March 9, 2020 - 9am - 4:15pm




Review the  W.E.W Conference Day schedule below showcasing accomplished  professionals during concurrent breakout sessions. Listen to these Executives and Entrepreneurs as they share their experiences and expertise on:

  • How to leverage your resources to your advantage and advance your business and career. " Your health is your wealth".

  • What you can do to change the perpetual increase in wealth gap between multi cultural women Entrepreneurs and Business Executives.

  • Understanding the importance of developing diversity and inclusion in your business. Learn how to embrace the multi cultural women experiences. 

  • Understanding the importance of diversity & inclusion and how some entrepreneurs and business executives navigate the journey to success.

  • Insight from the CEO & Founder of W.E.W-Being her authentic self- the journey of a women executive, entrepreneur, now advocate for multi cultural women having a voice.

  • There is much success beyond the borders. Don't place boundaries on your opportunities outside your roadmap. 

  • Advice from women on proven strategies and tactics on becoming a business success while being a multi cultural women. Who was your tribe?   

  • Being Prosperous – Strategy on how to scale and build your wealth.

  • Being Courageous – Financial Stress and Mental Health. 

  • Being Inclusive – The value of  Corporate America investing in multi-cultural women
    - the other “Affinity Group”.

  • Being Intentional – Our journey to success as multi–cultural women.

  • Being Adventurous – Growing  your business beyond the borders.


AT&T Forum For Technology, Entertainment & Policy

601 New Jersey Ave NW

5th Floor

Washington DC 20001

** ​All guests should be prepared to provide ID and sign-in at security on the first level. **

Parking Guide Now Available


March 9, 2020 - 9am - 4:15pm

(Reception Immediately following)


8:00am - 9:00am

Check-In, Breakfast and Networking

9:00am - Noon

W.E.W Sessions

12:00pm - 1:30pm

Lunch and Conversation with the Elite Sponsor

1:30pm - 4:15pm

W.E.W. Sessions


Close l Announcements

4:30pm - 6:00pm

V.I.P Reception with W.E.W Supporters & Participants

Includes: Breakfast, Lunch and Reception - Reception Immediately Following

SERIES 1 Ticket Price: $225.00



W.E.W. is seeking sponsorships for the upcoming business conferences presented by Betty Hines, Business Strategist. The W.E.W. Advisory Team has a plethora of speakers & subject matter experts, attracting extraordinary multi-cultural women business executives and entrepreneurs. Engage in conversations with the founder being her authentic self.

W.E.W. sponsors support women's needs:  Encourage. Inspire. Elevate.

  • Enhance, compliment, or expand your existing diversity & inclusion program with this elite affinity group of multi-cultural women.

  • Deliver a strong message to your stakeholders that you are committed to a diverse culture today and tomorrow.

  • Demonstrate to your thought leaders that you value collaboration with this key growth market.

  • Highlight the importance of positive branding of multi-cultural women in our growing diverse community.

  • Promote the importance of women to take initiative for their own health and finances as key leaders in their households and communities.



Elite Sponsor

  • Media Recognition & Logo on Site

  • 4 Conference & Reception Tickets

  • 4 Parking Passes

  • Reserved Seating

  • List of Attendees

  • Themed 20 Min. Lunch Presentation


Lunch Sponsor

  • Media Recognition & Logo on Site

  • 2 Conference & Reception Tickets

  • 2 Parking Passes

  • Preferred Seating

  • List of Attendees


Reception & Break Sponsor

  • 2 Conference & Reception Tickets

  • Preferred Seating

  • Media Recognition & Logo on Site



Breakfast Sponsors

  • 1 Conference & Reception Ticket

  • Media Recognition & Logo on Site


Friends of W.E.W. Sponsor 

  • Admission to all 3 Conferences

  • 1 Conference & Reception Ticket for Each Conference

  • Company Name Listed

  • 20% Off All Vendor Services

  • 60 Minute Consultation With Founder
    - Good until 6-1-2020. Limit 15.


Exclusive Conference

Vendor Specials

Conference Attendees Only



Carolyn E. Howell 

The Mistress of Ceremonies for Series One Chief Executive Officer, Events USA. She is also the W.E.W Conference Producer


President & CEO - Events USA (an exceptional corporate event planning firm behind thousands of successful events) l 2018 Women in Business Champion of the Year l 2017 Top 100 Minority Business Enterprise l 2016 Sterling Women of the Year l 2015 Loudoun County Chamber Chairman’s Award l  Associates Board of Directors –Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts I Board of Directors - DC Chamber of Commerce (Secretary) l Board of Directors - O Mansion & Museum.

Topic: Being Prosperous

Discussion on your strategy for building and growing your wealth.

Ciemone Sheppard, Moderator

W.E.W. Board Chair, Co-Founder, Sheppard Benefits Group, Inc., Licensed Agent New York Life Insurance Company l Co-Founder Sheppard Benefits Group, Inc. –Fully Licensed Insurance Brokerage Firm l  She has insured over 30,000 lives with Life Insurance l Member of the Executive Council l Top Life Producer l Chairman’s Council l Life Leader l E-Life Champion l Group Employee Benefits Leader l Life Super-Star l 4th year member of the Million Dollar Round Table


Tracy L. Prigmore

Founder, She Has A Deal & Managing Partner TLTsolutions

Marguerita Cheng

CFP-Chief Executive Officer, Blue Ocean Global Wealth

Lois Gamerman 

CEO and President, Soft Stuff Distributors

Vicki Vasques

 President & CEO, Tribal Tech LLC

Tracy L. Prigmore - Founder, She Has A Deal & Managing Partner TLTsolutions | Tracy L. Prigmore is the Founder of TLT solutions, a real estate investment and development firm that provides unparalleled access and insight to alternative investments. Tracy’s mission is to empower people to build generational wealth, and through TLTsolutions she creates opportunities for individuals, families and entities to obtain passive income by investing in residential, multifamily and hospitality projects.

Marguerita M. Cheng is the Chief Executive Officer at Blue Ocean Global Wealth. Prior to co-founding Blue Ocean Global Wealth, she was a Financial Advisor at Ameriprise Financial and an Analyst and Editor at Towa Securities in Tokyo, Japan. Marguerita is a past spokesperson for the AARP Financial Freedom Campaign and a regular columnist for Investopedia & Kiplinger. She is a CFP® professional, a Chartered Retirement Planning CounselorSM, a Retirement Income Certified Professional® and a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst.

Lois Gamerman is the Founder, President and CEO of Soft Stuff Distributors, Inc. Soft Stuff Distributors provides Specialty Food Solutions to the Hospitality Industry. Lois along with her partner  Bob Gamerman have grown Soft Stuff Distributors in to the Premier Specialty Foodservice Distribution in the Mid-Atlantic. Lois is the 2018 WBENC National Business Star and the winner of 7 Done Deals Awards. Lois is deeply committed to mentoring other Women Business Owners and welcomes the opportunity to share best practices for growing a successful business.

Vicki Vasques, President & CEO, Tribal Tech LLC | Victoria Vasques is the Founder and CEO of Tribal Tech, LLC, and the Chairman and CEO of Cowan & Associates. Both companies are American Indian, woman-owned small businesses that provide management and consulting services and technical assistance to federal, state, tribal and corporate clients. For more than 30 years, Ms. Vasques has been an advocate for American Indians, leading education reform, health care and advancing energy initiatives. Her career in public service includes serving as the Assistant Deputy Secretary of the Office of Indian Education, U.S. Department of Education, where she was the principal point of contact within the federal government for Indian education across the nation.


Topic: Being Successful

Discussion on the journey to success being a multi cultural women.

Sharon R. Pinder, Moderator

Sharon R. Pinder is the President and CEO of the Capital Region Minority Supplier Development Council (CRMSDC)-- a non-profit corporation whose mission is to link corporations and government agencies with competitively viable Minority Business Enterprises. Pinder is also the operator of two U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency Centers (MBDA) – MBDA, DC and the Federal Procurement Center (the only one of its kind in the country). A renowned expert in entrepreneurial diversity and inclusion, Pinder has transformed the landscape for minority and women-owned businesses, leveling the playing field and creating increased opportunities for these businesses to succeed.


Sonja N. Hines, President & CEO,

Akata Global 

Anjali Ann Ramurkauran, Founder & CEO of Ampcus, Inc. 

Celandra Deane-Bess, CFP, Senior Vice President, DC/Maryland Market Wealth Director at PNC

Terrez M. Thompson  

Vice President of Global Supplier Diversity, The Coca-Cola Company

Sonja N. Hines, President & CEO, Akata Global | Sonja Hines is President/CEO and Owner of Akata Global. She sets the company's vision and strategic direction and is responsible for the management and oversight of Akata's global operations. Sonja is based at Akata's corporate offices in Raleigh, North Carolina. Prior to founding H&S Resources Corporation (the predecessor company to Akata Global) in 2006, Sonja was responsible for Safety Hazard Program Development and Safety Hazard Mitigation Support for over 400 employees at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. From 1993 to 1996, she worked at Sandia National Laboratories as a Safety Engineer.

Anjali Ann Ramakumaran, Founder and CEO of Ampcus Inc. (Ampcus), is a technology savvy entrepreneur with more than 18 years of contribution towards the design, development and delivery of leading edge Technology Solutions and Human Capital Management across the globe. Under her leadership, she has cultivated Ampcus into a fast growing Consulting and Professional Services firm. For ten consecutive years (2008‐2018) she has been recognized as a top Asian American owned business by the USPAACC. In addition, for the past nine consecutive years (2010‐2018), she has been honored as one of the 50 Fastest Growing Women Owned Business in the CONUS by the Women Presidents Organization.

Celandra Deane-Bess, CFP, Senior Vice President, DC/Maryland Market Wealth Director at PNC | As a Senior Vice President and a Wealth Director, Celandra oversees the client’s team of wealth management professionals, striving to achieve the highest level of client satisfaction. Her top priority is that the team not only meets, but also exceeds the client’s expectations. Through Celandra’s leadership and commitment, she helps ensure that the client benefits from a full complement of investment, trust, financial planning and private banking services to help them achieve their financial goals. Celandra is an active member of the community through the Financial Planning Association and the National Black MBA Association. She is also a member of the Wharton Club of DC, Penn Alumni Club, and the Chicago Booth Alumni Club of DC.

Terrez Marriott Thompson is Vice President of Global Supplier Diversity for The Coca-Cola Company, leading the organization’s efforts to maximize procurement opportunities with diverse businesses. As an associate of The Coca-Cola Company for nearly 35 years, Thompson has held numerous roles of increasing responsibility. She assumed her current leadership position in April 2012. She is proudest of the innovative work she has done to develop diverse suppliers. Most notably the Supplier Training and Empowerment Program (STEP) to support The Coca-Cola Company’s 5By20 initiative to empower 5 million women by 2020. STEP also has a featured program focused on Women of Color, the fastest growing sector of entrepreneurs. STEP has doubled the number of women trained in its last two years.

Topic: Being Courageous

15-20 minutes vignette-Financial Stress & Your Mental Health

Dr. Barbara Brown, Psychologist & Business Owner, Capitol Hill Consortium

Dr. Barbara J. Brown is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who earned her Bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College and her Master’s and Doctoral degrees from Boston University in Massachusetts.  She has practiced psychology in Washington DC for 30 years and founded the CapitolHill Consortium for Counseling & Consultation, LLC (CCCC) in 2009. CCCC consists of a dedicated group of multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary clinicians who provide psychotherapy, bio-psycho-social assessment, and psychological testing to meet community mental health needs of children, adolescents, and adults in the DMV region (www.ccccmentalhealth.com).  CCCC also offers consultation, presentations, and diverse program services to community-based and corporate organizations.  CCCC is certified as a woman-owned business enterprise by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) and a woman-owned small business (WOSB) as designated by the National Women’s Business Council.

Topic: Being Inclusive

Discussion on the value of  Corporate America investing

in multi-cultural women, the other affinity group.

What are companies doing to elevate them in the workplace?

Shawn M. Wright, Interviewer

Co-Chair, Washington, D.C. Office & Partner, White Collar Defense & Investigations Practice Group, Blank Rome LLP and a member from the  Executive Board/or D & I Member of  The Executive Leadership Council ( ELC). Shawn serves as a trusted legal advisor to Corporations, Boards of Directors and Corporate Executives helping them defend and manage risk across several regulatory and legal areas, such as white collar criminal matters and litigation, international anti-bribery and anti-corruption laws like the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), International Traffic In Arms (ITAR) and the Department of Treasury Office of Foreign Assets and Control (OFAC), and defending high profile clients against charges involving violations of corporate and accounting fraud, securities, healthcare and procurement fraud, public corruption and other matters involving criminal exposure.

Crystal Ashby, Interviewee

Crystal Ashby is the Interim President and CEO of The Executive Leadership Council (ELC), the preeminent membership organization for black CEOs, board directors, and the most senior black executives at Fortune 1000, Global 500 and equivalent companies. She leads the organization’s efforts to increase the number of global black executives in C-Suites, on corporate boards, and in global enterprises. She is the first woman president and CEO of the organization and traces her association with The ELC to her participation in the first class of The ELC’s Strengthening the Pipeline leadership development program.

Topic: Being Your Authentic Self

Discussion on the significance of what you say in life be in alignment with your actions. 

A Conversation/Interview with Nicole " Nic" Cober, Esquire, Principal Managing Partner, Cober Johnson & Romney and Betty Hines, Founder & CEO W.E.W Women Elevating Women.

Nicole "Nic" Cober, Esquire

Principal Managing Partner, Cober Johnson & Romney | Nic is an executive coach and business strategist who specializes in developing management, legal, and branding strategies for leaders in the business world. She is also honored to hold the following titles:

Betty Hines, Founder & CEO W.E.W Women Elevating Women

Strategic Business Consultant l Clients: CEOs & Executive Management Teams in public & private sectors l Certified Advanced Group Facilitator l  Chief Collaborator & Business Connector l Women Business Advocate l  Founder of W.E.W Women Elevating Women l Board of Directors-American Cancer Society, NE Region  l Board of Director ICUA-MD Baltimore Unit Ushers l Founding Architect of the Women of Color Achievement Awards hosted by Women Presidents' Organization & 100 Black Men of America, Inc. l Lifetime Member of VFW Auxiliary #521 l Lifetime Member University of Michigan Alumni l Daily Record Maryland Top 100 Women-Circle of Excellence.

Topic: Being Adventurous

Discussion on ways to scale your businesses beyond your borders.

Camille Burns, Moderator

Chief Executive Officer, Women Presidents' Organization ( WPO). Oversees  all functions of WPO headquarters, financial directives, human resources, marketing & administration for WPO l Member of Advisory Council, Enterprising Women magazine l Steering Committee of  the International Women’s  Entrepreneurial Challenge (IWEC) l Steering Committee “Go For The Greens”  l Board of Directors LilySarahGrace l MBA


Barbara Mowat, President & CEO, Impact Communications

Wendy Shen, President & CEO, Nygala Corp/FLOMO & Glizzie, Inc.

Staci Redmon, 

Founder, President, and CEO, Strategy and Management Services, Inc. (SAMS)

Barbara Mowat is President & Founder of GroYourBiz Ltd. and Impact Communications Ltd., a multi- faceted consulting company that features management training and consulting, and international product, business, and market development for the global marketplace. Barbara is a trade and international business development specialist, who has helped tens of thousands of businesses over the past 30 years.

Wendy Shen, President & CEO, Glitzee, Moonachie, NJ l E-Commerce Business l B2B B2C l, Corp. displays more than 8000+ unique items in their 10,000+ sq. ft showroom in their headquarter, Moonachie, New Jersey and has 100,000+ sq. ft. of warehouse for domestic delivery East and West Coast on the timely fashion, holiday, stationary to lifestyle l Languages: Spanish, Mandarin, Taiwanese l WBENC(Women's Business Enterprise National Council), WPO (Women Presidents' Organization), and IWEC, International Women Entrepreneurial Challenge.

Staci Redmon, Founder, President, and CEO, Strategy and Management Services, Inc. (SAMS) PMP, MBA, - President  & CEO of Strategy and Management Services, Inc. (SAMS) l United States Army Veteran l 2018, 2017, 2016 Washington Technology’s Fast 50 l 2018, 2017 Inc. Magazine’s 500/5000 List l 2018 Woman Vetrepreneur of the Year by the National Veteran-Owned Business Association l 2016 U. S. Small Business Administration ( SBA) Person of the Year/Northern Virginia  l 2016 Enterprising Women of the Year Award 

Includes: Breakfast, Lunch and Reception - Reception Immediately Following

SERIES 1 Ticket Price: $225.00