Kelly Marchal founded Esprit de Merci in 2017, leveraging 24 years of experience in management and executive-level roles in Finance and Human Resources, along with a lifetime of community involvement.
Kelly’s career began with Overnite Transportation in Richmond, Virginia with progressive roles of increasing responsibility across finance — including annual and strategic planning and analysis; organizational restructuring initiatives, including acquisition and initial public offering; and implementation of a new healthcare program.
In 2005, Kelly made a shift to human resources when UPS acquired Overnite. Over the next several years, she was responsible for building and leading the function for the new business unit, with a focus on integration of the former Overnite / Motor Cargo operations into what is now UPS Freight. Kelly later served in HR executive leadership assignments with business units in Europe and Atlanta.
While at the UPS Corporate Office, Kelly led key strategic global employee engagement and talent mobility initiatives: She served as executive sponsor for UPS Women’s Leadership Development groups in Richmond and Atlanta.
Community has always been important to Kelly. Her involvement with United Way began in Richmond. There, she served on the board and the Women’s Leadership Council. With the United Way of Greater Atlanta, Kelly participated on the Women of Tocqueville Cabinet, chairing and moderating the organization’s 2017 Leading a Life of Purpose event.
Currently, she volunteers with Wellspring Living, recently co-chairing the Gallery Condominium Association Community Art Program. She is proud to have been part of establishing the association’s Youth Art platform.
Kelly earned her bachelor’s degree at Virginia Tech and completed her Master of Business Administration degree at the University of Richmond. Her education also includes completion of the Management Skills for International Business Programme with INSEAD, coaching certification (CPC) through iPEC, and certification in the Fundamentals of Working Visually.
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Roz Lewis is President & CEO – Greater Women’s Business Council (GWBC®), a regional partner organization of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) and a member of the WBENC Board of Directors.
Previous career roles at Delta Air Lines included Flight Attendant, In-Flight Supervisor and Program Manager, Corporate Supplier Diversity.
During her career she has received numerous awards and accolades. Most notable: Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 2018 Diversity & Inclusion award; 2017 inducted into the WBE Hall of Fame by the American Institute of Diversity and Commerce and 2010 – Women Out Front Award from Georgia Tech University.
She has written and been featured in articles on GWBC® and supplier diversity for Forbes Magazine SE, Minority Business Enterprise, The Atlanta Tribune, WE- USA, Minorities and Women in Business magazines. Her quotes are published in The Girls Guide to Building a Million Dollar Business book by Susan Wilson Solovic and Guide Coaching by Ellen M. Dotts, Monique A. Honaman and Stacy L. Sollenberger. Recently, she appeared on Atlanta Business Chronicle’s BIZ on 11Alive, WXIA to talk about the importance of mentoring for women.
In 2010, Lewis was invited to the White House for Council on Women and Girls Entrepreneur Conference for the announcement of the Small Business Administration (SBA) new Women Owned Small Business Rule approved by Congress. In 2014, she was invited to the White House to participate in sessions on small business priorities and the Affordable Care Act.
Roz Lewis received her BS degree from Florida International University, Miami, FL and has the following training/certifications: Certified Purchasing Managers (CPM); Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity (CPSD), Institute for Supply Management (ISM)of Supplier Diversity and Procurement: Diversity Leadership Academy of Atlanta (DLAA), Negotiations, Supply Management Strategies and Analytical Purchasing.
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The Greater Women’s Business Council (GWBC®) is at the forefront of redefining women business enterprises (WBEs). An increasing focus on supplier diversity means major corporations are viewing our WBEs as innovative, flexible and competitive solutions. The number of women-owned businesses is rising to reflect an increasingly diverse consumer base of women making a majority of buying decision for herself, her family and her business.
GWBC® has partnered with dozens of major companies who are committed to providing a sustainable foundation through our guiding principles to bring education, training and the standardization of national certification to women businesses in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina