Living Your Life with Purpose with Jodi O’Donnell-Ames


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Living Your Life with Purpose with Jodi O’Donnell-Ames 

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a neurological disease that takes a heavy toll on those who are diagnosed with it, as well as their families. Jodi O’Donnell-Ames came to understand how difficult it was when her husband was diagnosed with ALS. As Jodi cared for both her husband and her 2-year-old daughter, she found that there was a serious lack of resources for children whose parents were diagnosed with ALS. When her husband, Kevin, died in 2001, Jodi knew that she had to keep fighting, so she served as director of communications for the ALS Hope Foundation in Philadelphia from 2001–2003. While working there, she met Warren Benton Ames, whose wife Tina had passed away from ALS in 2000. Warren and Jodi married in 2003, and she became the mother of Ames’ two children. Inspired by the strength of their united family, this led her to found Hope Loves Company, the only non-profit organization in the country dedicated to providing education and emotional support for children and young adults who had or have a loved one battling ALS.

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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 with 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 manages over $4 billion dollars in assets.

Susan’s business leadership has been recognized by numerous awards, including 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 podcast, Women’s Wealth: The Middle Way®.  She has been featured in Fortune, Forbes and Newsweek.

Susan 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 Trustee on the Board of the College of St. Elizabeth and as a board member of the New Jersey Chapter of the Entrepreneur’s Organization (EO).