The Board of Directors

Tamla Oates-Forney
Chairman & President

For the past 20 years, Tamla has been at the helm of one of the world’s largest infrastructure companies as a Human Resources Leader. Most recently, she led the HR function for an $11B global business with a team of over 43,000 employees. The obstacles and opportunities Tamla experienced have all shaped her focus and commitment to helping other females succeed. It is faith and a passion to fulfill her purpose that gives Tamla’s life meaning. While she has experienced an amazing professional career, Tamla’s impact and reach extends itself beyond the C-suite. Over the years, she has engaged in connecting her purpose, expertise, and ideas to those in need. Tamla knows that positive exposure, sisterhood, opportunities, and personal/professional development can help shape the trajectory of life and success for countless women and girls of color in today’s society. The collective experiences of Tamla’s professional journey are an anecdote of ambition and practicality that other women and girls of color can emulate. From family to career to community, she has accepted the baton of previous generations to discover and do her absolute best, and in the same spirit, cultivates the best in others so that a legacy is created and excellence is achieved.

Candace Byrd
Former Chief of Staff, City of Atlanta

Candace has over 20 years of legal and public service experience including operating as a public defender and owner of her own law firm. In her previous role as the Chief of Staff, City of Atlanta she was responsible for providing advice and guidance to the Mayor on legislative and political issues and served as liaison to the public and private sectors in fostering partnerships and the development of revenue generating initiatives. She also provided supervision and policy direction over External Affairs & International Relations, Constituent Services, Communications, Human Services, and Special Events. Candace is a member of the American Bar Association, National Bar Association, Georgia Bar Association and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She is also an alumna of Leadership Atlanta class of 2012. She has been recognized by Women Looking Ahead Magazine as one of Georgia's Most Powerful and Influential Female Lawyers as well as Women of Excellence by Atlanta Daily World. She has served as a mentor in the EverybodyWins! Atlanta, a program that partners professionals with elementary students to encourage reading. Candace received her B.A. from Georgia State University and her Juris Doctor Degree from the Howard University School of Law.

Stephanie Mains
General Electric

Stephanie has over 28 years of financial,operational and global P&L (profit & loss) experience and is a Vice President of a $3 billion, 14,000-employee, global electrical distribution business that is a leading provider of advanced technologies that distribute, protect, and control electricity for a variety of industrial, commercial, and residential applications around the world. Stephanie's 28-year career spans multiple GE businesses and industries. Given her extensive experience as a female executive in STEM-dominated industries, she remains very passionate about diversity, women's empowerment, and supporting programs that improve the lives of children and families. Over the past years, Stephanie has served as a member of GE's Community Service board, the GE Women's Network Cabinet, and the Junior Achievement of Georgia board. She has also served as an executive sponsor for Hands on Atlanta, March of Dimes, and GE Energy's United Way campaign. Currently, Stephanie is an active board member with the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA}, Girls Inc. of Greater Atlanta, and · Boy Scouts of America while she continues to lead and grow the GE Girls STEM partnership with Georgia Institute ofTechnology. In 2016, Stephanie was recognized for her commitment to diversity in her industry by the Technology Association of Georgia. She was also inducted into the International Women's Forum and honored as a 2016-2017 MAKERS awardee for her groundbreaking leadership and dedication to women's empowerment. Stephanie holds a bachelor's degree in finance from the University of Kentucky.

Tameka Montgomery
Former Head of Entrepreneurial Development for the U.S. Small Business Administration

Tameka has over 20 year of experience in small business administration and community development and is internationally recognized expert in creating and running entrepreneurship programs. In 2013, she was appointed by President Obama to lead the office of Entrepreneurial Development for the U.S. Small Business Administration, where she was responsible for a budget of more than $160 million to drive entrepreneurship training programs and policies that supported the nation's 28 million small businesses. In 2015, Washington Post online named Tameka one of the 19 most influential people in D.C. who impact small businesses. Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Tameka served in multiple roles as an executive at the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce. She led the chamber's award-winning Denver Metro Small Business Development Center where she was responsible for designing business training programs. She also provided vision and strategic direction as the Executive Director of the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation; an organization that educates and inspires business leaders to make an impact in their community. In 2017, Tameka launched the podcast, "Raising Entrepreneurs: A Parent's Guide to Fostering an Entrepreneurial-Mindset". A homeschooling mother of young entrepreneurs ages 8, 9, and 11,Tameka is leading a movement of parents who are committed to actively supporting and encouraging their child's entrepreneurial spirit, talents, and skills. In addition to her weekly podcasts, Tameka leads Core Strategy Partners, a learning company with expertise in entrepreneurship education and whose products and services are designed to equip parents and organizations around- the world, with tools and resources to develop and instill an entrepreneurial mindset in young people; raising the next generation of leaders who are better prepared them to compete in the changing economy. Tameka is a graduate of Spelman College and Columbia University and she holds an honorary doctorate in entrepreneurship from Johnson and Wales University. ·

Darryl Wilson
The Wilson Collective

Darryl has 30 years of experience in global operations and as a commercial executive, retired Vice -President and Chief Commercial Officer. Since retiring, Darryl now operates The Wilson Collective (TWC), a company focused on building, investing,powering,and partnering to create sustainable business solutions for this and the next generation. Prior to retiring, Darryl was Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer for GE's $GB Distributed Power business, a global supplier of power generation equipment and services to the power and oil and gas industries. Darryl also served as President and CEO of GE Power and Water's $SB aeroderivative gas turbine business, a leading provider of global power generation and oil and gas applications, with manufacturing locations around the world. He has extensive international experience serving as President and CEO, GE Consumer & Industrial-Asia Pacific, in Shanghai, China; Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, GE Consumer & Industrial-Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and President and CEO, GE Consumer Products-Europe, Middle East, Africa and India (EMEAI). Darryl has a passion for mentoring and community development and serves on the boards of the Greater Houston Partnership, the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, and the DREME Foundation. He is an active member on Indiana University's Kelly School of Business Dean's Council. An exemplary sales and marketing expert, Darryl holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Baldwin-Wallace College in Ohio, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Marketing from Indiana University.