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Marsha is founder and president of the WPO, a nonprofit peer advisory membership program for women-led businesses. Through WPO's unique educational approach, multi-million dollar businesses accelerate their growth. She was an original member of the Key4Women advisory board and has been reappointed. The Women Presidents' Organization has 91 Chapters on four continents. Key is a long-time sponsor of the WPO and host to many of the WPO chapters across its 13-state footprint. Marsha graduated from Sophie Newcomb College and has both an MA and PhD in Communication from Columbia University.
Moira Forbes is vice president and publisher, ForbesWoman (formerly ForbesLife Executive Woman) and associate publisher, ForbesLife magazine.
ForbesWoman is a dynamic new multi-media platform serving successful women in business and leadership. This effort includes a quarterly publication of the same name, as well as the website, ForbesWoman.com, which is part of the Forbes.com network, a site that reaches over 20 million affluent and influential users worldwide. Across these diverse media, ForbesWoman will examine the unique experience of professionally successful women, affirm their ambitions and achievements, and set the agenda for purposeful discourse on the topics that interest them most.
Moira joined Forbes in 2001 in its London office, doing research and marketing for the former Forbes Global magazine, as well as developing business opportunities on behalf of all the company groups. She came to the New York office in 2003 as an account executive and was named ForbesLife associate publisher in February of 2004 and vice president and publisher, ForbesWoman, in 2006.
Moira graduated cum laude with a BA in Art History from Princeton University. She graduated from the Harvard program for Leadership Development in January 2008.
Patricia Greene is Board Chair for the Center for Women's Business Research. Patricia is the President's Distinguished Professor in Entrepreneurship at Babson College where she formerly served as Provost (2006-2008) and Dean of the Undergraduate School (2003-2006). She serves as the National Academic Director for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses initiative in the US and advises the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women initiative on curricular issues around the world. While starting in the health care industry, Greene now focuses on the global advancement of entrepreneurship education and practice. Her latest book is University Based Entrepreneurship Ecosystems: Global Practices (with M. Fetters, M. Rice, & J. Butler).
Barbara is the President and CEO, and co-founder of Women Impacting Public Policy Inc., a non-profit, nonpartisan public policy advocacy organization with over half a million members including 54 business organizations, educating and advocating on economic issues for women in business.
Susan was recently named the Senior Project Director of the Saint Mary's College Women's Entrepreneurship Initiative (WEI). WEI provides assistance to local women who want to start or grow their small business and internally provides entrepreneurship opportunities for women students.
Susan is founder and president of Echelon Circles, a private membership organization for women business leaders which provides mentoring and is developing an angel network. She is also the founder of the Maine Million Dollar Women's Forum event and ongoing public roundtables. She has been dedicated to the advancement of women entrepreneurs since 2003 when she became an executive/business coach. She volunteers as a business consultant to disadvantaged women for a non-profit in Boston. Susan is certified by the Kauffman Foundation as an instructor for their entrepreneurial courses. Susan lives in Maine with her husband and their two teenage children.
As president of Indiana Black Expo, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization with 12 chapters in Indiana, Bell oversees various youth and family programs and initiatives as well as Summer Celebration and Circle City Classic®, fundraising events estimated to generate $40 million in spending annually for the city of Indianapolis. Summer Celebration, one of the nation's largest cultural events, spans 11 days and attracts nearly 300,000 visitors. Circle City Classic® attracts about 200,000 visitors to Indianapolis each year. The Classic supports educational achievement and showcases traditionally black colleges and universities. The Classic has provided more than $2.5 million in scholarships to Indiana students.
Cheryle is the executive director of the Louisville Meal Center. She grew up in Canton, Ohio, and is married, with two children, three grandchildren, and a Bichon named Moe. Residing in Louisville, Ohio, she spent 20 years working in the medical field, prior to running a chamber of commerce, and was a past chair of Relay for Life in Louisville, Ohio, a past Junior Achievement volunteer at Louisville High School, and was the 2005 Louisville Citizen of the Year. She saw a need to provide meals to members of her community, did research, gathered a pool of volunteers, and began doing so in 2009.
Cindy is the owner of Delaney Meeting & Event Management since its inception in 1997. The company now employs nine full- and part-time employees and manages more than 60 events a year nationwide. The majority of clients are nonprofit organizations that host educational conferences on an annual basis. Some clients have been with the firm for 14 years. Prior to starting Delaney Meeting & Event Management, Cindy held management positions in sales and marketing for Sheraton Hotels, Smugglers' Notch Resort and Omni Hotels. She is a 1985 graduate of Skidmore College.
Deborah continues to be a leader in the Cleveland business community. In 1987, after graduating from Bowling Green State University, Debbie founded Vocon, a leading national architecture and design firm, with a family-first culture. As a result, clients can sense the close-knit environment, which has helped Vocon to distinguish itself from other firms in both the local and national markets. Vocon has grown significantly under Debbie's leadership to include more than 80 professional architects, designers, and support personnel. The surest measure of Vocon's success is the large number of long-standing client relationships they maintain year after year.
Kathryn Donovan, President of Bake-Rite International and Managing Partner of Horizon Bradco, often refers to her entrepreneurial businesses as a "his, hers, and ours" group of businesses. After graduating from college and working in marketing and advertising roles in the publishing and banking industry, she decided to join her husband who had a small equipment service company, Horizon Food Equipment. In 1995, when they joined forces professionally, Kathy started Bake-Rite to focus on equipment sales. Together they built the two respective businesses, and when the opportunity to expand their market geographically came up, they purchased a third business, KPI Bradco in 2002. Today, the group of businesses employs more than 75 individuals throughout the Northeast, North Carolina, and Florida. With a focus on providing solutions, Bake-Rite International and Horizon Bradco cater to the bakery, supermarket, and food processing industries.
Danielle has been secretary/treasurer of Big G Electric and Engineering Inc. since 1995. Big G is an electrical contracting company on the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska doing residential, commercial, and industrial work. A majority of their work is in the oil and gas industry, but they also perform residential and commercial wiring as well as service work.
Jennifer was born, raised, and educated in Oregon. She excelled in athletics at an early age and in fact became the number-two professional racquetball player in the world. The world title and international travel provided opportunities and experiences ultimately inspiring her to invest her entrepreneurial spirit in the club business. Initially, Jennifer managed a single-site operation, later to become the owner. In 1986, she built a second facility and in 1996 developed a third facility. Jennifer's leadership in a highly competitive marketplace has landed her positions on respected boards such as East Side Athletic Club, American Council on Exercise, IHRSA, Chamber of Commerce, and FitLife. Her interests are running, golfing, and biking.
Andrea, CEO & Creative Principal of Artitudes Design, is a leader in the graphic design industry with more than 20 years of experience. Artitudes is a full-service graphic design firm that specializes in executive and senior leadership communications through customized presentations, marketing, and branding solutions. Heuston serves on the Olive Crest Board of Directors and NW Next Leader's Council. She was a 2010 finalist for the Women Business Owners' Nellie Cashman Award and is a member of the Seattle 4 Rotary. Giving back to the community is a priority for Heuston, as well as spending time with her family, traveling, and cooking.
Karen, Founder & CEO of ImprovEdge, is the recipient of the Athena Powerlink Award, the number-one bestselling Amazon author in category for "The Improvisation Edge: Secrets to Building Trust and Radical Collaboration at Work," the author of the Yes! Deck articles and blogs, and a nationally recognized speaker. ImprovEdge has a presence in six cities and clients include JPMorgan, Turner, Coach, and Nationwide, to name a few. She is a graduate of Yale University and La Sorbonne, Paris IV. She volunteers extensively and lives with her husband and three children in Ohio.
Michelle is chairman, president, and founder of Oxford Consulting Group Inc., a leading information technology firm servicing clients through the United States through the delivery of business integration, supply chain management, and strategic staffing services. She is a member of the Women's Presidents Organization, a board member for Amethyst Inc., and a member of the Columbus Chamber of Commerce's Small Business Council. Michelle was named a finalist for the "Outstanding Woman in Technology" given by TechColumbus and recognized as one of the "Forty Under Forty" leaders to watch by Business First. Michelle also received the inaugural CVS Caremark Good Samaritan Award during the 2010 Pillar Awards for Community Service and has been featured repeatedly in the Smart Business Power 100. She holds a B.A. in finance and accounting from Miami University.
Flaming River Industries Inc. was founded in 1987 and is a manufacturer of specialty automotive steering components for classic cars, hot rods, and racing. As president and owner of Flaming River, Jeanette has grown the company to 42 employees and expanded into a 55,000-square-foot operating facility in Berea, Ohio, by focusing on research and development, export sales, and manufacturing technology. Jeanette is actively involved in the industry's trade organization, SEMA, having recently served as chairman of the Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) from 2007-09.
Janet is owner and founder of Calico Gals Inc., a vibrant retail fabric and sewing machine business with stores in Syracuse and Oswego, NY. Janet's passion for creating an exciting shopping experience for her customers is realized in the beautiful stores, enthusiastic staff of 30, variety of classes, and fun events that define this niche business. Selected by Better Homes and Gardens in 2005 as one of the top ten quilt shops in America, Calico Gals continually strives for excellence in the industry.
Drue is a native of Albany with a BA and MA in jewelry making and design, as well as a graduate gemology degree. Her business, Drue Sanders Custom Jeweler, has been in operation for 36 years and has survived the challenges of more than one downturn in the economy. In 1995, she built her own free-standing store with the belief that we had branded our name strongly enough to be free standing. In March 2005, she received the Governor's 2005 Award for Excellence as a woman artist. This award provides an opportunity to celebrate the impressive achievements of women in New York state.
Established in 1985, Cuisine Unlimited Catering & Special Events is an award-winning catering and special event company. They have 100 full- and part-time staff members and sales of more than $3.3 million. They provide world-class food and hospitality for events throughout the country, from gala celebrations in New York City to celebrity golf tournaments in Chicago. Their international division, Culinary Expressions International, catered for the prestigious USA House at the Olympic Games in Athens and Turin and has set its sights on the 2012 Summer Games in London. Maxine's goal with every endeavor has been to empower others and build opportunities.
Arlene is principal and creative director of Mobius Grey LLC. Arlene graduated with honors from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, with a BFA. in graphic design. Her experience has benefited such clients as Moen, Eaton Corporation, and Cleveland Clinic, and she has received awards from the New York Department of Health, Northern Ohio Live, and Print magazine. Arlene has been recognized by NOMSDC as MBE Supplier of the Year and is a recipient of the Crain's Cleveland Business 2010 Forty Under 40 award and a 2011 German Marshall Memorial Fellow. Most recently, Arlene was honored with a 2011 Sales and Marketing Executives of Cleveland Distinguished Marketing and Sales Executives award. Arlene serves on the Euclid Corridor Design Review District Advisory Committee, The Presidents' Council Emerging Entrepreneurs Alumni Leadership Committee and on the board of Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE).