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Like it or not, gone are the days when leaders can sit idly by hoping that their teams will perform at a level that makes goal achievement a breeze. Today’s leader must disrupt the day to day monotony and develop a team that leverages creativity, confidence, and commitment to challenge the status quo. Today’s leader can’t get out of or move beyond the “box,” today’s leader must burn it. Join award-winning business growth strategist and TEDx speaker, Darnyelle Jervey Harmon, MBA as she shares 3 keys that every leader must master to disrupt, develop, and deliver a strong team that gets big results in the digital age.
How do we live an empowered life? One that’s exciting and connected to our life’s purpose?
The answer is FLOW. Understanding when you’re out of alignment (and knowing what to do about it) is key to transforming our experience and the experiences of those around us. Join Mina as she shares her journey of learning to use flow as her personal guidance system and propel her personal and professional growth.
- Ways to identify when you’re out of flow
- How to take back your power
- Secrets to uncovering the flow in others
Do you have a project or a dream that is really important to you, but every time you try to move forward with it you get stuck in a rut, sidetracked or procrastinate? Liz uses humor, stories and inspiring examples to illuminate our greatest saboteurs. She will share tools you can immediately apply to your life to be more daring, move beyond limited thinking, and reach for the extraordinary. It’s YOUR time to live with Full Wattage! Besides, why settle for anything less than being fully, dynamically, and enthusiastically alive?
Have you ever wanted to do more… or just BE MORE?! Do you even have a clue as to what MORE would be? Krista Woods had a successful career in business and risked it all on an idea. That idea led Krista to invent a product, start a company and embark on a journey that has led to her own Million Dollar business in just a few years. She has learned a lot on this journey and will share her inspirational story of determination, fighting fears and perseverance.
Alana Andrews is a 14-year-old who has a clear understanding of what it takes to be successful. As a trained tennis player since the age of 4, Alana’s father coached her mental strength for the game because he knew that she must first believe in herself and in her ability to achieve greatness not only in tennis but life. Alana learned from an early age that when you don’t make excuses, you’re free from limiting yourself from achieving your goals in life.
For the past ten years, she continues to train in tennis, but first, she makes sure her mental game is always on point. In Alana’s new book Creating Confidence, she shares the lessons her dad taught her for the game of life. She’s seen first-hand from being at school how a lack of self-confidence can affect a person’s grades, self-acceptance, and social interactions. Alana’s passion for helping others build their self-confidence is evident in her everyday life.
You’ll leave with the top 5 lessons for how to make no excuses and have no limitations.
Lesson 1 – Having Staying Power
Lesson 2 – Be Consistent
Lesson 3 – Be Mentally Tough
Lesson 4 – Quitting is Never an Option
Lesson 5 – Have fun!
You’ll be on the edge of your seat as Alana gives you the winning game plan for creating and maintaining your self-confidence.
Hospitality innovator and former Essence magazine Editor-in-Chief Monique Greenwood delivers an inspiring message and fail-proof recipe for personal and professional success. The main ingredient? The bootstrapping strategies of our fore-sisters.
- Our legacy of greatness: A look at Sheroes who affirm our abilities with an audience reflection on those they’ve been most inspired by
- Crafting a personal definition for success
- We do ‘hard’: Developing a desire to win and a willingness to do the work
- Identifying and dissecting the elements of a luscious life
- A fulfilling career
- Financial freedom
- Loving family and friends
- Looking good, feeling great
- Time for self
- Living authentically
- Passion & Purpose
- Planning & Preparation
- Patience & Persistence
- Positive People
- Patting Yourself On The Back
Heavy Hors D’oeuvres & Cocktails
The Chocolate Chick
Opening Keynote Speaker
It is possible to work 24 hours a day and still have more to do. Seriously, how often do you check your work e-mail at home? Thank you, technology. More people than ever now have no lives. Oprah-featured, best-selling author Fawn Germer has helped hundreds of thousands of people to make choices and own the responsibility for creating better harmony in their lives. Corporations and organizations worldwide have turned to Fawn to show their people how to define personal priorities, set boundaries and achieve a semblance of balance that makes them happier, healthier and better assets at work.
Success in business is about systems. Sadly, most small business owners hustle and grind instead of positioning themselves as strategic CEOs and as a result they cost their companies the ability to scale quickly while building a business that serves and supports who they are in every way. If you want to step into the role of being a real CEO to a consistently growing business, you’ll need a mindset and business optimization SHIFT. In this powerful presentation, Darnyelle Jervey Harmon, MBA award winning business optimization consultant will share the 7 systems that are centrifugal to building a million dollar (or more) business.
Participants will learn:
- The 7 must have systems to ensure you achieve your goal of 7 figures without sacrificing
your soul in a business you hate
- What mistakes to avoid so you can create clients, connections and cash flow that makes
growing a breeze
- The #1 Strategy to leverage when building systems so that your results are transferable,
sustainable and scalable in your business
Are you a small business owner and team leader, who are always looking to do more with less resource? Are you wearing a million different hats and struggling to manage your time effectively?
This workshop busts 2 mega time management myths and introduces participants to 3 simple virtual team building tools to boost your productivity, (re)introduce some fun in your work days and build efficient virtual dream teams. Be prepared to be surprised on how simple it can be to look, feel and operate like a successful Big Boss.
Wheter entrepreneur, manager or leader, there is energy and power in your daily thoughts. The mind is the fertile ground where the seeds to grow your business are planted. The mind is also the place where innovative scenarios are run before investments of time and money are made. In this session, participants will learn strategies to put the power of positive to work for their company, team, and bottom line.
- Three keys to creating a positive mental attitude
- Three keys to creating a positive impact in your organization
- One crucial key to business success
Putting yourself last is not putting others first.
Women tend to put the needs of others before their own needs. This is true both from a business leader perspective and in their personal lives. Often times the importance of self-care get overlooked for other commitments and the needs of others. Together we will work past the concept of achieving a perfect “work-life balance”. We will focus on the more realistic goal of identifying tools, techniques, and resources to support at path of regular self-care.
There is a power within you that is greater than you know. This is the power that inspires to transforms and motivates to action. When you can access that power “on demand” you’ll be amazed at the possibilities that you can create in your business.
We live in a time that requires transformation. As Einstein said “We cannot solve our problems with the same consciousness that created them.” You can access this new consciousness from where new solution will come.
Jane will show you how to access your power and new consciousness from which to create new solutions to the problems that we are experiencing.
- How to access your power
- Why The Power of You is key to transforming your business
- How limiting beliefs present you from accessing your power
- How your power is tied to your gifts and talents
- How your power motivates you to action
You and your business have a story and knowing how to tell your unique story is a business imperative. Vital and emotional storytelling transforms existing and potential customers from numbers on a spreadsheet into a community. Great brands, from Apple and Kate Spade to Shake Shack and Five Guys don’t have customers – they have followers.
Faye Lane, one of New York’s most beloved and respected storytellers and a nationally-known keynote speaker (including last year as the Keynote at the Virginia Women’s Business Conference), will help you find your story and learn to emphasize it in traditional marketing, new media, and personal interactions, so that you have a more meaningful and profitable business experience.
As women we struggle to do all the things … balancing careers with family, children, community service, self care (what’s that?). Whether you strive to do it all, or want to focus on simplifying your life, the key is TIME MASTERY. In this session you will learn tactical tips and tricks for identifying your most important priorities and how to get them done efficiently … all hopefully without pulling your hair out!
Whether you are an established business owner seeking to increase your productivity so you can get to the next level or a budding entrepreneur looking to grow, Karen has the strategies to help you get your most important work done so you can focus on what is most important to you, your life, and your business.
This presentation will dive into why setting an income goal for your launch isn’t enough, and how to find the true measure of a successful campaign.
During this presentation attendees will learn:
- A better understanding of how to market and “launch” their businesses, product promotions or online courses
- Uncovering common conversion rates to know how your promotion really stacks up
- The only two reasons a launch or promotion will fail
This session will provide a quick overview of some considerations before franchising – can and should your business be franchised, when in the life cycle should you consider franchising, key pros / cons of using franchising to expand. Comparison at high level to other expansion alternatives – corporate or company owned growth, licensing and distribution strategies.
Discuss strategic business decisions for move to franchising – use of consultants, key business advisors, attorneys, etc. and the costs associated, business documentation, preparation of manuals and related materials. Overview of the legal framework for franchising.
Client generation is the lifeblood of your business… but with so many marketing options, it’s easy to end up overwhelmed and paralyzed, or scattered and feeling ineffective, exhausted and discouraged.
Ready for some good news? By doing LESS, your marketing can be MORE effective. Embrace the practice of simplifying, and you will get more clients AND keep your sanity intact!
In this highly interactive class, you’ll discover the simplest, most effective way to generate a steady stream of high-end clients without giving up your nights and weekends. The system you’ll learn has a proven track record of helping entrepreneurs quickly generate more clients and increase their income by 50-100%.
- Learn the 6 key practices that will keep you out of the feast-or-famine cycle of client generation
- Cut back time on marketing by 50-90%, while multiplying your results and getting your nights and weekends back
- Create a customized plan that shows you exactly how to stop spinning your wheels and instead get high quality clients consistently!
A mindful leader has the ability to translate their values into actions, and engage a group of people to collectively move in the same direction. They lead by example and inspire those around them to maximize their engagement, motivation, and overall success. While there are many approaches to leadership, ultimately it’s the mindful leader that drives the most impactful results.
In this talk, I will outline the benefits of leading mindfully and the advantages of inclusive and diverse company cultures, revealing a practical system for becoming a true leader of leaders.
The hardest part of running a business is that you don’t know what you don’t know. In this interactive workshop, we will tackle legal pitfalls that many entrepreneurs face:
- What are the biggest legal mistakes entrepreneurs make and how can these mistakes be avoided?
- How do you protect and own your intellectual property?
- What steps must be taken and what documents are needed to ensure your business can function in the event the realtor has an emergency?
- Is it ok to use legal documents downloaded or purchased from the Internet?
- Why do you need contracts?
- Stories from the field about biggest problems business owners have faced and how to avoid them.
This presentation will discuss the new term “diabesity,” representing type 2 diabetes occurring in the context of obesity, along with the latest epidemiological data describing the rising prevalence, health impact, and significant impacts on country’s productivity and economic growth. Diabesity epidemic is likely to be the biggest epidemic in human history.
The presentation will describe some simple steps utilizing naturopathic medicine (holistic nutrition & supplementation) to prevent and reverse diabesity. Several topics of holistic nutrition will be discussed, including omega-3 vs omega 6 fatty acids, farm raised vs. wild caught fish, organics vs. non-organics, etc. You will also learn how to read the labels on nutritional supplements – what to look for and what to avoid.
On average, women have a much greater fear of failure than men? Studies show that we are so averse to failure that it stops us from starting a business we’d love, applying for that dream job, writing the book that stays in our head, asking for the raise we rightfully deserve. It keeps us undercharging for our work, and not showing up for opportunities unless we are 100% sure we will nail them.
And it’s not all in our heads…. there are powerful forces within you that want you to stay the same. But with applied insight and the right tools, you can confidently step out and let your brilliance shine!
You will leave this session with practical tools to:
- Discover what your Survival Bubble is, how it keeps you living small, and 3 key steps to leap outside it
- Recognize your subconscious saboteurs and know how to silence them once and for all
- Clarify and get focused on what you really want
- Have more confidence and belief in yourself
- Identify your superpowers and discover how they are significant to your success
If you’ve been waiting in the wings of life when you know you should be on center stage, dancing full out, holding nothing back, then come to this powerful and transformative session. Each participant will receive Liz’s companion e-workbook and an invitation to a live, online follow up Q&A session.
Time is money – unintelligible writing wastes it, corroding goals of growing a business or managing an organization. Powerful writing, conversely, often tips the balance between success and failure in winning grants, awards, promotions, increased market share, and other competitive opportunities. It is also key to attracting, maintaining, and developing talented employees – a prime responsibility of effective leaders. Learn strategies to present a compelling case and tools to compose hard-hitting, focused, and influential text. Net result — Wow! the reader and surpass the competition! Private business, NGOs, corporations working with the government, and government staff can all benefit from this cut-to-the-chase … write powerfully … workshop. Fun, interactive, and effective … not your mama’s grammar class! Based on the award-winning and highly acclaimed book, “Write to Influence!”
- Make each word count and every second of the reader’s time play to your advantage
- Leverage details to convey significance, context, and impact of your accomplishments
- Banish bureaucratic blather — ubiquitous in today’s writing and harmful to your goals
- Compose email – focused, to the point, and effective
- Create resumes and input to performance reviews that stand out from the crowd
This presentation will teach you how to raise yoru default thinking and beliefs about you. What you think about yourself is your outward mirror of the world reflected back to you.
Learn 7 ways to raise your personal belief system which tracks every area of our lives.
The Women’s March, #MeToo, and cracked glass ceilings–women are claiming their voices and importance of being taken seriously.
In this session we’ll look at how women are fairing in the business world. We’ll look at both the advantages of being women in building businesses and assuming leadership roles. And, we’ll discuss the challenges we face of being heard, taken seriously and given credit for our ideas and achievements.
We’ll do this by:
- Listening to lessons learned by successful women who have shattered ceilings
- Discussing communications and social style differences that cause women to be misinterpreted by men
- Looking at tools to increase our influence skills, and tactics for gaining buy-in
- And having fun doing all of the above
Have you ever wondered what it takes to launch a product? In this presentation Krista Woods will review the 5 most important things you need to know, and then turn it over to you for Q & A.
I am your frontline, your bottom line, your profitability, your productivity, your employee retention, and your customer loyalty. I am the result. I am the quality. I am the efficiency. I am your success. OR I am your failure. What am I? Dr. Sherri Yoder and Crystel Lynn Smith shrewdly reveal the I AM and deliver the critical missing elements in today’s workplace landscape that business owners and leaders must implement to thrive!
- Discover and capitalize on your organizations most over-looked asset
- Be the sought-after, industry-leading organization and dominate the talent marketplace
- Be recognized as the progressive, forward-thinking organization
- Soar beyond arcahic and destructive business practices
- Master internal investment and achieve external gain
Being able to have a clear picture of what the future looks like and conveying the vision to your team enables leaders to accomplish incredible outcomes. Key takeaways are elements of vision, creating vision, communicating vision, and realizing vision.
Do you think fraud only happens to other people? You’re not alone, but someone has to be “the one.” Whether you are a startup company with 1 employee or a successful enterprise with staff of hundreds, fraud happens. It happens when we least expect it. It happens in ways we could never imagine. And, it happens with people who are the closest to us – those we trust. Trust is an integral part of a small and mid-size business, but often, it’s not enough.
We’ll explore how Fraud happens, how people exploit our trust and how they get away with it. Often, by the time Fraud is found in a small business, the money is gone and cannot be recovered. And the emotional cost is often greater than the financial cost. We’ll explore how to prevent fraud from happening to your business!
What’s the latest in menopause management? Is menopause a disease? What are the symptoms and what can a woman do to feel good during this time in life?
In this session we’ll discuss the most recent updates and strategies for helping menopausal women through their middle years and beyond.
Are you falling victim to the stress of success? Are the competing demands of being in charge overshadowing your desire to be in control?
Senior Growth & Engagement Consultant Tareaz Pegues works closely with executives who want to be the best version of themselves, helping them break through to the next level of success and happiness in their lives.
Join Tareaz for an interactive discussion during #VAbizCon, and learn to:
- Articulate a vision for your future self
- Recognize patterns that are preventing your breakthrough
- Identify what’s needed to unleash a new you
Ms. Nelson’s high energy and engaging talk will focus on how business owners and executives can drive revenue and build the business and life they want. With two successful business under her belt, join Katie as she moves attendees forward in their thinking and their capability to rethink revenue.
- Identify the top five client attraction mistakes
- Learn the best methods to market and attract your clients
- Learn her unique methodology to have clients constantly and consistently
We women invest in our families, our kids, their lives, their future. But do we invest enough time, energy, heart, brain cells, and money in ourselves? Do we assume that “savings” will somehow provide everything we need to be happy . . . later? This discussion will help you recognize new paths, insights, and realities that most likely haven’t appeared on your personal fulfillment radar. Prepare to learn about dividends that go way beyond the financial variety.
This workshop presented by award winning author, journalist, global women’s speaker and trainer, Sophia Nelson, will help women to focus on a healthier, more holistic approach to their professional and personal success by working on their emotional, spiritual, relational, and personal development at the same time. The Woman Code is global best-selling book written by Nelson in 2014. It has been presented to corporations like Walgreens and Comcast, as well as major women’s organizations around the world in Canada and Australia. This specific track for the Virginia Business Women’s Conference will be geared toward helping women unlock their woman code, better collaborate with other women, and create work and life spaces that help lift all women as they themselves climb.
Everyone has a brand and we each have a responsibility to protect and leverage those brands. In a practical manner, I’ll lay out 3 things female business owners can do to cultivate, and protect their brand. I’ll also discuss strategies to navigate a crisis or any situation that presents reputational risk. By focusing on surrogate cultivation, responsible social media usage, and proactive media outreach, I’ll highlight how conference attendees can earn extraordinary PR.
Headline Keynote Speaker
A talk that will change your perception of fear and inspire you to take action.
Michelle’s humorous, refreshing and inspiring speaking style has been captivating audiences across the globe. With authentic storytelling, engaging visuals and her 100 Days Without Fear experience, Michelle will show you how to challenge your comfort zone to tap into your full potential.
In this fun and energizing session, you will learn about:
- Dealing with the unknown
- Seeking growth over safety
- Embracing authenticity
- Daring to fail
- Leading with accountability
- Redefining fear, from obstacle to opportunity
Getting to the next level isn’t just hard work… it is smart work… sometimes deep work. You have to know what you are willing to take on or to give up to achieve your goals. In this session, we explore key questions to help focus your efforts on the elements important for your individual success.
Increase your effectiveness as you mindfully consider:
- The extent your passion drives your business and blind spots that may result
- Competing commitments that may block your growth
- The delicate balance of a business plan and a life plan
- Measurable outcomes for ALL of your efforts
Come with a curious mind and leave with tools to help you realize the results you really want.
While the nation’s capital is at its most divided, a cadre of Republicans and Democrats — refugees from earlier administrations — is quietly reaching over political divides to get the nation’s work done. Despite the loud rhetoric from both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue, there are a core group of us who have served in multiple administrations who hail from industries outside of Washington, who hold different points of view, who find ways to collaborate.
Take-a-ways: When working with those individuals who don’t share your personal philosophy (political, religious, approach to business) always remember:
- Focus on personal consideration, listening and respect
- Know that if you want to succeed, you can’t expect others to approach the problem in the identical way, so it becomes imperative to do things differently
- Turn the idea on its head
- Think of new paths
- Be bold
Overactive bladder impacts 33 million Americans, and fifteen percent of women will deal with overactive bladder in their lifetime. Dr. Lauren Scott will discuss tips and tricks for managing the symptoms of overactive bladder.
The first time Mozella Perry Ademiluyi attempted to summit Mt Kilimanjaro, frankly, the glacier-capped 19,341′ colossus kicked her butt. The disappointment was crushing. But a decade later she was back, turning her failure to triumph. What changed? And how can you use her insights to uplevel YOUR life and achieve your own breathtaking goals? Mozella is a sought-after international keynote speaker and productivity expert. She shares her spellbinding stories of adventure and practical insights from the mountain peak to empower forward-thinking women leaders to Rise to the Challenge™ and achieve extraordinary goals for themselves, their businesses and organizations.
Speaker Intro: It’s my great pleasure to introduce you to an amazing woman, who travels the world teaching women leaders how to Rise to the Challenge™ and achieve extraordinary goals for themselves, their businesses and organizations. Her spellbinding stories of adventure, and practical insights from the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, will inspire you to navigate life and business in a fundamentally different way than ever before to create the life and business you deserve.
The road to success is not a straight one. It has peaks and valleys and lots of twists and turns. Sometimes we feel it is a straight uphill climb with no summit in sight. One thing is certain. You have to get up every day, put one foot in front of the other with confidence and dedication.
My life has been especially topsy turvy. I have learned a lot and overcome significant obstacles; a true struggle to success story. In my presentation I share my story of triumph against the odds. The three key lessons I learned along the way – my secret sauce to success: authenticity, perseverance and believing in the outcome.
As a personal branding, image and style expert. I teach women to show up with poise and confidence. But it’s deeper than that. It’s knowing yourself and others. You can’t succeed without these tools.
I hope you’ll join me for a intimate discussion on how to live your best life and show up with powerful self confidence.
Do you want to accomplish more, feel greater satisfaction, and be more effective?
Managing your negative thought process is the first step.
In this session, you will experience how to bring the feeling of increased clarity and possibility to a challenging issue you are dealing with right now. You’ll learn how you can use this brain-based process to bring your A game every day.
You will leave this session with an exercise you can use at work or at home to more easily shift towards a positive mindset when mediocre –or worse– is getting in your way.
Your business is your pride, your sweat and your drive- don’t waste that energy shouting to an empty Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook page! In order to make great waves in the digital space (online) you need to know who you’re talking to, how to talk to them and what to say. This session will help you to nail down your active follower and teach you best practices for fostering real connections with your audience all around the globe. You’ll learn how to build a professional rapport online, turn cold leads into warm handshakes and how to make the most of your time on the platforms that make the most sense for your business.
How have you been allocating your valuable time, talent, treasure, and network to align with your values? Participants will leave this session with a personalized blueprint for formulating future philanthropic strategies along with a set of tactical next steps to realize your vision.
Closing Keynote Speaker
Join Cindy Monroe, Founder and CEO of Thirty-One Gifts, as she inspires female entrepreneurs by sharing her own journey. With candid lessons and impactful insights, Cindy will teach the things that have made the biggest difference in her 15-year journey to empower women to start their own businesses. Along the way, she’ll share how she’s built a $750M business that declined to $400M today, all while remaining profitable, building her family, strengthening her faith and even having a little fun along the way.