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Women Of Influence

From Columbus Business First, Women of Influence is an interview series showcasing some of the most powerful women in the Central Ohio business community. Hosted by Eleanor Kennedy, Assistant Managing Editor.


Last Episode Date: 10 May 2024

Total Episodes: 103

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10 May 2024
78. Helen Speiser, Owner & Founder, Third Street Digital

Today we are joined by the Founder and Owner of Third Street Digital, Helen Speiser, to chat about her career journey, what inspired her to launch an agency of her own, and how she walks the walk as a people-first employer.Learn more at https://columbusbusinessfirst.comProdu...

14 min
19 April 2024
77. Heather Hiller, General Counsel and Senior Vice President, The Daimler Group

Today's featured business leader is Heather Hiller, General Counsel and Senior Vice President at The Daimler Group.Heather illustrates her experience as a woman in a male-dominated field, surveys the shifting landscape of remote vs. office working, shares some great career a...

14 min
9 February 2024
76. Brooke Minto, Executive Director & CEO, Columbus Museum of Art

Today we're joined by Brooke Minto, the Columbus Museum of Art's new Executive Director and CEO.With over 20 years of curatorial, educational, and fundraising experience all around the world, Brooke brings a fresh approach and big goals to the 145-year-old museum on East Bro...

15 min
8 December 2023
75. Leah McDougald, Owner, McDougald Research

Today's guest, Leah McDougald, works in the field of design research, studying our world and people in it on behalf of Columbus's biggest brands, to innovate better experiences, products, and services.It's wide-reaching work: even as she now runs her own business, Leah remai...

16 min
13 October 2023
74. Rehgan Avon, Co-Founder & CEO, AlignAI

Rehgan Avon felt the time had come to start her own company. She had been thinking about it for a while, reflecting on the ways artificial intelligence was impacting businesses and the unsolved issues she saw across industries.So she made the jump, putting in her notice and ...

25 min
22 September 2023
73. Julie Granillo, President & CEO, Paul Werth Associates

Julie Granillo didn't expect to take the top job at Paul Werth Associates when she did. Her aunt and mentor, Sandy Harbrecht Ratchford, died this summer after decades running the family business.Just four years earlier, she'd suggested Julie, then living in Nashville, come b...

19 min
18 August 2023
72. Live from the Inaugural Women Of Influence Awards

For nearly five years, our Women of Influence podcast has featured conversations with some of the most influential female executives in Central Ohio. This year, Columbus Business First decided to take things a step further with the launch of our inaugural Women of Influence ...

30 min
21 July 2023
71. Lisa Shuneson, CEO, Whalen CPAs

When Lisa Shuneson talks about accounting, it makes you want to be an accountant. Her passion for the industry is all the more notable given her path to it — while she studied accounting in school, she took a long break to have a couple kids before finally taking the CPA e...

25 min
16 June 2023
70. Christy Farnbauch, Exec. Director, Contemporary Theatre of Ohio

Christy Farnbauch serves as executive director of the Contemporary Theatre of Ohio. If that name's not familiar to you, perhaps you might know the organization by its former brand: CATCO.The just-completed and revealed rebranding is one of the first major projects undertaken...

27 min
19 May 2023
69. Melody Birmingham, Executive VP, NiSource & Group President, NiSource Utilities

Melody Birmingham was a bit of a “unicorn” early in her career. There weren’t many young Black women from the Midwest in management at the Rochester, New York car factory she started her career at after college. But while she did stand out during her time there and lat...

26 min
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