ABOUT US


“It is so important that we recognize the women trailblazers in our state’s entrepreneurial community who have made this possible. Our goal is to empower women to open and grow businesses, as well as advocate for women as significant contributors to the business community in our state.”
Wendy Coulter
Founder of the NC Women Business Owners Hall of Fame
Wendy Coulter

According to the American Express 2017 Women Owned Businesses Report, over the past 20 years (1997–2017), the number of women-owned businesses has grown 114% compared to the overall national growth rate of 44% for all businesses. Raleigh, NC is one of the top ten cities showing the highest employment vitality — employment growth rate from 2002 to 2017 and average numbers of employees.

Launched in 2018, the North Carolina Women Business Owners Hall of Fame honors North Carolina’s most successful female entrepreneurs and advocates who have made significant and enduring contributions to impact women’s entrepreneurial development in North Carolina.


Board of Directors


OFFICERS:

Wendy Coulter - Founder/President
CEO at Hummingbird Creative Group Inc.

Stephanie Kissel - Vice President
Co-founder, COO at Supportedly.com

Johnny Bass - Treasurer
Operational & Financial Advisor at Bass Business Solutions

Sarah Glova - Secretary
Founder, CEO at Reify Media

DIRECTORS:

Katie Gailes
Senior Director, Membership and DEIB (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging) at National Association of Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE)

Brenda Harris
CEO at BPN Staffing Solutions

Gena Messer-Knode
Dean; Career Services & Business Innovations, Executive Director of The Eastern North Carolina Center for Business and Entrepreneurship at North Carolina Wesleyan College

Carletha Ward
Founder at Legacy Life Coaching & Consulting, LLC

 

2022 Selection Committee


Johnny Bass - Chair
Operational & Financial Advisor at Bass Business Solutions
Member of NFIB/NC Leadership Council & NFIB USA/DC Leadership Trust
johnny@bassbusinesssolutions.com

Stephany Connelly
Director Of Strategic Partnerships - Covenant Holdings, LLC
South Atlantic Region Director for Nationa Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC)

Gena Messer-Knode
Dean; Career Services & Business Innovations, Executive Director of The Eastern North Carolina Center for Business and Entrepreneurship - North Carolina Wesleyan College

Shanon Madrid
Broker/ Owner- Sunbelt Business Brokers
President Elect- NAWBO Greater Raleigh

Melinda McVadon
Re-Branding Strategist - The McLynn Group
President Elect- NAWBO Charlotte

Pamela Prowten
Business Development Manager, VP at JP Morgan Chase & Co.
SCORE Mentor

 

Board of Directors




OFFICERS:

Wendy Coulter - Founder/President
CEO at Hummingbird Creative Group Inc.

Stephanie Kissel - Vice President
Co-founder, COO at Supportedly.com

Johnny Bass - Treasurer
Operational & Financial Advisor at Bass Business Solutions

Sarah Glova - Secretary
Founder, CEO at Reify Media

DIRECTORS:

Katie Gailes
Senior Director, Membership and DEIB (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging) at National Association of Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE)

Brenda Harris
CEO at BPN Staffing Solutions

Gena Messer-Knode
Dean; Career Services & Business Innovations, Executive Director of The Eastern North Carolina Center for Business and Entrepreneurship at North Carolina Wesleyan College

Carletha Ward
Founder at Legacy Life Coaching & Consulting, LLC


2022 Selection Committee


Johnny Bass - Chair
Operational & Financial Advisor at Bass Business Solutions
Member of NFIB/NC Leadership Council & NFIB USA/DC Leadership Trust
johnny@bassbusinesssolutions.com

Stephany Connelly
Director Of Strategic Partnerships - Covenant Holdings, LLC
South Atlantic Region Director for Nationa Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC)

Gena Messer-Knode
Dean; Career Services & Business Innovations, Executive Director of The Eastern North Carolina Center for Business and Entrepreneurship - North Carolina Wesleyan College

Shanon Madrid
Broker/ Owner- Sunbelt Business Brokers
President Elect- NAWBO Greater Raleigh

Melinda McVadon
Re-Branding Strategist - The McLynn Group
President Elect- NAWBO Charlotte

Pamela Prowten
Business Development Manager, VP at JP Morgan Chase & Co.
SCORE Mentor


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