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Monica Pearson, Journalist, News Anchor

 

Monica Pearson is a renowned Atlanta television personality, with over 45 years of experience in radio, TV and newspaper. After 37 years as a news anchor and reporter with WSB-TV Atlanta, Pearson retired in 2012. She now hosts a weekly radio show on KISS 104.1 FM, writes a column, “Monica Matters” for Southern Seasons Magazine, continues her Closeups interviews on www.wsbtv.com/monica and teaches at Atlanta Metropolitan State College.

She joined WSB-TV in 1975 as Atlanta's first woman and first minority to anchor the daily 6 p.m. news. She also has anchored the 4, 5 and 11 p.m. news during her career, debuting the 4 and 5.

Pearson began her professional career at The Louisville Times, followed by a position in the public relations department of Brown-Forman Distillers before joining WHAS-TV in Louisville for three years as a reporter and later anchor.

She has received numerous accolades and honors for her distinguished bodies of work, including 33 local and regional Emmys, including an Emmy for an exclusive interview with Georgia Congressman John Lewis in 2008. The interview garnered national recognition, as Lewis changed his U.S. presidential support from Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama. Among her many awards, Pearson was awarded the Legacy Award from the National Association of Black Journalist in 2012; The Atlanta Hawks Basketball Team Trailblazer Award in 2013 and also that year the Interdenominational Theological Center presented her with the James H. Costen Award for Excellence in Civic and Community Affairs.

Pearson is a member of numerous civic, community and professional organizations, including the NAACP (Life Member), The National and The Atlanta Associations of Black Journalists, The Atlanta Press Club, and the Screen Actors Guild, to name a few. She was the first African American and the second woman to serve as Chairman of the Metropolitan United Way in 1988. She also serves on the boards of directors for Kenny Leon's True Colors Theatre

Company and Meals on Wheels Atlanta. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

She is a native of Louisville, Ky. and grew up in what is known as Smoketown. In addition to her BA from the University of Louisville (1975) and MA from the University of Georgia (2014), she holds an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Atlanta University (now Clark Atlanta University), Oglethorpe University and Doctor of Public Service from Young Harris College.

Pearson is married to John E. Pearson Sr., the mother of Claire Patrice, and step-mother of John E. Pearson, II.


Hala Moddelmog, President and CEO
Metro Atlanta Chamber

 

The first female president and CEO in the 154-year history of the Metro Atlanta Chamber, Hala Moddelmog serves as a catalyst for business partnerships and coalitions to drive economic growth in the region. Having served for more than two decades in president and CEO roles, Hala is a multi-dimensional leader, well-respected for her expertise in strategic planning, marketing, branding and assembling and managing high performance teams.

Prior to joining MAC, Moddelmog was president of Atlanta-based Arby’s Restaurant Group, an international quick-service restaurant chain with approximately 3,500 units and annual system-wide sales of approximately $3 billion.

In 2006, she was chosen as president and CEO of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world’s largest grassroots

organization working to eradicate breast cancer. While there, Moddelmog established a world-renowned Scientific Advisory Board with an annual grant of $100 million for scientific research.

Moddelmog was also the first woman to lead an international restaurant company when, in 1995 she was named president of Church’s Chicken, the world’s third largest chicken brand with more than 1,500 restaurants in 15 countries and nearly $1 billion in system sales.


Romaine Seguin, President
UPS Americas Region

 

Romaine Seguin, president of UPS Americas Region, is responsible for all UPS package and cargo operations in Canada and more than 50 countries and territories across Latin America and the Caribbean. Additionally, she has oversight of the UPS Supply Chain Solutions operations throughout Latin America, Miami and the Caribbean. Romaine began her career with UPS in the Missouri district in 1983 as a part-time hub supervisor. She held a variety of operational and management roles in Missouri and was later promoted to hub manager. In 1989, Romaine accepted a five-year assignment in Europe as part of the integration team with F&A and operations, and lived in both the UK and France.

In 1994, Romaine returned to the U.S. as controller for the air district, based in Louisville, Kentucky. From 1996 to 1999, she returned to operations as the ramp and hub division manager in Louisville. In 1999, Romaine relocated to Detroit, Michigan as the operations division manager. In 2001, Romaine was promoted to managing director of the Gulf South district and in 2004, was named managing director of the Minnesota district.

In October 2007, Romaine moved to Milan, Italy as the managing director of UPS South Europe and was shortly promoted (March 2008) to Chief Operating Officer for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region, based in Brussels, Belgium. In September 2010, Romaine was promoted to her current position as president of the UPS Americas Region based in Miami, Florida.

Romaine is a frequent speaker at community and business events and has received multiple awards and recognitions for her work in the international business community. She sits on several boards, including the Florida International University (FIU) School of Business Dean’s Council, the board of Trustees of William Woods University, the World Trade Center Miami’s board of Directors, the United Way of Miami-Dade board and the Conferencia Latinoamericana de Compañías Express (CLADEC) board – Latin America Conference of Express Companies.

Romaine holds a degree in Marketing Management from William Woods University in Fulton, Missouri and an MBA from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri.


Sharon Melnick, Ph.D, CEO
Horizon Point, Inc.; Author, "Success Under Stress"

 

Sharon Melnick, Ph.D. is a leading authority on the psychology of success and on stress resilience. Her practical tools are informed by 10 years of research at Harvard Medical School and field tested by over 10,000 training participants. Her methods show women professionals how to get past their blocks to action so they can focus and earn more instead of spinning their wheels, getting distracted, or procrastinating. An internationally sought after speaker, her presentations receive highest ratings and multiple repeat invites from organizations such as Procter and Gamble, Novartis, MetLife, GE, Merck, Moody’s, Coldwell Banker and others. She regularly serves as an expert for leading conference hosts such as American Management Association, Working Mother, Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (winner Best Conference Workshop, 2013), CEO Clubs, Small Biz Summits, Women Presidents Organization, Women in Cable and Telecommunications, Women in the Boardroom, and numerous associations.

Dr. Melnick is the author of the acclaimed book Success under Stress: Powerful Tools for Staying Calm, Confident, and Productive when the Pressure’s On. She has the spirit of a teacher and loves having contributed her advice to Forbes.com, Fox News, Business Insider, AOL Stylelist, the Huffington Post, CBS Radio, Natural Health Magazine, USAToday.com, AmexOPEN, Smart Brief for Entrepreneurs. She works to increase women’s empowerment as a Global Ambassador for the UN Women-endorsed SmartWoman Project. Discover more at www.sharonmelnick.com.


Moira Vetter, Founder and CEO
Modo Modo

 

Moira Vetter is Founder & CEO Modo Modo Agency, a business-to-business marketing firm in Atlanta that has won over 175 awards in its first 8 years. Moira began her professional career 27 years ago on the client side in technology and healthcare before moving to the agency world. In her career she has helped more than 200 businesses define, launch, grow and even divest of their ventures. Moira is the author of AdVenture, An Outsider’s Inside View of Getting an Entrepreneur to Market and has appeared on national TV and radio. She is the 2015 BMA Atlanta president, serves on the Executive Advisory Board of the American Marketing Association and was the 2014 AMA Agency Marketer of the year. Also in 2014 she was a Fast-Growth Entrepreneur finalist from the Oxford Center, a 2014 Leadership Character Award finalist from Turknett Leadership Group, a Technology Association of Georgia Marketing Entrepreneur of the year finalist and an Atlanta Business Chronicle “Women Who Mean Business”. She is a 2015 Enterprising Women Entrepreneur award winner. She is a Founder Institute mentor, sits on the Georgia Department of Education marketing cluster, is Board Chairman for non-profit Sugga’s Industries International and is a 2013 graduate of Leadership Atlanta.


Susan Wilson Solovic, The Small Business Expert

 

A woman of many talents, Susan Wilson Solovic is an award-winning serial entrepreneur, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Amazon.com top 100 and USA Today bestselling author, media personality, sought-after keynote speaker, and attorney.

An Internet pioneer, Solovic was the CEO and co-founder of one of the first video-based Internet sites, a company she grew from it’s infancy to a million dollar plus entity. In 2006, she accepted the Stevie Award (the Oscar’s of business) on behalf of the company for the Most Innovative Company under 100 employees; that same year the company was voted the Best Investment Opportunity at a Venture Forum in the Silicon Valley.

A media personality, Solovic is a former small business contributor for ABC News and hosted a syndicated radio program, It’s Your Biz. She appears regularly as a small business expert on Fox Business, Fox News, The Wall Street Journal’s “Lunch Break”, MSNBC, CNN, CNBC and many other stations across the country. She hosted her own PBS special called Reinvent Yourself Now: Become Self-Reliant in an Unpredictable World. In addition to television and radio appearances, Solovic is a featured blogger on numerous sites, including Constant Contact, Entrepreneur, AT&T Business Circle and FoxBusiness.com.

Solovic was recently named in the Top 10 of both SAP’s “Top 51 Potential Human Influencers” and she consistently ranks in the top 5 of the “Top 100 Small Business Experts to Follow on Twitter” She has written four bestselling books which have been translated into multiple languages.

In addition to running her business, Solovic serves as the media director for the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council. The Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) is an advocacy, research, education and networking organization dedicated to protecting small business and promoting entrepreneurship. For more than 20 years, SBE Council has worked to strengthen the ecosystem for small business success.

Solovic received the Institute for Women’s Entrepreneurship Leader of Distinction Award, and she was the first recipient of AT&T’s Innovator of the Year Award for being a pioneer in a new industry. Additionally, she has won numerous awards for small business journalism include recognition from the SBA.

Solovic is a member of the Advisory Board for the John Cook School of Entrepreneurship at Saint Louis University where she also served as an adjunct professor on entrepreneurship in the MBA program. She served on the National Women’s Business Council, which counsels the President, Congress, and the SBA on issues affecting women business owners. She is a past board member of the Women’s Leadership Board at Harvard University, the Women Presidents’ Organization, Women Impacting Public Policy and the Institute for the Economic Development of Women. Currently, she is mentoring a women entrepreneur in Rwanda.

Solovic started her career as a news anchor and reporter. Her corporate career took her to the C-Suite level of a Fortune 100 company becoming the first female executive in the company’s financial services division. She obtained a law degree from Saint Louis University and is Of Counsel with the firm Junge & Mele, LLP in New York City.


Amy Napier Viteri , Journalist
Channel 2 Action News

 

Amy Napier Viteri joined Channel 2 Action News in March 2011. A native of the Washington D.C. area, she is happy to call Georgia her new home.




Before coming to Atlanta, Amy worked as a general assignment reporter in Nashville, Tennessee. While there she covered stories that made national headlines, including the shooting death of NFL quarterback Steve McNair, the historic flood of 2010 and deadly tornadoes in 2008.




Amy received a national commendation from the Humane Society of the United States for her two-part investigation into dogfighting in Middle Tennessee. In 2007, Nashville's Hispanic Chamber of Commerce named her Hispanic Professional of the Year. Before Nashville, Amy worked as a Spanish-language reporter for Telemundo 64 in Washington D.C.




Prior to that, she was a writer and segment producer at WJLA-TV in Washington. Amy grew up in a bilingual Ecuadorian-American household, speaks fluent Spanish and looks forward to helping tell the stories of Spanish speakers here in Georgia. Amy received her B.A.in Spanish Literature at the George Washington University. She spent a year after school living and working abroad in London and Madrid before getting her M.A. in Broadcast Journalism at the University of Miami. Amy is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and was on the Ambassador's Circle for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee.




When not working she enjoys traveling to new places and cheering on her favorite sports teams.


Sue Malone
Founder, Strategies for Small Business

 

Sue Malone is the founder of Strategies For Small Business. Her sole mission for the last five years has been to help people obtain access to capital to start or expand their businesses. In doing so, one of her specialties has been small business start-up loans. And she has done so exceptionally well. She is the undisputed, number one SBA loan provider for the Community Express Loan Program in the nation. As of April 2008, she is responsible for closing over 20,000 of these much needed loans.

She is a grassroots provider of these loans, serving all communities across the United States. As one of the busiest women in America, she is on the road constantly, dispensing a plethora of capital through innumerable loan workshops to: organizations, groups, churches, associations, chambers of commerce, non-profits, colleges, franchises, and entrepreneurial organizations. She is proud, along with other banks, to work directly with the SBA, as well as SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives), Womenís Business Centers, and SBA Small Business Development Centers (SBDCís).

An inspirational speaker, she has been highlighted in countless speaking engagements, as well as in newspaper articles, magazines, television, radio, conventions, and CNN. Together with her numerous awards and with the assistance of the lenders she has partnered with, she has been responsible for their achieving the #1 SBA lender status in West Virginia, South Carolina, Louisiana, Tennessee, Hawaii, North Carolina, and in the top five lenders category in other districts.

Sue Malone has a degree in accounting and an MBA in finance. As such, she brings not only the requisite education and expertise, but the proven commitment to care deeply for the success of this Nationís small businesses.


Lanelle Henderson, President & CMO
Oh Nellie Promos

 

Lanelle Henderson is Atlanta’s leading tech-savvy marketing expert and speaker. A passionate entrepreneur with more than 19 years experience, she has educated over ten thousand businesses/organizations on smart online marketing programs and speaks at chambers, conferences, organizations and hosts her own marketing workshops.

She supports clients in a variety of industries, including airline, automotive, hospitality, healthcare, real estate and technology to name a few. Lanelle’s recent accomplishments includes launching Oh Nellie Promos tv show, receiving the 2014 Creative Style Award from Atlanta Business League, Voted Best Marketing Agency in Atlanta by the Atlanta Tribune, and featured in Modern Luxury Atlantan for Women of Power and Influence issue.

She has been featured in media outlets like Headline News, Georgia Trend and the Atlanta Journal and Constitution to name a few, and contributes to several publications. Lanelle is a graduate from the Cecil B. Day School of Hospitality at Georgia State University where she obtained her Bachelors of Science in Business.and recently received the “Top 40? Outstanding Alumni Award.


Ruth King, Profitability Master and CEO
Profitability Revolution Paradigm

 

Profitability Master Ruth King is a serial entrepreneur having owned 7 businesses in the past 30 years. One of her businesses helps small business owners truly understand and profit from their financial statements.

After twelve years on the road, she found a better way to reach entrepreneurs who wanted to build their businesses. She began Internet training in 1998 and began the first television like broadcasting in 2002. Her latest channel, www.profitabilityrevolution.com, broadcasts ideas, news, strategies and other information that matters to small business owners 24/7/365 on any Internet device, mobile or laptop.

Ruth started the Decatur, Georgia branch of the Small Business Development Center. She also founded the Women’s Entrepreneurial Center and taught a year-long course for women who wanted to start their own businesses.

Ruth holds an MBA in Finance from Georgia State University.

Ruth's best selling book, The Courage to be Profitable, is preceded by two award winning books, The Ugly Truth about Small Business and The Ugly Truth about Managing People.


Shan Cooper, Vice President / General Manager
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company

 

Shan Cooper is Vice President of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company and General Manager of the company’s Marietta, Georgia, facility. She is also responsible for the company’s subassembly sites in Meridian, Mississippi, and Clarksburg, West Virginia. In addition, she serves as the company’s Vice President of Business Ethics. She was named to her current position in January 2011.

As General Manager, she is responsible for the 5,700-employee Marietta operation, which designs, produces, modifies and maintains military aircraft for the United States and countries around the world. Marietta programs include the C-130J Super Hercules, P-3 Orion, C-5M Super Galaxy and F-35 Lightning II.

Mrs. Cooper previously served as Vice President of Human Resources for Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Solutions (IS&GS), in Gaithersburg, Maryland. An experienced operational leader, she was responsible for all aspects of the Human Resources function for 36,000 employees in 48 U.S. states and 64 countries.

Before moving to IS&GS, Mrs. Cooper was Vice President and Deputy of Human Resources for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company with responsibility for Human Resources operations and site security for more than 27,000 employees across the country.

She joined Lockheed Martin in 2002 as Senior Manager, Diversity Workforce Management. While at corporate headquarters, she progressed through positions of increasing responsibility before being named Vice President, Diversity and Equal Opportunity Programs in 2004.

Earlier, Mrs. Cooper held leadership positions with Lucent Technologies and consulted with other Fortune 500 companies. She has received several national honors, including the Women of Color in Technology Corporate Responsibility Award and the YWCA Tribute to Women of Achievement. She was named to Diversity MBA Magazine’s 2009 Top 100 Under 50 Executives and as one of Georgia Trend Magazine’s Most Influential Georgians in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. She also received the 2013 Pioneer Award from US Black Engineer & Information Technology Magazine.

She sits on the executive boards of the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce, Metro Atlanta Chamber and the Georgia Military Affairs Coordinating Committee. She is on the Board of Councilors for The Carter Center and the Board of Trustees of both Emory University and the Woodruff Arts Center. She is a member of the Marietta Kiwanis Club and Atlanta Rotary Club.

She holds an MBA from the Roberto C. Goizueta Business School at Emory University and is a graduate of the Rutgers Global Executive Masters in Human Resource Leadership Program.


Tammy Cohen, President / Founder
Infomart

 

Tammy has been gathering hands-on, day-to-day experience in all aspects of business for over 25 years. InfoMart is one of the largestbackground screening companies in the industry, is NAPBS accredited, and is a Certified Woman-Owned Business. InfoMart and Tammy Cohen have been recognized numerous times by some of the world’s most respected organizations. InfoMart has been included on Security Magazine’s Security 500 list and Workforce Magazine’s “Hot” list for several consecutive years, and has won numerous “Best Place to Work” awards. Tammy Cohen has been honored for fostering outstanding company culture (NWBOC), for her service (CRRW), and for her entrepreneurship (YWCA of the USA).


Jennifer Warawa, Global VP, Product Marketing
Sage Accountant Solutions

 

Jennifer Warawa is Global Vice President, Product Marketing for the accountant market segment Accountant for Sage. Jennifer's passion is to partner with consultants, accountants and bookkeepers to provide innovative solutions that make a difference in their business or firm, and support them in delivering an extraordinary experience to their clients.

Prior to working with Sage, Jennifer owned her own firm in Kelowna, BC for 12 years providing accounting, bookkeeping, consulting services, software training, as well as business/ financial planning and marketing.

In addition to being a regular speaker at conferences, Jennifer was also listed as one of the “10 Tweeters Worth Following” by Accounting Today and is an avid blogger, which includes being a featured writer on the Virgin Entrepreneur website. Jennifer made the Accounting Today Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting and CPA Practice Advisor’s Top 40 Under 40 lists consecutively for the last six years. In 2013, Jennifer was also recognized as one of the CRN Women of the Channel: Power 100 and has been one of the Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Accounting for the last two years running.


Marjorie Singley-Hall, President and CEO
S&A Railroad Ties, LLC

 

Marjorie Singley-Hall has been in business for over 40 years in the metro Atlanta area. She also lived and worked in London, England.

Marjorie is President and CEO of S & A Railroad Ties, LLC, a company that recycles, renews and repurposes used railroad ties.

Marjorie is also CEO of Ampersand Associates, Inc., a company specializing in Retained Executive Search and Board Creation and Development. The company places executives and attorneys in jobs within multiple industries as well as board members on Operating, Advisory and Specialty boards. In addition, Ampersand Associates, Inc. has a division dedicated to help women grow within their own businesses or within corporations.

Marjorie serves on the boards of EyeMail, Inc. and Harn Back Office Solutions. She also chairs the Atlanta Advisory Board and is a former Regional Executive Director of the Women's Leadership Exchange® (www.womensleadershipexchange.com). She is an Advisory Board member of the Women’s Leadership Forum, a joint organization between the Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University and the Atlanta Business Chronicle. She also serves on the Board of Friends of Cathedral Music. Marjorie is a Board member and on the Executive Committee of the World Trade Center Atlanta.

Marjorie been on numerous for-profit and non-profit boards throughout her career, and she speaks nationally on board service and board creation. She is a past board member of the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) and founded the Human Resources Society for TAG. She chaired the Atlanta Women’s Alliance for two years. She has served on the Community Board of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and the Shepherd Spinal Center Auxiliary.

Marjorie was honored as one of 100 women internationally and one of 12 women in the United States to receive the TIAW World of Difference Award, which recognizes women whose efforts have advanced the economic empowerment of women. She was the first winner of the Transition to Transformation Success Award in Atlanta given by w2wlink.com for "mentoring and being a guiding light to women around her". Marjorie was also named one of ten "Women of Distinction" for the State of Georgia by the Chick-Fil-A Bowl and Russell Athletic Shootout.

Marjorie is a member of the Cathedral Choir of the Cathedral of St. Philip, Atlanta, GA. She was a member of the Choir-in-Residence for a week at Westminster Abbey in London, England for one week in 2003 and again in 2007. She was a member of the Choir-in-Residence for one week each in 2013 at St. Paul's Cathedral, London, England and Canterbury Cathedral, Canterbury, England. She enjoys singing, traveling and being with her three grandchildren.


Marlene Kelly, President and CEO
Exhibits South Corporation

 

Marlene Kelly is the President and CEO of Exhibits South Corporation. Exhibits South is 100% woman owned and operated company certified by the Women’s Business Enterprises National Council and was established in 1983 as a full service design, development firm specializing in creative marketing and sales environments, primarily trade show exhibits, interiors and museums.

Marlene began her career in 1972 working straight out of high school for American National Bank in Chattanooga, TN. It was great experience, her management team was excellent and under their leadership she gained tremendous knowledge about the banking industry, and most of all the importance of customer service. It inspired her to continue her education in accounting at the University of Memphis and Oklahoma State. In 1976 her family was transferred to Memphis where she continued to work in the banking industry. Her family was transferred again in 1983 to Tulsa, Oklahoma; this gave Marlene the opportunity to work in Oil and Gas accounting. She worked for Continental Natural Gas until 1990 and then her family was transferred to Atlanta, GA. She began working with Exhibits South in 1992. In 2005 Marlene became the controlling interest owner of Exhibits South and presently serves as President and CEO. She loves sharing her working experience with the young people in her office and watching their growth and development in the exhibit industry. Exhibits South is a leader in their industry and they believe you must always be honest and loyal to your customers. They are committed to helping their clients market their products by providing them quality service and products with competitive pricing that adds value to their bottom line.

Currently Marlene serves on the board for Georgia Women’s Business Council; she is a governing forum member for the (WBENC) Women’s Business Enterprise National Council. She has pass served on the board of directors for Girls Incorporate of Greater Atlanta. She loves having the opportunity to give back to such a great organization that works hard to ensure all girls have the opportunity to be Strong, Smart and Bold. Marlene has also serviced on the SBDC Advisory Council and she is a past board member for The Edge Connection, which is an organization that supports micro-enterprise. Exhibits South has also received the Consumer’s Choice award for 10 straight years for excellence in service to their clients. In May 2007 they were presented the “Partners in the Promise Award” by The Coca-Cola Company for outstanding products and service. The Home Depot honored Marlene as one of their top women suppliers at the 2007 and 2008 WBENC Conferences. In Dec 2006 the Governor’s Mentor Prote?ge? Program chose Marlene as a prote?ge? and The Coca-Cola Company mentored her for eighteen months. In 2011 was a Metro Atlanta Chamber Business Person of the Year Finalist.

Marlene is a wife and mother of two adult daughters who are both graduates of the University of Georgia. Both daughters work for the company and recently purchased 48% of the company making Exhibits South 100% woman owned. Her husband grew up in Northern Indiana and he is a graduate of Purdue University. Marlene’s husband recently stepped back from a full time roll in the company and supporting other family investments. She is the proud grandmother of Sadie and John Dickinson along with Lucy Holliday the newest addition. She and her family are members of John’s Creek United Methodist Church and Marlene serves on the church council. Her growth as a Christian and her relationship with God is the most important thing in her life.


Lisa S. Jones, Chief EyeMail Officer
EyeMail Inc.

 

Lisa S. Jones is the Chief EyeMail Officer of EyeMail Inc. EyeMail is a world-class enabling marketing technology that brings email to life, with instant play audio & video. The company’s value proposition is increasing click-thru and conversion rates upwards of 70%, to enhance corporate communications & marketing department’s ability to further deliver compelling content and results. The technology solution provides an experience designed to engage, capture attention and enhance the viewer’s experience to drive for a call to action. Under her leadership, she directs and oversees the strategic roadmap and development of the corporation, to include management of the international expansion and distributorship of the EyeMail brand to include EyeMail Canada, EyeMail Germany, EyeMail India, EyeMail China, EyeMail Africa, and the brand continues to expand worldwide. Clients include The Coca-Cola Company, Delta Air Lines, Time Warner, Major League Baseball and a host of Fortune brands.

Prior to founding EyeMail Inc., Lisa served in the Office of Supplier Diversity for the nation’s largest wireless telecommunications provider. Prior to her career in the Telecommunication industry, Lisa worked for NASA in support of shuttle logistics and procurement operations.

Lisa has received several awards and honors recognizing her many accomplishments, including a Stevie Award for Innovator of the Year. She is recognized as an Honoree for Women in Technology, the Madam C.J. Walker Outstanding Business Achievement Award, Black Enterprise Innovator of the Year Honoree and is the winner of Season 1 of the CBS Show, The Next Tycoon. Jones was selected into The Coca-Cola Company’s Mentoring Program and Microsoft’s Mentor Protégé Program with a beta-launch in Microsoft's Incubation Program. EyeMail served as a member on the Microsoft Preferred Supplier Board to help review, manage and create policies for global supplier management. Jones is also a presenting speaker at the Institute of Supplier Management and ProcureCon on innovation and outsourcing a global team. Additionally, Lisa is a participating Speaker at the Billion Dollar Roundtable Summit.

She is rapidly emerging as a trailblazer for women owned technology companies on the rise, specializing in email and online media innovation.

She is a native of Montgomery, Alabama. Jones received both her Bachelor of Science Degree and M.B.A from Alabama A&M University, with advanced business certifications from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.


Nancy Freeman Balkcom, President
MySupplies

 

Nancy Freeman Balkcom has been president of MySupplies, a Freeman Forms and Supplies Company since 1986. MySupplies was established in 1970 as an independent business forms distributorship. Since becoming president Nancy has developed MySupplies into a multi-million dollar, full-line office products sales organization, guided the company through many industry challenges, and been nominated for numerous awards.

Shortly after joining the company at the age of 15, Nancy took over day-to day operations of the office products and office furniture division, which quickly became the company's largest source of revenue. Nancy is now at the helm of one of the oldest independent office products and office furniture distributors in the State of Georgia.

Nancy's ingenuity and business savvy have helped MySupplies grow in spite of competition and downturns in the economy. In the 1980's the advent of the "Super Store" office supply companies led to the demise of over 60% of the independent distributors in the United States, but Nancy refocused the company and expanded the business. They also survived a 30% drop in revenue caused by the 9/1 1 crisis after which Nancy borrowed money against her home and assets in order to invest in company upgrades. These investments allowed her business to regain lost revenue without laying-off a single employee.

Nancy's professional involvement includes leadership roles with the Greater Women's Business Council, where she currently serves on the Board of Directors. She also serves as the Chairperson for the GWBC Voice Forum Committee, Voice Forum Greater Giving Committee, she is a mentor for the GWBC Mentoring Committee and was appointed to the National WBENC Governing Forum. Nancy serves on the Advisory Board for Enterprising Women Magazine and for the SBA's Edge Connection. She is a member of the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). Women Presidents' Organization, CEO Netweavers, and has served as president of the Atlanta Office Products Association, Chairperson of the Tri-City Chamber of Commerce, Steering Committee member for the National Office Products Association, and Employer Committee member for the Georgia Department of Labor.

Concerned with giving back to the community, Nancy instituted MySupplies' Rewards for Charity program, which provides financial support to over 15 local charities by donating a percentage of sales to these organizations. The company also sends food and personal care items to U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, and was featured on Atlanta's 11 Alive news for contributions make to Hurrican Katrina survivors.

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