I`m not sure the graphics would make someone not choose to work with her. A design will negatively influence the decision if it is not user friendly. And a purchase decision will not be made if the site does not "connect" with the viewer - provide for their needs or for what they are seeking.
That said, my first impression is... is this site about butterflies? I think her photo should be dominant in the page rather than the butterfly on the left (it is larger than her photo). You might remove the butterfly outlines from her photo too.
The home page content could be expanded. Certainly there should be a call to action. Also, the additon of a form page to complete rather than just an email link.
The home page should "inspire" the viewer to contact her
Not sure what to say. I`m a very typical male decision maker and I have no problem with the site graphics at all. Not sure that it would influence my decision either way. Beautiful design as far as I`m concerned.
This is like the question of appropriate business dress. As long as you`re nicely dressed, well-spoken, and polite, there really shouldn`t be a problem. The site all three. There is some institutional sexism [ just a little, right! ] in corporate America but that won`t change until people are a bit more fearless. So this design is a bit more fearless and I think that`s great.
The site is also better differentiated than the mindless corporatism and hype that infects most sites of similar purpose. Really nice in my opinion. Ever been to McKinsey and Co. website? Sure they`re a blue chip consulting firm but their site is dry like toast. So are their articles. Not interesting and I unfortunately have to spend some time each week reading their dry toast literature. No butter allowed!
So I would keep the site as is. It`s a nice change and thoroughly professional.
From a female perspective?
It DOES look like it`s for women only and I think the typical male wouldn`t even take the time to look beyond the butterflies.
IMO ~ I think it needs something that appeals to both genders, something more neutral yet eye-catching.
There are alot of empowerment speakers and coaches out there and it`s going to be tough to compete so the site needs to grab the attention of even the most discriminating viewer and needs to send a stronger message or it will get "lost in the crowd", so to speak.
BTW ~ I have nothing against butterflies.