Operations Manager/Government Consultant, Richmond, VA
Laura’s passion for combining business operations with politics began in 2005 in Beijing, China, where she worked in Operations and Procurement for a large multinational corporation. The following year, Laura was named “Most Outstanding Student” by L. Douglas Wilder’s School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Political Science and International Relations.
Over the course of the next 8 years, Laura’s project management skills and political savvy were further developed through a number of positions of increasing responsibility including Clerking for the Virginia House of Delegates, serving as a Legislative Assistant, Campaign Management, Lobbying, Nonprofit Management, and two Management Consulting positions supporting a wide variety of Fortune 500 companies.
Very active within the non-profit community, Laura has a passion for merging business and social interests for positive impact. As Operations Manager and Government Relations Consultant at TMI, Laura thrives at managing large scale programs and accounts—leading cross-functional teams to define, scope, plan, execute and deliver exceptional business value on time and within budget.
Associate Principal, SingleStone, Inc. Richmond, VA
David Dart is an Associate Principal with SingleStone Consulting, formerly Dominion Digital. During his tenure, he has provided financial auditing and oversight to midsize corporations around the country. David is passionate about reading and an advocate for childhood literacy.
Attorney, Owens-Minor Richmond, VA
Heath Galloway, a labor & employment partner at Williams Mullen, regularly counsels employers on a wide variety of state and federal laws applicable to the employment relationship. Mr. Galloway’s experience includes representing and counseling clients in regards to: the National Labor Relations Act; OSHA Regulations and Compliance; Restrictive Covenants; individual and collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act; the Family and Medical Leave Act; Title VII; ERISA; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act; and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Although he hopes to help the firm’s clients avoid litigation, Mr. Galloway has vigorously represented employers in state and federal court as well as in administrative proceedings.
Special Education Teacher, Chesapeake Public Schools Adjunct Professor, Norfolk State University Suffolk, VA
Dorothy Bland Gamble is a Secondary Special Education Teacher in Chesapeake, VA at Western Branch High School. She has also served as a Staff Development Instructor for Chesapeake Public Schools, Adjunct Professor with Norfolk State University and Juvenile Probation Officer for Virginia’s Fifth District. Dorothy is an appointed Commissioner with Suffolk City’s Early Childhood Commission and a graduate of Norfolk State University (B.S), North Carolina Central University (M ED) and Old Dominion University (CAS). In addition to teaching experience at the primary, elementary, high school and collegiate levels, Dorothy has taught in four states and has had direct teaching experience in Vina del Mar Chile, Nairobi Kenya and Innsbruck, Austria. Dorothy is a passionate advocate of family literacy and parental/community involvement in the educational process. She enjoys football, antique browsing and spending quality time with her family and friends.
SingleStone, Inc. Richmond, VA
Keith Hauser is a Director and Client Partner at SingleStone, a Richmond, Va.-based consulting firm that specializes in Customer Experience (CX) solutions spanning strategy, culture, process, and technology. Previously, Keith was the Senior Vice President of Mortgage and Home Equity Default for RBS Citizens, NA. Keith relocated to Richmond from Cleveland, OH in 2005 as part of the Citizens Bank/Charter One acquisition. Prior to relocating, he was responsible for all Consumer Loan Servicing for Charter One Bank. Keith began his career at Bank One in 1986, holding a variety of positions throughout the Bank, with an emphasis on small business lending and auto lease credit, collections, and product management. In 1995, Keith became COO and then Co-President of a venture capital – backed growth business in the Security Alarm Monitoring industry. Keith has also run a regional division for a national consulting company and the operations for a captive automobile insurance tracking company prior to joining Charter One in 2003. A native of Akron, Ohio, Keith has bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and an MBA from The Ohio State University. Keith, his wife, and three children now reside in Richmond.
Read Aloud Delaware Georgetown, DE
Mary Hirschbiel has been the Executive Director of Read Aloud Delaware since July 1995. Prior to that she served as one of the three County Coordinators in Delaware. She created new systems to allow the program to triple in size in her first three years as the part-time coordinator. Mary has worked for Read Aloud since October 1988. Her prior work experience was in the field of fund raising for a small museum and opera festival in Charlottesville, VA. She has also run a variety of volunteer programs in Vermont, Virginia and Delaware. Her expertise is in Volunteer Administration. She is a graduate of Goddard College in Vermont where she wrote a senior study entitled, History in the Attic: The American Windsor Chair from 1750 to 1825. Mary still loves history and American material culture. Her great escapes are organizing closets and drawers, reading mysteries, and framing pictures. Mary lives in Wilmington Delaware with her husband of 32 years, Henry, who is also a nonprofit administrator and an historian currently for the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation. They have one daughter, Cate, who will soon be graduating from Smith College in Medieval Studies and is looking forward to library school! (How’s that for proof that environment really does influence our children!)
Director of Business Development, EnterBridge Mobility Founder and CEO, Venuable.com Richmond, VA
Ramzy Ismail is the Director of Business Development for EnterBridge Mobility and the Founder and CEO of Venuable.com, a web-based venue marketplace based out of Richmond, VA. As a 2012 graduate of VCU, Ramzy has spent the last four years in strategy and investment roles while working with VeriSign, Capital One, and most recently in Genworth Financial’s Leadership Development Program.
Ramzy is highly involved in the academic and social entrepreneurship communities, holding Board positions with the George Mason School of Social Entrepreneurship, The Richmond EDA’s RVA Works, and the Yale School of Management’s Global Pre-MBA program. In his spare time Ramzy loves to coach youth football and explore Richmond’s many restaurants and events. Some of his favorite books are Lord Of The Flies, Freakonomics and Harry Potter.
Director, BAE Systems Ship Repair Smithfield, VA
Rick Schwarting has over 35 years of senior waterfront and corporate management experience in marine engineering, program management and business development. Rick has led industry and government teaming, improving subcontractor management, workload leveling, quality, and safety performance during his career with BAE Systems Ship Repair and previously with Rolls-Royce Naval Marine. He was also the General Manager and Vice President of Marine Services for Epsilon Systems Solutions. Rick is passionate about reading aloud which was foundational in his upbringing as well as something that he enjoyed sharing with his children.
Dr. Christine Fuselier, DM,
Program Director, Bryant and Stratton College
Christine is an educator who knows that education is the gateway to success. She shares her own learning through teaching, motivating, coaching and mentoring. Christine has served as a Higher Educator, Project & Program Manager, Operations Manager, Global Resourcing Manager, Vice President and Senior Manager. She is an adjunct professor at University of Phoenix and Stratford University where is facilitated the undergraduate and graduate curriculum for the School of Business. She is also the founder of PEC- INK, LLC which is a Professional Executive Consulting firm focused on Inspiring, Nurturing, Knowledge to delivering Career Transition, Leadership Development, Employee Engagement and Change Management solutions. PEC-INK analyzes, designs, develops delivers and evaluates leadership development strategies, programs and workshops for organizations and individuals to develop and enhance their strongest talents. She holds 5 academic degrees, an Associate’s Degree in Broadcast Communication; Bachelors Degree in Business Communications; Masters Degree in Business Administration; Masters Degree in Organizational Management; Doctorates Degree in Organizational Leadership. Christine is a published author of "The Business of You” available on Amazon.com & Kindle. Christine volunteers at ‘CARITAS’ helping those transitioning back into the work force by teaching interviewing skills and resume building. She also volunteers as the Director of Training and Development at ‘CAREER PROSPECTORS’ a career networking organization.