Team

Jennifer Azara

“I just love bossy women. I could be around them all day. To me, bossy is not a pejorative term at all. It means somebody’s passionate and engaged and ambitious and doesn’t mind leading.” — Amy Poehler, Actress

I’m thrilled to have recently joined Progressive Women’s Leadership in the role of Managing Editor. I’ve worked as a writer and editor for more than 18 years, covering a variety of “beats” from CFOs to warehouse workers. But this is the one I’m most excited about. The key to editorial success is to be in constant contact with your audience – find out what info they need, what keeps them up at night. Then work tirelessly to give them that with every story. I want our site to be the first resource you go to when you have a challenge at work. This bossy woman is ready to get down to business!

Beth Shaina Novick

“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” –- Jane Goodall, Anthropologist

I love being a part of the Progressive Women’s Leadership team. My active role moderating our certificate courses allows me to interact with accomplished and inspirational women every day. I learn first-hand what’s going on and what’s on their minds. As I set out in each course to help these women do their jobs better, what they may not realize is the positive impact they are leaving with me in return.

Lisa A. McKale

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” — Eleanor Roosevelt, Former First Lady of the United States

I’m very excited to have recently joined the team on Progressive Women’s Leadership as an Editor. In my 25-year career, I’ve had the opportunity to write and edit in a variety of areas, including community newspapers, legal and policy publications, trade magazines and social media. In that time, I’ve enjoyed working with and for many inspiring and resourceful women—and in some instances being “the boss” myself. I most look forward to picking the brains of women leaders throughout the nation, learning their ideas and perspectives about career success and applying them to my own journey! For women who lead and those who seek to lead, I believe our site will prove an invaluable resource.

Lynn Varacalli Cavanaugh

“An important attribute of success is to be yourself. Never hide what makes you, you.” — Indra Nooyi, Chairman and CEO, PepsiCo

As editor-in-chief of Woman’s Own and American Woman magazines, I have championed the personal and professional development of women for years. I started my career unsure of my own path and abilities, but I always had a natural curiosity and an interest in words and writing. When selected to launch American Woman as editor-in-chief, after a string of editorial jobs, I was thrilled—and terrified at being responsible for a brand new venture. All I could do was my best, based on my instincts and years of experience. American Woman was a success, offering me things I hadn’t achieved before—the confidence to do public speaking and a journalism award (Exceptional Merit Media award from the National Women’s Political Caucus & Radcliffe College). I hope my insights, now as an editor for Progressive Women’s Leadership, will help you on your own journey to career success.

Michele McGovern

“I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.” — Maya Angelou

I’ve been a news and business writer for almost 25 years, covering everything from crime and passion to customer service and management. There have been exciting assignments, and this one – covering women and their leadership – is certainly one of them. I’ll put a love for digging up the best research, expert advice and newest trends to work for our audience of women in leadership roles. The goal: Give you all the resources you need to lead others, get ahead in your career and keep it all in balance.