Leadership

Rachel Davis, CEO & Executive Director

After receiving her Bachelor of Economics degree from Spelman College, Rachel Davis embarked on her career at a law firm in New York City, but it didn’t take long for Rachel to realize the law wasn’t her path. Armed with both a vast network and an exceptional education from her time at Spelman, she left NYC to pursue her MBA with a concentration in finance from Clark Atlanta University. After graduation, she joined the financial services industry with Prudential. Rachel’s passion for helping her clients accumulate, manage, and preserve wealth propelled her to move into microenterprise.

In 1996, Rachel took on a role as the project management consultant for the Dow Jones-Spelman College Entrepreneurial Center. There, she was instrumental in maintaining the success of the program’s entrepreneurial training division, developing course curriculum, and managing sponsored programming. After a successful launch of the Spelman College entrepreneurial program, Rachel went on to work in microenterprise development as a graduate/training services leader with BusinessNOW—the Business Neighborhood Organization for Women—an initiative at Goodwill Industries.

Rachel made her most significant and purpose-driven move in 2001 when she accepted the leadership role of Vice President of Operations & Administration at the Edge, an award-winning microenterprise development organization. She has held leadership responsibility for the organization’s financial management and well-being, human resources oversight, service delivery, program development, and reporting. Rachel was also named Director of the SBA Women’s Business Center program at the Edge in 2011.

Now the CEO of the Edge, Rachel is the anchor, advocate, and keeper of the organization’s legacy. With more than twenty years of experience in microbusiness development, she’s leading the organization as it evolves into the future with a new vision (stay tuned for details on that). Proficient at managing restricted funds and financial resources, Rachel is ensuring the financial health of the organization while repositioning the organization in the minds of communities across Georgia and the country. Under her leadership, the organization is committed to serving each constituent’s “whole business-self”.

 

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Michelle Glover, WBC Program Director

Recognized as a multi-award-winning corporate leader by a Global Fortune 100 and featured in VoyageATL’s “Inspiring Stories of Atlanta,” Michelle Glover helps star-powered professionals build the career and businesses they love. She hosts the Unlimited Journey Podcast and Journey Unlimited YouTube Channel and leads one of Atlanta’s largest women’s organizations for African-American women in business. Michelle has taught C-suite execs, middle managers, and multi-passionate go-getters from all walks of life to dream big and back it up with daily action to create results.

Before starting her entrepreneurial journey, Michelle spent 12 years working for a Fortune 100 global business in various human resources fields, including consulting, strategy, coaching, and leadership development. She received multiple awards for her leadership on company-wide initiatives and programs, including being identified as a Global Top Talent, designing and managing a company-wide mentoring program, and serving as the Change Agent Lead for one of the biggest restructures in the company’s history. In 2015, she took a leap of faith and started her company, Journey Unlimited, to help professionals align their purpose in the profession.

In 2020, Michelle joined The EDGE organization as the Project Director of the Women’s Business Center (WBC). In this role, she is responsible for the overall management and logistics of the WBC, which includes oversight of day-to-day operations of the Center and staffing.  Michelle has a proven track record in designing and managing leadership/high potential development programs, facilitating organization restructures and implementing change management initiatives, conducting skill gap analysis and developing learning solutions and training curriculums, facilitating leadership development training, and driving culture change.

Michelle graduated from Winthrop University, the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina, and received her Certified Professional Life Coach designation through the Christian Coach Institute.

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