Definition of Mentoring: A caring, sharing, and helping relationship where one person invests time, know-how and effort in enhancing another person’s growth, knowledge and skill.  Our mentors are passionate about helping other women achieve their goals, join us in guiding our students and members to navigate personal, educational and career choices.

Barbara Beebe

Senior Client Services Manager at Automatic Data Processing (ADP) a Human Capital Management (HCM) company with 15 years of experience in successfully managing Client Service Representatives and Implementation Consultants while providing support as needed. Work closely with all areas of the organization to meet strategic goals and enhance relationships with our clients.  Currently focused on team results, engagement and employee development.

Valerie Elkins

Valerie Elkins is the Vice President of Business Innovation at DIMONT, a company which provides insurance claim processing on damaged properties for banks and mortgage lenders.  As a proven expert in providing operational leadership and change management to innovative organizations, Valerie is responsible for business process analysis and technology development.  Her goal of providing enhanced partnerships between internal business units and external customers to maximize service to the client, while making workflow more efficient, is at the forefront of all that she does.  Alongside the experience of managing high performing teams, every since receiving a Master's Degree in Management in 2002 Valerie has been led to work with women to empower them to build their skill set and assist them to advance in their chosen career.

Shante Hackworth

Mid level Financial Administrator currently serving as Budget Director for University of Texas at Arlington Libraries, with over 10 years of experience in Higher Education Administration in successfully managing budgets, payroll, human resources, and research activities. Primary areas of focus include effective reconciliation, and generating revenue and expenditure forecasts.

Carla Hill

Senior Implementation Manager at Automatic Data Processing (ADP) a Human Capital Management (HCM) company with 19+ years of experience in successfully managing Implementation Consultants and providing support as needed. Work closely with other business units and strengthening our relationship with our Sales teams.  Currently focused on team results, engagement and employee development along with on boarding of our new Norfolk associates.  In Service/Support  industry for 35+ years.

Tammie Hopper

Dayna Hounsel

Dayna Hounsel is the Division Vice President/General Manager for ADP, LLC. Over the past twenty-nine years, Dayna has held leadership positions in Sales, Implementation and Services. ADP is a comprehensive global provider of cloud-based Human Capital Management (HCM) solutions that unite HR, payroll, talent, time, tax and benefits administration, and a leader in business outsourcing services, analytics and compliance expertise.

She is an active member of the American Payroll Association as well as the Society for Human Resources. Dayna is a frequent guest speaker for both organizations at local meetings as well as state conferences touching on key employee/employer topics. Dayna also enjoys mentoring high potential individual contributors as well as leaders within ADP.

Dayna received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing from Texas A & M University in 1988. She met her husband Randy while working at ADP and has been married 25 years. They have two sons – Andrew a recent graduate from Texas A & M University and Austin her youngest son is a Senior at the University of Texas in Austin. Dayna is extremely proud of her “house divided”. As “empty nesters” Dayna and Randy enjoy spoiling their two dogs Martini and Shelby. Dayna recently relocated from Houston to Dallas. She is enjoying the adventure of starting a new life in a new city with new business acquaintances as well as friends.

Laura Klekar

Laura works as a Financial Advisor with Capital Financial Architects. She focuses her practice on supporting women in their financial health and balance. Prior to this Laura worked for 12 years as a Research Scientist at Alcon. She also started her own business LEK Enterprises LLC back in 2011

Laura holds a B.S. in Biomedical Science from Texas A&M University and is originally from San Antonio, TX. Laura moved to the DFW area back in 2001 and has lived in Dallas since 2009.

She enjoys spending time with her longtime boyfriend Chris and their two dogs Duma (a Rhodesian Ridgeback) and Nandi (a rescued shelter mutt). Laura also loves watching college football (Gig 'em Aggies), cooking (especially grilling), and traveling; her goal is to travel somewhere new every year.

Laura has been involved with EWL for 4 years now as both a mentor and a past board member. She has always had a strong passion for supporting women whether it is through her work, volunteering, or connecting with her community.

Patte Lee

Patte has over 15 years of experience helping families create and preserve their wealth. Since approximately 80% of her clients are women, she is passionate about educating and empowering women to take control of their finances. In fact, she teaches a class in SMU’s Continuing Education Program called “Financial Literacy for Women”. As Patte often says, “We work with women and the people they love”. She also has a passion for helping young people get a “solid financial start in life.”

In addition to obtaining the Certified Financial Planner credential (CFP®), she is also received training as a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst. Patte received her BBA from Howard University in Washington, DC and her MBA from Georgia State University.

Patte offers full service investment and insurance services to families and small businesses including Disability, Life, and Long Term Care insurance.

She is active in the community serving on the Advisory Board of EWL – Empowering Women as Leaders (; is a member of Executive Women’s Golf Association (, a supporter and sponsor of Attorneys Serving the Community (; teaches classes at SMU: Financial Literacy for Women and Retirement Bootcamp for couples. She is also on the Advisory Board for Communities Foundation of Texas.

Micki Macado

My name is Micki Machado and I’m currently a Service Manager for ADP. I grew up in a military home where my father served proudly in the Air Force. I was raised to believe there were no limits, as long as I was willing to put in the work. I became a single mother at an early age and discovered very quickly that the World’s views did not always line up with those I was raised on. I can remember a time I went looking for assistance with daycare so I could continue to work and provide for my daughter. I was told that I did not qualify for day care, but that I could have my current manager fire me from work and I would qualify for EVERYTHING. This concept did not make sense to me, as I wouldn’t need child care if I wasn’t working. And ask to be fired? I had more integrity than that. The more I questioned the more I realized that I was being seen as a “statistic”, yet it was the World creating the “statistic” by making it clear to young mothers that the answer is not to better yourself. Instead they were expected to be at home and raise their children and not have dreams of their own. Not only was that NOT what I wanted for myself, but I refused to set that example for my daughter. I made a promise to myself that day that I would defy the statistics because no one could tell me what my fate was. I was going to do something with my life and be someone. I was fortunate enough to have VERY supportive parents who helped me every step of the way. Let me rephrase that, they helped me to help myself. I learned my worth and value and was reminded again that as long as I was willing to put in the hard work, I could achieve anything. This drive and passion led me to make my decision to take a leap of faith and move my daughter and I from California to Texas in February of 2006 to work for ADP. It was one of the biggest decisions I made, and also one of the best. Once here, I met my husband and took on 3 additional daughters. We soon welcomed our son together. Today I am proud to say that I worked really hard in a company that I love and have successfully moved up the ranks. I have 5 beautiful children, and 2 grandkids. I continue to work hard, but I know that it was because of the support I had and the ability to pick up the phone and rely on others to help mentor me and support me, that got me through the challenging times. One of my biggest goals in life is to ensure that I am consistently working to pay that forward and to be that support for others around me, as I know first-hand that life is not always easy.

Shannon Major

Shannon Major is a Consultant with Carlisle and Gallagher Consulting Group (CG), a management and technology consulting firm. As an Escalation Point of Contact, Shannon is a liaison between her client and other lines of business. This role enables her to ensure Quality Control Testing in the National Mortgage Settlement is brought to completion.

Shannon graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2010. She has been an employee with CG for over 4 years, during which time she was recognized for maintaining 100% quality scores and awarded Shining Star Recognition for the success of her project and providing exceptional service to the client.

Shannon serves as EWL's Secretary. Because of the many mentors in her life, she realizes the impact an enthusiastic, problem-solving mentor can have on one's career, as well as one's life.

Shannon enjoys spending time with some of the most important people in her life - her nieces and nephews. She loves to read, enjoys preparing finger foods for her family and co-workers, and has a passion for organizing family reunions and other events.

Jennifer Millard

Jennifer is currently a Senior Manager of Field Operations for the Wireless Business Group at Verizon Wireless.  She has been in the business for 13 years and recently relocated to Dallas Tx. As a manager, she brings extensive experience in technical and project management areas. With a laser focus on provides highly effective leadership to her team while using expertise to manage critical development and support functions.  Her primary role is to lead the group in setting goals and assisting sales pursue targets by supporting the business as well as coaching in career development.

Shannon Roth

Sr. Director of Implementation at Automatic Data Processing (ADP) a Human Capital Management (HCM) company with 17+ years of experience in successfully building high performing, engaged teams and leading strategic initiatives.  Focused on the broader business strategy by helping leaders identify, prioritize, and build organizational capabilities; as well as behaviors, structures, and processes. In Service/Support/Training industry for 30+ years.

Shay Shepherd

Shay Shepherd is a graduate of Texas Woman's University, Denton, TX where she received a B.S. in Family and Consumer Science. Shay was a consumer lender in Denton where she gained sixteen years’ experience assisting her clients with their financial needs as a Consumer Loan Officer, Mortgage Originator and Marketing Director of a publicly held bank corporation.Shay earned her Real Estate Agent License in 1997 and joined Prudential Texas Properties, Park Cities, prior to gaining her position as VP of Marketing for a residential homebuilder.

During the next several years Shay achieved valuable experience in the housing industry as she worked with Realtors and Homebuilders and became involved in governmental affairs and legislative issues at the local, state and national level regarding homebuilding, ownership, purchase and finance. Shay served as Legislative Contact in Washington, D.C. with the Dallas Homebuilders Association.

Concurrently she intermittently served three years with The Department of Homeland Security (FEMA) as a Public Information Officer to disseminate federal information to the news media in order to create awareness for individuals, businesses and public entities in obtaining federal funding for loss of assets, home and belongings resulting from disasters throughout the United States.

Shay entered commercial real estate as a Retail Expansion Site Selector for Royal Seal Companies and traveled a territory of Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and South Texas to locate suitable sites for the expansion and development of national clients such as Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, Ruby Tuesday, Advanced Autoparts, OReilly's, Family Dollar, RaceTrac and QuicTrip. Research, evaluation, site assessment and demographics became the tools of her expertise for determining suitability of real estate properties for both business and consumer needs in residential as well as commercial real estate.

During the 2009 mortgage crisis Shepherd was an Asset Manager for First Tennessee Bank/ First Horizon Construction Lending. While responsible for a portfolio of distressed loan assets she assisted homeowners with completion of homes and achieving permanent mortgages. She was also responsible to the bank for regaining and disposing of distressed assets in the West Coast Region of the United States. Subsequently Shay joined Carlisle and Gallagher Consultants in the Office of the President for a major bank client to address and resolve escalated consumer concerns as a research and communication liaison between the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) as well as legislators and attorney general offices nationwide.

As a consultant for Newbold Advisors she was responsible for researching and reviewing files for a national bank client to determine quality assurance compliance as required by the policies and procedures of Housing Urban Development (HUD) /Federal Housing Administration (FHA) and Making Home Affordable loan modification. Always a dedicated consumer advocate,  Shay earned her Broker's License in 2006 and created a niche market of turf farms, horse ranches, agricultural business properties and entrepreneurial real estate clients with innovative desires in land acquisition. Shay was President of Tierra Commercial, Inc. prior to her affiliation as Associate Broker with Prudential Lou Hillman REALTORS, now Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Lou Hillman REALTORS where she daily employs all of her career experience in assisting both commercial and residential clients with their real estate needs.Shay is active with businesses and family in the DFW Metroplex, the I35 Corridor of North and South Texas and participates in community development activities with Grapevine and Southlake Chambers of Commerce

Angelique Sweeney

Angelique Sweeney is a Vice President of Client Service with ADP. Her 20 year ADP career includes roles in Human Resources and Sales as well as senior leadership roles in Sales Learning, Global Sales Operations, Professional Services and Client Services. Angelique is an innovative Human Capital Management leader specializing in the strategy and execution of transformational initiatives that drive operational excellence and business results. Angelique is also passionate about employee development and engagement, and she served as the Dallas Site Champion for national associate engagement initiatives.

Angelique is also passionate about giving back to the community, and she currently serves as a Mentor for one of the EWL Stars who recently began a career at ADP. In addition, she also sits on the Board of Directors for Heart House Dallas which is a non-profit organization that provides safety, education and opportunity to refugee and underprivileged children.

Angelique graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor’s Degree in History.  After relocating a number of times for work, she is thrilled to be back in Dallas. She loves spending time with family and friends, attending UT football games, and entertaining. She also loves to travel and see the world.

Gail Vanarsdall

Program Manager at Automatic Data Processing (ADP) a Human Capital Management (HCM) company with 16+ years of experience in managing projects, programs and associate teams both directly and via matrix management.  Currently focused on accurate and timely delivery of program deliverables aligned to strategic initiatives to ensure clients are upgraded to our current platform.  Work closely with all areas of the organization from Sales to Service to ensure awareness and approach area aligned to meet the strategic goals.  Has worked in the Customer Service/Information Systems industry her entire career.

Maria Verbanac

A New York native, Maria has been living in Dallas for several years. She is currently a Program Manager at the American Heart Association and has a background in government, politics and advocacy. Maria received her Bachelor of Arts in Politics and Journalism from New York University and her Master of Arts in International Relations from Durham University (England).