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.
Linda McMahon, Administrator of the Small Business Administration, is an original Founder and Former CEO of Women's Leadership LIVE. McMahon is an advocate for small business and she continually promotes entrepreneurship, particularly among women. She co-founded Women’s Leadership LIVE in 2014 with a goal of promoting leadership opportunities for women by providing them with proven processes, sustainable strategies and the catalysts for positive change.
“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 Founder of Women's Leadership LIVE and the Founder and CEO of ybf (your best friend) beauty, LLC and Models Prefer. She has engineered a 20-year record of success as the #1 global cosmetic line in direct sales on six networks in eleven countries, HSN (US), QVC (UK-England, Ireland, Scotland & Wales), TSC (Canada), TVSN (Australia, New Zealand), HSE24 (Italy), HSN24 (Germany) and Citruss TV (Dubai) with over $300 million in cosmetic and apparel sales. Stacey is known for forging a highly personal relationship with her girlfriends/consumers. As a successful entrepreneur and renowned beauty expert, she is frequently sought by national magazines such as Allure, ELLE, Good Housekeeping, Marie Claire, and Fitness.
“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 its biggest cheerleader. A Texas Gal with a free spirit and huge heart, she sees Women’s Leadership LIVE as a guiding force and champion of women which offers a unique platform in how it educates and inspires women to launch and expand their own businesses, advance their careers toward executive roles, and pursue opportunities for leadership in public service.
“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 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 22 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.
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.