“I strive to become a trusted business advisor by engaging in meaningful conversations and listening to the client’s needs. After gaining an understanding of my client’s needs, I provide guidance, insight and expertise input which allows me to become an integral part of the client’s advisory team. Currently focusing on companies with annual revenues of between $5mm – $50mm, my mission is to contribute to the achievement of my client’s goals and financial operating objectives”.

Previous positions include PNC Business Banking Sales Manager, Commercial Relationship Manager at SunTrust Bank, Financial Center Leader at BB&TBank. In Greenville, SC. Beth was one of the founding members of the ATHENA of the Triangle organization and currently she serves as a Board Member and Treasurer for the organization. Additionally, Beth believes in the power of the ATHENA PowerLink® program and has served as an ATHENA PowerLink® advisor and panelists for local participants in the program. Beth holds a BS, Business Administration from Lyon College.


Commercial Banking Relationship Manager PNC Bank


President| Spoken 4-Communications, LLC
I had been in business 9 years and was struggling to be profitable.After receiving coaching from top professionals who volunteered their time through the ATHENA PowerLink program my business grew 23% in only 12 months.I highly recommend this program.
Partner Cathy Hunt is a former judicial clerk for the Honorable Adolpho A. Birch, Jr., former Chief Justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court. Before joining Gailor Hunt Jenkins Davis Taylor & Gibbs, PLLC in 2001, Cathy practiced corporate law with Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge and Rice in Raleigh and McGuire, Woods, Battle and Booth in Northern Virginia. Most of Cathy’s time was devoted to mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures.
Cathy’s former corporate law experience including the formation of business entities and subsequent representation on corporate matters, provides her with the expertise necessary to understanding complex equitable distribution cases, especially those involving business valuation issues. Cathy’s practice also includes in-depth financial analysis in alimony and child support cases.
Cathy received her J.D. degree from the University of Memphis where she was a member of the Law Review. Cathy received a Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, graduating first in her class. She is licensed to practice in North Carolina, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.
Cathy has been recognized by her peers as a member of North Carolina’s Legal Elite in Family Law as published in Business North Carolina Magazine
She has also been named as one of North Carolina’s Top Lawyers in the area of Family Law by Business Leader magazine.


Partner| Gailor Hunt Jenkins Davis Taylor & Gibbs, PLLC


CFP®, CFA, ADPA® Wealth
Lorraine Johnson works with business owners, as well as individuals who are either retired or within 5-10 years of reducing their involvement in the workforce. She has a passion for helping them create, manage and preserve their wealth while bringing them financial independence and confidence. Her services include financial planning, investment management and insurance.
She earned an undergraduate degree in Trust Management, holds the designation of Chartered Financial Analyst and and is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® practitioner. She is honored to serve on the Board of Trustees of the North Carolina Supplemental Retirement Plans. The board governs the 401(k), 403(b), and 457 retirement plans for the active and retired North Carolina state, local and municipal employees. Lorraine has also been quoted and the subject of articles in InvestmentNews Magazine and The Wall Street Journal.
As former ATHENA PowerLink®of the Triangle’s beneficiary, Lorraine isnow happy to give back by mentoring current candidates and serving on the board. She is an avid supporter of Triangle Family Services, a local organization providing assistance to individuals and families in crisis.She is a Registered Representative of Commonwealth Financial Network, member FINRA/SIPC, and is registered for securities and licensed for insurance.
Me’chelle is the Blueprint Leadership Strategist! CEO of 3rd Degree Solutions, her successful career has taken her around the world offering powerful and exciting life changing platform opportunities to speak before thousands. She empowers them with “Blueprint Leadership Strategies” to take on great next steps in their careers and personal.

An Amazon number 1 Best Selling Author and a John Maxwell certified Coach, Speaker and Trainer; she has mastered the art of strategic leadership and developed a unique series of “Blueprint Leadership” Workshops for College Students, Women in Transition, Entrepreneurs and Religious Leaders & Institutions.

Engaging audiences with a strategic sense of purpose, humor and a full dose of reality, Me’chelle provides tips, tools and techniques to deliver a “Blueprint of Clarity and Connection to the Future”.
People leave prepared and armed with knowledge that will springboard them into their vision and goals with confidence!




Executive Advisor Luminas Strategy
As a former educator transformed into a health innovator through previous roles as start-up founder, strategic leader, business consultant, marketing executive and behavioral scientist, I take pride in blending personal empathy, business intelligence, diverse insights, and creative strategies to influence change and accelerate purposeful innovation.

Through my career across organizations large and small, global and local, publicly traded and non-profit, I have led global teams with budgets that total in the multi-millions and partnered with cross-functional leaders delivering a history of success launching new companies, products and brands and building effective interventions to drive behavior change. I’ve established value propositions, business operations, revenue streams, and strategic plans specifying clear and measurable objectives with executable actions. My experience leading organizations through periods of integration and growth by analyzing existing practices and market insights and designing progressive strategies that creatively solve complex challenges has improved operational efficiency and productivity.

As a continuous learner and thought leader, I have a firm grasp on the dynamics and complexities of the evolving health and education landscape and maintain constant awareness of disruptive opportunities, market conditions, industry requirements, and competitive differentiators. My formal education includes a Masters of Public Health in health behavior and social marketing from the University of South Florida and a Bachelor of Science in health education from the University of Florida.

Carrie states that, “A Successful person is one who can build a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at them.” She exudes energy, enthusiasm and a tenacious commitment to anything that she takes on. ATHENA of the Triangle is proud to have Carrie at the helm of our organization as Chairman. She was one of the founding members of the local chapter. She was at an event and heard about the ATHENA PowerLink® program from another chapter of ATHENA. She knew that it was something that the Triangle needed and gathered a few of her professional friends to start to the program locally. Carrie is changing lives and sharing her business knowledge and lessons learned with others – always giving back to help more women in the Triangle become successful.

Carrie Peele took a startup luxury transportation company from an idea to an internationally recognized power player. During that time Carrie was one of a few women elected by peers to serve on the Board of Directors for the National Limousine Association. Under her leadership she found a way to drive business revenue, cut costs, maximize profitability, improve productivity & streamline operations. Fundraising and organization development are some of Carrie’s key strengths. After successfully selling Blue Diamond Limosines in 2014, it was not long before Carrie’s entrepreneurial spirit started another company. She is now the president of The File Depot, a company that helps companies of all sizes manage their documents.

Life is not about competitions won, it’s about connections made. Carrie launched and facilitated the largest female networking luncheon in the Triangle. Over 5000 women and men have come to the luncheons. Keynote speakers have included North Carolina Secretary, Congresswoman, State Auditor, NC State Athletic Director Debbie Yow, and many talented, successful women entrepreneurs. The net proceeds of each luncheon went to support women & men battling breast cancer.


President The File Depot, The C. Peele Group


Founder, REALM Leadership
An experienced business and people leader, Becky specializes in helping individuals and organizations identify and execute leadership practices to achieve their strategic goals. Over a 38-year career with LORD Corporation she held multiple roles including design engineer, marketing director, and President of the Asia Pacific Region while living in Hong Kong for five years. The foundation of her successes was a focus on individual development to strengthen business leadership and accelerate growth.

Since leaving LORD Corporation she launched REALM Leadership, an executive coaching practice. She also serves as a Director of ISBM (The Institute of the Study of Business Marketing) with a focus on curriculum development and as a board member of Junior Achievement of Eastern North Carolina. She is a lifelong learner and passionate about STEM, leadership development and the challenges of creating change. Becky has an MBA with a focus in marketing and a BS in Chemical Engineering, both from Case Western Reserve University.