2018 Legacy Honoree
Chairwoman and CEO
McKissack & McKissack
Deryl McKissack is Chairwoman and CEO of McKissack & McKissack, an architectural, engineering, program and construction firm managing over $10 billion in projects nationwide.
During the past 25 years under her leadership, McKissack & McKissack has managed such landmark projects as the new National Museum of African-American History and Culture on the National Mall, MGM National Harbor Casino, Navy Pier Centennial Projects in Chicago, and lead the design build team and served as the architect of record for the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C.
As a licensed professional engineer and registered project management professional, Deryl McKissack is part of the fifth generation of her family to work in the design and construction field. McKissack & McKissack is the outgrowth of the nation’s oldest African-American architectural firm and traces its beginnings to Moses McKissack, a master builder who was also a slave. By the age of six, Deryl was drafting architectural drawings under her father’s tutelage. After graduating from Howard University with a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering, she worked at Turner Construction and Dames & Moore; while at these firms, she honed her experience in field work, business development, and construction management.
In 1990, with a shoestring budget of $1,000 and a business plan crafted with help from a mentor at her alma mater, Deryl started McKissack & McKissack. Of that formative time, she remembers, “What got me through was a whole lot of passion.” Through Deryl’s guidance and vision, McKissack & McKissack has grown to 170 employees, with offices in Baltimore; Chicago; Dallas; Los Angeles; Miami; and Washington, D.C.
The firm is ranked by Engineering News Record as one of the top Construction Management For-Fee firms in the nation and by the Washington Business Journal as one of the top 25 design firms in the metropolitan Washington area.
Deryl was named the 2013 Engineer of the Year by the District of Columbia Society of Professional Engineers. She is active in numerous professional organizations, including the Construction Management Association of America, D.C. Building Industry Association, D.C. Chamber of Commerce, and U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations, Industry Advisory Group.
Deryl serves on the board of directors for the Construction Industry Round Table, District of Columbia Building Industry Association, Living Classrooms Foundation (Baltimore, MD), Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, and Pérez Art Museum Miami. She also supports many philanthropic, civic, and cultural groups, including: the International Women’s Forum, Career Academy Engineering Industry Advisory Council, Commonwealth Institute, and the National Building Museum.
Danny Vargas has created opportunities, overcome challenges and beaten the odds all his life. As founder and president of award-winning VARCom Solutions, a D.C. area-based marketing, public relations and management consulting firm, he has made a mark not only in business but in the community as well. Currently, he serves as the Chairman of the Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino (a 501c3 advancing the efforts to create a new museum within the Smithsonian Institution).A proven corporate executive, Danny was an executive at AOL–first as VP of Global Sales for Voice Services, and later as VP of Latin America. Previously, Danny was VP of Sales and Marketing for the Americas for France Telecom’s carrier division where he developed and executed their U.S. market penetration plan and led the organization to reach a $100 million annual run rate within eight months of launch. Danny joined France Telecom after six years at Global One where as Director of Corporate and Carrier sales for the Americas Region (ranging from Canada to Chile) he generated over $140 million in revenue in 1999.Raised poor in New York City, Danny struggled and was determined to rise out of poverty. As the first person in his family to earn a degree, he is proud to give back to his community. He is a sought-after public speaker and is called upon to provide advice to highest echelons of business and government.
Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President
Judy Bjornaas is an executive vice president and ManTech’s CFO, a position she has held since November 2016.
Ms. Bjornaas responsibilities include investor relations, M&A, financial planning and analysis, auditor and banking relationships, financial reporting, government compliance, facilities and procurement. Ms. Bjornaas started with ManTech in December 2010 as the deputy chief financial officer and senior vice president of financial planning and analysis.
Previously, she spent 15 years at NCI Information Systems, in Reston, Virginia, as executive vice president and chief financial officer and treasurer. While there, she helped lead that company through a successful initial public offering (IPO). She is on the Board of Directors for the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Bjornaas has an MBA degree from Marymount University and a Bachelor of Science in business administration–finance from Mankato University in Mankato, Minnesota.
Senator Jennifer McClellan
Member of Virginia Senate
Senator Jennifer McClellan was elected to the Senate of Virginia in January 2017. She serves on the Agriculture, Conservation & Natural Resources, Local Government, and Transportation Committees. Senator McClellan chairs the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Commission, and serves on the Virginia Indian Commemorative Commission and the Task Force on the Preservation of the History of Former Enslaved African Americans. She co-chairs the Capital Region Caucus, serves as Vice Chair of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus, and is a member of the Rural Caucus, Women’s Health Care Caucus, and Fire and EMS Caucus. She also serves on the Southern Regional Education Board Legislative Advisory Council. In 2017, she was selected to be a Hunt-Kean Leadership Fellow. Since 2008, she has served as a guest columnist for the Richmond Times Dispatch during the General Assembly Session.
Prior to her election to the Senate, McClellan was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates for 11 years, serving on the House Education, Commerce and Labor, and Courts of Justice Committees, the Virginia Crime Commission (Executive Committee) and the Virginia Conflicts of Interest and Ethics Advisory Council.
Senator McClellan’s community service extends to a wide variety of state and local organization. She serves as a member of the Boards of the YWCA of Richmond, the Children’s Museum of Richmond, Chippenham/Johnston Wills Hospital, the Virginia League of Planned Parenthood and a member of the Virginia Center on Aging Advisory Committee. Senator McClellan was born in Petersburg, Virginia. She received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Richmond and law degree from the University of Virginia. She is married to David Mills, and has two children, Jackson and Samantha.
Board of Supervisors
Arlington County Board Member Katie Cristol is a community advocate and public policy professional. She was elected to the Board in November 2015. Katie is the Co-Chair of Arlington’s Project PEACE, an interagency collaboration to address domestic and sexual violence in our community. Regionally, Ms. Cristol represents Arlington as the Secretary Treasurer of the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission, and serves as Chair of the Legislative Committee. She is the Vice-Chair of the Operations Board of The Virginia Railway Express, and also Co-Chairs its Capital Committee and Chairs its Legislative Committee. Ms. Cristol also represents Arlington on the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority, and Chairs the Human Services Policy Committee of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. Ms. Cristol has been an advocate for women’s issues, including reproductive health, political representation and support for survivors of sexual assault, for over a decade. She was appointed to the Arlington Commission on the Status of Women by the County Board in 2012, and supported the Commission’s efforts to garner attention for critical issues such as women’s professional advancement and childcare affordability, and to recognize the achievements of women in the community. Ms. Cristol is an education policy advisor, partnering with district, states and nonprofits across the U.S. on strategic planning, resource allocation and community engagement. She holds a public policy master’s degree from Princeton University, a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia, and is a 2012 graduate of Arlington Neighborhood College. She and her husband, Steve, live off Columbia Pike, one of the most diverse corridors both in the County and the metropolitan region.
Founder & CEO
Ms. Kapoor is the Founder & CEO of a small, woman-owned, company that provides end-to-end technology solutions for the US Federal government and the industry that supports it. The company focuses on providing innovative and fiscally-responsible solutions for cybersecurity, big-data/analytics, cloud and mobility.
Previously, Kapoor led AT&T’s Global Public Sector organization, a $15 billion portion of AT&T’s business, that provides technology and communications solutions to government & education customers across federal, state, local, and international markets. Over the course of 5 years, she transformed the segment, delivered hyper-growth, and dramatically raised AT&T’s reputation and profile in the market. Achievements include capturing multibillion dollar contracts across Civilian, Defense, Intelligence and Public Safety agencies, including the landmark public-private partnership contract, FirstNet, to build a nationwide public safety broadband network for first responders.
Prior to joining AT&T, Kay served as chairman and CEO of Accenture Federal Services, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Accenture LLC, leading 2,500 members of their U.S. federal business. Before that, she worked at Lockheed Martin Corporation for 20 years leading complex organization units and government relations. She ultimately served as vice president and COO of Lockheed Martin’s $4 billion, 13,000 employee unit, IS&GS – Civil.
Kay has more than 28 years of experience in government and commercial markets. She is the recipient of numerous industry awards. These include the Stevie Award for Woman of the Year in Business Services, the Women in Technology Leader Award, the prestigious Janice K. Mendenhall Spirit of Leadership Award from the American Council for Technology/Industry Advisory Council, the FCW Fed100 Award and the Asian American Engineer of the Year Award.
Kapoor has a seat on the Dean’s Council of Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government as well as an advisory role at Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. She is also a member of the Dean’s Council at Johns Hopkins University. Kay earned a master’s degree in business from Johns Hopkins University complemented by executive programs at MIT and Harvard University. She earned her bachelor’s degree in information systems from the University of Maryland.
Lesli Foster is an award-winning journalist and mainstay of Washington news as a weeknight anchor for WUSA9 evening broadcasts Monday through Friday. She is also part of the WUSA9’s Special Assignment Unit – leading our “Impact” coverage that aims to tackle community issues. Lesli joined the station in 2001 and has covered the major events of our times across the area.
Known for her warmth, and ability to share impactful stories that have an effect on our wider community, she thrives on work that touches everyday living. While her work has allowed her to interview many local, national and international luminaries, she most enjoys talking with ordinary people who use their lives to do extraordinary things.
Her career work has been recognized with Emmy, Edward R. Murrow and Associated Press Awards. Lesli received an Emmy Award for Best News Anchor in the Washington, DC market in 2012, and has been nominated for Best Anchor for three consecutive years since 2010. Lesli also earned more two Emmys for reporting on a series on the 40th Anniversary for the March on Washington, and Jeep Gas Tank Fires. All totaled, she has been nominated for nine Emmy Awards.
Lesli graduated from Howard University and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. She gives her energy to many causes throughout the metropolitan Washington, DC region, and in 2012 Lesli started an event called “Girlfriends Give Back” which helps raise funds for a different small, but impactful charity from the area each year.
In her personal time, Lesli enjoys family life being a wife and mom with her husband and daughter.
Vice-President and Deputy General Counsel
C.M. Tokë Vandervoort has spent most of her career in leadership roles at major tech sector companies providing strategic legal counsel on technology development, intellectual property protection, data privacy and security, critical transactions, litigation and more. As Vice-President and Deputy General Counsel at Under Armour, she leads an interdisciplinary team of nearly 40 talented legal professionals supporting the global UA footwear and apparel business as well as its Connected Fitness and digital business (comprised of MyFitnessPal, MapMyFitness and other fitness and eCom apps boasting 225m registered digital users worldwide). Charged with operationalizing broad, often complex, legal requirements harmoniously for UA’s global business, they are innovative thought leaders in Intellectual Property, Commercial and Technology Transactions, Privacy, Consumer Protection, Employment, Real Estate, Litigation and Brand Protection.
Prior to joining Under Armour, she was VP and Assistant GC for Technology, Privacy & Security, and Chief Privacy Officer for a nationwide telecom, internet and cloud provider now owned by Verizon. She has held legal positions at EDS, MCI and in private practice, and was a judicial clerk to two federal judges US District Court in Denver. Toke is presently a member of the US Department of Homeland Security Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee; a Co-Chair of the ACC Data Protection and Privacy Forum (National Capital chapter); and sits on the Center for Democracy and Technology Advisory Council.
Raised in New Orleans to Dutch immigrant parents, she now calls Washington DC home but has kept her hometown passion for spicy food or live music.
Co-Founder and CEO
The Global Good Fund
Carrie Rich is the co-founder and CEO of The Global Good Fund. Built by and for social entrepreneurs, The Global Good Fund was created in 2012 based on the belief that growing leaders is the best strategy for solving complex social problems and achieving global good. Carrie tested the theory behind The Global Good Fund while working as Senior Director of Vision Translation at Inova Health System and teaching as an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown University. There she co-authored, Sustainability for Healthcare Management: A Leadership Imperative, a Handelsblatt’s Top 5 Business Book.
Carrie is the 2016 EY Entrepreneur of the Year, recipient of the POLITICO Women Who Rule Award, Washington Business Journal 40 under 40, Entrepreneur.com Top 30 Start-ups to Watch, Stevie Award for Women in Business, Asian Social Innovation CEO of the Year, Social Enterprise Alliance 50 under 40, and Empact100. Carrie has been published in media outlets such as Forbes, Entrepreneur, HuffingtonPost, The Founder Institute, Under30CEO, and Philanthropy News Digest. She sits on the boards of Rezon8Capital, Women in Business, Ibasho, and Halcyon Incubator. Carrie serves on the faculty at George Washington University and the Amani Institute in Kenya. She is also the Mentor in Residence at George Washington University where she mentors emerging young social entrepreneurs.
Carrie volunteers, enjoys photography, other people’s cooking, and voluntary running.
Former US Ambassador and President Emeritus
Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation
Lisa Gable is a former US Ambassador and President Emeritus of the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, a CEO-led initiative aimed at helping to reduce childhood obesity. Lisa serves as a National Trustee, Boys and Girls Clubs of America; a Board Member, the Foundation for a Smoke Free World; a Member, International Advisory Council, International Republican Institute; an Advisory Board Member, the Diplomatic Courier; an Advisory Board Member, FriendsLearn, Inc.
In August 2004, President George W. Bush appointed Gable as U.S. Ambassador and Commissioner General to the 2005 World Exposition, Aichi, Japan, a 100% privately funded effort.
Her background includes tenure as a Senior Vice President of Global Public Policy, PepsiCo; a Member, National Academy of Medicine Roundtable on Obesity Solutions; a Board Member, Girl Scouts of the USA; a Member, the Governor’s Economic Development and Jobs Creation Commission; Board of Directors, Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute; Advisory Board, Base Technologies; Advisory Board, Distributive Networks; a Trustee, Thunderbird School of Global Management; a Commissioner of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships; a U.S. Delegate to the United Nations; Vice Chairman for the U.S. Defense Department’s Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services; Brand Identity Manager for INTEL Corporation; Deputy Associate Director, Office of Presidential Personnel, the White House; Special Assistant for Technology Transfer Policy, Office of the Secretary of Defense. Lisa Gable holds a Bachelors from the University of Virginia and holds a Masters from Georgetown University
Her awards include: PR News Top Women in PR 2015; 100 Women in STEM, STEM Connect 2012.
Melissa Dawn Simkins
CEO, Velvet Suite and
Host, The She-Suite Summit
Melissa Dawn Simkins defines success by fulfilling purpose and empowering people to achieve their greatest potential.
As a wife, mother, executive, author, speaker and fitness advocate, Melissa brands a new model of success for women who lead.
She is CEO of Velvet Suite, Inc. a leadership innovation firm unleashing the future of profit through people. She is the brains and creative force behind some of the world’s most beloved brands. She is a pioneer in her field of personal branding being on the leadership team that launched the Swiffer brand, re-energized the iconic Mr. Clean, created the first-ever multi-cultural marketing plan for Victoria’s Secret Stores and her firm launched the first-ever, National Football League Player Brand University. She has served as an on-air contributor to CNN and currently contributes to Inc.com.
Simkins pioneered the Women In The Spotlight Community ™ and The Brand Leadership Institute ™, designed to empower high achieving women with the confidence, competence and connections to build a career and a life that is equally successful and fulfilling. The Brand Leadership Institute ™ is a technology based e-learning platform that is pioneering a new way to coach, develop and advance women. She is the creator of The She-Suite ® Summit designed to actively address the leadership gap.
Simkins received a Master of Science degree from the Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) program at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and received her undergraduate degree from Otterbein University. She serves on the Board of Directors for The SHRM (Society for Human Resources Management) Foundation and the Board of Trustees for Otterbein University.
Melissa is married to her husband and purpose-partner Will Simkins. She is a new mom to a beautiful baby boy named Kingston and she is also a step-mom to three fantastic sons: Kevin, Shaunn and Amari.
Partnership for Public Service
Juliet K. Choi is the Director of Government Transformation and Agency Partnerships and joined the Partnership for Public Service in April 2017. In this role, she and her team facilitate the convening of public and private partners and thought leaders to facilitate building a more effective and interconnected federal government.
A cross-sector leader and civil rights lawyer by training, Juliet recently served as Chief of Staff & Senior Advisor for agencies at the U.S. Departments of Homeland Security (DHS) and Health and Human Services (HHS). Prior to her recent political appointments, she led disaster relief operations and community engagement at the American Red Cross and previously worked at the Asian American Justice Center, Mental Health America and a Fortune 500 corporation.
Juliet is a graduate of both the Harvard National Preparedness Leadership Initiative and American Express Non-Profit Leadership Academy. She received her law school’s Alumni Association Award for Leadership and Character (2003) and Rising Star Alumnus Award (2009). She serves on the boards of the NAPABA Law Foundation and Council of Korean Americans.
A certified mediator, Juliet received her J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law and clerked for the Hon. Dennis M. Sweeney (ret.) of the Circuit Court for Howard County, Maryland. She received her B.A. in Economics from the University of Virginia.
Kathy Korman Frey
Hot Mammas Project
Kathy Korman Frey is the founder of the nationally award-winning Hot Mommas® Project: The world’s largest collection of digital mentors and role models for use by educators, women’s groups, and parents around the globe. The project increases confidence up to 200 percent through its women’s leadership training series. In addition to running The Hot Mommas Project, Frey is the instructor of the nationally award-winning Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership at the George Washington School of Business in Washington, DC. Previously, Frey was Managing Director of Vision Forward, one of the early flex work firms and the original home of the “Hot Mommas” consultants. Frey also served as COO of the National Council on the Aging Development Corporation where she teamed to build and capitalize ventures in the boomer and senior market. Frey’s prior career was in the merger and acquisition and competitive analysis fields as an analyst and business development executive at MMI (acquired by Citigate). There, she advised Fortune 100 companies on strategic decision-making. Frey serves on the boards of United Women in Business and the youth entrepreneurship venture Icon. She is a former two-term board member of the Alzheimer’s Association, National Capital Area and an expert for the Washington Post’s Time Hack series. She is the recipient of a Washington Business Journal Woman Who Means Business award, an Influential Woman of Virginia award, and is the founding DC National Association of Women Business Owner’s Woman of Distinction. Frey earned her BA in English from The University of Virginia and her MBA from Harvard Business School. Against her better judgment, she is currently studying psychology at Harvard. Frey lives in the DC area with her husband, two children, and dog “Chicken” in a state of semi-controlled chaos.
CEO and Founder
Allison Martin is the CEO and Founder of UDoTest Inc and UDoTest South Africa. UDoTest Inc is a prevention and risk mitigation solution using @ home disease screening for employers. Allison also serves as one of two fellows at the America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) Innovation Lab in Washington DC where she’s involved in transformational healthcare projects for payers. Prior to this, she was the CEO of a successful mobile application development company responsible for creating, increasing efficiencies, revenue, transactions and communication for large clients. Prior to this, Allison was a country director for a Shanghai-based mobile telecommunication and semi-conductor company responsible for their African business and operations. Prior to China, she was headhunted by a Silicon Valley, NASDAQ listed, Semiconductor company, Telegent Systems, where she was responsible for leading business development, operations and was a global spokesperson for the region. Allison has been interviewed by news channels, by clinical cable TV networks, popular morning shows, radio personalities and has appeared in or been quoted in hundreds of articles relating to disease prevention, access and UDoTest’s dynamic solutions.
Deborah Ames Naylor
Vice President and President
Mortgage Banking for Pen Fed
Deborah Ames Naylor is an Executive Vice President and President of Mortgage Banking for PenFed. Deborah’s career with PenFed spans 35 years, in which she served in many roles; including operations, consumer credit, collections and for the last 13 years in real estate lending and servicing. Since 2012, Deborah originated more than $18 Billion in new mortgages and she currently has responsibility for a servicing portfolio of over $19 Billion. At PenFed, Deborah established a network group of female professionals focusing on educational opportunities, volunteerism, and social activities and mentoring.
Deborah graduated from George Mason University with a BS in Business Administration and she holds a Master’s in Business. She received her Accredited Mortgage Professional certification (AMP) in 2006.
Deborah served as the Chairwoman for the Women Build Campaign for DC Habitat for Humanity in 2017 raising over $600,000. She serves on various committees with the Mortgage Bankers Association including the Residential Board of Governors, CoChair of HMDA and Fair Lending, Veterans Affairs and the MBA Tax Reform working group.
Deborah is currently a Board member of CU Rate Reset and has participated in advisory councils with FiServ, and the GSEs. She enjoys traveling, golfing and relaxing with family and friends.
William A. Simkins III
Velvet Suite Financial, LLC
William A. Simkins III is President of Velvet Suite Financial, LLC. Simkins is a trusted wealth advisor with more than 20 years of proven performance in comprehensive financial services including retirement, business planning, life insurance and employee benefits. His practice uniquely serves high net worth individuals as well as small to midsized businesses with a concentration in qualified and non-qualified retirement plans.
Simkins career in comprehensive insurance and investment planning began at Northwestern Mutual Financial Network in 2001. Simkins found early success in his financial service practice and was recognized as the top in his class for client acquisition. He went on to obtain his Certified Financial Planner Certificate from Virginia Commonwealth University. Soon after, Simkins transitioned to Mass Mutual Financial Group where he achieved the Blue Chip Council (top five percent of Mass Mutual representatives) and Top of the Council as well as received the highest industry award in insurance and financial services through the Million Dollar Round Table.
Simkins is a recognized industry expert and speaker who discussed topics such as the inclusion of protection and qualified planning into agency practices. He is a member of the greater Washington National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors. He has also served as the board of Education Chair for the Capital Region National African American Insurance Association.
He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Morehouse College in 1995. As a student-athlete and scholar, Simkins discovered his passion for his career and earned his life and health insurance license his junior year in college.
William is married to Melissa Dawn Simkins and has four sons Kingston, Kevin, Shunn and Amari. William is a coach of youth and high school basketball and is a member of Grace Covenant Church in Chantilly, Virginia.
Dr. Jim Goldstein
Dr. Jim Goldstein is the creator of the Powerful Partnerships® Coaching Program. He was a college professor for four years and clinical psychologist for 14 years specializing in committed relationships.
Powerful Partnerships® was created in response to what he saw in his private practice and in his consulting practice – unconscious patterns of communication and interaction that unwittingly interfered with the development and maintenance of healthy relationships. He developed a way of communicating and acting that has a transformative effect on relationships in both families and in work situations. He has taught his method to couples and to leaders of organizations with equal success.
Since 1993 he has been a nationally recognized coach, trainer, author and professional speaker for small and medium sized companies as well as for some of the largest organizations in the country. For five years he was the personal coach to the Chief of the Army Reserves.
His latest book, Powerful Partnerships®–The Power toTransform Any Relationship into a Great One! is available on Amazon.
Jennifer W. Siciliano
Vice President, Government and Community Relations
Jennifer W. Siciliano is vice president of Government and Community Relations for Inova, serving as the health system’s liaison to elected leaders, regulatory agencies, and community organizations.
Prior to joining Inova in 2007 as assistant vice president for government relations, Ms. Siciliano served members of Congress on both sides of the aisle. She worked in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. She served as director of communications for the House Science Committee and later as director of communications for the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee. After leaving Capitol Hill, Ms. Siciliano joined the firm of Podesta Mattoon as a principal representing a wide variety of clients.
Ms. Siciliano is the 2017-2018 vice chairman of the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce. She also is a board member of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors’ Economic Advisory Commission. She serves on the Region 7 GO Virginia Council, the LEAD VA Board of Directors, and the Virginia Business Council. She is a founding member of the Community Foundation of NOVA Business Women’s Giving Circle and serves on the George Mason University Honors College Board. She also chairs the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association’s Advocacy Council.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications/public relations from Marymount University and a Master of Arts in public communications/government relations from The American University, Washington, D.C.
President and CEO
Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce
Jim Corcoran serves as the President and CEO of the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce working to create and deliver member value through focusing resources on areas of engagement that will assure planned smart growth and sustainability for the region. Prior to his position at the NOVA Chamber of Commerce, Jim served as Vice President of Trade Relations for the National Confectioners Association and before that, Vice President of Sales and Marketing.
Jim holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Food Marketing from Saint Joseph’s University and a Masters of Business from Rider University.
Golden Path Academy
Lindsey currently serves as the Executive Director for Golden Path Academy. She has a passion for children and their families. She has worked in the field for 15 years, earned her degree in Early Childhood Development, and many certifications ranging from behavior management to the importance of play. She began her career as a Pre-K teacher but found a passion for special education and behavior management, driving her passion to work as a family case worker with the Head Start program. She was then fortunate enough to begin working with the local county office as an Early Intervention Service Coordinator. In 2008 she relocated to Virginia, and quickly fell in love with the community and preschool programs. She has been a director for the past seven years, most recently serving as the executive director for the largest Christian preschool program in Northern Virginia where she began her journey to partner in the development of Golden Path Academy. She went on to establish the very first, stand-alone, Christian Early Childhood Academy.
Lindsey is the mom of 3 boys and a wife of an Elementary PE teacher. She believes in teaching the whole child, and that the preschool years are crucial to our character development. Christ is at the center of her life and she trusts in His plan. During her free time, she is a fitness enthusiast and enjoys teaching cycle.
Machelle D. Williams
Sr. Director, Diversity &
Corporate Social Responsibility
Volkswagen Group of America
Machelle Williams has 24 years of experience in the Volkswagen Group of America.
Offering a blend of strategic and operational strengths, Machelle has worked to align the company’s diversity and corporate giving strategies with overall corporate objectives. During her tenure she has implemented initiatives that impact employee engagement and represent VWGoA’s commitment to serve the communities where they operate.
Under her leadership VWGoA has been recognized by DiversityINC as a Top 25 Noteworthy Company and as a Best Place to Work by the Human Rights Campaign achieving a 100% score on the Corporate Equality Index.
In 2017 she was recognized by the Washington Business Journal as one of the 25 Women Who Mean Business in D.C ; and by Network Journal as one of the 25 influential black women in Business. In 2014, The Rainbow Push Coalition honored her as an “Emerging Leader,” and in 2012 she was recognized as “Woman of the Year” by the National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers. She was also named by Savoy Magazine as one of the most influential women in corporate America. She currently serves as the Chair of the INROADS Mid Atlantic Regional Board, and is on the Board of the Urban League of Greater Chattanooga.
Machelle received her B.A. from Drake University, where she majored in Magazine Journalism. She is the founder of Machelle’sVoice, an audio book narration business, and is the proud pet parent of two Boston Terriers Daphne and Lilah.
CEO and Executive Director
The Women’s Center
Shirley Clark is the CEO and Executive Director the Women’s Center, where she is responsible for the strategic direction, oversight of programs and development, and day-to-day operations. Shirley has been associated with The Women’s Center since 2006; first as a member of the Leadership Conference Committee and then serving as a Board Member.
After serving in strategic leadership roles at what is now Wells Fargo and at Freddie Mac, where she was a founding member of WMIN, a national networking organization in the financial services sector, Shirley stepped out of the corporate environment to establish a self-directed career that would allow more time with her young sons. In 2003 she established an international consulting organization and in 2004 also co-founded Choose 2 Lead Women’s Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission to help women find their voices to create better communities and sustainable workplace environments proved to be a perfect forerunner to her work at The Center. In 2008, she founded Career Transition Network, a virtual coaching firm helping organizations and individuals move to the next level of their leadership journey.
She is accredited by the International Coach Federation, has mentored at Georgetown University’s Executive Leadership Program of which she is an alumni, as well as for international NGO’s serving women, teens and emerging leaders.
Chief Legal Officer, Senior Vice President, and Corporate Secretary
Ms. Jack is responsible for the legal affairs of LMI. As a member of LMI’s senior leadership team, she advises and counsels LMI’s board of directors and executive management. She leads the company’s legal and regulatory affairs and corporate governance activities. Prior to joining LMI, she was vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary of Blumont, Inc. She also served on the board of directors and acted as corporate secretary to Blumont’s three subsidiaries.
In 2017, Ms. Jack was named Outstanding Chief Legal Officer by the Association of Corporate Counsel National Capital Region. She received a 2016 Washington’s Top Counsel award as part of DCA Live’s Trending 40 series, along with the 2016 Top General Counsel honor from First Chair Awards. Ms. Jack is an active member of several industry and professional groups, including the Association for Corporate Growth National Capital, Professional Services Council, and the Association of Corporate Counsel for the National Capital Region, where she served on the board of directors.
Director, Business Development
Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce
Tori Simms leads the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce’s Business Development Team, providing nearly 700 member organizations with unparalleled access to business advocacy, strategic events, thought leadership, and networking in the Metropolitan Washington Region.
Prior to joining the Chamber in 2016, Tori served in several business development roles with organizations such as AT&T, Sprint, and UTi Worldwide in Atlanta, GA, Dallas, TX, and Charlotte, NC. With 10 years of experience in consultative selling and client relations, Tori has closed numerous complex business deals and managed small, mid-sized, and large enterprise accounts.
Tori holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She currently serves on their College of Business’ Advisory Council, is an Executive Committee Member of their Alumni Federation’s Washington, DC Chapter, and a recent graduate of the Leadership Center for Excellence’s Young Professionals Program.
41st District Delegate
Virginia House of Delegates
Eileen Filler-Corn has served in the Virginia House of Delegates, representing the 41st District, since 2010. Eileen has over two decades of experience in both the public and private sectors, working across party lines to make a difference in the lives of all Virginians.In the House of Delegates, Eileen is a member of the Transportation Committee, Finance Committee and the Commerce & Labor Committee. She was appointed and currently serves on the Joint Commission on Transportation Accountability and is the chair and founding member of the bipartisan General Assembly Arts Caucus. She previously served as the House Democratic Whip.
Outside of the Virginia General Assembly, appointments include: Chair of the Board for Jobs for Virginia Graduates and Virginia State Director for Women in Government. In addition, she was selected to join the bipartisan Governing Institute’s Women in Government Class of 2017.
In addition to serving in the House, Eileen Filler-Corn is the Director of Government Relations at Albers & Company. Previously, Eileen served in the Administrations of Governor Mark Warner and Governor Tim Kaine, advising on state and federal relations. For over 25 years, Eileen and her husband Bob have lived in Fairfax County, Virginia, along with their children, Jeremy and Alana.