Fueled by her passion for language, Rebecca Sibaja has served as the owner of the Borealis Language Academy for more than six years. As the daughter of two immigrants from Costa Rica, Ms. Sibaja’s desire to help those who need to learn English as a second language is a cause close to her heart. Her school, the Borealis Language Academy, focuses on teaching English as a second language to adults, and helps with translation from Spanish, Russian, and Arabic. The school’s small class size and private tutoring services contribute to its success. There are currently three locations for the academy; two are in Charlotte, N.C., and the other is in Monroe, N.C. Ms. Sibaja is proud to say she can teach a non-English speaker how to speak English in 40 hours.
Jamalyn Zore brings more than two decades of experience to her position with the USPS. As the BMEU manager, she oversees the Greater Indiana District commercial mailers and assists the entire Greater Indiana District with training, opportunities, new systems, promotions, and Postal Customer Council meetings. Ms. Zore is very proud of her ability to successfully undergo 12 audits in one year. She considers her greatest strengths to be her leadership skills and her ability to make things happen, as well as her organizational skills and determination.
Savannah, Georgia is one of the top ten cities to visit in the continental U.S. and Canada. In 1974, Jane Clark’s brother and sister started a touring company, and when her brother died in 2000, he left his shares of the business to her. Together, the two Clark sisters revamped the company, and out of this, came Savannah’s Talking Tours on CD and Cassette with Map. This product combines a map and CD that to provide a guided tour of Savannah and its many historical, architectural, cultural and other well-known stops. The tour begins at the Savannah Visitor Information Center with the story of a young English leader and a group of men, women, children and animals who arrived on a ship in the winter of 1733.
After studying engineering in Sofia, Bulgaria, Boriana Arguirova chose to pursue a career in electrical design. As a woman in a man’s field, she has faced plenty of gender bias, but she has not let that deter her from succeeding, instead using it as her motivation. She enjoys the challenge of proving herself. Additionally, her commitment, dedication and time management skills have also helped lead to her success.
As the energy and economic development manager of Carolina Community Actions, Inc., Mary Gossett sees people who need her help, and they inspire her to continue working to meet their needs. After working in human services for several years, receiving training from the agency, attending seminars and several workshops, and becoming a certified instructor for family worker training, she found her current position to be the most natural fit. Carolina Community Actions, Inc. is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to eradicate the causes and consequences of poverty. The organization works toward a public understanding of the causes and conditions of poverty, as well as creating programming to help those in need.
For the past 25 years, Superior Grinding & Sales Inc. has been recognized as a premiere tolerance precision grinding shop, offering a variety of services including inside and outside diameter grinding, center-less grinding, surface grinding, angled surface grinding, Blanchard grinding, Swiss machining, ID honing, industrial blade/knife sharpening and the sale of replacement knives. Wendie Flitton started this career path as the secretary for a small machine shop. When the company split up due to economic downturn, one of the owners had her take the grinding work aspect of the company to create a new business. After several years of growth, she then bought out the owner and continued the company’s success.
Melinda Watson has an extensive background in leading sales, services and support organizations, partner relations and complex negotiations. She received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Stephens College, and then went on to pursue a career as a vice president and general manager for a number of companies, including NCR Corporation, BEA Systems, Willy Technology and, finally, SAP America. There, she serves as the general manager of North America premium engagements.