Mentors For 2016
Look Good, Get Noticed, and Build Your Brand.
As founder/Creative Director of Davis Creative, LLC., Cathy helps entrepreneurs and small business owners monetize their passion and optimize their potential for success through Brand Strategy, Graphic Design and Independent Publishing. Their clients are motivated by passion and purpose in creating a “Happy, Healthy, Heart-filled Planet” — be it mental-, physical-, financial-, or social-health. Cathy Davis spent most of her career as Creative Director at Bank of America (nee Boatmen’s), marketing Trust Services to high-net-worth clients. She started Davis Creative in January of 2004, and her husband, Jack, joined her in 2008.
Cathy’s latest book, UPSIdaisy – the Journal is a companion book showcasing her original motivational/inspirational designs found on UPSIdaisy.com. What started as a hobby has grown an international following, helping to expand the Davis Creative reach throughout all 50 states and 17 countries.
Cathy is also the author of SeeMore Frog & the Midnight Flight of the CanBees, a color-as-you-read motivational limerick available via Amazon.com.
Cathy is an Executive Committee Board member of MVF (Missouri Venture Forum), an active member of PWA (Professional Women’s Alliance), a member of Prosper Women Entrepreneurs, and supports the fundraising efforts of Marygrove Children’s Center.
Cathy Davis, Creative Brand Strategist
The Founder of Career Conversions, LLC., Trish Dervin brings over 30 years of experience as an accomplished business professional, recruiter, coach and entrepreneur. Believing “If it’s meant to be, it’s up to me,” Trish is passionately committed to her clients as they discover, decide, and commit to achieving their professional and personal goals. Coaching accelerates the client’s progress by providing greater focus and awareness of choice. Coaching concentrates on where clients are now and what they are willing to do to get where they want to be in the future.
Trish is dedicated to being the difference that helps mid-career professionals who are engaged in or contemplating the pursuit of executive leadership and development, career advancement, a new job, or a whole new career take control of their careers.
Trish offers a complimentary career coaching session to assess where each individual is at this point in his/her career and to see if the services she provides are in fact, what the prospective client needs. Programs are tailored to meet individuals and groups right where they are. Trish holds both individual and group coaching sessions nationwide, is available for speaking engagements, on a variety of topics, workshops, and is engaged actively in community outreach.
Mary spent seventeen years in both the not-for-profit and corporate sectors. During ten years at Maritz, she directed and managed teams for clients including Bank of America, American Express Financial Advisors, Canon, Cadillac, and GMC Truck. She also served as the Director of Development for the Center for the Study of American Business, the public policy think tank associated with Washington University in St. Louis.
In 2001 she established her own practice and in 2015 rebranded her business under the name MCK Coaching. Through speaking, coaching, training and writing, she guides people to improve focus, increase energy, nail down priorities, make solid decisions and get the right things done – including having time for a personal life. She shares unique step-by-step plans as well as the motivation to follow through in order to achieve breakthrough results. Mary works with businesses, associations and independent professionals who aim to make changes big and small in order to get ironclad results.
She has contributed to three books; Focus Organization Productivity; Insights on Productivity; and The ICD Guide to Challenging Disorganization. Her blog features tips and ideas focused on improving focus, increasing productivity, overcoming procrastination, honing communication skills and finding happiness at work and in life.
She has appeared on Today in St. Louis on KSDK NewsChannel 5, in The St. Louis Business Journal, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Small Business Monthly as well as on radio and other print publications. A professional speaker, she is an active member of the National Speakers Association (NSA) and serves on the board of the Professional Women’s Alliance.
She lives in Kirkwood, Missouri with her husband, teenage son and three rescue dogs.
Nancy Nix-Rice – Image Consultant
Professional – Image and wardrobe consultant for 25 years. Work with private clients doing color planning, closet audits, personal shopping, and wardrobe coordination. Present workhops for corporations and women’s groups on Optimal Dressing.
Author of the consumer book LOOKING GOOD … Every Day – also selected as the text for the image consultant certification program at FIT in New York.
PWA – former member of Membership and Fundraising Committees, currently co-chair of Programs.
Personal – newly-wed (2 years) empty-nester (3 young adult children) and avid social justice advocate.
Angie Schreck’s banking experience encompasses over 23 years of banking experience with Commerce Bank. Currently, Senior Vice President and Group Manager for the West Region of St. Louis, Angie manages and provides leadership for nine banking centers in the West County area.
Angie began her banking career with Commerce Bank in the St. Charles and Chesterfield banking centers.
Angie attended Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce, has served as an advisory board member for the Creve Coeur Chamber of Commerce and was past president and treasurer for the Town & Country/Frontenac Chamber. Angie is a graduate of Leadership Chesterfield 2010 and CORO/FOCUS, Women in Leadership. She also currently serves on the Executive Board as Treasurer for Chesterfield Arts, is the President Elect for The Professional Women’s Alliance and serves on the Corporate Council for Life Skills.
In her free time Angie enjoys trying to improve her golf game and spending time with her husband and three children ages 22, 20 and 9.
ReAnna Smith is a Senior Financial Relationship Manager with CenturyLink. CenturyLink has evolved in the past decade to be THE Cloud enablement company. She has almost 15 years in sales for the Technology industry.
Along with her Corporate America job, she is an entrepreneur at heart and owns her own business with her husband, Kyle. She is co-founder of Chaheati Co. Her company develops heated collapsible furniture for the outdoor industry.
ReAnna has a BSBA with a Specialization in Entrepreneurship from SIUE. She has been with PWA since 2012, served as Membership Committee Chair for 1 year and has been on the Membership Committee for 2 years.
While volunteering at a homeless shelter, the founder of It’s Your Birthday, Inc. (Rolanda Robinson) noticed several children running around. She asked the Executive Director, ‘How do they celebrate their birthday?’ He explained because of lack of resources and funding, nothing is done.
Because Rolanda loves to celebrate her personal birthday and remembers how special they were when she was a child (with her own funds), she decided to start celebrating the children’s birthdays. They were excited each time ‘The Birthday Lady’ arrived to give them joy on their special day. Unfortunately, after a few months, the shelter closed. Rolanda wanted to continue to bring joy in the lives of children in homeless shelters and as a former victim, she included domestic violence shelters, also. In 2014, It’s Your Birthday, Inc. was born!
Amy Weseloh Gray is a wealth consultant with Genex Consulting.
Her career in the investment world began in a large wire house. Amy then moved to a smaller firm where she had more freedom to help clients resolve their problems and developed a specialization in real estate investments.
Amy’s understanding of asset protection, wealth planning strategies and investment management help her design financial plans that address the specific objectives of each client.
I enjoy spending time with my 11 year old son, taking advantage of all the hiking trails in the area and recently discovered the fun of completing sprint triathlons.