ELG is now accepting applications for the 2018 Cohort!
This year, our entrepreneurial immersion summer camp is a one-week long, all-expenses paid, sleepaway camp hosted at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. Middle school girls from around the community will come together to learn the building blocks of becoming an entrepreneur.
July 8th – July 14th
July 15th – July 21st
OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Amma Guerrier is a Senior Vice President and Treasury Director for Xenith Bank in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She is responsible for the Treasury strategy and specialized commercial deposit products for the bank. In this role she also leads her team of sales officers to use a consultative approach in providing targeted business services to their customers. Amma has been in banking over 20 years, having worked for Monarch, Wachovia and NationsBank previously in her career.
Amma has a unique understanding of the business world, because she also has a small business. She runs Executive Decision, a consulting company that specializes in client service levels, marketing research, audits and process improvement. This business grew out of her passion for quality service. With Executive Decision, she helps businesses to improve their service levels and further their growth.
A graduate of Old Dominion University, Amma has a degree in communications and a minor in marketing. She serves on the boards of several organizations and is very active in the Virginia Beach community where she lives with her husband Christopher and daughter Laila.
Amma is a current member and Past Chair of the City of Virginia Beach Minority Business Council. She is the Corresponding Secretary on the Urban League of Hampton Roads Board, a board member of the Hampton Roads Association for Financial Professionals, and a member of Virginia Beach Vision. She is also a member of the Federal Reserve Secure Payments Task Force as well as numerous other professional and civic organizations.
Amma was the recipient of Inside Business’ Women In Business Award in 2011. She was also awarded the Human Rights Award by the Virginia Beach Human Rights Commission in February 2007. Later in 2007, Amma was named one of Inside Business’ Top 40 under 40. Amma received the Urban League of Hampton Roads’ Award of Excellence in 2006. This award was given in recognition of her outstanding Board service and commitment.
André Wallace is the director of regional operations for the southern division of Virginia Natural Gas. He is responsible for the safe and reliable operation of the natural gas distribution system supplying more than 175,000 residential, business and commercial customers in four localities. As regional director, Wallace is responsible for driving the safety culture, enforcing compliance and regulatory performance standards, managing a $8.5 million O&M budget, supporting community service projects, training and developing the workforce, and engaging external stakeholders on ongoing planned infrastructure projects.
Prior to joining Virginia Natural Gas, Wallace worked for Anheuser Busch, Inc., in various leadership roles ranging from plant production, employee development and training, manufacturing financial analysis, and process improvement.
A graduate of James Madison University, Wallace earned a bachelor’s degree in business management. He continued his education at Troy State University, earning a master’s degree in business administration. Wallace is pursuing a certificate in executive leadership from the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. He serves on the boards of Boys and Girls Clubs of Southeast Virginia, Junior Achievement of Greater Hampton Roads, and Envision Lead Grow.
Dr. Angela D. Reddix
Dr. Angela D. Reddix is a visionary and innovative thinker with global perspective and entrepreneurial drive. As a passionate mentor and advisor to the next generation of young girls and women, Angela is a leading advocate for entrepreneurship as a way of creating positive transformation in the world.
Angela is President & CEO of ARDX, an award-winning healthcare management and IT consulting firm dedicated to improving the lives of our nation’s most vulnerable populations. She also serves as Chairman and Founder of Envision Lead Grow, a Norfolk-based nonprofit organization aimed at aspiring girls of all ages to chart their destinies by teaching them the critical skills and dedication it takes to accomplish their dreams through entrepreneurship.
Angela’s unique ability to inspire greatness through the lessons of her own story earned her the Humanitarian Award presented by the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities, the Women of Achievement Award presented by Old Dominion University, ODU’s Founder’s Day Regional Service Award, the Leading Ladies of Hampton Roads Award presented by Coastal Virginia Business Magazine, the Still Hope Foundation’s Entrepreneurial Excellence Award, the US Chamber of Commerce’s Big Blue-Ribbon Award, Inside Business’s Women in Business Award, and many other notable achievements.
As a trusted community leader, Angela serves as a member of the Women President’s Organization, and board member and trustee to various local organizations including the United Way of South Hampton Roads Foundation Board of Trustees, the YWCA of South Hampton Roads Board of Directors, Old Dominion University’s Friends of the Humanities Board, the Junior Achievement Board of Directors, the Kempsville Entrepreneurship Academy Board of Advisors, Norfolk State University’s School of Business Advisory Board, and the Hampton Roads Chamber Regional and Trustee Board.
A committed lifelong learner, Angela received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in Marketing from James Madison University, a master’s degree in Organizational Development from Bowie State University with a focus on Training, a graduate certificate in Healthcare Compliance from The George Washington University, and her Ph.D. in Business Administration from Oklahoma State University. Angela was born in Norfolk, Virginia, and has a husband and three children.
Anne Bibeau focuses her practice on Labor & Employment Law, Commercial & General Litigation, and Tax Litigation. She represents clients before federal, and state courts, arbitrators/mediators, and administrative agencies, including the EEOC and NLRB. She advises clients on sexual harassment, workplace investigations, the Family and Medical Leave Act, disability law, labor relations, and other labor and employment law matters.
Prior to joining Vandeventer Black, Anne worked for the U.S. Department of Justice, Tax Division, in Washington, D.C., where she litigated civil tax cases in federal district, and state courts nationwide. Many of her cases were complex, multi-million dollar matters. Anne also worked for the U.S. Postal Service Law Department in Washington, D.C. and New York, where she litigated labor and employment cases, handled labor disputes, and trained and advised management on preventative human resources strategies.
Charmin N. Rickards
Charmin N. Rickards is a retired Lieutenant Commander who served over 22 years in the United States Navy. As a Medical Service Corp Officer, Charmin built her sterling reputation as a fair and influential Naval Officer and Leader while serving in a myriad of positions. Currently Charmin is the Affirmative Employment Program Manager at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service.
Charmin holds a B.S in Human Resource Management from Troy State University and a M. Ed from Old Dominion University. Charmin also earned a diversity certification from Diversity Training University International. She is also a John Maxwell certified trainer, coach, and speaker.
Today’s leader is looked upon to master the art of balance. Balancing work, a career (personal and educational development) and home, require determination and strong organizational skills. Charmin is the epitome of that leader. A proponent of physical, mental and emotional fitness, as the CEO of Teachable Learnable Solutions, LLC, Advisory Board Member for Synergy Learning Institute, Women Veteran Program as well as prior Vice President and Co-founder of Girl Power United, Charmin continues to diligently strive to equip tomorrow’s leaders.
Monica Hammond has more than 20 years of leadership experience building Sales, Customer Service and Operations at top-tier companies. As a key strategic contributor, her vision and expertise in business performance have driven notable enterprise growth in the technology sectors. Monica brings valuable insight and knowledge regarding the leadership and management challenges faced by growing companies and brands.
Beginning her career in the telecommunication industry, Monica developed an interest in customer satisfaction and parlayed this interest into an Account Management position. Demonstrating initiative from the start, Monica pioneered sales, account management, and customer relationship techniques that were very successful with customers and clients. Quickly establishing herself as a leader, in less than three years, Monica earned fast-track promotion into management.
Offering a rare blend of creative and operational strengths, Monica has achieved exciting company and departmental turnarounds and is recognized for her success in retaining customers and providing superior customer satisfaction. Her strategic approach to building a business is reflected in her work at Qwest and Verizon Wireless. Her diverse business experience has helped her develop highly effective leadership teams.
Monica has held various senior level positions within the telecommunication industry. Currently, Vice President-Business & Government Customer Operations for Verizon’s Wireless Business Group, the wireless support and solutions provider for national, major, government, and small-to-medium business accounts. She is responsible for advancing organizational strategy, driving industry-leading results and strengthening internal alliances in support of a world-class customer experience. Before assuming her current position, Monica was Executive Director of Center and Online Operations for Verizon Enterprise Solution, responsible for the day-to-day operation of VES Operation Service Centers.
She has a Master of Arts degree from Bowie State University. She is also a proud alumnus of Virginia State University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Monica has a strong commitment to her community and family. She has worked closely with mentoring programs that focus on the development of young girls. She also donates her time speaking to families of domestic violence.
She is married and the proud mother of two children.
Dr. Melva R. Grant
Dr. Melva R. Grant (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a tenured Associate Professor of Mathematics Education at Old Dominion University. Her post-tenure research is emergent and is about broadening participation for underrepresented people in multiple spaces including STEM and the academy for inclusive social justice. She uses a theoretical lens that is at the intersection of Black feminism, epistemology and identity. This emerging scholarly focus permeates every aspect of her work including teaching and service. She endeavors to create a self-perpetuating pathway to STEM teaching through partnerships and informal learning activities that leverage near peer mentoring. She recently started engaging in self-study research to improve her teaching practice as well as afford ready evidence of teaching excellence.
Mike Alexander is a dynamic information technology professional with more than 30 years of experience. He has demonstrated expertise in assessing, planning, developing and deploying large-scale custom developed software applications and ERP software systems.
Mike has worked in small to medium-sized business as well as global companies. He has managed programs, projects and departments with multi-million dollar budgets. Mike believes in teamwork to tackle any job and finding ways for each team member to contribute and grow professionally.
Mike graduated from George Mason University with a degree in computer science and business management. He enjoys sports and the outdoors with his wife and three kids. He is also a proud supporter of the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation and the Lupus Foundation.
Sarah Morton is currently the Vice President of Employee Benefits and an Employee Benefits Consultant at USI Insurance Services. Sarah is responsible for building relationships with the C-Suite leaders in middle to large sized originations across the Hampton Roads area. In her role she has been responsible for achieving sales revenue over $100,000 in her first year. To ensure she is meeting her target market, Sarah ensures consistent follow-up with prospects utilizing various tools from calls, email, mail, meetings, text, and LinkedIn.
In previous positions, Sarah was instrumental in securing new business development.
Sarah’s past leadership and board experiences have been serving as the Chair of the Board for Young Associates Board of the Hermitage Museum & Gardens as well as being a member of the Princess Anne Rotary Club and serving on the SunTrust Hampton Roads Diversity Committee.
Susan Pilato has owned her company since she was 26. She directed her business through two recessions and strives to provide services relevant to demand of current market trends. Her firm is focused on corporate design, which is an area of strength for Susan and her business partner, Donna Counts. As evidence of her success, Pilato & Counts provides facility maintenance and interior design services for all of Towne Bank and their related businesses. It is unusual for an interior design firm to provide the extent of facility maintenance that Pilato & Counts is known for. In 2014, Pilato & Counts acquired Arrington Commercial Interiors and became PC&A Business Environments. PC&A expanded its services as a commercial furniture dealership and is the exclusive partner for West Elm Workspace for all of Southeastern Virginia. PC&A is the only mid market dealer for West Elm Workspace in the country as well as the only designer owned dealership for them.
Susan has served on many Boards of Directors in leadership positions, including as President for Norfolk SPCA and Ghent Business Association Boards. She currently serves as Chairman for the BonSecours DePaul Foundation Board, TowneBank Norfolk Region Board Director, and she is the Past President of Riverpoint Civic League. She previously served on the Downtown Norfolk Council Board. Susan is also a mentor for young girls with Envision Lead Grow.
Dr. Stacie Otey-Scott
Dr. Stacie Otey-Scott is a licensed clinical psychologist in the Commonwealth of Virginia and a graduate of Regent University, which she accomplished while having 2 of her 3 children. Her experience includes time spent as a Primary Care Psychologist for Portsmouth and Ghent Family Medicine practices with Eastern Virginia Medical School, a joint appointment as an Assistant Professor at EVMS in the departments of Family & Community Medicine and Psychiatry & Behavioral Science, and Assistant Professor in the School of Psychology and Counseling at Regent University.
She now serves as the Executive Director of Community Wellness at The Mount, located in Chesapeake, Virginia and Clinical Director of The Mount’s Summit Wellness Center, serving over 12,000 partners.
Dr. Otey-Scott’s radio and television credits include the “Call Dr. SOS” radio segment and 2 national television appearances on “Unfaithful: Stories of Betrayal”, as a featured Clinical Psychologist on the Oprah Winfrey Network. Dr. Otey-Scott also has a digital platform, CallDoctorSOS.com, where she teaches each of us how to live life fully through successful relationships. If you desire to explore the impact of relationships on your life, CallDoctorSOS.com is the place to start.
Dr. SOS believes that we all need help from time to time navigating the demands of managing relationships and being self-reflective, so we can become the person God has called us to be, her calling is helping people make sense of the touch points of relationships in their lives that are key to achieving happiness and peace.
As she often states, “life is about relationships.”
Toni Stubbs is vice president of technology engineering and operations for Cox in Virginia. In this role, Toni leads all network planning, engineering and Master Telecommunications Center operations across Cox Virginia’s Hampton Roads, Northern Virginia and Roanoke footprints. Additionally, Toni leads an enterprise engineering fulfillment operations team.
Toni first joined Cox as vice president -information technology with Cox’s previous Middle America system, headquartered in Tyler, Texas. There she was the leading technical executive for the region which included three customer care centers. In 2006, she joined the Hampton Roads team, extending the scope of her role to encompass both technical and strategic planning leadership. In 2009, Toni’s scope expanded statewide, and in 2012 she assumed additional responsibility for Cox’s network operations functions in Virginia. In her current role, Toni provides focused strategic and operational direction to over 185 team members, ensuring the delivery and support of the platform supporting a superior customer experience for over 1 million customers today and into the future.
Toni earned a B.A. in Computer Science and Software Engineering from Mercy College located in her hometown of Detroit, Michigan. She holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan. In 2009, Toni completed the CTAM Executive Management Program at Harvard Business School and in 2014, she graduated from the Betsy Magness Leadership Institute. Toni holds several Cablefax recognitions as one of the industry’s top minorities in technology.
Toni is a member of SCTE, Information Technology Senior Management Forum (ITSMF) and is the Chapter Mentor for Women in Cable and Telecommunications (WICT) -Virginia. She currently sits on the Urban League of South Hampton Roads board as well as the WICT Virginia Board. Additionally, she serves on the Advisory Board for the Norfolk State University Department of Technology.
Toni is actively involved in with her church, volunteers for a number of organizations within the community, and spends time doing missions work abroad. She is an advocate for children in foster care and those in need. Toni and her two daughters are animal lovers and share their home with their four dogs.
Ms. Tonya Perkins has been Senior Vice President and Senior Relationship Manager at The Old Point National Bank Of Phoebus since August 26, 2012. Ms. Perkins was previously a Senior Business Banking Relationship Manager at Wells Fargo Bank. In addition, she is a member of the board for the Urban League of Hampton Roads and the Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce.
ENVISION LEAD GROW Entrepreneurs
Thank you for waking a sleeping giant. My daughter can’t stop talking about her moment to shine. I knew she had it all along, but ELG gave her the confidence and beat that she has danced to ever since she found out she had wings and could fly :). Thanks Again
My daughter has enjoyed every moment this week! I wish it was longer, as the values she has learned will carry over into her everyday life. Now, she doesn’t want to just work, she wants to own her own business! It’s possible! She envisioned, you all are leading, now let’s watch them grow!
My daughter has raved about this camp since it ended. Thank you all for igniting the fire within her. She exudes confidence now and for that we are thankful and grateful for your vision and purpose.
My daughter is loving this camp and I’m so excited about everything she’s learning! So happy she’s a part of such an amazing sisterhood now!