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Charlotte Convention Center Hall A
Charlotte, NC

Opening Day Breakfast

See What Happened at the 2017 Southern Women's Show!


Bank of America and the Southern Women’s Show celebrate women business owners with an Opening Day Breakfast where top women executives and business owners will participate in an interactive panel discussion.

For more information please contact Katie Nygren.

Panelist Melanie Berry

Melanie is a double Board Certified (BCIA and NTCB) Biofeedback Practitioner, Othmer Method Certified in Neurofeedback, with a Masters degree in Psychology. She has further specialized her training, supervision, and work experience in psychophysiological stress and pain management and techniques of behavioral medicine earning her status as Fellow at the American Institute of Stress. Her advanced training has earned her sub-specialty certificates as a HeartMath Interventionist and proficiency in Microcurrent Therapy.

Masters of Science in Psychology
Board Certified in Biofeedback (BCIA)
Board Certified Biofeedback Specialist (NTCB)
Othmer Method Certified in Neurofeedback (EEG Institute)
Certified HeartMath Practioner (HMI)
Certificate of Proficiency in Cranial and Microcurrent Electrotherapy (EPI)
Fellow, American Institute of Stress (AIS)

Melanie is the principal Biofeedback Practitioner for Carolinas Biofeeedback Clinic, LLC, in South Charlotte, NC, where she offers a wide range of biofeedback techniques to clients referred by their physicians or therapists for specific symptoms relating to stress, pain, and dysautonomia.

For five years, she also devoted a portion of every week to post-combat soldiers dealing with combat-stress, trauma, and chronic pain as the sole Biofeedback Practitioner in the Pain Center at the VA Medical Center in Columbia, SC.

She has participated as lead or co-investigator on four VA research teams studying a variety of mind-body interactions including the cognitive benefits of HRV Biofeedback on PTSD-induced memory issues, the benefits of HRV Biofeedback as a drug-free intervention for chronic pain conditions in the military, and the benefits of incorporating Alpha-stim in an interdisciplinary out-patient chronic pain program. She continues to work with Veterans in the Charlotte area as a "Homecoming For Veterans" program practitioner.

Panelist Toni L. Freeman

Toni Freeman has over 20 years of executive management experience.   She serves as the Executive Vice President of the Arts & Science Council.  The ASC is the designated “Office of Cultural Resources” for the City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, and six suburban towns by providing advocacy, cultural education programs, cultural planning, fundraising, grant making, public art, workshops and trainings for the cultural community.
Previously, Toni served as the Chief Operating Officer of The Mint Museum, which has the largest art collection in the Southeast.  In that role, she managed key departments and served as liaison for governmental affairs.  She served as the Director of Community Engagement at MeckEd, and she served as the Director of Project Research and Evaluation at The Duke Endowment.  Prior to joining The Duke Endowment, she was Senior Vice President of Finance, Administration and Membership at the Charlotte Convention and Visitors Bureau (Visit Charlotte), and Corporate Associate Vice President at SunHealth (Premier). 
Toni has served on numerous boards. Toni was the Past President of the Association of Junior Leagues International; her two-year term ended in May 2014.  Also, she is a past President of the Junior League of Charlotte and Women Executives.  She is a founding board member and past chair of the Women's Impact Fund. She served as chair of Women Executives for Community Services, which provides scholarships for nontraditional students. She served as a Trustee for the YWCA of the Central Carolinas, a board director of Hospice of Charlotte and Lincoln counties, NPower Charlotte Region (Apparo), Teen Health Connection, and Habitat for Humanity.  Toni is a member of the Links, Inc. and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.

Panelist Theresa Payton

In the wake of recent, debilitating cyberattacks at Anthem, Sony Pictures, Home Depot and Target and privacy breaches against prominent individuals in the public eye, Theresa Payton remains the cybersecurity and intelligence operations expert that people and companies turn to regarding efforts to strengthen their privacy and cybersecurity. Named one of the top 25 Most Influential People in Security by Security Magazine, she is one of America's most respected authorities on security and intelligence operations.
The first female to serve as White House Chief Information Officer, Payton oversaw IT operations for the President and his staff from 2006 to 2008. Previously, she held executive roles in banking technology at Bank of America and Wells Fargo, facilitating her broad knowledge of cybersecurity risks and measures in the financial services industry. Currently, as the founder, president and CEO of a world class cybersecurity consulting company, Fortalice Solutions, LLC and co-Founder of Dark3, a cybersecurity product company, she remains the expert that organizations call for discretion and help understanding and improving their IT systems. Fortalice was recently named one of the Top 5 Innovative Cybersecurity companies in the D.C./MD/NoVa region and Theresa was recently awarded the Enterprising Women of the Year Award.
Payton was recently featured as the Deputy Director of Intelligence Operations in the new hit show CBS’ Hunted. Payton collaborated with cybersecurity and privacy attorney, Ted Claypoole, to author two books focused on helping others learn how to protect their privacy online. Hailed as ‘must-reads,’ Privacy in the Age of Big Data and Protecting Your Internet Identity, outline peoples’ rights, as well as tips and strategies for building and maintaining a positive online image. Jon Stewart had Payton on “The Daily Show” to discuss her book and the emerging threats to our privacy and security.
Payton is often sought out by national and international media news outlets to explain  complex security issues in business and consumer terms to get behind the hype to understand, in layman’s terms, how to protect your privacy and security. She has been a repeat guest on the Today Show, Good Morning America, Fox Business Shows, Fox News Shows, CBS Morning
& Evening News, CNN, NBC News, MSNBC.
Recognized as a 2015 William J. Clinton distinguished lecturer by the Clinton School of Public Service, Payton passionately protects her clients, from the board room to the conference room, and helps them understand the business risks to their organization’s cybersecurity. She and her team provide insight and methods critical to protecting people and organizations from rapidly evolving cyberattacks.

Panelist Ginger Aydogdu

Ginger Aydogdu is the President of Simply Southern.  She is a born and raised in North Carolina that obtained her BS Accounting Degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  After working in the corporate world, Ginger decided to work with her husband on creating a brand that would reflect the lifestyle of the south.  Simply Southern was voted the #1 t-shirt brand in the country per Gift Beat, a trade publication for gift retailers.  Ginger lives in Greensboro, NC with her husband and 3 children. 

Moderator Jennifer Winstel

Jennifer Winstel has a 27 year career in the financial services industry.   She was Managing Director, and Head of US Equity Institutional Sales at RBC Capital Markets in NYC where she served on several operating committees steering the organization to success as a top investment bank. She was the executive sponsor for Rwomen at RBC focusing on the career growth of women in capital markets.  Jennifer is now with Merrill Lynch serving high net worth families with the management of their wealth.  

Jennifer is a graduate of Bowling Green State University with a B.S. in Business Administration and was recognized from the College of Business, with the accomplished alumni award in 2013.   She currently serves on the Foundation Board for the University and the Investment Committee.  She also participated in the Securities Industry Institute executive program at Wharton. Jennifer was also recognized as a distinguished Business Leader through the Financial Women’s Association of New York City for her support of women business leaders in 2011.  

She currently serves as Chairperson for 2020 Women on Boards for North Carolina the past 3 years, and is committed to corporate board diversity.  She has a resolution pending in the state house promoting gender diversity on corporate boards in the state of North Carolina.  She recently served on the board of directors for Autism Charlotte, and is a member of Women’s Impact Fund.  She was a contributor to Michael Lewis’s recent book, Flash Boys.

Jennifer resides in Charlotte, North Carolina with her daughter, Caroline.
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