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Susan Colantuono has made it her life’s mission to support the career success of women.  She is the Founder of and now retired CEO of Leading Women, an international management consulting company focused on bringing gender balance to leadership teams. She is globally known for her TED Talk on The Career Advice You Probably Didn't Get (now with over 4 million views).

Recognizing that many women around the globe do not have access to the leadership and career development resources they need in order to advance, Susan envisioned that a global network of aspiring women could fill such a gap. She embarked on the journey to form A Career that Soars!, and joined forces with Michelle Redfern to bring it to life.

Susan is also the author of two internationally acclaimed books: No Ceiling, No Walls: what women haven’t been told about leadership and Make the Most of Mentoring which takes a close look at the conventional wisdom keeping women from rising from middle management.


Michelle Redfern is the co-founder of A Career that Soars! (ACts!) and the primary host of the Lead to Soar podcast. Michelle is the founder of Advancing Women, an enterprise providing research and advisory services on equality, inclusion and gender diversity. She is co-founder of social enterprise, Culturally Diverse Women and Workforces. 

Everything Michelle does is grounded in her personal mission and purpose to contribute to creating a gender equal world. She wants her son and daughter, nieces and nephews to inhabit a world where women and girls are valued and respected and equal. She wants them to live in a world where every human, no matter how they identify, can reach their full potential. 

Michelle “Gets Shit Done!” She helps clients get shit done to create gender equal and inclusive workplaces through her consulting and advisory work. She helps women from all walks of life get shit done for themselves and their careers through A Career that Soars! -- Get in touch with Michelle


Amal Yusuf (ACtS! cohost) is the newest president of SHE BRG, Delta Airline’s Women’s Business Resource Group, and project manager for the Employee Relations Center of Expertise at Delta, where she ensures her team has the process and technology capabilities to drive results for 75K employees. Amal has served Delta’s employees and customers in many roles, including onboarding program manager for flight attendants and manager of Safety Leadership and Promotion, where she designed and delivered programs to promote a culture of personal safety.

Before joining Delta, Amal was a successful entrepreneur, eventually selling her trucking business before making her way into the corporate world.

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Theresa Haywood-McCarley (ACtS! expert in residence) began her career in the automotive industry holding increasingly responsible roles, including people management, in quality, reliability, warranty and supply chain. After moving to the semiconductor industry she  managed global teams responsible for corporate quality systems, conflict minerals, global giving and corporate social responsibility. Theresa co-founded the company’s corporate social responsibility function and transitioned the global giving program into a company 501c(3) Foundation. Under her leadership her teams were responsible for the company receiving public recognition for their corporate social responsibility, conflict minerals, sustainability and quality programs.  Theresa has a B.S. Mathematics, (University of North Carolina - Greensboro) and an MBA (Indiana Wesleyan).

Mel Butcher (Melissa Butcher)

Mel Butcher is a co-host in A Career that Soars! and executive producer (and occasional host) of the Lead to Soar podcast. 

During the day, Mel serves as a consultant for Carollo Engineers where she is most passionate about helping corporate enterprise clients achieve and exceed their water risk, resilience, and sustainability goals. 

Get in touch with Mel here.