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We are pleased to introduce you to High Heel
members who embrace our community’s mission and purpose.
Many have a story to tell or an experience to share that
exemplifies the journey, the trials and the tribulations to
achieving unimaginable success. You’ll benefit from their
wisdom and insight; plus their support and encouragement.
The “All-Stars” are your partners, providers and mentors as
you traverse your own path to extraordinary satisfaction and
unparalleled success…at work, at home or at play. Get to
know your fellow High Heel All-Stars! Make meaningful
connections today to generate new and meaningful connections
And now…meet High Heel members who desire to help
YOU achieve more than you ever thought possible!
Karen L. Ryan, EA, NTPI Fellow
Tax Saving Solutions LLC
Public Speaker, Tax Coach & Enrolled Agent
Also known as the "Guardian of your Taxpayer
Rights", I am a Public Speaker, Tax Coach and
Enrolled Agent. I provide personalized proactive tax
planning to impact your bottom line. Ask me how I
can slash your tax bill!
You can find me on
Aleia K. Jackson
Investment Advisor Representative
Executive Financial Planning
My career in finance began over 10 years ago at a
large financial firm in Ann Arbor. After being
responsible for all aspects of business development,
VIP client/business retention, and customer service,
I was promoted and educated to an Independent
Investment Advisor Representative. Our firm is the
largest, independent financial planning firm in
Livingston County, Executive Financial Planning (EFP).
Executive Financial Planning specializes in
comprehensive personal and business financial
planning. With over 60 years of combined industry
experience, our firm’s objectives are to develop
long term, confidential wealth management
relationships on a fee-based, consultative approach.
Our specialties include investment planning,
retirement planning, estate planning strategies,
college planning, 401k and retirement plan
recommendations, company benefit analysis and income
I invite you to contact me at 810-229-6446 x 18 to
find out more about what our firm has to offer you.
We provide complimentary, no obligation initial
consultations to help you go confidently in the
direction of your dreams.
Megan L. Endres, MBA, PhD
Eastern Michigan University
College of Business, Department of Management
Assistant Professor of Management
When I was a junior in high
school, my physics teacher suggested that I find a
field of study in college that was ‘feminine’,
knowing that my level of effort in his class was
minimal. I don’t know if he was suggesting that
because I am female, I was not suited for math and
science studies, or if he simply picked up on the
fact that I didn’t see myself as suited for this
type of work. Whichever reason that it was, it
bothered me enough that I still wonder how many
other young women he steered away from ‘masculine’
subjects. Even today, I think of this story when I
conduct gender-based research.
I never intended to become so interested in
statistics and research methods. After my B.A. in
Journalism and my MBA, my first doctoral class was
Nonparametric Statistics. I can’t say that I enjoyed
it, but I did enjoy being good at it. I quickly
learned that women are the minority in pursuing
mathematics or statistics, and to specialize in
these areas would be a differentiator. So I pursued
statistics and research methods as a second field to
management for my PhD. Today, I teach statistics to
undergraduates and graduates, along with my
management courses at Eastern Michigan University.
My research quickly refocused from raising
people’s self-beliefs in general, to specifically
focusing on women performing quantitative tasks.
From the first data I collected in my dissertation
to the data I collected this semester (10 years
later), I consistently see that women see themselves
as less capable than men in quantitative and complex
decision making situations. Are they less capable?
They appear to be, and this is not a statement of
potential. Women certainly have the equivalent
potential to men, as we know from research on IQ.
However, if we see ourselves as less capable, we
will be less interested, less persistent, and less
attentive to achieving. In short, our belief that we
are less capable leads us to be less capable.
My current research has focused on ways that we
learn, and how business courses can improve women’s
perceptions of capability. Some of these ways
include using women role models in case studies,
involving women speakers in our classes, and using
internships/field studies at women-owned businesses.
All of these methods increase our college students’
(women and men) perceptions that gender is not a
predictor of capability in high-level decision
making, and that is one further step to breaking the
I came from a middle class family and lived in the
suburbs of Detroit. My mother encouraged me to marry
at the age of 18 and it was assumed that I would not
go to college! I never realized my full potential
until I turned 30! I finally found the right mentor!
Someone who told me I could be so much more! The
trick was to believe him! And then, believe in
My mentor encouraged me to have enough confidence
in myself to build a management career while
attending college. After I graduated from college, I
started running my own business! I achieved all
these things while I worked full time and attending
school full time. I was able to keep my husband, my
two small children, and my home, healthy and happy
during those years! I now believe that I can achieve
Wagging Tails Pet Services, LLC
Through her interview for Red Heel Profiles, Sandy
graciously shares her amazing ability to overcome
challenges in life that few, if any of us encounter;
and recounts her climb to World Champion status in
the horse world. Her Red Heel Profile is posted in
the Red Heel Resource Library, accessible to High
Heel members. Be sure to read and listen to Sandy’s
story. She has a can-do spirit that doesn’t quit in
spite of repetitive challenges and setbacks. Sandy
is certified by the Red Cross in pet first aid, has
years of experience as a professional horse trainer
and a life long love and ownership of countless
four-legged friends. May we all conquer our
challenges as confidently as Sandy! She shares her
principles for success in this 45 minute interview.
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