You don’t have to look far in Plattsburgh to find amazing women, taking on business and performing an on-going balancing act with family, work and well-being. Our Body, Mind & Spirit Winter Series audience was truly inspired by the authenticity and joie de vivre of Deena McCullough, Dena Archer and Deb Cleary. The Champlain Wine Company is the perfect setting to have a glass of wine and listen to the easy dialogue of excited women sharing their passion for “having it all”! If not “having it all”…then certainly living full and rich lives. All three are business owners, have a longing for adventure and navigating unexplored territory, and are extremely devoted to family and friends. We decided to share some of their qualities and beliefs with you in this week’s Scene in Plattsburgh.
What personal characteristics do you have that made you want be in business for yourself? What qualities have you cultivated/or continue to cultivate to be successful? DEB CLEARY, President of ETS and co-owner of Urban Soles, is a ‘do-er’. She gets an idea, and says “I DO IT”…it may not always work as well as she had planned, but it is action oriented and she is never left wondering, ‘what if?’ She had just come from a day of working with a photographer to really capture the essence of her business and employees in the design of a new cutting edge website, designed by Deb, of course! She comes from a family of entrepreneurs, so her background, support, and experience laid the foundation to be well prepared to lead ETS into the next generation of growth.
DENA ARCHER, owner of ARCHER BODY WORKS and Licensed Massage Therapist, responded that she is always “skidding in sideways”, but (almost) always landing on her feet. You’d never know that by her easy presence and poise! She was effervescent in describing all aspects of her life and managing the ongoing growth and expansion of her spa business to add employees and expand services. In addition, she is single-parenting two daughters, encouraging their growth into strong young women, and making room to stay healthy during these intensely busy years. Her dad was a local business owner and emulating him comes naturally. She believes that being flexible, having an artistic, creative vision and a high, constantly developing sense of self-awareness are crucial characteristics to making it all work.