Elite Celebrates Women’s History Month

At Elite, we are committed to supporting female leaders, achievers, and innovators. We wanted to take a moment to highlight some of the women at Elite who make our company’s and our client’s success possible. We asked the female leaders and achievers at Elite for their perspective on Women’s History Month, leadership, advice, and their experiences.

Bobbi Moore, Chief Financial Officer

Bobbi has achieved a high level of success in her career with Elite Discovery and Elite Deposition Technologies. On paper, Bobbi is our Chief Financial Officer. However, she is much more than that title to the Elite companies. Bobbi serves as a key member of the executive team managing multiple departments and establishes key business decisions within the company. Bobbi has successfully designed and developed business incentives, operational policies, and business strategies that have subsequently facilitated revenue growth and overall exceptional business management for the company. Notably, she was awarded Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology in 2021 by the National Diversity Council.

Why is Women’s History Month important to you?

Women’s History Month is important to me because it highlights women who have made a difference in history. Even more, it opens up that same world of possibilities to young girls today.

What qualities make a great leader?
  1. The ability to create women-empowered workplaces.
  2. Strength – to take risks, learn from failure, and the courage to fight for your beliefs.
  3. Adaptability – to weather changes and to wield them to your advantage.
  4. Grit – to thrive during today’s challenges.
  5. Tenacity – to act with confidence and determination.
What advice would you give to the next generation of female leaders?

To the next generation, women were only 20.5% of all C-suite positions in 2021. I encourage you to go for your beliefs and career goals. Take initiative beyond your job description, overcome your hurdles, use your grit and confidence, and seek out mentors. I can’t wait to see your name as we celebrate Women’s History Month in the future.

Debbie Allen, Depositions National Manager

Debbie Allen is the Depositions National Manager for Elite Deposition Technologies and has been with Elite since 2003. Debbie began in data entry, then began organizing a new records retrieval division for the company. She then created our new depositions division, which is where she is today. Debbie’s main objective is to build lasting and trusting relationships with our clients ensuring their satisfaction in our services. With advances in technology, we are able to offer our clients a different perspective on handling their deposition cases in a modern era.

Why is Women’s History Month important to you?

Women’s History Month is so important to me in today’s world. When I was growing up, there was no such thing, and it was male-dominated world in business. Women faced many challenges to succeed or move to management positions. Today, we are accepted as equal to men in business and in sports as well. It’s important for women to know they can be whatever they want to be in life.

How does being a woman give you an advantage in your role?

As a woman, I/we have a keen sense to use emotional intelligence to look at situations. This helps me get things accomplished in a different and sometimes better way. I listen to what’s needed, which helps me to improve on collaborating with clients and peers and at networking. Also, in the world of deposition services, it is mostly dominated by women, which helps create an environment of camaraderie in business and communication.

What advice do you have for women looking to grow within the company they work for?

First, look for a company in an industry for which you have an interest. Learn the industry from top to bottom. The more you know, the more of an asset you will be. Always be willing to learn a new craft or service within the company and be willing to help others. Find a dynamic and forward-thinking organization and make it your work home. Like me!

Kelsey Gagnon, Digital Review Analyst

Kelsey Gagnon operates as a Digital Review Analyst for Elite Discovery’s Digital eDiscovery’s team. Her role includes strategically working with clients to develop custom review workflows, managing review teams, and optimizing clients’ review experiences. Kelsey has also worked as Elite’s Client Enablement Specialist where she established a program to ensure our clients are receiving the best training and ongoing support.

Why is Women’s History Month important to you?

Women’s history month highlights various accomplishments of women in our community. It is a time for us to reflect on those accomplishments and be inspired. Women’s history month gives me great pride in all of my accomplishments and sparks a fire that ignites my drive to accomplish even more of my goals.

How does being a woman give you an advantage in your role?

Being a woman allows me to approach my position from a unique perspective. Naturally I am a stronger listener. This allows me to reach deeper into my clients’ pain points and develop custom solutions to meet their specific needs.

What advice would you give to young women entering this profession?

Be confident. Learn as much as you can and continue to work towards achieving your goals.

Reade H. Wallace, Marketing Director

Reade Wallace is the Marketing Director and is the newest member of the Elite Discovery team. As the marketing director for Elite, Reade is responsible for leading and developing our company’s marketing efforts. She manages Elite’s website and social media platforms, while creating marketing campaigns and promoting Elite’s brand and image.

Why is Women’s History Month important to you?

I think Women’s History Month is so important because it reminds us as a society of the accomplishments and contributions that women have made and continue to do so. There’s a quote I love by Ruth Bader Ginsburg, “Women belong in all places where decisions are being made. It shouldn’t be that women are the exception.” International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month encourage us to seek women’s opinions and prioritize having women and minorities in leadership positions.

What qualities make a great leader?

There are many qualities that make a great leader, but the first thing that comes to mind is caring. Leaders who take the time to get to know their team are, in my opinion, very effective leaders. People want to work with and for people they like, and often, they will work harder for someone they care about and respect. I think listening to your team and understanding their needs creates an environment of trust and dependability.

What advice do you have for women entering the workforce?

Make learning a priority. Learn new skills, software, methods of doing things, really anything you can. And don’t be afraid to ask others for help or if you can learn from them. 9 times out of 10, other people want to help, and if you don’t ask the answer is always no. By learning new skills, you are able to be a strong contributor to your organization, while also becoming an invaluable asset to your team.

Ashley Walker, Client Enablement Specialist

Ashley Walker serves as a Client Enablement Specialist. Ashley’s responsibilities include providing training to clients and demonstrations of the powerful tools we offer at Elite as well as additional resources needed to support our clients. Ashley is currently working on refreshing our online video library resources which includes writing scripts and demonstrating how to use Viewpoint.

What does Women’s History Month mean to you?

Women’s History month, to me, is inspiring. It’s a reminder to pause and appreciate all of the incredible things women have and continue to accomplish and fight for- even in 2022. It inspires me to be strong, confident and the most self-loving version of myself I can be and fight for the future I want for my myself and my family.

How does being a woman give you an advantage in your role?

Being a woman, and mother, has given me a unique perspective and adaptiveness when it comes to my role. It’s made me more flexible, skilled at multitasking, and forced the necessary ability to compartmentalize to be more efficient and tackle tasks with purpose and a goal in mind.

What advice do you have for women looking to grow within the company they work for?

Look for new ways to be value added- whether it be assisting with a project already in the works or tackling a new project and redirecting a strategy to highlight your strengths and unique perspective. Ask for additional responsibilities outside of your comfort zone and show your ability and willingness to adapt and be an even bigger team player.

Maricela Vera-Valle, Deposition Production Manager

In 2007, Maricela started in the production department for Elite Document Technology, and then she decided she wanted to do more. Within 7 months, Maricela was working in the depositions department for Elite Deposition Technologies. Now Maricela is the Deposition Production Manager. She handles all transcript production including printing of transcripts, exhibit copying, scanning and uploading of files to repositories and sending notifications to clients of same. She also assists with deposition coverage locally and nationally and answering of multi-line phone system as needed.

What does Women’s History Month mean to you?

Being from a Hispanic culture, it has been difficult in past years for women to rise in the business community. We now have great role models we can look up that have shown us how to grow and have a better life. So for Women’s History Month, I will be celebrating women who have worked hard to get where they are today.

What are some of the qualities that make a great leader?

As a wife/mother/woman/working mother we never stop. We learn how to overcome every challenge that comes our way. Qualities of a great female leader are self confidence, honest, good Listener, visionary, strong communicator, and great decision maker.

What advice do you have for women entering the workforce?

Always give your 110%.. Your destiny is determined you and the effort you put forth. Own your mistakes and learn from them. Celebrate your victories. Always be positive and treat others with respect. Remain humble and strong in everything you do.