Flourish WASHINGTON, DC Conference for Women in Leadership

Welcome to Flourish Washington, DC!

We believe that when women flourish we change the world, by positively impacting our families, organizations and companies and our communities. We know that organizations where women are highly represented in senior management outperform their competitors by up to 26%.

We propose, however, that even at the highest levels of success, many women spend a large portion of their time, treasure and talent on external concerns. And very little on their own strategic self-development.

Our promise is to create safe and immersive environments for women to connect, engage and create their next level of self-defined strategic success in their careers, businesses and lives. We promise to provide every tool at our disposal to help them grow. Luxuriantly.

As in previous years, we fully expect the Flourish Washington, DC Conference for Women in Leadership to sell out within a few weeks of opening registration.

The conference has been so successful across the U.S. for the following reasons:

  • Each conference is focused on the region it serves. So the Flourish Washington, DC Conference is focused on issues related to the advancement of women in the nation’s capital, and specifically across the DC, Northern Virginia and Maryland area.
  • The Washington, DC Conference highlights women who are either flourishing in DC, have ties to the DMV, or whose work directly impacts the women, workforce and world as seen through the lens of the DMV woman.
  • Washington, D.C. has the highest rate of women-owned businesses according to a study by Nerdwallet.com. It is also home to organizations that serve as resources for women in business, such as the Washington, DC Women’s Business Center, which provides training to women entrepreneurs to support their businesses, and the National Women’s Business Council, an advisory council that serves as a voice for female entrepreneurs to the federal government.
  • Flourish Washington, DC Awards (Entrepreneur of the Year and Executive of the Year) are honors designed to recognize an executive and an entrepreneur in the DMV who is making tremendous contribution in her industry, her community and to the individuals she supports and those she serves.

The Facts about Women in Leadership

You are a leader who values the advancement of women. For your organization’s culture, its brand, and importantly, its bottom line. You’re in great company, recent research suggests that when examining the financial returns of companies with three or more women on the board, those companies outperform companies with homogenous (all-male) boards by 60 percent in return on invested capital, 84 percent in return on sales, and 60 percent in return on equity. These data indicate that women leaders are not just good for the organization’s brand, culture and bottom line but suggest that women in top leadership positions actually have a synergistic impact on profits (Carter, 2004).

Because we understand the need to attract, retain and engage women leaders, we have developed an immersive, inspirational and substantive one-day experience called Flourish Conference for Women in Leadership.  Flourish was developed specifically for high-achieving female senior leaders and executives as a resource for strategic career and life-planning at a time when every female senior leader is seeking “work-life balance.”

Flourish Conference Agenda

Friday: 8:30am – 4:30pm
8:30a – 9:00a Registration and Breakfast
9:00a – 09:15 Opening Ceremony

Morning Keynote: Women in Leadership: The Aspiration vs. The Reality.

The Science of Flourishing: Exploring the Six Dimensions of Flourishing and the trends and insights regarding the impact of women in leadership.

9:45a – 11:45 Executive Fireside Chat: Intimate discussions in assigned small groups with the top executives and entrepreneurs in their industries. This is a unique element of the Flourish Conference Day.

11:45a – 12:00p Break

12:00p – 1:30p Luncheon Keynote and Flourish Awards Ceremony: Flourish Keynote Conversation: How Women Lead in Dynamic Environments. We also recognize the Flourish Executive of the Year and Flourish Entrepreneur of the Year.

1:30p – 3:00p The Art of Flourishing: Women will either join the Flourish Forward group for those who have participated in Flourish to design their 3-year plans, or first-time participants join together to understand the domains of flourishing.

Collaborative exercises. Career and Work-Life Assessments. Continuing through Flourish 100-Day Action Plans™ while working with Executive Coaches and Flourish Accountability Partners.

3:00 – 3:15 Break

3:15 – 4:30 The Mastery of Flourishing: Leveraging insights learned throughout the day for positive impact in the future. Participants strategize their top three (3) professional and personal priorities – and the impact these will have on their lives over next 100 days.

Participants will be scheduled to record a customized Flourish Letter-to-Self stating what they commit to accomplish in the next 100 days.

4:15 Closing Ceremony

4:30 – 6:00p VIP Champagne Toast: Featuring special guests, champagne and appetizers and a Flourish Spa Experience (makeovers, massages and mingling).

About Washington, DC

Washington has a growing, diversified economy with an increasing percentage of professional and business service jobs. The gross state product of the District in 2010 was $103.3 billion, which would rank it No. 34 compared to the 50 U.S. states. The gross product of the Washington Metropolitan Area was $425 billion in 2010, making it the fourth-largest metropolitan economy in the United States. As of June 2011, the Washington Metropolitan Area had an unemployment rate of 6.2%; the second-lowest rate among the 49 largest metro areas in the nation. The District of Columbia itself had an unemployment rate of 9.8% during the same time period.

In 2012, the federal government accounted for about 29% of the jobs in Washington, D.C. This is thought to immunize Washington to national economic downturns because the federal government continues operations even during recessions. Many organizations such as law firms, independent contractors (both defense and civilian), non-profit organizations, lobbying firms, trade unions, industry trade groups, and professional associations have their headquarters in or near D.C. to be close to the federal government.

Tourism is Washington’s second largest industry. Approximately 18.9 million visitors contributed an estimated $4.8 billion to the local economy in 2012. The District also hosts nearly 200 foreign embassies and international organizations such as the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Organization of American States, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the Pan American Health Organization. In 2008, the foreign diplomatic corps in Washington employed about 10,000 people and contributed an estimated $400 million annually to the local economy.

The District has growing industries not directly related to government, especially in the areas of education, finance, public policy, and scientific research. Georgetown UniversityGeorge Washington UniversityWashington Hospital CenterChildren’s National Medical Center and Howard University are the top five non-government-related employers in the city as of 2009. According to statistics compiled in 2011, four of the largest 500 companies in the country were headquartered in the District.

Source: Wikipedia 

2016 Conference Speakers

Angela Maria Arboleda

Vice President of Government and Community Affairs


Joni J. Johnson, MD


Pediatric Partners for Attention and Learning, Inc.

Jason L. Groves, Esq.

Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

Medifast, Inc.

Kimberly Tignor

Director of Public Policy

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

Mary Ann Gómez Orta

President and CEO

Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute

Penny Parayo

Vice President of Beverage and Slot Operations

Maryland Live! Casino.

Rosie Allen-Herring

United Way of the National Capital Area

Tawana M. Bhagwat

Coty Inc.

Dr. Yashima White AziLove

Vice President, Corporate Communication Officer/CEO

Radio One, Inc./Magnate, LLC

2016 Co-Chairs

Cynthia Anderson

Project Manager

Varian Medical Systems

Carmen Ortiz-McGhee

Senior Vice President and Resident Sales Director

The Capital office of Aon Risk Solutions (ARS)

Kimberly Y. Robinson


Funk & Bolton, P.A.

Dr. Lydia J. Carlis

Chief Eyemagination Officer

Eyemagination Enterprises, LLC

Lynn M. Selby

CEO + Founder

The Reed + Selby Consulting Group, LLC

Tasha “TC” Cooper


Upward Action, LLC

Michele Jackson

Chief Operations Officer

International Code Design, Inc.

Brenda Brown Hunter


Brenda Brown Hunter Consulting, LLC.

Samantha Madhosingh, Psy.D.

Licensed Psychologist, Leadership Advisor, Bestselling Author, & Speaker

North America’s Holistic Success Doctor

Angela Maria Arboleda

Title: Vice President of Government and Community Affairs

Company Herbalife

Angela Maria Arboleda serves as Herbalife’s Vice President of Government and Community Affairs. In this capacity she works on a variety of corporate issues and serves as the federal government relations lobbyist to the Legislative and Executive branches. Angela executes Herbalife’s legislative priorities on Capitol Hill bringing value to the company’s overall profitability. Angela is responsible for managing Herbalife’s external relations and building strategic partnerships with communities in order to advance healthy, active life-styles, balanced nutrition, and financial empowerment. Angela is based in Herbalife’s Washington, D.C. office.
Angela joined Herbalife after a 15-year career in public service. Most recently she served as Senior Policy Advisor for Latino and Asian-American Affairs for U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV). In that capacity she oversaw policy and political strategy impacting the Latino and Asian-American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities in the U.S. She also served as the Senate liaison to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus working directly with the Members of Congress.
Prior to her time on Capitol Hill, Angela worked at the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) – the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the U.S. – as Director of Civil Rights and Criminal Justice Policy. In 2004, she authored a book entitled Lost Opportunities: The Reality of Latinos in the U.S. Criminal Justice System. At NCLR, she was a spokesperson to both mainstream and Spanish-language media.
Angela also worked for the National Organization for Women, the Feminist Majority Foundation and the Service Employee International Union (SEIU) where she developed national organizing campaigns on behalf of women and workers.
Angela is a graduate of the Elliot School of International Affairs at The George Washington University.

Joni J. Johnson, MD

Title: Founder

Company Pediatric Partners for Attention and Learning, Inc.

Email: drjoni@pp4al.com

Phone: 540-628-4145

Joni J. Johnson, MD is the Founder of Pediatric Partners for Attention and Learning, Inc. and CogSolid Athletics, LLC.  A product of the United States Military Academy and Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Dr. Johnson has spent her 18 year career caring for military families.  The past 9 years have been dedicated exclusively to helping individuals reach their fullest potential.  Through her multi-disciplinary clinic and athletic program, Dr. Johnson hopes to forever change the way we diagnose, treat, and encourage individuals with ADHD, Autism, Learning Differences and Mood Disorders.

Jason L. Groves, Esq.

Title: Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

Company Medifast, Inc.

Email: Jason.Groves@ChooseMedifast.com

Phone: 410-707-9645

Jason L. Groves, Esq. is Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Medifast, Inc. (NYSE: MED). Jason has served as General Counsel since 2011 (and from 2009 to 2015, he also served as a member of the Medifast board.) Previously, Jason spent ten years with Verizon.  For most of those years, he was the Assistant Vice President of Government Affairs for Verizon Maryland responsible for legislative policy and community affairs.  Jason has a Bachelor of Science degree, cum laude, in Hospitality Management from Bethune-Cookman University, and a Juris Doctor from North Carolina Central University School of Law.  He is a member of the New Jersey and District of Columbia bars as well as several bar associations.  Jason is an Army veteran and entered active duty as a direct commissioned Judge Advocate in the United States Army Judge Advocate General’s Corp (JAG), where he also had the distinction of prosecuting criminal cases in the District Court of Maryland as a Special Assistant United States Attorney.  He currently serves as a board member for several companies and organizations, including the Center Club of Baltimore, Anne Arundel Medical Center, chair of the Cottage Insurance Company, the advisory board for Hofmann Brands, the advisory board for BB&T Bank in Annapolis and several of the subsidiary boards for Medifast.  Jason is married and resides in Maryland with his wife and two sons.

Kimberly Tignor

Title: Director of Public Policy

Company The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

Kimberly Tignor is the Public Policy Director for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Ms. Tignor manages a portfolio that includes education, voting rights, employment discrimination, fair housing, affirmative action, criminal justice, and immigration. In addition, she manages the Judicial Diversity Program of the Lawyers’ Committee.
Ms. Tignor has spent her career immersed in the most pressing of legal issues surrounding underprivileged persons and advancing the causes of equality and social justice. She is particularly well-versed in working across multicultural issues and topics of key interest to people of color. Her impressive legal experience spans from directing policy at the National Bar Association, the nation’s oldest and largest national network of African American legal professionals, to coordinating state and national level pipeline and advocacy efforts for Presidential judicial nominees at the VENG Group, the leading government affairs firm consulting group representing Presidential nominees to the federal judiciary. During her time with the Georgetown Law Juvenile Justice Clinic, Ms. Tignor studied the impact of laws on adolescents and advocated for a higher quality of rehabilitation services within the justice system.
Ms. Tignor Chairs the National Bar Association Judicial Evaluations Committee and is an active member of the organization’s Civil Rights Law and Legislative Affairs Sections. In her local community, she is a board member of the DC Ward 4 Democrats, a member of the Potomac (VA) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, and the DC Lawyers for Youth. Ms. Tignor has been a guest speaker for numerous panels including C-Span’s After Words, the American Bar Association Commission of Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the profession, and the Washington Bar Association. Ms. Tignor was recently recognized by On Being a Lawyer of Color as one of the country’s top lawyers under the age of 40.
Kimberly Tignor is a proud Washington DC native. She received her JD from Georgetown University, and an undergraduate degree in Economics and Information Technology from the College of William and Mary.

Mary Ann Gómez Orta

Title: President and CEO

Company Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute

Email: mgomezorta@chli.org

Phone: 202-347-8280

Mary Ann Gomez joined the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) in 2011. Prior to joining CHLI, she was the Executive Director of the National Association of Hispanic Publications. She is a former corporate marketing manager with Coors Brewing Company and McDonald’s Corporation. She managed multi-million advertising and marketing campaigns, collaborated with advertising and public relations firms as well as multi-lingual broadcast, print and outdoor media to executive local, regional and national promotions. She represented the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) as a National Alliance Development Consultant and managed business development and multi-cultural projects for small and mid-size public relations agencies and also national ones, such as Fleishman-Hillard.
She has taught business, marketing and public speaking at the University of Phoenix and Heald College. She has also conducted workshops for small business owners on marketing, public speaking tips for women, networking and Hispanic marketing.
Mary Ann was recently asked to serve as the co-chair of the New America Alliance Latina Caucus Washington DC chapter. She has served on the board member of the University of the Pacific’s Alumni Association, Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse, Astronaut Jose M. Hernandez Reaching for the Stars Foundation; and served as President of the Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project. Mary Ann earned a B.A. in Communications at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California and an M.B.A. at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California.
Gomez strongly believes that diverse points of view create exponentially better results for all and it is with that passion and commitment she prepares and promotes Hispanic college students to be global leaders at CHLI.
Gomez is extremely proud of her parents. Her father is from Michoacán, Mexico and her mother is from Brownsville, Texas. They raised five children while working in the fields of California’s Central Valley and encouraged and watched as all five earned undergraduate degrees and two went on to obtain masters degrees.

Penny Parayo

Title: Vice President of Beverage and Slot Operations

Company Maryland Live! Casino.

In her role as Vice President of Slot Operations, Penny Parayo oversees all day-to-day aspects of the Beverage, Slot Operation and Technical Services departments to ensure the delivery of a world-class gaming and entertainment experience at Maryland Live! Casino.

Ms. Parayo brings more than 20 years of slot operations and casino management experience to Maryland Live! Casino, with a proven track record of opening and expanding new properties, driving revenue growth, developing operational plans to create consumer loyalty, and continuously increasing employee satisfaction and retention.

Prior to joining Maryland Live! Casino, Ms. Parayo held executive positions in the casino gaming industry, including Senior Director of Gaming Strategy for Rocket Gaming in Chicago; Vice President of Gaming Operations for Horseshoe Hammond in Indiana; and Vice President of Eastern Division Slots for Harrah’s Entertainment. In all of these leadership roles, Ms. Parayo was in charge of overseeing the purchase, management operations and maintenance of gaming equipment, as well as providing an outstanding customer service experience.

Additionally, Ms. Parayo has served in leadership roles as Assistant Vice President of Slot Operations at MGM Grand in Las Vegas and as Assistant Director of the Flamingo Hilton in Las Vegas, where she managed slot operations with a staff of more than 225 employees.

Ms. Parayo holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She currently resides in Anne Arundel County, MD.

Tawana M. Bhagwat


Company Coty Inc.

Email: Tawana_Bhagwat@cotyinc.com

Phone: 513-235-0468

A champion for organizational excellence, Tawana Bhagwat is accredited with foresting the growth and development of many of the company’s most successful Vice Presidents and General Managers. As a Global Human Resource Leader she served as the Senior Strategic Coach for C-Suite executives, advising on a variety of managerial decisions such as diversity and inclusion, organizational design, culture and strategic planning. Tawana is responsible for the organization operations for the Cosmetics Brand Franchise supporting ~1,000 employees in North America, Canada, Porta Rico, and Europe. Her relentless emphasis on the correlation between diversity and organizational success has led to a significant increase in multicultural recruitment, training, and retention.
Over the course of her 20 year career she has created training institutes for managers of others to learn how to successfully empower and lead their organizations. Launched mentoring/sponsorship programs for minority talent and pioneered the development of new organization that evaluate trends, innovation, and consumer behavior, which she received an HR Inspiration InTouch Award. Several years later, she created a Beauty Think Tank forum that transformed the conventional way of how her organization did work and eliminated “sacred cows” in order to increase productivity and drive waste out the systems, which she received another HR Inspiration InTouch Award, among many others.

To say that Tawana has made invaluable contributions as a professional is an understatement and does not capture the whole women. She is just as fierce a leader in her community and dedicated supporter of women empowerment. She is the Development Chair of Associated Black Charities Board and United Way Partnership Board which both non-profit organizations focus on giving individuals and families a second chance to flourish in life. Her atrium has launched the careers of many senior management professionals, her civic leadership and commitment to humanity through empowering the lives of young women across the country is a testament to her love and dedication to making this world a better place.

Dr. Yashima White AziLove

Title: Vice President, Corporate Communication Officer/CEO

Company Radio One, Inc./Magnate, LLC

Dr. Yashima White AziLove is the Vice President, Corporate Communication Officer for Radio One, Inc. and the CEO of Magnate, LLC, a personal and professional communication development firm providing coaching, training and consulting services to professional women and faith-leaders.

Dr. Yashima embodies the term, “multi-faceted.” She is a print and television journalist turned award-winning brand communication strategist that has a proven track record of leadership and communication excellence in the insurance, healthcare, financial services, media and entertainment industries. Having worked at Fortune 50 companies and managed budgets in excess of $2.5 billion, her diversified background and robust marketing communication skill set catapulted her to a Chief Marketing Officer position by the age of 32 and she built Magnate, a $1 million personal and professional development firm by the age of 35. She’s been blazing trails ever since.
Dr. Yashima empowers professional women, corporations and faith organizations on the significance of branding and communications for leadership optimization in business and life. Having built a client roster of reputable Fortune 100 companies, Dr. Yashima is also a sought after, internationally traveled speaker, challenging audiences in the areas of effective communications, leadership, personal development and self-love. Using her life story of turbulence to triumphant through sickness, a challenged marriage and depression, Dr. Yashima inspires audiences to elevate what they say, to elevate what they see.
Currently the spokesperson and Vice President, Corporate Communications Officer for the Radio One family of companies encompassing a cable network (TV One), radio syndication (Reach Media), digital (Interactive One), integrated brand content agency and studio (One Solution) and a debit/loyalty card (One VIP Card), Dr. Yashima utilizes her multifaceted skill set and robust experience to leverage the largest African-American owned and targeted multi-media conglomerate in the United States of America. She’s been named by Radio Ink on the 2016 list of Most Influential Women in Radio.
Dr. Yashima is a University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business graduate and holds a Doctorate of Divinity in Leadership and Organizational Development; in addition two certifications in meeting management and professional coaching. She’s also an emerging author with her freshman book, Unauthorized scheduled for release Spring 2017. She’s happily married to Emmanuel AziLove and the proud mother of one son, Malachi.

Cynthia Anderson

Title: Project Manager

Company Varian Medical Systems

HOMETOWN: Washington D.C. – currently resides in Potomac, MD
PROFESSION: Chef/Owner, Intimate Sentiments, Motivational Speaker, Foodie!

MOTTO: “Cook with love” COMPANY SLOGAN: “Tasting is Believing” .
Author: “The Art of Cooking for One” To be released September 2016.
Celebrity Chef Cynthia Anderson spent 10 years perfecting her culinary arts craft. Her dream was realized in 2005 when she became Owner/Personal Chef of Intimate Sentiments. Her signature dishes include Maine Lobster Macaroni & Cheese with White Truffle Oil.

Customer clientele consists of professional athletes, noted politicians, nationally known entertainers, moms, single parents and senior citizens throughout the DMV area. Cynthia’s passion spans beyond just cooking. She’s also believes in the importance of education. In addition to being chef extraordinaire, Cynthia dedicates her time to imparting her clients with knowledge around the need for healthy eating habits as a daily part of our lives. She uses cooking as a tool in particular to empower her elderly and health impaired clients by providing cooking classes focused healthy meal preparation in 30 minutes or less. Cynthia is currently an Ambassador for The American Heart Association. She continues to give back to her community by providing inner city youth with healthy cooking classes several times a year. Board Affiliations: CURRENT; American Heart Association, Member; The SMV Foundation, Treasurer. Past Board Member : Men Against Breast Cancer, Scotland Community Foundation and The DC Athletic Association. Community And Civil Affiliations: Member: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated and The Links Incorporated. Education: Bachelor of Science, Morgan State University; Masters of Information Technology, Virginia Tech University; Project Management and Strategic Planning Master Certificates, Georgetown University.

Carmen Ortiz-McGhee

Title: Senior Vice President and Resident Sales Director

Company The Capital office of Aon Risk Solutions (ARS)

Carmen Ortiz-McGhee is Senior Vice President and Resident Sales Director for The Capital office of Aon Risk Solutions (ARS), the global leader in commercial insurance brokerage and risk consulting. In this role she is responsible for driving sales growth and market penetration throughout the Maryland, District of Columbia and Northern Virginia region. She was recently selected as one of Business Insurance magazine’s 2014 Top 25 Women to Watch. Prior to joining ARS, Carmen served as Executive Vice President of Sales for Aon’s Cornerstone Innovative Solutions, where she led efforts in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region. Before joining Aon Cornerstone, Carmen served as Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development for a boutique real estate private equity firm where she was charged with developing targeted fundraising strategies to more than double the firm’s assets under management. Previously, Carmen engineered programs for a number of non-profit organizations including The Marathon Club, the New America Alliance, the World Airline Entertainment Association and the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC).

A passionate advocate for the growth and success of women and minorities in business, Carmen has presented at many conferences across the country including Aon’s Women’s International Network, the Women of Color Foundation, American Greetings Women’s network events, and the Owens & Minor’s Healthcare Supplier Diversity Symposium among others. She also often serves as a faculty member for Aon’s Signature training program “Mastering Client Interactions”. A Dean’s List graduate of the University of Virginia where she received her BA in Psychology, Carmen holds licenses in Life & Health and Property & Casualty brokerage. She has blogged for Huffington Post, is an executive committee member of the NEA Foundation board, and a member of the New America Alliance Inc. Board of Directors, she is Chairman of the Board for the NAA Institute and Co-Chairs the American Latina Leadership Caucus. Carmen lives in Virginia with her husband and their three children.

Kimberly Y. Robinson

Title: Member

Company Funk & Bolton, P.A.

Email: krobinson@fblaw.com

Phone: 410-375-2523

Kimberly Y. Robinson is a member of Funk & Bolton, P.A, resident in the firm’s Baltimore office. Ms. Robinson leads the firm’s Government Relations Practice Group and is a member of the firm’s Insurance Regulation Practice Group.

Ms. Robinson currently represents a variety of insurer and business interests before the Maryland General Assembly and serves as the Executive Director of the League of Life and Health Insurers of Maryland.

Prior to joining Funk & Bolton, P.A., Ms. Robinson was employed by the Maryland Insurance Administration from 2001 until 2008, most recently serving as the Director of Government Relations. As the Director of Government Relations, she was involved in policy development, drafted legislation and regulations, authored legislative reports and represented the Administration on all insurance related legislation (life, health, property, and casualty) before the Maryland General Assembly. She also served as the Insurance Commissioner’s liaison between the Governor’s Legislative Office, members of the Maryland General Assembly, the Maryland Congressional delegation, and local governments. Ms. Robinson previously served as Staff Attorney to the Life and Health section and Staff Attorney to the Commissioner’s Office of the Administration, handling regulatory matters before assuming legislative responsibilities.

Ms. Robinson played a key role in the development and drafting of the Administration’s legislation beginning in 2003 and worked on such key issues as the creation of the Maryland Health Insurance Plan, regulation of viatical settlement providers and brokers, the regulation of pharmacy benefit managers, requirements for the licensing of insurance producers, and reforms regarding the availability of property insurance in the coastal areas of the state. In addition, she served as a member of the State Interagency Coordinating Council for Infants and Toddlers, the Health Disparities Work Group and on the Diabetes Coalition, and staffed various legislative task forces including the Task Force on Access to Mental Health Services, the Commissioner’s Auto Insurance Task Force to Study Rates in Urban Areas and the Task Force on the Availability and Affordability of Property Insurance in Coastal Areas.

Ms. Robinson serves on the Board of Directors for the Baltimore Washington Chamber of Commerce, NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland and has recently concluded 10 years of service on the Board of Directors of the Metro Delta Education Programs, Inc., operating a Head Start Program in Baltimore City. In 2012, she was named one of the Daily Record’s Top 100 Women in Maryland and, in 2010, she was named one of the Daily Record’s Leading Women, recognizing the accomplishments of 40 Maryland Women Under 40.

Ms. Robinson is a member of the Maryland Government Relations Association, the Alliance of Black Women Attorneys of Maryland, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and The Links, Incorporated.

Dr. Lydia J. Carlis

Title: Chief Eyemagination Officer

Company Eyemagination Enterprises, LLC

Email: lydia@eyemaginationimaging.com

Phone: 202.297.8235

Lydia Kearney Carlis, PhD is the founder and Chief Eyemagination Officer of Eyemagination Enterprises, LLC, based in Washington, DC. Eyemagination Enterprises exists to increase quality educational programs for children around the globe who are most at risk when schools fail them (www.eyemagined.com), and to help prove what’s possible through education and excellence using visual brand management (www.eyemaginationimaging.com). As an educational consultant and researcher, Lydia works with sites, schools, districts, nonprofits and foundations to ensure educational excellence for high risk, high need children. As a photographer, Lydia is passionate about capturing the beauty and strength of women executives, creatives, and entrepreneurial leaders. Her portrait and narrative profiles inspire professionals and students alike to expand their definitions of success and dream big about what they can become and accomplish in their lives.

Lynn M. Selby

Title: CEO + Founder

Company The Reed + Selby Consulting Group, LLC

Email: lmselby@outlook.com

Phone: 443.842.0594

Lynn Reed Selby is the CEO + Found of The Reed + Selby Consulting Group, LLC, is a management consulting firm headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland. The Group works collaboratively with clients to craft and deliver high-quality customized services and solutions that align with, and advance, well-defined organizational goals and priorities.

Lynn is a dynamic, result-driven senior executive with 20+ years of public and private sector public policy and government relations experience with an emphasis on economic and workforce development at the local, state and national levels.

From 2011 to 2015, she served as a Gubernatorial Appointee in the O’Malley Administration in Maryland as Executive Director of the Governor’s Workforce Investment Board. During her tenure at the GWIB, she provide overall leadership related to advancing the Governor’s workforce, education and training, and economic development policy agenda and legislative priorities in the State of Maryland.

Prior to joining the GWIB, Lynn served as Senior Director of Business Partnerships for LRG, Inc., a management consulting firm in Northern Virginia. There she was staffed as an “Executive on Loan” to the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration’s Business Relations Group

Tasha “TC” Cooper

Title: President

Company Upward Action, LLC

Tasha (TC) Cooper is an attorney and the best selling author of 52 Lessons for Christianperneurs, the S.M.A.R.T. Goal Daily Planner and LinkedIn Strategies to Increase Your Impact, Influence and Income. She’s also the president of UpwardAction® LLC – a digital publishing and social media training consultancy – where she has served clients that include the DC Bar Association, Maryland Bar Association, NASA, Wall Street Project, Rutgers University, Levin Institute Kauffman and FastTrac Programs, New Jersey Small Business Development Centers and numerous small firms and coaching companies.

While at UpwardAction, TC developed the #CooperZone Learning Portal, which includes on-demand training academies teaching professional service providers, business owners and entrepreneurs. The #Cooperzone Virtual Learning Portal includes – LinkedIn success training though the LinkedIn Impact Academy; Twitter success training through the Tweeple Impact Academy; Live streaming success training for tools like Periscope, Blab and Facebook Live through the Live Streaming Impact Academy; and Social media marketing success training through the Social Media Magic Coaching and Teaching Academy.

TC is a teacher at heart and through her company’s free and paid social media updates and programs she has helped thousands of people learn exactly how to leverage the Internet to achieve their goals. She has been named a Top 100 Urban Entrepreneur and has received accolades from state organizations for her work with small businesses. She has appeared in publications that include Black Enterprise Magazine, inBiz Magazine, Speaker Magazine, Washington Lawyer Magazine and the California Bar Journal.

TC is a graduate of Hampton University, Coach University and Columbia Law School, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. She is an active member of Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria, VA, and resides in Washington, DC. You can learn more about TC at www.UpwardAction.com and her work at the #CooperZone by visiting www.CooperZone.TV.

Michele Jackson

Title: Chief Operations Officer

Company International Code Design, Inc.

Michele is the Chief Operations Officer at International Code Design, Inc., a multimedia software development company creating web based technological solutions for both industry and the Federal government. She directs the projects of a culturally diverse cross functional team of developers, and is Program Manager for NASA’s Education websites, intern.nasa.gov and serves on NASA’s IT Strategic Planning.
Additionally, Michele is the President Zephyr Group, a business advisory firm that provides strategic direction and guidance to small and medium sized businesses, helping owners understand, navigate, and leverage technological advances to improve operational efficiencies and support long term sustainability.
Michele spent more than 20 years in the banking and financial services industry. As a Key Bank Vice President Risk Auditor, Michele led communications and change management activities associated with large-scale technology, regulatory, and process adoption engagements, as well as strategic change and transformation projects. Prior to Key Bank, Michele was a Financial Advisor for Morgan Stanley and subsequently Merrill Lynch, being among the few women of color to sustain a decade long successful career within major Wall Street Brokerages. Michele has advised numerous nonprofit board of directors on fixed income and asset management strategies, managed more than $60 million bond portfolios for municipalities.
Michele is a thought leader for economic improvement of people of color and has dedicated more than 20 years in service within civic organizations. She is a Fellow with the Center for American Progress’ Leadership Institute and volunteers with Million Women Mentor STEM mentoring initiative and Public Leadership Education Network. Michele is also a member of The Links, Incorporated were she serves on Area, and Local committees.

Brenda Brown Hunter

Title: President/CEO

Company Brenda Brown Hunter Consulting, LLC.

Email: Brenda@bbhconsultingllc.com

Phone: 865-207-2689

Brenda Hunter earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Alabama State University and a professional MBA at the University of Tennessee. Hunter has more than 24 years of experience in the accounting/audit fields. She is a Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Government Financial Manager, Six Sigma Black Belt Champion, and a Behavior-Based Safety Observer.

Hunter’s professional career began in 1983 as an auditor/investigator with the U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO). She has had the opportunity to be challenged in various different positons. Specifically, a fraud examiner/auditor with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), auditor with the State of Tennessee, assistant controller with the Bechtel Jacobs Company, Director of Internal Audit/Ethics with Bechtel/SAIC, Manager of the Administrative Services department with B&W Y-12, and Internal Audit division manager with B&W Y-12.

Hunter competed and was selected to serve in Washington, D.C. as the National Nuclear Security Administration Headquarters liaison where she coordinated information regarding nuclear operations to NNSA, Department of Defense officials, and the U.S. Congress. She then served as Science Advisor in NNSA’s Office of Defense Programs, where she assisted in directing the Stockpile Stewardship Program.

Currently, Hunter serves as the U.S./U.K. Plants liaison at NNSA Headquarters. In this capacity, she advises the Defense Programs Assistant Deputy Administrator for Stockpile Management on issues related to nuclear weapons manufacturing and provides technical oversight of multiple international technical exchanges within the nuclear weapons program.

Hunter also serves on the Board of Directors for the Knoxville Opera, Historical Tennessee Theatre, Men of Tomorrow, and Club LeConte. She is a past president of the Oak Ridge Reservation National Management Association and is a former board member of the Girl Scouts of America (Tanasi Council). In 2008, she received the YWCA Tribute to Women in Business and Government Award. In 2011, Hunter participated in a Women’s Leadership China Delegation.

Samantha Madhosingh, Psy.D.

Title: Licensed Psychologist, Leadership Advisor, Bestselling Author, & Speaker

Company North America’s Holistic Success Doctor

Samantha Madhosingh, Psy.D., known as North America’s Holistic Success Doctor®, is a Licensed Psychologist, Leadership Advisor, Bestselling Author, & Speaker. She is passionate about guiding influential leaders through powerful strategic experiences to eliminate barriers, leverage opportunities, and achieve exponential growth. Dr. Samantha received her doctorate in psychology from George Washington University & is a certified professional coach. A frequent media contributor and sought-after expert for both local and national media, Dr. Samantha has appeared on CW, FOX, NBC, CBS, Emotional MoJo, Daytime and Heart&Soul. In addition to her bestselling book, Strike it Happy! 101 Reflections to Revolutionize Your Life, she also authored Magnify Your Brilliance: 5 Keys to a Powerful Life & co-authored the bestselling books Motherhood Dreams & Success and You Are Whole, Perfect, and Complete…Just as You Are.