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The Exceptional Women Alliance (EWA) Announces Selection of Michelle Penczak, CEO and Co-Founder, Squared Away

Updated: May 8

The Exceptional Women Alliance (EWA) announces that after an expansive search and in-depth interview process, Michelle Penczak, CEO and Co-Founder of Squared Away, was selected into EWA as a 2023 exceptional woman leader.

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 27, 2024 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- The Exceptional Women Alliance (EWA) announces the selection of Michelle Penczak, CEO and Co-Founder of Squared Away, a team of trusted assistants who span across the nation. Squared Away is a proud partner of Hire Our Heroes, a non-profit organization that supports Military Members, Veterans, and Military Spouses in finding meaningful employment. Ms. Penczak leads the organization of 400+ remote executive assistants, composed almost entirely of military spouses.

In addition to Squared Away, Ms. Penczak is the founder of Savvy Spouse, a job resource site for military spouses, and Michelle Penczak Executive Assisting. With well over a decade of serving as a highly organized and dedicated assistant, and spouse to an MV-22 pilot in the Marine Corps, Ms. Penczak's experiences led to a natural passion for establishing organizations to support her career aspirations while extending to others.

"Michelle's entrepreneurial spirit and personal experience as a devoted military spouse inspired the creation of her businesses and became the foundation of Squared Away," said Larraine Segil, Chair & CEO of EWA. "Her vision of enabling other military spouses to establish their careers, while leading a successful organization is inspirational. We are delighted to welcome Michelle to EWA!"

Michelle Penczak, CEO and Co-Founder, Squared Away

"I am thrilled and deeply honored to have been selected to join EWA. It's a privilege to be part of such a remarkable group of women, each bringing unique experiences and perspectives. I look forward to growing alongside them, learning from their journeys, and building lasting connections. Together, we will inspire and empower each other to reach new heights," said Ms. Penczak.

Previously, Michelle worked as a manager and virtual assistant with Zirtual. Her accolades include Marine Corps Base Kaneohe Bay Military Spouse of the Year 2019 and MCAS Miramar Military Spouse of the Year 2021.

The Exceptional Women Alliance (EWA) is an invitation only peer mentorship organization where high-potential, high-level Exceptional Women from across multiple industries are hand-selected and invested in, to grow, learn, share, and succeed. In addition to the achievement of significant success, the criteria for acceptance include character traits that are defining of the EWA Culture – Kindness, the Spirit of Generosity, Transparency, Gratitude, and Willingness to Share their Networks. The Foundation is a powerhouse of peer-to-peer mentoring that provides guidance, deep connection, and leadership, propelling each woman to sustainable success - one woman at a time. The year-long program enables each member to be connected as alumnae for life in the ever-expanding EWA global network, as their fellow women leaders continue to move into positions of significance. Learn more at

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SOURCE Exceptional Women Alliance


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