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HERStory: The Power of Perseverance

Featuring Keynote Speakers Rayna DuBose & Sheela Murthy

Panelists to include MaryBeth Hyland

7 MARCH 2019 

Maryland Live! Hotel

7002 Arundel Mills Cirlce #7777

Hanover, MD 21076

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About the 2019 Women's Leadership Conference

What is the 2019 Women's Leadership Conference?

The Women’s Leadership Conference (WLC) is an annual one-day event recognizing the contribution of phenomenal women leaders and their affect on regional business growth as well as inspiring all attendees to better and more effective leadership. The 2019 Women’s Leadership Conference will focus on ‘The Power of Perseverance’ and will feature sessions on ‘Finding Peace During the Storm,’ ‘Determining when Patience is a Virtue and When it is Not’ and ‘Igniting and Sustaining Purpose and Passion.’

Some of the most highly regarded female ‘movers and shakers’ in DC, Maryland, and Virginia are on the lineup including two inspirational keynote speakers. Rayna DuBose, motivational speaker and Marriotts Ridge High School Coach, and Sheela Murthy, Founder of Murthy Law Firm, will be the keynote speakers for the 2019 Women’s Leadership Conference.




7:30am - 8:00am -- Registration & Breakfast | Visit Exhibit Hall


8:00am - 8:15am -- Welcome & Opening Remarks


8:15am - 9:00am -- Morning Keynote: Rayna DuBose, Motivational Speaker and Marriotts Ridge High School Coach


9:00am - 9:15am -- Break | Visit Exhibit Hall

9:15am - 10:30am -- Finding Peace During the Storm

                                      Towanda R. Livingston, Senior Director, Philadelphia’s Office of Economic Opportunity

                                      Denise Shelton & Shawna Nance, Community Bridge Incorporated

                                      Sharon Brackett, President/CEO, Tiresias Technologies

10:30am - 10:45am -- Break I Visit Exhibit Hall


10:45am - 12:00pm -- Determining When Patience is a Virtue and When it is Not

                                       Funlayo Alabi, Co-Founder, Shea Radiance


12:00pm - 1:15pm -- Lunch | Small Group Discussion


1:15pm - 2:30pm -- Igniting and Sustaining Purpose and Passion

                                  Suzanne Delica, Owner, Columbia Clothes Mentor 

                                   MaryBeth Hyland, Founder, SparkVision


2:30pm - 2:45pm -- Break | Visit Exhibit Hall


2:45pm - 3:30pm -- Afternoon Keynote: Sheela Murthy, Founder, Murthy Law Firm


3:30pm - 4:00pm -- Closing Remarks



  Rayna DuBose, Motivational Speaker and Marriotts Ridge High School Coach

Rayna DuBose, Motivational Speaker and Marriotts Ridge High School Coach

Rayna DuBose, Motivational Speaker and Marriotts Ridge High School Coach

Rayna DuBose was on a full-ride basketball scholarship at Virginia Tech and playing in her first season when a viral meningitis infection put her into a 97-day coma. She woke up a quadruple amputee. The illness, its outcome and DuBose’s response - she finished her degree at Virginia Tech, stayed involved with the team, and maintained the positive spirit she was known for - launched a career as an international motivational speaker. Today you’ll find the 34-year-old sticking close to her childhood home of Howard County, where she’s the junior varsity coach for boys’ basketball and assistant coach for varsity football at Marriotts Ridge High School. “I was made for this,” she says. “My passion and my love are the kids and sports, and letting sports guide you through life on a positive note.” DuBose, who lives in Gwynn Oak, still speaks locally, where her messages center around leadership and following dreams, mimicking what her athletes often hear on the court. “If you are mentally strong, you can really conquer anything,” she says. “It means you don’t get defeated in the world very easily. You’re resilient.”

  Sheela Murthy, LL.M., Founder of Murthy Law Firm

Sheela Murthy, LL.M., Founder of Murthy Law Firm

Sheela Murthy, LL.M., Founder of Murthy Law Firm

Founder and president of the Murthy Law Firm, Sheela Murthy completed her Master of Laws (LL.M.) from Harvard Law School, and has been admitted to practice as an attorney in New York, Maryland, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Located in Baltimore County, Maryland, her firm of approximately 100 professionals concentrates in the area of U.S. immigration law. Murthy practiced with major law firms in New York and Baltimore before launching her own firm in 1994, then known as the Law Office of Sheela Murthy. Murthy often travels to meet with senior officials of U.S. consulates abroad, as well as the different USCIS service centers in the U.S., to discuss policies and procedures. This enables the Murthy Law Firm to better serve and advocate for its clients. She is fluent in French and Hindi. She presents papers and speaks on complex immigration law issues before the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and other national and international organizations, including the International Bar Association in London and the Center for International Legal Studies in Salzburg. She is a past member of the Board of Trustees (2002-2009) and, for a number of years, co-chaired the American Immigration Council (AIC)’s Annual Immigrant Achievement Awards, which selects, recognizes, and honors outstanding immigrants who have made notable contributions to American life. A regularly featured writer, sharing information with her colleagues on consular matters and other immigration law topics, Murthy is often called upon by television network affiliates and newspapers to discuss immigration law, she is also featured in many international publications for her worldwide practice, for her leadership in the business community, and for her philanthropic work. She and her firm have been awarded the AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell. This is the highest rating for lawyers and represents a measure of esteem for which attorneys strive.