Leadership Team

Jessica Apgar,
Founder and Chief Strategist


Jessica founded Network Exchange firmly understanding the critical role networking plays in business evolution. As a professional mediator, she often lacked the time and resources needed to expand her business. She experienced challenges other business owners have, including a shortage of time and resources to truly focus on expanding her client base and creating awareness of her services. As a result, she identified several opportunities for improving and innovating traditional networking practices, such as business card exchanges and “elevator” speeches.

Over the past five years, Jessica has been studying and evaluating innovative network programs based on the paradigms of Fortune 500 businesses and educating herself with leading industry counselors like Robert Kiyosaki, Tony Robbins, and Jen Sincero. Leveraging her additional experience in operations and logistics within the import/export industry, Jessica applied her expertise with managing the integration of diverse, international businesses to help her form many of the founding principles of Network Exchange.  

Finally, she decided it was time to connect businesses and networking organizations with effective marketing, development, and coaching resources, building an organization that truly stands apart from the traditional array of networking and industry forums – Network Exchange.

In addition to her role as Network Exchange’s founder, Jessica is also the Program Director of the Middlesex Chapter of BW NICE (Business Women Networking Involving Charity & Education), a non-profit organization providing women with support, resources, and education while also raising awareness about and supporting the fight against domestic violence.  Jessica is also the owner of Divorce Mediation Resources, she is a mediator and relationship consultant. View her Network Exchange profile. 

 Gayle Goldner, CMP,
 Director of Business Development

Prior to launching her own management consulting firm in 2017, Gayle spent over 20 years managing the conferences and meetings for a division of the world’s largest technical professional association. This included handling the material production, logistics, registration, website maintenance, and regulatory compliance involved with each event, which commonly involved thousands of participants. In this role, she traveled worldwide interacting with professionals representing a myriad of nations and cultures.

In addition to serving as Network Exchange’s director of new business development, Gayle manages Goldner Management Services, LLC which provides program, event, and association management support to numerous organizations. Currently, she is the administrator for the New York Chapter of PCMA (Professional Convention Management Association). Other clients include Kolodzy Consulting and various clients within the business events industry.    

Samantha Borland, Online Facilitator

Samantha Borland has more than 25 years of experience in the technology industry. Prior to founding the Chicago-based software company MyEventPlans.com, she served as an Executive Meeting Planner with Smith Bucklin and ADA.

Formerly named one of the Top 10 technology women in Chicago, Samantha held the position of Director at several chapter business organizations within the Young President’s Organization and Entrepreneur’s Organization. She also served as the Director of Engagement and Virtual Learning for Geniecast, the world’s largest platform for speakers, experts and thought leaders via live two-way interactive video.

Samantha currently works for a Chicago-based EOS (Entrepreneur Operating System) software company where she helps companies and organizations virtually implement Traction through Six Key Components (vision, data, people, issues, traction, and process). In addition, she serves on the Executive Board of The Policy Circle and has sat on several community boards such as Gorton Children’s Board and Women’s Health Advisory Council of Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital, to name a few.