Carol Gabel, Seven Pearls, LLC


Seven Pearls, LLC

With over 20 years of executive management with two State Chambers of Commerce, Carol has worked with five Government Administrations and hundreds of legislators and elected officials. She has counseled thousands of businesses on attracting new clients, mitigating their risks, and maximizing their growth potential. As President, Seven Pearls, LLC she counsels clients in the areas of: Human Resources, Regulatory Compliance, Legal, Accounting, Insurance, Disaster Planning and Security.

Carol currently serves on the Board of the G.I. Go Fund, which assists veterans, active-duty personnel, their family members, veteran supporters, and all members of the military community with finding employment, connecting to their benefits, and accessing housing opportunities. She has received numerous awards for her work as a Domestic Violence Crisis Counselor and also for her work with the Juvenile Conference Committee.

Keynote Speaker

Tracey Abby White, IronNet Cybersecurity

Sr. Director of Sales Enablement
IronNet Cybersecurity

As a curious and creative leader, Tracey encourages different perspectives and active engagement. Tracey began her career as a middle school teacher in Middletown, NJ. Making the ambitious shift into the corporate arena, she became a financial advisor for Merrill Lynch and later Charles Schwab. A twist of life events led her to the software industry. Enterprise sales leader, Director of Federal Account Development, Director of North America Channel Sales and Director of North America Field Marketing titles dot her resume.

Recently she was lured to IronNet, the cybersecurity organization founded by former NSA GEN. Keith Alexander, where she is the Sr. Director of Sales Enablement.

As much as education is her foundation, so is public service. For seven years she served on the Henry Hudson Regional Board of Education holding all offices including President. Tracey is a former Councilwoman for Atlantic Highlands where she founded the AH Youth Commission. Appointed in 2013, she is the current Chair of the Brookdale Board of Trustees.

Tracey and her husband Richard A. White Sr., retired Chief of Police of Monmouth Beach, enjoy a blended family of nine children, seven grandchildren and a grandson on the way.


Alexis Castellano, FASTEN (now WOWEASE)


Alexis is an entrepreneur with a strong marketing and creative background. She co-founded and co-invented FASTEN, a patented swimsuit design that has revolutionized the swimwear industry. Alexis oversaw all aspects of the business, including production, supply chain, and customer service, with her strongest focus in marketing and product development.

After four years Alexis and her co-founder successfully sold FASTEN to the largest swimwear manufacturer in North America. Prior to FASTEN, Alexis had an event planning company for ten years, where she focused on marketing, finance, graphic design, and event coordination. Alexis is also a freelance writer and has published pieces in the Huffington Post and Parent & Child Magazine. She graduated from Lehigh University magna cum laude with a BA in journalism.

Claribel Cortez, The Setroc Group, Inc.

The Setroc Group, Inc.

Claribel Cortes is a driven executive leader with more than 18 years of experience in digital media and video content distribution. Experienced with a wide range of publications and channels, Claribel has achieved exceptional success in forging relationships with key leaders in the entertainment industry to expand digital media operations around the globe.

Early in her career, Claribel established herself as an innovative media specialist while working for Fox News & ABC News before she was recruited by Independent Television News (ITN Source) to expand North and Latin American operations. Soon after, the Associated Press (AP) selected Claribel to lead the newly established Video Archive Operations department where she has negotiated deals with over 200 key accounts, like Disney, Warner Brothers, A&E and The History Channel.

Today, she is the co-founder of The Setroc Group, an award-winning media strategy firm. She also serves as the Vice-Chair of the Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of NJ. Claribel received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Media Studies from Mercy College.

Lara Nikola, Smart Sips Coffee

Smart Sips Coffee

Lara Nikola is founder and president of Smart Sips Coffee, an exciting brand of fun and unique flavored coffees, decafs, cappuccinos, lattes and hot chocolates.

Lara created a niche in the coffee industry, building a company based on creativity and products that insert excitement into the daily coffee drinking routine. Diverse marketing expertise helped her level the digital playing field and compete in the highly competitive coffee space.

Smart Sips Coffee is an ecommerce company that Lara started out of her house six years ago and since then has become a successful national brand. Lara creates products that allow you to drink your dessert guilt-free. Her flavored coffees like Chocolate Peanut Butter, Blueberry Cinnamon Crumble and Banana Cream are sugar-free, carb-free and two calories per cup.

Lara has been on Good Morning America where she pitched the sharks from Shark Tank, featured by Money Magazine and interviewed on Fox & Friends. She has also won the Leading Women Entrepreneur Top 25 Brand Builder award, was a guest on an iHeart Radio show and was on the cover of NJBiz.

Marcy Ragan, Relish Your Chef

Relish Your Chef

Chef Marcy Ragan is the owner of Relish Your Chef, a Monmouth County bespoke personal chef and catering company. Marcy comes from a long line of great home cooks and truly believes that real food shared together brings joy.  Trained in kitchens of Perugia, Italy and then at the French Culinary Institute, her cuisine is well grounded in classic European technique. Her approach to cuisine is fresh, delicious, and elevated – without being fussy.

Her clients benefit from nutritious and appetizing food that is tailor cooked to their specifications, delivered.  Chef Marcy is zealous about teaching families how to eat healthfully with her program, “Picky No More, Easy ABCs to Feed the Whole Family”. She also donates her resources to charities that are near and dear to her, the JBJ Soul Kitchen and Expect Miracles. Chef Marcy’s recent foray into on-camera chef work is a new passion, and she can’t wait to do more. When she is not cooking, she enjoys downtime with her two hungry sons, husband, dog, and cat.

Roseanne Toby, Calm and Sense™ Therapy

Calm and Sense™ Therapy

Rosanne Tobey has worked as a dedicated Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) for more than 17 years, caring deeply about her clients and their wellbeing. She specializes in individual, adolescent and family therapy.

As Rosanne’s business grew she found that there were only so many hours in the day to help people. Rather than turn people in need of help away, Rosanne decided in 2008 to surround herself with other like-minded and passionate therapists who are committed to putting the patient’s needs first. Since then, the Calm and Sense team has grown to 14 dedicated employees and two locations that serve those in need of support. Calm and Sense takes pride in ensuring every individual that walks through their door is treated with respect and dignity and is never treated like a number in the system.

Rosanne also has acted as a family counseling and parenting consultant for the websites and A graduate of Kean University, she has served as an Officer of the Board of the New Jersey Association of Gifted Children (NJAGC) and as a Trustee.

Award Winner

Donnalyn Giegerich, DLG Consulting

DLG Consulting

DonnaLyn Giegerich is an integrated leader, motivational speaker and skills coach, passionate about helping intentional leaders succeed. The intersection of her sales career at IBM, then analyst job on Wall St, led her to entrepreneurship for decades locally. She has addressed thousands at conferences from California to Cornell in business forums for over a decade.

She maintains business interests in two insurance agencies, has taught college economics and business courses at Brookdale Community College, Kean and Monmouth University and is currently an entrepreneurial consultant for America’s Small Business Development Center in Lincroft. She is the co-founder of Kick Cancer Overboard, creator of Yoga On The Lake Summer Series, and emcee/creator of sold out Power Panelist networking events for women. Her work has been featured in five books, awarded by over twenty organizations including the Rothman Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, NJ Association of Women Business Owners, several local chambers of commerce and The Fresh Air Fund in NYC.

Locally, DonnaLyn has quietly funded scholarships for non-traditional business students and emerging talent at Brookdale Community College. Her family has hosted over ten foreign exchange college students from Beijing to Brazil while managing a decade of life threatening cancer complications including a complex 8 hour abdominal surgery, two stem cell transplants, years of chemotherapy, too many hospital stays and multiple radiation protocols. She and her husband of 28 years have been beating back aggressive cancers together since age 42. She won numerous awards at the 2009 Mrs. New Jersey Pageant for rare cancer awareness at age 45 in a red bikini with an 18 inch torso scar(and a badass spray tan!) as Mrs. Red Bank to showcase what’s possible thru adversity.