Listee Features — October 2022

Ethel Palmer


Inspired to a career in library science by her grandmother, who was a curator for the P.T. Barnum Collection at the Bridgeport Public Library, Ethel “Sue” Susan Palmer is an accomplished professional and a staunch advocate for equality and women’s rights. While she knew that she wanted to be a librarian from a young age, she faced a large amount of adversity and gender-based discrimination from the start and was never truly encouraged in her pursuit of her chosen field. During high school, she excelled in the sciences and was directed toward a career as a science teacher by her guidance counselor as well as by her parents. Matriculating at Cornell University, Ms. Palmer first earned a Bachelor of Science

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Born in Serbia, Larisa Mathur, MBA, began her studies at the University of Belgrade, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in industrial engineering in 2003. Coming to the United States in order to pursue a career, she went on to complete a Master of Business Administration from the University of New Haven in Connecticut in 2005. She began her career in 2007 as a web analytics manager with Staples, Inc. in Framingham, Massachusetts, before a move to Florida brought her to Chico’s FAS, Inc. as a personalization manager for web analytics from 2010 to 2013. Subsequently, she joined Boeing in Doral, Florida, where she was the e-commerce manager until 2016. From 2017 to 2021, Ms. Mathur served as the

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Carol Eshleman


Carol Eshleman began her career in the hospitality industry after completing a Bachelor of Science in hotel and restaurant management, with a minor in business, at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1983 following four years of study. For the first 12 years of her career, she served as a banquet and convention manager before becoming the owner of Privileged Pets LLC in 1995, a pet care company that she operated until 2016. During this time, she got her first exposure to the real estate industry through a class she took, where she was one of eight students. Ms. Eshleman was one of only two people to pass the required exam at the end of the class, becoming a licensed

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Lisa DeNuzzo


An accomplished violinist, music educator and horse breeder and trainer, Lisa Ann DeNuzzo has had a long-lasting love of music. While she initially began attending college for pre-law, she realized that she couldn’t live without music and transferred to Baldwin Wallace University, where she earned a Bachelor of Music in violin performance in 1983. During this time, she was introduced to horseback riding through a course she took to fill her physical education requirement and fell in love with the sport. Subsequently, Ms. DeNuzzo joined the College of Saint Rose and achieved a Master of Education in music pedagogy in 1985, followed by a certificate of qualification as a school administrator and supervisor in the state of New York. Ms.

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Maitai Gordwin


Feeling that her profession chose her, Dr. Maitai P. Gordwin, MBA, began her career as a call center agent with PFSweb in 1999 while studying at the Art Institute of Dallas. Earning an Associate of Applied Arts in fashion design in 2001, she made the choice to stay with PFSweb, rising to become a CCC senior supervisor as she continued her education at Texas Woman’s University, where she completed a Bachelor of Arts in fashion design in 2005. Once she had completed her fashion degrees, she was encouraged by her mentor at PFSweb to continue her studies in business, which she did, graduating from Texas Woman’s University with a Master of Business Administration in project design in 2008. Dr. Gordwin

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Marina Genel


Born to a Jewish family in Ukraine, Marina Genel came to the United States at the age of 17 and began her career in the cosmetics and beauty industry after obtaining a license from the Concord Institute. For 25 years, Ms. Genel served as a spa manager and skin care consultant in Monmouth County, New Jersey, eventually opening her own spa. In 2018, she decided to transition to the food industry, establishing Mishka SoHo in New York City. With a deep, abiding passion for healthy food, Ms. Genel was inspired, in part, by her grandfather, a culinary artist and restaurateur, as well as by her own experiences living with diabetes as a child, when insulin was still a fledgling treatment

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Graduating valedictorian of her class at Payson High School in 1971, Linda Ann Walter has had an extensive career in science education lasting more than 35 years. Her interest in science came from her early childhood years of being raised on a farm by her single father. Something of a tomboy, she helped her father with various aspects of the farm work, including delivering claves, feeding cows and other labor-intensive tasks. It felt like no surprise at all when she realized that her interests were in the sciences. A single mother of seven with one on the way when she began her studies, Ms. Walter was already intimately familiar with how all children learn differently, having seen how some of

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Lauren Jayne


Lauren Jayne was a stay-at-home mom for 10 years, taking care of her two sons, the eldest of whom is disabled, prior to embarking on her career in business. Once the eldest was in a place where he could attend school regularly, she started applying to various companies in her area and was offered positions at both an electronic components company and an exhibit house. Opting to go with the exhibit house, despite not knowing a thing about the field, she was promoted to the role of assistant to the project manager in just three months. Six months in and Ms. Jayne had become a project manager in her own right. After three years with this company, Ms. Jayne set

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Julia Rosengren


Born in Brazil, Julia Lima Rosengren began her career as a model in the 1990s, a period which saw her traveling all over the world while also trying to figure out what she wanted to do with the rest of her life. During this time, she learned numerous languages, achieving fluency in Portuguese, English, Japanese, Spanish, Italian, French, Russian and Danish. While working as a model in London, she spent time as the host of a talk show before relocating to France, where she brought her expertise to Galeries Lafayette, a Paris department store, as a fashion consultant. Following her time as a model, Ms. Rosengren went on to achieve success in the culinary arts, becoming a master chef and

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