Dr. Jo Allen

Dr. Jo Allen

Jo Allen, Ph.D., Meredith College Class of 1980, took office as the eighth president of the College on July 1, 2011. She is the first Meredith College alumna to assume leadership of the 128-year-old institution, one of the largest private colleges for women in the United States. Allen brought her extensive experience as a faculty member, administrator, and scholar to her current role.

Since taking office, President Allen has guided Meredith to an enviable position of strength and vitality. After leading a collaborative, community-wide process to develop a comprehensive strategic plan, Meredith Forever, Allen and the Executive Leadership Team oversaw its implementation with impressive results. In the seven years since the rolling plan was put in place, Meredith has exceeded enrollment and retention goals; raised more than $90 million in Beyond Strong, its largest fundraising campaign ever; earned the highest rating from the U.S. Department of Education for financial stability; launched the Going Strong brand initiative; established StrongPoints®, the College’s signature coaching and personal advising program; created a personal and professional development program for women called Stronger U; and completed or initiated renovations on buildings and infrastructure across campus, including Johnson Hall, the College’s most iconic building.

A North Carolina native, Allen earned her Master’s degree from East Carolina University and her doctorate from Oklahoma State University. Both her M.A. and her Ph.D. are in English literature, with an emphasis in Technical and Professional Communication. Her B.A. from Meredith is also in English. She served as tenured associate professor of English at East Carolina University and tenured associate professor at North Carolina State University in addition to her administrative roles. Dr. Allen was an American Council on Education Fellow at the University of Virginia.

Allen previously served as senior vice president and provost, and tenured professor of English, at Widener University, in Chester, Pa. There she oversaw academic and student affairs on four campuses in two states for approximately 6,500 students and more than 700 full- and part-time faculty. Other leadership positions held by Allen at East Carolina University and at North Carolina State University include special assistant positions for various projects, as well as associate vice provost and interim vice provost.

Allen has made numerous contributions to the advancement of higher education. She has been the featured speaker and facilitator at programs including the American Council on Education Chief Academic Officer’s Institute and the Pennsylvania State University's Academic Leadership Academy. She has also served as president of the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing, the largest international scholarly organization for technical and professional communication scholars. She was a Commissioner for Middle States Commission on Higher Education, for whom she also led training workshops on assessment and led site visits for regional and international institutions’ accreditation. She also served on the Board of Trustees and has been a frequent site reviewer for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Commission on Colleges. She has been a site reviewer for the American Bar Association. She also served on the board of the Association of American Colleges of Teacher Education.

President Allen has published and presented in more than 200 regional, national, and international scholarly venues, focusing on communication, assessment, and leadership in higher education. Books written or edited by Allen include Writing in the Workplace and Assessment in Technical and Professional Communication, which won the Council of Program’s in Technical and Scientific Communication’s 2010 award for best contribution to the work of program assessment. The book also won the 2012 College Composition and Communication Award for best collection of original essays about assessment of professional communication. In addition to publishing her own work extensively in the form of chapters in scholarly books, articles reprinted in books, peer reviewed articles, and articles in higher education publications, Allen has been a reviewer for scholarly journals and has co-edited several special journal issues of Technical Communication Quarterly.

She has been recognized by Meredith College as a Distinguished Alumna and by East Carolina University as an Outstanding Woman of ECU.

Currently, she is vice chair of the Executive Board and serves on the Audit Committee and the Administrative Committee for the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU). She also serves on the Executive Board of the North Carolina Campus Compact and is the Treasurer of the North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU). She serves on the Presidents’ Council of the Cooperating Raleigh Colleges and on the Presidents' Council of USA South, Meredith's athletic conference. In addition, she is a member of the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

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Breakout Session:

Fearless Females Panel At Girls World Expo Raleigh, NC on Sunday, May 19, 2019

Ronaya Khaliq

Ronaya Khaliq

Multifaceted by nature, I offer the best of myself by combining my strengths and passions in brand architecture, strategy, storytelling, communications and creating amazing content through design and collaborations. As a visionary, with a keen sense of potential in all things people, processes and presentation, I pride myself in the ability to create and develop authentic "Passion Brands" that connect to humans.

More technically, I offer over 15 years in providing analysis, solutions, and general marketing expertise to help companies successfully sell their brads, products and services.

My expertise and background in branding and business strategy has afforded me the opportunity to work for companies in both the profit and non-profit sectors. Most notably, my experience as an entrepreneur for nearly 10 years, has afforded me the most versatile portfolio of client types across many industries, including accountancy, legal, hair and beauty, fashion, entertainment, health and wellness, and more! I started my first company JaylaCom Solutions in 2003 where I helped women who were looking to either become a business owner or enter the workforce, through resume writing, business plan writing, and design services. As a rebrand, ATC Int'l was born 5 years ago, and has evolved to offer more strategy focused solutions for both start-up and existing brands, specializing in assessing and improving internal operations, communications and workflow and of course designing beautiful passion brands!

In 2015 I took on my first international client, White Storm Capital based in Equatorial Guinea, on the west coast of Africa, where I was hired as Principal Consultant and charged with rebranding the visual identity of the company, however ultimately, ended up rebuilding the company from the ground floor, which included creating new internal workflow, restructuring workforce and departments, creating interdepartmental and external communications and processes, training and promotions, among many other responsibilities. This project contributed to the success of my company as it stands today.

Aside from my professional accomplishments, I founded in 2009 my girls organization Get-up and Go Girls, which I operated for 5 years as Executive Director and Facilitator for 20 young girls from the Houston area. I provided mentorship, leadership development, community and opportunity for young ladies ages 7-17. This was my service to my community.

I am also a mother of 3 beautiful young girls, ages 18, 13, an 12, all of whom are young entrepreneurs and the inspiration to my Get-up and Go! The potential and life I see in each of them is my WHY, and is what reminds me of the potential and life I see in me.

I am most valuable and passionate when I am able to contribute to human experiences, culture and potential of people, processes and presentation through creativity, collaboration and communication.

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Breakout Session:

Brand You: Thru and Thru At Girls World Expo Bryan-College Station, TX on Sunday, April 7, 2019

Nina S. Heard

Nina S. Heard

Nina S. Heard is a communications expert with more than 23 years of experience working in a variety of roles at General Motors Company (GM). She currently serves at the Tonawanda Engine Plant(a facility that employ over 1200 employees) in Buffalo, New York as a Global Supply Chain Planner she works with a team to deploy supply chain capability by scheduling build and ship plans daily for engine production - delivering to seven GM assembly plants. Nina and her team work to manage critical supplier issues, to achieve budgets in logistics, inventory and containers, and to support supplier, manufacturing footprints and global engine programs.

Most recently, Nina served as the Community Relations Manager for Tonawanda Engine Plant - a role created to oversee the community relations strategy in Buffalo and the surrounding communities. In this role, Nina represented Tonawanda Engine Plant and General Motors Company by helping the company gain entry and access to a vast network of diverse community organizations and stakeholders. She oversaw and implemented successful partnerships on community programs, including but not limited to: Success Looks Like Me Program with the Community Foundation of Greater Buffalo, the Willie Hutch Jones Educational & Sports Program Science Fair and STEAM programs, the Miss Borinquen Leadership Program with the Puerto Rican & Hispanic Day Parade, Inc. of WNY, the STEAM Conference and the Girls Coding Camp with the STEMHub of WNY, the Each One – Reach One event with the National Association of Women Business Owners, the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk with the American Cancer Society, and the annual Juneteenth Parade. Nina currently serves as a Board Member for multiple non-profit organizations in the Buffalo area, including the Northland Workforce Training Center, the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Chamber of Commerce, the American Cancer Society, the Boys and Girls Club of the Northtowns, and Every Person Influences Children. She also serves as a member of the United Way of Erie County Women’s United Advisory Board, as well as an executive board member of the GM WOMEN and the GM Professional Managers employee affinity groups. Nina is a founding Board of Directors member for the Evon Price Memorial Foundation located in Flint, Michigan.

Prior to the community relations role, Nina served as a GM Diversity Communications Manager in Detroit, Michigan where she led internal and external communication efforts and developed a large network of media contacts for GM among multicultural news and lifestyle outlets. One of her most proudest moments working with GM was in working with the team that headed the PR efforts for the GM Foundation’s donation to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C. As a Diversity Communications Manager Nina grew her company’s relationship with organizations and events such as the Trumpet Awards, the Stellar Awards, Black Girls Rock!, and the American Black Film Festival.

Nina’s journey with GM began working as Production Supervisor at Lake Orion Assembly Plant. (Orion, MI), soon after earning a Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University in 1995. From the Plant, Nina moved into a communications role as a Regional Plant Communications Manager with GM Service Parts Operations in Grand Blanc, Michigan where she was responsible for developing and implementing communication strategies for six facilities across the country. In 2000, Nina received a Master’s Degree in Marketing and Leadership Studies. She has also taught as an Adjunct Professor at Davenport University in Michigan.

Nina is a recipient and nominee of numerous professional and community awards, including the Girl Scouts ‘Women of Distinction’ Award, Michigan Chronicle ‘Women of Excellence’ Award, the ‘ATHENA Leadership’ Award, and the ‘ATHENA Young Professional’ Award. She is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Nina represents excellence in all that she does, especially in reaching out to underserved communities on behalf of GM, as well as in her personal life. She is motivated by her parents (Darcell and the late Evon Price) and her husband, Terrance Heard. Making them proud has always been one of her number one goals in life. Nina truly believes that to whom much is given, much is required and is dedicated to inspiring all to achieve their greatest dreams.

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Breakout Session:

Fearless Females Panel At Girls World Expo Buffalo, NY on Sunday, March 31, 2019

Sonya Cooke

Sonya Cooke

Sonya Cooke started her professional career in the medical industry as a front office administrator. In 2014 Sonya received a certificate of achievement for successfully completing FastTrack New Venture, a 10-week program geared towards entrepreneurial achievement. In May of 2015 she received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration/Marketing.
In 2016 Sonya started her very own nonprofit called Girl Talk Incorporated, where the mission is to equip young girls with life skills that will allow them to become successful in achieving their personal and professional goals. She also mentors’ young girls through her non-profit.
Sonya continues to empower young girls by volunteering with Girl’s Inc., Project Home Indy, Visions Summer Beauty camp, and Big Brothers Big Sisters. She completed her training to become a volunteer program facilitator with Girls Inc. in October 2011. She then went on to become a mentor mom for Project Home Indy, a home for displaced pregnant teenage girls. Sonya is also a facilitator and mentor for Visions Summer Beauty Camp where she currently sits on the board of advisors (2011-present) and Raising Queens (2016-2017). She has volunteered her time reading with children at St. Mary’s Childcare Center, as well as volunteered her time helping children to read at IPS School 48 with their Accelerated Reading Program Spring 2015. Sonya is currently a Big Sister with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana. Sonya currently volunteers at the Marion County Juvenile Detention Center where she brings her nonprofit mentoring program Girl Talk Incorporated.
In 2016 Sonya started her very own nonprofit called Girl Talk Incorporated, where the mission is to equip young girls with life skills that will allow them to become successful in achieving their personal and professional goals. She also mentors’ young girls through her non-profit.
Sonya also received her certification to be a professional life coach in January 2017 from the Fowler International Academy of Professional Coaching. Sonya decided to start her Personal Development coaching practice due to the need she saw for women wanting to move forward in their personal and professional life but not knowing how to move onward strategically in that direction. Thus, Sonya Cooke Life Strategist and Mentor was born. Sonya loves people and understands the importance of developing others. She is selfless, well-informed, trained, instinctive, nonjudgmental, objective, and offers a three-dimensional perspective of life and living. Sonya is currently pursuing a degree in Human Services from Indiana Tech.
Sonya also enjoys reading, listening to jazz, traveling and spending time with family and friends.

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Breakout Session:

Fearless Females Panel At Girls World Expo Indianapolis, IN on Saturday, March 16, 2019

Tresa Deal-Galloway

Tresa Deal-Galloway

Tresa Deal-Galloway is a motivated entrepreneur who has established over 20 years of experience in Education, Event Planning, P.R. Marketing and Fundraising. With receiving a Bachelor degree in Sociology from Madonna University, a M.A.T in Language Arts and Speech from Wayne State University and studying Higher Education at Edge Hill University in Ormskirk, England; Tresa was able to pursue her passion of educating and mentoring children and teenagers.

As an educator, Tresa worked as a teacher at the elementary school level including instruction of core curriculum for gifted and talented children in the Grosse Pointe Public School System in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. She has also worked in administration for the Detroit Enterprise Academy, a public school charted by the nationally renowned National Heritage Academies.

While working within the public school system as a school administrator, Tresa saw that there was an unfortunate problem of bullying amongst the students. This problem became even more evident when she discovered that her eldest son and daughter were also both bullied in middle school. Seeing that there was a need, in March of 2018 she founded Love Laces, a bullying awareness movement that focuses on empowering young people through programming, apparel and education.

In her research, she found that children who are bullied or suffer from low self-esteem often tend to hang their heads down low. She decided to develop shoe laces brand that are uniquely inscribed with empowering affirmations. While children are looking down to the ground, Love Laces are there to help uplift. The laces symbolizes a tie of protection and the positive inscription is created as affirmation to empower them and build self-esteem. On October 6, 2018, Love Laces held its first annual Bullying Awareness Walk titled, “Walk 4 a Mile in My Shoes” that included 267 registered participants.

Tresa’s expertise in business granted her several opportunities to work with high profiled companies and public figures, which included a guest panelist on the Oprah Winfrey Show in 2004. During the second term of President Obama’s presidency, Tresa was selected as Team Captain for Volunteers in the 2013 Presidential inauguration were 15,000 volunteers worked under her management. Furthering her involvement with President Obama’s campaign team, Tresa became the regional fundraising coordinators for the State of Michigan, Organizers for Action (OFA).

In heading her upscale event planning company Exquisite Affairs by Tresa, founded in 2006, she was able to work with many corporations and foundations including Comerica Bank; Keep a Child Alive Foundation with Alicia Keys as its ambassador. Tresa Deal-Galloway lives in Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan with her family. She enjoys skiing, skating, dancing, mentoring youth and the theater.

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Breakout Session:

“LEVEL UP”… to the BEST YOU! At Girls World Expo Detroit, MI on Sunday, March 10, 2019

Hillary Schieve

Hillary Schieve

Professional Biography

Hillary L. Schieve was elected as Reno’s Mayor on November 4, 2014. She was sworn in on November 12, 2014, as the 28th Mayor of the City of Reno. Prior to being elected Mayor, Hillary was elected as At-Large Reno City Council Member on November 6, 2012, and was sworn into office on November 14, 2012.

Hillary brings to the Council her entrepreneurial experience as an employer and local business owner, as well as her out-of-the-box thinking which helped her businesses prosper during the economic downturn. Hillary is the owner and operator of three businesses in the City of Reno. She wants to use her business knowledge to help eliminate bureaucratic red tape and spur job creation.

Hillary’s other key issues are economic growth, public safety, regional cooperation and senior services. One of her major issues is the reformation and revitalization of downtown. Hillary has made it a priority since assuming office to put funding toward creating a downtown environment that attracts residents, students, businesses and visitors. She was named in Politico Magazine’s “America’s 11 Most Interesting Mayors” article. The piece refers to her as “The re-inventor” for her role in the positive transformation of Reno, which is “becoming a hub for tech entrepreneurs and companies, pulling coders and data analysts from far more expensive Silicon Valley four hours to the west.”

In September 2017, Mayor Schieve was selected as Chair of the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) Standing Committee on Tourism, Arts, Parks, Entertainment, and Sports (TAPES). She is the first woman to Chair the committee in more than 25 years. Another national and local issue the Mayor is passionate about is mental health and addiction; as such, she hosted a community conversation on the topic in October 2017.

Hillary’s business success landed her the Reno Gazette-Journal’s (RGJ) 2011 "Entrepreneur of the Year" award. Hillary was also named by the Nevada Young Professional Network and the RGJ as a "Twenty Under 40" award recipient for her business expertise and her community service endeavors. Just to name a few of her many accomplishments and awards, she is also a recipient of the "Humanitarian Award," as she was recognized for being an outspoken public advocate for diversity and equality for all underserved groups. She was also honored with the "Harvey Milk Award" by Build Our Center (now called Our Center) in May 2016. She is also a two-time recipient of the Nevada Women’s Fund, presented by NV Energy, "Women of Achievement" award in 2013 and 2015.

Hillary is one of the four founding members of the Midtown District. Most recently, she has worked diligently to reform and revitalize downtown Reno and has, in partnership with the Reno City Council, formed an Operation Downtown group focused on reimagining and revitalizing the downtown corridor.

Hillary was born and raised in Reno, Nevada. She attended Reno High School. Hillary grew up figure skating, where she competed nationally in pursuit of an Olympic dream, but was stricken with kidney failure. As fate would have it, her sister saved Hillary’s life by donating her kidney for a transplant operation. Hillary continues to be a strong advocate for organ donations and has lobbied nationwide to promote organ donor awareness.

Public Service History:
•2014-Present Mayor of Reno
•2012-2014 At-Large Reno City Council Member

Appointments:
•Capital Projects Surcharge Advisory Subcommittee
•Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts - Board of Directors
•Reno City Council Subcommittee on Council Rules and Regulations
•Reno Housing Authority
•Reno-Sparks Convention & Visitors Authority (RSCVA)
•Truckee Meadows Water Reclamation Facility (TMWRF)
•Joint Coordinating Committee - alternate
•Regional Planning Governing Board - alternate

National Appointments:
•United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) TAPES Committee, Chair
•Women in Government

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Breakout Session:

Fearless Females Panel At Girls World Expo Reno, NV on Saturday, September 22, 2018

Violet Maestas

Violet Maestas

Violet Maestas is originally from San Antonio, Texas and moved with her family in 1988 to Eloy, AZ. She graduated from Santa Cruz Valley Union High School in 1996 and graduated from Central Arizona College in 1998 with a Certificate in Medical Administration. She became a Health Information Manager with the Casa Grande Regional Medical Center. Wanting a career change Violet graduated from the Arizona Department of Correctional Officers Training Academy in 1999.

In 2002 she was hired by the Eloy Police Department as a Detention and Communications Officer. 2004 She graduated from the Southern Arizona Law Enforcement Training Academy and became a Police Officer for the City of Eloy. Within 14yrs from being certified she has served in many roles for the department; Auto Theft Investigator, Community Officer, Professional Standards (Internal Affairs), Communications Supervisor, General Investigator, Training Coordinator, Terrorism Liaison Officer & Certified Intelligence Analysts. From 2006-20013 she coordinated multiple operations with the US Marshals and surrounding agencies which focused on wanted fugitives. She coordinated and ran the Homeland Security Operational grant, which heavily focused on human and drug smuggling interdiction in and around the City of Eloy.

During this time she received an Associates of Applied Science Degree in Administration of Justice from Central Arizona College and Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social and Criminal Justice (with honors) from Ashford University. In 2013 she transitioned back to patrol and became a Field Training Officer and an Officer in Charge, assisting with supervising patrol when needed. Violet is affiliated with the Arizona Auto Theft Association, Latino Police Officers Association, and Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts. She graduated from the Valle Del Sol-Central Arizona College, Hispanic Leadership Institution in 2014.

January of this year Violet was promoted to the rank of Patrol Sergeant. Violet is still with the Eloy Police Department today and has gained overwhelming experience and knowledge about the City of Eloy, the community, and different ways of bringing support to and for the city. She was successful in creating and coordinating a charity run, “Tip-Over the Shelf 5K”, to the City of Eloy which benefits the Santa Cruz Valley Food Pantry and the Eloy Veterans Center Food Pantry. This year marks the 4th annual 5K.

This same effort has created an annual Hunger Awareness Field day, to the local Junior High and Elementary School.

She continues to commit herself to numerous community service projects which efforts help the homeless and the hungry.

Violet volunteers with the Eloy Veterans Center and is a part of the Catholic Daughters of America #2729. CAHRA (Santa Cruz Valley Food Pantry) board member, Eloy Police Department Honor Guard.
Violet continues to set goals which include helping and volunteering with many organizations within the community which have the same mission in mind. She credits the support from her friends, mentors, and especially her family.

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Breakout Session:

Fearless Females Panel At Girls World Expo Tucson, AZ on Sunday, April 22, 2018

Kiesha Cousar

Kiesha Cousar

Kiesha L. Cousar speaker, author, coach, counselor, consultant, strategist, and girls advocate is the CEO and founder of COUSAR Empowerment, a Personal Development Company whose priority is empowering individuals to be exceptional people. She is the founder, chief visionary, and trail blazer of WIN Within™ a philosophical framework that fosters a strong sense of self through awareness and identity development.

As a strong advocate for women she founded the Women WINNING Within™ Coaching Program where women learn to make BOLD Moves both personally and professionally to be their best selves. These women not only gain skills and techniques from Coach Cousar but also participate in the WIN Within ™ social network community comprised of influential, diverse women who are committed to doing the lifeWORK. She is also the founder of EmpowerHER! Every girl. Everywhere. ™, a girls movement and signature program designed to cultivate and empower girls to “Be Authentically You!”

Mrs. Cousar is known for her exuberant spirit, transformational messages, transparent nature, and relentless drive to help people maximize their greatest potential. She is an enthusiastic, authentic woman on fire for life, on a mission to educate, equip, and empower women & girls around the world to WIN Within™! She is the proud wife of Lawrence Gemelle Cousar and they are the delightful parents to three young children; Kennedy Kline, Karrington Kane, and Wellington Chase. Her greatest desire is for people to know themselves, fulfill their purpose, and live life intentionally!

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Speaker for:

Girl of Merit Brunch At Girls World Expo Raleigh, NC on Sunday, April 22, 2018

Sheriff Mims

Sheriff Mims

Margaret Mims has been a peace officer since l980. She was elected to the office of Sheriff in 2006, becoming the first female deputy sheriff Sergeant to supervise field patrol units. She was the first female deputy sheriff to attain the rank of Lieutenant, Captain, Assistant Sheriff, and to be elected to the office of Sheriff in the history of the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office. Margaret is a member of the Fresno Cultural Arts Rotary Club, the Caruthers Kiwanis Club and is on the Board of Directors of the Marjaree Mason Center, a local women’s shelter. She has served as a past member of the Fresno County Rape Counseling Service Board of Directors. She is a member of the California Peace Officers' Association and the California State Sheriffs' Association. Sheriff Mims is a graduate of Fresno Pacific University, and has her Masters Degree in Public Administration from National University. She is a graduate of California POST's (Peace Officer Standards & Training) Supervisory Leadership Institute and she is also a graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police coordinated through Boston University and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.

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Her GWE Breakout Session:

How to be a Fearless Female

Laura Ryan

Laura Ryan

Laura Ryan is currently Chief Executive Officer for Purdy Motor Group – USA (PMG – US). Purdy Motor Group is Costa Rica’s exclusive Distributor for Toyota, Lexus, Hino, Ford and VW with growing operations in the U.S. including three Texas-based franchised dealerships. The Toyota dealerships run under the Atkinson Toyota brand and are in Bryan, Madisonville and Dallas, Texas. In this role, Laura is responsible for strategically expanding, broadening and diversifying Purdy Motors’ operations in the United States. Before this position Laura was with Gulf States Toyota, Inc, a Private Distributor for Toyota Motor North America for 18 years; most recently as Vice President, Market Representation & Dealer Development. In her twenty-five plus years in the automotive industry she has held positions in all aspects of the of the business which have provided valuable knowledge, experience and exposure to the industry.

Laura believes in giving back to the community and has held public service roles representing the citizens of Texas for the past seven years. Most recently, she was appointed by Governor Abbott to serve on the Texas Transportation Commission (TxDOT) as one of five Commissioners. Prior to this, Governor Abbott appointed her to the TX Department of Motor Vehicle Board (TxDMV) representing the vehicle manufacturing/distribution industry. During her tenure on the TxDMV board she held positions of Chairman - projects & operations committee, Vice-Chairman and Chairman.

Laura attended Penn State University and believes strongly in continuous executive-level education programs that stretch her abilities. She has attended programs and courses such as: Gallup Organization, University of Texas – Organizational Leadership, and Columbia University. She is also an avid learner and a student of her business.

Laura is an enthusiastic and dedicated leader in all aspects of the automotive industry. She has a proven track record of excellence of performance in implementation, execution, business and strategic development, and improving the bottom line. She is respected for both her professional and personal integrity.

She is married, has two children, two dogs and lives in Cypress, TX.

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Speaker for:

Girl of Merit Award Ceremony At Girls World Expo Bryan-College Station, TX on Sunday, March 18, 2018

Lisa A. Smittcamp

Lisa A. Smittcamp

Lisa A. Smittcamp was elected District Attorney in June 2014 with the overwhelming support of local law enforcement and the prosecutors and investigators in her office. She was sworn into office in January 2015. In 2017, she celebrated her 20th year as a criminal prosecutor.

Mrs. Smittcamp is the second female to be elected District Attorney in Fresno County. She is known at the Fresno County courthouse for her keen sense of justice and outstanding advocacy skills. She has successfully prosecuted some of the area’s most dangerous offenders – murders, rapists, domestic violence offenders and child molesters. She has also prosecuted many gang members and career criminals under California’s Three Strikes Law, resulting in life prison terms.

Because of the passion she has for bringing justice to victims, the DA is known throughout the County for being a strong advocate against violence against women and children and has been a leader in educating the community about the importance of awareness to prevent these crimes.

During her tenure as District Attorney, she brought new structure, increased productivity and renewed morale to the office. Under her leadership, the District Attorney’s Office was able to add staffing to assist the Court in beginning a Veteran’s Treatment Court to assist justice involved Veterans in their rehabilitation. She is so dedicated to this court; she assigned herself to be the courtroom prosecutor.

Many additional units have been added since 2015, including Major Fraud, Animal Cruelty, Post – Prop 47 drug court, a Violent Crime Unit, and a newly formed Truancy Unit to ensure children are attending school.

Additionally, DA Smittcamp developed the Public Integrity Unit and assigned a full time prosecutor and three full time DA Investigators to ensure that Fresno County is free from political corruption.

Continuing her mission to eliminate violence to women and children, Lisa joined forces with other law enforcement agencies to form the Fresno County Human Trafficking Task Force that meets monthly to discuss investigations and cases. She has dedicated two prosecutors and one DA Investigator to this unit, who not only prosecute these cases, but do outreach on education and awareness.

She is the Chairwoman of the Multi-Agency Gang Enforcement Consortium (MAGEC), a member of the Fresno-Madera Police Chief’s Association, the Victim Offender Reconciliation Program Advisory Board, the Community Corrections Partnership Committee, and the Fresno County Local Justice Coordinating Committee.

Lisa also serves her community as a member of the Board of Directors of the Marjaree Mason Center, as a member of the Board of Trustees of San Joaquin College of Law, as the Vice President of the Board of Trustees of AMOR- Alliance for Medical Outreach and Relief that is planning a health and community center in Mendota, and is a member of the Rotary Club of Fresno.

Mrs. Smittcamp is married with two children and resides in Fresno County.

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Breakout Session:

Fearless Females Panel At Girls World Expo Fresno, CA on Sunday, March 4, 2018

Laura Nodolf

Laura Nodolf

Mrs. Laura A. Nodolf is the District Attorney for Midland County, Texas. Laura grew up in Wichita Falls, Texas. She received her undergraduate degree from Schreiner University in 2000 and her Juris Doctorate from Texas Tech School of Law in 2003. While in law school, she found she had a passion for the pursuit of justice.
From law school, she joined the Midland County District Attorneys Office where she quickly established herself in the legal and law enforcement communities. She has tried over a hundred jury trial with substantial success. In addition to managing a complex and challenging docket, Laura maintained office management responsibilities and served as the First Assistant District Attorney for a period of 6 years. It was during this time that she represented Midland County in a collaborative project with Dallas, Tarrant and Travis Counties to develop a software package specifically for prosecutors. The application allows for District Attorney Offices to become paperless and offer discovery digitally to defense counsel. In addition to her legal work, she instructs for the Texas District and County Attorneys Association, the Permian Basin Law Enforcement Academy, and other agencies.
Upon announcement that the sitting District Attorney would not seek re-election, Laura decided to run for the position. She was subsequently elected and was sworn in as District Attorney on January 1st, 2017. Since taking office, Laura has worked diligently to change the way that criminal justice is viewed in the community. It is her sincere desire that the criminal justice system be used as a tool to help those who are willing to accept responsibility for their crimes and desire rehabilitation and to incarcerate those who pose the greatest risk to our society. She has spent her time working with local agencies, community partners, and the commissioners to educate individuals and work towards her goal. As a result, Midland County has funded a Drug Court. She looks forward to continuing her work with partners in criminal justice to constantly evaluate the criminal justice system in Midland to ensure that we are truly seeking justice in all cases.
Additionally, Laura remains active with the law enforcement community. She recently participated in an online operation where thirty seven individuals were arrested for soliciting a child younger than 17 years of age for sex or agreeing to meet a thirteen year old for sex. This operation was the largest of its kind in West Texas. Outside of the operation, Laura continues to work with law enforcement on a daily basis through training and by offering legal assistance.

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Breakout Session:

Never Let Anyone Tell You That Something is Impossible At Girls World Expo Midland-Odessa, TX on Saturday, March 3, 2018

Jenine Cortopassi

Jenine Cortopassi

Jeanine Cortopossi is an educator. She has taught grades kindergarten through twelfth grade. She currently volunteers at the Marjaree Mason Center in Fresno, doing community presentations on healthy relationships. Jenine is a wife, mother and a grandmother. Her passion is to empower young girls and women to develop positive self esteem and personal growth.

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Breakout Session:

Stinkin Thinkin At Girls World Expo Fresno, CA on Sunday, March 4, 2018

Kimberly Roberts

Kimberly Roberts

Kimberly Roberts is the Vice President of Cultural Development at Crumley Roberts and is the Creator of the Crumley Roberts Employee Wellness Program. As a motivational speaker and performer, Kimberly has spent the past 30 years working with schools and other youth organizations, churches, prison ministries and rehabilitation centers to help guide young people and adults on the path to a happier, healthier and more fulfilling life.

During her work with the Miss North Carolina Scholarship Pageant organization from 1989 to 1992, Kimberly created and implemented a program entitled “Building the Future,” which she presented throughout the State of North Carolina. The Program partnered with the D.A.R.E. organization and was designed to warn young people of the dangers of drugs, alcohol and peer pressure.

As a former Healthcare Consultant, Kimberly directed Certificate of Need Projects for the State of North Carolina and worked with healthcare organizations on their strategic planning and marketing programs. As the Vice President of Cultural Development at Crumley Roberts, Kimberly directs the Crumley Roberts Employee Wellness Program, the Crumley Roberts Kids Zone Program, the Crumley Roberts Facilities Program, the Crumley Roberts in the Community Program and the Crumley Roberts Education Advancement and Leadership Center. Under her leadership, these programs have expanded to include a partnership with the American Heart Association and the Phil Ford Foundation to prevent and treat childhood obesity. Kimberly is a passionate supporter of employee health and wellness programs and created the Crumley Roberts Employee Wellness Program in 2012 to assist Crumley Roberts employees in achieving physical, emotional, spiritual, environmental and occupational balance in their lives to whatever level they choose to participate. To date, the C.R.E.W. Program has a 97% participation rate in one or more of its activities. In 2013, Crumley Roberts was recognized by the Triad Business Journal as one of the Triad's Healthiest Employers largely because of the Crumley Roberts Employee Wellness Program created by Kimberly.

In 2013, Crumley Roberts established the Kimberly S. Roberts Servant’s Heart Spirit Award to recognize and honor its employees who are deeply committed to work in their communities. The award accompanies a $5000 donation to be given to the community organization in which the selected employee is involved. To date, the award has benefited Kenyan Water Relief Projects, the Victory Junction Gang Camp and the Greensboro Urban Ministries Pathways Program. Crumley Roberts is a Life is Why sponsor for the American Heart Association and, in 2016, Kimberly will chair the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women organization in Guilford County. Kimberly has been married to Chris Roberts for 21 years. They have two sons, Matthew age 19 and Eli age 13.

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