SHU Welcomes Second Installment of Linda McMahon’s ‘Women Can Have It All’ Series

Stacey Schieffelin

News Story: September 2, 2014

Linda McMahon, co-founder and former CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment, will host the second segment in a Sacred Heart University series on women in leadership titled “Women Can Have It All.”

The program, sponsored by the John F. Welch College of Business, will feature guest speakers who have had an impact in business.   The second installment, held on Wednesday, October 15, at 3 p.m. in the Schine Auditorium, brings Stacey Schieffelin, founder and president of ybf (your best friend) beauty, LLC and Models Prefer.

The series examines what it means to “have it all” and how women can balance career, family, friendship and personal time. It features conversations with women leaders across a variety of sectors and is moderated by Linda McMahon, who is also a Sacred Heart University trustee. Her first guest was her daughter, Stephanie McMahon, WWE chief brand officer and television personality.

“As an entrepreneur with a storied legacy for building an international enterprise, Linda McMahon brings tremendous knowledge and experience to impart to young women preparing for their professional lives and those who have begun their careers,” said John J. Petillo, President of Sacred Heart University.

The “Women Can Have It All” interviews focus on topics relevant to women in the workplace, such as management, entrepreneurship and the challenges facing them in corporate America.

“As a former CEO, I want to show women that there are no limits to what they can achieve, whether through entrepreneurship, government, science or any path they choose,” McMahon said. “And there is plenty of room for women at the top.”

John Chalykoff, Dean of the John F. Welch College of Business, said, “We are thrilled to host this series, which is designed to provide guidance and inspiration to women. Women continue to face many challenges, including perceptions in the workplace, their career trajectories, societal expectations and work-life balance.”

Stacey Schieffelin, as the founder and president of ybf (your best friend) beauty, LLC and Models Prefer, has engineered an 18-year record of success as the #1 global color cosmetic line in direct sales on four networks in eight countries.  Forging a highly personal relationship with her consumers, her cosmetic and apparel sales are in excess of $225 million to date.  For her accomplishments, she was recognized as Connecticut’s Female Entrepreneur of the Year in 2012.

As a successful entrepreneur and renowned beauty expert, she is frequently sought by national magazines such as Allure, ELLE, Good Housekeeping, Marie Claire, and Fitness.  She is on the board of directors of Fashion Group International, Count Me In, and is an active member of Independent Cosmetics Manufacturers and Distributors, Miss America’s Outstanding Teen, Girls, Inc., and the American Cancer Society. Stacey was named one of “America’s Power Women” by Ladies Home Journal.

Schieffelin began her career as a Ford Model before becoming a beauty expert and businesswoman.  A true believer in empowering women to live the life they dream, she was honored to ring the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange in celebration of the power of women-owned businesses with the esteemed non-profit Count Me In.

Linda McMahon stepped down as CEO of WWE in 2009 to run for the U.S. Senate. She was the Republican nominee to represent Connecticut in 2010 and 2012.

As a business executive, Linda McMahon helped grow WWE from a 13-person operation to a publicly traded global enterprise with more than 800 employees in offices worldwide. She has been widely recognized as one of the country’s top female executives.

In the past three decades, women have overcome hurdles to achieve unprecedented progress in business, government and education; however, an obvious leadership gap remains. Only 23 women currently serve as CEOs among the Fortune 500 companies, while the share of women on corporate boards lags below 20 percent. As a result, only a small pool of women in senior executive positions is available to advise and advocate for young women entering the workforce.