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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

Get your tickets TODAY!


2020 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!.


Winter Harris

Christian Author, Speaker, Influencer, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist & Media Personality

Winter delivers a fresh message of hope regarding relationships rooted in truth, realness, understanding, and comedy.  She champions healthy relationships by encouraging people to learn who they are and what they desire in a mate, so they can find the love they desire and deserve. 


Nicole Roberts Jones

Purpose to Paycheck Expert CEO, NRJ Enterprises

Nicole Roberts Jones is uniquely gifted at one thing – drawing out what’s best in YOU and helping you take your Brilliance to The Bank. A veteran of the entertainment industry, Nicole worked in Talent Management and Casting before shifting her talents to help others Bankroll Their Brilliance.  



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.

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Renata Spinks

Cyber Technology Officer, U.S. Marine Corps Cyberspace Command

Ms. Renata Spinks currently serves as the Cyber Technology Officer (CTO), U.S. Marine Corps Forces Cyberspace Command. 

Ms. Spinks holds a BS in Information Systems, a MS in Technology Management and several certifications, recommendations and awards. 

Ms. Spinks is a sought-after speaker and Director of “The Bosslady Network”; looking forward to the 2020 publication of her book “Act Like a Lady Think Like a Bosslady.” 

Dr. Crystal Kuykendall

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.


Casey Sharperson

The Confidence Cultivator, speaker, blogger, coach, mentor and author of Dream, Build, Repeat.

Casey Sharperson, known as The Confidence Cultivator, specializes in working with dreamers struggling to earn what they deserve and live out their big visions. She does this by infusing brand strategy, brand messaging, and inspiration to unlock their confidence and gifts. Named DMV’s Top 30 under 30, she is passionate about merging faith and business to unleash her client’s ultimate potential.

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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


 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.

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

Lifestyle & Distribution Executive

Special Performances

Asali McIntyre

Tammarrah Addison

Freelance Violinist, Singer-Songwriter and Creator

Poetry, Spoken Word, Theatre and Drama


2020 Theme


Discover the secret to living a Powered Up Life

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.


2020 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



March 7, 2020

8:00 AM

Registration & Check In

Breakfast & Networking


8:30 AM

Conference Kick-off

9:00AM - 11:30AM

Morning Sessions


Expo & Networking


Luncheon Keynote


Afternoon Sessions


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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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.


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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