THE BUSINESS OLYMPIAN
After successfully creating, scaling, and selling her 150-employee marketing and analytics consulting company to a private equity firm, Dr. Sandi Webster ensures women's preparation for business through online education and advisory services. Sandi Webster LLC encourages women to jump hurdles to understand the impact of EBITDA on businesses.
As CEO, she develops and delivers curriculum for workshops, retreats, and intensives (customized 1-day advisory experiences) for her coaching clients. Her online course and presentation, "How To Form An Advisory Board," targets entrepreneurs who need external viewpoints. Her presentation, "Uncovering Unconscious Bias," identifies awareness among all levels of corporations and businesses.
Dr. Webster, a serial entrepreneur, has a Family Office that includes a partnership in Pandi-App LLC that invests in small businesses and PreIPO stocks, sits on boards, and hosts her publishing company.
She is a co-author of Black and White Strike Gold: Practical Nuggets to Grow Your Business from the Women Who Launched Consultants 2 Go, a Multi-Million Dollar Company. Sandi wrote a chapter in the recently published book Immigrant Hustle: How 50 Entrepreneurs Came to America and Built Something Out of Nothing.
Sandi holds a Doctorate in Business Administration from Temple University's Fox School of Business, researching technology's impact on flexible work arrangements for millennials and baby boomers. Her MBA is in General Management (International) from Dowling College, and her BS degree is in Marketing from Marymount College at Fordham University.
Current memberships are: NAWBO-NYC, where she is an ex-board member who helped to start the Mentoring Program; WPONext, where she speaks and organizes workshops for women with multi-million-dollar businesses; International Women's Enterprise Challenge (www.iwecfoundation.org) where she travels internationally as an Ambassador to recognize and meet with women business owners in countries including Peru, Sweden, Spain, and India. She volunteers at the Carter Burden Network.
HOW TO FORM AN ADVISORY BOARD
This course teaches business owners how to recruit, select and manage advisory board members.
• How to Identify Why They Need an Advisory Board – Utilizing exercises to understand the latent need for help that an advisory board can give.
• The Benefits of an Advisory Board – Identifying the skill sets that potential members will bring to the table that brings leverage, and how does being on the board benefit the member.
• How to Recruit, Select and Engage Board Members – Providing templates, including invitation letters and non-disclosure agreements.
• How, and What You Need To Manage Board Meetings – Providing examples of a board meeting presentation, financial reports, and employee org charts.
After taking this course, the participant that follows the steps should have started a board within 3-6 months.
UNCOVERING UNCONSCIOUS BIAS
The world has been discussing discrimination for centuries, and it has not gone away – at home, in the workplace…by gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and disabilities. We help you to understand how our biases play into these situations.
• What is Unconscious Bias? – We will explore our biases as well as others.
• Different Areas of Bias – We will discuss common biases in gender, ethnicity, and race. We can touch on other biases, time permitting.
• Questions to Assess Your Organization – How do you determine where your organization stands regarding bias? We will give you starter questions to uncover biases.
This is a beginner discussion to help the participants understand and recognize bias in themselves and each other. We utilize examples and case studies from Dr. Jennifer L. Eberhardt’s book, Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do to draw a clear picture.
"It was a pleasure to serve on Consultants 2 Go's advisory board. The value of an advisory board was clearly demonstrated in the sales process when, 1) a board member can pick up the phone to help the business owner with closing a deal, and 2) the board member's expertise contributed directly to a sales presentation or pitch, resulting in a win. Sandi and C2G knew how to win."
Doug Wilder, Consultants 2 Go ex-CFO & ex-Board Member
"Sandi gave a wonderful presentation at NJAWBO-Morris University in Basking Ridge, NJ on May 7, 2012. The workshop presentation, "The Benefits of an Advisory Board," was timely and on target to help entrepreneurs. The information she shared enlightened us on the advantages of having an advisory board for our businesses.
We had no doubts that she would be highly knowledgeable on the subject, but we were not prepared for her entertaining and enthusiastic way of presenting. Sandi had the audience sitting at the edge of their seats, wanting to capture every word. Sandi opened our eyes to a topic that was fresh, interesting, and exciting for all.
It was such a great pleasure working with Sandi. Based on the comments of the attendees, we will certainly be contacting her about next year's conference."
Ellen Goldman - The Business Professionals Wellness Coach, Healthy Lifestyle & Weight Loss Coach, Speaker, Author