2016 Speakers

2Our world-class speakers will provide informative 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 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)

HEADLINE KEYNOTE SPEAKERS1Ginger Johnson & Liz Pickett | Ginger + Liz Colour Collection

Ginger + Liz Colour Collection™ is the popular brand of vegan friendly and toxin-free nail lacquer with a devoted base of style setting customers and celebrity fans. The collection was created in 2010 by Ginger Johnson and Liz Pickett, friends that bonded over all things beauty with a particular love for nail lacquer. The ladies also made a strong connection over their personal journeys to becoming vegan and vegetarian.

Liz and Ginger had an aha moment one afternoon in 2009 while chatting about the lack of opaque cremes, vivid brights and cool nudes with the nail polishes they used. They also discovered that they both had adverse reactions to the harsh chemicals in nail polishes as young adults. That very day the concept of their vegan-friendly and toxin free nail lacquer line was born and nearly one year later, Ginger+ Liz Colour Collection was launched.  (Read More)


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Jocelyn Delk Adams | Author & Founder, Grandbaby Cakes

Jocelyn Delk Adams is the author of the award winning and Amazon best selling cookbook Grandbaby Cakes and the founder of Grandbaby Cakes, a food blog which gives her family’s, particularly her grandmother’s, cherished generational recipes her modern spin while preserving the most important ingredient tradition.  Jocelyn is a brand ambassador and writer for top brands Coca-Cola, Pillsbury, McCormick, Safest Choice Eggs, (Read More)

Funlayo Alabi | Founder, Shea Radiance3

Titled by Inc.Com as “The Power Mom that Disrupted the $121 Billion Skin Care Industry From Her Kitchen.”  Funlayo Alabi, the co-founder and CEO of Shea Radiance, believes that a jar of cream can change the world. Her business was born while trying to find a natural solution to her son’s dry and eczema prone skin. She re-discovered Shea Butter; a natural healing balm sourced from the Shea fields of West Africa. Soon, her interest in the efficacy and sustainability of Shea Butter would lead her back to West Africa. In West Africa, Shea Butter is called “Women’s Gold,” because women use the proceeds to feed, clothe and educate their children. After realizing the impact Shea Butter could have on alleviating poverty for 16 million Women Shea Producers and their communities, (Read More)


Marilyn Crouther | Senior Vice President & General Manager, Hewlett Packard USPS

Marilyn C. Crouther is Senior Vice President and General Manager of HP Enterprise Services U.S. Public Sector (USPS). Under her leadership, thousands of USPS professionals with deep industry knowledge and technical expertise bring together the applied power of HP to deliver outcomes that matter for clients in the defense, homeland security, healthcare, intelligence, civilian, state and local markets across the United States.  Marilyn has extensive experience leading large, complex IT projects and implementations that deliver cost-effective, innovative solutions (Read More)



Myleik Teele | Founder, curlBOX & MyTaughtYou.Com

California-bred innovator, Myleik Teele, hasrevolutionized the way women address their curly hair needs. As the founder of curlBOX, an exclusive monthly subscription box full ofamazing products, the stylish entrepreneur has garnered partnerships with Procter & Gamble, Carol’s Daughter, Walmart, Target, SheaMoisture and OGX.  Before creating curlBOX, the San Francisco State University graduate honed her talents for a decade in public relations, working with brands such as Calvin Klein Cosmetics, The Grammy Awards, American Idol and Nike, (Read More)

Meryl Snow | Author of “Booked It”, Senior Consultant – CaterSource, Vi12ce-President – Feastivities Events

Meryl Snow has been a mainstay in the special events & catering industry for the last twenty-eight years as  co-founder of Feastivities Events, along with its subsidiaries OffShoots Decor and Philadelphia’s Picnic Company.

Her philosophies have proved successful for not only her own business, but also many other companies, trade organizations, and universities have benefited from her training and advice. As a Senior Consultant for Catersource, the largest trade organization for caterers in the world, Meryl has worked throughout the US. Her particular areas of focus are sales and (Read More)

Maya Warburton Holihan – Owner – Maya Couture, Pure English Couture1 Bridal, Silk Bridal Studio, Maya Couture on Main, The Bridal Dish by House of Maya, Privee Bride of Ghent | Founder – MayaPalooza

Maya has been in the fashion industry for over 20 years.  Her career in the bridal industry began with Vera Wang, at her flagship store in New York City.  In 2003, Maya moved to Hampton Roads and purchased Tiffany’s Bridal in Norfolk in October 2004.  After a few years making it her own she changed the name to Maya Couture in 2007.  (Read More)

Chef Dana Eugene Herbert | Celebrity Pastry Chef & Owner, Desserts by Dan13a

Dana Herbert, owner of Desserts by Dana, resides in Bear, Delaware. Chef Herbert lives and breathes in the sweet and artistic world of pastry art, where flavor and color come to life in his wonderful wedding cakes, sugar sculptures, custom cakes, and tasty miniature desserts for all occasions.   Dana is an expert sugar artist with a number of nicknames.   He’s best known as “The Sugar Daddy” because of his work with pulled and blown sugar, but is also known as Delaware’s “King of Cakes.”  (Read More)

Sandy Hammer | Founder & CMO, AllSeated.Com10

Sandy comes with her own entrepreneurial experience of having started two businesses, and has over twenty years of Marketing/Business Development experience in the publishing, art, and high-tech industries. Sandy founded conferenceART a company that produces corporate conferences, seminars, forums and brokerage events around the world for customers such as Orange Global, Telefonica, and O2 UK, as well as many start-ups in Israel and the UK.  AllSeated is the first online collaboration platform built specifically for the events industry by industry professionals themselves. They know that planning an event, whether (Read More)

Dominique Broadway | Founder, Finances De•mys•ti•fied7

Dominique is a Provocateur and trailblazer can be used to describe this millennial. Dominique has transformed the reputation of personal finances into a social experience by making it engaging, trendy and easy to understand.  Dominique Broadway is an award-winning Financial Planner, Personal Finance Coach, Speaker, Finance Expert, Entrepreneur and the Founder of Finances De•mys•ti•fied & The Social Money Tour. She has a strong passion for working with young professionals, entrepreneurs and people of all ages to bring their Dreams2Reality. Dominique began working at major brokerage firms such as UBS Financial Services and Edelman Financial Services, at the ripe age of 21, focusing on clients with $10 million and up in investable assets. (Read More)

Stephen Marshall, Attorney | Franklin Prokopik & Attorneys at Law7

Steve Marshall is a trial attorney with the law firm of Franklin & Prokopik, P.C., a regional law firm that represents clients in Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, Washington, D.C. and West Virginia.  Steve advises and represents small and large businesses in commercial and contractual disputes and defending lawsuits involving personal injury.

Steve graduated law school from the West Virginia University College of Law with the honor of Order of the Barristers. During law school, Steve served as a law clerk for the United States International Trade Commission.

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Myrna Plaisir Daramy | Co-Founder & CEO, Mezzohead Media; CE11O –  NewlyBride
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. With a Bachelors of Science degree in Architecture, and an MBA focused in Information Technology, Myrna has always had a keen eye for aligning style aesthetics with sound engineering principals. (Read More)

Tiffany Chalk | Owner, Tiffany Chalk Events

Tiffany Chalk [tiffanychalkevents] is a sought after event planner and event design 8specialist. Dedicated to her craft, Tiffany stays abreast of what she calls “T3”™ (the latest techniques, technology and talent boosters), by learning from the best in her industry; Preston Bailey and Stacie Francombe.  Tiffany made the decision to follow her passion of event planning in 2007. Tiffany has become one of the Tri-State area’s most sought-after event planners and speaker, earning the awards, TV appearances and accolades across the region.  Tiffany sets herself apart from her contemporaries with her distinctive ability to go beyond her clients’ expectations without compromising style and sophistication, even with the most modest of budgets. (Read More)


Brian Wendroff | CPA & Founder, Wendroff & Associates

Brian is the managing partner and founder of Wendroff & Associates, CPA. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) who specializes in CFO consulting, small business and nonprofit accounting, startup companies, and tax planning for individuals and businesses. Brian serves as the firm’s small business and franchisee specialist, working closely with entrepreneurs to help them develop strategic accounting systems to make more informed business decisions to grow their organizations effectively. He is also a Service Disabled Veteran, and he works with government contractors to develop strategic cost cutting systems and multistate (Read More)

Dr. Antwain Goode | CEO, Tate Consulting ; Author, “Bet the Farm”9

Antwain Tate Goode, PhD, is a native of Richmond, Va. and holds a doctorate of philosophy in the field of Organization and Management with a specialization in Leadership from Capella University. The specialization helped to refine his current manufacturing skill sets and to develop leadership concepts, which can be applied to dynamic global settings. To compliment his PhD, Antwain holds a High Point University MBA and has served as an adjunct professor of sales and marketing. During his studies, he was able to travel abroad to strengthen his business acumen for international markets. Visiting the Volvo manufacturing plant in Gothenburg Sweden, Lloyds of London, Rome, Florence, Madrid, and Barcelona provided strong (Read More)