Founder and CEO
SVP, Business Development
Arise Virtual Solutions Inc.
Heidi is an award-winning BPO industry veteran with over 35 years of global sales and executive leadership experience. Heidi currently serves as senior vice president of business development for Arise Virtual Solutions, a $300 million multi-national GigCX outsourcing company. She is founder and CEO of GirlzWhoSell, an organization that is committed to democratizing professional sales and to building the largest pipeline of diverse, early-stage female sales talent.
GirlzWhoSell offers training, scholarships, mentoring, experiential learning opportunities and career placement to college and high school-aged women interested in pursuing a career in professional sales. Heidi is host of the GirlzWhoSell Spotlight podcast, is a 2x author who recently released “Heels to Deals: How Women Are Dominating in Business-to-Business Sales.” She is a 2x Gold Stevie Award Winner for Women of the Year in Sales and Worldwide Sales Executive of the Year. She was listed in the Top 100 Women Magazine, the Top 100 Women in Sales published by Demandbase and was featured in the July – September, 2022 issue of Global Leaders Today. Heidi and is a frequent keynote speaker and panelist supporting women in sales. Heidi has three boys and currently resides in Henniker, NH, with her husband of 28 years, David Orlick.
Women in Sales Panelists
Inspire Realty Group
Jennifer Delisle is a realtor, broker associate and co-founder of Inspire Realty Group, Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan in Bedford, New Hampshire.
A Realtor since 2006, she is consistently a Top Producer in the New England Region, selling over $20 Million in property each year and in the top 3% of agents in her office. In 2021 and 2022, she earned the Top 5% Homesnap Award from agents nationwide.
Manager, Sales Development
Darien has a double major in marketing and management and has been in sales and marketing her whole career. She started in retail sales early, working for her father at his pharmacy, and she obtained her national pharmacy technician certification as soon as I was legally allowed to take the exam. She worked as a tech full time through college.
After college she went on to corporate sales and marketing and has worked with B2B, B2C, tangible goods (lighting), and has spent the last 10 years in SaaS. She has managed top performing, award-winning teams for the last 12 years. She has a passion for helping people to realize their strengths and facilitating their growth in their careers. She lives about 45 minutes north of Boston, Mass., with her husband, 8-year-old son and 3-year-old daughter.
Drinkwater Marketing and Productions
Lisa Carter is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for building brands. As the owner and chief engagement officer of Drinkwater Marketing and Productions, she works with small businesses and large enterprises to develop brand, digital and event marketing strategies to drive revenue. Prior to launching Drinkwater, she spent 20+ years in the corporate sector building product and brand strategies for top Fortune 500 companies such as The Limited Corporation, Timberland Footwear and Staples, Inc.
Panelists and Speakers
Sr. Recruiting Manager
Alexander Technology Group
Shannon partners with local businesses to help them hire top technology talent. With nearly 10 years of experience in staffing and an additional five in sales-related roles, she is passionate about building long-term relationships. In 2018, Shannon was a co-founder of Women in Sales NH, a networking group designed to connect local sales professionals, provide career development and share best practices. She serves on the NH Tech Alliance’s Board of Directors, and the Governors Council on Family & Medical Leave. When not working, Shannon enjoys spending time with her husband, 11-year-old daughter and French bulldog.
Chief Revenue Officer & Co-Founder
Jason works to drive new revenue opportunities, foster marketing and PR strategies, and participate regularly in public speaking opportunities. If there was one word to describe Jason’s nature, it would be “driven.” This is displayed not only in his affinity for facts and figures but also in his people-first leadership style. This combination of strengths has helped Jason lead BANKW to ongoing growth and success, even during challenging times.
Jason was named one of Business NH Magazine’s top leaders for the future and received a Business Excellence Award from NH Business Review. He has also served as a director/advisor on the boards of the Massachusetts Technology Council, the NH Tech Alliance, the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council, Southern New Hampshire University, NHTI, Granite State College and Pinkerton Academy.
Amazon Web Services
At Amazon’s Web Services division, Kevin leads product management in the EC2 Compute Launch Services division. Before joining AWS, he led the System Integrator business at Spectrum Enterprise (Charter Communications), where he drove the unification of their telecommunication and Cloud Service provider lines of business. Kevin has a track record of leading successful technical product strategy and go-to-market initiatives during his time at EMC/Documentum, Connection, Macromedia/Allaire and Borland/Segue.
Seacoast Dx, Sales Xceleration
Dennis has over 30 years of experience with large corporations such as E.I. Dupont, Dade Behring and Siemens AG as well as startup companies such as Exalenz Bioscience and MedTest Dx. Dennis’s experience includes both sales and marketing, and he has held multiple senior executive roles in business development, corporate accounts, strategic management, corporate/commercial training and development, private equity and operations. In his last role, he served as president of Spectra 254, in Danbury, Conn.
He earned his BA in economics from Middlebury College and also holds a master’s in business administration and a master’s in business education from Southern New Hampshire University. Dennis also received graduate certificates in negotiation and public speaking from the Center for Management Research in Waltham, Mass. He also has a certificate from the Emily Post Institute on business etiquette and ethics.
His current company, Sales Xceleration, provides commercial consulting within small to medium-sized businesses to build sales systems and infrastructure to help the firm achieve record revenue growth.
Dennis has taught as an adjunct professor at the University of New Hampshire. He also leads a local charitable group called the Newfields Helpful Hands, and a military charitable organization called the New Hampshire Military Mentoring and Coaching Group. He resides in Portsmouth, NH, with his wife, two dogs, and three kids scattered all over the country.
BestSalesPeople LLC — a licensee of Sandler, a global consulting firm specializing in business development strategies, sales, and sales management training — offers virtual and hybrid training solutions, servicing clients in New England and across the country. In addition to maintaining top rankings locally, on a national level, Sandler has consistently been named the No. 1 management training program in Entrepreneur Magazine, as well as the top-rated sales and sales management training organization in the country by Inc. Magazine.