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The Power Conference: Women Doing Business

September 7, 2017

Bethesda Marriott Conference Center

Rockville, MD

The first inaugural Power Conference: Women Doing Business! was held September 1, 2010 in North Bethesda, MD, and it was the largest local women's business conference of 2010.  We had over 60 vendors, 20 workshops, and 550 people all in one place!  The 2011 event attracted over 800 attendees, and added a networking reception and book fair to the day's events. Every year since, we've added content and value.

The 2017 Power Conference is shaping up to be even bigger!!! We have the whole Marriott conference center, over 40 workshops, 90 vendors, a bookstore, a special guided networking event, an evening open networking event, and so much more!  Stay tuned for details!

Thanks to a consortium of women's organizations in the Washington Metropolitan area, attendees will enjoy a stellar business development conference to promote the growth of women-owned businesses. Educational workshops address hot business topics that you have requested. 

A business expo showcases regional businesses and resources for business owners and operators.

The Power Conference Mission:

The Power Conference: Women Doing Business is designed to promote business development for women in business through networking, education, and marketing opportunities. The Business Tradeshow will showcase local businesses and regional resources and be ground zero for daylong networking. Participation in the Power Conference will be within reach of any sized business and provide multiple platforms and opportunities for marketing and business development.

The 2016 Power Conference: Women Doing Business is pleased to announce our keynote Speaker Crystal McCrary.

CrystalMcCraryCrystal McCrary is an award-winning film, television producer, director and author. She began her career practicing entertainment law with the New York City firm of Paul Weiss before leaving to pursue a full-time career in writing, directing and producing. Since that time, she has written for several magazines, published two New York Times best-selling novels, and produced original programming for TV & Film including HOMECOURT ADVANTAGE, GOTHAM DIARIES and INSPIRATION: Profiles of Black Women Changing Our World. Most recently, Ms. McCrary directed and produced the feature-length documentary LITTLE BALLERS, which premiered on Nickelodeon Sports. LITTLE BALLERS chronicles the lives and challenges of four socially and culturally diverse eleven-year old basketball players and their journey to the AAU National Championship.

Crystal's most recent book, INSPIRATION: PROFILES OF BLACK WOMEN CHANGING OUR WORLD includes profiles of Judith Jamison, Shonda Rhimes, First Lady Michelle Obama, Debra Lee, Venus Williams, Thelma Golden, Ruby Dee, Whoopi Goldberg, Gayle King, Marian Wright Edelman, Misty Copeland, Mary J. Blige, Soledad O’Brien, Mellody Hobson, Keke Palmer and many others. Ms. McCrary is dedicated to and outspoken on education, childrens rights and womens issues.

The talk-show format for the Keynote will be moderated by Sandra Richards, Executive Director, Head of Diverse and Multicultural Marketing, Wealth Management of Morgan Stanley.

Questions or customization of Sponsorship opportunities – contact Nancy Regelin, Conference Co-Chair,, 301-230-5224. Exhibitors contact Laura Rhode with questions at 301-938-3775 or! NEW: Exhibitor and Vendor Training for Success - How to get the most of out of the Power Conference Tuesday July 26 at Kaplan University 11am to 1pm.

To register or learn more about the 2016 Power Conference: Women Doing Business, visit our website at, follow us on Twitter at or visit our Facebook page at

Time: 8:00 AM
Date: Thursday, August 25, 2016
Location: Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
Address: 5701 Marinelli Rd, North Bethesda, Maryland 20852, USA


If you would like to be a volunteer at The Power Conference, please email Doris.

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