting, debt, spending, savings, investments, retirement and much, much more.
Finally, I share information and education on the financial tools to use along the way based on my continuing education and professional expertise.
“I can’t stress enough how Stacy’s workshop ended up changing my life. Much thanks to Stacy for allowing me to realize what is possible.”
~ Lorelei De Mesa
“From Stacy’s seminar I have gone from being wholly indecisive to wholly prepared and financially ready for the next step in my life!”
~ Nicole Lerario
“The seminar was really well presented and digestible. The approach you took made it very easy to apply to my life and financial goals. Thank you so much!”
~ Trish Martin
“The Stacy’s presentations are even more interesting because they are geared towards women and created by a woman that was well informed in the subject matter. I am now on my way to a better financial future. Thank you!”
~ Hazel Seda
“Stacy’s workshops have been one of the most positive and easy experience I have ever had. I will never be in the financial dark again!”
~ Sandra Mateo
“Through attending Stacy’s event I’m much more confident now about my ability to handle my finances. Thank you!”
~ Denise Grant
“The presentation was incredibly useful!”
~ Joan Snyder
“Great work. Your presentation was clearly explained and very helpful.”
~ Richard Gusman
“This seminar was great!”
~ Jen Alper
“Your presentation was amazing. You reminded me of how powerful I am and what potential I have. Your presentations are life-affirming!”
~ Rebecca Spath
“Stacy is an excellent speaker. She spoke eloquently, made eye contact, involved the audience and explained things clearly. I look forward to attending the forthcoming seminars!”
~ Evangelina Stavros
“Stacy’s style of presenting is great, very precise and super informative.”
~ Evans Goka
“Stacy is funny, personable, friendly, warm and very informative. Her seminar was excellent!”
~ Sandra Eimoznino
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|How to Screen Your Dates|
|Infidelity: How to Catch a Cheater|
|Tips for Online Dating Success|
|How to Affair-Proof Your Relationship|
|How to Write a Winning Online Profile|
“Dedicated to outing the bad apples.” New York Times B.A. Comm, B.A. German aka “Little Miss WomanSaver,” CEO/Founder of WomanSavers.com (World’s Largest Database Rating Men) Stephany Alexander is the founder of one of the most popular women’s websites (top 5%) receiving millions of hits per month. WomanSavers.com is a revolutionary woman-to-woman networking system with thousands of men’s names and descriptions entered by women globally to promote safer dating worldwide. It’s FREE to search and free to post so make sure you screen your dates!
“Dedicated to outing the bad apples.” New York Times
“Reviews your potential mate like Zagats critiques a restaurant.”
“I’ve got a guy I can put in there.” Celebrity Kim Kardashian
– Founder: #1 highest trafficked abused women’s forum
– Founder: Largest Online Database Rating Men
– Author: “Sex, Lies & the Internet,” A Survival Guide to Online Dating”
– Author: 100+ Relationships & Infidelity Articles
– Author: 22 Dating & Relationship Quizzes
– Internet Polling Expert surveying 350,000+ women on relationships
– Creator: 12 women’s comedy cartoon e-cards, plus 1 claymation
– Creator: 6 women’s online games, 1 arcade quality
– Traveled to 34+ countries interviewing women on relationships
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Will your next date be a winner, loser or PSYCHO?!?
Let Stephany Alexander show your women’s audience how to screen their dates and make better, safer and smarter decisions regarding the men in their lives.
Ms. Alexander is frequently called on by the media as the nation’s leading authority on online dating, date screening and dating safer. She speaks fluent German. She has had international media attention including being featured on: FOX, CBS Early Show Miami, Mike & Juliet Show, Sirius, KROQ, KIIS-FM, Esquire, Wall Street Journal, NY Times, Chicago Tribune, Associated Press & countless radio shows.
“Stephany and her website are changing the behavior of men.”
Patrick Byrne, Owner, Overstock.com
“Stephany’s date screening tips are a must for all single women dating, especially single mothers.”
Keri Doktor, Physician
“She knows more about how to date safely online than anyone I’ve ever met.”
Sandra Brown, Psychotherapist specializing in dangerous men
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|The Professional Edge|
|Winner vs. Whiner|
|Take this Job — and Love It!|
|Image: Yours, Mine and Ours|
|Social Graces, Business Places|
Sue Morem is a nationally renowned author, columnist, media personality, and dynamic speaker specializing in professional development and career success. A prolific communicator, she has written five books, writes a weekly workplace advice column, and has created and been featured in ten training videos, including the revolutionary video podcast series, The Job Seeker.
Her first book, How to Gain the Professional Edge, the only real-life book known to be the inspiration for a sitcom, was spotlighted and seen throughout an entire episode of The Drew Carey Show. Her most recent books, 101 Tips for Graduates and How to Get a Job and Keep It, Second Edition, are written for young adults to help them make a successful transition from school into the professional workplace.
Sue’s unique ability to motivate and empower her audiences both young and old has made her a sought-after speaker and landed her recognition in scores of national media. Named a “Woman to Watch” by the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal, Morem is the president of Minneapolis-based Premier Presentation, Inc., a training and consulting firm helping people succeed by finding the professional within.
Year after year, organizations call on Sue to rejuvenate their team and encourage professional growth. Whether she is talking about personal or professional development, her enthusiasm is infectious and her knowledge is expansive. Emphasizing personal responsibility, Sue motivates people to look within, shows them how to present themselves in the best possible manner and points them in the direction of their dreams.
I love what I do and I am passionate about getting my message out. When I started my business over 17 years ago, I knew I wanted to help people become more professional and successful, but I didn’t know how challenging it could be. Professionalism and image are sensitive subjects; no one wants to be told to change his or her image—yet many people miss out on opportunities because of the image they project. I help people see their potential and get out of their own way in order to reach their full potential.
From the evaluations I’ve received, I can tell you three reasons you can rest assured you are hiring the right speaker for your event. I listen to my audiences and those who hire me. Here’s what they are telling me and saying about me:
1. She’s engaging: Sue walks her talk. She’s passionate, enthusiastic, and she connects with her audience.
2. She’s energizing: Sue delivers the message people need to hear. Sue tackles sensitive subjects with aplomb and gets people thinking and talking.
3. She’s empowering. She simplifies the complicated. Audiences are motivated to take action.
“Far and away the most believable and most impactful presenter we’ve had.”
-Donald Erwin, General Manager, Aetna
“This truly is one keynote delivery you can count on.”
-Farren M. Ross, Education Manager, National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU)
“Great conferences happen because we have great speakers like you. Your presentations were truly inspiring.”
-Sue Iverson and Tom Kelly, Co-Chairs, 2005 MnGFOA Conference Committee
“WOW! Your presentation was superb.”
-Sandy Lien, Director of Education, Upper Midwest Hospitality, Inc.
“A dynamic and enthusiastic presenter who makes learning a positive and enjoyable experience.”
-Susan Mortenson, Training Coordinator, Honeywell
“…energetic and riveting program. Thank you for your dynamic delivery!”
-Barbara A. Lee, Vice President and Program Committee Co-chair, International Association of Administrative Professionals
“Rated our ‘TOP’ speaker. Sue has the ability to model and teach ‘real world’ skills in a positive and enthusiastic manner. Sue and her books are a perfect resource for any career or business class.”
-Sandy Appelt, Career Academy Internship Coordinator, Armstrong High School
“Effective, enthusiastic speaker who brings to life the importance of etiquette and appearance in today’s job market.”
-Carol Edds, Conference Coordinator and Outreach Specialist, Center on Education and Work, University of Wisconsin – Madison
“…the material presented dovetailed perfectly to the theme of our convention, Learning to Lead. It was a perfect presentation to kick off our state convention.”
-Joe Matson, President, MASMS (Minnesota Association of School Maintenance Supervisors)
“Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Everyone loved you and the feedback has been tremendous.”
-Cathy Beers, Sr. Vice President, Customer Development Corporation
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|Women Rock – Wake up Call for the Workplace, the Economy, the Marketplace|
|Networking to Measureable Success|
|Why now is the time for Women Entrepreneurs to Think Big|
|Shake it UP|
|Building Your Best Life – Women’s Life Passages|
Those that can do.
Choose a speaker who’s not a talking head – a seasoned lawyer who’s: successfully argued in the Supreme Court about the meaning of equality; who’s made money investment banking; who’s started a women’s webzine about how women are defining their own success, regularly speaks with women leaders worldwide and whose webzine Girlphyte.com has over a million hits.
Sue has seen the future of women in the marketplace and it is exhilerating.
Get fresh facts and insights about how women are changing the culture of the marketplace and how other women are attaining success as they define it by pursing their authentic lives with passion.
Success is not about ladder climbing. It is personal, circumstantial, nuanced. It is about growth – being in the right environment, developing deep roots, many branches, achieving personal goals and continuous growth.
Why attend a day of talks and walk away with the flush of inspiration that doesn’t translate into action?
Changing behaviour is a process. It begins with meaningful interaction, clear direction, a success toolkit and established benchmarks.
The marketplace is flooded with words. It’s time for action. And fun and humour.
Girlphyte fairy tales – Dorothy’s Top Ten*
10. That to really live you have to get out of Kansas.
9. Landing on a witch is not a great way to start your day.
8. Never negotiate with a wizard while wearing gingham.
7. Large hand bags are very useful, but there’s nothing like a wicked pair of shoes.
6. Dogs are great, but they’re only a transitional relationship.
5. Black and white is uber cool, but life in Technicolor has the AHA factor.
4. There’s no place like home, but for a sense of accomplishment, get yourself out there.
3. Making connections gets you over the rainbow.
2. You have to do it for yourself – even scarecrows, tin men and lions have their own agendas. ©
1. Make your own choices – it’s your (yellow brick) road. ©
Last event: Review from Swankymoms.com:
“I was at a conference yesterday with a group of very intelligent and accomplished women…Just before the day ended, a woman who started an online magazine called girlphyte.com came up to speak. She’s over 50 and looked about 38 dressed in a hip summer outfit, blond hair and had a rockin’ body. The “It Factor” oozed out of her and if anyone in the room had “It” she did. I immediately perked up and focused all my attention on her. The energy in the room shfited instantly almost as if a new weather system had entered. She had half the time she was supposed to have, announced she was throwing her notes out and off she went like a cannon ball out of a cannon. And man, did she impact me. And it’s because she had “It”. And of course she’s going to be insanely successful in her business venture.” http://swankymoms.blogspot.com/2007_06_01_archive.html
Sue has also been applauded by women leaders who attended the Women’s Executive Network’s Wisdom Training as “transformative”.
University students who’ve attended her courses say that they’ve never had the opportunity to learn about how to be successful in university. That stuff just isn’t shared by profs.
Don’t leave just feeling good – leave going for your personal gusto with the insights, mechanics and support to get energized, focused, and hungry for more.
Sue is for corporations and organizations who not only expect bang for their buck but for measurable response. She’s for women who are hungry to leverage their skills and experience and SHAKE IT UP!
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|Four Fast Track Programs:|
|Don’t Bring It to Work: Decoding Office Politics|
|Ouch! Resolving Conflict at Work|
|Get the “But” Out of Your “Yes”: Communicating with Clarity and Purpose|
|The Creative Edge: Unleashing Innovation|
|Total Leadership Connections (TLC): Four Session Offsite|
Sylvia Lafair, PhD, is an international leadership and communications expert and President of CEO – Creative Energy Options, Inc., a global consulting company focused on optimizing workplace relationships. Dr. Lafair’s talents to make the complex simple, has revolutionized the way employees cooperate and teams collaborate.
Her award winning book “Don’t Bring It to Work” (Jossey Bass) has been ranked in the top of Amazon’s Best Selling Workplace books. She is often quoted as a workplace relationship expert in newspapers and magazines across the country, including the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Time, CIO Magazine, New York Times, as well as being on radio, webinars, television, and presenting at national conferences.
Sylvia Lafair has two business blogs: “Elegant Leadership”, and “On the Cutting Edge of Change”, and is a contributing writer in WomenOnBusiness.com, Examiner.com, and EvanCarmichael.com, as well as other trade publications.
CEO’s flagship program, Total Leadership Connections™ utilizes the tools of PatternAware™ Leadership to help individuals understand how behavior patterns can derail success and how to transform them into productivity, purpose, and profit.
As an executive coach and leadership educator, she has 30+ years of experience with all levels of management from corporate officers of global companies to executives of non-profits, owners of leading family-owned businesses, and entrepreneurs. She holds a doctorate in Clinical Psychology and has taught at Hahnemann University.
As a workshop leader or keynote speaker, Sylvia engages audiences with her natural storytelling ability. Her quick-witted humor, charisma, and energy are infectious and her knowledge gives substance and depth to all presentations. Her thought-provoking messages leave audiences with information to take back to the office and immediately put into practice.
As a workshop leader or keynote speaker, Dr. Lafair engages audiences with her natural storytelling ability. She weaves her knowledge of what makes a successful workplace, where people are happy to go to work every day, into real stories about workplace cultures. Dr. Lafair’s thought-provoking messages leave audiences with information to take back to the office and immediately put into practice.
“Sylvia Lafair is an amazingly acute analyzer of human behavior. She’s pinpointed the patterns that can make you sink, soar or simply muddle through your career. If you want to take your work life, your team or your company to the next level or, better yet, the level beyond that, do this important work. The payoff is the elusive breakthrough you’ve sought for years.”
Tyler Mathisen, CNBC Managing Editor and Host of “High Net Worth”
“Sylvia Lafair teaches us how to recognize and change our own ineffective workplace behavior and how to help others get past the family baggage and office politics that prevent all of us from doing our best work.”
Daniel Pink, Author A WHOLE NEW MIND
“Sylvia Lafair’s rare view of “systems” and “systems thinking,” is helpful to individuals and families, as well as business people working to build appreciation, cohesion and success.”
Frances Hesselbein, Chairman and Founding President, Leader to Leader Institute
“Wonderful tools for anyone wishing to make their work environment more successful. It addresses the baggage that we all bring to the workplace and gives wonderful revelations as to how to move forward from this and build on our strengths. It is about leadership of the highest level.”
Carole Haas Gravagno, Board Member, Philadelphia Orchestra
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Founded in 1901, Atlanta-based Orkin, Inc. is an industry leader in essential pest management services in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Central America, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Asia and the Mediterranean. With more than 400 locations, Orkin’s almost 8,000 employees serve approximately 1.7 million customers. The company serves homeowners and numerous industries, including food and beverage processing, foodservice, hospitality, healthcare, retail, warehousing, property/facilities management, schools and institutions. Orkin partners with customers to create and provide customized plans to prevent, treat and control pests in and around the home and workplace.
Professional Development & Training
In 2010, Training magazine honored Orkin for the eighth consecutive year as one of its prestigious Top 125 organizations that excel in human capital development. Orkin University’s one of-a-kind $10 million dollar training facility in Atlanta features a full-scale functional house and a commercial facility including a commercial kitchen, restaurant, bar, hospital room and hotel room. In 2006, Orkin launched its interactive satellite network – Orkin TV – that links employees through first-of-its-kind live broadcast technology.
Giving Back to Our Communities
As part of its ongoing commitment to community service, Orkin collaborates with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on several public education initiatives involving pest-related health risks. Orkin and its sister pest control companies launched Fight the Bite in 2008 – a program to help American homeowners reclaim their yards and save lives in Africa by waging war on mosquitoes and the deadly diseases they can carry. Since then, Orkin has given more than $350,000 through its Fight the Bite program to the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign — a global, grassroots effort dedicated to saving lives by preventing malaria in Africa. One hundred percent of the donation funded the purchase and distribution of tens of thousands of mosquito nets to African countries. In 2010, Orkin has pledged to donate another $225,000 to Nothing But Nets. Please visit Orkin: Fight the Bite, for more information on how you can help.
Orkin is also committed to educating communities on pests through its website on termite identification, prevention, treatment and control (www.orkin.com/learningcenter) and Junior Pests Investigators (juniorpi.com). Junior Pests Investigators (JPI) is a free series of K-6 lesson plans designed by educators (that meet National Science Standards) to teach children to think differently about pests and pest management.
Orkin has been “keeping pests in their place™” for more than 100 years. During that time, the company has seen many important changes, including changes in its workforce. While Orkin may be known for the Orkin Man, Orkin women have also played a key role in the company’s continued success – which is why Orkin is continually committed to helping women advance in their careers. Recognizing the lack of women in the pest management industry, Rollins, Inc., Orkin’s parent company, formed the Women’s Resource Group initiative in 2008 to help recruit more women into Rollins’ family of pest control companies, and foster the professional growth of female leaders already employed. Whether you are interested in an entry-level position or looking to advance your career, Orkin offers long-term career opportunities with advancement potential to all motivated employees. Visit careers.orkin.com to find out more about Orkin and what we can do for you and your career.
Dawn Marie Echeverria, operations manager, Phoenix, Arizona
What are your job responsibilities at Orkin?
My primary responsibility as an operations manager is to assist with ongoing development of my team in the Phoenix branch. My passion is helping each team member succeed. I also assist with managing the branch’s business, including maintaining and growing our customer base and increasing revenue.
How long have you been at Orkin? How does Orkin fit into your career path?
I joined Orkin in 1999 as a pest control technician. I had been working as a video store manager and thought a career at Orkin offered better job opportunities and benefits than a video store company career.
I first started at Orkin as a technician and then moved on to an office position as an appointment scheduler. Although I enjoyed my time in the field, my office job helped me learn more about the company. Over the years, I also have served as a branch account manager, back-up new customer specialist, region administrative assistant and operations manager.
What skills are required for women to succeed at Orkin?
Women who thrive at Orkin prefer non-traditional jobs and are interested in advancing their careers in a performance-driven company. These women are typically independent, organized and ambitious, and enjoy a fast-paced environment.
How has Orkin supported and encouraged you to succeed, both professionally and personally?
While I was on maternity leave for my fourth child, I learned there was a job opening for a region administrative assistant in Orkin’s Southwest Region office. I was excited by the opportunity and knew I could succeed in this position. Since I did not want to leave my newborn with a babysitter, I brought her with me to the interview. At the end of the interview, I learned I would need to complete two phone interviews and then wait two weeks for the final decision. After the phone interviews, I called the region manager to confirm when he might be making his decision. He said he would be making it by Friday morning – in my excitement at the time, I forgot I had surgery scheduled for that morning.
On that Friday, I told all of the nurses, doctors, assistants and everyone who would listen about this important phone call that would change my life. I stalled the surgery as long as I could before the doctor told me it was time to go. Just as they were rolling me into surgery, my phone rang and I immediately yelled “stop!” so I could take the call. The region manager offered me the position. I thanked him repeatedly for the position and when asked, told him I was on my way into surgery. He very politely responded that he would call next week when I got back to work. After the call, I proceeded into the operating room and was greeted by the doctor, who gave his congratulations on my promotion.
Throughout my career at Orkin, I have been grateful for the support of my family and the Orkin management team who have helped me balance my career and my children. I feel fortunate to work for a company where family is important, and have the support of a loving husband who encourages me with each promotion.
What advice do you have for other women and companies to succeed in the current economy?
At Orkin, we are focused on providing high-quality service so our customers see the value in hiring Orkin. For our customers who are struggling in this economy, we are trying to help them get through this time.
As an operations manager, I also am focused on helping my employees cope with this challenging economy, both personally and professionally. I think that if I can help my team remain positive and optimistic, then as a team we will creatively create new ways to build our business; we will survive the current economy; and we will be a stronger team after these economic challenges.