Dr. Marsha Firestone is a recognized expert in entrepreneurship and the Founder and President of the Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO), which began in 1997. WPO is a peer advisory organization for women who own multimillion dollar businesses and has 95 Chapters on four continents. She is also the Founder and President of the Women Presidents’ Educational Organization, dedicated to increasing access to business opportunities for women’s business enterprises (WBEs).
Dr. Firestone is also the author of The Busy Woman’s Guide to Successful Self-Employment and has published research in business and educational journals on adult learning theory, nonverbal communication, and managerial competency. She also serves the worldwide women’s business community as a frequent guest speaker.
Dr. Firestone shares her professional knowledge by serving on numerous boards and advisory councils including: the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), Enterprising Women Advisory Board, Forbes Executive Women’s Board, Newcomb College Institute Director’s Advisory Council, the International Women’s Forum, and The Key Bank Women’s Advisory Council. She also serves as a special advisor to the Chair of the National Women’s Business Council Board. Dr. Firestone earned a Master’s degree in Communication from Teacher’s College of New York and a Ph.D. in Communication from Columbia University, where Margaret Mead sat on her dissertation committee.
In this episode, Dr. Firestone joins Inside the Winner’s Circle to tell us more about the Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO), from its early conception to what it is now, the premier global peer advisory organization connecting top women entrepreneurs who own multi-million dollar companies. She also discusses the model on which the organization was based upon as well as the dynamics within the group itself.