Deborah Wasylko Deborah Wasylko MBA, CGE is an entrepreneur, engineer, show host and author noted for her work in corporate sales and award-winning gift design. Deborah’s personal credo is to create a life that she doesn’t want to take a vacation from. To stay true to her north star, she launched Baskets Galore in 2003 earning the “Top Corporate Gift Company of the Year” award three years in a row from Cleveland Business Connects magazine. Her clients include Fortune 500 companies such as Sherwin Williams, Moen, Parker Hannifin, the Cleveland Indians, the Cleveland Cavaliers, National Public Radio, and many more. She received a U.S. Design Patent for her unique 360 gift and packaging system. She authored a new sales concept book called the Tasteful Break. The book is designed to give you all the tools and steps you need to grow the corporate side of your business. She also hosts a Saturday morning cable show called Business BEAT which just aired its 200th show. Deborah lives by the ideal that kindness is never forgotten and coaches her team to execute to the highest standards—giving first while helping others succeed. As a life-long learner, she believes your best teacher is your last mistake and that passion changes everything.
Sue Monhait is a business owner, podcast host, speaker, educator and bestselling author for the community she’s lovingly named, “Gifters-Bakers-Crafters-Makers” – people who create beautiful and/or delicious products that they want to share with the world. The Ribbon Print Company offers custom ribbon printing systems, supplies and training so businesses can provide product personalization right in their store or craft studio. Gift Biz Unwrapped is a weekly podcast, online training/coaching and a community for women who have a hobby or creative passion. Sue teaches them, step by step, how to turn their hobby into a profitable business.
Lise Schleicher Lise spent several years working in floral design, corporate human resources and retail management before catching the entrepreneurial bug and striking out on her own, opening BasketWorks in 1997. She has a BS in Business Administration and a MA Labor & Industrial Relations. With her educational background, employment background, and business ownership, Lise is knowledgeable about all aspects of business, from marketing to design to long term planning. Lise's work has received awards including 1st place for Executive Design, 2nd place in the First Annual Idea Café “Mom Grant” and being named to Gift Basket Review’s Top 50 Gift Basket Companies twice. She has been featured in the Chicago Tribune, on WBBM radio, and in the Gift Basket Design Book. She has also been recognized as volunteer of the year by both her local chamber of commerce and her synagogue. Lise attributes BasketWorks’ success to a very strong business planning combined with the support and assistance of family and friends. Being an instructor is meaningful to Lise, as she has a passion for sharing her knowledge, and she loves to be able to “pay forward” all of the assistance she has received from her mentors over the years.