Who Runs the World? Here are 35 Charlotte Female CEO’s Leading the Charge

This article is sponsored by Charlotte Radiology Breast Services.

In this series, sponsored by Charlotte Radiology Breast Services, we highlight women in various industries who are shaking things up in the Queen City. From artists to influencers to our nonprofit warriors, women in Charlotte have proven time and time again that they are leaders in their respective fields. 

For this article, we highlight some of the C-level all-stars in Charlotte. They work in varied industries and have had varied career paths. Although they may seem different, the things they have in common are that they are all brilliant, hard-working, strategic and shaping their respective fields. 

We are highlighting 10 women who are changing their industries and the Charlotte professional landscape. We also wanted to remind you of some of the female CEOs previously mentioned in this series, as well as those who are well-known, and those who are on our watch list. These women show that the adage “It’s a man’s world” no longer holds merit. Here is our list of 10 women leading the charge in Charlotte

Please note this list does not reflect all of the women leading businesses and companies in Charlotte. It is just a sampling based on our research. Please add yourself or other women you admire in the COMMENTS section below, so all can see and support.

Jennifer Guthrie  

Founder and CEO, In-Flight Crew Connections

Jennifer Guthrie founded In-Flight Crew Connections in 2002. In-Flight Crew Connections provides staffing solutions to the aviation industry, specifically professional corporate pilots and flight attendants when needed.

Brenda Harris

Founder and President, BPN Healthcare Concepts

Brenda Harris began her career in the physical therapy field in 2001. She traveled extensively on assignment and then settled in Charlotte to manage a local clinic. During the time managing the clinic, she laid the foundation for BPN Healthcare Concepts, which she founded in 2011. BPN Healthcare Concepts assists healthcare organizations by providing complete healthcare recruiting and staffing service to fill their staffing needs. She is also serving as the 2019 NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners) Charlotte Chapter president. 

Betsy Hauser Idilbi

Founder and CEO, Tech Talent South 

Betsy Hauser Idilbi founded Tech Talent South (TTS) in 2013. TTS is a technical education company, which creates classes, events, and curriculum to connect local tech and entrepreneurial ecosystems. Classes range from two-day workshops to weeks-long immersive web development programs. 

Pat Jones  

Vice President and General Manager, Carowinds

For over 35 years, Pat Jones has worked in the amusement park industry including serving as vice president and general manager at Kings Dominion, a sister park of Carowinds located just outside Richmond, Virginia. With her role as vice president and general manager at Carowinds, Pat is responsible for turning ideas into attractions, such as the new Copperhead Strike rollercoaster, that bring visitors to the 400-acre park annually.

Stacie McEntyre

Founder, President and CEO, Veritas Collaborative

Having specialized in the treatment of eating disorders since 1991, Stacie McEntyre joined the Duke University Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) in 1998 as the Coordinator of Duke’s Eating and Body Image Concerns Treatment Team. In 2012 she founded Veritas Collaborative. In 2018, Veritas Collaborative opened their Child, Adolescent & Young Adult Center in Charlotte, which is the first and only medically integrated center in the region that offers gender-diverse, multidisciplinary eating disorder treatment.

Michelle Menard  

Founder and CEO, Choice Translating, Inc. 

In 1995, Michelle Menard founded Choice Translating, Inc. from her home while she was an undergraduate student at UNC Charlotte. Her company has grown into a multimillion-dollar business supporting a variety of industries with translation and interpreting services offered in 200 languages.

Valerie Mitchener

Founder and President, HM Properties 

In August 2006, Valerie Mitchener founded real estate company HM Properties. What began as a small boutique agency with six agents has now grown to be an award-winning real estate agency with over 80 agents. In addition to HM Properties, in 2014 Valerie co-founded the Yes I Can Play Foundation, a local nonprofit that raises funds for all children to participate in youth sports programs. 

Lindsay Muns 

Chief Executive Officer, Charlotte Radiology 

In November 2018, Lindsay Muns, MBA, MHSA became the CEO of Charlotte Radiology. In her role, Lindsay oversees all aspects of theCharlotte-based private practice, which has more than 120 radiologists and advanced care practitioners, and is supported by over 300 employees.

Dionne Nelson

Founder, President and CEO, Laurel Street

Dionne Nelson founded Laurel Street in 2011. Laurel Street is a residential development company specializing in high quality, mixed-income affordable communities for working families and seniors throughout the East Coast. As President and CEO, Dionne manages the overall strategic direction, operations, and growth of the company. She has over 25 years of experience in real estate development, finance, and operations, and previously served as the senior vice president at Crosland where she focused on the company’s affordable housing development and operations.  

Nicole Reina 

Founder and CEO, Amaze Clean

Nicole Reina founded Amaze Clean in 2017. Amaze Clean provides residential and commercial cleaning services in multiple states, including North Carolina, South Carolina, and Florida. 

Women who have previously been featured in Scoop.

Dee Dixon:  CEO and President, Pride Communications and featured here

Lisa Harper: CEO, Belk and featured here

Carol Lovin: EVP and Hospital System Chief of Staff, Atrium Health and featured here

Bernadette Maulion:  CEO, Dressed CLT and featured here

Rachel Roff:  CEO, Urban Skin Solutions and featured here

More bosses for you to get to know!

Carolina Aponte:  Owner and CEO, Caja Holdings 

Jennifer Appleby:  President, Chief Creative Officer, and Owner, Wray Ward

Angela Bauer:  Owner, President and CEO, Tropical Foods Inc. 

Cathy Bessant:  Chief Operations and Technology Officer, Bank of America

Patty Comer and Amy Pack:  Co-Founders and Principal Partners, Accrue Partners

Susan Devore: CEO, Premier Inc.

Karen Garcia: President, RCS Corporation 

Lynn Good: Chairman, President and CEO, Duke Energy

Meg Ham:  President, Food Lion

Marise Kumar:  Founder, C2B Strategies LLC   

Mary Mack: Senior Executive Vice President, Consumer Banking, Wells Fargo

Jan Meyer:  President, Elite Resources Premier Staffing Solutions

Debbie Millhouse: CEO, Xcentri and CEO Inc

Diane Morais:  President of Consumer and Commercial Banking Products,  Ally Bank

Anna Spangler Nelson:  Chair, Spangler Companies

Theresa Payton:  President and CEO, Fortalice Solutions

Pat Rodgers:  President and CEO, Rodgers Builders

Andrea B. Smith :  Chief Administrative Officer, Bank of America

Mary Winston: Interim CEO, Bed Bath & Beyond  

This series, brought to you by Charlotte Radiology Breast Centers, highlights the Charlotte Women making our community the vibrant, growing, exciting place they’ve been calling home for 50 years. At Charlotte Radiology, they know women, seeing over 100,000 women a year for their breast health needs. The professionals at Charlotte Radiology believe the key to beating and detecting breast cancer early is annual mammograms starting at age 40.



  1. Dr. Nikhila Schroeder, Co-founder, and owner of Allergenuity Health in Dilworth. She graduated from MIT and then decided to go into the medical field to become an allergist and find ways to help people with a different form of allergy treatment. Although she has been told over and over again by advisors and colleagues that her ideas were not the best for business, she continued to fight for what she thought was best for her patients. She uses a treatment called sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT or allergy drops) to treat almost any food or environmental allergy. While the funding and direction of allergy treatments options go towards more aggressive forms of treatment, Dr. Schroeder found a way that is extremely safe, easy, and flexible for patients. As a direct care clinic, meaning more access to the doctor, price transparency, longer appointment times, etc. she set up a patient-focused clinic that is growing fast using word of mouth to let people know Allergenuity Health is here in Charlotte. After being open for only one year, she now sees patients from 20 states and 3 countries who have sought her ought for her expertise and the treatment she offers. She is definitely someone I recommend to keep an eye on.

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