These five executive women discuss their careers, challenges and why the issue of gender lines is becoming a thing of the past.

Don't miss a special Columbus Metropolitan Club forum featuring the executive women. The event kicks off a new "What's On Your Mind?" series, presented by the CMC, Columbus CEO and Cassidy Turley.

The forum, moderated by Kristyn Hartman of WBNS-10TV, will be held at noon May 1 at The Athletic Club of Columbus. The event is open to the public, but advance reservations are required. To register, go to www.columbusmetroclub.orgor call (614) 464-3220, ext. 1.

Leslie Bumgarner

Industry: Financial

Job: President and CEO of Telhio Credit Union, 1998 to present

Background: Six years as vice president for Telhio's business development and lending services; one year as senior vice president with Star Bank; 11 years in managerial positions with CityFed Mortgage Company

Education: Bachelor of science in business administration from Ohio State University

Community Involvement: See Kids Dream, director and chair; Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio, trustee

Quote: "Investing in relationships is the most important thing."

Lisa Schweitzer Courtice

Industry: Nonprofit

Job: Executive vice president, community research and grants management for the Columbus Foundation, 2011 to present

Background: Eight years as vice president, community research and grants management for the Columbus Foundation; one year as division director at the Columbus School for Girls; four years as executive director of the Childhood League Center; five years as director for the Clinic for Child Study and Family Therapy in Akron; five years as director of the National Scholarship Program in Washington, D.C.

Education: Holds a bachelor's degree from Syracuse University, a master's degree from West Virginia University and a doctorate from the University of Akron

Community Involvement: Board member of the Columbus School for Girls, Learn4Life and Ohio Wesleyan University; member of the United Way of Central Ohio Home and Strengthening Individuals and Families impact councils

Quote: "Understand what the needs are, then develop strategies with the changing needs."

Christine Poon

Industry: Higher education

Job: Dean of the Ohio State University Fisher College of Business, 2009 to present

Background: 13 years as group and worldwide chairman of Johnson & Johnson; 15 years in international executive positions with Bristol-Myers Squibb

Education: Bachelor's degree in biology from Northwestern University; master's degree in biology/biochemistry from St. Louis University; and a master of business in finance from Boston University

Corporate and Community Involvement: Board member of Prudential Financial Inc. and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc.; supervisory board member of Royal Phillips Electronics

Quotable: "Business leaders need to be comfortable with being fiercely competitive-but not at the expense of sacrificing your character, your values, or the interest of the very people that you're serving."

Elaine Roberts

Industry: Aviation

Job: President and CEO of the Columbus Regional Airport Authority, 2003 to present

Background: Two years as executive director of the Columbus Airport Authority; six years as executive director of the Rhode Island airport Corporation; 12 years in management with the Indianapolis Airport Authority

Education: Bachelor's degree in English and sociology from Western Kentucky University; master's degree in urban planning from the University of Louisville; law degree from the Indiana University School of Law

Corporate and Community Involvement: Board member of The Columbus Partnership, Experience Columbus, Columbus Region Logistics Council and State Auto Financial Corp.

Quote: "There are so many elements of success depending on who the constituency is."

Sheri Tackett

Industry: Energy

Job: Founder and CEO of Delta Energy, 1997 to present

Background: 11 years in senior management positions with Ashland Inc.

Education: Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Kentucky; executive development programs at Indiana University's Kelly School of Business; graduated from Southern Methodist University's school for energy executives

Community Involvement: Advisory board member of Women for Economic and Leadership Development (WELD); board member of Make-A-Wish Foundation and Leukemia & Lymphoma Society; chair of the Columbus chapter of the Tiffany Circle Society of Women Leaders of the American Red Cross

Quote: "The first five drafts are never going to cut it. [Go] above and beyond-under-promise and over-deliver when you get to that meeting."