Thursday VIP Day Kick-Off

Keynote Speaker

You Must Not Know ‘Bout Me: Claiming the Success You Deserve

Monique Greenwood

Presented by Monique Greenwood — Hospitality innovator and former Essence magazine Editor-in-Chief

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.

  1. Our legacy of greatness: A look at Sheroes who affirm our abilities with an audience reflection on those they’ve been most inspired by
  2. Crafting a personal definition for success
  3. We do ‘hard’: Developing a desire to win and a willingness to do the work
  4. 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
  5. Leaving your own Legacy: How will you make a mark, not a stain?
  6. Monique’s “P” Soup Recipe for Success:
    • Passion & Purpose
    • Planning & Preparation
    • Patience & Persistence
    • Painkillers
    • Positive People
    • Patting Yourself On The Back


Get Bigger About Who You Are and Live with Full Wattage!

Liz Fletcher Brown

Presented by Liz Fletcher Brown — Life Mastery International, LLC

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?


Finding Your Flow – 4 Steps to Designing a Life You Love

Mina Fies

Presented by Mina Fies — Synergy Design & Construction

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.

Key Takeaways:

  • Ways to identify when you’re out of flow
  • How to take back your power
  • Secrets to uncovering the flow in others


Burn the Box: 3 Keys for Leading Through Disruption

Darnyelle Jervey Harmon

Presented by Darnyelle Jervey Harmon — Incredible One Enterprises, LLC

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.


Finding YOUR Oz!

Krista Woods

Presented by Krista Woods — GloveStix, LLC

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.


Make No Excuses…Have No Limitations

Alana Andrews

Presented by Alana Andrews — So Positive, LLC

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.


Unlocking Your Woman Code

Sophia A. Nelson

Presented by Sophia A. Nelson — SAN Enterprises LLC

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 tract for the Virginia Women’s Business 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.