Business Spotlight: Successful Women Made Here


We have a lot to be thankful for when it comes to women who’ve paved the way.  It’s not easy being amongst the first.  There are obstacles to overcome - not to mention some who may not be glad you arrived in their territory.  There may be misunderstandings over your attention of being the anomaly.  But, early pioneers like computer scientist Grace Murray Hopper, and 1940’s baseball player Dottie Kamenshek who inspired the movie “A League of Their Own”, pushed past the difficulties.  And, we have our modern day versions too at Successful Women Made Here (SWMH).

Each month, we’re fortunate to learn from our “SWMH Speaker Spotlight” of strong women like IndyCar Driver Pippa Man, internationally renown Artist Nancy Noel, Cathy Langham who helped bring the Super Bowl to Indy, IndyCar Driver turned Team Owner Sarah Fisher, Singer Lydia Abbott who travels the world giving orphans and women groups a message of hope, and SWMH member Sue Cinnamon – Sales Maverick for Sysco.  These are just some of the women featured along with marketing training and a mastermind circle at each event.  

These women inspire and leave their mark on us.  For instance, Pippa is the first British female driver to ever qualify, start, and finish the Indy 500 and was the ONLY woman driver in the 2014 race.  And, she didn’t come from a racing family either.  Her “mindset to success” is hard work and determination – stating in workouts she lifts the same weight the male drivers do as it takes physical & mental strength to focus and drive a racecar for hours. 

After years developing her talent, Nancy Noel spoke of how her bold, risky move to purchase an expensive magazine ad paid off to be the thing that garnered her national acclaim and sales of her art practically overnight.  Cathy Langham connected the importance of networking and the significance of serving on boards – which is not commonplace for women. 
When (single mom at the time) Sue Cinnamon stepped into food sales at Sysco, she was the only woman in that arena.  Yet, Sue achieved what few reach – the Sysco Corporate award and she’s done it 7 Times!  Her success tips are to build real relationships with customers, and help them succeed. 

The purpose of SWMH is for women to support one another and excel in business and in life.  Founded by Sheryl Matthys, the mission is based on the 3Cs (Courtesy, Courage, and Common Sense):  Courtesy to reach out and lift one another up, Courage to go after what you want, and Common Sense to stand for your beliefs. 
You have a story too.  Join us on your adventure at SWMH monthly events to be inspired, to solve challenges, to share triumphs; and/or book a private session for more guidance.  Start off with your complimentary ebook, “The Top 3 Characteristics of Successful Women” at