WHO WE ARE
The Founders of Women’s Leadership LIVE, Linda McMahon, Stacey Schieffelin and Debbie Saviano each built their own successful companies. They represent business success at the multi-million and billion dollar levels in the product, service, entertainment and media industries. Their businesses have adapted to new technologies and are international in scope with hundreds of employees and millions of customers, clients and B2B partners. Their lives demonstrate an understanding of work/life balance that includes family, community service, self-improvement and self-care that is of paramount importance for women.
These ladies came together in a very serendipitous way to form Women’s Leadership LIVE. Stacey and Debbie met at local conference where Debbie was a speaker. Stacey introduced herself afterwards and expressed her interest in hiring Debbie to assist her with managing her social media platforms. They quickly formed an immediate friendship. One evening after a LIVE HSN show where Debbie had been Stacey’s guest, they found themselves discussing the importance of forming a unique movement or platform that would elevate women and impress upon them that advocating for yourself is being in the room with the RIGHT people. By formulating a community (or dream team) of like-minded women to help carry the ball down the proverbial field TOGETHER would be something truly incredible.
With the support of their two enlightened husbands, Debbie and Stacey put together a business plan but needed someone’s critical eye and genuine feedback to see if their idea had legs. So they scheduled some time to meet with Linda at her office in Connecticut. Stacey had met Linda when Linda had campaigned for Senate back in 2010. They continually ran into one another at various rallies so they had established a casual friendship. One day at a luncheon, where Stacey was a keynote speaker, Linda’s assistant won a ybf beauty gift basket that Stacey had provided. Linda and Stacey struck up a conversation; as a result their friendship blossomed.
What was to be a 30-minute appointment between the three gals, ended up being an entire afternoon of easy and excited banter discussing all the potential possibilities. Linda had suggestions and plenty of input but found herself not only offering to invest in the venture but wanting to be an integral part of its way forward. Women’s Leadership LIVE not only had legs but now wings as well.
The Founders have dedicated their energies, talents and passion to create a place ensuring that the stories of women – their courage, compassion, complexity, and humor – are embodied in one empowering place – a place that will make a difference in other women’s lives – Women’s Leadership LIVE.
The kindest mogul you’ll ever meet.
An original Founder and Former CEO of Women’s Leadership LIVE. Linda McMahon now serves as the 25th Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). As a member of the President’s cabinet, she advocates on behalf of the 30 million small businesses in America. She leads a team of professionals dedicated to ensuring entrepreneurs have the support and tools they need to start, grow and succeed in business, specifically through access to capital and federal contracting opportunities; counseling and mentorship; and financial assistance following declared disasters.
An entrepreneur and business executive herself, McMahon is the co-founder and former chief executive officer of WWE, based in Stamford, Connecticut. She helped grow WWE from a 13-person regional operation to a publicly traded global enterprise with more than 800 employees in offices worldwide.
McMahon has been a longtime advocate for women in leadership and business and has been widely recognized as one of the country’s top female executives. She stepped down as CEO of WWE in 2009 to run for the U.S. Senate and was the Republican nominee to represent the people of Connecticut in 2010 and 2012.
McMahon is a graduate of East Carolina University. She and her husband, Vince, have two adult children and six grandchildren.
“When I was a CEO, I wanted to show women that there are no limits to what they can achieve, whether through entrepreneurship, government, science or any path they choose, and there is plenty of room for women at the top.”
A business gal’s best friend.
Stacey Schieffelin is a Co-Founder of Women’s Leadership LIVE, the Founder and Former CEO of ybf (your best friend) beauty, LLC, and Models Prefer Beauty. With hands on experience in vital aspects of entrepreneurship and business development (product creation|design, marketing, logistics|operations), she is a market disruptive business leader. Stacey is deeply soulful and entrepreneur-centric with over 24 years’ experience and hundreds of hours and millions of dollars in LIVE TV Retail Sales globally. Under her direction, their team of product curators work diligently to drive economic development and personal prosperity for all. It is the mission of Women’s Leadership LIVE team to collaborate and support passionate entrepreneurs that create customer solutions-based products.
“Women’s Leadership LIVE’s driving principle is to build a world where women obtaining and exercising power is both expected and commonplace.”
The teacher you always wanted.
Debbie Saviano is one of the three Founders of Women’s Leadership LIVE and with a background in pre-K to High-School education, she continues to use her knowledge as a cornerstone for developing, nurturing, and maintaining relationships. Her ability to demonstrate “ROI – Return on Influence” via Social Media enables Entrepreneurs to not only be connected on a global scale but when used appropriately can be one of the most powerful resources available.
A writer and creator of content from articles to blogs to books, she has authored or co-authored; LinkedIn Strategies, Brilliant Speakers, Business Success with Ease and Navigating Entrepreneurship, all of which focus on avenues of the Entrepreneurial journey.
“Women’s Leadership LIVE seeks to elevate and uplift women, encouraging them to pursue their own dreams and passions.”
Angel Investor, Entrepreneur and skilled corporate operating officer, David CFO, Managing Director for Women’s Leadership LIVE is an Angel Investor, Entrepreneur, and skilled corporate operating officer. David has the cross-disciplined experience to create and execute a Company’s strategic plan alongside founders, advisory teams, key advisors, and partnerships. David began his career with a two year stop on the floor of the NY Stock Exchange working with then trading giant Speer Leeds & Kellogg.
Then, over twelve years, successfully rising to Senior Vice President at Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp, News America Marketing division, where he built new businesses and managed multiple teams generating hundreds of millions of dollars in sales annually gaining extensive operational, financial, sales and marketing experience. David quickly put to use his skills for business innovation as co-founder of two successful electronic | TV retail businesses spanning more than 24 years. A disrupter in IoT, David developed groundbreaking wearable sensor technology in partnership with Verizon, AT&T, Cisco and Accenture that put his company on the front page of the Wall Street Journal.
A Harvard graduate, he is active in numerous entrepreneur trade associations and certified by the InBIA as a Developer of Business Incubators.
Sharon L. Tochterman
Sharon focusses her 26 years in TV Retailing and Event production to the mission of supporting women in business. While attending Arizona State University she became one of the first interns at QVC and quickly learned the business. In 1995 Sharon took on a full-time role at QVC and eventually became a Coordinating Producer in the Remote Department. She worked on over 35 remote productions a year for 7 years. She coordinated shows in 47 of the 50 states; Hawaii and Alaska as well as international shows in Australia, New Zealand, France, Italy, and England - including live shows from numerous Super Bowls, two Olympics, and the Cannes Film Festival.
In 2003, Sharon was recruited to join HSN in St Petersburg where she took on the role of Supervising Producer supporting high profile guests. Over the years she has worked with Jennifer Lopez, Maria Carey, Randy Jackson, and Gwen Stefani, as well as the NFL, and all TV Remotes.
Sharon developed her career by creating new roles to support the organization which lead her to the role of VP TV Development and Events. She has worked on many projects that have been a part of rebranding HSN, including bringing the movie experience to HSN with such hits as Eat, Pray, Love, Cinderella, Maleficent, Oz the Great and Powerful, Kung Fu Panda 3, Alice Through the Looking Glass and many more. Sharon also production managed music concerts with artists including Rod Stewart, Lionel Richie, Josh Groban and Michael Bolton. She is well versed in organizing multi-platform events, working with High Profile Talent and Vendors.
Sharon has built teams of 8 people to over 150 people and is excited about the opportunities to support new adventures every day.
Eric S. Tochterman
Director of New Business – Consumables Ι Do It Yourself
Eric’s keen eye for detail, learned from years of food preparation for TV Retail, makes him an indispensable member of the New Business team as a product curator of consumables, as well as home improvement items for the kitchen, and DIY.
Eric’s culinary career began in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as an aspiring chef working at local restaurants while in High School. Upon Graduating from High School, Eric went to the Philadelphia Restaurant School and graduated in 1993. While in school, Eric worked full time at a local restaurant and was a part of a training trip to France. Once Eric graduated, he began working at a prestigious golf club in Malvern, Pennsylvania. Over the next 10 years Eric developed his skills as a chef by creating menus and becoming the head chefs’ lead line cook. It was during this time that Eric created recipes that are still signatures on the menu today.
While Eric worked in the restaurant, he freelanced as a TV food stylist for QVC, and a Discovery Channel show Epicurious. He has worked in studio kitchens, and on remote locations broadcasting shows with a live studio audience. In February of 2003, Eric accepted an offer to run the Broadcast Kitchen for HSN and the sister network Americas Store, (AS). Eric would become the Culinary Supervisor, in charge of a 24hr staff and freelance food stylists. Eric managed all the cooking programming for two 24/7 live networks. He focused on enhancing the culinary shows and had many successes.
Eric decided to take a different path in April of 2007. He started his own company and transition to working as a freelance On-Air Chef, food stylist., and caterer. Over the years Eric has worked with dozens of celebrity Chefs including Curtis Stone, Ming Tsia, Lorena Garcia, Scott Connant, Wolfgang Puck, Roy Yamaguchi, Todd English, and Gordon Ramsay.
With more than 15 years of experience Eric has developed food demonstrations, live on-air presentations, and represents numerous brands as an On-Air Guest resulting in millions of dollars in sales.
Curator of New Business
The Noisemaker - the term ‘noisemaker’ pretty much sums up Brian Glenn. From his first TV gig with TV legend Merv Griffin, where he dressed up as the NBC peacock to creating original video content for television audiences. I approach TV with a marketing mindset. Let’s make it memorable’, says Brian. Early on in his career he worked at a well-known advertising agency in southeast Texas where he handled PR/marketing campaigns for clients in the automotive, consumer goods and health industries. There he won several awards and was asked to be in front of the camera. The organizations knew no one could sell the message better than Brian. “I wrote it, I knew the product and it was an easy transition”’ says Glenn.
In 1999 Brian stepped away from television to become an entrepreneur. Joining forces with a family member, he created a frozen custard business based in Kill Devil Hills, NC called ‘Kill Devils Frozen Custard & Beach Fries’. Later selling the business in 2005, Brian stepped back into his true passion…television. He created and hosted numerous news and lifestyle/entertainment based programs in the Houston/Beaumont TV markets. From pets to breaking news, Glenn covered it all and wanted to make sure he left his mark on every shoot. ‘You got to stand out. There’s so much clutter nowadays that if you don’t, you won’t last’, says Glenn. Later in 2014 his career would lead him to Dallas where he worked at WFAA TV as a feature reporter for their morning show.
In 2016, Brian ventured out into a new field of broadcasting, radio. He joined Salem Media Group in Dallas where he began hosting a radio talk show that covered everything from politics to pop culture to mom and pop businesses on main street America. Brian is also actively involved in the music world as he works with several bands on content and product endorsements.
Branding & Marketing Specialist
Kimberly Pitts is a strategist and consultant in brand development and marketing. She guides business owners and organizations on how to expand their scope of influence, foster customer loyalty and increase profit margins. Known for her creativity, Kimberly’s expertise continually challenge the status quo and keeps others looking to her direction and seeking her guidance in building their brand(s) to stand out in crowded markets. Her expertise, down to earth nature, and heart to encourage others make her a force to be reckoned with.
Kimberly enjoys challenging business owners to think differently about brand-building. It was with that goal in mind that she wrote the bestselling book, It Matters: Decisions That Will Make or Break our Business. She is also a member and contributor of the Forbes Coaches Council and serves on the advisory board of Women’s Leadership LIVE.
Kimberly Pitts is anything but conventional. She is passionate about being creative and using innovative techniques that will challenge, encourage, inspire, and equip you to realize your business dreams. Whether you are a seasoned business owner or a new launching, if you are ready to grow to the next level and expand your reach, Kim can help. She provides expert coaching and mentoring to better position a business for greater influence and impact.
WHAT WE DO
Women’s Leadership LIVE inspires growth and courageous progress for accomplished women leaders by providing them with proven processes, sustainable strategies and the catalysts for positive change. WLL is dedicated to fostering the pioneering force found in all women through ongoing education and a shared vision.
Women’s Leadership LIVE will prepare you, as change is the only constant in today’s 24/7 world, through assessment, mentorship and customizable solutions. You will feel ready to embrace your ever evolving and dynamic environment and face it head on while staying positive, motivated, and productive.
Women’s Leadership LIVE wants to support and advance women in the workplace, both for themselves and the greater good. We strive to change the culture of business from the inside out by investing in women.