Women Evolution creates innovative and scalable training solutions for women’s leadership development programs.
WE are inspired to develop a better path for future female leaders that is creative, relevant and taught in a way that we learn best- through sharing stories.
WE all learn best when someone shows us how to do something and through our scalable mentorship model we could give all women access to the top female executives in the country giving us all the advice we need to take ownership of our career, our success and our happiness.
WE believe every woman should be equipped with the 6 critical leadership skills that drives confidence and the courage to own her career.
Shavon Lindley co-founded Women Evolution in 2012 after a difficult and frustrating search to find her own female mentor. After years of sacrificing her own health and happiness at the altar of success, she knew she needed to take control of her own career. Connecting with a female mentor who could relate to her own career and personal aspirations, offer candid advice and act as a sounding board was exactly what she needed.
Shavon quickly realized that finding a female mentor with the qualities she was looking for was no easy task. She knew that there were thousands of bright and driven women out there like her who could benefit from female mentorship – if they could only find it. She began to seek out and interview dozens of Fortune 1000 executive women to find how they were able to navigate the corporate landscape, have a family and maintain their happiness. What she learned became the foundation of Women Evolution.
Today, Shavon is a nationally recognized career and mentorship expert specializing in the advancement of women in typically male dominated fields. She began her career in 2004 in the financial services industry and quickly became her firm’s top producing representative in Southern California. She attributes much of her early success to working hard, being able to handle rejection and having a supportive, business-focused mentor.
Shavon grew up in Tulsa, Ok and received her BS in Mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin. She is an avid music lover with a ridiculously loud laugh and you can always find her at Coachella Music Festival. Currently, she lives in Del Mar, CA with her husband, daughter and 2 rescue dogs.
Terri Funk Graham is a Corporate Board Member and a Senior Executive change agent who directly influenced the success, image, and growth of the $3B Jack In The Box brand for more than 20 years.
Terri is currently the chairman of Women Evolution. At this point in her career, She wanted to get involved with an organization that feeds the soul. She met Shavon and discovered quickly that they shared the same values, sense of humor, love of music and passion to make a difference for women.
As the former Chief Marketing Officer of Jack in the Box for ten years, she was a pioneer in innovative branding, advertising and digital media practices. Her strategic vision and business expertise enabled her to deliver one of the most successful national advertising campaigns of all time. Terri’s work on the Jack In The Box brand received 10 Effie Awards, several Belding’s, Cannes Lions, and Clio Awards. Recently, she was the CMO of RedEnvelope, an e-commerce gifting retailer. As the chief steward of the brand, Terri was responsible for re-branding the website and the digital omni-channel strategy and experience.
Terri is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc., a $3B specialty retailer of natural and organic food. Previously, she served as a Director of Hot Topic Inc., a $600M specialty retailer. Terri also is a member of Women Corporate Directors and is on the Advisory Boards of the Chief Marketing Officer Club and the Global Retail Marketing Association.
Terri earned a BS in Business Administration focused on Marketing and an MA in Organizational Management. She continued her education with the University of California at Berkeley’s Executive Financial Analysis Program. On a personal note, Terri enjoys a passion for photography. Her favorite thing to do is travel and capture what she is experiencing through the lens of a camera. It’s not unusual for her to shoot thousands of photos on a family vacation. She currently lives in San Diego with her husband and son.
Scott Arnold is a Finance & Operations executive responsible for the creation of sustainable business platforms and solutions across many industries.
Scott is currently Treasurer of Women Evolution, has been on the Board for Women Evolution since 2013, and had been an Advisor to Shavon Lindley in the development of the core platform, since 2012. He has helped many women leaders in his career, in many respects, they were the sisters he never had. He believes Women Evolution can be significantly impactful and would like to say he helped make a difference.
He is currently CFO for Sway Ventures, a venture capital firm that invests in early-stage privately held software businesses. He also provides board-level advisory services for early stage companies in the CONNECT program. Prior to his current role, Scott led turnaround high-growth initiatives for Invitrogen/ Life Technologies in both the Services and eCommerce business channels, created an IT leadership presence for Intuit’s flagship TurboTax Division, and built strong bridges between Gateway’s Commercial Headquarters in Orange County CA, and Call Centers in the Midwest.
Scott was awarded Commercial Team of the Year twice with Invitrogen, and has been active on numerous Non-Profits in San Diego, including Voices for Children, the Lyceum Theatre and San Diego Social Venture Partners.
Scott earned his BA in Accounting from Western Michigan University, his MBA in Finance from Wayne State, and also attended San Diego State University’s Executive MBA program.
Scott enjoys tennis, running, hiking and cycling, and is a huge fan of the Detroit Tigers and Red Wings.
Ameerah Salaam is a Sr. Training & Development Partner with Broadcom Corporation. In her role she acts as an internal consultant and partner while developing and delivering impactful enterprise wide strategic training initiatives based on the organization’s business needs and goals. Her professional experience spans 20 years within the fields of; Manufacturing, Operations, Supply Chain, and Technology. Her areas of expertise are Leadership Development, Human Resource Management, Change Management, Executive Coaching and Training. She has been honored to serve employers such as Hallmark Cards, Colgate-Palmolive, Henkel and Broadcom Corporation.
Ameerah currently serves on the Board of Directors for Women Evolution with great pride and honor. She is dedicated towards the social and human development of others, and has spent most of her adult life cultivating her own interpersonal talents to achieve her own career goals. Ameerah believes that if any society is to truly progress and develop, it will requires the consciousness and guidance that women bring to the corporate culture.
Ameerah holds a BS degree from Missouri Western State University, and an MBA from Webster University in Kansas. She is also a proud recipient of the “SPHR” Certification (Senior Professional in Human Resources).
Ameerah (‘Princess” in Arabic) currently resides in Orange County California, but is originally from Kansas City, Missouri, and for sure, is a die-hard ‘Chiefs’ football fan. She volunteers regularly with many organizations such as her sorority Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. where she mentors teens and young adults on various life skills, including Entrepreneurial skills. Her hobbies include golf, traveling, and boating.
Lynae Watkins joins Mentoring Method after a successful 10 year career in hospitality sales. Lynae specializes in client relationship building and brings her strong communication skills to the team. Lynae is solution oriented and excels in listening and learning about her clients’ challenges, discussing and exploring creative ideas and providing solutions to meet the desired goal of the respective companies.
Lynae is inspired by discovering people’s diverse backgrounds and their unique traits and believes there is always an opportunity to learn from other perspectives. In her free time, Lynae enjoys entertaining family and friends and exploring San Diego with her husband, two little girls and Labrador Retriever.