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We are going Virtual for our 2022 Conference!

March 12, 2022
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

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Join us for the Power of Intention Virtual Edition

of the Power Up Women's Conference. 

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 INTENTION.

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


$25.00 Teens - $45.00 Adults

Get your tickets TODAY!


2022 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!.


Angelique Slagle

SVP, General Manager for the Americas & APJ

Angelique Slagle is SVP, General Manager for the Americas & APJ at Skillsoft. Since starting this role in October 2021, Angelique is tasked with building a customercentric culture that will enable strategic revenue growth and development within the Americas & APJ. Prior, Angelique served as the head of SAP’s Human Experience Management (HXM) Line of Business in North America. In this role, she was responsible for driving sales, revenue operations and the go-to-market strategy.

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Nina V.A. Johnson is the Consumer and Business Banking Leader for U.S. Bank’s Wisconsin market, managing more than 300 employees throughout the southeastern segment of the state.  She has worked in the banking industry for more than 35 years and has held several leadership roles in her tenure ranging from computer operations and consumer lending to direct auto finance and private label loss mitigation.


Nina V.A. Johnson

SVP, Consumer & Business Banking Leader


Thérèz Fleetwood

Bernadette J. Carroll

CEO Luxury Romance Concierge™ Romance Concierge

Author, Speaker and Power Up Conference CEO & Founder

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". 

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. 

Erica Rowe

Business Brand Ambassador & Queen Confidence Creator


Erica P. Rowe is the Founder/Chief Connector of Business Brand Ambassador. She has a natural ability to make powerful connections. She has worked many years in the hospitality industry for some of the top global brands, including The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company and Red Door Salon & Spas. As well as owning her own successful practice has given her extensive insight into high-level brand representation. Erica has always served her community as an ‘unofficial’ ambassador. She has enjoyed building meaningful relationships within her local and surrounding communities and brings that same level of excellence and commitment to Business Brand Ambassador. Erica is a sought-after emcee/host who enjoys bringing an energetic and engaging experience to every event. In addition, she has hosted numerous events in and around Loudoun County. She is the Queen Confidence, Creator of The EVOLVE Series, a four-week workshop empowering Queens to positively impact their lives & their communities by showing up with confidence as the best version of themselves, by utilizing her EVOLVE six-step framework.


Ciara Simonson

Speaker, Author, Relationship & Pastoral Counselor

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.


The Honorable Lorrie Sinclair Taylor

Kelly N. Moore, PsyD

General District Court Judge for Loudoun County

Child Psychology, Consultation Services &  Keynote Speaker 

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.


Kelly N. Moore, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist in New Jersey & Pennsylvania with a clinical specialty in the treatment of anxiety, trauma, and perinatal disorders in youth and adults. 


Dr. Moore specializes in Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE) for PTSD, Exposure and Response Prevention (EX/RP) for OCD, and Trauma-Focused CBT for children with a sexual abuse history. 


Dr. Moore is currently the Director of the Center for Psychological Services at The Rutgers Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology. 

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Christy Rutherford 

Women's Leadership Expert, Vision Finder International

Christy Rutherford is an advisor to executive leaders and businesses. A keynote speaker and author, Christy published five #1 best-selling books on Amazon in eight months.

Christy's goal is to get 10,000 women $1 billion in raises and promotions by 2025.

A Harvard Business School Alumna, Christy is also a certified Executive Leadership Coach from Georgetown University and has been featured in Forbes three times.

Christy is the 13th African American woman to achieve the rank of Commander (Lieutenant Colonel equivalent) in the U.S. Coast Guard’s 225+ year history where her demographic was .1%.

Linda R. Gray


Ms. Gray is the CEO and President of The ”L” Group, LLC, a consultation service providing training, consulting, coaching, and leadership development. She is also a certified member of the John Maxwell Leadership Team.

Ms. Linda Gray is a Native Washingtonian with an extensive 29-year career in Human Resources in the federal government. She has served in various leadership roles in seven federal agencies including the Federal Aviation Administration; Transportation Security Administration; U.S. Customs and Border Protection; the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Defense, and the Small Business Administration.


She is currently a senior executive at the Environmental Protection Agency where she serves as a human resources consultant as the Workforce Development Executive in the Office of Land Emergency Management (OLEM).


Pamela Sams

Women's Leadership Expert, Vision Finder International

For 20  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. 

Impressed by our headliners? Click here to learn more.

Contact us to learn more or with questions on booking a ticket.


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.

Impressed by our conference speakers list? Click here to learn more.

Contact us to learn more or with questions on booking a ticket.


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

Business Brand Ambassador & Queen Confidence Creator

Special Performances

Asali McIntyre

Freelance Violinist, Singer-Songwriter and Creator


2022 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!


 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.  


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 10 - 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 2022 class of Honorees.   Please come out to the conference to support these amazing women of distinction.

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Inspiring Leader



Lifetime Achievement Award Honoree

Trailblazer Award Honoree

Lifetime Achievement Award Honoree


Trailblazer Award Honoree

Beulah Brown

Gladys Fitzhugh-Pemberton

Danielle Brown

The Honorable Lorrie Sinclair Taylor

Michele Meyer-Shipp

Join us to see the 2022 Honorees



March 12, 2022

9:00 AM Eastern  - Time to Get Power Up!

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


Mental Health Panel: The Imposter Syndrome: Ciara Simonson, Moderator, Beulah Willis-Brown

The Power of Accepting and Believing in our Power

Entrepreneurship Panel:  Nina V. A. Johnson 

The Power of Building a Strong Business

Networking in the Digital Space:

The Intention of Networking in a Digital and Remote Working World


Keynote Speaker

Finance & Career:  Christy Rutherford

The Power to ask for and Receive Raises and Promotions

Girl Why?: Dr. Kelly Moore, Linda Gray

Moderator, Erica Rowe – The Power of Why Think and Ask More Strategic Questions

Keynote Speaker

The Power of Intention: Angelique Slagle

Building a Lasting Career and Leaving a Legacy

Closing and Conference Wrap Up!


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!

  General Admission - (Adults)

 General Admission - (Teens)




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Proceeds used to provide Teens with a STEM Kit for the conference

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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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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