Connie Spruill has been called by many names in her lifetime: “Conniefrog” comes to mind from her 20 something years. The name stuck because she always jumped enthusiastically to her next project with a focused intention and unwavering attention to satisfying the client.
“The Wild Woman from Ohio,” was pinned on her in her thirties by her fellow colleagues when she founded the Association of Business and Professional Women in Construction bringing together women business owners in non-traditional fields. Under her leadership as Executive Director, of the Association of Business and Professional Women in Construction, Connie was instrumental in bringing a nationwide awareness to the plight of professional women in construction both from an economic perspective and market share perspective. Numerous programs were implemented across the U.S. as a result of her efforts. Her grass roots advocacy work was recognized in the early eighties by the Small Business Administration, and she participated as a tip ten finalist in the Columbus, Ohio Chamber’s Small Business Person of the Year and Inc. Magazine’s Entrepreneur of the Year.
“Spark Plug” was a pet name her husband coined for her as she continued to build her brand as a woman consulting to other women in business ownership and personal and professional development. Why Spark Plug? Because, according to her husband, she fires like a spark plug each time a new cause or project lands on her desk. He says, “She starts her engines and charts her course”.
Her academic degrees include a Bachelor of Arts in International Business from Ohio Dominican University and Master of Arts in Workforce Development from Ohio State University. She has operated her consulting and workforce training business under her company Attitude Marketers International, Inc. since 1983 and prior to that owned a lumber wholesale supply company where she sold railroad ties and other large treated timbers fulfilling multi-six figure contracts.
Connie is sensitive to issues related to single mothers and battered women as she has been there herself. Forced into poverty and homelessness herself built a resolve in her to never abandon her intention of helping other women build their economic base and help them with their self actualization. Now as she enters her baby boomer semi-retired years, Connie feels she has a lot to share with other women who are younger than she and looks forward to providing philanthropic contributions to women business owners.
Her nation-wide outreach project: Success for Women – Profiles of Inspiration events helps raise money for the non-profit organization WOMEN EDUCATING WOMEN. An organization providing workforce education funds to women in business who seek to upgrade business operation skills that may include learning an accounting program or getting certified in a software or internet marketing skill, for example. Check out Women Educating Women at: www.womeneducatingwomen2day.org for more information.
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