More about our Moderator and Panelists:
Beth Gitlin is Founder and Principal of BJG Global Consulting where she concentrates on executive coaching, strategic planning, and leadership skills development. She is the former Executive Director of weVENTURE at Florida Tech who focused on setting and meeting key performance indicators relevant to increasing the impact of women-owned companies to include launching formal mentoring programs like IGNITE 360. Under Beth’s direction, weVENTURE was recognized by the SBA in 2015 as a Regional Women’s Business Center of Excellence and she was awarded the SBA’s 2014 Small Business Advocate of the Year for Florida. Beth served as a lieutenant in the US Army Signal Corps. She is now pursuing a PhD and competes in Dragon Boat paddling races for cancer survivors and supporters.
Inga Young is a Space Coast native who founded 8-koi on August 8, 2008 to offer an easier and more efficient option to the government. Her company specializes in Design Engineering, Construction, Training/Technical and Administrative Support, and Healthcare-related Services as an 8(a) EDWOSB headquartered in Suntree. In March 2019, Inga acquired Cape Design Engineering Co. (CDE) as a wholly-owned subsidiary. She credits her success to the encouragement she received from her parents who emigrated from Asia and pursued advanced degrees in science and technology. Her company was recognized by WIDSC in 2019 as the STEM Education Business Innovator of the Year. This year, 8-koi placed on the Gator 100 List for high-performing businesses owned by University of Florida alumni. Inga is the proud show dog mom and breeder of American Kennel Club Grand Champion Cotons de Tulear. She is also an active Pokémon GO player with the Melbourne Raiders Discord group she co-founded.
Sirena Hendrickson is President & CEO of Atrax Technologies, specializing in accounting and bookkeeping for small businesses. Prior to starting her own company, Sirena gained valuable work experience in government accounting and finance at 8-koi where she began her career as an intern while in high school. Sirena is QuickBooks Certified and earned several professional certificates from Eastern Florida State College to include Accounting Technology Management, Accounting Technology Operations, Accounting Technology Specialist, and Business Management. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Central Florida. After successfully completing weVENTURE’s IGNITE 360 mentoring program, Sirena says she feels more confident in helping other business owners with their accounting needs so they can focus on running their business.
Wendy Romeu founded Alluvionic in 2013 to provide right-sized solutions for businesses seeking support with project management, process improvement or CMMI accreditation. She found her passion for this type of ‘problem-solving’ while working for various publicly-traded corporations where she helped implement Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems, worked on processes & procedure improvement, and established Project Management Offices (PMO). Wendy understands that growing into the person you wish to be isn’t always easy, which is why she coaches with the weVENTURE IGNITE 360 mentoring program so she can help others like herself who might be working full time and raising young children. After challenging herself to complete night and online classes at several colleges, Wendy eventually obtained her bachelor’s degree in Business Management and a Master’s in MIS from Florida State University. In 2018, she received the weVENTURE Women in Business Award.
Josette Roach has been apart of the Larsen Motorsports (LMS) team since 2017 when she started as a driving and business protege of Elaine Larsen. In 2019, she received a full-time job offer with the team and now serves as the Development Officer for LMS. Josette developed an early interest in the automotive and motorsports industries since her family was involved in the drag racing business long before she was born. Josette graduated with an Associate in Arts Degree in 2015 after experimenting in music, theater, cheer and even biomedical sciences. She finally decided to pursue her passion in the industry she grew up around. With 11 years of drag racing experience and 1 year of jet dragster experience, 2022 will be Josette’s first season as a primary driver for the House of Kolor Jet Racing Team.