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Peele, Carrie
Carrie Peele is a veteran entrepreneur with over 35 years at the helm.  Carrie is owner and CEO of Mako Documents, a division of a multimillion-dollar medical organization.  Mako Documents stores, scans, shreds and manages a broad range of health information including medical records, business records and radiology films.  Carrie, fo...
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Okeke, Dr. Nkem
Dr. Nkem Okeke has collectively spent two decades as a healthcare executive, advisor,physician, change management facilitator, accomplished speaker & entrepreneur. Currently, through her firm, Medicalincs, Dr. Okeke guides and advises healthcare leaders and organizations on strategic solutions to enhance go-to-market/implementation framewo...
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Migliore, Janice
Janice is Chief Executive Officer and Chair of PALCO, a global Reverse Logistics company, with locationsin Huntsville, Alabama, El Paso, Texas, The Netherlands, Asia Pacific, and Mexico. PALCO provides worldclass solutions in Supply Chain Management by redefining Reverse Logistics with innovative solutionsand cutting-edge capabilities for Fortune 1...
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McGann, Virginia
VMR founder and CEO Virginia McGann brings over 25 years’ management experience to our clients. She is a proven leader in managing financial performance and helping clients align their operations to their mission most efficiently and profitably. Her career has included coaching start-up firms into growth, struggling firms to stronger financial foot...
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MacDonald, Maril
Maril is a nationally recognized leader in communication, strategy execution and business transformation. She’s pioneered a discipline that collaborates with corporate leaders to energize and mobilize their workforce behind a company’s strategic goals, culture and brand in order to optimize business performance. Her clients have included some of th...
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Lopez, Julie
Dr. Julie Lopez, an award winning clinician and entrepreneur, is the founder of Viva Partnership, the leader in DC’s brain and body based therapeutic scene.  After her beginnings as a systems engineer, she transitioned to focus on the most complicated system of all, the human system.  Through her mastery of human change, she delights in e...
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Jackson, Debby
Debby Jackson is the Co-Founder, Owner and President of Pivotal Search, a staffing agency with a unique business model that saves customers up to 40% in comparison to traditional staffing agencies. Pivotal's business model came out of the frustration of dealing with staffing agencies and their high fees, after Debby spent years as the Director of T...
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Ishaq, Asma
ASMA ISHAQ is the Chief Executive Officer of Modere, a global, live clean lifestyle brand whose advanced science portfolio of beauty and personal care, health and wellness, and household products is currently sold in 44 international markets.  Ms. Ishaq pioneered the collagen/HA dietary supplement and skincare markets when she co-founded Jusur...
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Hunt, Kathleen
Kathleen Hunt founded her company, Personalized Payroll Services, Inc., in 2011 with the goal to help women-owned businesses thrive and prosper. Personalized Payroll partners with small to mid-sized businesses to customize and streamline their payroll processing and HR services. As a certified woman-owned business through the Women’s Business Enter...
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Hopson, Sonya
Sonya Hopson is the CEO and Founder of HIRE Strategies, a professional & executive placement company in Raleigh, NC. She partners with mid to large-sized companies to provide contingent talent to support their workforce needs. HIRE Strategies provides support on a temporary or long-term basis within various industries. After spending over a dec...
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Halm, Monick
Monick Halm is an educator and advocate for women to create passive income streams through real estate investing. Her mission is to assist 1 million women to achieve financial freedom through real estate. She is the founder of Real Estate Investor Goddesses, and is herself a real estate investor and syndicator with over 15 years of real estate inve...
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Evans, Suzanne
Suzanne Evans went from secretary to a 7 million dollar business in record time. Her company, Driven Inc, has been on the Inc 500/5000 list of fasting growing companies for 5 straight years. Her NY Times Best Selling book, “The Way You Do Anything is theWay You Do Everything”, set hundreds of thousands of business owners on their fast path to succe...
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Daftari, Shital
Shital founded her company Saris and Things in 2011 with a small investment and a big dream. She started Saris and Things, which is an exclusive online website where one can Rent or Buy designer Indian clothes for weddings and gala events.  In 2012 she became an Amazon Seller and started selling her brand Saris and Things on Amazon, and also e...
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Covington, Carolyn Marshall
Carolyn Marshall Covington began living her dream at 21, opening the first In-Flight Hair Salon in Maryland, eventually expanding the chain to Virginia and North Carolina. Carolyn got married and raised two sons while balancing family and a career. Inspired by Madame C.J. Walker, Carolyn and her team developed DZIRE Hair Care products to empower ge...
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Brown, Barbara
Barbara J. Brown, Ph.D. is the Founder and Owner of CapitolHill Consortium for Counseling & Consultation, LLC (CCCC LLC). She is a licensed psychologist who completed undergraduate work at Wellesley College double majoring in Psychology and Sociology and completed her master's and doctoral degrees in Clinical/Community Psychology from Boston Un...
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Benken, Sarah
Sarah Benken is passionate about supporting women, specifically high-achieving businesswomen that are overworked and lacking community with like-minded women. Why? Because she has been there – in the wrong rooms, stretched thin, and feeling like she was alone on the journey.   As an accomplished CEO of 12 years, Sarah has built and scaled her ...
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Webster, Dr. Sandi
Dr. Sandi Webster is Founder and CEO of Sandi Webster LLC. After successfully creating, scaling and selling her 150-employee marketing and analytics consulting company to a private equity firm, she fulfills her passion of ensuring that women are fully prepared for business through her online education and advisory services company. As Chief Learnin...
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Smallwood, Tressa "Azarel"
Tressa "Azarel" Smallwood is an award-winning producer and Founder of MegaMind Media, a production company specializing in creating compelling original content for female audiences. She resigned from teaching tenure to fulfill her writing dreams in 2003. A true trailblazer, she turned her debut bestseller into a multi-million-dollar publishing comp...
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Enterprising Women Names Tressa Smallwood, Dr. Sandi Webster and Dr. Lynn Yanyo to its Advisory Board
RALEIGH, N.C., April 26 – Monica Smiley, CEO and publisher of Enterprising Women magazine, has appointed Tressa “Azarel" Smallwood, Dr. Sandi Webster and Dr. Lynn Yanyo to the Enterprising Women Advisory Board. “Tressa, Sandi and Lynn are each dynamic entrepreneurial powerhouses who have built multiple businesses and revenue streams while propellin...
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NC Women Business Owners Hall of Fame: 2021 Monica Smiley
The North Carolina Women Business Owners Hall of Fame honors North Carolina’s most successful female entrepreneurs and advocates who have made significant and enduring contributions to impact women’s entrepreneurial development. In 2021, Monica Smiley was honored as an inductee.
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Chawla, Seema
Seema Chawla is on a journey. After growing up in Canada and India, she came to the US. That’s when she found her true calling. She took software courses and landed a position with a leading Silicon Valley IT company. More opportunities followed. After several years, she saw the downside of the intense product-centric cultures at IT companies that ...
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She's Moments Speaker Jill Vitiello
As a woman business owner and an employee communication and engagement expert, Jill Vitiello, Partner & EVP of Forty1, is a lifelong advocate of diverse and inclusive workplace cultures. What she didn’t realize was that her unconscious bias was preventing her from being the most effective leader she could be. When “head” knowledge changed ...
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She'D Moments Speaker Jennie McNeill Campbell
Jennie McNeill Campbell is an accomplished entrepreneur with a 39-year track record of success. At the close of 2021, she retired as CEO/President of Stewart Steelwood Investments/Stewart Capital and The Stewart Lodges. Over the past 20 years, she has invested over $20 million in serving the communities of Mobile/Baldwin Counties and has been widel...
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NAWBO Members Named SBA Small Business Person of the Year
The Small Business Administration (SBA) has announced its 2022 Small Business Persons of the Year winners from each of the nation’s 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The winners will be recognized on May 5 during the National Small Business Week Virtual Summit’s Awards Ceremony for navigating challenges from t...
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