Meet the Excelerate Experience Team

The Excelerate Experience is designed by a diverse group of small business women who have reaped the benefits of mastermind, moving their businesses forward in unimaginable ways. We are dedicated to seeing and supporting the greatness in others, with a genuine interest in helping you grow your business and achieve success.


The Excelerate Experience is a look beyond the nuts and bolts and tactics you’ve learned at other workshops and events. Join us to discover the missing pieces to the success you want and so richly deserve.

Team Bios

Leslie Flowers

Ideal Client and Mastermind

Leslie Flowers, speaker, twice Amazon best-selling author, and women's truth guide, is a Trailblazer for women’s success and achievement. She has discovered how to usher women into the 21st century with confidence and empowerment like never before.

Leslie has 'cracked the nut' on unbridled success, by teaching women how to build confidence, harness the power of positive belief, and take inspired, structured action. With forty-five years in corporate and twenty years as an entrepreneur, Leslie is uniquely qualified to present in an empowering and engaging way, age old success concepts by reshaping them into 21st Century language, sharing them with women determined to grow their businesses and reach their dreams.

Diana M. Needham

Authority and Unique Value

Diana M. Needham, two-time Amazon best-selling author, speaker, journalist, creator of the Leverage Your Message program, and marketing mentor, works with authors, speakers, and consultants to monetize their message, get it out in a big way, and position themselves as the authority in their field. This enables them to increase their visibility, stop competing based on price, attract higher paying clients, and explode their business growth.

Deborah Oronzio

Dream and Vision

Deborah "Deb" Oronzio is the founder of Self-Empower Coaching whose mission is to help professionals achieve meaningful career transitions that bring success, satisfaction and significance into their lives. She helps people explore the next phases of their career path whether that is advancement within their established career or carving out a completely new path including the start-up of their own business. She holds two certifications in coaching, one from The Life Mastery Institute as a DreamBuilder Coach and the second from The Coach Training Alliance as a Life and Career Coach. Deb has a deep and diverse background in business, training and education. Her most recent positions were Director of Entrepreneurship and Business/Marketing Instructor at Wake Tech Community College. In working with aspiring and existing entrepreneurs and those seeking new career opportunities, her focus is to help them explore and cultivate their mindset concerning their entrepreneurial or job-seeking experiences. She is adept in facilitating the process of designing and developing the vision for their business or career. Deb holds a master’s degree in business management.

Rangadevi Hernandez


Rangadevi Hernandez, owner of Govinda’s Catering, is a writer, singer, and chef extraordinaire. Govinda’s specializes in gluten-free, dairy-free, taste-full cooking. Rangadevi specializes in creating and sharing food that nourishes both the body and the soul. Over the last three years Rangadevi has crafted an online community through her weekly menus and blog posts that engage and delight all the senses, as she takes readers along with her on an introspective and humorous journey through Life.

Lisa Carl


Lisa Carl, MBA, is a Senior Operations and Project Management professional is known for her fast-track performance in corporate settings over the past 30 years. No matter what industry she has worked in, her career advancement and compensation increases outpaced historical records. Lisa works to support other women in their careers, and as an experienced “accountability partner,” she is getting ready to launch her own business. (coming soon)

Marie Snider

Authentic Story

Marie Snider, speaker, presentation trainer, business improvisation, Amazon best-selling author, and body language consultant is an advocate for the business and personal success of her clients. Marie’s background as a teacher of English, speech and theater enables her clients to make concrete, physical, vocal, and attitudinal changes to enhance their success. Her experience performing with the Cleveland, Ohio professional improvisation company, The End Result Cult, enables her clients to see business interactions as creative, mutual problem solving opportunities, rather than obstacles.

Joanne Dahill

Inner Focus

Joanne Dahill began her exploration and practice of meditation at the age of 19. She broadened her studies to include a wide array of somatic practices and body-mind therapies. Over the past 20 years she has focused her energy in supporting women as they journeyed through one of life’s most demanding passageways, acting as a mirror to reflect to each woman her own strength, wisdom and capacity to trust in her own power during labor and birth. Drawing upon this experience, and ongoing training, she now offers guidance through Focusing to assist women in generating new possibilities for moving their lives forward.

Jessica Hairston, MD

Life Balance

Jessica K. Hairston, MD received her BS in Chemistry from Duke University, Durham, NC and her Doctorate of Medicine from UNC School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC. She is a double Board Certified Adult, Infant, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Fellow in the American Psychiatric Association. In July 2015, Dr. Hairston launched 360 Degree Health, PLLC, an interdisciplinary practice in Hillsborough, NC, designed to benefit the whole person. Services include psychiatry, psychotherapy, yoga, massage, nutrition, and life coaching. Dr. Hairston’s life’s mission is to teach people how to care for themselves: mind, body, and soul.

Allison Gore

Personal Service

Allison Gore is the owner of My Girl Friday, Inc., the Piedmont’s (NC) premier concierge service. MGF provides clients with personal and executive assistance, with a focus on saving individuals, business owners, and executives time and money. Our specialties are event planning (Member MPI), business organization, and errand services. Not only can we make these arrangements for your business and personal life, we can organize your business and home to help you find the time you need to sit back, put your feet up, and RELAX. With over 13 years in the customer service industry, we are well trusted in providing excellent and prompt service beyond expectations. Your Success is our Success. Giving back to the community is very important to us through volunteering with the Kernodle Senior Center, NC Therapeutic Riding Center, Rotary, and the Alamance County (NC) Children’s Museum.

Ronica VanGelder


Ronica's Custom Creations is an award winning full service window treatment design and fabrication studio. Ronica works with both the homeowners and design clients, using her specialized industry skills to make ideas and plans become reality to transform your house into a home. Ronica's Custom Creations is dedicated to providing quality products with outstanding details. To reach that end, she spends time keeping up with current colors, home furnishing styles, and fabrication techniques. Memberships in the Custom Home Furnishings network and the Window Coverings Association of America (WCAA), as well as certifications from the WCAA and the Window Fashions Certification Program(WfCP) provide educational opportunities and important contacts and resources with colleagues. Ronica strives to achieve the highest levels of proficiency in drapery fabrication. She searches out new knowledge in the field by attending educational seminars, business seminars, and WCAA chapter meetings as well as subscribing to trade and design journals. Customers can be assured that they will be treated in a respectful way and provided with home furnishings they will be proud of for many years.

Susan Watson


Susan is the Executive Director of the Women’s Resource Center in Alamance County. In addition to this position Susan is the Owner of The Write Occasion, a small home-based business that believes the hand- written note sets you apart for personal or professional correspondence. Her passion is coaching women to see their own potential and find the tools they need to achieve it. She has 13 years of experience as a licensed insurance professional with Northwestern Mutual, skilled in operations management and coaching of new financial representatives. Susan is a graduate of the Leadership Alamance Class of 2015. Her volunteer work with United Way of Greater Greensboro focused on community engagement through service on the Women’s Leadership Planning Committee. She is a member of the Women’s Professional Forum in Greensboro. Susan serves on the Board of Directors for the Women’s Resource Center in Greensboro. Susan is a member of the Rotary Club of Alamance and holds a B.A. in Women’s Gender Studies from UNCG. She is the proud mom of one daughter, two sons and three terrific grandchildren. Her spare time is filled as a beachcomber, reader, labyrinth walker and enjoying off the beaten path traveling, most recently a scuba diving trip in Thailand with her son.