Meet the Hosts
Kelli A. Komondor
Publicist | Author & Content Creator | Speaker | Foodie & Pasta Connoisseur
In 2020 – the year of necessary changes for small businesses, nonprofits, and corporations… Kelli Komondor found the courage to follow her dreams – to start a business and become a published author.
Kelli is the president and CEO of K2 Creative & PR – a content, PR & marketing, and branding firm which she started in the middle of the 2020 global pandemic. She works with many small business clients, but has found a niche in providing creative copywriting, PR, and marketing services to authors, coaches, speakers, and female entrepreneurs.
She is the creator, project manager, and a contributing author of the Amazon bestseller Twenty Won: 21 Female Entrepreneurs Share Their Stories of Business Resilience During a Global Crisis, an anthology of 21 female entrepreneurs sharing their stories of business resilience during the global pandemic. Her chapter, “From Imposter to Inspiration” focuses on how she overcame imposter syndrome to start her business and inspire a group of women to participate in the Twenty Won book.
Kelli loves to share her career history and how she went from feeling like an imposter, to being an inspiration. She uses her diverse professional background of writing and storytelling, PR and communications, team leadership and management, marketing and new business development, and event planning and execution to have down-to-earth conversations and to continually find ways to use her experiences to mentor other women and entrepreneurs.
Besides an author and a marketer, Kelli is a mom, a wife, a friend, and a type II diabetic. In her free time, you’ll find her writing, cooking and entertaining family and friends, reading food labels, drinking wine, walking, cheering on the Steelers, and “picking” at garage sales and antique stores.
Kelli is a lover of love, writing, and food – and has no time for chaos or stemless wine glasses.
Marketer | Business Connector | Entrepreneur | Foodie & Aspiring Sommelier
Cindy Ellek is an entrepreneur and business connector. She is the president and CEO of Cindy Ellek Marketing Group, LLC (CEMG). CEMG provides personalized and highly effective sales, marketing, and networking strategies for fellow entrepreneurs, businesses, and nonprofit organizations.
For more than 20 years, Cindy has utilized her diverse skills and results-driven enthusiasm toward helping her clients increase sales and revenue. She has effectively marketed businesses which generated distinguished awards and media coverage for the companies. Her superpower… establishing strategic business connections with awesome people that create win-wins.
Community service is important to Cindy. She has been a member of several nonprofits and has served on the Executive Board as Vice President for an international women’s nonprofit.
In addition to her passion for the community, Cindy loves all types of music and is an avid concert goer, she loves the theater, foodie adventures, golfing and following all the Pittsburgh sports teams. Cindy loves exploring wines to broaden her palate. She also enjoys making craft cocktails for friends and has used her bartending skills to create award-winning cocktails as a guest bartender at charity events.
Favorite work-related assignment: Chatting with Strip District- restaurant owner, Lidia Bastianich at her restaurant over a glass of wine and appetizers, a few years before Lidia’s closed.
Favorite entrepreneurial moment: CEMG, LLC winning the 2019 Pittsburgh Business Show Marketing Award.
Best news she ever received: A clean bill of health… Cindy is a 7+ years breast cancer survivor!
Cindy is a lover of music and food – and she doesn’t care whether her wine glass has a stem or not!
Visit her at cindyellekmarketing.com (under construction.)