Ashlee Ammons

Ashlee Ammons holds a BA in Mass Communications and Public Relations from Baldwin Wallace University. She is the 38th Black Female to raise over $1M in pre-seed funding. Prior to co-founding Mixtroz with her mother, Kerry Schrader, Ashlee established a career as an Events Producer working with an impressive list of A-listers including Oprah Winfrey, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Jay-Z, as well as legacy brands like Moet Hennessy and Coca-Cola. Ashlee serves on the Executive Board of Tech Birmingham and is an Advisor to the Nashville Entrepreneur Center following her time on the NEC’s Board. Ashlee is a 2019 Birmingham Business Journal 40 Under 40 recipient as well as Birmingham 40 Under 40 of the decade and Business Journals National Rising Star. Ashlee and her mother were named “Powerful Women” by Entrepreneur Magazine on their inaugural list in November, 2019. In November 2020, Ashlee was selected among the 100 black, female entrepreneurs and innovators presented with funding as well as 100 days of resources by Amex and IFundWomen of Color as part of their new 100 for 100 program.



Cindy Elkins

Cindy Elkins was Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Juno Therapeutics, one of the pioneers in CAR T technology focused on blood cancers. Her role evolved into Head of Global CAR T Patient Experience, responsible for connecting patients with their personalised medicine through world leading service and technology. Juno was acquired by major global pharmaceutical company Celgene Corporation in 2018 for $11 billion. Celgene was then acquired by Bristol-Myers Squibb in 2019 for $74 billion, the third largest pharmaceutical company acquisition ever.

Prior to Juno, Cindy was Vice-President of Pharma Informatics at Genentech/Roche, where she was instrumental in ensuring all technology systems/processes were ready as soon as the FDA approved new medicines such as Zelboraf®, Gazyva®, Cotellic® and Tecentriq®.  In this role she led a team of over 900 people in 12 countries across the Americas. Prior to Genentech, she was VP and General Manager at Ariba, where she created the largest transacting B2B eCommerce network in the world that now transacts over $3.5T annually.


Tina M. McIntosh

Tina McIntosh is a lot of things. She’s a mom – although she’ll never claim to be Mother of the Year. She’s a not-for-profit entrepreneur, someone who loves public speaking and old people. She’s a previous radio and current podcast host, a two-time cancer survivor and a few other things that she might just fill you in on later.

Tina enjoys learning from others. She’s the person you find sitting on the floor with a 5-year-old, listening to him share stories about his day or sitting at the dining room table with the 105-year-old, listening to her share stories about her life. Either way, she has a gift to learn lessons from others that she then shares through speaking opportunities, her podcast titled embrace the imbalance and a book that she might stop talking about and actually publish in the not-so-distant future.

When Tina was 27-years-old, she followed a calling to start Joy’s House, an adult day center and caregiver support service in Indianapolis, Indiana. To date, the organization has impacted the lives of thousands of adults living with life-altering diagnoses and their family caregivers.

Personally, Tina married Jeff McIntosh 20 years ago. Their children range from college to high school to middle school. Tina enjoys pickleball and gardening, although admits that her favorite pastime has recently become spending simple time with her family. And she just decided that she’s not very good at gardening, so really, she likes pickleball and people.

Over the years, Tina has been honored with numerous awards, her most prized being Graduate of the Last Decade from Ball State University, Starkey Entrepreneurial Woman of the Year, Circle of Merit from Ball State University’s College of Science and Humanities, Service to Mankind Award and being named as one of Indianapolis Business Journal’s 40 Under Forty.


Janet Phan

Janet T. Phan is the Founder and Executive Director of Thriving Elements, a nonprofit dedicated to creating access and opportunities for underserved, underrepresented girls with long-term, 1:1 mentorship in STEM fields. Janet’s vision is to develop and empower young women in STEM to make a sustainable impact and inspire the next generation of women leaders.

Janet is the EMEA (Europe-Middle East / Africa) Technology Program Leader for PwC, responsible for rolling out one of PwC’s key global transformation programs.

Janet’s technology career began with an IT internship at Weyerhaueser, then Boeing company. She has a Master of Science in Information Systems from the University of Washington and shortly after joined PwC as a technology consultant.

Janet was recently featured at TEDxZurich. You can catch her video online at

Janet is the author of “Boldly You” (releasing January 2022). A story about growing up with Vietnamese refugee parents in America and needing to figure out a path to a better life. Going from living out of her car while working at two KFCs and other side hustles to living in Switzerland while leading the launch of digital platforms across the globe. She wrote this book for girls with immigrant parents, low socio-economic status, or who are living in a difficult home situation. By sharing her story, she hopes that girls and readers realize that they, too, can rise up out of their situation and thrive.

She received a B.A. in Finance and Information Systems and an M.S. in Informations Systems from the University of Washington.


Michelle Suttle

Michelle is a global business leader at VMLY&R, a leading marketing agency creating connected brands. She brings a depth of experience in managing complex brands and teams and forging connections that grow business. Her marketing and technology background — coupled with nearly 20 years of agency experience and a passion for people — produces impressive results. She has a keen focus on building relationships and an uncanny ability to connect with people. Michelle has worked on a variety of brands including Coca-Cola, U.S. Department of State, Pfizer, GSK, Dunkin’ Donuts Loyalty, Barilla, and Ferrari.

Leaning into her marketing expertise and business development background, Michelle transformed her passion into start-up with the help of an incubator at Georgia Tech. While the “Chemistry of Us” is still her side hustle, Michelle believes the next chapter of her life will be taking this company to take it to the next level. When you hear about a company that is like the eHarmony of hiring….you will know Michelle has accomplished her mission!

Michelle’s career started at JWT (now Wunderman Thompson) moving to Coca Cola and landing at VMLY&R 10 years ago. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications, with a focus on marketing and strategy, from Indiana University. While at IU, Michelle joined the Epsilon Chapter of Delta Zeta. Outside of work (when not on COVID-19 lockdown), she can be found chasing her two monkeys (sons) around the soccer field!