Promoting the advocacy, empowerment and advancement of today's leaders

Meet the Nexus Board of Advisors

Margaret Batting.jpg

Margaret Batting

Margaret is a professional development consultant, coach and public speaker with more than 15 years of Fortune 500 management experience and over 10 years of consulting experience. She specializes in executive and leadership presence, personal branding, and communications. Margaret works with a variety of clients ranging from rising stars and newly promoted leaders to Fortune 500 companies. Prior to launching her business, Margaret was an advertising and process improvement executive at Staples, Inc., a retailer located in Framingham, Massachusetts.  During her time there she managed and led high performing teams that consistently delivered results.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication from Boston University. She received her certifications from the Association of Image Consultants International, the London Image Institute, the Institute of Image Communications in New York, and the Emily Post Institute in Vermont. She received her Reach Personal Brand Strategist Certification from Reach Communications Consulting.

Favorite leadership quote: "A leader is a person you will follow to a place you would not go by yourself." Joel Barker

Sue Gardiner.jpg

Susan Gardiner

Sue considers herself “the right-hand” to executives, entrepreneurs and big thinkers. Her talents and interests focus on organizing and bringing others’ ideas to light, executing their visions and finding or creating solutions to business and personal management issues. Her career has been centered around using strategic thinking and financial planning and analysis to guide decision-making for start-up businesses, nonprofit organizations, government policy-makers and individuals. As a founding member of the Women in Leadership Nexus, she hopes that the future of work will be defined by great leaders through cultures of integrity, adaptability, innovation, and true promotion of work/life balance. In addition to her professional work experience, Sue achieved a dual bachelor’s degree in psychology and communications from the University of Rhode Island and her MBA from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College. Above all, she is her husband’s best friend and, together, they are the loving parents of their sweet baby boy.

Favorite leadership quote: “The most powerful leadership tool you have is your own personal example.” John Wooden

Susan Keller.jpg

Susan Keller

Susan, founder of Entrepreneurial Executives, LLC, provides hands on executive level business solutions to mid-market companies in growth or transition. Susan has more than 25 years of legal and business counseling experience and provides entrepreneurs, senior management and business owners with the expertise and strategic guidance to facilitate company growth. Susan is also the founder of CEOAltas, an elearning platform for owners and presidents of companies who want to position their organization for growth. Susan serves on the Board of Directors of the Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE) in Boston and the Advisory Board of CWE’s Providence office. She also serves on the board of DesignXRI and is the Treasurer. Susan is the facilitator of the Providence and Boston 1 chapters of the Women Presidents’ Organization. Susan is the co-founder of the Women’s Association of Venture & Equity, a national networking organization for women in private equity and venture capital.

Favorite leadership quote: “There is a special place in hell for women who do not help other women."  Madeleine Albright


DarleneMorris Headshot.jpg

Darlene Morris

Darlene is the Senior Director of Development & Grants at Rhode Island Quality Institute. In addition to managing the grant acquisition and major donor programs, she is currently leading the Rhode Island Practice Transformation Network, which is part of a CMS Innovation Center initiative known as the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative (TCPI). Her team serves over 1,500 primary and specialty care clinicians in the state helping them to increase care quality and prepare for payment reform. Darlene has over 30 years’ experience in the healthcare field performing roles in technology, quality improvement, and information privacy. Darlene earned a Bachelor of Science degree in computer information systems, graduating summa cum laude from Roger Williams University and a master’s of business administration (MBA) with an organizational leadership concentration from Johnson & Wales University. She is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP).

Favorite leadership quote: “You add value to people when you value them.”  John Maxwell

Colleen Gouveia.jpg

Colleen Gouveia Moulton

Colleen is the Vice President, Commercial Lending Division, at Rockland Trust where she covers the Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts markets, and focuses on companies with annual revenues between $25 million and $2 billion. She is responsible for delivering integrated banking solutions from financing and treasury to investment banking, risk solutions, global growth strategies, and wealth management. Previously, Colleen was a senior client manager at Bank of America. She has over 30 years’ experience in the banking industry. Colleen presently serves as vice president of the Executive board and member of the finance committee of the University of Rhode Island Alumni Association, and the Rhode Island Bankers Association; and she is a founding member of the Women’s Leadership Nexus, and member of the Rhode Island Community Food Bank’s Women Ending Hunger committee. Colleen earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Rhode Island College and an MBA from the University of Rhode Island.

Favorite Leadership Quote: “Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence.”  Sheryl Sandberg



Deb Ricci.png

Deb Ricci

Deb is currently the Director of Business Readiness Champion at Carousel Industries. Deb's career has spanned 45 years in the telecommunication industry. Working in major corporations, AT&T, Lucent Technologies and Avaya for 30 years, Deb worked in various managerial positions and work locations. She’s worked the last 15 years at Carousel Industries. Deb’s experience working with people and  her company knowledge  has led to the current position as Director of Business Readiness, focusing on Carousel Industries’ employees to ensure all are prepared and ready for organizational change, to include changes in process, work assignments and tools. Deb works as a liaison between workforce and leadership to help identify and champion employees’ concerns and challenges. Deb is a graduate of Providence College and attended Bryant University, and has participated in many leadership training sessions over her career.

Favorite leadership quote: "Aerodynamically the bumblebee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumblebee doesn’t know that so it goes on flying anyway."  Mary Kay Ash



Carrie Majewski

Founder/CEO, Women in Leadership Nexus

Carrie is committed to affecting change. Whether that means helping a company originate and execute a best-of-breed marketing and branding strategy, leading a seminar on redefining leadership, or creating safe space for female trailblazers to come together, she is fueled by desire to take action. Carrie is the Founder and CEO of the Women in Leadership Nexus, an organization committed to empowering women to become the next-gen leader. She is also the Principal of Marketing of Trilix, an application development and systems integration company helping clients reach a heightened level of workplace excellence. Carrie was named to the 2017 Rhode Island “40 Under 40” list and is a 2016 Rhode Island Tech10 Winner. She received her Bachelor's Degree in English and Journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. In 2017 she received her Women in Leadership professional certificate from Cornell University. Carrie is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Girl Scouts Southeastern New England and a member of the Tech Collective's Women in Technology Committee.

Favorite leadership quote: "Define success on your own terms, achieve it by your own rules, and build a life you’re proud to live.” Anne Sweeney