2019 SPEAKERS

Christy Wyskiel

Christy Wyskiel is the Senior Advisor to the President of Johns Hopkins University on innovation, commercialization, and entrepreneurship. With her unique background as co-founder of 2 start-up companies and a successful career as an institutional investor in the science and healthcare sector, she's building a world-class ecosystem to support and inspire innovation and entrepreneurship across a broad spectrum of ages and industries. Once you hear Christy's perspective on Women, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, you'll understand why she's been identified as one of the top 25 "Women to Watch.".

 

Dr. Shilpi Agarwal

Dr. Shilpi Agarwal is a board certified family doctor, Chief Medical Contributor on Fox 5 in DC, and Author of the Book, The 10-Day Total Body Transformation: A Doctor's Guide to getting Leaner, Cleaner, and Happier in just 10 days. She has a passion for bringing medicine to the masses and making health and wellness easy and relatable for everyone, especially women.  She has been featured or quoted in over 100 news media outlets including Access Hollywood, Good Day LA, CBS This Morning, and Huffington Post, Women's Health Magazine, and more. She is married with 2 boys age 4 and 2 and currently practices at the Georgetown University Medical Center.

 

Lisa Anderson

Lisa Anderson, Strategic Business Advisor and Virtual CFO, is the owner of Anavo Transformation Solutions LLC where she serves as a leading and recognized expert on organizational growth, financial management, leadership development and GovCon compliance. For 30+ years she has helped hundreds of small and medium sized businesses get beyond the plateau and positioned for growth. As a successful business owner since 1997, her work is predicated on her experience of growing her own business from startup to a multi-million-dollar enterprise. With clients spread across the United States, Australia, and Africa, Lisa’s goal is to help a million small businesses achieve their first or next million dollars in revenue.

Doris Barber
Doris Barber

Doris Barber is CEO of The Mikayla Group, LLC, a boutique marketing and consulting firm that specializes in relationship marketing solutions. From website design to customer retention strategy, The Mikayla Group takes the overwhelm out of marketing for women solopreneurs and helps them develop strong, lifelong relationships with their customers. 

Emily Barrosse

With over 30 years experience as a strategist and leader in publishing and in her own businesses, Emily Barrosse earned her reputation as a “rainmaker” by taking bold actions that resulted in spectacular successes. As an Editor in Chief at McGraw-Hill, she transformed the sluggish culture into a competitive, hungry, growth-driven business. Fueled by explosive creativity, her division quadrupled pipeline productivity with innovative content for the future. As a coach and teacher, Emily’s passion is in empowering women to be bolder and to reach for greater success.

Jennene Biggins

Jennene Biggins, Founder J Biggins Consulting brings over 22 years of Internet and Social Medial Marketing Experience to her small business clients who seek to build an online presence for their products and services. Jennene’s expertise in the digital marketing field encompasses social media marketing strategies including email marketing, video marketing, mobile marketing and chatbot development. Jennene not only provides digital marketing services for small businesses, but frequently conducts training for the Maryland Small Business Development Center, the DC Small Business Development Center, The Washington, DC Chapter of SCORE and various Chamber of Commerce chapters.

Adele Cehrs

Adele Cehrs is the author of SPIKE Your Brand ROI: How to Maximize Reputation and Get Results. As CEO of the When and How Agency, Adele has overseen the development of numerous award-winning local and national marketing campaigns. A recognized authority in marketing, Adele is a regular contributor to Inc. Magazine and she is a featured crisis communications expert for the Wall Street Journal’s Crisis of the Week Column. In the past year, Cehrs has spoken at the United Nations twice and interviewed more than 100 Chief Marketing Officers from Fortune 500 companies.

Angie Duncanson

Angie Duncanson, is Maryland Women’s Business Center’s (MWBC) Senior Business Counselor/Trainer for Prince George’s County located in the Bowie Business Innovation Center, Bowie State University, Bowie, MD. Prior to joining the MWBC, she worked as a Small Business Specialist for Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation and as a Business Consultant/Instructor for Maryland Small Business & Technology Development Center. The Small Business Administration (SBA) selected Angie as one of the nation’s top business development instructors to our US Military Armed Forces.

Sandra Eberhard

Sandra Eberhard, Executive Director, Women Presidents Education Organization - DC (WPEO-DC) is a dedicated advocate for women's business enterprises. WPEO helps you gain access to business opportunities across America. www.wpeo.us

Stacey Ferguson

Stacey Ferguson has been featured on FastCompany.com, Inc.com, Entrepreneur.com, Southern Living, EBONY, The Washington Post, Black Enterprise, and on NPR, The Tom Joyner Morning Show, Mashable, FOX, The Root, and more, Stacey is a sought-after influencer coach, media personality, digital brand strategist, content creator, public speaker, and Chief Curator of the Be Blogalicious community and conferences celebrating diversity among women in social media. As Founder of Justice Fergie Lifestyle Media, she combines media, publishing, coaching & events to inspire women to live richly, with strategies for life design and turning personal passions into viable brands. She is also a technology and advertising attorney by trade and regularly consults with entrepreneurs, startups and established brands on digital and brand strategy. Stacey is a wife, and mother of 3 and lives in the DC Metro Area.

Rita Goodroe

Rita Goodroe helps women entrepreneurs increase their reach and revenue so that they build profitable businesses that impact the lives of many while fully supporting their own! Rita's clients love how she uses humor and storytelling to break tough topics down into practical, easily implementable, actions and have coined the phrase "Rita made me DO it!" to celebrate their many successes.

Linda Hamilton

Linda Hamilton, CPA, CGMA is a speaker and strategic business advisor in New York City.  Linda is a certified consultant on the One Page Business Plan Method and One Page Exit Strategy Plan.  Linda empowers WBEs to grow their companies in her Vision to Value Business Planning workshops and Master Mind groups.  She provides strategic financial advice, financial reviews, and goal setting as well as remote CFO and controller services.

Angela Heath

Angela Heath is the CEO of TKC Incorporated, an idea studio that guides individuals and businesses in leveraging the gig economy to save time, effort and money. Through consulting and training services, Angela helps companies source, onboard and train gig workers to meet critical business metrics for a fraction of the cost.

Jen Hemphill

Jen Hemphill, a military spouse & proud bilingual Latina, helps the busy career-oriented woman become the reina (queen) of her money and love her dinero more. She is a Money Confidence Coach, an AFC® (Accredited Financial Counselor), author, speaker and hosts the Her Dinero Matters podcast.  She has been featured in publications such as Forbes, Clark Howard, and USAA and award-winning podcasts like SoMoney and Stacking Benjamins..

Bianca J. Jackson

Bianca J. Jackson is storytelling and personal branding consultant based in Baltimore, MD. Her background in tech, digital marketing, and diversity and inclusion has landed her and associated projects a Pulitzer Prize, 40K+ followers on LinkedIn, and coveted speaking opportunities at events such as SXSW, Digital Summit Philadelphia, and Tech Inclusion NY.

Martha P. Jimenez

Martha P. Jimenez is the Senior Business Counselor for the Maryland Women’s Business Center (MWBC) in Montgomery County. A Colombian native with over 25 years of experience in business administration, Martha spent 14 of those years in the corporate sector and 10 years as an independent international business consultant for various companies in Latin America. Martha also has more than 15 years of experience training entrepreneurs and companies on various business related topics and has a special interest in supporting small businesses and enabling entrepreneurs to pursue their passions.

Diane Schwartz Jones

Diane Schwartz Jones is an attorney and consultant, currently working with County Executive Elrich and Council Vice President Katz on the 4Business Initiative gathering information on how to help businesses succeed in Montgomery County and coordinating with departments on workplans to better assist businesses. Ms. Jones’ previous service as the Director of the Montgomery County Department of Permitting Services (DPS) has especially prepared her for this assignment.

Pam Jones

Pam Jones has been with the Montgomery County, Maryland, Office of Procurement for more than 24 years. The Office of Procurement is responsible for procuring goods, services and construction for the County and enforcing compliance programs. As a Division Chief, she manages a Division consisting of two sections, which includes Procurement Operations and Procurement Services. Ms. Jones holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Maryland. She also holds designations of (1) Certified Public Manager (CPM) through George Washington University in partnership with the Council of Government, (2) Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) and (3) Certified Professional Purchasing Officer (CPPO) by the Universal Public Purchasing Certification Council, a member of the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing. 

Yael Krigman

Yael Krigman is a recovering attorney and owner of Baked by Yael. She was a Fulbright Scholar in Spain before starting her first career at the global law firm of White & Case. Yael began baking to relieve stress during law school. She ultimately left her job as an international trade attorney to pursue baking full-time. In 2015, Baked by Yael’s first brick-and-mortar shop opened across from the National Zoo and now has 3 dozen employees.

Angela Lauria

Angela Lauria, Dr. Angela E. Lauria is the founder of The Author Incubator™ and creator of the Difference Process™ for writing a book that matters. In 2018, The Author Incubator was ranked #275 on the Inc. 500 fastest growing companies and #87 on Entrepreneur Magazine’s Entrepreneur 360. Dr. Angela won the Stevie Award’s Coach/Mentor of the Year Award and her program, The Author’s Way was named Coaching Program of the Year and was named, by Entrepreneur Magazine, as one of the top 10 most inspiring entrepreneurs to watch – one of only 2 women on the list.

Sheila Stenhouse Lee

Sheila Stenhouse Lee, President/CEO of Sheila Lee & Associates, LLC - Learning Everywhere a SBA 8(a) graduate, MBE/DBE, EDWOSB, Hub Zone, WBENC and NMSDC certified training company. Sheila is a business rockstar who has received the 2016 Outstanding Women Owned Small Business award, the 2015 WBE’s Who Rock Award and Enterprising Women Award, the Top 100 MBE, Smart CEO Brava Award, Top 100 MD Women Award, and the 25 Women of Color Achievement Award.

Joy Levin

Joy Levin founded Allium Research and Analytics, a market research consultancy, in 1998, and manages all phases of research studies and analytics activities for a diverse portfolio of clients, ranging from startups to companies in the Fortune 500. Joy has been fully responsible for all study aspects, including strategic formulation and development, selection of analytical methodology, research design, field activity oversight, data interpretation and analysis, and results presentation. www.alliumresearch.com
 

Brian Loebig

Brian Loebig, Loebig Ink, has over 15 years of experience in web technology, Internet advertising and social media strategies with a special emphasis on search engine marketing (SEO). 

Lisa Nicholls

Lisa Nicholls is the founder and CEO of Tira! Strategies, a social media marketing firm that specializes in creating an online presence for small and medium-sized businesses through the use of social media. http://www.tirastrategies.com/

Lisa Marie Platske

Lisa Marie Platske left her action-packed life as a Federal law enforcement officer after 9/11 to become the CEO of an international leadership development company, Upside Thinking, Inc., to assist business leaders with connection, positioning, and executive presence.

Dr. Donna Roa

An internationally accredited business communicator and as Chief of Party for the Kaizen Company, Dr. Roa has authored four books, including an industry best-seller "The Value of Water: A Compendium of Essays by Smart CEOs.  She works with innovators operating in 40 countries and has led the rebranding of five international organizations.

Julie Schumacher

Julie Schumacher, sasse agency, is a leader in integrated marketing strategy. She is a highly-focused project manager, who works collaboratively with owners, executive leadership and teams in large and small companies to drive effective messaging and engagement. Her approach is to keep marketing simple and strategic. 

Lisa Sennaar

Lisa Mitchell Sennaar serves as a Small Business Reserve (SBR) Compliance Manager in the Governor’s Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs. As a coordinating office within the Executive Branch, the Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs connects the small business community to greater economic opportunities in both the public and private sectors.

Cristel Sias is a business advisor in the Goldman Sachs 10000 Small Businesses program. In her role of business advisor, she works closely with business owners to develop their skills to recognize opportunity, forecast and plan for growth. In the last 2 years she has worked with more than 200 business owners to increase their revenue and create jobs. As an entrepreneur, Cristel is the founder of Everyday Consulting and Services. ECS is an administrative and management consultancy that uses coaching as the vehicle to move leaders toward focus and function. ECS training for executives and managers elevates their abilities to maximize resources, build strong infrastructure and lead highly productive teams.

Lisa Smith

Lisa Smith, Executive Director, Bowie Innovation Center, is President of North Star Innovation Partners LLC, a woman-owned economic development management and consulting firm specializing in the development of strategies and programs that drive innovation in communities. She has 15 years of national and international economic development project experience ranging from innovation strategy development, programs for accessing early stage capital, incubator feasibility assessment, design, and management, to business development, marketing, and international business promotion.

Sandy Sponaugle

Sandy Sponaugle is the CEO/Founder of Platinum PR, a marketing and public relations firm supporting economic development and tourism organizations, higher education, regional banks and other industries since 2002. Sandy has invigorated the identities of small businesses, associations, and educational institutions across the United States and is an advocate for effective communications across generations -- from millennials to Baby Boomers -- to increase results, productivity, and customer satisfaction.

Wendy Swire

Wendy Swire, founder of Swire Solutions, LLC based in Bethesda, is an author, facilitator, speaker and Neuroleadership thought leader. She has coached over 2,000 senior leaders and executives. She is co-author of Anytime Coaching; Unleashing Employee Performance, a popular go-to resource for managers.

Anjali Varma

Anjali Varma is a business coach and marketing consultant for female entrepreneurs. She hosts business bootcamps, a group coaching program, mastermind groups, an online community (Mompreneur Tribe Facebook Group), and local meetups to connect, educate, and inspire female entrepreneurs. She is also the owner of Kidville Bethesda, a children's franchise in downtown Bethesda. She is a speaker and a frequent TV spokesperson on both Washington DC and Baltimore stations. You can find Anjali at AnjaliVarma.com, in her MompreneurTribe Facebook Group and on Instagram & Twitter @AnjVarma.

Kate Vendemio

Kate Vendemio is MWBC’s Training and Events Manager. As a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), certified ScrumMaster, and a Kirkpatrick Certified Evaluation Professional – Bronze Level, she brings a wealth of training and project management experience to the role. Kate has spent over thirteen years working with or for the federal government, the last six of which were spent with a large management consulting firm where she provided strategic guidance on federal training programs and curriculum design.

Pamela H. Vines

Pamela H. Vines is principal and owner of Troop Public Relations, LLC, a creative communications firm located in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Troop Public Relations specializes in helping political candidates polish and promote their platforms with campaign videos, media training, and reputation management. With her military leadership and communications experience; as well as her work within the creative space of visual and brand storytelling, Pamela and her team are uniquely poised to guide clients through the creation of their campaign videos and vital preemptive communications training.

Candace Waterman

Candace Waterman is President and CEO of Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP), the Voice for Women in Business in our Nation’s Capital, a non-partisan membership organization advocating on behalf of women entrepreneurs to strengthen their impact on public policy, create economic opportunities for women-owned business enterprises, and forge alliances with other business organizations.

Sharon Weinstein

Sharon Weinstein is Chief Executive Officer, SMW Group LLC and President/Founder of SMW Group. She puts the WOW into outcomes for all business models. With over three decades of global business experience, she appreciates and shares with her audiences, the vital role of first impressions, behaviors, expectations, and culture. Service Excellence is not a fad, ad, or promotion; Service Excellence is for everyone, every day. It's how we produce WOWTcomes™.

Rene Wells
René Wells

René Wells is principal with Apus Media Inc., a full-service video production company (scripting, production, editing, distribution. We are accomplished video geeks who specialize in helping you capture your vision. We take a comprehensive approach to each project so that we can maximize your story, approach, execution, and budget.

 

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