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Welcome to 5th Annual Power Up Women's Conference

Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles

March 16, 2019

8:00AM - 2:00PM

Leadership | Entrepreneurship | Networking | Career | Relationships | Health | & more

Join us for a life empowering experience.

The Power Up Women's Conference is a game changer and will ignite the Power in YOU.

It's Time to Get Powered Up!


$49.99 Teens - $99 Adults* 

*Limited Time Only Regular Price $125

Register Today.

Conference Headliners

Icons & Luminaires

We’re proud to feature a list of prominent women who are at the forefront of their fields. These professionals are always eager to share their knowledge and inspire like-minded enthusiasts. Read more about this year’s speakers below, and register today to reserve your spot at this life-changing experience!.

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Daphne Maxwell Reid

Actress, Photographic Artist,
Designer & Resonance Woman

Fans of the popular ‘90s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air know Daphne Maxwell Reid as Will Smith’s “Aunt Viv.” Others remember Reid as the first woman of color to appear on the cover of Glamour magazine.  But what you may not know is that Maxwell Reid has reinvented herself as a designer, author, and an education activist.

Don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to hear from a cultural icon.


Danielle Brown

National President,
Jack and Jill of America, Inc.

A prominent leader in her field, Danielle Brown is always seeking to break new ground and share her knowledge.  Danielle Brown is the newly minted national president of Jack and Jill of America, Inc and focuses her passion and efforts on developing our next generation of leaders.

Don’t miss out on Danielle’s insights, challenging us to do more for our communities to help drive change and progress.


Dr. Crystal Kuykendall

Educator, Attorney, & Human Relations Expert

Crystal Kuykendall is "phenomenal", "insightful" "inspiring"! As a gifted and gracious public speaker with a professional history that goes beyond her title of 'expert', Crystal is a powerful global figure in the field of human development. She’s presented at over 1,000 national and international conferences.  Whether she’s addressing CEOs, educators, administrators, youth, or seniors, she facilitates self-analysis while inspiring change and growth.

Come and hear as Crystal helps unlock the Power of You.

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Deborah Owens

Financial Expert, Media Personality, Author & Speaker

Deborah Owens, America's Wealth Coach™, is a financial services veteran with more than 20 years of experience and a former vice president for Fidelity Investments. She is on a mission to show people of all incomes how to build and maintain wealth.

Don’t miss the powerful insight and encouragement Deborah will share as she helps us understand that the wealth we seek is within our reach

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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

 Conference Speakers

Movers and Shakers

To help you get focused, get energized and get going our wonderful motivational and inspirational speakers will share incredible personal stories of success, failure, and persistence.


Read more about this year’s speakers below, and don't forget to register today.

This conference will sell out.

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Managing Partner, Ceres Talent

Kathy McConnell

Kathy McConnell is a professional modern-day matchmaker for some of the largest technology companies in DC area and across the country. With over 25 years of experience in marketing and tech, she uses her keen talents to help companies find the best candidates and job seekers opportunity that best fits their talents and career ambitions.



is worthy of all superlatives. With a breathtaking mastery and unflinching portrayals... a vocal flexibility that enables her to acutely pass from a tearful murmur to a firm luminosity. And her dramatic intelligence is worthy of the great "lionesses" of the lyric theater. An artist whose international career is still at its dawning, this young and beautiful American should reach the summit quickly. Provided, of course, that she preserves the incandescent glow that currently emanates from her every word and gesture. 

-Opera Magazine


Tammarrah Addison is a professional theatre director and certified educator who has taught theatre, speech and English for over 10 years on the East and West coasts as well as overseas. She is an accomplished poetess who has recorded two spoken word albums which are available on all major online outlets: Unbossed Unapologetic Vol. 1: Superwoman and Unbossed Unapologetic Vol. 2: Temerity. Both albums provide listeners with varied perspectives on love, purpose,and choices. 

Special Guest Performances


How to live with Purpose, Passion and Power!

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!

 Teen Edition

Power Up Women's Conference | Teen Edition

Let's Get Powered Up!

We are committed to empowering and educating teen girls to take charge of their future.  That’s why we are pleased to launch the 2nd Annual POWER UP WOMEN’S CONFERENCE for Teens. 


This is a must attend event featuring separate tracks and sessions for the attendees.

The Teen’s conference is designed to equip our next generation of leaders for success, featuring sessions designed for young ladies ages 14-18. Experts will share tips on building self-confidence, interview techniques, money management, STEM and much more.

  • Self Esteem

  • Academic Readiness

  • Interviewing Skills

  • Science and Technology

  • Life Skills

  • Social Media


Our young ladies have amazing futures, and this experience will help prepare them to step into their destinies.

2019 Power Up Honorees

Now in our fifth 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 2019 class of Honorees.   Please come out to the conference to support these amazing women of distinction.

Lifetime Achievement Award Honoree

Dr. Crystal A. Kuykendall

Woman of the Word


Pastor Michelle Thomas

Inspiring Leader Award Honoree

Mary Grate-Pyos

Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles

March 16, 2019


Registration & Check In

Breakfast & Networking


8:00 AM

Conference Kick-off

8:30AM - 11:30AM

Morning Sessions


Expo & Networking


Luncheon Keynote


Afternoon Sessions


Closing Remarks


Hot Topics - Fireside Chat

Expo & Networking

Paying it Forward

Each year the women of the Power Up Women's Conference supports a local charity which helps women and children. This year, we are supporting Pearls Empowerment, mentoring for girls.


Pearls Empowerment, Inc. is a diverse 501 (c) (3) organization, faith-based mentoring program open to ALL girls 5th thru 12th grade, no matter their economic status.  We seek to inspire, empower & nurture the potential in each girl, addressing the whole child so they are prepared, equipped, affirmed & renewed for success!

P.E.A.R.L.S. Empowerment, Inc.

Who We Are

PEARLS is a diverse, faith-based mentoring program open to ALL girls 5th thru 12th grade, no matter their economic status.  We seek to inspire, empower  & nurture the potential in each girl, addressing the whole child so they are prepared, equipped, affirmed & renewed for success!

What We Do

PEARLS motivates girls via monthly workshops & team-building activities encouraging them along their journey to becoming young women.  Session themes include: self-esteem | self-awareness | body image & fitness |  etiquette | college readiness, STEM initiatives, etc.


Why We're Here

PEARLS believes in addressing the whole child. Therefore, all girls have a unique purpose, no matter where they may be in the journey.  It is our goal to help them realize their full potential by providing tools to help them build confidence, know their value & develop healthy relationships through meaningful programs!