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Meet the founders


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Amy Pocsik

Born and raised on the Massachusetts Northshore, driven to help women build their businesses and fulfill their dreams.

I love our little corner of the planet north of Boston. It’s where my husband and I are raising our family.  Family. Friendships. Community. That’s what it’s all about for me.  My credentials are all business and my passion is all people. An engaging conversation is my favorite pastime, and I love nothing more than to hear about other people’s goals, dreams, and what makes them tick. And honestly, the crazier, the better. I’m fascinated by so many things: faith, entrepreneurship, writing, business, speaking, creativity, health, philanthropy and psychology, just to name a few. Please, please come say hello at our next event, it would be an honor to meet you in person. 

Melissa Gilbo

Heart-centered leader passionate about changing lives and helping entrepreneurs achieve their next level.

I am a small-town girl from the Northshore of Massachusetts who's a mom to my 2 amazing boys and a wife to my high school sweetheart. I've always dreamed of one day owning my own business and here I am building a national brand and helping business owners reach their full potential in the process and loving every single second! Once I started my entrepreneurial journey, there was no stopping me and that’s how I’ve always been. When I’m passionate about something—I put my whole heart and soul in. That mentality has led me to where I am now CEO and Co-Founder of Women’s Business League (WBL) + launching my own business as Melissa Gilbo Consulting. The crazy thing is I started WBL to generate clients for my insurance job, but instead it nudged me onto my entrepreneurial journey, and I've never looked back. My journey has also brought out my passion for helping others succeed in their own businesses, the marketer, the advocate, and the thought leader in me. A complete reinvention of myself, creating a life I love, this time on my own terms and helping other powerful leaders, entrepreneurs and business owners do the same.

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Meet the team

Nicole, Linda & Amy

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Nicole Luedke

Director of Operations

Nicole is a born and bred New Englander and is proud to call the Northshore of Massachusetts home. After some time in the marketing and hospitality worlds, Nicole was happy to be able to be home to raise her three kids. Once they became of school age, Nicole was eager to pave her own path and start a virtual assistant business. It was at this time that she connected with Amy and Melissa and began to work with WBL. Nicole is known in and out of work for being organized, dependable, and flexible. She loves baking, trips to the New England seacoast, watching her kids play soccer, playing basketball in the driveway, and traveling near and far!


Linda Porter

Community Champion

A military wife, Linda spent years following her husband to his next duty station, raising a family, and working at whatever bank was on the base she was stationed at. Most of her early career was in finance and she always wished she had a mentor to help navigate being a leader in a predominately man’s world. Nine years ago Linda left banking and eventually landed in Real Estate, but something was still missing. That was when she joined Women’s Business League! Linda says "WBL gives me a sense of community, it gives me the opportunity to share my past experiences with so many wonderful women, as well as learn and grow together." In her role as a community champion, Linda is able to tap in to her passion to help women in business, which is for Linda, a dream come true. Linda has lived in a lot of places, but all roads seem to bring her back to New England, born and raised in MA, She currently lives in the Seacoast area of New Hampshire with her husband and dalmation Riley. and not too far from her daughter and 3 grandchildren. Speaking of roads, if the sun is out and the day is right, you just might find her riding her motorcycle, enjoying the wind in her hair and what life has to give, but leave a message, she promise's, she will get right back to you!


Amy Perez

Community Champion

As a trusted life coach with 5 years of experience, I am dedicated to helping individuals discover their purpose and rekindle their passion for life. With a PCC Coaching and Mediation Certification, as well as a green belt in Ninja Selling, I bring a unique combination of expertise and a personal touch to my coaching sessions. As the VP for Professional Development at ICF New England, I am committed to continuously expanding my knowledge and skills to better serve my clients. Whether you're striving for business success, career advancement, or overall happiness, I will be your fearless guide, even if you're starting from a place of fear. Before coaching and training in Real Estate, I served as a leader in non-profit organizations, tackling crucial issues such as housing and public health. Through my work, I have honed my mediation skills, effectively navigating difficult conversations and facilitating positive outcomes for my community. I am passionate about connecting community partners to achieve greater and more impactful results. When I'm not coaching or enjoying time with the women of WBL, I love to travel with my partner, connect with friends and family, read and snuggle my Boston Terriers.


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Sharna Favuzza

I have built a heart-centered practice and work with many families who are raising children, building businesses and caring for their parents. I focus on guardianship appointments for minor children, tax planning, family business succession planning, and long-term care planning. My practice is built on deep relationships with my clients. I have become a trusted advisor because I understand the need to balance the emotional components with the legal ones. I work closely with professional partners such as financial, insurance and tax advisors as the client benefits most from an integrated team approach. My experience in real estate and probate litigation have proven to be an invaluable resource in developing customized plans that meet clients’ current goals and provide solutions for the future considering diverse assets, evolving family dynamics or family crisis. What I offer is one of the most important, difficult and emotionally charged tasks on anyone’s To Do list. My goal is to educate my clients and give them peace of mind. By bringing competence and compassion, I have been successful in providing an experience that makes clients feeling fully supported and less anxious about the planning process.

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Dr. Nicole Roberts Jones

Dr. Nicole Roberts Jones is uniquely gifted at one thing – drawing out what’s best in YOU and helping you take your Brilliance to The Bank. A veteran of the entertainment industry, Nicole worked in Talent Management and Casting before shifting her talents to help others Bankroll Their Brilliance. She now works with entrepreneurs to create multiple streams of income from what they already know in order to build an empire from their expertise. Additionally, Nicole works with corporations to assure their executives and middle managers push their internal edge, and step into the true power of their gifts and talents at work. Her clients have included the Steve Harvey World Group, Dell EMC, McDonalds, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Lisa Nichols and Motivating the Masses, Coach Diversity Institute, the BOSS Network and Working Mother Magazine to name a few. Nicole is also a nationally recognized transformational speaker, purpose to paycheck expert and best-selling author of four books, the most recent being Find Your Fierce.

Nina Charnley

Nina Charnley brings a unique and diverse set of executive leadership, digital transformation, financial, risk and regulated industries, customer experience and consulting expertise to the board room. She has successfully grown, restored and built businesses in every division of Fortune 100 financial services companies serving millions of customers. Charnley served as Head of Enterprise Customer Experience for TIAA, a Fortune 100 financial services company with over $1 trillion in assets under management and 5 million customers. As a Senior Managing Director, she was a member of the Executive Leadership Group, was selected as a leader for the Digital Transformation Team and Chaired the Customer Experience Board which she created as a governance entity. Over her career in financial services she has run multi- billion dollar businesses, reported to the Board of a large, public regional bank as head of Risk, developed and launched an online bank, digital products and capabilities and created the strategy, infrastructure, template and accountabilities matrix for Bank of America’s Diversity and Inclusion program. Ms. Charnley has deep financial acumen and broad experience across diverse and regulated industries. Charnley has been a speaker at conferences for customer experience, technology, Diversity and Inclusion, women’s financial literacy and diversified financial services. She has served as a board member and committee chair for Strong Women Strong Girls, RI Children’s Museum and RI Hospital (Lifespan) and a mentor for Babson College and Everwise.

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Barbara-Ann Yates

Barbara-Ann is a thought-provoking, motivating and energetic women’s conference speaker, consultant and author. Barbara-Ann created WomaneuversTM system after transforming her career as an educator into leadership roles in nationally known engineering and financial companies to starting Yates Associates, LLC consulting in the area of information security. Prior to starting Yates Associates, LLC, Barbara-Ann created a successful career as an information security consultant, advising multi-million-dollar companies and government agencies on the design, management and implementation of high-level, enterprise-wide, information security systems. An expert in strategic management and team leadership, Barbara-Ann built top performing network engineering teams. As their leader, Barbara-Ann mentored each member to achieve some of the corporation’s highest recognition leading to increased compensation and promotions. WomaneuversTM addresses common career-advancing challenges encountered by women in government and private sectors; and gives women the practical and tactical tools to tackle the common challenge women face in advancing their careers into leadership positions and influence. Barbara-Ann specializes in helping women unleash their inner leader, reach their true potential in a male dominated world and achieve empowerment, confidence, career transformation and advancement. Barbara-Ann delivers the tools she personally used to successfully womaneuver through the male dominated engineering world without an engineering degree.

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Diane Mulcahy

Before it was even a thing, Diane created an MBA course on the Gig Economy at Babson College. The course gained immediate traction and was named by Forbes as one of the Top Ten Most Innovate Business School Courses in the country. Out of that course grew a book. Diane is the author of The Gig Economy (Harper Collins), a bestselling book on Amazon that has been translated into five languages and featured widely in national media including CNN, Forbes, the Huffington Post, National Public Radio, NECN, The New York Times, The New Yorker,, PBS, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and Worth. Diane is also a Forbes contributor and writes frequently fr Harvard Business Review. In addition to her work in the Gig Economy, Diane has been a professional investor for the past 15 years. She manages the private equity and venture capital portfolio at the Kauffman Foundation and before that was a venture capital (VC) investor for over a decade, investing in startup healthcare, technology, and fintech companies. Diane writes and speaks regularly about venture capital investing. She is the author We Have Met the Enemy …and He Is Us, a widely read report on the VC industry. She is also the author of two books and numerous articles on venture capital. Her work on the VC industry is featured widely in the financial and general press, and is part of the MBA curriculum at Babson, Boston College, Case Western, Darden, Kellogg, NYU, and Stanford, as well as Harvard Law School. Diane holds graduate and undergraduate degrees from Harvard University and was a Visiting Fellow at Trinity College Dublin in Ireland. She is a dual US and EU (Irish) citizen and can often found working in locations both here and abroad. Learn more about Diane’s work at


Sharing Resources, Connections, and A Good Laugh.

Years ago, we found ourselves in a predicament. Our businesses were in full swing, but still needing to reach the next level. To meet new people and grow, we looked into several networking groups. We even joined a few. But we quickly found that they just didn’t work for us. They had too many rules, too many restrictions, and the scheduling just didn’t fit with our working-mom lives.

But here’s the thing, even though most of our networking experiences had been lackluster, we did get something truly wonderful from them: 

Over the years, we've met some incredible women. Women with passion and energy. Insight and empathy. Women who wanted to share their resources with others.  To encourage and be encouraged. To inspire and be inspired. 

Love + Gratitude
= Passion

Everyday we’re overwhelmed with joy as hundreds of women come together, generate business, create opportunities for each other, sharing resources, and above all, becoming great friends!

Our formula is pretty simple: Love + Gratitude = Passion. Through this, we are committed to bringing women together so that they can reach their highest potential, and build the careers they envision.

But don’t just take our word for it! Visit your local chapter and meet your amazing neighbors and soon to be friends!