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Grace Han Wolf, Herndon Town Council

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

Grace Han Wolf

THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2016

Grace Han Wolf, a resident of Herndon since 1999, is serving her third term on the Herndon Town Council. She is the first Korean American woman elected to office in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

During her first term on the Town Council, Wolf chaired the town’s Economic Development Task Force, which provided recommendations for growing the town’s commercial base. She represents the town as advisory director on the Committee for Dulles Board of Directors and as a member of the Fairfax County Economic Advisory Commission. She also serves on the Virginia Municipal League’s (VML) Community and Economic Development Policy Committee and is a Certified Local Government Official, as designated by VML’s Virginia Elected Officials Leadership Academy.

Wolf has served the Herndon community as president and board member of the Council for the Arts of Herndon (CAH) and receive its Platinum Achievement Award in 2014.; as a member of the Herndon Festival Committee; and as a member of the Asian Business Committee of the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce. She has also served as a Girl Scout troop leader.

In 2006, Wolf was the recipient of the Town of Herndon’s prestigious Distinguished Service Award, recognizing her commitment to volunteerism in the town; and she was a member of the Leadership Fairfax Class of 2007. She has received the Volunteer Fairfax Benchmark Service Award annually since 2007, and in 2012 she received the Public Service Award from the Asian American Chamber of Commerce.  In 2013, Wolf will be recognized as one of “The Influential Women of Virginia” by Virginia Lawyers Media, an award that recognizes the outstanding efforts of women in all fields, including law, business, health care and education in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

In 2014, Wolf was appointed by Governor Terry McAuliffe to the Virginia Commission for the Arts as Commissioner and was appointed to the Board of Directors for the Arts Council of Fairfax, as well as the Fairfax County Park Authority. Wolf is an active member of the regional AAPI community and is one of the founding members of the Jade Philanthropy Society, a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to is to encourage and facilitate local philanthropy by Asian Americans in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.  She serves on the Board of Directors for the Korean American Community Center, the Korean American Scholarship Foundation – Eastern Region, the Asian American Chamber of Commerce and is a member of KOWIN DC (Korean Womens’ International Network).

Recently a small business owner, Wolf has held positions in finance and accounting at IBM Consulting, Deloitte and Touche Management Consulting, Dun & Bradstreet and Bankers Trust. She holds a BA in Economics and an MBA in Finance and Strategy, both from Cornell University. Wolf lives in Herndon with husband and daughter.

 


Shivanee Patel, Dignify Designs

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

Shivanee

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

 

 


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.