Charity Wallace
CEO, Wallace Global Impact

Charity is the founder and principal of Wallace Global Impact. Ms. Wallace combines her policy expertise with her extensive experience to drive innovative and effective solutions that improve the lives of people around the world through her company’s work with individual leaders, corporations and non-profit organizations. Ms. Wallace also serves as a Senior Advisor to the Global Women’s Initiatives at the George W. Bush Institute.


Neena Newberry
President, Newberry Executive Solutions

Neena is the founder of Newberry Executive Solutions, a leadership development and consulting firm. A former Deloitte Consulting executive, Neena has over 25 years of business and leadership development experience, and is an award-winning executive coach, author and national media speaker. She is passionate about giving back, serving on several nonprofit boards and committees. 


Connie Copley
Community Advocate

Connie began advocating and fundraising for Akola in 2007 and joined Akola's Board of Directors in 2013. She has a life-long commitment to education and women's empowerment efforts. Connie has served on the boards of several non-profit organizations, including Austin Waldorf School, the Dallas Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary (President), and Victims Outreach (President). Early in her career, Connie was a co-owner and manager of Beautiful Day Trading Company, one of the first natural food stores in Maryland. In 1983 she moved to Dripping Springs, Texas to help develop Onion Creek Farm, the first organic and biodynamic farm in Texas.


Brittany Underwood
Founder and CEO, Akola

Brittany has made an extraordinary impact through her dedication over the past 14 years to transform the lives of impoverished women and families through Akola. Brittany received a Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies with an emphasis on International Development from Fuller Theological Seminary in 2010. Named by the National Retail Federation in 2018 as one of the 25 people shaping the future of retail, Brittany continues empowering women through economic and holistic development in her role as Founder and CEO of Akola. She joined the faculty of Southern Methodist University as an adjunct professor in 2015, where she teaches a course on Social Innovation.