Judith Norback

JUDITH SHAUL NORBACK

Accruing 46 years of industry experience to her credit, Judith Shaul Norback, PhD, cared about identifying the communications skills in people, and helping them to improve and be better. She began her professional career as an instructor of psychology at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, in 1973, remaining in this position for two years before transferring to Princeton University in New Jersey from 1976 to 1979, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey in 1981 and 1986, and Fairleigh Dickenson University in Teaneck, New Jersey, from 1986 to 1987. She then served as a systems programmer at the McGraw-Hill Company from 1981 to 1983 and the Princeton University Computer Center from 1983 to 1986. Today, Dr. Norback is a

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Donna Bonin

DONNA M. BONIN

Becoming involved in her field by chance, Donna M. Bonin contracted a virus called Guillain–Barré syndrome, of which her legs became paralyzed. Her career as a physical education teacher and professional equestrian was necessarily over, and she needed to find something meaningful to do sitting down. Ms. Bonin had loved to draw in her childhood and teen years, so decided to enroll in a watercolor painting course at her community college. Within a year, she won an award in a juried show and that painting sold. Shortly thereafter, she was asked to teach at Loyalist College in Belleville, ON, Canada, and Michaels Arts and Crafts Store, which she has continued to do since 2000. Today, Ms. Bonin is the owner

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Lena Graham-Morris

LENA GRAHAM-MORRIS

Having produced over 50 events, workshops and seminars dedicated to the economic development and sustainability of entrepreneurs and small businesses, Lena Graham-Morris was raised by entrepreneurs when people were still trying to figure out what “entrepreneur” meant. During this time, she started to see the way that different people were treated. When she had her own studio, she would see different obstacles that she went through from being an entrepreneur. Ms. Graham-Morris was in the hospital for 45 days experiencing three surgeries, and her show was canceled. After that, she had the opportunity to work for the African American Chamber of Commerce. It was then that she saw all of her experiences come together. She had a passion inside of

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Debi Burrows

DEBI R. BURROWS

The owner, head storyteller and marketing strategist of Penguin Suits, Inc., since 1992, Debi R. Burrows’ company does all levels of marketing. However, hers works to pinpoint what a company would need. It really depends on her target audience as to where they need to be. She does that, and then works on their message. Ms. Burrows tries to give everybody a tagline or something they can play off of, so the theme of their marketing revolves around that of their brand more than just a name. It has a texture and a feel for who they are. In addition to this tenure, she also teaches at the Alamo Colleges in San Antonio since 2011. Ms. Burrows grew up in

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Rene Nourse

RENÉ NOURSE

Wanting to inspire others to succeed, René Nourse, CFP, became fascinated in becoming a stockbroker and realizing that you can learn to invest money and make a living without having to do physical labor. She began doing a lot of public speaking and enrolling people into retirement plans. She was intrigued by the field because growing up, she had never heard of it or noticed it ever being talked about. Obtaining a degree in psychology became useful when dealing with other people who are investing money. Since 2012, Ms. Nourse has been the founder, chief executive officer and financial planning professional of Urban Wealth Management in El Segundo, California, also serving as a guest commentator on CNBC in Los Angeles

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Melissa Russell

MELISSA RUSSELL

An experienced underground utility contractor, working with horizontal drilling and pipes, Melissa Russell was ready for a change and a new challenge for herself. She is the co-founder and president of Cannon Utility Services, LLC in Belleville, Illinois, since 2016. Having been in the business for 30 combined years of experience, the company has grown to a size that has allowed her to build and/or upgrade miles of plant over the past year. They are a diversified HDD contractor that has done work to include CATV, telephone, sewer, water, fiber, HDPE pipe and casing placement for commercial and residential customers. In January 2017, Cannon Utility Services, LLC expanded their services once again to include forestry work for Ameren. This work

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Pauline Loewenhardt

PAULINE M. LOEWENHARDT

With more than 60 years of professional experience, Pauline M. Loewenhardt has excelled as the community nursing coordinator at James A. Haley Veterinary Hospital in Tampa, Florida, since 1992. Prior to her current role, she worked as the nurse manager of the spinal cord unit at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta from 1988 to 1992, having previously held the post of an instructor with the institution since 1987. Ms. Loewenhardt previously served as the executive director of the Visiting Nurse Association of Coastal Georgia from 1985 to 1987 and as the director of home care at Trinity Memorial Hospital from 1982 to 1985. From 1978 to 1982, Ms. Loewenhardt found success as an assistant professor in the division

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Christine Burns

CHRISTINE BURNS

An acclaimed information systems manager backed by two decades of professional experience, Christine Burns, PhD, excels as a programs and acquisitions task lead manager, IT program project manager and senior information systems engineer for the MITRE Corporation in Kuwait, with which she began in 2010. Drawing on her considerable leadership skills, she competently leads teams in providing information systems, business and technological solutions for government operations. Throughout her numerous positions, Dr. Burns has developed considerable expertise in risk management, project leadership, budget management, acquisition and contracting, and much more. Prior to joining the MITRE Corporation, Dr. Burns gained valuable expertise as a business analyst for the U.S. Department of Defense between 2008 and 2010 and as a requirements manager for

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Priscilla MacDougall

PRISCILLA R. MACDOUGALL

An expert in employment, labor and discrimination law, Priscilla M. MacDougall initially made the choice between journalism and law. Her father and mother were journalists, and her father built the School for Journalism at Northwestern University, where they both were teachers. From the time she was born, her whole purpose of living was to make the world a better place. She worked on the New York Tribune when she lived in Paris. Women were not in journalism at that time, so she decided to go into law. She was inspired by Clarence Darrow, Thurgood Marshall and Abraham Lincoln, and she knew that she could use the law for good things; she wanted to use it for civil rights because she

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Mary Kotch

MARY KOTCH

A savvy businesswoman with an innate intuition in regards to business technology, Mary Kotch was inspired to enter the business world so that she could streamline services through the use of technology. Prior to pursuing higher education, she helped her father’s small car service shop by developing a simple database to collect information and keep track of important tasks. Throughout her studies, she fell in love with technology and began her career as a senior principal consultant for EDS from 1993 to 2000. Subsequently, she worked for Campbell Soup and BioVail Pharmaceuticals as the global director. With her keen instincts, Ms. Kotch transformed businesses and corporations around the world by way of her innate technological skills. After her marriage, Ms.

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