Why a collective?
I have received strength, guidance and endless help from groups of powerful women. They’ve taught me about self love, business, inclusion and so much more. I encounter people everyday who are living their dreams and changing the world. I created the GSD Collective to make it easy for you to find and learn from them as well. I have personally worked with and recommend all the women and organizations you see here in the GSD Collective.
Educator, Yoga Teacher, and Leader
Leadership Consultant and Coach
Dr. Jen Friedman is the founder of JENerate Consulting. She is a consultant and coach who capitalizes on her doctoral degree in psychology and over 20 years of experience in non-profit leadership, mental health, and education to focus on her passions of enabling personal growth, developing leadership, building cohesive teams, and creating effective systems to enhance culture. Jen works with organizations as well as individuals, both locally and across the country. She speaks widely about topics such as growth mindset, brain-based leadership, and emotional intelligence.
Jenna Stoliker, PCC is the Founder of the Center for Conscious Leadership LLC, a boutique coaching & consulting firm that helps leaders engage all of their strengths so they may:
• Communicate with greater credibility and influence
• Connect with others more authentically
• Collaborate effectively with more ease
She is passionate about redefining what leadership looks like. She knows that leadership is a powerful force for change when we pause long enough to listen deeply, reflect on our own mindsets, and choose curiosity rather than judgment. Jenna has a unique way of making even the hardest conversations comfortable by listening deeply and compassionately and then providing direct feedback when you need to hear it the most. Clients come to her for concrete strategies and meaningful results to help them navigate uncharted waters, especially when it comes to stress that occurs during career pivots, new pressures that come with expanded leadership roles, and the uncertainty that arises from organizational change.
Jenna has a gift for helping her clients lead from a place of unadulterated confidence and clarity, so they make clear, powerful choices in the midst of chaos and change.
Content & Strategy Consultant
Small businesses and entrepreneurs are my passion. I know firsthand the value and strength they give to communities, I know that small business owners do more for people and they do it with heart. I know the drive, dedication, and guts it takes to strike it out on your own and bring your idea to life.
I also know that it can be hard. You are great at some things, like your business product or service, but that running business has so many moving parts and pieces that you might not have the time or ability to master.
There are times where you feel stuck in the mud with your wheels spinning. Where you don’t know where to turn to because let’s be honest, Apple Maps never plans for spontaneous week long construction in a school zone aka while you might have a general idea of what to do… there’s a lot of wrong turns and traffic jams you can get caught in without the help of someone who’s been down this road recently.
I am that bump or tow for businesses and online entrepreneurs to get them unstuck and back on the road to success, and like the Waze app, I’ve been marking real life hazards that are coming your way to get you going faster and with less headache.
Whether it’s integrating storytelling in your email marketing, or building your community impact, or strengthening your brand, or guiding you through building a freelance business from scratch, or even just generating awesome and fresh ideas, I’ve got you.
Sisters Who Are Powerful
Sisters Who Are Powerful (SWAP) has been empowering and reaching out to women & teen girls since 2004. SWAP is networking organization that brings women and teen girls together by empowering them to reach their full potential in life. We believe that everyone woman is powerful and has the ability to help others. When our efforts are united, we find that there is no hurdle that we cannot overcome.
CEO, Maximum Communications
Ayana King is CEO of Maximum Communications LLC, an agency specializing in Content Strategy, Social Media and Reputation Management for small businesses. Before Ayana launched Maximum Communications, she served as corporate communications manager where she handled nearly 50 social media accounts, managed company PR, and was a copywriter and editor for an in-house ad agency. Today, she hosts workshops and coaches small business owners on using social media as a selling tool. Ayana is an advocate for older adults; a champion for diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace; and a proud University of Michigan graduate. Learn more at www.GetMaxComms.com.
Veronica Crystal Young
Leadership, Courage and Resilience Expert
After years of childhood abuse and an abusive marriage, I found myself in a place I never thought I would be….. I had great success in a high-level Corp Job but I was feeling stuck, depressed, and unfulfilled. I realized I was comparing myself to everyone else, feeling like I had something to prove, and had given up on my creative dreams. That abusive past was having unintended residual effects on my confidence and thoughts about who I really was and what I could be, do or have.
Today, I’ve jumped back into my passion for performance and creativity, and I speak and teach successful women in high-stress careers how to get out of their heads about success, reconnect with their hearts, and re-engage the passions that they so often lose sight of in the pursuit of success. I speak to inspire and motivate others so they might remember that THEY are the drivers of their own destiny, and their past does not define them, today.
I’m Veronica Crystal Young a 30-year Corporate Healthcare Manager, Award-Winning Speaker, Author, and Producer. You may have caught me on episodes of the Golden Girls with Betty White or starring on stage in Broadway Classic Musicals like Sound of Music, South Pacific, and Annie Get Your Gun. I have produced projects for the American Film Institute honoring Michael Douglas, several series television pilots and I am the creator/producer of the popular Nature Series, TV ArtScapes.® My speaking list includes the Harvard Club in New York, Global Society for Female Executives, NASDAQ, and Carnegie Hall, to name a few.
Life and Relationship Coach
Robin Breckenridge is an educator, certified life and relationship coach, and speaker with a reputation of being a strong system of loving support for her clients. Robin’s professional background in behavioral education, coupled with her own experience with challenging relationships, makes her exceptional at teaching self-help and behavioral concepts in an simple and systematic way. She has helped countless people profoundly heal their relationships and rise above the trauma and drama of their past.
Editor & Writer / Founder of Archer Editing & Writing Services
I help writers develop a polished project to self-publish or market to agents and editors, and help business professionals produce flawless and effective marketing materials by editing their text with a keen eye for accuracy, clarity, and flow. I also help business professionals build their client or customer base & increase sales by writing compelling case studies of satisfied customers or clients, and quality blog posts unique to their brand.
Girls With Guts
The mission of Girls With Guts is to support and empower women with inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease & ulcerative colitis) and/or ostomies through the building of sisterhood and self-esteem.
The vision of Girls With Guts is to establish a national support network that assists women in their search for community, acceptance, and empowerment. This support network helps to ensure that no woman will ever feel isolated by their disease. Our website and live events help strengthen the network to bring patients, doctors, and thought leaders together to advocate for IBD issues, while spreading awareness. Through sharing stories and experiences, Girls With Guts wants to give all women with IBD the strength to find their confidence, and keep it, despite having IBD or an ostomy.
Painter of Pet Portraits
Executive Communication Skills Coach
BARBARA is an international facilitator and coach specializing in communication skills for global managers. Barbara, an American national, lived and worked in Europe for 19 years, 11 in Italy and eight in Switzerland. She repatriated to Michigan USA in late 2012.
Barbara has coached hundreds of global managers on topics including Presentation Skills, International Negotiation and Multicultural Team Building. Using an interactive, skills based, results-oriented methodology, Barbara helps people to improve their communication and interaction skills so that they can be more productive in their global roles and obtain the business results they need. Barbara’s gift is understanding what people want to say and helping them to say it clearly, concisely and memorably.
Barbara holds a B.A. in Nutrition from the University of Iowa and a M.A. in Intercultural Relations from University of the Pacific in Stockton, California.
President & CEO
Carol Huls, President & CEO of DittoForm, helps individuals who make clothing and costumes reach their full potential by providing a valuable tool – a custom dress form of their own body. Carol believes that each and every person is different — no one is standard — and that fact makes the world a more beautiful place. She credits her current success to the ability to acknowledge what she doesn’t know and find someone who does with her strong professional network. She draws on her experience in outwardly unrelated positions: supporting Fortune 500 corporate executives, connecting non-profit members with experience to those who need assistance, and entertaining and enlightening 8th graders and their teachers visiting Washington DC as a tour guide.
Carol believes that surrounding yourself with interesting people, cultivating creativity and innovation, and having a strong but flexible plan are keys to happiness in life and success in business.
Carol holds degrees from Calvin College, which is now Calvin University, and Eastern Illinois University’s (no-longer-existing) Historical Administration Program.
Brand Director, Author & International Speaker
Joie Gharrity Founder of 113 Branding is a Brand Director, Author, and International Speaker. She worked in the Hollywood entertainment industry for 15+ years at top companies, in film, television, original web content, and branded entertainment. She was hand-picked by the ABC Studio President to launch the first multi-media startup business for The Walt Disney Company.
She works with entrepreneurs and creative types to leverage their expertise, gifts and talents with a clear strategic roadmap to paying customers and attract lucrative opportunities and financial abundance. Joie does this through a unique, tested and proven framework of digital branding and marketing content that gains their brand Visibility and Influence that elevates her clients to superstar status in the marketplace.
In her book The Red Carpet Guide to Visibility and Influence, Joie shares branding strategies, techniques, tools, and tips that can be implemented easily. She is passionate about being of service and working with entrepreneurs to help them gain Superstar Visibility and Influence in the marketplace.
Founder and CEO
Praised by many for her versatility, Dr. De’Andrea Matthews’ career spans over 20 years as an educator, author and international speaker. A strategic storyteller, Dr. Matthews is the founder and CEO of Claire Aldin Publications, an award-winning hybrid publishing company that is Better Business Bureau accredited and a member of the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA). Graced with an abundance of gifts, she is paving the way for many to grow professionally and spiritually. Because of this, many lives will be unquestionably be impacted in the most positive way by and through Dr. De’Andrea Matthews.
Jane Pierce is a psychic reader, ordained Tzaddi minister and Reiki Master who has been teaching tarot, astrology, and energy work since the 1990’s. She uses her decades of experience with tarot and astrology to show the deeper patterns that shape lives and empower people to create a more intentional future.
Jessica Van Valkenburgh
Body Confidence Coach
Jessica Van Valkenburgh is a Body Confidence Coach, Licensed Cosmetologist, Blogger, Speaker, and Choreographer. She is the founder of Brazenly Beautiful LLC, Bodies without Shame, and a grateful KeyHolder of the SheHive. You can learn to love every curve of your body by attending her Brazenly Beautiful Burlesque class.
Kim Boudreau Smith
Throughout a decades-spanning career, crossing a myriad of job descriptions and industries, Kim Boudreau Smith has achieved success, because she pays attention to and develops Her Bold Voice. Kim provides support and encouragement, coupled with strategy and tools, to help other women develop their own bold voice. Kim holds space for high level achievers to tune in, employ self-care and set goals for how they want to show up in the world all through their voice. Often referred to as a multi-media maven, Kim has experience on a multitude of platforms where she expresses Her Bold Voice. Performing as a dancer since she seven helps Kim feel comfortable on an international stage sharing her hard-won wisdom. Not only a former radio station owner and host of a weekly show to a global audience, Kim is a frequent guest on radio and podcasts all over the world.Kim has compiled and co-authored several books that have made their mark in the Amazon Best-seller arena. Through her fitness business she began recording video long before it was popular. Her training, coaching certification and corporate experience are the winning trifecta for having Kim mentor high achievers to a better media presence and asserting their own bold voice. Kim is real, raw and undoubtedly honest about the challenges of stepping into your bold voice.
Life Coach / Founder of The Second Wind Movement
I’m certified life coach who helps people transition through life’s tough stages. I also serve the senior audience and help retirees live active, healthy and engaged lifestyles to ultimately avoid scary stats on the rise like Alzheimer’s, loneliness, depression and nursing home occupancy.
Lisa Shackelford – Anderson
Certified Health and Wellness Coach
After overcoming a series of my own life and health challenges that are common to many women including clinical depression, postpartum depression, multiple surgeries, and fibroids, and learning how to create my own individual strategic plan and putting it into play, I have healed my fibroids, depression, and even had a 65-pound weight loss which I have kept off for over 12 years. I have also been off medication for over 12 years. I decided to continue my education to receive my health coaching certification so I may help women to take control of their lives by focusing on and creating individualized strategies that help women be the best version of themselves through health and wellness.
Kimberly Willis is a fighter! A true warrior with style to match! Being a breast cancer survivor, she is motivated to uplift everyone’s mood through her boutique 49Rose, her book “Walk Through Fire,” and through speaking engagements. She knows life is hard and sometimes we need that reminder to let us know it’s ok to look good and feel good, and to know we are worth fighting for!!!
Educator, Yoga Teacher, and Leader
When I am not teaching yoga, I help teams develop systems, structures, and skills that help improve yoga businesses and teacher trainings.
Author, Speaker, Advocate, Columnist
Cazandra Campos-MacDonald is not living the life she expected. From Texas to New Mexico and back to Texas (by three tenths of a mile over the border), she is raising two sons with Severe hemophilia with the love of her life, Joe. A former middle school band director turned healthcare advocate turned blogger, columnist, speaker and author, she is currently a graduate student at the Iliff School of Theology and is on the track for ordination in the United Methodist Church. This is a far cry from retiring as a band director.
Her journey into the world of a rare bleeding disorder has taken her to places she never imagined from living in 100% Houston humidity to the desert of New Mexico, changing careers, becoming the pastor’s wife and living her life passionately speaking to others across the country with chronic illnesses and imparting words of hope and encouragement. Her life is not what she imagined, it’s infinitely better.
Leadership & Career Coach
I consider myself a woman of the world, I have lived in numerous countries and I am passionate about travel. Currently, I’m working with leaders with international responsabilities and clients from different nationalities in their professional journey, developing their personal and leadership skills. Cross-Cultural and career transition have been also a significant part of her coaching and she has been engaged with the international community in Michigan offering powerful and transformative workshops.
Jennifer, based in St. Clair Shores, Michigan and has been a small business entrepreneur for over 36 years, has overseen the development and growth of a multi-million dollar organization, is a Certified Holistic Life Coach, and proud member of ICF Michigan (International Coaching Federation) offering guidance and support in creating the things you are seeking.
Jennifer truly enjoys sharing the tools and techniques that have helped her run her business and navigate her personal life with more grace and ease.
Health & Wellness Consultant
Lindsay Madison is an Arbonne consultant and Yoga Instructor working virtually from Detroit, Michigan. After a freak illness left her with partial hearing loss in her early 20’s she committed to learning how to live a healthy life, with balance. Partnering with Arbonne International to use and recommend clean vegan products she was able to transition out of a career in corporate America and found Visions Incorporated. Lindsay now mentors others to make clean, healthy, sustainable changes so they too can be the best version of themselves possible!
Social Media Marketer
We’re an expert Social Media Marketing company who makes our clients vision a reality. With years of professional experience, we take a no nonsense approach to marketing.
**No filler or fluff**
Meaning no one-size-fits-all packages that are loaded with things that you may not even need.
Band going on tour or putting out a new release? Artist preparing for a big exhibit/showing?
We do limited time work for artists/musicians as well! Our staff collectively has 30 years of experience in the entertainment business and the owner is a musician as well.
We customize each package to what our clients need!
We LOVE taking the journey with business owners, helping to make all of their hard work a reality.
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Lifelong Learning Consultant
I started Something New LLC after years of implementing a “Do Something New & Fulfilling, Every Month” goal. My social venture provides a path for those who are ready for the opportunity to participate in ongoing new experiences. I build a bridge between adventure, lifelong learning, and stress relief/self-care. I conduct interactive workshops, host “bucket list” style experiences, and am a speaker/author.
Epilepsy Patient Advocate
I blog about my life with epilepsy to educate and support new patients. I also advocate on a national level to collaborate with healthcare organizations to keep the patient at the center of healthcare and to provide better outcomes.
Hi I’m Mary Catalogna, I help working moms who struggle to balance “all things” while managing through the high expectations of life. I give them tools on how to reduce the overwhelm so they can focus on their priorities like self care, raising awesome kids and providing high value and influence.
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