Business Women of Loudoun Forum: Shattering the Glass Ceiling

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Women Who’ve Changed the Game and Changed the Boardroom

The Business Women of Loudoun are proud and grateful to present to you Shattering the Glass Ceiling half-day forum. This unique and diverse cast of speakers features women who are both leaders in their industries and in our community and will share personal stories, lessons learned, and critical advice.

Keynote: Julie Donaldson, Washington Commanders

The afternoon will kick-off with our first panel, “Owning Your Place at the Table – Negotiation Skills for Leadership Success.” These women will discuss what it truly means to step-up with power and persistence to ensure that you are negotiating the best outcome for YOU, whether that be in your day-to-day business or outside of office hours. Learning how to put your best foot forward is a non-negotiable skill. You are your our own greatest asset!

The second panel, “Breaking Barriers” features women who are truly paving the way and forging their own formidable paths in industries that have traditionally been considered male-dominated. From transportation services to government contracting to wine-making, these women are innovators and proof that rules are made for breaking and glass ceilings made for shattering.

This inaugural half-day forum will feature our Keynote Speaker Julie Donaldson, Senior Vice President of Media and Content for the Washington Commanders, whose own journey of growth and perseverance embodies both a determination never to undervalue her worth and to be a trailblazer in her current role.

Join us as these inspirational women share educational messages that will motivate and encourage you to continue pushing onward and upward in your own personal and professional journey.

Panel #1: Owning Your Place at the Table – Negotiation Skills for Leadership Success
Moderator: Carol Barbe, Backflow Technology
Erica Rowe Founder/Chief Connector, Business Brand Ambassador, LLC
Colleen Campbell, Senior Vice President, Morgan Stanley
Jennifer Guida, Attorney at Law, Westlake Legal Group

Panel #2: Breaking Barriers – Successful Women Share Their Journeys in Male Dominated Fields
Moderator: Alice Frazier, BCT-The Community’s Bank
Kristina Bouweiri, President & CEO, Reston Limousine
Susan Mitchell, Founder & CEO, Athari BioSciences, Inc.
Kindra Dionne, Owner, Fifty Leven Wine

NOTE: The Loudoun Chamber strives to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including those with disabilities, to engage fully. To request an accommodation or for inquiries about accessibility, please contact a Chamber team member.

Investment of $1,200

  • Year-long logo recognition on all marketing
  • Company logo featured in post-event email sent to all attendees with information and content about the event
  • Two tickets to each event
  • Display table at in-person events


Limit two per event, Investment of $750

  • Logo recognition on all event marketing materials for chosen event
  • Two minute company presentation during the virtual event
  • Two tickets to event

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