First up will be award-winning business entrepreneur and author, Vonda White, who will share her remarkable life story from her days as a food stamp child. The second guest is an equally as motivating role model for women—mother of five, Karen Moulder, who was the first female firefighter in Brownsville, Texas.
Both women are slated to appear next Thursday, May 16, during Deanne DeMarco’s weekly hour-long program on the VoiceAmerica Empowerment Radio network.
Vonda White, founder and CEO of Collegiate Risk Management, a company providing health and accident insurance to thousands of students nationwide, has received numerous awards for her business achievements. She is author of “Success Against The Odds” and has hosted her own radio show called “Let’s Talk Success.”
Vonda’s life today is a far cry from her childhood, raised by a divorced mom who had to accept welfare and food stamps. Young Vonda’s contribution to the family finances was collecting and redeeming empty soda cans. As a teenager—at her third attempt—she won the Idaho state beauty pageant. The triumph came with college tuition and the beginning of a new life which led her into a record-setting insurance sales career and the launch of her own business while six months pregnant.
Deanne DeMarco, who has twenty successful years as a career coach and entrepreneur, said, “From her childhood Vonda learned first-hand the power of persistence, self-image and goal-setting. I will be asking her for her inspiring insights so she can help all of my listeners.”
Karen Moulder entered a man’s world when few women did so. A lifetime of breaking personal and professional barriers was epitomized by her getting hired in 1983 as the first female member of the Brownsville, Texas Fire Department. She says that her tomboyish nature and single mother status led her to this fascinating and dangerous career which lasted 10 years.
A serious car accident brought Karen’s life as a firefighter to an end but launched her in a new direction. She went back to college and majored in business. After college she managed a physician’s office and obtained her certification in medical billing. Subsequently, she moved to Massachusetts and started her own medical billing company. Karen wrote the book “Burning Barriers” to share her life story and encourage other women to pursue their dreams.
DeMarco said, “Karen spent years protecting lives and property and educating the public on fire safety. She is a true trail-blazer and has an inspiring story.”
Deanne DeMarco herself has used her innovative strategies—drawn from successful experiences as a scientist, college instructor, management trainer, Fortune 500 manager, author and entrepreneur—
“Today’s Inspiring Women” airs Thursdays at noon Pacific on the VoiceAmerica Empowerment Radio. www.voiceamerica.com/
About The Host:
Deanne DeMarco’s career has revolved around helping people break through boundaries and career roadblocks. She has a strong business background with expertise in medicine, education and utilities. As a medical scientist she was on the original three-member team that first discovered the cancer link to second-hand smoke. As a corporate trainer her management coaching program won national recognition from Training Magazine’s Top 100. Deanne conducts fun, interactive workshops and seminars and is a keynote speaker at business and association meetings around the world. For more information:
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