MEMBER SPOTLIGHT ARCHIVES

From human resource managers to members playing in their own band, the NBMBAA Columbus Chapter has a variety of wonderful local members from different backgrounds. Take a look at past interviews!

2015 Member Spotlight

Raven Oglesby

raven-oglesbyProfessional Biography:

Mrs. Raven Oglesby is a Project Manger/Program Director at the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio (COHHIO) where she has developed, coordinated, and manages the SSI Ohio Project. Raven is also the state lead for the SAMHSA sponsored SOAR Program. Prior to working with COHHIO, Raven worked with a collaborative group of Community Development Corporations in the Toledo area to implement programs, assist those that were living in poverty with locating resources, develop affordable housing, and improve communities through economic development. She has also served as a Growth Manager for the National Exchange Club Headquarters and worked for several years as a Financial Analyst.

In addition to her daily work Raven has served on the board of the Monroe Street Neighborhood Center, the Governor’s Anti-Poverty Task Force, the Brain Injury Association of Ohio, the P2i Foundation and was the 2011 Social Security Administration Quality Service Award recipient.

She graduated from Spring Arbor University with a Bachelor’s degree in Management and Organizational Development and a Masters of Business Administration. When Raven is not working she spends time traveling, studying business related topics, providing consultant services to for profit and non-profit startups, having fun with her family and volunteering.

1) What do you like best about your current role/organization?

In my current role I have the ability to be engaged in many different activities and use my various talents to change the lives of those that are living in poverty.

2) What is the best advice that you have received/favorite quote/personal mantra?

The best advice that I have received is to pray. My personal mantra is “There is always a way. It may not be the way that was originally envisioned, but there is a way.”

3) What are your thoughts on leadership and success?

I believe that in order to be a great leader you have to:

1. Have a vision

2. Understand what needs to be done

3. Ensure everyone has the knowledge and tools to get it done

4. Be able to accept and adjust to change

5. Acknowledge the work of everyone that is apart of making the vision a reality.

I have learned that you have to determine what personal success is for you and you cannot let other people’s ideas of success dictate your future.

4) What are three words/phrases that describe you, and why?

Passionate – I want whatever I am involved in to be successful and impactful therefore I give 150%. I am also very selective about what I am involved in because I want to be passionate about it.

Strategic– I enjoy finding ways to bring people and resources together to make a larger impact.

Resourceful- I have worked with very large budgets but I have also had to make something out of nothing. This skill has allowed me to always stay in budget and find creative ways to get the job done.

5) What are you reading right now/listening to on your portable device?

I am currently reading The Definitive Drucker by Elizabeth Haas Edersheim. This is a book that I had to read in Grad school and I still find Peter Druckers’ ideas and theories relevant today.

Music helps me get through my days so I love to listen to everything from gospel to country it all depends on what I’m feeling in the moment.

Ashley Randle

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Professional/Student Biography:

Ashley D. Randle is a Working Professional graduate student who is currently receiving her MBA from The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business while simultaneously dedicating full time commitment as an In-Store Banking and Consumer Relationship Specialist at The Huntington National Bank. Ashley received her Bachelor of Arts from The Ohio State University, double majoring in Film Studies and Women Studies and minoring in Theater with aspirations of becoming a costume designer for network television and film. Immediately after graduating from Ohio State, Ashley moved to New York City to accept a position as an assistant television commercial wardrobe stylist. In this role Ashley was given the opportunity to style actors on the set of Walmart, Target, Pepsi, New York Lotto, White Castle, and Verizon Wireless commercials to name a few. After remaining in this role for several months, Ashley decided to continue her education and enrolled in the fashion design program at Parsons, The New School for Design. While receiving her Associate in Applied Science from Parsons, Ashley concurrently accepted the role of Brand Specialist for Burberry at Bloomingdales Manhattan where she oversaw the retailing, merchandising and promoting of the brand’s infant and layette product. Although Ashley no longer desired to pursue a direct career in fashion design after receiving her degree, she did remain in the fashion industry throughout the remainder of her time in New York where she also had the opportunity to freelance style, merchandise and consult for The Container Store, PR Firms, up and coming fashion designers, and personal clients. While working with Burberry, Ashley realized she wanted to become a key decision maker behind a brand’s marketing concepts and strategies so she decided to pursue higher education, return to Columbus and receive her MBA from no other place than her alma mater, The Ohio State University. Ashley is also a current member of the Fisher College of Business BMBAA student organization, the Columbus Chapter of the American Marketing Association, and the MBA Research Executive Advisory Network.

NBMBAA: What do you like best about your choice of major?

What I love most about marketing is the ability to research, analyze and predict consumer purchasing habits. I have directly and indirectly held professional sales positions since my undergraduate years. While in those positions, I have always been intrigued by the decision making behind why a firm markets its brand and products one way opposed to another. I now have the opportunity to conceptualize these decisions within my coursework. I love that the course assignments and case analyses push me to think analytically while also requiring that I practice applying marketing strategies towards ways to enhance brand equity and increase sales.

NBMBAA: What is the best advice that you have received/favorite quote/personal mantra?

One of my all-time favorite quotes comes from the late poet Audre Lorde, “If I didn’t define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people’s fantasies for me and eaten alive”. This quote reminds me to always remain true to who I am, life is too short to blend in.

NBMBAA: What are your thoughts on leadership and success?

I think of a leader as someone who is willing to accept the good and the bad of an outcome. A leader is someone who gracefully accepts challenges and is passionate about overcoming obstacles. This said individual has the ability to explicitly communicate his/her goals and vision will peaking the interest of believers and non-believers in that vision.

I do not believe there is a specific algorithm to define success. Success should be self-defined. However I do believe that to achieve success, whatever it may mean to a specific individual, one must always put their best foot forward.

NBMBAA: What are three words/phrase that describe you, and why?

Creative– I have always been the quirky, artsy type. I consider myself to be creative in various aspects. I like to build and make things, but I also enjoy brainstorming and coming up with creative ideas to implement change or introduce new concepts.

Versatile– I am the type of person that can adapt to almost any modification and scenario. I believe that is important to be knowledgeable in vast areas and be able to hold healthy conversations with a variety of people from all walks of life.

Driven– When I set my mind to do something I put my all in achieving that goal.

NBMBAA: What are you reading right now/listening on your tablet or device?

I am currently reading “Women Don’t Ask: Negotiation and the Gender Divide” by Linda Babcock and Sara Laschever. Unfortunately with my vigorous schedule the only time I have to listen to music is in my car, and in that case I am listening to whatever is playing on the radio.

Jenese Bandy

c.-jenese-bandyJenese Bandy is an Operations Services Manager at KPMG LLP, a Big Four accounting firm, in Columbus. Jenese has been with KPMG for 9 years with experience in Operations, Facilities, and Project Management along with Administrative Services, Talent Management, and Training and Employee Development. Jenese has led teams on renovation and move projects, facility start-ups, and infrastructure projects. Most recently, Jenese has been focused on talent management in the Columbus office of KPMG along with leading a national Employee Process Council with 24 team members focused on enhancing two-way communication between the Operations community and leadership at KPMG. Jenese also spends a lot of time on training and employee development so that her employees are aligned with firm growth and evolving processes. Jenese is a member of several councils at KPMG including, Diversity & Inclusion, Local Action, Corporate Responsibility, and leads the African-American Network. In 2013 Jenese began a second career as an Adjunct Faculty at Columbus State Community College teaching courses in the Business Management program. Jenese received her MBA from Franklin University in Columbus in 2011 and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management. Jenese is an Atlanta, GA native but grew up in Cleveland, OH and relocated to Columbus in 2006 to work for KPMG. Jenese is a graduate of United Way of Central Ohio’s Project Diversity Cycle 21, a frequent volunteer at the Columbus Urban League in the Workforce Development Program, and an active Board member at Directions for Youth and Families. Jenese is married with three daughters and she and her husband love to travel in their free time.

NBMBAA: What do you like best about your current role/organization?

I like the people that I work with and building relationships with leaders in the firm that contribute to my leadership journey. I love working with my direct reports in order to help them develop their skills so that they are always adding value. I feel that KPMG is a great place to work and I have a lot of support in my role as a local office leader, in addition to a myriad of national relationships that contribute to my success both locally and nationally. KPMG encourages learning and development and as a lifelong learner, I am always looking for ways to improve myself as a leader and to pass that knowledge on to our future leaders, which is why I chose to teach college students. I am maintaining a focus on managing change at KPMG as the firm is growing and as a business process leader, I encourage growth and development every day.

NBMBAA: What is the best advice that you have received/favorite quote/personal mantra?

Inspire confidence. Empower change. I always encourage my employees and students to challenge the status quo and embrace change.

NBMBAA: What are your thoughts on leadership and success?

Successful leaders should always ask themselves, “How am I showing up as a leader?” I believe that successful leaders are authentic. Authentic leaders are self-aware, genuine, positive people who promote openness, integrity, and their values and actions are built on an ethical foundation. Authentic leaders are aware of their strengths and limitations and they are mission driven and focused on results. The goal of leaders should be to get others to commit to a common goal and, therefore, they focus on influence, which can only be achieved with trust and collaboration resulting in employees who will use their talents and skills to achieve the mission and vision of the organization. Authentic leaders know and understand their leadership type and developmental perspective as well as they understand the individual members of their teams’ values and type. Lastly, authentic leaders are true to themselves, they honor their personal values and commitments, and they adapt to situations so that they can provide the leadership needed by their teams.

NBMBAA: What are three words/phrases that describe you, and why?

Forward-thinking, progressive, enthusiastic. I believe in thinking strategically and being prepared when opportunity presents itself. I am constantly looking for ways to expand my knowledge and learning something new so that I can continue to improve and move forward.

NBMBAA: What are you reading right now/listening to on your portable device?

I am currently reading the “Innovative Leadership Fieldbook” by Maureen Metcalf and Mark Palmer which I recently purchased at a leadership development event sponsored by WELD Ohio.

Nichole Holloway

nichole_hollowayNicole received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from The Ohio State University, double majoring in Marketing and Transportation & Logistics. Upon completing her degree, Nicole relocated to Atlanta, Georgia to pursue a career in marketing. She spent several years working in various marketing roles supporting many reputable product lines and brands. While gaining work experience, she received her Master’s degree from Georgia State University, participating in their flexible MBA program for working adults.  Most recently, Nicole relocated back to Ohio after being recruited by Scotts Miracle Gro, the world’s largest marketer of consumer lawn and garden products to work on the marketing team. Nicole currently works as an Assistant Brand Manager supporting the development and implementation of annual marketing plans including new products, media/advertising, consumer promotions, merchandising and public relations.

NBMBAA: What do you like best about your current role/organization?

I just began a new journey this past January by accepting a position with Scotts Miracle Gro as an Assistant Brand Manager. My first three months with Scotts have been exciting, fast-paced and full of challenges. I focus on launching new lawn care products and supporting marketing initiatives to grow the business. What I like most about Scotts is the high degree of autonomy. Management really encourages creative thinking, fresh ideas and encourages everyone to take pride and ownership of their work. This is definitely the kind of organization which strives to stay on the cutting edge of industry trends and gives you enough freedom to explore new concepts. Additionally, they provide many resources to make you successful whether it’s traveling into the market, hosting lunch & learn events, bringing in speakers from major corporations or forming new employee engagement groups. I’m looking forward to seeing where the road leads me here at Scotts.

NBMBAA: What is the best advice that you have received/favorite quote/personal mantra?

Steve Jobs made a commencement speech that really resonated with me a few years after I finished undergrad. I graduated close to the time that the economy crashed. It wasn’t exactly an ideal time to be a new graduate looking to start a career in marketing. In his speech he told the graduates, “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.” I printed this quote and pinned it to the wall of my cube. It was a daily reminder for me that all of the pieces would eventually fall into place. This quote has continued to stay with me in almost every opportunity I’ve come across, both personally and professionally.

NBMBAA: What are your thoughts on leadership and success?

I think leadership and success go hand in hand. I’ve been fortunate to have worked with some amazing leaders in my career and I’ve tried to adopt skills and qualities from all of them into my own personal style. I don’t necessarily think that the best leaders are only the people who hold executive titles. In addition to great managers, some of the best leaders I’ve learned from have been peers and mentors.  In my opinion, they all have three qualities in common: 1) authenticity 2) flexibility 3) the ability to inspire. It’s easy to get inundated with the details of day-to-day tasks, projects, numbers, analysis, data, reports, etc. However, I think the people who manage to stand out and become successful are the ones who are genuine in their approach, can navigate unexpected challenges and inspire the people around them to exceed limits they have set for themselves.
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NBMBAA: What are three words/phrases that describe you, and why?

“Living Life Fearlessly.”

I’m constantly setting goals for myself. Each time I check something off the list, I’m adding something else to bucket. I’m always looking for the next challenge. If I always feel like I’m on the edge of a breakthrough, I’ll never get too settled.

NBMBAA: What are you reading right now/listening to on your MP3?

I just finished reading a book called The First 90 Days that’s very helpful for anyone transitioning to a new company, role within their current organization or business venture. An executive at my job recommended the book to me during my first few weeks at Scotts. Moving out of state and transitioning to a new company/role definitely has its challenges. This was a quick, easy read that really helped me get up to speed at work during the critical first three month period. The book identifies helpful ways to tackle the learning curve efficiently, develop relationships, learn the business and establish credibility. It also identifies critical mistakes to avoid that can lead to setbacks during your transition period. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone starting a new journey to get off to a great start.

Lynette Smith

web_lynette_smith (1)Lynette is a Packaging Equipment Specialist, a specialty sales professional, with 3M Company. She manages a $7MM sales territory where she delivers marketing campaigns, conducts product trainings, and creates business plans in order to meet strategic growth targets set forth by the company. Her areas of expertise include strategic planning; market research and competitive analysis; process improvement; contract negotiation and implementation; relationship building; and business development. As a top performer within her division, Lynette earned 3M’s Super Achiever status in 2014 and was recognized as the top sales professional nationally. In addition to her sales role, Lynette has taken on various leadership roles with 3M. She currently serves on the leadership team for a regional sales connection of her peers, has been invited to 3M headquarters to participate in strategic planning sessions, is selected to host 3M’s international guests, and is recognized monthly for her sales contributions and closed projects. Prior to joining 3M Company Lynette was an elementary school teacher where she taught Indiana state standards to students and prepared them for standardizing testing. During her time at the Timothy L. Johnson Academy, a charter school, her students improved their test scores by 20% year over year.

Lynette is passionate and advocates for both youth empowerment and education. In addition to her professional experience, Lynette has played an active role in the Columbus, OH community. She is a graduate of the Central Ohio United Way’s Project Diversity Cycle 20 class as well as the Ray Miller Institute for Change & Leadership. She has been an active mentor with the NBMBAA’s Leaders of Tomorrow program for the past seven years, accompanying mentees to national business case competitions and conferences. Lynette has also been a contributing author for the NBMBAA Columbus Chapter’s online magazine. She was a member of BalletMet’s Young Professional Group serving as Secretary and Social Chair. Lynette is also a member of the United Way’s Key Club.

Lynette holds an undergraduate degree from Indiana University’s Bloomington, IN campus and is currently enrolled in the Executive MBA program at The Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business, where she is a cohort ambassador. She is an Indiana native and has been part of the Columbus, OH community for eleven years. Lynette has one son, who is currently a student at Norfolk State University.

NBMBAA: What do you like best about your current role/organization?

I enjoy my role as a seasoned sales professional with 3M because I am given the autonomy to manage my geographical territory as I see fit, in order to deliver results. I love that I can be creative in order to deliver innovative, custom solutions to my customers.

Throughout my twelve years of service, I have gained various skills including strategic business planning, competitive analysis, & cross-functional team effectiveness. I am given numerous opportunities to exhibit my leadership abilities and am recognized regularly for my contributions.

NBMBAA: What is the best advice that you have received/favorite quote/personal mantra?

My personal mantra is “treat others the way you want to be treated.” I believe this is the key to a happiness and a better world. I work hard to incorporate this mantra into my everyday life, even though people may not reciprocate. It’s the Christian thing to do. My personal goal is for everyone that I come into contact with to leave me feeling “good.”
NBMBAA: What are your thoughts on leadership and success?

Success is relative to each individual. I think it can only be defined personally. My ideal of success will undoubtedly be different from those around me. Once you’ve identified your ideal of success, I think you should work towards it, without wavering for others. Leadership is such a hot topic. I feel that leaders are those who are not afraid or unwilling to serve others. Leaders inspire others to share in their vision then take action. They are life-learners, accountable for their actions, & execute. They’re not afraid to get their hands dirty.


NBMBAA: What are three words/phrases that describe you, and why?

Driven/focused – I have always been laser focused on my goals. I set them then I accomplish them. I don’t see challenges as a negative thing. They build my strength, character, & testimony.

Gregarious – I love people. We are fascinating and all have a story. Everyone adds value.

Blessed – I was a teen mother and first generation college graduate. All that I have accomplished thus far has only been with God’s grace. I am loved and know it. That’s why I feel it’s my duty to serve. It’s my way of thanking Him. I also have a tremendous village of friends, family, & supporters. Blessed!

NBMBAA: What are you reading right now/listening to on your MP3?

I’m currently an Executive MBA student at The Ohio State University so most of my reading involves coursework. I just picked up “Executive Presence” by Sylvia Ann Hewlett. I plan to crack it open soon! I love music and listen to a bit of everything. Classical & Coltrane help me study and my son introduced me to J. Cole who I think is an amazing, conscious hip hop artist. I have The Dream’s new singles on repeat also!

Dominique C. Shank

domonique_shankDominique C. Shank received a Bachelor of Science Business Administration (BSBA) from Xavier University in Cincinnati Ohio, majoring in Marketing with minor concentrations in Communications & Entrepreneurial Management. Upon graduation, Dominique spent several years working in various sales consultation and marketing support roles in the data management, financial services, and digital learning solutions industries. Dominque holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) also from Xavier University. In her most recent leadership role as Associate Product Marketing Manager at McGraw-Hill Education, Dominique was responsible for supporting integrated marketing plans and go-to-market product strategies that supported 30+ k-12 curriculum programs for a $125MM portfolio.

A native of Columbus, Dominique has served as volunteer for many organizations including the YWCA, Dress for Success, Big Brothers Big Sisters, COSI, the Urban League, and Metropolitan Community Services. Dominique is an active member in the National Black MBA Association, the American Marketing Association, and the Network of Executive Women. Dominique is a proud member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated.

NBMBAA: What do you like best about your current role/organization?

I am in transition and actively pursuing my next opportunity. Transitioning has allowed me to uncover and nurture my passions. I am most passionate about marketing.

Marketing is one of those areas where the boundaries are limitless-you can turn ideas into reality. It takes passion, drive, and commitment to bring an idea into being. It is the motivation behind this creative process that fascinates me.

Marketing deals with people- all kinds of people. I enjoy the complexities of people and how we behave and why we think the way that we do and what persuades our buying patterns. We live in a brand aware society where we as consumers have the ability to choose. Brands are becoming more conscious in their positioning, messaging, and creditability. The challenge is simple yet so complex: understand the intended target, engage with them as much as possible, and stimulate their purchasing decisions before the competition.

Over the last couple of months, I have also focused on expanding my personal and professional networks. I am surrounded by supportive family & friends, mentors, colleagues, and sorority sisters who have validated the power of the community and its networking influence on behalf of young driven professionals like myself.  Currently, I volunteer as a marketing consultant for non-profit organizations.  Serving others humbles me, and as a bonus, I am perfecting my passion.

NBMBAA: What is the best advice that you have received/favorite quote/personal mantra?

After graduation, I decided to stay and make Cincinnati my home. I really didn’t know anyone in Cincinnati outside of my intimate group of college friends. As the months went on I started to second guess my decision to stay in Cincinnati. During that time I couldn’t make up my mind about anything. Apparently that frustration was written all over my face.  I had a customer by the name of Mike, who would come in the bank where I worked and would look me directly in the eye and say, “TRUST GOD!” That’s all he would say. That was 5 years ago. Even when we talk today, whether it’s about family, relationships, continuing education, pursuing career opportunities or anything else for that matter his advice to me is the same: “TRUST GOD!” That advice resonates with me every day.  My favorite quote, is Proverbs 3:5-6 “TRUST GOD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.”

This scripture gives me so much peace I can’t put it into words…

NBMBAA: What are your thoughts on leadership and success?

Leaders are committed to fulfilling their purpose, that’s why they are successful.

I believe there are a handful of powers that born leaders instinctively possess: humility, passion, magnanimity, dedication and most importantly integrity. 

Team work, makes the dream work.

Instinctive leaders create visions so large that they thrive off of the support of others to help them carry the load. Great leaders encourage creativity amongst the team.

 If you keep do what you’re doing, you’ll always be where you’ve always been.

I gravitate towards leaders who dare to be different and who choose to stimulate those creative differences by serving others while they lead.

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NBMBAA: What are three words/phrases that describe you, and why?

Faithful – I am growing in my faith while God is strategically working on my behalf.

Passionate – I believe in my passion and its leading me right into my purpose.

Determined – I am determined to get to where I’m going and I will not give up.

NBMBAA: What are you reading right now/listening to on your MP3?

Instinct: The Power to Unleash Your Inborn Drive by T.D. Jakes. I met Pastor Jakes back in September at World Harvest Church. He personally handed me a signed copy of this book that read, “Invest in your core, and you will manifest and be fruitful.” The timing could not have been better. I have read this book twice and it is on rotation on my MP3 player. This book has helped me to completely shift my mindset. Pastor Jakes outlines how to rediscover your natural aptitudes and recoup wisdom from past experiences. When you are truly in sync with the God inspired instincts, life has a way of presenting opportunities along with an abundance of resources in order for those opportunities to multiply. This is applicable is all areas of life…knowing when to walk away, when to take a risk, and when to be still and wait. It is in those moments when we can truly uncover our authentic purpose – unleash those instincts- and be what God has called us to be. This book gives me so much life every time I read it!

Cecilia Charter

cecilia-charterCecilia Charter is a Senior Group Leader at the Target Corporation Regional Distribution Center on the West Jefferson, Ohio campus. Cecilia has been with Target for 5 years with experience in both Human Resources and Operations. She has lead teams in Georgia, New York and now Ohio. In her roles within the organization she has had the opportunity to focus on recruiting, training, talent management and development. She has also led the charge on several committees including Diversity, Recruiting Strategies, Employee Well-Being and Compliance. Prior to Target she served in the US Army as an Air Defense Artillery Officer specializing in Logistics and Transportation. As an officer, she worked on Brigade and Corps level staffs and was selected to join the Multi-National Corps staff during her deployment. Cecilia received her B.S. in Health Education from Morgan State University where she was a ROTC Cadet and a member of the American Public Health Association. She attained her M.B.A from Pennsylvania State University where she participated in an onsite residency with Eaton Corporation. She is a Brooklyn, NY native and has been in Columbus for nine months. In her free time, she loves to travel.

NBMBAA: What do you like best about your current role/organization?

What I enjoy most about Target is the genuine focus on leadership and development. At every step in my career I have felt supported and guided in my growth as a leader. There is a mindset that development is not just a list of tasks to be completed or a separate activity but rather how you approach each day in an effort to achieve your goals. Target focuses on how you can leverage the skills you are good at and then partner you with peers who compliment you to become even better. The mentality at Target is we seek out and develop leaders; we can teach a task or the intricacies of a specific role but a leader can transition into any position and be successful.

NBMBAA: What is the best advice that you have received/favorite quote/personal mantra?

It may seem a little cliché but at an early age I was told that I could be anything I want to be and do anything I put my mind to. That thought has stayed with me my entire life. I am constantly reflecting on my current progress and creating visions of what I want to accomplish. Once those are set I do not let anything derail me from my goal. The fearless belief that you can do anything is empowering for a child and even more so for an adult. If you walk into a situation knowing that you will succeed, you approach the situation differently. Additionally the best professional advice I’ve received was that I should never compromise who I am for the sake of success.

NBMBAA: What are your thoughts on leadership and success?

I truly believe that sustainable success is a result of great leadership. I recently read The Servant and one particular concept that stuck with me is a leader should serve those they lead. This approach has caused me to reevaluate my own leadership style and the impact of the results I achieve. I have been in leadership positions my entire career and I have learned that true leaders value the people around them and are constantly reflective on how they can be better.

NBMBAA: What are three words/phrases that describe you, and why?

Student: I am constantly seeking to expand my knowledge whether it is taking on a new role within my organization, professional reading or seeking out new experiences. I am always looking for opportunities to grow my skills and am always reflective on my experiences.

Adventurous: I thrive on new experiences. Traveling is a passion of mine. I enjoy experiencing new environments and culture within and outside of the U.S. To date I have lived in 6 states and visited 13 countries with a long list of more to go.

Hardworking: From early on I watched my parents work hard to provide for me and they did an amazing job teaching me responsibility and the value of hard work. I constantly push myself and can sometimes be overly critical as I maintain high expectations for myself.

NBMBAA: What are you reading right now/listening to on your portable device?

I am currently challenging myself to a summer reading list. I just finished The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace. It is based on the real life of a smart and driven, 30 year old, Yale graduate from NJ who eventually fell victim to his “hood” despite his education and opportunity. It is a well written novel that did an amazing job capturing the effect that our childhood environment has on us. Additionally it addressed the internal struggle that many of us face in regards to who we want to be and who we have been or are expected to be. I would truly recommend this book. Up next is Caucasia.

2014 Member Spotlight

Tennille Cooley

tennille-cooleyBE5BEDA59F688912CC8D4766Tennille, a native of Flint, Michigan was both born and raised on the cities’ east side where her father Chise Thomas Sr., is a retired foreman for General Motors Truck & Bus Division. Tennille’s mother has been deceased since she was five years old. Her parents also have two additional daughters, Sabrina whom currently resides in Jacksonville, Florida and Tiffany whom still resides in Flint.

Tennille graduated in 1995 from Hamady High School, located in Flint, Michigan. She moved to Columbus, Ohio in 1998 to continue her post-secondary education. She is a proud alumnus of DeVry University receiving a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. She also holds a Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in Information Systems Management and Masters of Project Management Degree from Keller Graduate School of Management.

In 2003, Tennille began her professional career with Cardinal Health Medical Products & Services in Groveport, Ohio as an Account Manager. Tennille acted as the liaison between Cardinal and the 2nd largest hospital organization in the United States which is Trinity Health Systems.

In 2007 after four years of managing key accounts like Mt. Carmel Health Systems for Cardinal Health, Tennille left the healthcare industry and accepted a position in retail with LBrands, the parent company of Victoria’s Secret, Bath & Body Works, C.O Bigelow, LaSenza and Henri Bendel. At LBrands, Tennille began her Project Management career within its Commercialization Services Group. She managed medium to high complexity projects within the CSG from concept-to-market for variety of sub-brands within the Bath & Body Works line of Personal Care and Home Fragrance business.

After five years at Lbrands, Tennille took her talents to other organizations such as The Target Corporation (based in Minneapolis, MN) and SC Johnson (based in Racine, WI), where her knowledge skills and abilities increased in scope and responsibility. After just two short years of working with some of the major “big box” retailer and CPG companies, Tennille and her husband decided to relocate back to Columbus, Ohio in 2013. She is now a member of the Columbus Leadership Team for Coca-Cola Refreshments. In her current role at Coca-Cola, Tennille serves As the Operational Excellence Manager for the Fountain Syrup Plant. In this position, Tennille spearheads the Operational Excellence (OE) platform to help drive Lean Manufacturing within the Columbus site.

Outside of work Tennille pursues her passion of working with, preparing and equipping young graduates for life in general through involvement in a variety of civic, educational and religious organizations that share that mission. She holds or has held memberships and leadership positions in the following organizations:

  • African-American Business Development Council, Experience Columbus 2013- present
  • United Way’s Project Diversity Graduate, Cycle 20 – 2011
  • National Black MBA Association, Past Committee Chair and Interim Executive Officer(Columbus 2007-2009; Minneapolis 2012)
  • Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated, Reynoldsburg Alumni Chapter, 2000 – present

Tennille is married to Preston Cooley, a native of Columbus. They have been married for 12 years and are proud members of First Church of God where Bishop Timothy J. Clark serves as pastor.

NBMBAA: What do you like best about your current role/organization?

I love the creativity in my role and knowing there is a steeper learning curve to get over. I enjoy a challenge while learning a new skill. In this leadership role, I am challenged to leverage my Project Management skills but use the disciplinary concepts of Lean Six Sigma.

NBMBAA: What is the best advice that you have received/favorite quote/personal mantra?

Some of the best advice I have received is from a very good friend whom always told me to “do all things in excellence”. If you give it your all and do all you can do in excellence, then you have done your best. When I go in with the mindset of doing whatever I am tasked to do in excellence, I know I have given it my all. I can rest in knowing I gave it my all.

NBMBAA: What are your thoughts on leadership and success?

Leadership is something embedded in every individual. It has to be nurtured and taught. I have learned leaders are not necessarily those individuals whom possess the degree, title or position. Good leaders genuinely care for and respect other people. Great leaders believe in the value of all people; that is, they believe every person has something to offer others – as such, good leaders include as many as possible in their plans for development and succession. Exclusiveness breeds selfishness;quote614C5FAFFAB5 inclusiveness builds unity and success. Success, in my humble opinion, can mean different things to different people. In laments terms, it means achieving a goal and doing the best you can in whatever you set your mind to.  Success means more to some people than to others. Some want to be successful by all means, others are satisfied by simply trying and giving their best, whether they succeed or not.

NBMBAA: What are three words/phrases that describe you, and why?

Passionate – Anything I touch, I put my all into it and it is solely driven by my passion. Being passionate helps me continue to do all things in excellence.

Connector – I love connecting people and expanding my network.  Those who know me well understand how much I love to connect people and build relationships through those connections.

Tenacious – Tenacity is having the strength of mind and spirit to stick to one’s purpose. This is closely linked with discipline. It’s a quality that enables me to follow through on goals and be slow or unwilling to give up on them. I have never been one to give up on anything I set my mind to (even when others doubt me). It actually fuels me to strive for greater! I am always up for a challenge but I get extremely excited when someone tells me I am not good enough or up to par with anyone else.  J

NBMBAA: What are you reading right now/listening to on your MP3?

Right now, I am in “school mode” so I’m reading several books on Lean Six Sigma and Lean Six Sigma methodology in order to excel in my role.

Fanchon Kent

fanchon-kentNBMBAA: What do you like best about your current role/organization?
F.Kent: As the Pageant Director for Miss  Black Ohio, I have the privilege of meeting people throughout central Ohio. The objective is to  help young ladies achieve their goals by building self-esteem through pageantry. I see this as an  opportunity of a lifetime, as I mentor our young African American girls ages 9-25. It is my hope to inspire them to create personal goals and follow their dreams. I’m able to assist in developing and enhancing their overall communication, organization and time management skills. It is my belief that this assistance will empower and inspire them to become confident, educated, and esteemed young women.

NBMBAA: Best advice you’ve received/favorite quote/personal mantra?
F.Kent: My favorite quote and mantra that I follow is the golden rule supported through the bible and it states, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” My strong belief is to treat people how you want to be treated. After 30 years of positive service to the community following this course of wisdom has helped me to sustain throughout the years.

NBMBAA: Thoughts on leadership and success?
F.Kent: My thoughts on leadership and success are Leaders must understand that their role is to serve others. Success is something that can be measured and holds value. Not everyone can lead but a good people leader will know how to motive people and respond through change in that they follow. At a young age of 28, I had the desire to make a difference in our community when I became the Director. As a new leader there were many challenges that I faced mainly trying to convince the general public that I could successfully take on this role. I partnered with seasonedquote983F0CD65175 professionals in pursuit of business relationships that I felt would get me the answers that I needed and followed their lead.

NBMBAA: Three words/phrases that describe you with a description as to why.
F.Kent: Three words that describe me are innovative, determined and passionate. Innovator as my purpose is to make my organization bigger and better every year. I am relentless in making things happen by bringing new ideas and then executing them. I am determined to make our community better through our efforts and changing it ‘One Queen At A Time’. My passion is hosting pageants and telling people about who we are in the community. Nearly 15 years later and I still find it joy in meeting new delegates introducing them to the pageant world and then watching them transform into a beauty queen brings.

NBMBAA: What are you reading right now/listening to on your MP3?
F.Kent: Currently I am reading Leadership form the Inside out by Kevin Casheim. Takes a step by step approach on how to become a better leader through reflection, integration, and interpersonal mastery skills. The ability to become a life leader is found from within but we have to know who we are and have the passion to serve.

Corey Humphries

corey-humphriesCorey Humphries is a Columbus, OH native that has exhibited a passion for community development along with a very resourceful toolkit for growth stemmed from family, faith, education, and experience professionally. Corey earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Pittsburgh where he concentrated in Finance and Marketing, while competing as a Free Safety on the football team. A few years later after his Bachelors, he earned his MBA from Franklin University, where he concentrated in Finance. His competitive nature continued throughout his professional career beginning as a Marketing Director for Isabelle Ridgway Care Center, a specialized therapy & nursing center. Corey assisted in revamping the image into a professional inviting environment and promoting the ability to provide careful, comfortable, and personal care to all residents. Corey has since transitioned into the Corporate Finance environment beginning as Tax Specialist with JPMorganChase where he was awarded for his key “Operational Excellence” contributions two consecutive years in dealing with large acquisitions and financial software implementation. Currently, Corey serves as a Tax Advisor with Cardinal Health where his responsibilities include the review of federal returns for Corporate entities, financial statement analysis and communication with Business Units to configure and justify upwards of $450 million of tax savings. Much of Corey’s off-the-clock time is shared amongst a variety of community outreach programs which include serving as a Mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters, Mentor within his Church, volunteer workshop instructorquote7C4D000BBD94 with I Know I Can, member of the Columbus Young Professionals, advisor and contributor with Orange Arrow currently based in Pittsburgh, the National Black MBA Association along with other organizations. To keep his balance Corey loves to travel, spend time with family and friends, golf, the arts, and compete in anything that ends with a winner. In addition, he and his two brothers pride themselves as masters on the grill and outstanding cooks.

Corey is a well-rounded and driven member of the community who aims to bolster whatever he touches. His overall competitiveness is inspiring, motivating, and infectious and he loves to share his knowledge and spirit with a goal of empowering individuals whenever there is an opportunity.

NBMBAA: What do you like best about your current role/organization?
C.Humphries: As a Tax Advisor, my current role places a great deal of responsibility on accuracy and how the filings may impact the business and/or company as a whole. This enables me take ownership of the projects I handle with the focus of impacting the business favorably and have the individuals reporting share the same mentality. This way the final product more than likely can have a positive impact on the company and we can say we had a part in that.Cardinal Health prides itself on being inclusive and impactful within the community. A few examples of this include having mentorship opportunities with Big Brothers Big Sisters, contributing to Habitat for Humanity, along with Employee Resource Groups that get involved throughout the community and engage with networks of the other large organizations within Central Ohio. This was highlighted with an event this past February 6th, 2014. The event featured the dynamic, enlightening, and inspiring Dr. Nat Irvin II as the guest speaker along with a festive networking reception in which we were proud to have many dynamic leaders within organizations of Central Ohio in attendance. I along with folks at Cardinal were joyed to see everyone come out and would like to thank everyone for attending, if I did not thank you personally.

NBMBAA: Best advice you’ve received/favorite quote/personal mantra?
C.Humphries: Several years ago, I remember talking with a gentleman, Dr. Ron Brown, whom at the time was the head of the Athletics Academic Advisory during my undergrad at the University of Pittsburgh. He said to think about your first impression as the most important or your only one. Seize an opportunity and prepare as if it were your only shot. One of my proudest moments was recently witnessing my younger brother share his first message with my church. One of the points he made during the message was that one cannot allow pain in his or her past keep a place in their spirit. When this happens, the pain or the devil is in control. You are the walking wounded and your pain rubs off on others which then can hamper your development along with whomever the next person you are in contact with. He then followed with the quote, “Hurt people hurt people” and no one wants you in the game when you are hurt. Do the opposite of hurt, and empower. Having a positive influence on anyone or anything I come in contact with is a mantra that maintains a positive energy in my life. This is also consistent with the founder of a very successful restaurant business, in which I have a great deal of respect for and their Corporate purpose. Just imagine the exponential impact if you told two other folks to incorporate this into their day. The task is not that tough.

NBMBAA: Thoughts on leadership and success?
C.Humphries: Leaders influence, inspire, motivate and illustrate by example. Think about success as what comes when you do not settle.

NBMBAA: Three words/phrases that describe you with a description as to why.
+ Visionary – Sometimes folks may see my thoughts as way out there, in left field, or “I don’t know about that.” So the challenge is putting the pieces together to get there. Being strategic and thus painting a picture that your audience can see.
+ Versatile – Being adaptive in multiple environments, able to do different things, play multiple positions, spontaneity, and most importantly connecting with different folks. Last time I checked this world has over a trillion different folks from all walks of life. Imagine how interesting your life as well others’ lives would be if you could share your spirit with as many folks as you can. Fascinating right?
+ Creative – “Art is what you can get away with.” – Andy Warhol
People who know me best also say I’m fun, caring, and a great host. If I’m having, providing something, or if I have anything to do with it, I would like to ensure you enjoy the experience and have attendees at least for that time rest comfortably.

NBMBAA: What are you reading right now/listening to on your MP3?
C.Humphries: Mastery, by Robert Greene, is the fifth book from this researcher, author beginning from The 48 Laws of Power. This book observes the lives and thoughts of such noblemen as Da Vinci, Coltrane, and current boxing trainer Freddie Roach as well as others depicting the keys to their mastery. I just began the book however it’s already an interesting read.

Currently I’m probably the only one without an MP3 player however creative rhythms, smooth melodies, and a distinctive voice usually keeps me tuned in. There are many artists and art forms that I may sync to and would like to name individually however I’m sure I would unintentionally leave at least one out which would serve an injustice.

Tiffany Howard

tiffanie-howardTiffanie grew up a military brat and spent most of her life in Fort Knox, KY where she calls home. She graduated from the University of Kentucky (“Go Cats!”) with a Bachelor of Science in Corporate Communications. Following her graduation, she proudly served her country in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, stationed in Camp Arifjan Kuwait. She concluded her eight year enlistment in the Army with the rank of Sergeant, specializing as an Automated Supply Specialist.

After fulfilling her duty with the military, she embarked on an internship as a Human Resource Specialist with the Civilian Personnel Advisory Center (CPAC), in Fort Knox, KY. While employed with the CPAC, Ms. Howard played a valuable role in the execution of the base realignment and transition of Ft Knox. The discipline and diverse skills that she obtained from the military assisted Tiffanie in ensuring job placement for hundreds of veterans and displaced civilians throughout the installation. The experience and opportunities gained from the CPAC have developed Tiffanie into an individual looking to embrace and support the men and women who have served our country.

In search of career enhancement, Tiffanie’s career directed her to Columbus, Ohio.  She currently works as a Human Resource Specialist with the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) and is in the leadership chain for the Delegating Examining team. She
tif_quoterecently graduated with a Masters in Management in Information Technology, and is nearing the completion of her MBA. Ms. Howard plans to use her education to further integrate staffing procedures with current technological methods within the personnel sector of civil service. In an effort to further her career, she is also a participant in the DLA Tier II Mentoring Program.

In her spare time, Tiffanie has volunteered as a mentor with the Big Sister/Big Brother program, and as a Finance Educator with Lower Lights Ministries. Tiffanie is an avid Latin dance enthusiast, and has traveled nationwide to participate in several dance events. She also loves watching the Baltimore Ravens on Sundays when she is not consumed with homework. Her favorite hobby involves spending time with her family since they are spread out over the country and outside the U.S. Family time is a luxury and blessing to Tiffanie that she never takes for granted.

Interview

NBMBAA: What do you like best about your current role/organization?
T. Howard: As a Human Resource Specialist, I enjoy communicating with veterans and being able to assist them in their search for employment. After witnessing and experiencing what veterans sacrifice for their country, being able to put smiles on their faces with job placement is a reward that I value every day. Helping veterans is the facet of my job that I definitely love the most.

NBMBAA: What is the best advice that you have received /favorite quote/personal mantra?
T. Howard: The best advice I received was from a close friend who served in the military. While in the military we both experienced the stress and frustration that only a deployment can produce. When I found myself feeling down and defeated I would call her, and one day she told me something that I continue to embody until this day. She said “Tiffanie, it’s ok to be down, just make sure you don’t stay there”. As a result, I accept that everything may not work out in my favor, and it’s ok to be disappointed. But, I remember that I won’t let any unfortunate situation define me. At a certain point, I remember to push on and excel, following every obstacle.

Favorite quote: “The worst deception is self-deception.”

NBMBAA:  What are your thoughts on leadership and success?
T. Howard: Over time I’ve seen several different forms of leadership, and have observed that I’m most receptive to leadership that comprehends the value of effective listening. In my opinion, leadership involves a dyadic relationship in order to be successful. Leadership does require delegation and an awareness of authority. But, effective leaders comprehend the need to listen, in order to develop mutual respect and long term loyalty.

In regards to success, learning to be more confident and vocal about my opinion has proven to be the main proponent for my accomplishments. Overall, I would recommend confidence in oneself as the main asset for any successful career.

NBMBAA: What are three words/phrases that describe you, and why?
T. Howard: Unique – I’d like to think I’m pretty eclectic, which I attribute to my upbringing and time with the military. My upbringing is the reason for my sense of humor and overall personality, which I’m regularly told, is very unique.

Determined – When there is a goal, test, or any objective that holds value to me, I am determined to complete it by any (legal) means necessary.

Blunt – I don’t really pull any punches when conveying what needs to be said. I’m learning to refine my delivery to be more sensitive and less militant. Overall, I ensure there is no room for misinterpretation when I convey a thought.

NBMBAA: What are you reading right now/listening to on your MP3?
T. Howard: Right now I’m reading Howard Zinn’s “A People’s History of the United States”. As far as music, I have Pharrell William’s new album, “Girl”, in heavy rotation along with Hank Jones. I love to listen to jazz (primarily Hank Jones), when doing homework. For some reason, it gives me energy and helps me focus.

NBMBAA: Ms. Howard, thank you for your time.  Congratulations on your recent degree completion and best of success to you in your future endeavors!

Anthony Wilson

anthony-wilsonHailing from the great city of Cleveland, Ohio, Anthony is also proud to call Columbus his second home. Currently, Anthony is the Purchasing Coordinator at Velocys Inc., a research and development company reaching new heights in Small Scale (GTL) gas to liquid technology. Prior to joining Velocys, Anthony was the Purchasing Manager at Maintowoc/Cleveland Range for several years.

Prior to joining the Columbus chapter of NBMBAA, Anthony served as the Membership Chair of the Cleveland chapter until 2012. During his tenure of leadership, Anthony spearheaded various professional networking events which were aimed at recruitment and retention. In addition to being party to winning the prestigious title of Chapter of the Year, Anthony received the Member Appreciation Award in 2009.

Anthony is a proud member of the Greatest Fraternity known to Mankind “Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Zeta Omega chapter, where he last served as chairperson of the Fatherhood Initiative program and Keeper of Records and Seals.

Anthony received his undergraduate degree from Malone College and his graduate degree from The University of Phoenix; Beachwood Campus.quote09697F698C96

Anthony is a proud father of five and loving husband. His spare time is spent coaching his son’s football team and enjoying time with family.

Interview Questions:

NBMBAA: What do you like best about your current role/organization?
A. Wilson: I like being engaged with a company that is at the forefront of leading technology that will lessen our need for foreign oil. To say I was there when “IT” happened will be a huge feather in my cap/portfolio.

NBMBAA: What is the best advice that you have received/favorite quote/personal mantra?
A. Wilson: Best advice: Don’t change the things that you believe in, even though it’s not always going to be popular.
Quote: Show me a person that’s content with losing and I’ll show you a  loser…

NBMBAA: What are your thoughts on leadership and success?
A. Wilson: I believe that in order to be a successful leader you must have the ability to put people in positions that they  can be most effective.  “In order to minimize the risk of failure you must minimize the opportunity for failure…set yourself up in the winning position.” — Original Anthony Wilson quote

NBMBAA: What are three words/phrases that describe you, and why?
A. Wilson: A Quiet Strength…I don’t have to be the loudest person in the room to be the most effective person in the room.

NBMBAA: What are you reading right now/listening to on your MP3?
A. Wilson: Currently reading “An Uncommon Marriage” by Tony & Luara Dungy. Currently on repeat: “It’s Working”  – by William Murphy. This is definitely my season for Grace and Favor!!!! God is leaning in my direction!!!!

NBMBAA: Thank you Anthony for taking your time to share a little bit about yourself.  Welcome to Columbus and good luck with your work at Velocys, your other organizations, and your family!

Sean Steele

sean-steele (1)Sean-Nika Steele is a Columbus, Ohio native with a heart for her community. In her youth, she was very involved in various academic and mentoring programs such as Upward Bound and Ohio Dominican’s Village to Child initiative. These programs reinforced the lessons Sean-Nika learned at home about the importance of education, the importance of helping others and the importance of being all that one can be. She graduated number three in her senior class at Mifflin High School where she earned numerous scholarships to support her college education. Sean-Nika accepted a full academic scholarship at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) where she specialized in Management and earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) in May 2011. Sean-Nika attributes much of the leadership skills and experiences she presently uses to her undergraduate involvements with the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW), the Students of Color Mentoring Aiding Retaining and Teaching (SMART) program and the Student Recruitment Team (SRT) in addition to work as a Resident Advisor/Administrative Resident Advisor. It was also during her undergraduate experience that Sean-Nika began her corporate relationship with her current employer, Verizon Wireless (VZW), through the Inroads Internship program.

In May 2014, Sean-Nika earned her Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from Ohio Dominican University and soon after celebrated her fifth work anniversary at VZW. Sean-Nika currently works as a VZW coordinator who is involved in new hire mentoring, human resources and external online support. She is also an active member of the Original Glorious Church in Columbus, Ohio and the founder of Nia Grace Imani, Inc which is a nonprofit organization for inner-city young ladies of color in the Columbus area.

NBMBAA: What do you like best about your current role/organization?
S.Steele: What I love about my current role is my ability to serve as a positive influence, drive change and impact lives. I currently have the opportunity to help individuals obtain employment and also serve as their job coach during their first couple of months with the company. I have thoroughly enjoyed being able to help new employees learn and grow while bringing much optimism and creativity to fuel the culture. I also love that I work for a technology company that continually shows growth and shows a genuine concern with all its key stakeholders.

NBMBAA: What is the best advice that you have received/favorite quote/personal mantra?
S.Steele:The best advice that I received was from my mother who is no longer living so it is also advice that I hold dear to my heart. She would always tell me that I can do anything that I put my mind to and that is something that holds true for all us. Toquote983F0CD65175 (1) succeed in anything, we have to have commitment, persistence and dedication. Both of those attributes start with decisions and beliefs that we make in our minds. We become what we believe and what we allow ourselves to think. Changing your mind can truly and absolutely change your world.

NBMBAA: What are your thoughts on leadership and success?
S.Steele: I really like and admire the philosophy and practice of servant leadership. It’s a leadership style that focuses on the needs, well-being, growth and development of the people who are being supported. Servant leadership calls for integrity as you must lead by example. Success is found in this leadership by inspiring others to change and helping others to reach goals by motivation, teamwork and support. Like First Lady Obama stated, success is about the “difference you make in people’s lives.”

NBMBAA: What are three words/phrases that describe you, and why?
S.Steele: Three words to describe me are compassionate, positive and creative. I love being able to give and help others. I love to see living out their purpose and it is always my hope that people want/expect more out of their lives. I believe that the possibilities are limitless and that we can always sail to higher heights. In life, we will run into circumstances that may cause us to stumble but it could always be worse. Additionally, I believe that your attitude determines your altitude so it pays to remain positive and always consider the bright side while being realistic at the same time. Lastly, I love all things artistic as art is beautiful. I love to create things and think outside of the box.

NBMBAA: What are you reading right now/listening to on your MP3?
S.Steele: I love reading and listening to all things inspirational or have something to do with personal development. Some of the current/recent books that I have in print or in my Kindle library include “I Declare” by Joel Osteen, “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” by Robert Kiyosaki, “Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren and “Gentlewoman” by Enitan Bereola. As for music, I have stations and playlists on Spotify that are based off of Kierra Sheard, Mali Music, Shana Wilson, India Arie and Chrisette Michele.

Jamila Collins

jamila-collins3FC9A633CD9CJamila Collins is the founder of Bumblebeez, LLC, a mentoring program for girls between 10-13 years old. The purpose of Bumblebeez is to provide pre-teen girls with ways to develop self-esteem, leadership and team-building skills through a series of workshops over a ten month period.  The workshops are designed to address and combat the many social and emotional issues pre-teen girls face daily by using practical life skills and information heavily supported and rooted in Biblical principles.

Ms. Collins graduated from Wilberforce University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Marketing. Soon after graduation she worked for an architecture firm in Columbus.  In 2005, Jamila began her career at J.P. Morgan Chase.  Jamila served in various roles and ultimately co-chaired the Columbus Chapter of the African-American Business Resource Group, BOLD (Black Organization for Leadership Development) which supported the empowerment and professional development of African Americans at the firm.  She also co-chaired the Chase Leadership Academy through Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Columbus.

Jamila is a member of the National Black MBA Association and serves on the Marketing Committee as the Social Media Chair, operating and maintaining the chapter’s presence on Face Book, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.  Her social media interests lead her to create a consulting service for small businesses that would like to create or improve their presence on social media.

A native of Columbus, Ms. Collins is an active member of Kingdom Christian Center in Columbus, Ohio where she serves on the hospitality team, social media team and the children’s ministry.  She is a proud mother to her son, Justyn L. Harper.  In her spare time, Ms. Collins enjoys spending time with family and friends, researching her family’s history, reading, exercising and traveling.

NBMBAA: What do you like best about your current role/organization?
J. CollinsThe thing I love best about Bumblebeez is that I know it’s for me. It addresses the passion I have for Jesus, for the development of young girls, sisterly love and service to others.  I wake up every single day knowing beyond a shadow of a doubt that I am walking in my purpose and doing exactly what I was created to do.  It’s the best feeling in the world.  I function in it effortlessly.  When I come across challenges they are overcome with such ease.  I know that everything I’ve done up to this point, even the things that I didn’t like, were all to prepare me for this. Romans 8:28 says it best!  “for we know ALL things work together for good to them that love God and to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

NBMBAA: What is the best advice that you have received/favorite quote/personal mantra?
J. Collins: I received my best advice as a young professional.  I was in a staff meeting and my SVP was present.  We weren’t strategizing over business, we were simply planning our annual Christmas outing.  Ideas were being suggested for consideration and without a second thought I had voted against every one of them.  She politely pulled me to the side after the meeting and said, “Never disagree with something without having an option.” That advice was received and applied.  I’m not sure who initially came up with this quote but when I heard Melvin Van Peebles say it, a light came on five years ago and turned into Bumblebeez.  He said, “A bumblebee is aerodynamically unsound, it can’t fly.  But a bumblebee doesn’t know that so it flies anyhow.”  It’s a great example of defying odds, even a law.  Birds can’t do it, airplanes can’t do it, but this little insect with so much purpose and responsibility fulfills its purpose in spite of what the laws of aerodynamics say.

NBMBAA: What are your thoughts on leadership and success?
J. Collins: Leadership is the result of position and commitment. Some say leaders are born.  True, some people have that charisma, that natural pull others are drawn to. However, I believe leaders can be developed with proper positioning.  The success of one’s leadership is contingent upon his or her commitment to the people, groups, or projects led.  You can’t be a leader of anything without being committed to seeing aquote6FB0A0B57A6E thing through to the end or willing to take responsibility for the outcome whether good or bad.  My definition of success is simple.  It has nothing to do with money, status, or title.  It has everything to do with how we spend our time daily, maximizing the time we are given.  Success is waking up everyday doing exactly what it is you were created to do, operating in the very thing you were chosen to produce. I sincerely believe that once that takes place, the rest will follow.

NBMBAA: What are three words/phrases that describe you and why?
J. Collins: Intentional.  Focused. Growing. I understand that everything I do is ultimately going to contribute to an area of my life.  There have been things I’ve done, places I’ve been and people I’ve met, and they were all meant to be.  Everything has happened as a contribution to something greater taking place in my life or something that will take place.  I’m focused now more than I have ever been.  I have my hands on so many things right now that I can’t afford not to be focused.  Lastly, I am constantly growing.  I never want to reach the point where I feel as though I have “arrived”.  I want to wake up and learn something new every single day.

NBMBAA: What are you reading right now/listening to on your MP3?
J. Collins: I am currently reading Kingdom Woman by Tony Evans and Chrystal Evans Hurst but I constantly revisit Priscilla Schrier’s book, The Resolution for Women, as a guide for living life.  Sometimes the most basic things are the hardest to accomplish.  Israel Houghton, Jesus Culture, William McDowell, William Murphy and Alicia Keys stay in rotation.

NBMBAA: Ms. Collins thank you for your very inspiring comments.  Best of luck to you with Bumblebeez and your social media consulting service. 

Kim Caine

kim-caine0B2975DAE7393906E0ADC63BBorn and raised in Columbus, Ohio Kim Caine has worked within the community throughout her professional career. Currently, Mrs. Caine is a Real Asset Manager with the City of Columbus Land Redevelopment. Prior to joining the City of Columbus, Kim was a Program Officer with the Finance Fund, managing the grant programs which provide economic development capital to non-profits throughout the state of Ohio.

Mrs. Caine was a Realtor/Broker in the Columbus area for 13 years and was a member of the Columbus Board of Realtors, the Affordable Housing Committee, and a Berwick Civic Association Trustee. Kim is certified as an Economic Development Professional from the National Development Council.

Kim received her undergraduate degree from Wilberforce University and is currently completing her graduate degree at Central Michigan University. She is a proud wife and mother of three children. In her spare time she enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.

NBMBAA: What do you like best about your current role/organization?
KC: What I like about my current position is that I have the ability to make a difference in our city. I work for the city of Columbus Land Redevoplement which is designed to acquire real estate and market it to individuals, developers, and non-profit organizations for redevelopment.

NBMBAA: Best advice you’ve received/favorite quote/personal mantra?
KC: The best advice that I have received is “Think Big!”

NBMBAA: Thoughts on leadership and success?
KC: About leadership, I think that learning to trust yourself is just as important as your team learning to trust you. My thought on success is, success begins with good character.

NBMBAA: Three words/phrases that describe you with a description as to why. 
KC: The three phrases that describe me are: passionate, visionary, and life-long learner. I think life is about continually learning our purposes in life, so beingquote754A0CF6C08Epassionate, a visionary, and life-learner gives me an open-mind in guiding me to my purpose.

NBMBAA: What are you reading right now/listening to on your MP3? 
KC: I am currently reading “Living with a purpose, God’s Answers to Life’s Difficult Questions” by Rick Warren.

Thank you Kim for giving us some of your time. Good luck to you with your work at the city’s Land Redevelopme

2013 Member Spotlight

Jonathan Stone

jonathan_stoneNBMBAA: Where do you work? What do you do?
J.Stone: I work for the United States Air Force and am currently working at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton.  I am a Contracting Officer and as such I purchase supplies and services for multiple agencies within the Air Force. I establish corporate contracts and am warranted to purchase items for the Government up to $5M.  I am directly involved in acquisition planning, solicitation, evaluation, price/cost analysis, negotiations, and contract award functions

NBMBAA: What do you like best about your current role/organization?
J.Stone: In my current role with the US Air Force we purchase items with taxpayer money and as such I have a responsibility of being a fiscal steward for the citizens of this great country.  Through negotiations I am able to obtain a fair and reasonable price for the items that we purchase and in turn save taxpayer money.  In addition to this, all of the purchases that come out of our office go towards supporting our brave men and women fighting to defend our nation. These aspects of saving taxpayers money and supporting our military are what I like best about being a contracting officer.

NBMBAA: Best advice you’ve received/favorite quote/personal mantra? 
J.Stone: One of my favorite quotes comes from the Bible, specifically a portion of Luke 12:48 “For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required.”  This passage hits home for me because I’ve been blessed with a lot throughout my life, and I feel that’s its only right for me to give back to others.

NBMBAA:  A word/phrase that describe you with a description as to why you picked that word/phrase. 
J.Stone: Even Keeled.  This phrase describes me because I keep a calm demeanor regardless of the things that are going on around me.

NBMBAA:  What are you reading right now/listening to on your MP3?
J.Stone: I enjoy history and learning about important figures in of our past. I’m currently reading Benjamin Franklin’s Autobiography.

Theresa Seybold

theresa_seybold_picNBMBAA: What do you like best about your current role/organization?
T.Seybold: I am a recruiter and I love my role. As a recruiter I feel that I am changing people’s lives. I spend my days talking to people and basically counseling them on developing their careers.  I can’t hire everyone into my company, so I help people focus on where they are, where they really want to be, and realistically how to get there.

NBMBAA: Best advice you’ve received/favorite quote/personal mantra?
T.Seybold: My personal mantra is : “You can be right or you can be successful. They are not the same”. I find that in business and especially in personal relationships, people spend their time trying to be ‘right’ as opposed to focusing on what will benefit them in the long run. Focusing on what will make you successful allows you to temper how you respond in situations, ignore what is unimportant, and select the issues that you must dig in on. My mantra has helped me have a lasting 30 year marriage and a  successful career.

NBMBAA:  A word/phrase that describe you with a description as to why you picked that word/phrase.
T.Seybold: I am family-oriented and that drives everything that I do.  I see people as individuals and not in terms of goals that I have to accomplish.  This helped fuel my career change from sales rep to recruiter and allows me to help counsel and guide candidates.  I also became a LOT mentor which I did for  three years and found very enjoyable.

NBMBAA:  What are you reading right now/listening to on your MP3?
T.Seybold: I am reading a novel about stolen Mayan artifacts (I just came back from vacation in Cancun). The book details the Mayan culture and history.

Newton Burris

newton_burris_1NBMBAA: Where do you work?
N.Burris: Coldwell Banker King Thompson, a NRT company and division of Realogy.

NBMBAA: What do you do? 
N.Burris: Im the Branch Manager for Coldwell Banker King Thompsons Bexley/East office. Im resposible for running the overall operations of my office and managing the 30 real estate agents and support staff that make up the Bexley/East office. Im also the owner of Park Place Consultants, a company that advises non-profits and for profit businesses on operations, business planning, marketing strategy and organizational structure.

NBMBAA: What do you like best about your current role/organization?
N.Burris: I really enjoy helping others achieve thier goals. Sometimes thats making a certain dollar amount and sometimes its just accomplishing something that they have always wanted to do.

NBMBAA: Best advice you’ve received/favorite quote/personal mantra?
N.Burris: When faced with adversity, adapt and overcome!

NBMBAA: A word/phrase that describe you with a description as to why you picked that word/phrase.
N.Burris: A word “quiet”. I picked it because thats what a lot of people say about me, but I disagree.  I consider myself a great listener, and its hard to listen when your talking! So, if you think Im being quiet and not talking its only because Im trying to listen.

NBMBAA: What are you reading right now/listening to on your MP3?
N.Burris: John Maxwell’s The 5 Levels of Leadership.

Sonia Nelson-Jones

sonja_nelsonNBMBAA: What do you like best about your current role/organization?
S.Jones: I am the Founder & CEO of The Firm Development Group, LLC.  The Firm is a social enterprise, community focused organization, established to provide development opportunities for individuals to obtain and maintain self-sufficiency and overall life balance.   Through my work I have developed wonderful relationships with a diverse group of individuals and have had the opportunity to participate with many community projects and initiatives.  The best thing about my role is knowing this work is my purpose and it provides a platform where I can be of service to others every day.


NBMBAA: Best advice you’ve received/favorite quote/personal mantra?

S.Jones: There are many tokens of wisdom I use throughout my day to day.  A few are:  “Knowing why doesn’t change the answer, just accept it, deal with it, and move it.” ~my dear friend Ricarla. “Nothing ventured, nothing gained.” ~unknown “Don’t let others turn you into something that you are not.” Ann Mitchell, Nationwide Insurance Mentor  “Make it a great day.” ~Unknown

NBMBAA: Thoughts on leadership and success?
S.Jones: Leadership and success both depends on the individual. Leadership should be cultivated. It is a quality that everyone has but you must take the time to know yourself as an individual which will demonstrate what type of leader you are or have the potential to be.  Then it takes work, lots of work, to cultivate and grow into the type of leader you are destined to be.
Success is subjective, therefore don’t just go by anyone’s definition, define it for yourself and pursue it.

NBMBAA: Three words/phrases that describe you with a description as to why.
S.Jones: Innovative, Assertive, and Compassionate
Innovative – Being a small business owner has really allowed me to tap into my creative side.  I love to find various solutions to a problem and test them all.
Assertive –I make sure my opinion is of value before I share it and once that criteria is met I share away and I own it with the utmost of confidence.
Compassionate – It hurts my spirit to see someone struggle in any way.

NBMBAA: What are you reading right now/listening to on your MP3?
S.Jones: I don’t have the attention span to read books but I LOVE music. I have a playlist with only songs that motivate me like Run the World(Girls) by Beyonce, Girl on Fire by Alicia Keys, Pretty Girl Rock by Keri Hilson, Roar by Katy Perry, and Applause by Lady Gaga.

Bruce Wimbish

bruce-wimbishNBMBAA: Where do you work? What do you do?

B.Wimbish: The Greater Columbus Sports Commission. This role is responsible for the sports commission’s overall strategic marketing, communications and public relations functions in generating positive exposure for the Greater Columbus Sports Commission, our sports community and the Columbus area as a premier destination for sporting events nationally.

NBMBAA: What do you like best about your current role/organization? B.Wimbish: The sports commission is small with a staff of eight, but mighty, as we have the opportunity to work with all the sporting organizations and many of the events in the region from The Presidents Cup in golf to NCAA Basketball to high school hockey to USA Volleyball. Being a part of a small staff allows your skill set to expand as you have to be knowledgeable to varying degrees of all areas of the organization, and that’s great for anyone’s professional development.

NBMBAABest advice you’ve received/favorite quote/personal mantra?  B.Wimbish: “Grace is God giving you what you do not deserve…Mercy is God not giving you what you do deserve.” – Unknown

NBMBAA:  A word/phrase that describe you with a description as to why you picked that word/phrase. B.Wimbish: Passionate to enable others. There is no greater joy than helping others help themselves.

NBMBAA:  What are you reading right now/listening to on your MP3?
B.Wimbish: Book: Men’s Health magazine, Men’s Devotional BibleMusic: A mix of signature jazz songs.

2012 Member Spotlight

Tacarra Christie

mom2012_februaryTacarra has been in the pharmaceutical industry for five years. She started her pharmaceutical sales career with Pfizer Inc. at the age of 19 through the INROADS internship program. After two successful summers as an intern, Pfizer extended Tacarra a full-time opportunity in Dayton, Ohio upon completion of her undergraduate degree in Health Sciences from The Ohio State University in 2007. Tacarra graduated with her MBA from Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University in 2010. She is a native of Columbus, Ohio and is also a very proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.

NBMBAA: What do you like best about your current role/organization?
T.Christie: Pfizer’s mission is to help patients lead happier, healthier, longer, more productive lives. I absolutely love that I’m able to execute our mission statement everyday though the excellent products I’m blessed to promote and the personalized customer service I’m able to provide my physicians. We have best in class products that make a difference: Celebrex, Lyrica, Lipitor, Viagra, Chantix, Pristiq just to name a few. I’m extremely proud to work for the #1 pharmaceutical company.

NBMBAA: Best advice you’ve received/favorite quote/personal mantra?
T.Christie
: The best advice I’ve received was actually from a quote I read on a painting by Bonnie Mohr entitled Living Life. It stated, “Life is not a race-but indeed a journey. Be honest. Work hard. Be choosy. Say “thank you”, “I love you”, and “great job” to someone each day. Go to church, take time for prayer. The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh. Let your handshake mean more than pen and paper. Love your life and what you’ve been given, it is not accidental-search for your purpose and do it as best you can. Dreaming does matter. It allows you to become that of which you aspire to be. Laugh often. Appreciate the little things in life and enjoy them. Some of the best things really are free. Do not worry, less wrinkles are more becoming. Forgive, it frees the soul. Take time for yourself-plan for longevity. Recognize the special people you’ve been blessed to know. Live for today, enjoy the moment.”

NBMBAA: Thoughts on leadership and success?
T.Christie:
1 Corinthians 15:33 “Do not be misled, bad company corrupts good character.” In my opinion, leadership is where competence meets character. It is imperative for individuals to establish one’s mind in right thinking, surround oneself with the right people and operate in the right environment so that they may grow and thrive. Success for me means freedom from lack, limitation, and fear. Success means preparing for what I want-and I do. I only think of good things, therefore, good things always happen for me. I then find a way to pay it forward and be a blessing to someone else.

NBMBAA: Three words/phrases that describe you with a description as to why you picked those words/phrases.
T.Christie: Overachiever, encourager, and giver. I strive to live the highest ideal of myself and I encourage others to live their best lives as well. I’m always seeking an opportunity to give and bless others.

NBMBAA: What are you reading right now/listening to on your MP3?
T.Christie
: I’m reading The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra. I’m listening to the “Slow Jams/Quiet Storm” station on my iPhone Pandora app right now…Tender Love by The Force MDs just came on-my jam!

Charles Byrd

mom2012_marchCharles Byrd is a QA Test Engineer Analyst at Battelle Memorial Institute. In his present role, he is helping to create, develop, and lead a Quality Assurance department to support Battelle’s IT infrastructure. This involves testing solutions, developing process improvement methodologies, and enforcing Battelle protocol on all internal IT projects. Charles holds his undergraduate degree from Franklin University and his graduate degree from Keller Graduate School of Management. In his free time he enjoys watching sports, working out, listening to music and tutoring kids. Charles is married to Patricia Blyden, PhD.

NBMBAA: What do you like best about your current role/organization?
C.Byrd
: My team and I have the autonomy to create and establish an area within our IT department at Battelle that has not been established formally below. Every day is a learning experience as we learn about how we can enhance and best meet the needs of our IT project staff. The fact that I get to interact with all areas of our IT department makes each day interesting.

NBMBAA: Best advice you’ve received/favorite quote/personal mantra?
C.Byrd
: The best advice I have received was from my parents and that is to put God first in all areas of your life and you will have be a success.

NBMBAA: Thoughts on leadership and success?
C.Byrd
: Successful leader demonstrates and operates in humility and truth. The best way to lead is to serve others. A leader should not place any restrictions on themselves and say I will not perform a task or role to assist someone else on their team. A leader must be willing to admit that they do not have all the answers. A leader must listen to all persons on their team even if you do not agree with those persons. A successful leader realizes that their actions influence everyone on the team.

NBMBAA: Three words/phrases that describe you with a description as to why you picked those words/phrases.
C.Byrd
: The three words that describe me are conscientious, integrity, and positive. I have been told that once I am instructed to do something that I am so conscientious that others do not have to worry about a task being completed. The person I am in public is the same person I am in private. It is in my nature to always to be positive in all situations regardless of the circumstances.

NBMBAA: What are you reading right now/listening to on your MP3?
C.Byrd
: I am a smooth jazz listener. I am listening to the new Najee – The smooth side of soul; Jeff Lorber – Galaxy and Marcus Anderson – Tender Loving Christmas. When I have a moment I am reading between Steve Jobs by Walter Isaakson and The Relationship principles of Jesus by Tom Holladay

Israel C. Wright

mom2012_juneIsrael C. Wright, CFE, AAMS got his start in the financial industry in 1996 while still on active duty with the 82nd Airborne Division in the U. S. Army. He began a tax preparation business after he found a large tax preparation company unprepared to handle his complex tax return. Vowing to ‘put them out of business’ Israel began studying taxes. As he learned more about taxes, he learned about investments, insurance, real estate, mortgages and business operations. He decided then to form his tax business with the ability to provide all facets of finance. To get a jump start on his career after the military, Israel went and earned his life insurance license on his own.
In early November 2008, Israel founded “Columbus Strength and Honor Men’s Group”, a forum dedicated to improving men and directing them to their God ordained purpose. In 2010, Israel earned his Certified Fraud Examiner designation to position himself as a fraud expert for business financials and operations. Most recently, Israel is pursing his Master’s Degree of Science in Accounting and expects to graduate in mid-2012. Israel’s expansive training and experiences in all things financial have positioned him as an excellent CEO for the Storehouse. He is committed to inspiring and educating everyone toward fulfilling their God ordained purpose.

His mission statement for himself and his team members is – to offer and provide comprehensive spiritual, personal and financial enlightenment that empower individuals and businesses to achieve spiritual, personal and financial prosperity.
Israel’s vision statement for The Storehouse is – to introduce, maintain and procreate an arena of self sufficiency, teamwork, accountability, integrity, expertise and unity within. This will be done by leading by example, sacrificing, listening, guiding and demonstrating these characteristics.

NBMBAA: What do you like best about your current role/organization?
I.Wright:
Sharing the information and insight of the financial industry I’ve gathered (from being and meeting others from different aspects of the field) with clients, customers and others who do not generally have access to such liberating and empowering information.

NBMBAA: Best advice you’ve received/favorite quote/personal mantra?
I.Wright
: I received this from a man on his 85th birthday; I asked him what wisdom he can share with me after all his years of experiences. He simply said, “It’s always something.” I said, “Hmm. So it can never be nothing?” He said, “Of course not; that is unreasonable. As long as you are alive, there will always be something or another. To have nothing is death.” That put a lot of things in perspective for me.

NBMBAA: Thoughts on leadership and success?
I.Wright
: From my experiences in the Army and in the business and corporate world, I have come to believe that leadership and management are not synonymous. Leadership is what envisions, inspires and drives success. Management is incorporating the processes and details to facilitate the tasks and activities to achieve success. Great leaders are not necessarily great managers and great managers are rarely great leaders.

NBMBAA: Three words/phrases that describe you with a description as to why you picked those words/phrases.
I.Wright
: Be – all the positive things within you to be.
Know – all that you can come to know.
Do – all the positive things in life that are possible to do.

NBMBAA: What are you reading right now/listening to on your MP3?
I.Wright:
Golden – Jill Scott
Rocky Theme – (From all six movies)
Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand (again)
The Bible (books of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes)

Charece Sims

mom2012_septemberCharece was born in Detroit, MI. As a child she was very involved in sports and academics. Participating in Basketball and Track and working a part time job taught her commitment and time management at an early age. While in High School, she received an Ohio State Minority Scholars Award, a Kodak Young Leaders Award, and a National Student Leadership Conference nomination. She graduated High School in the top 5 percent of her class and earned a full academic scholarship to Bowling Green State University (BGSU). At BGSU, she earned my Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science, a minor in Spanish, and also studied abroad at the University de Alcalá in Alcalá de Herneres, Spain.

While studying abroad she earned a degree in Romance Languages. After graduating from college Cum Laude, she began her career with Time Warner Cable as an Inbound Sales Agent in Residential Services and has gradually progressed to her current role as Account Manager in Business Class Services. She currently attends Ohio Dominican University in pursuit of her Master’s in Business Administration.

She is actively involved in the Columbus Young Professionals (CYP), the National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC), Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT), Women for Economic and Leadership Development (WELD), Dress for Success Organization of Columbus, and the National Black MBA Association.

NBMBAA: What do you like best about your current role/organization?
T.Sims
: I currently work as an Account Manager for Time Warner Cable Business Class services. As an Account Manager, I contribute to a flourishing sector of Time Warner Cable that has grown 37% over the past year and represents over 70% of the revenue for Time Warner Cable in the region. Time Warner Cable Business Class is an evolving force with lots of opportunity for career growth and development. The best part of my current role at Time Warner Cable Business Class is that I learn something new each day with the growing telecom and telecommunications industry.

NBMBAA: Best advice you’ve received/favorite quote/personal mantra?
T.Sims
: The best advice that I’ve received is an “oldie” but “goodie.” “It’s not personal, it’s business!” I attribute much of my career success to following this mantra and primarily focusing on what the business needs.

NBMBAA: Thoughts on leadership and success?
T.Sims
: A successful leader not only leads, but also has followers. A successful leader has persistent follow up and follow through. Leading by example is the best way to achieve success. In doing so, a leader must always find a way to “build a better mouse trap.” The “mouse trap” has many patents. In order to further add success to an already successful product; you must find a way to reinvent the product. Demonstrate innovation and constantly add more value.

NBMBAA: Three words/phrases that describe you with a description as to why you picked those words/phrases.
T.Sims
: Intellectually Curious, Positive in Change Management, Passionate about what I do.

NBMBAA: What are you reading right now/listening to on your MP3?
T.Sims
: I am currently reading “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Steven Covey. I usually listen to mellow, calming music like Jazz or R&B to clear my mind and gather my thoughts.

Henry J. (Joe) Porter

mom2012_augustJoe Porter is Vice President of personal lines underwriting for Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company based in Columbus Ohio.  He leads a team of insurance professionals that are responsible for establishing corporate underwriting “best practices” and handling procedures for standard auto, property and personal umbrella lines of business.  Additionally, Joe and his team are responsible for internal auditing, compliance and training / education for personal lines operations.  The education responsibilities focus on the core competencies of underwriting, product management, pricing and property inspections.  Joe and his team are also responsible for strategic planning and automation of the underwriting operations.

Joe currently serves on the following boards: Ronald McDonald House Charities, Mansion Day School, NCBC Men’s ministries and United Way CEO Cabinet.   Additionally, Joe actively supports The Colorado State University Varsity Athlete’s Club, American Cancer Association, Columbus Children’s Theater,National Black MBA Association, Corporate Connections, Mid-Ohio Food Bank.  Joe is a graduate of Colorado State University with an MBA from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. Joe is from East Liverpool Ohio, and resides in Powell with his wife Tamara, daughter Taylor.

NBMBAA: What do you like best about your current role/organization?
H.Porter
: I am currently Vice President of Personal Lines Underwriting for Nationwide Insurance Company. This role encompasses setting underwriting standards for all distribution channels, Auditing, Compliance, Future underwriting strategy and Automation.  We also are responsible for education surrounding our core competencies of Underwriting, Product Management, Pricing and home inspections. I love the team of highly engaged professionals and committed associates that I get the privilege of leading and working with on a daily basis.  I enjoy the swing in scope from very granular process mapping to route cause analysis to developing, communicating and driving a multi-year strategic plan.

NBMBAA: Best advice you’ve received/favorite quote/personal mantra?
H.Porter
: Be the best at what you are assigned to do and go the extra step.  Invest in yourself to include getting mentor / coach and more than anything don’t be afraid to market your work or your team’s work.  Face it, if you don’t who else will?  Rest assured the other guy / gal is!

NBMBAA: Thoughts on leadership and success?
H.Porter
: Leadership is a privilege that can not be taken for granted. I’m a big fan of Colin Powell. I’m also a fan of John C Maxwell (one of the world’s foremost leadership gurus) and he defines leadership as influence! This influence must recognize your audience and what’s required of the assignment to comfortably lead upwards, to peers, across boundaries and to subordinates. I share his fundamental belief that leadership can be taught, giving hope to many. From what I have read and observed it seems the best leaders that consistently achieve success have the following characteristics: 1) Evaluate top Talent quickly creating a culture of development, recognition, accountability and straight talk. 2) They effectively Communicate at all levels of their environment. 3) They effectively set Priorities on what needs to be done and when. 4) They Empower their team, involving them in the process by listening and seeking feedback. 5) They effectively Plan and provide for contingencies. 6) They drive Results and create a results base culture. 7) They have a flair for Innovation. 8) They value Education and a learning environment. 9) They leverage Diversity to the max! 10) They walk with Humility being well grounded. The reality is, you should always know that you are expendable.  Respect that fact but never fear it.

NBMBAA:  Three words/phrases that describe you with a description as to why you picked those words/phrases.
H.Porter
: 1) Driven- You must be focused and always drive results … on time, under budget, and with quality. Shoot for nothing less.
2) Innovate- You must find away to get it done leveraging what resources you have and don’t have while always thinking of a better way or “gap” closer.
3) Love and respect people and your community. Treating all with dignity and respect while recognizing that diversity is the “spice of life”! You have to be willing to invest and give of your time to develop people and to help them see their purpose.  Remove the stripes and relate to people whether you are a leader or individual contributor. Pay your success forward by helping others.  I serve on the Board of directors of the Ronald McDonald House of Central Ohio, Mansion Day School, The United Way leadership Cabinet and co-lead the Men’s Ministry at New Covenant Believers Church.

NBMBAA:  What are you reading right now/listening to on your MP3?
H.Porter
: Aside from a ton of Insurance periodicals, Non-Profit Board publications and Men’s Health, my best read is my daily devotional created by the Apostolic Church of God in Chicago Ill. It’s a great balance of the word and pragmatic life issues. My ipod is a breeding ground for eclectic music from all over ….. contributing to my diversity beliefs. I am currently jamming to Motown, Beetles and Ray Charles.  My daughter plays the drums and she is learning the sticking for a number of these tunes. Got to support baby girl!

Jay Johnson

mom2012_novemberJay has years of experience focusing on the financial reporting and planning processes within a business. He has held various roles within Limited Brands, Incorporated in Columbus, Ohio. Jay managed the Inventory and Key Line reporting for the entire business as well as his previous task of supporting Bath & Body Works Central Planning & Finance divisions. Focusing on the stores in the Chicago region, Jay delivered financial analysis and interpreted trends to influence key business decisions and investment opportunities. This experience has provided a solid professional relationship with various senior executives. Jay’s expertise has recently given him an opportunity to join Kellogg Company on the Morning Foods Finance team in Michigan. The retail industry was not the beginning of Jay’s career. With six-years in the United States Navy as an electronic technician, Jay specialized in the field of advanced electronics. He was involved in overseas tours to support both, “The War against Terrorism” and “Operation Iraqi Freedom”. Subsequent to his transition from the military, he has also held several finance and accounting positions for multi-national corporations within banking, real estate, health care and construction industries. Jay received his bachelor’s of science degree from Governors State University and a master’s degree in business administration concentrating on corporate finance from The Ohio State University. Currently, he is busy pursuing a second master’s degree in marketing & communications from Franklin University and will graduate in March 2013.

NBMBAA: What do you like best about your current role/organization?
J.Johnson
.: In my current role, I support the marketing function for the Morning Foods division of Kellogg’s which includes all of your breakfast cereals and pop-tarts. I love the fact that I get to support the out-of-box thinkers of the organization that bring creativity to life, executing promotional and advertising campaigns to drive the top line of the business.

NBMBAA: Best advice you’ve received/favorite quote/personal mantra?
J.Johnson
: Two personal mantras that I have used to guide not only my career but my personal goals as well are:
1. Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth – Mohammed Ali
2. Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens -Jimi Hendrix
These are two very simple quotes that have such large meanings and interpretations. If we as a culture and global community could embrace just these two principles, I believe our country would indeed be traveling on a different path…

NBMBAA: Thoughts on leadership and success?
J.Johnson
: In my humble opinion, these two subjects have much in common and nothing in common. To rise up and assume the role as a leader in one’s community, business, or education, indicates along the way this person enjoyed some level of success in their endeavors. However, to be successful doesn’t necessarily mean you possess the qualities of being a leader. I think the term leadership is losing some of its zeal as time after time those we perceived to be leaders let us down. If we aspire to be a leader in everything we participate and support, this desire is sure to manifest itself into the success that one seeks…

NBMBAA: Three words/phrases that describe you with a description as to
why you picked those words/phrases.
J.Johnson: Old Kindred Spirit. This would be a phrase I would use to describe myself because most people that I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know associate my personality and views on life with that of an older generation. My personality is a bit of a mixed bag because I have over time absorbed the behaviors of many of the wonderful people I have been blessed to meet. They helped me grow and evolve to the man I am today and for that I’m extremely grateful. Thanks David, Buffie, Caress, Terina and so many more…

NBMBAA: What are you reading right now/listening to on your MP3?
J.Johnson: Currently, I’ve got my head in textbooks, articles, and journals as I finish up my studies at Franklin University but I’m listening to Boney James “Contact” Album…this man is a jazz technician!

NBMBAA: Well Jay, we appreciate you carving out a few moments of your hectic schedule to share your experiences and new journey at Kellogg. Congratulations and many good fortunes your way as you continue to conquer your goals!

Olivia Bulls

mom2012_julyOlivia D. Bulls is a dedicated Business Manager for the Columbus, Mansfield and Zanesville Coca-Cola Refreshments (CCR). Mrs. Bulls is a proven business savvy, positive and motivational leader with a keen ability to deliver business, human resource, financial and office management services to for-profit and non-profit organizations.
As the Business Manager for CCR, Mrs. Bulls is a key member of the management team, managing all administrative staff, oversees and collaborates with management in the analysis of monthly and yearly financial reports including OPEX and P&L, monitors the internal control environment, identifies gaps to Functional management teams and MU Finance Manager, and monitors and approve payroll.

Mrs. Bulls holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management, a Masters in Human Resource Management, and a Certificate in Paralegalism. She is also a member of the National Black MBA Association, the Columbus National Black MBA Association as a Membership Committee Member, SHRM, CCR Diversity Council for the Great Lakes Region, CCR Enterprising Women’s Business Network, Columbus Young Professionals Club, and a YWCA Leadership Boot Camp for Greater Cleveland Alumni.

NBMBAA: What do you like best about your current role/organization?
O.Bulls
: I have had the privilege to work with some really bright, innovative and creative people. The biggest rewards have been bringing my non-profit experience into a public organization and bring fresh new ideas and different ways of running an office. I have also had the pleasure of watching my team mature and watch how with all their incredible talent (and egos) they “fall into place” and become an integral part of the solution that is delivered as the end result.

NBMBAA: Best advice you’ve received/favorite quote/personal mantra?
O.Bulls:
: My mentor always told me to “Make the most out of it.”
As a young minority CEO she told me to be observant of everything about the organization surrounding me; assess my co-workers, manager and subordinates with a genuine desire to understand them and walk in their shoes. What was most important is that she told me to find things to love about the work I’m doing, even if I hate the job. Out of the things I don’t like, find within myself, a conscientious desire and drive to do things better and better; and, a sincere desire to advance the organization along the path of its mission. At the same time, continue to strive to advance my own position.

NBMBAA: Thoughts on leadership and success?
O.Bulls: My leadership style and key to my success is based on not’ just delegate work and focusing on short term goals but focusing on organizational objectives and motivating my team to reach those goals and to reach the goals that they have within themselves.

NBMBAA: Three words/phrases that describe you with a description as to why you picked those words/phrases.
O.Bulls:
1. Determined – The ability to never give up, aim for my goal and succeed at whatever I put my heart into.
2. Trustworthy – The ability to be trusted and transparent. Thus allowing me to make sound decisions without any underlying personal ulterior motives in all of my decisions
3. Faithful – Putting all things in God’s hands and allowing him to guide my path according to his will. .

NBMBAA: What are you reading right now/listening to on your MP3?
O.Bulls: INITIAL: The Power of a Praying Wife by Stormie Omartian

Edmund Davidson

mom2012_octoberEdmund Davidson has been a member of the Columbus NBMBAA chapter for two years.  He has been active with both the web development and marketing teams.  With a diverse background in information technology and engineering, he has vast array of experience in business reporting, website development, database development, electronic promotional material, and implementing technology strategies to improve group and company output.

Currently he is a national performance analyst at J.P. Morgan Chase.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronic Engineering Technology from the DeVry Institute of Technology, and a Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in technology and innovation from Walden University.  He is an active member with the Black Data Processing Association and sings bass in the men’s choir at First Church of God.  In his spare time he enjoys playing golf, video games, and spending time with his wife Villia Davidson, who is a mentor with the Leaders of Tomorrow (LOT) program.

NBMBAA: What do you like best about your current role/organization?
E.Davidson: 
My current role with the marketing team has really challenged me in a number of ways. What I like best about my current roll are the different challenges that each request presents.  This can range from graphical designs, web administration/development, brochure creation, and other areas dealing with electronic communication.  What’s really satisfying is that I have been able to expand my professional skill sets, but also help out a good organization in their cause all at the same time!

NBMBAA: Best advice you’ve received/favorite quote/personal mantra?
E.Davidson: Think outside the box!  A professor told me this: “If you have to take a screw and screw it into a wall within the next 15 seconds, and the only thing you had was a butter knife, would you run around looking for a screwdriver, or would you “break all the rules” and use the butter knife to the best of your ability to screw the screw in?”  Sometimes you need to look at a problem at a different angle and use a different approach to solve a problem.  Look back in history and you will see some of the most brilliant inventions and business models were created by people who approached problems differently!

NBMBAA: Thoughts on leadership and success?
E.Davidson: A good leader must have a relationship with their subordinates if they expect to make an impact.  A quote that sums it up is from Andy Stanley: “Rules without relationships leads to rebellion!”  A good leader not only defines what needs to be done, or set the course so that others will follow, but they must establish a “trust” bond between them and the people they lead.  When trust is established, people will do what is necessary to get whatever task or job done.  This unfortunately is lacking in a number of organizations, and because of this, the people they are trying to lead go elsewhere with their valuable talents and skills.You define what success is!  Don’t let the world define what success is for you!  Look inside yourself and listen to that internal voice for guidance.  This will lead you to the path of success.  Sometimes the world tells us what success is (money, position, cars, etc.).  All of those can be gone before you know it!

NBMBAA:  Three words/phrases that describe you with a description as to why you picked those words/phrases.
E.Davidson
: See a need? Fill a need: There are jobs that I prefer not to do, regardless if it’s professional or other area in my life.  But, if something needs to get kicked started so that the group or organization needs to get going, I will normally step in and get the job done.Dedicated: This year has been very challenging for me both with the Columbus NBMBAA chapter as well in my professional life in regards to projects and tasks.  But regardless, if the job needs to get done, I will to the best of my ability, complete the task at hand.  If I don’t know what to do, then I will seek out other resources for guidance and instructions.Be hungry, be foolish: Some people think that Steve Jobs came up with this statement.  It’s actually the last statement printed from a company called Whole Earth Catalog when they published their final catalog.  It means to learn all you can about life, and with that knowledge take calculated risks!  Find yourself and be creative!

NBMBAA:  What are you reading right now/listening to on your MP3?
E.Davidson: As I am typing up that answers to this questionnaire, I’m currently listening to Beethoven’s Symphony no 7 – II (anyone who has watched the last part of The King’s Speech when King George VI spoke to Great Britain will know what symphony this is).  In regards to reading, I’m about to start reading the book Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson.  I’m curious to see how a person with Jobs personality was able to create one of the most valuable company’s in the world.

Jewell Hatchett

mom2012_mayWith 22 years of human resource management experience, she has worked with clients within the retail, non-profit, financial, investment, insurance, logistics and manufacturing industries. Jewell works with all levels of management as a Human Resource Strategy Consultant, taking on short and long-term consulting engagements involving process improvement, employee relations, recruitment strategies, policy development, payroll, cost containment, benefit analysis/renewal, staff training and development. She also handles Executive Recruitment opportunities from client companies.
Prior to starting her human resource consulting and executive recruitment firm 8 years ago, Jewell spent 14 years in leadership roles with several national staffing firms. She has earned numerous awards and high client ratings for her results-oriented performance.

Jewell is a member of the Board of Directors of MACC (Multi-ethnic Advocates for Cultural Competencies. She is also a member of the Human Resource Association of Central Ohio, The Society of Human Resource Management and the National Black MBA Association. She has been featured in Who’s Who in Black Columbus in multiple editions. Jewell attended Kent State University with a major in accounting.

NBMBAA: What do you like best about your current role/organization?
J.Hatchett
: I have been in the Human Resource and Staffing field for 22 years. For the past 8 years, I have been blessed and honored to have the opportunity to work under my own umbrella as an HR Consultant and Executive Recruitment Resource to a variety of industry clients to include behavioral health, retail, financial services, investments, manufacturing, logistics and many others. I love what I do, as it provides me with the best of both worlds….doing what I love most and being my own boss. I have the opportunity to meet and work with so many wonderful clients and employees and to develop long term, rewarding relationships in a field that I am passionate about. Who could ask for anything more?

NBMBAA: Best advice you’ve received/favorite quote/personal mantra?
J.Hatchett
: INITIAL: “There, but for the grace of God, go I”. I realized long ago that I have no extraordinary special skills that have allowed me to be successful. I am just granted the opportunity and blessings to be able to be the best me that I can be. I strive to treat others like I want to be treated; I believe that doing the right thing always outweighs all else; and I work to help others succeed when within my power to do so.

NBMBAA: Thoughts on leadership and success?
J.Hatchett
: I was reading a recent article in Inc. by Matthew Salyers where he stated that “Great leaders can lead many to accomplishments above what they themselves thought possible and in turn, to levels of success above and beyond what the individualist will ever accomplish”.
I believe that exceptional Leaders have the ability to Inspire, Motivate, Teach, Direct, Plan, Act and Lead. They face issues head on and are always of the belief that there is a solution to every problem.

NBMBAA: Three words/phrases that describe you with a description as to why you picked those words/phrases.
J.Hatchett
: Committed – Perseverance – Humble
I am a true believer in the philosophy that if you keep pushing forward, stay committed to your goal, and realize that any success that you attain always comes because of the assistance of others, good things will surely flow your direction.

NBMBAA: What are you reading right now/listening to on your MP3?
J.Hatchett
: I am currently reading “The Daily Drucker” by Peter Drucker, and listening to Jaheim, Najee, David Sanborn and Stevie Ray Vaughan.