Past Speakers

Jennifer Boykin, Creator, Life After Tampons


Jennifer Boykin, creator of the midlife reinvention movement, Life After Tampons, speaks, teaches, and writes about women coming into their power at the prime of their lives. She is a regular contributor to major Internet and media sites and blogs regularly for The Huffington Post.

Every quarter, Jennifer offers a free Reclaim the Sass challenge for thousands of women around the world. It’s a great way to get more moxie and flow into your life. Join us for the next challenge. Register here.

Jennifer Du Plessis, Principal & CEO, Kinetic Spark Consulting


Jen du Plessis Headshot

Jennifer began her long career in mortgage lending while in high school and continued to work through college. She studied Architectural Design & Construction at Colorado State University. In the last 30+ years, she has held management positions from District Manager to Executive Vice President/National Sales Manager. For the past 15 years, she has been the Principal of The Kirney Team, working with her husband Brian (for the past 15 years) and Son Kirk (for the past 6 years).

Jennifer has been featured in such publications as The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post, and on Good Morning America, XM Radio and Federal News Radio; and has had speaking engagements at The George Washington University as well as several Networking organizations in the Metro area. She and her team were named in the Top 200 Loan Originators in the US in 2012.

Kinetic Spark Consulting, LLC evolved from Jen’s desire to help others in her industry, as well as real estate agents and small business owners by offering educational training, speaking and coaching to help them achieve their goals and dreams for success.

In her workshops and training sessions Jen shares strategies she has applied in reaching her goals every year, while maintaining a balanced lifestyle. Through her group and Accelerate Personal Coaching

Often you will find Jen on her property either picking wild berries to make jams/jellies, decorating, or target shooting. She is an avid reader, baker, traveler, boater, philanthropist and wine connoisseur.

Cindy Battino and Lisa Geraci Rigoni


Cindy Battino

Cindy Battino HeadshotLife coach, healer, separation/divorce specialist, speaker, author, life changer; these are just a few words to describe Cindy Battino. As a successful life coach and energy practitioner she has the ability to assist people to discover their true self. Her talent lies in guiding those that are being challenged with a major life crisis. She uses her intuitive skills to specifically work with those going through separation and divorce. She is on two professional panels that meet monthly to give them information about the divorce process. She writes for numerous publications regionally. She meets with clients virtually or in her office in Middleburg, Virginia.

Cindy helps her clients rise from the ashes of divorce to become a more powerful, hopeful, passionate person than they were before. She does this with her five step signature Phoenix Method. For more information about Cindy, Transformational Healing, or to read any of her published articles or radio spots, go to:


Lisa Geraci Rigoni
Leave it to Lisa-The Organizing Mentors

Lisa Geraci Rigoni HeadshotLisa Geraci Rigoni is a professional organizer and owner of Leave it to Lisa-The Organizing Mentors. Lisa and her team help clients remove clutter from their garages, basements, closets and work spaces while providing them with guidance and encouragement to develop new habits. Working side by side, clients boost their calm, confidence and ultimately free up their available space as well as become more efficient.

Lisa’s primary mission is to help individuals, families and organizations improve their current situations. If required, she or a member of her team will identify and help resolve the chaos and self-destructive habits that lead to internal and external clutter. By addressing the issues that have brought clients to their present state of disorganization, clients develop clarity and freedom. Beyond decluttering space, Lisa and her team coach clients to implement best practices and inspire confidence to make positive choices that enrich their lives and set them free from the habits that have kept their minds and spaces cluttered. After working with them, clients are recharged from the acceptance and empathy they practice as they reclaim their physical and mental space. The non-judgmental manner Lisa and her team utilize is highly appreciated by those who engage her team for assistance. Through various roles in her career Lisa has celebrated her true gifts: speaking, teaching, motivating, listening and assisting in diminishing the blocks, struggles and challenges from the lives of people she meets.


Becky Harris, Catoctin Creek Distilling Company


Becky HarrisBecky Harris is the founder and chief distiller of Catoctin Creek Distilling Company.  Catoctin Creek is a multiple award winning craft distillery, the first in Loudoun County since Prohibition, now distributing products from Boston to Atlanta, Washington DC to Nashville, with international distribution presently in Singapore, Hong Kong, and soon, in Europe.

Becky and Scott’s dream of combining their technical and business backgrounds to build an independent family-owned business crafting unique local spirits was realized when they co-founded Catoctin Creek Distilling Company in 2009. Becky’s Chemical Engineering process skills made her a natural fit as Chief Distiller, while Scott managed the business aspects. Demand for their award-winning spirits prompted them to invest in the renovation of a historic Purcellville property to become their new distillery and tasting room.

Catoctin Creek has been featured in the Washington Post, Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible, and Whisky Advocate. The Daily Beast and Men’s Journal have highlighted their rye whisky as an example of great American craft distilleries making whisky from scratch.

Catoctin Creek was named 2012 Loudoun County Small Business of the Year and their products have won multiple awards, including a Gold Medals from the Fifty Best, Beverage Testing Institute, American Distilling Institute, and Virginia’s Finest.

Firoozeh Azarbaidjani-Do, Phoenix TS


Firoozeh Azarbaidjani-DoFiroozeh Azarbaidjani-Do is the owner, co-founder and CEO of Phoenix TS. As such, she is instrumental in defining the values and mission of our organization. She is also highly focused on day-to-day operations, sales and customer relations.

Firoozeh completed her undergraduate studies in French Literature and Interpretation. She taught at the University level for several years, while at the same time learning about and then consulting as a computer programmer. She entered the technical training arena in 1997 and co-founded Phoenix TS with her husband, Ben Tchoubineh, in 1998. Mrs. Azarbaidjani-Do has years of technical training and project management experience. She has managed numerous projects for DISA, the US Army, the US Air Force and various commercial entities. She has experience in teaching Microsoft Office, SQL Server, Visual Basic.NET, ASP.NET, XML and Project Management. In addition, she is a Microsoft Certified Trainer, Microsoft Certified Solution Developer, and Microsoft Certified Database Administrator.

When Phoenix TS was still operating out of Rockville, MD, Firoozeh was active in the Rockville Economic Development Inc. (REDI) as a board member from 2007 -2010. She is also active in the Moms Against Poverty charity.

Pilar Lorca: President and CEO of Fitness4EveryBody


Pilar Lorca: President and CEO of Fitness4EveryBody

Pilar-2014-aBorn and raised in Colombia, Pilar Lorca came to the United States 22 years ago and has established herself, along with her two daughters, in the Washington Metropolitan area.

“As an owner of a small women-owned-minority business, I take pride in working with my clients and helping them achieve their individual fitness health goals. Our workouts are customized to each client’s personal goals and unique health challenges. We incorporate a combination of cardiovascular and strength training exercises depending on each client’s vision for health. We at Fitness4EveryBody believe the clients’ ability to achieve their fitness goals is a direct function of their enthusiasm and consistency in maintaining a regular work out and adhering to a balanced and healthy lifestyle. We motivate our clients to maintain their specific workout regime while concurrently improving their nutrition. Pilar has over 18 years of experience providing successful fitness services ranging from individuals to large companies. As the owner of Fitness4EveryBody since 2003, we are dedicated in helping people become fit and healthy. “

Alison Whitmire, Principal, C-lever Biz


Alison Whitmire

Inspirational Speaker, Mindful Blogger, CEO Coach

Alison speaks to, writes for and coaches business leaders to connect with their sense of purpose and to express that purpose to make an impact in the world.  Alison’s work is based upon the belief that we all have a purpose and our deepest desire is to fully express that purpose.  Alison has spoken to thousands of business leaders and has coached more than 100 CEOs/business owners, helping them to connect with their purpose, clarify their focus, and forward their action.

Alison works at the intersection of purpose and strategy in life and business.  She started out as a CPA, got her MBA from University of Chicago, practiced strategic planning and ran P&Ls for Fortune 500 companies.  She holds two coaching certifications, with ~ 4,000 hours of coaching experience.  She holds a 200 hr RYT yoga certificate and is a three time organizers and curator of TEDx conferences.

Cory Laws, Details Home Services


Details CEO Cory Laws has lived in Herndon since 1988, after moving to the area in 1978.  After a successful Information Technology career, Cory decided to turn a lifelong passion into his livelihood.  Cory has been involved in carpentry, woodworking, and related skills since childhood. Starting with summers spent at the Boys’ Club, he has had a love of craftsmanship from a young age. From early projects involving wood, metal, plastics, and laminates, he moved to repairs, custom fencing and decks, flooring, and full build-outs.  Recent projects have included new and remodeled baths, gourmet kitchens, custom basements and in-law suites, home theaters, additions, and renovations of everything from Victorian porches to the entire house.

Cory also enjoys a number of other activities.  He excelled at classical piano, clarinet and alto sax, and was a founding member of two bands. Outdoor activities include cycling, golf, tennis, swimming and such adrenaline creating activities as skiing and car racing.  He’s even jumped from a perfectly good airplane.  His love of cars led to the formation of the Austin Healey Sports and Touring Club, still viable after more than 35 years.  A member of the BMW Car Club of America since 1979, Cory has held various positions including newsletter editor and president, and won the national newsletter competition in the early 1980s.  As an avid cook, he knows his way around a kitchen, and is happy to show off his talents. Remodeling kitchens gives him particular satisfaction, as he’s bought two houses primarily for their kitchens.

Julie Hoffmann and Lori DuVal, J&L Interiors


lori-and-julie-sittingIn May of 1997, twin sisters Julie Hoffmann and Lori DuVal combined their talents to create J&L Interiors, LLC a full-scale interior design firm. Continued success and love for furnishings and accessories prompted them in the fall of 2002 to open a retail showroom with an in-house design resource center. Today, J&L Interiors continues to be successful in the residential and commercial design industries.

J&L Interiors, LLC has been featured in Better Homes and Gardens New Decorating Book, HGTV Decorator Showcase Houses and in numerous local magazines and newspapers. Julie and Lori enjoy providing design seminars for various organizations throughout the local area and donated their time and energies to participate in Loudoun’s first ever designer showcase house.

J&L Interiors, LLC is a Loudoun Chamber of Commerce small business award winner and recognized amongst the best interior decorators in the Readers Choice Awards for Virginia Living Magazine, Leesburg Today and the Loudoun Times.

Lori is a board member of the Loudoun Free Clinic and resides in Leesburg, Virginia with her husband Tom and her three boys – Ryan, Eric and Ethan.  Lori enjoys spending time in the Florida Keys where she has a second home and collecting wine.

Julie is a board member of Loudoun Habitat for Humanity and resides in Purcellville, Virginia with her husband Mike, daughter Jackie and son Collin.  In her free time, Julie enjoys reading, gardening and traveling.

Souny West, The W Salon


Souny West leads the W Salon in Burke, Va with her team of 20 and has created an award-winning, modern, boutique salon, which has received much attention not only for their artistry in hair and makeup, but also for the continued approach to engage with their audience through creating a social awareness of their beliefs within the community. As an active member in the entrepreneurial community, We encourage everyone, to Dream and Think Big, To Collaborate and Share Ideas, To Inspire and Motivate others and to surround oneself with those that inspire us to be better versions of ourselves…. We just happen to also do hair and makeup!”. We recognize the benefits of connecting with our clients on a personal and business level, and have made Beauty & Style a Social Business.

In addition to being happily married for ten years, she is also a busy mother who enjoys figure skating with her two young boys, ages 7 and 10 and a newly acquired family dogs named Sasha & Sprite. Her passion in business and mentoring along with philanthropic involvements with the community have led to various media mentions and award recognitions. Her salon business has been recognized by the following –

  • Asian Chamber of Commerce – 2013 Emerging Business of the Year
  • Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce 2012 Robert J. McDonough Business Owner Of The Year
  • Vienna/Tysons Chamber of Commerce – Finalist in 2012 Business Executive of the Year
  • – Voted 2012 Burke’s Best Salon & Spa
  • DC Luxury Magazine- 2012 Dynamic Women of Greater Washington DC
  • Fashion Group International – Finalist Beauty & Business

She has also had the opportunity to speak on topics of entrepreneurship, social branding and leadership at the 2012 Presidential Campaign while introducing Governor Mitt Romney, Vienna Tysons Chamber of Commerce Opportunity 2012 on “Businesses and Social Media”, Bridging Beauty to Business 2012 Conference on “Branding your Business”, Hugh O’Brian State Youth Leadership Seminar ( on  “Innovation in Business”, Asian Chamber of Commerce – “Entrepreneur and Leadership Skills”,  Inspirational Speaker at Sacramento University for The Lao American Advancement Organization.

She is a member of The Tower Club VA – Young Executive Society, The Asian Chamber of Commerce, Member of The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce, Member of The Creative Coalition, Member of The Fashion Group International Greater Washington DC, Member of IvyConnect, Board Advisor for Miss Vietnam DC Organization.

“Along with being a serial entrepreneur,I am a mother, wife, sister, daughter, and friend. All these roles make my life meaningful and with significant purpose.” – Souny