The ties between siblings are a unique mix of the biological and psychological. Shared DNA can go way beyond the physical, especially when it joins the same gender. Join us today as we explore the highs and lows of sisterhood with two sets of remarkable sisters: Best-selling author and sea captain, Linda Greenlaw and her sister, Beth Shissler, co owner of Sea Bags Inc, and Jessica Tomlinson, Director of Artists at Work at Maine College of Art and Board President of Space Gallery and her baby sister, local hip-hop artist, Sonya. Whether you have a sister or just feel like you do, discover how these kind of intense relationships add joy and inspiration to life.
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Shissler established a career in technology manufacturing where she progressively developed distribution channels for global accounts. She was ultimately responsible for creating intricate business plans based on rapid but strategic growth and it required extensive overseas business travel.
To facilitate a lifestyle change and to return to Maine, Shissler became a co-owner of the Portland-based Sea Bags, a privately owned company that designs and manufacturers tote bags and other products from recycled sails. Now she combines her astute business experience with her entrepreneurial spirit and dedication to her home state to run this domestic manufacturing company that markets products worldwide.
Shissler and business partner, Hannah Kubiak, are committed to keeping manufacturing local and providing jobs (and careers) in Maine. The company strongly believes it's their responsibility to contribute in community and actively work with the charities they choose to support.
Named in 2011 as a “Woman to Watch ”by Maine Biz, Shissler serves on the Board for Make-A-Wish Foundation for Maine and is on the steering committee for Maine’s Advanced Textiles Consortium.
She earned an undergraduate degree in business and international studies from Heidelberg University and an MBA from Boston University. She and her husband, Ben, reside in Harpswell.
Linda is featured in the hit Discovery Channel series Swords: Life on the Line. The second season of Swords will premier in August 2010.
Greenlaw’s latest book SEAWORTHY: A SWORDFISH BOAT CAPTAIN RETURNS TO THE SEA is a chronicle of her return to swordfishing after ten years as a lobsterman and marks her return to non-fiction and high-seas adventure.
Greenlaw first came to the public’s attention in Sebastian Junger’s THE PERFECT STORM, where Junger called her “one of the best captains … on the entire east coast.” She’s also been featured on Good Morning America, Today, CBS Sunday Morning, The Martha Stewart Show, and National Public Radio.
She lives on Isle au Haut, Maine.
Her past experiences include co-founding the Dead Space Gallery, serving on the board of the Maine Arts Commission and the Portland Arts and Cultural Alliance and working as the Community Coordinator for the Portland Press Herald.