ABOUT

ExecuInsight LLC was formed in 2004 to meet the needs of today's organizations that are moving fast and need an executive's expertise, experience and skills to assess, plan and execute new strategies, initiatives and programs to achieve current and future success.

 

ExecuInsight LLC provides you with executive expertise that spans your organizational scope with seasoned executives that each have over 24+ years in their various fields. Don’t go it alone, get the advice and insight of those that have been there.

Michele Hanson

Ms. Hanson is the business owner of ExecuInsight, LLC, which is the premier resource for effective strategies for bringing people together, executive level coaching and conflict resolution in all facets of individual, organizational and business performance. For more than thirteen years, ExecuInsight has offered a full range of customized solutions ranging from high powered individual and executive coaching, women’s advocacy tools, networking programs, and mentoring initiatives, to training on gender, workstyle, generational & other differences and assessment/coaching/training to optimize organizational and individual performance potential.

Ms. Hanson built her career leading top-producing sales and marketing teams for companies such as The Coca-Cola Company, The Pillsbury Company, The McLane Company, Inc. and First Data Corporation. In 2001, she founded the Network for Executive Women for the Consumer Products & Retail Food Industry, a dynamic organization that has been passionately embraced by professional women & men nationwide and has expedited connections that have changed careers and lives. She has served as the President of this organization, on the Board of Directors, and as a Champion. Ms. Hanson also developed a successful Facilitated Mentoring Program which received the Minute Maid Company’s President’s Award and she has been instrumental in forming Discover YOU, a program designed to bring executive level leadership learning to teens.

 

Ms. Hanson is certified in the Birkman Method®, Gender Speak and the Franklin Covey program.

Zina Garrison

Zina Garrison got her start in the Sunnyside neighborhood of Houston, TX at age 10. While her brother was playing baseball, she stumbled upon John Wilkerson's free tennis program in MacGregor Park. Zina had to overcome more than the average tennis player. She had to break through many barriers as a young black woman from a community that had seen no similar success in the sport of tennis.

She made her mark on the tennis world by winning both the Wimbledon and US Open junior titles. She was propelled to #1 in the junior World tennis rankings. A year later in 1982, she skipped her graduation from Sterling High School to begin her professional career at the French Open. Zina's success began when she reached the semifinals at the Australian Open during her first year on tour. She finished out 1983 ranked World No. 10 and remained in the top 10 until 1995. She continued to claim titles and dominate as one of the top professionals in the world.

Zina joined the ranks of fellow Olympians and competed at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul. She and her teammate Pam Shriver won the gold in women's doubles. She later went on to defeat Shriver in the quarterfinals of women's singles, which won her the bronze. Zina reached the peak of her career at Wimbledon in 1990, defeating defending French Open champion Monica Seles and World No. 1 Steffi Graf to reach the Wimbledon finals where the fell to Martina Navratilova. She claimed her third Grand Slam mixed doubled title at Wimbledon in 1990 as well.

In 1993, Zina was appointed by President Bill Clinton to serve on the Council of Physical Fitness and Sports. Zina retired from tennis in 1996 with 14 top-level singles titles and 20 top-level doubles titles. She devoted her life to giving back to the community in which she grew up and founded the Zina Garrison All Court Tennis Foundation and the Zina Garrison Foundation for the Homeless. She served on the United States Tennis Association (USTA) for four years and was the two-time Director at Large of the USTA (2001-2002, 2003-2004). She went on to be Fed Cup captain and Olympic Captain and led both teams to championships and a gold medal.

She is currently located in Houston, TX and continues to support her community as president of her free tennis program, the Zina Garrison Academy which has been in existence for over 26 years.. She is a radio personality and appears weekly on the Best You Journey Talk Show on Amazing 102.5 FM.

Cynthia McCloud
 

Cynthia McCloud joined the Marshall School of Business as the Executive Education Director, Food Industry programs in July 2014. Cynthia graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Southern California and later completed her MBA from the University of California, Irvine. She is also a 1990 graduate of the USC Food Industry Management program.

 

Cynthia built her career in sales and marketing specializing in the food retail and manufacturing industries in both the U.S. and also in several international markets where she managed teams in France, UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, India, Singapore and Australia. Over the years, she has held roles at several startups as well as at MarketTools, Catalina Marketing Europe, Catalina Marketing U.S. and at The Vons Companies in Southern California where she began her career.

 

Cynthia has a successful track record of building highly-effective collaborative teams.  She has deep experience developing future leaders through self-reflection/assessment, motivation, education, and creating strong innovative solutions through technology to compete more aggressively in industries that are changing faster than ever before.  She is a certified trainer and consultant in both Ken Blanchard’s Situational Leadership and in the Birkman Method.  She is also passionate about teaching Servant Leadership to executives eager for actionable leadership development.

 

Cynthia has deep experience in loyalty marketing and is passionate about working with her retail and manufacturer associates to continue building awareness in the food industry around health & wellness. In her spare time, Cynthia enjoys running, hiking and traveling with her husband, and spending time with her grandchildren. She also works closely with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation where she helped build the CF ShelbyUSA team and is determined to help the organization find a cure for this deadly childhood disease.

Sandra Bushby
 

Sandra Bushby is a certified Executive Coach that combines her business knowledge and leadership development knowledge to guide individuals, teams, and organizations in reaching their full potential. Her unique experience in advancing women into executive level positions is supported by her strengths in unleashing the power of globally diverse talent, developing employee resource groups that have a measurable impact on business objectives and aligning women’s initiatives with business strategy.

Bushby’s expertise stems from over 15 years of experience in talent management. Her talent to incorporate core principles and theory-based practices into everyday applications equips executives with the necessary tools to effectively lead globally diverse teams.

Bushby’s focus on work style diversity and women’s workplace initiatives have produced breakthrough results for such clients as KPMG, Pfizer, Frito-Lay, 7- Eleven, MacDermid Co. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

Bushby is a certified Birkman® consultant and Franklin-Covey facilitator. She advises senior level executives on people, organization, and culture development.

Karen Milley
 

Karen Milley is an accomplished Senior Executive and Consultant with more than 33 years of success in the food and beverage, food processing, consumer goods, and manufacturing industries. Leveraging extensive experience with M&A and integration, Karen is a valuable asset for companies seeking guidance on acquisition issues, implementation of new platforms, quality control, and innovation. Her broad areas of expertise include R&D, product innovation, product and package implementation, strategic planning, cross-functional team leadership and coaching for compassion in performance at all levels.

Throughout her executive career, Karen has held various leadership positions with the J.M. Smucker Company; RJR Nabisco, Ross Laboratories, and General Mills, Inc. In her most recent role as Vice President, Research and Development at J.M. Smucker, she has been responsible for all aspects of product, process and package development for retail branded categories in a $2B+ sales business unit of a $8B company, delivering $240MM+ in profit annually, as well as open innovation, external contacts, technical training for sales, marketing and customers, and the recipe test kitchen. Karen has served as QC Supervisor, Project Leader, Group Leader, Project Consultant, Manager of Industrial Product Development, and Director of Product Development with iconic brands in the Food Industry, combining a unique blend of science, marketing, and innovation in leadership for the effective launch of new products.

Karen holds a BS in Food Science (cum laude) from Ohio State University and a MBA in Marketing from Indiana University (Dean’s list). She has served on the Advisory Board of United Way, as Secretary, President and past President; Advisory Board at Ohio State - Food Science Department; Advisory Board at Ohio State Food Industry Center – an industry support facility for food startup companies, an Advisory Board Member for the Industrial Research Institute, and an Advisory Council Member for Boy Scouts of America’s STEM program.

Joy Nicholas

Principal of JN Retail Connections, Joy has been engaged in the food retail industry for more than 35 years.  Her extensive network of grocery retail and consumer packaged goods industry leaders gives her a 360° perspective of retail technology solutions.  She was named a senior level executive Top Woman in Grocery in 2017 from Progressive Grocer magazine as a result of her knowledge, experience, leadership, mentoring and many significant contributions to the supermarket retail industry.

 

Joy was SVP/VP of business development for retail technology providers and VP research & technology for the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), the leading US supermarket trade association, representing more than 26,000 grocery stores.  She was directly responsible for industry research, retail technology, electronic payments (representing grocers on swipe fee initiatives), industry standards and supporting CIO, CFO, retail payments and board-level committees.

 

As a co-founder, former board member, scholarship committee chair, and active advocate for the Network of Executive Women (NEW), Joy has formed long-term relationships and earned respect among many of its 10,000+ members.

 

Joy’s additional retail experience includes management positions in I/T project management, accounting, cash management, pricing and marketing while at Ralphs Grocery Company (a division of The Kroger Company), Denny’s Restaurants and Taco Bell.

 

She earned an MBA from Pepperdine University and a BBA from Western Michigan University.  She is currently an Associate Adjunct Professor of Business Management and Instructional Associate at Austin Community College.

Amanda Martinez

Amanda has grown up in the CPG Industry and has had a vast experience base ranging from selling, to training, to broker management and merchandising. She has a talent for connecting with clients and team members and helping them to understand key concepts that will assist them in achieving their goals. Amanda has seen much success in her career with well-known companies like the Clif Bar & Company, Presence Marketing, and BWX USA which carries popular lines like Mineral Fusion, Andalou Naturals and Sukin.

Ms. Martinez is a Millennial with a passion for customer service, helping others in need and serving her local community. She has traveled to Brazil and Kenya to educate and assist the poor in living healthy lifestyles. She values the mind-body connection and is an advocate for best practices in building strong and viable relationships, staying active and eating foods that nourish your body. Ms. Martinez volunteers within her community with the local food bank, blood donations, and animal rescue groups. She also serves as a Board Member for Eye Opening Films which is a non-profit group that provides informational films to all for free regarding key social issues affecting people’s lives in our world today.

Amanda is a graduate of Baylor University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education in Community Health. She and her husband, Mario, enjoy their beautiful pets in their home in the Dallas area.  In addition to being an avid athlete, Ms. Martinez enjoys creating unique works of art through her macramé talents.

Monica E. Ewing

Monica Ewing is a successful attorney, professor, author and judge.  She has been a legal powerhouse with extensive experience in trial practice, academic and judicial areas in the Atlanta, GA region for over 30 years.  She is also an entrepreneur, motivational speaker and ethics advisor for the various organizations she is affiliated with.

 

Prior to her current roles as a judge in multiple municipal courtrooms in Atlanta, Monica had a  private practice focused on multi-media law, with clients spanning various entertainment and athletic professions.  In additional to successfully serving her many clients, she also spent many years as an adjunct professor at Georgia State University teaching legal courses for the College of Law and the School of Music. 

 

As a certified Arbitrator and Mediator, Monica has the unique ability to listen to, and quickly analyze, all aspects of a conflict.  Her experience, legal knowledge and ethical compass effectively resolve most conflicts with amicable solutions.   She has been on a life-long journey to satisfy her incredible thirst to learn and expand her knowledge of various fields of law, ethical behavior and cultural norms.  To this end, Monica is currently a 2019 candidate for an Ethical Leadership Master of Arts degree from Claremont Lincoln University.    

 

In addition to being very active in her multiple judicial roles, Monica is a published author, member of the American Society for Bioethics & Humanities, board member of the South Fulton Bar Association and serves on the advisory board for the True Colors Theater Company in Atlanta.  As an entrepreneur, she developed a line of skin care products, owned and operated foodservice, retail and women’s wellness businesses.

 

Monica, an honors college and Deans List scholar, received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgia State University and her Juris Doctorate from Emory University of Law. 

Joan Toth

Joan Toth is a purpose-and-performance-driven leader with extensive experience in diversity, equality and inclusion (DEI) work and leadership roles in both for-profit and nonprofit organizations.  Joan approaches D&I as a business imperative and value driver. She has led research and data -driven solutions to drive change and improvement in all facets of diversity, including gender, race/ethnicity, generational/millennial, LGBTQ, and diversity of thought. She spearheaded the “It’s Time” movement for gender equality in the retail and consumer goods and services industry.

 

She is currently leading DEI assessments and strategic planning with a focus on companies that are new to the DEI journey. She is able to create DEI strategies that are scalable, actionable and achievable. Joan also is a noted speaker and trainer on topics like Inclusive Leadership, Unconscious Bias, Coaching Senior Leaders for DEI Success, and many others.

 

Joan is an active advisory board member for Gender Fair, the first metrics- based certification program that measures companies on their fairness practices in leadership roles, employee benefits, advertising images, and philanthropy.

 

Joan is often tapped as a coach, mentor, and advisor to individuals and companies alike. She has provided strategic guidance in revenue development, governance, programming, membership and other facets of nonprofit leadership.

 

She was the founding president and CEO of the Network of Executive Women (NEW), the premier women’s leadership community in the retail and consumer goods and services, from 2002 – 2016. NEW’s mission is “To advance women, grow business and transform our industry’s workplace through the power of our community.” Under Joan’s leadership, NEW grew from a start up to more than 10,000 members, 100+ corporate partners, and 21 regional groups across the US and Canada.

Ingrid Emmons

Ingrid Emmons is a seasoned HR Professional with over 20 years of experience managing both global and domestic portfolios. Additionally, she has experience across several industries, including Financial Services, Healthcare, Telecom and Hospitality. Ingrid’s deep specialist knowledge in the areas of Benefits, Compensation, Human Resources Technology and Human Resource Shared Service Centers brings a broad range of HR expertise to bear. Having managed teams of up to 50 employees across seven countries and 23 locations, Ingrid’s specialty areas includes developing Employee Engagement programs delivered through Human Resource platforms. 

 

The organizations Ingrid has worked with range from 15,000 to close to 40,000 employees, and she can scale the solution up or down based on the needs of the client. Ingrid’s superior strategic vision has allowed her to execute several initiatives with excellence, including cutting edge performance management frameworks, the redesign of Human Resource policies and programs in compliance with labor laws across 7 countries and the launch of employee programs through Social Media platforms.

Kimberly Roberts

Kimberly Roberts is a learning and development professional with over 20 years’ experience working with several international trade associations in the Washington, DC area.  She has held leadership roles in education, learning and professional development for the food retail, physical security and credit union industries.  Kimberly has created live instructor-led programming, online courseware and conference programming with internal teams and volunteer committees on many topics.  She enjoys collaborating with stakeholders to deliver programs to meet learning needs and align with business goals.

 

Ms. Roberts has a Bachelor’s of Business Administration (BBA) with a concentration in Marketing from Howard University and a training specialist certificate from Georgetown University. She is also a proud member of the Association for Talent Development (ATD)in Alexandria, VA.

Tim Beattie

Tim Beattie is a people-focused leader from the CPG (Consumer Packaged Goods) Industry with 38 years of diverse experience spanning New Plant construction, Plant Operations, Global Operations Planning, Innovation Process management, Product Development, Project management, M&A Integration and Quality Assurance. He has managed global teams and been a facilitator of “The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People” training while working for industry-leading companies, including J. M. Smucker, Proctor and Gamble, and Ralston Foods.

 

Tim managed the construction and start-up of a $100 million manufacturing plant that was set up to be 100% employee managed – eliminating multiple layers of management.  The plant started up under budget and ahead of schedule, quickly becoming the lowest-cost and most efficient plant in the Ralston network.

He also Spearheaded the turnaround of an Iams Pet Food plant that was struggling to survive by implementing key organizational changes and training the entire plant in the “7 Habits of Highly Effective People”.  This training helped to clarify the plant’s vision and mission within the plant network and had a significant positive impact on the employees’ approach to work and their personal lives.  The plant went from the highest cost / most unreliable plant of the network to a top performing plant in 2 years.

Tim lead the development and production start-up of the Folgers K-cup line of coffee in partnership with Green Mountain Coffee. Conception to start-up of this product line was 12 weeks and created a new product line with over $300 million in sales its first full year. 

He has also Implemented a new product innovation and launch process across the entire Smucker company (4 business units) that allowed leadership to evaluate, manage, and prioritize projects and resources much more effectively and efficiently.  This required the implementation of software that captured and presented, in a consistent/comparable way , all relevant data for decision making.  It also required training over 270 people to use the software and stage gate process.  Approval of the project to going live was 20 weeks.

Tim’s extensive experience at both the plant and corporate levels allow him to bring a broad perspective to any challenge or situation.  His success and positive results have always been a result of how he worked with his teams to be successful together.  Tim’s passion is to help people be successful in all aspects of their lives.

Tim has a BBA from Western Michigan University in Operations Management/Finance and an MBA from Ohio University with an emphasis on Operations Management, Human Resource Management, and Organizational Effectiveness.

Hallie Gayle

Hallie Gayle is a writer and world traveler with a range of experience in education, community development, and culture exchange. She served two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in rural South Africa, teaching English and developing youth and literacy programs for young learners. To continue her evolving career in international relations, she worked as a support mentor for young J1-visa participants working in the U.S. and spent another two years teaching ESL at a language center in Hanoi, Vietnam. Hallie’s unique global experiences have given her the skills to work in diverse settings and the ability to problem solve with empathy and creativity. 


Additionally, Hallie has written articles for her college’s website and magazine, published short stories in literary magazines, and has won prizes for her scholarly essays. She is passionate about reading, film, psychology, and travelling. She has a bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in psychology and will be obtaining her master’s degree at UC Irvine in creative writing this coming fall.  

Kimberly Ehler

Kimberly is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, who combines her business expertise with coach training to excel at generating more powerful results with high performance individuals and leaders.  She specializes in coaching leaders to connect vision with tangible strategies and create action around personal and professional goals.  Her innate ability to connect and build trust combined with her keen intuition guides her clients along their unique path toward transformation, fulfillment and desired results.

Kimberly built her leadership career in talent management developing and guiding executive search, talent acquisition and HR solutions at top-tier high-growth, domestic and international companies such as Amazon, T-Mobile, Research-In-Motion, Starbucks and Premera Blue Cross. Additionally, as founder and leader of a highly regarded boutique search and consulting firm, she has provided consulting and coaching services across a wide range of industries and sectors including innovative high technology companies such as Zillow and Intellectual Ventures to start-up and growing companies such as RootMetrics and Who What Wear.

From individuals to organizations, you find Kimberly working to transform every person she works with by igniting the passion and purpose within them, and inspiring new and unlimited possibilities. Her mission is to develop untapped potential in individuals resulting in enhanced performance, success and satisfaction for the mutual benefit of the client and their organization.

Jamice Obianyo
 

Jamice Obianyo is the former Director, Grants Management, Community Relations for Ecolab Inc. (www.ecolab.com).  Recently retiring from Ecolab after 20 years of service, she managed the Ecolab Foundation’s small and mid-sized grants as well as the regional grant programs, including the signature Visions for Learning teacher grant program.  She has held corporate leadership positions with increasing responsibilities in Corporate Account Sales, Marketing, Research, Development and Engineering (RD&E), Global Communication, Sustainability and Corporate Finance at Ecolab, SC Johnson Wax and Amoco as well as academic research experience working for Georgia State University.  Jamice has over 35 years comprehensive experience within the Hospitality, Industrial and Institutional industries and academia. She is an accomplished, enthusiastic business leader who thrives on challenges to deliver organizational growth, innovation, and profitability. 

 

Jamice has served faithfully in community Board leadership roles for numerous non-profit organizations including the F.R. Bigelow Foundation, Children’s Home Society, City of Saint Paul Right Track, Neighborhood House, Ronald McDonald House Charities Upper Midwest Care Mobile, Saint Paul Public Schools Foundation, SciMathMN, Science Museum of Minnesota, University of Minnesota STEM Education Center, and YWCA of Minneapolis. 

 

With her passion to elevate women everywhere, Jamice is a Founding member and past Board of Director of the Network of Executive Women (NEW). NEW is a powerful and growing community of nearly 13,000 members, 925 companies, 260 corporate partners and 21 regions dedicated to achieving gender equality in the workplace and advancing women into leadership roles in retail, consumer products goods, financial services and technology.  

 

Mrs. Obianyo holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Spelman College in Atlanta, GA and a MBA from the E. Philip Saunders College of Business at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York.  Jamice is always seeking new ways to encourage and uplift everyone she encounters.  “Serving with Excellence” really summarizes her purpose and life legacy.

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