We are a proud supporter of Michigan ATHENA and the founding principles of developing, supporting and honoring women leaders and those who inspire them. ATHENA celebrates wisdom, courage, inspiration, strength and authenticity of women leadership and it's in this spirit, we bring to you the #Lead Like a Woman” Spotlight Series as part of our Michigan ATHENA mission.
The series is intended to energize and inspire women to reach their fullest leadership potential. #LeadLikeAWoman Spotlight Series features interviews with women throughout Michigan who are reshaping the leadership landscape in their fields. The interviews are full of practical advice related to leadership, and often sprinkled with a dose of inspiration and humor. We hope this series inspires you and challenges you to think differently. If you are inspired and want to reach out to any of the featured women, we encourage you to connect with them directly with the link found within their story. Enjoy.
Shelley Davis Boyd
Director of Communications, PR & Marketing
Michigan Association of School Boards
A seasoned professional with over 20 years of experience, Shelley is a trained and certified Business Image Coach who believes that women in leadership positions must mentor and support other women and minority groups who work hard every day and aspire to be leaders. "We must speak up and use the power we have to extend a hand to those who haven’t yet made it to where we are."
Manistee Area Chamber of Commerce
In addition to her role at the Manistee Chamber, Stacie works as a certified fitness/bootcamp instructure at Munson Healthcare Manistee Hospital. "Women are resilient. We have tremendous dedication to work extra hard to get to the top. Most of the time, we have to prove we can be in the leadership roles. The best thing we as women can do is to support and empower one another."
Susan Censoni, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
Fortis Energy Services, Inc.
Susan's primary responsibility at Fortis is to provide leadership and coordination of company financial planning, debt financing, and budget management functions. To be a leader, says Susan, "you have to keep working on yourself. Continual education is extremely important to develop and grow. When things get tough, your character is revealed (not made)."
President & CEO
Before joining AF Group, Lisa served as COO for Texas Mutual Insurance Company. Her professional honors include the Woman of Influence award from the Austin Business Journal, and the 2017 Women to Watch award from Business Insurance. "Leadership to me means 'Servanthood.' I have found so much personal reward in understanding and working to meet the needs of others."
Project Manager/Chief Happiness Officer
At Michigan Creative, Cassidy's main focus is account management, sales and outreach. A 2016 graduate of Michigan State University, Cassidy has a passion for volunteering in her community and an even stronger passion for the environment. "I’m constantly inspired by the women in my life...I wouldn’t be where I’m at today without their guidance and support."
Patricia J. Scott
Lawyer, Shareholder & Practice Group Leader
Foster Swift Collins & Smith, PC
Recognized in 2019 as a "Rising Star" for her work as a civil litigation plaintiff attorney, Patricia serves as leader of Foster Swift's Finance, Real Estate and Bankrupty law practice group. For Patricia, a good leader always leads by example. "None of us are perfect, but we must put our best foot forward and help others do the same."
Self Love Beauty
Since graduating from Northern Michigan University with a degree in Health & Fitness Management, Sarah has spent her time serving others as a life coach. Stacie believes that "when we lead from a place where we are purposed and connected, the potential is limitless; we will never know the amount of change we have initiated in the world. Keep being, let go of striving."