Living Brave Co-authors Dr Hilda Villaverde and Mary Beth Stern with Angela Johnson of FABRIC and Silver Rose of Silver Speaks
Co-authors and business owners Dr. Hilda Villaverde and Mary Beth Stern have spent their life-long careers hearing the voices of other business owners, entrepreneurs and working women. In their most recent book, Living Brave… Women in Business, Compelling Stories of How ONE Can Make a Difference, they have included the voices of nearly 50 local Phoenix female entrepreneurs and business owners. Through a series of twelve questions, the women answer and address the challenges and rewards of entrepreneurship and business ownership and offer their candid stories of struggle, success, fear, and bravery. Each woman presents a call to action, inviting the reader to explore, embrace and eventually transform her life to her own version of what success means to her.
Dr. Hilda Villaverde’s career in the beauty industry as a highly respected stylist and accomplished business owner spans four decades. As the owner of Pluma Designs, a hair studio in Scottsdale, Arizona, she is a recognized public speaker and educator incorporating her business sense and use of humor to motivate and lead women to reach their highest potential in both their personal and professional lives. Hilda earned her Doctorate in Religious Studies with a minor in Pastoral Counseling from Emerson Institute and is the author of seven published books, including her newest book in the Living Brave series, Living Brave…Women In Business, Compelling Stories of How ONE Can Make a Difference.
Mary Beth Stern’s acumen in marketing, advertising, public relations, and special events consulting has touched countless customers over the past twenty-plus years. She has given a voice to numerous businesses and organizations to increase their visibility, awareness and profitability. She has worked with a variety of nonprofit organizations in creating unique fundraising events and has moderated and brought her distinctive touch to fashion shows, presentations and events. Mary Beth earned a B.A. from St. Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana and recently co-authored her third Living Brave book in the series, Living Brave. . . Women in Business, Compelling Stories of How ONE Can Make a Difference with Dr. Hilda Villaverde.
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Angela Johnson is an award winning, eco-friendly clothing designer with nearly 25 years of experience in the fashion industry as a Designer, Production Manager, Educator, Consultant, Illustrator, and industry insider. She is best known for creating Arizona’s fashion industry directory LabelHorde, co-founding the non-profit AZ Apparel Foundation, and opening F.A.B.R.I.C., the AZ fashion industry incubator building in downtown Tempe. She also creates award-winning, elaborately constructed ball gowns and other garments from “thrifted” and recycled T-shirts at Angela Johnson Design, LLC.
Silver Rose is an Employee Engagement Thought Leader and was born and grew up in Boston. She went to San Diego City College, majoring in Journalism. When her family moved to Nevada she joined them and began her meteoric career. She was Administrative Assistant to the Governor of Nevada at 23. At age 25, she owned an insurance agency and was selected as one of the Outstanding Young Women of America. She was recruited by a British Media Tycoon to be his second in command including serving as Creative Director and Head of Sales.
For the next 20 years she was in the Computer industry where her three specialties were Human Resources, Sales and Marketing. Three of her management positions included Manager of Sales Database, Manager of Marketing Intelligence and Vice President of Sales & Marketing where she grew sales by 250%. For the last decade, Silver has been devoted to the study and implementation of employee engagement strategies, heading her own Management Consulting and Executive Coaching Practice.