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The Winning With Women Conference is for entrepreneurs and business owners seeking to grow their business in a sustainable and resilient way. Meet key decision makers in the public and private sector, as well as make new connections within the business community. There will also be content targeting aspiring business-owners and students at the collegiate and high school levels.

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Shelly Omilâdè Bell

Chief Executive Officer
Black Girl Ventures

Shelly Omilâdè Bell is an author, business strategist, and inspirational speaker who moves ideas to profit while empowering people to live more authentically. As a cultural translator, she connects entrepreneurs, investors, and corporations in order to diversify
their talent pipeline, increase equity and grow their brands.

She is a Serial Entrepreneur & Computer Scientist with a background in performance poetry, K-12 Education, and IP Strategy. She was named one of the Top 100 Powerful Women in Business by Entrepreneur Mag, Entrepreneur of the Year by Technically DC, and acknowledged as A Rising Brand Star by Adweek. She is among the nation's most sought-after inspirational speakers in the DC Metro area with features in Forbes, The Washington Business Journal, NewsOne, The Afro, People of Color in Tech, and on Politico Live. Her organization, Black Girl Ventures (BGV) is a social enterprise that creates access to social and financial capital for Black/Brown women founders. BGV travels the country with a disruptive pitch competition that shifts the power dynamics in funding by combining crowdfunding and pitching. As a Google Guru and Ecosystem Builder, she engages audiences from grassroots to government. Shelly has trained over 5,000 entrepreneurs, held over 300 events for empowering leaders, managed multi-million dollar contracts, and scaled over 100 businesses.



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The Women's Business Center of Richmond is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.