The GNFCC 2022 Women INfluencing Business Award Winners: Leslie Day-Harrell, Jackson Healthcare, Melody Swilling, Swilling Family Law, and Valarie Mackey, WrightNow Solutions (GNFCC 400 Insider, Episode 73)
This episode of the GNFCC 400 Insider celebrates three recipients of the GNFCC 2022 Women INfluencing Business Awards. Leslie Day-Harrell with Jackson Healthcare is the 2022 Business Woman of Excellence Large Business Award Winner. Joining her were Melody Swilling of Swilling Family Law, who was the Rising Star Award Winner, and Valarie Mackie of WrightNow Solutions who was awarded the 2022 Business Woman of Excellence Small Business Award. They each talked about their path to their chosen fields, some of the challenges they encountered, the ways they give back, lessons they would pass along, and much more. Congratulations to these Women INfluencing Business award winners! The GNFCC 400 Insider is presented by the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce and produced by the North Fulton studio of Business RadioX®.
2022 Business Woman of Excellence | Large Business
Leslie Day-Harrell, Executive Vice President, Associate Experience, and Head of Corporate Real Estate, 2
Leslie Day-Harrell, Executive Vice President, Associate Experience, and Head of Corporate Real Estate, Jackson HealthcareLeslie works with associates to develop an overarching strategy created to help ensure positive employment experiences, including career and personal growth, physical, emotional, and financial health, and spiritual and social wellbeing. She also works to advance the company’s ongoing commitment to serve others including the company’s Fostering Holiday Hope initiative for North Fulton foster children and work with LoveLifts Village, providing co-working space for 15 local non-profit organizations at a reduced cost.
Leslie also serves in the North Fulton community through board positions on Sunshine on a Ranney Day, YMCA and after school programs.
Jackson Healthcare is a family of highly specialized healthcare staffing, search, and technology companies. With $1.4 billion in annual revenue, Jackson Healthcare is Atlanta’s 10th largest privately held company and is the third-largest healthcare staffing company in the country.
2022 Rising Star Award Winner
Melody Swilling, Owner and Founder, Swilling Family Law
On top of growing her child-centered family law practice, mentoring a first-year associate and a third-year legal intern, Melody volunteers with Meals by Grace and iCanShine, where each summer she helps children with special needs learn to ride bicycles. In addition, she has worked with the State Legislature behind the scenes to discuss drafts of legislation and the implications of drafted legislation – including the landmark Equitable Caregiver Statute.
At Swilling Family Law, you have a partner who has the knowledge, judgment, and experience to help you overcome life’s most trying times so that you can reach your life’s most important goals – in the most expedient, prudent, and painless way possible.
2022 Business Woman of Excellence| Small Business
Valarie Mackey, CEO, WrightNow Solutions
Valarie left a successful career to start WrightNow Solutions where she could dedicate her efforts to pushing the needle in providing education and tools needed for everyone to have equitable opportunities. By orchestrating technology credentialing programs, she has helped take people out of generational poverty and provided opportunities for them to change the trajectory of their families by doubling and tripling their salaries in four months.
After graduating with various co-op and internships, Valarie started her career in management consulting with Ernst & Young, went to a smaller consulting firm, and then progressed to The Coca-Cola Company. She started out as an engineer, however, made a transition to Information Technology. While in Technology she had responsibility for large global portfolios and had overarching accountability for technology solutions to enable business success.
Valarie built her career in a variety of roles including strategic planning and execution, program management and delivery, business development, customer service and retention, vendor and supplier management, employee development and engagement, organization optimization, and community outreach.
WrightNow Solutions was created in part to help underrepresented populations launch successful careers by providing Life and Career Readiness training, thus preparing them for, and bridging the gap to, companies that need entry-level talent. Because the entire talent lifecycle is critical, they have curricula and programs that place a keen focus on helping people thrive and excel in their career from entry-level to executive level.
About GNFCC and The GNFCC 400 Insider
The GNFCC 400 Insider is presented by the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce (GNFCC) and is hosted by Kali Boatright, President and CEO of GNFCC. The Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce is a private, non-profit, member-driven organization comprised of over 1400 business enterprises, civic organizations, educational institutions, and individuals. Their service area includes Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Milton, Mountain Park, Roswell and Sandy Springs. GNFCC is the leading voice on economic development, business growth and quality of life issues in North Fulton County.
The GNFCC promotes the interests of our members by assuming a leadership role in making North Fulton an excellent place to work, live, play and stay. They provide one voice for all local businesses to influence decision-makers, recommend legislation, and protect the valuable resources that make North Fulton a popular place to live.
For more information on GNFCC and its North Fulton County service area, follow this link or call (770) 993-8806. For more information on other GNFCC events such as this North Fulton Mayors Appreciation Lunch, follow this link.