Powered By Zerret, Inc (PBZ). PBZ is a nonprofit focused on the empowerment of women of color entrepreneurs through mentoring, networking and other resources including financial. PBZ believes that true empowerment comes from economic self-sufficiency.
Our mission is simple: PBZ will empower BIPOC entrepreneurs with a focus on women business owners to succeed through but not limited to mentoring, skills building, networking, and providing resources. It is our belief that these women are critical to the growth of all of civilization and as such must be empowered to set their own destiny in support of their communities.
Terrez M. Thompson
Thompson has always lived by her hometown hero’s lyrics (Billie Holiday) “God Bless the Child that got his/her own”.
Prior to founding PBZ, Terrez was a 35-year veteran of The Coca-Cola Company. She served as Vice President of Global Supplier Diversity until her retirement. She is proudest of the innovative work she did to develop diverse suppliers. Most notably the Supplier Training and Empowerment Program (STEP) to support The Coca-Cola Company’s 5By20 initiative to empower 5 million women by 2020. Her crowning accomplishment was to establish a world class program focused on Women of Color entrepreneurs, including a Spanish language version launched in her final year
She has received numerous awards and honors, including 2-time recipient of NMSDC’s President’s Award, WBE Hall of Fame, National ACE Board Commendation for exceptional service/leadership to Greater AAPI community, Jack & Jill of Atlanta’s Mother of the Year, Pinnacle Award from Eastpoint College Park Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta & Whose Who in Black Atlanta, AWIT Women of the Year.
A nonpracticing Certified Public Accountant, Thompson earned her bachelor’s in accounting from Morgan State University in 1981. She also is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated; The Links Incorporated, the proud wife of Rodney, and mom to Summer and Chanel, their very friendly Pitbull.
Sally M. Davis
Owner, Dimensions, www.everydaydimensions.com
High-Impact Strategist Enriching Lives through Organizational Revitalization and Fundraising Campaigns
For over 25 years, Sally M. Davis has been driving organizational growth, programs, and enhancements in the education, human resources and non-profit spheres. She is the strategist organizations look for results. Her proven methodology for revitalizing the policies, procedures, programs, and initiatives at organizations is rooted in her life’s mission – to enrich people’s lives with access to equitable opportunities.
Nonprofits rely on Davis to propel fundraising opportunities into quantifiable support, ranging from $1M to $300M in successful campaigns. She leads clients and teams with passion and a keen ability to leverage alliances and partnerships by building meaningful and strategic relationships that lead to profit and sustainable support. Her laser-like focus and agile mind resolve issues, restructure organizations, direct talent acquisition, and develop a personable and solid remote or in-person workforce ready to tackle challenges collaboratively to achieve goals.
As a C-suite executive in the nonprofit and corporate worlds, Davis’ roles include as the Managing Director of Foundations Relations of Feeding America, VP of Foundations and Major Gifts of the Boys & Girls Club of America, CEO of Big Brother Big Sisters of Central Indiana, VP of Executive Talent Acquisition & Chief Diversity Officer of Mercy Health, Eli Lilly- Global Diversity & Business Development, HR Business Partner of Mass Mutual and Global Diversity Officer of Engine Company.
Davis has been a member of numerous boards, including Hillside, High Museum of Art, Corporate & Development and in the Board of Trustees at Drake University. She holds a Master of Science in Counseling and Personnel and Bachelor of Fine Arts in Speech Communications from Drake University, Des Moines, IA.
Ketty Poletto has more than 16 years in Procurement, Sustainability and Marketing Operations experience. She is currently leading Business Services Procurement at Unilever and prior to Unilever she spent more than six years at the Coca-Cola Company in a variety of roles in both direct (Ingredients and Packaging), MBS and Sustainability. Prior to Coca-Cola Ketty spent nearly a decade in strategic sourcing at Procter & Gamble, where she held global positions in Marketing procurement, raw materials and packaging procurement. Ketty received multiple innovations awards and recognitions during her tenure at P&G and The Coca-Cola Company.
In her private time Ketty loves spending time mentoring others, reading, exercising and spending time with her two boys. She is an active supporter of diversity and inclusion and her purpose is to be an inspiration to others as a strong, caring and courageous woman leader while doing good for others and the environment.