About Us

about us

Our Mission

Inspiring confidence in women to achieve their professional goals.

Our Vision

A world where all women are confident in their choices.

Our Values

Confidence. Integrity. Diversity. Inclusion. Choice.

HERdacity hosts webinars, podcasts, workshops, coffee meetups, and honest conversation regarding career advancement specifically tailored for working women.  Our topics include the various career paths we take, skill assessments needed to succeedfinancial issues, leadership, communication style, and more! We showcase powerful female leadership and foster discussions on issues relevant to career-driven women in an environment that fosters confidence and emphasizes choice.

Board / Advisors

HERdacity Team

Tara Levy

Tara is serving as the Interim Executive Director of HERdacity. She is an engaging partner, facilitator, and problem-solver. She has a unique ability to see both the forest and the trees in creatively addressing nonprofit organizations’ needs.

Tara is an experienced trainer and consultant on nonprofit leadership and management. She has served nonprofits as a staff member, board member, and volunteer, so she brings a holistic and informed perspective to her work in the sector. Tara is a regular presenter and educator at the local, state, and national level, and she enjoys supporting nonprofit leaders in being well-prepared for their work.

She specializes in change management—helping organizations plan and pivot through succession planning, strategic planning, organizational dynamics, stakeholder engagement, and board development.

Tara is an attorney and holds a J.D. from the University of Texas at Austin and a B.A. with Special Honors from UT’s Plan II Honors Program. She is a graduate of the Leadership Austin class of 2005 and served on their Board of Directors.

Jessica Thibodeau

Jessica serves as the Marketing Director of HERdacity. Her professional background is rooted in marketing, communications, education, public relations, and politics with a focus on women, children, and those who serve our nation.

Prior to joining HERdacity, she served as the Marketing Director for the Military Child Education Coalition, a nonprofit addressing the academic and social-emotional challenges military children face. Over the years, she led marketing, branding, and content strategy which helped reach millions of military and veteran families.

In her off-time Jessica serves Code2College, a nonprofit providing technical skills to under-served student populations. She also volunteers in her local community in several capacities.

Ashley Rodriguez

Ashley serves as the Marketing Manager of HERdacity. She is dedicated to promoting diversity and inclusivity at HERdacity and specializes in creating content that shows the perspective of all women.

Ashley obtained her Bachelors degree from St. Edward’s University, where she majored in Graphic Design. While attending university, Ashley interned at Keep Austin Beautiful and found her passion for working with non-profits. She has spent the past 8 years consulting with non-profits and small businesses to improve their marketing and branding efforts. Ashley enjoys crafting a unique experience for each of the clients she works with and has a knack for empathizing with people to pull out the core of what a company wants to achieve.

In her down time, Ashley runs a successful online shop selling candles based on pop culture and works hard to provide for her five cats, dog, rabbit, and two rats.

Lorelei Gonzalez

Lorelei Gonzalez, MPA, serves as the Program Director of HERdacity.  Lorelei is a passionate advocate for women’s issues and a communications expert based in Austin, Texas. Lorelei is very passionate about empowering women to be their best selves, seeking to encourage folks through her enthusiastic podcast and webinar hosting, as well as coordinating and speaking at in-person events around ATX! Additionally, she launched her own communications consulting company, Siren’s Song Consulting, in 2019, where she specializes in helping small businesses and start-ups refine their messaging and presentation styles.

Lorelei obtained her Bachelors from the University of Arkansas and her Masters from the University of Colorado; additionally, she is certified in nonprofit management.  Lorelei is an active volunteer serving Austin’s recovery community, currently on the Board of the Austin chapter of the Texas Association of Addiction Professionals. When not working, she is decompressing at the movies, spending time with her spouse, adoring her cats, or generally being an extrovert about town!

Jade Lovera

Jade serves as the Operations Director of HERdacity. She is a native Austinite and a natural business woman. She served the multi-family housing industry for over 10 years concluding as a Regional Director. Longing for a more fulfilling and balanced life, Jade left the corporate world to pursue personal passions, entrepreneurial business ventures and community enhancing organizations including HERdacity, Women Who Werk, starting a business administrative consulting firm and launching an Austin party bus business.

Jade’s passion remains in guiding people with a devotion for making a difference in her community. She has and continues to serve as a mentor, both professionally and personally. She guides with respect, understanding and integrity. Jade has a deep innovative desire to make things right in the world with an ensuing aspiration towards leading in legislation.

In her downtime, Jade enjoys her lifelong journey through motherhood and working to enhance her family daily. She loves an outdoor adventure, traveling and learning new things.

Board of Directors

Tricia Berry
HERdacity Board Member

Named one of the 100 Women Leaders in STEM by STEMconnector, Tricia Berry leads efforts to advance gender equity in the Cockrell School of Engineering as Director of the Women in Engineering Program at The University of Texas at Austin. She concurrently serves as Collaborative Lead for the Texas Girls Collaborative Project (TxGCP), leading the dissemination of STEM best practices and informal curriculum across Texas in coordination with the National Girls Collaborative Project. Through both roles, she connects and supports organizations and individuals working to advance gender equity in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields across Texas and beyond.

In other STEM work, Tricia leads the Greater Austin STEM Ecosystem and Million Women Mentors – Texas while also serving on various community and school STEM-related advisory boards and committees. Previously, Berry worked as a Process Engineer and a Product Development Engineer at The Dow Chemical Company in Freeport, Texas.

In her “outside of STEM” work, Tricia is the co-author of You Can’t Eat Your Degree: Combine Your Passions and Philosophies to Create the Story of Your Future and Exceeds Expectations: Take Control of Your Performance Review. Tricia holds a BS Chemical Engineering degree and an MBA, is the mom of 2 high school boys, and is married to another chemical engineer.

Terri Broussard Williams
Board Member

Terri Broussard Williams

Throughout her journey as an award-winning non-profit executive, lobbyist, and public speaker, Terri Broussard Williams transformed public and community service into a professional art form, positively impacting millions of lives. Her 20-year career as a government relations executive afforded her opportunities to create significant, community-shifting outcomes, including The Louisiana Smoke-Free Air Act. Terri is one of Austin Business Journal’s Most Influential Women in Central Texas and a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Master of Non Profit Leadership Program, where she delivered an authentic, inspirational presentation as the student commencement speaker and winner of the Excellence in Social Impact Award. Terri brings an unwavering commitment to creating meaningful, ground-breaking, and systemic change, turning moments into transformative movements. She is the author of “Find Your Fire,” a #1 Amazon New Release, #1 Amazon Best Seller for Women in Politics, and #6 Cosmopolitan Best Non-Fiction Books of 2020.

Jill Knocke
Board Member

Jill Knocke specializes in working with executives to create high performing organizations. She has extensive experience working with leaders to be more mindful and “coach-like” in how they approach, and lead, individuals and teams. Jill uses her capabilities as an accredited Professional Certified Coach (PCC) through the International Coach Federation and works in leadership development, identifying and resolving organizational constraints, and building effective teams. She has been a leader in Human Resources and Organizational Development with major O&G and Pharmaceutical companies in Europe, North America, China and Brazil. She’s worked in business roles and understands the pressures of managing profit and loss accountability, people, quality and results. Her certifications include The BirkmanTM personality assessment, Human Synergistics Organizational Culture Accreditation, an accredited Team Diagnostic SurveyTM (TDS) Team Coach and Energy Leadership Master Practitioner.

Prior to her work in organizational culture and coaching, Jill worked as Human Resources Leader for major and mid-size independent oil & gas firms. She has a proven track record of working with leaders and teams to develop organizational solutions, grow capability and increase employee engagement.

Subsequent roles included leadership roles at BP, Cameron, Novartis and Baker Hughes, such as leading the human capital integration for three acquired companies across North America and Europe in Baker Hughes and heading the change management program for BP’s North American Alternative Energy business.

Michelle Layman
Board Member

Michelle Layman is an accomplished executive with a proven track record of outstanding accomplishments in Operations and Manufacturing in petrochemicals. This has been achieved by developing high performing teams and successfully driving continuous improvement along with strong change management programs.  She is an innovative leader with an energetic style, in conjunction with an ability to comprehend and master both strategic and tactical perspectives, consistently leading to bottom line delivery.

Mike MacEwan
Board Member

Mike is an educator, first and foremost. He works with adults, as well as students from elementary school through college, including those presently out of the formal school system. Mike works to support providers in developing meaningful relationships and intentional activities that engage youth and help them form critical connections to what they are learning,  while helping to ensure that all youth have access to quality opportunities, regardless of their  socio-economic status, ability or gender.

Mike builds collaborative relationships between all the stakeholders in the lives of youth (educators, family, community). Each of these groups is crucial to supporting youth learning and social development, and the roles they play are complementary. Youth spend more time outside of traditional school day hours than they do in a classroom and Mike works to help youth serving organizations, community members and families support school day learning during out-of-school times.

For more information about Mike and his work, please see:

MacEwanConsulting.com

Lisa Mitchell
Board Member

Lisa Mitchell, CFI is a communications expert and Founder of Power Body Language. She specializes in Body Language and Non Verbal communication skills, coaching high-performing executives and providing expert analysis during jury selection. She is a Certified Forensic Interviewer (CFI) and a Certified Body Language Trainer, and holds a Masters Degree in Management. Lisa works with companies and organizations world-wide to provide best-in-class Communications workshops, trainings, and keynote speeches.

In addition to her communications work, Lisa is an experienced tech founder/COO, Executive Director for the Non Profit Fight For Life Foundation, and media personality that strives to solve complex problems by empowering others to find and leverage their confidence in every room they walk into.

MaryBeth Mongillo
Board Member

MaryBeth Mongillo is the CEO and Founder of Factor5 Consulting, based in Austin, Texas. She serves global clients in executive coaching, leadership development and assessment, talent management, team development, organization transformation and strategy execution.

MaryBeth has extensive experience working with large global organizations coaching C-suite and global executives to facilitate transformation and create lasting personal change. She has worked in leading global organizations in diverse fields and industries. She is an expert in executive effectiveness and leadership development.

Prior in becoming a professional coach, MaryBeth has held executive leadership positions at Dell and Raytheon. As the Director Global Leadership Development in Dell, MaryBeth was responsible for their leadership development and talent management processes globally. At Raytheon, MaryBeth designed and drove global change management initiatives in Western Europe, managed customer and employee analytics, and led leadership and organization development work in the Radar Systems Group.

MaryBeth holds a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Michigan State University, a master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Texas A&M University and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from University of Illinois. She has a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) certification from the International Coach Federation (ICF) and holds a certification in Brain-Based Coaching from the Neuroleadership Institute.

MaryBeth and her husband reside in Austin, TX and have two daughters. She has served as a guest lecturer at the Brookings Institution and a lecturer at the University of Texas McCombs School of Business. MaryBeth is passionate about food and family; she also enjoys traveling to meet new people and experience their culture, music, Italian cooking and hiking.

Carla C. Smith
Board Member

Carla C. Smith began her career as a licensed social worker providing counseling services to children and families in crisis before quickly moving into leadership and starting up operations in Atlanta for Youth Villages, a non-profit company based in Memphis, Tennessee. Carla went on to serve as a research/policy analyst and Chief of Staff for former State Senator Hardie Davis and later as the Deputy Director of the Georgia Senate Democratic Caucus. After a career in government, Carla moved to Signature HealthCARE serving as HR/Policy Director. Following her love of operations and policy, Carla currently serves as the HR/Operations Manager for the Avondale Education Association and as a consultant for organizations seeking to enhance their community engagement and legislative efforts.

Most recently, Georgia Trend Magazine named Carla a Top 40 Under 40 Georgian to Watch and was also named as a 2019 Woman of Excellence by Atlanta Tribune Magazine and is also a past 30 Under 30 Atlanta Honoree. She also completed the Women’s Campaign School at Yale University and received the Legislative Health Policy award from the Georgia Health Policy Center at Georgia State University.

Actively engaged in her community, Carla is a member of The Greater Piney Grove Baptist Church, an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and serves on many community and non-profit boards across Metro Atlanta. Carla was born and raised in Augusta, Georgia and is a graduate of Paine College where she was previously awarded the Outstanding Alumni of the Year honor and earned her Masters Degree at The University of Georgia.

Advisory Council

About Sapna

Sapna Aggarwal, CELC, MBC, CPC is a Certified Life, Mindset, Leadership & Small Business Coach and an Austin Networking, Marketing & LinkedIn Educator.

Sapna runs I Choose Bold, which was born out of the philosophy that a woman needs to make bold choices in her life in order to find her authentic voice in her personal or professional life. She may know her purpose or direction in life or she may need to help finding it. Sapna helps her step out of fear and procrastination into a mindset of reflection, self-knowledge and consistent action based on her core values. In addition, she helps her connect to her mind that determines how she sees herself and the world outside of her.

She helps her evaluate the choices she is making and gain clarity and confidence. As a master business coach, Sapna knows the value of this personal inventory helps her create a signature brand for her business or her career. She teaches women about “a business of one” mindset and personal branding. leveraging social media platforms such as LinkedIn to advance in their goals. Sapna offer individual and small group workshops and customized coaching packages.

Nikki Bishop

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Lauren Gross

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Sameer Modak

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Saamiya Seraj

Saamiya Seraj is the co-founder and CEO of A Better Force, a leadership development and training company in Austin, Texas. Previously, she worked as the Technical Director at Sheltech (Pvt.) Ltd. in Bangladesh, helping to improve safety and quality standards on construction sites, as well as advocating for better earthquake and fire code-compliance in high rise structures. She graduated with her PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 2014.

She’s passionate about leadership training, mental health advocacy, children’s education in STEM and innovative building designs. Feel free to reach out to her at saami.seraj@gmail.com

Founder

Susan Combs
HERdacity Founder

Susan Combs founded HERdacity as a way to provide empowerment and inspiration for women from all walks of life.  Susan serves as a role model for women’s leadership as a career public servant and is a powerful advocate for women across the nation. She has transformed state agencies and produced efficient and transparent government throughout her roles in public office.

Susan also has decades of interest and advocacy for children, whether  related to their health or education. As a business leader, Combs has managed her cattle ranching operation for more than 30 years on land in the Big Bend area of Texas that has been in her family since 1882.

For her work in helping combat childhood obesity, she was featured in the HBO multi-part series, The Weight of the Nation, as well as numerous newspapers and TV programs. Susan also talks on best practices and knows how to bring out peak performance in both business and government. Her articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal and Susan has been featured on Fox Business and Fox News.

HERdacity is a registered 501c3 nonprofit based in Austin, Texas doing business as HERdacity under the Women’s Social Impact Leadership Foundation, EIN 823807593.