Meet The Speakers:
Women in entrepreneurship 2020
February 15, 2020 @ 2:00Pm EST
A true testament of grit and grace, Christine Rich grew up on government assistance, with dreams of higher education and one day opening her own business. Through higher education, Christine learned the skills needed to successfully build her internationally awarded Airbrush Tanning Studio and online boutique Lotus & Arrow. Christine is known for her drive, determination, and making things happen. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Goldey-Beacom, a Master’s in Education from Wilmington University, and is currently finishing her dissertation for her Doctorate in Higher Education Leadership & Innovation.
In addition to her stunning resume, Christine is a wife, mother, advocate, and has held numerous state and national pageant titles including Mrs. Delaware in 2015.
Courtney A. Seard is passionate about developing company culture,
engaging teams, coaching leaders, and transforming people-related systems. Courtney has gained global experience and broad leadership expertise working with teams and leaders to take ownership, clarify and enhance their team experience, and create a clear path forward while delivering measurable
results. Throughout her 15+ years working with startups and Fortune 500 companies using the most innovative mind sciences and entrepreneurial strategies available today, the outcomes in her training and coaching methods are reflected in her clients and their track record of success. With her niche being late series A early/ series B startup and entrepreneurs who understand the importance and impact of company culture and are consciously committed
and focused on developing and improving company culture, outcomes and health.
Dr. Colleen Perry Keith
Dr. Colleen Perry Keith was appointed the 14th President of Goldey-Beacom College on July 1, 2019, and is the first woman president in the institution’s 133-year history. Dr. Keith has served as president at Pfeiffer University in North Carolina from 2015-2019, and previously served as president at Spartanburg Methodist College from 2009-2015. Under her leadership, Pfeiffer significantly increased undergraduate enrollment, created the Office of Digital Transformation and Technology, launched two graduate health science programs, moved the University from NCAA Division II to Division III athletics, and worked with the U. S. Department of Agriculture to receive significant loan funds for capital projects and debt refinancing. Her prior positions in higher education have included roles in fundraising and student affairs. She has also taught in the graduate program for Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Keith holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Binghamton University; Master of Education degree in Educational Counseling from the University of Pittsburgh; and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Higher Education Administration and Student Affairs from the Ohio State University.
Louise Cummings is from Framingham, Massachusetts and earned her dual bachelor degree in Psychology and Spanish from Georgetown University and her JD from Howard University School of Law. Louise has served as an attorney for Kaye Scholer’s Corporate and Finance group, VP of Operations and Legal Affairs for Butch Lewis Productions, Counsel for Sprout (NBCUniversal) and Comcast’s Content Acquisition Team. Louise also operated her own legal and consulting businesses in NYC. Currently, Louise is an independent consultant serving non-profits and organizations supporting child advocacy, education and health & wellness.
DR. Brittany Hazzard
Dr. Brittany Hazzard is a Sussex County , Delaware native who has a passion to lead with love. Through her leadership she works to portray strong qualities that include : listening, empathy, stewardship, foresight, persuasion, conceptualization, awareness, healing, commitment to the growth and development of people, and building community. She graduated from Sussex Technical High School in 2004, and on a full athletic scholarship (Women’s basketball) earned her undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice from University of Maryland-Eastern Shore in 2008 where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. She
then began her Master’s degree and graduated from Delaware State University with her Master of Social Work in 2010. In May 2016, Brittany earned her Doctor of Education in
Organizational Leadership from Wilmington University.
Gayle Dillman brings a diverse and superior set of skills to
the original music scene in Delaware. Her background in
banking, business strategy and advocacy is perfectly suited
to organizing chaos for Gable Music Ventures and their
clients. Gayle has worked with large and small organizations
– from Citicorp in New York to Children and Families First
here in Delaware – customizing her approach and service for
each. She is committed to bringing clients’ ideas to life.
Gayle specializes in reinvention, and treats you like family.
In 2011 Gayle Dillman created Gable Music Ventures, as a
platform for developing artists to perform original music.
With a background in event production thanks to her efforts
as a board member for Children and Families First, Gayle
found a niche creating signature music events including The
Ladybug Music Festival, Fortify Festival, Smyrna at Night and
more. Gayle is a recipient of a Jefferson Award for her work
with Children and Families First, recognized as one of
Delaware Today’s Women in Business in 2015, recipient of
the 2019 Women Who Rock award.
A native of Detroit and now New York City-based designer, Jessica Park was inspired to make her first bag out of sheer captivation of an "as-chance-would-have-it" material. It was the look of something conventional dying to be transformed in a truly unconventional way. Soon after,
AMPERSAND AS APOSTROPHE, a fashion accessories brand known for it's smart wit, eco-friendly ways and innovative approach to design, was launched. Park graduated from Architecture School with a major in Interior Design. So it was instinctual forher to employ a feeling of paradoxical form and function. Her innate respect for utility and the
structural know-how to identify good design in life's most common, yet overlooked wonders is
what she believes links style and conceptual sophistication. Part rustic, part design-conscious
glossy chic, her rich aesthetic take you to both ends of the spectrum and back again.
Amy Walls is Principal, Community Reinvestment at Discover Bank. Amy manages community development activities to support the Bank’s CRA compliance including the Bank’s CRA charitable giving and service activities in Delaware and supporting CRA investments and community development loans totaling over $100 million annually in the mid-Atlantic region. Amy is active with a number of Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs). She
serves on the Board of Directors of NCALL, where she chairs the loan fund committee, and as a member of Cinnaire’s New Markets Tax Credit Advisory Committee and CDFI Advisory Committee. Amy is also a board member of Philanthropy Delaware, Easter Seals of Delaware and Maryland’s
Eastern Shore, and the Leon N. Weiner Education Foundation. Amy is also a member of the Consumer Banker Association’s CRA Committee.
Before coming to Discover Bank, Amy worked at a small retail bank and as the Economic Development Manager for the largest municipality within Sussex County, DE. Amy is a graduate of
Salisbury University. She lives in Sussex County, Delaware.