Verlene Harry


CEO of the W.E.L.L Network

Tracy Thomas


Lashawn Hughley


Stephany DeBerry


Shalyce R. Tyson


Shirley J. Franklin


Hattie Cotton


Nicole S. Mason


Tracy Thomas


Founder / CEO of Business of the Kingdom


Tracy Nicole Thomas is a native of Rochester, NY and currently resides in the Washington DC metropolitan area. In 2009, Tracy was the first African American female at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) to receive a bachelor’s degree in Software Engineering with a minor in Business Administration. During her undergrad studies at RIT, Tracy engaged in opportunities at various reputable companies including Securities Industry Automation Corporation (SIAC), Harris Corporation, BAE Systems, and The Boeing Company which afforded her the privilege to live in various cities across the United States. After graduating from RIT, Tracy engaged in full time employment at The Boeing Company in the Southern California region. During this time, Tracy was introduced to Project Management in the commercial and Government sectors of Boeing and thus relocated to the Washington DC metropolitan area in 2010 to pursue opportunities in that field with Boeing. In 2013, Tracy received her master’s degree in Project Management from Capella University and then obtained her Project Management Professional (PMP) certification in 2015. Tracy is currently a project manager for RIVA Solutions on a contract for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the Department of Commerce and the Founder/CEO of The Business of the Kingdom, which provides administrative support services to businesses, ministries and events in addition to training and empowerment efforts in the areas of entrepreneurship and administration.

Anyone that knows Tracy, can attest to the fact that she has been a “business woman” for much of her life. However, of all the employment opportunities that she has had, she attributes much of her knowledge to her experience working at 103.9 WDKX in Rochester, NY from 2002-2009. Although her time there was only supposed to be a part-time job while being a high school/college student, Tracy gained a vast amount of business experience from the mentorship of WDKX’s general manager, Andre Marcel. To present day, Tracy considers her work experience at 103.9 WDKX to be her “favorite” and best job that she has ever had.

Many consider Tracy to be successful to have accomplished much at a young age. Although she comes from humble beginnings, Tracy’s faith and family instilled an “I can do all things” and “All things work together for good” attitude that has given her the strength to strive for greatness. According to Tracy, “This is only the beginning. The best is yet to come so stay tuned!!” 

Lashawn hughley

Founder / CEO of Yternity Interior Design

 Yternity Interior Design is as unique as it’s name.  She is a Washington DC based Interior Decorating and Staging Firm, specializing in “bringing to light” the diamonds of every space that I design.  She knows that your style is one of a kind and so is her service to every client, she pays close attention to every detail of the homeowners request.  Designer LaShawn Hughley has been decorating professionally since 2018 and has always had a passion and gift for interior design.  She has created fabulous spaces throughout the DMV area, her prayer is that when she leaves your space, that it’s invigorated and transformed beyond your dreams and imagination.


Stephany DeBerry


Realtor - Media Host - Author - Motivational Speaker


Realtor, Stephany DeBerry of Stephany Sells the DMV is a top producing real estate agent that currently serves clients in the Washington, DC, metro area ( DC, MD, and VA).  Her mission is to educate and empower her clients, while helping them to achieve their real estate goals.  Stephany doesn't just sell homes she provides hope to her clients that are trying to achieve the American Dream. Consistent with her goals of success and empowerment, Stephany serves as a certified mentor to her agent partners. 

Stephany has a commitment to community and a passion to serve; she has sat on the Loudoun County Section 8 Board and has been elected to serve as VP of WREBA the Washington, DC chapter of NAREB ( National Association of Real Estate Brokers). 

Stephany has a passion for entrepreneurship and is committed to contributing to the success of her business owner colleagues.  She is the founder of a local business networking community, Founders. She is also a contributing author of the Women Who Lead Anthology. The best selling book was released in March 2018.

Always branding her business in the community  has led Stephany back to media where she is a Radio/TV Host for Lifestyles With Stephany Sells The DMV, a weekly lifestyle segment featured on WBGR Entertainment a global network; and on Roku and Firestick. When Stephany is not growing her business or assisting clients and colleagues she enjoys spending time with her family. 

Stephany has been featured in Black Enterprise, Huffington Post, WOLB ( Radio One), 

WHUR and on Flipology Radio. She has also been seen on Women's Business Report, WJLA News Channel 7, and Good Morning Washington. Stephany was a featured speaker for the IDKMOS Tour, Get Off The Bench Live and a panelist for the Taking Back My Crown Conference and the One Day Conference. 

Shalyce R. Tyson


Founder / CEO of Sensational Soirees


Shalyce Tyson is the owner of Sensational Soirees, a boutique wedding and event planning and design company based in Maryland. With the belief that all of life’s special milestones and events should be celebrated, Shalyce thrives off helping her couples and clients celebrate their big moments. Shalyce's work has been featured online and in print, and she also shares her knowledge with couples, event enthusiasts and fellow event pros through her blog and new planner mentor program. Shalyce shares her life with her husband of 10 years and their 2 children.

Shirley J. Franklin

Operations/Event Coordinator


Minister Shirley Jones Franklin is a native of Orange, Virginia.  She is a graduate of Calvary Bible Institute in Washington, DC. Shirley has lead teams and spearheaded planning committees for numerous events for women, such as conferences, retreats, local and international trips. She is humbly gifted in the areas of intercessory prayer and mentorship, and her travels and ministry opportunities have led to many open doors locally and abroad.  


Shirley is employed at a large consulting firm in Washington, DC and assists her daughter with a very successful event planning business, Sensational Soirees. She resides in Glenn Dale, Maryland with her husband of 34 years, and is the proud mother of two gifted children, and the doting grandmother of two, who affectionately call her Grandlove. Above all other loves and accomplishments, she is most proud to be called a child of God.  Her favorite scripture is Colossians 3:23 “and whatsoever ye do, do it heartily unto the Lord and not unto men, for ye serve the Lord Christ”.


Lady Crystal Hunter


Musical Guest

Crystal Hunter was literally born to sing. She is the First Lady and Leading Lady of worship at the Greater New Hope Christian Fellowship in Springfield, Virginia.

Crystal has sung with the Edwin Hawkins Music and Arts Mass Choir and even auditioned to sing with the Richard Smallwood Singers.

She is constantly perfecting her gift and seeking to establish her voice and presence in many musical forums.

Presently she is working on a debut

CD project to be released soon titled “Finally”. She can be heard regularly each Sunday morning as she leads praise and worship at her home church.  Whenever she opens her mouth blessings are sure to flow out.

She is also the perfect mate for her husband of over 30 years, Bishop Richard Hunter, and an exemplary mother for her 3 children—Carlton, Destiny, and Agnes.

Hattie Cotton


First Lady / Entrepreneur


Hattie Mae Cotton, was born November 9, 1946, in Boston Massachusetts, and then moved to Edgefield South Carolina where she was raised. She graduated from W.E. Parker High School in 1965 and later in the same year, she relocated to Alexandria, Virginia.

Lady Cotton married Arthur Cotton Jr., in 1966. She has three wonderful children, Anthony Cotton, Verlene Harry and Aaron Cotton, 13 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. For over 33 years now, Lady Cotton has been serving alongside her husband Pastor Arthur Cotton Jr., at Cornerstone Church of Christ in Alexandria Virginia. 

Early in her ministry, she attended Mount Nebo Pentecostal church, until she became a member of Community Church under the leadership of Elder George Thompson Jr. While at the Community Church, she held the position of Youth President and was a member of the Missionary Board.

Lady Cotton currently serves as the Missionary President for the Northwestern District of the International Bible Way Organization. Also on the national level, she has served in various capacities within the Women’s Department. Other roles that she has been graced to serve is the treasurer of the Inter-denominational Clergy Wives and Widows.

Lady Cotton is also an entrepreneur in her own right, by selling her homemade praline candy at  two locations; the Old Town Alexandria Farmer’s Market and the Delray Farmers Market. She also enjoys crocheting.

Lady Cotton’s two favorite songs are “There’s a Storm Out on the Ocean” and “Put Your Mind on Jesus and Let’s Have Church.” Her favorite scripture is Romans 8:1, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit.”

Nicole S. Mason

Author / Attorney / Speaker / Coach


Armed with a law degree and an entrepreneurial legacy, Nicole was destined to become a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and President of her own company. Having grown up immersed in her grandmother’s dry cleaning business, Nicole learned first hand what it takes to be successful as a business owner. She understands hard work, discipline and dedication.

Having served as the unofficial Chief Operating Officer (COO) and the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of her grandmother’s business during the course of her young life, Nicole is an astute businesswoman and operates her business with a spirit of excellence and a mindset to make a difference in the lives of her clients.

It was in the day to day activities in her grandmother’s business that she learned compassion for others and the responsibility to help those who are less fortunate and in need of an advocate. Sensing the passion of Nicole’s heart to advocate for others, Nicole’s grandmother insisted that she leave the business and attend college and law school. Having only completed the 8th grade, Nicole’s grandmother was confident that Nicole’s educational pursuits would greatly enhance her ability to succeed in life and business. Her grandmother was correct!

Nicole achieved her law degree and successfully operated her own law practice for seven years. In addition to completing her law degree, she also holds a Master’s of Law with a concentration in Litigation and Dispute Resolution, a Divinity Degree and a Leadership Coaching Certificate. Needless to say, Nicole brings a great deal of education, experience and expertise to any project or partnership.

Moreover, in addition to her business acumen, she is an author, a contributing author in several projects and a dynamic speaker. She has the uncanny ability to connect with an audience, motivate the listener and push the audience to action.

Nicole S. Mason is the businesswoman and the effective communicator you want on your project.