2020 Session Speakers

Our speakers offer diverse expertise in the areas of advocacy, communication, and personal development, as well as business strategy, career development, and executive coaching. All share a passion for empowering women. Our virtual format allows attendees to connect with speakers from all across the country, from as far west as California and as far south as Florida. 

Meet Our 2020 Speakers

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Armstrong enters the leadership space with a background in club and collegiate coaching (in the sport of swimming), she earned her Masters in Experiential Education (which means she loves teaching by doing) and has created courses on Leadership for The Stanford Leadership Academy at Stanford University. Armstrong has taught for many of the top swim collegiate swim programs in the United States, is the Leadership Expert for Olympian Kara Lynn Joyce’s LEAD Sports Summit and LEAD Sports Academy and is a peer reviewed published researcher on Leadership. Get ready for some fun because Armstrong is known for her energetic, engaging, and interactive teaching style.

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Butler is the principal executive coach at Strategic Resolution Experts Inc. (SRE), a woman-owned government contracting firm dedicated to the betterment of the world through the support and development of resilient, compassionate and courageous leaders and their teams. Butler has delivered executive coaching and OD consulting services to NASA, FDA, FEMA and Fortune 500 companies. Butler earned a Master’s degree in Organizational Development and Knowledge Management and a Bachelor’s degree in Cross Cultural Management and Communication from George Mason University. She is a graduate of the Transformational Leadership coaching program at Georgetown University. When she is not engaged in leadership conversations, she enjoys her family, traveling, and exploring nature underwater.

DeVirgilis is an award-winning playwright, actor, speaker, and vocal advocate for the empowerment of women and girls globally. Her research on 21st century beauty standards has taken her around the world and was the catalyst for her critically acclaimed one-woman-show In My Chair. With close to a million views, her TEDx talk on self-acceptance was named by HER Magazine as one of their “Top inspirational TED Talks to help you change your life.” In addition to speaking engagements around the globe you’ve also seen her in roles on TV such as Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

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Goode is a Certified Public Accountant who specializes in budgeting and personal finance. She has over 25 years of experience in budgeting, accounting, and finance in variance business segments. Her passion is helping women fulfill their goal of financial freedom through budgeting, saving, paying off debt, investing and making their financial dreams become a reality. Goode earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Virginia and a Master of Business Administration from Darden.

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Gray is a speaker, writer and Certified Master Life Coach and Business Coach. She encourages women to be self-confident and showcase their talents and skills both personally and professionally. Gray is passionate about living life to the fullest extent and not allowing fear to keep her away from her next big adventure. She takes the 'if only' parts, turns them into 'yes' and 'why not?' and shows women how to make getting past the negative mindset a normal, everyday occurrence.

color headshot of HahnHahn has owned an executive consulting and coaching firm for 18 years, prior to which she served as VP & COO in a large behavioral health system. Offerings include executive & physician leadership coaching, workplace mediation, and training. Hahn also serves as adjunct faculty at Johns Hopkins University. In 2018 she was one of 50 winners of the CEO Report's Mid-Atlantic Women's Leadership Award. In 2017 she was inducted into the Top 100 Women in Maryland (Daily Record). Hahn is a master facilitator and her firm, Swan Consulting Group, is a distributor of Everything DiSC and The Five Behaviors; published by Wiley.

 

color headshot of HinkleHinkle is the Founder of HerQuest. HerQuest service lines include Individual Coaching, Personal Discovery Workshops, Digital Courses, Retreat Venues, Guided Journeys and Adventure Travel. Hinkle guides women through transitions by reacquainting them with the guidance of their personal emotions by embracing the value of the unique personal journey that led to their “now.” HerQuest mission is to guide women to free themselves from perceived limitations and how to foster the life they want. Her business alliance model weaves customer engagement with unique blends of products and services and leverages a strategic outreach plan where each business owner achieves new heights.

color headshot of HongHong is the President & CEO of the Center for Asian Pacific American Women (CAPAW). Hong has over 28 years experience in Data Processing, Diversity & Inclusion, Corporate Business & Technology Portfolio Management and P&C Auto Claims. Hong infuses the philosophy of building trusting relationships, collaborating and bringing people together to achieve common goals. Hong’s goal is to support CAPAW’s vision to build Whole Person Leaders one person at a time. She graduated from the University of Kansas with a BSB in Business Management and earned a MBA from Western Michigan University. She is also a certified Life Coach (CLC).

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Laguzza is the CEO of The Works Consulting (TWC). She transitioned from reporting to the CEO to becoming a CEO. Laguzza has diverse experience and extensive industry knowledge in nonprofit and for profit organizations which has made her a subject matter expert, speaker, and performance coach for front line leaders and CEOs. Prior to founding TWC, Laguzza served in several HR and training management roles for a Fortune 500 company, entertainment start-up and nationwide retailer. Laguzza has taught university level HR and management courses and volunteers to teach interviewing skills to adults seeking re-entry into the workforce.

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Prince is a published author, dynamic conference and retreat speaker, teacher, mentor and life coach. As a visionary, she is on a mission to empower women to “catch the vision” and move beyond their comfort zone to the possibility zone of the good life. Her professional profile includes a diverse background of teaching, writing, leadership and communication. Prince earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Hunter College and a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Bowie State University. Additionally, she completed certification as a Life Breakthrough Coach at Life Breakthrough Academy. Prince is the author of five books.  

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McCloud is an Emmy Award-winning broadcaster, TEDx Speaker, Certified Diversity Executive CDE®, agency owner, Olympic Torch Bearer, and author who helps leaders & teams improve communication and build resilience to drive business results. She works with C-Suite executives and emerging leaders at global organizations on developing their message and delivering it with confidence and impact. McCloud spent 20 years as a television journalist covering everything from NASA to politics to the Super Bowl at stations across the country. She has been featured in numerous publications and is a co-author of the book, Keep Going, Memoirs of Strength, Courage & Perseverance.  

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Roberts is a results driven leader with over 25 years of experience directing programs, operations and staff. Roberts is currently the Deputy Director of Programs and Operations at the Department of Medical Assistance Services. In her role she provides executive level leadership and direction for several programs and speaks frequently at conferences and meetings. Previously, she served as an officer with Medicaid plans and commercial plans. Roberts received her Juris Doctorate from Rutgers University School of Law.

Ramirez currently serves as adjunct professor of Library & Information Studies at ODU and Library Manager of the Henrico County Public Library and the Varina Area Library. She is a published academic author, writer, national speaker and presenter as well as a doctoral student in Educational Leadership at University of New England. Ramirez has been teaching, presenting, and speaking on issues of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Libraries and government services for over a decade. Currently she serves as one of the Commissioners for the Richmond Human Rights Commission and the Board of the Richmond Young Writers.

 

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Ruttley is currently the Associate Chief Scientist for Microgravity Research at National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Headquarters in the Office of the Chief Scientist. She pursued her BS degree in Biology and an MS in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State University and began her career at NASA at the Johnson Space Center in 2001. While working as an engineer, she concurrently pursued her PhD in Neuroscience and then joined the ISS Program Science Office. Ruttley has also recently completed a MA degree in Anthropology-Archaeology from the University of Houston and has authored publications ranging from hardware design to neurological science, and also holds a U.S. utility patent.

 

 

color headshot of ScippaScippa is the Founder and CEO of Enough Labs, Certified Coach and Mentor and speaker. Prior to launching Enough Labs, she spent seventeen years in the international development sector, most recently as a gender and social inclusion adviser. She has traveled the world advising projects on how to reach women and girls more equitably. Scippa has over 20 years of professional experience. She received a Master's degree in Gender and Development and a Bachelor's degree in International Relations and Economics. She has published extensively on issues related to women's leadership, gender roles and cultural norms, and barriers to participation and advancement.

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Stizza is an Executive Leadership Coach, Senior HR Professional, and a Strength Strategy Specialist. She coaches professionals to help them gain clarity on what they want, get recognized for their valued experience, and reap the rewards of increased influence, visibility, and pay. Stizza currently coaches executives in the IT, marketing, non-profit, and government space. She is a contributing author in Compassion @ work (2017) and Coach Wisdom Vol 1 (2019). Stizza holds a Master’s in Industrial-Organizational Psychology.

 

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Tinker is a keynote speaker that leverages her extensive corporate experience combined with her transformative personal experience to show us how our authentic human stories hold the power to transform our organizations into cultures of infinite possibility. She guides women leaders to become passionate courageous cultivators and authentic storytellers who can create inclusive and innovative corporate cultures to drive incredible business results. Tinker's business leadership experience is both vast and varied, spanning almost two decades and includes firms like IBM and Gartner. She is a graduate student at George Washington University where she explores organizational leadership and learning.

color headshot of WoodWood is an International Motivational Speaker, Best-Selling Author, Leadership Expert, and Executive Communication and Presentation Skills Coach. She is committed to empowering career professionals with tools to renew their commitment to their careers, reenergize their vested interest in winning big, explore new opportunities for growth, and take full ownership of their future. Wood specializes in providing expert guidance to help professionals maximize their communication skills, create ‘stretch’ goals, and become peak performers within their organization. She incorporates her 15 years of professional experience in a legal support role to promote her success model of ‘creating excellence where you are to propel you where you’re going’.  

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Zenker is an international speaker, business strategy coach, and best-selling author. Zenker is one of America’s leading experts in the psychology of productivity to eliminate distraction, perfectionism, and self-sabotage to maximize results in every area of your life. Her engaging, inspiring interactive talks teach people to think and act more strategically. Zenker has been featured on NBC News, Forbes, Inc, ESPN, and Wharton Business Radio among others. Her book The Productivity Zone was an Amazon Best Seller and her TEDx, "The Energy of Thought", has gained attention around the world.