A Managing Partner with the A.R.T. Agency Group, Alita Carter puts herself in the line of fire for possible rejection daily. As an entertainment booking agent and manager, being in the “No” business has fortified a number of skills to push harder for the “Yes” we all want to hear. Having launched a plethora of music, television, Internet, advertising and publishing projects during her careers with Atlantic Records, Universal Records, BET.com, Showtime Networks and several others; Ms. Carter was charged with signing projects, designing events, developing campaigns, researching and identifying what motivated consumers to make decisions in their purchases and what logistical factors need be in place for them to succeed. Although a New Yorker at heart, as a 15-year resident of New Jersey; Ms. Carter is a well-seasoned industry professional who’s excited to impart her knowledge and experience to women interested in personal expansion.
Stefanié B. Lomax is the President/CEO of HRPro4You, LLC – an HR consulting firm dedicated to helping businesses “EmbraceHR” by developing sound, legal and sustainable HR infrastructures. As a dual certified HR professional with 18 years of experience and a Master’s Degree in Human Resources, Stefanié’s education and professional experience have afforded her the opportunity to encounter a vast array of HR experiences, developing her into an expert that understands the challenges organizations face as it relates to managing their human resources. She has worked in a variety of industries including real estate services, construction, federal government contracting, healthcare, IT, and non-profits. She has not only developed HR infrastructures from the ground up, but has maintained and grown them.
Phyllis Levinson is a Women’s Empowerment Coach for smart, successful women who want to thrive in ALL parts of their lives. Her clients learn joyful, balanced living through greater confidence, healthy boundaries, effective stress management and skillful self-advocacy. Since 2002 Phyllis has coached hundreds of women individually and reached many more through workshops and speaking. Her Five to Thrive© life balance system works for all women in all life stages. She is a blogger and author of the bestseller "LIFE-KU: 101 Life Coaching Tips, 17 Syllables at a Time." Phyllis holds a B.A. degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Connecticut and a Master of City and Regional Planning from Harvard University. She holds the credential of Professional Certified Coach (PCC) from the International Coach Federation (ICF).
With a true calling to serve, Jorré Jackson created GoddessFit by Jorré to shed light on the importance of wellness and health preservation of our mental, physical, and spiritual selves by offering energetic, soulful, and beneficial wellness activities to all age groups. Through a series of health and wellness events and activities, she’s able to encompass her love of dance and passion for enhancing lives into one entity: GoddessFit by Jorré. In addition, GoddessFit provides an ideal platform for her research on the health implications of stress as it pertains to Black women entrepreneurs. In the time leading up to med school, following her graduation from University of Maryland, Jorré become a certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), while elevating her brand, and is currently expanding her medical research. Following her medical school, Jorré plans to work to address existing health disparities within our community by offering holistic opportunities and methods to achieve individual and societal improvement of health.
Dawn L. Ridley is the President of Gamma Innovation Group, a consulting firm specializing in strategic planning, marketing and communications. Ridley's expertise includes developing and implementing marketing and brand strategies for various organizations and properties. Ridley has also provided sponsorship strategy, sales and activation services for key clients, including the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration, Dominique Dawes, Ken Harvey, GameWear, Inc. and the WSSC. Ridley has also served as a strategy and innovation consultant at MRP, where she led the development of new strategy for Financial Products and Services line of business prior to becoming Strategy and Planning Director. Ridley is also the founder of FirstSportsJob.com, a blog dedicated to helping individuals secure their first position in the sports industry. Ridley is currently on the faculty at Georgetown University and American University. She has served as an instructor at the Carey Business School at Johns Hopkins University, the School of Business at Rutgers University and at George Washington University. A native of Evansville, Indiana, Ridley has a BA from Indiana University and an MBA from Clark Atlanta University
Shara Gibson is the founder of CaniVentures, a business development firm specializing in helping
entrepreneurs start and grow businesses in emerging cannabis markets. Her experience includes developing small business workshops and trainings, structuring strategic partnerships, developing outreach strategies for small and minority owned firms, and serving as a resource connector for businesses seeking new contracting opportunities. Through her work Shara has reached an audience of over 3,000 entrepreneurs throughout the Washington Metropolitan area. Shara has over seven years of sales and marketing experience. She has also taken her skills aboard, serving as a consultant on international business development projects in Shanghai, China and Rio De Janiro, Brazil.
Your empowerment is my passion. I am Thema Azize Serwa (Tay-Mah Ah-zeez Sir-wah), visionary of The Womb Sauna! I discovered my passion to lead people to their highest potential at age 6 creating my first organization. For years I leased out my life, energy, and focus to working for others' dreams and it showed up in my womb health. That was my training ground for my own life's purpose. After experiencing a personal health crisis, my priorities changed. I harmonized my body, mind, spirit, and the rest is history. I now choose everyday to demonstrate to the world, what a whole, healthy, powerful woman looks like. As a result, other amazing women
are inspired to access their own power. This is my life's work.
Thema Azize Serwa
Angela Marshall, MD, FACP, is the founder of Comprehensive Women’s Health, a primary care practice for women with practices located in Silver Spring and Glenn Dale, MD. Dr. Marshall is a Board Certified Internist and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. She began her career as an Electrical Engineer after earning a degree from Georgia Tech. Although she enjoyed the field of engineering, she decided to combine her love of science and passion for helping people by pursuing a career in women’s health. Dr. Marshall has appeared on news programs including CNN, Fox5 News, and Let’s Talk Live as a contributing health expert, and currently serves on the board of the Black Women’s Health Imperative. She has received numerous awards, including 2015 Enterprising Woman of the Year, 2014 Brava Award from SmartCEO Magazine, and has received ‘Top Doctor’ by Washingtonian Magazine for five years in a row.
Angela Marshall, MD
Before Yoga, Monifé studied and taught many types of dance for 16 years, including Jazz, Tap, Ballet, African Dance and more. She brought the dance experience to inner city youth through a Healthy Living Program. After her first Yoga class over 12 years ago, she was inspired by the impact to the body and mind. Monifé taught Yoga for Boys & Girls Club and was featured nationally on the U.S Hispanic Chamber of Commerce's television show. Monifé teaches a Vinyasa style of yoga, which uses several postures in a flowing manner. Based on the ancient fitness science of Hatha Yoga, it blends balance, strength, flexibility and power in a fitness format. She also offers Prenatal/Post-Partum classes, which are safe and modified for women in each trimester of pregnancy. Prenatal yoga increases energy and stamina, builds strength and flexibility during pregnancy and improve focus and concentration to assist in labor and delivery. Yoga 4 Youth by Monifé is designed to increase flexibility, endurance and the mental acuity of young people interested in improving their level of health. She currently teaches at La Fitness in downtown Silver Spring and Laurel, Maryland as well as the Fairland Sports and Aquatic Center in Laurel, MD.
Yolanda Coleman is the founder and owner of RIMS Center for Enrichment and Development, LLC, a community-based outpatient mental health clinic, psychiatric rehabilitation program, and therapeutic afterschool program that was established in 2003. Through her leadership RIMS has served over 3000 consumers with mental health disorders and she has been instrumental in establishing community partnerships with Homeless Shelters, Schools, Hospitals, and Physicians. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Communication and a Master of Arts in Secondary Education. Her expertise is in developing programs and services for children with multiple disabilities in a variety of settings. She is a highly successful small business owner, an experienced educator, staff trainer, university instructor, school administrator, and program developer with over thirty years of experience working with children and families with disabilities. Ms. Coleman is certified in Training, Public Speaking, and Coaching by the John Maxwell Team.
Yolanda Coleman, MEd.
Cecilia R. Jones practices business and estate planning law, and specializes in exit strategies and succession planning for entrepreneurs and start-ups. She handles corporate formations and structuring, breach of contract disputes, Wills and Trusts, probate, and fiduciary litigation.She has made frequent appearances on MCTV to speak about estate planning, and has been a sought-after guest speaker on the subject of exit strategies, and succession planning for business owners, including the annual Women Business Owners IAAM Conference, and the WSSC Game Changer's Women's Business Conference.
Cecilia graduated from the University of Texas, Austin law school, and has a B.A. in Accounting from the University of Oklahoma.
Cecilia R. Jones, Esq.
Marcia Parris, MD is a Board Certified Family Physician. She practiced in New York for 15 years and has returned to her native Washington Metropolitan area. Dr. Parris graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in Biology from Spelman College. She went on to earn her Doctor of Medicine from The George Washington University School of Medicine. During that time, she decided she wanted to work in an underserved community and was selected to become a member of the National Health Service Corps. She completed her residency in Family Medicine at the Jamaica Hospital Medical Center in Queens, NY where she served as Chief Resident. She embraces her patients like family and believes in working with her patients to improve their mental and physical health. She is currently practicing with Comprehensive Women’s Health in their Glenn Dale, Maryland office.
Marcia Parris, MD
Ms. Smith is the principal of The SJS Law Firm, PLLC where she counsels business owners, start-ups, and entrepreneurs in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Michigan on a range of legal issues. She serves a diverse client base across multiple industry segments including franchisees, government contractors, professional service organizations, and food & beverage retailers just to name a few. She provides guidance on commercial real estate lease and acquisitions, business financing, and end-to-end contract support and represents her clients on a range of employment issues, drafts agreements, writes employee handbooks, and many other services. Shavon received her JD from Howard University School of Law and BA in Political Theory and International Relations from Michigan State University. Shavon was selected as a “Super Lawyers Rising Star” for 2013 & 2015-2016.
Shavon Smith, Esq.
Sandra is Executive Director of WPEO-DC, a regional affiliate of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the nation’s leading advocate of women-owned businesses and third party certification organization. Certifying more than 475 businesses each year as 51% woman owned, operated, managed and independently run, Sandra supports an operation of women business enterprises that generate more than $3.1 billion dollars in revenue and employs more than 30,000 workers in the Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. territory. Sandra is a graduate of SUNY Potsdam with a BA, and licensed as a Math Teacher and Project Manager. She also received Certification from Boston University’s Corporate Training program.
Passionate about arming small businesses with accessible business resources, Tami Mullen serves not only as Principal and Sr. Consultant for the Intuitive Group, a woman-owned government consulting firm but also as the Founder of Clout Workspace, a collaborative workspace for business owners and local entrepreneurs. With over 20 years of business development expertise, Ms. Mullen has spent her career helping both large and small businesses expand their reach and footprint with desired customers for both the public and private sector. As Intuitive Group, her team's niche experience has afforded them the opportunity of securing over $850 million in government contracts for their clients and as Clout Workspace, she continues to push the innovative vision of collaborative mindshare, leveraged networks, and supportive local ecosystems. She is a proud graduate of Hampton University and mother of three beautiful boys.
Sherrell Moore Tucker is an author, speaker, and wellness expert who specializes in holistic health for stress and trauma. She provides corporate and community faith-based wellness programs and services through SMT Wellness & HR Consulting and MindBody FAITH. Sherrell is passionate about educating people about mind-body principles that are applicable to everyday living. She serves by educating communities and businesses about various forms of yoga, meditation, and breathing techniques for addressing stress, social and health-related trauma, as a form of self-care. She is registered with the National Yoga Alliance and Holy Yoga.
Sherrell Moore Tucker
Krystal Glass is a professional Moderator, and Conversation Host of Real-Life Conversations, a Washington, DC based conversation-series known for thought provoking conversations. As a Conversation Host, Krystal Glass is known for her ability to lead a compelling conversation that is highly engaging. She has moderated a wide array of conversations on topics including: race relations, politics, sexuality, love & relationships, social justice, women’s empowerment, and much more. In addition to hosting conversations, moderating panel discussions, and emceeing events, Krystal has a strong presence in the women’s empowerment community through speaking engagements and Brand Ambassador roles with natural hair care & beauty brands. Krystal has been featured in ESSENCE, FOX45, WUSA, ABC7 News, and more.
Jean Marie Fletcher RN,MSN, CRNP is a certified Nurse Practitioner and works at Children’s National Health System providing excellent primary care to the adolescent health care population. Jean is a proud alumnus of Hampton University where she earned her Bachelors of Science Nursing degree in 1990. She earned her Masters of Science in Nursing from The Catholic University Of America in 2003. Jean has been an advocate for Adolescent Health care since the beginning of her career at Children’s National. As a subspecialty, Jean became certified as a Primary Care Mental Health Specialist in May 2016, providing expert care to adolescents with mental health diagnosis including ADHD, Depression and Anxiety.
Jean Fletcher, NP
Samia Bingham is a business strategist and government contracts consultant. With a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Marketing from Bowie State University and a Masters Degree in Acquisition and Supply Chain Management, Samia is a resident expert in the field of business development. With more than a decade of experience, Samia uses her marketing, real estate, contracts and negotiation skills to support government agencies and emerging companies in creating programs rejecting “the sell” but focused on the overall “Customer Experience". Samia has enjoyed successful careers as a Realtor with Coldwell Banker, Assistant Property Manager with Gates Hudson, a DAWIA Certified Level III Contract Specialist in support of DoD and DoS. She is currently the President of The Bingham Company and the Founder and Mayor of CoWorx City, a co-working space in Waldorf, MD where she designs, develops and manages commercial office spaces for business owners-her passion!
An active business owner since 1986, Ms. Saundra Boulware grew a total of five (5) businesses; and is a sought after adviser, speaker, consultant, and business coach to many start-up entrepreneurs. A professional Meeting Planner at heart, Ms. Boulware specializes in Trade Show Development & Production. While operating this side of her business in 1991, she saw a need and planned her own National "How-To" Business Startup Workshops in major cities across the Country. Now based in National Harbor, Maryland, Ms. Boulware travels On-Location to sites of client conferences, meetings, and events to develop and/or manage its production and success. Ms. Boulware has natural talents in teaching, leadership, and organizing--taking a Visionary's idea, applying business, meeting, and event planning principles, and making the their vision come alive with great success; one notable in particular to the tune of $2.3 million in growth profits in a single year.