2019 Connector Conference
Speakers, Presenters and Panelists
Shanna is the Founder and Chief Empowerment Officer of FABWOMEN, a community of professional women.
In addition, she is a bilingual keynote speaker who specializes in helping all professionals truly connect in a diverse world so that they experience reduced workplace conflict, increased productivity, and more successful sales conversations.
Her own “art of connecting” story is featured in Gutsy Tales Off the Rails.
Carin Kilby Clark
Carin Kilby Clark, MBA is a Certified Coach, Mom of three, Lifestyle Writer, and the Founder of Time to Thrive™.
Through her writing, teaching, and coaching, she inspires entrepreneurs to cultivate a meaningful, values-focused, purpose-driven life and business.
Rita Goodroe is an international speaker and business strategist to women entrepreneurs, helping them take bold actions to realize BIG results in business, including more visibility, opportunities and revenue!
Rita's clients love how she uses humor and storytelling to break tough topics down into practical, easily implementable, actions and have coined the phrase "Rita made me DO it!" to celebrate their many successes.
Prior to becoming a full-time entrepreneur, Rita worked for 13 years as a business attorney. In 2015, she founded "Women's Business Garden," a free, global, community that provides education and events to women entrepreneurs. In June 2016, Women's Business Garden was selected as a change-making community by the United State of Women Summit convened by The Obama White House.
Having built two successful businesses of her own, and helping her clients to do the same, Rita believes that the fastest path to success is by helping others succeed.
Librada Estrada is a leadership coach, facilitator, and trainer who specializes in providing coaching services to governmental, public health and corporate sectors by empowering her clients to shift their beliefs and embrace their unique leadership style to find fulfillment and success -- both professionally and personally.
A seasoned leader in the public health space with multiple coaching certifications and assessment methodologies at her disposal, Librada is also a respected speaker and subject matter expert in the area of women’s empowerment and leadership development.
As the founder of Si Tú Quieres: The Latina Empowerment Project, Librada uses her own experience as a first- generation Latina to help other women of Latin American descent to unleash their full potential.
Meighan is a self proclaimed grown woman trying to hold it all together on a daily basis. She lives in Gainesville, Virginia with her three almost grown daughters.
Most of Meighan's time is spent at her bustling consignment shop, Stuff! Consignments, that she opened in October, 2009.
Meighan is living her best life full of joy and sorrow and everything in between.
Lisa Nicholls built her first business at the age of 50. She was working in her favorite job, doing ad sales for a small local newspaper, when the paper decided to close.
After several uninspiring interviews, Lisa realized that she had skills that would translate well to owning a social media business and she opened Tira! Strategies in the summer of 2010.
Nicole Maaguo is the Founder & CEO of Cultivate Ink, LLC a boutique tech firm that helps organizations overcome technology and customer churn challenges to reach new levels of success. After a life of watching women be undervalued and underestimated, Nicole created Ambition Unboxed and the related podcast, Ambition Out Loud. Both of these tools motivate women to embrace their ambition, own their awesome, and learn the skills they need to advance as leaders.
In her spare time, Nicole is a stem-loving mom of 3, distracted crafter, and contributing writer for MsTech.
Jen Hemphill, a military spouse & proud bilingual Latina, helps the busy career-oriented woman not only simplify her financial matters, but gain a renewed sense of control, confidence and freedom. She is a Money Confidence Coach, an AFC® (Accredited Financial Counselor), host of two podcasts: Her Money Matters® & Su Dinero Importa. Jen is also the author of Her Money Matters: The Missing Truths From Traditional Money Advice and has been featured in publications such as Forbes, Clark Howard, and USAA and award winning podcasts like SoMoney and Stacking Benjamins.
Sera is the Founder of Healing U. Women’s Wellness a community built for women who have experienced health challenges.
As an author, speaker, consultant, and Chief Encouragement Officer at Healing U. she teaches women how to take radical responsibility for their lives through personal excellence and rigorous honesty.
Sera uses her life’s experience of working in healthcare administration while healing from cancer and trauma to challenge the way we honor our personal health.
Kim Creigh is the founder of Creative Reading Adventures. She helps busy moms make reading fun in their home and help spread the love of reading! Kim relies on her elementary school teaching background and her Masters in Reading Education from the University of Virginia to share research-based strategies that work on her website.
In addition to helping women set and achieve life-changing goals, certified life coach Diana Forbes is on a mission to share the best of coaching's tools and practices with overwhelmed working moms who feel too strapped for time and mental energy to do anything to make it better.
Her membership community, Contentment Club, delivers daily snippets of "lunch break life balance," giving women permission, tips, and challenges to DO LESS so they HAVE MORE time for what matters and feel more satisfied with their day-to-day lives.
Craft Box Social was started out of Lauren's love for crafting, gathering people and enjoying some creative me-time. Craft Box Social is all about bringing people together to experiment and create, sip some cocktails and meet new friends in a positive, supportive environment.
Kaira is a mixed media artist that translates the layers of life, dreams, visions and intentions in a layered visual way via color, texture, shapes and words which inspires and motivates clients when they see their art to continue making their impact in the world! In addition, Kaira coaches clients through the different life layers with artful exercises and concepts as a mindful creativity coach.
Kaira's signature program is The Mindful Canvas!
Melissa Lew started her namesake award winning studio in the beautiful hills of Virginia in 2005. Driven by her love of bold design and bright colors, she creates modern, inspirational fashion and lifestyle accessories in her studio in South Riding, Virginia. She is inspired by the world around her – traveling, exploring the wonders of nature, and her own Chinese heritage. Her designs are meant to inspire and encourage. They celebrate individuality, friendships, experiences, and life’s milestones.
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Mina is the Creatrix behind Mina Habibi Portrait Artist taking nearly 20 years of design and photography experience as well as a lifetime of playing with various fine arts mediums to create innovative portraits and personal branding photography. She empowers women by helping them to connect with their Inner Goddess and women business owners by creating images to take their business to the next level. She also photographs families and couples creating lasting legacies.
When Mina isn’t creating unique photo shoot experiences and photographic art you can find her teaching yoga, studying astrology and connecting with nature. She also loves hanging out with her rock star husband and two wacky cats.