Living with her grandmother, who was a private chef and worked at Georgia Southern University, during her formative years, Sandra Rogers developed a love of cooking, different flavors and creating something that would bring people comfort. Witnessing her grandmother cook for their community, providing the food for weddings as well as cooking meals for families who recently lost a loved one, Ms. Rogers knew from an early age that she wanted to be a chef. After earning her GED, she worked in administration for a time until she won New Jersey’s State Parable in 2010, which spurred her to make her dreams of being a chef a reality. Ms. Rogers joined the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City

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Inspired to a career in politics due to her interest in serving her community, MaryAnn C. Riley started on her professional path when she was still a high school student. Hearing about Dwight D. Eisenhower on the radio, she was driven to involve herself in the Eisenhower presidential campaign. After she earned her high school diploma she joined Purdue University and achieved a Bachelor of Science in education in 1963. That same year, after gaining her teaching certificate in Indiana, she began teaching at the James Whitcomb Riley Elementary School, where she spent the next 20 years teaching in the first grade gifted program as well as regular classes for the third, fifth and sixth grades. Ms. Riley also spent

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Julia Scalia


Embarking on her career with JP Morgan Chase Bank in 1969, Julia R. Scalia, CRSP, MSA, rose through the ranks to become the client services manager and vice president of the investor services unit with the employment benefit trust department by the time she left the bank in 2006. During this time, she sought higher education, starting at Excelsior College in Albany, New York, where she earned an Associate of Arts in liberal studies in 1985 and a Bachelor of Science in liberal studies in 1988. She furthered her studies with a Master of Science in administration, specializing in service profession administration, from the Metropolitan College of New York in 1990 and certification as a retirement services professional through the

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Sheila Mixon


Attributing much of her success to the emphasis that she has placed on continuing to learn and grow through her career, Sheila A. Mixon embarked on her professional path in 1972 when she joined the Ohio State University. She went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in business administration and finance in 1976. After working in a number of smaller roles, she attained the position of senior sales representative with Huntington Bank from 1990 to 1994 and served as vice president of CitiFinancial from 1994 to 2002. In 2003, she worked as an operation manager for the CIT Group before becoming the project manager of the Valley Learning Center from 2005 to 2008. In 2008, Ms. Mixon obtained

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Sheba Shibahara


First earning a bachelor’s degree from Musashi University in Tokyo in 1980, Sheba Michiyo Shibahara is an accomplished journalist, philanthropist and consultant. She began her career as a reporter for a government newspaper and also worked in copywriting and advertising before coming to the United States from Japan in 1988. In 1990, she achieved the position of director of the Japanese Cultural Exchange, a New York-based nonprofit organization, and became one of the first people to talk about Japanese culture on television. She has also been very active with the United Nations Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations and notably created the Japan Day Festival in honor of the 30th anniversary of the New York City-Tokyo sister city partnership and helped to

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Ivy Chang


Born in Beijing, Ivy Chang came to the United States with her family, by way of Taiwan where she attended private school in Taipei, in 1955. Entering the public school system in Minnesota, she had to learn English on her own while attending school as there were no English as a second language programs at the time. Repeating first grade in order to gain a better grasp on the language, she excelled in her studies and, following her graduation from high school, she joined the University of Minnesota to pursue a postsecondary education. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism in 1970 and began her career as an editorial assistant at Burlington Northern Inc., now the BNSF Railway

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Initially considering a career as a school teacher, Jeni S. Kaye-Martin began her studies at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, where she spent two years before joining the University of Miami in Florida. After getting to know a young man in college and being introduced to his father’s outdoor advertising company, she decided to switch her degree from education to advertising and marketing when they got engaged. Ms. Kaye-Martin earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1955 and, while she did not end up marrying the young man, she remained dedicated to advertising and marketing as a field. Ms. Kaye-Martin began her career the same year she graduated, joining Harrison White Brooke Advertising in 1955. Going on to work with

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Lynette Jattan-Cunningham


A pediatrician with over 30 years of professional experience, Lynette S. Jattan-Cunningham, MD, FAAP, first developed her natural ability to nurture and care for children as the second child of nine, who was consistently tasked with watching her younger siblings. Initially considering becoming a teacher, she was greatly impacted by her experience falling ill from tetanus when she was 17. Becoming so sick that she needed to relearn how to walk, she gained a new appreciation for good health care, which led to her determination to do her best as a pediatrician. Enrolling at Concordia University in Montreal to study medical sciences, because those were the courses of study that were open at the time, she graduated with Bachelor of

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Kasidy Lowe


Holding considerable expertise in residential real estate, Kasidy B. Lowe began her studies with a Bachelor of Science in psychology with a minor in criminology and mental health from Middle Tennessee State University in 2013. From there, she pursued various real estate certifications and is currently certified in residential construction, ePro, new construction and as a new home specialist. She has also been certified as a seller representative specialist and accredited buyer’s representative through the National Association of Realtors. In 2021, Ms. Lowe achieved her real estate broker’s license. Embarking on her career as an assistant manager with Hibbett Sports while still in school, Ms. Lowe worked in that role from 2010 to 2015 before briefly spending time as a

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Yvette Grinnell


Yvette D. Grinnel is a certified master life coach, relationship workshop facilitator and ordained minister. Furthermore, between 1991 and 1996, she completed coursework in criminal justice and political science at Delaware Technical Community College and Seminole State College of Florida. In the early days of her career, she worked in banking, finance, human services and real estate, spending time as the vice president of the Framework Maintenance Corporation and serving seven years as a realtor. In 2006, following a major car accident, Ms. Grinnel found herself with a new perspective on life and decided to change paths. Following her marriage in 2009, she established a prayer group for wives in her community. Realizing the need for a space where they

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