The Women’s Excelerator is a program designed for women who are at a turning point in their lives and careers and know it’s their time to make their dreams and goals a reality.
We have a passion for women in business and especially for women in their own business. Our niche is working with women who are in mid career or entering the encore part of their careers and serious about doing their own thing.
“The Women’s Excelerator challenged me to go deeper into my business planning model in order to increase my venture’s viability. LaVon and Mary are committed to my success and to women entrepreneurs.” – Barb B.
Founder Mary Jacobs, along with partner LaVon Dennistoun, had a vision to create an environment where women could feel comfortable to be themselves, admit that maybe they are better practitioners than business owners and be ready to learn what it takes to start and build a business.
As professionals and entrepreneurs, we have worked with hundreds of small businesses at various stages of their development, whether writing a Business Plan, sales strategies, marketing initiatives, branding, financial planning and budgeting and legal considerations.
Our backgrounds are in Sales, Marketing, Operations, Finance, Leadership Development and Law and each of us has started our own businesses.
Whatever stage your are at -
- we are here for you to provide the direction, the mentoring and the support to make your dreams a reality.
We know what works and what doesn’t, when we need to push you out of your comfort zone, and most importantly help you to develop a plan to build a sustainable business.
All of our programs are outcome based and each module advances your business.
Want to find out more? Contact us, and we’ll have an initial free coaching call to make sure this is the right program for you.
Mary Jacobs, M.A., Founder
Mary has a calling to help women in mid-career start their own business. Like many women she works with, she started her own business at mid-life. After a long corporate career and a lay off at 42, she decided this was the right time to pursue her interest in starting a business. With limited exposure to the world of entrepreneurship, but a strong will to figure it out, she spent over a year learning everything she could about what it takes to open a business.
Mary’s own experience of navigating on her own was the catalyst for the idea of starting The Women’s Excelerator so that other women wouldn’t struggle on their own like she did.
She gets the mindset of a woman who is either considering starting a business, ready to go with a business idea or already in business but needs some extra work on strategy to jumpstart.
Using her own experience, she works with women to develop their ideas and build a plan for a business that is fulfilling and sustainable.
As a SCORE counselor for the past several years, she has mentored hundreds of small businesses as a coach and workshop facilitator.
An experienced workshop leader, she has facilitated the “Going into Business” workshops and developed and co-facilitated the popular workshop, “How to Build Your Professional Services Firm.”
Mary has extensive board experience as Past President of The Alzheimer’s Association in Seattle and a Board member of The Japan America Society.
A native of St. Paul and a graduate of the University of St Thomas, Mary has a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership with a focus of Strategic Management from St Catherine University.
LaVon Dennistoun, Dennistoun Consulting
LaVon owns her own consulting firm, Dennistoun Consulting, focusing primarily on Strategic Business Management. She draws her expertise from having worked 30+ years in corporate America for AT&T and Integra Telecom. Her comprehensive experience ranges from general operations, sales and project management to marketing, strategic planning and new business development.
As Vice President at Integra, she was the only female executive in her peer group and experienced first-hand the challenges women face in business. She also led the company’s Best Practice team, which focused on revenue generating and cost savings initiatives through the implementation of best practices across departments and markets.
LaVon spent 3 years with SCORE and served in a variety of roles on the Executive Team and coached hundreds of clients on their business plans and startup operations. She served as Chapter Chair from 2010-2011.
LaVon also served as a mentor for several years in the Menttium 100 Leaders program, which matches emerging female leaders with senior executives. She is an active member of the American Society for Training and Development and serves on the Board of The Friends of Wescott Library.
LaVon earned a Mini-MBA from the University of Minnesota – Carlson School of Management and has completed undergraduate work in Business Management from the University of Phoenix.
Barbara Olson, Esq.
Barbara, a practicing attorney who concentrates on business and tax law issues, knows what it’s like to move from a steady full-time job to launching her own company.
Before starting her own law firm, Olson Law LTD, in 1994, she worked at Cargill’s Legal and Tax Department and for the District Counsel for the Internal Revenue Service.
Her law practice specialties include assisting businesses in a variety of issues, such as contracts, employment matters, intellectual property issues, computer and software law, partnerships, successions, purchase and sales, real estate and tax planning and compliance—both civil and criminal.
Her practical legal advice and no-nonsense style has helped her small business clients save money and time as they start and build their companies.
Barbara has worked with a variety of small business for the last several years and has been a guest speaker for SCORE’s “Going into Business” and “Building Your Professional Service Firm” workshops and has presented on legal issues.
She graduated from Harvard University and earned her J.D. degree from the University of Minnesota Law School and a LLM in Taxation from New York University.