2016 Keynote Speaker

Dr. Heidi Hanna

Chief Energy Officer – SYNERGY

NY Times Best Selling Author – The SHARP Solution and Stressaholic

As an experienced speaker, Dr. Hanna has been featured at many national and global conferences, including the Fortune Magazine Most Powerful Women in Business Summit, ESPN Women’s Leadership Summit, and the Million Dollar Round Table. She is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Integrative Neuroscience, and a frequent lecturer at Canyon Ranch Resort and Spa in Tucson, Arizona.

Dr. Hanna’s publications include the NY Times bestseller The SHARP Solution: A Brain-Based Approach for Optimal Performance (Wiley, Feb 2013), Stressaholic: 5 Steps to Transform Your Relationship With Stress (Wiley, Jan 2014) and Recharge: 5 Shifts to Energize Your Life (Synergy, 2015).

Dr. Hanna is actively involved with several non-profit organizations such as Challenged Athletes Foundation and The Alzheimer’s Association, and is a National Board Member for Blessings in a Backpack. Recently, Dr. Hanna created The Beyond Funny Project, a non-profit dedicated to providing resources and education related to the benefits of healthy humor. She is a Fellow with the American Institute of Stress, and she currently serves as editor of their quarterly publication, Contentment.

Dr. Hanna holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Penn State University, where she competed on the Big 10 softball team and received academic All-American honors. She holds a master’s degree in mental health counseling from Rollins College and a Ph.D. degree in holistic nutrition from Clayton College of Natural Health. Clients have included Microsoft, Johnson & Johnson, PepsiCo, Cisco, Dell, Intel, Proctor & Gamble, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Merrill Lynch, ESPN and Starbucks, as well as professional and amateur athletes. For over a decade, Dr. Hanna has partnered with Janus Capital Group to deliver the Energy for Performance and BrainWorks programs, which teach financial advisors how to better manage their personal energy, particularly during periods of stress.

Twitter: @heidihanna
Facebook: Heidi Hanna
Website: www.heidihanna.com

Closing Keynote Speaker

Loriana Hernandez

Loriana Hernandez

Loriana Hernandez-Aldama is a cancer survivor and an award-winning journalist with more than 20 years of on-air television experience, anchoring prime-time and morning news as well as reporting on a national and local level. Chances are you’ve seen Loriana’s work, found yourself riveted by her powerful and compelling storytelling or simply enjoyed her charismatic and refreshingly authentic on-camera personality. Others have been captivated by many of Loriana’s public speaking engagements where she urges others to ArmorUp and change their lives through health and wellness.
 

 

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2016 Featured Speakers

Monica Almond

Monica Almond

Dr. Monica Almond coaches, motivates, and inspires men and women around the world to live the life of their dreams as entrepreneurs. As the head visionary of Monica Almond Enterprises, Dr. Almond helps full-time mid-career professionals create a 12-month business strategy to walk away from their day jobs to pursue their dream jobs. After working in the fields of education and federal policy for more than a decade, Dr. Almond founded and launched ZION Publishing House, a family-owned publishing company based in Southern California and Washington, DC. She now coaches other accomplished professionals launching out into entrepreneurship.
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Francisca Alonso

Francisca Alonso

Francisca Alonso is the CEO and Co-Founder of AV Architects + Builders and has more than 25 years of experience in architectural and interior design. She has established a unique design-build approach that is beautifully exhibited in many Northern Virginia homes and helps maximize the client’s investment budget. Her passion to improve her client’s quality of life led her to write her first book, Nesting for Empty Nesters: The Vacation Style Living Approach, a practical guide to using smart design to prepare your home for retirement and beyond. Francisca is also CAPS certified and is a magna cum laude graduate from The School of Architecture at The Catholic University.
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Talmar Anderson

Talmar Anderson

Nowhere is it more apparent where Talmar It Up’s definition came from than when attending one of Talmar’s speaking engagements. Her conversational style allows for audiences to quickly relate and easily interact. Her passion for business, ESPECIALLY the processes of business, drive her presentations.

Talmar Anderson is the Founder of Talmar it Up, LLC, her operations and management firm and Host of the podcast The Business Side of Business creating Actionable Insights to Fill-in-the-Blanks of YOUR Business. With over 25 years of experience including 20 years managing multi-million dollar businesses, she easily and quickly applies her insights to create operational plans, build processes or systems, and grow teams all while constantly endeavouring to grow profits.
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Tara Gates Anderson

Tara Gates Anderson

Tara is a sought after business branding expert speaker and presenter for various conferences and events. She has worked with entrepreneurs that have appeared on ABC’s Shark Tank, small to mid-size business owners with the Prince George’s County Chamber of Commerce to high profile brands such as SPRINT to provide business branding strategies to will develop and expand their brands. She has over 22+ years in business and education and is CEO of her media and business company TGA UNIFIED. Tara also serves as the business and lifestyle editor of The Officialist Magazine where she shares her business branding tips and her love for media through celebrity interviews and red carpet correspondence coverage.
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Richa Badami

Richa Badami

Richa’s mission is to educate people through self-inquiry and the practice of the pause, how to have a mind that can be still and free from fear, anxiety and worry. This type of freedom propels your capacity to think clearly, improve your performance, productivity and prosperity.
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Jennene Biggins

Jennene Biggins

A 20 year internet and social media marketing expert, Jennene Biggins teaches small business clients how to build a successful and profitable winning online presence for their products and services. Jennene’s expertise in the digital marketing field encompasses social media marketing strategies , online reputation management, email marketing, video marketing and mobile marketing. As a Mobile Marketing Strategist, Jennene is responsible for the development and execution of Get a Business Mobile App.com’s mobile strategy which includes SMS Text Marketing, Mobile Websites, Mobile Applications and M-Commerce platforms.
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Dr. Kenae Black

Dr. Kenae Black

Dr. Kenae, the Development Advisor, is an author, speaker, professor, and trainer. As a practitioner in her field, she has advised and trained individuals and groups on personal and leadership development. Dr. Kenae’s experiences and education, along with her passion to empower others, has equipped her in becoming successful and effective in ensuring others achieve their personal goals, and reach their own self-actualization; against all odds.
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Anita Capizzi

Anita Capizzi

Anita Capizzi is a registered nurse, a certified health coach and the nutrition coach at National Integrated Health Associates in Washington, DC. She is also the founder of Real Food Real Health, LLC, A Northern VA. based company that specializes in corporate presentations geared toward the good news that we CAN prevent the development of most chronic diseases by changing the food that we choose to eat!
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Nicole Chamblin

Nicole Chamblin

Nicole Chamblin is a productivity consultant who loves helping busy professionals connect with their vision, communicate their goals and collaborate with others more productively. A speaker, author and passionate trainer, Nicole loves teaching ways to more effectively manage goals, set priorities, kick self-defeating behaviors and improve teamwork. Leveraging her background in psychology and communications with real world lessons, Nicole brings unique insight into the productivity challenges facing us at work, with proven tips and best practices to help manage the feeling of overwhelm and gain mental clarity.
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Terrie Christine

Terrie Christine

Terrie Christine is an internationally known Intuitive Life Coach, Psychic Medium, Speaker, Author and creator of The Secret Power of You Master Course. Terrie connects to energy and helps you to release the blocks holding back love, abundance and happiness. She has worked with clients all around the world as the source for emotional and spiritual healing.
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Christine Clapp

Christine Clapp

If you want to enhance your executive presence and advance your business, you’re in the right place. This session will be led by Christine Clapp, the author of Presenting at Work: A Guide to Public Speaking in Professional Contexts and the president of Spoken with Authority, a presentation skills consultancy that trains professionals to achieve a personal best every time they present.

Christine will reveal costly communication mistakes made by many women so that you can avoid them and adopt polished speaking behaviors that will propel your business forward. Please help me welcome, Christine Clapp.
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Heather Cox

Heather Cox

Heather Cox has spent the late 25 years as a graphic designer, web coder, web strategist and marketing and business consultant. She believes that websites have become a business owner’s most powerful marketing tool. She lives and works in Silver Spring Md with her husband and 12-year old daughter. She’s thankful to have the opportunity to share some tips today here at the Virginia Women’s business conference.
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Linda Cureton

Linda Cureton

Linda Cureton, is CEO of Muse Technologies, and former CIO of NASA, with over thirty-four years of service in Information Technology management, and federal cabinet level CIO. She holds a BS in Mathematics from Howard University, a Master of Science degree and Post-Masters Advanced Certificate in Applied Mathematics at Johns Hopkins University. A strategic innovator, award-winning thought-leader, and prolific blogger, she’s also a bestselling author.
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Kate Deriso

Kate Deriso

Kate Deriso is a catalyst for healing and transformation. She is a licensed massage therapist specializing in Bowen Therapy, Structural Joint Balancing, and Energy Work. She utilizes an integrative approach to healing and bodywork that encompasses body, mind, and spirit.
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Dr. Lynda Sue Dougherty

Dr. Lynda Sue Dougherty

Dr. Dougherty wanted to be a physician for as long as she can remember, and her mother’s closest friend, who is a nurse, encouraged her to do just that! She is one of the few female colon and rectal surgeons in the country, and an asset to Inova Loudoun and Fairfax hospital. You will learn today that she brings a unique perspective that may help some patients, both male and female alike, more openly discuss their symptoms and concerns.
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Mina Fies

Mina Fies

Mina Fies is the Founder and CEO of Reston-based Synergy Design & Construction and author of The Renovation Roadmap™ (a project management system for home remodeling). Her innovative approach to design, construction, and the client experience, fueled her company’s success despite starting during formidable economic conditions. In just eight short years, her work has been featured on HGTV, NPR, ABC, Disney.com and many other national, local, and online media outlets.

Mina’s real passion is to empower women – she uses her training in Interior Alignment® to help others understand how to interact and align with the energy of their homes and offices so they can live the healthy, happy lives they’ve always wanted.
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Joan Fletcher

Joan Fletcher

The founder of Winning Ways, Inc., Joan Fletcher has 20 plus years of in-depth experience in performance improvement. She opened her own company in 1987, so her leadership, sales and speaking experience comes first-hand as well as from working with clients in a variety of industries.

She has conducted hundreds of training sessions for groups throughout the DC area in focusing on improved performance, goal setting and goal achievement and is recognized as an excellent motivational speaker.
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Dr. Natalie Forest

Dr. Natalie Forest

CEO, International Executive Consultant, Best Selling Author, Keynote Speaker, & Mentor

Natalie, America’s Leading Expert in Personal Performance, is Founder of Success Revolutions and Revolutionize Your Potential, a series of educational trainings for individuals and corporations across the globe. Natalie engages leaders, corporate teams, and entrepreneurs to identify consistencies for their success. Her engaging methods and techniques increase productivity, teamwork, retention, resulting in higher profitability, authentic fulfillment, and less stress.
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Tina Fox

Tina Fox

Tina Fox is a leader, sales winner and working mom. She has a demonstrated track record of sales effectiveness through multimillion-dollar growth, coaching individuals and building teams for both Fortune 100 companies and Western U.S. start-ups. With the right balance of “IQ and EQ” business acumen, Tina has led individuals and teams to consistently exceed sales goals and establish new standards in business excellence. Her motto of demonstrating “authentic curiosity” gave rise to a successful corporate career, which has now turned into a business where she can teach others how to leverage their talents to do the same.
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Elaine Gibson

Elaine Gibson

Elaine Gibson works with high achieving, successful women who are frustrated with low energy and possibly some extra pounds, who truly want to create extraordinary health and an extraordinary life but too busy to figure it out. She helps you take back control of your life so you can look and feel better than ever. Today Elaine is an author, sought after motivational speaker, workshop facilitator, private coach, and a green juicing lovin’ grandmother.
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Shye Gilad

Shye Gilad

Shye Gilad has trained and coached hundreds of executives, entrepreneurs, and airline pilots to successful outcomes, and led multiple startups in the entertainment, air transportation, and consulting industries. He is an adjunct professor and entrepreneur-in-residence at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, where he earned an MBA in international business, and a certificate in leadership coaching from the Institute of Transformational Leadership. Shye is the founder and principal of Creating Lift Leadership, a leadership development firm dedicated to elevating the performance of executives, entrepreneurs, and the organizations they lead. He is also the co-founder and co-host of Business Owners Radio – the show that helps your business grow – with new episodes available on iTunes every Monday.
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Nancy Greene

Nancy Greene

Starting her own law firm in 2013, Nancy understands business. In April, 2016, Nancy joined Land, Carroll & Blair PC as a principal. Her practice focuses on business litigation, employment law, women-owned businesses, start-up business and those businesses in transition from family to legacy business. After more than 20 years as a business lawyer and litigator, Nancy was tired of the heartbreak of business owners who’d lost everything from mistakes that could’ve been avoided and made it her mission to inspire, educate, and empower business owners. When Nancy’s not practicing law, she’s spending time on her horse farm with her husband and two teenage boys, and writing fiction.
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Nicole Gustavson

Nicole Gustavson

Nicole Gustavson is the Owner and Founder of InForm Fitness in Leesburg and Reston, VA. InForm Fitness is not an athletic gym, but a private studio offering a slow motion, high-intensity, strength training protocol to build vital muscle in the safest and most efficient manner possible. Beyond her graduate work in which she achieved a Master of Arts Degree in Economics and Business Management earned at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, UK in 2000, Nicole’s qualifications include both ACE and Power-of-10 Certifications, and most recently a Degree in Health Coaching from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. She lives in Purcellville with her husband and twin elementary-aged daughters.
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Dr. Gail Hayes

Dr. Gail Hayes

Dr. Gail Hayes is an international communicator, author and executive leadership coach who delights in “holding up a mirror” for others. She is an influencer and believes that influence or the ability to “fluently see inside of others” is one the most powerful forces on earth.

Although she has lived on three continents, she is quick to let others know that her favorite place on earth is wherever she and her children can laugh and love.
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Julie Hoffmann-Lori DuVal

Julie Hoffmann & Lori DuVal

Julie Hoffmann and Lori DuVal are the owners of J&L Interiors, LLC, an interior design firm located in Leesburg, Virginia. With over 20 years of experience, their designs can be seen in numerous homes, country clubs, condominiums, and in corporate offices nationwide. Their efforts have been recognized in local newspaper and magazine awards, as well as two Loudoun Chamber of Commerce awards. When not working, Julie and Lori are actively involved in the community, donating their time with organizations such as Oatlands, Loudoun Habitat for Humanity and the Loudoun Free Clinic.
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Joan Jackson

Joan Jackson

Joan is a certified Life Coach since 2006, Author and Speaker. She has recently studied Family and Human Development at Arizona State University. She’s an author of a book called: The Playbook of Life “How to take your emotions out of relationships and win every time”She has established several businesses of her own with the experience of being a licensed Realtor since 1993. Over the years Joan has participated in many women’s seminars, Oprah’s Angel Network, NFL wives associations, shelters for battered women and to name a few. She has been featured in magazines, on radio, television, including an on-stage appearance with Oprah on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Through these gatherings, Joan’s professional commitment leads her to believe that networking is the key to building relationships for businesses and philanthropy work.
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Julie Jakopic

Julie Jakopic

Julie Jakopic has been helping leaders succeed since she tutored her friends in math in third grade. Today, Julie is one of the nation’s top organizational and leadership development consultants and coaches who has shared the stage with luminaries like President Obama and change agent Neale Donald Walsch, Julie’s on a mission to help build the new paradigm of business where leaders lead boldly and have lives they love.

She has worked with elected officials, non-profit leaders and corporate executives to clarify their vision, build the relationships and design and execute strategies to achieve extraordinary results. Author of Planning for Results, a nationally recognized strategic planning tool, and creator of the Don’t Await It, Create It framework and event, Julie gets rave reviews as a speaker, coach, facilitator, and strategist known for her pragmatic and optimistic approach. Clients credit her ability to not only build and grow their own leadership skills, but also her uncanny understanding of how to help executives develop and strengthen the talent beneath them.

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Elaine Espinola Keltz

Elaine Espinola Keltz

Elaine Espinola Keltz is TV Show Host, Spokesperson and Mrs. DC America 2015. She is the media spokesperson for Lerner Enterprises, Jewelry Consumer news and DC Hot Spots. Elaine is the Founder and Executive Director of her company, Media SavvE and the media partner for Tyson’s Media Group. As an Exclusive Presenter for a direct sales company, Younique, Elaine leads a team of over 2,500 women around the US. Elaine, a wife and mother of three is a proud resident of Loudoun County, Virginia.
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Susan Kousek

Susan Kousek

Susan Kousek has over 25 years’ experience helping people learn how to be better organized and more productive. The owner of Balanced Spaces and a Certified Professional Organizer® since 2007, she works with people who need help with productivity and time management as well as organizing their space, papers, email, and computer files. In addition to working with clients individually, she provides group training on time management, email management, decluttering your workspace, and Getting Organized with the GO System®.
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Marissa Levin

Marissa Levin

Marissa Levin is a 20-year entrepreneur and best-selling author committed to helping leaders create the most productive, positive, and profitable work environments possible. As Founder/CEO of Successful Culture, she provides transformational CEO & executive coaching & strategic guidance under the TransformU Growth Program. Marissa is an expert at moving leaders through difficulty to reach their greatest personal and organizational potential.

She helps them adapt a growth mindset, and equips them with the tools & strategies they need to retain top talent & build scalable organizations.
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Meredith Liepelt

Meredith Liepelt

Meredith Liepelt loves to work with high-performing entrepreneurs who want to tap into the power of the media to get in or stay in the spotlight. What pains her is seeing amazing entrepreneurs who want to become better-known in their niche stay stuck simply because they don’t know what to do to increase their profile. That’s why she has developed programs to teach upcoming superstars how to be their own publicists and work effectively with PR agencies. As a result of working with her company, clients become leading voices in their industries, build their personal brands and enjoy the professional cache of being covered in the media.
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Jaime Martinez

Jaime Martinez

Jaime Coffey Martinez MS, RD, is a Registered Dietitian with over a eighteen years of experience in the fields of medical nutrition therapy, weight loss, functional medicine, corporate wellness and fitness, private nutrition coaching, and pharmaceuticals. She helps clients achieve their goals through a functional, integrated and personalized approach to dietetics. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from New York University with a Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition and has been voted Loudoun County’s Best Nutritionist 2 years in a row!
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Dawn McGruder

Dawn McGruder

Dawn McGruder is President of The McGruder Group, CPAs, PC located in Fairfax, Virginia. She founded the company in 1990 after working in both private industry and the federal government. Dawn graduated from the University of Richmond in Virginia and is a licensed CPA in the Commonwealth of Virginia. She currently serves on several non-profit boards in the area and is a frequent speaker on a variety of tax and accounting topics.
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Ellyn McKay

Ellyn McKay

Ellyn McKay founded CEO Vision LLC in 1998 because she believes that women leaders can be great leaders. For the past 25 years, her engaging and illuminating leadership-development process has helped numerous women leaders, entrepreneurs and executives uncover their natural leadership style and strengths and put them to work to build inspired teams and high-performing cultures – and be the best leaders they can be.
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Claire Meade

Claire Meade

Claire M. S. Meade is a Vice President, Financial Planning Specialist at Morgan Stanley where she holds the Family Wealth Advisor designation. Her practice focuses on financial-planning based investment management – working with clients to develop personalized financial plans by helping them to set specific goals and objectives to plan for retirement, to make investment decisions, and to manage their insurance needs. Her clients are busy people – working together, Claire worries about their retirement so that they don’t have to.
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Mali Phonpadith

Mali Phonpadith

Mali Phonpadith is the Founder and CEO of the SOAR Community Network, author, speaker, marketing strategist, podcaster and the Executive Producer of Tea with Mali Cable TV Show. In 2015, Mali was selected as a Belief Team community partner through Values Partnership for the Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network BELIEF initiative.

She has over 18 years of marketing, sales, and business development experience. Mali also ran a financial services practice for seven years where she created and implemented risk management strategies for hundreds of clients.
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Cyndy Porter

Cyndy Porter

Your image is power; creating and showcasing your personal style is a building block for professional success. Professional success is a combination of hard work, dedication and confidence in yourself. Your personal brand should reflect all those things, as well as your unique style. With Cyndy and her understanding of business, photography and style and branding, you are given the tools to reveal your best YOU.
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Nicole Quiroga

Nicole Quiroga

Nicole Quiroga, a native of Washington DC, is the general manager of Telemundo WZDC-25 in Washington D.C. and Telemundo WZTD-45 in Richmond, VA. In her position, Ms. Quiroga ensures station compliance with FCC requirements, predicts market trends and sets budgets for the stations. She is responsible for maintaining and growing the stations’ revenue and profitability. For the past 18 years at Telemundo, she has forged strategic partnerships with community and corporate organizations that provide Hispanic families access to critical information and resources. She is a graduate of the Leadership Greater Washington Executive Program, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government Leadership Program and the National Hispana Leadership Institute. In her free time she mentors young women on their journey to becoming media executives.
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Tiffany Rad

Tiffany Rad

Tiffany Rad, BS, MBA, JD is a “white hat” hacker. Her computer security research was listed as #4 in “Top 10 White Hat Hacks” by Bloomberg and was also featured in 2013 in the Discovery Channel’s documentary “The Real Story: Live Free or Die Hard,” based on the movie “Live Free or Die Hard.” Her research was also featured on the USA series, “Mr. Robot,” in the Season One episode titled ”Brave Traveler.
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Danielle Renken

Danielle Renken

Like you, Business owner and Marketing Anthropologist Danielle Renken has seen the word success defined numerous ways over the years. Danielle’s passion to support the potential in each business owner to succeed and develop right-size marketing strategies and techniques led to the emergence of Strategy Revolution. The fusion of her real-life experience, capability to define, identify and target your audience, and her tactical techniques connect with an audience at an intimate, intense and individual level. These real life skills combined with degrees in Social Sciences make her a true expert in target market and business growth.
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Tasha Scott

Tasha Scott

Tasha is a speaker, certified Life and Business Coach for women in business, workshop leader, entrepreneur and author. She is a wife and mom and the founder of the “Don’t Limit Me” and WomenCONNECT™ movements. She owns two thriving businesses, Scott Realtime reporting LLC and Tasha M. Scott.com where she motivates and encourages women entrepreneurs. All her endeavors facilitate others in pursuing their own personal journey toward Maximizing their Existence!
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Karen See

Karen See

Karen See is an author on a mission to help people reach their potential by teaching them a process for discovering and embracing their authentic selves. Her new book, The Should Syndrome: Break Free and Start Living the Life You Want, provides a set of simple yet powerful methods and tools for discovering who you are and what you want and learning how to make choices that help you achieve your goals and find balance. Having spent over 30 years in the very demanding field of IT consulting, Karen has gone through her own journey of self-discovery. She now works part-time at the MITRE Corporation and focuses her remaining time on taking care of herself and sharing her experiences and insights to help others live the lives they want!
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Maria Simon

Maria Simon

Maria Simon is a Partner at the Geller Law Group based in Fairfax, Virginia. Maria chairs the firm’s Wills and Trust, Litigation, and its Divorce and Family Law practices, areas of the law that go hand in hand protecting families during stressful times. She lives in the Crestwood neighborhood in Washington, DC with her five year old son and husband.
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Brigitta Toruño

Brigitta Toruño

Brigitta Toruño’s love of her native language, Spanish, fueled her desire to work with languages and launch UNO Translations and Communications, LLC (UNO). UNO considers itself a linguistic partner to companies, not only offering translation services in more than 200 languages, but also consulting with companies in international cultural business issues. Brigitta Toruño is a much sought-after speaker, sharing her love of Hispanic culture. She has moved audiences with her portrayal of family and her inherited love of music. She also speaks about her expertise in Hispanic outreach, the importance of language translation, cross-cultural competence, cultural awareness and international business etiquette.
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Ingrid Vaicius

Ingrid Vaicius

Ingrid Vaicius is a Holistic Health Coach who specializes in helping busy women prioritize their health and feel their best. Her approach is based on strategies that are easy to implement – they don’t require giving up the foods you love or spending all your free time exercising—and aimed at reducing stress, increasing productivity, and establishing healthy eating habits. Ingrid has studied health and wellness in various modalities for 15 years, including studies at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York.
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Dr. Saundra Wall Williams

Dr. Saundra Wall Williams

Dr. Saundra Wall Williams is the CEO and Founder of the Vision Building Institute for Women. She is a respected authority on leadership development and vision mapping especially as pertaining to women. She is an author, international speaker, trainer and coach. With a passion for teaching, she works with women to unleash the momentum they need to reach their next level of success.
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Krista Woods

Krista Woods

Krista Woods is President and CEO of Personality Motivators, her own sales training and team building consulting firm and recently added award winning inventor to her resume. Krista invented GloveStix, an odor management solution for stinky athletic gear. She recently won an entrepreneur contest on NBC’S TODAY Show called The Next Big Thing. She insists that her greatest accomplishments are a result of her ability to forge relationships with all types of personalities. She is adamant, you get out of your business and relationships what you’re willing to invest in them but it’s the relationships you build that make the difference.
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2016 Panel Moderators

Mary Grate-Pyos

Mary Grate-Pyos

Mary Grate-Pyos MBA, CFBS® Mathematician. Author. Business Owner. Inspirational Speaker. Former Radio Columnist. Former Newspaper Columnist. Proud “Geek in Pearls.”

Mary Grate-Pyos is the President of Financially Focused, Inc. and author of Wealthy Woman – Wise Choices. She also serves as Chief PearlPreneur™ of My Pearl Power™ focusing on encouraging possibility, positivity and prosperity in the lives of women. She is also a Partner with Capitol Financial Partners in Vienna, Virginia.

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Kim Lysik Di Santi

Kim Lysik Di Santi

Kim Lysik Di Santi started her own business after spending 19 years in sales and marketing. From 1980 to 1990, she held various sales and management positions at newspapers around the country. In 1990, Ms. Lysik Di Santi moved to New York, where she served in various management positions at the Newspaper Advertising Bureau (NAB) for four years. In 1994, she relocated to Reston as Director of Membership Services for NAB, now called the Newspaper Association of America (NAA). After more than seven years with NAB/NAA, Ms. Lysik Di Santi joined Zip2 (now part of Alta Vista) as Partner Training Manager. A year later, she became Sales Director for Online Directories at Washington Post-Newsweek Interactive until forming her own company in 1999.
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Dr. Suzanne Nixon

Dr. Suzanne Nixon

With a life-long passion to help people “Be Healthy, Well and Connect to Their Most Authentic Self”, Dr. Suzanne Nixon integrates her professional academic training in counseling, human development and psychology with her training in holistic health, mindfulness, meditation and integrative health coaching, to deliver a dynamic platform of offerings to her clients. She has had a psychotherapy and wellness practice for 20 years and practices in Lansdowne, Virgina.
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Lisa Marie Platske

Lisa Marie Platske

Lisa Marie Platske left her action-packed life as a Federal law enforcement officer to become the CEO of international leadership training company, Upside Thinking, Inc.

Known for her high energy, Lisa Marie is an award-winning leadership and connection expert. She takes her law enforcement journey which began on the piers of New York and ended post 9/11 and shares what exceptional leaders do differently and how you can apply it to business to increase your impact, influence and income, why connection is the new currency, and how to be positioned as an expert in order to seize big opportunities.

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