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at the River Creek Club - Leesburg, VA

March 24, 2024
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM 

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Join us for the Power of Change

10th annual Power Up Women's Conference. 


Afternoon Tea with a Living Legend

Daphne Maxwell Reid

As women, we lead, nurture, inspire, and create possibilities. We believe that all things are possible! All dreams are achievable, and nothing can stand in our way through the POWER of PERSISTENCE.

Now is the time to be stronger, to dig deeper, and to make the changes in your life you have always wanted to make.

Ticket costs include tea, special guests, and special gifts:

$99.00, Seating is Limited.

Get your tickets TODAY!


Special Event

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Daphne Maxwell Reid is best known as Aunt Vivian from the hit comedy, "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air". Her 40-year acting career is still vital with roles on many new television programs including starring and guest-starring roles on TV and in film: Jacqueline & Jilly, Harriet, The Business of Christmas I & II, Trophy Wife, Bel Air, and Fantasy Island.


Presently serving on the following boards, her involvement in the community at large rounds out a full schedule; the Richmond Ballet Board, and the ChildFund International Board.


Daphne Maxwell Reid is an avid photographer of DOORS from around the world and is exhibiting and selling her collection entitled “Daphne Maxwell Reid’s Fresh Prints®” at speaking engagements, art gatherings and on her website: Four beautifully published books of her photographs, “DOORS”, “Opening Closed Doors: Cuba 2015”, “Belgium: Doors Old & New”, and “France”, (accounts of her worldwide journeys to capture the portals) are available on her website. Also available on the website, “Grace, Soul & Motherwit: A Cookbook Spiced with Personal Memories”. She has taken her international door photos and created a fabric from which she makes a limited edition of her beautifully lined tote bags. Daphne collaborated with Stacy Hawkins Adams, a Richmond author of wonderful books, to create a note card collection of Daphne’s photos and Stacy’s thoughtful messages.


In keeping with her desire to express all facets of her creativity, Daphne has launched her custom made, wearable art collection: Chinese silk brocade “toppers” called Daphne Style. She has also created a collection of face masks with removable HEPA filters. Yes, she custom makes them all herself.


Bernadette J. Carroll

Author, Speaker and Power Up Conference CEO & Founder

Bernadette is the founder and organizer of the life-changing Power Up Women’s & Teens Conference, now in its ninth year.  She is a sought-after speaker, writer, author, life coach, and marketing guru with over 15 years of marketing experience.

Bernadette believes in celebrating the lives and work of other women in and around the community. This act of gratitude is portrayed in her conference as she seeks to honor, recognize, and celebrate other women for their contribution to the world. 

Bernadette is a loving wife and mother of two amazing children.  She is an active member of: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Psi Rho Omega Chapter in Loudoun County, Jack & Jill of America Inc., and the Northern Virginia Chapter. 


Word on the Street

Over 96% of attendees rate the conference as "Excellent", making the Power Up Women's Conference the highest rated conference in the Northern Virgina area.


The conference literally changed my life. I left feeling empowered and I got to meet so many great women.

Justine Williams, Silver Springs, Maryland

Great job with the conference, Bernadette! Keep it up, I can't wait to come back next year!

Shinece Johnson, Toronto, Canada

The conference was fabulous! Normally conferences just have one or two good speakers, but this conference had over 20.

Zaundra Cole, Ashburn, Virginia


2024 Theme

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Live with Purpose.

Don’t waste any more time stumbling through life. It’s important to have a purpose. A purpose sets the entire context for our lives. The good news is purpose is not something that others choose for us; rather, it is something we must choose for ourselves. But choose we must.

Take time to identify your purpose. Join us and learn how living life on purpose allows you to access the POWER of YOU.

Live with Passion.

If you want to be successful and produce extraordinary results in life, you must live your life with passion! Most of the time, it is our passion that drives us into taking action and doing our best. If you don’t know what you are passionate about, you will live a boring life and you will never perform at your best. And when you are living a passionate life, you are living a purposeful life. Your passion is the energy that powers your dreams.


Make your dreams come true, join us and learn how to find your passion and unleash the POWER of YOU.

Live with Power. ​

When we aspire to succeed, whether in business, career, or relationships, we typically set our sights on external factors and on the results, we are trying to achieve. But true lasting success comes when we conquer the internal factors – “excuses” - which prevent us from realizing our true potential.

Join us and a learn how to take a “No Excuses” approach to being accountable for your own success and unlock the POWER of YOU.

Join us and learn how to live with Purpose, Passion and Power!


Legacy of Power Up Honorees

Now in our 10th year, the Power Up Women's Conference and Your Life Matters Too have had the unique privilege of honoring over 25+  women who have made exceptional contributions to our community.   These women represent what it means to be Powered Up! We are happy to present the 2022 class of Honorees.   Please come out to the conference to support these amazing women of distinction.

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Trailblazer Award Honoree

Michelle Davis-Younger

Mayor Manassas, Virginia


Trailblazer Award Honoree

Michele Meyer-Shipp

CEO of Dress for Success


Lifetime Achievement Award Honoree

The Honorable Lorrie Sinclair Taylor

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Lifetime Achievement Award Honoree

Gladys Fitzhugh-Pemberton


Trailblazer Award Honoree

Danielle Brown

Past National President,

Jack and Jill of America, Inc.


Women of the Year Honoree

Dr. Angela Bess


At the River Creek Club in Leesburg, VA

March 24, 2024

Check-in 4:00 PM

Time to Get Power Up!


Conference Kick-off

Bernadette J. Carroll, Founder & CEO, Power Up Women's Conference


Special Guest Interview

Daphne Maxwell Reid


Closing and Conference Wrap-Up!




Our Sponsors & Exhibitors

Working Together

We’re proud to present our list of sponsors for this year’s conference. Without the support of these companies and organizations, we wouldn’t have the resources and funds necessary to organize this powerful and unforgettable event.

Interested in becoming a sponsor? We always welcome the opportunity to develop new partnerships, so get in touch if you’d like to learn more.

Higher Mark Consulting

Conference Pricing

 Tickets On Sale Now
Limited Engagement Event

We are thrilled to be expecting a large, excited audience for this conference. With an exceptional group of speakers featuring key influencers throughout the industry, this is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear directly from the pros.


Take advantage of the chance to get inspired by some truly talented individuals.

Buy your ticket today to make sure your spot is reserved!

Special Pricing

Get in Touch

We hope you're able to attend. If you have questions about the registration process, our schedule or general information, don’t hesitate to reach out.


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River Creek Club

Leesburg, VA

About the

Power Up Women's Conference

Brought to you by Your Life Matters Too™


What is Your Life Matters Too?

Your Life Matters Too is a northern Virginia-based self-development and empowerment consultancy focused on inspiring healthy living by adopting a full-circle approach to life through the connection of the mind, body and spirit. YMLT works in conjunction with Life Matters Corp, a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization focusing on empowering and uplifting women and teens to bring you the Power Up Women's Conference for Women and Teens.


To learn more, visit or call us at 469-766-8225. 

About The Founder


Bernadette's passion is to educate and inspire others to fully embrace life and adopt healthier lifestyles. She is a mother, wife, christian, marketing professional, speaker, entrepreneur, writer and lifestyle blogger.

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