LA Communications, LLC
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.
The Coca-Cola Company
FSR 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.
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.
The Susan Bari Company
Mary 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.
For more information, visit www.georgetownbagelry.com and www.marybealladler.com.
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 Cruise.com, 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.
Omega World Travel
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.
Executive Director of the National Women's Business Council
MMI Public Relations
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.
Women Presidents’ Organization
A mother, grandmother, and self-proclaimed “high-maintenance wife,” Mary lives in Raleigh, NC.WomanBusinessOwner.com
CESI Debt Solutions
Coche 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.
In 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.
United Parcel Service
Linda 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.
Being There Senior Care LLC
Carol 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 DiversityBusiness.com. 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.
Phoenix Data Corporation
Shelli 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
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
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.
Touching Lives Adult Day Services Center
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.
Author, writer, speaker
DiResta an International speaker and is the author of Knockout Presentations: How to Deliver Your Message with Power, Punch, and Pizzazz, an Amazon.com 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 forbes.com. Diane’s mantra is “In the absence of communication there can be no business.”
DiResta Communications, Inc.
Liz 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.
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.
The Protocol School of Washington®
Women Presidents’ Organizationwww.womenpresidentsorg.com
Wellness Corporate Solutions, LLC
Center for Women’s Business Research
Sharon Hadary & Co.
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, Bill.com, AccountEdge, FreshBooks, Mentor Plus and Corelytics Dashboards.
Linda A. Hamilton CPA LLC, New York, NY
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.
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.
Former 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
Global Language Services
The Legal Edge LLC
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
Kopp Consulting, LLC
Quantum Leaps, Inc.
Glen Eagle Advisors, LLC
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.
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
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.
The Law Studio of Nance L. Schick
Elaine 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
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.
Enterprising Women is a partner in the new Million Women Mentors (MWM) initiative.
The initiative supports the engagement of one million science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) mentors — women and men — to increase the interest and confidence of young women to pursue and succeed in STEM degrees and careers.