Lina AbiRafeh is a global women’s rights expert with decades of experience worldwide. For the last six years, she has served as the Executive Director of the Arab Institute for Women at the Lebanese American University, an academic/activist institute covering the 22 Arab states. The Institute was established in 1973 as the first women’s institute in the Arab region – and one of the first globally. Lina spent over 20 years in development and humanitarian contexts in countries such as Afghanistan, Haiti, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nepal, and others. Lina completed her doctoral work from the London School of Economics and published “Gender and International Aid in Afghanistan: The Politics and Effects of Intervention” based on her research. She speaks and publishes frequently on a range of gender issues, most recently on the need for a feminist response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on Arab women and girls. She believes women’s leadership is the strongest vehicle for peace and sustainable development. Lina is among the Gender Equality Top 100 worldwide in 2018 and 2019 and was awarded a Vital Voices fellowship in 2021.
Lisa Anderson is an award winning small biz growth strategist, speaker, financial manager, author and founder of Anavo Transformation Solutions. She helps consultants become CEOs and scale their way to legacy. Her mission is to help a million achieve millions.
Lisa has helped her clients achieved as much as 423% growth and rank on the Inc 5000 list. She shows business owners how to leverage the power of relationships to scale their businesses and build their empires.
Lisa walks the talk. After selling her first multi-seven-figure business, she is now building her legacy with her daughters by her side. As a Certified Public Accountant, Certified GovCon Expert and Certified Leadership Coach, Lisa and her team bring a holistic approach to growing and scaling business. Celebrating 24 consecutive years in business, Lisa has a passion and a commitment toward helping women owned businesses succeed.
Joy Baldridge's first speaking engagement was at the White House at the age of 19. She got there by calling the president. Her keynote presentations are captivating, insightful, and energizing. Her content is unique and instantly impactful. She shares an abundance of golden nuggets, useful immediately applicable techniques, and strategies that help make the best even better In their work and life.
Mom Entrepreneur offers leadership training, a 21st Century skill essential for building interpersonal skills, advancement in business, and building a healthy quality of life. Mom Entrepreneur helps entrepreneurial minded women 25-55 build intrapersonal skills and achieve professional success. Mom Entrepreneur helps entrepreneur minded moms communicate effectively and improve management of resources. ChiQuita Battle married her college sweetheart and mother of two energetic beautiful girls entering their teens. http://www.chiquitabattle.org
Anne Bonney is a fun, energetic international motivational keynote speaker and trainer. She is also an authority on Change Management, best-selling author of GET OVER IT!, podcast host of Ignite Your Influence Podcast (Listen now at https://igniteyourinfluence.buzzsprout.com/ ), and an experienced leadership workshop facilitator. After 20 years in highly successful corporate and non-profit leadership positions, Anne, now uses her experience, education, and expertise to ignite YOUR ability to influence others by harnessing emotional intelligence, effective communication and flexibility in change.
Susan Borke is the principal of BorkeWorks. Her years of experience at CBS and National Geographic provided extensive opportunities to hone the negotiation techniques she has been teaching to business professionals for over 30 years. With a background in legal and financial administration, Susan Borke understands the needs of law firms and in-house counsel as well as the pressures faced by entrepreneurs, solopreneurs, and women in business.
Karen James Chopra, LPC, CCC, NCC, is the founder of ChopraCareers (www.ChopraCareers.com). Karen helps solopreneurs, counselors, coaches and small business owners launch and grow thriving businesses. “A Little Clarity Goes a Long Way” is her guiding principle. When clients have a vision for their business and their career, the necessary steps to achieve that vision become clear as well. Negotiation is a specialty, and Karen is the author of Coaching Career Clients Through Salary and Other Workplace Negotiations, and the Certified Salary Negotiation Specialist (CSNS) course (https://careerplanningacademy.com/certifications/). Karen has a B.A. from the University of Virginia, and master’s degrees from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and The George Washington University’s Graduate School of Education and Human Development.
Quinn Conyers amplifies and illuminates the voices of women in business. As a transformational trainer and powerful presenter, she shows them how to turn conversations into cash so they maximize and monetize all speaking opportunities on behalf of their business, book, or brand.
With over 16 years of virtual and in-person speaking experience, Quinn has trained hundreds of speakers and entrepreneurs on how to polish their presentations so they can attract clients as soon as they open their mouths.
Quinn taught Speech Communication for 5 years at the collegiate level and has won $77,000 speaking about her company in business pitch competitions. As a result of her accomplishments, she has been featured in numerous magazines, newspapers, and location TV outlets. She is the host of Speak Black Woman podcast and earned her Bachelors’ from West Chester University in PA and a Masters from Howard University in Washington DC.
Ken Countess is managing director of The Countess Group, an Orlando-based marketing consultancy now in its 21st year.
An award‐winning marketer, Ken is an executive coach, public speaker, trainer, and presenter. He is an internationally recognized, accredited expert on Email Marketing and Social Media Marketing. Ken has again been named Top Partner Trainer by Constant Contact, and earned his certification as a presenter with eSpeakers.
Over 25+ years, Ken has held executive management positions at Fortune 100 companies including Motorola, Marriott and Caremark, and was formerly a senior partner at a 50‐person marketing agency.
Ken has helped thousands of companies of all sizes Gain A Unique Advantage Over Their Competition with targeted marketing campaigns that really work.
Ken can help your company, too.
Angie Dobransky is a leader and teacher on success in life and business. She teaches others how to maximize their talents and abilities to live a life of intention and purpose while achieving their goals.
She studied under masters such as Jack Canfield and applied those learnings to build a thriving coaching practice. She has turned multiple small businesses into enterprises exceeding $1 million in revenue and groomed countless executives for success.
Growing up in Wheaton, MD, she became the first person in her family to graduate from college, earning her degree in four years while working full-time to support herself. Next, she spent two decades making it in New York in the exciting world of corporate fashion and then walked away to launch her own business.
Her next project is building a retreat center in Baja, Mexico while working virtually and basking in the sun as frequently as possible.
Karim R. Ellis is an expert transformational coach that has been featured in NBC, CBS, ABC, Yahoo! Finance, Wall Street Select, and FOX network affiliates as well as other major news outlets.
A Dynamic Powerhouse Speaker with over 10 years of experience in the field of speaking, training, and breakthrough success, Karim has also authored the hit book titled “G.P.S My Success”. Karim is an individual that takes great pride in developing both leaders and champions. His messages and concepts help people to grow to the next level as he inspires an atmosphere of greatness in the lives he connects with daily.
Karim is also a member of the National Speakers Association, Past President with Toastmasters International and is the owner of two successful businesses for over 20 years.
As a member of the John Maxwell Team and as a Les Brown Platinum Speaker and protégé, Karim speaks, inspires, and teaches Leadership / Professional Development principles to 60-70 organizations a year. Some of these companies include…
Ford Motor Company, Honda, General Electric, Toyota, Anthem, Kroger, The United States Postal Service, ODOT, The Dept. of Defense DFAS, The United States Military, The National Urban League, SHRM and a host of many more. His YouTube channel has over 200 positive video testimonials from event planners and attendees that have heard him speak.
All successful organizations understand that effective leadership is at the heart of every business. As a trainer/coach, Karim has several engaging group programs specifically designed to take Leaders to the Next Level.
When Karim delivers a message, he absolutely makes sure that the room “gets it”. If you are ready for a fun, engaging, entertaining, and inspiring motivational speaker that will leave you amazed, Karim R. Ellis is it!!!!!
Mary Fain Brandt is the CEO and Founder of The LinkedIn Bakery and Mary Fain Brandt Coaching & Consulting. She is an international LinkedIn Speaker, Trainer, and Strategist. Mary helps Entrepreneurs, Executives, Business Leaders and Sales Teams fill their pipeline with qualified leads and generate more sales by showing them how to use LinkedIn – in as a little as an hour a day.
Melanie Figg has been a working artist for 30 years, and has run her own creative consulting and coaching business for the past decade. As a professional certified coach, she offers a wide range of workshops and women’s writing retreats. She also works 1-1 with writers and artists to support their work lives and their creative lives—building more confidence, improving time management, and easing barriers like procrastination and perfectionism. She’s determined to help artists, especially women, flourish.
Melanie is an award-winning writer and teacher. She has received multiple grants for her creative work, from the Maryland State Arts Council, Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County, National Endowment for the Arts, and more. She is also a skilled grant writer from her “previous life” as a nonprofit development officer, where she secured and managed large programs and grant budgets for a variety of arts, education, and social service organizations.
Kim Foley –
Speaker, Media Trainer, Award-Winning Video Producer, Television Stylist, Author of Virtual Meetings with Power and Presence
When business leaders, celebrities, politicians and TV personalities want to look their best they call Kim Foley. For more than 25 years Kim Foley has helped individuals maximize their credibility. As a speaker on innovation and digital media, she is a dynamic workshop leader for conferences. Since the pandemic Kim Foley has consulted with fortune 500 companies and high profile individuals on the techniques of creating professional quality, dynamic virtual meetings. Whether you want to sell, inspire or inform, Kim Foley will fine-tune your presentation skills, body language, appearance and confidence for every online meeting.
Kathryn Goldman is an intellectual property attorney who helps businesses and individuals protect their brands and ideas so they can profit from them. She represents creative entrepreneurs and businesses nationwide and internationally, particularly those with an online presence, which is almost everyone these days. She calls on over 30 years of experience to help her clients identify their most valuable business assets and build protection and enforcement strategies that drive revenue and build value.
Karen Grill is a Business Coach and Certified Master Persuader. Having started her first online business over 12 years ago, she knows the struggles of entrepreneurs and has learned the strategies for creating a successful business.
She loves helping business owners manage their time, overcome their tech issues, create stellar offers and funnels to work less and earn more so that they can run the business they love while still having time for their families and themselves.
Radiance W. Harris, Esq. is an award-winning trademark attorney, bestselling author, and speaker. As the founder and managing attorney of Radiance IP Law, she helps emerging businesses protect, monetize, and grow profitable brands with trademarks. She has successfully represented startups and multinational corporations across diverse industries. Previously, she worked at one of the world’s largest law firms representing Fortune 200 brands.
During her extensive career, Radiance has been widely recognized as a thought leader in the intellectual property law field. Her accolades include Maryland Rising Stars for Intellectual Property by Super Lawyers, Washington, D.C. Rising Stars for Intellectual Property by Super Lawyers, and Nation’s Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers Under 40, to name a few. She has also been featured as a legal expert in a variety of publications, including Forbes.
Sylvia Henderson is CEO and co-founder of MindTeam Solutions, Inc. (MTS), an organizational and leadership development firm. Sylvia and MTS focus on employee engagement, workplace recovery, and leadership development solutions that result in profitability and purposeful service. With Fortune 50 management and association leadership experience, Sylvia integrates her MBA degree with over 35 years of business experience to work with entrepreneurs, business owners, and leadership teams.
Sylvia believes that “when people come together, great things happen”. Her consulting practice, professional speaking platform, multiple books, and television program all align with helping people get their ideas implemented, voices heard, and issues addressed through group interactions. Professional associations include the National Speakers Association, Leadership Montgomery, Toastmasters International, and Montgomery Women.
In her “spare time”, Sylvia volunteers as a Girl Scout Council leadership trainer, rides a motorcycle, watches everything Star Trek™, and lives with her life partner in Olney, MD.
For over 20 years, Suzanne Kondner has designed, delivered, and facilitated lively and effective programs in a wide variety of areas. Suzanne is a certified instructor for national firms in the area of customer service, sales, performance management, and motivation. She has facilitated programs, staff retreats, team building, and planning sessions for Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, non-profit organizations and small businesses. Suzanne has taught programs throughout the US and is an adjunct faculty member for several colleges.
Tracey S. Lawrence is the founder of Grand Family Planning LLC and bestselling author of the ground-breaking book “Dementia Sucks.” Having been primary caregiver to two parents who succumbed to dementia, Tracey has a unique perspective on the issues surrounding caregiving and the challenges of staying healthy and productive under extreme pressure. Recognizing that millions would be facing the same struggles she had, Tracey coaches families through life transitions and health crises. She is developing family-caregiver-supportive corporate programs for businesses seeking better employee attraction and retention. Her Family Care Survival Course is designed for the adult children of aging parents and it’s available for on-demand learning on the Udemy platform. Tracey’s commitment to raising awareness of the growing family caregiving epidemic drives her business and her professional speaking and training programs.
Daphné F Leblanc is a social media trainer, consultant, and speaker with over 20 years of experience. She has trained some of the top companies both domestically and internationally based. She’s also taught at colleges and has been a featured speaker for several events across the country. Daphné is the owner of Cafe and Laptop, which is a Texas-based company that offers an ever-growing range of high-quality online and in-person marketing training.
Natalie Luneva is a growth consultant to entrepreneurs. She is on a mission to help companies scale, clarify business priorities, and grow high-performance teams. Drawing from her 10+ years of leading marketing teams, she helped over 100 companies implement high ROI opportunities, scale their operations, clarify business priorities and grow high-performance teams.
Veda McCoy is an International Speaker, Spiritual Coach, Author, and Vocalist who helps women pursue their purpose with passion and power. As your Purpose Pusher, your PURPOSE PROFICIENCY is Pastor Veda’s passion. She teaches women how to leverage their purpose into streams of income and to walk in their complete power. Pastor Veda is the recipient of the Let Freedom Ring” Outstanding Educator’s Award, from by Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. and The PUSH Coalition and the Trailblazer’s Award, from SoulWeath® Foundation for Women. Since 2004, Veda McCoy has served as Executive Pastor of Judah Christian Center, in Clinton, MD. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and a Master of Arts in Education School Administration and Supervision, both from Bowie State University. She also holds a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Wesley Theological Seminary. In 2020, she graduated from Dr. Cheryl Wood’s VOCALIZE Speaker Academy.
A writer, speaker, and book mentor, Ginger Moran’s areas of expertise are in nonfiction and fiction writing and editing. She has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in English from the University of Virginia and a Ph.D. in Creative Writing from the University of Houston. She taught at Spring Hill College, Fisk University, and U.Va. She lives in Maryland with her dog and cat and close to her grown sons. Her latest novel, American Queen, is a literary mystery that takes place in D.C. It came out in the fall of 2020. Currently she works with aspiring writers who want to write good books.
Kim Nagle is a keynote speaker, author and business coach. She truly believes that people are capable of taking authority over their lives and deserve the life they have always dreamt of – they just need a plan. She knows this for a fact. She literally wrote the book! The DAMN Plan How To Find Freedom, Love, And Money In Your Business, which some have described as “equal parts practical workbook, a letter from your BFF, and personal development journal.”
She has coached thousands resulting in hundreds of clients launching successful businesses. Kim is an energetic guide for those who want to build profitable businesses they love.
When she isn’t helping others achieve their dreams, she spends as much time as she can with her grandkids. She delights in showing them that it is never too late or too soon… now is the best time to live your dreams.
Moira Ni Ghallachoir shows entrepreneurs a powerful pathway to enrolling more clients, making way more money, and having a globetrotting lifestyle – without the complicated strategies. So they can finally enjoy the success and the freedom they started their business for in the first place. She went from being a youth worker living in London making 30k a year to a business mentor and speaking building a multiple 6 figure revenue in less than 3 years. She has captivated audiences worldwide with her powerful presentations, her retreats in Paris and New York as well as her newest venture – stylish secret supper style events for big thinking entrepreneurs.
Nicoletta Pichardo helps business owners achieve greater success by mastering the five relationships that matter. As the principal of Navigo Coaching, she has spent thousands of hours helping clients around the world create powerful shifts in their lives and reach goals that seemed out of reach. She is the mother of three fabulous children, a business owner, and an adventurer in life, and is passionate about redefining possibilities.
With a B.A. in psychology and an M.Ed. w/ a focus in counseling, she is an accredited and certified ICF Coach and a Master NLP Practitioner. Having seen the challenges of switching gears, she has distilled the necessary lessons allowing her clients to overcome those challenges with greater ease and success.
Dr. Karen Hills Pruden is an award-winning Career Elevation Expert for female middle managers seeking senior leadership. Recognized by the governor (Virginia) for her leadership in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Dr. Pruden has two decades of experience in human resource leadership, influencing employees through global speaking, coaching, workshops, and authoring ten bestselling books. One of her hottest publications is Pruden Principles: 10 Strategies to Propel Women to the C-Suite. Dr. Pruden works as a Chief Human Resource Officer, CEO of Pruden Global Business Solutions Consulting, and the CEO/Founder of the Sister Leaders Conference.
Dr. Pruden has been interviewed on the Kim Jacobs Show, Believe in Your Dreams Television, Roland Martin Unfiltered, ABC, NBC, and CBS affiliates. She has been a featured speaker at Virginia Society for Human Resource Management, Society for Diversity, Black Wall Street, SpeakerCon, Virginia Commonwealth University, Norfolk State University, Global Fluency, EmpoweringHER, NAACP, and governmental entities.
Jamie Ratner is an entrepreneur, Maryland mother of two, and Founder & CEO of CertifiKID (www.certifikid.com), the nation’s largest resource for parents to find and save on kids’ activities and family-friendly experiences. Sprouted from an idea that started at her kitchen table ten years ago, CertifiKID has grown into a national brand focused on helping families spend more quality time together creating incredible memories on a budget. Jamie recently appeared on the popular ABC television show ‘Shark Tank’ and received a $600,000 investment in her company from Kevin O’Leary, one of the top five biggest investments Mr. O’Leary has made in any company in ten seasons of the show.
Angelique Rewers, CEO and Founder, BoldHaus, has been called “The undisputed champion at helping small businesses land big clients” by Inc. Magazine.
Harnessing her more than two decades of experience navigating all sides of the corporate buying table, Angelique developed a proprietary framework that is leveraged by thousands of small businesses across 72 countries worldwide to secure multi 5-, 6- and 7-figure+ corporate contracts.
Angelique’s groundbreaking global conferences bring self-employed experts, small business owners and diverse suppliers together with major brands like AT&T, IBM, Coca-Cola, UPS, Intel, Lumen, HP, PayPal, Marriott, Accenture, Chevron, Major League Baseball and many more. Her company’s clients are landing deals with iconic Fortune 500 brands, as well as organizations in the mid-market, start-up, higher education, nonprofit and government sectors.
In addition to being named an Enterprising Woman of the Year by Enterprising Women Magazine, Angelique has been featured by Forbes, Entrepreneur, Inc., ABC, NBC, CBS, Business Insider, Huffington Post, Lucky, Washington Post and more and is a frequent panelist on Yahoo! Finance’s show YFi PM. She has shared stages with superstars like Hollywood’s Steve Harvey, Shark Tank’s Daymond John, bestselling author Seth Godin, and NFL Super Bowl Champion Jamal Lewis.
Pam Saul, CB, the founder of Saul Bookkeeping, has over 30 years of experience having started with her own family’s business in Montgomery County.
Pam realized the need for knowledgeable and skilled bookkeeping services for businesses that wanted professional help but didn’t need a fulltime person doing the books. She created Saul Bookkeeping as a customized bookkeeping business to help those business owners.
Pam serves on the Loan Review Committee for Maryland Agricultural & Resource-Based Industry Development Corp (MARBIDCO) and is a past Chairman. Pam is also a Certified Bookkeeper with the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers (AIPB) and a QuickBooks Pro-Advisor.
Along with her expertise in small business accounting, Pam is an excellent resource to help business owners in a team-supported environment.
Dawn Shuler serves as CEO of The Shuler Group, LLC, a company dedicated to helping organizations create sustainability, profitability, and productivity through their people, processes, and performance. Whether it is through corporate training programs, leadership and management team consulting, coaching executives, or speaking at events, Dawn always delivers high-energy, impactful sessions. With a variety of experience in the business, non-profit, and governmental sectors, her background certification as a strengths performance coach using the Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment. With over 30 years of teaching and training experience, Dawn delivers training sessions with high energy and insights that leave all participants inspired.
Kate Vendemio is a workplace learning consultant, small business owner, and certified Project Management Professional. For over 15 years she has provided strategic guidance on training programs and curriculum design for the federal government, private sector, nonprofits and associations. Kate is Founder and CEO of Mt. Vernon Consulting, a woman-owned consulting firm that creates customized training for businesses to help employees do their jobs effectively. Kate has a master’s certificate in Project Management from George Washington University School of Business and a bachelor’s degree from John Carroll University.
Outside of work (and not during a pandemic) Kate is working toward the goal of visiting all 50 states and the home country of each of her ancestors. She also enjoys working in her vegetable garden and talking ad nauseum about her crop yields to anyone patient enough to listen.
Shana Weisberg is the Founder & Artist of Studio Sensilibilité, an interior decoration studio based in Paris, France. She has a Master’s in Interior Decoration from L’Institut Supérieur des Arts Appliqués (LISAA) in Paris. She previously studied Civil Engineering and Project Management at the University of Maryland in the USA. Shana began her career as a project manager working closely with interior designers and architects to launch an innovation center for a Fortune 100 company in the USA. She then worked as a management consultant across North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East before moving to Paris in 2019 to learn French and complete her studies. Her aim with Studio Sensibilité is to continuously uncover connections between aesthetics, colors, and textures identified in Asian and European heritage through her creations.
“Sharon Weinstein gave the opening keynote that was one of the best-attended morning keynotes in Power Conference history,” said Jamie Hamelburg. A Certified Professional Speaker and Certified Virtual Presenter, Sharon deliver content, style, and value that will engage audiences on the stage, and onscreen. Author of 16 books, including, Are You Ready to Reinvent Yourself, Weinstein’s expertise in leadership development, stress/fatigue management, and service excellence help clients to answer the difficult question, “What if…” Sharon’s been featured in Forbes, Crain’s Chicago Business, USA Today, The Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, on 60 Minutes and on CBS. An advisor to Roche and Bayer, she offers Individual and group coaching focused on innovative ways to approach situations and people, aligning people strategy with business strategy. Sharon is known for elevating individual and corporate connections, conversations, and cultures.