Women of Color Business Summit Speakers & Session Leaders

The 2021 CWE Virtual Women of Color Business Summit Committee is proud to present this year’s speakers. Industry leaders and experts have volunteered their time to share content on subjects that matter to today’s entrepreneurs and business professionals.

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Celina Barrios-Millner

Chief of Equity and Inclusion, City of Boston

Celina Barrios-Millner serves as the Chief of the Equity and Inclusion Cabinet and is charged with leading the City’s efforts to embed equity and racial justice into all City planning, operations and the work of all departments. Chief Barrios-Millner oversees 9 departments and programs including: Resilience and Racial Equity, Diversity, Human Rights Commission, Women's Advancement, Immigrant Advancement, Language and Communication Access, Supplier Diversity Program and the Boston Residents Jobs Policy. Together the Equity and Inclusion Cabinet works to dismantle systemic barriers to achieve racial, gender, health, and socio-economic equality, engage and create access for marginalized communities, and create new structures to ensure the City is serving our residents equitably. To this role Chief Barrios-Millner brings two decades of experience in creating opportunities with and for disenfranchised communities through community engagement and strategic policy development. Prior to joining the City, she led Partnership Development for the State Office of Minority and Women Business Assistance (SOMWBA) and has worked with several non-profit organizations locally, regionally, and nationally. She is fluent in Spanish and holds a MPP in Urban Policy and Strategic Management from the Harvard Kennedy School, and a B.A in International Relations and Human Rights from The American University.


Elizabeth Delgado

CEO/Owner - Employee Wellbeing Strategist & Energy Healer and Resilience Coach, Colectiva Wellness & Healing

“Hello, I’m Elizabeth -  My life purpose is creating wellness spaces and teaching effective healing and resilience practices for the empowerment of those experiencing stress and systemic oppression. Whether in the workplace, community or individual setting.I facilitate programs and practices to reduce your stress, so you are at your best!”

With 20 years experience in holistic healing & Reiki. Elizabeth has worked with many clients, friends, family and community members on their path towards healing & transformation. Combined with 15+ years of Human Resources, Employee Wellness Management, Community Organizing and Activism.  Elizabeth brings a professional, personable, humorous and positive approach to her work. Working in various fields such as: healthcare, government, non-profit and education. Elizabeth has a vast knowledge of these workforce cultures and their employee wellness needs.

Blending her unique knowledge and skills in HR management and the healing arts, she birthed Colectiva Wellness & Healing. Elizabeth is committed to sharing her knowledge, resources and gifts with the world through the lens of social justice, decolonization and collective healing.


Shaumba-Yandje Dibinga

Founder, CEO and Lead Instructor, ShapeUp with Shaumba

Shaumba-Yandje Dibinga is the founder of ShapeUp with Shaumba, Inc. - an organization whose mission is to utilize dance, fitness, nutrition, and writing to fight obesity in youth and f Wilkes and heal communities. She is also the founding Artistic Director of the OrigiNation Cultural Arts Center a non-profit that uses dance as a tool to empower young people, one dancer at a time.. Ms. Dibinga has extensive training, teaching and performance experience in all areas of dance and theater and has been writing poetry and plays for over 25 years.  She has also received many certificates with respect to personal training, Inferno Hot Pilates and more. She is currently a trustee at the Boston Renaissance Charter Public School, Boston Arts Academy and the SummerStars Foundation. She is a member of the Barr Fellows Class of 2011, and has received numerous awards for her work with OrigiNation, including but not limited too: the Catalyst Award, The Philanthropic Initiative's Boston Fellows Award, the Portraits of Courage Upstander's Award, the Berklee College of Music Urban Service Award, the Community Catalyst Award, the Next Steps Award, the Brother Thomas Fellowship, the NAACP Boston Image Award, the Roxbury Rocks Award, the Malcolm X Award, and the Melnea Cass Service Award. She is also the author of the children's poetry book Pride in My Stride and the creator of Hot Body Fusion.

Vicki Gray

President and Owner, New Chapter Home Improvement

Vicki Gray is a natural business leader, team builder, community enthusiast, and motivational speaker with over 10 years of experience in construction project management experience. Since launching New Chapter Home Improvement Inc. (NCHI), in 2013, Vicki has spent most of her time nurturing NCHI’s vision and mission; to be the “go to” home improvement company for: 

• Homeowners that treasure quality workmanship and peace of mind when it comes to getting their project done on time and at a competitive price. 

• Home improvement workforce looking for company that focuses on providing safe and fulfilling employment to its team. 

Thanks to her leadership as President and Owner, NCHI is truly a premier home improvement service provider that emulates Vicki’s own values and belief system. Vicki is a mother of 2 wonderful children, an avid humanitarian that volunteers her time and skill as a motivational speaker; shaping the way young women see themselves as leaders and inspiring teens to reach heights they never thought possible.


Treniece Lewis HarrisTrenice Lewis-Harris

Clinical Psychologyist/CEO, CULTURA Psychotherapy & Consulting, LLC

Dr. Treniece Lewis Harris is a licensed clinical psychologist and CEO of CULTURA Psychotherapy & Consulting, LLC. She has been in practice for over twenty years providing psychotherapy to children, adolescents, adults, couples and families from all walks of life. Dr. Harris is an internationally recognized scholar and clinical educator who consults to community, academic, health and organizational executives on social determinants of health, multicultural mental health care provision as well as diversity, equity and inclusion curriculum development. Dr. Harris is an Associate Professor of the Practice and the Program Director of the Master’s in Mental Health Counseling Program at Boston College. She is also a part-time Assistant Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School where she serves as a diversity equity and inclusion consultant to the Cambridge Health Alliance Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Harris founded CULTURA Psychotherapy & Consulting, LLC to centralize these services and to fully implement what she named the CULTURAscope Model of Health & Advancement. Like the Adinkra African symbol Dwennimmen, captured in the CULTURA logo, Dr. Harris aims to empower people & organizations across the world to be their most fulfilled and most effective through strength and humility.


Beyazim JimenezBeyamin Jimenez

Senior Account Director, The Lazu Group

Beya Jimenez is a racial equity champion. She currently serves as the Senior Account Director for The Lazu Group led by CEO and Founder Malia Lazu. The Lazu Group - an Equity, Diversity & Inclusion firm offering cutting edge strategies derived from organizing models and theories that create disruptive methods for product development, marketing, communications, talent recruitment & retention as well as C-Suite coaching. The founder and CEO Malia Lazu offers a very unique approach to DE&I through years spent in the streets as a community organizer and then in the boardroom as a senior executive in the financial sector. The combination of these experiences allows her team to give their clients a competitive edge, increase double bottom line goals and future proof organizations. 

Beya Jimenez serves on the boards of YW Boston, Lawrence Community Works Inc., and is currently the Board President of Abundant Housing MA, a pro-housing advocacy organization. She also holds a seat on the Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA Health Equity Council and was recently appointed to serve on the City of Boston's Fair Housing Commission. In addition to her work, she is a local writer focusing on issues of race and social justice with bylines in the Boston Globe, Banker & Tradesmen, TravelNoire among a few other. She lives in Jamaica Plain, and enjoys traveling and art.


Dr. Stem Sithembile MahlatiniDr. Stem Mahlatini

President/CEO, Speaker, and Coach, Global Training, Coaching & Consulting Services, Inc. 

Hi, I am Dr Stem (Sithembile Mahlatini, EdD, LCSW) from Zimbabwe, Africa and now based in Orlando Florida, my sunshine home state. I am a business strategist and success mindset coach for women entrepreneurs and business owners who want to make money doing work they love, through The Empowerment Academy For Women, Bounce Back Better Empowerment Conference and Retreats, The DrStem Radio /Television and Podcast Shows. Helping women become crystal clear about their dreams, business goals, transforming the way they think, finding ways to minimize stress, mental and emotional exhaustion so that they may experience authentic, sustainable change in their business, work and personal lives is my passion.  As an author of over 35 books, my Focus is on three things: Inspire, Influence, and help others Elevate.


Adam MooreAdam Moore

Director of Supplier Diversity, Truist Financial

Adam Moore is the Director of Supplier Diversity for Truist bank, working to promote the inclusion of small and diverse business in the supplier mix at the Bank. Adam is often sought as a speaker and moderator on the topic of supplier diversity. Also he has written for blogs, as well as co-hosting a podcast, Breaking Barriers, Building a Higher Ground. Additionally, he is considered an expert in information technology sourcing and staffing. Along with his deep industry knowledge, Adam holds a Master’s in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice.

  Adam is a member of the FSRSD and serves on a number of Committees. Adam was named as Co-Chair of the FSRSD’s Marketing and Communication Committee and also serves on the Executive council.  Adam has a great passion for mentoring and has developed several MBE firms increasing their gross revenue and growth into new markets. Adam was elected as the Chair for TAG’s Diversity and Inclusion Society. In this role, Adam works to increase awareness of diverse and minority owned technology firms as well as diverse technology talent. His dedication to diversity, equity, and inclusion issues, lead to an appointment to TAG’s social justice task force. 

Jessicah Pierre

The People's Publicist and Business Strategist, J. Pierre Communications

Jessicah Pierre is a Publicist, Business Strategist, and Writer whose work has been featured in local outlets such as the Boston Globe to national outlets like BET, the New York Times and the Washington Post. Jessicah uses her public relations and entrepreneurial skills to build community and elevate the work of social impact brands, political figures and non-profits in the media and online. As a writer, Jessicah Pierre covers topics related to politics, business and personal development. Her previous writing experience includes bylines in Glamour Magazine and local newspaper, the Dorchester Reporter. Jessicah began her entrepreneurial ventures back in 2016 when she founded Queens Company, a leading organization in Boston dedicated to empowering women of color professionals and entrepreneurs. She currently serves as the Director of Strategic Communications at the Black Economic Council of MA where she leads advocacy efforts in support of uplifting Black businesses in the commonwealth. Jessicah also runs her boutique public relations firm, J. Pierre Communications where she provides media, marketing and business strategy consulting services to politicians, organizations and small business owners.

 


Anjali (Ann) RamakumaranAnn Ramakumaran

CEO of iTech Solutions, Founder and CEO of Ampcus Inc.

Anjali Ann Ramakumaran, CEO of iTech Solutions ,also the Founder and CEO of Ampcus Inc. (Ampcus), is a technology savvy entrepreneur with more than 20 years of contribution towards the design, development and delivery of leading edge Technology Solutions and Human Capital Management across the globe. Under her leadership, she has cultivated Ampcus into a fast growing Consulting and Professional Services firm. For eleven consecutive years she has been recognized as a top Asian American owned business by the USPAACC and honored as one of the 50 Fastest Growing Women Owned Business in the CONUS by the Women Presidents Organization. Under Ann’s leadership, Ampcus has made the Inc., 500/5000 list and has been recognized as a Top Diversity Business. Ann was also awarded Women in Technology Entrepreneur of the Year by WIT and most recently received the Chairman’s Award for Inspirational Leadership from the CRMSDC and the President’s Award from WPEO, the Global Growth Award from Astra Women’s Business Alliance, Supplier of the Year Award from the GMSDC, Top Asian American Business Award from the USPAACC-SE and USPAACC-SW, CRMSDC Supplier of the Year, NMSDC Supplier of the Year and NMSDC MBE of the Year. In 2019, Ampcus became part of the NMSDC’S elite Corporate Plus Program. Ann was inducted into the Women's Business Enterprise Hall of Fame in March of 2021.
 

Ann serves on the CRMSDC Board of Directors, WBENC Board of Directors, WBEC DMV/ NY Board, and the USPAACC Scholarship Committee. She has been a speaker at numerous National and Local Procurement and Diversity Conferences. In addition, Ann has mentored several women and minority start up’s in an effort to help them grow their business. Ann holds her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Business and Commercial Management from India and has completed Executive Management from the Robins School of Business, University of Richmond Virginia and an Advance Management from the Kellogg School of Management Northwestern University Illinois.


Steven Rogers

Retired Harvard Business School Professor, Business Executive, and Published Author

Steven S. Rogers retired from Harvard Business School in 2019 where he was the "MBA Class of 1957 Senior Lecturer" in General Management. He taught Entrepreneurial Finance and his own course, "Black Business Leaders and Entrepreneurship." Prior to HBS, Professor Rogers taught in the MBA and PhD programs at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, where  he  received  the  Outstanding  Professor  Award  for  the  Executive  MBA  Program  26  times  and  daytime  program  twice. More  recently,  Rogers  joined  the  Steans  Family  Foundation  as  an  advisor to develop an economic plan for a poverty-stricken Black community in Chicago. In 2020, he  toured  10  HBCUs  where  he  taught  a  workshop  titled  “Entrepreneurial  Finance  for  Black  Entrepreneurs.” He has also served on the Board of Directors of several corporations.

Named one of the top 150 influential people in America by Ebony Magazine, Rogers is the author of The Entrepreneur's Guide to Finance and Business and multiple Harvard Business School case studies and podcasts focused on Black business and financial issues."


Lolita Walker-BishopLolita Walker-Bishop

Founder, Walker and Walker Enterprises

Lolita E. Walker is at the forefront of a movement that empowers women and teams to embrace, act, and thrive to renewed action. She helps you feel and trust the power in your pause. After 20 years in corporate, Lolita founded her personal and professional coaching and consultancy, Walker & Walker Enterprises.

Lolita’s superpower is that she gifts “spoken word gospel” to pull you greatness that is hidden within.  She is a certified life & executive coach, TEDx speaker, author of The Intersection of You & Change, podcast host of Coaching, Cocktails & Conversations, a retreat cultivator, and change champion for YOU.  

Lolita graduated from Morgan State University as an Industrial Engineer and Simmons College as a Masters in Business Administration. She is a woman and minority-owned small business owner, an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and holds leadership positions in several organizations. She’s been where you are and has gotten where you seek to be, in a renewed state of being. The benefit of having a partner who has reached the finish line successfully and systematically, is knowing that her methodologies are the enablers to help you and your teams soar beyond where they stand today.


Schawana Williams

Senior Business Analyst / Release Manager, Citizens Bank

As a member of the leadership team of the Women's Impact Network at Citizens Bank, Schawana Williams is passionate about bringing strategies and solutions to the diversity discussion. Her work is central to the Bank's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives. She brings the same creativity and diligence to that mission as she has to other organizations she has advocated for including Neighborhood Housing Services and The Cara Program. 

She has advised businesses both as a Commercial Lending Relationship Manager for Citizens Bank as well as a Consultant for the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. Her work with the latter focused on delivering technology tools that helped businesses thrive throughout the various stages of their business life cycle. She   currently manages and delivers commercial technology solutions for Citizens Bank.    


Lisa Wong

Town Manager, Town of Winchester
Former Mayor, City of Framingham

Lisa Wong was the Town Manager of Winchester and Lisa served four terms as Mayor of the city of Fitchburg. She received recognition for her work on issues including conservation, urban education, public health and anti-poverty initiatives. Lisa was the Executive Director of the Fitchburg Redevelopment Authority, and the Executive Director of the Women’s Institute of Housing and Economic Development. She is a Distinguished Fellow at UMASS Boston’s Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy. She served as a Senior Fellow at Governing, and taught at Clark University. She has degrees in Economics and International Relations from Boston University. Lisa serves on the University Advisory Board at Boston University and on the Boards of the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance, MassINC, ACLU of Massachusetts, Chinese Historical Society of New England and Ivy Child International. She was appointed in 2018 by Governor Charlie Baker to serve on the state’s Commonwealth Corporation board and appointed in 2021 to serve as Vice Chair of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Local Government Advisory Committee.


WBLC Planning Team

2021 Women Business Leaders Conference Planning Team

Gaby King Morse
President & CEO
Center for Women & Enterprise
 
Martha Engle 
Development Coordinator
Center for Women & Enterprise
 
Hana Lasell
Marketing Manager
Center for Women & Enterprise
 
Michelle Miller
VP Program Operations
Center for Women & Enterprise
 
Jennie Murphy
Director
VBOC of NE
 
Samantha Pevear
Digital Manager & Program Coordinator - Central MA
Center for Women & Enterprise
 
Mickey Riendeau
VP Marketing, Technology & Operations
Center for Women & Enterprise
 

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

 

2021 Women of Color Business Summit Planning Committee

Tracy Bennefield
Branch Manager
KeyBank
 
JocCole "JC" Burton
Founder & CEO
Maven Construction
 
Cecelia Chung
CEO & Founder
Little Celebrations Rentals
 
Erinn Corbett-Wright
Vice President, Charitable Foundation Program Manager
TD Bank
 
Musau Dibinga
CEO
OrigiNations Cultural Arts Center
 
Marième Doukouré-Amoa
Procurement Director – Global IT Infrastructure – CRVPM
State Street
 
Rashele Dudley
Vice President, Business Operations
State Street
 
Vicky Gray
CEO & Founder
New Chapter Home Improvement
 
Johanna Tejada
Portfolio Development Officer
Eastern Bank
 
Lizeth Velez
Founder & CEO
LJV Development
 
Kimberly E. Zouzoua
VP Strategic Partnerships
Center for Women & Enterprise