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Adrienne Graham
Founder/Business Growth Strategist
I’m Adrienne Graham, serial entrepreneur, investor, and CEO & Founder of Mogul Chix (a global company and community for Female Founders (especially Women of Color) of high growth companies). My mission is to build confidence, leadership & PROFITABILITY in Female Founders. I am solely focused on delivering powerful & measurable results; providing direct strategies to achieve next level success; open the eyes, ears, minds and hearts to new ways of doing business; and making the uncomfortable comfortable. I’m building MOGULS who build 7, 8 and 9+ figure COMPANIES.
I’ve been called a badass Strategic Business Growth Advisor who helps grown ass businesswomen build grown ass companies. I’m a disrupter not afraid to aim high & I never want to be the smartest person in the room. I’ve been creating learning platforms for women in business since the early 2000’s.
I saw there was a huge gap between the number of women-founded companies and male founded companies getting investment dollars. I noticed an even deeper problem for women of color getting access to investment dollars. Knowing that building solid, sustainable growth companies was key to attracting investment dollars, I set out to create a platform and community for women to do just that.
I work with women to grow, scale & make their companies investment ready. I works with clients in creating processes, systems and strategies to effectively scale, run, grow and position them for success. I created Mogul Chix Academy, a structured growth accelerator for female founders, and Mogul Chix Chat, a business talk podcast providing weekly doses of growth tips, a motivational word, the occasional read (when necessary) and conversations with successful high-earning, high-achieving entrepreneurs.
Armed with 24 years of business and entrepreneurial experience, my background includes staffing & HR, diversity, operations planning, product & service optimization, revenue planning, tech & digital platforms, customer experience design, training, business growth, global expansion and content production. I’ve been featured in publications, radio and TV shows including Black Enterprise Magazine, Forbes Magazine, Inc Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine, Fox Business, MSNBC, Essence Magazine, Fortune Magazine, Financial Times and more.
I’m an award winning radio show host, published author, speaker, a former mentor for the Straight Shot Accelerator in Omaha, NE, and former contributor to Forbes.
Areas of Expertise: Talent Management, Customer Experience, Operations, Revenue

 

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Tonya McNeal-Weary
International Business Expert
Tonya McNeal-Weary is an award-winning entrepreneur, international business expert, world traveler, author and global champion for women’s economic empowerment. She is the Founder of IBS Global Consulting, a global management consulting firm that specialize in helping small and medium-sized companies expand internationally.
For over a decade, Tonya has been helping entrepreneurs and small businesses connect to global markets. She travels to countries across the globe working with and advising entrepreneurs and owners of small businesses on how to “Think Global” and develop disruptive marketing strategies that sets them apart from the competition.
As a global champion for women’s economic empowerment, Tonya founded Michigan Association for Female Entrepreneurs (MAFE) in 2003, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting, promoting and empowering women entrepreneurs in Michigan. Through her work with MAFE, Tonya has helped thousands of women turn their entrepreneurial aspirations into realization.
Tonya launched the Women Going Global Movement to inspire and encourage women entrepreneurs to explore international business opportunities and scale their businesses beyond their local borders. Through the Women Going Global Movement, Tonya’s goal is to increase gender equality in international trade by removing barriers that limit women’s participation in global trade. She is the author of the forthcoming book “Women Going Global: Real-Life Stories of Women Entrepreneurs Doing Business Across Borders,” which shares inspiring true stories of 14 remarkable women from countries around the world who have overcome the odds, turned barriers into opportunities, and are successfully doing business beyond their country’s borders.
Tonya has earned numerous awards including, the Exceptional Women of Excellence Award, Global Trade Award, World of Difference 100 Award, Entrepreneurs of Distinction Award, and Women Making a Powerful Difference Award. She was also recently named one of the “10 Top Entrepreneurs To Follow In 2020” by MSP News Global.
Tonya is an Accredited Management Consultant and Certified Small Business Consultant. She holds an Executive Diploma in Management Consulting, an MBA in International Business and a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing.
Area of Expertise: Global Business Development

 

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Karwanna Dyson
Government Contracting Specialist
Karwanna Dyson is a Business Growth Strategist and Certified Business Coach who teaches Women & Minority Small Business Owners how to Grow Their Business With Government Contract so they can have consistent, sustainable income as a small business.
She’s the author of Trillion Dollar Secret to Government Contracts, The 3 Step BCP: Simple System Small Business Owners are Using to 10X Their Business Revenues in 6-12 Months and 10 Habits of The Highly Successful Entrepreneur.
With over 20 years experience as a successful entrepreneur, she has been able to build a multi-6 figure business selling her services to government agencies and is teaching others how to do the same
Karwanna has been featured in We Think Loud Media, the SBA SBDC, Star Tribune Business, CBS, NBC, Hoodline and more.
Area of Expertise: Government Contracts

 

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Radiance Harris, Esq
Attorney
I’m Radiance Harris, Esq. I’m an award-winning trademark attorney and entrepreneur.  As the founder and managing attorney of Radiance IP Law, LLC, I help small and emerging businesses protect, monetize, and leverage profitable brands with trademarks so that they can establish legal ownership and protection, distinguish themselves from competitors, and prevent theft.
I started my legal career at one of the world’s largest law firms where I counseled and represented Fortune 200 companies on all aspects of trademark law.  After working at a big law firm for several years, I transitioned to a smaller reputable intellectual property boutique law firm and did the same kind of work. Although I loved the work that I did and the awesome clients I served, I realized that I was not a fan of the traditional law firm or billable hour model, and neither were my clients. Therefore, I launched my own law practice, Radiance IP Law, to offer big law firm expertise and experience to small and emerging businesses at a fraction of the cost.
I focus my dynamic practice on trademark law.  I’ve been recognized as a leader in the intellectual property law field and the legal community both locally and nationally.  Unlike other attorneys, I offer unique flat rate options that allow my clients to get more work for less money than if they were paying me by the hour. I am able to deliver quality Big Law-caliber services to my clients for less money.  I am barred in Maryland and the District of Columbia, but I work with clients nationwide because trademark law is a federal practice.
Area of Expertise: IP Law, Trademark Protection

 

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Amiah Sheppard
Pitch Advisor
I’m Amiah Sheppard and I focus on founders that use their uniqueness to get their companies funding. Through Sheppard Consulting Group, I provide the tools and resources for founders to position their company for funding immediately. In addition to being an in-demand Pitch Coach, I’m also an angel investor and active advisor. In leveraging my expertise to help accelerate a company’s growth exponentially, I help founders tackle the bottlenecks that keep them from organizational success.
I specialize in bridging the digital divide for companies focusing on their customer engagement and marketing, strategy, operations, and capital efficiency strategies. Before devoting my work full time to founder education, I led investments and accelerated 24 underrepresented founders, plus helped invest and support 100 other underrepresented founders internationally at a $7 million dollar venture fund. After that experience, I took that knowledge and ran a pro-bono accelerator at a legacy nonprofit in South LA for 6 local startups and small businesses.
Recognized as an innovative and passionate thought leader in tech, I was featured on HBCU.vc’s 2019 30 under 30 The Future of Venture Capital. I am a member of Columbia University Venture Community, LAVA, and BlackVC, and in 2019, I was voted Visionary Investor of the Year via VentureFuel. I’m presently pursuing a Masters in industrial and Organizational Psychology and reside in Los Angeles, CA.
Area of Expertise: Pitching, Venture Capital

 

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Atiyah Brown
Accountant/CPA

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Area of Expertise: Business Finance, Tax, Budgeting

 

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Stacy K. Vaughn
I am the Co-Owner, Managing Partner, Compliance Specialist at D-Unity Group in Atlanta, GA. I’m a Business Strategist for contracts and grants for B2B and B2G companies. I work with disadvantage companies: 8(a), 8(m), DOT-DBE, SDVOSB, EDWOSB, WOSB, SB, MBE, etc with business consulting, coaching & training with step by step process & procedure in getting certifications and qualifying for government contracts.
A former Government Service (GS) Employee & a Federal contractor for the Department of Defense, I have over 20+ years of experience in various areas of contracting. As an Independent Business Consultant & Entrepreneur, I have a proven track record of directing all phases of operations & program/project management, networking, business development, strategic planning, contract management & marketing for various size businesses that want to get into government contracting.
I hold a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA), a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Human Services from the University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.
Areas of Expertise: Certification, Government Contracts