Dianne Dixon, Founding partner of Clark/Dixon Architects
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.
Gwendolyn Tucker, COO of Rix International
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.
Shawn delivers a truly unique perspective having earned many titles: Market Director, Sales Manager, Operations Manager, Production Manager, Marketing Director, Development Director, Business Manager, Entrepreneur . . . She has conquered, redefined and re-engineered these roles in multiple organizations – big, small, independent, non profit – and in multiple industries – Media, Retail, Higher Education, and Corporate Real Estate. Her business, The Selling Agency, uses these experiences to create strong sales programs focused on Organization Selling and strategies that focus on the goal of every business – revenue growth.
Straightforward, practical and perhaps slightly cheeky, her innate gift is helping people find new ways to solve old problems, unique ways to approach new problems and helping businesses re-invent themselves and their sales strategies. With Bold and Brave thought leadership and Clear Action Plans, her impact on business is Measurable and Meaningful and will lead your sales revolution to growth and revenue goals.
Mr. Heathcott manages the accounting, finance and strategic portion of the business. Mrs. Heathcott holds an undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University in Economics, with a minor in Business Administration. Additionally, she earned an MBA from Southern Methodist University through its executive MBA program as the youngest applicant ever accepted in its prestigious top-tier business executive program.
Meghan K. McMahon concentrates her practice in the areas of business and commercial litigation and intellectual property.
Ms. McMahon graduated from the University of Notre Dame Law School, where she served as Executive Solicitations Editor of The Journal of College and University Law. Prior to joining Glankler Brown, Ms. McMahon worked in Academic and Membership Affairs at the NCAA’s national office in Indiana. She has experience with matters including NCAA compliance, sports and entertainment contracts, intellectual property, and other related issues.
Standing out from the crowd means letting your audience see what makes you genuinely different. Kim sets her clients apart by establishing the client’s expertise while also making sure the audience receives a relevant dose of the client’s personality. Her creative style, unique designs, and attention-grabbing tactics deliver results. With over 13 years of kicking tail and taking names, Kim combines experiences from both creative and administrative roles to effectively communicate through digital and print media. She understands what it takes to achieve creative goals and why they need to happen in certain ways based on the structure of the client’s business and industry standards. It’s a rarity to find an especially creative person who can confidently jump into the analytical side of a project–Kim is one of those people.
In 2007, Kim founded Ancora Creative, which became Sauce Marketing in January 2016. Kim started this business in order to reach a wider audience, creating a lasting impact on the local brandscape. But Sauce’s scope isn’t limited to the Memphis area–with Kim at the helm, Sauce intends to reach a national, and even global audience, improving the brandscape one business at a time. By providing brand strategy, custom marketing campaigns, website development and design, social media management, photography, videography, and graphic design, Sauce Marketing exists to meet the branding and marketing needs of any size business.
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.
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.