2017 Speakers

Our world-class Influencers & Tastemakers will provide informative mastermind sessions on cutting-edge business intelligence to enhance individual development, work performance, introduce new business concepts and strategies, and support the overall development of successful entrepreneurial and leadership skills for our attendees.  The professionalism of our Speakers (Tastemakers & Influencers) will reflect a diverse background of high-level Senior Executives, to successful business owners, to CEO’s.  The majority of our Speakers will have a non-event industry related background whom have been purposely chosen to provide a unique and dynamic outlook on the role of leadership and success, and to infuse you with the business intelligence that has transformed their professional careers!

(Note:  Speakers will continue to be added as we build our dynamic roster of speakers.  Speakers are subject to change)

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Akeshi Akinseye

BEST SELLING AUTHOR • EVENT DESIGNER • PARTY PLANNER • EDUCATOR Akeshi is the founder of Kesh Luxury Group. Her unique style and passion for transforming any space into lush and romantic settings has helped to establish her as a premier planner and event designer for clients all over the world. Her clientele includes celebrities and … Continue reading Akeshi Akinseye

Edgar Zamora

INTERNATIONAL DESIGNER • TRANSFORMER OF SPACES Edgar Zamora is the founder and lead designer of the highly acclaimed Revelry Event Designers, the industry’s go-to event and interior design company specializing in designing and installing private, as well as corporate events worldwide. Famous for having an innovative and progressive design view, Edgar is a “Transformer of Spaces”. … Continue reading Edgar Zamora

Marcus Johnson

MUSICIAN • ENTREPRENEUR • PROFESSOR • AUTHOR • MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER   Marcus Johnson is the consummate dreamer-doer. He believes that investing in the community and in one’s self is the best way to solve some of life’s most pressing questions:  Why are we here?  What is our purpose? In answering these questions for himself, Marcus … Continue reading Marcus Johnson

Candice Coppola

 WEDDING INDUSTRY MENTOR & COACH • WEDDING PLANNER & DESIGNER • PUBLISHED AUTHOR Candice Coppola is a business owner, wedding planner and designer, a small business coach / mentor, and a published author! You may be familiar with her event planning and design companies, Jubilee Events and Jubilee Events: Caribbean. Candice’s first business started out on a whim: … Continue reading Candice Coppola

Jamie Kutchman Wynne

ENTREPRENEUR • TRENDSETTER • VISIONARY Jamie Kutchman Wynne made the leap from corporate world to creative world after recognizing the need for boutique gifting services following her own 2012 wedding. After resigning spontaneously on a conference call, she utilized her extensive sales and marketing background, and jumped head first into building her business, Marigold & … Continue reading Jamie Kutchman Wynne

Kunbi Odubogun

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, AISLE PERFECT • LEGAL EAGLE Kunbi Odubogun is an Attorney at Edelstein & Grossman, a full-service law firm in New York. She is also the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Aisle Perfect, an international wedding blog that provides elegant inspiration to engaged couples and their bridal party. Initially created as a planning diary for her … Continue reading Kunbi Odubogun

Chelsea LaVere

ENTREPRENEUR • INFLUENCER • BLOGGER • PHOTOGRAPHER Considered an enthusiastic entrepreneur in the wedding industry since 2009, Chelsea LaVere started as the eyes and heart behind Bit of Ivory Photography and Orchestrated Stylized Shoots. She is now retired as a full-time wedding photographer and is currently the leading lady as Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Virginia’s … Continue reading Chelsea LaVere

Adam Donovan-Groves

LUXURY PLANNER • LISTED AS ONE OF VOGUE’S ULTIMATE WEDDING PLANNERS  (one of six planners in the Southeast receiving this honor) Adam Donovan-Groves first began working in the wedding industry in Atlanta, Georgia in 2002.  After moving to Charlottesville, Virginia 11 years ago, Adam had the opportunity to continue working in the wedding industry as … Continue reading Adam Donovan-Groves

Gabrielle Jordan

KID TYCOON STAR • ENTREPRENEUR • AUTHOR • SPEAKER • MENTOR Gabrielle Jordan has made a great deal of accomplishments, yet she knows that those accomplishments are only the beginning of her quest to leave a global impact in business, motivational speaking and publishing. With a list of recognitions under her belt, Gabrielle is creating … Continue reading Gabrielle Jordan

Reina Pomeroy

LIFE + BIZ SUCCESS COACH Reina Pomeroy is the Owner and Founder of Reina + Co, the Life + Biz Success Coaching Practice for creatives who are right brained and heart centered. She helps clients stop spinning their wheels and take action on what’s most important. She’s a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach with over 1,000 … Continue reading Reina Pomeroy

Ayeshah Abuelhiga

CEO • KICK-STARTER EXPERT • MARKETING GURU Ayeshah Abuelhiga is the CEO of Mason Dixie Biscuit Co., located in Ivy City, Washington, DC. Abuelhiga’s passion and respect for restaurants and Southern cuisine was first inspired as a child of two immigrant parents who owned soul food carry-out restaurants in Baltimore, MD. Her parents’ entrepreneurship in … Continue reading Ayeshah Abuelhiga

Brian Green

CREATIVE VISIONARY • WEDDING & EVENT PLANNER CEO and Creative Visionary of By BrianGreen LLC based in Atlanta and Crown Events Inc. in Barbados – Brian is an award-winning event planner with over sixteen years of experience in the international events industry. He has managed hundreds of memorable and cutting-edge events over the years from … Continue reading Brian Green

Elana Walker

CERTIFIED WEDDING PLANNER • CONSULTANT & MENTOR • SPEAKER • FOUNDER, SOUTHERN NOIR WEDDINGS International Certified Wedding Planner, Wedding Designer, Mentor, Speaker, Mother of 2 sons, Daughter, Sister, Friend, & Animal Lover are just a few of the titles Elana Walker is blessed to have. Currently residing in Raleigh, NC, but originally from Chicago, IL … Continue reading Elana Walker

Crystal L. Bailey, Esq.

BUSINESS ETIQUETTE CONSULTANT Crystal L. Bailey, Esq. is an experienced business etiquette consultant who specializes in “netiquette”, where the internet and etiquette meet. As director of The Etiquette Institute of Washington, she is dedicated to helping business and young professionals improve their protocol, networking and dining etiquette skills. Recognized for her fresh approach, Crystal is … Continue reading Crystal L. Bailey, Esq.

Eli Turner

INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER • STORYTELLER Named one of the “Top Wedding Photographers” and “One to Watch” by Washingtonian Bride & Groom Magazine 2011-2016, Eli Turner is an expert photographer balancing technical savvy and artistic excellence. Eli has photographed exquisite weddings throughout the U.S. and internationally. His photography is a mix of artistry and contemporary photojournalism that … Continue reading Eli Turner

Michael Deltette

THE LUXURY PARTY GURU • TOP DIRECTOR’S OF CATERING IN LUXURY HOTELS Michael Deltette is a renowned master planner of over-the-top Washington weddings and private parties for Washington’s elite community.  With over 20 years of experience, Michael has been the Director of Sales & Catering, and some would say he is the key to platinum … Continue reading Michael Deltette

Myrna P. Daramy

SAVVY DIGITAL ANALYST • ENTREPRENEUR Myrna Plaisir Daramy is a technically savvy digital analyst who embodies the mind of a creative designer. With over 12 years of experience, her natural ability to clarify the blurred lines between technology application and spontaneous creativity is what makes her one of the most insightful digital marketing strategists today. … Continue reading Myrna P. Daramy

Angel Livas

PRODUCER • MULTI-MEDIA PERSONALITY • ENTREPRENEUR Angel Livas is a Gracie Award-Winning Executive Producer, a Multi-Media Personality, the President and CEO of DC Media Connection, LLC, and the CEO of Creative Introduction, LLC. With nearly two-decades of media experience, Angel believes in sharing her wealth of multi-media expertise to help propel the success of others. … Continue reading Angel Livas

Channing Muller

MARKETING STRATEGIST • PUBLIC RELATIONS EXPERT Channing Muller is the principal and founder of DCM Communications, a marketing consulting firm based out of Washington D.C. that works with event professionals to grow and scale their businesses with refined marketing strategies developed through 1-1 and group coaching. She has more than 15 years of experience in … Continue reading Channing Muller