Meet our GroYourBiz Managing Directors!
Leann Hackman-Carty Managing Director, Alberta
Chair, Calgary, AB
A leader and entrepreneur at heart, Leann has been involved with multiple leading organizations such as Economic Developers Alberta, Organization of Women in International Trade, International Economic Development Council, Canadian Red Cross, US Consulate in Calgary, CIDA, the Government of Alberta and the US International Visitors Program. Leann worked as an Executive Assistant, Community & Economic Development to the Mayor of Calgary for over 10 years; managed several federal, provincial and municipal election campaigns; developed and lead key initiatives in the corporate, public and not-for profit sector; provided business development services to the States of Mississippi and Georgia; provided leadership for the Organization of Women in International Trade; hosted numerous high level international trade delegations; initiated greater working relationships with provincial and international economic development groups; developed business and marketing plans for small-medium sized enterprises; and worked on a number of high profile community investment projects. Since 2009, Leann has served as the Chief Executive Officer for Economic Developers Alberta which is Alberta’s economic development network. It has almost 300 members, who are involved in economic development activities including business retention & expansion, investment attraction, workforce development, site selection and industry sector development. A well-respected professional in her field, she has lead public, private and non-profit organizations through eras of change to new levels of growth and stability. She is a sincere advocate with an aptitude for bridging conflicting interests, motivating staff and volunteers, and influencing key stakeholders.
Marg Hachey- Managing Director, Ontario and Eastern Canada
Chair, Aurora, Mississauga, Toronto 3 & 4
Margaret Hachey was previously the owner of Duocom Canada Inc. She founded the company in Toronto in 1980 and with organic growth and acquisitions expanded coast to coast. Its success earned it recognition as one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Private Companies, by Arthur Andersen, CIBC and the National Post two years in a row. Chatelaine and Profit magazine recognized her over a 10 year period as ranking in the top 10 of the Top 100 Women business owners in Canada. Previously, she has been on the Steering Committee of Step Ahead, and a mentor for six years with the program, helping women entrepreneurs whose businesses were in the second stage of growth. She was also Special Advisor to Youth in Motion Education Foundation a non-profit organization to help youth gain access to higher education and as a board member helped launch Top 20 under 20.A sought after keynote speaker, Margaret has addressed audiences across the country on various topics. She is a regular guest lecturer at the University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management and York University’s Schulich School of Business. As a founding member of WPO (Women Presidents Organization) in Canada, Margaret has an opportunity to network and support other women in like roles.
Monica Kreuger- Managing Director, Saskatchewan
Monica Kreuger is the founder, President and Chief Visionary Officer of Global Infobrokers Inc., a firm dedicated to education, entrepreneurship, the environment and global citizenry and all within a socially responsible framework. She and her husband/business partner Brent, along with a team of entrepreneurs, have assisted over 800 entrepreneurs launch their companies in Saskatchewan and Alberta through their post secondary institute, the Praxis School of Entrepreneurship. In 2010 they opened a representative office in China where they serve entrepreneurs who wish to establish operations in Saskatchewan. She spearheaded, designed, lobbied for, and received support from educational and private sponsors to launch Saskatchewan’s first investment based business plan competition, Venture Forward $100K Business Plan Competition, a province wide initiative to help post secondary youth launch companies. In the 5 years it ran, over 30 companies were launched. She also co-founded Praxis International Institute in the Craik eco-village, a private alternative school for young people dedicated to entrepreneurship and environmental sustainability. Monica has been very involved in the community through her volunteer board positions with several organizations including Past President of the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce where she is Co-Chair of the Going Global Committee and is currently a director on the board of the Saskatchewan Chamber and Chair of the Human Resources Committee. She has been privileged to receive numerous recognitions locally, provincially and nationally and is grateful for the opportunity to serve her community. Proud mother, grandmother and married to her life and business partner for over 38 years, Monica continues to follow her passion of helping people pursue theirs through entrepreneurship.
Tasneem Virani- Managing Director, United Kingdom
Chair, London, England
Tasneem Virani is a senior consultant with over 15 years’ international experience in human performance and change management. Working at a strategic and operational level, she has trained over 5000 individuals worldwide, establishing a proven track record in identifying and modifying personal and organisational behaviour, resolving key management and staff relationship issues to improve performance. Tasneem employs a humanistic approach in leadership and management development, using emotional intelligence models and understands its relevance in team performance improvement, customer service delivery, career management and planning, delivered through organisational training programmes and individual coaching. Tasneem offers a deep understanding of the dynamics of emotional intelligence and the neuroscience behind it, and how human behaviour is driven by personal motivations and goals. Her experience from leading the lifelong learning programme across Europe for a community, working in hospitality/hotels, call centres, care homes and not-for-profit sectors gives her the ability to quickly establish rapport at all levels and to unlock individual potential, resulting in improved clarity of self and maximum productivity. Her specialisation and interest is with Family Businesses and small partnerships. A qualified Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and Senior accredited with the National College of Psychotherapists, Tasneem holds a BSc in Psychology and an MSc in Training and Performance Management. She also has a Postgraduate Certificate in Business and Executive Coaching and is a certified Birkman Consultant, an ADR certified mediator and a certified EQ practitioner and assessor. Tasneem is a contributor to the ‘The Birkman Method: Your Personality at Work’.
Isabel Banerjee- Arizona
Chair, Phoenix, AZ
Honored for seven consecutive years as one of Canada’s Top 100 Women Entrepreneurs™ and 2007 and 2009’s Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful™ women owned businesses, Isabel was a recipient of Globa EXEC Women’s International Influence™ 2009 award. Isabel credits her life’s journey with the practical business and relationship skills that became her trademark style. During diverse career experiences in retail, automotive, aviation and service industries, Isabel absorbed the knowledge needed to succeed in private-sector business. In 1986, opportunity led her to the chemical industry and within three years, she launched her own chemical brokerage firm, Phancorp Inc. Boldly going where few women had yet succeeded, Isabel focused on innovative solutions, formed strategic partnerships with her customers and suppliers around the globe and grew the business into an award winning, global chemical wholesaler. In 2009, Isabel sold the assets of Phancorp Inc., to dedicate herself to mentoring others to personal and professional success.Isabel relocated to Arizona in 2011 and founded BIYA Global, Inc. In 2014, Isabel advanced her goal to help more entrepreneurs benefit from her forty+ years business education and expand a successful and in-demand program, GroYourBiz™,to the United States commencing with MyBusinessMyBoard™ Advisory Groups in Arizona. Serial entrepreneur, inspiring speaker and aspiring author with a passion for helping others maximize their potential, Isabel’s drive comes from the belief that confidence, success and satisfaction are more easily achieved and sustained when working from individual and collective strengths.
Maryann Nelson- Managing Director, Washington State
Chair, Seattle, WA
Maryann Nelson started her banking career in an entry level position. When she left the industry in 2009, she was Chief Executive Office and Chairman of the Board. Maryann’s journey saw her as a founding executive officer at three separate community bank start-ups. Each of these banks was focused on serving small and middle-market businesses. As a hands-on community banker, Maryann consulted with and assisted companies in myriad sectors with a wide range in sales levels, employee count, operational sophistication, and financial acumen. Coupled with her positions of CFO and COO in her own organizations, she developed a keen sense of connection between the strategy and tactics of success. Among her core competencies are finance, operations, human relations, board and shareholder communication, compliance and corporate governance. Among her passions are strategic thinking, incenting the right behaviors, and aligning values with corporate culture. Maryann’s current focus is her private consulting and mentoring practice where she tunes up companies and fine-tunes leaders. With a hero-worship admiration for business owners and executives, she helps clients from a perspective of best practices, practicality, professionalism and profits. Maryann has been active in several professional and service organizations. She currently serves as a director for Seattle Community Law Center and a Trustee for Seattle Girl’s School. In the pas she has served as an officer and board member for the Community Bankers of Washington, Soroptimist International and Bank Administration Institute. She served as a trustee for a large insurance program, and was a member of the Seattle Chapter of the Women Presidents Organization. She is a past member of the National Association of Corporate Directors and Seattle 4 Rotary. She has taught courses for the American Institute of Banking and presented at various professional conferences. Maryann is a graduate of the Honors Liberal Arts program at Seattle University and holds an MBA from the University of Washington.
Sabina Zunguze- Managing Director, Florida
Chair, Tampa Bay, FL
Sabina is excited to work with women in Florida who are as motivated to take their business to the next level, as she is. Sabina is the founder and owner of Beautiful Options USA (dba A Gift To Africa) and managing partner of Trade Assist (USA and Kenya). Sabina was also co-founder and CEO of Basa Body LLC and Muchero LLC – USA-based companies that manufacture, educate, promote and market gifts, food products and skincare products from indigenous African plants from almost 300 women 9 African countries. She provides her partners with managerial support, production assistance and practical business training and sourcing. She was also the co-owner of One World Gifts – a fair-trade store in Salt Lake City. Sabina is currently Global Director of the International Women’s Day under the Women’s Information Network. She is also Chair of the of Board of Directors of Whale Center (Wellness Health And Lifestyle Education) International – Global Healing. She is currently a Co-Vice President of IT for the Organization of Women in International Trade and the liaison of the Tampa OWIT to the international board. Sabina has been engaged as a Program Facilitator for the Villa Leadership Group, a company that supports nurtures and develops women leaders and also helps companies build cultures of inclusive leadership in their environments. Sabina sits on the OWIT – African Women Enterprise Program (AWEP) subcommittee. Sabina has served as chair of the Salt Lake City Human Rights Commission and also it’s Committee on Women. She served as VP of Communications for the National Association of Women Business Owners (Utah chapter). She also co-founded the African Chamber of Commerce of Utah and served as its president from 2013-2015. She also co-founded Utah chapter of the Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT). She served as board member of the Community Development Finance Alliance Advisory Board and has been a member of the Utah Women’s Forum and the International Women’s Forum. Sabina has also sat on numerous non-profit boards including the Women Business Institute, YWCA, Big Brothers Big Sisters, to name a few. She has previously worked as a statistician in Zimbabwe, Kenya and the USA and also in senior managerial positions in Ohio, Georgia and Utah in Behavioral Health research and information systems. She has also consulted extensively with the US Federal government on Substance Abuse and Mental Health research and information systems. In 2006, Sabina was awarded a Pathfinder Award by the Salt Lake City Chamber of Commerce and has been recognized as a woman of global change for the work she does with women in business around the world. Sabina was the 2013 ZimExpo Business Person of the year in Dallas Texas. She has also written numerous articles and presented at numerous local and national conferences on doing business with women and with Africa. Sabina holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Statistics from India and a Master’s degree in Economic and Social Statistics from George Washington University, Washington DC. Sabina is originally from Zimbabwe and has resided in USA for over 30 years.
Betty Wood, Chair
GroYourBiz Virtual Advisory Board International Trade
Betty Wood is Principal Consultant at W Consulting – initiatives focused on improving the success of women entrepreneurs. Betty is known for her distinguished career in supplier diversity, international development consulting, women’s business market leadership, and commercial banking. Her professional career of 32 years with RBC enabled success as a founder of the Global Banking Alliance for Women, a consultant with the IFC and World Bank, and a founding leader with WBE Canada. She has received multiple awards for her work from RBC, The International Alliance of Women (TIAW); Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT); and the Global Business Women’s Network (USA).