Norma J. Chism is the CEO and Founder of Ladies Influencing Freedom & Excellence Inc (LIFE).She dedicates herself to the mission, “to unconditionally serve vulnerable communities near and far to develop leaders and change the world one life at a time”. She is a retired USAF Senior Master Sergeant with 24 years of military leadership experience. During her service she served as key adviser to her leadership in the areas of employee safety and welfare. She also served as the director of education at the Air Force First Sergeant Academy where she was responsible for instructor certifications, curriculum development, test evaluation and institution accreditation. She also gained experience in policy and regulation research, operational process analysis, strategic planning,project management and relationship management.
Norma Chism is a highly experienced operations executive with the ability to lead diverse teams.In her current role she has impressively led her team to mentor 200 under served youth, provide over 100 backpacks of school supplies/toiletries for low income communities, and bring job fairs and women’s health events to over 1,000 women. Internationally, she has provided over 18,000 meals to local nationals, dug wells for 2 villages that had no clean drinking water, distributed over 1,000 pounds of clothes/toiletries/toys and directed leadership seminars to over 100 community leaders of Sri Lanka. Beyond her career, she has a passion to tackle tough issues with the belief, one person can make a difference.
Originally from Lake Charles LA, she and her husband Sam of 26 years, have 4 children and two grandchildren. Norma is heavily involved in her church, organization and community. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Organization Leadership at Columbia Southern University, Orange Beach Alabama.
Dr. David Ang is a Professor and Department Head of Information Systems in the College of Business at Auburn University Montgomery. He teaches courses in Decision Support Systems and Information Systems. His research and academic interests are primarily in areas pertaining to the strategic dimensions of Decisions Support Systems and Information Systems Management -- in particular, Managing Industrial Systems and Information Technology, Decision Support Systems,Enterprise Resource Management, and Business Analytics.
His professional interests led him to a job in the manufacturing and servicing industry, where he was a research engineer and decision support systems engineer, and a software developer before joining AUM. Ang has published more than 70 refereed journal articles and conference proceedings articles in his research and academic interest areas. He has been an active member of MIS, DSI, INFORMS, and POM. He has been very active in chairing and organizing international academic conferences. He has been very active with campus governance and the local community. He served on many campus and college of Business committees such as the Faculty Senate and University Scholarship Committee, chairing the University Teaching Effectiveness Committee, University Academic Standard Committee, University Faculty Welfare Community, and College of Business,Strategic Planning Committee, Faculty Development Committee AACSB Self-Study Accreditation Committees.
He serves on Montgomery Public School Systems Academy Advisory Board, Montgomery SE YMCA Board, and actively and organizing Alabama Council for Technology in Education Annual Statewide Technology Competition for Grade 3-12 and actively participating in Montgomery Alabama Chinese Community and AUM Confucius Institute activities and events.
Bettye Chapman is a certified professional speaker, coach and trainer. She is the CEO of Bettye Chapman Media, LLC. Bettye adds value that helps individuals, companies and organizations through professional speaking, development coaching, training and creative marketing. Bettye holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of Alabama and a Master’s Degree in Management from Faulkner University. She also has the Six Sigma Red Belt Certification.
Bettye is an Independent Certified Coach, Teacher, Trainer and Speaker with The John Maxwell Team.
Bettye uses her skill set not only in her professional life, but also in her personal life through leadership roles in ministries, civic and service organizations. She is the liaison and mentor for the Elev8 Youth Ministry Ambassador group. Bettye serves as the Director of Marketing for a 501c3 non-profit organization –Ladies Influencing Freedom & Excellence (LIFE), Incorporated. She is a member of the service organization Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and serves on various committees.
Council Graham was born and raised in Montgomery, Alabama and she is the oldest of four children. She is 39 years of age and has been married since 2005. Audrey Graham received an Associate Degree in Office Administration from Trenholm State Community College and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Troy State University.
She works in the Circuit Clerks office where she has been since 2005. She also was the neighborhood president of her community for three years. Councilor Graham was elected to be District 4 representative on the council in October 2018.
Grace Ward is the Executive Secretary of Leaders Influencing Freedom & Excellence Inc. (LIFE). She has dedicated herself to the mission of (LIFE), “to unconditionally serve vulnerable communities near and far to develop global leaders and change the world one life at a time”. She is a customer-oriented, strategic-thinking business professional with over 37 years of experience which includes early retirement from the Air Force. She is highly experienced in building relationships, cultivating partnerships, retaining top performers and growing profit channels. Grace Ward is an expert in multi-tasking and is a self-motivated leader with expertise in expanding network connections.
As a manager, she fostered a strong history of leading high-performance teams to meet or exceed operational objectives and as a passionate leader with the Federal Direct Student Loan Program with a commitment to supporting students from different socio-economic statuses to achieve their educational pursues from all aspects of educational processes.
Friendly and engaging with strong team collaboration abilities Grace Ward served as an empathetic Case Worker with the Department of Human Resources to identify child abuse and neglect of individuals to help facilitate growth and change. She is skilled in assessment, diagnosis, and development of care plans to treat emotional, behavioral and psychological disorders.
Additionally, Grace Ward is on the board of (LIFE) an organization that gifted a home to an economically challenged elderly man. Internationally, she serves on the board in which has provided over 18,000 meals to local nationals, dug wells for 2 villages that had no clean drinking water, distributed over 1,000 pounds of clothes, toiletries, and toys to Sri Lanka. Currently Grace is support the pursuit to opening the doors of Life Charter Academy as its Secretary in Montgomery AL and supporting the CEO in standing up her own Tea Plantation in Sri Lanka that will empower vulnerable women through employment. The profits for Tea 4 will be used to build widow shelters, orphanages, soup kitchens and schools. Beyond her retirement, she has a passion to live a full, meaningful, and thriving life by staying inspired and empowered by connecting with others, using her character strengths, and following her passions to change the world one life at a time.