"Life is a beautiful journey that is meant to be embraced to the fullest every day. However, that doesn’t mean you always wake up ready to seize the day, and sometimes need a reminder that life is a great gift."
From Statistic to Success. Gloria Strauthers' strategy of developing a "Growth Mindset" set in motion a series of opportunities she capitalized on that paved her success as a business owner, coach, and mentor. She has multiplied her influence as a Certified Maxwell Leadership Coach, Speaker, and Teacher, assisting individuals and organizations maximize growth opportunities. Her multiplier philosophy allows her to give more in-use value than she receives in cash value to extrapolate hidden potential in others. She is a multi-industry credentialed professional who volunteers as a Certified SCORE Business Mentor guiding small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs in business growth and development. She leveraged her 25 plus years of experience in business, janitorial, education, finance, healthcare, and the military to start Exodus Management and Consulting, LLC after retiring at age 40.
Before founding Exodus, Gloria held various leadership roles, successfully executed the organization's vision, and garnered many accolades. Most notably, her role as Assistant Director of Custodial Services for University Housing at Georgia Southern University. There she led 200+ employees, including floor technicians, front line staff, student employees, supervisors, and managers, with a square footage of 5 million. She successfully reduced facility floor care expenses by establishing an in-house team. She ensured the team's success by each member receiving certification through the Cleaning Management Institute. By the end of this assignment, morale, communication, productivity, and teamwork increased due to emphasis on professional development and cross-training, which led to 100% of her supervisors and managers being frontline certified through IEHA as cleaning professionals.
In 2022, she was named to the National Small Business Association (NSBA) Leadership Council. NSBA is the nation's oldest small-business advocacy organization that promotes the interests of small businesses to policymakers in Washington, D.C. In 2021, she became a Society for Human Resource Certified Professional to enhance her ability to assist clients in policy and procedure implementation concerning employee relations matters. This achievement continued her passion ignited while serving as an AFGE Union Representative at the federal level, where she championed fair and equitable workplace solutions.
In 2020, she was recognized as one of Savannah SCORE's Top Five Business Mentors, guiding small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs in business growth and development. In 2019, she was co-recipient of the Chapter President of the Year Award by IEHA for exceptional leadership. Gloria has also been featured in several well-known industry publications, including Executive Housekeeping Today and Maintenance Sales News. She has been featured on a "This has been a Public Service Announcement" internet radio show with Judge Gay Polk Peyton and Adon Riggs Insightful Solutions Podcast. She is a contributor to Savannah Morning News "Ask Score" Column. She has spoken at several industry events, including PEPTalks 2022 (ACE), 2020 Clean Building Expo, ISSA/IEHA Tradeshows, The SCRUB Podcast, and REMIX EQ with Dr. Erika Tate.
Gloria continues to leverage her Registered Environment Services Executive (RESE) designation to establish a framework for effective cleaning processes and best practice implementation for cleaning programs and operators. She also serves as a mentor in the ISSA Hygeia Network Mentoring Program. In 2020, she published Cleaning for Health: The Emerging Pathogen Threat as a resource guide to aid families and businesses in adopting a Cleaning for Health mindset to break the chain of infection to minimize the impact of COVID-19.
She is an Air Force Veteran with degrees from The University of Southern Mississippi, Tougaloo College, and The Community College of the Air Force. She is active in her local chamber of commerce and is passionate about developing small businesses.