Congratulations to the 2016 Top Ten Business Women of ABWA

As a leading organization for working women, the American Business Women’s Association takes recognition to a national level with the prestigious Top Ten Business Women of ABWA program.

The Top Ten is the highest honor awarded to a member in ABWA. These women are applauded for their career accomplishments, community involvement, and of course, their contribution to ABWA. The Top Ten represent the best of our Association.


2016 American Business Woman of ABWA

Kim N. Carswell 

Persona Affairs
Hidden Hills Chapter
Stone Mountain, GA
Member Since: 2012

Decades of business operations experience in corporate America and higher education led Kim N. Carswell to start Persona Affairs, a branding firm, in 2001. She serves as the President and Chief Engagement Officer for the company and counsels clients worldwide. Kim is an influential business leader who brings a wealth of expertise in resume writing, professional development, conflict management and social media.

At the heart of it, Kim is an engaging conversationalist who has a passion for exotic teas and kettles from around the globe along with over 30 years of game-changing brand management proficiency. Three of the world’s largest social media platforms selected Kim to beta test their business models and she was awarded the “Top 1%” LinkedIn User distinction in 2013.

Kim is also the Founder and CEO of the economic empowerment event Pink Power MasterMind Conference. She partners with the WNBA Atlanta Dream in raising the awareness of women thought leaders in the areas of leadership, mentorship and entrepreneurship.

For the past 5 years, Kim is an Advisory Board Member and Guest Lecturer for Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of Interactive Computing. Kim draws on her business acumen to counsel various clients in personal branding, conflict resolution, and social media such as: American Society of Civil Engineers, Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau, American Hotel & Lodging Association’s Under 30 Gateway, Delta Airlines, Federal Highway Administration, The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change and YWCA.

Celebrating through dance is how Kim shares in her client’s successes which expands as far as the White House, Google, Huffington Post, Apple, Bloomberg and Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses. Currently, she uses her international prowess in training to guide entrepreneurs, rising professionals and speakers on how best to integrate their purpose into self-marketing practices.  Kim has published two editions of Resume Branding 101: Strategies for Getting Noticed in 10 Seconds or Less and Pink MasterMind: Your PinkPrint for Success books. 

Kim is a New York native who relocated to Atlanta to raise her family. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Georgia State University, and pursued a Master of Science in Conflict Management from Kennesaw State University. Among other endeavors, she acquired certifications in Mediation, Negotiations, and International Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation from The University of Rhode Island and Emory University.


Tiffany Beyer

Manager, Medical Education Services
Stormont-Vail HealthCare
Kansas Executive Express Network
Topeka, Kansas
Member Since: 2009


Bouncing back into the workforce was a game changer for Tiffany Beyer. She had to learn new skills, be creative, conquer the art of negotiating and winning bids. During her first year on the job at Stormont-Vail HealthCare, Beyer implemented and designed an Access Database to track physicians’ Continuing Medical Education (CME) and overall Customer Relationship Management (CRM). As a result, in 2014 the database tracked 195 educational activities with 387.5 hours of instruction for 2, 334 physician participants. Due to an impromptu retirement of a colleague, Beyer was tasked with navigating a four-year reaccreditation site survey for the Kansas Medical Society along with the follow-up progress report.

“I was introduced to ABWA through a scholarship opportunity through the Stephen Bufton Memorial Educational Fund (SBMEF),” states Beyer. “I joined ABWA thereafter. I have grown so much in the last six years and attribute a large portion of my growth to ABWA. The input I received from powerful women at ABWA’s National Women’s Leadership Conference gave me the push I needed to request and receive a substantial salary increase.”



Peggy Brockman

Brockman Enterprises, Inc.
Emerald Coast Chapter
Fort Walton Beach, FL
Member Since: 2011

At a young age, Peggy Brockman became a model, but at the age of 17 her modeling dream was deterred due to an illness. As she battled the illness she vowed to be an example to young women. At the age of 25 Brockman purchased her first modeling and acting school and taught young women to believe in themselves personally and professionally. She became internationally recognized for her contributions to the modeling industry and became the youngest member to serve on the Modeling Association of America, International Board of Directors. In addition to starting her own business, Brockman’s accomplishments include publishing her own book titled 10 Feet from the Edge: Stuck in the Comfort Zone.

“I needed a group of women who could support and mentor my growth and who I could share my leadership skills with. I knew I found my home when I was invited to be a speaker at the local ABWA Emerald Coast Chapter. My largest business contract to date came as a result of a referral from one of my ABWA sisters. When I travelled to Guatemala with motivational speaker John Maxwell, my ABWA sisters supported this mission. ABWA has helped propel my business and growth as a leader in a way no other organization has. As a chapter president, I continue my mission of mentoring and making a difference in the lives of other women,” says Brockman.


Jennifer Childress

Owner/Personal Trainer & Health Consultant
Patina Esprit Wellness
West Des Moines Charter Chapter
Des Moines, IA
Member Since: 2008

A result oriented individual, Jennifer Childress focuses her attention on developing, coaching and training her clients as a personal trainer and coach coordinator. To add to her accolades, Childress authored two chapters for a text book titled Introduction to Health Promotion. The two chapters focus on Physical Activity Behaviors and National & State Initiatives to Promote Health and Well-Being.  These two book opportunities opened doors to many other projects including a CDC funded initiative, developing two worksite health promotion 101 training modules and delivering webinars.

“ABWA has helped increase my self-confidence, strategic thinking, and sense of purpose. As a result, I have put myself out to a wider audience, taken chances, and blossomed. As an ABWA member and Gold Star Ambassador, I continue to evolve and be involved with the Association. I have encouraged new members to get involved with ABWA to help them expand their skills and knowledge. As my clients see their healthy changes, they often also start to see other improvements that allow them to become their best selves at work and play,” says Childress.


Dr. Marie Cory<

Independent Sales Representative
Silpada Designs
Valle Verde Charter Chapter
Green Valley, AZ
Member Since: 2004

Marie Cory recognized that she had several choices after earning her Ph.D., she started a new teaching job and was an entrepreneur. Then she was diagnosed with an illness. She never let her diagnosis get the best of her, instead Cory used her challenges to enable her to start a new career and build on her skill set. She continues to leverage other women through mentorship which she realizes is a two-way street.

“I met the Director of the Community Foundation who asked me to speak at a local ABWA event, after which I joined the Association,” states Cory. “I focused on taking online courses in the Women’s Instructional Network (WIN), a portal hosted on the ABWA website.  With the help of my ABWA sisters I realized that ‘Because I Can’ was my professional and personal motto. ABWA empowered me to do these things and more.”


Gayle DeHaan-Garland 

Financial Advisor
Molloy and DeHaan-Garland, A Financial Advisory Practice of Ameriprise Financial Service, Inc.
Sanibel Captiva Charter Chapter
Sanibel, FL
Member Since: 2003

When starting out as a financial advisor, Ameriprise offered Gayle DeHaan-Garland the training and experienced coaching she needed to build and serve her clients professionally and with confidence. DeHaan-Garland has built her business organically through client referrals, networking with professionals and by building community connections. This has made her ‘preferable’ over just being ‘referable’.

“I have seriously developed a passion for Changing Women’s Lives…One Woman at a Time,” states DeHaan-Garland. “Looking back on the 11+ years that I have been a part of ABWA, I have seen many women grow in ABWA and in their businesses. I recall mentoring a new member in the early stages of her career. I explained to her that it is essential that she get involved and seek out a path to growth. This person is now celebrating five years as an ABWA member and has served as a board member four of those years.”


Delores Locke McClain

Mathematics Teacher/Department Chair Mentor
Prince George’s County Public Schools
Oxon Hill Charter Chapter
Fort Washington, MD
Member Since: 2011

Delores Locke McClain is the recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST); the highest recognition given to educators by the White House in the areas of math and science. She was the winner of the “Math Moves U” Grant for Teachers and Schools and was awarded the Math Hero Award, sponsored by Raytheon Corporation. She received this award for her success in engaging parents, teachers and members of the community in a math related experiential learning. As a result 80% stated that they felt better to assist children with their homework.

“I was consistently pleased with the quality of programs my local chapter offered when I joined ABWA. I was able to ask questions in a safe and non-judgmental environment” says McClain. “As an educator, I have recommended to others to obtain professional certifications, higher education, work experiences, and join a professional organization such as ABWA. I knew ABWA would not let me ever give up.”


Dr. Kella B. Price, SPHR, CPLP, SHRM-SCP

Price Consulting Group
Territorial Charter Chapter
Yuma, AZ
Member Since: 2001

In addition to starting her consulting company, Dr. Kella Price is a military spouse who didn’t let her multiple relocation dampen her passion for fitness and nutrition.  Price is the proud owner of Kella Price Fitness/Beachbody. From team building to coaching, her goal is to impact her community by charging them to grow in every aspect of their lives. She seizes every opportunity to share her experiences to help others stretch to reach their goals and give them the confidence to ‘think big’.

“From my first ABWA meeting, I saw the power and potential of professional women coming together to serve a common purpose,” states Dr. Price. ”I have received a Stephen Bufton Memorial Educational Fund (SBMEF) grant for my graduate studies. I have improved my self-confidence, assertiveness, and public speaking skills through my involvement in ABWA. ABWA has helped me grow my business and increase my client roster.



Dr. Sonja Rochele Ogletree Satani

Corporate Cycle Consulting, LLC
Jessamine Chapter
North Charleston, SC
Member Since: 2011

An undeterred woman – Dr. Sonja Ogletree Satani believes that one can persevere through the roughest storms. She continues to use her challenges as a springboard to propel her personal and professional lives forward. In 2014, she was featured in the As Seen in Forbes Magazine issue spotlighting Southeast Women Business Leaders and in ABWA’s Women in Business© magazine. Ogletree Satani has provided training and consulting services to over 1000 small business owners assisting them to start, grow and maintain their businesses.

“ABWA provides me a platform to mentor and coach members who require assistance with their business challenges on a local, regional, and national level,” states Dr. Satani. “When I joined ABWA I had the desire to own my own business but was unsure of what industry or type of business. I tried a variety of businesses until one of my ABWA sisters advised me to build my business around my strengths – consulting, training and mentoring. I launched my local business in March 2012.  Due to my local league’s support I continue to encourage, consult, and train entrepreneurs on how to grow their businesses while overcoming obstacles.”


Mary Gray Stephenson

Vice President/Office Manager
Citizens Bank & Trust
Lakeland Downtown Chapter
Lakeland, FL
Member Since: 2010

Understanding the importance of minimizing turnover to less than 1% in her workplace, Mary Stephenson employs the strategy of mentoring, engaging and coaching her employees, which in turn meets the goals of the bank. Her strategy is to utilize team building and role playing as a tool to help her employees improve their relationship skills with the bank’s customers. This has helped her focus more on the customers’ needs which resulted in closing over a million dollars in consumer loans for five consecutive years.

“After attending the first meeting I was hooked on ABWA,” says Stephenson. “ABWA has allowed me to be civic-minded and has given me the confidence and courage to be a better leader, mentor, role model and person. Using the tools ABWA has in the Women’s Instructional Network (WIN) is a great start in shaping and inspiring women I meet. ABWA plays an important part in my professional career. I am ABWA!”