Special Thanks

Thanks to all who supported and attended our Virtual Women Business Leaders Conference featuring The Women of Color Business Summit. It was 2 days of learning, reflection, inspiration, and celebration.

This year's conference drew 240 business professionals from across New England who are dedicated to empowering women in business, and featured workshops, roundtables, and networking sessions led by industry experts, and WBENC MatchMaker-Mentor Sessions.

We were thrilled to have Erin Baumgartner, CEO and Co-Founder of Family Dinner open the conference with a keynote address about her business journey and "Starting Small and Steady."

The Women of Color Business Summit on day 2 started out with an inspiring conversation with Janice Bryant Howroyd, Founder and CEO of ActOne Group. Janice shared insight into her life experience and offered advice for women who want to start their businesses.

Special thanks to iTech Solutions, our other sponsors, donors, partners, session leaders, volunteers, Women of Color Business Summit Planning Committee, and all those who generously donated their time and expertise to help make this conference a great success.

We look forward to seeing you next year!

Our Speakers and Presenters

Our deepest appreciation to the speakers and presenters who donated their time, shared their experience, knowledge and expertise with our participants. 

Keynotes & Emcees

Erin Baumgartner
CEO and Founder
Family Dinner

Vicki Gray
Owner & Founder
New Chapter Home Improvement

Janice Bryant Howroyd
CEO and Founder
ActOne Group

Michelle Miller
VP Program Operations
Center for Women & Enterprise

Gaby King Morse
President & CEO
Center for Women & Enterprise

Kimberly E. Zouzoua
VP Strategic Partnerships
Center for Women & Enterprise

Speakers & Session Leaders

Des Allen
Assistant Vice President, Strategic Engagement
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Emerald Anderson-Ford
Equity Strategist and Trainer

Celina Barrios-Millner
Chief of Equity and Inclusion
City of Boston

Erin Baumgartner
CEO and Co - Founder
Family Dinner

Rhonda Berns
Sales Consultant, Trainer & Coach
Ronda Berns Sales Consulting and Coaching, LLC

Beth Blaney
Beth Blaney & Associates

Bithiah Carter
President and CEO
New England Blacks in Philanthropy

Hadassah Damien
Ride Free Fearless Money

Elizabeth Delgado
CEO/Owner - Employee Wellbeing Strategist & Energy Healer and Resilience Coach
Colectiva Wellness & Healing

Anne Devin
Chase Stream Farm

Shaumba-Yandje Dibinga
Founder, CEO and Lead Instructor
ShapeUp with Shaumba

Sage Drennon
IDEAS Strategist
Inclusion NextWork

Jules Good
Founder and Consulting Lead
Neighborhood Access

Wangene Hall
Director of Marketing
Global Village Foods

CV Harquail
PhD, Cofounder, ToolMaker
Feminists At Work

Elizabeth Hermawan
Swan Patisserie, LLC

Nancy Huntington Stager
President & Chief Executive Officer
Eastern Bank Foundation

Beyazmin Jimenez
Senior Account Director
The Lazu Group

Carrie Johnson
Educator, Entrepreneur, Author

Saken Khokhar
Supplier Diversity Manager
Boston Scientific

Monette Knapik
Senior Director, Supplier Diversity
CVS Health

Marianne Lancaster
Lancaster Packaging

Malia Lazu
Founder & CEO
The Lazu Group

Leslie Levesque
LL International

Treniece Lewis Harris
Clinical Psychologist/CEO
CULTURA Psychotherapy & Consulting, LLC

Angie Liou
Executive Director
Asian Community Development Corporation (ACDC)

Dr. Stem Sithembile Mahlatini
President/CEO Speaker, Coach
Global Training, Coaching & Consulting Services, Inc 

Teresa Maynard
Sweet Teez Bakery

Ana McKenna
Ana McKenna 

Adam Moore
Director of Supplier Diversity
Truist Financial

Jessicah Pierre
The People's Publicist and Business Strategist
J. Pierre Communications

Gwen Pokalo
Senior Director - Vermont
Center for Women & Enterprise

Anjali (Ann) Ramakumaran
Founder and CEO of Ampcus Inc, CEO of Ampcus Group of Companies
 iTech Solutions

Ashley Reichheld
Deloitte Consulting, LLP

Steven Rogers
Retired Harvard Business School Professor, Business Executive and published Author

Shea Rose
Recording Artist & Vocal Coach
Embodied Voice & Yoga

Kimberly Slininger
Spirit Warrior L3c

Lisa Spector
AVP, Director of Category Management

Liora Stone
Precision Engineering Inc

Jeanny Tan
Swan Patisserie, LLC

Jo Truesdell
TidePool Bookshop

Lolita Walker
Walker & Walker Enterprises

Schawana Williams
Senior Business Analyst / Release Manager
Citizens Bank

Lisa Wong
Former Mayor
City of Fitchburg

Valerie Zolezzi-Wyndham
Promoting Good, LLC