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|.||Marla Bilonik – CEO: Latino Economic Development Center
Marla Bilonick was named LEDC’s Executive Director in 2014. She rejoined LEDC in 2012 as Director of Small Business Development after first working at the organization in 1999 as a microloan officer. As Executive Director, she leads LEDC’s regional efforts to drive the economic and social advancement of low- to moderate-income Latinos and other D.C. and Baltimore area residents by equipping them with the skills and tools to achieve financial independence.
Prior, she worked for Seedco with entrepreneurs in Lower Manhattan New York that were impacted by the 2001 attacks of 9/11 so that they could be retained and could grow. As director of the Upper Manhattan Business Solutions Center,her team worked with entrepreneurs in Harlem to launch and expand businesses. Her work in micro-finance for DAI in settings such as Bolivia, El Salvador, Mexico, Nicaragua, and her native Panama provides her with cultural sensitivity that is useful for working with LEDC’s core constituents. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin at Madison and received her Master of Arts degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies-SAIS.
Marla is a member of the Board of Directors of the Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development-CNHED and a member of the Montgomery County Comprehensive Economic Strategy Advisory Group. She’s a former Aspen Institute Emerging Leaders in Microbusiness-ELM2 Fellow and is a graduate of the Citi/Opportunity Finance Network (OFN)’s Leadership Program for Opportunity Finance at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Marla currently serves on Capital One Bank’s Community Advisory Council and is a member of the Equity Committee of the Opportunity Finance Network (OFN)’s Board of Directors. She was named a Community Champion for the Washington, DC metropolitan area by Capital One Bank in 2015.
She resides in the Maryland suburbs with her husband and three children, Matteo (11), Luca (10), and Romy (4).
|.||Dr. Claudia Campos – Founder & Voice: Health, Sex, & Domestic Violence
Claudia Campos was born in Cali, Colombia.
She studied Clinical Physiology at the Catholic University, Bogotá, Colombia and received a Master’s of Sexual Education as well as a PHD and Master’s of Human Sexuality and Couple’s Therapy from the University of Tenerife, Spain.
Dr. Campos has worked in the area of sexual and reproductive health for over 20 years with various private and public sector agencies and organizations nationally and internationally.
As a professional and advocate in her native Colombia, she helped pass and implement historic legislation which mandated sexual education be provided at all levels in educational institutions in the country.
Since her arrival in the U.S. more than 19 years ago, she has worked tirelessly as a prominent Latina community leader, health professional, and advocate, to defend and promote women’s rights in the Latino community; particularly on issues relating to domestic and partner violence and sexual and reproductive health. She is well known and admired for her charisma, dedication and commitment to improving the lives of disenfranchised Latino communities in the Washington DC Metropolitan Area.
She is faithfully followed as a radio, TV, and print media personality, having for several years collaborated with various local, national, and international media outlets to bring timely, trustworthy, and reliable information on sexual and reproductive health issues to a broad spectrum of audiences. She is known as the first Latina in the Washington DC Metropolitan Area to speak openly and educate without stigma or taboos on human sexuality. She is especially popular on the radio, where she participates in the “Pedro Biaggi” show (El Zol 107.9 FM) where she hosts a live questions and answers segment. Dr. Campos also writes a column “Palabra de Mujer” for the El Tiempo Latino newspaper, a publication of the Washington Post and hosts a segment – “Salud, Sexo y Vida” – on Noticias Univision Washington DC.
She has published extensively and led numerous workshops and conferences on sexual education and reproductive and public health.
More information about Dr. Campos and examples of her work can be found on her website: www.claudialcampos.com
|.||Jennifer Lubrani Cisneros – CEO: LATISM
Jennifer Lubrani Cisneros is a seasoned bilingual digital marketing professional who has led the development of web, mobile, tablet, and social media campaigns; she is a digital leader who has managed a wide-range of creative and technical development teams. While working at Ogilvy Public Relations, her team was named a finalist in PR Week Awards for the category of Multi-Cultural Marketing Campaign.
Jennifer has a passionate using the web for social change and working to empower the Latino community. She has extensive experience developing and executing digital communication strategies and tactics targeting Latino audiences. She is currently the executive director for Latinos in Social Media (LATISM), a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to advancing the social, civic and economic status of the Latino community through online and social platforms.
|.||Natalie Madeira Cofield – Entrepreneur, Founder/CEO: Walker’s Legacy
Natalie Madeira Cofield is a millennial serial entrepreneur, diversity champion, and award-winning executive. Cofield began her career working three jobs in high school, attended college at age 16, started her first company at 26, and later went on to become a three-time CEO by age 30.
Today, Cofield is the Founder & CEO of Walker’s Legacy, Walker’s Legacy Foundation and Urban Co-Lab.
Walker’s Legacy, a Google partner firm, is an organization she created to inspire, equip and empower professional and enterprising women which boasts a network of more than 14,000 women and growing. The organization has been named by Inc Magazine as one of the ’25 Companies Determined to See Women Succeed’. The global women in business collective, which currently operates in more than twenty cities across the country, also has an adjoined nonprofit arm, Walker’s Legacy Foundation, funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, which was founded in 2016.
Urban Co-Lab is a social impact and inclusion incubator in Austin, Texas which was awarded one of the Top 10 Co-Working Spaces in Austin by CultureMap within the first two weeks of its opening in 2015. The organization is noted for producing and publishing the first Startup Diversity Report for the City of Austin.
As an advocate, Cofield has served as the youngest person to testify before the US Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship in 2009 and is a sought after expert for government and corporations on topics of diversity and inclusion.
|.||Kate Glantz– D.C. Director of Entrepreneur Initiatives, SEED SPOT & Founder and CEO, Heartful.ly
Kate Glantz is a mission-driven community builder and entrepreneur living and dreaming at the intersection of technology and social good. Kate is the D.C. Director of Entrepreneur Initiatives at SEED SPOT incubator as well as co-founder and CEO of Heartful.ly, a gift registry for giving back.
Kate had a mission to make weddings a public good. She founded philanthropic wedding registry platform startup Heartful.ly early in 2015 after a career in international development. Following a term of service with the Peace Corps, she worked at the CDC, the State Department and returned to work for the Peace Corps at their D.C. headquarters. Her work has included diplomacy for the U.S. effort against HIV and AIDS and creating an advocacy campaign to fight malaria that reached 30 countries.
||Mimi Hassanein – Sr Fellow: Middle Eastern Advisory Group, MoCo
Mimi Hassanein works at the Montgomery County Office of Community Partnerships as Senior Fellow. Mimi has or is serving on the boards of Empowered Women International, Muslim Women Association and Sandy Spring Museum. Mimi also served on the Middle Eastern Advisory Group and the Commission on Child Care. Mimi is an elected member of the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee, and has volunteered as Vice Chair of the Program Committee of the Woman’s Democratic National Club, the Hospitality Committee for the Martin Luther King Annual Event and the Human Rights Commission. Mimi graduated from Senior Leadership Montgomery in 2011 and Emerge Maryland in 2013.
||Whitney Parnell, Co-Founder and CEO of Service Never Sleeps
Whitney is a rising Millennial activist, and the Co-Founder and CEO of Service Never Sleeps. She grew up between Latin America and West Africa as a Foreign Service child. At Washington University in St. Louis, Whitney doubled majored in English and Spanish, and minored in Communications and Journalism, during which she also embraced her calling as a “Professional Humanitarian.” Whitney’s passion for service and social justice brought her to Washington, DC to serve with Americorps (City Year), and then work in homeless services for three years, before founding Service Never Sleeps in 2015. Whitney is excited to create a movement of service and allies by igniting quick social change through mass civic engagement and collaboration.
Whitney released her first single, “The Talk,” earlier this year. The song is a preview to the upcoming summer release of Whitney’s social justice album, “What Will You Do.”
Michelle Roth delivers financial performance, customer satisfaction, operational excellence, and employee satisfaction. She and her team of 11-15 people focus on achieving aggressive sales growth targets, providing superior service while maintaining consistency for overall efficiency for the region. Serving in the financial industry since 1988 in various executive roles, her expertise spans multiple lines of business. Most recently, her focus has been the small business trade area, capitalizing on her expansive understanding of the financial industry. Michelle has served in multiple capacities on various boards and is an active volunteer in her community. Michelle is happily married with 3 children. She holds a BS in Business Education from the University of Maryland.
|.||Judy Stephenson – Montgomery County Small Business Navigator
Judy Stephenson is the Montgomery County Small Business Navigator, serving as a liaison between small businesses and county departments. Her past experience of running a small technical-training company in Gaithersburg for 10 years gives her a first-hand understanding of the challenges small business owners face. She is a passionate supporter of the local small business community. Judy has held board positions at the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, the Montgomery County Business Roundtable for Education and LearnServe International.
|.||Danielle Tate – Entrepreneur, Author, Founder: MissNowMrs
Danielle Tate is an entrepreneur, best-selling author, spokeswoman, and speaker with a career that spans a decade in startup world. In 2007 she founded MissNowMrs.com, an online name-change service that has scaled to over 350,000 customers in 2 countries. In consequent years she launched brand extensions such as GetYourNameBack.com, and NameChangeNextStep.com, along with platform extensions including The Married Name Game and MarriageLicenseNow.com. In 2016 she wrote Elegant Entrepreneur: The Female Founders Guide to Starting & Growing Your First Company, with the mission to lower the barriers to entry and success for women entrepreneurs. This mission led her to donate audio downloads of Elegant Entrepreneur to women’s incubators, accelerators, and business groups around the globe.
Danielle is active in the startup community as an alumna of MindShare, advisor to Describli, spokeswoman for Empowered Women International, a non-profit that uses entrepreneurship education to empower immigrant, refugee, and at-risk women in the Washington DC Metropolitan area, mentor to the cohorts of Empowered Women International, and super connector of female founders.
As an entrepreneur and thought leader, Danielle has been featured in numerous publications and media outlets, ranging from The Washington Post, Forbes, Fortune, InStyle, Huffington Post, Investor’s Business Daily, Reuters, Kiplinger, Business News Daily, The Washington Business Journal, Verily Magazine, Technical.ly, DCInno, DC Trending, and Bethesda Magazine. She has been interviewed on FOX National News, NBC DC News, KTLA-LA Morning News, and Better TV among others. She also contributes to Forbes, Huffington Post, and Fast Company.
||Julia Westfall – CEO: Hera Hub
Julia is the founder and CEO of Hera Hub DC, a professional work and meeting space for women business owners in the Washington DC Metro area.
Julia’s passion for supporting women business owners comes from her 20+ years working with small businesses, helping them manage their financial and HR needs. She is focused on building a vibrant community and network of women in business that fosters collaboration and supports the launch and growth of their businesses.
Through her work as the Hera Hub DC founder, she supports organizations focused on entrepreneurship and women in business.