Women In Leadership Sharing the Uncommon Commons
Kolleen Chesley – Founder & Co-Director
Powerful Women of the Gulf Coast
Founded after Hurricane Ivan, Women’s Business Lunch (WBL) was organized by Kathleen Shoop, Natasha Parvey, and Kolleen Edwards Chesley to provide a venue for women in business to come and share ideas, information, networking contacts, etc to help each other be more successful in business.
In the Fall of 2013, the WBL reorganized and took on the name “Powerful Women of the Gulf Coast” and are a recognized not-for-profit organization.
Meeting information — Like clockwork, we meet for PWGC-Pensacola always on the 1st Friday of every month, always from 11:30-1:00pm, always at theGulf Coast Kid’s House on 12th Avenue. We also have PWGC-Gulf Breeze, always on the 3rd Friday of every month, always from 11:30-1:00pm, always at the Hampton Inn and Suites, Gulf Breeze. There is no charge to attend our meetings. They are WOMEN ONLY events, so feel free to grab a couple of girlfriends to bring with you and help share the WBL experience!
Kim has a unique combination of creative and administrative skills. Born a creative yet primarily employed as an administrator, Kim has learned to use her creative skills and admin skills to enhance one another.
To see some of Kim’s work, please visit www.KimHannanPhotography.com
Amie Remington / Landrum Companies
Amie Remington is the General Counsel of Landrum Human Resource Companies, Inc., which consists of Landrum Companies, Inc., Landrum Professional Employer Services, Inc., Landrum Consulting, and Landrum Staffing Services. Combined, these companies serve over 600 clients and 10,000 employees.
As General Counsel, Amie advises the Landrum companies on all business and employment-related legal issues. She is also a regular speaker at national and state-wide events, discussing all aspects of employment law that affect all employers, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the National Labor Relations Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the state counterparts to these laws.
Amie graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts from the Honors Program of Florida State University in 1991 and with honors from Florida State University College of Law in 1997.
Before joining Landrum, Amie was a partner in the law firm of Bozeman, Jenkins & Matthews, P.A., where she represented employers, management and the State of Florida in all types of employment-related matters. At the firm, Amie focused on policy creation, prevention of discrimination and harassment and management education and training, as well as all aspects of employment litigation, including trial and appeal work.
Amie serves on the National Association of Professional Employer Organization’s Legal Advisory Committee (past Chairperson) and on the Florida Association of Professional Employer Organization’s Board of Directors, where she is an officer. She has published many articles in the PEO Insider magazine and in NAPEO’s Legal Updates and Legal Insights.
For more than a dozen years, Amie has served as the Chancellor of St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church and regularly provides pro bono legal services to churches, schools and childcare centers throughout the Dioceses of the Central Gulf Coast.
Barbara Barber / East Hill Academy
– Owner of East Hill Academy, a school that focuses on educating children grades 1-12 with autism and other related disorders. Barbara is a successful business owner that has grown her business to a location in Pensacola, Milton and opening a Century location this year. East Hill Academy was awarded an IMPACT grant last year to expand their Pensacola location to accommodate even more students and they continue to operate with a waiting list of students wanting to get into their schools.
East Hill Academy is a private non-profit school that provides educational services (grades 1-12) to children with Autism and related learning disabilities. East Hill Academy was created in 2002 in order to develop the academic potential of children with Autism and to help them improve their social and emotional abilities.
The teaching philosophy of EHA is based on the belief that education should be designed to encourage each student’s unique potential and character. The learning experience should be structured, supportive and participatory. The school environment should be a dynamic and nurturing place of learning, where respect is a part of the educational process.
To help each student achieve this, the instructional staff at East Hill Academy creates an atmosphere where individual effort is valued and students learn to be accountable while they work and grow. Our team of teacher’s is familiar with a broad range of learning challenges and abilities, with a sensitivity to each student’s unique needs.
In an effort to meet the challenging needs of our students, EHA uses a diverse instructional curriculum utilizing computer technology in the classroom. Using technology is an effective method of improving a students academic motivation, attitude, interest and performance. EHA’s goals are to continually seek new ways of teaching and improving curriculum so that we may advance all our students.