2017 Conference Agenda


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[event time=” 9:00″ room=”Salons E, F”]Power-Packed Opening Session
Breakfast Sponsor Remarks – Dominion Energy Representative

Introduction of Emcee – Bernice Sim, realtor, RE/MAX Commonwealth

Emcee and Opening Session Speaker – Dr. Betty Moseley Brown, Marine Veteran, National President of the Women Marines Association
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[event time=”10:00″ room=”Salon A”]Supergirls Who Mean Business Session
The Metropolitan Business League has teamed up with area schools and organizations to provide a mini-conference for local girls ages 16 – 22.

Marcy Williams, CEO Kollege and Kareer 4 Youth
Tonya Scott-Hickman, MBA, PA – Professor of Management, Virginia Union University
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[event time=”10:00″ room=”Salon G, H”]Capes Aren’t Just for Boys  
For many women working in male-dominated corporate industries, qualities and attributes seen as “feminine” can feel like hindrances, preventing your success. This session will delve into how to be a successful woman navigating a male-dominated corporate world.

Marsha Landess, Vice President and General Manager at Radio One
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[event time=”10:00″ room=”Salons B, C, D”] Leaping Tall Buildings in a Single Bound
This session features business leaders in fields where there are high barriers to entry. Speakers should be prepared to provide lessons learned and personal anecdotes that motivate and inspire session attendees.

Gwen Hurt, CEO and Founder, Shoe Crazy Wine
Coretta Kingston, Managing Partner at Pincars Car Share
Argentina Ortega, Owner, La Sabrosita bakery
Amy Obenchain (Moderator), Marketing Manager, Summit Media Corp

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[event time=”10:00″ room=”Salons I, J”]Governments and Nonprofits: The Dynamic Duos
When the bottom line is not your motivator and your super power is based on how effectively you save your constituency from peril, this session will offer insight into the development and management of not for profit organizations and government agencies, lessons learned, as well as the ways in which nonprofit organizations and government entities can support one another.

Lisa Sims, Executive Director, Venture Richmond
Wendy Burchard, Strategic Sourcing Manager, University of Richmond
Annie Walker, Director, Veterans Education, Transition and Employment, Dept. of Veterans Services.
Mary Kay Huss, Executive Director, Rebuilding Together Richmond
Selena Cuffee-Glenn, Chief Administrative Officer, City of Richmond
Tracey Wiley (Moderator), Agency Director, Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity

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[event time=”11:00″ room=”Salon G, H”]Wonder Woman Meet Diana Prince
This session is for women seeking strategies on planning, implementing, and pursuing their career goals. The speaker will offer her expert advice on how to utilize your current skills, interests, and personality-type to promote personal growth and career effectiveness.

Polly White, Partner in Whitestone Partners, Inc
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[event time=”11:00″ room=”Salon I, J”]It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s…the Federal Government!
Almost all professionals have a blind spot…a disconnect between how we see ourselves and how others see us. That disconnect can mean we are losing credibility and don’t even realize it. We win and lose credibility based on the lens through which others judge our communications, actions and attributes. In this session, we will share the results from our “Guys Who Get It Panel”, a group of engaged men who have shared honest feedback about how men view women in the workplace. When you understand this “credibility lens” you can make adjustments to ensure you send the right messages, land more of your ideas and create greater influence.

Holly Buchanan, CEO, Buchanan Marketing
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[event time=”11:00″ room=”Salon B, C, D”]The Power of Having X-Ray Vision
This session will teach you how to make the most of your advertising and marketing dollar. These professionals will tell you how to reach and become engaged with your customers.

Speakers: Rodney Bryant, Sales Manager with NBC12;
Gina Honeycutt, Sales Manager for NBC12

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[event time=”12:00″ room=”Ballroom E, F”]Wonder Women Luncheon

  • Emcee Remarks – Dr. Betty Moseley Brown
  • Presentation of Remarkable Women Award
  • Introduction of Keynote Speaker: Bon Secours Representative

    Keynote Address – Bonnie St. John, Inspirational Speaker, Paralympic Medalist

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[event time=”1:10″ room=”Salon A, D”]Session 1: SUPERPowerhouse Panel
These women are at the top of their professions. They have broken through the glass ceiling and achieved recognition and status in their fields. This session will explore how they got there and the obstacles that they have had to overcome. This “conversation” will inspire you and help propel you to your own success.

Montse Fuentes, Dean, VCU College of Humanities and Sciences
Heather Sullivan, Anchor, NBC12
Connie Hom, President, Buckingham Greenery, Inc.
Lakshmi Challa, Founding Attorney, Challa Law Offices
Canisha Cierra Turner (Moderator) – Owner/CEO, Executive Reign

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[event time=”1:10″ room=”Salon G, J”]Session 1: Secret Identity Lab
Every superhero has a polished persona that the general populace can relate to and helps maintain their cover. For Superman, his persona is Clark Kent. In this hands-on session, you will have an opportunity for a professional to touch-up your makeup and embellish your neckline with statement pieces so that our photographer can take the ultimate professional headshot. While waiting to receive your image via email (which will happen faster than a speeding bullet), you’ll hear about the tips, tricks, and best practices to brand yourself online, position yourself as an expert in your field, and gain an advantage for your next career opportunity. Bring your tablet, phone, or use one of the laptops provided to update your LinkedIn profile with the help of in-room experts.

Patrick McFadden, Owner, Indispensable Marketing (Lead Facilitator)
Kim Brundage, Owner, Kim Brundage Photography
DeKesha Williams, CEO, Vizions Enterprise
Cheryl Matt, Owner, CBM Business Consulting LLC

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[event time=”2:20″ room=”Salon A, D”]Session 2: SUPERPowerhouse Panel

Patrick McFadden, Owner, Indispensable Marketing (Lead Facilitator)
Kim Brundage, Owner, Kim Brundage Photography
DeKesha Williams, CEO, Vizions Enterprise
Cheryl Matt, Owner, CBM Business Consulting LLC
Heather Sullivan for Delegate Betsy Carr, Virginia’s 69th District

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[event time=”2:20″ room=”Salon A, D”]Session 2: SUPERPowerhouse Panel

Patrick McFadden, Owner, Indispensable Marketing (Lead Facilitator)
Kim Brundage, Owner, Kim Brundage Photography
DeKesha Williams, CEO, Vizions Enterprise
Cheryl Matt, Owner, CBM Business Consulting LLC
Heather Sullivan for Delegate Betsy Carr, Virginia’s 69th District

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[event time=”3:25″ room=”Salon E, F”]Chocolate and Wine Closing Session
Change Your Perspective, Change Your Reality
It is entirely possible to predict and change your future. When you don’t take action, everything will stay the same. To conclude our action-packed summit, you’ll take the first steps in developing and shaping your tomorrow.

Rita Ricks, Life Coach, Speak to Your Spirit

Sponsor Remarks / Door Prize – City of Richmond Representative

Closing Reception Sponsor Remarks – SBSD Representative
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