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The Advantage Newsletter - CBIZ Women's Advantage Summer 2013
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The Advantage Newsletter - CBIZ Women's Advantage Summer 2013

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The summer issue of "The Advantage" - a newsletter dedicated to professional women development. …

The summer issue of "The Advantage" - a newsletter dedicated to professional women development.

CBIZ Women's Advantage celebrates the uniqueness of the woman business professional. Internally, we direct the development of our women professionals through focused leadership, mentoring, networking and professional development programs. Externally, we provide women decision makers access to a network of highly skilled, seasoned, professional women to assist their every business need. We are "CBIZ Women Helping Women Succeed in Business."

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  1. “CBIZ Women Helping Women Succeed in Business”Avoid a Career CapsizePage 2CWA Snaps!Page 2CBIZ MemphisCreates Back-to-BackCWA BuzzPage 3Maximizing YourProfessional WardrobePage 3The CWA SpotlightPage 4CWA Book ClubsPage 4InsideThis IssueIt’s easy to see why Rick Jenson, CBIZValuations Group, Dallas, thought StefanieCavanaugh was an outstanding candidate for thisedition of the CWA Client Spotlight.Stefanie, Senior Vice President of HardenHealthcare, an ancillary services organizationspecializing in senior care, is passionate aboutgiving back and empow-ering women in the finan-cial arena. As a teenager,she joined her mother asa volunteer at the SanAntonio Women’s CreditUnion (SAWCU), an orga-nization designed to helpwomen establish andgain credit. She kept thebooks and learned thefinancial operations ofthe organization. “I developed my love for financeduring those early years and found my first CPAmentor at SAWCU. I watched an amazing groupof professional women help their sisters gainfinancial independence,” commented Stefanie.After college and five years in public accounting,she joined the San Antonio Symphony as CFO.Thriving in the small environment, Stefaniegained experience in all facets of managing thefinancial operations. She spent 10 years atEncore Medical Corporation as the Controller,learning about health care finance and the medi-cal device industry and helped lead the organiza-tion through rapid growth in revenue — $35 mil-lion to almost $1 billion. Sarbanes Oxley becameeffective and increased the demands on publiccompanies dramatically. Both these changesmeant growth for Stefanie and her team. She- See Stefanie Cavanaugh on page 4Stefanie CavanaughAdvantageTheSummer 2013CBIZWomen’sAdvantageChampions of CWAStefanie Cavanaugh: Empowering WomenThe Executive Board for CBIZ Women’sAdvantage held its annual meeting in April.Finding a date to convene this group of womenleaders is always a huge challenge. In addition totime constraints, I ask them to take two daysaway from their demanding “day jobs” to thinkabout CWA. As a board, we challenge theProgram’s mission and goals to find new ways togrow and develop CBIZ women, identify ways tostrategically position our women and the CBIZbrand externally, and create plans to continueour business development programs.These women could choose to skip our meetings,but they don’t. They have a passion for CWA andare truly committed. In mylast column I gave a shoutout to Steve Gerard, ourCEO and #1 Champion, butthese 22 women are theother #1 Champions ofCWA! Our women’sProgram has receivednational recognition andcelebrated many success-es. To sustain its strengthand positive impact on our Company, I am askingall of our business leaders to escalate your sup-port and engagement in CWA’s success. – Nancy Mellard, CWA National LeaderNancy Mellard
  2. CBIZ Women’s Advantage Summer 20132As you navigate the treacherous waters of acareer, there are many tributaries you mayfollow. Not just one route can be consideredthe magic route to success; however, under-standing some of the common mistakesmade by women in middle managementroles may help you avoid making them inyour own career.First, women in this role are notorious forbecoming so indispensible in their currentjob they fall prey to being land-locked inthat role — placing unanticipated, but natu-ral, road blocks for promotional opportuni-ties and lateral moves. Sometimes becom-ing an expert in a certain functional disci-pline is actually a detriment whereby super-visors can’t fathom losing the skills theexpert possesses.Another common mistake is the failure todevelop broad-based internal relationshipsacross the organization. Don’t limit your-self! Hang out with the girls, pal aroundwith the guys and expand your scope ofrelationships outside of your department.Manage your individual brand by getting toknow the people down the hall or eatinglunch with a different set of colleagues.Participating in such activities will enhanceyour internal relationship building.Finally, many women managers find them-selves trapped in the balancing act betweenprofessional and personal life. Take theexample of a first time supervisor who isalso a new mom — the pressures are diffi-cult to manage. The mistake is trying topower through the obstacles without seekingadvice or communicating with your work-place constituencies. Superwomen is agreat title, but hard to pull off.To avoid these mistakes, you must be pro-active and self-aware. Identify a diverseset of mentors and communicate often.Craft a personal development plan withyour unit’s HR resource, and create anopen dialogue with superiors, peers, andsubordinates to assure all understandmotivations, actions, and pressures thatare generally felt by others.Plus, remember we all make mistakes.The key is to learn from others who havepreceded you. Women Middle Managers: Avoid CareerCapsizing Mistakesby Jay Meschke, President, CBIZ Human Capital Services & EFL Associates, Kansas CityCurrent and retiring members of the CWAExecutive Board welcomed seven new membersat their annual meeting in San Diego in April.Front Row (l-r): Laura Day, Lisa Larson, KarenClark, Robin Widdis, Cindy Rosenberg, BrendaPiazza, Kelly Davies, Kathy Fratantoni, Mary KayGriffith, Karen Grasso, Terri BurBack Row (l-r): Pattie Stahm, Lori Novickis,Kelly Wilborn, Jan Asnicar, Nancy Mellard, DebBusch, Linda Lauer, Jennifer Gray, Becky Vidal,Sunny ClaggettNot pictured: Cheryl Calhoun, Connie Chiara,Kelly O’Neil, Nancy ThompsonCWA Adds New MembersCWA Snaps!CWA Executive Board memberBrenda Piazza, CBIZ MHM, SanDiego, was nominated for thePinnacle Award sponsored by Athenaof San Diego recognizing women,men and companies/organizationsthat support, encourage andadvance high-level opportunities forwomen in specific fields.Snaps to Megan Murdock, CBIZMHM, Memphis, who was named aMemphis “Woman to Watch” by TheCommercial Appeal.Zandra O’Keefe, CBIZ MHM,Phoenix, was nominated in ArizonaBusiness magazine as one of the“50 Most Influential Women inArizona Business.”Sunny Claggett’s, CBIZ, Corporate,comments were featured in the arti-cle “Bridging the Gap” inMyBusiness magazine’s April issueshowcasing Sunny’s knowledge ofthe multigenerational workforce.Congratulations to Nancy Mellard,CBIZ ES Division, Kansas City, onmaking the cover of the March 2013edition of Leader’s Edge magazine,plus check out her blog post“Confidence in women: Where doesthe real change need to happen?”
  3. CBIZ Women’s Advantage Summer 20133The Memphis office of CBIZ MHM held atwo-day event February 27th-28th for womenin business in the Mid-South. With therecent launch of their internal CBIZ Women’sAdvantage Networking Circles, the office isexpanding its efforts externally to create rec-ognition, as well as provide women decision-makers access to a network of highly-skilled,seasoned, professional women to assist intheir every business need. Nancy Mellard,National Leader of CBIZ Women’sAdvantage, attended both events and was apanelist at the February 28th Women &Business seminar.A cocktail party at the Lexus of Memphis thenight before the seminar served as a meet-ing place for some of the most influentialwomen in Memphis to mingle and network.The event included hors d’oeuvres by localcaterer, Pepper & Salt. Women from theMemphis office were also in attendance,using the opportunity to create new touchpoints with clients and prospects, as well asgain valuable insight into the successfulcareers of other women in the area.The second of the two events, the Women& Business seminar hosted by The DailyNews, attractedover 200 menand women fromMemphis and fea-tured keynotespeaker, SusanStephenson, CEOand co-founder ofIndependentBank. Her presen-tation titled‘Women andBusiness: SomeThoughts onGlass Ceilings and Glass Slippers’ covereda brief history of women’s rights andhelped to launch discussions on wherewomen have been and are going. Susan’stake on her favorite childhood story ofCinderella was a fun, albeit serious, back-story encouraging women to not wait for afairy godmother to helpthem make a name forthemselves. A panel dis-cussion was followed by aQ & A session. The panel-ists included NancyMellard, Pamela Irons,attorney at Jackson Lewisand Natasha Donerson,President/CEO ofSuccess Unlimited.The Memphis officecounts both of theseevents as successes and has received posi-tive feedback from several of the attendees.Going forward the office hopes to continueusing CBIZ Women’s Advantage as an oppor-tunity for continued business and profes-sional development. CBIZ Memphis Creates Back-to-Back CWA Buzzby Janelle Niederriter, CBIZ MHM, Memphis• Buy fabrics that are a goodweight for all seasons and canbreathe.• Long-sleeve, button-down shirtsare perfect for multiple seasons.Wear the sleeves long withslacks or roll the sleeves andpair with a skirt.• A dress can double as a skirtwhen worn with a sweater orjacket over it.• Don’t be afraid to mix prints, textures and colors.• A great pairof heels orflats can goa long way.• If you havelimited funds,be sure tohave qualitybasics. Buytrendy itemsat discountstores.• Add color toyour ward-robe with anaccessory like a necklace,bracelet or scarf. The 2013Pantone color of the year isEmerald.When all else fails, head to Pinterestto get new ideas and inspiration.You can follow Carrie on Pinterestor follow her fashion blog atFashionableWay.com Tips to Maximize YourProfessional Wardrobeby Carrie Barth, CBIZ Payroll,Kansas CityWhat Do You Think?If you haven’t had a chance to check out the updated website, follow this link http://intranet.cbiz.com/cbizwomensadvantage/home.aspx. We’ve updated the information, added an events calendar and add-ed links to all the social media sites. Bookmark this page for quick access to all things CWA.
  4. CBIZ Women’s Advantage Summer 2013“CBIZ Women Helping Women Succeed in Business”4The CWA SpotlightKaren Fenaroli, Sr. Vice President, CBIZ EFL Associates, Inc.,Kansas CityWe recently sat down with Karen Fenaroli, Sr. Vice President of EFLAssociates, to discuss her accomplishments, both personally and profes-sionally. Karen is a CBIZ producer who leads a recruiting consulting practicefor EFL Associates, a business unit of the Benefits & Insurance and HumanCapital Services practice. In addition, Karen was recently named the largestoverall producer within the Human Capital Services practice at CBIZ, withnew business development of $2 million in 2012. Below, Karen shares afew of her ingredients to success.How long have you been at CBIZ andwhere were you before?“I recently celebrated my five year anniversa-ry with CBIZ. Previously I was the CEO ofREGALIA, an international wholesale manu-facturing company, where I had the opportu-nity to mature as a leader during my fifteenyear tenure. I was able to use my entrepre-neurial skills to establish a new consultingteam for practices within EFL.Looking around your office there are exam-ples of your accomplishments everywhere,both personal and professional. How doyou do it all?“Can you do it all? As Sheryl Sandberg wouldsay in her book, Lean In: Women, Work andthe Will to Lead, ‘to do it all you need a fullteam on your side.’ I have a hand-picked cor-porate work team, a supportive family (andtwo daughters!), and a company that providessupport and mentors professionally. I havebeen able to thrive in the work force bybecoming a CPA, a CEO and now a ConsultingPartner at EFL. I get to practice what I loveand am good at, within an organization thatsupports my every step.”What is your secret sauce to success?“I consider there to be four key ingredients tosuccess: First, personal grounding. I am sur-rounded by a loving family and have both feetfirmly planted in “life enjoyment.” Second, Iconsider myself to be a professional corpo-rate athlete. It takes years of training anddedication to be the best at what you do.You start out small, gain momentum toplay the game, win the game and then even-tually create a new game. The third ingredientis attitude — grit and tenacity combined.When I have a client failure, I make sure tolearn from it and improve. Lastly, aptitude isthe final key to success. It is crucial to havethe agility for learning. I ask lots of questionsand am always striving to get better and knowmore. As women, we have to raise the bar.Our attitude needs to exemplify that we arehere to compete and succeed.” Stefanie Cavanaugh...Continued from coverbegan to mentor other accountants, primarilywomen, building a network of professionalsin her community who were going throughsimilar experiences.Additionally, Stefanie chairs the Grant FinanceCommittee for Impact Austin, a progressiveleader in women’s philanthropy that givesback to the community by using high-impactgrant making to develop and inspire womento effect positive change. Founded 10 yearsago, Impact Austin is a group of more than500 women volunteers who each contribute$1,000 in order to award five $100,000grants per year in five different categories.“When my coach and colleague recommend-ed Impact Austin, I thought I was joining tomeet other smart, powerful women. I’vegained so much more! We are truly empower-ing organizations to help others. That is thereal reward,” concluded Stefanie. Karen FenaroliThe Advantage ispublished by CWA.Kansas City EditorialStaff: Alex Zelie(CBIZ MHM), JoellenMesserli and AndriaMitra (CBIZ B&I)To submit material,please contact Andria Mitra atamitra@cbiz.com.“CBIZ Women Helping Women Succeed in Business”Avoid a Career CapsizePage 2CWA Snaps!Page 2CBIZ MemphisCreates Back-to-BackCWA BuzzPage 3Maximizing YourProfessional WardrobePage 3The CWA SpotlightPage 4CWA Book ClubsPage 4InsideThis IssueIt’s easy to see why Rick Jenson, CBIZ ValuationsGroup, Dallas, thought Stefanie Cavanaugh wasan outstanding candidate for this edition of theCWA Client Spotlight.Stefanie, Senior Vice President of HardenHealthcare, an ancillary services organizationspecializing in senior care, is passionate aboutgiving back and empowering women in the finan-cial arena. As a teenager,she joined her mother asa volunteer at the SanAntonio Women’s CreditUnion (SAWCU), an orga-nization designed to helpwomen establish andgain credit. She kept thebooks and learned thefinancial operations ofthe organization. “I devel-oped my love for finance during those early yearsand found my first CPA mentor at SAWCU. Iwatched an amazing group of professional wom-en help their sisters gain financial indepen-dence,” commented Stefanie.After college and five years in public accounting,she joined the San Antonio Symphony as CFO.Thriving in the small environment, Stefaniegained experience in all facets of managing thefinancial operations. She spent 10 years atEncore Medical Corporation as the Controller,learning about health care finance and the medi-cal device industry and helped lead the organiza-tion through rapid growth in revenue — $35 mil-lion to almost $1 billion. Sarbanes Oxley becameeffective and increased the demands on publiccompanies dramatically. Both these changesmeant growth for Stefanie and her team. She- See Stefanie Cavanaugh on page 4Stefanie CavanaughAdvantageTheSummer 2013CBIZWomen’sAdvantageChampions of CWAStefanie Cavanaugh: Empowering WomenThe Executive Board for CBIZ Women’sAdvantage held its annual meeting in April.Finding a date to convene this group of womenleaders is always a huge challenge. In addition totime constraints, I ask them to take two daysaway from their demanding “day jobs” to thinkabout CWA. As a board, we challenge theProgram’s mission and goals to find new ways togrow and develop CBIZ women, identify ways tostrategically position our women and the CBIZbrand externally, and create plans to continueour business development programs.These women could choose to skip our meetings,but they don’t. They have a passion for CWA andare truly committed. In mylast column I gave a shoutout to Steve Gerard, ourCEO and #1 Champion, butthese 22 women are theother #1 Champions ofCWA! Our women’sProgram has receivednational recognition andcelebrated many success-es. To sustain its strengthand positive impact on our Company, I am askingall of our business leaders to escalate your sup-port and engagement in CWA’s success. – Nancy Mellard, CWA National LeaderNancy MellardFollow the lead of Emily Woodward,CBIZ Life Insurance Solutions, SanDiego, and start a CWA Book Club inyour office. They meet regularly for adiscussion of the latest professionalmust-read … and a little fun. Hereare some books to add to your read-ing list to get you started: How Remarkable Women Lead:The Breakthrough Model for Workand Life by Joanna Barsh, SusieCranston and Geoffrey Lewis Nice Girls Don’t Get the CornerOffice: 101 Unconscious MistakesWomen Make That SabotageTheir Careers by Lois Frankel Lean In: Women, Work and theWill to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg Stiletto Network: Inside theWomen’s Power Circles That AreChanging the Face of Businessby Pamela Ryckman Pushback: How Smart WomenAsk—And Stand Up—for WhatThey Want by Selena Rezvaniand Lois Frankel The Orange Line: A Woman’sGuide to Integrating Career,Family & Life by Jodi DetjenCWA Book Clubs –What a Great Idea!

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