AWE Women in Business Summit

As we continue folding the Awesome Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) organization into the Chamber, we are excited to be hosting the Chamber's first women-focused summit! 

This summit is a half-day professional development and networking event designed for women entrepreneurs, executives, and professionals eager to grow their business or enhance their career. This event will bring together a diverse group of women to create a community dedicated to helping and supporting one another as we challenge traditional barriers that women in business face. Featuring a welcome keynote, panel discussions and presentations from experienced leaders, this summit will provide education, inspiration, and connections to foster your success and help you achieve your personal and professional goals.

Agena for this event can be found on Arlington Chamber of Commerce's website.


Date: April 30, 2021

Time: 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Location: Online
Fee: Members $49, Nonmembers $69
Registration: Registration Now Closed
For more information, please contact:
Name: Dan Reilly
Email: [email protected]



9:00 – 9:30 AM: Welcome & Keynote

Battling the Sharks: My Shark Tank Experience
Sharmi Albrechtsen, CEO & Founder, SmartGurlz


9:30 – 10:15 AM: Breakout Sessions

Getting What You Want By Knowing Who You Are: Self-Confidence vs. Self-Awareness

Ann Rosser, Owner/President, Finding Resolution

Leading an Inclusive Organization: Identifying and Addressing Unconscious Bias

Whytni Kernodle, Founder & Principal, Global Goddess Cultural and International Relations

Work/Life Balance - Juggling Parenting and Your Career

Brooke Oberwetter, Head of External Affairs, Amazon

Ivy Horan, President & Founder, MGI Corporate Gifts, LLC

Jess Owens, Founder & CEO, GreenList

Monique Rizer, Executive Director, Greater DC Region, Urban Alliance 


10:15 -  10:25 AM: Coffee Break


10:25 – 11:10 AM: Breakout Sessions

Build a Brand of Conviction and Make a Living Doing What You Value

Evelyn Powers, Founder, Design Powers

Emily Krause, Graphic & Website Designer, Design Powers

Take Care of You, So You  Can Take Care of Business

Dr. Jelena Kecmanovic, Founder  & Director, Arlington/DC Behavior Therapy Institute

Stephanie Mitchell, Owner/Trainer, Stephanie Mitchell Fitness

Noa Ariela, CEO/Managing Member, Noa Ariela Hypnotherapy

Fireside Chat with Nestlé and the Rosslyn BID

Mary-Claire Burick, President, Rossyln Business Improvement District

Nicole Collier, Director of Policy & Public Affairs , Nestlé


11:10 -  11:20 AM: Coffee Break 

11:20 AM – 12:05 PM: Breakout Sessions

People Don’t Buy What You Do, They Buy Why You Do It!

Patricia Funegra, CEO & Founder, La Cocina VA

A Mission to Build a Business and a Community

Sarah Wells, CEO & Founder, Sarah Wells, LLC

Ask the Experts: Resources to Start or Run a Business

Kandis Koustenis, Intellectual Property Attorney, Bean, Kinney & Korman P.C.

Tara Palacios, Director, BizLaunch

Christine Searle, Owner, Searle Business Solutions, LLC

Jenny Shtipelman, Senior Vice President, The National Capital Bank of Washington


12:05 – 12:30 PM: Closing and Open Networking


*agenda subject to change

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