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Amy Bunton
Chair

Pathway Women’s Business Center
Nashville, TN 

In March 2008, Amy Bunton joined Pathway Lending and currently serves as President of the newly created Pathway Women’s Business Center. While at Pathway Lending, Amy created and launched the $50 million Tennessee Energy Efficiency Loan Program and oversaw the execution of the Tennessee Energy Education Initiative which educated more than 2,500 individuals and companies on the benefits of sustainability and energy management practices.

Amy has extensive experience in working with entrepreneurs and has owned several businesses including a furniture manufacturing company whose most recognized piece was the button tufted “Chesterfield” sofa. Many of the distinctively styled pieces can still be seen on movie and television sets today even 20 years later  (more) .

 

 

MadsenAnn Madsen
Vice Chair/ VP Fund Development

The Helen Gordon Davis Centre for Women, Inc
Tampa, FL

Ann W. Madsen is the Executive Director of The Helen Gordon Davis Center for Women in Tampa, Fl., a nonprofit whose mission is to help women succeed personally and professionally. The Center operates six distinct programs, including the only SBA-designated Women’s Business Centre (WBC) on the West Coast of Florida. Madsen, who is an experienced entrepreneur (she founded two firms), launched the Women’s Business Centre in 2013 and secured funding from the Office of Women’s Business Ownership the following year to make the national resources of the SBA available to aspiring and nascent female entrepreneurs. Ann is a former journalist whose professional experience extends across corporate, academic and nonprofit sectors.

 

Gwen PokaloPokalo

Secretary

Centre for Women & Enterprise

Burlington, VT

Gwen Pokalo joined CWE’s exciting tradition of developing & delivering high quality programming and technical assistance to women in business. She holds an MS in Community Development & Economic Development from the University of Vermont, where she developed a microbusiness incubator to assist emer ging Vermont value-added-food and artisan entrepreneurs through a retail store and academic technical assistance model. Most recently, Gwen worked as Director of the Women’s Small Business Program and was awarded Vermont Business Magazine’s Rising Start Award. While there, she further developed the 25-year-old organization to expand offerings in business planning, personal finance, and networking.

She is delighted to have opened and currently direct the Center for Women and Enterprise Vermont.

 

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Bonnie Nawara
Treasurer

CEO
Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW)
Grand Rapids, MI

Bonnie Nawara is the CEO of Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women, a Women’s Business Center in Grand Rapids, MI. A former business owner, she is a facet in the local business community and was recognized as one of the Top Fifty Most Influential Women in West Michigan by Grand Rapids Business Journal in 2012 and 2013. 

Bonnie owned Sir Speedy printing center for fifteen years prior to joining GROW in September of 2010. Bonnie has a wealth of knowledge in business, including start-up, finance, operational growth, human resource management, and marketing. She uses her deep understanding to lead GROW in fostering the economic development and growth of our community’s women-owned businesses. (more)

 

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Nicole Liatos

Women's Business Center of Northern Ohio
Cleveland, OH

In 2018, Nicole was announced the Director of the Women’s Business Center, of Northern Ohio. Nicole’s responsibilities include implementing new WBC entrepreneurship curriculum and programming, one-on-one coaching, organizing and leading training and workshops, and managing the day-to-day operations. Nicole cultivates relationships within the community and works to ensure the WBC executes on its goals to level the playing field for women entrepreneurs, who still face unique obstacles in the world of business today by providing the much-needed support system, coaching, and fundamentals. As an entrepreneurial-minded individual, Nicole brings a vast knowledge of business strategy. She has worked across a range of industries to deliver programs that aligned with the organization’s strategic vision.

 

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Roberta McCullough

Women's Business Center of North Carolina 

Durham, NC

Roberta McCullough is the Executive Director of the Women Business Center of North Carolina, where she leads a staff to empower women owned-led businesses in 52 counties by offering tools to support and establish new business, stabilize their companies, generate sustainable profits, strategize for future growth and contribute to the growth and economic development of their communities. She is galvanizing her vast statewide network of business advocates to initiate and maintain local and regional partnerships that create business environments that are welcoming to women entrepreneurs and allow them to thrive. For 30 years, Roberta has continually served in leadership roles in the non-profit and financial institution industries to implement programs that addressed structural and systemic economic injustices.

 

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Anne Flynn Schlicht

Chatham's Women Business Center
Pittsburg, PA

Anne Flynn Schlicht joined the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University (CWE) in 2006. Anne received her Masters of Business Studies in Entrepreneurship from the University of Limerick, Ireland and a Best Practice in Teaching Entrepreneurship Certificate from the University of Cambridge, UK. Anne is a professor of entrepreneurship at the Center for Entrepreneurship Studies at the University of Limerick, Ireland, a certified Kauffman FastTrac Facilitator and as a business consultant, Anne has presented at seminars and conferences internationally. In 2016, Chatham University was awarded a Women Business Center (WBC) grant by the SBA and Anne was appointed as Director of Chatham’s Women Business Center (CWBC). In 2018 CWBC was awarded the National Women’s Business Center of the year.


ZoeZoë Dean- Smith

Vital Voices (Non-Profit)
Vice President Economic Empowerment & Entrepreneurship
Washington, D.C.

With a background of experience in the for-profit, non-profit, corporate and social enterprise sectors, Zoë is responsible for driving the organization’s global approach to Economic Empowerment and Entrepreneurship, to advance the organization’s mission. She provides vision and leadership for the organization’s economic empowerment and entrepreneurship focused programs, including the including the Global Ambassadors Program, the VVGROW fellowship, the Fortune-U.S. Department of State Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership and the WEEmpower UN SDG Challenge.

Between 2007 and 2011, based in Swaziland, Zoë served as Senior Director of Vital Voices’ Global Entrepreneurs in Handcrafts Program. During this time, she also worked with TechnoServe, developing Swaziland’s handcraft sector and with the International Finance Corporation’s Grassroots Business Initiatives across Africa and SE Asia.
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Ingrid

Ingrid Marjelos-Marthy 

Rennaisance WBC 

San Francisco, CA

Ingrid Marielos Marthy is a graduate of Hawaii Pacific University. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in International Business and a Master’s in Business Administration. Her husband served 8 years in the Army relocating them to North Carolina where she found her passion for helping women entrepreneurs.

Prior to relocating to North Carolina, Ingrid held positions at SolarCity, Merill Lynch, and 24 Hour Fitness. During her time in North Carolina, Ingrid worked for the NC Center for Economic Empowerment and Development (CEED) as the Latino/Hispanic Business Program Consultant; she was able to build a strong successful program and later became the Business Center Director.

Additionally, Ingrid is a strong advocate for the communities she becomes a part of. While in Fayetteville, NC, she served as a Human Relations Commissioner for the City of Fayetteville, and was on the founding board of Revolutionary Co-working, Fayetteville’s first co-working space. In the summer of 2018, Ingrid relocated to the Bay Area where she has been able to continue her passion for helping women entrepreneurs as the Renaissance Women’s Business Center Director in San Francisco. Ingrid is bilingual in English and Spanish, a first generation college graduate, and inspired by the many women she works with every day. When she is not busy with work, and community engagements, you can find her planning her next travels.



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