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#60 Riveting Exchanges: Making The Most Of Your Sabbatical


On this week’s edition of Riveting Exchanges on The WAM Podcast, Andrea and Desiree had the pleasure of interviewing Stacey Felzer, the owner of Chord Marketing Services, a B2B marketing firm that specializes in creating marketing that’s in tune with your customers’ needs.

Stacey, Andrea, and Desiree explore the topic of sabbaticals. Felzer recently came off of a sabbatical of a few months and was gracious enough to speak about her experience and the events that led up to it, as well as some practical advice for making the best of your sabbatical.

“I created my dream job, and I’m doing it, and it’s phenomenal!” – @StaceyJFelzer


Andrea Olson

Andrea Olson, the author of No Disruptions: The New Future For Mid-Market Manufacturing and The Customer Missionis inspiring and educating industrial business leaders on how to transform their approach to marketing, technology, and communications to operate more efficiently and increase profitability. 

Andrea’s 19-year, field-tested background provides unique, applicable approaches to creating leaner, more effective, technology-driven, customer-facing operations. A 4-time ADDY® award-winner, she began her career at a tech startup and led the strategic marketing efforts at two global industrial manufacturers.

Andrea is the CEO of Pragmadik, an Operational Strategy Consultancy, and also a board member of the Midwest Manufacturing Business Coalition, a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of mid-market manufacturing in the US.

Andrea’s most recent book, No Disruptions, provides manufacturing leaders an easy, educational read on how to increase revenue generation through marketing, branding, and effective technology implementation. 

In addition to writing, consulting and coaching, Andrea speaks to leaders and industry organizations around the world on operational strategies to discover new sources of revenues and savings. Contact Andrea to access information on her book, workshops, keynote speeches or consulting. 

For more information on Olson’s book, workshops, keynote speeches, or consulting, please visit www.pragmadik.com and www.nodisruptions.com. Follow Andrea Olson on Twitter @pragmadik

Desiree Grace

Desiree Grace is Director of Channel Accounts & Programs for Panduit Corporation in Tinley Park, Illinois.  Desiree and her team develop and deploy channel partner strategy and programs in North America.

She previously managed the Utility channel for Eaton North America, as their Vice President, Channel Development and Operations. Prior to this role, she served as Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Anamet Electrical, District Manager, at Panduit Corporation, and Branch Manager at WESCO.

Grace has over 27 years of experience in electrical manufacturing and distribution and has been an active member of NAED for over 10 years. She was the 2017 Trailblazer for NAED’s Women in Industry organization. Grace holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Political Science from Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois, and an MBA with concentrations in Marketing and Operations from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa.

Grace serves on the Church Council for First Congregational Church and is a volunteer with Dress for Success and Habitat for Humanity.

Connect with Desiree Grace on LinkedIn.


Stacey Felzer

Stacey Felzer, the owner of Chord Marketing Services, has over 20 years of experience in manufacturing and wholesale distributing in the electrical industry. She has been the customer, the manufacturer, and the person in between. Now, she is taking the best marketing practices she has learned and utilizing them to help independent distributors and manufacturers elevate their marketing game.

Chord Marketing Services is a B2B marketing firm that is focused on the electrical industry providing marketing strategy, branding, product marketing, and demand generation manufacturer’s reps, small manufacturers, and distributors.

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