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Women inspire me every single day. Their tenacity, wit, enthusiasm, power and grace have provided the world with amazing businesses that have transformed industries. Her Success Story is a podcast that allows these impactful and fascinating women to share their success journey with the world. Their triumphs, along with their failures. Their lessons, along with their leadership. And their determination to follow their dreams. Listen in each week as we talk to women in fashion, coaching, corporate, legal and so much more.

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May 13, 2019

Michele Etzel

CEO National Enterprise Solutions

EVP & CFO National Graphics, Inc.

Independent Director

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of a nationally recognized industry leading print manufacturing company, holding companies and family office. CEO and founder of National Enterprise Solutions – a recognized women owned enterprise that works collaboratively to find business solutions. Leadership experience includes: strategic planning, corporate accounting, financial management, business development, merger/acquisitions, operations and human capital management.

Michele Etzel is Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of National Graphics, Inc., one of the top commercial printers in the nation serving Fortune 500 companies. She is CEO and founder of National Enterprise Solutions LLC – a recognized women owned entity that specializes in collaboratively working with clients to provide business solutions in all facets. She is a recognized expert in the areas of finance, accounting, business development, operations, merger/acquisitions, procurement and manufacturing streamlining and cost containment. She also serves as an advisor and consultant to high growth family offices and businesses, to nonprofits in operations and turnarounds. Known for her real world financial, organizational and strategic experience, she has been a guest lecturer on business growth, operations, entrepreneurialism and expertise in fiscal responsibility, fiscal literacy for young adults and advocacy for working women and girls in the business world. Michele has been recognized and received honors from NAFE, NOIWA and other women’s organizations.

Michele received her Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from Villanova University and a degree in Executive Management at Cornell University. Michele is a member of the Executive Board of Directors of the Girls Scouts of Connecticut, former Chair of Audit Committee, Finance and Investment Committees, and an advisor and

investor at the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute. Along with Yale, she is a member of the Board of the International Women’s Forum – Connecticut on their Executive Committee, a Commissioner on the E911 Commission for the State of Connecticut appointed by the governor and the Villanova Dean’s Advisory Council, Women’s Professional Network and Alumni Recruiting Network

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Ivy and Michele’s shared experiences and ideas through careers in print
  • How she got into the printing business with her father and why she ended up staying
  • Balancing all the women roles
  • Mini-challenges and how to overcome and embrace
  • Working with family and transitioning between office life and personal life
  • Staying ahead of the curve and on top of trend
  • Her first time on a board in her 20s and how the experience resonated with her
  • Relationships and how a simple message can make a difference
  • How her husband helps her be a better communicator
  • The quote she loves about persistence
  • What drives her as a leader