Psyche Terry was born on the south side of Chicago to a teen mom. Due to a lack of resources, her parents gave custody to Psyche’s great aunt. Based on the statistics of the community, Psyche was expected to be pregnant by 16, unwed, and working multiple low paying jobs to make ends meet. Her high school counselor told her that she would likely not go to college.
Psyche recognized patterns of bad habits and decisions early in life and was inspired and motivated to live her life differently. She earned a high school internship that led to a 12-year career at Whirlpool Corporation. It took Psyche only 3 years to graduate from Western Michigan University’s Hayworth College of Business and despite failing the entrance exam 3 times, she later graduated 2nd in her class from UNLV’s College of Business EMBA.
Psyche Terry is now blazing trails in the retail world as the Founder and CEO of UI Global Brands, a lifestyle brand that includes the Inspire PsycheTerry and Urban Hydration naturally inspired skincare, haircare, and lifestyle collections. She is the first African American female to successfully launch a line of lingerie that wholesales to the largest department, retail, off price, and beauty stores in the U.S. Psyche is an industry pioneer with an undeniable passion for women and entrepreneurship. A wife and mother of three children under the age of 8, Psyche leads marketing, design, and retail strategy teams for the thriving business, which she started with in 2009. Under her leadership UIGB experienced 700%+ sales growth in 2013 and in 2014 received a $40 million valuation. The company’s products are available at more than 8,000 stores nationwide and select retailers in South America and the Caribbean.
Psyche’s achievements as a businesswoman and motivational speaker have resulted in her being featured in top publications including Forbes, Wall Street Journal, Essence and Black Enterprise. She has also appeared on major television networks such as MSNBC, CNBC, ABC, CBS, and Univision. Psyche has appeared on NBC’s top rated Steve Harvey as a mystery millionaire on one of the highest ranked episodes of the year. Psyche recently had the distinguished honor of being requested as a White House speaker on young women entrepreneurship and to meet Oprah.
Psyche tells stories of how she cashed out her Whirlpool 401(k), maxed out several credit cards, and flew her entire family to Asia in hopes of landing manufacturing and sales contracts. She wins hearts of moms and millionaires alike when they hear of her stories of being 36 weeks pregnant and opening a 40-person skin care factory.
Psyche and her college sweetheart husband, Vontoba, have offices next door to each other as they continue to lead and grow their company and brands in a true business love story.
Natalie is the CEO and founder of StudioHop. She was born in Dallas and raised in Austin with her 3 siblings on Lake Austin. Natalie met her now husband Ryan in high school, and they have been married for 5 years and work quite literally side-by-side at their software company they co-founded. She graduated from Southern Methodist University with degrees in journalism and Spanish and currently lives in Dallas on the Katy Trail with her husband and their “Shichon” Annabelle. Natalie has a passion for fitness, health and wellness, cooking and has a consistently strong case of wanderlust.
Jennifer Paine currently serves as Director of Business Transformation Solutions—Operations within Southwest Airlines’ Corporate Delivery Department. In this role, Jennifer is responsible for providing Southwest’s Operational Departments with the appropriate solutions to meet their business needs, most of which utilize technology.
Jennifer joined Southwest in 2007 as Senior Manager, Enterprise Insights. Once the AirTran acquisition was announced, she moved to Senior Manager, AirTran Integration/Multi-Fleet and led the Technology integration of Southwest Airlines’ and AirTran Airways’ operational capabilities. In 2012, Jennifer was promoted to Director, Airport Ops and NOC and Multi-Fleet. In this role, she supported the Technology needs of Ground Ops and NOC and led the Team to support the 737-800, evolve the existing 737-700’s, and support Flag Operations, a project that allowed Southwest to fly outside of the continental United States to Puerto Rico.
In her current role, Jennifer is leading the organization through the Program for Reliable Operations (PRO), a program that delivers capabilities to improve the operational reliability of the airline, introduces the new 737-8 aircraft into the fleet, and replace many of Southwest’s operational systems, including the maintenance, NOC, and cargo systems.
Prior to joining Southwest Airlines, Jennifer worked at Neiman Marcus for seven years, where she managed Teams in the areas of application development and website technology.
Jennifer earned a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Texas A&M University. She is married to her husband, John, and they have twin sons, John and Jeffrey.
Judy is a photographer, writer, friend, daughter, wife and mama. She loves helping people capture beautiful memories that will last a lifetime. When she doesn't have a camera in her hand, you can find her reading or spending time with family and friends. On the enneagram chart Judy is a #7 with a strong #8 wing for the things she's passionate about. Judy definitely not the loudest person in the room, but she love having tons of friends to share life with!