F E A T U R E F R I D A Y
MEET SAREN STIEGEL
For this weeks Feature Friday, we are thrilled to introduce this incredible boss babe -- Saren Stiegel. Saren is the founder of the company Glow Effect, a company dedicated to growing equitable, impact-driven leaders committed to a better world.
Tell us more about what you do and how you empower the community of women around you.
I support go-getters in creating world-changing visions and a plan for bringing them to life. By bringing tremendous value to our organizations and families, personal worth and confidence sky-rockets and can be exponentially grown in support of our communities. My company, Glow Effect, works with a wide range of clients including executives in Fortune 500 companies, social enterprise start-up CEOs, and rural community organizations.
What is something you've overcome as a woman that you feel has made you stronger?
In my past life as an attorney, I had the privilege of working in criminal defense and civil rights. This work is predominantly male, which required me to overcome the stigmas of being a women in the prisons and courtrooms. Standing shoulder-to-shoulder with male attorneys, looking judges in the eye while representing alleged criminals, allowed me to build the strength to confront a wide range of challenges in the corporate sector.
Who or what inspires you?
Working mothers. There is no one stronger and more dynamic than woman who can juggle caregiving with breadwinning and maybe still have sense of self.
What are you most proud of in the work that you do?
I'm proud of the community impact that previous clients are having. For example, I have one client who is transforming the lives of teenage girls in South Texas and another client who is creating resources for Latino men in Chicago. Some clients show up with an eagerness to help and lack a vision to provide value. Others, like a rural community in Uganda, requested support in making their empowerment vision come to life. Since they started working with us in 2016, they've built a 10,000ft empowerment center that's multiplied the community's income and decreased reporting of domestic violence. Bottom line: it's never just about making individuals' lives change; it's about the glow effect they're having on the world around them.
One last thing to live by,
Live your vision, not your circumstances.