Thank You D.C. for a Wonderful Conference!

Our 2018 Washington, D.C. Speakers

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Areva Martin, Esq.

Keynote Speaker

Author, Principal, Martin & Martin, LLP

America’s go-to expert, host and commentator on compelling legal, political, women’s, children’s, and celebrity issues.

“ You’re not going to find a better advocate than Areva Martin. She’s passionate, she knows her stuff and the camera loves her.” —Dr. Phil

“ So hard to find a lawyer that’s fun, smart and personable! Areva Martin is all of that. Our entire team loves her.” —ABC World News

Areva Martin’s next book, Make It Rain!: How to Use the Media to Revolutionize Your Business and Your Brand, will be published by Hachette in 2018. In it, she delivers a new perspective on developing your personal branding, building a career, and creating advantage.

Competition is fierce. Business leaders want a visible platform for their brand. Many study social media marketing and analytics, hire teams to manage their SEO, ROI, KPI, and spend on advertising, promotion and giveaways, yet miss the golden ring to capture their target audience’s attention.

A single appearance on the right TV show would allow them direct access to their markets. And media appearances give them what would be nearly impossible with ordinary promotions: an implicit endorsement by the host that the viewer already likes enough to watch every day or week. Can you imagine convincing that same TV host to support your business or display ad? Not likely. But for three to five minutes on air, you are the expert, and the host is listening to your advice. It immediately imbues you with validation, authority and cache.

Areva teaches readers to spot such opportunities, amplify their message, and then monetize it.

Monica Cost

Personal & Professional Pathfinder
Monica Cost ENterprises / The Core Value Company

Monica Cost is a Pathfinder, internet television host, author, and speaker. Her mission is simple, to create value-aligned strategies for professionals, entrepreneurs and personalities, through con- sulting, facilitation, personal brand development, and keynotes. Her unique Value Identification ProcessTM, vision and ability to execute in the areas of brand strategy, facilitation, professional development and communications has enabled her to work with such personalities as Meagan Good, Kenny Lattimore, NeNe Leakes, Melyssa Ford and Kevon Edmonds, to name a few. In addition, Monica is a highly sought after speaker for organi- zations such as Reebok, The Trumpet (Awards) Foundation, The TJX Companies, Prudential, John Hancock, JP Morgan, Ernst & Young, State Street Corporation, Odyssey Media Group; as well as other organizations like, Harvard University, The Partnership, Inc., the National Urban League, The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, the One Family Campaign and The Na- tional Coalition of 100 Black Women, Southern New Jersey Chapter, among others. Monica has created a powerful link between one’s core values, personal fulfillment and professional success.

Taisha Crayton

Author / Principal, Chief Biz Builder &
Deputy Director of Contractor Certification Commonwealth of Massachusettes

Chief Business Builder, Speaker, Entrepreneur, Author, Wife, and Mom, Taisha Crayton specializes in helping minority and women owned small businesses obtain government designated certifications and get in position to win 6 and 7 figure government and corporate contracts. Taisha graduated with a degree in Management Information Systems from Northeastern University. She has also studied at Dartmouth College, TUCK business school and received a certificate in Minority & Women Executive Leadership. Taisha is a graduate of Minority & Women Diversity Programs from Suffolk Construction, Turner Construction, Gilbane Construction and Blue Cross Blue Shield. She has achieved high levels of success during her career path in the construction, banking and information technology industries. For over a decade, Tasha served as a church director overseeing the financial administration of the organization. She was also the CEO of a multi-million dollar construction business. It was during one of the roughest times after her and her husband both lost their 6-figure jobs that Taisha began the journey of financial
freedom through entrepreneurship

Lolita Walker,

Founder, Walker & Walker Enterprises
Certified Life Coach, Speaker, Consultant, Change Champion!

Founder, Certified Life Coach, & Change Champion, Lolita E. Walker, is at the forefront of a movement that empowers women to embrace their challenges and triumphs, act in their strengths, $ thrive in the greatness that is within them.

Leaping from Corporate America after 17.5 years, Lolita launched Walker& Walker Enterprises, a coaching and change consultancy, to empower women to pause, reclaim their moments, and invest in themselves, without guilt, fear, or distraction. An engineer and MBA by trade, Lolita uniquely fuses her technical, business and personal expertise to guide others through the newness of their changing situations, which for some, proved difficult to accept and navigate.

A woman & minority – owned small business owner, Lolita graduated from Morgan State University and Simmons College. An Active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce, and several other organizations, Lolita has been where you are and has gotten where you seek to be – in a renewed state of being free and thriving. The benefit of having a partner who has researched the finish line successfully and systematically, is knowing that her program, products, and services are the enablers.

Jessicah Pierre

Founder, The Queens Company & JessicahPierre.com

Jessicah Pierre is a Public Relations Professional, Blogger, and Social Entrepreneur whose work has been featured in local outlets such as the Bay State Banner, to national outlets like BET. Growing up in a Haitian-American household, her interest for politics was sparked at a young age from listeningto her family’s debates around Haitian and American politics.

Jessicah has used this passion and her communications skills as an avenue to create social change in her community while inspiring others to do so as well. Jessicah has always been dedicated to advocating around women’s issues, particularly women of color. She is the founder and CEO of Queens Company, an organization dedicated to empowering women of color by hosting networking events, workshops, and by providing a mutual support system.

Recently, Jessicah launched her personal platform – with content to promote civic engagement, entrepreneurship, motivation, and fashion/beauty – in an effort to influence others to be their best self. Learn more at jessicahpierre.com.

Tricia Elam Walker

Author, Award Winning Writer and  Commentator, Asst. Prof. Howard University

Tricia Elam Walker, author of the novel Breathing Room and other publications, is an award-winning writer, commentator and blogger who has written for National Public Radio, The Washington Post, Essence magazine, the Huffington Post and more.  She practiced law for sixteen years prior to teaching writing in Washington, DC and Boston.  Tricia is currently an assistant professor of Creative Writing at Howard University and is working on several projects including children’s books, plays, and a second novel.