We are going Virtual for our 2021 Conference!

March 13, 2021

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Join us for the Power of Possibility Virtual Edition

of the Power Up Women's Conference. 

As women, we lead, we nurture, we inspire, we create possibilities. I believe that all things are possible! All dreams are achievable, and through power, passion, and purpose, nothing can stand in the way.



$10.00 Teens - $25.00 Adults

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2021 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!.


Michele Meyer-Shipp

Chief People & Culture Officer, MLB

Michele Meyer-Shipp was named MLB's Chief People & Culture Officer by Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. in August 2020. In this capacity, Meyer-Shipp oversees all of MLB’s human resources activities, including talent processes and programs, workplace culture, and diversity and inclusion. Meyer-Shipp also manages all off-field office operations.


Thérèz Fleetwood, founder of Luxury Romance Concierge™, a unique date night service that creates intimate fantasy nights for couples. She is the author of Men and Intimacy, Real Talk. Real Answers and the creator of the INTO-ME-SEE Game Cards™. Thérèz has been catering to couples for 20+ years as a wedding designer and coordinator and has been a guest on several talk shows including the Today Show, Good Day New York, and Good Morning Texas. She has also worked as a life coach in the field of self-expression and leadership and is the former owner of Thérèz's Playhouse, an adult game and toy company which provided couples various ways to rekindle the romance, intimacy, and bliss in their relationships". 


Thérèz Fleetwood 

CEO Luxury Romance Concierge™ Romance Concierge

Ciara Simonson

Pamela Sams

Speaker, Author, Relationship & Pastoral Counselor

Financial Advisor,  Jackson Sams Wealth Strategies

Reverend Ciara S. Simonson is an ordained minister and relationship counselor with the Imago Center of Washington DC. Indicative of her compassion for humanity and commitment to helping others heal and grow, Ciara established herself as a dynamic speaker and pastoral counselor integrating her theological and clinical background. Ciara identifies herself as the “wounded healer” who shares her passion for healing by educating, encouraging, and empowering others to honor the full context of their life.

For 19 years, Pamela has been helping women improve their personal and financial wealth through solid financial life planning.


Pamela’s education and training enable her to help clients successfully navigate through the myriad of financial decisions they face during their lives.


She focuses on helping her clients meet their financial needs and help them work to achieve financial security and greater retirement readiness. 


Erica Rowe

Business Brand Ambassador & Conference Emcee

Erica P. Rowe is passionate about connecting with people and making a difference.  


She has a big personality and an even bigger heart and drive.


Her 20 plus years experience in the hospitality industry as a Licensed Massage Therapist, Guest Relations and Meetings & Special Events Representative has led to the ownership of her successful practice Sierra Massage Therapy in Leesburg.  


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 seventh 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 he community. This act of gratitude is portrayed in her conference as she seeks to honor, recognize, and celebrate other women for their contribution to 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., Northern Virginia Chapter. 


Angie Toney

Wealth Coach & Owner of Angel Financial Services, LLC

Angie has worked as a corporate auditor for over 30 years, so trust, respect, and integrity are so important to her.  She uses that corporate world insight to provide inspiration and knowledge for her Angel Financial Services clients. She provides her clients with expert tax resolution, credit & debt management, and wealth management & coaching services. But for Angie, business success is not just about finances. Health is wealth, so she couples her wealth mission with a health mission and focuses on a holistic approach to provide personalized experiences for her clients.


Jewelle Daquin

Licensed Professional Counselor, & Mental Health Advocate

Jewelle Daquin is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a board approved clinical supervisor in the state of Virginia. She has a passion for combining her love of Christ and her dedication for mental health awareness. In August 2020, she opened Beyond the Couch, LLC, a mental health practice that provides counseling, consulting, and clinical supervision services. She has presented at national and local conferences on various mental health topics. Mrs. Daquin has co-authored published articles on “The importance of social justice and multiculturalism in counseling programs” and “Understanding the eating practices, body image, and appearance of Black women”. Her clinical interests include working with individuals, families, and couples who are looking to learn ways to manage the difficulties of life.


The Honorable Lorrie Sinclair Taylor

Elisa-Ruth Nelson

General District Court Judge for Loudoun County

Empowerment Coach

Judge Lorrie Sinclair Taylor served as a prosecutor in both the City of Virginia Beach and Loudoun County, Virginia; as the legal instructor at the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Academy; and as a private general practice attorney.

She served as a Substitute Judge and a Special Justice before being elected by the Virginia General Assembly to serve as a judge in the 20th Judicial District.

On April 1, 2020, when Judge Taylor began her term, she became the first Black judge to serve in the 20th Judicial District.

Elisa-Ruth Nelson is passionate about empowering people to be their best selves. Leveraging well-honed leadership, communication, and planning skills gained through successful career in human resources and management with the federal government, she knows how to affect positive change at both individual and organizational levels.

Ms. Nelson earned her degree in Mass Media Communications from Wilberforce University, and a Master’s in Organizational Leadership from Southern New Hampshire University. 

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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


 Prior 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 our prior year’s speakers below, and don't forget to register today.

This conference will sell out.

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Mary Grate Pyos

Financial Advisor, Author, Business Owner


Alana Andrews 

Author, Speaker, Founder & CEO of So Positive, LLC and The SWEY Corporation

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Tovia Knight, BA, MP

Assistant Administrator, Correctional Programs Branch, 

Federal Bureau of Prisons


Elisa-Ruth Nelson

Empowerment Expert


Bernadette J. Carroll

Author, Speaker and Power Up Conference CEO & Founder


Rahni “Nikki” Jenkins

Educator, Advocate, World Champion


Denisha Johnson, LCSW

Teens and Young Adult

Mental Health Expert


Tashna-Loy Donaldson

Business Owner, International Travel Enthusiast & Corporate Real Estate Management


Allia Jilliann Lewis

Associate Warden, Difference Maker & Mentor


Dr. Candace V. Bryan, MD

Award Winning Neurologist


Cassandra Stroud Conover

Commonwealth’s Attorney the City of Petersburg, Retired


Laticia Hicks

Educator and Public Servant


Renee Brown Small

Founder and CEO,

Cyber Human Capital


Kim Collins

Founder, Executive Director | Pearls Empowerment


Eric Rowe

Lifestyle & Distribution Executive

Special Performances

Asali McIntyre

Freelance Violinist, Singer-Songwriter and Creator


2021 Theme


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!

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We are committed to empowering and educating teen girls to take charge of their future.  That’s why we are pleased to launch the 4th 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 11 - 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.


Prior Power Up Honorees

Now in our sixth 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 2020 class of Honorees.   Please come out to the conference to support these amazing women of distinction.

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Inspiring Leader


Beulah Brown


Lifetime Achievement Award Honoree

Gladys Fitzhugh-Pemberton

Trailblazer Award Honoree

Danielle Brown

Young Entrepreneur Award Honoree

Casey Sharperson

Woman of the Word Award Honoree

Margaret Aghayere

Unsung Hero Award Honoree

Brenda Irons-LeCesne

Join us to see the 2021 Honorees



March 13, 2021

9:00 AM - 11:30AM

Conference Kick-off

Welcome & Overview

Session I - Power Up Your Relationships

Thérèz Fleetwood 

Session II - Power Up Your Financial Possibilities Panel

Angie Toney * Pamela Sams

Woman of the Year Honoree

The Honorable Lorrie Sinclair Taylor

Session III Power Up Your Outlook - Mental Wellness Panel

Ciara Simonson * Jewelle Daquin

Session IV - Power Up Your Possibilities 

Keynote Speaker * Michele Meyer-Shipp

Closing Remarks

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!

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
The Reston Chapter of The Links, Incorporated

Conference Pricing

 Tickets On Sale Now

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!

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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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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.