Amanda Weathersby is a serial entrepreneur who has sold one business to a publicly traded company and one to her partners. She has worked as a business consultant for multinational companies, for startups and for small businesses. She has taught entrepreneurship classes for ten years. Before starting her first business, she was the Vice President of Product Management and Product Development for Sprint.
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The Weathersby Group (TWG) was Amanda’s first venture, created in 1990. The company provided consulting and staffing to high tech businesses in Washington, DC, Boston and New York. It grew to $15 million in revenue by 2000, when the company was sold to a publicly traded company.
Amanda and two partners founded McKinley Marketing Partners, an interim marketing management business, and she later sold her shares to her partners.
Amanda has participated in a variety of nonprofit programs. For five years, she has created the course content, developed an online support network and taught classes on entrepreneurship for the 100 Entrepreneurs Foundation. Their mission is to provide business information, insight and inspiration to wounded veterans and their families and caregivers.
Mindful Profits has consulted with small businesses a wide array of industries since 2011, providing strategic consulting, including defining new markets, products, and growth strategies. In addition, Mindful Profits provides business analysis and forecasts to help companies seek funding, sell their companies, and merge with or acquire companies. In addition, we’ve built tools for clients to help them manage their business growth.
Cynthia Flanders is a Senior Advisor for Verit Advisors LLC, an independent investment banking advisory firm. Ms Flanders is also the founder and CEO of Skipjack Partners LLC, which does business as Manage Fearlessly. Manage Fearlessly provides advice, training and resources for new and aspiring managers and entrepreneurs.
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Prior to founding Skipjack Partners, Ms. Flanders spent over 30 years with Bank of America and its predecessor organizations, where she held a series of positions of increasing responsibility. Most recently, she served as the Global Commercial Banking Executive for the Bank's Mid-Atlantic Region. In that role, she was responsible for the delivery of a full array of financial services to Small, Middle Market and Micro Cap Companies throughout the Mid Atlantic. Ms. Flanders oversaw eight commercial banking markets and over 80 client teams that covered 6,000 clients in South/Central New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, DC and Virginia
Ms. Flanders received a BS degree from the University of Maryland, RH Smith School of Business, graduating summa cum laude, and a MBA, also from the RH Smith School of Business. She served as President of the Alumni Association from 2002 to 2003.
Ms. Flanders currently serves on the Boards of Argan, Inc. (AGX), Congressional Bank and the Mental Health Association of Montgomery County.
Chris works with Mindful Profits LLC, providing business analysis and planning services for small businesses. Chris is a senior financial analyst at Capital One, working with the retail bank's financial innovation team to develop and implement automation and machine learning models and applications. He previously worked as the financial analyst for the Navy's Council of Review Boards at the Washington Navy Yard in D.C., where he handled all aspects of the organization’s financial management, including accounting, analysis, budgeting and execution.
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He serves as the Treasurer and on the Board of Directors for 100 Entrepreneurs Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring and assisting returning veterans pursue their entrepreneurial and business dreams.
A former Marine, Chris served with 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines out of Camp Lejuene, NC, deploying to Iraq, Afghanistan and the Horn of Africa from 2003-2007.
He has a Master of Science in Finance from The Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School and is pursuing a Master of Science in Analytics from the Georgia Institute of Technology.