TITLE: Chief executive officer

COMPANY: Inspirion Inc., Fairfax

EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree in psychology and kinesiology from the University of Northern Colorado; master’s degree in speech communication

RISING STAR CRED: Burmeister is the quintessential matchmaker. Her company was founded in 2005 to improve communication between generations in the workplace. Started with $37, Inspirion had more than $250,000 in revenue by 2007. By co-founding the Young Professionals Leadership Group, Burmeister helps bring young executives together. And she shares stories of success as an Internet radio show co-host. Burmeister is also a published author and has more books in the works.