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Meet the founders

Amy & Melissa

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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

MOM. WIFE. DAUGHTER. SISTER. AUNT. FRIEND. COLLEAGUE. GIVER. SUPPORTER. CHEERLEADER. SHOULDER TO LEAN ON.

My universe revolves around my two amazing boys and incredibly supportive husband. Together, we’re raising our family on the Northshore of Boston where our roots run deep. On any given day, you might find us at a football practice or baseball game. From the baseball field to a business meeting, I care deeply about relationships. For 20 years, I worked in the insurance industry helping my clients protect what matters most to them. Anyone who works in client service will tell you that community is everything. Developing partnerships, establishing connections, strengthening community ties are all crucial to success. I started WBL because it’s exactly what I needed to grow my business. What happened next was a total surprise. Around those networking tables, I found my passion for helping other women succeed in their business. I never dreamed I’d be in a position to help women reach their next level, but there I was and loving every minute. It was there I discovered I have a knack for creating opportunities and a flair for marketing campaigns. The crazy thing is I started WBL to generate clients for my insurance job, but instead it nudged me onto my entrepreneurial journey. Little by little, I built a brand, an incredible community and transformed from working a j-o-b to becoming a heart-centered CEO. Most importantly, I learned that it is possible to do what you love and make a living. To make an impact and an income. That time really does fly when you’re doing the work you love. I’m grateful for each one of you. For showing up, not just for yourself, but for the woman sitting next to you. Keep showing up. Keep investing in yourself. I can’t wait to meet and connect with you!

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Meet the team

Sydney & Nicole

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Sydney O’Neil

Community builder

Sydney is an East Coast transplant, non-profit fundraising professional, and creator of @Sage & Oak Creative, LLC. On a normal day outside of work, you might find her out on a run with her husband, forcing snuggles on her dog Alice, discussing the enneagram test, turning her home into an indoor plant jungle, and indulging in an always-favorite Great British Bake Off TV marathon.

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Nicole Luedke

Executive Assistant

I am thrilled to be a part of the WBL Team! My husband and I are proud to call the Northshore of Massachusetts home and love raising our little squad here. I am known in and out of work for being organized, dependable, and flexible. If you don't find me in the kitchen baking a batch of cookies then you can find me at the beach searching for seashells with my family.

Our Advisory Board

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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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Nicole Roberts Jones

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. She lives with her husband in a suburb of Boston, MA, consulting, writing and creating breakthroughs for her clients. 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. She lives with her husband in a suburb of Boston, MA, consulting, writing and creating breakthroughs for her clients.

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.

OUR PHILOSOPHY

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!

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