WLC 2017: Real World Perspectives From Local Women Leaders
Recorded On: 06/26/2017
In the U.S. today, executives continue to highlight the issues and challenges women still face in today’s workplace. But how do some of the most prominent and successful female professionals in Arizona feel about these issues? What do they see as women’s greatest challenges and opportunities in today’s workplace? And how have they seen this landscape change (or not change) throughout their careers? Benefit from the experiences and insights of these amazing female leaders including Karie Cowden, Cherryl Pressley, Marlene Seitz. These speakers will share openly with you about earning a top job, while enjoying the journey but also their challenges and successes while rising to the top.
Founder and President
Karie Cowden is President and Founder of Connect the Dots Promotions, LLC based in Phoenix, AZ. She has spent over 20 years working in the promotional products world and continues to learn more every day and enjoys it immensely. Her favorite promotional item for 2017 is the jar gripper because everything old becomes new again! Hired by Laura Holt of Holt Marketing as a sales support staffer she fell in love with this village. In 1998 Karie moved to Los Angeles to work for Barlow selling knives and lighters. In 2000 she moved back to AZ and took on a sales manager position with Vantage Custom Classics. In 2003 Karie wanted to settle down and was hired by Team Shop Premiums to go back on the distributor side and took on sports marketing. In 2008 she took a leap of faith and started Connect the Dots Promotions and moved back into the corporate world. Karie currently serves as the Chair of the Small Business Leadership Council through the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce. She spends any time left over volunteering for UMOM, a shelter that serves families experiencing homelessness.
Worldwide Support Engineering Leader
Cherryl is the Worldwide Support Engineering Leader for our global Dynamics business in the Consumer & Enterprise Support Business Unit within Customer Service & Support at Microsoft corporation. Previously, she was a Senior Director of the SMS&P and Dynamics support business for the Americas time zone. Cherryl has held several roles at Microsoft, initially focusing on enabling partners to grow their Microsoft Dynamics practices. Since that original role, Cherryl has taken on increasingly strategic responsibilities within the company, including leading a team of Dynamics line of business sellers, and managing the Microsoft relationship for Insight Enterprises, a strategic global Microsoft reseller responsible for over $2.6 billion in annual Microsoft software sales. Prior to joining Microsoft, Cherryl held various technology positions, ultimately leading up to ownership of her own Dynamics services and staffing business. Throughout her career Cherryl has been a staunch advocate for customers and partners. Cherryl holds degrees in Economics and Computer Science and resides in Scottsdale with her husband Scott. She enjoys an active lifestyle and fills her spare time with biking, golfing, and hiking. In addition, she is passionate about giving back and supports various organizations, particularly those related to women and the support of individuals with autism.
Marlene takes on the lead medical design role at triARC architecture & design, llc. She received a Bachelors of Architecture from Ball State University however it was while obtaining her Masters of Architecture with a specialization in Architecture + Health from Clemson University where she followed her passion. This educational experience along with 20 years of practical experience in the Phoenix market has established Marlene as triARC’s “healthcare guru.” Marlene oversees the production of all architectural projects which includes implementation of office standards and integration of her knowledge of healthcare practices. Her strong working relationship with clients, consultants, and vendors creates successful projects. She is focused on planning state of the art, technology driven healthcare environments while fully integrating patient comfort. Marlene’s primary role as a business owner is Integrator and Project Controls. Her knowledge of business along with her healthcare background gives a unique perspective to the project and benefit to clients. Outside of triARC Marlene is involved with the AIA Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) and is currently the Chair of the Arthur P Tuttle Fellowship Committee. She has been a member of CASHE for seven years, serving for two years on the CASHE Membership Committee, a Board Member as Secretary in 2012, Treasurer from 2013-2015 and Hospitality Chair in 2016. She is also very active outside the industry volunteering with UMOM, a local homeless shelter.