Women We Admire is pleased to announce The Top 50 Women Leaders of Dallas for 2023. With top industries including technology, financial services and defense, Dallas is a busy convention center and hub for more than 6,000 corporate headquarters. Many of this year's awardees are movers and shakers within well-known organizations including AT&T, JPMorgan Chase, Oracle and EY, while others are making their mark in leading grassroots organizations towards growth and success. Their dedication is critical to the advancement of not only their organization but also the community as a whole.
Among this year’s awardees is Vanda Davis, Chief of Staff for Cognizant, a dedicated strategic leader who has consistently delivered business and technology transformation results when the stakes are high for the company and customer. Awardee Jenna Fenoglio Whitmire is Vice President of Technology and Analytics for AT&T, who along with her team, supports more than 500 individuals and more than 100 million customer relationships which directly influenced the company’s $150B+ annual revenue in 2021. Also awarded is Meghan Hambacher Wilkinson, Vice President of Strategic Clients for Verizon at Oracle, who is an executive-level change agent who delivers revenue growth by re-defining strategic vision for the company and elevating process, systems, and talent across the organization.
1. Vanda Davis
Global, Cross-Functional Leader | Strategic Thinker | Programs Implementer
Vanda is an IT Services executive driven to achieve the most critical strategic objectives. She is currently Chief of Staff for the Americas Commercial organization in Cognizant. She is well-versed in multiple business models and strategic programs, which ensures a hit-the-ground-running approach to understanding and delivering strategic intent, design and leadership required to achieve the desired business outcomes.
Vanda is able to connect with all levels of leadership from C-level executives to the operational business and IT staff to understand their goals and support them to achieve success as they uniquely define it for their organization. Specific areas of transformation include mergers and acquisitions, sales and marketing effectiveness, business process improvement and technology enablement across multiple industries. She graduated from the University of West Florida with an undergraduate degree in computer science and an Executive MBA from Grand Canyon University.
2. Danielle Meadows
Executive Director & Head of the Business Solutions Team, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Danielle Meadows is an Executive Director and Head of the Business Solutions Team, known as BeST, for JPMorgan Chase & Co. She is leading the firm's expansion of an underutilized talent pool by creating and championing a neurodivergent workforce with a focus on individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD). In this role, Meadows strategically builds and drives the BeST operating model to engage and support IDD talent, with a focus on placing individuals into meaningful, business-integrated and sustainable roles. Her scope encompasses all regions and lines of businesses globally. In addition, Meadows works to drive policy changes focused on removing employment barriers for the IDD community.
With the onset of COVID-19, Meadows was able to implement a remote hiring and placement process for BeST participants. The concept of hiring, onboarding and supporting the IDD community remotely had not been done before and was recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor as an exemplary practice. BeST is not only aligned with the Commercial Banking operating model but also with the Office of Disability Inclusion (ODI). ODI leads strategy and initiatives aimed at advancing careers while helping the firm aspire to be a bank of choice for people with disabilities.
With over 15 years of leadership, operations and training experience, Meadows has been with the firm for 14 years. Prior to her current role, she spent more than 10 years in Home Lending Servicing and Default, where she leveraged her law firm experience to implement improved default processing and training as an analyst, trainer and manager. She has a passion for giving back to the community and working to embed diversity, equity and inclusivity into the workplace culture. She has led and is a member of various DEI initiatives and Business Resource Groups at the firm. Additionally, she sits on the Disability IN: North Texas Affiliate Board of Directors providing thought leadership and insight into encouraging disability inclusion across the market. Meadows graduated from The Ohio State University with an undergraduate degree in public affairs journalism & communications and a Paralegal Certification from Capital University.
3. Jenna Fenoglio Whitmire
Vice President of Technology & Analytics, AT&T
Jenna Fenoglio Whitmire is Vice President of Technology and Analytics for AT&T, leading data, analytics and AI for Wireless and Broadband. Her team of more than 500 technologists, analysts and modelers support more than 100 million customer relationships and influence the company’s $150B+ annual revenue in 2021. Jenna drives data-powered decisions across marketing, customer experience, sales & distribution, credit & collections, and customer valuation.
Prior to her current role, Jenna held a variety of roles in marketing, operations, and the Chief Data Office, most recently leading the company’s distribution strategy and innovation programs. Jenna is very civically minded and is active in various philanthropies, her church and her children’s school. She also invests in the future of technical talent, particularly in analytics and AI/ML through university relationships in Southern California and Texas. Jenna lives in Dallas and received her undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University.
5. Kimberly Neff
Principal & Coordinating Partner, EY
Kimberly Neff is a Principal in EY US’ FSO Business Transformation practice with over 20 years of consulting and financial services industry experience. She helps senior client executives with their top strategic initiatives to deliver results, including operational efficiency, revenue growth, innovation, regulatory compliance, organizational alignment, platform modernization and risk reduction. As a collaborative and trusted advisor to global and regional FS companies, she is dedicated to solving their most important and complex challenges.
Kimberly is a people leader who strongly believes in the importance of coaching and mentoring. She is the founder and current executive sponsor of the Banking Women’s Network (BWN) leadership program for her practice. BWN is a diversity, equity and inclusion group that supports 250+ professionals with coaching, mentoring, development and networking. She founded BWN in 2016 after being the first woman promoted to principal in her practice.
Kimberly also leads the EY FSO Consulting practice in Dallas with responsibilities that include market growth, working with local businesses for community development and managing the 600+ professionals serving EY clients. Prior to joining EY US, she worked in middle- and back-office securities operations and corporate trust at a global bank and in branch operations at a regional bank. Kimberly earned her MBA from the University of Notre Dame and her undergraduate degree from Texas Tech University.
6. Meghan Hambacher Wilkinson
VP of Strategic Clients, Verizon at Oracle
Meghan Hambacher Wilkinson is an executive-level change agent who delivers revenue growth by re-defining strategic vision for companies and elevating process, systems, and talent across organizations. She has had responsibility for delivering an improved partner and customer experience on an international scale. Her leadership roles have spanned across sales, transformation, IT, operations, marketing, and strategy. Wilkinson is the Vice President of Strategic Accounts for Verizon at Oracle. She is responsible for the overall leadership for Verizon, across all products, services and support, globally. Meghan is responsible for overall account growth and customer experience.
Prior to joining Oracle, Meghan was SVP at UPSTACK, where she streamlined the customer experience to align to the M&A strategy for exponential revenue growth. Prior, she was the chief revenue officer for Telarus, responsible for global sales and sales operations, advanced solutions and business development. She also spent ten years with Lumen (formerly CenturyLink and Level 3 Communications), where started as an intern of sales analytics and in 6 years rose to VP of IT, leading global sales enablement and application engineering. Her other leadership roles at Lumen encompassed leading North America marketing transformation to responsibility for their sales academy and global sales operations, contract and pricing management, GTM field operations, segment strategy and customer and partner experience. In addition to her telecom and technology experience, Meghan worked in the hospitality and fitness industries, revolutionizing the way people and companies think.
Wilkinson is widely recognized in the telecommunication, technology, and Channel space as a dedicated, inspirational, and accomplished leader. She is a passionate competitor who brings her personal drive to lead teams with an innovative approach to delivering success. She has been named Top 100 People You Should Know and 2019 Women of the Channel by CRN. She is a thought leader who has worked with SalesForce and Accenture on digital transformation, resulting in speaking engagements and publications. Meghan is an avid community supporter and has served on the Associate Board of the Boys & Girls Club since 2019.
7. Amy MacLaren
Vice President, CBRE
Amy MacLaren is a Vice President within CBRE’s Retail Advisory & Transaction Services Group, bringing more than 25 years of experience with project leasing for owners and developers of landmark urban retail destinations around the country. Amy is an expert in the development and implementation of retail leasing strategies, performing market analysis and conducting lease negotiations to secure the best possible tenants for her client’s properties. Her extensive knowledge and experience, combined with CBRE’s global platform of market data, retailer relationships and technology, helps Amy generate significant value for her clients and help them make informed, strategic real estate decisions.
Amy’s proven track record includes the redevelopment and repositioning of the Dallas Galleria and most recently, the redevelopment of AT&T’s Discovery District in Dallas, helping transform its global headquarters into a premier campus that will incorporate food & beverage, community engagement and entertainment spaces. Other notable projects Amy has been involved include Clearfork, Fort Worth, TX and Oak, Oklahoma City.
Amy is also involved in the leasing of a $1B lifestyle and mixed-use project in the Southeast (MidCity District Huntsville, AL), providing valuable counsel on ground-up leasing, merchandising efforts to recruit relevant and high-performing retail brands to her clients’ properties. Prior to joining CBRE, Inc. in 2013, Amy was VP of leasing for General Growth Properties (now Brookfield Properties) in Chicago, where she led multiple project leasing teams on assignments throughout the country.
8. Susan Jenull
Senior Vice President Texas Commercial Banking, U.S. Bank
Susan Jenull is a Senior Vice President for U.S. Bank Texas Commercial Banking. Susan and her team were responsible for building U.S. Bank’s Commercial Banking for the state of Texas. Starting with U.S. Bank in mid-2017, after 15 years of experience with other large banking institutions in Texas, Ms. Jenull has increased the commercial business for U.S. Bank in Texas by over 2000%. She has responsibility for the development of new business in Texas to commercial public and private companies across a broad range of industries.
Ms. Jenull also leads in the community. She is actively involved with several nonprofits and has been on the boards of both Artreach Dallas and Broadway Dallas. She began the Women Bankers Club of Dallas and is a recent graduate of the Dallas Regional Chamber Leadership Dallas program. She is a sustaining member of the Dallas Junior League, a member of the National Charity League, and a leader in the schools her children attend.
Prior to her banking career, Susan worked as a tax consultant for KPMG and Deloitte, focusing mainly on state and local taxes. Susan is a Certified Public Accountant. She earned her MBA degree in finance from Southern Methodist University in Dallas and her master’s and undergraduate degree in accounting from the University of Texas at Austin. She is currently a student at Pacific Banking School extending her leadership education.
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9. Angie McFarland
Senior Vice President of Expansion, Engel & Völkers
Angie McFarland is the Senior Vice President of Expansion for Engel & Völkers. Engel & Völkers is one of the world’s leading service companies specializing in the brokerage of premium residential property, commercial real estate, yachts and aircrafts. The company is currently operating in 32 countries on five continents.
Angie recently celebrated her first anniversary with Engel & Völkers, previously serving as VP of global development at Anywhere Real Estate, formerly known as Realogy. Angie started her career in the nonprofit sector with a decade-long commitment to the investment in the leadership path of young girls through the Girl Scouts organization. Angie credits her early role supporting girls of all ages finding a voice, a passion and skills to succeed in also helping her to continue her own growth throughout the years. After leaving the nonprofit sector, Angie wanted to continue helping people and found that through the franchising industry. For the last 9 years, she has been instrumental in helping countless business owners and teams under her leadership find their full potential through the affiliation process in franchising. Angie believes that when you help people achieve their goals through their business and careers, you help create opportunities for an exponential number of people, and often change their family trees for generations to come. Angie specializes in affiliation, merger & acquisition, and strategic planning. Her “service above self” commitment & leadership style has been the hallmark of her career.
Angie has received numerous awards over her career, including Merger & Acquisition Impact Awards, Presidents Club & Chairmans Awards, and is a proud member of the women’s leadership network Chief. She received her undergraduate degree in business administration from Tarleton State University.
10. Maria Allen
General Manager & Regional Head of Banking & Financial Services, Wipro Limited
Maria Allen started her career in financial services 30 years ago. She is currently a senior leader at Wipro leading a portfolio of clients in the banking and financial services strategic markets organization. Maria is an award winning, visionary experienced in leading high-performance products, mission critical and technology-enabled business services for complex and compliance driven industries. Impeccable with customer relationship management, she is recognized as a trusted advisor helping clients develop and execute a comprehensive business transformation approach, from strategy to delivery. Throughout her career she has led major operations in business and technology in the US, Europe and Latin America. Maria’s particular areas of experience includes developing business and technology strategy to expand revenue opportunities, implement new business models focused on improving customer experience and growth. She has also held leadership positions with large technology services companies such as Unisys, First Data, BancTec, HP and EDS.
Maria is a 35-year resident of the Dallas area where she lives with her family and volunteers to support organizations such as military charities, diversity and inclusion initiatives and has mentored young women on career progression and leadership. She is fluent in English and Spanish.
11. Jennifer Chandler
Market President & Head of Philanthropic Solutions, Bank of America Private Bank
Jennifer Chandler is Managing Director, President of Bank America Dallas, and Head of Philanthropic Solutions for Bank of America. As President, Jennifer directs effective collaboration across multiple lines of business, advancing purposeful engagement with client priorities. Deeply committed to corporate stewardship, she serves on the Bank of America Foundation committee and promotes a culture of volunteerism and community support.
As Head of Philanthropic Solutions, Jennifer oversees strategy development and advisory/consulting services for non-profit institutions, corporate and private foundations, and ultra-high-net-worth families. She directs a nationwide team that offers a suite of integrated capabilities, including Outsourced Chief Investment Office services, board governance and development, grant making, high-impact philanthropy, and fiduciary administration. She also fosters the effective use of cross-enterprise capabilities, resulting in a more unified and directed client experience.
Jennifer joined Bank of America in 2001. She earned her undergraduate degree in government from the University of Texas at Austin in two and a half years and her MBA from the University of Dallas, which honored her in 2018 as a College of Business Hall of Fame inductee. She is a Leadership Dallas 2011 alumni and Women’s Exchange Sue Haskoor honoree. Jennifer is also a Dallas Business Journal “40 under 40” and Women in Business honoree. She currently serves on the Dallas Citizens Council, Dallas Regional Chamber, Dallas Museum of Art, and Phoenix House Texas boards and is also a member of the Crystal Charity Ball, Texas Lyceum, United Way Women of Tocqueville, the Dallas Symphony League and the National Charity League.
12. Kimberly Lang
Executive Vice President of Product, Entrata
Kimberly Lang has been promoting technology to real estate companies for over two decades. As Executive Vice President of Product for Entrata, and an industry veteran in the property management software and SaaS space, Kimberly is focused on Fintech software, services, solutions, and partnership opportunities to help deliver greater value to the multifamily industry.
As a proven leader, Kimberly brings a wealth of experience by incorporating the newest technology, balancing client demands, and implementing employee feedback to establish the best industry practices. She is an innovator, and developer of expanding product features and offerings. Her experience in driving transformation into SaaS markets, introducing best practices, and advocating for the best-of-breed customer experience comes second nature to her. This experience, combined with her significant end-market experience, supports Entrata’s growth initiatives while delivering greater value in making life easier for property owners, property managers, and residents.
Kimberly has over a decade of success in developing and executing a strategic and tactical framework for implementing new growth strategies, product offerings and key strategic initiatives that drive significant value creation. She has previously served with companies like Inhabit IQ, CheckAlt, RealPage, Zego and ExamSoft.
13. Jennifer Wilson
Partner, Heidrick & Struggles
Jennifer Wilson is a Partner in Heidrick & Struggles' Dallas office and a core member of its Human Resources Officers Practice. She partners with public, private equity-backed and family-owned companies by identifying and placing chief people officers and other leaders in strategic HR roles. Jennifer joined Heidrick & Struggles in 2018 after over 10 years in global strategy and organizational consulting, most recently in Asia, where she advised senior leaders at American and European companies on growth in Greater China.
Jennifer also serves as a Dallas advisory board member for CareerSpring, an organization that works to unlock the employment potential of first-generation college students. She earned her MBA with honors from Columbia Business School and graduated magna cum laude from Trinity University with an undergraduate degree in international business and history.
15. Milan Khatami
Vice President of Capital Markets & Corporate Issues, Weber Shandwick
Milan Khatami is Vice President of Capital Markets and Corporate Issues at Weber Shandwick, one of the world's leading global public relations firms. Milan has a broad range of experience in financial situations and corporate reputation, including IPOs, M&A, ESG and profile-raising matters, employee engagement, and issues management. Her experience spans a wide variety of industries, with a particular focus on the consumer and technology sectors, and she has worked to develop and execute comprehensive, global communications strategies and campaigns for public listings, media relations, leadership changes and transitions, reputation issues, live crises, and cybersecurity incidents.
Milan has advised some of the world’s largest and most recognized brands, companies, and institutions on how to navigate the critical issues they face and is passionate about strategically positioning companies and their leaders to optimize their reputation and relationships with key stakeholders including employees, investors, customers and the media. Before joining Weber Shandwick, Milan was at Brunswick Group for over five years and Southwest Airlines prior. She graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas with undergraduate degrees in corporate communications and public relations.
16. Natalie Snyder Bode
Vice President, Cresa
Natalie Snyder Bode began her professional career 16 years ago. Today, she is a Vice President with Cresa, where she represents companies who occupy industrial and office space across North America with their real estate needs. Cresa is an international commercial real estate firm, notable for its occupier-only real estate representation services. Bode joined Cresa (formerly esrp) in 2020. In 2022, she was a top producer with Cresa, qualifying for the Star Club.
Prior to her career at Cresa, Bode worked for Transwestern. From there, she moved on to serve as a director at Cushman & Wakefield, her most recent position prior to joining Cresa. Throughout her career, she has negotiated over 250 commercial real estate transactions exceeding 10.1 million square feet. In 2014, she was recognized with the North Texas Commercial Association of Realtors (NTCAR) Young Citizen Award. Bode graduated from Texas A&M University with an undergraduate degree in finance. She competed on the Texas A&M Trap & Skeet Team during her tenure at the university and was the 2004 National Collegiate Lady Sporting Clays Champion.
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17. Rodrigua Ross
VP of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas
Rodrigua Ross currently serves as the Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas. She is also the chair of the National African American Resource Network for YUSA and is currently a Research Fellow with the University of California at Berkeley and the Independent Sector Organization to research Bridging in Racial Reconciliation.
Rodrigua is driven to be an advocate for children and families in under-resourced, marginalized, and access deficient communities. She is also driven to be a strategist that aids organizations embed equity strategies into their operations. She has spent the last 20 years collaborating with government entities, public and private nonprofit agencies, and corporate partners nationwide to address issues such as youth development program deficiencies, improving family stability, increasing access in resource deficient communities, poverty, reducing social stigmas associated with certain populations, and the dismantling of inequitable systems.
Rodrigua holds an MBA with a focus on strategic leadership. She is a public speaker and trainer in courses with topics ranging from mitigating bias, finance and budgeting, diversity and inclusion, understanding cultural competency, program development, executive presence, business culture, and leading and coaching and others. She also co-hosts a weekly podcast called Causenetic which boasts thousands of listeners worldwide.
18. Sarah Martin
Head of Enterprise Sales, Signifyd
Sarah Martin heads Enterprise Sales at Signifyd where she fights fraud and abuse for eCommerce merchants. Signifyd empowers fearless commerce by leveraging its Commerce Network to maximize conversion, automate customer experience, and eliminate fraud and customer abuse for retailers. Signifyd uses big data and machine learning to provide a 100% financial guarantee against fraud and chargebacks on approved orders. This effectively shifts the liability for fraud away from eCommerce merchants, allowing them to increase sales and open new markets while reducing risk. In her work, Sarah leads a team of Enterprise sellers who bring an innovative approach to solving these merchant needs in ways that resonate. She most enjoys collaborating across the ecosystem working to simplify and secure eCommerce payments for merchants, issuers, and consumers alike.
Sarah brings more than twenty years of sales and operations experience stemming primarily from her roles at FICO where she was responsible to manage a diverse account team of experts and a broad network of client relationships to deliver growth, value, and capitalize on new ways of thinking across the organization. Further drawing upon nine years leading Worldwide Sales Operations, Sarah worked extensively to help build the sales organization supporting a broad set of global customers across financial services, telecom, retail, healthcare, and government.
19. Jacqueline Burls
SVP & Chief School Support Services Officer, Goddard Systems, LLC
Jacqueline is the Senior Vice President and Chief School Support Services Officer for Goddard Systems, LLC, a Sycamore Partner portfolio company. In her role, Jacqueline provides leadership on brand development, operational excellence and customer engagement in order to drive long-term growth for more than 600 Goddard Schools, serving more than 80,000 students across the United States.
Jacqueline is a people-first leader. She has a passion for accelerating performance by unlocking potential in teams, franchisees, and partners. To accomplish this, she creates environments and sponsors initiatives that enable interdisciplinary collaboration, continuous improvement and profitable outcomes.
Jacqueline is an accomplished executive and business leader with a distinguished history of delivering high impact results within the Fortune 500, privately held companies as well as within the public sector. She has honed deep expertise within food service, retail operations, franchising, development, finance and strategic planning. She has held leadership positions at Sodexo, a global food services and facilities management company as well as Starbucks, Walmart and 7-Eleven. She double majored in political economy and history at Williams College and earned a MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. She also studied abroad at Ithaca College London Center in England and the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.
20. Emily Burroughs
Vice President Marketing, BGSF
As a communication, marketing, and operations leader who is passionate about brand strategy and digital transformation, Emily Burroughs prides herself on advancing the brand of a respected company. Agile and a quick study, she constructs and spearheads multiple projects while keeping the big picture in mind. She takes intentional steps to fully understand and improve overall experience while being strategic, game-changing, creative, and data-driven. As a high-energy leader, she dares to embrace imagination and disrupt “what has always been done,” to develop and curate change meant to sustain and thrive. One of Emily’s main goals in life is to make a difference while empowering those around her to join in on the fun.
A graduate of Oklahoma State University, Emily began her career holding a multitude of roles in brand marketing, event planning, and fundraising. She was recently named to the Forbes Communication Council, the Staffing Industry Analysts 40 under 40 2021 list and is an advisor for Leadership Dallas. She volunteers her time to American Cancer Society, American Heart Association and any initiatives that help bridge the gap between education and workforce. Emily loves spending time with her husband and two daughters, playing with her two pugs, meeting new people, learning new things, and believes that laughter is the best medicine in life.
21. Joana Marques
Vice President, Eleven Six PR
Joana Costa Marques is originally from Portugal and has been working in the travel and hospitality industries for ten years. She is a trilingual professional who has worked at Eleven Six for over five years and opened the Dallas office in 2020. She currently serves as the Vice President. Eleven Six PR is a travel, hospitality and lifestyle PR, marketing and social media firm with offices in Dallas, New York City and Los Angeles. It is a new breed of agency, nimble and flexible, independent, and trusted by the biggest brands and small businesses.
Joana has experience in working with resorts, hotel chains, destinations, airlines, tourism boards, tour operators, nonprofits and insurance. She obtained her master’s degree in corporate communication at IE Business School in Madrid and has a dual undergraduate degree in public relations and advertising with a concentration in economics from Boston University.
22. Brittany Braden
Senior Vice President, Prudential Private Capital
Brittany Braden has 20 years of financial consulting and private capital experience while serving in various capacities including portfolio management, transaction origination, and investing in private debt and equity. Brittany is currently a Senior Vice President in Prudential Private Capital's Energy Group in Dallas, where she has $3.7 billion in assets under management (as of September 2022). She leads a team responsible for marketing, originating, and managing oil and gas related investments in Canada, Oklahoma, and the Southeast US, as well as internationally.
Prudential Private Capital is the private debt investment arm of Prudential Financial, Inc. For nearly 100 years, Prudential Private Capital has been a provider of private debt, mezzanine, and equity securities to middle-market companies worldwide. With regional teams in 15 offices around the world, Prudential Private Capital manages a portfolio of $92.7 billion for our partners (as of September 2023).
Prior to joining Prudential Brittany worked as a healthcare consultant, a role that included feasibility studies, M&A, peer benchmarking, and contract renegotiation before going to business school. Brittany earned a BBA in accounting from Texas A&M University and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business. She holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. Brittany lives in Dallas, Texas with her husband of 16 years and their two children. She enjoys volunteering for various charities including Susan G Komen, Ronald McDonald House, and the North Texas Food bank.
23. Jill Galloway
Chief of Product Innovation, engage2learn
Jill Galloway is the Chief of Product Innovation for engage2learn, which empowers public school systems through smart professional learning solutions and talent development platforms. She uses her background in computer science, engineering and user experience to innovate and build human-centered products. In a data-rich and complex world, she is passionate about the need for connected data, which cuts through the noise to show what works and what doesn’t. Connected data is the key to simplicity and efficiency - focusing only on what matters and nothing more. These ideas are embedded into e2L’s award-winning coaching platform, which has been recognized multiple times, including in Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas Awards.
Prior to working at engage2learn, where she’s been since 2014, Jill held edtech leadership positions in public school districts, leading many product implementations and innovation initiatives. Her unique career path shaped a perspective that mixes creativity and empathy with the logic needed to execute big ideas. Jill has turned down the opportunity to work for high-powered tech companies so she can help advance education and change lives. She wants to help others believe that they can learn their way through any challenge and come out on the other side stronger. That belief is what breeds the courage to tackle hard things, whether it’s an assignment on a new topic or something life-changing, such as escaping poverty or building innovations that make the world a better place. She feels honored to work with the e2L dream team to develop products that nurture this mindset.
Jill has an undergraduate degree in computer science and engineering, a master’s degree in instructional technology, a Product Strategy Certificate from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and a Lean Project Management certification.
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24. Raji Kumar
Managing Partner & Chief Executive Officer, Hill Regional Hospital
Raji Kumar is a Healthcare Entrepreneur focusing on building relationships and meeting the healthcare needs in the communities where her businesses are located. In 2020, during the pandemic, she and her business partner acquired Hill Regional Hospital in Hillsboro, TX, a 25-bed critical access hospital. She serves as the CEO of that hospital, as well as Crescent Regional Hospital in Lancaster, TX. Kumar previously served as the regional CEO of Dallas Medical Center and Dallas Regional Medical Center, both part of Prime Healthcare.
Some of her accolades have included being named by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of The Top Women Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know. Raji also was named Business Woman of the Year for 2013 for The City of Farmers Branch, Becker’s Top 25 Under 40 and made the list of Top 500 Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know. She served as the keynote speaker at the Annual BAPS Charities Women’s Conference three years in a row. Raji received the prestigious Roshni Media award in May 2015 in Manhattan, NY and was published in the Roshni coffee table book of Global Emerging Leaders. Raji delivered the keynote address at the Air Force Annual Ball on ‘Innovation’, August 2015, at the Air Force Base in Shreveport, LA. Raji has been interviewed for and quoted in numerous articles across various publications including Becker’s Hospital Review, Modern Healthcare, Healthcare Executive Exchange, Addison Magazine, Inside Healthcare, India Abroad and others. Raji received her certification in Managing Health Care Delivery from Harvard Business School and an MBA from University of Michigan. She received an undergraduate degree from Oakland University in Michigan and an undergraduate degree in physical therapy from India.
25. Nadia Virani
SVP of Operations & Chief Clinical Officer, EVP EyeCare
Nadia Virani is the Senior Vice President of Operations and Chief Clinical Officer for EVP Eyecare, a private equity backed, multi-state ocular surgery business. She first joined the company in 2020 as the clinical director of Texas. She is trained as a Doctor of Optometry working in ophthalmology, specifically surgical eye care. Virani has cared for patients going through various eye surgeries including cataract, LASIK, and many other procedures.
Virani moved to running the operations of a multi-site surgical health care business after serving patients directly as a doctor. She is a lead developer and speaker for national optometric continuing education and community events, including planning, developing material, and presenting. She has volunteered in several international medical mission trips and continues to be closely affiliated, holding giving back to her community as a standard in her life. Virani was the 2022 recipient of the Top Women in Business Award. She is a Certified Sommelier and has a passion for learning about the process of wine making. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, and playing tennis.
27. Tiphany Hall
Chief Growth Officer, Aesthetic Record
Tiphany Hall serves as the Chief Growth Officer at Aesthetic Record, a cloud-based, HIPAA-compliant Electronic Medical Records (EMR) & Practice Management Solution built for the unique needs of practices operating in the high-growth Aesthetic industry. After joining the organization in 2019, she grew the company from 5 employees and less than 1,000 locations in 2019 to now a team of 45 who sell, onboard, and manage more than 8,000 locations serving more than 2 million patients. In addition to driving revenue for the company, Tiphany leads a team of 30 software engineers where she is heavily involved in the continuous development of features and infrastructure improvements of the AR platform.
In addition to working inside the business, she’s also focused externally, bringing about key partnerships and integrations within the industry. Her commitment to bringing the collective power of multiple software platforms into a single, connected user experience has been a pivotal selling point for Aesthetic Record and a major driver of its explosive growth. During her tenure, she launched the Aesthetic Record Marketplace, an eCommerce platform that connects business owners to the vendors, goods, and services they need to run their practice. In early 2023, Tiphany led the launch of LeadAR, a CRM, sales and marketing automation platform, that extends AR’s reach beyond its in-practice solution to include every aspect of the patient journey. She also serves as the Executive Producer of Aesthetic Next Productions, a full video & digital media agency that lends AR’s inhouse video production and training expertise to build, host and distribute content for industry partners and training organizations.
Tiphany also serves as the Co-Founder & Director of Aesthetic Next, a multi-disciplinary international educational meeting for injectors, practice managers, staff, and industry partners. Now in its fifth year, Aesthetic Next brings 1500 attendees, 100+ faculty, and nearly 100 exhibiting companies to Dallas each year. Tiphany is also the host of For The Record, an industry podcast now in its third season, highlighting practice owners & industry advisors who are disrupting the status quo and changing the Aesthetic industry.
28. Maureen Wiegert
Vice President of Allyn Media
Maureen comes to Allyn Media with over 15 years of experience in helping global brands like Sabre, Mary Kay, and Susan G. Komen grow, thrive, and flourish. As a consumer marketing guru, she excels at brand positioning and message development and brings these elements to life by developing and executing highly successful integrated campaigns and programs. She has a history of leading results-driven large-scale projects, including the re-launch of the Susan G. Komen brand, the marketing roll-out of TripCase (Sabre’s consumer travel app), and Mary Kay’s quarterly Look Book.
A proud native Dallasite who kicked off her career as a journalist at Park Cities People, she can think of no place she’d rather be than Allyn Media, helping her hometown clients reach their goals and achieve success.
29. Kathy Whitely
Head of Dental Community and Partnerships, Wellplaece.com
Kathy Whitely is the Head of Dental Community and Partnerships with Wellplaece.com, a technology company that leverages eCommerce technology for the purchasing of dental supplies. Wellplaece supports dental offices in finding the best prices on trusted high quality dental products. Kathy comes to Wellplaece with decades of industry leadership experience. Her wide array of experiences have evolved over the last 25 years.
Whitely began her dental career when graduating from West Virginia University with an undergraduate degree in dental hygiene. She quickly became a leader in the clinical dental hygiene private practice space as she continually learned and expanded her skills to work at the top of her license. She moved to leading in a practice where she embraced her clinical experience to build multiple departments and teams while also leading operations and visions as thought leader of the Clinical Executive Team. With Whitely's vast experience and expertise in the dental space, she is positioned well for the staging of partnership opportunities for Wellplaece. She has a knack and passion for startups and excels in company business development.
30. Betty Murray
Founder & CEO, Living Well Dallas Functional Medicine Center
Betty Murray is the Founder and CEO of the Living Well Dallas Functional Medicine Center, the first multi-specialty clinic in Dallas dedicated to the functional medicine model and the Coming Into Our Own Project. Murray created Living Well Dallas Functional Medicine Center with one thought in mind – creating the medical model of the future. Living Well Dallas Functional Medicine center brings the best of personalized medicine diagnostic tools and technologies to provide a truly customized approach to health care. To help their patients get well and stay well, the center has specialists in internal medicine, psychiatry, nutrition, health coaches, and licensed counselors in a collaborative team to work 1-on-1 with their patients.
Betty's interest in nutrition and functional medicine came from her health struggles. In her early 30s, Betty was diagnosed with colitis. She just knew there was more she could do to get to the root of her disease! Betty's tenacity led to a 25+ year educational journey that included immersion into the world of nutrition, biochemistry, and functional medicine, which has become the backbone of her approach to restoring health. Since then, she has focused on the intersection of women's hormones and their complex interplay in the immune, gut, and metabolic functions.
In addition to her roles as a clinician, CEO, and founder, Betty spent the last five years working towards her PhD at Saybrook University. She is currently completing her dissertation research, examining the intersection between estrogen metabolism, the microbiome, and IBS in women. Betty is a frequently featured nutrition expert on National Fox News Broadcasting, CW33, NBC, and CBS. She was honored to be among the first 300 internationally Certified Functional Medicine Practitioners with the Institute for Functional Medicine in 2014. She is a member of the Institute for Functional Medicine, the American Nutrition Association, and the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine.
31. Nesa Grider
Chief Executive Officer, Journey to Dream Foundation
Nesa Grider is the Chief Executive Officer of Journey to Dream Foundation. She first joined the company in 2017 as chief development officer. In 2004 Journey to Dream (JTD) set out on a mission dedicated to supporting, mentoring and equipping, at-risk, victimized, and homeless teens to overcome adversity and homelessness through education, practical life skills, and experiences, enabling them to function as self-sufficient, productive adults. Nesa directs all aspects of the nonprofit organization, managing five operating programs under the parent foundation and leading senior management to exceed organizational goals. She is accountable for strategic planning, HR, finance management, fundraising, management leadership, and policymaking. She serves as the organization's public spokesperson, managing media relations.
Previously, Grider was a broker-owner at FSR Homes, Inc and before that an EVP at First Preston HT. She earned a master’s degree in business administration and management from Amberton University and an undergraduate degree in criminal justice and social work from Ball State University.
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32. Marie Jackson
Chief Financial Officer & Board Secretary, QuickTake Health
Marie Jackson serves on the board of QuickTake Health as the Chief Financial Officer and Secretary/Treasurer. QuickTake Health is an emerging medical technology company, providing a quicker, safer way for frontline healthcare workers to document patient vital signs. A cloud-based software-as-a-service solution, QuickTake replaces today's manual paper-based vital signs processes with workflow automation that enhances the user experience for patients and staff. QuickTake Health improves vital signs compliance, reduces cost, eliminates human error, and accelerates positive outcomes.
Marie is currently focused on commercial real estate development and startup companies as a seasoned financial leader with more than 25 years of leadership experience in accounting and operations across a variety of industries. In addition to working with QuickTake Health, she is partnering with Noble Development on over $200 Million in projects across Louisiana, Alabama and Texas, and has successfully completed over $120 Million in Senior Living, Multi-Family and Health Care facilities. Marie also works with other startup companies such as Bearnoble, Inc as they develop Music Habitat, and Noble Adventures, Inc. bringing Cafe’ Le Roi to market. She has been in Dallas for over 15 years and works with companies all across the United States.
Marie is a published author who has done work with Chicken Soup for the Soul and recently released book one of the trilogy The Shift Trilogy, with her co-author. She also published Stupid Coins: Opening Lines of Communication with your Teenager. When she is not writing or focusing on business growth, Marie enjoys scuba diving and kayaking.
33. Isabela Garcia
Founding Attorney and CEO, Garcia-Windsor PC
Isabela Amie Garcia was born and raised in Mexico. Fulfilling her dream to play and win on the professional tennis tour, she traveled extensively throughout Latin America, Mexico, and the United States. After achieving her goals on tour, she soon realized that her true calling was the law. She subsequently enrolled in the University of Texas at Austin and graduated with honors in the studies of philosophy and business. She then went on to excel at the University of Oxford at which she studied international tax law, European Union law, and international constitutional law.
She earned her JD at Southern Methodist University School of Law with emphasis on sports law, corporate law and international law. Isabela’s highly regarded internships included The Office of the Texas Attorney General, Honorable Carl Ginsberg of the 193rd Civil District Court in Dallas County, and Honorable Sam A. Lindsay of US District Court in the Northern District of Texas. She also served under Marc J. Steinberg, Senior Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Law, researching SEC compliance issues. Garcia relates through personal experience to all cultural, ethnic, and economic groups.
Since early on in her practice Isabela has been devoted exclusively to family law and has been able to successfully represent high profile clients. She attributes her success to her faith, professional athlete mentality, personal experiences, connection to the local community, key relationships, and "dream team" law firm members and legal advisors. Her mentors include some of the greatest names in family law such as Adelfa Callejo and John v. McShane.
36. Jenn Quattrone-Brown
Director of Informatics, Philips
Jenn Quattrone Brown is Director of Informatics at Philips, working to fulfill the quadruple aim of improved patient experience, better health outcomes, improved staff experience, and lower cost of care; to advance the standard in healthcare. From an early start in her career providing clinical care as a CNA, progressing to a sonographer in general, vascular, and cardiology, and continuing to become a PACS admin, healthcare has been a consistent passion. She is driven by the vision that technology can help ease the burden on the current healthcare system and the coming increases in demand have motivated her to continue pursuing lifelong learning.
Jenn completed her master's degree in management at Harvard University and coursework at MIT in blockchain, cybersecurity, IoT, and cloud systems. She completed her undergraduate degree in healthcare management. Jenn represents a small cross-section of individuals with clinical, technical, and business backgrounds and a strong understanding of the current challenges in the market. Her goal is to be able to communicate and facilitate problem-solving collaboratively across these sectors, contributing to the improvements and innovations in healthcare today.
38. Pepsi Windland
Senior Director of Account Management for Occupier Services, Colliers International
Pepsi Windland is a Senior Director of Account Management for Occupier Services, Southwest Region, with Colliers International. During her career, she has represented tenants specializing in corporate real estate portfolio account management, as well as transaction management, strategic lease re-negotiation, acquisitions and dispositions, and lease administration.
Throughout her tenure in the industry, Pepsi has closed more than 500 transactions for various clients while managing national portfolios ranging in size from 1 million to 8 million square feet, representing over 1,000 corporate locations and managing assignments across multiple US markets. She has been able to generate immense value for her clients through development of unique strategies to reduce and contain total occupancy costs, identify opportunities within existing leases, corporate headquarters transactions, dispositions and acquisitions.
Prior to joining Colliers International in 2017, Pepsi worked as a corporate real estate portfolio management with Mohr Partners, Inc., and Transwestern Commercial Real Estate. She holds a MCR designation with CoreNet Global. Pepsi is also an active member of her community and loves spending time with her family, pup Bingley and chickens. She is the founder of the ‘Phenomenal Women’s Scholarship’ in her hometown of Abilene, Texas, and serves on the board for the Women's Council of the Dallas Arboretum, is a committee chair for the daughters of the American Revolution-Greater Dallas Chapter and is a devout member of the daughter of the Texas Revolution-James Butler Bonham Chapter.
39. Ingrid Myers
Global Director of DEI Business Enablement, Strategy, and Innovation, DocuSign
Ingrid Myers is the Global Director of DEI Business Enablement, Strategy, and Innovation at DocuSign. She has spent her career advising executives and developing innovative business, technology, and people strategies in Fortune 500 companies and across multiple industries. Her ideas and programs have created new partnerships, business models, products, and services that have directly resulted in cumulative increases in topline revenue by more than $3B.
Prior to her position at DocuSign, Myers held a variety of roles across the enterprise including business development, customer experience, operations, product management, information technology, and talent strategy. She is valued for her thought leadership and known for her unique ways of solving complex business challenges. In addition to developing programs aimed at closing the skill and talent gap in technology, her passion for people and their workplace experience is presently powering her focus on the intersection of diversity and talent.
Myers has contributed to diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts throughout her career as a founder of a Women’s Leadership Network, a steering committee member for Women in Tech, a Black employee resource group global lead, and with her ongoing research that shares the often-undiscussed lived experiences of historically underrepresented groups. Her love of continuous learning compelled her to pursue a PhD in organization and management with a specialization in leadership.
40. Danielle Barnett
Director of Acquisition Sales, Equinix
Danielle Barnett is currently an Acquisition Sales Director at Equinix and is responsible for driving her region to bring on new enterprise logos to platform Equinix. In the future, Danielle hopes to lead an organization in sales or sales transformation as an executive leader. Through leading, she aims to create an inclusive environment for all that highlights the importance of diversity and equity in STEM roles.
Danielle began her career in 2011 by joining AT&T’s Business Sales Leadership Development Program (BSLDP) in Atlanta, GA. As a first-generation college student born to Air Force veterans, she came from humble beginnings to parents who instilled in her that “the only way to succeed in life is to take calculated risks and work smarter and harder than everyone around you.” She has served at various organizations including AT&T, Salesforce, ReachLocal and ADP.
Currently, Danielle is an active member of Black Connect and Women in Technology Sales (WiTS) at Equinix. She also sits on the board of directors for Cafe Momentum and is an advocate for Dallas Girl Scouts STEM program and GirlUp. These organizations serve as conduits to aid in her influence in driving positive change to disenfranchised youth in the Dallas Metroplex.
41. Kenya Jackson
Secondary Managing Director, Uplift Education
Kenya Jackson is the Secondary Managing Director of Uplift Education. Uplift Education is the largest, free public charter school network in North Texas. Established in 1996 with one school in Irving, they have grown to a network serving more than 23,000 scholars in pre-k through 12th grade on 21 campuses across the DFW metroplex. Their schools have received national recognition and 100% of their graduates have been accepted to college. Kenya joined Uplift in 2022.
Prior to joining Uplift, Kenya served as the Chief Academic Officer for Magnolia Public Schools and before that, a director at the Inner City Education Foundation. Kenya earned an undergraduate degree in English from Dillard University and a master’s in secondary education and teaching from Pace University.
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42. Pamela Brown-Matthis
Senior Director of Education, Specialty Equipment Market Association
Pamela has more than 25 years of experience as a learning and development practitioner, executive; instructional designer, content developer, master-certified trainer and author. She co-founded a consulting firm specializing in organizational development, content development and program development, working in various industries. As a professional speaker, coach, and workshop leader, she has presented on topics such as diversity, equity and inclusion, leadership development and interpersonal skills development. As a curriculum developer, she has developed a portfolio of competency-based leadership development solutions for hybrid learning and development programs. She has been instrumental in leading, developing and managing national leadership development programs, conferences, summits and workshops for emerging leaders, executives, and c-suite professionals.
Pamela and her husband are co-authors of the book, Diversity IQ. Diversity IQ provides a framework for understanding the unique contributions and talents of staff, students, and parents by exploring the necessary strategies to create an inclusive learning community which connects educators to students. It directs us to explore the cultural dynamics of self, our learning organizations, and the society in which we live continuously and critically.
Pamela is active in her church ministry where she leads a global educational missions ministry in the Caribbean. Her mission’s ministry focuses on improving the quality of education for trauma-impacted girls who reside in group home facilities. Pamela is also active in philanthropic giving, community development and political and social justice, serving on several educational advisory boards and committees. She prioritizes her faith, family, and service. She has been happily married to her soulmate James for over twenty-five years serving with him in various marriage ministry programs. She is a very proud mother of three children, Jason, Jordan and Jaime and a grandmother of Jaeden. As a lifelong learner, Pamela continually enjoys exploring the latest training pedagogy, methods, and innovations to enhance learning retention and execution. Pamela’s favorite quote is from Shirley Chisolm, “Service is the rent we pay for the privilege of living on this earth.”
43. Angela Alexander
National Director & Head of Strategic Account Management & Business, INROADS
Angela is the National Director and Head of Strategic Account Management & Business of INROADS. INROADS is the world’s largest nonprofit organization committed to developing the leadership of talented and underrepresented youth. With more than 30,000 alumni worldwide, INROADS has prepared more than 154,000 diverse leaders with pre-employment skills with more than 1,000 corporate partners. INROADS has contributed to increases in the number of C-suite executives in corporate America. Founded in 1970, INROADS’ record of impact extends more than 50 years.
During her nine-year tenure with the organization, Alexander has served in several leadership roles. She has been a key player in delivering innovative programs and creative solutions that identify, accelerate, and elevate the development of underrepresented talent throughout their careers. Through this development, students become equipped for corporate and community leadership that affects community renewal, social change and elevates economic status and quality of life. She currently oversees strategic partnerships across domestic and global markets that support the INROADS mission.
Angela is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, and a graduate of Roosevelt University. Her mission is to promote diversity & inclusion, women in leadership, mentorship, and being a servant leader.
44. Mackenzie Terry
Director of Strategic Growth & Partnerships, evolv Consulting
Mackenzie Terry leads Marketing and Strategic Alliances for evolv Consulting, a full-service management and technology consulting firm. evolv’s cloud-native, and agile consultants pride themselves on bringing a fresh perspective to help clients overcome novel and persistent business challenges. Consistently awarded one of North Texas’ Best Places to Work, the firm credits a people-first approach for their tremendous growth. An energetic and passionate self-starter; sales, marketing, and alliance leader with demonstrated track record of building and maintaining strategic relationships across industries, geographies, and partners; Mackenzie led evolv’s business development and sales operations through two consecutive years of 100%+ revenue growth before stepping into her current role as Director of Strategic Growth and Partnerships.
Outside of her day-to-day life, Mackenzie has impacted evolv’s culture of collaboration and emphasis on personal connection. She has a zeal for empowering women in technology and is proud to be part of a firm that does the same. Mackenzie serves as the executive sponsor of evolv’s Women of evolv group and established a partnership with Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas in order to introduce young girls to the opportunities within technology consulting through job shadowing at an early age. She is committed to inspiring and empowering women and girls, especially her two daughters.
45. Abi Claus
Director of Salesforce, Stronghold Technology Holdings
Abi Claus is the Director of Salesforce at Stronghold Technology Holdings, a tech-startup arm of Stronghold Investment Management, a Dallas-based private equity firm. She manages a team of Salesforce developers who implement and administer the company’s CRM and integrations with bespoke applications while developing technologies to transform both the oil-and-gas and land-and-title industries.
Abi shares a passion for building amazing teams and curating company culture, as well as translating complex technical concepts into relatable language, optimizing end-user experience, troubleshooting user adoption challenges, and implementing change management strategies.
Over the course of her career, Abi has received multiple technical certifications from Salesforce for her implementation and administration expertise. Prior to joining Stronghold, Abi was a Salesforce consultant and solution owner at Slalom, where she built and developed breakthrough technologies implemented by Fortune 500 companies and state and local governments. She previously worked in the high tech, healthcare, automotive and finance industries. Abi holds an undergraduate degree in merchandising from Texas Woman’s University.
A skilled presenter and renowned expert, Abi was a speaker at one of the world’s largest tech conferences, Dreamforce, in 2019. She is a user-group leader for Women in Tech, as well as a mentor for women navigating their careers.
46. Lauren Law
Director of Business Development Services, The LOOMIS Agency
Lauren Law is the Director of Business Development for The LOOMIS Agency. Having spent more than 35 years in agency and corporate marketing roles, Lauren is a key player in helping lead the LOOMIS business development function. LOOMIS is focused exclusively on the unique needs of challenger brands. They develop insight-driven advertising strategies and complete, multi-channel implementation programs that help clients take full advantage of their market position.
With agency-side experience in healthcare, retail, banking, real estate, and more, Lauren’s broad understanding of marketing communications challenges and solutions enables her to quickly evaluate client needs and match them to the right agency resources. A proud alumnus of Southern Methodist University and a strong advocate for disadvantaged youth, Lauren is also a creative spirit who’s written a children’s book series she hopes to share with the world one day. She calls it her “old lady” project. She also runs the recruitment for the summer internship program and loves mentoring high school and college students who have an interest in entering the advertising field.
Lauren was previously a partner in Marketing and Media Partners, a not-just-for-profit company, founded to be the most insightful, flexible, and engaged marketing and media resource for clients with short to longer-term needs. She served as the director of advertising with Baylor Health Care System for over two decades and has dedicated her time to serving with several nonprofit organizations and has founded one of her own.
47. Amy M. Streater
Director of Operations & Human Resources Manager, SOCOTEC (USA)
Amy M. Streater is the Director of Operations and Human Resources Manager for SOCOTEC (USA), specializing in the Construction, Engineering, Architectural, and Financial sectors. SOCOTEC is comprised of several business units across the US platform (25 offices), and as a leader of the company with over 25 years of experience, Ms. Streater strives for superior standards assisting in the development and maintenance of company policies, administrative operations, procedures, and a holistic platform of HR benefits which services over 400 employees in the United States. Ms. Streater spearheads the Human Resources department for the Dispute Resolution and Project Advisory business unit, which is comprised of 14 office locations.
Ms. Streater is dedicated to the development and implementation of strategies that enhance the company’s talent, leadership, management, and training for recruiters, vendors, and colleagues of the business. Aside from working in conjunction with corporate operations and legal dynamics, Amy has worked with the company for over 13 years providing strong commitment and productivity to a number of responsibilities including 401k, health benefits, payroll, policy handbooks, processes & standardization, recruitment, onboarding, training, and information technology systems. Streater’s problem-solving leadership focuses on consistency, transparency, and communication aiding to reduce challenges in the workplace and provide exceptional service to SOCOTEC’s employees across the nation.
Prior to joining SOCOTEC (formerly known as Veritas Advisory Group), Ms. Streater served in numerous leadership roles such as Office Manager, Division Manager, Practice Manager, Contract Administrator, and Hospital Manager for various other industries in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Amy holds a Notary Public license from the Texas Office of the Secretary of State and a certification on the Fellow Life Management Institute (FLMI) professional program with focus on insurance and financial concepts from LOMA.
48. Zenetta Drew
Executive Director, Dallas Black Dance Theatre
Zenetta S. Drew has been Executive Director of Dallas Black Dance Theatre since 1987. During her tenure, Dallas Black Dance Theatre has grown from an annual operating budget of $175,000 to over $4.9 million and has also grown from a community-based organization to a fully professional dance company. Annual services have grown from 30 to over 600 including national and international venues and total audience growth has increased from 20,000 to over 150,000. Under her administrative leadership, the company has performed on some of the world’s most prestigious stages including the Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and the Olympics as well as performances for such luminaries as Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II and President Nelson Mandela.
Ms. Drew is the first African American female to receive a BBA in accounting from Texas A&M University-Commerce and she is the first African American female to be named a Distinguished Alumna in 2016. She holds a Management Certificate in Non-Profit Leadership from Brookhaven College, and is a graduate of the National Arts Strategies Executive Program through Harvard Business School (2016) and University of Michigan, Ross School of Business (2017). She is a graduate of Leadership Arts - 1989, Leadership Dallas - 1991, Leadership Women: Texas – 2010, Leadership Women: International (India) – 2013, and Leadership Women: Encore - 2022. She is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
49. Jade Melvin
Associate Director of Inclusive Innovation, Babson College
Jade Melvin is the Associate Director of Inclusive Innovation for Black Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership (BWEL) at Babson College’s Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership (CWEL). Designed for Black Women by Black Women, BWEL serves as a resource partner for Black Women Entrepreneurial Leaders to eradicate the cycle of challenges Black Women face in starting, growing, and sustaining their businesses. In her role, she develops inclusive innovation growth strategies and works to scale the BWEL reach both nationally and internationally.
Prior to joining BWEL, Jade served as an associate director of strategic alliances and programs at the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), the nation’s largest, most impactful, and successful nonprofit advocacy organization for minority business owners. While there, she spearheaded the Emerging Young Entrepreneurs and Women of Color Programs. Previous roles include senior manager of strategic programs, where she led the Women of Color Outreach and Development Program at the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the largest certifier of women-owned businesses in the US and a leading advocate for women business owners and entrepreneurs, and program manager at Dartmouth College’s Tuck Diversity Business Programs. During her tenure, she created groundbreaking programs and played a significant role in implementing the SheaMoisture Community Commerce Fellowship for minority women executives, business owners, and entrepreneurs.
As a Black-Indigenous Pequot (pēkwät) woman from the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation (Connecticut southeastern territory), Jade believes in the importance of community and contributing in service to all people. Outside of work, Jade has been a proud member of The Links, Incorporated, Dress for Success’s Mid-Fairfield County Advisory Committee, Board Development Committee of the Girl Scouts of Connecticut, Women of Dartmouth Honorary Board Member, and former Young Professionals’ Chair of the NAACP-Connecticut.
50. Bria Bell
Senior Marketing Strategy Associate, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Bria Bell is a content creator and multimedia specialist whose superpower is the art of storytelling. She currently serves as a Senior Marketing Strategy Associate for JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Prior to her current role, Bell served as the director of sales and marketing for Cnect where she brought company messaging to life by developing and delivering creative and high-impact narratives through effective storytelling and visual content for digital marketing assets.
Bell is a Texas native and former TV reporter. She graduated with a master’s degree from Texas Christian University while balancing an on-air TV reporting job. She is also a member of the National Association of Black Journalists. Before graduate school, she earned an undergraduate degree from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, where she was a part of the women’s basketball team.
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