Introducing Gloria Wesley, formerly known as Strauthers, a seasoned professional distinguished by her versatile expertise spanning multiple domains and disciplines. Over her illustrious 25-year career, she has garnered numerous accolades, owing to her exceptional proficiency in identifying opportunities and implementing innovative processes to streamline operational costs. Gloria's mastery in personal development and her unwavering growth mindset led to her early retirement at the age of 40.
In 2016, Gloria founded Exodus Management and Consulting, LLC, where she currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer. At Exodus, Gloria is committed to assisting businesses in achieving sustainable success by optimizing processes and elevating efficiency, profitability, and customer satisfaction.
A respected speaker and seasoned professional, Gloria has collaborated with entrepreneurs, small businesses, and organizations across diverse industries. Her extensive certifications include being a John Maxwell DISC® Trainer, Coach, Speaker, and Teacher, Certified SCORE Business Mentor, Certified Human Resources Professional, Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt DEI Professional, Registered Environmental Services Executive, GBAC Certified Technician, ISSA CMI Certified Professional Trainer, C.P.T., and a Certified Disinfection Specialist. Gloria has made notable contributions to industry publications such as "Facility Decision," "GaBiz The Magazine for Georgia Business," “Executive Housekeeping Today,” and "Maintenance Sales News Magazine." She has been featured in various "ASK SCORE" business columns and has appeared as a guest speaker on podcasts like Adon Riggs's "Cleaning up with Sales," "The SCRUB," and EQ Remix.
Gloria authored "Cleaning for Health: The Emerging Pathogen Threat in 2020," offering a comprehensive guide to adopting a Cleaning for Health mindset and understanding the pathogenic cycle. The book provides actionable steps to break the chain of infection and minimize the impact of COVID-19 on the health of patrons, family, and employees.
Engaging in various business development programs, Gloria has been a participant in the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center's Milestone program, the Verizon Small Business Digital Readiness Program, and the Amazon Accelerate Your Business Sprint program. She holds degrees from Strayer University, The University of Southern Mississippi, The Community College of the Airforce, and Tougaloo College.
A decorated Air Force veteran, Gloria received the Air Force Achievement Medal and was acknowledged as one of Savannah SCORE's top five business mentors in 2020 and served as Vice-Chair of the Atlanta SCORE Chapter. She served on the National Small Business Association Leadership Council from 2022-2023, actively promoting the interests of small businesses to policymakers in Washington, D.C. Gloria plays an integral role in her community, serving on the Board of Directors of the Statesboro-Bulloch County Chamber of Commerce and holding positions as a Board Member of a local non-profit.
Rooted in faith, family, and a commitment to serving others, Gloria takes pride in being a devoted mother to two adult sons, a grandson, and a Shih Tzu named Justice.
Gloria Wesley, SHRM-CP, RESE, C.P.T.
I don't have your typical executive bio or rags-to-riches tale. My life journey began when I was a teenage mother, labeled as just another statistic. According to the statistics, my chances of finishing high school were only 40%, my chances of completing college before turning 30 were a mere 2%, and I had a 60% chance of living in poverty. But guess what? Those statistics were completely wrong! At one point, I even thought that these facts gave me an unfair advantage. But in reality, everyone has their own unique unfair advantage that gives them a competitive edge in life, business, and career. It's essential to intentionally maximize this attribute to its fullest potential.
To become a great leader, you must master being a servant to all.
The turning point in my life came when I adopted a Growth Mindset, which instilled in me the belief that dedication and hard work could help me develop any skill. This attitude fueled my desire to learn, leading me to think differently and be more receptive to innovation and progress. I am now living a life without regrets, and I am grateful to God for the grace he has given me to serve others in the business world. Every endeavor I undertake is aimed at improving the lives of others.