Molly Barker, founder, The Red Boot Coalition and Girls on the Run International

Molly Barker is the founder of Girls on the Run International, the program that uses running to empower girls. A four-time Hawaii Ironman triathlete, Molly used her background in social work, counseling and teaching to develop the program. Since Barker founded it in 1996, it has served a million girls and earned her numerous accolades, including the Daily Point of Light Award, given by President Obama and Former President Bush in a ceremony at the White House.

After retiring from the organization in 2013, she was asked to join the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Commission on Political Reform, a Washington group seeking ways to bridge the political divide in Congress. By the time its 29 members of the commission made recommendations, however, Barker had decided the real problem was bigger than Congress. That was when she began formulating an idea for The Red Boot Coalition, a new organization whose name was inspired by the gift of a pair of red boots from her daughter Helen. In August 2014, Molly put those conversation-starting red boots to task and set out to get to the root of what was causing these polarizing conversations. From Charlotte to Las Vegas she listened to hundreds share their fears, concerns and hopes. Molly is the mother to two children: James, a fashion designer in New York and Helen, a bass player in Charlotte. When asked recently what her mom does for a living, Helen responded, “My mom listens and loves people for her living.”


Risa Goluboff, dean of the University of Virginia School of Law

goluboff_2015Risa Goluboff is the 12th, and the first female, dean of the University of Virginia School of Law. She is a nationally renowned legal historian whose scholarship and teaching focuses on American constitutional and civil rights law, and especially their historical development in the 20th century.

In 2008, Goluboff received the Law School’s Carl McFarland Award for excellence in faculty scholarship, and in 2011 the University of Virginia’s All-University Teaching Award. She is an affiliated scholar with the Miller Center’s Governing America in a Global Era program and a faculty affiliate at the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies. In 2012, Goluboff was named a distinguished lecturer by the Organization of American Historians. From 2011 to 2016, she directed the University’s J.D.-M.A. in History Program. Goluboff has served as a visiting professor at Columbia, Chicago and New York University law schools.

Prior to joining the Law School in 2002, Goluboff clerked for Judge Guido Calabresi of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Justice Stephen Breyer of the U.S. Supreme Court. She also served as a Fulbright Scholar to South Africa.



Cathy Pales, Take Breath Coaching LLC

Cathy Pales headshotCathy Smalley Pales is the owner of Take a Breath Coaching, LLC. Take a Breath Coaching works primarily with professional women on strengthening their commitment to self-care in order to develop better leadership presence and effectiveness. Dr. Pales’ particular areas of interest include: work/life integration, energy management, the affect of wellness on leadership behaviors and developing professional and personal well-being. She earned a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Virginia. She is also a graduate of the Leadership Coaching program at Georgetown University. In addition, Dr. Pales holds a group fitness instructor and health coach certification from the American Council on Exercise.


Honie Ann Peacock, HAPNINGS NOW LLC

Honie Ann Peacock is a pioneer in the health food movement, a social entrepreneur, founder of five small businesses, and a former Human Resource and Diversity executive in Fortune 500 companies. She founded a culinary non-profit [CHANGE 2000] that was a new paradigm of a school-to-work initiative. Her line Called HONS BUNS, her line, made by H.S. students, was organic, vegan, wheat-free sweets and savories, sold at Greenmarket stands and organic markets.Honie Ann was an active member of the NYC Chamber of Commerce, cofounded its Women’s Business Council, and received an Award as NYS Women’s Business Advocate of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration.Since relocating to Charlottesville a year ago, Honie Ann is working on helping working women and their families make it easier to fit cooking and eating healthy food within their busy lives and helping non-profits and small businesses understand the advantages of becoming social entrepreneurs.


Jacquelyn Nascawww.FocusOnYourMoney.net

Jackie Nasca headshotJacquelyn Nasca, MS, AFC established www.FocusOnYourMoney.net in 2008 in order to empower women to better understand their finances and make informed financial decisions.  She is a retired US Army Officer (MAJ) with 24 years of service in the Army’s Military Intelligence Corps and in the Personnel and Human Resources Corps, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from East Tennessee State University, a Master’s of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Maryland, and professional certifications in Family Therapy and as an financial counselor.  After living in Stuttgart, Germany for nine years, Jackie moved to Charlottesville, VA in 2012 with her two children, Sarah (18) and Jacob (16).


Deb Squire, “Directions”: Career/Life Opportunities

Deb Squire-picture (2)Deb Squire enjoys over 20 years as a professional in Career and Talent Development. Her mission is to guide adults in identifying their natural talents and leverage them in the workplace. Her Masters is in Business and Psychology. Some of her works includes presentations to the International Coaching Federation- Virginia Chapter and to the State Workforce Professionals: “Uncovering Today’s Hidden Job Market” and “The Changing Workplace- A New Normal.”