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2021 Speakers

Take a moment to look through our Speakers from our 2021 Women's CEO Summit.

2022 Speakers To Be Announced!

2021 Main Stage Speakers

Opening Keynote Speaker

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It’s Lonely at the Top: Finding Time to FOCUS
Corliss Jackson
President & CEO, Federal Job Results

Let’s be real. Life is difficult. It’s busy. There are real challenges. There’s TOO much on our TO DO list… everyone has 24 hours in a day, but how you allocate that 24 hours can mean the difference between success and the alternative. How can we, as busy women, learn to F.O.C.U.S?

  • Feed Our Curiosity

  • Operate Strategically

  • Connect Genuinely

  • Understand our Goals

  • Set Your Team's Path for Success

Lessons Learned: The CEO Panel

Experience is an expensive teacher. Hear from our power panel about their lessons learned and how they navigated through the process.

Moderator

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Threase Baker
President, ABBTECH Professional Resources, Inc.

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Panelists

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Carol Barbe
President & CEO, Backflow Technology, LLC

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Alice Frazier
President & CEO, BCT-The Community's Bank

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Nikki Le
CEO, Statements Inc., and The Statements Project

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Carolyn Thurston
CEO, Wisdom Business Owners

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Closing Keynote Speaker

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Everyone Started with a Day One
Barbara Kinosky, Esq.
Managing Partner, Centre Law & Consulting

Barbara Kinosky is engaging, funny, and extremely knowledgeable about what it takes to start and manage a thriving company. Every woman who started their own company has that Day One. Her personal and authentic speech will inspire you to keep taking one more step forward each day after Day One

2021 Workshop Speakers

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Investing in developing your leadership skills is an investment in the health of your business and all those that interact with it. Enhance your leadership and communication skills in this interactive workshop.

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10:45 AM
Are You Listening: Better Communication for Better Results
Presented by Star Bobatoon, Esq., Star Consulting, LLC

One of the most valuable skills in any business or walk of life is communication. We all learned how to talk, but few of us learned how to communicate so that all parties feel heard and understood. Poor communication skills negatively impact our relationships our businesses and our society inviting conflict, misunderstanding, stress, and hostility. Learn how elevating your communication skills, whether in front of an audience of 1 or 1,000, can enhance relationships and increase revenue.
 

  • Guidelines to better communication

  • How to listen so that people can hear you

  • Understand what you say matters as much as how you say it

  • Discover the easiest way to engage a listener

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1:45 PM
Your Response to the Great Resignation
Presented by Gina Weatherup, Chantilly Mediation and Facilitation

Four million people quit their jobs in April. WTF!? As a CEO, what should you do to stop the bleeding?


This interactive workshop will delve deeply into what truly makes a workplace - whether remote or not - a happy place that workers DON'T want to leave. What role do higher salaries play? Does having corporate values really matter? What do you do when conflict rears its ugly head? We'll cover all this and more.

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Focusing on business growth and development strategies to provide immediate impact on your business.

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10:45 AM
You've Got Leads! Now What?
Presented by Mary Sue Dahill, Work Smarter Digital

Did you know you can boost your sales by 50% just by nurturing your existing leads?


Getting a lead isn’t a one and done activity. It’s the beginning of the relationship building journey to becoming a client. In this talk I will demystify how to convert leads to clients with a memorable high-touch experience.

 

You will walk away with:

  • Must-have elements in your lead to client journey that generates more sales

  • Two campaigns every business needs to build relationships and convert more leads to clients (Welcome Series, Follow up)

  • Finally, two simple but brilliant moves that will create lasting success in their business.

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1:45 PM
Discover Your Brand Voice and Connecting to the Community
Presented by Jillian Phifer, Very Good Marketing Company

What does it take to create a brand? Developing a strong personal brand is an increasingly important part of finding and keeping work these days.

 

In this workshop, Jillian Phifer will help you start the process of developing your personal brand from the inside out. We'll talk about what your brand should accomplish for you, how to identify and express your personal brand values, and how to build a branded business at home.

 

You'll be leaving with an understanding of what it means to connect with your audience and build long-term relationships that help you improve your bottom line.

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Identifying professional development strategies to help you excel in your business. Investing in the YOU to get to the WE.

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10:45 AM
Leading Bravely
Presented by Monica Almond, Ph.D., The Almond Group

We live in a time of incessant predictability. Every day things are changing, and nothing is the same as it was the day before. How do we stay ahead of this VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous) environment while growing our businesses and brands to have the impact we’d hoped? We must lead bravely.

Leading bravely requires you to take stock of who you are as leader. During this session we will discuss the requisite components for becoming the kind of leader these times require. Participants will identify their core values for leadership.

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1:45 PM
Shining Your True Colors for Personal Success
Presented by Marlo Thomas Watson, The Marlo Companies

Participants in this workshop will be introduced to the True Colors Color methodology. Learn how to build better relationships, learn the potential blind spots in your leadership, and increase business and customer service by speaking your clients language.

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Exploring the mindset, vision, and strategic action steps needed to ensure financial wellness and peace of mind.

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10:45 AM
Growth Mindset: Positioning To Thrive and Succeed in Business
Presented by Mary Grate-Pyos, MBA, CFBS, MassMutual Capitol District

The most powerful ingredient in business is a growth mindset, coupled with determination and taking action. This session will explore how you see yourself as a business owner as well as the thoughts, mentality, and thinking patterns that are either moving you in the direction to thrive in business or are holding you back from achieving and reaching your definition of success.

1:45 PM
Financial Mastery with the Experts

As a woman CEO, it is essential to understand and grasp the financial implications of operating a successful business. Many women CEOs tend to shy away from the finances of the business, but you must know your numbers and how to protect, position and grow your business. In this session, this panel of experts will simplify the action steps and share strategies that will position you and your business to thrive, protect and legally comply for a solid financial foundation. 

Moderated by

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Mary Grate-Pyos, MBA, CFBS
MassMutual Capitol District

Panelists

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Jaclyn O'Brien Gardner
FreshEye Innovative Solutions

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Niki Bowden
TriNet

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Adrian U. Taylor, CPA, PFS
YHB CPAs & Consultants

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Casie Griffith
Loudoun Insurance Group, LLC

2021 Roundtable Speakers

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Investing in developing your leadership skills is an investment in the health of your business and all those that interact with it. Enhance your leadership and communication skills in this interactive workshop.

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9:45 AM & 2:45 PM
How To Go Hybrid
Presented by Gina Weatherup, Chantilly Mediation and Facilitation

You want your employees back in the office, they want to work from home. What do you do? We'll explore the benefits and problems of a hybrid work approach, including different attitudes among workers, management tips, and best practices.

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9:45 AM & 2:45 PM
How To Use Your Network…
Presented by Threase Baker, ABBTECH Professional Resources, Inc.

Lets discuss and share the many ways to talk with and network with people in your own circle and then expand to their circle.

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9:45 AM & 2:45 PM
Balancing Entrepreneurship in Your Marriage
Presented by Sherae Bell, Gifts, By Journey, LLC

Being an Entrepreneur can put a strain on your marriage. We often focus on our business more than we focus on our marriage. All while forgetting that ONLY in marriage do we make a promise to “love and cherish until death do us part”. We never made such a promise to our business to forsake our marriage in the building process. These have to go hand in hand for either to reach their full potential. As entrepreneurs, how can we maintain a happy marriage when we are constantly struggling with being pulled in so many directions? You are invited to join me at the “Roundtable” as i discuss how to master a happy, healthy, and fulfilling marriage while embracing your season of entrepreneurship with a greater appreciation for “self” and “marriage”. Come take a seat at my table!

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2:45 PM
What Does It Mean To Lead a Diverse & Inclusive Organization?
Presented by Monica Almond, Ph.D., The Almond Group

Diversity and inclusion are no longer seen as buzzwords but core components to a company's business strategy. Customers, constituents, and employees are holding companies accountable now more than ever to reflect, represent, and include diverse faces and voices. What is diversity and inclusion and how do you implement it with fidelity and in alignment with your company's values? Let's discuss and share questions, concerns, and strategies.

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Focusing on business growth and development strategies to provide immediate impact on your business.

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9:45 AM
Are You Ready To Automate Your Client Experience?
Presented by Mary Sue Dahill, Work Smarter Digital

Many of your client touchpoints can be automated and still create the personalized, high-touch experience you are known for. We will discuss signs it is time to automate and best practices for automating your client experience.

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9:45 AM
Own Your Stage: Speaking to Grow Your Business
Presented by Star Bobatoon, Esq., Star Consulting, LLC

Speaking is one of the most impactful and experiential ways to grow your business. When you speak with confidence and authority, you make a lasting impression that increases connection, credibility, and conversion.

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9:45 AM & 2:45 PM
Defining Your Brand Voice
Presented by Jillian Phifer, Very Good Marketing Company

Jillian comes to us with extensive knowledge on Brand Development and customer buy-in and will be hosting a roundtable discussion on how your brand can help you build long-term relationships with your ideal customer or client. In this roundtable discussion we will work to define the voice of your brand to help ensure that you are clearly and concisely communicating to your client base. We will aim to outline in this class the following: Mission, vision, areas of focus, core values, your WHY, and who your perfect customer is.

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9:45 AM & 2:45 PM
SBSD Overview - SWaM Certification
Presented by Chris Tran Ley, Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity

This will be an overview of SBSD agency, the SWaM certification and Virginia's procurement process.

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9:45 AM & 2:45 PM
So You Want To Start Doing Business With the Government…Where Do You Start?
Presented by Corliss Jackson, Federal Job Results

Federal agencies need support from all types of businesses for goods and services and it is a great way to grow your business. So, learn the right resources you will need to get started and how not to become overwhelmed with too much information and too many requirements. It can be fun and profitable!

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Identifying professional development strategies to help you excel in your business. Investing in the YOU to get to the WE.

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9:45 AM & 2:45 PM
Resilient Leadership: How Do I Stay Engaged When There Are More Questions Than Answers?
Presented by Cynthia Benbow, StoneSprings Hospital Center

The need for resiliency in leadership has never been more apparent than now.  Whether you are facing the challenge of how to rebuild a once productive workforce now devastated by the impact of COVID 19 or trying to navigate how to leverage your time between the demands of family and work. Leaders are left with more questions than answers as to how they can lead and win despite change and obstacles. We will discuss some key tactics that will help you stay engaged and continue winning as a resilient leader.

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9:45 AM & 2:45 PM
Put Your Own Oxygen Mask on First
Presented by Dr. Misty Paul, Basics First Chiropractic

As the saying goes, '...put your own oxygen mask on first, before assisting others...' Our chat will include CEO self care techniques for showing up strong to lead others through mind set, exercise, and nutrition for busy leaders on the go!

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9:45 AM & 2:45 PM
Saboteurs and Limiting Beliefs Are Not Your Friends
Presented by Marlo Thomas Watson, The Marlo Companies

Do you have big dreams and big goals? Do you question whether you have the ability, resources, or deserve what you aspire to achieve? It is possible that you are being influenced by frenemies-saboteurs and limiting beliefs. Come engage in discussion on how to recognize, name, and hold these frenemies captive so that you can live the life and achieve the goals that you desire.

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Exploring the mindset, vision, and strategic action steps needed to ensure financial wellness and peace of mind.

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9:45 AM & 2:45 PM
Strategic Tax Planning for Business Owners
Presented by Adrian U. Taylor, CPA, PFS, YHB CPAs & Consultants

What are you doing to ensure you are well-positioned in tax year 2021 and beyond? In this presentation, YHB's tax expert Adrian Taylor, CPA will discuss the latest in federal and state income tax laws impacting business owners and how you can be forward-thinking in your strategic planning.

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9:45 AM & 2:45 PM
Power Business Success with Extraordinary HR
Presented by Niki Bowden, TriNet

Successful founders and executives recognize that they don’t know what they don’t know, and when it comes to HR, the consequences of non-compliance can be detrimental. Perhaps more importantly, there are 86,400 seconds in a day, and for business owners, each one counts, so it’s critical that their focus is on their people, scaling their business and generating revenue. We will discuss the basics of HR, how to stay compliant, what technology to have in place and how to maximize your resources.

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9:45 AM & 2:45 PM
Strategies for Protecting Your Business
Presented by Mary Grate-Pyos, MBA, CFBS, MassMutual Capitol District

This Roundtable will explore The 9 Ds (the nine risks) that you must be aware of as a business owner and the strategy to implement to protect your company.  Risk management and contingency planning are key components for any business's longevity.

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9:45 AM & 2:45 PM
Understanding Commercial Insurance Coverages
Presented by Casie Griffith, Loudoun Insurance Group, LLC

We will walk through common key commercial insurance coverages and discuss what they actually cover.  This will provide a better understanding of how your insurance coverage applies to your unique operations and help inform of common coverage misconceptions. We will also have the opportunity to discuss other types of insurance which may often be optional but can leave a company largely exposed if not purchased.

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9:45 AM & 2:45 PM
Strategize, Know Your Numbers, & Make More Money
Presented by Jaclyn O'Brien Gardner, FreshEye Innovative Solutions

So you've followed your passion and now you want to take it to the next level and make more money. Do you have a strategy? Cash is king, but planning is queen! It can feel like you are making money, but when you dig into the details, it may tell a different story. The numbers don't lie...

The key to financial success is to have a plan and not move blindly. When you do, you have a peace of mind that you can pay your bills and hit your financial goals. And it frees you up to be able to do what you love...focus on your business and your customers! In this roundtable, we'll help you strategize and get to know your numbers so you can grow your business and stay financially well!

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