Our Co-Founders

Michelle Bergquist

CEO | Co-Founder | Award Winning Entrepreneur | Author | Speaker

Michelle Bergquist is a nationally recognized author,  award-winning entrepreneur, lively moderator and engaging, professional speaker. Currently, Michelle is the CEO and Co-Founder of Connected Women of Influence, a leading powerhouse community of b2b women owners, executives and professionals who converge and engage to build high-performing professional relationships among peers in business.

Michelle is also Co-Founder of SUE Talks™, bold, passionate, talks and viewpoints on business by successful, unstoppable, empowering women changing the face of business.

Michelle is a passionate advocate to advance women in business, and committed to designing platforms, programs, connections and collaborative opportunities that result in more women leading projects, teams, people and companies. In 2014, Michelle was recognized by the National Association of Women Business Owners as the Women’s Advocate of the Year. In 2015, Michelle was featured and recognized as one of the Women Who Impact San Diego by the San Diego Metro Magazine.

With a passion to ‘give back’ in business, Michelle’s philanthropic efforts have resulted in over $100,000 in contributions for local nonprofit organizations that support women and young girls.
Michelle’s corporate background includes 13 years in commercial banking and over 20 years as an entrepreneur and business owner. Michelle is the author of two books: How Women Sabotage Their Success in Business…According to Men and How to Build a Million Dollar Database.

Michelle’s professional background includes over 20 years’ expertise in helping companies develop winning business plans, obtain funding, increase sales and improve business performance and success.

Michelle is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Go Big Red!!) and a past board member of the National Association of Women Business Owners, the Fountain Valley Chamber of Commerce, YWCA of San Diego and the American Institute of Banking.

Jaimee Pittman

Workplace Guardians, Inc.

Jaimee Pittman is President & CEO of Workplace Guardians, Inc. (WGI). WGI is a new company, but they are not strangers to workplace violence prevention. The WGI team has decades of collective experience in workplace violence prevention, incident intervention, and organizational development across a wide range of industries and government agencies. The WGI consultants are specialists in workplace behaviors – they are skilled in investigative techniques, threat assessment and management, compliance issues, employment policies and procedures, and building positive and productive organizations. Together Jaimee and the WGI team of expert service providers have served hundreds of organizations each with their own challenges and concerns.

Jaimee’s career in the workplace violence prevention field began in 2000 when she was hired by Dr. Tony Baron as a business development professional for his consulting and training firm. Dr. Baron’s groundbreaking research had been widely hailed for pioneering violence prevention programs for businesses, schools, and other institutions. Jaimee soon knew she had found her calling and is passionate about building solid, long-term client relationships and providing programs that positively-impact the community. In 2005 Jaimee purchased the firm from Dr. Baron, and sold it to a locally owned holding company in 2012. Jaimee worked at Baron Center, Inc. for 16 years before launching the new firm Workplace Guardians, Inc. Jaimee and the WGI team of expert trainers and consultants are excited about continuing to shepherd clients who are pro-active in preventing workplace violence and building productive and positive cultures in their organizations.

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