Interview with Melanie Dunea

Melanie Dunea is an American photographer and author who is best known for her iconic portraits of renowned chefs, celebrities, and influencers.

Her photography has been published and exhibited worldwide and she has been honored with awards from American Photography, PDN, Communication Arts, Society of Publication Design, International Photography and The Lucie Foundation.

She has published five books o date including: Precious, A Journey of Smiles, My Country, My Last Supper, and My Last Supper: The Next Course. Dunea received critical acclaim for her book series My Last Supper, which has transformed her into a distinguished figure in the culinary world and led to many impressive opportunities including a radio program on Martha Stewart Radio, hosting a My Last Supper web series, and the Yahoo Travel series titled “Photo Tripping”. She has also appeared on The Today Show, Charlie Rose, Rachael Ray, Top Chef, The Chew, VH1, The Big Buzz, NPR and the Splendid Table.

She is currently a global ambassador for the charity Operation Smile and serves on the Food Bank for NYC Marketing Advisory Committee.

Dunea lives in New York City and is represented by Creative Photographers inc.

Follow the journey at and; Also on Instagram and Twitter: @mylastsupper

Interview with Eboni Williams

Eboni K. Williams currently serves as a FOX News Channel (FNC) contributor, providing political and legal analysis and commentary on today’s biggest headlines. She’s also a frequent guest host on New York City’s legendary talk radio station 77 WABC.

Prior to her role with FOX News Channel, Eboni served as a CBS News correspondent, HLN contributor and talk radio host for Los Angeles’ KFI AM640, sharpening her broadcast experience while sharing her expertly analyzed views on various culturally relevant topics. She’s also had frequent guest appearances on CNN and the NFL Network.

Ms. Williams was accepted to and enrolled in The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill at the age of 16, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree.

Ms. Williams began her professional experience in Louisiana in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, where, as a law student, she clerked for the Louisiana Secretary of State and the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office. There, she also worked for various politicians, including New Orleans City Council Members, supporting efforts to rebuild the city of New Orleans.

She went on to specialize in family law and civil litigation, providing legal consult on high-profile divorce, spousal support, and child custody cases. Ms. Williams then transitioned into practicing as a public defender, as well as a private defense lawyer in North Carolina and throughout the Greater Los Angeles area. She has represented clients in criminal matters including murders, rapes, high volume drug cases, sex crimes and federal offenses.

Ms. Williams’ experiences over the years have grown her perspective, allowed many opportunities for lessons learned, and strengthened her personal commitment to informing the public with the facts plainly stated, but her opinion never lost.

Ms. Williams received her BA in Communications and African-American Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a J.D. from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law.

Interview with Cheryl Casone

Cheryl Casone joined FOX Business Network (FBN) in September 2007 as an anchor. She also serves as a financial contributor on FOX News Channel (FNC), and provides weekly job reports.

Casone has years of experience covering finance, business and consumer news. She has reported on the economic impact of war on the economy, consumer fraud, global markets, foreign investment and corporate governance in addition to her work covering the U.S. markets.

Prior to FNC, she worked as a freelance business correspondent for CNN, primarily reporting from the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), and she worked for CBS Newspath as a general assignment reporter. Casone moved to New York to work as an overnight and early morning news anchor for MSNBC and NBC. Previously, she anchored a business show for San Francisco’s KRON-TV (MyNetworkTV) and served as a business and general assignment reporter. She began her career at CNX Media on the nationally syndicated program “Travel Update.”

Casone has served on the boards of the Associated Press Television and Radio Association, California and Nevada Regional Chapter, and American Women in Radio and Television, San Francisco Chapter.

A native of Dallas, TX, Casone graduated from Northern Arizona University.

Interview with Elaine Chao

Today marks the 70th anniversary of the publishing of Norman Rockwell’s iconic “Rosie the Riveter” painting on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post.  Rosie became a symbol for a movement as the number of working American women nearly doubled in the short time between 1940 and 1944.

Today, working American women look to examples of real-life Rosies as models of success in the workplace. At Minute Mentoring®, we strive to be a forum for young professional women to interact with their accomplished female counterparts and learn their top tips for success.  With both in-person sessions and a growing number of online opportunities, we try offer many young women access to insights  from today’s Rosies.

So, what better way to celebrate Rosie’s anniversary than with a Q&A with former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao?  She is unquestionably a role model for working women and we are grateful that she took the time to share her experiences with us.


Elaine L. Chao, the 24th U. S. Secretary of Labor who served from 2001-2009, is the first American woman of Asian descent to be appointed to a President’s Cabinet in our nation’s history.  She is also the longest tenured Secretary of Labor since World War II. 

An immigrant who arrived in America at the age of eight speaking no English, Secretary Chao’s experience transitioning to a new country has motivated her to devote most of her professional life to ensuring that all people have the opportunity to build better lives.

Secretary Chao has a distinguished career in the public, private and nonprofit sectors.  As the first Secretary of Labor in the 21st Century, she focused on increasing the competitiveness of America’s workforce in a global economy and achieved record results in workplace safety and health.  

Prior to the Department of Labor, Secretary Chao was President and Chief Executive Officer of United Way of America, where she restored public trust and confidence in one of our nation’s premier institutions of private charitable giving after it had been tarnished by financial mismanagement and abuse.  As director of the Peace Corps, she established the first programs in the Baltic nations and the newly independent states of the former Soviet Union. Her government service also includes serving as Deputy Secretary at the U.S. Department of Transportation, Chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission. She has also worked in the private sector as Vice President of Syndications at BankAmerica Capital Markets Group and Citicorp.  

Secretary Chao earned her MBA from the Harvard Business School and an economics degree from Mount Holyoke College.  Honored for her extensive record of accomplishments and public service, she is the recipient of 34 honorary doctorate degrees. 

A popular speaker on jobs, the economy, and U. S. competitiveness, Secretary Chao is a Distinguished Fellow in at the Heritage Foundation.  She currently serves on a number of nonprofit and corporate boards including News Corp; Wells Fargo; Dole Food Company; Harvard Business School Board of Global Advisors; Harvard Business School Board of Dean’s Advisors.  She is married to the Republican Leader of the United States Senate Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.  Her website is:

Interview with Heather Landy

Heather Landy has been editor in chief of American Banker Magazine since the magazine’s launch in July 2011. She previously spent two years on the staff of the American Banker daily newspaper, covering large institutions and an array of governance, risk, accounting and regulatory issues affecting the sector. Prior to joining American Banker, she was a special correspondent to The Washington Post, covering Wall Street. In 2007 she won a Gerald Loeb Award, one of the highest honors in business journalism, while reporting on the retail industry for The Fort Worth Star-Telegram. She began her career at Bloomberg News, covering various beats including corporate finance, retailing and heavy industry. Heather is a graduate of Northwestern University, with a BSJ and MSJ from the Medill School of Journalism.

Interview with Janice Perino

Janice Perino lives in Denver and is retiring this week after several decades of employment and community service through volunteer programs.  She was raised in Rawlins, Wyoming and then raised her two daughters, Dana and Angie, near Denver, Colorado.  She is a gifted sportswoman and is looking forward to having more time to pursue old (golf) and new interests (skiing and tai chi).  Minute Mentoring® asked her for reflections and advice for women juggling all that life has to offer.

Interview with Susan Molinari

Former Congresswoman Susan Molinari is the vice president of public policy and government relations for Google in the Americas.

She served on the New York City Council before her election to Congress in 1990. From 1990 to 1997, she represented Staten Island, New York in the United States House of Representatives. While in Congress, she was elected to the House GOP majority leadership, making her the highest ranking Republican woman in Congress. Molinari gave the keynote speech at the 1996 Republican National Convention, but left Congress in June 1997 to take a job as a television journalist for CBS. Molinari continues to be a guest commentator on major political talk shows.

After several years on television news, Molinari began her lobbying career. She served as chair and chief executive officer of Ketchum Inc.’s lobbying firm, The Washington Group. In 2008, Molinari joined the government relations, advocacy and strategy section of Bracewell LLP as a senior principal. She also founded and chaired Susan Molinari Strategies LLC, a government affairs consulting firm.

Molinari received her B.A. and M.A., from the State University of New York at Albany.

Molinari married to former Congressman Bill Paxon. They live in the Washington, DC area with their two daughters, Susan Ruby and Katherine.

Interview with Monica Crowley

Monica Crowley is a host and political and foreign affairs analyst for the Fox News Channel, and the host of the nationally syndicated radio program, The Monica Crowley Show.  She has also been a regular panelist on The McLaughlin Group and an anchor on MSNBC.  She is the author of The New York Times bestseller, What The (Bleep) Just Happened? The Happy Warrior’s Guide to the Great American Comeback.  She served as Foreign Policy Assistant to former President Richard Nixon from 1990 until his death in 1994, and wrote two bestsellers about her experiences, Nixon Off the Record and Nixon in Winter.  She has also written for The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, and The New York Post, and has lectured at Yale, Columbia, and MIT.  She graduated from Colgate University and holds two Master’s degrees and a doctorate from Columbia University.

Visit Monica’s website at and follow her on Twitter @MonicaCrowley

Interview with Danielle Dobin

Danielle Dobin is the founder and President of Apifeni, Inc (pronounced “epiphany”), a luxury activewear brand for women.  Apifeni’s innovative pants and leggings have been featured in O Magazine, Elle, SELF, SHAPE, Allure and on the Today Show. Apifeni is a formal Aliance Partner of Women for Women International, to whom Apifeni donates a portion of proceeds of every sale.

Prior to founding Apifeni, Danielle was a real estate developer and attorney. She earned her law degree from Georgetown University and a Masters degree in real estate investment from New York University. Her company, Monarch Real Estate LLC developed multiple condominium projects in California.  Prior to launching Monarch Real Estate, Danielle was an associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in New York.

Danielle lives in the New York metro area with her husband, their two sons and their beloved Whippet, Jean Luc.

Interview with Laura Brown

Laura Brown is the Executive Editor of Harper’s BAZAAR. She joined Harper’s BAZAAR in 2005. In addition to securing and conceptualizing Bazaar’s cover stories, she has orchestrated some of the magazine’s greatest coups: she sent The Simpsons to Paris, America’s greatest designers to Sesame Street and has made others – thanks to a partnership with artist Liu Bolin – completely disappear.

She has also collaborated with directors Martin Scorsese, Mike Nichols, James Cameron, Pedro Almodovar, Tim Burton and The Artist’s Michel Hazanavicius on film and fashion portfolios.

Brown broke the exclusive interview with Janet Jackson after the death of her brother Michael and has profiled influential women including Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama alongside celebrities Jennifer Aniston, Sarah Jessica Parker, Drew Barrymore, Kate Winslet, and Jane Fonda, among others.

Brown is the host of the popular YouTube fashion series, The Look. She was a featured judge alongside Iman and Isaac Mizrahi on Bravo’s The Fashion Show and appears regularly on programs including Good Morning America and Entertainment Tonight.

Follow Laura on Twitter – @laurabrown99.