Ann Dunwoody is the former commanding general of one of the Army's largest commands, the U.S. Army Materiel Command. She is the first woman in U.S. military history to achieve a four-star officer rank, and U.S. Army Chief of Staff General Ray Odierno called her "quite simply the best logistician the Army has ever had." She led many divisions at home and abroad and commanded at every level. She also supported the largest deployment and redeployment of U.S. forces since WWII. The author of A Higher Standard: Leadership Strategies from America's First Female Four-Star General, Ann shares what nearly four decades in the military taught her about effective leadership, revealing the core principles that guided her to her historic appointment.
She led the transformation of the Army's logistics organizations. She was responsible for research and development, installation and contingency contracting, foreign military sales, supply chain management and more. She also oversaw all of the depots that supported supply, maintenance, manufacturing and ammunitions. AMC had more than 69,000 employees and presence in all 50 states and 145 countries, and Ann managed a budget of $60 billion and was responsible for oversight of approximately $70 billion in service contracts. She also led the Army's global supply chain in support of Iraq and Afghanistan and contingency operations in Haiti, Pakistan and Japan.
Among Ann's many accomplishments came several career and military firsts. In addition to becoming the first woman in U.S. military history to achieve the rank of four-star general, she was the first woman to command a battalion in the 82nd Airborne Division in 1992, and she became Fort Bragg's first female general officer in 2000. She was also the first woman to command the Combined Arms Support Command. In 2005, she became the Army's top-ranking female when she received the promotion to lieutenant general (three stars) and became the Army's deputy chief of staff, G-4 (logistics). She received her fourth star in 2008.
Amy Courter served as the national commander and CEO of the all-volunteer Civil Air Patrol, a federally chartered nonprofit corporation and the civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force headquartered at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, from 2007-2011. Her primary duty was to lead 61,000-plus volunteers in fulfillment of the organization's three congressionally chartered missions: emergency services, cadet programs and aerospace education, as well as CAP's increasing role in America's homeland security.
As CAP's commander, Amy served as a major general (2-star), the highest-ranking CAP officer and the first female to have attained that distinction in CAP's 69-year history. Amy was also a member of the CAP board of governors. She was elected national commander in 2008. During that fiscal year, CAP received its first unqualified audit after integrating more than 1,500 units' financial transactions into a common system. Under Amy's leadership, the scholarship funding increased more than 50 percent. Amy previously had served as commander of CAP's Michigan Wing from 1999 to 2002.
Outside the military, Amy has a rich business background that includes 20 years of leadership at Valassis, a $2.3 billion public marketing services corporation, first as a manager, and last as vice president of information technology. She presently serves as chief operating officer for Dynamic Computer Corporation. Amy has served on numerous for-profit and not-for-profit boards. She was elected president of the International Air Cadet Exchange Association's governing board in 2012, and also shares her expertise through instruction and executive coaching with Inforum Center for Leadership's Next4Vets program. Amy is national president of Women In Defense, a National Security Organization and an affiliate of the National Defense Industrial Association.
Louise Phipps Senft founded the Baltimore Mediation Center 21 years ago and has built her firm's success around the belief that people in conflict can work out their differences when given a quality dialogue process and a neutral mediator who believes in their capacity to make informed decisions. Louise has been voted "Baltimore's Best Mediator" by Baltimore magazine, three times named one of Maryland's Top 100 Women and a Top 100 Minority Business Owner in 2009 and 2014. Louise and her team have mediated more than 5,000 family, divorce, workplace and business disputes worldwide.
With her husband, Bill Senft, she co-authored Being Relational: The Seven Ways to Quality Interaction & Lasting Change. As a longtime law professor, mediator, lawyer, entrepreneur, and mother of five children, Louise has a unique perspective on the ways people manage and experience conflict. She is the founder of the nonprofit ORANS, which develops leaders to transform stressful interactions. Since 1998, Louise has been an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland School of Law. As a faculty member of the Harvard Law School's program on Negotiation Insight Initiative, she taught conflict transformation theory and self-awareness practices and has joined Helen Palmer teaching the Enneagram. She has also been on the faculty at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. Louise is an elected associate of the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and is a nationally Certified Transformative Mediator™. She is one of the founding members of Mediators Beyond Borders™, a nonprofit offering conflict resolution aid and training.
Teri Griege is a cancer survivor, ironman and inspirational speaker. Despite having stage IV colon cancer, Teri competed in the Ironman World Championships and the World Championship Half Iron Man, and she has run in all six World Marathon Majors. Teri is recognized as a leading expert on resilience and she has been invited to share her message with Roche, Express Scripts, the Today show, NBC and ESPN. She has also received glowing reviews from multiple-Emmy Awards winner Joe Buck and NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman.
Through her inspirational story, Teri has developed all-purpose tools for battling adversity that are extremely impactful. Her tactics are simple, easily implemented and incredibly powerful. She is the founder and CEO of the Powered by Hope Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to providing hope, strength, peace and education to cancer patients. According to Teri: "When you hear the words 'You have cancer,' you have just entered the greatest race of your life." Her foundation is predicated on H-O-P-E, which stands for "How Ordinary People Endure."
Nancy Allen is the president and CEO of the Women's Business Development Council of Florida, a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to certify, connect and champion women in business. Nancy's affiliation to the council started in 1994, and she became the president and CEO in 1999. The WBDC is the Florida regional partner of the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), which certifies that businesses are owned, operated, managed and independently controlled by women. The certification opens the door for national contracts as well networking opportunities with powerful and successful women business owners. Over the years, Nancy has been recognized for her work on behalf of women in business through numerous prestigious awards, including: South Florida District 2011 Women in Business Champion of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration; one of South Florida's 100 most accomplished Caribbean Americans in 2016 by ICABA; World Women Leadership Achievement Award from the World Women Leadership Congress in 2014; an Association Marketing Award from WECAI in 2014; and the 2016 Distinguished Alumna award presented by the Education Fund in recognition of professional achievements of graduates of Dade County Public Schools. She is a member of the Go for the Greens Board of Directors. Nancy was born in Haiti and raised in South Florida. She is bi-lingual in English and French and is fluent in Spanish and Creole.
Ana Bello is the director of marketing and business development for the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando. Since joining the organization in 2014, she has been instrumental in promoting the economic development of the Hispanic business community in Central Florida. Ana serves as a main point of contact for the HCCMO members, and she is responsible for reporting to the president and overseeing member retention efforts, leads groups, supplier diversity programs and event budgets. Ana previously worked as director of marketing and promotions for Radio Cadena Comercial, Entravision Communications and CBSRadio. She currently serves on the Economic Summit Committee for Orange County and is part of the Hispanic Task Force for Seminole County Public Schools. In her free time, she serves as a mentor for high-risk youths through Community Base Care of Central Florida. Recently, Ana led the HCCMO marketing team in being recognized as 100 Most Social Media Friendliest Chambers of Commerce by OnlineMBApage.com, and the 2015 Communications Award by the Florida Association of Chamber Professionals. Ana holds an MBA in organizational leadership. She is a 10-year military veteran who served in the U.S. Navy as an aviation machinist mate for T-56 turboprop engines and as a canvassing recruiter.
Debbie L. Berry works with Lockheed Martin Training and Logistics Solutions as a senior staff analyst in the business development organization and as business development manager of the Innovation Demonstration Center. She has supported both domestic and international opportunities for the company as a systems engineer, project engineer and program manager. Debbie has 31 years of experience in the simulation and training industry spanning product design through delivery of fixed and rotary wing simulators, tank gunnery trainers, battle management training devices, instrumented training range systems and reconnaissance systems. As customer engagement liaison, she is responsible for management of capabilities demonstrations, business development and strategies. Debbie is a founding member of the Central Florida Chapter of Women In Defense and served as the inaugural chapter president. She served as president for the Central Florida Chapter of National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) and for the Association of the U.S. Army Sunshine Chapter. Debbie currently serves as a WID CFL Advisor, CFL NDIA Director, and Central Florida Veterans Memorial Park Foundation board member. She was conference chair emeritus for I/ITSEC 2001 and ITEC 2009, and she is a charter member of the Modeling and Simulation Professional Certification Commission (CMSP) and an alumnus of Leadership Orlando (Class 78). She serves on the I/ITSEC Council of Chairs, the I/ITSEC STEM Committee and the ITEC Conference Committee. Her credentials include lifetime memberships in NDIA, WID, Navy League of the United States, and the Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA). In recognition of her distinguished service, Debbie is the second recipient of the prestigious NDIA Silver Medal. She has been awarded the AUSA Sunshine Chapter Royal of the Flamingo medallion and is the inaugural recipient of the CFL WID Debbie L. Berry Legacy Award. Debbie is a member of the Go for the Greens Executive Steering Committee.
Missie Berteotti played for 14 years in the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) and now speaks across the country to leaders in corporations and associations about communicating effectively on and off the golf course. She coaches women from all over the United States to take on golf as another tool in their efforts to advance their business careers. At the underlying core of all of her coaching is the focus on the fundamental principles of her Mental Mastery Program™ outlined in her book The Mental Mastery Program - From the Classroom to the Course to Life. On the LPGA Tour, Missie earned more than $1 million, won the Ping Welch's Classic in 1993 and placed in the top 10 on numerous occasions. Her career-best round of 65 came in the third round of the 1991 Women's Kemper Open in Hawaii. Missie works as a teaching professional at Rolling Hills Country Club in McMurray, Pa. As a golf instructor, she continues to improve her skills by attending seminars and being a member of many professional associations. Missie has studied yoga and has been an instructor; has worked at nationally known golf schools; received her national certification in therapeutic massage; received her certification as a Titleist Performance Institute golf fitness Instructor; was certified by Rick Jensen to coach Mental Skills; and is one of the few national certified golf coaches.
Patricia Birmingham is vice president of marketing for WBENC, responsible for marketing, communications, public relations and branding. She brings to the organization a breadth of business and branding expertise that enables WBENC to communicate strategically and cultivate partnerships with its diverse constituents in increasingly interactive ways. Pat previously worked for 14 years at Pfizer, where her contributions spanned the design and delivery of business and marketing and sales solutions in the realms of global procurement, supplier diversity and IT. As director of marketing and sales procurement at Pfizer, she developed and implemented a supplier diversity program focused on marketing and sales to diverse suppliers, enhancing second-tier supplier opportunities. Prior to this position, she was director of business process and technology at Pfizer, where she led a team of procurement colleagues in enhancing, deploying and harmonizing business processes and solutions. Pat previously served as an award-winning global account manager at AT&T. She also is a veteran of the United States Army, where she was a drill instructor and a recruiter. She is a member of the Go for the Greens Board of Directors and the Executive Steering Committee.
Ashley Brundage is an inclusion consultant for PNC Bank and a PNC certified Women's Business Advocate. Hired into her current position as a male-to-female transgender person, she self-identified during the interview process. She was appointed into her position as a vice president with the department of Diversity and Inclusion after beginning her career as a part-time teller, then working almost five years as a financial sales consultant. Ashley is very active within the LGBT community. Since transitioning in 2010, she has worked tirelessly to promote awareness and acceptance of gender identity. She is president of the Tampa Bay Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and holds board or advisory positions with the Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Balance Tampa Bay, and Equality Florida. She is also involved with events including the Equality Florida Gala for St. Petersburg, Florida, the Equality Florida Tampa Gala, and The Tampa Bay LGBT Diamond Awards. Ashley was awarded a commendation from the City of Tampa in December 2015 for her community engagement and outreach. She was named One of Tampa Bay's Community Leaders Under 35 in the LGBT community. Ashley's other recognitions include: the 2015 PNC Performance Award; 2014 and 2015 PNC Bank Circle of Excellence Award; 2014, 2015, and 2016 PNC Market All Star Award; The University of South Florida 2014 Community Pride Award; and 2015 St. Pete Pride Grand Marshal. She was named one of 14 Most Remarkable People of 2014 by Watermark magazine and was nominated for The Trans 100.
As executive vice president and COO of the Women Presidents' Organization (WPO), Camille oversees all functions of the headquarters office, including financial directives, human resources, marketing, technology and administration. She plays an active role in planning educational programs, annual meetings and conferences. Since joining the WPO in 2000, she has worked with Founder and President Marsha Firestone and the board of directors to help steer the significant growth trajectory of the organization. Camille is an ardent supporter of women's economic development. She represents the WPO and the women's business community as a speaker at events around the world. She is a member of the advisory council of Enterprising Women magazine, sits on the steering committee of the International Women's Entrepreneurial Challenge (IWEC), and is on the Executive Steering Committee for Go for the Greens. She also sits on the board of directors for LilySarahGrace, a nonprofit organization that brings arts education to underfunded elementary schools.
Susanna Carson is an entrepreneur building her personal and corporate legacy through the business of sustainable/compostable packaging. She is the founder and CEO of BSI Biodegradable Solutions, a compostable packaging distribution company, and more recently Besics Packaging Corporation, a compostable retail products company. She has more than 22 years of education and work experience in environmental issues and business development. Susanna serves as co-chair of the Product and Packaging Working Group of the National Zero Waste Council; is a topic expert for the Sustainable Packaging Coalition; and is a founding member of Women for Nature, supporting environmental conservation and education programs. One of her more personally satisfying roles is as a member of the Go for the Greens Executive Steering Committee, where she serves as sustainability chair.
Tim Center is an attorney and statewide leader focused on building better communities. He is the CEO of the Capital Area Community Action Agency, a $9 million nonprofit that helps people who have the will to move out of poverty positively change their lives. He also serves as the executive director of Sustainable Florida, which promotes sustainable practices in Florida that protect natural resources, strengthen the economy and improve quality of life. He also heads up Centerfield Strategy, a consulting firm. A fourth-generation Floridian, Tim received the 2014 Hero of Service Award from City Year and is a graduate of Leadership Florida and Leadership Tallahassee. He is a founding member of the Go for the Greens Executive Steering Committee and a member of the Go for the Greens Board of Directors, where he is chair of the governance committee.
Cindy Chace is the director of sales for the government sector at UPS, where she has worked for 30 years. She is active in the corporation's Congressional awareness program, working with elected officials who have included Robert Wexler, Ted Deutch and Clay Shaw, all of South Florida. Cindy represents UPS on the Corporate Board of Advisors for the Cuban American National Council and served on the President's Advisory Council at Radford University, her alma mater. She actively participates in activities with minority and women's business organizations, including The International Alliance for Women, which recognized her as a Leader in Global Development in 2012, and the National Association of Women Business Owners, which recognized her work in presenting UPS with the 2008-09 National Chapter Corporate Partner of the Year Award. In 2014, Cindy was recognized with the Corporate Advocate Award for the WBE Hall of Fame. She is co-founder and chair of the Go for the Greens Foundation Inc. and serves as chair of the annual Go for the Greens conference.
Lieutenant Hillary Chace is a U.S. Navy physician serving as the performance assessment and improvement coordinator and senior physician supervisor for the Medical Readiness Division of the Naval Surface Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet. She previously served as the ship's medical officer and medical department head aboard the USS Pearl Harbor (LSD-52). Hillary received her doctorate degree in osteopathic medicine from the Lincoln Memorial University, DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine, in Harrogate, Tenn. Upon commissioning as a naval officer, she completed her internship in internal medicine at the Naval Medical Center San Diego. She has been selected as a subject matter expert for a variety of Navy medicine forums supporting excellence in Navy medicine aboard Pacific Fleet ships. She has been the first author/principal investigator and/or presenter on several research projects for NMCSD and was awarded first place at the Tri-Service American College of Physicians Research Competition in Bethesda, Md., in 2012. She is a member of the American College of Physicians, the American Osteopathic Association and the Association of Military Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons. Her military awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. She is active in her community as a mentor with the Junior League of San Diego. Hillary was recently selected for promotion to lieutenant commander and expects to enter residency in internal medicine in the summer of 2017.
Connie Charles, founder and CEO of Strategic Solutions International Inc., has specialized in helping organizations worldwide meet their objectives through improvement of the way they motivate, manage and educate their people. Her company creates learning and development processes that integrate the insights from behavioral data into educational or coaching processes. SSI's client base has included Aramark, PNC Bank, DuPont, Lockheed Martin, Visa, J.P. Morgan, Coca-Cola, Bank of America, First Data Corp, Boeing, Accenture, L3 Communications, Schlumberger, Hewlett Packard and State Farm Insurance. Her web-based collaboration tool, imapMyTeam®, helps teams build foundational relationships, and her imapMyGolf tool was founded on the belief that the principles that help a person play a better round of golf also apply to business improvement. She is the author of business book The Magic of the Method and co-author of the upcoming Back On Course: Drive Business Performance Through Golf. In 2013, Connie was named Woman Entrepreneur of the Year by her local Chamber of Commerce. Connie holds a master's degree in education from Bethel in St. Paul, Minn.
Estrella Cramer is the corporate supplier diversity director at UPS. She has more than 27 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 chair of the UPS Asian Business Resource Group Community Connections Committee. She serves on the board of several organizations and is an active member on various advisory councils, including the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council, Georgia Women Business Council, Business Consortium Fund, U.S.-Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Southeast Chapter; Georgia Mentor Protégé Connections program; Georgia Tech IAC Women's Entrepreneurship program; Enterprising Women magazine; Kennesaw State University Asian Studies advisory board; National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Procurement Council; and U.S. Business Leadership Network Procurement Council. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including DiversityPlus magazine 2016 Top 25 Women in Power Impacting Diversity, 2014/2016 Corporate Women of Achievement from YWCA, 2013-2015 Top 25 Most Influential Asian American in Georgia by Georgia Asian Times, 2014 OCA National Corporate and Community Achievement Award and Outstanding Georgia Citizen by the Secretary of State.
CeCe DeCamp is a vice president in the Global Business Services unit of IBM. CeCe is a sales and integration executive with current focus on the integration of major health data-related acquisitions by IBM for its Watson Health unit. She is a proven leader with more than 30 years of experience in business development, strategy development and public sector and healthcare sales. Complementing her new mergers and acquisitions (M&A) role, she is an expert in complex, strategic captures for services, software and hardware sales. CeCe is known in the government and healthcare markets for her effectiveness in developing, fostering and sustaining customer and partner relationships. As a successful sales leader at IBM, she builds and motivates teams to perform and mentors future sales leaders. A 2015 IBM Sales Eminence 5-Year All-Star awardee, she once again achieved the company's 100 Percent Sales Club status in 2016, marking six consecutive years of recognition. CeCe added golf to her sales kit early in her career and supports many charities playing golf with her partners and clients.
Ellen Embrey is CEO of Stratitia Inc, a management consulting firm that supports clients in healthcare, national security and information technology solutions markets. Ellen has extensive executive and program leadership experience in the executive branch of the federal government, primarily in the health, national security and biodefense sectors. For more than eight years, she shaped critical healthcare and readiness policies and programs within the U.S. Department of Defense's Military Health System, a $47 billion-per-year defense program employing more than 200,000 health professionals serving more than 9.6 million service members, retirees and their families around the globe. She served as Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs); Director, TRICARE Management Activity; and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Force Health Protection and Readiness). Ellen orchestrated significant improvements in programs affecting deployment and combat casualty medicine, health promotion and preventive medicine, medical readiness, and global public health emergency response preparedness. Ellen also served as a key policy advisor and senior executive for more than 19 years, shaping policies and programs affecting the readiness of the National Guard and Reserve Components to support the Military Department's national security mission, as well as to enhance U.S. and international disaster response preparedness. She served as the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Reserve Affairs), as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Military Assistance to Civil Authorities), and in a variety of senior-level policy, budget, program management and systems analysis positions. She is the recipient of many honors, including two Secretary of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Awards and two Presidential Meritorious Executive Rank Awards.
Simone Fernandes is a boutique coordinator for Dress for Success, which empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and development tools to help them thrive in work and in life. Simone is a recent graduate of the Winter Park Tech Interior Design Program. She graduated at the top of her class, receiving Student of the Quarter recognition for all of the Orange County district's technical schools. She has maintained leadership roles throughout her community such as president of the Student Advisory Board for Winter Park Tech, vice president of membership for Toastmaster International, chapter lead for SkillsUSA, retail chair for Dress for Success, and volunteer coordinator for Habitat for Humanity. In the past two years, she contributed her efforts to professionally style and dress more than 1,000 underprivileged women in her community. Simone's life Goal is to help people of all races and walks of life reach the ability to live to their fullest Potential of Success.
Allison Flatley is the Chief Strategy Officer at Corporate Fitness Works and brings more than 30 years of experience in executive management, fitness and consulting experience to the wellness and fitness industry. Allison holds a master's degree in exercise and health studies from Miami University. She is vice chair and nomination committee chair of the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association Board of Directors. She also serves on the Club Solutions Advisory Board; on the Industry Advisory Council for American Public University; on the board of directors for Girls on the Run Northern Virginia; and as a board member for the McLean Youth Volleyball Association. Allison also serves as a professional mentor and educator. As a member of the National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity Business and Industry Sector Planning Committee, Allison helped to develop the CEO Pledge. From 2003 to 2010, she also held a leadership role on the board of the Mid-Atlantic Club Management Association. In June 2008, she was awarded The President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports Community Leadership Award.
Benita Fortner is director of supplier diversity for Raytheon Company. She assumed the position in September 2000 after serving as the company's socioeconomic program manager. Raytheon (NYSE: RTN), with 2015 sales of $23 billion and 61,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, security and civil markets throughout the world. Benita formerly served as the corporate liaison officer and manager of socioeconomic programs for Hughes Electronics Corporation, where she held numerous management positions over a 28-eight year career. In her previous position as procurement manager at Hughes Aircraft Company, she was instrumental in significantly increasing the number of corporate agreements awarded to small, minority and women-owned suppliers, implementing supplier customer feedback sessions and second-tier alliances. Benita is the immediate past chair of the Women's Business Enterprise National Council and co-chairs the TRIAD aerospace and defense industry group focused on government and small business issues. She is chair of the advisory board for the Tuck Minority Business Executive Programs and currently serves on numerous boards, including National Minority Supplier Development Council, Greater New England Minority Supplier Development Council, the Business Consortium Fund, and the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development. For her work with women-owned and minority-owned suppliers, Benita has been inducted into the WBE Hall of Fame from the American Institute of Diversity and Commerce and was recognized with a Clarion Award from the National Minority Supplier Development Council.
Beth Gitlin is the executive director of weVENTURE, powered by Florida Institute of Technology, a regional economic development initiative focused on accelerating sustainable business growth for womenpreneurs. She oversees a network of centers throughout Central Florida (including Melbourne and Rockledge) whose main goal is to ignite the economic power of women through entrepreneurship. weVENTURE was recognized by the SBA in 2014 and 2015 as a Regional WBC Center of Excellence. Beth was awarded the 2014 Small Business Advocate of the Year for Florida and the 2014 Space Coast Business Leader of the Year for Business Development. She formerly was president and owner of Global Passages, an international trade consulting company. Additionally, she has 20-plus years of experience in the retailing, manufacturing and global sourcing of consumer packaged goods working as VP for General Foam Plastics Corporation and in various merchandising and international positions with Walmart. She also served for four years as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army Signal Corps. Beth serves on the executive board of the National Association of Women's Business Centers. Locally, she serves on the boards for the East Coast Zoological Society and Lead Brevard.
Beth founded the Heart and Soul dragon boat paddling team for breast cancer survivors and supporters in 2013 in Melbourne, Florida, in order to promote health, wellness and getting fit for life after cancer. She earned an MBA at Chaminade University of Honolulu, an MA in Asian Studies at the University of Hawaii, and an MS in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at Florida Tech. Beth is currently working on her dissertation researching entrepreneurial mentoring programs as a PhD Candidate in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. She serves as a Fellow for the Institute for Cross Cultural Management at Florida Tech. Beth is a member of the Go for the Greens Board of Directors.
Deborah Grossman joined TD Bank in October 2013 as vice president and manager of Procurement Corporate Responsibility, Program and Change and is based in New Jersey. She collaborates with businesses and colleagues to develop and implement activities and strategies for TD's North American supplier diversity program. Before joining TD, Deborah owned and operated a consulting company, where she concentrated her services on business development and strategy for small and midsize diverse businesses and facilitated introductions and business partnerships with Fortune 500 companies. She has worked in the field of supplier diversity for more than 15 years and is considered a subject matter expert in this area. Deborah received an MBA from Villanova University. Over the past six years, she has raised more than $12,000 for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society as a participant in the annual MS 150 City to Shore ride.
Dana Hill is the manager of procurement programs for BlueCross BlueShield of Florida. Within 18 months after he started in 2010, the organization increased its overall spend with diverse suppliers from less than 1 percent to more than 5 percent, and in 2013 hit 117 percent of its diversity supplier goal. Dana formerly served as director of MBE development for the St. Louis Minority Business Council, director of procurement analysis for Peabody Energy, manager at Xerox, purchasing manager at American Airlines, and buyer at Boeing Commercial Airplane Group. He has received numerous awards and recognitions for his work in supplier diversity, including the Distinguished Supplier Diversity Award in 2012 from the Minority Business Development Agency, Buyer of the Year in 2012 from the Southern Florida Minority Supplier Development Council, and Business Corporate Champion in 2013 from the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce.
Retu Jalhan is the director of business development at The RMP Group, where she is responsible for the detailed financial analysis and valuation of acquisition opportunities, preparation of legal and marketing documents, and assistance with due diligence items. In addition to buy-side activities, she has been charged with the development of an offshore fund and oversees all fund administration items such as transaction support and limited partner reporting. Retu previously worked in the banking, investments and insurance sectors. She served as group account manager for the Cooperators Insurance Company, where she managed a portfolio of group insurance clients valued at more than $160 million in premiums. In her spare time, Retu teaches yoga and volunteers with organizations including the Indian-American Chamber of Commerce and the Kesri youth organization. She is the founder of the We Are Your Sisters (WAYS) Yogathon aimed at raising funds for rape and trafficking survivors. Retu is a member of the Go for the Greens Executive Steering Committee.
Karen Keene is the director of marketing and business development at Dean Mead, a corporate law firm headquartered in Orlando with five offices statewide. She is an exemplary leader in the organization, where she advises the attorneys on regional growth strategies and niche practices. She has 23 years of experience in marketing, branding, strategic planning and business development coaching. Prior to joining Dean Mead, she led regional practice development strategy for Foley & Lardner's Eas