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Caryn Kent Dean

Overcoming Mediocrity - Volume VIII

FEARLESS WOMEN

Caryn Kent Dean

Caryn Kent Dean is an introvert, creative and sensitive entrepreneur. She grew up in La Grange Park, IL and received her B.A. Arts, Classics and B.S. Science, Anthropology, both Cum Laude, from Loyola University of Chicago. She is an alum of the 1999-2000 class that studied at Loyola’s John Felice Rome Center. In 1997, she completed her Master of Library and Information Science at Rosary College (now Dominican University) Circumstances after library school led to her introduction to the work of a proposal professional. After six years and a variety of roles, including as a software company’s first Proposal Manager, Caryn decided to pursue other interests.

She was married to the love of her life, Corey Dean, in 2002. They lived in Chicago and then moved to Villa Park, IL in 2006. As children came along, she had the great honor of being a full- time mom for ten years. She returned to the corporate world in another proposal-related position, when her youngest entered full-day kindergarten. Four years and two companies later, Caryn was inspired to leave corporate and become an entrepreneur.

In 2018, Caryn founded Once Upon an RFP, where they transform clients’ proposal stories to win the best business and make a bigger impact. You’ll now find Caryn enjoying her work with clients, as well as the creative and intellectual challenges of business ownership.

The Association of Proposal Management Professionals (APMP) recognized Caryn with Foundation Certification in 2016. In May 2019, APMP recognized Caryn with Practitioner Certification. To date, only 1,127 professionals around the world have been recognized at this level.

In addition to professional certification through APMP, on September 19, 2019, the Greater Midwest Chapter recognized Caryn as 2019 Member of the Year. She was nominated for spearheading the effort to create a Virtual Networking Group to connect proposal consultants with their peers and provide relevant programs and support.

When Caryn’s not working with clients or on her business, you’ll find her with whom she loves best, her husband, kids, and sweet puppy, Scout.

 

Caryn Kent Dean
Once Upon an RFP LLC
[email protected]
www.onceuponanrfp.com
312-388-0091

 

My Story

Transform Your Story. Transform Your Impact.

Have you ever felt like everything was all wrong, even though it looked perfect on paper? Caryn shares your story. She had a wonderful husband, three beautiful kids, and the opportunity to continue her career in corporate, after ten years as a full-time parent. However, she only made it four years because of the impact of family and a high-pressure position on balance, health and happiness. Read Caryn’s story to learn about the steps she took to getting herself back on track.

Debora Rogers

Overcoming Mediocrity - Volume VII

VICTORIOUS WOMEN
 

Debora Rogers

Debora Rogers

Debora Rogers beat steep odds as a young child. Although she didn’t have a storybook childhood, she persevered. After becoming a young bride, within a few short years she found herself a young single mother. Overcoming many obstacles and facing her trials head-on, she has proven to be a survivor and a warrior.

Today, she holds certifications in Transformation, Entrepreneurship/Business, REBT Mindset, and CBT Cognitive Behavior life coaching. She helps her clients through transformations in their personal and professional lives, through reigniting their dreams and desires and identifying their ideal paths, to achieving their goals and regaining control of their destinies. She helps each client gain clarity and define their passion, values, strengths, interests, core beliefs, and how to stop blocking their success. She helps them stay focused on what matters most, stay motivated, and stay accountable. As a second love she teaches marketers how to attract more buyers.

Debora is the co-founder of Elite Ladies Network, LLC, whose mission is to empower women to “Stand Up, Stand Out, and Stand Proud in life and in business.” Elite Ladies Network, LLC was formed to create an online community of like-minded women who are on a mission to make an impact. The founders believe it is extremely important to support other women who are on similar journeys. Since it’s nearly impossible to be an expert in every field or area of business, Elite Ladies are encouraged to leverage each other’s talents and expertise, enabling them to experience an expanded network and increased business.

Debora has been remarried for twenty-two years. They have a blended family with six grown children, ten grandchildren, ten grandpups and five canine fur babies of their own. Over the years they’ve rescued numerous homeless or abandoned dogs, rehoming most, while some have become part of their family.

She enjoys reading, coaching, teaching, yoga, music, the ocean/beach, Chinese food, hamburgers, and ice cream sundaes.

Let’s connect!

 

Debora Rogers
Elite Ladies Network, LLC
[email protected]
www.EliteLadiesNetwork.com
559-920-0818

My Story

My Story

Beating the Odds

In spite of a tough beginning, Debora was able to survive many challenges early in life. The struggles made her stronger and more determined to achieve her goals. She found her true calling in helping others on their way to happiness and fulfillment. With focus and determination, you can achieve anything your heart desires.

Monique Hicks

Overcoming Mediocrity - Volume V

RESILIENT WOMEN - These stories are meant to inspire and encourage women to realize their true potential.

 

 

 

 

Monique Hicks

Monique Hicks has been in the cosmetic and plastic surgery industry for over 10 years. She has owned her own practice for over five years specializing in the art of concierge medicine. She has opened three practices offering over 70 different procedures and services. She works with multiple vendors and skin care companies to bring the best, most technologically advanced gold standards to her clients. She has a unique approach to working with people and strives to create true partnerships with people who believe in both her way of doing business and the products and services they represent. In addition to the companies that she chooses to work with, she is just as selective of the people she chooses to surround herself with. Jim Rohn has said, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” Monique loves hiring passionate, talented people who have a love for helping others and achieving their personal best. She truly feels this is the best combination and has managed to hire 15 staff that seamlessly manage to shine in her leadership. In 2016, she was honored with the Pinnacle Award for the Best Female Small Business Owner of the Year.

 

Monique Hicks
Vitality Med Spa and Plastic Surgery Center
[email protected]
www.VitalityMedSpaMD.com
561-914-1444

 

 

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Failure is Not an Option

This story is about Monique’s life and how she got to where she is today. Failure can never be an option because there is no such thing. There are experiences and lessons. Everything that happens is a part of your journey. The most amazing opportunities have opened themselves to her once she was able to really see everything as an opportunity for growth.

 

 

 

Sheri Sauer

Overcoming Mediocrity - Volume IV

REMARKABLE WOMEN - These stories are meant to inspire and encourage women to realize their true potential.

 

 

 

 

Sheri Sauer

Sheri lives in La Grange Park with her two dogs, Red and Patience, and she has three children, but has an empty nest during the school year. She is the President of the La Grange Park Chamber of Commerce and a member of the La Grange Rotary. Sheri also participates in a drug coalition in Lyons Township and is a Eucharistic Minister for her church. She also has a Meet-Up group for women in the construction industry. Sheri loves helping others connect and grow their business. She also enjoys meeting new people.

 

Sheri Sauer
Premier Design Cabinetry & Tile
[email protected]
www.premierdesigncabinets.com
708-372-2579

 

 

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If You Are Going to Work in a Man’s World, You Better Grow a Pair

My story is one of many struggles and triumphs in a man’s world. I have fallen and have always gotten back up because I wanted to realize my dreams. I knew that I had to be strong for my children. I believe in helping others because so many people have helped me during my darkest hours. I have built a wonderful business along the way. Although it’s not perfect, I have the strength, persistence and the gratitude to make my business more successful every day.

 

 

 

Nicole Michelle

Overcoming Mediocrity - Volume IV

REMARKABLE WOMEN - These stories are meant to inspire and encourage women to realize their true potential.

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Nicole Michelle

Nicole Michelle is a woman of prayer and power. She is a multi-talented, Proverbial 31 Woman of God who firmly believes that when much is given, even more is required. Nicole is very active in her local business, church and civic community. She is a mother, mentor, executive business woman, humanitarian, philanthropist, publisher and Independently Certified Speaker, Coach and Teacher with the John Maxwell Team. Nicole Michelle is also a Certified Public Accountant who has almost 20 years of experience in accounting, business consulting, financial advisory services, internal and external financial auditing, mergers and acquisitions, project management and tax consulting.

Her clients include Fortune 500 clients in the oil and gas, power, oilfield services, healthcare, professional services, business services, banking, and technology industries.

She also enjoys serving portfolio companies of private equity firms, start-ups and not-for-profit organizations.

She believes that no one is born a winner or loser, but we are all born choosers. SUCCESS is the only option.

 

Nicole Michelle
Madison Brothers Consulting Group
[email protected]
www.NicoleMichelleCoaches.com
832-264-8668

 

 

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Transformational Journey

Transformational Journey chronicles Nicole’s path from college through corporate and career success. She shares how she dispelled stereotypes and defied many obstacles while living a double life. In many ways, she was a public success and a private failure. Learn how the transformational journey allowed Nicole to unlock unknown passion and freedom.

 

 

 

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