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C-Sweet Talks

Dianne Gubin and Beth Hilbing

C-Sweet™ Talks takes you inside the most interesting businesses and industries today and explores strategies for career success. Hosts Beth and Dianne have navigated C-Suites and board rooms throughout their careers, and are now giving insider advice for executive and entrepreneurial women to make a difference in theirs. C-Sweet™ is an international professional association for women focusing on access to all levels of career opportunities for YOU and others, the creation of diverse networks where women consciously choose to work with each other, and how all can take on the executive glass ceiling. For more visit: https://www.csweet.org/

S2:E7 Meryl Macklin & Sharon Weiss- Partners, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
Jun 24 2022
S2:E7 Meryl Macklin & Sharon Weiss- Partners, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
About Meryl Macklin:Meryl Macklin is a trial lawyer with over 30 years of experience trying and resolving complex business disputes. Meryl has served as lead trial counsel for clients ranging from major corporations to small startups in dozens of high-exposure cases in state and federal courts around the country, and regularly practices in both Northern and Southern California.Meryl’s trial experience has enabled her to develop targeted litigation strategies even when handling cases likely to settle, avoiding unnecessary and costly motion and discovery practice where possible. Her practice focuses not only on defending companies in litigation but also on counseling clients on ways to quickly resolve disputes. She is a strong team leader, with proven success partnering with clients and other professionals to accomplish results.Ms. Macklin is a member of the Northern District of California Mediation Panel and serves as mediator for all types of commercial disputes. She attended mediation training at the Harvard Negotiation Project. About Sharon Weiss:Sharon Weiss brings an exceptional breadth of local, state, and national level bankruptcy community ties to her insolvency practice. Through these substantive relationships, including those with co-counsel, adversaries, and clients, Ms. Weiss has attained a base of experience from which she serves as a true client advocate. She offers her clients the personal attention and warmth of her small firm background combined with the added benefits of the firm’s wide array of department resources.Ms. Weiss was recognized as one of the “Top Women Lawyers” in California by the Daily Journal in 2013 and as a notable practitioner in Chambers USA since 2012 in the California bankruptcy and restructuring practice area. She frequently speaks on panels regarding insolvency-related topics. Ms. Weiss has organized dozens of programs and panels and delivered presentations to industry groups such as the California Society of CPAs and The Alternative Board. She is also invited annually to speak to the Women in the Law Seminar Class at Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles, California.
S2:E2 Kim Kaselionis and Pam Lauper, Managing Directors, Destined
Mar 3 2022
S2:E2 Kim Kaselionis and Pam Lauper, Managing Directors, Destined
Dianne and Beth interview Kim Kaselionis and Pamela Lauper of Destined. The Destined team guides middle-market businesses through internal transitions or external sales every step of the way. We understand that change, whether planned or unplanned, can leave a business owner feeling a range of emotions. Our process will bring your vision to light as we work together to implement, or navigate, the change that’s needed to achieve your unique business goals.  Pamela Lauper, Managing Director Former health care and insurance executive who brings over 30 years of expertise in building and implementing strategies that support revenue growth, organizational effectiveness, and high performing cultures, with a recent focus in M&A. Her mission is to help business owners achieve their life’s goals through developing and implementing a strategic plan on their journey to eventual exit or transition. Kim Kaselionis, Managing Director Kim has been supporting entrepreneurs and her local community for over 25 years. She understands that entrepreneurship is vital to continued local, regional, and national economic health. And as the CEO at Circle Bank, Kim had a direct impact on the Bay Area community she served. Using her keen analysis and leadership skills, she turned the once failed bank into a category leader then onto a successful exit. Continuing her mission to increase access to capital for privately held businesses, she created the first hybrid-crowdfunding loan program which combined equity crowdfunding with traditional bank financing. At Destined, Kim continues to advocate for entrepreneurs, their daily sacrifices and their unwavering commitment inspire her to seek solutions to support their success and to achieve their legacy
S2:E1 Beverly Behan- President, Board Advisor LLC and Author
Feb 1 2022
S2:E1 Beverly Behan- President, Board Advisor LLC and Author
Beverly Behan has worked with nearly 200 Boards of Directors in the United States, Canada, and around the world over the past 25 years. Her clients are primarily boards of listed public companies in the S&P1500 but range from F100s to recent IPOs. She is the author of Great Companies Deserve Great Boards, which was named Governance Book of the Year in 2012, and the newly published Board & Director Evaluations (August 2021), Amazon's #1 New Release in the field of Corporate Governance.Beverly's focus is on creating truly great boards - boards that are a genuine asset to the companies they govern rather than merely compliant with regulatory requirements and best practices. Her clients are generally Board Chairs, Lead Directors, and CEOs that want to take their board to the top of its game - and keep it there.Beverly's recent books include: Becoming a Boardroom Star and New CEOs and Boards: How to Build a Great Board Relationship and a Great Board.  Her classic best-seller, Great Companies Deserve Great Boards, has also been re-released. She recently created several online workshops now available worldwide: Becoming a Boardroom Star, Innovations in Board-Building, and CEO Succession Planning.Beverly is a frequent speaker at board conferences and private board workshops and is often quoted on board issues in major business publications including Corporate Board Member, BusinessWeek, the Wall Street Journal, and others. She is a frequent contributor of thought-leadership in the area of board effectiveness and CEO succession planning. She can be reached through her website: www.boardadvisor.net.
S1:E13 Pamela Bowen- COO, Eminence MSO
Sep 23 2021
S1:E13 Pamela Bowen- COO, Eminence MSO
Pamela Bowen has more than 20 years of experience leading technology innovation in high-growth business environments. Pamela’s expertise spans the retail, health care, transportation, and financial services industries, with emphasis on operational transformation and systems interoperability within health care. Pamela has previously served as Chief Information Officer for Best Buy Corporation and Crescent Health Care (a home infusion therapy company acquired by Walgreens) and has been nationally recognized for her accomplishments in health care innovation through cloud services. Pamela is regularly called upon to assist with large-scale contract negotiations, having successfully created partnerships with companies such as IBM, Epic, McKesson, Cerner, HealthPartners, United Health Care, and Heritage Provider Network. Pamela has directly managed the implementation of operational and strategic programs with budgets ranging from $5 - $50MM and teams of 15 to 400. She has directed end-to-end systems replacement efforts within a 24/7 patient care environment, and she has negotiated systems compliance with over 2,000 independent physicians and over 4,000 hospital-based clinical team members. Pamela has held senior leadership roles within hospital and health care systems and has served as HIPAA Compliance Officer for two organizations. She remains an expert in HIPAA compliance and regularly assists clients with adherence to HIPAA-related agreements and processes. Pamela currently serves as an adviser to growth companies in the disciplines of cloud technology, business, and technology strategy, operations management, project management, and executive leadership.
1. C-Sweet AFTER DARK- Nita Mortiz & Maria Malavenda
Sep 8 2021
1. C-Sweet AFTER DARK- Nita Mortiz & Maria Malavenda
C-Sweet After Dark is a bold, unfiltered conversation from executive-level women, served on the rocks! On this premiere episode of this new rendition of the podcast, Beth and Dianne chat with Nita Moritz and Maria Malavenda- going over topics ranging from the worst boss they have ever had to fictional names NSFW!About the Guests:Nita MoritzNita Moritz is the Chief Executive Officer of Kova International, Inc. She joined Kova International in 2013 during the carve out of the entity from its parent.  She has also held positions of Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer at Kova International. Prior to joining Kova International Nita Moritz held various positions at companies such as PricewaterhouseCoopers, The Coca Cola Company, Sprint PCS, James Hardie Industries and Generali Insurance both in the US and internationally. Ms. Moritz holds Bachelor of Science degrees in both Accounting and Finance, and an MBA in Finance.  She is also a Certified Public Accountant.Maria MalavendaMaria Malavenda is a transformative leader in Los Angeles who drives innovation by understanding customers deeply and leading through empathy. She is a serial entre/intrapreneur, building successful initiatives at ZoomInfo, Monster, Deloitte, Accenture and Johnson & Johnson. She is currently Managing Partner at KOL Ventures, investing in startups with products or services to expand women's power and influence. This includes health, consumer products, and technology. Prior to KOL, Malavenda founded EVVEMI, the first ever data-driven care management platform for beauty and wellness which exited to Unilever.  Malavenda catalyzed several award-winning high-growth ventures in healthcare, consumer products and technology – including companies acquired by Microsoft, Bosch and IMG. She has raised more than $4 billion in seed, venture capital, Private Equity, IPO and post IPO financings’ and achieved considerable returns for investors. In addition to Malavenda’s career success, she continues to provide her thought leadership as an advocate and mentor for women and serves as a board member for Planned Parenthood and Partner’s Healthcare Innovation.
S1:E12 Maria Malavenda- Partner, KOL Inc
Aug 25 2021
S1:E12 Maria Malavenda- Partner, KOL Inc
Maria Malavenda is a transformative leader in Los Angeles who drives innovation by understanding customers deeply and leading through empathy. She is a serial entre/intrapreneur, building successful initiatives at ZoomInfo, Monster, Deloitte, Accenture, and Johnson & Johnson. She is currently Managing Partner at KOL Ventures, investing in startups with products or services to expand women's power and influence. This includes health, consumer products, and technology. Prior to KOL, Malavenda founded EVVEMI, the first-ever data-driven care management platform for beauty and wellness which exited to Unilever.Malavenda has conducted her career as a strategy and corporate development executive, architecting successful acquisitions, mergers, and exits with the most recent being VP, Strategy & Corporate Development for ZoomInfo. During her tenure, she solidified various strategic partnerships that later led to successful acquisitions (NeverBounce, Komiko, EverString, Datanyze, Clickagy) and positioned ZoomInfo to become one of the most successful IPOs in 2020 out of COVID, performing at 52 percent above market expectations with a valuation of $17 billion.Malavenda catalyzed several award-winning high-growth ventures in healthcare, consumer products, and technology – including companies acquired by Microsoft, Bosch, and IMG. She has raised more than $4 billion in seed, venture capital, Private Equity, IPO, and post IPO financings’ and achieved considerable returns for investors. In addition to Malavenda’s career success, she continues to provide her thought leadership as an advocate and mentor for women and serves as a board member for Planned Parenthood and Partner’s Healthcare Innovation.
S1:E10 Ida Starr- Founder and Owner, Chip Financial Inc.
Aug 13 2021
S1:E10 Ida Starr- Founder and Owner, Chip Financial Inc.
Ida Starr is the Founder and Owner of the innovative payment technology company, Chip Financial Inc. With a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management along with a Graduate  Certificate of Applied Project Management (PMP) paired with 30+ years of experience in business and finance, Ida comes with an extensive and impressive background within the industry. This experience gave her important insight into what was working within the industry as well as what was still needed. Over the years, Ida saw a real need for a payment technologies company that could provide valuable services to clients through custom merchant plans designed to continuously improve and complement business workflows.  Chip Financial Inc. utilizes patent-protected payment platforms and proven expertise to serve and provide technology solutions to a variety of audiences including, but not limited to, banks, distribution partners, businesses, and consumers. In addition, the team at Chip Financial Inc. is dedicated to maintaining an adaptable mindset to better serve clients in all industries. They deliver real results through an enhanced end-to-end payment platform merged with financial technology solutions designed according to today’s best practices. Their high-performing and powerful system includes adaptable and flexible features such as embedded digital banking, payment processing, compliance,  and financial control systems.  Operating under the mission of providing a variety of valuable services to assist in streamlining the way businesses process payments, Chip Financial Inc. is committed to giving clients the ability to control their financial ecosystem. Check out these resources for more details about Chip Financial Inc.s’ groundbreaking Digital Banking Platform as well as their innovative Text Pay Solution.
S1:E8 Jill Osur- President and CEO, Teneral Cellars
Jul 14 2021
S1:E8 Jill Osur- President and CEO, Teneral Cellars
Beth and Dianne speak with Jill Osur, President and CEO of Teneral Cellars, a "disruptive", woman-owned wine business that is re-thinking what it means to be a wine brand. As a former collegiate scholarship softball player at the University of California at Berkeley, and a black belt in karate, Jill Osur has been able to combine her passion for sports and competition into a successful and prosperous career as a social entrepreneur. Jill has helped over ten start-ups launch and is a seasoned sales and marketing executive. Jill is a respected author, speaker, and strategist responsible for raising more than $150 million for the Special Olympics. Jill believes as a female business owner that you have to stand up, speak up, and ShoulderUp to support other women and promote equity. Jill was the recipient of a 2012 Bronze Stevie Award for Female Executive of the Year in Consumer Products for up to 2500 employees. Jill was named one of 8 international finalists for a Stevie Award in 2009, an award presented to Women Entrepreneurs in Technology.Teneral Cellars is an entrepreneurial agent for social change. It is a woman-owned and run empowerment community that supports women’s causes and industry inclusion through the production and sale of phenomenal wine. Founded in March 2020 as a purpose-driven brand, it aims to produce incredible wines from sustainably farmed vineyards, curate meaningful experiences, and build a strong community through cause.
S1:E5 Kelly Kovack- Founder and CEO, BeautyMatter
Jun 9 2021
S1:E5 Kelly Kovack- Founder and CEO, BeautyMatter
Dianne and Beth interview Kelly Kovack. Kovack  is the quietly loud renegade of the beauty industry, with 25 years of experience and an ability for intuiting emerging trends. Kovack started her career in beauty as a member of the original executive team of Bliss. As Managing Director of the seminal Bliss catalog and product division, Kovack took on the way women bought beauty. Joining MD Skincare (Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare) in its nascent stage, she was responsible for the foundational branding and marketing strategies that positioned the brand as one of the premier cosmeceutical brands in both the retail and professional arenas. In addition, she launched Dr. Gross’ book Your Future Face, which helped establish him as a leader in the field of dermatology.Kovack launched BeautyMatter in the fall of 2016 with the firm belief that in a fast-moving world, information is knowledge, but context matters. She set out to use her experience building brands and scaling businesses to offer a new perspective and holistic approach to B2B content, filling a void in the beauty industry.As an advisor and strategist, Kelly has consulted dozens of organizations of all sizes, from emerging start-ups to iconic institutions including multibillion-dollar brands like Old Navy, Banana Republic, Procter & Gamble, Estée Lauder, and Mattel, as well as notable independents like Carol’s Daughter, Zirh, MD Solarsciences, LOLI Beauty, One Love Organics, Jimmyjane, and many others. She advises Venture Capital and Private Equity on beauty transactions, and executional and operational strategies.