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Regina Smith

Regina serves as the Executive Director of Programs at the IL MBDA Business Center. She is a visionary leader with a relentless drive for program growth and a passion for fostering meaningful connections in the realm of workforce development. She has a Doctor of Education in Ethical Leadership and is known for her strategic acumen and ability to deliver tangible results. With a career spanning leadership roles in workforce development and stakeholder collaboration, she has had a front-row seat to the need for economic education, resource availability, and allocations dedicated to the prosperity of minority-owned businesses.

Dr. Smith’s expertise extends across various domains including staff management, project management, and budget oversight. She possesses a keen understanding of workforce pipeline development across various industries tailored to meet workforce demands. Her adeptness in fostering collaboration both within and beyond organizational boundaries has proven to be instrumental in driving operational excellence and achieving programmatic success.

The Strategics Exceptions Team

Regina Smith

Regina serves as the Executive Director of Programs at the IL MBDA Business Center. She is a visionary leader with a relentless drive for program…

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Sergio Xula

Sergio’s career began in the 1990s. As a financial business owner, certified financial consultant, and a former top-performing business banking VP at JP Morgan Chase…

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Melodie Simmons, Program Manager and Executive Assistant, IL MBDA Business Center

Melodie Simmons

Melodie is an entrepreneur, mom of two teenagers, and business professional. Melodie spent over 15 years in customer service in the utility and insurance industry.…

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Pat Hanes

Pat has worked in corporate, and government and, non-profit organizations. She brings over 30 years of minority business development and supplier diversity experience to the…

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Terrie Simmons, CEO, Strategic Exceptions Inc.

Terrie Simmons

Terrie is a strategic innovator, national award-winning empowerment speaker, serial entrepreneur, author, civic leader, and connector who helps underserved persons build wealth and chart successful…

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