Showcasing Women-Owned Businesses in Northern Virginia and Beyond!

Shivanee Patel, Dignify Designs

Location: West Belmont Place at The National Conference Center 18980 Upper Belmont Pl, Leesburg

Shivanee Patel

THURSDAY, JUNE 2, 2016

(Please note date change due to conflicts)

A few years ago, you would’ve often found Shivanee stuck within the walls of her bedroom.

Due to her parent’s strict regulations, she was often held back from participating in activities her peers would find normal, such as: sports, movies, sleepovers, and school dances.

In her teens, it seemed to be the end of the world for Shivanee, until she was hired at her 1st job. This is when she discovered an escape route from home. By graduation, she was accepted to 20+ jobs and began producing resume’s for hundreds of adults who were seeking employment.

This is when Dignify Designs came to fruition.

From resumes, social media pages, websites, to book publishing, Shivanee was able to master the craft of Branding & Self-Promotion. Not only that, but Shivanee also wrote two books in the process before the age of 18 and gained national recognition, while being named the ‘Who’s Who Woman of Ecommerce’ and gracing the cover of Business Woman Magazine.

Since starting Dignify Designs, Shivanee has excelled in serving her clients by building affluent personal and professional brands. Today, you can find Shivanee often speaking to a variety of businesses about reaching their utmost potential and coaching a few ladies in between it all.

 


Tracee Garner, Loudoun ENDependence (LEND)

Location: West Belmont Place at The National Conference Center 18980 Upper Belmont Pl, Leesburg

Tracee Garner

THURSDAY, JULY 14, 2016

Tracee Lydia Garner is Virginia native and long-time resident of Loudoun County. She is a graduate of Old Dominion University with a BS in Communication. She is also a best-selling and award winning author for fiction and has been writing for many, many years. She is published on many Internet publications and literary magazines and in her Alma mater’s literary magazine. As a public speaker she has facilitated workshops, conferences and other events with the likes of Martin Luther King, III, former secretary of labor, Alexis Herman, former Assistant Secretary for the Office of Special Education, Judy Heumann, and been a guest for the radio show On A Roll, with founder and host Greg Smith, a live weekly syndicated commercial radio talk show about life and disability. Tracee has been dedicated to removing barriers people with disabilities and a community organizer for over twenty years. In her youth she served on youth leadership council member for four years, she has also served on the Loudoun County Disability Services Board, the Board of Directors for Coalition for Housing Opportunities In the Community for Everyone (CHOICE), a non-profit organization focusing on advancing affordable, accessible housing options for people with disabilities throughout Northern Virginia. She is a Leadership Loudoun alumni – a 9-month leadership development program and also has been the Board president for two years.

Tracee also serves on the Board of Directors at the Heritage Fellowship Church in Reston, VA under Senior Servant Leader Rev. Dr. Norman A. Tate. Formally, Tracee was the leader of the Singles Ministry and also taught the Sunday School second and third graders.

Currently, Tracee is the Outreach Coordinator and Peer Mentor at Loudoun ENDependence (LEND) where she manages a caseload and works with residents with disabilities. She continually battles attitudes and barriers as she seeks to gain access to all of the services those without disabilities are entitled to. Tracee has tackled numerous hurdles and continues to be a demonstrated leader, advocate and committed to organizing grass-roots change in her community.

Tracee is a member of several writing organizations, women’s business organizations and maintains a consistent blog and monthly newsletter documenting her life pursuits, her life with a disability and her writing journey. Tracee hosts her own annual writer’s conference held each year in the summer at the Gum Spring library. Tracee teaches How to Write the Novel at NVCC Loudoun and Annandale Campuses.

 


LuAnn Bennett, President & Owner of Bennett Group and Candidate for Congress in Virginia’s 10th District

Location: West Belmont Place at The National Conference Center 18980 Upper Belmont Pl, Leesburg

THURSDAY, AUGUST 11, 2016

 

 

 


AmiCietta D. Clarke, Certified Holistic Health Coach, Founder of Clean Body Living, LLC

Location: West Belmont Place at The National Conference Center 18980 Upper Belmont Pl, Leesburg

AmiCietta Clarke

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2016

AmiCietta D. Clarke is a holistic health coach, speaker, writer, wellness advocate, entrepreneur and corporate lawyer. She practiced corporate law for eight years in New York City and became a holistic health coach after she overcame myasthenia gravis, a rare autoimmune disease, through clean eating, reducing her stress and the environmental toxins in her life. She is passionate about educating other women about real food, healthy living and how they can support their body’s natural ability to improve their health. She received her training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City and Dr. Joshua Axe’s Institute for Nutritional Leadership. She is also an alumna of Cornell University and Cornell Law School. AmiCietta founded Clean Body Living, a holistic health coaching practice to help women with autoimmune diseases and other chronic illnesses on their journey towards a cleaner body. She currently runs her business and serves as a legal consultant to Power Africa, the Presidential initiative housed at the United States Agency for International Development.