Meet the Team
The GWBC team is dedicated to helping women business enterprises (WBEs) succeed and works hard to extend our outreach, increase our visibility, and refine our procedures to effectively implement certification and business enhancement programs with our corporate members.
Board of Directors
Deborah Mackins has over 20 years of Supply Chain Management and Supplier Diversity experience. She joined Georgia Power’s Supplier Diversity team in 2011. In this role, Deborah manages Southern Company’s Power Delivery (Transmission) Business Unit’s Supplier Diversity initiatives.
Deborah is the Georgia Power liaison to the Greater Women’s Business Council (GWBC). Prior to joining Georgia Power, she worked in several roles in global Supply Chain Management and Strategic Sourcing.
Dr. Lissa Miller
1ST VICE CHAIR
Lissa Miler is the interface between SunTrust and the diverse supplier community. She is responsible for working with its lines of business and functions to expand the company’s utilization and development of qualified minority, women, veteran, disabled, LGBT-owned small businesses and ensure that the bank is in compliance with federal guidelines concerning diverse supplier inclusion in procurement activities. She brings with her over 20 years of collective experience and expertise in Supplier Diversity, Procurement, Sales and Logistics.
2ND VICE CHAIR
In 1997, Secondary Solutions CEO Tina Stevens saw solutions where others might have only seen problems. After carefully examining the processes and problems of modern manufacturing, Tina envisioned a company comprised of skilled, dedicated problem solvers that could step in and save the day—solving the many day to day challenges that manufacturers must face. Tina saw her company as one that offered “Secondary Solutions”, solutions that others could rely on when they faced errors and failures in product design, assembly and delivery. Since then, Secondary Solutions, Inc. has become one of the most successful oversight and problem-solving teams assembled, making SSI the first choice response team for some of the worlds most successful companies. Tina is proud that Secondary Solutions is not only a Certified ISO Company but one that is also a nationally-recognized Women’s Business Enterprise Network. And to this day, Tina is happy to solve your problem too.
Stephanie Pulliam serves as Director, Consumer Wireless Devices for AT&T. Her team is responsible for supporting the sourcing/contracting for all non-Apple Phones, Tablets, Smartwatches, Mobile Broadband and Connected Devices. She has been with AT&T since 1987 and has been in the Global Supply Chain sourcing organization since 1993. Prior to this role, she held various Finance positions within BellSouth and AT&T. She graduated from the University of Arkansas with a BSBA in Finance.
Livia Whisenhunt, President/CEO and founder of PS Energy Group, has over 30 years of experience in purchasing and marketing fuels for transportation and production. Under her leadership, the company has become one of the top diversity and women-owned companies in the nation. A respected leader and innovative thinker, Livia served as the Region IV Chairperson of the Federal Regulatory Fairness Board (REGFAIR) and was also appointed by Georgia’s Lieutenant Governor to the House-Senate Study Committee for House Bill 215, the Bill that deregulated natural gas in the State of Georgia.
Dwan H. Armstrong leads the Supplier Diversity Initiative for the Clorox Company. She is responsible for the strategic sourcing of more than $130 Million with (M/W/DVBE) as well as (L/G/B/T) Business Enterprises.
Sesley Brown is the North America Supplier Inclusion & Sustainability Lead and Liaison to the US Contractor Exchange (Cx) for Accenture. She is responsible for promoting Accenture’s mentoring program in the US, the Diverse Supplier Development Program (DSDP) as well as building relationships with small and medium diverse suppliers to maximize growth opportunities with Accenture’s internal and external clients. She has a multitude of experience in the areas of Supply Chain Management, Strategic Sourcing, Acquisitions Management and Sourcing and Category Management.
William Haley is responsible for developing and managing Aflac’s supplier diversity program. This program supports mentoring suppliers in other organizations to develop business structures and management processes that help enhance their potential to be successful suppliers to major corporations like Aflac. He also serves on the board of the Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council (GMSDC) and is Aflac’s corporate representative for the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GHCC), the National Veteran-owned Business Association (NaVoBA), and the Latin American Chamber of Commerce (LACC).
Nancy Williams, CEO of ASAP Solutions Group, is a Technology Industry Executive with progressive experience in business development and large-scale account management. Her focus is on developing and implementing business development strategies that are client-centric. Under her guidance, ASAP has opened branch offices in New Jersey/New York, Chicago, Dallas and Hyderabad, India providing staffing and consulting services in 46 states. She has recently been named in the Staffing Industry Analysts 2018 Global Power 150 – Women in Staffing and currently holds the WBENC Women of Distinction title.
Nicola has over 17 years of experience in the financial services industry working for Fortune 100 companies. She is the Global Procurement Business Engagement Executive supporting Bank of America’s Global Technology & Operations (GT&O) Chief Information Officer (CIO) organizations. In this role, she is responsible to connect business needs to procurement solutions and provide effective alignment of Third Party Program risk management, governance and oversight to GT&O stakeholders. Nicola also co-leads the category management function.
Beginning her BMW career in 1996, Louise Connell’s primary role has been within the purchasing department responsible for the procurement of body shop equipment. With added responsibility in supplier diversity, she helped launch the company’s successful Tier 1 Supplier Diversity Matchmaker Conference. In this new role, Connell has helped BMW achieve their objectives to increase their year-to-date minority spend with both Tier 1 & 2 suppliers, increase outside the awareness of BMW’s commitment to supplier diversity and increase the company’s community service outreach.
Patrick Dierberger is an assistant vice president in the Financial Management and Planning (FM&P) Department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, responsible for financial management, accounting, and duties associated with the Bank’s financial reporting. Working at the Atlanta Fed for 20 years, he previously held positions in the Payor Bank Services, Treasury Check Processing, Check Administration, and Unisys Information Security. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Auburn University and has completed executive development programs with Harvard University and The Wharton School.
Kayla Dang is the CEO of GMI Group, Inc., a female and minority commercial janitorial company based in Atlanta, Georgia that specializes in green cleaning for commercial buildings, corporate facilities, government agencies, and more. Kayla is currently serving on the executive board as vice president of US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce-Southeast (USPAACC-SE) and serves on the Latin American Society (LAS) Board of Advisors. Kayla contributes much of her entrepreneurial skills to assist in shaping, guiding, directing, and leading for the sole purpose of enriching the community.
Sheila Jordan is Managing Partner at Knowledge Architects, LLC, a professional services firm providing innovative digital training solutions and cloud-based mobile applications that supports business process improvement. With 20 years of experience helping organizations increase their overall organizational performance, her mission has always been to maximize growth, resources, and sustainability for her clients. Sheila is a graduate of San Francisco State University with a degree in Human Resource Management, and a Masters in Instructional Technology.
Anne Marsden is the founder and principal of Marsden Marketing, an Atlanta-based marketing agency. Having led marketing and sales organizations from Fortune 100s to technology start-ups, she launched Marsden Marketing in 2012 to bring a new brand of sales-driven marketing services to B2B companies. Marsden Marketing helps clients reach – and connect with – their ideal prospects with the right mix of marketing and sales touchpoints. Anne is active in the community, helping others make the most of the digital world to better serve and support.
Sushumna Roy Jalajam
With over 20 years in IT management, Sushumna Roy Jalajam co-founded Softpath System LLC, an award-winning firm IT and non-IT solutions provider to Fortune 1000 corporations across the nation. Sushumna is responsible for the company’s day-to-day operations and sets the vision for the staffing and technology strategy, while leading a team of over 800 employees committed to unparalleled service and value. Sushumna is very active within the business community and civic organizations with a passion for enhancing the potential of small and diverse businesses.
With a degree in Business Management and a Masters in Procurement, Louisiana native Debra White is a proven leader/innovator with extensive experience in all areas of procurement. During her 15 years of consistent advancement in the procurement field, she has produced a strong record of generating excellent results by calling upon her technical and functional expertise and ability to work closely with internal customers and suppliers. Throughout her career, Debra has sourced more than $1B of goods and services across several industries including: Manufacturing, Electronics, and Packaging etc.
Georgia Tech Alum., Tameka Harper is the Director of Global Indirect Procurement for The Coca-Cola Company, where she has served for over 18 years. She is responsible for over $1.4B of Indirect spend, leading a team of category and sourcing managers responsible for delivering game-changing solutions to deliver break-through value while optimizing the bottom-line. She is a talented communicator skilled in partnering with cross-functional teams, senior management and in building relationships with suppliers, customers, and internal stakeholders.
Evelyn Ashley is the founder and Managing Partner of Trusted Counsel. She advises private company and family office clients on matters such as mergers and acquisitions, financing and investments, intellectual property protection, and much more. She has wide-ranging legal and business experience and brings a results-focused, pragmatic approach to the practice of law. She serves on the Board of The nsoro Foundation, which provides college scholarships for foster children who have aged out of the foster care system (www.thenf.org), as well as Women in Technology.
As a VP of Marketing at UPS, Kathleen Marran draws upon her 25-plus years of experience in Marketing and Logistics to oversee a multi-billion-dollar revenue plan and a 300-person marketing team across the nation. Reward for her comes from the team members she has helped promote and develop, the charitable groups she has sponsored and confidence in her ability to adapt to changing situations and environments. Her passions are in creating new experiences for herself and her teams while continuing to work on ways to advance the position of women in business, politics and society as whole.
Spelman Grad, Tai Roberson is VP and Senior Community Development Officer for Wells Fargo. With more than 15 years of banking experience, she is responsible for delivering the company’s community development strategic initiatives. Prior to rejoining Wells Fargo in 2017, she spent 10 years as a development executive with Clearpoint, one of the largest consumer credit counseling agencies in the country focused on financial capability counseling and education. She has worked tirelessly to gain millions in philanthropic and sponsorship support for community programs.