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Enterprising Women Names Sharon Hulce, Kirsten Liston and Pooja Chandra Pama to its Advisory Board

RALEIGH, N.C., September 11 – Monica Smiley, CEO and publisher of Enterprising Women magazine, has appointed Sharon Hulce, Kirsten Liston and Pooja Chandra Pama to the Enterprising Women Advisory Board.

“Sharon, Kirsten and Pooja are outstanding entrepreneurs and highly respected leaders in their fields. At the same time they are passionate advocates of women and live the values of the Enterprising Women Advisory Board,” said Smiley.

Enterprising Women, the nation’s only women-owned magazine published exclusively for women business owners, chronicles the growing political, economic, and social influence and power of entrepreneurial women in 185 countries.

Sharon Hulce is President/CEO, Employment Resource Group, Inc. (ERG), a nationwide Executive Search firm based in Appleton, Wisconsin. A 27-year veteran of the Executive Search industry, Hulce founded ERG over 20 years ago to change the traditional way search was done. Ensuring ERG would never be the firm that just presents resumes, she has dedicated her company’s mission to providing thought leadership on every level, ensuring successful hires for both the company and the individual.

A Forbes-published author, Hulce’s book entitled A Well-Done Professional Midlife Crisis is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and She is a highly sought-after keynote speaker, often sharing her life and professional experiences at countless corporate presentations, national conferences, association meetings and a TEDx talk.

Hulce is a 2023 Wisconsin Titan CEO 100 honoree and a 2021 recipient of the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce Gus A. Zuehlke Distinguished Service Award for her entrepreneurship and vision within the local business community. Prior to leaving the global MRINetwork, Sharon was recognized as Management Recruiters International’s Person of the Year. This award is given to a single member who made the greatest contribution to the network, worthy of recognition as “MVP” of the entire network. She has been a Top Ten Owner of the Decade, having personal billings over $20 million.

She is a winner of the 2023 Enterprising Women of the Year Award.

Hulce is also an Executive Board Member of The Pinnacle Society, a consortium of the country’s industry-leading recruiters and a Platinum member of the Women Presidents Organization (WPO), a dynamic collective of women business owners from around the world who share insights to drive game-changing experiences.

Passionate about the community she lives and works in, Sharon has served on numerous boards and was the recipient of the 2019 Walter L. Rugland Community Service Award through the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, which recognizes an individual who over many years has positively impacted the quality of life in the Fox Cities through their leadership. Additionally, ERG’s gift back to the community over its 20+ years as a company has been through its transformation of nonprofit organizations, having conducted over 90 leadership searches pro bono, resulting in over $6 million in donated search fees back to the community.

Kirsten Liston is Founder & CEO of Rethink Compliance, a compliance industry leader that is dedicated to empowering organizations to create real behavior and culture change. A repeat honoree on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing companies, Rethink serves more than 125 of the world’s great companies and its products and services reach millions of global employees each year.

Liston joined the compliance industry in 2000, working closely with leading Fortune 500 and Global 2000 companies to stand up some of the first-ever compliance training programs. She and the Rethink team have repeatedly driven product innovation in the space — from pioneering the use of spoken word poetry in training materials to releasing some of the first-ever compliance whiteboard videos.

She was inducted into the EY Winning Women in 2021. Liston is a winner of the 2023 Enterprising Women of the Year Award.

Liston is the author of the 2019 book “Creating Great Compliance Training in a Digital World: How to Reach and Persuade Your Audience” and 2020’s “The Compliance Entrepreneur’s Handbook: Tips, Tools, and Tactics to Find Your Killer Idea and Create Success on Your Own Terms.”

Her articles have appeared in Compliance & Ethics Magazine, Compliance & Ethics Professional, Compliance Week, and Directors and Boards. She is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and co-created a popular workshop “Creating Effective Compliance Training” for the Society for Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE).

Pooja Chandra Pama, the Founder and President of ACE Foods, is an Indian-born, American humanitarian, philanthropist, and entrepreneur with comprehensive international business experience in myriad sectors: finance, healthcare, agriculture, and real estate. Pama helms several businesses which foster global entrepreneurship and is motivated by Pama’s aspiration to integrate community-building and philanthropy.

Entrepreneurial spirit, business experience, and a philanthropic approach to business lie at the heart of Pama’s endeavors. Her motivation had its start in Pama’s upbringing, with her mother instilling in her teachings of “seva” or selfless service, and a strong belief that “with privilege comes great responsibility.”

ACE Health Foundation, which Pama founded in 2016, is a nonprofit organization. engaged in educational and practical programs for grassroots entrepreneurs and leaders, and reputed high achievers across the globe. MasterMinds, a related initiative, provides enterprising and innovative coaching and mentoring opportunities.

Recognizing the importance of nurturing future global leaders and connecting professionals at the pinnacle of their careers, Pama created the ACE Global Network. This platform brings diverse, highly accomplished icons, leaders, thinkers and executives together to partner, exchange information, collaborate, and mentor the next generation of senior professionals. Within this vetted, Global community, drawn from public and private sectors around the world, participants gain ready access to the expertise, talent and resources they need to perform at the apex of their fields.

In addition to leadership and development for the highest achievers, Pama included a mentoring component to identify and elevate Global Emerging Leaders. Through these structured, connective opportunities, they engage with equally gifted peers, and Global Leaders and Advisors to gain perspective on the world stage.

Pama is the winner of the 2023 Enterprising Women of the Year and 2022 International Women’s Entrepreneurial Challenge awards. Her philanthropic interests include education, women’s empowerment, the arts, health, the environment, and humanitarian initiatives. Pama resides in the greater Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.

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Enterprising Women, with headquarters in Cary, North Carolina, is the nation’s only women-owned magazine published exclusively for women business owners that chronicles the growing political, economic and social influence and power of entrepreneurial women. The magazine provides a friendly meeting place, a public forum and a national stage for the critical issues confronting women’s businesses and daily lives from the unique perspectives and experiences of entrepreneurial women. Published in both print and digital editions, the online edition of the magazine reaches one million readers in 185 countries. For more information, please visit or call (919) 362-1551.

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