Donna L. Gray has been a successful small business owner in Snyder, Texas, for more than 55 years, currently serving as the president of Texas Red Products LLC & Pit Sealant since 2020. Over the course of her career, she has owned five different companies, beginning in 1963 as the owner and operator of Donna’s Beauty Shop. She later owned and managed La Charme’ Health Spa from 1968 to 1975 and Snyder Bookstore and Giftshop from 1978 to 1990, and was a part-owner and secretary of Ice Melt Products LLC in 1992, as well as a part-owner and treasurer of Desert Brine, Inc., from 2005 to 2020. In years prior, Ms. Gray excelled as an assistant postmaster for the U.S.
Linda Miller is the owner of Peewee Grooming, a full-service grooming, boarding, and day care facility for dogs and cats. She began her career in animal care as a veterinary assistant and had soon adopted 11 rescued pets. Realizing that she could not sustain the pace of her adoptions, Ms. Miller began to explore other avenues to care for animals, after which she discovered a talent for grooming. In 2006, Ms. Miller opened Peewee Grooming, initially operating out of her basement with a limited range of services. Since then, her business has expanded to a 1,300 square-foot independent facility offering grooming for dogs and cats of all sizes, day care services and overnight boarding. As one of the most popular
With a Bachelor of Arts in political science and art history from Yale University, and a Master of Business Administration from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, Alyssa Rapp began her career as director, founder and chief executive officer of Bottlenotes, Inc. She also founded a 501(c)(4) organization called Coalition for Consumer Rights. Later in her career, she served as managing partner at AJR Ventures and became a management lecturer at the Stanford Business School, as well as, most recently, an adjunct professor at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. Ms. Rapp also currently serves as chief executive officer of Surgical Solutions. In her leadership position at Surgical Solutions, Ms. Rapp has hired four women executives, two
Following her immigration to the United States in 2003, Brenda Castellanos received a degree in business administration and studied courses at the Culinary School of New York. Eventually, she and her sister sought out better food options in their area and decided to open their own restaurant, Antojitos Del Patron Mexican Grill, which became the first Mayan Guatemalan restaurant in New York. At their restaurant, they served Guatemalan coffee from their hometown and soon saw much success in their business. They soon established a second Mexican restaurant and IX, a coffee shop where traditional Mayan dishes are served. In these roles, she is responsible for keeping inventory, managing accounts and payroll, and coordinating staff. As a respected voice in her
After graduating from high school at the age of 15 and college at the age of 17, Jane Douthitt embarked on successful careers in various fields, including contract negotiation. Although her career has been filled with highlights, she is especially proud of the work she conducted with MBM International as a contractor in the Middle East. Along with her late husband of 60 years, she also maintained a manufacturing space of one million square feet and 3,500 employees in Fort Worth, Texas, before relocating to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Ms. Douthitt was often recognized as an employer who was kind to her employees and had several offices in many countries across the globe. Prior to establishing her current businesses, Ms.
As a high school student, Lisa Antalik began working with her aunt and uncle in the hair styling business. When she was eventually presented with the opportunity to purchase the business, she leapt at the opportunity and became her own boss. Since 1987, Ms. Antalik has excelled as the owner of and a hair stylist with Lamberti Hair Designers in Murrysville, Pennsylvania. An expert in color, she attributes her success to a great clientele, working hard, personality and being good at her trade. Although her career has been filled with highlights, Ms. Antalik is especially proud of successfully operating her business for the last 30 years. In pursuit of her career, she became licensed as a cosmetologist and a manager.
Originally, Sheena M. Haberstroh intended to pursue a career in medicine. However, she had to work her way through higher education. While working with Citigroup, she fell in love with business, which altered her career trajectory. As an MIS specialist, Ms. Haberstroh has gained valuable expertise in project management, business monitoring and scheduling by preparing documentation, analyzing practices and providing strategy for the department to ensure they pass audits, validating cost codes for employees and preparing a variety of presentations for others at the bank. Backed by nearly two decades of considerable expertise, Ms. Haberstroh currently excels as a senior associate of data engineering with Fannie Mae. Since 2010, she has designed and managed SharePoint sites, page layouts and workable
Drawing upon many years of practiced experience, Susan Bulkeley Butler serves as the founder and the chief executive officer of the Susan Bulkeley Butler Institute for the Development of Women Leaders in Tucson, Arizona. Additionally, she excels as the first female partner with Accenture, with which she has remained committed to helping aspiring leaders in realizing their full potential. At the time she started at Accenture, there were not many women working in that field, but she knew some of the other partners working there. Even though her career has been filled with highlights, Ms. Butler is especially proud of participating in Fortune’s Most Powerful Women in Business Summits. Ms. Butler was constantly in a role where she wanted to
Growing up, Dr. Pat Lawson was involved in the fashion industry working as a model. Her health began to deteriorate and, given her young age, she was motivated to take action to find a solution. Unfortunately, after countless visits to different doctors, she was unable to find any help for her health issues in ordinary medicine. Once she began to explore more natural options for treatment, she started to see improvements to her health. Because of this experience, Dr. Lawson was inspired to pursue a career in integrative medicine and help others like her who have struggled with medical problems outside of the scope of ordinary medicine. Dr. Lawson is a certified herbologist, natural doctor, natural health professional, clinical nutritionist
Always having an interest in computers and information technology, Cynthia R.F. Luttrell is a business and systems analyst, IT specialist and app/web developer for the U.S. Census Bureau since 2009. She first began her professional career as a data transcriber at the U.S. Census Bureau’s National Processing Center in Indiana in 1991. She remained in this position for eight years before moving up the ranks to lead peripheral equipment operator from 1999 to 2003, statistical assistant from 2007 to 2008 and IT specialist from 2008 to 2009. In preparation for her career, she pursued a formal education at American InterContinental University in Schaumburg, Illinois, where she attained a Bachelor of Science in information technology in 2008. Ms. Luttrell also served