Judy Brooks – Canada
Co- Founder| Blo Blow Dry Bar Inc.
Interim CEO| FWE
Chief of Staff| Nurse Next Door
Partner| Bravo Lima Oscar
Judy has founded, built and successfully sold 3 companies in both business-to-business and in consumer service categories. In the role of CEO Judy has led these companies through start-up, survival, turnaround and growth modes.
As an expert in business, brand, and culture, Judy is asked to contribute advice and insight to media as a keynote speaker and panellist.
In addition to being on the Board for FWE, Small Business BC, Young Women in Business, Nurse Next Door, Smart Cookies, and other private company Advisory Boards, Judy is currently the Interim CEO for FWE.
Linda J. Denny – USA
Former CEO|The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)
Board member| Women’s leadership board (sponsored by the Kennedy School of Harvard University)
Board member|The Advisory Board of the IBM-World Bank
Founding member|The board for the Association of Women’s Business Development Centers
Linda J. Denny became President Emeritus of the nonprofit Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) in April, 2011 and is a leading advocate for and authority on women’s business enterprises (WBEs) as suppliers to corporations. During her five years as president and CEO she led the organization in significant growth by creating and implementing a strategic plan that addressed all aspects of the organization.
She was responsible for the “spin out” of WBENC’s global certification program and helped found WEConnect International. She was also instrumental in the creation of certification programs for the US Gay Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and the US Business Leadership Network.
A nationally-recognized expert in the field of women’s business development, Ms. Denny draws upon her experience from the corporate, financial services, and entrepreneurial arenas to support the development and growth of women owned businesses and to address the financial needs of women. She frequently writes on these topics and is quoted in the press.
Katrina Carroll-Foster – Canada
Co-Founder | Hoseanna
Mentor | Forum for Women Entrepreneurs
Co-founder of New York based e-commerce start-up, Hoseanna, Katrina Carroll-Foster is also a brand & marketing strategist, focusing on growth-oriented start-ups. Katrina also collaborates with the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs on strategic projects. Formerly, Katrina has led marketing, communications and sales for some of BC’s most well-known brands including Intrawest, Opus Hotels, and the Rick Hansen Foundation.
Katrina leads the Steering Committee Chair for FWE (Forum for Women Entrepreneurs), where she has also served as a mentor and speaker. Katrina previously served on the board of Dress for Success, and founded Y.E.S! (Young Executives for Success).
Leslie Linton – USA
Senior Vice President| MWW Group at MWW Group
Former producer| CNN and CNBC
Former producer/Writer| NBC, Associate Producer at New Jersey Network
Leslie Linton is senior vice president of MWW Group with offices in New York City and New Jersey. A 25-year veteran of broadcast news, Linton has been with MWW Group since 2005. Prior to joining MWW, Linton was a senior-level network television producer at CNN, CNBC, and NBC.
Linton has received numerous industry accolades including the George Foster Peabody Broadcast award for live stock market coverage. She is a graduate of American University in Washington, DC and holds a degree in broadcast journalism.
Elsa Lomsdalen – France
Co- Founder /Designer| Antenna Design
Founder/ Designer|Studio XS
Elsa Lomsdalen is designer and founder of Studio XS, a multidisciplinary design collective situated in Antibes in the south of France. There she works with projects across the different design disciplines, such as graphic design and branding, interior design, product design and decorative art.
Before she packed her suitcase and moved to France, Elsa was the co-owner and creative director of the Oslo based design studio Antenna for nine years. At Antenna she was in charge of branding and trend development for Norway’s leading interior chain and worked with several other major clients within the fields of lifestyle, interior and fashion. She also has a background as an art director for numerous magazines, some of which she developed from idea to finished product. Elsa holds a BFA in communication design from Middlesex University, London.
Nancy Michaels – USA
CEO| Grow Your Business Network
Author| Perfecting Your Pitch, Off the Wall marketing Ideas, How To Be A Big Fish In Any Pond, Media Madness, Stripped! Adventures in Reinvention
As CEO of her business, Grow Your Business Network, satisfied clients like Office Depot, Walmart, UPS, Xerox, Wells Fargo, HP and many others have benefited by Nancy’s tried and true methods for igniting quick results. She has consulted, spoken or taught in 42 states to more than 60,000 entrepreneurs on behalf of such clients.
She acts as the Lead Consultant and host of Office Depot.Com’s Web Café Series of on-line seminars geared toward small business owners. Nancy is Inc.com’s Solo Business Expert on sales, marketing and business development issues for the solo entrepreneur.
She has served as a Small Business Editor at US News & World Report, and the Small Business Marketing Expert for Entrepreneur Magazine. She is a regular contributor to Franchise Update and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Fortune Small Business (FSB), Success Magazine, The New York Post, Franchising Magazine, among numerous other publications. Nancy was also a nationally syndicated newspaper small business columnist for Scripps-Howard News Service and was publicist for Matt Lauer, current co-host of the Today show.
Judy Guillermo-Newton – USA
Montecito Bank & Trust| Senior Vice President and Director
Judy Guillermo-Newton has been a Senior Vice-President and Director of Organizational Development and Human Resources at Montecito Bank & Trust for the last five years. In this position she is a member of the executive committee of the Bank.
Guillermo-Newton is a trained mediator and also holds a license in Marriage, Family and Child Therapy. She has worked for over 20 years as an Organizational Development consultant for private and public organizations.