The Art of Trial and Error with Joy Fennell and Valerie Wray

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When friends Valerie and Joy decided to join forces for a creative passion project alongside their busy work schedules, they began a journey that may be familiar to any entrepreneur. From deciding they wanted to be self-funded instead of taking outside loans to the process of finding the perfect pop-up location, the building of their lifestyle brand, The 125 Collection, is the result of ongoing analysis and re-evaluation. Through the ups and downs and sacrifices that come out of financing your own business and building a recognized brand in New York City, Valerie and Joy have plenty to share when it comes to the trial and error process in the beginning stages of a business.

Join us every other week on “Women’s Wealth: The Middle Way,” a radio show aimed at helping women navigate questions about work, money, and family. You can find us on http://www.womensradio.com/author/lhurd, and https://womenswealth.podbean.com, on the SoundCloud Apps for iPhone and Android, https://soundcloud.com/womenswealthmiddleway and Spotify. See you in two weeks!

About Susan Michel

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Susan Michel, CEO & Founder – Glen Eagle

Susan Michel is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Glen Eagle, a full-service Registered Investment Advisor and Broker Dealer. Susan founded Glen Eagle in 2002.  Glen Eagle is a WBENC-Certified Women’s Business Enterprise.

What differentiates Glen Eagle is the culture Susan has created.  Her approach is summarized in the firm’s vision statement, “Faith, Family, Firm, in that order”.  Everyone at Glen Eagle internalizes this statement in their day to day interactions with each other and the firm’s clients.

Today, under Susan’s principled guidance, Glen Eagle has grown to become a national financial services firm providing corporations, family offices, business owners and multigenerational families with trusted stewardship and transparent access to their wealth. Glen Eagle serves clients in 32 states and supervises over $4 billion dollars in assets.

Susan is a graduate of the College of Saint Elizabeth and the Dartmouth Tuck School of Business WBENC Executive Program.  Susan began her professional career as a teacher.  Drawing upon her background as a financial advisor and former teacher, Susan leads the firm in delivering an educational, holistic focus on helping clients reach their goals. At the same time, she has positioned Glen Eagle at the forefront of change, with a focus on leveraging technology to position the firm to better serve the next generation of clients.

Susan’s business leadership has been recognized by numerous awards including the Athena Leadership Award, the Brava Award by Smart CEO and the National Enterprising Woman of the Year Award.  She has also been named one of NJBIZ’s Best 50 Women in Business and one of the Top 25 Leading Women Entrepreneurs and Business Owners of New Jersey.

Susan has a national presence as a speaker and writer.  Susan has spoken to a wide variety of audiences, including FINRA’s National Annual Conference, Financial Advisor’s Invest in Women Conference and the Enterprising Women Conference. Susan also hosts a national pod cast, Women’s Wealth: The Middle Way®.  She is a guest contributor for Enterprising Women Magazine and has been featured in Fortune, Forbes and Newsweek.

Susan also believes it is important to give back to others through service.  She currently serves as Vice-Chair of Board of Trustees of The Hun School of Princeton, as a Trustees on the Board of the College of St. Elizabeth, as a board member of the New Jersey Chapter of the Entrepreneur’s Organization (EO) and on the Marketing Forum of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).  Susan is also an active member of the Premier Circle of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO).