Debbie Shapiro–Perservering Through Challenges

With Debbie Shapiro, Jill Peck

A few months ago I interviewed Debbie Shapiro on “The Communication Corner,” the weekly sixty minute program I host for WBCX-FM, 89.1 FM, “The Voice of Brenau.” I had read in the Atlanta Business Chronicle that she had earned distinction as the 2010 Small Business Person of the Year in Atlanta. So I knew she would be able to share helpful ideas about marketing and advertising. I was right. Her interview was highly informative. I told her I would want to host her again, because of her business expertise.

However, in later conversations I found that Debbie had an amazing personal story as well. So we changed topics for her second appearance today. Our conversation revolved around “persevering through personal and professional challenges.” As you’ll see in the photo, Debbie’s business partner Jill Peck participated in the interview, too.

Among the topics we covered:
*Death of a business partner, ending a twelve-year collaboration
*Her eventual health problems, and those her husband experienced starting early in their marriage
*Loss of jobs for her and her husband
*Encouragement from family and mentors
*”Giving back”–volunteer efforts her company engages in
*Excerpts from one of her favorite books, The Giving Tree
*How Debbie and Jill are preparing their children for college life
*Lessons listeners can apply from Debbie’s triumph over difficulties

HEAR MY CONVERSATION WITH DEBBIE AND JILL
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You’ll find valuable information about Henderson-Shapiro Peck on the firm’s Web site, including contact information. Here’s the link:
http://www.hendersonshapiro.com

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Debbi Shapiro–Award Winning Small Business Leader

When I read that Debbi Shapiro, President and Owner of Henderson-Shapiro in Roswell, Georgia had been honored as Small Business Person of the Year for 2010–by the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and the Atlanta Business Chronicle— I invited her to share her business communication strategies in “The Communication Corner,” the weekly interview show I host for WBCX, 89.1 FM, “The Voice of Brenau.” I was delighted when she accepted.

You’ll benefit from hearing us discuss:
–Her company’s unusual way of finding new employees who will be a good fit
–Why teamwork has become more than a platitude at Henderson-Shapiro
–What weekly staff meetings accomplish that keep them worthwhile
–Her tireless dedication to employee concerns, at an hour when most CEOs have “called it a night”
–The company’s dedication to community service
–Employee recognition as an inexpensive yet highly valuable action
–How Debbi continues to improve through “360 self-assessment”

Too, you will hear the high compliments offered by the award committee that selected her from four other outstanding finalists.

NOW LISTEN TO MY INTERVIEW WITH DEBBI SHAPIRO
To hear my interview with Debbi, click the arrow below in the Podcast section of this blog page, located just above the Audio MP3 lettering.

VISIT HER COMPANY WEB SITE
Learn more about Henderson-Shapiro–also recognized by Working Mother magazine as an ideal place for professional women–by connecting with the company Web site, where you will find Debbi’s contact information:
http://www.hendersonshapiro.com

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