MEET OUR LEADERS
Ronna Renee Jackson
CEO / COACH / MENTOR / FACILITATOR
Ronna-Renee Jackson is a high-energy, thoughtful leader. As a seasoned business executive, with experience in start-ups, small businesses and large-scale enterprises, Ronna-Renee has a wide array of practical applications to draw from. While living in Chattanooga TN, she served as the CEO of ChaTech, Chattanooga’s Technology Council, as well as the lead mentor in “The Gig Tank”, a summer development program for start ups resulting in their pitching to potential investors. Ronna-Renee was named a Woman of Distinction, and awarded the Trailblazer 2021 award by the national organization, Million Women Mentors.
During a 15 year tenure at IBM, Ronna-Renee consistently moved up the organization culminating in a role managing teams around the world. She was responsible for organizational design, change management, process decomposition and global process design. While at UNUM, Ronna-Renee managed a large team of developers and project managers in multiple locations.
Also while at UNUM, a large insurance company, she was introduced to the world of Executive Coaching where her own coach identified her as a “natural talent” and helped refine her skills leading to her role today as CEO of LaunchPoint Leadership Group. Her ability to integrate business and technical concepts makes her a sought after consultant.
While living in Chattanooga, Ronna-Renee served on Boards of Directors for several organizations , including the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce, the College of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of TN/Chattanooga, Girls Scouts of Southern Appalachians, LaPaz Chattanooga, the Greater Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce, and the United Way Campaign Council of Greater Chattanooga. In just the one year that she lived in Memphis, she has served on the Executive Leadership team for the American Heart Association - Go Red for Women Council and on a strategic planning parent committee at a local school. Since moving to Wheeling, WV, Ronna-Renee has been accepted to Leadership Wheeling and is a sought-after speaker for women's and leadership events.
Stacey Nolan, M.Ed.
Stacey is an educator and entrepreneur with experience in marketing, promotion, writing and direct instruction. Holding leadership roles in the artistic community over the past decade has aided in developing her unique approach of helping people gain a sense of ownership and belonging, while motivating and inspiring.
Bringing with her a diversity of experiences, Stacey is the behind-the-scenes navigator for Launchpoint Leadership Group, helping to develop new and innovative ways for developing leaders and mentoring relationships. Her Bachelor’s in Public Relations and Master’s in Education provide a well-rounded foundation for developing effective strategies in business and beyond.
You can usually find Stacey planning networking events, developing web and social media content, as well designing dynamic trainings for individuals and teams. She joined the Launchpoint team in August of 2015 and plans to continue in this engaging work for many years to come.
Her own small business, Movement Arts Collective, is a body-positive movement and dance studio, offering inclusive, adaptive and accommodating movement classes, where all bodies are welcome.
Kimberli Ware, M.Ed.
Kimberli Ware is a dynamic leader supporting educational institutions, small business and large scale enterprises as they grow to meet the needs of their students and clients. She does this through intuitive coaching, skilled facilitation and world-class teaching techniques. Prior to joining LaunchPoint Leadership Group, Ware was a Principal with Ware Consulting, a Memphis based boutique firm, and has clients across the Memphis metro-area. Recently, Ware and her husband Tim, have expanded as franchisors of a regional food service business. This is just another point of experience in the wide range of offerings that Kim brings to the table.
Ware is an alumna of New Memphis Leadership Academy, was named Teacher of the Year in 2013 for Shelby County Schools. She graduated from University of Tennessee - Chattanooga in 2001 and received her Masters in Education from Union University in 2007. As an active member of the Memphis/Shelby County area, Kim has served the community on the Board of Directors for Prism Ensemble, a music education foundation.
With practitioners across the eastern seaboard, LaunchPoint Leadership is well-positioned to meet your needs. Our programs are custom designed to ensure you are supported while working toward your own goals and objectives
Angie Halamandaris, Juniper Coaching Group
Your unique talents and strengths hold the key to your success. The Juniper Group uses a strengths based approach to help individuals and teams identify and use their unique strengths to build on what’s working and align their efforts to achieve even greater success. With our strengths based development approach, our clients enjoy remarkable insights and results from day one. Whether you are interested in developing a more effective leadership style, navigating a challenging career or personal transition, or creating more cooperative and productive team dynamics, we help you follow your strengths to success!
Shelley and Brad Prevost, Big Self School
Chad and Shelley Prevost are executive coaches who help ambitious professionals heal from burnout so they can fall in love with their life again. They also train organizations to ethically and effectively use the Enneagram of personality to improve self-awareness, empathy, and cohesion in teams, so that they can work more effectively together.
LaunchPoint Leadership was founded in 1994 under the organizational name of The Management Group by legacy founder, Marj Flemming. The emphasis quickly changed from training managers to developing and strengthening leaders, so the name change followed that thinking. The impetus for the change, however, wasn’t a “spur of the moment” decision. As we researched a variety of industries and large non-profit organizations, the thing that seemed to be missing was strong leaders – people who had weathered some of the hard lessons necessary to become authentic, ethical, and effective leaders.
In 2016, Marj asked Ronna-Renee to join her as she piloted a Women Mentoring Women offering for Chattanooga Women's Leadership Institute (CWLI). The pilot was a huge success and together, Marj and Ronna-Renee trained several cohorts of women leaders on how to be an effective mentor. The class grew in to a staple of CWLI’s offering and other practitioners joined the roster of presenters in order to expand the focus of the class. Designing that initial offering though, lit a fire in both Marj and Ronna-Renee to develop mentors. They each recognize the role that mentors have played in their own professional success, and they again started asking questions about which companies had mentor programs and how the company was measuring their ROI in such programs. Once again, the research inspired the outcome and Marj and Ronna-Renee developed a course focused specifically on training mentors.
In 2020, Marj became “Chair Emeritus” of LaunchPoint Leadership and Ronna-Renee purchased the company from Marj. Since that time, Ronna-Renee has leveraged her experiences of frequently moving and the demands of the pandemic to expand in to more digital offerings, for both 1:1 coaching and workshops.
As a sought-after speaker, Ronna-Renee has captivated audiences from the National Foundation for Women Legislators, to corporate leadership events, to church women events and schools.
The bottom line is that just as the world keeps changing, so does LaunchPoint Leadership. We adapt, grow and learn in order to best serve you and we help you do the same through coaching, training and facilitation.