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MEET OUR NEW PRESIDENT

WENDY B. DICKINSON

Wendy Dickinson is the oldest of four girls, married 34 years, and has two daughters. Women's triumphs and challenges are important to her on a personal and professional level. Wendy joined Lean In Virginia founder, Sharon Robertson Williamson, 3 years ago. Wendy and Sharon met in college and have enjoyed working together every chance they have to do so.

Wendy is the founder of Ascend Coaching Solutions, a coaching firm specializing in the psychological aspects of key transitions, primarily mergers, acquisitions and successions for family-owned and/or closely held lower middle market companies.  Raised with small business in her blood, Wendy hails from a family of entrepreneurs. She is passionate about seeing business owners, who have spent their lives building their business and legacy, reap the rewards of their efforts. Having sold a business built with partners, Wendy has been at the table as a seller & coach.  With Ascend, owners maximize returns and minimize regrets.

Wendy holds a Master’s in Counselor Education from the University of Virginia, a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Mary Washington, and certification from the International Coach Federation.  Wendy worked as an outpatient therapist.

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MEET OUR VP of  OPERATIONS & DEVELOPMENT

KATRINA SEALS RUIZ

Katrina is a native New Yorker born in Brooklyn, raised in Queens and transplanted from Long Island, NY to Richmond, VA in 2005. She is a mother of two daughters and a son.

 

Katrina learned about Lean In from Wendy Dickinson three years ago and was immediately inspired when she witnessed women coming together to empower each other and achieve their ambitions.

Katrina earned a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from the University of Richmond. She is a Human Resources professional specialized in Talent Acquisition.

 

Katrina brings her passion for creating meaningful life experiences. She is a fan of the Arts with an eclectic blend of interests and hobbies. Katrina is a former Billboard recording artist and professional singer who performed in Italy and still performs in New York. You can find her planning her next trip abroad, at VMFA or leading wine tastings throughout Richmond. 

Katrina is a strong believer that innovative people and ideas move organizations forward, that’s why she is excited to be on the Leadership Team working closely with such a passionate group of women.

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MEET OUR AVP of EVENTS

JESSICA JOCSON

Jessica is a Southern California native, turned NYC transplant and now Richmond resident.  

 

She has her BS in Chemical Engineering and Environmental Engineering.  Currently, she is a part of the rotational engineer program at Suez, a position for recent-graduates in which she rotates through different departments to gain experience in sales, project execution, and process engineering.

Jessica was a coxswain for her college rowing team, and continues to cox for the Virginia Boat Club in her free time.

As a young professional new to the area, being a part of Lean In helped Jessica connect with other women in all different aspects of life.

As a participant in Lean In’s Circle program, Lean In Virginia is using Lean In’s name, program logos and other branded materials under a license from LeanIn.Org. Lean In Virginia is an independent group, and LeanIn.Org does not control its activities. Visit leanin.org to learn more about Lean In and its programs.

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