Dr. Marilou Ryder is a Professor of doctoral studies at UMASS Global.  She is a recognized authority and engaging speaker on the gender divide and women in leadership.  Dr. Ryder is also the author of twelve books including The SeXX Factor,  92 Tips from the Trenches, Rules of the Game, and the Sister to Sister Series.

Childhood Ambition - To become a veterinarian

Best Health Tip - Omega Fish Oil

Inspiration - Powerful women

Best Money Saver - Happy Hours

Personal Quote - Be audacious

Defining Moment - Becoming a superintendent

Biggest Challenge - Becoming a superintendent

Favorite Song - Sounds of Silence

Greatest Success - Raising my son to become
a good person

Best Make-up Tip - Use Retin-A daily

What I learned from writing our books

Women get stuff done!

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Jessica Thompson, a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology has worked as a creative designer for the past twenty years.  Her true passion includes coaching young women in the sports of field hockey and Lacrosse.  Jessica, a teen advocate and mentor has since crossed over to the other side as a certified USFHA field hockey umpire.


Childhood Ambition - To become a Fashion Designer

Best Health Tip - Aquaphor

Inspiration - My daughters

Best Money Saver - Carrying my own golf bag

Personal Quote - You got this!

Defining Moment-  First child graduating from college

Biggest Challenge - Running my first 5K at 55

Favorite Song - Landslide

Greatest Success - Seeing my daughters on their own

Best Make-up Tip - Volumize L’Oréal Mascara

What I learned from writing our books

Exercise my mind just as much as my body to keep strong and healthy and in the moment!