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It’s not about how much money they earn, it’s about it takes to become successful!

Forbes releases list of the richest self-made women – topped by the founder of Little Caesars, Oprah and a roofing tycoon

  • Forbes released its third annual list of wealthiest self-made women
  • Topping list is Marian Ilitch, who co-founded Little Caesars with late husband
  • Ilitch’s fortune is estimated to be worth $5.1billion 
  • Second richest self-made woman is ABC Supply co-founder Diane Hendricks
  • Hendricks’ fortune is estimated to be valued at $4.9billion
  • Judy Love and Oprah Winfrey are tied for third on the list

Courtesy of MailOnline.com / Diane Hendricks


1. Marian Ilitch, 84, co-founder of Little Caesars ($5.1B)

2. Diane Hendricks, 70, roofing ($4.9B)

3. Judy Love, 79, retail and gas stations ($2.9B)

3. Oprah Winfrey, 63, television shows ($2.9B)

5. Doris Fisher, 85, Gap clothing ($2.7B)

6. Judy Faulkner, 73, Health IT ($2.5B)

6. Meg Whitman, 60, eBay ($2.5B)

8. Johnelle Hunt, 85, trucking ($2.4B)

9. Elaine Wynn, 75, casinos and hotels ($2.1B)

10. Lynda Resnick, 74, agriculture ($2B)

11. Peggy Cherng, 69, fast food ($1.8B)

12. Thai Lee, 58, IT provider ($1.6B)

12. Sheryl Sandberg, 47, Facebook ($1.6B)

14. Jin Sook Chang, 54, fashion retail ($1.5B)

15. Gail Miller,  73, car dealerships and Utah Jazz basketball team ($1.2B)

16. Sara Blakeley, 46, Spanx ($1.1B)

16. Eren Ozmen, 58, aerospace ($1.1B)

18. Carolyn Rafaelian, 50, jewelry ($1B)

19. Alice Schwartz, 90, biotech ($950M)

20. Christel DeHaan, 74, time shares ($900M)

21. Jayshree Ullal, 56, technology ($840M)

22. Nancy Zimmerman, 53, hedge funds ($800M)

23. Weili Dal, 55, semiconductors ($770M)

24. Sheila Johnson, 68, Black Entertainment Television ($750M)

24. Neerja Sethi, 62, IT consulting and outsourcing ($750M)

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4515176/Oprah-Beyonce-Forbes-richest-self-women.html#ixzz4hY82G290

May 19, 2017 0 comment
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Discovering the True Ingredients of Success one Leader at a Time!

Identifying Successful South Florida Leaders and What it Takes to Accomplish the Unimaginable.  This week meet John D’Eri (Rising Tide Car Wash).

What are the true ingredients of success?

Success can be measured in many ways and depending on whom you talk to, the definition of success can be very different. We are drawn to certain career paths for a variety of reasons. We explore career paths based on likes, our dislikes, subjects that interest us the most, better opportunities for getting a job, or it could be based on family reasons.

In the case of John D’Eri, it was all about family. He chose to buy a business to give his son, Andrew, and others like him that have Autism hope and help them live fulfilling lives.

John, a Social Entrepreneur, opened his carwash a little over 4 years ago with his son, Tom.  Rising Tide Car Wash and is located in Parkland, FL. When they bought the business back in 2012 they were dong 40K cars a year and now they are doing a staggering 160K cars a year. Basically tripled their business in a short amount of time.

In order to handle all this business John is dedicated to employing and training people who are autistic, including his son Andrew. John’s primary mission was to employee adults with Autism and provide them with an opportunity to build a career and live an independent lifestyle. Rising Tide Car Wash is one of the largest employers of people with Autism in the U.S. with 92 employees. This number will grow as they get ready to open their 2nd location in Margate, FL come this Spring.


What fascinated me about this business and lead me to write this article in their critical ingredients for success. They pride themselves on their culture and having the highest standards in the industry. They reinforce positive behavior, which in turn increase employee motivation. This family gives people with Autism HOPE.  There is a ton of camaraderie and support for one another. They have pizza parties to celebrate successful weeks and they acknowledge star performers by highlighting employees through their Employee Spotlight program. These might seem basic to some but so many leaders don’t take the time to appreciate their employees. Recognition programs and Celebrations have a major impact on morale. These are philosophies every business can establish and it shows dedication to your most precious assets, Employees. Yes, it takes time and energy, but the pay-offs are enormous.

While I was doing my research, I found a quote John used, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What you are doing for others?” – Martin Luther King, Jr. When your focus is on giving back and improving lives of others, success will follow.


I urge you to go to their website and read all the wonderful reviews. As John put it, “This is not a charity, it has to be a business.” A thriving business at that! Many of the reviews from customers are about the actual customer service they received and not about what they are doing for the community and Autism, which is just as commendable. They do a great job washing cars and that is what keeps them in business.

John and his son, Tom, also get the word out through participating in Ted Talks, seminars, and even a testimony to the United Nation.

If you love what they stand for, you can also join the movement. Visit www.risingtidecarwash.com.

Follow on Facebook @RisingTideCarWash

Follow on Twitter @RisingTideWash

April 10, 2017 0 comment
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why start a blog

My Journey – This is Just the Beginning!

I was recently asked why I started my blog.  The answer for me was simple, I do this blog because I love it!  I have finally found the creative outlet I have been looking for.  It didn’t take me long to answer the question but I did enjoy reflecting on my answer after the fact.  The reality is I have 3 very active girls in club volleyball, I work full time and most people already see me as extremely busy with not a lot of extra time on my hands. I think those who don’t blog view it as an extra job.

I started writing my blog about 7 months ago. Honestly, when I started this blog most people would have thought there was no way I could include this into my week, me included.  What I found was that I made the time because I found a huge enjoyment out of completing one. There was a thrill I got when I finished an article and hit the PUBLISH button.  Even through, at the time, I knew not many people were reading it (if any).  I didn’t discuss this with anyone because I was embarrassed and worried people wouldn’t like what I had to say.

One day I got the nerve to post an article on LinkedIn.  After a few more posts, LinkedIn Pulse published one of my articles,  Should you Take a Different Approach or be Patient.  It was so exciting to see all the likes, shares and comments on what I wrote.  It was also a little nerve-racking!  I was anxious to open up LinkedIn with the possibility of seeing something negative.  After reviewing all the comments, I realized for the most part they were very positive and thoughtful.  If I read a negative comment, it was overshadowed by all the encouraging responses.

The response I received from this article, gave me the courage to show my husband.  Until then I think he believed I had some kind of online diary that no one was reading.  It probably wasn’t far from the truth. You could see him light up when he read all the comments and realized people were paying attention.  I will have to say, after LinkedIn shared my article, I was hooked.

I enjoy sharing my insight and I truly hope someone can learn and grow from my experiences.  At the same time, I know this process is allowing me to grow as a person.  I’ve explored and learned so many things about myself since I started writing.  I’ve exposed areas about myself that I want to change and realized many of my strengths and I want to sharpen. All in all, the process of starting this blog has been extremely positive and life altering.  I’ve realize the way to I want to carry out the second half of my life while helping people navigate through theirs.

Now that I have written several articles and was lucky to have one published on LinkedIn Pulse, I am determined to reach as many people as I can. I’m here to tell you there is no magic button to help you. I read as much as I can and it is pretty much all the same advice (good content, consistency, and promote with social media).  Although I’ve been doing this for 7 months, I’m certainly nowhere near where I want to be and it’s definitely not coming easy.

I’m at the beginning stages of this journey and I’ve just scratched the surface. So far, I have found Facebook and Pinterest to have more impact (engagement), even though I spent way more time on Twitter and LinkedIn trying to gain followers and traffic to my website. Moving forward, I am going to focus on Facebook and Pinterest and report back my findings. I will also share other avenues that have an impact on my follower growth and engagement. If you are interested in starting a blog of your own, first do it because you love it. Getting people to read your articles is hard work!


January 11, 2017 0 comment
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Think Big

Will “Thinking Big” Stand in your Way?

Yes, you read that right!  Are you actually afraid of success?  Let me expand on that a bit with thoughts I have about this subject.  Several times a day, we are delivered messages to Think Positive, have Big Dreams, You Deserve Success, don’t let anything Stand in your Way, and the positive messages keep coming and coming.  I completely get it and I am one of those that love sending and receiving those positive messages for motivation and inspiration.  When I get these little reminders throughout the day, it get’s my head back in the right spot and it reminds me to keep pushing for my dreams.  But then…

I start to think about wanting more and achieving my actual goals and negative thoughts creep in my head.  Am I that selfish?  Do I expect too much?  I think about how fortunate I already am with the things I have.  I have three (3) healthy children, I have been married to my best friend for 17 years, I have successful job and make a great income so I start to feel guilty that I actually want more.  I start to think the people who have a lot less than I do and more unfortunate and how wrong it is for me to actually wish for what I am wishing.

Am I supposed to be content or do I keep driving for the end goal?  I know this sounds like a lot of negative talk that I do with myself but it happens.  Do people really believe in me or do they think all my “adventures” are nonsense and just humor me?  You can see how these thoughts can sabotage you and can stand in the way of your own success.   I have to give myself a pep talk and remind myself to always be grateful for what I have and it’s okay to think BIG.

You have also heard people say that successful people fail many times before they succeed.  I have certainly had my fair share of failures that took a toll on my time and wallet.  Sure I learned a lot from these experiences but, at the end of the day, they failed!  It’s difficult to see the benefit from these experiences since I sacrificed so much but I’m sure there are benefits somewhere.  You question whether this next adventure will be the one to actually succeed and this time and energy will finally be worth it.

Although it is critical to stay positive, I thought it was important to discuss some of the negative thoughts that arise and how you have to be your biggest fan at the end of the day.  Allow yourself to have these thoughts but work through them.  Remind yourself that you do deserve to accomplish your goals and doing so will not jeopardize your family, your health, or your sanity.  As long as your not putting yourself in financial ruins and you enjoy your experiences, keep moving forward.  Envision your success and show gratitude.  Once you can accept that you do deserve it and remove the road blocks, the opportunities will come and nothing can stand in your way. Don’t sabotage yourself!  Don’t stand in your own way!

Here is my wish for you:

You are now out of your comfort zone and you are getting closer to accomplishing your dreams!  DREAM BIG!

January 1, 2017 12 comments
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Biggest Fan

Why it’s Important to Be Your Biggest Fan!

As you have already discovered, you will be faced with many challenges (good and bad) as you go through life. You may be fortunate to have a wonderful support system that lifts you up, pats you on the back, and carries you on. They give you the strength to accomplish remarkable things and you count your blessings every day because without them, where would you be?

I caution you not to rely too heavily on others affirmations as you face trials and tribulations. There are going to be times in your life when you are going to desire this support, but when you look around, no one is there. Now what do you do? Do you just crumble? Of course not! You look deep in yourself and you find your internal strength. You analyze the situation, give yourself your own motivational speech, and you go for it. You have faith in yourself and you know you can overcome any obstacle with the right attitude and perseverance.

laptop woman happy

Laptop woman happy giving thumbs up success sign sitting at computer PC with excited face expression. Beautiful smiling cheerful multiracial Asian Caucasian student girl on white background.


August 29, 2016 1 comment
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Confidence in the Workplace

5 Easy Steps to Build Back Confidence

Even the most confident individuals will lose confidence in the workplace at certain points throughout their career.  Maybe you just started a new job, you bombed a presentation, you didn’t complete an important project on time, or you realized you have toilet tissue coming out from under your skirt and you just walked by the big boss.  In any of these cases, your confidence can waiver.  Oh no, what are people going to think of me?  How do I fix this?  What’s important is that you recognize what you are going through and accept it.  Once you identify the issue and accept it, you can get past the moment and get stronger.

Anyone who is a high achiever wants to be their best at all times.  If something gets in their way, they may rethink their abilities.  At the same time, high achievers will quickly gain back their confidence and grow from the situation.

July 11, 2016 0 comment
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