Curious observer. Event extraordinaire. Catalyst for change. Patricia Bradby has a passion for connecting people to resources and experiences that align with their needs and interests while also helping them to grow both personally and professionally. She currently serves as the Communications and Events Manager for Leadership Metro Richmond, and volunteers as the Community Team Lead for TEDxRVA.
Patricia is also the owner of Miss Priss Tea Co, an upscale mobile tea parlor the seeks to bring the classic tradition of afternoon tea back to modernity. Her events and catering services bring together women of all ages to enjoy time away from digital distractions, learning from one another while finding comfort and relaxation in every cup.
Pineapple is a collaborative community for women and food. It's a collection of experiences, conversations, events and shared meals that foster inspiration for women in the food industry and women interested in food. Pineapple sets out to celebrate leaders they pine for, and gives them a platform to share their story and connect with others. They provide a space for women to collaborate with, learn from, and support one another in all of their endeavors. Ultimately, they're striving to make women shine, and create a national circuit of women-supporting-women in the food world and beyond.
Ali Greenberg is the founder of The Broad - a making space for women in Richmond. Before moving to the city earlier this year, Ali worked in the ad world in NYC where she established brand platforms and strategies for clients like Uber, Capital One and UPS - even advising a Prime Minister on nation branding and tourism. Now home in RVA, Ali is focused on designing spaces and creating opportunities for women to connect and collaborate - The Broad, a coworking space meets social club, will open in early 2018 in Jackson Ward.
Jay Ell Alexander
Jay Ell Alexander is a public relations professional with a genuine commitment to giving back to the community through her passion for communications, health and fitness.
Alexander wears many hats in her day to day profession. She is the owner of The Vaughn Strategy Communications and Public Relations, providing small businesses with strategic pr and communications consultation. Additionally, she serves as the National Manager & Public Relations Director for the national running organization, Black Girls RUN!, managing the local mobilization of communities and the running groups and overseeing the communications and marketing for the national brand. She was one of the founding Ambassadors of the Black Girls RUN! Richmond local group in 2012.
In 2015, Alexander received the Public Relations Society of America Richmond Chapter Rising Star Award for her stellar public relations track record and contributions to the industry. In 2017, she was was honored with the IPower Richmond’s Top 30 Under 30 designation for her leadership and commitment to the city of Richmond.
Instagram: @officialblackgirlsrun @curlznpumpz
Twitter: @blackgirlsrun @curlznpumpz
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Native Collaboration is an award-winning digital marketing and brand experience firm. Native amplifies what is inherently original or native about a brand to grow its presence into new communities and subcultures. With an intentional pulse on both the traditional and contemporary, Native brings new relevance to established brands and gives added sustainability to what’s current.
They are also working with the state of VA for the next two years to spotlight diversity & opportunity in communities across nine different regions. This is an exciting chance to meet and give voice to people who are often unrecognized.
Jessamyn Stanley is the author of Every Body Yoga, as well as an internationally recognized yoga teacher, award-winning Instagram star (@mynameisjessamyn), and body-positive advocate. She has been profiled by a wide range of media, including Good Morning America, TIME, New York, Glamour, Shape, People, Essence, Lenny Letter, and many others. In 2017, Fast Company named her one of the Most Creative People in Business. When she’s not on the road teaching, she lives in Durham, North Carolina.
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Racheal Cook is an award winning business strategist who believes entrepreneurship doesn’t have to be so complicated. Through her signature online mastermind Sweet Spot Strategy, she helps women entrepreneurs design a predictably profitable business without burning out.
A sought after speaker on entrepreneurship, marketing, and productivity, Racheal’s work has been featured on US Chamber of Commerce, Entrepreneur on Fire, Female Entrepreneur Association, The Mogul Mom, Smart Passive Income, and more. She’s also the author of the Amazon Bestseller books Fired Up & Focused and Your Business Sweet Spot.
In 2007, Tonya Rapley was fighting for her life in a relationship that was physically, emotionally, and financially abusive. Today she is an award-winning, internationally recognized financial educator and entrepreneur who has impacted the lives of thousands.
Tonya became a Certified Financial Educator in 2013 and embarked on a mission to inspire others to take control of their financial future. Tonya was deemed the “New Face of Wealth Building” by Black Enterprise Magazine and featured as their cover subject.
In 2016 her blog, My Fab Finance, was named the "best personal finance blog for women" by the Plutus Foundation. Tonya was also recognized as one of the most influential women in personal finance on Twitter. Not your average financial educator, Tonya uses her own story and experiences to empower women and girls of all ages with tools to change their lives. She is a full-time entrepreneur and host of Fab Finance with Tonya web-series on Centric.
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Claire Wasserman is the founder of Ladies Get Paid, a career development organization that helps women advocate for themselves at work. Through in-person events and online community, women support each other by sharing advice, resources, job opportunities, and more. Claire is currently touring the country, hosting town halls for thousands of women to talk about work and self-worth. Since their launch in Summer 2016, LGP has grown to 8,000+ members from all 50 states and more than 50 countries.
Previously, she was the Director of Marketing at Working Not Working, a curated network of creative professionals.
Following his studies in London under Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen, Christian Siriano launched his eponymous collection in 2008. The Christian Siriano collection is shown each season at New York Fashion Week, and presented in New York and Paris to retailers. Known for whimsical and show-stopping design – from fantasy evening gowns and cocktail dresses to tailored sportswear, intricately detailed shoes and accessories – the collection can be found at department stores and specialty boutiques around the globe. In 2012, the first flagship Christian Siriano store opened in New York City, and in 2013 he was inducted as a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA).
Dubbed "the new king of old-school glamour" by Elle and "the next billion-dollar designer" by Yahoo! Style, his designs have appeared on the world's biggest stars and most prestigious red carpets. He counts entertainment's leading ladies as clients, from stars of film, to icons of music, to stars of television and icons of fashion.
Kelli Lemon is a "Social Entrepreneur/Consultant" that is passionate about changing how people "LIVE" Richmond, Virginia. Formerly the Business Manager of Mama J's restaurant, Kelli is now working for herself (Like The Fruit, LLC) to socially connect people through food, sports, arts and education. She is an on air personality for Radio One Richmond's Kiss FM and iPower and hosts a weekly podcast called "Coffee with Strangers". Kelli hosts various social events including The Richmond Jazz Festival, After Hours at The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Family Day at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens and Dinner En Blanc Richmond. She's also assisted in creating unique urban events in RVA including RVA Pop Up Parties, Hip Hop BINGO, Ready 2 Give Charity Events, Dinner and a DJ, HeART & Soul Brew Fest, Richmond Black Restaurant Week and The Art of Noise. Kelli got her Bachelor of Science degree from UVA and Master's in Education from VCU.
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Virginia Strobach is, to quote the great Afro-Latina icon, Cardi B, “just a regular degular shmegular girl.” As a self-taught artist/illustrator, she has drawn most of her inspiration from her experiences growing up as the only daughter in her large, mixed heritage family. With the kind of Latina mother that would pack arróz con pollo in her Barbie lunchbox, and a father as American as socks and sandals, Virginia always knew that becoming a quirky, artsy mixture of her parents was an inevitable part of her destiny. After graduating from The College of William and Mary with a Psychology degree, Virginia moved to Richmond on a whim. Here, she was accepted into the Richmond Ad Club mentorship program and paired as a mentee to Diane Cook-Tench, founder of the nationally recognized and award-winning VCU Brandcenter and recent One Show Creative Hall of Fame winner. Through the support of her bold and fearless mentor, Virginia established herself as an artist/illustrator and infodoodler for clients such as Capital One, The Valentine Museum, and the Visual Arts Center of Richmond. In addition to her client work, she has also contributed to local events such as the local chapter of the international monthly lecture series, CreativeMornings, and TEDxRVAWomen.