Virtual Women Business Leaders Conference (WBLC)

Featuring the Women of Color Business Summit

Special Thanks

Thanks to all who supported and attended the CWE Virtual Women Business Leaders Conference featuring The Women of Color Business Summit. It was 3-days of learning, reflection, inspiration, and celebration.

This year's conference drew more than 330 business professionals from across New England, dedicated to empowering women in business, and featured workshops, roundtables, and networking sessions led by industry experts, and WBENC Corporate Speed Fair.

We were thrilled to have Evelyn Murphy, The Wage Project, Inc. open the conference with a general session about "How to Get Paid What You're Worth".

Our second general sessions on day 1 shed light on how for 25 years, CWE has helped aspiring women entrepreneurs and women business owners to launch and grow their businesses. Vicki Gray, Owner and Founder, New Chapter Home Improvement; Carrie Johnson, entrepreneur, author, and educator; and Kim Sawyer, Principal Strategist, Luminary Strategies, shared their personal stories, struggles, as well as what they have learned about realizing their own value. with three entrepreneurs who came to CWE at different stages of their business

Anna Foster, J.D., CLC, Founder/CEO/Business Strategist, A Maven's World Brand opened our inaugural Women of Color Business Summit with an inspiring session about leveraging the current movement to create sustainable and systemic change for women of color in business..

Special thanks to Biogen, CVS Health, PNC Bank, our other sponsors, donors, partners, session leaders, volunteers, WOCBS Planning Committee and all those who generously donated their time and expertise to help make this conference a great success.

We look forward to seeing you next year!

A Look Back - Photos from the Event



Our Speakers and Presenters

Our deepest appreciation to the speakers and presenters who donated their time, shared their experience, knowledge and expertise with our participants. 

Keynotes & Emcees

Anna Foster, J.D., CLC
Founder/CEO/Business Strategist
A Maven's World Brand

Vicki Gray
Owner & Founder
New Chapter Home Improvement

Carrie H. Johnson
Entrepreneur, Author, and Educator

Sandy Lish
Principal and Co-Founder
The Castle Group

Evelyn Murphy
The WAGE Project, Inc.

Kim Sawyer
Principal Strategist
Luminary Strategies

Lisa Wood
Foley Hoag, LLP

Gaby King Morse
President & CEO
Center for Women & Enterprise

Kimberly E. Zouzoua
VP Strategic Partnerships
Center for Women & Enterprise

Speakers & Session Leaders

Erin Allgood
Social Impact Strategist
Allgood Strategies
Kate Anderson
Co-founder & Operations Director
Kelly Kamaka'alohi Asato
Somatic Coach and Leadership Facilitator
Kate Beeders
The Breakthrough Success Expert
Best-Selling Author & Speaker
Emily Bernard
Co-Founder & Head of Product
Bernard & Hawkes
Michele Courton Brown
Vice President, Business Development
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
LaToia Burkley
Career Coach & Founder
Your Big Debut!
Linda Champion
Public Figure l Attorney l Real Estate Broker
Jodi-Tatiana Charles
LCG Brands
Roxann C. Cooke
Consumer Bank Regional Director
JPMorgan Chase
Taisha Crayton
Notyarc Management Group
Evelyn DeMartino
DeMartino Construction Company, Inc.
Shaumba-Yandie Dibinga
CEO and Lead Instructor
ShapeUp with Shaumba
Karoline Evans, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Management
University of Massachusetts Lowell
Manasi Gangan
Nested Bean, Inc.
Yvonne Garcia
Chief of Staff to State Street CEO
The Greater Boston Chamber's Women's Network
Chris Herriman
Economic Development Specialist & Veteran Business Development Officer
U.S. Small Business Administration - Vermont
Dr. Cynthia Kalina-Kaminsky
Process & Strategy Solutions
Dawn LaRochelle
Project Manager:  COVID Recovery Central MA
Center for Women & Enterprise
Alice Lewis
Founder & CEO
Alice's Table
Dr. Stem Sithembile Mahlatini, EdD, LCSW
Licensed Pyschotherapist, Confidence Coach, Trainer
Julie Matheson
Lotus Flower Living Holistic Counseling
Lotus Flower Living
Laura Miller
Making Matters NH
Grace Moreno
Executive Director
Massachusetts LGBT Chamber of Commerce
Jessicah Pierre
Queens Company
Ann Ramakurmaran
Founder and CEO
Ampcus, Inc.
LaCrystal Robinson
Chief Cre8tive Officer
Cre8tor Zone
Kathryn Rose
Laury Saligman
Vermont Women's Investor Network
Managing Partner
Clean Energy Venture Group
Amanda Shuman
DangerLaw, LLC
Lisa M. Smith-McQueenie
Consultant, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)
LMS Consulting
Lisa Spector
AVP, Director of Category Management
Ken Stern
Great Practices
Liora Stone
President & Co-Founder
Precision Engineering, Inc.
Kate Terry
Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer
Surround Insurance
Dr. Shakenna K. Williams
Director, Global Initiatives
Center of Women Entrepreneurial Leadership
Babson College