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"Fiesty Is What You Get!": An Interview with Ann Evanston

"Fiesty Is What You Get!": An Interview with Ann Evanston

Dwana DeLaCerna | Excelle

May 06, 2009

Ann Evanston is one of Excelle’s most seasoned featured writers. Now is your chance to get to know her a little better!

When I think of Ann Evanston, I immediately envision water. Ann is like water in that she gracefully fills up whatever space she is in, be it telecommunicating, on the web or in person, while she conducts a seminar. You feel her and her presence is known.

Ann is powerfully demure (it’s possible!), not easily contained, smooth, and douses any fire from fear. Need a life coach, mentor, leadership adviser or just a good friend and you can find it in Ann. Ann is a warrior-preneur who has graciously honored my request to interview her. I am so excited that this vibrant spirit has taken a moment from empowering folks across this great land to share a bit of herself with us! So, thank you, Ann!

Dwana DeLaCerna: You mentioned that you are from Chicago. Can you tell us about your upbringing in the Mid-west?

Ann Evanston: Well, yes and no. I am 2nd generation Italian, and my entire family is from Chicago. I was born during the Vietnam war, though, and as a military family, we moved. But my heart is with my extended family in Chicago, and I go at least once a year to visit them.

DD: What is the essence of Ann?

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AE: I am strong, confident and determined. But like any other woman, peel away the layers and my heart is fully involved in everything I do. I cry, I laugh, I love. Life is feeling — I could not imagine not having heart.

DD: When did you know that you could reach people and empower them?

AE: I have always been influential, but realizing you have the ability to empower others is another thing. I think I first realized it in college while writing my undergraduate thesis. I interviewed wives and girlfriends of prison inmates. My abilities to make them feel valued, listened to and respected allowed them to share hours of information no one ever thought they’d share. The thesis has actually been published 3 times in journals!

DD: Your feistiness is contagious. How do you keep the fire burning?

See Ann’s answer and more on the next page >>


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