Why Lead Up for Women?

Lead Up for Women was organized to provide a platform for every woman to have all of the resources needed in one organization to live her best life, whether that be rising to the upper rungs of the corporate ladder, launching her own business, or requiring the strength of many other women through leadership and inspiration regardless of her qualifications or achievements.

“THE CODE” of Professional Ethics

Our “Code” lays down the standards of integrity, professionalism and confidentiality which all members of the Association shall be bound to respect in their work.

Founders

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Colleen Biggs

Colleen Biggs strives to reach all leaders and entrepreneurs through influence to encourage the understanding that in order to be and have the life you desire, you must first Gain Clarity with the assistance of an Impact Coach! She survived an early childhood of chaos, loss, and abuse; through these trials she was able to accomplish her lifelong pursuit to love unconditionally, always give back and understands the magnitude an Impact Coach can have in reaching your greatest potential. She is an inspiration to others by helping them realize their worth, gain clarity, make money and excel, so they can influence others to do the same. Read more →

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David Corson

David Corson is the publisher/editor of Commercial Construction & Renovation, which he owns as F&J Publications LLC. He is a graduate of the University of Denver with an Economics & Political Science Degree as well played Men’s Lacrosse & Ice Hockey at DU. Read more →

Marilyn Brennan

Marilyn Brennan’s success throughout her career is based largely on her ability to connect with people quickly and deeply on multiple levels.  Though much of her career has been based in the project management area of business, it is always about understanding others needs and becoming an asset to the business relationship that almost always become a long lasting professional and personal connection.  Currently, Marilyn is the Associate Director of Business Development for American/Interstate Signcrafters, a multi-location National Sign Manufacturing company. Marilyn’s core background in project management within the sign industry allows her to connect with clients through shared knowledge of the challenges within the signage area of business.  Marilyn never felt sales was an avenue she would have chosen, with a degree in Elementary Education and most of her work experience in project management and management, however, being able to utilize a strategic selling method of relationship building was a perfect melding of her core strengths and beliefs. Marilyn is on several industry trade show boards and supports Women’s Retreats through CCR and the Women in Retail Receptions with SPECS.  Anyone who knows Marilyn, knows her true passion is her family and friends. Mother to three millennial’s, Marilyn is quick to tell you that she continues to learn and grow from her incredible children. Marilyn is excited to be a part of the Lead Up for Women organization and hopes to continue developing other strong, unique women.

Isyol Cabrera

Isyol Cabrera is originally from South America Venezuela. A visionary, creative professional, architect by trade that has been working with Carvel since April of 2103 and is currently working on the share services team of design and construction for the snacks group within FOCUS BRANDS as a Director. Isyol’s experience includes over 10 years of store development, design, construction, and project management for different companies including Starbucks and Church’s Chicken. Isyol is responsible for overseeing the store development phase of a project from initial concept design through construction and store opening. Isyol ensures that the brand’s image and operational standards are upheld to reflect Carvel’s current design guidelines and standards.

Gina Noda

I am the Founder & Principal Consultant of Connect Source Consulting Group, LLC. (CSCG) – Connect Source CONNECTS the retail world’s suppliers and various consulting companies to retail corporations across the country, specializing in Management Consultant and outsourced Business Development Services, helping individuals & businesses get to the next level. My company is based on the foundation of Conscious Capitalism, doing business with my HEART to elevate all of humanity, every contract that I receive I donate a portion to something that is near and dear to my HEART. I have a true PASSION and LOVE for CONNECTING with people on a deeper personal & professional level. My mission is showing others not only a better way to do business, how to lead from within and do business from your heart, with PURPOSE to help others but also a better way to LIVE life CONSCIOUSLY all the way around, the way LIFE was intended for us to LIVE!!! I LOVE to EMPOWER & INSPIRE others to have FUN, to live their PASSION & to CREATE the life that they DREAM of, along with developing a sense of PURPOSE/a more MEANINGFUL way to live & having FUN while doing it, which in-turn makes individuals & companies more successful overall, so creating a WIN/WIN/WIN for everyone!!!! People, Purpose, Passion, Planet, Profit #WORKNPLAY

Proud & active member of:  RCA, ICSC, RDI, CCRP, Pipeline for Women, Pink Petro, Lead Up for Women 

Dr. Tammy Bialek

Dr. Bialek is a native of Buffalo, NY.  She received a B.A. in Dance from the State University of New York at Buffalo and had a professional dance career abroad in Guam and Japan.  It was her own experience as a chiropractic patient that inspired her to receive both a Bachelor of Science and a Doctor of Chiropractic Degree from Logan Chiropractic College in St. Louis, M.O.  Dr. Bialek empowers her patients to be able to make strong healthcare decisions, addressing the most prevalent health concerns today. She is passionate about working with families throughout WNY, helping to improve their health and well-being.

Dr. Bialek is an Instructor for Activator Methods as well as an Advanced Proficiency Rated Provider. She is a member of the I.C.P.A. {International Chiropractic Pediatric Association} and is Webster In-Utero Constraint Technique Certified. Dr. Bialek is has lectured for HAWNY, Audubon Library Lecture Series, West Seneca School District, and for many other businesses throughout the WNY area. Other memberships include NAWBO, Niagara Business Associates and Amherst Chamber of Commerce.

Jennifer Greiser

Jennifer has proven successes in developing processes and procedures resulting in significant time and costs savings.  She has led numerous projects streamlining operations and increasing productivity. Jennifer has consistently demonstrated her expertise in: project management, strategic planning, employee development, contract administration, analytics and software implementation.  In addition to her “hard skills”, Jennifer’s commitment to integrity, combined with her excellent “soft skills” in communication, problem-solving, and process-oriented mentality, translates into a history of driving a unified vision ensuring successful team communication and cooperation. Her career in Development began at Brinker International almost 20 years ago and has over time worked for: restaurant organizations, a general contractor, a facility management company, and most recently for a nationwide retailer.  Jennifer’s personal goal is to share her knowledge and success mentoring women into their personal best-self.

Sawrie Becker

Sawrie Becker is the founder and owner of SBB Life Coaching and the Director of Development for Westminster Presbyterian Church in Buffalo, New York.  As a professional life coach, Sawrie works with individuals and small business owners to achieve personal and business success.  Throughout her life, Sawrie has been a dedicated community leader with a  genuine commitment to empowering women. She has served as the Commissioner of Public Advocacy and Executive Director of the Commission on the Status of Women for Erie County where she  led many successul efforts on behalf of women in the areas of pay equity and domestic violence awareness. Sawrie is a past-president of the Junior League of Buffalo and the Tennessee Coaches Alliance; a presenter to the United Nations’ Fourth World Conference on Women in Bejing, China.  Currently, Sawrie is a member and past-president of the Advisory Board of the Women’s Business Center at Canisus College. Sawrie holds a Bachelor of Arts.

Aly Chally

My name is Aly Chally and I am the Manager of the Store Planning and Design team at Aaron’s, Inc. I currently live in Atlanta, GA and I have my BFA in Interior Design from the Illinois Institute of Art. When I am not traveling, either for work or pleasure, I am continuing my work to receive my MBA. I hope that I am able to motivate others with the telling of my story and owning my own truth to achieve their own greatness. I am grateful to have the opportunity to help influence and inspire other women to reach their goals and touch their dreams and I am excited to be involved with Lead Up for Women and can’t wait to see what great surprises this year holds.

Lauren Albrecht

My name is Lauren Albrecht, and I am a Strategic Account Specialist focused on new business development and national account management for retailers in North America.  I help retail design and construction teams find solutions for flooring installation systems for their stores. Laticrete Intl. is a worldwide manufacturer of building products for retail and other commercial applications. Products include tile and stone setting materials, surface preparation, decorative and resinous floor coatings, sealers, and maintenance and cleaning products. With a comprehensive product catalogue, Laticrete provides technical problem-solving solutions, a broad distribution network, and LEED project certifications.
I am dedicated helping retailers specify the right mix of products, provide training for construction teams and contractors, assist in project tracking, and ensure you have local project support.

Shannon Polvino

Shannon Polvino is the PR and Account Manager at Insight International in Buffalo, New York. She serves on the Lead Up for Women Advisory Board and created and manages the Lead Up for Women #Thrive Thursday weekly articles spotlighting amazing women that inspire us.

Becky Easton

Rebecca Easton was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, where she was a proud graduate of both Salpointe Catholic High School and the University of Arizona. While she ultimately found a position she loved after graduation, Rebecca felt she could do something more, and it was her desire for something new and challenging which took her to Denver, Colorado for law school. Rebecca attended the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, graduating in 2011. She is now admitted to practice law in both Colorado and Arizona. Having gained experience in finance, collections, foreclosure, compliance analysis, and community association law, Rebecca stepped out to form Easton Law, PLLC in July, 2018. Through her practice she assists families, creatives, and business owners through estate planning and outside general counsel. Rebecca lives in the beautiful Eastmark community in east Mesa, Arizona with her husband, Ryan, and two loving cats. When she’s not running her law practice, you’ll find her working out with another company she is a part of, G-Fit Solutions, active in the Eastmark Leadership group, out at a concert, or raising money for youth music education programs through SOUNDS Academy, a Phoenix-based non-profit.  Education: Juris Doctor, University of Denver Sturm College of Law – May, 2011 / University of Denver Law Review, Senior Editor / Bachelor of Arts, University of Arizona – December, 2003 / Double Majors – Psychology & Spanish Linguistics / Minor – General Business

Professional Affiliations: Colorado Bar Association / Arizona Bar Association / SOUNDS Academy Board of Directors, Vice Chair Lead Up for Women, Advisory Board Member