Member Spotlights – May 2013

May2013-JenNeudecker  May2013Lesley Arnould Headshot

Jennifer Neudecker

Life and Career Coach


Helping women create the life and career they want has become a passion for Jennifer and in her role as a career and life coach she has been able to do just that. Witnessing the change in her clients’ lives really inspires her.

Feeling unfulfilled while in pharmaceutical sales, Jennifer realized she wanted to have a direct impact and help make a difference in people’s lives.  Mix that with having more flexibility for herself and her family and WOW, the combination was a powerful motivator.

Jennifer found that making a conscious effort to put herself out there to get her first few clients helped her overcome this fear -- and besides, as she says, “The alternative of going back to corporate was not an option.”  Her advice is to persevere, find a support system, take some risks and step outside of your comfort zone.  Also be sure to ask for help and not go it alone.

Through SWAN Jennifer has enjoyed the opportunity to practice crafting her message and to become more at ease talking about her work by attending meetings regularly. She also loves the community of women who understand the ins and outs of being in business and who are so open to supporting one another.

Her greatest achievements include following her heart instead of playing it safe and raising two happy, healthy, loving girls.  Jennifer loves skiing, hiking, dancing, soccer and travel.

Visit her @

Interviewed by Monica Noel.

Lesley Arnould

Certified Interior Decorator &
Professional Real Estate Stager


Lesley Arnould is passionate about decorating, design and her family.  So it is no wonder she has put her gifts to use as a Certified Interior Decorator and Professional Real Estate Stager creating spaces that people love and enjoy.

Lesley’s appreciation for beautiful fabrics is the reason she often uses fabric as inspiration for her design projects.  One of her greatest achievements was redecorating an entire home from top to bottom for a client.  Although daunting, it was a great learning experience early in her career.  Lesley loves to see the delight on clients’ faces when even small but effective changes are made.

Embellished Interiors also does Real Estate Staging.  Staging a property is different from redecorating in that changes are made to a home so it will appeal to the home seller’s target market and to help it sell quickly for the best price possible.

To maintain work life balance Lesley schedules exercise into her life.  She goes to a regular yoga class and belongs to a hiking group that helps her maintain her fitness and connections with others.  She also tries not to answer business emails or calls after 7pm.

Lesley feels one of the biggest hurdles she has had to overcome in her business is having the confidence to sell herself.  Attending Swan and other networking groups where she has met like-minded women, and is inspired by the speakers, really helps.  Lesley recommends “Staying True to Yourself” and finding a mentor or coach to help your business flourish.

Lesley’s website is


Interviewed by Eveline Kington


Login to Directory

You must be a member to login to the Online Directory.


SWAN Newsletter

Insert your name and email address to receive monthly updates from SWAN News.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Upcoming Event

Thursday, May 18th Come network! Annual General Meeting and Dissolution of the Society with TED Talks and discussion. Registration now open!

read more

Early Bird Registration

Early bird registration now open for our Thursday, May 18th networking event!

Click Here

Online Member Directory

Create your Member Profile and list your business or service in the SWAN Member-Only Online Directory. Contact Membership if you need assistance.

Online Directory

SWAN Executive

President – Heather Walker
Vice President – Position Open
Treasurer – Julie Scott
Secretary – Tamara MacDonald
Communications – Lara Hildebrandt
Membership – Linda Mackie
Social Alliance Director – Linda LeQuesne
Volunteer Coordinator – Diane Travis
Member at Large – Joanne Mulhall
Member at Large – Lisa Morris
Past President (inactive) - Dana Smithers
Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin