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Meet Alison Forche of Forche Law

My name is Alison Forche. I serve on two committees - programming and communications.

Tell us about your business.

I am a family law attorney trained in mediation, parent coordination, co-parent coaching, as a guardian ad litem, and as an early neutral evaluator. I focus my practice specifically on family (custody) and eldercare mediation and conflict resolution.

What inspired you to get into your business?

I began practice as a family law attorney and loved helping clients transition through this major life change. I stopped practicing to care for my premature child and help run my husband's business. I decided to start my business and focus on family mediation and conflict resolution because I believe the family should have the opportunity to work together to transition through these life changes and should define the best path for their future rather than a court.

What are your three best practices or best tips that every NAWBO member needs to hear?

  1. Be curious, be open-minded and be present every day.
  2. Define your priorities and make sure your decisions serve/honor your priorities.
  3. Get involved - the most authentic opportunities to make great friends, to learn valuable tools and advice from amazing people and to enrich your life both professionally and personally is to be actively engaged.

What does your future look like?

My future is continuing to grow my business and learn how best to help those I serve, to savor my son's final year of high school and guide him as he makes important choices for his next stage of life and to help my husband grow his business.

What do you do in your free time?

I enjoy reading, exercising outdoors, practicing yoga and meditating.

What is your company website?

I have not created one at this time - my email is forchelaw at gmail.com.

Meet Shannon Mulligan, owner at Vast Results

My name is Shannon Mulligan. I do not currently participate in committees but am a co-leader of my roundtable group. I am a regular at the luncheons and have met one-on-one with many members.

Tell us about your business.

We are a business development firm that helps B2B companies wanting to get to the next level in revenue with laser-focused and fractional sales effort. We are an extension of their existing sales process.

What inspired you to get into your business?

I was laid off at 5 months pregnant from a national sales manager role and decided that the timing was right to strike out on my own and create a model that other moms could use and flourish under.

What are your three best practices or best tips that every NAWBO member needs to hear?

  1. Always be networking/prospecting. You never know where your next client will come from.
  2. Leverage the many online tools to automate portions of your sales process, but the telephone is STILL your most powerful tool.
  3. Follow up, Follow up, Follow up!

What does your future look like?

In 10 years after creating a sustainable agency style model for Moms to flourish, I will sell it all and open a yoga studio.

What do you do in your free time?

Read for both business and pleasure; pin things on Pinterest I will never do and lots of Yoga.

What is your company website?

www.vastresults.com

Meet Melody Bohrer, owner at Odyssey Executive Consulting

My name is Melody Bohrer. I am actively participating in the monthly meeting, candid conversations and a roundtable. I also attended the FCEM/NAWBO meeting in NYC

Tell us about your business.

The Odyssey Coaching program is a one-on-one program designed for new Executives or individuals new to a leadership role.  Many times there’s no formal mentorship within an organization as people are promoted into roles of greater responsibility and accessing your supervisor on a regular basis with questions and challenges is not necessarily in your best interest nor are they always qualified to be your professional coach.

I also facilitate group programming called Achieve. Achieve is a dynamic roadmap for accelerating performance and turning goals into reality. I will be starting my next Achieve program very soon!

What inspired you to get into your business?

After 16 years in a Fortune 500 company as a senior executive, I chose to move to Columbus full-time to be near family and pursue a career with less travel and focus on my passion.

What are your three best practices or best tips that every NAWBO member needs to hear?

  1. Attend as many events as possible.
  2. Connect outside of the NAWBO meetings with NAWBO members.
  3. Join a roundtable.

What does your future look like?

Growing my business in the greater Columbus area and beyond.

What do you do in your free time?

Golf, Read and spend time w/ family.

What is your company website?

odysseyexecutiveconsulting.com