Venture Capitalist and Entrepreneur Diane Yoo is Today’s Honoree

Diane Yoo is a results-driven entrepreneur and venture capitalist with more than 15+ years of experience. As an accredited investor, she has invested in 35+ companies with a focus on diverse founders. She created 15 funds in the last year alone and is in the 1% of Asian-American female founders who are also a partner. Diane has founded angel networks, venture funds, and investment networks. She is Founding Partner for a Medtech and Healthtech venture capital firm in partnership with the largest medical center of the world. With VC and accelerator expertise, she works extensively with over 700+ global companies and her firm has deployed significant capital into the startup ecosystem. She has launched numerous venture funds for over 15 universities across the US and has built a powerful co-investor US network with offices in Texas and New York. Diane is Co-founder of Global She Ventures, an accelerator in partnership with Rice University to catalyze global women entrepreneurs. Diane is also Co-founder to a national media platform, Identity Unveiled highlights trailblazing Asian American women who have broken barriers and become firsts in their industry. She is also an investment partner to several Silicon Valley funds including the largest women’s fund and the first FemTech fund in the nation. 

Diane is also mentor/partner to Global Venture Accelerator, a Rice University initiative. She serves as mentor/judge to Rice Business Plan Challenge, Rice University’s 48 Hr Accelerator, Gener8tor, Brandery, and Mass Challenge. She sits on numerous boards and advises other venture capital funds, diversity funds, and the largest women’s fund in Texas.  Diane was awarded “Diane Yoo Day” on August 26th for her international achievements in diversity leadership.  She received her MBA from Jesse H. Jones School of Business at Rice University. 

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Lady Logistix LLC Founder Tristen Simmons is Today’s Honoree

Tristen Simmons, a South Carolina based Logistics Consultant, Freight Broker, Fleet Owner, and Real Estate Investor has been in the transportation industry since 2009. Her professional experience encompasses many facets of the industry, including towing and recovery, freight dispatching, auto hauling, intermodal, OTR trucking and brokering. 

She is currently CEO and Founder of Lady Logistix LLC, a minority owned Freight Brokerage Firm headquartered in Summerville, SC.

Over the past 12 years, Tristen has assisted over 150 new Carriers and Freight Brokers with obtaining motor carrier authority and launching their trucking companies. In collaboration with Samantha Smith, she has trained over 600 individuals in the area of logistics. 

Tristen is one of the original founders and managing members of the Leading Ladies of Logistix. She is a South Carolina native and a Air Force Veteran. Tristen is looking forward to growing the organization with her partners and assisting women with their careers in transportation. 

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Petite2Queen Founder Lynn Whitbeck is Today’s Honoree

With 30+ years of executive sales experience and a passion for helping others grow, Lynn ventured into the mentorship world. She is the founder/CEO of Petite2Queen and Future Forward Sales, where she uses her sales expertise to guide entrepreneurs and business leaders to successful sales growth.

After a lifetime in executive leadership roles, Lynn shares her success stories and lessons learned to inspire others to transform their habits and emerge as leaders. She provides valuable insights for navigating everyday situations, challenges and opportunities in sales successfully. She’s a role model and a mentor for those seeking to master their sales and leadership skills.

Lynn is the Co-Author of a 4.8-Star Amazon-rated book: Practical Wisdoms @ Work. She has also been featured in USA Today, HuffPost, Chicago Tribune, and many more!

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Author Howard Mansfield is Today’s Honoree

About The Book:

Chasing Eden is about seekers, Americans searching for their Eden, longing for a Promised Land, a utopia somewhere out on the horizon. With his usual deep perception, humor, and grace, Howard Mansfield writes about “a small gathering of Americans” united by longing and devotion in their search for something perfect here on earth, a goal that is ever receding. Mansfield illuminates how this longing—for God, for freedom, for peace—can be found in every era, and gives form and force to our lives in our pursuit of happiness—“the primary occupation of every American.”

About The Author:

“Howard Mansfield has never written an uninteresting or dull sentence. All of his books are emotionally and intellectually nourishing,” said the writer and critic Guy Davenport. “He is something like a cultural psychologist along with being a first-class cultural historian. He is humane, witty, bright-minded, and rigorously intelligent. His deep subject is Time: how we deal with it and how it deals with us.”

Mansfield sifts through the commonplace and the forgotten to discover stories that tell us about ourselves and our place in the world. He writes about history, architecture, and preservation.

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Author and Herb Expert Sara-Chana Silverstein is Today’s Honoree

Hi, my name is Sara-Chana Silverstein. I wear many hats. I’m an energetic master multi-tasker.

I make frequent appearances on TV, radio shows and podcasts to teach women (and men) about herbs, the “peoples’ medicine.”

As a Master Herbalist RH (AHG) I spend much of my time teaching women about the use of complementary medicine, a practice which integrates alternative and conventional medicines. I show my clients how using herbs can help them become emotionally and physically stronger.

I am trained in Classical Homeopathy and I am an International Board-Certified Lactation/Breastfeeding Consultant (IBCLC). I have helped over 18,000 babies successfully breastfeed.

As a doula, I have helped deliver 450 babies.

I am also an author, columnist, keynote speaker, adult education teacher, community advocate for women and children, a wife and mother of seven children (yes, I birthed all of them).

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Technologist, Author and International Speaker Trina L. Martin is Today’s Honoree

Trina L. Martin is a technologist, author, international speaker, leadership coach, and podcaster. She uses her experiences to motivate audiences to overcome adversity, develop self-determination, and discipline. Trina also inspires emerging leaders to pursue their wildest dreams with heart and grit.

An accomplished IT professional and retired U.S. Naval Officer with 30 years of service, she has broken barriers and made strides in her career that many said weren’t possible. A native of Chicago, IL, Trina is the youngest of four children. The first in her family to attend college, and due to the lack of support at home, she knew she would have to achieve her own goal. With unwavering determination, she enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in the reserves to put herself through school at Alabama A&M University. Both of these choices fueled Trina’s desire to succeed and revealed the depths of her resiliency.

Naturally skilled at finding the harmony between technology, science, and data, she has led a stellar career in the Information Technology field. As an Intelligence Officer in the U.S. Navy, a Cyber Intelligence Analyst for the FBI, and now as the owner of her technology business, Trina has pierced the glass ceiling and excelled in positions typically held by men.

Throughout Trina’s career, the common denominator has been her ability to set goals and not only achieve but surpass them. Self-motivation, discipline, and hard work are the driving forces that helped her design a life and career that defied the odds stacked against her driving forces that helped her design a life and career that defied the odds stacked against her.

Trina is the author of the book, ‘From a Mess to Amazing: 7 Steps to Create the Life You Deserve’, a contributing writer for Thrive Global, and an author of the soon to be released anthology, ‘Make It Happen’.

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Silver Frog Marketing President and Marketing Director Christina Ross is Today’s Honoree

Christina Ross is the President and Marketing Director at Silver Frog Marketing and loves helping businesses with their creative design and overall marketing efforts.

She has spent the majority of her career in the marketing industry, gaining experiences in areas such as website design, social media marketing, TV/Radio broadcast and Google marketing.

While marketing is her primary job function by day, Christina also enjoys painting, yoga and spending time with her family.

Christina Ross has experience assisting businesses of all calibers with various budgets. She is particularly skilled in helping those businesses with a limited marketing budget find effective tactics to achieve their goals and get in front of their audiences with minimal resources.

Christina says, “If you are just starting your business and you have a low budget, make sure you focus on the “free” marketing opportunities, these are imperative to building a strong online presence.”

Here are the first things Christina advises focusing on:

1.  Create strong Facebook and LinkedIn pages.  Then, join networks and groups relevant to your business.  This is a great, free, way to engage with your customer base.

2. Have a good website with basic SEO.  You don’t have to spend thousands on a nice website, you could build one yourself, or find someone on Fiverr to help you out.  

3. Join local associations!  There are amazing ways to meet like minded people through local Chambers and National Associations relevant to your product.

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Author and Executive Coach Shasheen Shah is Today’s Honoree

You’ve achieved impressive goals and made your dreams come true. But now, something is blocking the energy. You’re no longer living life. You might be working around the clock (again!) or trying to figure out what to do next. You need to climb your next mountain, but you’ve hit a wall. And it’s standing between you and what matters most: authentic joy, motivation and fulfillment. Does this sound familiar?

In his transformative new book, The Kid and the King, Shasheen Shah opens his field-tested playbook to reveal the approach he has used one-on-one with top executives from companies such as Tesla, LinkedIn, Hewlett Packard, IBM and Ashley HomeStores, as well as many at the helms of startups, to help them realize not only outstanding business results, but also rewarding, balanced personal lives.

“There is an inherent duality within the human psyche: one that seeks to protect and operates from fear (the Kid) and the other that knows no bounds (the King or Queen),” Shasheen explained. “Understanding and allowing this duality to peacefully coexist is the key to living a successful and fulfilling life.”

In The Kid and the King, Shasheen takes readers on a step-by-step journey through the Emotional Mastery Process (EMP™), a system he uses to empower professionals worldwide, and provides compelling success stories that show his methods in action.

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Tiny Chefs Founder and Personal Coach Anna Reeves is Today’s Honoree

Anna was inspired to create Tiny Chefs by combining her experience teaching young children with her passion for cooking and baking. Tiny Chef’s cooking classes and birthday parties support Anna’s philosophy that children deserve the opportunity to explore food, nutrition, and cooking at their individual pace of learning. Anna grew up as a child baking with her mother and trying out new recipes for friends and family. Anna continues to grow her skills through various cooking and baking classes, and cooks with her three daughters.

As a Freedom Specialist for Divorced and Solo Moms, my mission is to help you let go of your past, create a new future, shed your doubt and become a champion for your children, where you can connect with them like never before. Traumatic moments in life happen — whether from divorce, the death of a loved one, or something totally unexpected — and staying connected or reconnecting with your kids is the most empowering thing you can do.

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LivLyme Foundation Founder Olivia Goodreau is Today’s Honoree

Anyone who doubts the power of children to make a positive impact on the world, needs to look no further than Olivia Goodreau.

Bitten by a tick at age six, Olivia soon experienced body aches, brain fogs, headaches, tremors, and black outs. Olivia and her parents bounced around to more than 50 doctors over the next three years looking for answers, until finally she was properly diagnosed with having Lyme disease. So instead of enjoying the spring breaks and summer fun like other children her age, Olivia’s time was spent having a liver biopsy, spinal tap and hundreds of tests that she didn’t need had her infliction been properly diagnosed at the start. This was all from one tick bite that she never saw and never had a rash. And 53 doctors missed everything.

Deciding that she needed to do something so others would not share her own harrowing experience, in 2017 at age 12 Olivia started her own nonprofit called the LivLyme Foundation. Its mission is to raise money for individuals who cannot afford their Lyme medication or doctors’ visits and to fund research to find a cure for Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. She has since awarded 54 grants to children and adults ages 2-21 along with four grants to top universities to fund tick-borne disease research. Olivia is also the inventor of TickTracker, the free global app that has over 50,000 users in multiple languages worldwide. TickTracker was selected by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as the “top tech tool” that is solving global health problems, beating out Oracle and IBM, among others.

With Lyme disease on the rise to record numbers throughout the country (with the potential to affect as many as 476,000 citizens before the year is out) Olivia has also become a strong advocate for early testing which is the key to successful treatment. She is a vocal advocate for the Sofia® 2 Lyme FIA by Quidel, a revolutionary test that provides patients and physicians with indicative results within 15 minutes, as opposed to days, which has historically been the norm (and during which time organisms can spread and become systemic). It can be performed in the privacy of a doctor’s office, local clinic or even by a nurse at a children’s summer camp; and it is the only test that can get results from a simple finger prick of blood.

Olivia’s journey has been nothing short of remarkable. She has presented TickTracker at the White House and has met with countless members of Congress, celebrities, scientists and governmental agencies to educate and spread awareness about tick-borne diseases.

Most notably, Olivia helped Senator Susan Collins pass the 2019 Kay Hagan Tick Act that allocated $138 million for tick-borne diseases. She has hosted three annual LivLyme Summit events where top Lyme scientists, doctors and advocates from around the world spoke to sold out audiences and has interned at Stanford University, Duke University and University of Southern California’s tick-borne disease labs.

Now, still just 16 years old, Olivia hopes the LivLyme Foundation will positively impact those who suffer and that her TickTracker will help educate the public and keep people safe while creating a database for researchers working to find a cure for Lyme and other tick-borne diseases.

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