BIS Contributors

Dr. Cortney Baker

Speech Therapist, Author, Speaker, Leadership Expert, Entrepreneur and Business Owner

Dr. Baker is the owner and CEO of KidsCare Therapy, a pediatric home healthcare agency that employs approximately 300 people and helps assist over 2200 children all over Texas. She also opened Baker Management Group, a firm where she enjoys consulting and speaking nation-wide.

Dr. Baker is also a wife, mother of three and a proud, native Texan, honored to be named a finalist for Texas Business Woman of the Year for 2015 and 2016.


Louise Presley-Turner

Personal growth expert, author, and award-winning speaker.

As the author of the books ‘Finding a Future That Fits’ and ‘Mindset Mastery‘ – ’Louise’s expertise and life-changing techniques have secured her position as one of the UK’s leading and most prolific life coaches. With her estimable credentials and ever-growing client list, Louise has excelled in the extraordinary task of changing the behavioral landscape for so many. Disciplines such as neuroscience, positive psychology and behavioral therapy, coupled with her intuitive people skills, have equipped Louise with the tools and techniques that enable people to define their goals, challenge their existing mindset and beliefs, and improve their lives with remarkable results.

As a prolific writer and vlogger, Louise has been featured in many of the top national magazines and newspapers including Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Psychologies, The Telegraph and The Guardian as well as BBC radio. She also blogs for The Huffington Post.

As an award-winning motivational and inspirational speaker Louise has spoken alongside some of the world’s best thought leaders such as Dr. Wayne Dyer, Louise Hay, Cheryl Richardson, Robert Holden and Sonia Choquette.

Her unique style of coaching has produced some amazing results, helping people to define their goals and turn their lives around with amazing success.

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Rebecca Armstong

Rebecca is a shareholder at KoonsFuller Family Law, the Southwest’s largest family law firm.

Listed as a Top 100 Texas Super Lawyer Rising Star, she also has the distinction of being honored as a Texas Top 50 Female Rising Star. Dealing with divorce, complex property division, child custody–and all other facets of family law–Rebecca’s heavy caseload keeps her inside the courtroom litigating cases on a daily basis. To learn more about Rebecca, visit

Bethany Williams

Business guru and talk show host of the show “3Days to a Raise.”

Bethany is the person companies go to for BUSINESS START UP and activation activities for organizations. She is an intra-preneur (exercising entrepreneurial thinking WITHIN organizations large and small) creating expansions to significantly expand revenue and market share. She specializes in taking concepts from idea generation to product rollout. Utilizing Six Sigma Voice of the Customer data gathering and Voice of the Market, she finds solutions that are marketable, profitable, disruptive and edgy.

Teresa Tapp (T-TAPP)

Fitness Guru, Writer

Teresa’s life long journey to understand and teach others “how to help your body help itself” repair and rebuild has taken her all over the world from corporate centers and science laboratories to international model agencies and every day moms. However, her passion to empower real people, especially women, with the ability to achieve lasting results for better brain-body fitness and healthy hormones is what keeps her ageless and vibrant. Her workouts, called T-Tapp, do not use any equipment, weights or stretchy bands and can be done in less that 4 feet of space. Her innovative way of using full fiber activation of multiple muscles with equal tension from origin to insertion along with leverage isometrics (T-Tapp Method) increases energy, decreases inflammation and improves effectiveness of any activity. Her book, Fit and Fabulous in 15 Minutes, details two workouts plus contains a complimentary dvd. Her public broadcast tv documentary, Healthy Hormones: Brain-Body Fitness has been airing for 3 years in over 300 cities and her new show, Vibrant for Life was launched in 2016. When you’re ready, T-Tapp is ready to help YOU achieve results…. Yes You Can!

Leslie O’Hare

Television Personality, Author, Professional Speaker

Leslie O’Hare is the President of Leslie O’Hare Media, Founder of Embrace, Empower and Enjoy Life [E3] Summer Camp and Co-Creative Director of Uppermost Entertainment. Leslie is one of the leading authorities in helping to empower women and girls to overcome rejection so they can rise to victory in order to live their best life. Leslie is also a prolific faith and business public speaker as well as a master storyteller. She takes her role as a foster care mother and wife just as serious as being a successful businesswoman. Leslie’s success as an entrepreneur, author, public speaker, publisher of L The Leslie Magazine, philanthropist, television talk show host, radio personality, playwright, television/film/stage show creator, television producer and director spans over 20 years.

Leslie is best known for her long-running television talk shows in Dallas, Texas; two of which were The Leslie Taylor Hare Show and The Leslie O’Hare Show both were reflections of Leslie’s entertaining personality. The locally syndicated programs were aired on an ABC affiliate station reaching over 4 million homes weekly. The show’s focus on family, empowering women and girls and human interest stories, entertainment and pop culture exemplifies Leslie’s passion for those topics.

Invite Leslie to participate as a panelist or to speak at your next Women’s Conference, Church Conference, Youth Conference, Foster Care Agency Conference, College/University, Corporate or Non-profit event!

Lorie Burch

Attorney, Author

Lorie is a Dallas attorney who primarily focuses on comprehensive estate planning, including wills, trusts, powers of attorney, living wills, and probate. Lorie currently serves on the Lambda Legal Dallas Leadership Committee. From 2014-2016, Lorie served on the Black Tie Dinner Board, a charitable dinner board that raises money for local beneficiaries and the Human Rights Foundation. Lorie served as the 2013-2014 National President for theBoard of Directors of the American Business Women’s Association.  From 2011-2013, she served on the ABWA National Board as well as on the Board of Trustees for the Stephen Bufton Memorial Educational Fund. She is also the past Chairwoman of the Board of Directors for the North Texas GLBTChamber of Commerce and was formally the Co-Chair of the DFW HumanRights Campaign Steering Committee.

Lorie was honored by the Dallas Business Journal as a 2013 Women in Business. She was recognized as one of the 2010 Top Ten Business Women for the American Business Women’s Association. Also for 2010, Lorie was selected as Woman of the Year for the Outlook Positive Express Network forABWA.  In 2007, Lorie was awarded the North Texas GLBT Chamber BusinessPerson of the Year. Lorie is a solo practitioner who primarily focuses on helping families, single parents, and everyone in between with creating wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and living wills.


Lauren Midgley

Productivity Strategist, Author, Professional Speaker

Lauren Midgley, based in Dallas-Ft. Worth Texas, became an entrepreneur in 2010 after a 25+ year career with two Fortune 500 companies in a variety of positions: Franchise Development, Sales, and Marketing. Skilled at helping others with their personal productivity, accountability, leadership, sales growth and marketing, Lauren understands her audience and their motivation. Her depth of knowledge and understanding come from being an executive managing a team and being a business owner herself. She engages the audience through interaction, thought provoking questions and unbridled enthusiasm. Her goal is to shift their thinking and action to get results.

Lauren is a professional member of the National Speaker Association and is on the Board for the North Texas Chapter. She has an MBA and undergrad degree in Marketing. Lauren is proud to have acquired the Certified Franchise Executive certification from the International Franchise Association.

Cindy Arledge

Best-Selling Author, Legacy Builder and Visionary Leader

Cindy Arledge, MBA is an author, speaker, trusted family advisor and visionary leader of the Legacy Family Revolution. Her company specializes in assisting business owners and financially successful families to create and implement their Legacy Family Plans. After surviving the destruction of her own family following her parents’ deaths, Cindy vowed to help other families avoid common pitfalls that plague the majority of wealth transfer events.

Legacy Family Planning is a values-centered approach to estate planning that can significantly reduce wealth transfer failures. Until now, it was reserved for ultra-wealthy families. To reach her vision of helping 1,000,000 families, Cindy knew it would take an army of experienced professionals. To meet the growing demand of this new industry, Cindy spearheaded the creation of The Legacy Family Planners Association (LFPA), an organization dedicated to training and certifying Legacy Family Planning professionals. An active philanthropist, Cindy helped raise over $3 million dollars to build a women’s shelter in Boerne, TX.

Debbie Lane

Business Professional, Mom and Flutist

Debbie has over 20 years business development / revenue growth success working for very large corporations like Xerox, IKON Office Solutions (now Ricoh), PwC and KPMG where she has worked in various roles – including Direct Sales, Regional, and National roles.  Debbie has a Master of Business Administration degree, is a certified Project Management Professional, is on the Board of Directors of the Dallas Winds, and regularly performs (flute) with the First Baptist Dallas orchestra.  Her two loves of her life (her two daughters) are currently excelling in their studies at Texas A&M University and University of South Carolina, where they expect to graduate in the next 2 years.

Colleen A. Rickenbacher, CMP, CSEP, CPC, CTA, CPECP

Author, speaker, trainer and consultant handling all areas of etiquette, protocol, civility and communication skills    Colleen’s four books and training cover practical business and dining skills, the proper etiquette and protocol to navigate globally in any international climate and effective activities for making great impressions, boosting problem-solving skills, and improving customer service. Her one book The Big Book of People Skills Games has just gone international. Colleen is the co-founder of Global Protocol, Etiquette & Civility Academy which provides individuals and companies the opportunity for further training and certification. Colleen has achieved numerous certifications and awards including One of the Top 25 Most Influential People in the Meeting Industry by Meeting News Magazine, inducted into the Hall of Fame and awarded the Lifetime Achievement designation by Texas Meetings & Events magazine and most recently inducted into the MPI Dallas/Fort Chapter Hall of Honor. Colleen is an active member in the hospitality industry and can be seen and heard regularly on national radio and television.

Nathalie Gil

Makeup Artist

Nathalie Gil has been in the beauty business for 26 years and has traveled with Trish McEvoy, a renowned makeup artist, to teach women how to apply makeup. Born and raised for 10 years in France, Nathalie grew with a European perspective and believes that beauty is from within. Though Nathalie’s in the world of beauty, she believes that all woman can be beautiful in their own way. Her passion is to teach and empower women on tips about makeup and interior décor. She instills confidence with her personal clients by teaching them how to look their best in private lessons. She’s done extensive trainings in New York for Trish McEvoy and her employees. Nathalie follows trends, but mainly teaches her clients everyday tips and tricks, as well as how to kick it up a notch for special times. She graduated from SMU with psychology and advertising degrees.


Deborah King

Founder and President of Final Touch Finishing School, Inc.

Deborah King, AICI CIP, CPC, CPECP is President of Final Touch Finishing School – the premier finishing school in the United States – which she founded in Seattle, Washington in 1989. Her passion is to equip people from all walks of life with the necessary skills to move confidently from the informal to the formal with ease and grace. She teaches how to evaluate each social and business circumstance, as well as how to respond with appropriate poise and manners based on a variety of cultural considerations. Deborah has over 35 years of experience in the civility, etiquette, and image industry. She is a certified protocol, etiquette and civility professional; a certified professional coach; and one of only 124 certified image professionals internationally. In 2010 she co-founded Global Protocol, Etiquette & Civility Academy in Dallas, Texas.

Deborah serves as a Founding Director for the Institute of Image Training and Testing International (IITTI) – a standardized independent testing and certification system for employers and job-seekers to measure the soft skills critical for business success; and as a Founding Member for the Association of Image Consultants International (AICI) Civility Counts Project who established May as Global Civility Awareness Month as designated by the Chases Calendar of Events.Deborah serves as a reliable resource to the media and travels extensively both domestically and internationally, teaching her principles of etiquette and poise to individuals aged five to seventy-five. She has presented programs for public and private schools, churches, associations, and a host of companies.


Ana Loi

Professional Coach

  • I’ve been: a coach for 11 years
  • If I were not a coach: I’d be a doctor!
  • My style description is: trendy and clean
  • I love: extreme sports

Kelly Miron

Skin care and make-up guru and entrepreneur

Owner of The Powder Room and professional makeup artist, Kelly Miron, will help you realize your personal makeup style with top-of-the-line products from the best cosmetic companies in the world. Kelly believes in the transformative nature of makeup and that beauty comes in all forms, shapes, and sizes – there is no one-size-fits-all approach at her boutique. Makeup is only as good as the skin underneath so her philosophy is to start with great skin and follow that with the best makeup.

Kelly began her career with Clinique cosmetics and quickly moved up through the ranks of high-end brands like Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, and NARS. Known as a trouble shooter for struggling cosmetic counters, she turned several under-producing cosmetic counters into flourishing million dollar dynamos. By the young age of 25, Kelly had built a reputation as a strong leader and savvy businesswoman.

Kelly continued to hone her makeup artistry and brow sculpting skills while working for YSL. This is the time when she found that her passion was not just for the business side of cosmetics, but also for the artistry. With the help of mentors François Nars and Laura Mercier, Kelly discovered that while running a successful business, she could also transform women through the power of makeup.
With vast artistry experience from print work to NY Fashion Week, television to movie credits, and makeup lessons to bridal makeup, Kelly is perhaps best known for her expertise in brow sculpting, but her flawless makeup application and meticulous attention to detail are hallmarks of her brand as well – this is truly her life’s work.

Li Saul

Incentralism Meditation™ founder and Certified Guided Meditation Specialist, IAMI Instructor/Member (International Association of Meditation Instructors)

Li Saul is a Certified Meditation Guide, Certified Angel Card Reader, and a Member of the IAMI (International Association of Meditation Instructors). She has been guiding visualization meditation for 23 years, and is the founder of the INCENTRALISM Meditation practice — a meditative practice based on the power of living from the inside out and thought energy awareness. Rather than give people and situations the power to affect how you think and feel from moment to moment, INCENTRALISM Meditation teaches you to stay connected to — and respect — your voice within, honoring what you want and need.  The mind is everything. What you think, you become; what you believe, you create; what you expect, you attract … which means it is within your power to consciously create the life you want. Start now!

Sarah Pickard

Interior Designer Sarah Pickard is the president and founder of Pickard Design Studio, a boutique interior design firm in Dallas, Texas that offers professional, award-winning interior design services from sketch to completion for hotels, country clubs, urban living, resorts and luxury residential projects. With more than 20 years of interior design experience, she has a rained eye for style and business leadership. In 2014 Sarah announced a new branch to the company, Pickard Design Build. The new venture combines architecture, construction, and interior design under one roof, allowing for cost-effective build solutions and streamlined communication between client and builder. Pickard Design Build offers architecture insight, interior design and remodeling services and new construction while providing full-service, turnkey designs in each project. Sarah was named a “Top Ten Dallas Interior Designer” by Top Ten Magazine. She has appeared as a featured interior designer on four episodes of HGTV’s Real Estate Intervention, as well as Food Network’s latest hit show, On the Rocks, a bar and restaurant renovation show. Sarah contributes to Peachy Magazine’s online blog with monthly interior design trend pieces.

Denise Fuller

Licensed Esthetician

  • My origins: Dallas, Texas
  • I’ve been: a licensed esthetician for 21 years, a spa educator and enthusiast. I’m the founder of the National Aesthetic Spa Network, Publisher of I’m an entrepreneur and mother, beautifully created and fulfilling her purpose.
  • If I weren’t an organizer, I’d be a: psychologist
  • My style description is: classic
  • My style icon is: Lauren Bacall
  • I love to: travel and visit new spas

Jenny Fowler

Professional Organizer, Writer, Speaker

  • My origins: I’m a Texas girl through and through, but if I had to live somewhere else, it would be County Cork, Ireland.
  • I’ve been: a professional organizer for 8 years.
  • My favorite thing about being an organizer is: helping clients let go of what no longer serves them to create space for new inspiration.
  • If I weren’t an organizer, I’d be a: history professor, therapist, or journalist.
  • My style description is: structured, menswear-inspired pieces, with a hint of sexy secretary.
  • My style icon is: Tina Fey.
  • I love to: eat chocolate, drink wine, and snuggle with my dog.

Meryl Manning Segel

Real Estate

  • I am so blessed in that I have done most everything from working with developers and builders to handling all marketing, design and sales associated with new projects.
  • If I were not in real estate: I would be some sort of life coaching business. I love to help people have clarity in their lives and desires.
  • My style description is: classic, individualistic and fun
  • My style icon is: Jacqueline Kennedy
  • I love to: travel, entertain and help clients with their real estate needs

Laura Symons

Master Stylist at VonAnhony Salon / National Extension Educator

  • My origins: Canadian by birth, lived in Indianapolis for 16 years, and currently residing in Frisco, Texas
  • I’ve been: a professional hairdresser for 13 years, and a national educator with Hairdreams for seven years
  • If I was not a hairdresser I would be: a yoga instructor and nutritionist
  • Style description: trendy and flirty with a touch of Boho
  • My style icon is: Bridgete Bardot
  • I love to: workout, practice yoga, and cook