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The Power of Collaborating Women.

The Power of Collaborating Women.

December 2, 2021


Amy Evans founded AlignWomen® because she wanted something different than traditional networking, something that was more intentional and was focused on increasing revenue for her health insurance agency. She also wanted a place where she and her female colleagues felt like they fit in, held a seat at the table and had a voice. She started the first Networking Mastermind in 2019 and began hosting The AlignWomen® Podcast later that year. Amy is passionate about empowering professional women to network more effectively.


Amy has more than 20 years of experience in the insurance industry simplifying employee benefits for employers and their employees. In October 2021, her insurance agency was acquired by Shorepoint Insurance Services, an Acrisure Agency partner, and is now operating under the Shorepoint name. As an Associate Vice President with Shorepoint, Amy continues to work with employers to help them navigate the complex world of employee benefits, business insurance and risk management.


Amy is a frequent speaker, writer, podcast guest and social media participant and you can find her engaging regularly on a variety of topics including health insurance issues, entrepreneurship, social media strategies, women’s empowerment and networking with intention.

Tough Skin, Soft Heart

Tough Skin, Soft Heart

November 9, 2021


Shannon Cohen is the founder and CEO of Shannon Cohen, Inc. -- a boutique firm with a mighty imprint and reputation for excellence. Shannon specializes in developing customized emotional intelligence, equity, and wellness colloqui for organizations across diverse sectors and industries. Her clients include: Electronic Arts [EA], The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, Steelcase, Henry Ford Health System, United Way, The American Heart Association, Steelcase, The University of Michigan, The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Gentex Corporation, Grace Hopper --; The Urban Core Collective, and Bissell. Using a head+heart approach, Shannon excels in engaging change agents in transparent conversations about the unspoken truths of leadership and self-care to nurture longevity in leadership. Shannon doesn’t just ‘speak’ to leaders; she speaks ‘into’ the lives of leaders. Shannon is an author, podcaster, and owner of an inspirational product line called Tough Skin, Soft Heart. Her Tough Skin, Soft Heart products are available at retailers across the country. Her #ToughSkinSoftHeart podcast is in its 2nd season and reaches subscribers in 12 countries with weekly grab-and-go inspiration + strategy for difference makers. Her 2nd book, “It’s Normal to Shake as You Soar” was released in October 2020. In February 2021, Shannon’s signature brand of greeting cards debuted at 1750+ Target stores nationwide via a partnership with American Greetings. In June 2021, Shannon’s products expanded into 200+ Meijer stores nationwide. Shannon is respected and renowned for empowering organizations to integrate innovation, research, emerging trends, and creativity to cultivate continuous improvement and spur ongoing learning. Shannon is the Founder of the global Rockstar Woman Brunch Experience, serving 600 women throughout the U.S and Canada annually. In November 2020, Shannon was named one of the 200 Most Powerful Business Leaders in West Michigan. Shannon is the 2020 YWCA Tribute Award recipient and was named one of the 2020 and 2018 50 Most Influential Women in West Michigan by the Grand Rapids Business Journal. Shannon is an alumnus of the prestigious W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Leadership Network Fellowship and adjunct professor in the Grand Valley State University College of Community and Public Service. Shannon has authored two books, “It’s Normal to Shake as You Soar” [2020] and “Tough Skin, Soft Heart: A Leadership Guide to Growing Stronger, Better, and Wiser” [2018]. Shannon is also co-founder of Sisters Who Lead, [] a regional talent and wellness affinity movement designed to advance the well-being and career mobility of women of color to executive leadership. Shannon has co-authored two regional workplace climate studies entitled: “Invisible Walls, Ceilings, and Floors: Championing the Voices and Inclusion of Female Leaders of Color in West Michigan” and “From Knowing Better to Doing Better: Closing the Opportunity Gap for Women of Color in the Workplace through Transformed Systems Behavior”. Learn more about Shannon at:

Changing the Face of Education

Changing the Face of Education

October 19, 2021


Mrs. Evelyn Shaw Corley (Mrs. Evelyn Educates) is a visionary leader in the world of international education. She is an advocate for diversity, mental health, and equity in education. She is changing the face of education through 1:1 and small group teaching in which every learner is guided by a compassionate teacher mentor. She believes that all humans are beautifully designed and created with gifts and talents to share with the world. 


Currently, she serves as the CEO and Founder for both Mrs. Evelyn International Academy and Evelyn Educates Tutoring.


She began teaching in 2005 after attending The University of Georgia and obtaining a degree in Middle School Education. Her teaching experiences span from elementary school through high school, and she has stories of immense joy and tremendous pain. Her Masters of Education is from LaGrange College where she studied Curriculum and Instruction. After teaching for over ten years, Evelyn felt emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually drained. She began changing her life and coming into her own through starting small through tutoring and homeschooling her friends' children and teens 1:1 and in small groups. Her passion turned into an empire, and she now leads a team of loving, diverse teachers throughout the United States. 



Mrs. Evelyn has strong opinions about growing up, real feelings, embracing diversity, advocating for youth and mental health, and she also has a passion for music and the arts.


She is a believer that if what you wish to be does not exist, create it. Let us not complain; let us build our visions into reality.


Mrs. Evelyn appreciates and embraces your thoughts and opinions and looks forward to connecting with you. She believes the world is our beautiful, magical home filled with glorious, varying feelings and perspectives, and she serves with open arms and love in her heart.

Unmute Yourself: Elevating Your Confidence, Courage + Career

Unmute Yourself: Elevating Your Confidence, Courage + Career

October 5, 2021


Rachel Druckenmiller, MS - Founder, Speaker & Facilitator at UNMUTED


Rachel is on a mission to humanize the workplace by igniting resilience, connection, engagement and compassion in organizations, associations and their leaders and teams. Recognized as the #1 Health Promotion Professional in the U.S. in 2015, a 40 Under 40 Game Changer in 2019, and one of The Daily Record’s Leading Women of 2020, Rachel is a national thought leader in the field of wellbeing and employee engagement. 


Known for her refreshing, dynamic and relatable approach, she has reached tens of thousands of people through her in-person and virtual learning experiences as a keynote speaker, workshop facilitator and leadership trainer. Rachel has worked with organizations like Citizens Bank, Adventist Health, Deloitte, Sherwin-Williams, and the American Heart Association. Her work has been published on Thrive Global and mindbodygreen.


Rachel has a Master’s degree in Health Science and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and is a Licensed Thriving Workplace Culture Coach and Health Coach. She is also a Founding Member of the international nonprofit, Global Women 4 Wellbeing (GW4W).

A SPECIAL RELEASE with guest Heather Monahan, Overcoming Your Villains

A SPECIAL RELEASE with guest Heather Monahan, Overcoming Your Villains

September 28, 2021


Heather Monahan is a best-selling author, keynote speaker, entrepreneur and founder of Boss In Heels. Having successfully climbed the corporate ladder for nearly 20 years, Heather Monahan is one of the few women to break the glass ceiling and claim her spot in the C-suite. As a Chief Revenue Officer in Media, Heather Monahan is a Glass Ceiling Award winner, named one of the most Influential Women in Radio in 2017 and Thrive Global named her a Limit Breaking Female Founder in 2018.  


Heather’s new book Confidence Creator shot to #1 on Amazon’s Business Biographies and Business Motivation lists the first week it debuted on Amazon. Heather is a confidence expert and is currently working with Fortune 500 companies and professional sports to develop confidence in the workplace and on the court. She’s also a member of Florida International University’s Advisory Council to further serve as a mentor and leader in the South Florida Community.  Heather and her son Dylan reside in Miami. 

Courageous Leadership

Courageous Leadership

September 21, 2021


Cindy Solomon is an internationally recognized speaker, author and consultant who helps organizations build courageous leaders and employees. As the Founder of the Courageous Leadership Institute, Cindy and her team of global facilitators arm organizations with the skills they need to meet any disruption. You can learn more about Cindy and her programs at

”T- Moments” and the most important thing in the process:

”T- Moments” and the most important thing in the process:

September 13, 2021


Robin Edgar shares how her journey as a financial advisor started as a single mother and how she used that experience to build a company that helps people from where they are right now in their overall wealth strategy process. She discusses the importance of financial preparation in every family and business to overcome the "T- Moments" and the most important thing in the process: Confidence. “If we can create the confidence people need to make the next right decision, it changes everything.” Robin Edgar is a Financial Advisor and owner of the Wealth Progression Group, a full-service brokerage office. She’s been an independent financial advisor for over 30 years and specializes in helping individuals and companies with all of their financial goals and needs. The Wealth Progression Group uses a wide variety of financial investments to help individuals, families and business owners to set goals and pursue financial security in every stage of their life. “I have significant experience in working with all types of clients and advanced planning tools. I focus on helping you build a trusted advisor team to allow you the confidence to know you are prepared for today, tomorrow and your legacy.” 

Strong for Performance

Strong for Performance

August 31, 2021


Meredith Bell is co-founder and President of Performance Support Systems, a global software company providing assessment and development tools for the workplace. Their award-winning software and books guide leaders and team members to make the shift from KNOWING to DOING. The result is permanent improvements in the way people interact with each other at work. Meredith is an expert in leader and team communications, the author of two books, and the host of the Strong for Performance podcast. She has worked with thousands of business leaders, Human Resources professionals, and Learning & Development executives to successfully implement her company’s tools. Meredith co-authored her latest book, Connect with Your Team: Mastering the Top 10 Communication Skills, with her business partner, Dr. Dennis Coates. In it, Meredith and Denny provide a step-by-step how-to guide for improving communication at work.

How to use emotional intelligence to maintain spark in your life and your career.

How to use emotional intelligence to maintain spark in your life and your career.

August 17, 2021


For more than a decade, Lauren Moffatt has been providing executive coaching, human resources consulting and leadership development programs for individuals and organizations in Central Indiana. 


Through her leadership as Vice President of Human Resources at Public Safety Medical in Indianapolis, Lauren developed diverse teams, guided strategic planning and helped cultivate a strong, award winning corporate culture. She also earned extensive HR certifications while in that role, including PHR, SHRM-CP and a PCC in Executive Coaching through the Townsend Institute.


Now, Lauren is the President of Spark HR. She holds multiple certifications including PHR, SHRM-CP and a PCC in Executive Coaching through the Townsend Institute. Lauren is also certified in the EQi 2.0, an Emotional Intelligence assessment. Her work focuses on executives in career transition and HR professionals to support their growth as leaders in their field. 


Lauren is a sought-after expert on topics related to leadership, Emotional Intelligence, human resources and personal development. She is also a TLP (Townsend Leadership Program) Director.

How mentorship alliances can impact and  influence your life.

How mentorship alliances can impact and influence your life.

August 3, 2021


Mary Poppell is the Team Leader & CEO at Keller Williams Indy Metro North in Indiana. Mary is a licensed Realtor and majority Franchise Owner, is a Certified Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), a Continuing Education Instructor for real estate in Indiana, and is DISC certified. She is also a KW University Worldwide instructor. In the 7 years since joining Keller Williams as Team Leader in 2014, Mary has recruited 460 agents to the market center and sustains an average of 17% annual increase in closed units and an average of 26% annual increase in closed volume year over year. Mary is passionate about mindset, inspiring and leading agents to grow their businesses with leverage, and creating millionaires through real estate businesses, investment portfolios, adding joint ventures, and profit share. Mary is grateful for her mentors, both multi-millionaires who lead with servant hearts, and her ability in turn to mentor others to discover their true potential and effectively be a catalyst of positive change and love, with JOY.

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