Salient is an excellent design with a fresh approach for the ever-changing Web. Integrated with Gantry 5, it is infinitely customizable, incredibly powerful, and remarkably simple.

Sassa Akervall Honorable MentionAkervall found Akervall Technologies in 2008, doing business as SISU Mouthguards. Since then, she has grown the company from a one-woman business to an 18-employee manufacturing success story. Akervall grew the company by promoting brand development strategy, focusing on web marketing and creating a unique R&D plan with Small Business Innovation Research grants from the Department of Defense and the National Science Foundation. Today, she is focusing on leading a second-stage company with high growth potential. In 2014, Akervall Technologies won the advanced material track in the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition, in addition to becoming one of “50 Companies to Watch” in Michigan.
In her role as president of WBE Canada, Mary Anderson is the driving force behind this corporate-led national non-profit organization that opens doors to new supply chains for women business enterprises (WBEs) by offering access to the growing demand for diverse and innovative suppliers. Mary began her role with WBE Canada in June 2010.  She has been instrumental in accelerating the growth of the organization through increasing the number of certified WBEs and corporate members and through forging innovative partnerships with stakeholders and other organizations. 

Bringing with her a wealth of experience, during her career Mary has worked in corporations, non-profit organizations, academia, and has also been an entrepreneur. She was the first woman president to be appointed in the 75-year history of the Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters (I.E. Canada), a position she held from 2005 to 2009.

Mary serves on many advisory committees and received a number of awards and recognitions including:2015 Global Advocate Award from Astra Women’s Business Alliance.2014 the top 10 Diversity Change Leaders by Diversity Canada magazine and June 2014, the Canadian Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (CGLCC) at its inaugural Supplier Diversity Forum named her the Program Ambassador of the Year in recognition of her efforts in counseling CGLCC on the start-up of its supplier diversity program. 2013 the top 18 Influential Women in Diversity and HR.
Leslie-Atkins From LinkedIn biographies to the ghostwriting of books, articles, and speeches, Leslie Atkins' writing and editing company, LA Communications, LLC, assists business owners and executives capture their ideas and knowledge on paper, screens, and at speaking engagements.

Leslie is an award-winning journalist, author, and ghostwriter with a keen knack for observation. She has worked as a television writer for Oprah Winfrey as well as a writer for The Washington Post and national magazines.

With her impressive talent for storytelling, Leslie also writes books with her own byline and has authored an intriguing app for iPhone, iPad, and Android.

LA Communications is a WBENC-certified Women's Business Enterprise and Leslie is an Enterprising Woman of the Year Award winner. She is also an eloquent and accomplished speaker.

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e32d1d72 c986 4b96 8f02 4e630de8d893 Virginia Aulin is Vice President of Human Resources and Corporate Affairs for Fathom.

She has 25 years of experience leading Human Resources, Communications and Government Affairs, including 13 years at the executive level, for a variety of companies, including Boise Cascade, TimberWest Forest Corp., Weyerhaeuser Company, MacMillan Bloedel Ltd. and Burson-Marsteller Public Affairs. A Canadian, she started her career as a Legislative Assistant to a Member of Parliament in Ottawa. She has received more than 25 international communications and business awards.

Virginia holds a Master of Philosophy Degree in International Relations from Oxford University in England, a Master of Arts in Journalism from the University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Arts in Honours Political Science from the University of British Columbia.

Virginia is an Advisory Board Member of Boise State University’s College of Business and Economics Responsible Business Initiative and has been on the boards of the United Way for the BC Lower Mainland, the Marmot Recovery Foundation and the Vancouver International Writers Festival. She was the volunteer editor/publisher of Room of One’s Own, Canada’s oldest women’s literary magazine, for eight years. Virginia has travelled to more than 30 countries and written travel and golf articles for daily and national newspapers and magazines. She is competitive age group triathlete and equestrienne and currently lives in Boise, Idaho, with her husband.

EyvonCAustin Eyvon has been with The Coca-Cola Company since 2003. She is responsible for assisting the beverage leader in implementing a global cohesive strategy supportive of its supplier diversity commitment to promote and increase the inclusion of diverse suppliers throughout the supply chain.

A strong advocate internally and externally, Eyvon's commitment to developing relationships with key stakeholders contributes to Coca-Cola's success in supplier diversity. She is actively involved in the Company's 5 By 20 Global Initiative to empower 5 million women entrepreneurs by 2020 and was selected to participate in Coca-Cola's Women in Leadership Program, which is designed to provide key female talent an opportunity for accelerated development. Eyvon serves on the Board of Directors for the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the largest certifying organization for women business enterprises. She is also very active in other organizations including, but not limited to, WEConnect International, the Greater Women's Business Council (GWBC), Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta.

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Robin Bailey Winner Robin was born in Rochester, New York. Robin attended Highland School of Nursing for 1+ semesters then decided she would rather be married. While living in Potsdam, New York Robin served as president of the student wives. After graduation, we moved to the New England area while he attended graduate school at Northeastern University. After officers’ training in Augusta, Georgia, we moved to the Washington D.C. area to complete his active duty tour in the army.

After the army, we returned to the New England area with our four children. It was there that I decided it was time to go back to school if only part time. I knew I wanted to be in business but not sure in what area so the first course I took was accounting and I was hooked. After only a couple of basic courses, we moved to Birmingham, Alabama.

In 1990, Robin remarried and my husband worked in Tuscaloosa while I worked in Birmingham. We moved to Tuscaloosa in 1991 and I commuted to Southern Progress, 140 miles round trip. In 1997, the opportunity to buy the answering service arose. I loved my job and the people at Southern Progress but I did not feel a part of the Birmingham community anymore or a part of the Tuscaloosa community.  I purchased the company and became a part of the company and the community.The Legacy Connection.


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BalazsTracyFSR is a woman-owned, minority, small business with nearly a decade of proud service to our nation's service members, Federal agencies and our commercial clients. FSR matches talented individuals to organizations in order to create mutually beneficial, sustainable partnerships.With a national footprint, FSR supports a team of committed professionals with a unified vision for helping others succeed and thrive.

FSR is culture driven and is changing the current workforce solutions landscape. We provide long-term, solutions for a wide-array of industries and are able to meet our client's challenges with innovative, creative and efficient ways. FSR is dedicated to our client's successful organizational growth. We are committed to building strong relationships, understanding businesses, and working with an organization's team. We believe in our ability to support our client's missions by recruiting the best-fit candidates through our nationwide network, our joint partnerships and our extensive multi-industry reach.


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Almira and Lindsay Almira and Lindsay are co-founders and partners of an award-winning public relations and digital marketing agency, Jive PR + Digital. Specializing in media relations, digital and social media marketing, social PR, and influencer engagement, Jive creates brand awareness, mutually beneficial connections and engaging stories for its clients across North America. Starting out as a two-person, self-funded partnership, they now have an accomplished team in three cities across North America: Los Angeles, Vancouver and Toronto. Through the agency’s rapid growth, they have been acknowledged as Top 4 finalists for PR Daily’s Media Relations Awards and one of British Columbia, Canada’s biggest PR firms. Prior to Almira and Lindsay receiving the 2016 Enterprising Women of the Year Award, Lindsay was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women by Women’s Executive Network and Almira was a Western Canada finalist for both YWCA’s Women of Distinction Awards and Notable Awards in the PR and Communications category. They are actively involved in their community through pro-bono work with non-profits, such as the Pacific Autism Family Foundation. Lindsay is part of St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation’s Young Leaders initiative. Almira is on the organizing committee for the Vancouver Opera’s Young Patrons Circle and acts as a liaison for the Overture Gala.

Both co-founders attribute their success to the female entrepreneur community and pay it forward as mentors for the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs and Women’s Executive Network. As firm believers that as you grow your business, you grow your community, Almira and Lindsay encourage individuals to own their accomplishments and develop their leadership abilities.

sbariheadshot Susan Phillips Bari is Senior Vice President, Paygevity, which provides prompt payment services to suppliers to America's government agencies and corporations.

Ms. Bari has spent her career promoting opportunities for women and minority-owned businesses. As the founding Executive Director of the S.B.A.-funded Washington Regional Training Center of the American Woman's Economic Development Corporation, she helped 2,000+ women start and grow businesses. Ms. Bari is President Emeritus of the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) and was its founding president in 1997.

The author of three books for entrepreneurs, she has been extensively featured in the business press as an expert on the growth of and challenges faced by women-owned businesses. Ms. Bari was appointed by President Reagan as chairman of the Council on Women's Business Enterprise and by President Clinton to a term as a member of the National Women's Business Council, and was subsequently reappointed by President Bush. She is a member of the board of the Women Presidents' Organization where she serves as Treasurer and a member of the Executive Committee

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Mary Beall AdlerMary Beall Adler is a successful entrepreneur, author, creativity coach and owner of Georgetown Bagelry, a retail and wholesale bakery in Washington D.C. With a bachelor’s degree in English literature from the University of Maryland, College Park, and having attended Antioch Law School for two years, Adler turned the foundering bakery into an award-winning success with no formal business training. As a mother of six and veteran in the business space, Adler is also a sought after expert on women’s leadership and work-life balance issues. She has a heart for philanthropy, cycling, yoga, meditating, reading, playing piano and teaching meditative spinning.

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150130 DB High Resolution Darla Beggs holds a degree from Scottsdale Community College, where she graduated with honors. Her broad business experience includes consulting with HR professionals to evaluate and establish effective managed care plans with a focus on cost effectiveness coupled with employee satisfaction and retention.

Darla has held positions in account management, marketing, and benefits administration leadership. She has succeeded in balancing the needs of the employee population with cost-effective solutions for business clients to provide solutions that provide a "win-win" solution at every turn.

She is active in various minority and women-owned business groups focused on providing quality solutions for clients' needs at every level. She is also active in many associations such as the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Fort Worth Human Resource Management (FWHRMA), Mid-Cities Human Resource Management (MCHRA), Women's President Organization (WPO), National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO®), HEB Chamber of Commerce and the Mid-Cities Pacesetters Rotary Club. She is the driving force behind Abba's commitment to the community through volunteerism and financial support.
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Gloria Bohan founded Omega World Travel (Omega) in Fredericksburg, Virginia, in 1972.  Now Omega is a global company, headquartered in Fairfax, VA, with annual sales revenues in excess of $1 billion.The company serves every major area of business, government and leisure travel throughout the USand abroad. Omega also has its own Meetings and Incentives division.In 1997, Glorialaunched, one of the internet’s largest cruise sellers. Gloria also owns TravTech, a software development company dedicated to providing innovative solutions for Omega’s clients and the travel industry at large.

Ms. Bohan has been recognized many times over for her stellar business achievements, including an induction into the Washington, DC, Business Hall of Fame as a Hall of Fame Laureate; recognition as one of the 50 most influential people in Virginia by Virginia Business; and recipient of theExecutive Lifetime Achievement Award from the Executive Women's Forum.

On the leisure side, in 2015, Gloria christened Windstar Cruises Star Legend in Italy and serves as Godmother, a title she continues to enjoy.

A graduate of Marymount Manhattan College in New York where she has served as a Trustee, Ms. Bohancurrently is as a board member on the World Affairs Council and the Fairfax County Education Foundation and is a member of The Zenith Group. Ms. Bohan, and her beloved late husband, Dan Bohan, who served as the Chief Operating Officer of Omega, established the Gloria and Dan Bohan Foundation. The foundation’s mission is to foster entrepreneurship and its values.

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Kristina red 1000p   Kristina Bouweiri is President and CEO of Reston Limousine, Washington DC’s premier chauffeured transportation provider and the 10th largest fleet operator nationwide. Starting with only five vehicles in 1990, Bouweiri diversified the business and grew it to a $25 million company today with more than 240 vehicles. As a woman in an industry traditionally dominated by male executives, Bouweiri has been committed to supporting women entrepreneurs over the years and is the founder of the monthly networking luncheon Sterling Women and co-founder of the annual Virginia Women’s Business Conference.

Active in the business and greater community, she sits on the boards or is a member of the DC Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Greater Washington, Inova Loudoun Hospital Foundation, GMU School of Business Dean’s Council, Loudoun Education Foundation, Loudoun CEO Cabinet, among others. Recognized for her business acumen regionally and nationally, Bouweiri is an international speaker on topics ranging from startup success strategies to the use of social media in growing your business. Her recent recognitions include Washington Business Journal’s Power 100 and Top Women-Owned Businesses in Washington DC, George Mason University School of Business Outstanding Leadership Award, DC Chamber of Commerce Business Leader of the Year and International Women’s Entrepreneurial Challenge Award.

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Sheila C. Boyington, PE is the co-founder and President of Thinking Media creator of Learning Blade® for STEM education. Learning Blade is a STEM career awareness online system linked to academics that has been validated by Battelle Education to increase awareness and interest in STEM careers. Through Sheila’s leadership, Learning Blade has been adopted statewide in Tennessee and Arkansas and used in over 25 states in just 3 years. Sheila is currently also serving as the National Senior Advisor to STEMconnector® and National States Chair for Million Women Mentors® as she is leading national efforts in STEM particularly for women.   Sheila has worked with the MWM team to build state leadership teams and created infrastructure to support the MWM State work and support over 1 million pledges.

Priya Boyington serves as a board member of Thinking Media. Priya is an e-commerce marketer, passionate about the intersection of retail and technology. Originally from Chattanooga, TN, Priya started her career in management consulting with Bain & Company in Atlanta, working with Fortune 500 companies and in the Private Equity Group. She also was the 10th employee at GoldieBlox, a toy startup in San Francisco out to inspire the next generation of female engineers. 

amanda brown Amanda Brown is the Executive Director of the National Women's Business Council. In this role, she works closely with the Chair, members of the Council, and the NWBC staff in support of the NWBC mission to be a leading voice on economic issues facing women entrepreneurs. She brings a wealth of experience to the Council – forging innovative partnerships, executing grassroots campaigns, advising key influencers in the nation's capital, and growing brand awareness. She is an organizer at heart and passionate about female entrepreneurship.

Two days after graduating from Dartmouth College in 2007, she joined the Obama campaign, organizing in several states during the primary season, and then serving as the surrogate desk for the Great Lakes Ohio Valley region and as the "bodywoman" for the President's sister Maya Soetoro-Ng during the general election. Amanda worked in the Obama Administration through 2011 – first on the President's Transition Team and the Presidential Inaugural Committee, then as the Assistant to the Director in the White House Office of Political Affairs, and then the Advisor for Strategic Planning at the U.S. Department of Energy. Most recently, she was the National Political Director at Rock the Vote, overseeing the organization's civic engagement programming during the 2012 presidential election cycle and the 2013 election season, and also leading a national advocacy and public awareness campaign for voter registration modernization.

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As Vice President of Operations for the Women Presidents' Organization and the Women Presidents' Educational Organization, Camille Burns oversees all functions of the headquarters office, including financial directives, human resources, marketing, technology and administration. She plays an active role in planning annual meetings and conferences and represents both organizations at events around the world.

Camille is an ardent supporter of women's economic development and is inspired to help foster women business owners through the WPO and WPEO.  She is a member of the advisory board of Enterprising Women magazine, sits on the steering committee of the International Women’s Entrepreneurial Challenge (IWEC), and is on the planning committee for Go for the Greens, a business development conference for women entrepreneurs.

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Mary Cantando 3 Mary Cantando is an acclaimed author, speaker and consultant who focuses exclusively on helping women grow their businesses and their lives. As an entrepreneurial executive, Mary has founded, led and expanded multimillion-dollar businesses for the past 25 years.
A recognized expert in helping entrepreneurial women, she’s written six books and hundreds of magazine articles and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, The Oprah Magazine and Fast Company Magazine, as well as hundreds of television and radio shows.

Mary is the Founder and Growth Expert of The Woman’s Advantage® Forum, a structured program that helps women with small businesses grow them to the million-dollar level and beyond.

A mother, grandmother, and self-proclaimed “high-maintenance wife,” Mary lives in Raleigh, NC.
Diane 4 High Res Dr. Diane Chen is the founder, president and CEO of Consumer Education Services Inc. At CESI, she is responsible for the Board of Directors and oversees all the operational functions.

Dr. Chen earned both her Master and Doctorate degrees in adult education from North Carolina State University. Prior to CESI, Dr. Chen was the president of New China Development Corporation. In that capacity, she worked as a consultant to facilitate trade and business missions between the U.S. and China.

Diane has been honored professionally as recipient of the Triangle Business Journal Women in Business Award and Enterprising Women of the Year award  2012 by Enterprising Women magazine. In addition, Diane was also featured as News & Observer’s “Tar Heel of the Week” in 2012.

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Patrina ClarkPatrina Clark is the Owner and President of Pivotal Practices Consulting located in the Washington, DC area.  Before launching Pivotal in 2011, Patrina served with distinction for 25 years in the federal government holding leadership positions at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), Federal Election Commission (FEC), Department of Navy, and Internal Revenue Service (IRS). In each of these positions, she was either the first African American and/or first woman. She is also a career member of the Federal Government Senior Executive Service (SES).

Patrina started Pivotal in 2011 and secured her first prime federal government contract in September 2014.  Over the next 11 months, she led the firm to an exponential growth of more than 1,600%, and the firm is on track to grow by 100% from 2015 to 2016, fueled in part by the launch of the Pivotal Leadership Academy (PLA).

Patrina's leadership has been recognized with the following awards: 2016 Enterprising Women, 2016 SmartCEO Washington Brava, 2015 Prince George's Chamber of Commerce's Entrepreneur of the Year, Navy's Meritorious Civilian Service Medal, and a Hammer Award from the Partnership for Reinventing Government.

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Sylvana CocheCoche founded Gravity Pro Consulting in 2007 and brings more than two decades of thought leadership to the field of Information Services. Cochereceived Enterprising Women’s 2015 Enterprising Women of the Year Award in 2015. Shestarted her career with Rolex Industries in Geneva, Switzerland, an early adopter of Systems, Applications and Products (SAP) technologies. She then spent several years with Cap Gemini as a management consultant and later became vice president of a leading SAP reseller.

The culmination of her career was founding Gravity Pro Consulting, which she accomplished with only her laptop and no investors. Through her vision, Gravity Pro achieved SAP Gold Partner status and holds the distinction of being the only woman-owned business authorized to resell all SAP license solutions. Today, Gravity Pro is a leading reseller, integrator and value add partner with many software firms such as Software AG, Greenlight Corp, Neptune Software, Fortify and many others, providing solutions that support the enterprise with cyber security, cloud computing, data warehouses and data analytics. In addition to Coche’s professional accomplishments, she has established Caillou Blanc, a foundation where world leaders, visionaries and heads of industry can come together to create and manifest their vision of the future.

Tammy CohenIn 1989, Cohen co-founded InfoMart, a multi-million dollar pre-employment screening company that provides services to Fortune 500 companies nationwide. InfoMart has been recognized on Security Magazine’s Security 500 list and Workforce Magazine’s Hot List for several concurrent years, and the company has been named one of “Atlanta’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For” each year since 2013. As a recognized expert in the employment screening industry, Cohen is often referred to as “The Queen of Screen.”

In addition, Cohen is a founding member of the screening industry’s first trade association, the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS). NAPBS has since become a highly respected association granting accreditation to screening companies that meet rigorous professional standards. InfoMart achieved accreditation in 2013, becoming one of the only 10 percent of companies to date that holds this distinction. Cohen is also actively involved in a number of business and civic organizations,including Marietta City Schools, Cobb County Public Schools, the Cobb Chamber of Commerce and the YMCA of Northwest Georgia. During her many years of volunteer and professional service, she has received numerous honors for her contributions and achievements.

Andrea Conner As founder of Stevenson Conner Global Strategies, Conner advances women’s professional leadership capacity by focusing on gender, diversity and leadership development. She coaches emerging leaders, as well as owners of established businesses, so they can reach their full potential. Through Stevenson Conner Global Strategies, Conner serves as executive director of Athena of the Triangle, a North Carolina chapter of the premier women’s leadership program. A servant to the global community, she is the national board director of Athena International, the board vice president of Sias International University Foundation and a governing body board member for the Raleigh Chapter of the U.S. National Committee for UN Women. She is a consultant for the World Academy for the Future of Women, and she previously worked for United Nations Women Beijing. Andrea holds a master’s degree in global leadership from Duquesne University and bachelor’s degrees in economics and business from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.
Jaime Melissa Cooper - Winner Melissa is a serial career services entrepreneur, having owned several resume writing businesses, career services websites, and two search firms. One of her businesses made the short-list for the 50-fastest women-led companies in the nation for 2014. She is an expert in the human resources field, with nearly a decade of recruiting experience, a Master of Science in Human Resource Management from New York University, a Bachelor of Arts from Brandeis University, and a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) designation.

Melissa is a triple-certified resume writer and dual-certified HR professional. She complements her HR acumen with recruiting, sales, and management experience. She is a dedicated member of the Women President's Organization, and a supporting member of Dress for Success. Melissa was honored with the Enterprising Woman of the Year Award in 2014.

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ESTRELLA CRAMER Estrella Cramer is the Corporate Supplier Diversity Director in UPS. She has more than 26 years of service across the different business units/functions in UPS including Finance, Procurement, Marketing, Product Development and Supply Chain. She was the Asia Pac Sarbanes Oxley Audit Coordinator for all UPS locations in Asia in 2004.

Estrella is the Chairperson of the UPS Asian Business Resource Group Community Connections Committee. She currently serves in the board of several organizations including WBENC and Business Consortium Fund; Board Chair and VP of Finance for the US-Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Southeast Chapter; Certification Committee for Greater Women's Business Council; Corporate Mentor in the Georgia Mentor Protégé Connections program; Advisory Council for the Georgia Indo-American Chamber of Commerce and the Asian-American Peace Officers of Georgia; and Executive VP for the Organization of Chinese Americans Atlanta Chapter.


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LindaCromwellLinda Cromwell is the compassionate owner of Being There Senior Care, a non-medical home care agency for seniors.

A private duty nurse for many years, Linda started her company when she realized the need for compassionate care went way beyond her ability to care for the elderly herself. Now she plays matchmaker—carefully hiring qualified, empathetic nurses and placing them in the homes of appropriate clients.

Linda's younger brother was disabled at birth, so she learned early and firsthand the strains on a family unless they have appropriate assistance. "After years of watching my mother care for my brother, I saw how hard it is to provide rigorous care without qualified help."

Linda enjoys the satisfaction of providing compassionate care to appreciative elderly individuals and their families. She is also the recipient of many awards for her successful entrepreneurial skills, and she was recently featured in Forbes Magazine. Linda is a 2013 Enterprising Women of the Year Award winner.

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carol small picCarol Curran is the founder and CEO of Phoenix Data Corporation, a certified woman-owned business developing innovative technology solutions for planning and optimization, training and workforce development, document management and electronic records, and program management.
Phoenix Data Corporation was recognized as a Top 50 Women-Owned Business in Indiana and a 2014 Top Workplace, and for 2013, an Indiana Companies to Watch winner, a finalist in the 2013 TechPoint Mira Awards, and a Top Emerging Business in America by Carol was honored with the Indianapolis Business Journal 2013 Women of Influence Award.

Carol serves as Board Secretary for the Indianapolis Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO – Indianapolis), Advisory Board Member for Enterprising Women magazine and Board Member for the Indiana Chamber.

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ShelliwwwDallacquaShelli Dallacqua is the Founder and President of Shelten Media, a Raleigh, NC-based online marketing agency.  They are experts at designing, launching and maintaining the social media presence for small and mid-size business owners. They have extensive knowledge of how to use Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Google+, Flickr, blogging, and email marketing to drive your clients to your business.

In October 2012, she was named one of the “Top Movers & Shakers of the Triangle” by Business Leader Magazine. She sits on the advisory board of Enterprising Women Magazine, the Cary Innovation Center and sits on the Governing Board and is the Panel Facilitator for Athena PowerLink of the Triangle.  She is also a keynote speaker and published author on topics related to online marketing best practices and reputation management.

Shelten Media, LLC

MaryDavenport As President & CEO, Mary leads TransTech IT Staffing with a delightful sense of humor and unshakable focus.  Her main motivation is to develop strategies and processes to ensure exceptional results and client satisfaction.

Mary, a stay-at-home mom, and her husband bought TransTech in 2002. Prior to starting her family, Mary worked with Microsoft Consulting Services for several years, gaining valuable experience running a consulting organization.  At first, Mary handled back-office operations until her husband spun off a company and was pulled in another direction.  At that time Mary took over full management of TransTech, overseeing the entire day to day operation, as well as directly managing sales and marketing.

Since purchasing TransTech in 2002, TransTech has grown from an $8 million company to over $30 million in revenue, with dozens of clients and hundreds of contractors.  This growth is the result of an outstanding recruiting engine and high-touch account management approach which Mary has developed and directed throughout her tenure as President.

Mary is currently on the National Board of TechServe Alliance, an association of staffing firms which enhances member businesses and advances the IT and engineering staffing and solutions industry. 

TransTech IT Staffing 

Laurie DeJong A former Calvin Klein executive, Laurie brings over 20 years of event and business operations experience to LDJ, which has grown to a multi-million dollar operation under her leadership. As CEO, Laurie oversees the general strategic direction, complexion and structure of the company.

Laurie is sought after as a director of fashion, beauty and corporate events and spearheaded the recent transition of WME | IMG Fashion Week in New York City. As a longtime mentor of women and girls, globally, Laurie’s philanthropic efforts have led to the formation of the Paper Fig Foundation.

A member of the National Association of Female Executives, the Women’s Presidents’ Educational Organization, and the National Association of Professional Women, Laurie was recently selected“Enterprising Woman of the Year” by Enterprising Women Magazine. She has written multiple articles about growing a business and a foundation for the magazine and recently delivered the keynote speech at their annual conference.  Under her leadership LDJ has held a spot on the Women Presidents Organization’s list of the “50 Fastest-Growing Women-Owned Businesses in North America” for several years.

 LDJ Productions

DeborahDelaney Delaney is Founder and CEO of Touching Lives Adult Day Services. Founded in 2002, the company’s vision is to create and invest in other companies that connect people with quality care. Prior to Touching Lives, Delaney spent nearly 25 years in the telecommunications and networking industries, where she held various executive positions with IBM/Siemens and Allot Communications.

Focused on providing “care with cultural comfort,” Delaney is committed to expanding her vision of providing consulting services to assist with the development of person-centered adult day health centers and patient-centered residential medical care homes. Delaney is a member of the Business Advisory Council for the National Republican Congressional Committee, and she received the organization’s Business Woman of the Year Award in 2005 and 2006. In addition, she supports key causes that are important to her, including the Minnesota Hope Chest for Breast Cancer Foundation, Breast Cancer Awareness Association, Stand Up To Cancer Foundation and Team Women Minnesota, a mentoring program for women.

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IMG 2466 2 2 Harriet Diamond retired in 2005 from Diamond Associates Muti-faceted Training and Development, a company she founded in 1985. She now occasionally writes for Enterprising Women, blogs about exciting Atlantic City happenings for,  serves on various community committees, and actively participates as a Garden State Film Festival board member. 

Writing has always been an integral part of Harriet’s life.  Her early books are Grammar – In Plain English, English the Easy Way, and Writing the Easy Way.  Once retired, she coauthored Perfect Phrases for Motivating and Rewarding Employees, Perfect Phrases for Writing Company Announcements, Teambuilding That Gets Results, and Executive Writing:  American Style with her daughter, Linda Eve Diamond. Additionally, Harriet has written magazine and journal articles on a broad range of business and communication topics.

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diresta1 Diane DiResta is Founder and CEO of DiResta Communications, Inc., a New York City consultancy serving business leaders who want to communicate with greater impact — whether one-to-one, in front of a crowd or from an electronic platform.  

DiResta an International speaker and is the author of Knockout Presentations: How to Deliver Your Message with Power, Punch, and Pizzazz, an category best-seller and widely-used text in college business communication courses and her new ebook, Give Fear the Finger: How to Knockout Fear of Pubic Speaking. She is a licensed Speech Pathologist, has been featured on CNN, quoted in the WSJ and NY Times and published in Diane’s mantra is “In the absence of communication there can be no business.” 

DiResta Communications, Inc.

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JenEarle Jen Earle has had the honor and delight of working with the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) since 2008. Utilizing her institutional knowledge and consistent drive to advancing the mission of NAWBO, Jen has worked collaboratively with National Boards of Directors and past CEO's to help carry out the Board's vision for the organization and navigate NAWBO to where it is today.

She serves at the executive level, working with nonprofit boards, meeting and event strategy and planning, partner outreach and relationship building.

Jen also has extensive experience as a business owner: Within three years of graduating from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in economics, at the age of 25, she became co-owner of a commercial music production company, Element Music Inc. As co-owner, Jen was responsible for all business and operational requirements to grow the company, including all financial aspects as well as sales and marketing. During her tenure, the business grew exponentially, rivaling the largest commercial music companies in the business and working with entities including BMW, Disney, Nintendo and Sprint. A decade later, to respond to her evolving family needs, Jen redefined career paths. She launched, Savvy Ops, a consulting group to provide virtual operational support to the non-profit business world reconnecting her with her passion.

Jen has made it her life's purpose to help others achieve their dreams. A philanthropist at heart, Jen co-founded a family-friendly series of workshops, Kid-Formation, as an outreach to parents like herself.

Liz EltingLiz Elting co-founded TransPerfect in 1992. Today, TransPerfect is the world’s largest privately held provider of language and business solutions. Headquartered in New York City, the company has more than 3,500 employees and over 90 offices in cities around the globe. Elting has earned numerous awards for her outstanding entrepreneurship and focus on developing women business leaders. They include: the Working Woman “Entrepreneurial Excellence” Award for Customer Service, the Ernst and Young “Entrepreneur of the Year” Award, the American Express-Entrepreneur Magazine “Woman of the Year” Award, the "Distinguished Alumnae" Award from NYU Stern's Women in Business, the “Women Worth Watching” Award from Diversity Journal, and most recently, the "Women of Power & Influence" Awards by the National Organization for Women.

With Elting’s commitment and vision, TransPerfect has been an eight-time recipient of the Inc. 5000 Award, a six-time honoree of the Deloitte Technology Fast 500, and has earned multiple Stevie Awards, including “Company of the Year” and “Fastest Growing Tech Company of the Year” in 2016. Crain’s New York Business has named TransPerfect one of the largest privately held companies for 11 consecutive years, and one of the largest women-owned companies ten times. The company was a winner of the 2015 SmartCEO Corporate Culture Awards, and named the Internet Marketing Association’s “Best Translation Solution” at the IMPACT15 Conference. TransPerfect has also been named one of the fastest-growing women-owned/led businesses in North America by Entrepreneur and the Women Presidents' Organization.

Elting holds an MBA in Finance and International Business from The Stern School of Business at New York University and a BA in Modern Languages and Literatures from Trinity College in Hartford, CT.

Badge Headshot V 040116 2 Denise Evans is Vice President, Market Development for the IBM Corporation. She leads an organization responsible for marketing to Asian, Black, Hispanic, Native American owned businesses in North America as well as women owned, led and influenced businesses, globally.

Denise has served in numerous leadership and executive positions in IBM marketing and sales, globally, for 36+ years.

Denise serves on the Board of Directors of the Native American Chamber of Commerce, Women Presidents' Organization, Center for Women's Business Research, X Coalition, Enterprising Women Magazine, the International Planning Committee for the Global Summit of Women, and the advisory board of The S.O.L.V.E. Group, LLC.

Denise earned her ScB degree in Mathematics and Economics from Brown University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

IBM Corporation

Pamela Eyring The first company to offer business etiquette training and, today, the first and only nationally accredited business etiquette, image and international protocol school in the nation. Armed with more than two decades of operational protocol and educational development, Ms. Eyring brings in-depth U. S. and international knowledge and skill to the etiquette and protocol industry. She acquired PSOW in 2005 from founder Dorothea Johnson and, in 2009, expanded the school taking it overseas holding courses in Dubai, Trinidad & Tobago, and Turkey. In 2011 she developed a relationship with research and teaching institution The Dubai School of Government (DSG), which has strong partnerships with some of the world’s premier institutions and organizations including Harvard University and Microsoft. PSOW’s courses focus on relationship management - training public and private sector mid- to high-level personnel in the art of cultural intelligence and cross-cultural communications.

Ms. Eyring serves on the Advisory Board of Enterprising Women (the official magazine of the Women Presidents Organization (WPO), is a member of WPO, is an active member of Protocol and Diplomacy International – Protocol Officers Association (PDI-POA), the American Society of Training and Development (ASTD), International Public Management Association – Human Resources (IPMA-HR), and Meeting Professionals International (MPI). Previously, she was the Executive Development Program Manager for the Education and Training Branch of Headquarters Personnel. Ms. Eyring resides with her family in Columbia, SC.

The Protocol School of Washington®

Superior Staff Resources, Inc.

Marsha-firestone President and Founder Dr. Marsha Firestone is a recognized expert in entrepreneurship and President of the Women Presidents’ Organization. She previously served as a Vice President of Women Incorporated and the American Woman’s Economic Development Corporation (AWED, and National Executive Director of Women’s American ORT. As Executive Director of The Women’s Economic Summit, she led the development of a plan for accelerating growth of women’s businesses which was presented to Congress. She authored The Busy Woman’s Guide to Successful Self-Employment and has published research in various journals. She serves as a frequent guest speaker, and has received numerous awards including the outstanding alumnae of Newcomb College of Tulane University and the Enterprising Women Hall of Fame awards. She was also the recipient of the Committee of 200 Skills to Succeed Award and the WBENC Applause Award. She was an official U.S. representative to OECD in 2003 in Turkey, APEC Women’s Network in Vietnam in 2006 and to the National Women’s Business Council.

Women Presidents’ Organization

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J. Fourie & Company, Inc.




Mary Frantz for Deb Delaney Frantz, a 2016 Enterprising Women of the Year recipient, is the founder of Enterprise Knowledge Partners, LLC (EKP), a premier provider of cyber security, enterprise technology architecture, enterprise information governance, eDiscovery and forensics services. Frantz has more than 25 years of experience in the areas of information technology strategy, enterprise architecture, cyber security, compliance, eDiscovery, data breaches, breach remediation, cloud-based delivery models and forensics. Of these years, 12 were spent in executive leadership roles in Fortune 150 corporations. She has accumulated vast international experience and has managed the design and build of global enterprises.When Frantz founded EKP in 2004, it was one of few women-owned technology firms, as well as one of the only firms to combine technology and security with eDiscovery services in Minnesota. Since 2004, EKP has grown to include employees in four states. Frantz also is a passionate advocate for battered women, early childhood education and mentorship for women and minorities in STEM.
ediefraserheadshotfeb08 3 Edie Fraser is CEO of STEMconnector® and Million Women Mentors (MWM), and a vice chair of Diversified Search, LLC. Edie has worked with more than 250 Fortune companies and associations. Edie has won 45 major awards for diversity and women’s leadership, STEM, entrepreneurship and communications. She is the recipient of the Mosaic Woman Award and Lifetime Achievement Award from Diversity Woman Magazine. She has been inducted into the Enterprising Women Hall of Fame and is a founding member of C200. Edie was on the cover of Women of Wealth Magazine for her philanthropy and mentoring. She is the first woman to serve as Chairman of the World Affairs Council of DC and served on the national board of SCORE. Edie has written or served as publisher of many books, papers and articles. Like, the CEO Magazine, The Diversity Primer and The Diversity Officer. Edie wrote a book, Do Your Giving While You’re Living, with co-author Robyn Spizman, and another on women’s entrepreneurship called Risk to Riches: Women’s Entrepreneurship in America. Women and diversity support are at the core of Edie’s work and values. 

Diversified Search
STEM Connector

rsz susan frech headshot Susan is Co-Founder and CEO of Social Media Link,with over 20 years in marketing and advertising, bringing a unique combination of brand, retail, sampling, digital and social media experience. Social Media Link (SML) is a leading advocacy activation company that helps brands amplify social media conversation and word-of-mouth marketing. SML’s robust advocate marketing solutions allow marketers to seamlessly cultivate and mobilize targeted consumersto share content with the social audiences they influence, triggering action and leading consumers through the path to purchase. Since 2009, SML is proud to work with clients like Unilever, P&G, Condé Nast, Nestle, Pfizer, NBC, Kimberly Clark and more.

Susan has a strong passion for the start-up and entrepreneurial environment and sits on the Advisory Board of the Horn Program in Entrepreneurship at University of Delaware, her Alma Mater. Susan enjoys public speaking and is a monthly contributor to Media Post. SML has proudly made the Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies list in 2014 and 2015, and Susan was recognized on the 2014 Top 10 Women Led Businesses List in NYC by  
Warden-Brooks, Ltd.
Fiona Gathright Gathright is president, CEO and founder of Wellness Corporate Solutions, a nationwide wellness company with a track record of building customized high impact wellness programs for employers throughout the United States. Gathright has spent the last 30 years in corporate business management and marketing. Prior to founding Wellness Corporate Solutions, she and her husband owned and operated a successful legal research company that served 99 of the nation's top 100 law firms, as well as numerous investment banks. She serves in leadership positions with several organizations including the the Alliance for Workplace Excellence. Additionally, Gathright is a Foundation Associate with the Women Business Leaders of the U.S. Health Care Industry Foundation and is also a board member of ScholarCHIPS, which provides college scholarships and a support network for children of incarcerated parents, inspiring them to complete their college education.

Wellness Corporate Solutions, LLC

Molly-Gimmel Molly K. Gimmel is the co-founder and Executive Vice President of Design To Delivery Inc. D2DInc was founded in September 2001 as a consulting firm dedicated to helping small businesses win and manage government contracts. D2DInc helped its clients win hundreds of millions of dollars in federal contracts, and assisted over 400 companies in getting on the GSA Schedule. In 2009, D2DInc established its own federal practice and is now 100% focused on helping government agencies in navigating their procurement process. Molly serves as the Program Executive for D2DInc's contracts with the Navy, Air Force, and Department of Interior.

Molly is currently serving on the National Board of Directors for the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), and is a past president of the NAWBO Greater DC Chapter. She was named an Enterprising Woman of the Year in 2014 by Enterprising Women magazine. She is also a member of the Women in Defense, the National Defense Industrial Association, and the National Contract Management Association (NCMA).

Molly holds a Masters of Science in Contract & Acquisition Management from Florida Institute of Technology, and a Bachelors of Business Administration in Marketing from the College of William & Mary.

Second Chance Employment Services

P Greene candid03 Patricia G. Greene is the Paul T. Babson Chair in Entrepreneurial Studies at Babson College where she formerly served first as Dean of the Undergraduate School and later as Provost. Greene’s current assignment at Babson is to serve as the national academic director for the Goldman Sachs  10,000 Small Businesses initiative and advisor to the 10,000 Women program.  Dr. Greene’s is a founding member of the Diana Project, a research group focused on women’s entrepreneurship.  She is a federal appointee to the national advisory board for the SBA’s Small Business Development Centers.  She loves to talk about entrepreneurship, sharing her soapboxes on changing the way the world does business with anyone who will listen.  Her latest entrepreneurial endeavor is as a co-owner of Artworks, a specialty store in Gettysburg, PA.

Center for Women’s Business Research

Sharon G. Hadary Sharon Hadary is a recognized thought-leader on women's leadership and entrepreneurship. Her new book, co-authored with Laura Henderson, How Women Lead: The 8 Essential Strategies Successful Women Know published by McGraw Hill, has just been released.

Sharon Hadary has been a corporate executive, a researcher, a consultant, a teacher, and an entrepreneur. When it comes to women's entrepreneurial and corporate leadership, she knows the people as well as the data.

As the former and founding executive director of the Center for Women's Business Research, Dr. Sharon Hadary has been a leader in creating social change for women for over two decades. At the Center for Women's Business Research, the premier non-profit research institute devoted to studying women's entrepreneurship, she harnessed the transformational impact of data and altered forever the landscape for women business owners in access to capital, markets, expertise, and networks.

Today, as Principal of Sharon Hadary & Co, she is teaching, writing, and speaking nationally on the subject of women's leadership and is an adjunct professor in the doctor of management program at University of Maryland University College.

Her articles on women's business leadership have appeared in The Wall Street Journal (cover story for the Small Business Report), Enterprising Women Magazine, MBE Magazine and 270inc. She is widely quoted on women's leadership in the media, most recently in Inc. Magazine, Redbook, Bethesda Magazine, The Glass Ceiling website, as well as other national media..

She has received multiple awards for her work on behalf of women entrepreneurs.

Sharon Hadary & Co.

hall-lili Acclaim for groundbreaking design and advertising. Consistent growth rarely seen in its industry. Client loyalty based on immediate and resilient campaign successes. KNOCK, inc., has been achieving all this and much more since 2001, building a national reputation for its solid hand-in-hand delivery of strategy and branding. Founder Lili Hall was driven to find a perfect union of strategy, culture and design; within mere months, it was obvious that the marketplace was in dire need of an agency that understood and leveraged all three.

Much of KNOCK's work focuses on fostering brand loyalty through exceptional retail experiences, translating keen consumer insights into nuanced interactions between brands and their audiences—on the street and in-aisle, all the way through shelf, cart and click experiences. At KNOCK, every shopping moment is impeccably thought through; this attention to detail has translated into remarkable company growth, with a 28% increase in the last three years alone.

This steady growth can also be attributed to a remarkable concentration of talent under one roof, a client-partnership business model, and a two-steps-ahead attitude toward technology. In addition to serving national and international client partners, KNOCK offers the same world-class design plus sponsorship and pro bono services to nonprofits such as The Basilica Landmark, Women in the Boardroom, and Children's Theatre Company. The agency has also been honored with countless industry awards, including recognition from Ad Fed The Show, the One Show, the ADDY Awards, W3 Awards, Pentawards, AIGA, Communication Arts, HOW and Print.


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  Linda Hamilton is the founder of a CPA and business advisory firm that serves clients in the U.S. and across the globe. The firm works with businesses, nonprofit entities and high-net-worth individuals. She advises her clients on federal, state and local tax matters including payroll tax, worker classification issues, international tax issues, and state nexus issues. The firm also provides coaching, virtual and outsourced CFO and controller services.

  Linda coaches businesses in a wide variety of industries on developing and monitoring key performance measures. With her guidance, business owners learn to focus on the details of their business in order to make important decisions on expansion, succession planning, and the impact of taxes on decisions. Using the latest cloud technology solutions, Linda guides clients in monitoring performance and spotting the vital signs that indicate whether the company is on track to meet goals or needs to consider course corrections.

  Before striking out on her own more than 20 years ago, Linda served emerging businesses in the audit and tax practices of Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers). She has been quoted in major publications including the Wall Street Journal and is a frequent speaker on a variety of topics, including tax planning, managing and growing a business, designing accounting systems tailored to fit a company’s unique needs, and unlocking the financial intelligence in business data. She has been a board member and past treasurer of the Financial Women’s Association (FWA) and belongs to the Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO), the AICPA, the NYSSCPA, and the NYSSCPA Partnership and LLC Tax Committee.

  In addition to being a Certified Public Accountant, Linda holds certifications in many of today’s top cloud technology tools and accounting products. She is certified in: QuickBooks Desktop, QuickBooks Online, Xero, LivePlan,, AccountEdge, FreshBooks, Mentor Plus and Corelytics Dashboards.

Linda A. Hamilton CPA LLC, New York, NY

HUB 5 Founded in 2004, HUB has grown from a small two person team to a robust team of creative strategists, designers and project managers. With a diverse client base that spans retail, higher education, government agencies and nonprofits, we are equipped to help with a variety of design, marketing and communication needs. With a focus on print and growing capabilities in digital HUB looks to each potential client as an opportunity get to know a team and help them define and design for their audience.


BlueWare, Inc.
National Women Business Owners Corporation
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Deyona (Dee) Hays, P.E. is the Founder, President and CEO of Excellence Engineering, LLC. A dedicated and detail-oriented Electrical Engineer, Dee earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Kansas State University in the late 80’s, and is currently attending Harvard Business School where she will be graduating in 2017 with her OPM/MBA degree. Dee is a board certified Professional Engineer with licenses in over 30 states and maintains a model law status with the National Council. Dee is an accomplished President and CEO and has received numerous awards and distinctions throughout the years. In 2014, she was honored with the Enterprising Women of the Year Award by EW Magazine and most recently in 2016 was nominated for Oklahoma Women of Year and named “50 Making a Difference” by the Journal Record.

Dee founded Excellence Engineering in 2001 focusing on electrical, instrumentation and controls engineering for utilities and midstream facilities in the oil and gas sector. With growth of the company over the years, Excellence Engineering, LLC diversified and has grown adding civil, structural, piping, chemical, mechanical, process, and pipeline engineering services. Under Dee’s leadership, Excellence Engineering serves numerous midstream, downstream, and utility clients throughout the country, including several Fortune 500 companies. The company received national certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) in 2013 and is WOSB and HubZone certified by the US government in 2015. 

Marti Hedge Hedge is president and founder of Edge Solutions and Consulting Inc., a leading provider of technology solutions and complex IT architecture design and installation for enterprise clients. Hedge started the company in 1999 after a tenured career at IBM in various sales and management roles. She directs a range of strategic initiatives to successfully leverage the company’s core competencies in sales, services and operational excellence to create customer value. Her extensive experience in the technology industry, combined with her collaborative leadership style, operational expertise and ability to adapt to changes in the business climate, has been the stimulus for Edge Solutions’ continued growth and success over the last 16 years.

An active member of the community, Hedge mentors high school and college-aged young women in charting their educational plans, providing guidance through the rigorous college enrollment process and providing financial assistance through Edge Solutions-sponsored scholarships to pursue their academic goals. Furthermore, Hedge serves as a life coach to at-risk young men and women, providing them with the guiding wisdom, spiritual insight and unrelenting passion to achieve their academic and professional aspirations.

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Corinne Heijn is founder and president of UnitedSuccess. Corinne's formal education was the foundation on which she built her career, but it is her life experiences and travels to distant lands that have made a profound impact on her business acumen. Her studies included a Law Degree from the University of Leiden, Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration and MIT Sloan School of Management, along with several other corporate and management training and coaching programmes.

Corinne's corporate experience includes 4 years as a consultant designing and implementing financial information systems at Arthur Anderson Management Consultants in the early 1980s, and 9 years with KLM in senior management roles, including strategic development as part of the team who created the vision and strategy for KLM USA.

UnitedSuccess unites women business owners from different corners of the globe who are eager to grow and share common values. Transparency, integrity and trust are the backbone of this unique network. Credibility and reliability are explicit admission criteria. 


Marion HookFormer teacher, non-profit director and cross-cultural trainer, Marion Hook is currently the owner of the award-winning Adobe Rose Inn LLC, a "green" bed and breakfast in Tucson, AZ. Hook sets the Adobe Rose Inn apart from other bed and breakfasts by offering consistent, customized, superb customer service to targeted domestic and international clients. She also is the creator and manufacturer of the Adobe Rose Inn Buttermilk Scone Mix which is available in all Whole Foods stores in Arizona and in regional gift shops and specialty stores. Involved in her community, she has served as President of NAWBO Greater Tucson, is Chair of the City of Tucson Small Minority and Women-owned Business Commission and is also the Commission's liaison to the Pima County Small Business Commission.

Adobe Rose Inn LLC

SallyHughes003 Upon completion of a professional singing career in 1987, Hughes founded Caster Connection and has led the company as president and CEO throughout its history. She leads the business based upon the solid principle: “providing ergonomic caster and wheel solutions to decrease injuries in the workplace." Hughes serves on the board of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce and is a member of theEntrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), and the Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO). The company is certified by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). She is on the board of The Wellington School, Women’s Leadership Network Advisory Council for Otterbein University, and the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel, appointed by Attorney General Mike DeWine. She is a frequent speaker on the topic of women in business, including the 2008 National Woman Economic Development Outreach (WEDO) Broadcast Tour. She is a community volunteer with particular interest in children’s hospitals, The Wellington School, and maintains her interest in singing through active participation with her church. Hugheswas named the 2014 NAWBO Columbus Visionary Award Honoree, a 2014 Columbus Smart 50 Award Honoree, a 2015 Columbus Smart 50 Award Honoree, and a Progressive Entrepreneur Finalist by SBN Columbus
Chesapeake Cardiac Care

marilynjohnson is the website to locate "The Global Ambassador" -- Marilyn D. Johnson -- who speaks with individuals, groups, organizations, and audiences, all over the globe. Johnson engages every attendee with her special understanding of leadership and empowerment. She does not lecture, she captivates, inspires and escorts her listener into a new comfort zone. Marilyn has a unique ability to connect with millennials, young professionals, middle managers, and C-suite executives in topics including Leadership Development, Empowerment Conversations, Cultural Diversity and Inclusion. Her eclectic network is her most valuable asset. believes that the most important aspect of business effectiveness is the ability to connect with others in leadership.

Follow her on twitter @marilynjspeaks

kristinejones Kristine Jones is the owner and founder of New England Flagger Services, LLC, which she started in 2008. Since that time, the company has grown from seven to 70 employees. Her WBE, CT-DBE certified company provides traffic control for major utilities and private contractors throughout Connecticut. In her free time, Jones is a Flagger Instructor, OSHA outreach trainer and volunteers as a site visitor for Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). She is also a member of the Springfield, Mass., chapter of the Women Presidents' Organization.

 In 2008, Pamela Kan formed Black Diamond Manufacturing Company (BDM), a wholly owned subsidiary of Bishop-Wisecarver and specialty contract manufacturer that works with other industrial companies to build complex mechanical sub-assemblies and manufacture specialty parts.In 2012, Kanformed WRW Engineering, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bishop-Wisecarverthat helps companies integrate mechanical, electrical and software engineering to deliver complete custom mechatronic solutions with imbedded intelligence. Kan leads bothBDM and WRW by directingall marketing effortsand managingthe senior management team responsible for sales, finance, operations, engineering and IT,as well as handling thelegal and trademark aspects ofthe companies. In 2008,Kan joined the board of directors of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and California Manufacturing and Technology Association (CMTA). She currently serves as the executive committee chairman of the CMTA board. In 2012, the governor of California appointed Kan to the California Workforce Development Board. She currently serves on the Increasing Skills & Credential Attainment Workgroup. In 2015, Pamela helped form and currently serves as chair of the Women & Minorities Sub-committee.
Women Impacting Public Policy
Inna Global Language Solutions (GLS) is an ISO 9001:2008 and EN 15038:2006 certified translation and interpreting firm. Founded in 1994, GLS specializes in translation, interpreting, language services project management, brand and website localization, and multilingual graphic design in over 100 languages. Its clients include leaders in the eLearning, financial, life sciences, healthcare, manufacturing, and technology industries. GLS has six offices worldwide and is headquartered in Orange County, California. It is a WBENC-certified Women's Business Enterprise and is one of the largest agencies in North America. GLS actively supports several global youth- and health-focused organizations, including the United Nations Foundation and Talk About Curing Autism, through the donation of pro bono translation services. / @OneStopGlobal

Global Language Services

NinaKaufman-headshot Nina Kaufman is a small business champion—not your ordinary business attorney. She's on a mission to help small businesses make more money, more consistently ("scale") so they can maximize their options down the road.

Forbes Magazine calls Kaufman "One of the 25 Most Influential Women Tweeting about Entrepreneurship." The U.S. Small Business Administration named her their regional Women in Business Champion of the Year. In over 15 years in business, Kaufman has helped thousands of entrepreneurs generate hundreds of millions of dollars.

A trusted thought leader, Kaufman reaches over 2 million readers on Her many media and speaking credits include the Wall Street Journal, U.S. News & World Report, the American Bar Association Journal, MSNBC's Your Business, and Fox′s Good Day NY.

The Legal Edge LLC

JenniferKearney Kearney is the executive partner of Gotham Energy 360, a full-service energy consulting and management firm and she holds major interest in the firm. As executive partner, she oversees day-to-day operations of the firm including all new business development.Before launching Gotham Energy 360, she parlayed her position as the Director of Energy Programs for New York Presbyterian into a consultancy offering energy program development and deployment to hospitals, universities, colleges and cultural centers. As the Director of Energy Programs, she managed an over $70 million energy procurement portfolio including natural gas, power and all distillate fuel oils. In addition, she was responsible for the development and construction of a 7.5 megawatt gas turbine combined heat and power system, which was the first of its kind to connect with ConEdison’s Manhattan grid and run in synchronous parallel. The result of her efforts saved an excess of $11 million annually and has gained her the EPA recognition of ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year in the “Sustained Excellence” category. Furthermore, Kearney’s accomplishments with the hospital included involvement in the development of two LEED-rated buildings, one that certified as Gold—a distinction only six health care buildings hold in the country. In addition to authoring several articles published in national energy journals, Kearney frequently speaks at energy conferences. She recently presented her white paper on progressive purchasing strategies to support cogeneration development to the SUNY Maritime Global Research Center. Kearney remains active in The Association of Energy Engineers, as a New York chapter member, and she is a member of the New York Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners. 

Kelly S Mathews Kelly Mathews has over twenty years of experience providing federal and state excise tax services for   clients operating across fifty states. Kelly’s experience has focused on two areas, the oil and   gas industry and large end users of fuel. Kelly has assisted her clients in resolving motor fuels   tax issues, preparing and reviewing motor fuels tax returns in all fifty states, creating a data    retrieval and database process to streamline motor fuels tax compliance, identifying   federal/state licensing requirements for clients in new and expanding business lines and working with clients to implement motor fuels tax preparation software.

Kelly is currently the President of Kelly S Mathews LLC, a motor fuels tax consulting firm, and MotorU, LLC, The Motor Fuels Tax University, which offers web-based and instructor-led education for motor fuels tax professionals. Prior to these roles, Kelly worked for both Arthur Andersen and Ernst & Young in their motor fuels tax practices. Kelly earned a Bachelor of Business Administration and Masters in Professional Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a Certified Public Accountant, a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and a member of the Women Presidents’ Organization

Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council/ Women Entrepreneurs Inc.
Sungjoo Group

Caryn Kopp - Winner 2 Caryn is the Chief Door Opener® at Kopp Consulting whose Door Opener® Service has helped thousands of business owners and sales people secure initial meetings with high level decision makers in almost every major Fortune 500 company including P&G, Pfizer, GE, Merck, Verizon, AT&T, Time Warner, Kraft, Target, CBS and the list goes on and on.

During a period of time when gaining new customers has become almost impossible, Kopp Consulting helps clients fill their pipelines and achieve the growth their competitors only dream about.  Clients have experienced accelerated sales without adding headcount, suffering through mis-hires, or spending time they don’t have managing the process.   Kopp Consulting is the winner of the 2014 Sales Outsourcing Provider of the Year Award.

Kopp Consulting, LLC

APCO Worldwide
Walmart/Sam’s Club
Virginia Littlejohn Quantum Leaps’ CEO has been a trailblazing advocate for women’s entrepreneurship for several decades. In the 1980s, she was Vice President for Public Policy for the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) in the United States, and subsequently its National President. She was also one of the three primary architects of the Women’s Business Ownership Act – referred to as “the Big Bang of women’s entrepreneurship” in the US – which became law in 1988.

Ms. Littlejohn is a judge for the Women in Business Awards for the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and for five years she served as Chair of the North American Jury for the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards. She has been inducted into the Enterprising Women Hall of Fame, and has won numerous awards, including the US Small Business Administration’s first Women in Business Advocate of the Year Award; NAWBO’s Susan Hager Legacy Award; the WBENC Applause Award; the Priyadarshini Award from the Federation of Indian Women Entrepreneurs (FIWE); and Lifetime Achievement Awards from The International Alliance for Women (TIAW) and the America-China Business Women’s Alliance.

In addition to her advocacy efforts, Ms. Littlejohn has served as CEO of the Global Enterprise Group and as Chairman of TradeBuilders, Inc., which created the world’s first virtual trade mission in 1998. She and her husband have two sons, one in Portugal and one in Vietnam, and a granddaughter in Vietnam, where they now live.

Quantum Leaps, Inc.

Runa Magnus 2014 The European Awarded Leadership & Personal Branding Strategist

A Life-time Entrepreneur, founder Connected-Women, co-founder BRANDit.  Runa is a founding and steering committee member at ATL Europe, The Association of Transformational Leaders in Europe and the vice-president at FKA – The Icelandic Association of Women Business Leaders.
Runa is a sought after international speaker, known for her fun and highly interactive seminars and workshops.
She is the author of the upcoming book BRANDING YOUR X-FACTOR, The Secret Sauce to Success for Speakers, Coaches and Consultants.

She is making her mark worldwide, supporting entrepreneurs to build their authentic brands so that they can make their magic with confidence and clarity.

JenniferMaierGlasses WDS is an award-winning warehousing, distribution and inventory management company with 21 locations across the USA and Canada.The nationally recognized WDS brand reliably delivers best-in-class sourcing, private label products, and an efficient supply chain. Our customer base is a diverse mix of Fortune 500 companies in the food, medical and technology industries.

Supply chain management coupled with real-time business analytics ensurecost-effective purchasing, distribution and inventory control. WDS is a one-stop provider of sophisticated warehousing management, technical expertise and efficient just-in-time sequencing delivery systems.WDS engineers also provide automation efficiencies for manufacturing by designing and assembling required build-outs.

With all of the WDS capabilities, our most valuable asset is our team who understand the customer is our most important focus.Our entire staff, from the warehouse to the corporate offices, is dedicated to meeting the needs of our customers 24/7. Customer service is not a job description -¬ it is our mission.

WDS, Inc.

Beatriz-Manetta Beatriz (Betty) Manetta is the President and CEO of Argent Associates, Inc. Argent Associates serves companies that embrace diversity and innovation to achieve holistic, innovative solutions to complex problems.

Manetta founded Argent Associates Inc. in 1998, a certified minority and female-owned company and proven award-winning systems integrator that delivers logistics, warehousing, and monitoring solutions through state-of-the-art quality systems that provide real time information. Argent Associates, Inc. is made up of three divisions, Argent Logistics, ProArgent, and G-Argent providing innovative technology, products, services and supply chain solutions to enterprise and government customers.

Argent Associates, Inc.

Manilow Suites, Inc.
Women’s Leadership Exchange
Comprehensive Women’s Health
Myca Multimedia & Training Solutions

Heather mayo With 20 years of experience in the warehouse club industry, Heather is currently SVP of Operations at Sam's Club.  In this role, she has the unique opportunity to support a $57 billion business and serve over 47 million members across the country. Heather joined Wal-Mart in August of 2004 leading the merchandising team for  

Heather is also a member of the Thought Leadership Advisory Panel for the Center for Consumer Research at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, as well as, the Advisory Board for the Enterprising Women Organization.  She has also been an active member of the Network of Executive Women since 2007.

Prior to joining Sam’s Club, Heather was an Associate Partner in business strategy with IBM where she provided business advice and counsel to c-level executives of Fortune 500 companies.

Walmart/Sam’s Club

McKenzie & Associates
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Athena International

MichelSusan-135528B Susan McGlory Michel is the founder and CEO of Glen Eagle Advisors, LLC, a full-service investment securities firm headquartered in Princeton, New Jersey. Founded in 2003, Glen Eagle Advisors maintains registered representatives in six states and manages more than $350 million in assets. Michel volunteers for numerous church, community and professional organizations and recently completed 10 years of board service to the Saint Paul School of Princeton. She is an active member of the Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO), a premier organization for women presidents and CEOs of privately held, multi-million dollar companies working to improve business conditions for women entrepreneurs. In addition, Michel is a member of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), a global nonprofit striving to educate, transform and inspire entrepreneurs through leadership-development programs, and more. Michel is a recipient of a 2014 Enterprising Women of the Year Award.

Glen Eagle Advisors, LLC

Patricia Miller is the mother of three amazing boys who often make her question whether she really does possess above-average negotiating skills.  She is a servant leader, and the CEO of SpaceBound, Inc., a global supplier of technology products.  The majority of her day is spent asking open-ended questions, and challenging great minds to come up with exceptional ideas and  brilliant solutions.  Miller believes, as a successful CEO, you must force yourself to stay out of the weeds and focus on strategic planning and building substantive relationships.  Each month for over 15 years, she has supported our platoons heroically serving overseas, and the local children of the county's only homeless shelter.  She sits as Chair of The Board of Influencers for the internationally acclaimed, World Leaders Group.        

Winning countless awards on the local, state and national level, Miller selects The Governor's Award for Women's Excellence in Enterprise, the Case Western Reserve - Weatherhead 100 School of Management Award, the recipient of the Inc 500/5000, and the SBA - Economic Development Achievement award as a few that make her stand up and say, "Women Rock!".               
Springboard Enterprises

Judi-Sheppard-Missett Jazzercise Founder and CEO Judi Sheppard Missett successfully transformed her passion for dance into a worldwide fitness sensation. Today after 45 successful years she is CEO, teaches classes, choreographs routines, travels extensively as a presenter, writes as a featured blogger for Huffington Post, and oversees corporate staff and 7,800 franchisees teaching 32,000 classes weekly in 32 countries. Jazzercise was named the #1 Women Owned Business by San Diego Business Journal in 2012 and 2013 and ranked #42 overall on the Franchise 500 list and #7 on the Fastest-Growing Franchises list by Entrepreneur Magazine. With her Jazzercise instructors, Judi helped raise over $28 million for a wide range of charitable organizations. Honors include Lifetime Achievement Awards from the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports and induction into the Enterprising Women Hall of Fame.

Jazzercise, Inc.

b2ap3_thumbnail_Cindy_Monroe_20140714-193226_1.jpg Cindy Monroe is the founder and CEO of Thirty-One Gifts, the 18th largest direct-selling company in the world, offering purses, totes, home organization solutions and more.She started the company in her home basement in 2003, and the operation has since grown to more than 2,000 office employees and 120,000 independent consultants in the United States and Canada. Monroe is the recipient of many honors for her work, including EY's Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2013 for her leadership of a successful, growing and dynamic business. Monroe was also named by the Women Presidents' Organization (WPO) as the fastest growing women-owned/led company and was recognized by Enterprising Women magazine as a top revenue winner for the 2014 Enterprising Women of the Year Award.

Thirty-One Gifts

Jacqueline Muller Jacqueline brings a unique coaching style based on unlocking your full potential. Her wide-ranging experiences around the world have brought together a message that is sure to change the life of anyone who encounters it.

Jacqueline’s high energy and passion for human development and growth has taken her all around the world. Her early career started with His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan's Industrial Promotion Services Ltd, in Geneva, Switzer- land. This also led her to working with the Aga Khan Founda- tion. Both were involved with projects in Africa and Pakistan. She then joined Swiss Multi National, Cosa Liebermann where she became Deputy General Manager, and was responsible for suppliers in Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and many other coun- tries. Her diligence and expertise led Jacqueline to become the President and Partner of a new company Grove Industries Ltd; a successful garment buying agency and manufacturing company based in Hong Kong and supplying well known American, European and Australian brands & fashion retailers. With a turnover of US $50 million and a staff of 50 in Hong Kong, she was instrumental in creating strategic alliances that opened up new markets and created steady sales revenue.

Jacqueline Muller

The Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women

Kelly Niessen Niessen is the CEO and co-founder of KANDY Outdoor Flooring, Inc., a company that expands home experiences by providing new outdoor flooring for condo balconies. KANDY is a franchise model that deploys the unique value proposition of service, quality and choice. Niessen started the company and franchise system in Canada and is currently expanding to the U.S. Niessen is a true entrepreneur, utilizing experiences ranging from strategic sales, to executive roles in large telecommunications, retail and manufacturing firms, to acquiring and operating her own marketing list brokerage firm. She is passionate about connecting people and services and providing solutions to common problems such as dirty, barren and inhospitable condo balconies.She holds a Bachelor of Arts in human resourcesfrom Concordia University in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and an MBA from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. Niessen is active in the business communityand has served as the vice chair for the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs for a decade. She has also served on the board of trustees for the BC Sports Hall of Fame and in the board of advisors for the Advanced Systems Institute (ASI).

noonan Margaretta Noonan is the founder and CEO of noonanWorks (, a firm devoted to helping companies and individuals  “reach remarkableTM”.  noonanWorks is proud to be a WBENC-certified woman-owned business.

Before becoming an entrepreneur, Margaretta had a long career as a senior corporate executive where she helped lead a high-growth organization (Kohl’s), an acquirer of over 100 firms (Monster Worldwide), a Chapter 11 bankruptcy (Best Products), a company closure (Carter Hawley Hale), and a successful public-company spin off (Hudson Global Resources).

Margaretta speaks and writes regularly on topics such as generational issues, women in the workplace and corporate culture and leadership.


LEM Products Inc. is a contract manufacturer specializing in industrial printing & converting of durable substrates making custom industrial identification products for applications in challenging environments!  Above ground, below ground, in water and in space - our industrial strength labels, tags and signs are providing safety and branding information that lasts in challenging environments.

Since 1967 we have been manufacturing Industrial Safety Labels, Tags & Signs for the OEM, manufacturing, energy, utility, telecommunication, transportation, and industrial markets.  We manufacture our products to exact engineering specifications and diligently focus on the unique inventory reduction programs and fulfillment requirements of each and every customer.

At LEM Products Inc. we focus on understanding the needs and challenges our customer faces so we can deliver valuable solutions that meet or exceed their exact requirements.

Nationwide and across industries we partner with supply chain companies to create successful, seamless response for industrial identification products which is used by Fortune 500 and Fortune 100 companies.  Our Company provides safety identification products to every major utility nationwide, as well as original equipment manufacturers globally.  WBENC certified since 2003, business with LEM Products Inc. also qualifies for supplier diversity initiatives.

The Matthews House, LLC

KathieOkun Passionate and results-oriented, Kathie Okun is president of The Okun Financial Group, a financial and investment* services firm in Hunt Valley, Maryland. Kathie excels at providing families, individuals and business owners with personalized financial decision-making, and then assists in implementing their financial goals. With 26 years' experience, Kathie has a wonderful track record of building rapport and becoming a valued partner in retirement, estate, insurance, and employee benefit planning. Multi-generational planning has become a norm with The Okun Financial Group and Kathie's practice. Kathie loves to teach her clients "how money works" and takes pride in working with parents as well as adult children in families that she helps.

Kathie is also active in community and industry activities as a volunteer, committee, and board member. Kathie donates monetarily and with her time but she also loves being hands-on. She visits the Ronald McDonald House, collects pajamas for critically ill children, and participates in fundraising projects of all kinds including biking 140 miles to raise money for Moveable Feast. "My dream is to have enough money so I can give to those in need. I plan to continue giving—not for recognition but because it helps me live happily."

Kathie often appears on business radio and gives workshops at business forums. She is an inspiring speaker with a talent for sharing experiences in ways that resonate with audiences and listeners. "I like helping people realize their goals are attainable. My background is such that people are amazed when they find I came from limited means, with parents that both died young. Helping others realize that they too can be successful and that they just need to take the necessary steps is extremely rewarding to me." In addition to finding tools for success in life, it is Kathie's passion to help others find answers to their issues with money, put their plan together, and coach them along the way to financial success.

The Okun Financial Group

Artemis Holdings Group
National Association of Women in Real Estate Businesses
KPavlik small Kathleen Pavlik (Kathy) is a Market Development Executive for IBM Corporation, Sales and Distribution.  She leads a team responsible for the strategy and marketing to Asian, Hispanic, Native American, Black and women owned businesses and IBM Suppliers in North America.  She also markets to women owned, led, and influenced businesses in select countries worldwide.

Prior to her current position, Kathy served as the Manager of co-marketing for Business Partners in the U.S. and Canada.  In this role she worked with IBM Business Partners to develop, fund and measure their IBM demand generation plans. Kathy has served in numerous global leadership positions in IBM marketing and sales for over 35 years. She was one of the first female direct sales representatives in IBM, earning 17 100% Clubs and 4 Golden Circles during her sales career.; Her experience is focused on personnel management, consultative sales, customer relationships, market management, operations and channel management.  She has a strong affinity for small and medium businesses with specific expertise in distribution and retail industries and particular focus on services sales and delivery.

Kathleen is a member of the Information Technology Services Marketing Association and the American Marketing Association.  She serves on the Board of Directors for the 800+ member North Carolina IBM Women’s Business Resource Group, and is the organization’s President for 2014. She is active in her community where she volunteers with Women in Technology, the Girl Scouts and Dress for Success.She is a mentor to many women in marketing and sales both inside and outside of IBM.

Kathleen earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and Marketing from the University of Iowa. She resides in Chapel Hill, NC with her husband, John.  They have three grown children, one of whom works for IBM in Armonk, NY. 


Cathy Head Catherine Pera is the owner of Bison Scaffold and Mason’s Supply and Bison Contracting and Builder Supply, companies that to install and dismantle scaffold and to supply construction materials. The companies are certified women-owned businesses. With a focus on excellent service, Bison Scaffold and Mason’s Supply and Bison Contracting and Builder Supply have grown at a steady pace by supporting their customers’ goals of producing quality construction timely, safely and cost-effectively.

Involved locally with WNY Ovarian Cancer Project, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, St. Benedict’s Church, Cathy is also a Buffalo Niagara Partnership Member. 

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Women’s Business Enterprise National Council
American Airlines
Realistic Computing Inc.

Hedy Ratner portrait photo 2 Hedy Ratner, Founder  and President Emeritus and Consultant to the Women’s Business Development Center. Activist and advocate for women’s empowerment through business ownership for over four decades.  Activist on issues of civil rights, women’s rights, and human rights. Along with other women’s empowerment activists, godmothers to the movement of women’s business ownership.

Recipient of honors and awards for our impact on women’s business ownership locally, nationally and internationally.Active member of Enterprising Women Board, NAWBO Chicago, Federation of Women Contractors, National Council of Women’s Organizations, The Chicago Network  and many other women’s empowerment organizations.  Appointed by President Clinton to the National Council on Women’s Business; and by Illinois Governors, County Presidents and Chicago Mayors to Affirmative Action Advisory Councils and Business Enterprise and Human Rights Commissions. 

Women’s Business Development Center
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Founded in 2008, Strategy and Management Services, Inc. (SAMS)  is an award-winning Small Business Administration 8(a) Participant, Center for Veterans Enterprise (CVE), verified Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), Economically Disadvantaged Woman Owned Small Business (EDWOSB), Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB), Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) and Commonwealth of Virginia SWaM certified company that provides operations support, information technology services, facilities management functions, and a range of enterprise-wide, complex services and solutions for federal agencies, state and local governments and commercial buyers who want the high-quality service of a top-tier company with the “high-touch” of a client-focused small business.These certifications equip SAMS to better identify and relate to a broader range of clients. Whether serving federal civilian and defense agencies, state and local governments or commercial buyers of management, operations, and technical services, SAMS has proven to be a highly responsive, reliable and trusted resource for clients.

manishi sagar-ab Manishi Sagar is the President and CEO of the Kinderville Group, till recently Canada's largest private ISO certified childcare and education services provider. She has ranked 22nd among Canada's Top 100 Women Entrepreneurs and has been nominated three times to Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women. Manishi and her company were featured in a book called, "L'Entrepreneuriat féminin au Québec" published by the HEC University in Montreal.

Manishi has served on the Board of Directors of "Bharat Bhavan" (India House), "Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal" and "Enterprising Women" a U.S. based magazine for women entrepreneurs. She is also a Founding member of the Quebec India Business Council (QIBC) and the Women Presidents' Organization (WPO) in Canada. Manishi and her husband Pradeep have established the "Kinderville Foundation", set up to further education for disadvantaged children.

Manishi and Pradeep now based in Dubai have co-founded Sagar & Sagar a general trading company focused on bringing Canadian and American brands to the Middle East. With two preschools already established in Dubai, Manishi is leading the Kinderville expansion in the UAE. 2014 saw her dream being realized with the opening of the first Kinderville preschool in India.

Kinderville Group

Nance L. Schick - Honorable Mention 1 As a litigator and a mediator, Nance has been empowering businesses to resolve their employment and other conflicts for the past 10 years. She has also helped her clients with branding, business formation, business planning, contracts, marketing, and publicity.

She earned her Juris Doctor from the State University of New York at Buffalo and her Bachelor of Science in Sport Administration from the University of Louisville. She also studied architecture at the University of Kentucky and worked two to three jobs to minimize her education debt. This gave her valuable experience in human resources, international shipping, minor league hockey and baseball, small-market modeling, professional mascots, and ice arena management (among other areas)—each of which has contributed to her success as an entrepreneur. “I have been wearing a lot of hats from an early age,” she says. “It’s as if I was being groomed to run my own business from the time I started working.”

Nance was also being groomed to resolve body and other personal conflicts. She played third base at the University of Kentucky and tried out for the 1996 United States Olympic softball team before coaching high school girls’ softball. She then took fitness instruction, Pilates, Tai Chi, figure skating, inline skating, rock climbing, whitewater rafting, skiing, basketball, volleyball, and tag football. Committed to experiencing life fully for as long as possible, she continues a training regimen that includes weight training, spinning, running, yoga, hiking, walking, and playing team sports when asked. She also coaches the Self-Expression and Leadership Program at Landmark Worldwide and is almost always up for a new challenge.

The Law Studio of Nance L. Schick

Charmane H. Sellers Winner Charmane H. Sellers is an honorable Veteran of the United States Air Force and the President and CEO of ALEON Properties, Inc. (API), which celebrated 11 years in business this year! API provides renovation, remodel, and interior finish-out construction services, which also includes Training Services: OSHA Safety, to both commercial and residential clients in both the public and private sectors. API has provided construction services on projects at Texas A&M San Antonio Campus, Austin Community College, Huston Tillotson University, Austin Independent School District and the City of Austin. Furthermore, API is the only EPA Accredited Training Provider in Austin, and we’ve trained close to 500 contractors in EPA Lead Safe Work Practices. Charmane has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology, and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration/Public Policy, with a focus on (1) Veterans Services and Housing, (2) Affordable and Senior Housing, (3) Education and Technology. She has 20+ years of experience as a community and public affairs professional and has used her skill-set to build relationships with leaders in the private, public and non-profit sectors. She has been successful in utilizing her strong communication, inter-personal and organizational skills in order to accomplish project objectives. She is also a second generation entrepreneur, and her company’s named is derived in loving memory of her mother, Leona—thus, the name ALEON. She also participated in business development programs to grow her business: University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business SBDC Program, University of Texas HUB Mentor-Protégé Program and the J.E. Dunn Minority Business Develop

debbishapiro Debbi Shapiro, president and CEO of Henderson Shapiro Peck, founded themarketing support company with a team of only two in 1994. Today, the firm boasts 25 marketing strategists and other creative geniuses that collaborate daily. Shapiro's professional interest lies within the healthcare space, including private practice and technology, and publishing. In addition to starting her own marketing firm, Shapiro is the author of The Common Thread: 35 Years of the Peachtree Road Race T-Shirt and is a founding member of The Tiffany Circle, a society dedicated to the women who give their time and talents to the American Red Cross, and co-founder of Gesher L' Torah Synagogue, a congregation in Alpharetta, Ga.

The Silver-Parker Group
It’s Your Biz

Elaine-StarlingElaine Starling is the President and Chief Innovation Officer of Starling Media Services, Inc., a media consulting agency that teaches business owners, speakers, authors, experts, and entrepreneurs how to leverage their expertise to grow their online and offline brand.

Author of "Why 5% Succeed: The 5 Principles of Predictable Profit" and the host of the weekly "Why 5% Succeed" show and podcast, Elaine has generated over $100 million for her clients by creating innovative programs that increase participation, process improvement, positioning and profit. Elaine has been featured on ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, and in numerous newspapers and web sites. Elaine serves on the board of Women Impacting Public Policy, an organization representing over 8.3 million women business owners. As a sought-after speaker, consultant, columnist, mentor, and a very successful entrepreneur, Elaine enjoys connecting with dedicated women business owners

Starling Media Services, Inc

Capital Management Advisors, Inc.
Rosemary Swierk Swierk is founder and president of Direct Steel and Construction, a general contracting and construction management firm. Swierk holds a Bachelor of Science from Indiana University, a Dartmouth “Tuck” Executive Degree and the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Certificate. She has decades of experience in real estate development and construction. Additionally, she contributes her time in several community initiatives. Swierk has received recognition for her accomplishments from many organizations including Manufacturers, Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Today’s Chicago Woman magazine, Athena International, Small Business Administration and theChicago Sun-Times. Swierk is also the recipient of the 28th annual Entrepreneur of the Year award from the national Women’s Business Development Center. Additionally, she is a State of Illinois appointee to the Small Business Development Center advisory board.

teshler Sabina Teshler is the founder of SET, an experiential creative agency. SET specializes in Creating visual environments and brand experiences that engage and inspire.

Sabina is a 20 year veteran of the industry, including Project Management, Creative, Retail Marketing, Digital and Web. Her ability to manage Experiential Brand Marketing launches, while delivering costs savings by streamlining processes and value engineering, set the ground work that the company runs today. Sabina shares her Passion with over 70 employees between Portland and New York and Los Angeles transforming the Experiental Marketing industry . Most recently SET was named Inc Magazines Top 500 fastest growing companies (#286) and The Agency Post#9 fastest-growing agency.

Sabina is an Advisory Board member of EPO and an active member of the WPO Platium National Chapter and most recently has been named 2013 Enterprising Woman of the year. When she is not shooting off emails at dazzling speeds, Sabina can be found jetting to sunny destinations, mingling at community art events or taking her dog, Igor, for a hike in the Portland hills.

SET Creative

BlackLine CEO Therese Tucker

On a typical day at BlackLine’s Los Angeles headquarters, BlackLine CEO and Founder Therese Tucker is fast on her feet, a blur of color as she sprints from one meeting to the next across three floors of the office tower that bears BlackLine’s name. A certified yoga instructor, she is equally nimble with words, a necessity given the arcane language of Finance & Accounting (F&A) that she has mastered. Her financial acumen and technological ingenuity have combined to make the work of thousands of accountants more efficient and humane, lowered the stress levels of internal auditors and given CFOs extraordinary visibility into their organizations’ business performance, informing smarter decisions to enhance competitive standing.

Altogether, BlackLine touts at least 25 customers in the Fortune 100 and 100 of the Fortune 500. The company also has penetrated the ranks of mid-sized companies, and has offices now in more than 10 cities around the world. Additional Europe and Asia offices are planned, as BlackLine continues to add global clients, demonstrating the increasing demand worldwide for software to automate key F&A processes.

Today, many leading advisory firms, like Ernst & Young, KPMG, Deloitte and PwC, employ a growing list of representatives that are ‘BlackLine Certified Implementation Professionals.’ In 2013, the BlackLine Financial Close Suite for SAP® Solutions became an SAP-endorsed business solution, joining the ranks of fewer than 40 other software offerings globally to be recognized by the enterprise application software leader. BlackLine also is an SAP Gold Partner. In 2016, Therese spearheaded the acquisition of Runbook, a Europe-based provider of F&A automation solutions to the SAP market, further solidifying BlackLine’s position as a leading provider of software solutions to automate and control the entire financial close process for SAP customers worldwide.

WEConnect International
Church Hill Classics
Erase Poverty

jweeksphoto 4 Julie Weeks is the President and CEO of Womenable, a for-profit social enterprise that works to enable women’s entrepreneurship worldwide by improving the systems – laws, policies, programs and research-based knowledge – that support women’s enterprise creation and growth. Prior to launching Womenable, Weeks served as Executive Director of the National Women’s Business Council, a federally-funded bipartisan policy advisory body, and was Deputy Chief Counsel for Statistics and Research at the U.S. Small Business Administration. She has also worked in the field of market research, including serving as Managing Director of the Center for Women’s Business Research.


Builders of Hope
Aztec Promotional Group, LP
Asian Women in Business

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