Who We Are
Kay is a founding partner of One Torch Fund, investing in early stage companies with a “gender lens” – an approach that serves as a “viewfinder” for identifying opportunities to increase ROI by having a woman on the senior executive team with a meaningful equity stake in the company.
As a senior executive, entrepreneur and successful investor, she has focused on growth companies and has experience in all the business life cycles in both private and public companies. Most recently she took First Internet Bancorp public by executing on a successful capital strategy culminating in an IPO. She was COO of Citizens Energy Ventures which held a portfolio of operating entities. Kay’s first successful exit was at Golden Care, a woman led health care equipment provider (acquired by Sun Health). She co-founded the Indianapolis office of Grameen America, an international micro-financing program for women. As an investor, Kay consistently delivered top quartile performance in managing the Central Indiana Community Foundation endowment conducting due diligence and ongoing monitoring of its significant investment portfolio. Kay was named CFO of the Year by the Indiana Business Journal in December 2012. She was one of the first women to join PriceWaterhouseCoopers Indianapolis office specializing in financial services, health care, energy and entrepreneurial organizations.
In addition to serving as the National Board Chairperson for the Mentoring Women’s Network Foundation, she is also the Treasurer of Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership which provides financial education and other programs that lead to homeownership. She graduated from Indiana University with both her masters and undergraduate degrees in business. Contact Kay today!
With impressive background work and roughly 17 years in nonprofit work, Alison Martin-Books has a passion for doing work that makes a difference in the lives of others.
After serving as Executive Director at two different national nonprofit organizations, her commitment to her passion for developing female talent led her launch Mentoring Women’s Network and the Mentoring Women’s Network Foundation. She is also the author of the book, “Landing on My Feet: Learning to Lead Through Mentoring” and speaks regularly on behalf of the organization. Contact Alison today!
After years of working closely with powerful leaders, Nic realized how instrumental their inspiration and guidance had been in her own professional journey. Nic has been able to take her passion for women in leadership and empowering others, to her role as VP of Partnerships and Member Relations.
Nic is your go-to for learning more about how to make the most of your mentoring program. Don’t be fooled by Nic’s British accent, while she enjoys relaxing with a good cup of hot tea in hand, she is a go getter with the energy that is required to lead women to programs that will change the trajectory of the professional path.
A native of the United Kingdom, has lived in the United States for 18 years. When she is not working for the Mentoring Women’s Network Foundation, she is managing two up and coming Women future leaders at home, age 10 and 6. Contact Nic today!
As a founder of a non-profit, author, and motivational speaker, Samantha harbors deep passion for giving back to the world through inspiration and motivation. Her journey, thus far, has led her to the wonderful opportunity of working for Mentoring Women’s Network as the Director of Corporate Partnerships. Samantha values the notion of leveraging opportunity for women in the workplace and hopes to make a difference by helping women live their full potential through mentoring relationships.
With a high-energy and persistent personality, Samantha will be developing the corporate market in order to utilize the resources that Mentoring Women’s Network has to offer women of all ages. While harboring and maintaining relationships are at the top of her agenda, Samantha is up to the challenge of wearing different hats and trying new things- perhaps even skydiving one day! Contact Samantha today!
Dr. Elcira Villarreal was born in Colon, Republic of Panama. She received her B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas and received a Ph.D. in Microbiology from Oregon State University. She spent more than 25 years in advanced roles in the pharmaceutical industry and has a passion for sharing her knowledge and experience to help advance other women leaders. In her role, she consults with organizations to align strategies to support this. Contact Elcira today!
Meet Dottie Gandy, Dallas Market Director. Dottie is the founder of The Up to Something Group in Dallas, TX, whose members choose to be intentional about designing the lives they want – and create extraordinary results in the process. She was the regional director for the Franklin Covey Company in Dallas, and continued her relationship with that organization for more than 20 years.
An avid supporter of women in business, Dottie was a co-founder of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO). She was also a corporate executive for 10 years with Giant Food, Inc. in Washington, D.C., a Fortune 500 food retailer, where she administered 16 of the company’s labor contracts.
Dottie is a native Texan, with a B.A. in Communications from Baylor University. She currently resides in Fairview, Texas. Although much of her adult life was spent in Washington, D. C., she returned to Texas in 1991 to marry her college sweetheart, Tom Gandy. Dottie has two daughters, one stepson, and four extraordinary grandchildren.
Toni Widman is the CEO of Women’s Executive Search Group. An industry expert with more than 20 years of successful experience in full life cycle Recruiting and Business Development, Toni Widman has a proven ability to foster relationships with C-Suite and senior executives in the Financial, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Non Profit and Retail Industries.
Toni co-founded Women’s Executive Search, an Executive search firm specializing in placement of Executives (including Presidents, CFOs, CEOs, COO’s Division Presidents, VPs of Operations, and Director level positions) in a variety of Industries. She has successfully completed hundreds of successful searches, helping professionals grow and advance in their careers.
Toni offers both clients and candidates exceptional professional service, absolute confidentiality, and the most ethical values in executive search. For almost 20 years, Toni has guided the careers of many candidates; helping them with their career transitions. Toni has developed an exceptional background in people and project management and a professional style based on excellent interpersonal communications and has an ability to make the best use of her personal network.
Kim has over 34 years of professional business experience in various positions and industries. Her background includes Administrative/Office Management, Human Resources Management, and Financial Services. Her HR career includes generalist/employee relations management positions at large companies like Mercer and Equifax, as well as two start-up companies.
Kim changed careers in 2005 and is now a financial services representative with Wealth Design Group, LLC helping individuals and business owners establish strategies to fulfill financial goals and stay financially organized and balanced. She also specializes in providing a wide array of business owner, executive and employee benefit solutions for small- to medium-sized businesses.
She is very involved in the woman business owner market and has a heart to help women succeed and fulfill their life calling, whether they own a business or are on a corporate career track. She knows that identifying and utilizing mentors and “cheerleaders” that support and encourage us as we progress is absolutely critical to our success.
Kim has a history of serving on non-profit and professional boards, as well as serving on various committees and ministry projects. She is the current President of the Houston Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) and was NAWBO’s “Woman of Excellence” honoree in 2010. She is a charter member of the Houston Lady Lions Club and is very involved in her church.
Kim has a MA in Human Resources Management and a BBA in Personnel Administration.
Susan Tolles is the Founder of The Flourishing Life™ and Flourish Over 50® and a Certified Life Purpose Coach® whose clients surround the globe. Her expert guidance leads women to celebrate their unique value, follow their life’s purpose and live authentically from the inside out. Susan is a passionate advocate for professional women, equipping and motivating them to envision more and reach higher, building a career they love without sacrificing their personal wellbeing. Through Susan’s dynamic coaching programs, workshops and keynote speeches, she embodies her own life purpose “to inspire and empower women to flourish from the inside out.”
An accomplished professional with more than 30 years of experience, Leigh has a varied background working for Fortune 100s, non-profit organizations and the public sector. Leigh is a ‘connector’ with the proven ability to develop relationships with all types of people of all ages in diverse professions and all walks of life. Leigh’s excellent listening and communication skills help her create structure out of chaos, ultimately achieving buy-in and creating success for everyone. Leigh received her BBA in Marketing Management from the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) and her MEd in Human Resource Development from Peabody College at Vanderbilt University. She has stayed very active in civic and professional organizations on the local, district and national levels. Leigh has served as a keynote speaker, session leader, and facilitator for workshops and seminars in many cities and more than 70 college and university campuses in North America, including numerous state and national conferences. Her topics have included team building, effectively utilizing personality profiles, incorporating change, managing volunteers and annual giving. Contact Leigh today!
Christine has nearly 30 years of business experience, including coaching, training, recruiting, and sales. Working in Corporate America for both public and private organizations, she has a deep understanding of the value of and need for mentoring of women who are navigating the corporate waters from individual contributor to leader. Christine brings thousands of hours of mentoring, coaching, training, and relationship building experience, as well as life experience wherein she values authenticity, self-expression, learning, and growth.
As co-owner of FocalPoint Business Coaching and Nast Partners, she coaches business owners, executives, and employees who want to reach the next level of their professional lives and grow their businesses. She also facilitates workshops on topics like Improving Team Communication and Efficiency using DiSC, Emotional Intelligence (EQi), Workplace Motivators (PIAV), and Strengths Essentials. Additionally, she provides sales training to teams and individuals applying the Sales Skill Index (SSI).
Christine holds a BA in Literature and Writing Studies from California State University – San Marcos and is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) through the ICF accredited Coaches Training Institute (CTI). A newlywed, Christine enjoys spending time with her new husband, playing tennis, going to the theatre, and cooking. Contact Christine today!
Carol McHuron of Pacific Resources Education Programs, Inc. (PREP) is nationally recognized for her work in the fields of Organizational Development, Diversity and Inclusion and Execution Management For more than 20 years Carol has worked with organizations to promote and sustain cultures that support full utilization of their workforce, and to address the needs of their diverse clients and customers. Carol’s work experience includes nationwide consultation with Fortune 500 and 100 companies, and non-profits. Some of her clients include: Wells Fargo, McKesson, Sara Lee, Amgen, TVA, Buick Motor Division, Lockheed Martin, East Bay Mud, and Spirit Rock Meditation Center. She works with organizations to develop an overall plan, and collaborates with leadership to establish execution management as an organizational competency. She then designs and facilitates workshops, coaches leaders, managers, and employees to help achieve specific goals and fulfill educational or training needs. Some examples include workshops and coaching on diversity and inclusion, team building, effective communication, and conflict resolution. Carol is a clear and empathetic communicator with the ability to get people to see other perspectives for the benefit of the team. She carefully creates the space for transformational shifts in her clients. Contact Carol today!
Marietta began her career 23 years ago in pharmaceutical sales. She grew into leadership positions in clinical trial operations and medical affairs, and along the way earned her MBA from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business.
She works with hi-potential professionals who want to design powerful career experiences and close the gap between where they are today and where they want to be in the future. She helps you think differently about your communication, leadership and career opportunities. Clients describe her as passionate, energetic, highly motivating, authentic and makes you think.
A teacher and coach at heart, she serves as Adjunct Faculty at Butler University where she teaches Leadership in the MPA program, and Kelley School of Business EMBA program where she teaches Strategic Career Management to evening MBA students. Contact Marietta today!
Janie is the owner and principle business consultant for JR Waldron Consulting, LLC. She is a results driven, dedicated professional with more than 11 years of experience in corporate business. Janie has also recently taken on a new role as the Director for People and Culture Development for Ambassador Enterprises in Fort Wayne, IN.
Janie began her career in the retail industry working both in the field as an assistant store manager, store manager and as a corporate representative in the capacity of district market director for big box retailer Kohl’s Department Stores.
Janie is an active part of the Fort Wayne Chapter for Mentoring Women’s Network Foundation as Chairman of the Board and a board member for Goodwill Industries of Northeast Indiana, Inc. She is a certified mentor and focuses on mentoring women within the business community to support their growth both personally and professionally.
Janie earned a B.S. in Apparel, Merchandising and Business Management with a concentration in Marketing from Indiana State University.
Janie and Josh, her husband, reside in Fort Wayne, Indiana with their four children:
8 year old Isabelle and 4 year old triplets, Nolan, Nathan & Chloe.
Jillian Dahm is the Chief People Officer and Lead Consultant and Coach at the International Coaching and Consulting firm, Pure Ambition. She is responsible for the leadership, support and development of the organization and the International Coaching Team for Pure Ambition. Jillian’s work at Pure Ambition directly focuses on organizations becoming more successful through tackling Employee Engagement issues and Culture transformations through a mindful approach offering turn-key Executive Coaching programs, Assessments, Customized workshops and Consulting strategies.
Through her career, Jillian has enjoyed helping leaders catapult their effectiveness to positively impact our world—helping to bring heart more forward in business! As a certified professional coach with a background in higher education and managing an executive coaching firm, Jillian is sought out for her ability to get to the essence of an issue, enabling her clients and teams to develop their talents and uncover their best paths to success. She is a certified mentor and serves on the Board for Mentoring Women’s Network in Fort Wayne.
Janet is President and Chief Change Consultant for Delta Blvd (formerly
Walls Consulting), a management consulting and executive coaching
company she founded in 2007. Delta Blvd provides consulting services in the
areas of change management, strategic planning, and business plan
formation. Janet coaches executives, business owners, and entrepreneurs in
the areas of strategy, leadership development, and professional growth. She
adds great value to business owners and executives who desire a solutions oriented
approach to business challenges. Janet excels at identifying factors
that limit performance while working with business owners and leaders to
develop and implement processes that produce bottom line growth. Janet has
more than thirty years experience in finance and operations including roles as
Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Operations. This depth of
professional experience allows her to bring a wealth of analysis and wisdom
to the individuals and organizations she serves.
Amelia inspires professional women to gain clarity in who they are, confidence to create what they most want and the courage to make it happen. She has over twenty years experience as a leadership coach, motivational speaker and business owner. She is pleased to be a program facilitator with Mentoring Women’s Network.
Amelia assists women to be leaders in all areas of their lives, by having a clear sense of their own identity, strengths and wisdom. Her clients know they are on the right path not only to succeed but also to make their dreams come true in both their personal and professional lives.
She addresses core issues that allow her clients to trust their inner wisdom so they can release inner obstacles and negotiate outer barriers to success and happiness.
Amelia is a certified coach in Leadership and Transformation through the Hendricks Institute. She has an MBA from Butler University and an MA MFT, Magnum Cum Laude from Christian Theological Seminary.
Contact Amelia today at Inner Outcomes.
Dr. Susan R. Meyer
Dr. Susan R. Meyer, MMC
Susan R. Meyer, Ed.D., principal of Susan R. Meyer, Coaching and Consulting and Life-Work Coach, and Training Coordinator for Executive Essentials has over thirty years of experience coaching and designing and establishing growth experiences for individuals and organizations in corporate, government, not-for-profit, social service, health care and university settings.
Susan created the first executive coaching program (now in its sixth cohort) within a NYC agency, and has coached executive and mid-level managers in organizations including the ASPCA, Institute for Community Living, the Jewish Museum of Monmouth County, NYC Human Resources Administration, MTA NYC Transit, Metropolitan, Harlem, and St. Francis Hospitals, NRG Energy and Roche Pharmaceuticals. She also has provided professional development consultations to faculty at NYU’s Stern School of Business.
Additional experience includes designing and leading programs on topics including emotional intelligence, leadership development, reflective mentoring, team building, visual problem solving, fierce communication, career development, life planning, strategic learning, coaching skills for leaders, performance management and the personal growth workshop, Women Living for Today and Tomorrow, featured in The New York Times.
Publications include The Life Design Blueprint Playbook, Fifty Over Fifty: Wise and Wild Women Creating Wonderful Lives and chapters in The Handbook of Transformative Learning in Practice, New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education: New Perspectives in Professional Development and The Handbook of Adult Education. Susan has a doctorate in Adult Learning and Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University and masters degrees in counseling and educational psychology from New York University. She is an IAC Master Masteries Coach, Past President of the IAC Board of Governors and a member of the steering committee for the Association of Transformational Leaders – Northeast.
Carla Taylor is a dynamic and inspiring speaker, author, trainer, and career coach. She is the President of Ignite Consulting, the premier strengths-based career and leadership development firm in Indianapolis. Their top requested program is Ignite Your Strengths, a powerful workshop that combines Strengthsfinder 2.0 with DISC Communication Styles. With over 20 years of career coaching, training, professional development, and instructional design experience in multiple industries, she has worked with individuals, business owners, small businesses, consulting firms, healthcare professionals, large corporations and universities, and knows how to bring value tailored to each specific audience.
Carla is one of the co-founders of the CareerPointe 5-step career development methodology, used by corporations and career coaches to develop emerging leaders in the workforce, and helping them to strategically manage their career development.
Carla’s articles have been published in multiple publications. She is a contributing author to three books– Inspirations From the Heartland, Women Like Us: Illuminating the World, and Mastering the Art of Success, with Jack Canfield and Les Brown. Carla uses a strengths-based, positive psychology approach – focusing on what’s right and maximizing each individual’s unique talents – with her clients and client organizations. She believes each person can bring leadership qualities to every role, and that anyone can have a leadership mindset and make an impact. The best leaders serve the needs of those they lead, and seek to help others become the best they can be.
Madelyn spent the majority of her career as a Quality Assurance professional working for major retailers such as Lane Bryant, Sears, Montgomery Ward and Brylane where she developed and ran their quality control programs. After spending over 30 years in this field she switched to the non-profit world using her successful organizational skills in an administrative capacity. Madelyn is on the board of the Carmel Green Initiative and spends much of her time on her passion for helping the environment through educational programs in the community. Madelyn and her husband, John are avid cyclists. Contact Madelyn today!
Anne is a forward-thinking, social innovator with more than 20 years experience managing fund development programs for social service organizations, such as the March of Dimes. Her experienced includes all aspects of nonprofit development; from the identification and qualification of donors, to grant writing and administration. Anne’s funding strategies and programs have delivered over $10 million to social service causes to date.
Most recently, Anne served as CEO and Founder of AED Events where she engaged in event planning and management consultancy for social service organizations. AED Events built ongoing strategic relationships throughout the volunteer community and delivered over 100 events with budgets ranging from $10,000 to $600,000.
Anne continues her affiliation with several service and professional development organizations, including: National Association of Business Women, Association of Junior Leagues International, Association of Fundraising Professionals, Meeting Planners Association, Business Civic Leadership Center, AARP Women’s Leadership Circle, Cause Marketing Forum, and Center for Nonprofit Success.
Anne holds a Bachelor of Science degree from William Woods University, and a Master of Science in Elementary Education from Lesley University.