Momentum Matters

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Momentum Matters raises awareness about the barriers facing women who aspire to leadership positions and the skills to move past them. As Alabama's premier leadership organization, Momentum gives women and men tools to have courageous conversations and build inclusive organizations.

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Turning your Differences into your Superpower with Patricia Arboleda
Join April this week as she interviews Patricia Arboleda, the CEO, and Founder of Arboleda coaching. The two women discuss honoring your values, the importance of family, and how your differences can truly be your superpower.  To learn more about Patricia Arboleda and her business, visit her website today:
Understand Your Financial Voice with Patti Black, CFP
In today's episode, April Benetollo interviews Patti black, CFP, where the two discuss the power of understanding your financial voice,  caring for your aging parents, and the ability to take the first steps towards your goals.    About Patti Black: Bridgeworth Partner Patti Black, CFP® has been providing financial planning and investment advice for over two decades. She focuses on helping affluent individuals create a plan to be financially secure and live a purposeful life during retirement. Her planning also helps clients reduce the likelihood of becoming a financial or caregiving burden as they age. Because Patti has been a member of the “sandwich generation,” individuals who are caring for their aging parents and children simultaneously, she understands the financial and emotional challenges that her clients may be facing.
Interview with Conference Keynote Barb Stegemann
Stegemann became known to millions of Canadians when she became the first woman from Atlantic Canada to land a venture-capital deal on the CBC TV show Dragons’ Den (think Canadian equivalent of Shark Tank) for her sustainable perfume company, The 7 Virtues Beauty. She went on to become the “Top Game Changer” in the history of the show for creating her social enterprise. Since then, Stegemann has been named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada; won the Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the emerging Entrepreneur category for Atlantic Canada”; was ranked as one of Profit Guide magazine’s “Top 30 Cool and Fabulous Canadian Entrepreneurs”; and was also made the first female Honorary Colonel in the history of 14 Wing Greenwood base, Royal Canadian Air Force. (Her four year term was completed in 2015, but Barb remains an Honorary Colonel in the RCAF for life.) She is the author of the bestselling book, The 7 Virtues of a Philosopher Queen, and the subject of the feature-length documentary Perfume War, directed by Michael Melski. The film tells Barb’s entrepreneurial story, and has garnered many awards to date, including being named Best Feature Documentary, Atlantic Film Festival; Cineplex Audience Choice, Victoria Film Festival; and Best Humanitarian Film, Sedona Film Festival, Arizona.
Ellen Holladay's Leadership Journey
In this episode, Ellen Holladay shares her  journey from lessons learned as a child at the family drugstore in Jasper, Alabama, to a seasoned C-Suite leader and Chief Information Officer.  Ellen has more than 35 years of experience helping companies achieve operational and digital excellence. She began her career with Ernst &Young where she led technology initiatives in the manufacturing, distribution, engineering, and healthcare sectors. Having recently retired after 24 years as Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer and Operational Excellence Officer of Motion, a premier North American industrial solutions company, Ellen currently serves as an independent board director for Crescent Electric, a leading electrical distributor and B&D Industrial, a regional industrial solutions provider. She also volunteers as a C-Suite Advisor to Bronze Valley, an early-stage venture investment platform that supports underrepresented technology innovation founders, and as a mentor for Momentum Leaders.
Introducing Artist and Storyteller, Salaam Green
In this episode, Momentum CEO interviews Salaam Green.  Salaam Green is proudly born and bred in the Black Belt of Alabama. She is a 2018 New Economy’s Fellow, Freelancer Writer, Deep South Storyteller, Poet, and Master Healer. She is the founder of Literary Healing Arts & Red Couch Writers, Rural Organizer, Artist in Resident for Arts in Medicine, 2016 Poet Laureate for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and 2018 Tedx Speaker with an M.S. in Early Childhood Education. Salaam will present a breakout session at the upcoming Momentum leadership conference. Her session is called Rewrite Your Leadership Success Story. Join Salaam Green in this brave space where professionals in diverse stages of leadership share and set intentions to rewrite their success stories. As a result participants will gain a better understanding of how to shift success blocks, learn ways to remove self-limiting definitions of success, and leave with resources to write a success plan for life.
Forge Breast Cancer Survivor Center: Interview with Claire Hubbs Gray
In this episode, Momentum CEO April Benetollo interviews Claire Hubbs Gray, Manager of Community Outreach at the Forge Breast Cancer Survivor Center. Claire is the first graduate of Momentum's Upward early-career program to be featured on the podcast. In this interview, Claire shares how she decided to apply for Upward, her advice for early-career women, and the great work happening at Forge for breast cancer survivors. 
Working Moms: Dr. LaRhonda Magras, CEO of the YWCA of Central Alabama
Dr. LaRhonda Magras, CEO of the YWCA of Central Alabama, joined us on Momentum Matters to share her personal path to leadership, as well as the impact of the pandemic on the women they serve at the YWCA and how Momentum Matters listeners can step in to help.
Working Moms: Delphine Carter's Perspective from Boulo Solutions
We spoke to Delphine Carter, founder and CEO of Boulo Solutions, about the underlying conditions that make managing career and family particularly difficult for women, as well as some ways women can find alternative arrangements so they can maintain a career and manage family demands during stressful times. 
Celebrating Female Black Business Founders: Cecilia Pearson, Babypalooza
Momentum Matters is putting the spotlight on female founders during Black Business Owners month. This episode, Momentum CEO April Benetollo talks with Cecilia "Ceci" Pearson about her business, Babypalooza. What began as publication for expecting mothers evolved into a series of highly successful expos, until COVID. Ceci make a quick pivot to develop a robust online portal connecting parents-to-be with valuable products, resources and community. Ceci's entrepreneurial spirit, tenacity, and creativity all shine through in this episode. 
Celebrating Pride with Eva Kendrick
Momentum Matters Podcast is back with exciting stories from LGBTQ+ leaders this Pride. Join Momentum CEO, April Benetollo, in welcoming Eva Kendrick, a local faith organizer working with organizations such as the Human Rights Campaign and the Faith in Public Life Fund to improve quality of life of marginalized populations in Alabama. She shares her experience growing up LGBTQ+ in a family of ministers and how her resilience impacts her leadership scope. Join us for this inspiring episode.
Celebrating Pride Month with Dr. Lindsay Sutton
Momentum Matters Podcast is back with exciting stories from LGBTQ+ leaders this Pride. Join Momentum CEO, April Benetollo, in welcoming Dr. Lindsay Sutton who shares her inspiring background, her journey navigating the corporate landscape as a queer woman, and takeaways that influence her understanding of human resource management. In addition to her trailblazing work as Lead Performance Strategist/Master Facilitator for Hidden Innovators, and as Lead Behavioral Designer/Business Strategist for Two Ravens, she is a recent graduate of Upward. Please join us in listening to this engaging talk.
Focus on Mental Health with Dr. Lisa Graham and C. Rene Washington
Momentum Matters hosts a special joint episode featuring Dr. Lisa Graham, of McDonald Graham, and C. Rene Washington, of Career Triage HQ. Listen as they share with Momentum CEO, April Benetollo, about mental health practices, their enduring friendship, and the importance of solidarity of women in the workplace.

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