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4word Board of Directors

  • Patricia Myers
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    Patricia Myers
    Board of Directors

    Pat specializes in executive coaching, talent management, and helping groups manage change. She also spent a decade working in the Middle East in talent management and organizational development as Head of Talent Management for National Commercial Bank of Saudi Arabia and was also a senior consultant at a Cairo-based Organizational Development firm. Currently, she does independent coaching and consulting.

    She has a BA from Villa Maria College in Education and Communications and earned a (Masters) Diploma in Clinical Organizational Psychology from the French University- INSEAD –Europe’s leading business school. She is certified from INSEAD in Consulting and Coaching for Change. She is proud to be a mentor for 4word Women.

    Pat resides in Colleyville, Texas, with her husband, Lou, and has three grandchildren and two children in LA and Texas.

  • Diane Paddison
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    Diane Paddison
    Founder

    Diane Paddison, 4word Founder and President, is a Harvard MBA graduate, former global executive of two Fortune 500 companies and one Fortune 1000 company, and serves as an independent director for two corporations and four not-for-profits. A leading advocate for the professional Christian women community, Diane published Work, Love, Pray in 2011, laying the foundation for 4word. Diane speaks on life/work balance, mentoring/sponsorship, and impactful leadership at events across the country. She authors weekly posts at 4wordwomen.org and is a featured columnist for Today’s Christian Woman. Diane and her husband, Chris, have four children and live in Dallas, Texas.

  • Pam Johnson
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    Pam Johnson
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    As 20+ year veteran and currently a Global Sales Business Director for Nike, Inc., Pam directs Financial and Strategic Planning efforts for Nike’s Sales partnership with Foot Locker, Inc.  Foot Locker, Inc. is the largest supplier of athletic footwear and apparel in the world.  Over Pam’s 20 year history at Nike she has held various positions in Finance, Sales Operations and Strategic Planning.  Prior to Nike Pam held various Financial Management positions with Mentor Graphics, US Bank, and United Technologies.  Away from work Pam is actively involved with the Oregon State University Scholl of Business Advisory Council, a member of PEO (a philanthropic educational organization), is on the Advisory Board for 4Word, and enjoys spending time with her family.  Pam lives in Newport Beach, CA with her husband and high school aged son and also has a daughter attending Oregon State.

  • Lisbeth McNabb
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    Lisbeth McNabb
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    Currently CEO and founder of DigiWorksCorp, Lisbeth McNabb is a serial entrepreneur and visionary strategist in digital media, technology, b2b and consumer marketing. Conde Nast Dallas Business Journal named Lisbeth one of the Top 25 Women in Business. She is an innovator in technology, banking, travel, technology, and customer.

     

    Lisbeth founded http://w2wlink.com where she served as CEO and is active as Board Chair.  Lisbeth has been a senior excutive with Match.com, Pepsico Frito Lay, Sodexo and American Airlines. She is audit chair of Nexstar Broadcasting and other corporate public and advisory boards and is a passionate mentor and networker. She earned an MBA at the SMU Cox School of Business, and was honored as a Distinguished Alumnae by SMU in 2011. Lisbeth lives in Dallas with her husband and two sons.

  • Kelly McDermott
    2014-2015
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    Kelly McDermott
    2014-2015

    An admired and respected business executive, Kelly McDermott has a 20 year accomplished record in building new lines of business and significantly improving corporate margins. She has been responsible for leading high impact teams at some of the world’s leading firms such as Bristol-Myers Squibb, Western International Media, Sprint and EDS.

    Kelly is an astute strategist with remarkable insight and clarity about what it takes to be successful. She has lead strategy development initiatives in several companies and has a demonstrated track record in the successful development and implementation of key business strategies in a variety of industries. She is a highly engaging speaker and facilitator that helps individuals link learning and new ideas with real world application. Her business acumen and ability to synthesize practical experience with a fresh outlook make for a rewarding and challenging exchange.

  • Gabrielle Sulzberger
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    Gabrielle Sulzberger
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    Gabrielle Sulzberger is an accomplished financial services executive and corporate board director with more than 25 years experience.  Gabrielle is a General Partner of Rustic Canyon/Fontis Partners, a private equity fund based in Pasadena, California.  Previously, she was Chief Financial Officer of Gluecode Software, a venture-backed open source software company, which sold to IBM in 2005.

     

    Gabrielle received her BA from Princeton University in 1981, graduating from the Urban Studies program at the Woodrow Wilson School.  In 1987, she received her MBA from Harvard Business School and JD from Harvard Law School. Gabrielle currently chairs the board of Johnson Products and is a board director for Whole Foods as well as for Stage Stores. Gabrielle has served on numerous private company boards. Gabrielle lives in New York City and is passionate about traveling, hiking, reading, and her two daughters.

  • Erin Botsford
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    Erin Botsford
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    Erin Botsford rose from a life of poverty and misfortune to launch a successful financial planning firm. Her fascinating story has been featured in national publications. Erin has been named one of Barron’s Top 100 Women Financial Advisors in the country six times, and D Magazine designated her one of the “Best Financial Planners in Dallas” three times. Her firm, The Botsford Group, specializes in risk management, lifestyle, and asset protection strategies.

     

    Erin authored The Big Retirement Risk in 2012. She lives in Dallas, Texas with her husband and has a grown son in military service. http://www.botsfordfinancial.com.

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  • Bernice J. Washington
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    Bernice J. Washington
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    BERNICE. J. WASHINGTON is President and CEO of BJW Consulting Group, LLC and CEO/Owner of Urgent Plus Care, LLC. She is a nationally recognized successful businesswoman with more than three decades of experience in sales, marketing and management. Washington is a retired executive from Bayer Healthcare, an International Healthcare Company. Her responsibilities included sales and marketing of more than $50 million annually of diagnostic healthcare products to key clients.

    Washington is a veteran trustee having served on Texas Health Resources Boards for more than 20 years. Texas Health Resources has 24 hospitals, 20,500 employees in Dallas/Fort Worth, North Texas. In addition, Washington has served on more than 18 other boards of directors holding major leadership roles on most. She currently serves as a member of DFW International Airport Board of Directors (Chair $2.7 Billion Terminal Redevelopment Improvement Program-TRIP); Regional Transportation Council of North Texas; Salvation Army Board (Chair Management Services Committee) and Women Corporate Directors.

     

  • Sandra Crawford Williamson
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    Sandra Crawford Williamson
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    Sandra is a seasoned executive, Wall Street industry expert, author, and public speaker. She was most recently Chief Marketing Officer for a $3 Billion advertising agency for 600,000 clients. Williamson brings 20+ years of general management, marketing, & sales, and operations experience with a passion for taking brands, companies, teams, and individuals to the next level while delivering strong results.

    In 2011, Williamson took her robust experience and launched her own consulting practice, Crawford Creative Consulting, where she serves as CEO. This innovative firm has a heart for evolving companies into power house brands of scale with amazing cultures. These firms utilize Williamson’s broad range of expertise in strategic business planning, brand development, sales strategy, global business development, product management, financial analysis & planning, digital and social marketing, executive coaching, and cultural transformation.

  • Mary Coucher
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    Mary Coucher
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    In 2001, Mary Coucher joined IBM in Beaverton, Oregon through IBM’s acquisition of Sequent Computer Systems. With more than 30 years overall industry experience in Information Technology, Mary is widely recognized for her leadership, teamwork and management abilities, working both with IBM internally and with clients, across many geographies and cultures. She has led sales, mergers and acquisitions, business development, product design, supply chain and process engineering teams in a broad range of industries, including: Manufacturing, Chemicals, Telecommunications, and Information Technology. Over the years, Mary has lived in several locations including assignments in China and Japan.

    Mary started her professional career with Tektronix where her responsibilities included process engineering and division engineering management for the Printed Circuit Board (PCB) operation. While at Tektronix she managed and participated in the Tektronix-NEC Engineering Exchange Program in Nyuzen, Japan.

    Mary earned her Bachelors of Science in Chemical Engineering from Oregon State University where she was inducted into their Academy of Distinguished Engineers in 2008. She also earned her Masters of Business Administration from University of Portland, recognized into the honorary fraternity, Beta Gamma Sigma, for High Scholastic achievement.

    Mary is extremely active with the higher education community in the state of Oregon by serving as a trustee for the Oregon State University (OSU) Foundation Board, was the recent board chair of OSU’s Dean’s Council for the College of Business, board member of College of Engineering Dean’s Advisory Council, and a board member of the President’s Advisory Council for Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT)

    Mary has three children, Braden, age 28, Margaret, age 24, and Joe Van, age 18. Mary was born and raised in Klamath Falls, Oregon, and enjoys golfing, boating, and music. She is a choir member of Lake Grove Presbyterian’s Sanctuary Choir.

  • Jane Richards
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    Jane Richards
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    Jane B. Richards serves as the Secretary/ Treasurer of Richards & Richards Office Records Management, Inc., in Nashville, Tennessee. In 1987 Jane assisted her husband in following his dream by starting their family business. Over the past 29 years she has  provided vision and leadership for the office and customer service management team. Her areas of expertise integrate the company’s client experience, helping to develop Richards & Richards’ trademark customer service in the marketplace.

    Jane was one of six children, raised on a small farm in Greeneville, Tennessee and came to Nashville to attend Belmont University, where she graduated with a  Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Social Work and Secondary Education.   She served as a school social worker for The Institute of Learning Research in Nashville for 6 years before starting their family.  Her most rewarding accomplishment has been to see her 3 children become successful adults and now involved in the daily operations of the company, which also leaves her more free time to spend with her 3 grandchildren!

    Jane has served on the 4word: Nashville leadership team since its conception in July 2014 as the Administration Chair.

  • Lucy Buchanan
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    Lucy Buchanan
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    Lucy Buchanan recently moved from San Francisco, CA to Dallas, TX to work with the Edith 0’Donnell Institute of Art History at the University of Texas at Dallas.

    With over 28 years of professional fundraising experience working in art museums, Lucy formed her private consulting practice 6 years ago.

    Focused primarily on advancement strategies, fundraising, marketing, events, communications and external relations for nonprofit organizations and institutions, Lucy’s specialty is working with art institutions and not for profits.  Her goal is to help clients implement institutional change and manage opportunities for future growth.  Lucy has worked for varied organizations including the Portland Art Museum, Oregon, The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the National Museum of Women in the Arts and many others.

    Lucy is from Nashville, TN and graduated from Vanderbilt University magna cum laude in mathematics.  Lucy is an avid bridge player and often travels around the world to work with clients and experience cultural and art masterpieces. She looks forward to supporting the 4word staff and board with fundraising, events and other strategies to continue to grow and expand 4word’s mission.

  • Kathleen Cooke
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    Kathleen Cooke
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    Kathleen’s an actress, businesswoman, writer, speaker, and a founding partner (with husband, Phil Cooke) at Cooke Pictures (cookepictures.com) and The Influence Lab (influencelab.com) in Burbank CA. She edits the monthly Influence Women Newsletter, influencelab.com/women, and weekly blog: kathleencooke.com and is a column regular for WHOA Magazine, whoawomen.com. She is the co-founder/director of two nationally recognized conferences, Biola Media Conference and the women’s ASCEND Conference. On the boards for Hollywood Connect, Hollywood Prayer Network, and the Salvation Army’s National Advisory Board, she travels internationally speaking on faith, media, leadership, and culture.  Her passion is to see women flourish and find significance beginning with a vibrant relationship with God. She and her husband, Phil, have two adult children.

    You can follow Kathleen on twitter @KathyCooke or on Instagram: KathleenRCooke

  • Kathryn Tack
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    Kathryn Tack
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    Kathryn Tack is an executive and leadership development coach with The John Maxwell Team who partners with CEO’s, senior executives and leaders to help them realize significantly higher levels of productivity and fulfillment in their leadership and life roles.

     

    Kathryn began her career as a speaker, focusing on women’s conferences and retreats.  She then launched a major entrepreneurial effort in 1983 when she purchased, franchised and developed a 12 restaurant and management services company in the hospitality industry.  For 15 years Kathryn was President and CEO of Good Times Concepts, a multi-million dollar enterprise.  When she sold her company, many of her colleagues asked her to mentor them and that is when she decided to launch her executive coaching business. She is a graduate of Coach University, Executive Coaching Institute and now speaker/teacher and coach with the John Maxwell Team.  She has served as Chair for Vistage, an international organization dedicated to increasing the effectiveness and enhancing the lives of CEO’s.  She also served as Chair of the Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO) committed to helping women gain financial equity and to access support for their unique roles.  In 2009, she launched her most recent entrepreneurial effort of Executive JaneÔ, a personal board of directors for women who convene for the purpose of obtaining wisdom and discernment and then set a course of action for change.  As a strong Christian and leader, Kathryn is always looking to serve her sisters-in-Christ and decided to be a part of the leadership team of 4word Chicago as advisor to help solidify efforts within the Chicagoland area.

     

    Kathryn has and continues to coach and speak to leading and emerging Presidents, CEO’s and senior executives of small to medium businesses.  Her blend of experience as a CEO, executive coach, wife and mother brings a profound depth of wisdom and practical application to the field.  She is married to Jerry, her husband for over 40 years and is the mother of three children and six grandchildren.

  • Lori Berry
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    Lori Berry
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    Lori Berry has a diverse background in business and ministry, as well as non-profit settings.  She is an experienced writer, speaker, teacher, ministry leader, and consultant. Lori writes small group curriculum and leads teams in her authentic and enthusiastic way. Residing in Texas with her husband and family, Lori is also a Master of Arts/Pastoral Counseling candidate at Liberty University Seminary and is certified in pre-marital and marriage counseling.

    With a heart for ministering to women, Lori adds value through strategic leadership and coaching, and lives out her passion for encouraging and supporting women throughout their different life paths, including faith, marriage, parenting, and career.

  • Katie Reiff
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    Katie Reiff
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  • Sandy Swider
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    Sandy Swider
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    Sandy Swider has a passion for developing meaningful brands and engaged leaders. Her 25-year career in the hospitality field has taken her from front-line operations in stand-alone hotels to setting and executing global strategies at Starwood Hotels, a recognized leader in lifestyle branding. Now, as a principal of consulting firm Swider & Co, she is dedicated to helping high-performing leaders make a positive difference in the world.

    Sandy holds a degree in Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management from Penn State University, is trained as a professional leadership coach by the Coaches Training Institute and is certified as a Halftime Coach focused on taking leaders from Success to Significance.

  • Dr. Sarah-Jane Murray
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    Dr. Sarah-Jane Murray
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    Dr. Sarah-Jane Murray, Baylor University Professor, Princeton Ph.D. is an EMMY-nominated screenwriter and producer. She studied screenwriting at UCLA and is associate professor of creative writing and great texts at Baylor University.

    Sarah-Jane was born in Ireland and educated in France before venturing across the pond to get her BA in French and Philosophy from Auburn University. Then she received the Ecole Normale Supérieure-Lettres et Sciences Humaines diploma in French and Linguistics, followed by a PhD in Literature from Princeton.

    Sarah-Jane is an alumna of the UCLA professional program in screenwriting and studied under chairman Richard Walter. She teaches screenwriting, coaches best-selling authors, and is a screenwriter and film-maker herself. She won an EMMY-nomination for PRIMARY CONCERN (writer/ associate producer), distributed nationally by PBS. She is story consultant & associate producer of IMBA MEANS SING, the story of the African Children’s Choir, and associate producer of the second and third installments of the NEFARIOUS documentary trilogy on sex trafficking. She is the recipient of the Communicator Award of Distinction (2013) and two silver Telly awards (2014).

    Sarah-Jane lives in Austin, Texas, but travels frequently to both coasts. She can be found practicing her salsa routines when not teaching in the Honors College at Baylor University or heading up the team of the first English translation of the Ovide Moralisé from Old French for the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

     

  • Ka Cotter
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    Ka Cotter
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    Following a brilliant career with the international commercial real estate firm The Staubach Company, Ka Cotter has turned her focus to advising both corporations and non-profit organizations in board director roles. Ka served seven years as an Independent Director of Experient Inc., an international event planning and management company, and with Veritext Inc., a court reporting firm, until the successful sale of each company. Her not-for-profit board roles have included the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, YWCA, Nurse-Family Partnership, UT Center for Brain Health and the Dallas Women’s Foundation Advisory Board. Ka Cotter is active in CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women), International Womens Forum, NACD (National Association of Corporate Directors) and WCD (Women Corporate Directors).

  • Charity Wallace
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    Charity Wallace
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    Charity Wallace is the Founding Vice President and Senior Advisor of the Global Women’s Initiatives at the George W. Bush Institute, former Senior Advisor to the Global Women’s Initiatives at the George W. Bush Institute, and is pursuing a Global Master of Arts in International Relations from The Fletcher School at Tufts University. Most recently, Wallace served as Senior Advisor to First Lady Laura Bush and Vice President of the Global Women’s Initiatives at the Bush Institute. Wallace has worked for President and Mrs. George W. Bush since 2000, serving as Chief of Staff to Laura Bush from 2009-2010, and the entire tenure of the Bush Administration, most notably as the Deputy Chief of Protocol of the United States and the Director of Advance for First Lady Laura Bush. Additionally, Wallace held public liaison positions in Presidential Advance, the U.S. Department of Education, the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, and USA Freedom Corps. Ms. Wallace wrote the foreword for the book Work, Love, Pray and is a member of 4word’s Advisory Board. She also sits on the Advisory Boards of Pepperdine University’s School of Public Policy, and ARZU Studio Hope, an organization that employs and empowers Afghan women rug weavers. A native of California, Wallace graduated magna cum laude from Pepperdine University, with a Bachelor of Arts in political science, with a focus in international relations.

  • Cindy O'Connell
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    Cindy O'Connell
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    A native of Pendleton, Oregon, Cindy settled in Portland after graduating from George Fox University. As an audit manager with over nine years of public accounting experience, she provides auditing and accounting expertise for distributors, manufacturers, and non-profit organizations.

     

    Cindy enjoys playing golf, tennis, boating, or pretty much any outdoor activity. She is active in the Portland 4word Local Group and volunteers on leadership teams at her church and with other charitable organizations.

Previous Board Members
  • Jackie Roese
    2014
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    Jackie Roese
    2014

    Dr. Jackie Roese grew up in upstate New York and moved to Texas to attend Dallas Theological Seminary. In 2003, Jackie became the Teaching Pastor to Women at Irving Bible Church. She has developed Bible study materials for use in more than 18 states and 17 countries. In 2010, Jackie graduated with her Doctorate in Preaching from Gordon Conwell Seminary. In 2013, she published her first book, She Can Teach: Training Women to Teach the Scriptures Effectively. In 2012, she founded The Marcella Project, an organization committed to improving the view of women through the Scriptures (www.jackiealwaysunplugged.com). She has taught and trained women in Rwanda, Romania and Southern Sudan. She and her husband were influential in the start up of AWI, African Women’s Initiative. She has been married to Steve, founder of Water is Basic, for more than 24 years and has three young adult children: Hunter, Hampton, and Madison.

  • Richelle Campbell
    2010-2015
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    Richelle Campbell
    2010-2015

    Richelle grew up on a farm in Southern Oregon, and earned degrees from Princeton University and Southern Methodist University School of Law. Now settled in Dallas, Texas, Richelle and husband, Josh, have two young daughters and a large dog. Richelle balances a busy life at home with work as an attorney and writer.

  • Marissa Peterson
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    Marissa Peterson
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    Marissa Peterson is a management consultant and executive coach for clients like Apple and Yahoo!, and the only Filipino-American board director for a Fortune 500 company (Humana). In a 17-year career at Sun Microsystems, Marissa was instrumental in growing the company to $20 billion in revenue, retiring in 2005 as Executive Vice President of Services. Marissa is Chairman of the Board for OCLARO, and is a board director for Ansell and Quatros. She has served on the board of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford, and as a trustee at Kettering University.

    At the age of 16, Marissa won a General Motors Institute Fellowship to attend college and emigrated with her family from the Phillippines to California. With a BS in mechanical engineering from Kettering University, she went on to earn a Harvard MBA and was awarded an honorary doctorate of management from Kettering.

  • Bonnie Wurzbacher
    2012-2013
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    Bonnie Wurzbacher
    2012-2013

    For the past 27 years, Bonnie has served The Coca-Cola Company in various leadership roles, including Senior Vice President of Global Customer & Channel Leadership. She is a founding member of The Company’s Advisory Council for Women’s Leadership, and she helped launch The Company’s global initiative “5 BY 20,” which aims to economically empower 5 million women by 2020.

  • Linda Lindquist-Bishop
    2010-2013
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    Linda Lindquist-Bishop
    2010-2013

    Linda Lindquist-Bishop has competed in the sport of sailing for almost three decades. Winning multiple world championships and national titles, she was a member of the first All-Women America’s Cup team.  Linda has served in 11 industries from start-ups to multi-national corporations in the capacities of marketing executive, sales management, publisher, sponsorship director, and sports property president. Linda lives with her husband, Major General Brian Bishop (USAF), in Alexandria, VA and Leland, MI along with their beloved golden retriever, Buddy.

  • Hailey Williams
    2010-2013
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    Hailey Williams
    2010-2013

    Hailey graduated from the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University in May 2009 where she received her Bachelors in Accounting and Masters in Finance. She currently works as a CPA for Ernst and Young. She is newly married and lives in Dallas, Texas.

  • Stacy Repult
    2010-2014
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    Stacy Repult
    2010-2014

    Stacy is a Certified Public Accountant who earned her MBA from Exeter University in England. Over a 20-year career, she has held senior executive positions at Sammons Corporation, FedEx Kinko’s, Cinemark International, and Fujitsu-ICL Retail Systems. She is a principal in SLR Holdings, a corporate finance consulting firm in Dallas, Texas.

     

    Stacy is a gifted writer and frequent guest blogger for 4word, sharing how her faith informs her dating life and family relationships as a single woman in her early 40s. Recently engaged, Stacy is planning a 2014 wedding.