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Friday, December 6, 2019 — 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
7:30 a.m.
Registration Opens, Continental Breakfast, and Networking


8:10 a.m.
Ballroom Doors open to VIP Ticket Holders for Reserved Seating


8:20 a.m.
Ballroom Doors open to General Admission Ticket Holders for Open Seating


8:35 a.m.
Conference Kick-Off – Special Live Performance!


Opening Session – Welcome & Opening Remarks — Main Stage — 8:30 a.m.


Vision Talks

How To Be Powerful On Camera And In Life From A High School Dropout

Debra Alfarone
Presented by Debra Alfarone — Debra Alfarone Media

Emmy and Edward R. Murrow award winning TV Anchor Debra Alfarone shares her secret behind her rise from high school dropout to TV Anchor. Hint: It all comes down to one word – choice.

Run Your Own Race: Setting Stretch Goals and Overcoming Obstacles to Achieve Success

Jamie Watts
Presented by Jamie Watts — Jamie Runs The World

Jamie Watts is an athlete with cerebral palsy. Jamie has run over 100 road races, including 5ks, 10ks, 10 milers, half marathons, and in 2018, her first marathon, with a time of 14:33:07. Jamie’s story has been featured in Washingtonian Magazine, the New Your Times nytnow app, USA Today online, and via the Facebook page for Special Olympics, as well as several television affiliates throughout the country. Jamie was also a guest on Harry Connick, Jr.’s talk show, Harry as part of his “Leading Lady” segment.

Jamie will share her inspirational story and talk about how this approach to setting and achieving goals can be applied to business, community engagement, and everyday life.

Hold the Vision. Trust the Process.

Alana Andrews
Presented by Alana Andrews — So Positive, LLC

It is so essential for one to keep working towards their dreams and goals rather than to discard them. Because of the challenging process of turning dreams into reality. Alana’s vision has always been to create products to help her generation (Gen Z) develop the confidence they’ll need to live a healthy and prosperous life. However, along the way, there have been obstacles, and she’s discovered ways to remain on the path to accomplishing her goals.

In life, you’ll be challenged to hold onto your vision and trust the process of those challenges, disappointments, change of plans, and the doubters. In keeping the image and trusting the process, 15-year-old Alana Andrews shares her journey towards creating her dream and trusting the process of life as she speaks about her experience through having to develop the strength, and the willingness to keep moving forward towards her vision.

When the Unimaginable Becomes Reality

Libby Westphal
Presented by Libby Westphal — 110 Fit

Be inspired by 4X Cancer Survivor and how she turned lemons into lemonade by stepping outside her comfort zone when she lost 70 lbs. and reinvented herself at 45 years old. Learn how she fought against self-doubt, feeling helpless and how she changed careers becoming community volunteer/advocate for seniors & veterans, entrepreneur, top 10 body builder and top 5 Mrs. Virginia. Her charter is motivating others toward change and aging gracefully.

Writing Naked

Kelly McDermott Harman
Presented by Kelly McDermott Harman — Yorktel & Caregility

Showing your vulnerability can be frightening — especially when you’re sharing those vulnerabilities with strangers. It’s like standing in front of an audience naked waiting for judgement. It wasn’t until Kelly started sharing her stories, in the true authentic voice, did she realize how powerful it could be. Kelly will be speaking about her experience of “writing naked” and how being authentic in her stories and in her life led her to some amazing adventures.

Session 1 — 10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.


Intentional Leadership

Kerry Wekelo
Presented by Kerry Wekelo — Actualize Consulting

Elevate your day and experience intentional leadership tools and strategies that will help solve even your toughest team challenges. In this interactive session, you will learn how to:

  • Set intentions and weave authentic leadership qualities into the culture of your organization
  • Use intuition to build team bonds and produce stronger professional relationships with techniques that ensure effective, kind, and honest communication
  • Attain greater personal and companywide happiness utilizing the 3-P-Method of “pausing to pivot to a positive” to resolve challenges

Get Work Off Your Plate. Grow Your Business & Avoid the High Cost of Hiring

Mary Sue Dahill
Presented by Mary Sue Dahill — Work Smarter Digital

Its 4:30pm, you are tired and just starting the strategic, business building work on your “to-do” list. Every day, you are spending most of your time doing administrative tasks to support your business and not enough to grow your business. Don’t let your business own you. Automate the routine, administrative tasks to get work off your plate and avoid the high cost of hiring. Focus that new found time on building your business, developing key relationships or enjoying the perfect margarita.

The Secret to Success in Life & Business!

Diane Haworth
Presented by Diane Haworth — Diane L Haworth, Coach * Speaker * Author

Oprah knows it. So does Arianna Huffington, Brendon Burchard and hundreds of other successful business leaders. The secret is knowing how to recognize the call of inspiration to fuel every aspect of your life with love, passion and purpose! True inspiration has an energy. It’s intelligent, creative and expansive which is why this topic is now being studied in top global companies.

In this workshop you’ll hear case studies showcasing the power of taking inspired action and understand how to welcome inspiration in your own life. Feeling stuck? This session is for you!

We’ll explore:

  • What inspiration is and where it comes from
  • The “ripple effect” of inspiration. How personal inspiration can positively influence families, communities, work teams, organizations and the bottom line
  • How to recognize inspired thoughts and act on them
  • How inspired thoughts can guide your life and business decisions with more ease and less stress
  • Three easy ways to encourage inspired ideas individually and as a team

Resilient Leadership

Renee Branson
Presented by Renee Branson — RB Consulting, LLC

As leaders, it is imperative that we not only cultivate resilience and well-being in our own professional lives, but foster them in the people and teams we lead every day. Understanding how resilience impacts not only our well-being, but our performance allows us to be healthier, happier, and more successful. In this session, we will explore the six different domains of resilience as well as specific tools for improving our skills in these different areas. The session is designed to be interactive, so come ready to share and experience!

Learn Top Storytelling Secrets & Laser Focused Messaging Tips So You Can Deeply Connect With Your Ideal Audience & Boost Your Bottom Line

Bofta Yimam
Presented by Bofta Yimam — Speak and Influence

In Bofta Yimam’s dynamic and interactive signature Speak and Influence session, you will learn how to…

  • Discover the most powerful ways to communicate your businesses’ story and message to prospects
  • Deeply connect with your ideal audience
  • Speak in the language they understand
  • Craft your go-to compelling introduction to get their attention

Business Growth Through Franchising

Amy Reed
Presented by Amy Reed — Woofie’s, LLC

Learn about the Woofie’s journey from walking one dog in 2004 to launching a unique franchise model in 2018. Amy shares what led her and her business partner to franchising from what started as simply filling a need for quality pet care in her own neighborhood. Understand the challenges and rewards of creating a franchise model, and what it takes to succeed in a highly competitive and ever-growing industry.

  • Evaluate your business for franchise potential
  • Understand growth and how to effectively increase your bottom line by identifying market needs in your industry
  • Inspiration not to let obstacles stand in the way (staffing, financial, market disruptions)
  • First steps if franchising IS for you
  • Building a strong team to support company goals, vision and culture
Session 2 — 11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


Connecting Across the Generations: Women, Conflict Resolution, Conversation & Collaboration – Panel

Sophia A. Nelson
Sarah Weise
Roxy Ndebumadu
Carolyn DiPrinzio
Presented by Sophia A. Nelson — CNN Commentator, USA TODAY & Washington Post OPINION WRITER, Award Winning Journalist and Best-Selling Author of Three Non-Fiction Books
Presented by Sarah Weise — BIXA, #1 Best Selling Author of Insta Brain
Presented by Roxy Ndebumadu — Microsoft
Presented by Carolyn DiPrinzio — Middleburg Financial

This panel will be lead by award winning CNN journalist and author of “The Woman Code” Sophia A. Nelson and feature women who will give insights, career tips, and life coaching on how to get along with other women so that we all win. The key is collaboration versus competition.

This is a not to miss session that will really help you to connect the dots between millennials, genxers, and baby boomer women. It is a much needed, long over due discussion that we all need to have.

Get Paid What You’re Worth – The Least You should Know About Negotiation

Emily Barrosse
Presented by Emily Barrosse — Bold in Business

It’s 2019 and women in corporate America make $.80 cents for every dollar their male counterparts make.

For entrepreneurs it’s even work with most women entrepreneurs making $.72 cents for every dollar male entrepreneurs make. Self-employed women struggle twice as much as men when it comes to setting rates, and women in organizations need to start demanding more. If you are a woman who is tired of making less and is ready to say, “this is what I am worth and this is my price!”

In this workshop we will talk about how to ask for more money:

  • For women in organizations – how to make a compelling case for more
  • For women entrepreneurs – how to set higher prices that reflect your true value.

We will cover strategies for earning more and the critical negotiation knowledge and skills that every woman needs to know.

The High-Energy Edge for Women Leaders: Harnessing Maximum Brain Power and Productivity

Cathy Richards
Presented by Cathy Richards — Inspiring Vitality

Mental and physical energy are crucial to business and personal success, yet many women leaders face burnout and fatigue. Support your team and facilitate peak performance that rejuvenates and elevates. Don’t miss!

  • Mindset Mastery that will change intermittent efforts into lifelong vitality
  • Metabolism magic that changes physiology
  • Rejuvenation factors that forever fix fatigue
  • Stressbusters that save your sanity
  • Superfood and movement secrets that equal ENERGY
  • Brain facts that will supercharge your life

Let’s cut to the chase together and focus on the top tips that make a difference and how to guarantee you’ll make it work in your life consistently. I hope you’ll join me!

Permission To Thrive: Planning Your Business to Mirror Your Life

Francisca Alonso
Presented by Francisca Alonso — AV Architects + Builders

Successful entrepreneur Francisca Alonso will challenge and inspire you to master plan your business for success. Her proven approach to work-life balance will give you the perspective – and the permission – to grow your business at your own pace, let life lead the way, and relax knowing you can have it all. This ultimate reality check for busy women in business will give you the freedom to thrive. Don’t miss it!


  • A new perspective on success.
  • A renewed sense of purpose and passion.
  • The peace and calm that comes from the freedom and the permission to master plan your life and work.

Personal Branding is Your Business Brand

Nikki Le
Presented by Nikki Le — The Statements Project

Learn how to create a brand that represents a way of life for your clients and potentially make more money. Keep it simple, do what you know and do it well. Express your brand with character, create a culture around that character, sell possibility, and have purity of purpose. Most importantly, “deliver the goods” by having follow-through and dedication.

Keep Calm and Hire On

Threase Baker
Presented by Threase Baker — ABBTECH Professional Resources, LLC

Your business is growing and you can’t do it all. One day you realize you need to hire help… now what? This session will give you the one key thing to know during each step of the hiring process:

  1. Before you begin the hiring process
  2. Company Culture
  3. Before you begin recruiting
  4. Sourcing
  5. Interviewing
  6. Hiring
  7. Onboarding

Your takeaway will be 10 steps to a Foolproof Hiring Process

Session 3 — 12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.


Modern Mentoring: Creating a Mastermind for Success

Sarah Moffat
Presented by Sarah Moffat — Leading Ladies

We keep hearing, “You should find a great mentor” but, where are the amazing mentors who are going to share their wisdom to help us succeed? What if the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table is really a modern day lesson about mentoring and masterminds that can guide us to our next level of success?

In this session we’ll engage in a powerful conversation about King Arthur’s Round Table and discuss how to create your own legendary mastermind group of critical supporters, guides, and companions to take your career to the next level. Learn how to find amazing mentors and build relationships that will help develop you into a legendary leading lady.

Brand Yourself Through Video Like a Celebrity – Even if You’re Terrified Being On Camera

Aliyah Dastour
Presented by Aliyah Dastour — Alimond Studios

Discover how you can begin branding yourself through video marketing to achieve the business growth you desire. This track is for people that hate to be on camera but understand the importance of videos.

You will receive a workbook that takes you through our blueprint so you can show up like a celebrity and begin massively growing your visibility online.

Stressed out and Overwhelmed

Joni Rae
Presented by Joni Rae — The Mindset Group

Executive Coach Joni Rae advised leaders in her 12-year career at Deloitte and Booz Allen Hamilton before starting a personal and professional development business. Joni has been featured on live network television at CBS and Cheddar TV, providing mindset and business tools to turn chaos to clarity. If you’re stressed out and overwhelmed, learn how to obtain peace of mind, organization, and productivity in your life and business. Tackle priorities and projects you haven’t had time for and walk away with a plan you can implement right away!

The Power of Networking – Panel

Jan Molino
Taney Hamill
Alison Mullins
Presented by Jan Molino — Aspire Ascend
Presented by Taney Hamill — Aging Life Care Association
Presented by Alison Mullins — Shannon Mullins & Wright LLP

Your network is your power! Building a powerful network requires work, creativity, and tenacity. It means putting in the effort to develop lasting relationships and adding value to every connection without asking for anything in return.

Networking is all about the long-game! It does not happen overnight and you need to be able to develop trust and credibility with your network. Exchanging business cards in a single meeting is not going to get you anywhere and can’t even remotely be considered networking. And you need a CONFIDENT ATTITUDE! Think about it…when you are surrounded by high caliber people, you up your game! You are a reflection of the people you surround yourself with.

Growing Your Business – No Matter What Life Throws at You!

Rose Price
Presented by Rose Price, CFP®, AIF® — VLP Financial Advisors

You have a plan for your business – it’s what keeps you motivated and gets you out of bed in the morning. But life is unpredictable and can present obstacles that will send you right back to the drawing board. Join Rose Price, CFP®, AIF® as she reveals how she helped build her business from a tiny three person office to a thriving company, increasing to twenty times the revenue, all while facing enormous personal and professional obstacles. Rose will share her proven strategies for business growth that can be applied to any industry. She will also delve into the tactics that helped her keep momentum throughout her journey. This presentation will give you concrete actions you can take to grow your business to the next level – even when life gets in the way.

In the presentation you will learn:

  • How to recognize when your capacity (or your company’s) is limiting your success
  • Ways to keep your focus on long term goals, while still allowing for trajectory changes
  • Tactics that will enable you to leverage your competition to your advantage
  • How to keep momentum and move forward even when huge obstacles appear
  • Strategies to advance both your career and your business
  • How to break through your glass ceiling of professional growth

Making Money Is Mathematically Easy: Why Are You Making It Hard?

Amira Alvarez
Presented by Amira Alvarez — The Unstoppable Woman

Have you ever wondered why some businesses or careers skyrocket while others struggle and plateau for years? It’s not just about working hard and putting in the time. You can’t 10x your work hours to 10x your income. That’s a recipe for burnout. Although there are no shortcuts there is a much easier way.

  • The three ways to significantly increase your income and how to identify which of the three ways will work for you.
  • An in-depth understanding of The Freedom Equation and how to apply it.
  • How to recognize exactly where you are getting in your own way and making your growth harder than it needs to be.
  • Plus how to overcome these blocks so you take the most essential, needle-moving action.
Keynote Luncheon — Main Stage — 1:15 p.m.


Stellar Woman Award Presentation


Young Stellar Entrepreneur Award Presentation




Headline Keynote Speaker

Pearls of Powerful Leadership

Carla Harris
Presented by Carla Harris — Morgan Stanley

If you choose to sit in the leadership seat, here are the things you must be intentional about to be a powerful, impactful, influential leader.

Power Networking & Social Time — 2:45 p.m.


Main Stage — Lessons in Leadership Panel — 3:25 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.



Julie Dean
Julie Dean
Field Director – Mid Atlantic
Estee Lauder
Julie Hill
Julie Hill
Senior Vice President and Director of P.O.W.E.R.
Toni Townes-Whitley
Toni Townes-Whitley
President, US Regulated Industries

Moderated By

Hulya Aksu
Hulya Aksu
Posh Seven Magazine
Closing Session — 4:20 p.m. — Evening Cocktail Reception to Immediately Follow


Closing Keynote Speaker

A Work In Progress

Ellen Bryan
Presented by Ellen Bryan — Motivational Speaker, Author, TV Host

We all want to have everything figured out in this very moment. We push ourselves to reach the high standards we set for our careers and personal lives, and then beat ourselves up when we fail to be perfect. Ellen Bryan, TV Host and motivational speaker, reminds us that it’s okay to be a work in progress. It’s time to give yourself the permission to try again (and again!) as you grow into your unique purpose.