August 12, 2020 - 9am - 2:20pm




A discussion on how these elevating women have expanded their circle of excellence through collaboration. They know how to collaborate and overcome the barriers, like a pandemic, that prevent them from gaining access to capital and business opportunities. Listen, learn and engage in a dialogue on how and when they decided to pivot and shift their businesses. They have the drive to survive and thrive.



W.E.W. is expanding the discussion to highlight the inequities of multicultural women within the LGBTQ community. How can multicultural women/women of color, do more to build on our powerful network of women who are entrepreneurs and executives? How can the men in this community be more inclusive? How do we leverage the barriers and differences shared, to allow us to build a bridge with these successful and powerful women executives and entrepreneurs? We will and must connect more!



We must understand and learn how the impact of communication has on our company. How do and should we develop a personal and business brand that we can pitch to others? There are different media platform to highlight your values as well as your product and services. What are the different ways we communicate and brand with multicultural/women of color executives and entrepreneurs?



This is a discussion with experts on how to protect your mental and physical health during this pandemic. How is it impacting everyone in your household and business and what precautionary steps you can take? Specifically, how is this pandemic impacting the Brown and Black communities globally? We need courage to make decisions on what is best for our family and business community when it involves return to work and school. There will be discussions on a healthy balance to maintain both physical and mental health.



W.E.W. will continue to rally around young adults as our future, and how we as a community need to elevate them more. The presenters cultivate positive behaviors around the other four pillars. This conference will illustrate women and men who model elevating our future executives and entrepreneurs. You will hear from high achievers, like-minded individuals who know how to advise and counsel tomorrow’s thought leaders. They will share what steps they must take to achieve their professional goals.



August 12, 2020 - 9am - 2:20pm


9-9:15 - OPENING

9:15-9:55 - COURAGE PILLAR

9:55-10:10 - BREAK


10:55 -11:10 - BREAK

11:10-11:55 - CULTIVATE PILLAR



12:35-1:20 - CONNECT PILLAR

1:20-1:35 - BREAK






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Betty Hines, Founder/Moderator

Betty J. Hines is a Strategic Business Consultant who works primarily with CEOs and their Executive Management Teams in both the public and private sectors. However, many know her as a “Chief Collaborator,” “Business Connector,” “Women Business Advocate”, and founder of Women Elevating Women ( W.E.W.)

Currently, she offers consultation with women entrepreneurs who are not start up operations and want to scale their businesses to the next level. These entrepreneurs want to be part of the million-dollar club. Betty has a proven track record with over 14 years facilitating roundtable discussions with women presidents, CEO’s, and managing directors of privately held multi-million-dollar business. Her current group of women entrepreneurs have aggregate gross revenues over $100 Million dollars.

Betty mission is to elevate women business owners and executives. Since 2010, the Women of Color and Achievement Awards has celebrated over 125 women who’s businesses had gross revenues over $1Million, in 22 cities across the country, including London, Great Britain.  In the excitement of honoring these women, she had an epiphany that there needed to be a platform bringing multicultural women executives and entrepreneurs together. She is doing so in her one day business conferences and in the formation of her W.E.W. Crew member chapters. Stay informed!


Website is www.bettyhines.com to learn more about when the conferences are held, membership into the W.E.W.Crew, her podcasts, and the W.E.W. Wednesday morning coffee hour and evening happy hours.


Tiana Clubb, Moderator

Tiana Clubb began her career as a Professional Dancer, signed to Bloc Agency while studying Ballet at Marymount Manhattan College. She made the decision to leave school and pursue her dreams as a performer and fashion stylist, dancing for local artists such as Suzanne Christine as the opening act for Raheem Devaughn’s The Love Land Tour. During her stretch as a dancer, she was the co-founder of Charmed, a jewelry design boutique firm, which was the pillar for her youth mentoring program in partnership with the Creative and Performing Arts High School in Philadelphia, Charmed Girls Rock.

Through this program she mentored high school girls seeking to continue their education in the arts, Tiana leveraged her next role as CFO of 3E Consulting to advance data-driven solutions that increased productivity while reducing workplace hazards. Tiana’s innovative approach to identifying process improvements and generating new client opportunities garnered attention from senior management, eventually leading to a new career trajectory in Business Development, advocating for supplier diversity in the corporate and government space. Beyond the office, Tiana displays a commitment to diversity and inclusion, entrepreneurship, and the arts through her civic engagement. She is an active member of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council.



Kolarele Sonaike, Speaker

(United Kingdom) | https://www.greatspeech.co/

Kolarele has been a practicing Barrister and accredited Mediator for over 20 years, representing clients (from multinationals to small business entrepreneurs) in the High Court, Employment Tribunals and Court of Appeal. His casework covers areas such as shareholder & director disputes, contractual disagreements, and unfair dismissal & discrimination. He is the host of The Great Speech Podcast, a highly rated bi-weekly show on topics related to public speaking and communication, and his book 'How to Give a Great Speech' is available on Amazon and in bookshops around the world.

Communication Panelists:


Jessica L. Manning (GA / USA)








Joy Rahat (VA / USA)



Jessica L. Manning is an award-winning marketing and communications professional with over 15 years’ experience working in entertainment and global brand marketing. She is the owner of the branding agency Eleven 20, a boutique firm providing brand strategy, public relations, and experiential marketing campaigns for film, television and global brands. An advocate for diversity, she has produced the first ever 3M Positive Impact Awards for the popular Latinx conference Hispanicize and was an early-adopter of Facebook creating the award-winning BK HotKicks Campaign.

Zakiya Mabery is very passionate about diversity, equity and inclusion. Zakiya has worked for the Department of Defense in many capacities over the last decade. In 2012 she was afforded the chance to work in Germany for The United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) though it was less than six months, it was an exceptional experience to learn how various human resource regulations are applicable overseas and the processes at European Headquarters level. Zakiya Mabery is an alumnus of two fortune 500 companies Deloitte, and Booz Allen Hamilton consulting firms.

Joy Rahat is the founder and CEO of JOY RAHAT BRANDING, a full-service, national agency specializing in corporate and personal brand positioning, based in the Metropolitan Washington DC area. Joy is a visual brand specialist with over 20 years of experience in assisting multinational clients bridging the online communication gap through strategic brand message positioning.



Asha Dahya, Speaker

Asha Dahya is a Journalist and Producer with nearly 2 decades of experience creating content for major broadcast and digital platforms including FOX, ABC, MSN, and MTV. An ardent women’s rights advocate, Asha is also the Founder and Editor in Chief of GirlTalkHQ.Com: a daily female empowerment blog promoting women’s voices stories. Launched in 2012, the site has over 50,000 unique monthly visitors and major sponsor and partnership alignments with brands including Coca-Cola, Amazon, Red Cross, Vaseline, and Moroccan Oil.


Considered a voice of authority in the feminist media space, Asha is regularly called upon to provide commentary and expert opinion. Her keynote addresses include International Women’s Day for Accenture and UCLA, and she has also moderated panels for entities including UN Women, Mount Saint Mary’s University, and EmpowHer Institute. Asha delivered a keynote address at the 2018 Los Angeles March for Moms event and also a TEDx speaker, having shared a talk in Bloomington, Illinois that same year.​

Cultivate Panelists:


Danielle Twum, PhD (CA / USA)




Katongo Chanda, MBA (South Africa)




Jessica-Joan Richards (United Kingdom)

Marketing Professional


Hailing from Ghana, West Africa, Danielle Twum received her B.A. in Biology from Vassar College where she studied the effects of climate change on coral bleaching. Danielle received her PhD in Cancer Immunology from the University at Buffalo where she studied the immunology of breast cancer metastasis. She currently works as a Translational Science Liaison at Caris Life Sciences. Danielle is an AAAS IF/THEN Ambassador, an initiative aimed at increasing visibility of women in STEM as role models for young girls

Katongo Chanda is a resident of Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa. Katongo received his Master’s degree, Business Administration and Management. His undergraduate degree is in Business Economics. As a lecturer at the University of Johannesburg, he has also worked with companies like Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. He speaks and writes fluently ten languages which are: English, Greek, Spanish, Italian, French, Latin, Portuguese, Arabic, Mandarin, and German. In his past time, he is an artist and enjoys writing poetry.

Jessica has been involved in Marketing for over 6 years. After graduation from Ivybridge Community College, she attended Staffordshire University obtaining her Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Journalism and Media.  As a native from the Philippines, she speaks their native language, Tagalog, with proficiency. As a millennial and biracial woman, Jessica has found her move to the United Kingdom a challenge because of the different cultures. Therefore, she is passionate about civil rights and social actions that impact diverse people. She wants to be a part of a peer advisory group since she wants to thrive and survive. Jessica agreed to become a panelist on Women Elevating Women (W.E.W.) because she values the significance of the Cultivate Pillar and what millennial's are facing today. She believes multicultural women entrepreneur and executive can serve as her mentor, as she continues to develop her career. Jessica is also passionate about civil rights and social actions that impact people of diversity



Betsy Cerulo, Speaker/Panelist

(MD/ USA) | https://adnetp3.com

Betsy Cerulo is the founder of AdNet/AccountNet, Inc, - Advocates for Workplace Excellence & Equality which is 8(a), LGBTE & WBE certified. AdNet is a management consulting firm focused on Professional Staffing and Human Capital Management. Betsy is Co-Founder and Past President of the Maryland LGBT Chamber of Commerce. Betsy is an author having published a children’s book titled Miss Crabapple and Her Magical Violin and will release Shake It Off Leadership in Fall of 2020.

Connection Panelists:


Darell Schuurman, MBA (Canada)




Justin Nelson (DC / USA)




Sheila Alexander-Reid (DC / USA)



Darrell is an advocate of effecting social change through the economic empowerment of LGBT+ entrepreneurs. He is the co-founder and CEO of the CGLCC, Canada’s LGBT+ Chamber of Commerce, a national not-for-profit organization with a mission to expand the opportunities and advancement of the LGBT+ business community in Canada. Darrell completed his Bachelor of Commerce Degree at the University of Calgary and completed his Executive MBA from Richard Ivey School of Business, Western University.

Justin Nelson is the Co-Founder & President of the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), the business voice of the LGBT community and the largest LGBT economic advocacy and business development organization in the world. In addition to over 50 LGBT affiliate chambers in the United States representing America’s 1.4 million LGBT business owners, NGLCC leads economic development opportunities for over a dozen international affiliates. Justin is the recipient of the 2016 Excellence Award by the US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce and the 2017 USBLN Global Disability Leadership Award for his work in building and leading cross-segment partnerships. He has also been named to the Global LGBT Power 100 by the UK’s Guardian Newspaper and many other achievements.

Sheila is the LGBTQ Rights Advocate and the Founder/Principal of Branding4Change, a boutique diversity, equity and inclusion consulting agency that works to mitigate implicit bias, gender and race discrimination to build diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace cultures in government, businesses and nonprofit organizations. She is passionate about bridging the gap between the have and the have nots by calling out racism, discrimination and bias. She facilitates business trainings and “Courageous Conversations” on privilege and power, racial literacy, intersectionality, and LGBTQ competency. Alexander-Reid is also the Director of Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs. Her work includes advising the Mayor on LGBTQ policy and oversight of LGBTQ Cultural Competency Trainings for all 37,000 D.C. government employees. Alexander-Reid was formerly the Director of Strategic Engagement at the Washington City Paper, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at the Washington Blade, founder of the non-profit Women in the Life Association, and the founder/host of Inside Out, D.C.’s only FM LGBTQ radio show. It still airs every Tuesday at 2pm on Pacifica’s WPFW and wpfwfm.org.



Cassandra Dorrington, Speaker

(Canada) | https://camsc.ca/

Cassandra Dorrington and her team lead the charge of championing business relationships and economic growth of the Canadian supply chain through inclusion of Aboriginal and Minority supplier. With approximately 450 certified suppliers, 85 corporate members and more $4 Billion plus in diverse spend, CAMSC is a proud member of both (SDAC) Supplier Diversity Alliance Canada, the single voice for supplier in Canada, and a founding member of GSDA (Global Supplier Diversity Alliance) promoting supplier diversity across the globe with sister councils in Australia, China, South Africa and the United Kingdom. Cassandra has been named one of Diversity Canada’s Influential Women in Diversity and HR and sits on the National Advisory Council for Public Service Procurement Canada (PSPC) for the Government of Canada, Dalhousie University Board of Governors as well as she is a member of two national Departmental and Audit Committees.

Collaborate Panelists:


Sonal Bahl (Belgium)




Carolyn Howell (MD / USA)



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Towanda Livingston (PA / USA)



Sonal is an experienced HR Director and Founder of SuperCharge, a career coaching firm with clients In North & South America, Europe, Middle East and Africa. In a career spanning nearly two decades in senior HR positions, Sonal has lived and worked in Chile, Belgium, France, India and Uruguay. She holds an MBA from INSEAD, ranked the #1 program in Europe and top 2 globally, and serves as official interviewer for INSEAD MBA applicants. She serves on the Belgium Steering Committee member of INSEAD Women in Business, leading a mentorship program for high potential women executives. Sonal is recognized as a “Sheroes Champion”, one of just 150 selected globally for this role. Sheroes is a women-only platform to inspire future leaders, with over 15 million women as members. Sonal speaks English, Spanish, French, Hindi and basic Dutch.

Carolyn E. Howell, President and Co-founder of Orange Wall Enterprises, a safety solutions company that was created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Carolyn joined forces with fellow WBE Lynda Dorman, and the pair made news when they signed an unprecedented distribution and licensing deal to whitelabel the Orange ThermoControl temperature checking stations designed assist in reopening efforts. In addition to this Carolyn E. Howell, owner, and CEO of EVENTS USA is an event planning professional with more than twenty-two years of corporate experience. She has been the driving force behind more than in twenty-six hundred successful custom corporate events. Carolyn currently holds seats on the Board of Directors of : DC Chamber of Commerce, Associates Board of the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, The “O” Museum in the Mansion.

Towanda R. Livingston is a successful and award-winning Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Executive. She is an innovative thought equity, inclusion and supplier diversity leader of this era. Towanda has published a 15-episode podcast series, entitled, “Waging War on Wealth –Leveraging Supplier Diversity Programs” that is available on Anchor©, Apple©, Spotify© and other platforms. This 12-part podcast series, equips, enables and empowers small and diverse businesses with information and resources to support them in doing business in the government, private and public sectors. Towanda’s published work includes “How I Slayed Her” can be found in a book, entitled, “Fifty & Fabulous” an anthology authored by Dr. Sharon H. Porter. Towanda’s most recent published book entitled, “Grit, Grind and Grace-Activate It!” is now available. Towanda is the Chief Business Strategist at Livingston Worx, a company she founded in 2017.



Dr. Angela Wright Marshall, Speaker

Angela Marshall, MD, FACP, is the founder of Comprehensive Women’s Health, Inc., a thriving primary care practice for women with two locations in the Washington, DC area. Dr. Marshall is a Board Certified Internist and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. She began her career as an Electrical Engineer for the CIA after earning a degree from Georgia Tech. Although she enjoyed the field of engineering, she decided to combine her love for science and passion for helping people by pursuing a career in women’s health. Throughout her medical career, Dr. Marshall has impacted the lives of thousands of women by promoting a style of medical practice that emphasizes patient-centered empathic listening. Dr. Marshall has been repeatedly named ‘Top Doctor’ by the Washingtonian Magazine. Her awards include the 2020 Maryland Top 100 Women Award, 2015 Enterprising Woman of the Year Award by Enterprising Women Magazine; SmartCEO Magazine’s Brava Award, and the Circle of Excellence Award. Dr. Marshall has appeared on several news programs including CNN, Fox News, and PBS NewsHour as a contributing health expert. Dr. Marshall currently chairs the Board of Directors for the Black Women’s Health Imperative and is a staunch advocate for achieving health equity for medically vulnerable population

Courage Panelists:


Dr. Maymunah Kadiri (Nigeria)



Linda Goler Blount (GA / USA)



Dr. Maymunah Yusuf Kadiri popularly referred to as “THE CELEBRITY SHRINK,” is a multiple award winning Mental Health Physician & Advocate with over 15years experience. She is the Medical Director and Psychiatrist – In – Chief at Pinnacle Medical Services, Nigeria’s leading and foremost Psychology and Mental health hospital prominent in the application of innovative clinical approaches in the management/treatment of a wide range of psychological, emotional, and behavioral related disorders. She is the only Nigerian with the 10Ps…..Physician, Psychiatrist, Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Practitioner (NLP, BFB, NFB), Public Speaker, Publisher, Producer(movies), People oriented and Passionate about God and life.The founder of Pinnacle Health Radio, African’s #1 online health radio and a non for profit organization, Pinnacle Medicals SPEAKOUT Initiative” which is geared towards creating Mental Health literacy in Nigeria and beyond. .he Executive producer of award winning movies, Pepper soup (focused on drug abuse) and Little Drops of Happy (focused on depression, postpartum depression and suicide) and creator of the most innovative mental health app in Africa, HOW BODI As a forerunner in the practice of Mental health and other novel therapy techniques in Nigeria, she continues to be the most sought-after Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist in Nigeria and beyond.

Linda Goler Blount joined the Black Women’s Health Imperative in 2014. As president and CEO of the only national organization focused on Black women’s emotional, physical and financial health, Linda has overseen more than $20 million invested in Black women and research to prevent chronic disease and HIV, ensure reproductive justice and healthy maternal outcomes and advocate for health promoting policies. Linda, an epidemiologist, edited IndexUS, the first research on Black women’s health based on healthy Black women. Her career includes successful tenures at CDC, the Coca-Cola Company and consulting with health ministries in countries in Europe, Africa and the Caribbean.