Frances Selema is a Senior International Trade Specialist for the U.S. Department of Commerce - U.S. Commercial Service, based in Raleigh, North Carolina. For over 12 years, Frances has been advising North Carolina businesses on the processes of international commerce, including the logistical process of exporting; underlying financial and tariff structures; foreign market research; U.S. export controls laws and foreign import regulations; and international business development strategies. Frances specializes in the Energy, Environmental, and Security/Defense sectors for the Raleigh office, and has been involved in numerous international shows and trade missions around the world. Frances received her Bachelor’s Degree in International Business from Auburn University, and a Masters of International Studies from North Carolina State University.
Grace Ueng is Founder & CEO of Savvy Growth, dedicated to helping leaders and their companies maximize success through a unique combination of speaking, consulting and coaching services. Founded in 2003 as Savvy Marketing Group, the firm has expanded to focus on helping companies grow. Grace is a recognized expert in marketing strategy and personal branding and has consulted with over 200 clients from start-ups to scale-ups to the Fortune 1000.
Grace has passion for success and shares this desire with her clients. Her 30 years of work experience spans from consulting at Bain & Company to working inside five Fortune 500 leaders Coca-Cola, IBM, Time Inc., General Mills and Clorox to serving on leadership teams of five technology ventures that had exits through public offering or acquisition.
While at MIT, Grace was recognized as one of Glamour’s Top 10 College Women. She earned her MBA from Harvard Business School. She has served on faculty teaching marketing in graduate programs at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School as well as in Shanghai, at Fudan, through MIT Sloan School.
In addition to being on advisory boards of tech and healthcare companies, Grace has been a director for the Harvard Club of Research Triangle, the North Carolina School of Science and Math Foundation, and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. She is an advisor to the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship as well as Elon University’s Love School of Business.
A published author and motivational keynote speaker, Grace has been named Top 8 Asian-American Women of Influence by Audrey magazine. Her interests include education, positive psychology, and endurance challenges.
Heather R. McDougall, Ph.D.
Heather is Founder and Executive Director of Leadership exCHANGE, a social enterprise catalyzing the skills of leaders, global citizens, and change agents. Its award-winning curriculum ranges from workshops to month-long academic programs operated both locally and internationally with alumni from 80 countries. Heather's curriculum design and teaching experience spans over 20 years, including teaching leadership, social entrepreneurship, women and leadership, women and innovation, and political science courses at Indiana University, St. Mary’s College-Notre Dame, Christopher Newport University, and Charles University. With a passion for developing a robust ecosystem for female innovators, Heather is Co-Founder of e51, overseas the new Women's Innovation Council, and serves as a Board Member for Forward Communities and the Sullivan Foundation Academic Advisory Board. She is Startup Grind Triangle's 2018 Top Female Social Entrepreneur.
Jessica Yinka Thomas has over fifteen years of experience working domestically and internationally in sustainable enterprise, social innovation and business development. She currently serves as Director of the Business Sustainability Collaborative at the Poole College of Management at North Carolina State University. Thomas is also a Lecturer in the department of Management, Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Her work focuses on studying innovative sustainable business models including B Corps. Thomas runs the nationally-recognized, B Corp Clinic, an experiential learning consulting program where multidisciplinary students work with aspiring and certified B Corps to drive social and environmental impact. She leads the Global B Corp Academic Community, which works to unite academics studying and teaching about B Corporations. She received her MBA from The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, and a BS in engineering from Stanford University.
Judy received her Bachelor's degree in International Studies from UNC -Chapel Hill and completed her Juris Doctor at North Carolina Central University's Law School's evening program. She worked in the immigration practice group at Ogletree Deakins in Raleigh for five years prior to joining Red Hat in 2010 to create and develop their Global Mobility Program. She is currently Sr. Manager, Employment & Expansions leading expansions into new countries and via acquisition for the HR team. She is responsible for driving global employment practices in 80+ countries, including contract, policies, immigration, relocation, international assignments, and statutory requirements.
Liz Tracy is a mission-focused leader with experience in building collaborative communities. She has a deep understanding of how to build initiatives from the ground up with a focus on innovation and entrepreneurship. Liz is currently pursuing her PhD in Industrial/Organizational psychology at NCSU. She is the former Director of HQ Raleigh and continues to be part of the startup community through mentoring young companies and through her work as a social entrepreneurship strategist and facilitator. Liz has worked overseas and has taught social entrepreneurship classes to International students, both locally and abroad for the past six years. She has a passion for travel, especially if it means sharing a good meal with friends!
Dr. Sarah Glova
Dr. Sarah Glova is the founder of the award-winning digital media firm Reify Media. Her journey as an entrepreneur began when she started freelancing in 2009, which led her to officially launch Reify Media in 2012. After that, her company grew to over half a million in revenue after only three years. Sarah, who was 26 when she started Reify, continues to be the sole owner of the self-funded company, which has grown to seven employees, a team of contractors, and clients across the country. Her team has worked with major university, corporate, and nonprofit clients, creating websites, eLearning, compliance training, video, and more cutting-edge digital resources. Sarah has a PhD in Instructional Technology, and she’s a published author who’s spoken internationally about active learning trends, instructional design, and technology in education. Sarah also supports women- and entrepreneur-focused organizations like the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO); she was the youngest President to lead NAWBO Greater Raleigh in the chapter’s 40-year history when she served from 2017-2018. Sarah speaks to student and business groups across the country about entrepreneurship, women in business, and diversity and inclusion. She lives in Raleigh, NC with her husband and their young son, and she’s a self-proclaimed book nerd, podcast addict, fairweather jogger, and coffee addict.
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