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Women Presidents’ Organization


The Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO) is a non-profit membership organization for women presidents of multimillion-dollar companies. Members of the WPO take part in professionally facilitated peer advisory groups in order to bring the ‘genius out of the group’ and accelerate the growth of their businesses.

Moira Vetter/Modo Modo Agency LinkedinTwitter

Moira Vetter is the founder and CEO of Modo Modo Agency, an award-winning, business-to-business marketing firm that has won over 100 awards in its first 5 years. Modo Modo Agency, with offices in Atlanta and Los Angeles, was recognized as the second fastest growing women-owned Atlanta firm in 2010. She has just published her first book, AdVenture, An Outsider’s Inside View of Getting an Entrepreneur to Market.

Joy Lynn Fields/Joy Lynn, Inc. LinkedinTwitter

Joy Lynn Fields is an award-winning focus group moderator whose 25-year marketing career includes qualitative research and brand strategy work for some of the world’s most well-known companies and brands.  Joy Lynn is the founder and CEO of Joy Lynn, Inc. a full-service qualitative marketing research company based in Atlanta GA. She founded the company in 1995 after spending 6 years in consulting with the late Frank Lane, recognized branding expert and author of Killer Brands. Although Joy Lynn’s experience spans a broad range of categories, much of her focus has been in consumer packaged goods.  She conducts both traditional and web-based qualitative, as well as some ethnographic work throughout the US and abroad.  Her experience includes facilitating groups and interviews among not only consumers, but physicians, employees and executives as well.

In 2013, Joy Lynn was named Enterprising Women of the Year by Enterprising Women magazine.  In addition to her undergraduate degree and post-graduate work, Joy Lynn also has an Expert Level Professional Research Certification from the Marketing Research Association and a Certificate in Marketing Strategy from Cornell.  She can be reached at

Catherine Cates/Newport Board Group Linkedin

Catherine Cates, Advisor with Newport Board Group, is a seasoned executive whose 30 year business career includes 13 years in C-level roles in entrepreneurial companies. Catherine is passionate about helping entrepreneurs grow their businesses past the predictable barriers called “No Man’s Land”.

Catherine uses her ten years of banking and finance experience to help CEO’s “decode” their financial statements and focus on just a few key metrics. Growth often requires cash, and Catherine helps companies better manage their cash and put together a compelling story for lenders and investors to bring in more cash. She also helps CEOs focus on the most important issues that will drive growth and profitability. And she helps get leadership teams aligned for better results.

Catherine has been a CEO of a specialty medical staffing firm, and COO of a manufacturing firm. She worked in finance and banking for ten years, and was also a consultant with a national firm for two years. She grew up in North Carolina and holds a B.A in Economics from Dartmouth College, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Page Harty/SignatureFD FacebookLinkedinTwitter

Page Harty is a partner and senior client relationship manager at Signature FD, LLC. She is a Certified Financial Planner professional and has been in the financial services industry for over 20 years. Page has spent the majority of her career providing comprehensive financial advice to high-net-worth individuals and families.

Page is the leader of SignatureFD’s women’s initiative, SignatureWOMEN, and is passionate about helping other women become financially empowered to use their wealth to lead a great life. She is committed to helping women clients create a plan that guides them through life’s transitions, such as the loss of a spouse, divorce, selling a business, retirement and job changes.

Prior to joining SignatureFD in 2008, Page served as First Vice President, Wealth Strategist, in the Private Wealth Management (PWM) area of SunTrust Bank, where she partnered with successful individuals and families to develop comprehensive wealth management solutions. Before joining SunTrust, she spent several years calling on the ultra-high-net-worth market as a Financial Advisor with Morgan Stanley’s Private Wealth Management Group, followed by a Wealth Strategist position in SunTrust’s multi-family office affiliate, Asset Management Advisors (AMA).

Page is a native Atlantan. Her two grown sons, Mat and West, live in Washington, DC, and Jacksonville.



A.D. Frazier with Georgia Oak Partners, Bob Johnson with Club E Atlanta, Miranda Bryen with GivingPoint and Janet Young with AWSCPA

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A.D. Frazier/Georgia Oak Partners

A.D. Frazier is President of Georgia Oak Partners, and former Chief Operating Officer and second in command of the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games (ACOG)of the 1996 Summer Olympic Games.

Georgia Oak Partners (“GOP”) is a highly differentiated investment platform focused on growth private equity investments in the Southeast US.  They have announced they will make a “significant” investment inYour Pie, a fast-casual concept out of Athens that lets pizza lovers customize everything that goes on their personal pies, from the dough to the cheese.

Bob Johnson/Club E Atlanta

Club E is an on-earth and on-line network bringing Entrepreneurs, Experts, and Executives together to discover new opportunities and grow their business.  The Club E in College Park, Georgia is the second Club E location in the US.

Miranda Bryen/GivingPoint

Miranda Bryen is the Executive Director with GivingPoint, an Atlanta-based youth development organization focused on equipping and motivating students to create positive change in their community. GivingPoint partnered with The Marcus Foundation to launch the GivingPoint Institute in August 2013.

The $75,000 lead gift from The Marcus Foundation will be instrumental in helping to fund the GivingPoint Institute in its inaugural year, with a goal to support 15 to 20 students as they create and implement their own individual community projects.

Janet Young/AWSCPA-Georgia

Janet Young is the National VP of Membership for the American Women’s Society of CPA’s (AWSCPA) and the most recent past president of the Georgia Chapter of the AWSCPA. Her mission for the year was to “Nurture and Grow.” The AWSCPA Georgia chapter is a network of women devoted to tax and accounting. They are in the business of developing future Women CPA Leaders in Atlanta. They offer excellent and affordable Continuing Professional Education, selecting only the best speakers that address today’s issues in a relaxed environment.


Nancy Wright Whatley with Metro Atlanta Chamber and Veronica Maldonado with Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council

Nancy Wright Whatley/Metro Atlanta Chamber FacebookLinkedinTwitter

Named the vice president of entrepreneurial development for the Metro Atlanta Chamber (MAC) in 2010, Nancy Wright Whatley is responsible for generating new business development opportunities for small business members by connecting small and large businesses together. As a former business owner, she understands the challenges of growing a business through the right connections.IMAG0136v2

Veronica Maldonado/GA Minority Supplier Development Council FacebookLinkedinTwitter

Ms. Maldonado is a dynamic and versatile Latina community business leader whose voice, passion and purpose are focused on building up the human spirit, creating synergy amongst communities, and fighting for the “inalienable right” for all to progress and excel in any environment.

She is an expert in fostering strategic alliances, creating win-win negotiations and implementing effective marketing strategies that increase any brand value throughout the pipeline. She is ready to meet and exceed any challenge set before her, a quality most recently demonstrated as director of the Georgia Mentor Protégé Connection, which is a mentor protégé program—the first of its kind in the nation.

The product of hard work, determination and perseverance as well as an entrepreneurial family tree that spans generations in the U.S. & Latin America, Ms. Maldonado is uniquely qualified to lead the MPC program and thereby to help provide a path to sustainability, progression, and economic growth for small business owners in Georgia.



GreenbergFarrow and ICIC

Results MatterGreenbergFarrow – International Architectural Business

Rodney E. Abney, Jr., PLS, MBA – Principal LinkedinTwitter

As a Principal at GreenbergFarrow, Rod Abney is a key leader at the firm with 20 years of experience in the land development and business operations arenas.

Mr. Abney, who is based in Atlanta, possesses diverse experience in the commercial real estate development arena, working with a wide range of clients on a national and international basis in the retail, hospitality, energy, residential, mixed use and government sectors.

Prior to joining GreenbergFarrow in 2007, Mr. Abney served on the Senior Management Team for a nationally prominent land development firm with excess of 250 employees. In this capacity he managed multiple office locations and multiple key Client relationships with an annual budget in excess of $10 million dollars.

Mr. Abney earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering Technology from Southern Polytechnic State University and an MBA from Georgia State University.

Rene Ferandel RA, MBA, SLRC – Principal

Mr. Rene Ferandel is a nationally recognized leader in the Retail Design and Construction Industry. In his role as Principal responsible for the Growth and Diversification Strategy at GreenbergFarrow, Rene has been instrumental in the transformation of the firm from a large, single-client organization into the firm of choice for many national and international brands, including IKEA, Bed Bath & Beyond, GAP, Limited Brands, Carter’s, Savers, Whole Foods Market, Bob Evans, Starbucks, Chipotle, Wendy’s, and TD Bank, to name a few.

Among his other responsibilities, Rene is leading GreenbergFarrow’s expansion efforts into Latin America, including the recent opening of an office in downtown Mexico City. In addition to supporting the expansion efforts of one of the firm’s U.S.-based home goods clients into that market, the Mexico City office is serving as the beachhead for serving other U.S. and international retailers who are also expanding into Latin America.

ICIC – Initiative For A Competitive Inner City

Donna Ennis Linkedin

Donna Ennis, C.P.F is the project director for the MBDA Business Center – Atlanta located at Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI2). Funded by the Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), the MBDA Business Center’s mission is to grow and strengthen Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs).

A Certified Professional Facilitator, Donna is responsible for the strategic direction, marketing, outreach, and operations for the Center and provides assistance to Center clients in strategic, business and market planning; private and public procurement, finance, operations and business process improvement. Under her leadership, the Center has assisted MBEs in generating over $500 million in contracts, financing, and sales and creating more than 3,500 jobs.

Russell Brown, M.D. and Chuck Lewis/Avenia Behavioral Management Linkedin