Guest Speakers

Women Leaders who have participated in the program in the past include, among others:

  • Sheila Johnson, Businesswoman, entrepreneur and philanthropist, co-founder of BET, and CEO of Salamander Hotels and Resorts, and first African American and woman owner of three professional sports teams
  • Bobbie Kilberg, President and CEO of Northern Virginia Technology Council, and former Director of Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Liaison for President George H.W. Bush
  • Tracy Fitzsimmons, President of Shenandoah University
  • Sunita Williams, NASA Astronaut and first Indian American woman in space
  • Anita McBride, Chief of Staff to First Lady Laura Bush
  • Betsy Fisher, Emmy-winning journalist and TV news executive
  • Corliss Udoema, CEO and President of Contract Solutions, Inc., a government contracting firm
  • Deborah Rutter, President of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
  • Ericka Kelly, Command Chief Master Sergeant U.S. Airforce
  • Susan Molinari, Google Vice President of Government Affairs, former Congresswoman
  • Members of Congress
  • Local leaders in a variety of STEM fields
  • Local medical leaders
  • Local leaders in financial services
  • Local law enforcement and first responder leaders