Mission of Professionals with Impact

Mission Statement

Professionals with Impact is a show about
professionals that don't just have a job or
business in the market place but a mission
in life to make the world better whether it be
just their own back yard or for international
impact. On a "need to know" basis, everyone needs to
know when an outstanding individual stretches
to create a resource that enhances their
environment or the lives of others.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Professionals with Impact, Domestic Violence Survivor, Advocate, Fundraiser



Part of healing from domestic violence is to be able to move on and be healthy. Amelia Williams has run the gamut of domestic violence survivor to advocate and fundraiser. She now uses her talents as a public speaker to create awareness of domestic violence abuse and her talent as an artist with commemorative jewelry for domestic violence awareness. She offers part of the proceeds from this custom designed jewelry to support Domestic Violence Awareness and Support Groups. She is the owner of Jewelry Art by Amelia.

Jewelry Artist | Wardrobe and Make-up Consultant | Originator of the Ring of Hope Campaign | Advocate for Survivors of Domestic Violence | Public Speaker

With a flair for the eccentric and a natural tendency towards higher creative expression, Amelia Williams has fashioned a career around fashion. As a wardrobe consultant with a critical eye for colors, patterns and suitable accessories, she assists men in transitioning from wearing only traditional black-brown-gray to adding a few colorful pieces that successfully accentuate their character and business savvy. Likewise, Amelia helps women (re)define their fashion personality by harmonizing essential wardrobe items with shoes, purses, jewelry and make-up that adequately reflect their individuality. 

An influential trip to Venice Beach, California in 1999 inspired Amelia to add jewelry making to her professional repertoire. Initially crafting unconventional pieces solely for family and friends, word quickly spread of her innovative approach. Jewelry Art by Amelia was launched in 2009 with the motto that “no rules need apply in jewelry design, and no pattern or style is ever obsolete.” Amelia’s line blurs the boundaries of jewelry and art with mood, attitude and emotion. Her pieces are sold exclusively through private exhibits, personalized appointments and office presentations. 

Amelia also has 10 years of experience in business administration, sales and marketing in both corporate and nonprofit environments, including with General Nutrition, Carnegie-Mellon University, Macy’s and Hallmark Cards. Her skill-set includes event planning, budget preparation, process improvement consulting and creating presentations, as well as retail sales, visual merchandising and photography. 

In 2010, Amelia founded the “Ring of Hope” Campaign™, which supports survivors of domestic violence. A 19-year victim of childhood domestic violence herself, Amelia created a symbolic Austrian crystal “Ring of Hope” jewelry collection to raise funds and awareness of this national epidemic. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the ring benefits nonprofits that help survivors. The campaign has received coverage in the Washington County Business Journal and Pittsburgh media, including McKeesport Daily News, Northside Chronicle, and PositivelyPittsburghLiveMagazine.com. Amelia is available to speak on domestic violence awareness at rotary clubs, schools, and for special events. She is a member of Women’s Power Lunch, Pittsburgh Professional Women, Washington County Chamber of Commerce, and PositivePittburghers.com.


Amelia spent 20 years of my childhood life as a domestic violence victim.

At the age of 12, her neighbor said something to her about all the noise,  screaming, hollering, & pounding he heard from next door.

Amelia thought the abuse was normal until a friend stayed at her house and witnessed the situation.

As an ACOA (Adult Child of Alcoholics), she was an overachiever,
perfectionist and portrayed a normal image to the outside world.
She packed a few bags and finally ran away from home at the age of 19 after a violent incident.


Amelia is  a public speaker and domestic violence advocate who can personally attest to the dynamics of Domestic Violence and its impact on personal identity.

She offers  a true to life perspective on domestic violence.  Her triumph as a survivor, and her journey launching the "Ring of Hope" Campaign is a testament to this.

She is  now a new woman with a hope and a future which she wants to share with others through donating to organizations which support domestic violence awareness.

Those living with domestic violence should know that they no longer need to be victims and can transform themselves to reach dreams they never thought imaginable.

Jewelry Art by Amelia, Coordinator
"Ring of Hope" Campaign

Support Domestic Violence Awareness!

Member of Women's Power Lunch www.womenspowerlunch.com/

Member of Pittsburgh Professional Women www.pittsburghprofessionalwomen.net

Member of Washington County Chamber of Commerce www.washcochamber.com

Member of Zipcar.com: Used for all Jewelry Art by Amelia business travel

Authorized Retailer for Wendell August Forge and Little Earth Productions

Kara Vita and Celazome Clinical Skincare Consultant

Monday, August 17, 2009

M.A Sinnhuber, Local Pittsburgh Artist, Art Hats


With four children, three steps plus three, and 20 grandchildren, only one of whom lives in Pittsburgh, I have the time to run three small businesses, art by M.A., artbyma-Kidspaint and ArtHats by M.A. I could not do any of this without the help of my wise husband, Barry, to whom I have been married for nearly seven years.

My children and grandchildren live in Oregon, California, eastern Pennsylvania, Alaska, Arizona, New York and Boston.

At Artbyma-Kidspaint, I ‘teach kids 6-96 how to stand at an easel and paint,’ a program I love very much because it permits me to be around students my grandchildren’s age and to share my art insights with them.

My newest business endeavor, ArtHats by M.A., is inspired by artwork I have created or studied…think Van Gogh, Bonnard, Milton Avery, David Hockney, all artists with a rich, diverse color palette. A colorist myself, ArtHats are hand-knitted by me, just for the fun, experience and combinations of color.

I paint and knit and enjoy life. Barry and I live happily in a carefree condo on the main street in Mt. Lebanon, where my art studio is a six-minute walk away.

Having studied at numerous universities and with numerous artists, quilters, printmakers, I am now an apprentice poet and have wonderful friends and family. Life is prayerfully important to me and remember, Love Cannot Be Forgotten.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Dr. Susanne Trimbath, Chief Economist, STP Advisory Services, LLC

Dr. Susanne Trimbath, Ph.D., is Chief Economist for STP Advisory Services, LLC

[http://www.stpadvisors.com], a total woman-owned small business located in Nebraska, serving national and international clients. STP specializes in community economic development and securities litigation consulting. Dr. Trimbath has authored, edited or contributed chapters to five books, including Mergers and Efficiency (2002), Beyond Junk Bonds (2003), and Methodological Issues in Accounting Research (2006). Her credits include appearances on national television and radio programs (CNBC’s Power Lunch and NPR’s Marketplace) and the Emmy® Award-nominated Bloomberg report Phantom Shares. Her articles appear in the national publications US Banker, The International Economy, The American Enterprise, and The Mergers & Acquisitions Advisor in addition to academic, peer-reviewed journals. She is a featured speaker for:
• Industry: Los Angeles Society of Financial Analysts, California CPA Society, Milken Institute’s Global Conference, Bank One National Homebuilders' Financial Executives Symposium, Indianapolis Board of Realtors, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, California Chamber of Commerce, Securities Transfer Association, First Private Bank and Trust Company
• Government: Santa Monica Planning Commission, Federal Trade Commission, Department of Justice, Central Intelligence Agency, California Economic Strategy Panel
• Academic: Rutgers State University (NJ), Anderson School of Management (UCLA), Oklahoma City University School of Law, University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication, City University of New York
• International: Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (Canada), Cairo & Alexandria Stock Exchanges (Egypt), Institute of Management and Industrial Credit (India), IFR Conference on the European Real Estate Capital Markets (London), Central Bank of Egypt

Dr. Trimbath served as a member of the board of Directors for People in Progress, a Los Angeles based organization providing services to the homeless population (including support for drug and alcohol intervention and treatment, housing and job training). She served as a guest lecturer at the Egyptian Central Bank for a course on small businesses and bank reinvestment in community. Dr. Trimbath is a Technical Advisor to the California Economic Strategy Panel. Currently, she is Contributing Editor for NewGeography.com [http://www.newgeography.com/users/susanne-trimbath]
Dr. Trimbath received her Ph.D. in economics from New York University. In addition, she has 20 years of corporate management experience in operations, with responsibilities for staff management. Her corporate experience includes Depository Trust Company (New York), Pacific Clearing Corporation (San Francisco) and the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. She has been an active participant with the US Chamber of Commerce Business Civic Leadership Center in their Corporate Community Investment events since inception.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Jayne H. Huston, Director, Seton Hill University's E-Magnify

As Director of Seton Hill University's E-Magnify women’s business center where she has been employed for 14 years, Jayne H. Huston is responsible for the strategic vision and administrative oversight of E-Magnify including directing all programs and initiatives to promote women and business ownership within the regional and national marketplaces. During Huston’s tenure, Seton Hill University has repeatedly been named as one of the leading Entrepreneurial Colleges in the nation by Entrepreneur magazine.

Under Huston’s direction, E-Magnify’s work is to assist current and future business owners to start and grow their businesses and has been named one of three designated Women’s Business Center’s in Pennsylvania under the United States Small Business Administration, E-Magnify offers a 27-County Western Pennsylvania market - a portfolio of programs and services in the areas of client counseling, education and training; information, mentoring and networking.

Prior to coming to Seton Hill University, Huston had a successful health care marketing communications career in South Central, PA during which time she lead the Hospital Association of Pennsylvania's PR & Marketing Society. She also served as Executive Director of the Somerset County Chamber of Commerce.

Seton Hill University’s E-Magnify’s initiatives have been featured in numerous local, state and national media including CBS Saturday Morning, Teen Court-TV, The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Inc., Entrepreneur, Pink and Seventeen magazines.

Huston earned an MBA from Seton Hill University and a B.A. in Journalism and Communications from Point Park College, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

She is a member of the following organizations:
• Association of Women’s Business Centers;
• African American Chamber of Commerce;
• eWomen Network;
• Pittsburgh Technical Council;
• NAWBO (National Association of Women In Business Owners)
• United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship; International Council for Small Business;
• National Association of Female Executives;
• National Business Incubator Association;
• American Association of University Women;
• Westmoreland County Commission for Women & Families;
• Executive Women of Westmoreland;
• Executive Women’s Council; and volunteers for the
• Blackburn Center Against Domestic & Sexual Violence and the
• 2010 US Woman’s Open at Oakmont

Her most recent awards and recognitions include:
• Judge for Pittsburgh Business Times Women in Business Awards
• Judge for PA’s awards competition “50 Best Women in Business;”
• Judge for the 2004 Western PA US Small Business Administration’s Small Business Awards
• Top 100 People of 2003, Pennsylvania Business Central, 2003;
• Entrepreneur of the Year (Nonprofit) Award, Pennsylvania Business Central, 2003;
• Women Business Advocate of the Year, Region III, U.S. Small Business Administration, 2001; and
• Pittsburgh Pacesetter Award, SBN Magazine, 2001.
Jane H. Huston
Seton Hill University's E-Magnify
Greensburgh, PA 15601-1599
724-830-4612 www.e-magnify.com

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Professionals with Impact, Magdeline Jensen, CEO,

This interview was recorded live and archived at www.talkshoe.com on December 2, 2008. You can listen to the archived version at: http://www.talkshoe.com/talkshoe/web/tscmd/tc/33431 or on the Professionals with Impact on its Pittsburgh internet radio channel at: http://www.positivelypittsburghlivemagazine.com

Magdeline E. Jensen, CEO
YWCA Greater Pittsburgh

Magdeline E. Jensen is the Chief Executive Officer of the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh, a non-profit membership association whose mission is to eliminate racism and empower women. Founded in 1869, the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh currently operates 12 programs/services and five annual events, all of which are managed by more than 200 employees housed in four locations throughout Allegheny County.

Ms. Jensen, the first woman to be selected as the Chief Federal Probation Officer in Arizona, managed the $15 million operation of the U.S. Probation Office there for nine years before coming to the YWCA. Besides her extensive managerial, training and leadership ability, Ms. Jensen has hands-on experience in connecting people in need to community programs and resources. In fact, many of the programs that Ms. Jensen has encountered throughout her criminal justice career are similar to those that the YWCA offers today.

Ms. Jensen holds a Bachelor of Arts, Criminology, and a Master of Criminology from the University of California-Berkeley, California. Ms. Jensen has been a member of the Job Development and Educational Services Advisory Committee, U.S. Probation Office, in Pittsburgh since 2006, helping to provide counseling, education and job development to ex-offenders. She has lectured at American University and California State University, served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Thurgood Marshall Child Development Center in Washington, D.C., and has published several articles.

1960s –YWCA Greater Pittsburgh developed racial dialogue teams to help ease racial tensions
1970s –YWCA Greater Pittsburgh pioneered non-traditional employment programs for women by developing job opportunities in construction and the steel industry

1984 – YWCA Greater Pittsburgh introduced the Bridge Housing program, which was the first transitional housing program in the nation

1996 – YWCA Greater Pittsburgh opened and operated the first and only YWCA Center for Race Relations
1998 – YWCA Greater Pittsburgh opened the Homewood Brushton Center; largely built by women and African–American members of the Pittsburgh Black Construction Association

1999 – YWCA Greater Pittsburgh formed YW Homes, Inc., a non-profit subsidiary corporation with the purpose of creating desegregative affordable housing choices for low-income, single-parent families

2004 – YWCA Greater Pittsburgh Center for Race Relations received the Ebony and Ivory award for organizational excellence in the area of racial reconciliation; Office Of Advocacy was created

2005 - Homewood Brushton's Children and Youth Development and Education Program receives its STAR 4 Designation based on NAEYC accreditation, a national system that sets professional standards for early childcare education programs

2006 - YWCA Greater Pittsburgh Legal Resource for Women's Department launches its new program, the "100 Lawyer one case program". The program is designed to match 100 attorneys with impoverished women in need of legal services for custody, divorce and support cases

2007 - The YW Enterprising Women's Microenterprise Training and Microlending Program graduates 100 women from their 10-week training course since its 2006 inception

YW Means Business

• YWCA Wealth Development program: focuses on empowering women to build wealth by providing training, education, and resources necessary to increase income and purchase assets. The program includes seminars on investment and home ownership, post-secondary education, and business ownership. Program activities include financial literacy training, 1:1 matched savings accounts, micro-enterprise training, and micro-lending.
• YW Enterprising Women: A comprehensive training and technical assistance program for low and moderate-income women seeking to develop a micro-enterprise. The program includes business plan development, mentoring, peer support, micro-lending, and advanced business services. Approximately 150 women will be served in the second full year of the program and approximately 10 micro-loans will be distributed.
• The Family Savings Account program: The program provides matching funds to participants once they meet their savings goals. Savers have 1-3 years to save up to $2,000 for home ownership/repair, post-secondary education for self or child, or business start-up. YWCA actively promotes the program, conducts outreach presentations, engages in case management, and provides workshops for all of our savers.
• YWCA Financial Empowerment program: approximately 100 individuals per year participate in the YWCA Financial Empowerment Series – 4 financial literacy workshops throughout the year focus on setting financialgoals, developing a budget, understanding and improving credit,and avoiding predatory lenders.
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Sunday, November 16, 2008

More Women Leading this World

More women leading this world

You just received this mail because the person who sent it to you, values your opinion and vision for the future.

If an African American President can be elected in the US, then the question should be asked, how different can the world be if women globlly unite to reinvent the world economy from the ground up?

How can women gain more power and have their voices heard?

Women from all over the globe have been using Connected-Women.com to exchange views about the economic turbulence and uncertainty. Through the connected-wom en information forums, women have been sharing their insights and giving support. You are welcome to join the discussions, just click here!

Here are some questions for a thought.

Would you like to empower women to believe in themselves and let their voice be heard?
Would you like to send proactive and positive thoughts to women around the world?

What are you willing to do to contribute to our solutions in the world economy?
If your answer is YES or you have strong feelings about this information!

Please write your name on the bottom of the signatures, forward this e-mail to the people in your network.

Let's work together to make this world the place we want to live in!

1) Runa Magnusdottir – Iceland
2) Michelle Bonn – USA
3) Mary Schnack – USA
4) Lorin Beller Blake – USA
5) Heidi Öste – Sweden
6) Miriam Macherin, Luxemburg
7) Fazila Sciberras, Netherlands
8) Debbie Ducic, USA
9) Britta Linnemann, Germany
10) ElkeWunderlich, USA
11) Joanne Quinn-Smith, USA

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Professionals with Impact, International Women on the Economy

For Immediate Release,

Contact Information:
United States:

Joanne Quinn-Smith
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Rúna Magnúsdóttir

Reykjavík, Iceland

International Women Getting Together for Conversation on Rebuilding the World Economy
(On the Wings of Historic Election in the U.S., Women are Prepared to Help Re-energize the World Economy)

Reykjavík, Iceland; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, November, 2008 On the wings of an historic election in the United States, if an African American President can be elected in the United State then the question should be asked, how different can the world be if international women unite to reinvent the world economy from the ground up? On Saturday, at 12 PM EST on Saturday, November 8, 2008 a group of dynamic international women will get together for a two hour conversation about just that “reinventing the world economy.” Reinvention and revitalization of this economy will be the topic on internet radio show, “Professionals with Impact™” hosted at www.talkshoe.com and facilitated by internet talkcast host, Joanne Quinn-Smith, also known as the “Techno Granny.” This show will be hosted on internet radio originating from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania social media radio site at www.talkshoe.com

Women have been getting together and talking for centuries and thereby solving family and community challenges and now through the use of Web 2.0 technology a group of women are turning their attention to the world. This is happening through a social networking site started by Rúna Magnúsdóttir and originating in Icelandic Cyberspace. The Site is www.Connected-Women.com and the conversation is ongoing in the forum on the site: “Economic Downturn—what have we learned.” Rúna Magnúsdóttir has developed this site to facilitate women doing business with each other internationally. The conversation is active in the forum of www.Connected-Women.com for the world to see. The use of Web 2.0 technology is further being exploited by a 59 year old grandmother from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA who has gained international audience on the internet through four internet Radio shows. Joanne Quinn-Smith, also known as “the Techno Granny” will host a live internet radio show episode that can accommodate 200 callers at www.talkshoe.com. The show, “Professionals with Impact™” can be accessed live through computers and real time chat at www.TalkShoe.com at Noon EST. “Professionals with Impact™” can be accessed live at: Phone Number: 724) 444-7444 using Call ID: 33431 and will accommodate VOIP users such as Skype and Gizmo. The title of this “Professionals with Impact™” Episode is: International Women Building a New World Economy.

The Concept: World development in the 21st Century

“This is a new vision, a new approach to development cooperation together with corporate business. Especially for the business industry we created the website 1We The Chain, the international entrepreneur's platform which makes the difference. It is the first platform in which anyone can be involved in making the world a better place.” Quote from: Fazila Scierrbas International Ambassador & Director of International Contacts for 1We - One World Experience For more information please visit: http://www.1wethechain.com/
1WE is an international broadcast station with passion and the new most exiting national broadcast station. Positive TV-programs convince individuals and corporations to support the surprising development projects of One World Experience. The new style development organization and the combination of the broadcast station and its development organization make 1We - One World Experience a unique organization with international accomplishments. Socially involved entrepreneurship play an important part in this concept. Additional info at: http://www.1we.com/web/show/
Three dynamic women are spearheading the live radio conversation, two of them have met in person and two of them have not. Runa Magunsdoittir and Joanne Quinn-Smith met at the National Association of Women Business Owners Annual Conference in Phoenix, Arizona and subsequently Joanne engaged Runa to speak at the 2nd Annual NAWBO Day in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. The title of the conference in Pittsburgh was, “Think Ginormous” and as you can see, they have. Fazila Scierrbas and Runa met at an international conference for women. The connection for all three is: www.Connected-Women.com.

All three, Joanne and Runa and Fazila are visionaries who believe in making things happen. Runa began the conversation on the Economic Downturn at: www.connected-women.com and Fazila Scierrbas and others joined the conversation.

Fazila commented that there were things in the world that needed changing and that getting back to basics was very important and talked about implementing a plan to do that. Joanne wrote back that she would love to see her plan. Fazila put out her plan right on Connected-Women.com and now a radio conversation with several international women is scheduled for Saturday at 12 PM EST thru the wonders of the internet. Any international woman with a passion for reenergizing the world economy by getting back to basics is welcome to attend.
The Concept: World Development in the 21st Century:

This is with new vision, a new approach to development cooperation together with corporate business. Especially for the business industry we created the website 1We The Chain, the international entrepreneur's platform which makes the difference. It is the first platform in which anyone can be involved into making the world a better place. For more information please visit: http://www.1wethechain.com/
1WE is an international broadcast station with passion and the new most exiting national broadcast station. Positive TV-programs convince people to support the surprising development projects of One World Experience.

The new style development organization and the combination of the broadcast station and its development organization make 1We - One World Experience a unique organization with accomplishments. Socially involved entrepreneurship plays an important part in this concept.

Content: Women at their Best Getting Together to Solve Challenges

“The main issues wherever we are in the world and result in six main factors which have to be addressed from the very core in order to sustain projects and build economies. They are: Healthcare, Education, Sanitation, Ecology, Environment and Funding.” Fazila Scierrbas

“The slogan of Connected-Women is: ‘Let's get together & make a difference!’” “This is huge and can have a great impact on the world economy. The world is going through turmoil of financial downturns. After years of prosperity we are facing bad "hang-over". “But what is done, is done. We can't change the past, but we can build the future. So, what are we learning from this? What are we going to be doing differently in the future? How do you want to see the future? Your opinion is valuable! It's easy to participate, just sign-in or register.”
Rúna Magnúsdóttir. This is how the conversation started on Connected-Women.com!

“The Presidential Election in the United States has transformed us irrevocably no matter who we voted for. It’s time to now transform the world. Our challenges are not just local, they are global. This is just a good fit from Positively Pittsburgh Live Talkcast and www.PositivelyPittsburghLiveMagazine.com” to work on building on the positive and using global girl power to do it.” Joanne Quinn-Smith

The Characters:

Rúna Magnúsdóttir 0f Connected-Women.com; Founder Connected-Women.com

Previously Runa ran her import company in Iceland – today she is running a GLOBAL search and networking site for women business owners and women entrepreneurs. A site where women can promote themselves, their services, products and companies, participate in global discussion forums, give and receive referrals/recommendations for their businesses.“ A site which women associations around the globe such as the world association of women entrepreneurs, Les Femmes Chefs D’Enterprises Mondiales, FCEM, will be use as their official networking site.

Fazila Scierrbas International Ambassador & Director of International
Contacts; 1We - One World Experience

Fazila started her media career at The International Advertising Film Festival, Cannes. She now holds the position of President for The Netherlands and Malta for the European Economic Chamber of Trade, Commerce and Industry (EEIG). 1We - One World Experience (http://www.1we.com/web/show) has been a dream for hers since her childhood and feels like a lifetime commitment. 1We - One World Experience is an international groundbreaking TV broadcasting and development organization backed by the corporate sector. With innovative development projects and positive TV programs we cut through all traditional practices.

Joanne Quinn-Smith, Creative Energy Office of Dreamweaver Marketing Associates, Publisher, PositivelyPittsburghLiveMagazine.com

Also known as The Techno Granny and 2006-2008 president of the National Association of Women Business Owners, Greater Pittsburgh Chapter. Joanne’s forte is Web 2.0 Gorilla Branding™ for small to medium businesses and she is the host of four internet Talkcasts with international listeners. She is also the publisher of positivelypittsburghlivemagazine.com, a multi media on line community magazine with internet magazine, radio and TV channels. Joanne is an advocate for women business owners locally, nationally and now internationally and a sought after speaker for organizations and business for Web 2.0 Best Practices.

Hi-Lights• International Radio Talkcast by Community Call at Pittsburgh Based www.talkshoe.com
• International Women from www.connected-women.com discussion on
• International Women Building a New World Economy.

• November 8, 2008 EST live internet broadcast on “Professionals with Impact™

• Live chat or call in at: 724) 444-7444 using Call ID: 33431

• Joanne Quinn-Smith, Creative Energy Office of Dreamweaver Marketing Associates, Publisher, PositivelyPittsburghLiveMagazine.com

• Fazila Scierrbas International Ambassador & Director of International
Contacts; 1We - One World Experience

• Rúna Magnúsdóttir 0f Connected-Women.com; Founder Connected-Women.com