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 Member Profiles - Vikki Pryor, CEO Extraordinaire
Bucking the Gender Curve

   By: Leah Bourne,  
NAFE member Vikki Pryor was named CEO of the American Red Cross in Greater New York in September 2010. This appointment puts her in charge of organization that serves 9.2 million people and has 9,000 volunteers. She is the first African American woman to head the organization. Pryor told Nafe.com, “I am honored by the opportunity. I couldn’t be more excited begin this new chapter in my career. My priority is to make sure that the region is protected and has the right resources should a disaster happen. It's a challenge that I am ready to take on.” Before joining the American Red Cross Pryor was the President and CEO of SBLI USA Mutual Life Insurance Company, Inc., where she developed a reputation for being a supporter of women’s ...


Featured Articles
The Flood Sisters 
When Jennifer, Cynthia and Heather Flood learned they were not a compatible match for the kidney their father desperately needed, where did they go? To ...
Janice Gallick and CareCircle 
You lose your job in the 9/11 disaster. Within a few short months, your ...
Jane Poynter, Entrepreneur of the Year 
Jane Poynter, NAFE Entrepreneur of the Year Tipping the hat to novelist P.D. James, how’s this for a traditionally “Unsuitable Job for a Woman?” ...

Janet Robinson, Woman of Achievement  
  2009 NAFE Women of Excellence
Meet our 2009 NAFE Woman of Achievement! For many years, NAFE has admired Janet L. Robinson as she has expanded opportunities for women at The New York Times Company while serving as its first woman president and CEO. But what a time to be responsible for a company with 2008 revenues of $2.9B that includes the world’s most prestigious newspaper ...

She DOES Do Windows! 
  This Entrepreneur Turned Clean Into Cash
NAFE member Janet Ferrari is the proud owner of Professional Window Washing in Manhattan Beach, California. She started her business by strapping a ladder to the roof of her aging Toyota Corolla and passing out fliers door to door. Six years later, Janet’s business has grown from a one-woman operation with $20,000 in annual sales to a three-person enterprise ...

Bianca Langier Griggs  
  Building businesses comes naturally to this Berlin-born NAFE member.
When Bianca Langier Griggs came to New York from her native Germany as an au pair in 1986 she never dreamed that someday she’d be an entrepreneur-cum-activist in a small town in northwest Connecticut. But today this passionate 41-year-old is both a business owner and an advocate for local businesses in West Cornwall. “We have a community that’s falling ...

Barbara Kasoff  
  Barbara Kasoff knew women needed a voice in politics. So she did something about it.
In the 1990s, entrepreneur Barbara Kasoff was running three successful companies—two Voice-Tel franchises in Michigan and her own startup, Voice Response Corporation—when she realized there was something over which she had no control. "Laws and regulations were affecting my companies every day," says Kasoff. "But I wasn't a lobbyist, I wasn't a legislator. How could I change unfair legislation ...

Laura Jorge 
  Meet Laura Jorge
Laura Jorge is the new membership chair for the Beverly Hills Mixer and an entrepreneur who runs internet-based businesses, which includes E-Bay auctions, jewelry for every occasion, phone service via the internet and other ventures.  Presently Laura is working on a new project together with some talented designers to create unique plus sizes garments that will range from casual comfortable, casual elegant ...

Kara Adams 
  Meet Kara Adams, New Director of Moreno Valley For You/NAFE Network
Kara Adams is a real estate entrepreneur whose passion is helping people navigate the process of buying and selling property. Known for her integrity and enthusiasm, she adds confidence and comfort to her clients' experience. These qualities have brought her quick success in the industry. In less than one year, she became the top producer in her office, pushing them ...

Ruth Ehrlich 
  Ruth Erlich
Ruth Ehrlich is Director of Human Resources for Presidential Financial, a lender of working capital to early-stage, turn-around and high-growth businesses, as well as healthcare providers, that have revenues of up to $20 million. In addition to human resources policy and employee benefits, Ehrlich is responsible for hiring professionals who understand evolving businesses.   Presidential specializes in financing ...

Robbie Motter 
"It's all about showing up," is the first thing Robbie Motter tells anyone who asks her how to succeed. The mantra suits Motter, who shows up in many places in many capacities—serving as NAFE's Western regional coordinator, the founder of Contacts Unlimited, a regular co-host of television and radio shows, a marketing columnist, and a mother of three, among her other roles. Her whirlwind lifestyle began ...

Genma Holmes 
  Fashion model turned exterminator Genma Holmes debugs pest control.
Genma Stringer Holmes is a model, actress, homeschooler of three children—and an exterminator. "My goal is to make pest control glamorous," says Holmes, who exudes unbounded enthusiasm for everything she does, including promoting both her company and diversity in the white-male-dominated pest control industry. To win press, Holmes carefully catalogued articles in a leading trade magazine, then phoned the publisher and said, "There are 32 ...

Terilee Harrison 
  Terilee Harrison left corporate America to be a mompreneur
How does a risk-averse working mom make the entrepreneurial leap? Very slowly, says Terilee Harrison, who worked as a commercial credit manager for 20 years before making what the author and radio show host refers to as "the big jump" from corporate security to entrepreneurship. And even then it took a push from a former boss to prompt the move. ...

Maria Otero 
  Maria Otero founded the Women's Venture Fund to help disadvantaged women start businesses and climb out of poverty.
Shortly after 9/11, six of the seven stores around entrepreneur Jackie Sencion's lower Manhattan retail and design dress shop, La Lumia, had closed. Sencion's dream was on the verge of evaporating when help arrived in the form of a small business recovery investment from the Women's Venture Fund (WVF) that got her back on her feet. Maria Otero founded WVF ...


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