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Leslie Young, Program Coordinator

Leslie has over fifteen (15) years of experience working for and on behalf of the small, minority, and women-owned business community. Her career began as a Project Manager for a contract with the SBA 8(a) Program, assisting with strategic marketing plan development for businesses across Ohio. Leslie worked for an M/WBE inclusion consulting firm, assisting with economic inclusion programs for corporations and government entities. She also managed an Ohio Department of Development Program, providing business development for over 150 small, minority-owned businesses in Southwest Ohio. In 2012, Leslie was nominated for the SBA Minority Small Business Champion of the Year Award.



Maudie Moreno, Certification Manager

Maudie has been with Ohio River Valley Women’s Business Council (ORV~WBC) since 2010. She is responsible for managing all activities related to the certification program of Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) and the certification process for our region of Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia. In this role, she manages the review process for over 1,100 certification and re-certification applications each year. Maudie also serves as a presenter of educational seminars and classes related to becoming a certified WBE.



Sheila A. Mixon, Executive Director - Ohio River Valley Women's Business Council

Sheila is the Executive Director of Ohio River Valley Women’s Business Council. She has 35+ years of experience in the financial services industry, business development and not-for-profit organizations. Her strengths include program development for small businesses; strategic planning and project management and relationship management. Ms. Mixon provides strategic direction for the operations of the certification process, program development and corporate engagement. Ms. Mixon was recently appointed to the Academic Advisory Council for Business Degree Programs at Union Institute & University and is a member of the City of Cincinnati’s small business commission, the Small Business Advisory Council. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for HCDC.

Ms. Mixon has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration (concentration Finance) from The Ohio State University and a graduate of Leadership Challenge II, an executive training program with Citigroup. She is a graduate of the Greater Cincinnati Urban League’s African American Leadership Development Program (AALDP), Class XVII. Most recently, Ms. Mixon graduated from the National Urban League’s Emerging Leaders Program.