WiMCO News

  • 19 Jul 2023 3:07 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    7x24 Exchange Carolinas Chapter's WiMCO session during our summer meeting will be a powerhouse panel of experienced women in the industry: "Raise the Roof- The Power of Women in Leadership", moderated by Mara Fowler.  

    Panelist Spotlight

    Karen Petersburg
    Design Director
    Digital Realty

    Karen Petersburg has over 16 years of diverse design and construction experience in the mission critical industry. Beginning her career in the construction industry at a concrete sub-contractor firm, she moved into a project engineering role with a General Contractor where she first fit-out high-end commercial buildings and then worked on data centers, igniting her passion for all things technical. After building her foundational knowledge of the collaboration required between the critical data center equipment, she commissioned mechanical systems and managed projects for a commissioning firm. She then transitioned to managing the design and commissioning of data center projects up and down the East Coast for Digital Realty and she is now currently responsible for the adherence to Digital Realty's design standards and processes globally. When Karen isn’t out running or on her yoga mat, she is invested in understanding the philosophical and socio-economic dimensions of data, especially how we perceive and actualize its utility in everyday life and what that means for the future of our globalized society.

    ENYA Schumacher, PE
    regional data center construction Leader 
    wells fargo

    Enya Schumacher is an accomplished professional in the data center industry, currently leading construction in the west region at core and regional data centers for Wells Fargo. With a diverse background and a career focused on critical facilities, Enya has demonstrated a strong commitment to delivering quality services.

    Raised in North Carolina, Enya developed a passion for the area and its treasures. Growing up in a close-knit family, she spent her days in her mother's salon or exploring her grandparents' farmland on 4-wheelers, fostering a love for both people and machines.

    After earning a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Enya joined Syska Hennessy Group, where she honed her skills in designing mechanical systems, laying the foundation for her career. She then gained valuable experience at Bank of America, refining her project management and operational aptitude. Later, as a Program Director at Bureau Veritas Primary Integration, she delved into the intricate details of commissioning and worked with a diverse range of clients. Seeking to specialize in data center construction, Enya joined the team at Wells Fargo.

    Throughout her career, Enya has achieved professional milestones, becoming a licensed Professional Engineer and a Certified Commissioning Authority. Additionally, she has dedicated her time as a lead mentor with the ACE Mentoring Program, contributing to the development of aspiring professionals for over a decade.

    Outside of work, Enya enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, relishing the company of friends and family. With a love for the outdoors, she finds joy in activities that involve 2 or 4 wheels. She is an avid traveler, whether it's embarking on a camping trip in the mountains of North Carolina or exploring the wild on a safari in Africa. When at home, she can be found training their puppy, baking, or building LEGOs with her daughter, with pound cakes and the latest LEGO set being the perfect combination—assuming the puppy doesn't get to them first.

    The Panelist: 

     Marissa DanielCheryl KleimanLisa LangeKaren PetersburgEnya Schumacher, PE, Lindsey Bruner, Felicia Carnell

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  • 29 Jun 2023 2:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    7x24 Exchange Carolinas Chapter's Summer Meeting in Charleston, South Carolina is just around the corner, and we don't want you to miss out on being a part of the WiMCO workshop. This summer's WIMCO workshop will be a powerhouse panel of experienced women in the industry: "Raise the Roof- The Power of Women in Leadership", moderated by Mara Fowler.  The workshop will be followed by a networking hour with BINGO and prizes.  

    Panelist Spotlight


    Cheryl Kleiman is Regional Vice President of Sales for Flexential. She previously served as the Vice President, General Manager of Peak 10. Following Peak 10’s merger with ViaWest, the company was rebranded to Flexential in 2018.

    Flexential is a cloud co-location hybrid IT provider that offers data storage and protection services to organizations.  The company started with one 30,000 square foot data center in Atlanta, and has grown to four data centers and more than 130,000 square feet of facility to service the metropolitan area. Flexential recently expanded its data center in Alpharetta, where it employs 30 people. Flexential also has 39 other data centers across the country and serves 19 different markets.

    The company is investing time and resources to help strengthen the communities in which it serves, by becoming involved in organizations such as Tech Alpharetta, offering internships, and supporting local charities. Kleiman was connected to Tech Alpharetta through some of her customers and has found it a great partner for Flexential’s goals to support growth of local tech communities.

    “Tech Alpharetta is at the epicenter of the technology community in Alpharetta,” said Kleiman. “I see how the area is evolving and getting stronger, which is ultimately driving more companies to want to be a part of it.”

    Marissa Daniel

    Marissa started in the critical environments industry in 2013 as an intern for Miller Electric while pursuing her BS of Electrical Engineering from the University of North Florida. After college, Marissa began working on national strategic accounts, managing commercial office & data center maintenance and retrofits across the country. For the last two and a half years, Marissa has managed a data center services team of 50+ people to tackle complex retrofit and maintenance projects at data centers for a multi-billion-dollar technology company across multiple states. Marissa is people-driven and is a leader in outreach and mentorship for our industry.

  • 13 Jun 2023 10:22 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    7x24 Exchange Carolinas Chapter's WiMCO session during our summer meeting will be a powerhouse panel of experienced women in the industry: "Raise the Roof- The Power of Women in Leadership", moderated by Mara Fowler.  


    Panelist Spotlight

    Lindsey Bruner
    COO at CleanArc Data Centers

    Lindsey Bruner serves as Chief Operating Officer of CleanArc Data Centers.  An accomplished executive, Lindsey brings together expertise in project development for both data centers and renewable energy. Lindsey led the advancement of several hundred megawatts of data center pipelines across the US and Europe, and her renewable energy development experience extends to the US, Canada and parts of South America. 

    Prior to joining CleanArc, Lindsey served as Vice President of Project Development at CyrusOne, a leading global data center developer and operator specializing in delivering state-of-the-art digital infrastructure solutions across the globe. At CyrusOne, she led the global Project Development team and was responsible for the strategy, execution, and delivery of the company’s organic data center development projects. Prior to this role, Lindsey served as CyrusOne’s Senior Corporate Counsel of Real Estate & Construction, working alongside the company’s U.S. and global site selection and construction teams in all aspects of site selection and development. Previously, Lindsey served as Senior Attorney for the Americas division of RES Group, the world’s largest independent renewable energy company, where she represented the organization in various matters related to the development and construction of utility scale renewable energy projects. Lindsey began her career as an attorney in private practice focused on commercial and industrial real estate.  

    Lindsey holds an AB in English from Duke University, a JD from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, and an Executive MBA from Quantic School of Business and Technology.

    Felicia Carnell
    Senior Manager 
    Information Technology Notarize

    Felicia was raised in the town of Broadway, North Carolina where she was raised by her Army Veteran father. Graduating a semester early from Western Harnett High School, she was inspired by her father’s service to join the US Air Force. Originally, she had her eyes set on a Criminal Justice career after being accepted to the UNC-Pembroke Honors College, but leaving her small town and serving her country was a bit more enticing! From there, she enlisted as a Network Infrastructure Technician where she rose through the ranks as one of the only women in her career field at Charleston AFB, acquiring an Associates Degree in Electronic Systems Technology. During her service, she had the opportunity to volunteer as a Guardian ad Litem for Charleston County, aiding in family court cases as a personal passion and potential career goal when approaching the end of her USAF contract.  

    Once her USAF time was complete, she moved to the private sector to continue her IT career as a Network Administrator at Roper St. Francis Healthcare where she completed her Bachelor’s in Management. From there, she was offered an opportunity to move into the Cyber Security profession in government contracting that led to a transition into the government civilian sector at NIWC as a Deputy Director in the newly formed Cyber Operations Center for the Defense Health Agency where she completed her MBA in IT Management. The newly formed CyOC also received the FedHealthIT Innovation Award for its work on the cybersecurity front for military healthcare. She currently holds a position at Notarize, a remote online notarization platform, leading their IT department which brings her to today with a passion for all things technology and security. 

    Felicia is married to HJ, who is currently serving on active duty in the USAF. They enjoy boating, off-roading, and binge watching all the TV shows. They previously served as a fire/medical duo for Berkeley County Volunteer fire service where HJ was a Captain and Felicia served as an Emergency Medical Responder. They have two dogs, Cami the Corgi and Dutton the Golden Retriever - along with a bearded dragon, Tito. 

    The Panelist:  Marissa DanielCheryl KleimanLisa LangeKaren PetersburgEnya Schumacher, PE

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  • 26 Oct 2021 1:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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  • 14 Oct 2021 10:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

  • 16 Aug 2016 3:16 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    WiMCO Social Recap

    Amy Landis
    WiMCO Co-Chair

    Our WiMCO Social was a huge success!!  Our Social was held in conjunction with our other summer events/meeting at the newly opened Hyatt Place hotel and Sterling Conference Center.  What an awesome venue!  I hope you were there to experience it!

    We had over 50 attendees, our largest WiMCO event yet!  I would like to thank all who attended and supported us, as well as our WiMCO Social Co-Sponsors, MGAC and Syska Hennessy.

    We had a wonderful speaker, Kristin Kiger – a female drag strip race car driver.  WAY TO GO Kristin!  Please take a look at her website to see all of her accomplishments.  Thank you to our WiMCO Speaker Sponsor, Enersys, for introducing us to Kristen and supporting such an amazing woman.

    Be sure to stay connected via our 7x24 Exchange Carolinas Chapter website for news and events, as well as how to become more involved in WiMCO opportunities in conjunction with our other committees such as education, membership, etc.

    Should you be interested in creating a Featured Story or becoming more involved in our community, please contact us!

    I look forward to seeing everyone again at our Winter Meeting in 2017!

    --Amy Landis, WiMCO Co-Chair

  • 19 Jul 2016 10:44 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Michelle Reidy

    WiMCO Membership Liaison
    7x24 Exchange Carolinas Chapter

    Dear 7x24 Exchange Carolinas Chapter members,

    Inclusion and Diversity. Two important words representing the 7x24 Exchange organization. We are all aware that 7x24 Exchange is the leading knowledge exchange for those who design, build, operate and maintain mission-critical enterprise information infrastructures. 7x24 Exchange International is a firm believer in including all parties interested the design, maintenance, and operation of mission critical spaces and having diversity within our organization. Based on these beliefs and goals, this organization has recognized the importance of increasing the engagement and participation of women in the industry.  

    This understanding led to the development of Women in Mission Critical Operations (WiMCO) Community. WiMCO serves as a committee of the 7x24 Exchange Carolinas Chapter designated for specific outreach to women in our industry to encourage strengthened engagement and participation as members, presenters, and attendees of Chapter events. Educating, encouraging, and enabling those women in the mission critical field are WiMCO’s three main objectives. A core component of the organization is to increase the presence of women in the mission critical field. Through this organization, we recruit women  on all job levels and encourage them to become members of our Chapter and engage in the WiMCO Community.

    We ask our current members to assist the 7x24 Exchange Carolinas Chapter and WiMCO community by bringing diversity into 7x24 Exchange, as a whole, in order to provide opportunities for women to speak on industry topics, engage one another, and educate about the mission critical field. The August 12, 2016, Summer Meeting is your opportunity to encourage those interested  to get  involved and become part of an amazing group of  individuals seeking more knowledge in the growing mission critical industry! We welcome new members and guests interested in learning more about 7x24 Exchange Carolinas Chapter and WiMCO Community.

    Thank you and I look forward to meeting you!


    Michelle Reidy
    Assistant Facilities Manager
    First Citizens Bank

  • 18 Mar 2016 2:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    WiMCO Luncheon

    The Women in Mission Critical Operations Community enjoyed a luncheon on Wednesday, March 2nd during the 7x24 Carolinas Chapter Winter Meeting in Durham, NC.  27 women gathered together to discuss efforts to increase women’s participation in Mission Critical Operations careers, and to maximize the presence of those who are already involved in Mission Critical Operations.  Barbara Justice and Amy Landis, Co-Chairs of the WiMCO committee, lead the meeting.

    Susan Randall with Cleveland Community College spoke about the NCMCO program, as well as developing a mentoring program to engage students in the industry.

    Jocelyn Yard, Education Liaison, and Michelle Reidy, Membership Liaison, also discussed ways to engage others to join the WiMCO community and 7x24 Carolinas Chapter.

    The WiMCO luncheon was sponsored by Google.

    Click Here to See Photos from the Luncheon

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  • 18 Aug 2015 2:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    WiMCO's Inaugural Meeting

    Women in Mission Critical Operations held its inaugural meeting on Thursday, August 13, 2015 in Charleston, SC. With 20 women in attendance, Sheila Molino, acting Chairman, opened the meeting.

    Robin Aron with Envirotrol followed Sheila with vibrant insight into her journey to her career in the Mission Critical field, discussing how valuable her membership with the 7x24 Exchange Carolinas Chapter was to her education in the industry. 

    The meeting ended with an open meet and greet where everyone had the chance to walk around and talk to fellow attendees.  Delicious appetizers were provided by Disney and MGAC.

7x24 Exchange Carolinas Chapter | info@7x24carolinas.org