Kristina Montague most recently served as Assistant Dean of External Affairs at the University of Tennessee – Chattanooga’s College of Business, where she developed her passion for supporting and encouraging women as business leaders. She worked closely with students and faculty to develop “business world ready” graduates and connect UTC with the growing entrepreneurial ecosystem in Chattanooga. Kristina has also held leadership roles with two successful “start-up” public schools, Normal Park Museum Magnet and the Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy, the city’s first charter school, and served as a program associate at the Public Education Foundation. A native of Seattle, Kristina received her B.A. from Vassar College and served as a Teach for America corps member in rural Louisiana before pursuing her Masters in Public Administration (MPA) at the University of Washington. Her long-time engagement in philanthropic and non-profit ventures underscores her commitment to encourage women to invest in women for both the economic and social benefit. Kristina is the current board chair of the Creative Discovery Museum, vice chair of the Young Women’s Leadership Foundation and serves on the board of the Chattanooga Area Food Bank, Normal Park Education Fund, Launch Chattanooga, and Footprint Foundation. She is also an active member of the Chattanooga Women’s Leadership Institute and Chattanooga Downtown Rotary and was recognized as a 2013 Woman of Distinction by the American Lung Association.
Cory Allison is the Founder & CEO of Rezli, Inc., a start-up company developing a comprehensive content, media and career building platform for the demographic of 13 to 35. She is also a general partner of the JumpFund, an angel investment fund focused on female led start-ups. A true entrepreneur, she successfully founded Cory Allison Consulting, a management consulting services company catering to a variety of businesses, and WiggleWorm, a premier children’s boutique in Chattanooga, TN, which she sold in 2011 after seven years in operation. Prior to starting her own businesses, Cory was the Director of Institutional Effectiveness at Chattanooga State Community College. She was also a consultant, in the roles of systems analyst and project manager, at BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee and Cigna. Cory has also served as a project manager at both The Krystal Company and Unum. Relocating from Atlanta to Chattanooga in 1998, her volunteer efforts have included serving on the Boards of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga, Youth Leadership Chattanooga, Friends of Chattanooga Animal Services, Little Miss Mag Childcare Center and as Treasurer of the Thrasher Elementary PTA. A native of South Korea, Cory is fluent in Korean. She earned a BS from Washington & Lee University and an MBA with a concentration in Information Systems from Georgia State University’s Robinson School of Business. Cory lives on Signal Mountain with her husband and two children.
Betsy is President of Pendleton Square Trust Company and also serves as a Director of the Trust Company. In these roles, she develops multi-generational family relationships and serves families and their advisors to deliver trust and family offices services as well as legacy plans. Prior to joining Pendleton Square, Betsy worked at Cumberland Trust and JPMorgan Private Bank serving affluent families throughout the Southeast. She also worked for more than 10 years at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey. She was a Director in the Fixed Income Origination team within SunTrust Debt Capital Markets, where she gained considerable transaction experience executing public debt offerings, private placements, and syndicated bank facilities. Betsy is a partner in The JumpFund, an angel investment fund dedicated to investing in female-led businesses in the Southeast. Betsy earned a BS in Business Administration and a BA in East Asian Studies from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. She also holds an MBA from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition to her professional responsibilities, Betsy serves as a Trustee of Girls Preparatory School, her alma mater. Betsy is also a member of the Rotary Club of Chattanooga, the Estate Planning Council of Chattanooga, and the Endowment Committee for The Generosity Trust. Betsy lives on Signal Mountain with her husband and 3 active children.
Dr. Shelley Prevost is co-founder and CEO at Torch whose mission it is to make the internet a wonderful place for kids to grow up. In 2010, she left her psychotherapy practice for the world of startups. In addition to being a GP at the JumpFund, Shelley is a partner at venture capital firm Lamp Post Group. Shelley writes about her work on purpose, relationships, and leadership in columns for Inc. and The Huffington Post. Her work has also appeared in Time, Yahoo Business, Fast Company, LifeHacker, and Business Insider. Passionate about helping women develop authentic leadership, Shelley gave a 2015 TEDx talk entitled “Lead Like a Girl.”
Shelley Prevost, Ed.D. | Torch | CEO
Tiffanie Robinson, Partner
Tiffanie Robinson currently serves as the Director of Operations for Lamp Post Group, and is also the founder of WayPaver, the talent innovation lab of Lamp Post Group. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Lee University. An entrepreneur at heart and in practice, Tiffanie has spent the last 10 years launching and building companies., resulting in the sell of two companies. Through out her career, she has problem solved in the entertainment industry specializing in live events, restaurant creation and management, economic development, urban planning and talent acquisition. Tiffanie is a Global Ambassador for the Thiel Foundation and a Sandbox Ambassador. In her local efforts, she sits on the Chattanooga Public Library Board, serves on the Causeway board and serves on the board of Girls Inc. She enjoys spending time with her husband, Mike, and son, Elijah.
Leonora Williamson is Senior Vice President of Partnerships at SIGNiX, the leading global authority on digital signature solutions. Her work experience is broad, and includes roles as the Executive Director of MAC Cosmetics International Division (MAC is a brand of the Estee Lauder Companies), Consultant for the Boston Consulting Group and Investment Banking Analyst for J.P. Morgan. Raised in a bilingual French/ English household, Leonora speaks English, German, French, Spanish and Russian and has lived in 7 countries, but she currently calls Chattanooga home. She loves the community, and serves as Vice Chair of Causeway, Treasurer of the Creative Discovery Museum, a member of the Chattanooga Downtown Rotary Club, a lay-reader and Capital Campaign Committee leader for St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, a member of the Chattanooga Women’s Leadership Institute and is an active volunteer in her children’s schools. She has also worked in staff development roles at Normal Park Museum Magnet School and St. Peter’s Episcopal School. Leonora holds a B.A. in Russian Language and Studies from Princeton University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Stefanie Crowe joined the holding company of SmartFinancial, Inc. as Chief Experience & Strategy Officer in June 2015 with her initial responsibilities focusing on the merger and integration of Cornerstone Community Bank and SmartBank to be finalized early 2016.
As Chief Experience & Strategy Officer, Ms. Crowe is responsible for directing, guiding and facilitating the company’s strategic planning process. In addition she leads efforts related to associate engagement, client experiences, corporate public relations, communications, facilities, brand and culture. Prior to joining SmartFinancial, she enjoyed nearly eight years with a de novo bank that facilitated a successful exit in 2015. A self-described “Intra-preneur” she works to amplify SmartBank’s efforts around innovation and loves facilitating cross-functional teams to uncover creative solutions to traditional industry challenges.
Ms. Crowe is a seasoned banking veteran with over 20 years’ experience. She obtained her BA from The University of Notre Dame and her MBA from University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Her resume includes roles in private banking, trust and wealth management, cash management, marketing, communications, investor and government relations, corporate philanthropy and strategic planning.
Ms. Crowe has served on numerous boards, including The United Way of Greater Chattanooga, Chattanooga Women’s Leadership Institute, The Women’s Fund, Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy, Chattanooga Ballet, Partnership for Families, Children and Adults, Helen Ross McNabb, The Houston Museum, Southern Lit Alliance and The Chattanooga Area Food Bank. She’s served on numerous committees to support events and fundraising efforts for organizations like ArtsBuild, Siskin Children’s Institute, The Heart Association and Chattanooga State Foundation. She is a member of Chattanooga Downtown Rotary and in 2009 was named a Chattanooga Woman of Distinction.
Ms. Crowe is a frequent presenter on topics related to wealth-building, entrepreneurship, leadership and community-building. She is co-founder and general partner of The Jump Fund, an angel capital fund investing in female-led start-ups. In 2015, she co-chaired Girls Preparatory School’s first inaugural event spotlighting Entrepreneurship for Women and Girls, entitled Mad, Bad & Dangerous.
Ms. Crowe states: “My life’s mission is to help women and girls realize their fullest potential in business, in government, in non-profits and at home. Families and communities can only flourish when women are able to ‘monetize their value’ and engage proactively in efforts to systematically build their wealth. My dream is for Chattanooga to build such a vibrant ecosystem for female entrepreneurs to nest and scale their companies that the Wall Street Journal one day features a front-page headline inquiring ‘What’s In the Water in Chattanooga?’”