This is a partial list of some of our speakers; more to come!
Meghan McCartan | Founder, Detours&OnRamps
Meghan McCartan is the founder and managing partner of Detours&OnRamps; she started the forum as a result of her own experiences in seeking out jobs that would allow her to balance work and family. Having worked full-time, flex-time, as a consultant, and “not at all” Meghan had tried out a number of options and found that the “perfect job” that allowed a working mother to make a significant contribution and use education and skills—while still being able to spend time with children—was elusive. More importantly, the search process for such a job is exhausting in and of itself. Meghan started the forum to bring together the companies who are trying to continue to involve strong women, the recruiters and support groups out there, and those mothers themselves in an atmosphere of practical learning and positive networking. Prior to Detours&OnRamps, Meghan held senior marketing positions for several major financial institution sand holds an MBA in Marketing from Tulane, as well as a BA in Government/History from William and Mary. She lives in NJ with her husband and three daughters—a 6 year old and 4 year old twins.
Marissa Levin | CEO, Information Experts
Marissa Levin started Information Experts 14 years ago at her kitchen table after her boss told her she would never be worth more than $34,000. Today, IE is a multimillion-dollar integrated consulting firm that is the thought leader in strategic communications solutions, human capital strategies, and learning strategies for government agencies and organizations. Ms. Levin is the recipient of countless leadership awards, and is known throughout the national business community as an inspirational visionary. She is the national Women's
Entrepreneurship columnist for The Examiner, as well as an entrepreneurship columnist for www.womengrowbusiness.com, Yahoo, andDell. She frequently speaks at industry events and universities on her experiences as a woman business owner who has financed 100% of her organization through earnings while raising two young sons, and maintaining a corporate culture that is employee-focused and values-based.
Jennifer Folsom, Mom-entum Resources
Jennifer Folsom’s first foray into chasing the elusive work-life balance came in her second year of Business School at Georgetown University, when she had twin boys. While proving the theory of economies of scale, their arrival, six weeks early and right before finals, was the reality smack-in-the-face she needed to plan her career with her family in mind. She began her career in corporate finance, working in high net worth client management and deal origination and later became a management consultant, working in project management, process improvement and IT Implementation in the public sector. Having “mastered” process improvement and operations, she added another little boy to her family, born around the same time as Momentum Resources. Jennifer runs the Washington, DC area office of Momentum Resources, making connections, building relationships, and putting some of the smartest most interesting women to work with innovative clients.
Lisa Adams, Detours&OnRamps
Lisa Adams comes to Detours with a passion for finding balance in our working lives since she too has learned successful methods to managing family and a career in the past 7 years. She has two small boys ages 7 and 5. Lisa has been working in the corporate environment for over 20 years. Her background encompasses human resources, learning and development, software sales, internet advertising, strategic partnerships, and business development. Most recently Lisa worked for Monster.com running the career services line of business. Lisa has spoken to various women’s groups regarding career strategies and has taught a six-week workshop on finding your passion in your work.
Wendy Pilch, Spendalla
Wendy Pilch has been a stylist and personal shopper for women and men for the past thirteen years. While receiving her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Sociology and Education at the University of Virginia, she worked as a consultant for a number of retail stores and was an assistant personal shopper. She got Spendalla started by outfitting her family and friends. Today, her business has grown tremendously, in large part due to word of mouth and referrals from satisfied clients. Wendy and her trained staff provide in-home and online personal shopping services for individuals living in and around the Metropolitan DC Area. They work closely with clients to give them each a signature style of which they can feel proud. By shopping for clients and with clients, both in shops and online, Spendalla Personal Shoppers can help save time and money.
Lisa Goodman has been in and around the business community for over 12 years and is now the Director of the Women’s Business Center of Northern Virginia. In this capacity, she educates and counsels those interested in entrepreneurship (and those new to entrepreneurship) in all aspects of success. She was a client of the Community Business Partnership and Women’s Business Center for over 4 years, prior to joining the staff and was recently chosen as one of 10 companies in the Northern VA area to receive the Advancing Micro-Entrepreneurs Program Equity Award and was also selected as a MVP Business Success Story through AEO.
Kate Neville is principal of Neville Career Consulting, LLC, which provides guidance to attorneys considering a job change or career transition, whether within the practice of law or to another field. She began her career practicing law at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and as an in-house attorney for New York City government. She then shifted to management consulting work and policy analysis and has held such positions in both for-profit and non-profit entities. After serving as an advisor in Georgetown Law’s Office of Career Services, Kate decided to use her experience to help practicing attorneys identify the full range of their professional options and develop strategies to pursue them successfully. She presents frequently on issues related to attorneys in transition, and her articles have been featured in law.com, YahooFinance.com, The Legal Times, Roll Call, Veritas, and training materials for the ABA Section of Litigation. Kate received her law degree cum laude from Harvard Law School and her undergraduate degree in History magna cum laude from Princeton University.
Jane Lemley Rasmussen is an attorney practicing law in Fairfax, Virginia where she is a solo practitioner. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in 1990 and then from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1993. Jane was associated with Dyer Ellis Joseph & Mills, P.C. until 2000 when she became a founding partner at Thaler Liebeler Machado & Rasmussen, LLP, both in Washington D.C. Following the birth of her second child, Ms. Rasmussen established her home-office law practice in 2001. Before opening her Fairfax office in 2008, she worked part-time as Of Counsel at Ray & Isler, P.C. in Tysons Corner and worked as a preschool teacher at Valleybrook School in Falls Church, Virginia. Ms. Rasmussen lives in Falls Church, Virginia with her husband, Kurt, and their two children, Jack (11) and Kate (8).