René Massey is passionate about preparing women as they identify life goals, achieve career success, prepare for financial stability and enjoy each stage of life, regardless of individual motivations.
René is an innovative and entrepreneurial leader, owning three businesses throughout her career and completing the sale of one business thus far. She is a founding principal and the President of The SalesBoost Companies. SalesBoost was designed to employ professional women and men requiring more flexible hours to enjoy family life and educational pursuits. René has over 25 years of experience in professional services sales, leading to the development of Dots Grow, a digital platform used by service companies to bring in new clients.
Her educational and civic contributions include numerous board positions in education, the arts and children’s health initiatives. René also served in various mentorship programs such as Girl Scouts, Space of Her Own, Junior Achievement, CA Human Services, Richmond Hope Foundation, City Singers Youth Choirs,VCU/Harvard Business Ethics competition and industry Young Professional organizations.
René is a graduate of James Madison University and holds certifications in life and health underwriting. In 2013, René completed the VCU Women’s Leadership program. René holds a continuous Life and Health Agent’s license with the state of Virginia since the beginning of her career.
Michelle Mudge-Riley, DO, MHA is a physician and entrepreneur. She is the Founder of Physicians Helping Physicians. She runs multiple businesses and has spent over 15 years assisting physicians with career strategy. Dr. Mudge-Riley was called the “Doctor’s Doctor” in a 2010 book she co-authored because of her success in working with other doctors. The book is titled Physicians in Transition.
Dr. Mudge-Riley received her medical degree from Des Moines University Osteopathic Medical School and her Masters Degree in Health Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Linda Calhoun is the founder and executive producer of CareerGirls.org. She is president, Friends of the SF Commission on Women, chair, Board of Directors, Take our Daughters and Sons to Work Foundation, chair, International Relations Forum, Commonwealth Club of California and a trustee, World Affairs. BS, Mass Communication, Boston University; International Marketing Certificate, American University, Paris.
The idea for Career Girls was born after Linda started working as a database consultant for international development projects for USAID and the World Bank. She has several years experience leading teams in the design and requirements of databases to support GIS for public agencies in Kansas, Connecticut and the Kyrgyz Republic. She found this work to be rewarding on many levels and wanted girls coming up behind her to know about exciting careers in tech and beyond.
Brian Ford serves as Head of Financial Wellness for Truist Financial Corporation and is also the Founder and CEO of 8 Pillars Financial Education Company – one of the leaders in Workplace Financial Wellness. As a result, Brian has been widely recognized as one of the foremost experts on the design, implementation and measurement of Workplace Financial Education Programs for employees. He is often featured in national media publications, including: Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The New York Times, CNN, Yahoo Finance, CNBC, and Forbes.
Brian has authored The 8 Pillars of Financial Greatness, a book focused on helping individuals and families put their financial lives in harmony with their deepest values. He has also authored an award-winning children’s book titled Marshmallows and Bikes – Teaching Children (and Adults) Personal Finance.
Named a top 25 consultant by Consulting magazine, Barbara Ray brings over 25 years of experience helping businesses in the public and private sectors adapt and transform in today’s changing environment, leading profitable strategies for clients across industries, geographies and capabilities. With previous experience as an attorney and deep public sector experience,
Now at North Highland, Barbara serves as President and Managing Director, leading clients in a variety of industries, including life sciences, hospitality, public sector, transportation and healthcare, as well as leading large managed services efforts. Her growth and leadership initiatives are instrumental in generating client value and inspiring ingenuity and integrity across clients and the firm. She also serves as a thought leader, authoring research-driven content that highlights emerging trends and priorities across key industries. Barbara is an innovative, engaged, and energetic leader, with a gift at coaching and developing others.
Sarah Forney grew up sailing on the Long Island Sound in Connecticut. She went on to help run the community sailing program there and joined the nonprofit board at 18 years old. Staying plugged into the nonprofit world continues to be a priority. Sarah focuses on advocating for women and children, education and (financial) literacy.
Sarah has over 15 years of investment experience and has held roles ranging from client service to business development to project management. Sarah has spent time working with private clients including individuals, families, business owners and institutional clients (predominately endowments and foundations).
Today, Sarah is focused on helping clients navigate transitions and simplify their financial lives. She is passionate about working with women, multi-generational families and impact investing (ESG). Sarah hosts a women’s educational luncheon series, Navigating a Women’s World, where she is dedicated to helping empower women to understand and take control of their financial lives.
Hannah Testa is a 17 year old honors student from Cumming, GA, but she is not an ordinary teen. She is passionate about issues that affect our planet and she has been using her influence since a young age to educate others, as she believes that “knowledge is power”.
Hannah is a sustainability advocate, international speaker, author, politico, and founder of Hannah4Change, a non-profit dedicated to fighting several issues that impact the planet. She is a vegan who enjoys healthy living and loves to share her passion with others. Hannah excels at partnering with businesses and government to influence them to develop more sustainable practices. Hannah has received numerous honors and awards, including the Teen Earth Day Hero by CNN, the Young Superhero for Earth Award by Captain Planet, the Action for Nature International Young Eco-Hero Award, the Gloria Barron Prize, and many others. She is a board member, advisor, and youth ambassador for several organizations.
Linda Street, MD is a board certified Maternal Fetal Medicine physician and Certified Life Coach who focuses on Negotiations and Career Development for Females. She is the founder of Simply Street MD Negotiation Coaching. Her technique is rooted in focusing on shared values and conversational intelligence techniques to advocate while maintaining relationships.
With over two decades of leadership and managerial experience, Michelle Burke is a problem-solving wizard with experience leading some of the biggest IT and business-based projects and programs internationally. With her soft skills, she leads others and helps them achieve their goals using levity. She has overseen business operations amassing $45M and she has rescued failing initiatives through her negotiation and communication prowess.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Management of Computer Information Systems from Ottawa University and a Master of Science in Project Management from George Washington University. In addition, Michelle teaches as an adjunct professor for Wilmington University within their College of Technology Graduate Program and she is relaunching the International Association of Women’s Orlando Chapter to empower women in their communities.
Amy Unger has a passion for helping young professional women step into their power in the workplace. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) but has focused her analytical skills on people in her corporate career. With core proficiencies in consumer research, sales, and marketing, she has applied those skills across disparate industries from consumer product goods, to healthcare, to the liquor industry. As a trained facilitator, she has led strategic planning and workplace coaching utilizing a variety of tools to help people help themselves. Teaching people to fish so they can go forth and be their awesome selves is her style of coaching.