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Gwendolyn Tucker, COO of Rix International
President
president@nawbomemphis.org

Gwendolyn serves as lead consultant in the areas of: Leadership Development, Diversity & Inclusion and Service Excellence. Prior to joining RIX International, she held successive roles in Fortune 500 companies in the paper industry for more than twenty-five years. She has experience in Accounting, Internal Audit, Customer Service, Information Technology, Change Management, People Development and Training.

She earned her designation as a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Ohio in 1992 and maintained her certification until 2002, when she elected to broaden her skill sets by pursuing roles in a variety of functional areas. Gwendolyn has experience in Human Resources with a concentration in Diversity, Inclusion and Sensitivity Training. She is a skilled facilitator and coach.

As Co-chair of the Chairman’s Diversity Council for a Global corporation, she was recognized for her contribution in developing and implementing diversity initiatives within the organization. She was a key contributor in implementing diversity recommendations within a division with over 9,000 employees.

During her career she has been responsible for leading and managing others, and believes beyond doubt that people are our most valuable untapped asset. She created www.leaderwholeads.com to help equip leaders; thereby, aiding their growth and development.

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Dianne Dixon, Founding partner of Clark/Dixon Architects
Past President
past-president@nawbomemphis.org

NAWBO Memphis President, Dianne Dixon, Founding partner of Clark/Dixon Architects. With more than 34 years of professional experience with an emphasis on public projects, Ms. Dixon has established an expertise in existing building evaluations and new building compliance with various codes analysis. (i.e. Local codes, State fire codes and Federal ADA codes). Her responsibility has been the design of historic preservation projects, schools and universities, community centers, parks and recreation as well as zoning projects. Her work is characterized by its focus on public places and their sense of place.

ANCORA STUDIOS-3855Stacy Mcall, President & CEO of Service Master by Stratos
Director of Programs/Events
programs@nawbomemphis.org

As president and CEO of ServiceMaster by Stratos, a contract commercial janitorial company headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee, Stacy leads her business with a focus on the “two Cs” – culture and communication. She has developed a strong internal culture through open communication channels based on core values like integrity, accountability and respect, and she strives to achieve a firm balance between being a headstrong CEO and a true friend to her employees. She continues to lead Stratos to new heights, through continued growth and the introduction of technological advancements throughout the organization. Stacy plays an active role in the Memphis business community and has received many honors over the years, including Memphis Business Journal’s 2013 Super Woman in Business and, most recently, Memphis Business Journal’s 2015 Small Business of the Year. She also participates as an activate mentor to young business women in the Memphis Business Journal’s Bizwomen Mentoring Monday series, sits on the board of directors for the Chickasaw Council of Boy Scouts of America and serves as a commissioner for Memphis City Beautiful. Furthermore, she gives back to the community by providing in-kind janitorial services to many of Memphis’ nonprofit organizations and events.

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Carolyn Michael-Banks, Owner/Operator, A Tour Of Possibilities
Director of Member Services
membershipchair@nawbomemphis.org

Carolyn Michael-Banks, known to some as “Queen,” is the owner and founder of A Tour of Possibilities, LLC, an African American History Tour of Memphis, TN. She is a native of the Bronx, New York and lived there until she attended Clark University in Worcester, MA. Her degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology set the foundation for a career in Social Work. After spending two years in Protective Services, it was clear to her that this career path was not for her; therefore, it was time to make a change.

She chose to move to Washington D.C. where her sister lived and rejoined a sightseeing company where she had worked during two summer breaks while in college. Being in an environment where people are normally in a good mood (tourism), learning new information on a daily basis and being able to meet people from around the world, was a perfect fit. She quickly rose through the ranks and became General Manager of one of the largest themed-sightseeing tour companies in the country.

During her tenure as General Manager, she made some changes in the tour script that included information about the contributions of African Americans which were woefully missing. The changes made were not readily accepted by the owners of the company. In spite of what “history” should have been included in the script, the company moved her to develop and launch operations in Savannah, GA; and then Philadelphia, PA where she did historical research, wrote tour scripts and trained tour guides.

Soon after relocating to Philadelphia, PA, the company downsized and she found herself jobless in a city where she knew no one except the people she hired and trained. What initially appeared to be a devastating blow, ended up being the best thing that could have happened. She not only had the time to create her own tour company, A Tour of Possibilities, but while working at the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, the man of her dreams, who lived in Memphis, made her an offer she chose not to refuse. In 2000, after a 2 1/2 year long distance relationship, she was swept off her feet and moved to Memphis, TN and married.

A Tour of Possibilities, LLC celebrated it’s 2nd anniversary in August 2016. Carolyn is presently a member of: the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau, Black Business Association, National Civil Rights Museum, Stax Museum of American Soul Music, National Museum of African American History, Better Business Bureau, Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Greater Chamber of Commerce, and the National Association of Women Business Owners.

 

Hughetta Dudley
 Hughetta Dudley, CEO of Stragistics Technology, Inc.
Director of Public Policies/Certifications
publicpolicies@nawbomemphis.org

Since her initial exposure to the field of computer science as a young student, HUGHETTA DUDLEY has charted a course of professional success in the information technology arena that has spanned a broad spectrum of industries and markets. Her love of learning, collaborative approach to problem-solving, and ability to integrate technology and business, has enabled her to bridge the gap between the technical and non-technical. As CEO of STRAGISTICS TECHNOLOGY, Inc., Hughetta leads an insightful and talented team that mirrors her passion, manages change well, and focuses on building a stronger infrastructure for clients.

Throughout her career, Hughetta has been drawn to challenging roles and has been assigned projects that others have failed to complete. She excels in situations where critical thinking is necessary, helping build the internal team and deploying the best available resources. Her eclectic knowledge of business, natural creativity, flair for technology, stellar communication skills, and ability to motivate others differentiate her as an IT leader. Her strength is in shortening learning curves in technology, enabling companies to streamline their processes, manage projects more effectively, and cultivate new opportunities for business growth.

Known for her integrity, responsiveness, and unwavering commitment to excellence, Hughetta is a natural mentor and quick builder of trust who embraces a holistic approach to helping others navigate the changing landscape of technology. She does not consider herself as merely an IT solutions provider; rather, as a trusted advisor and partner, investing fully in the success of each client. Driven by a sense of the unknown, Hughetta is on a path of relentless discovery, continuously shaping client’s visions into manageable projects, and transforming the culture of an organization.

 

Felecia C. Wade, CEO of Kingdom Women Enterprise
Secretary
secretary@nawbomemphis.org

Felecia empowers women to live a more meaning and fulfilled life, igniting them to become passionate about their purpose through speaking, coaching, mentoring and workshops. She is the executive director of Repairing the Breach Youth Outreach, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower at-risk youth spiritually, socially and academically to become global leaders. She also serves as the COO and Associate Pastor at Divine Life Church in Memphis, TN. As a certified John Maxwell Leadership and Personal Development Coach, Felecia enjoys traveling the world, speaking particularly to women and motivating them to live out their purposed destiny. Felecia just released her second book “Characteristics of Phenomenal Women”, an inspirational book that outlines specific attributes of seven ordinary women in the Bible that overcame the many obstacles women are faced with even today and yet they did the extraordinary. This book and more about Felecia can be found at www.feleciawade.com.

Meghan-McMahonAndrea Bowles, Independant Associate-Director, Legal Shield
Audit/Legal/Policies & Procedures
policyprocedures@nawbomemphis.org

As a solid participant in Corporate America for 20+ years, I was a first-hand witness to the “old boys club.” In all my time in upper management corporate culture, I only had one female who attempted to mentor me. When I started my own business, I started networking and trying to fit into the entrepreneur version of that same “old boys club.” I joined everything and started talking myself up. When I came to NAWBO functions, I started having casual conversations about real business struggles and these women were helping each other! And offering me advice! What??? I started attending some of the events, and my personal growth and knowledge has grown exponentially. I get real information that is timely, relevant and honest. I am in business to succeed and I will stick with NAWBO and support its cause and woman business ownership forever.

ANCORA_STUDIOS-1002Latisha Styles, Business Coach, Digital Marketing Strategist, Millennial Finance Expert
Public Relations and Marketing Committee Chair
publicrelations@nawbomemphis.org

High performing, strategic thinking HR professional with more than 10 years experience in labor relations, EEO and employee relations. Skilled at relationship building with customers and across organizations and teams. Adept at assessing needs, generating options, and implementing solutions in collaboration with business partners and stakeholders. Prove ability to work with difficult situations and provide a high level of service to customers.

 

ancora_studios-2Lameka Ivy, Owner of Ivy Mediation and Consulting, LLC
Treasurer
treasurer@nawbomemphis.org

High performing, strategic thinking HR professional with more than 10 years experience in labor relations, EEO and employee relations. Skilled at relationship building with customers and across organizations and teams. Adept at assessing needs, generating options, and implementing solutions in collaboration with business partners and stakeholders. Prove ability to work with difficult situations and provide a high level of service to customers.

 

ancora_studios-2Denice McMahon, Style Consultant, Etcetera, Inc.
Corporate Partnerships Chair/Sponsorships
sponsorships@nawbomemphis.org

Dynamic, results driven sales professional and small business owner for New York-based fashion leader Carlisle-Etcetera LLC. With a strong, 25+year background in management, marketing and business development, I am a connector, an encourager, and a proven team leader for Etcetera, the country’s top direct seller of women’s fashion. .

Due to unprecedented opportunities for growth within the Etcetera national network, I have been promoted to Master Consultant and am motivated to mentor and train other women interested in being fashion entrepreneurs. The women I am looking for are organized self-starters, have good leadership qualities, and are well-connected in their communities. The opportunity allows for great income potential while enjoying a rewarding, flexible career.

For more information about Etcetera, and becoming a fashion entrepreneur with in-home flexibility and unlimited potential, please contact me at Dpmjtm@aol.com.

Specialties: Business development and sales, strategic planning and tactical execution, program development and implementation, publicity and media relations, direct mail marketing, event and meeting planning, trade show management, fundraising and donor relations, budget management and control.