top of page
Group II.jpg

2024 EmpowerHer
Women Influencers Summit

Black Modern Aesthetic Signature Typography Logo-3.png

SAT. APRIL 20, 2024

Hyatt House Richmond, Short Pump

Lunch Provided

9:00 AM-4:00 PM

LADY Bosses 

Get ready to ignite your Fire 


Networking is Powerful

Val (146 edited).jpg
Sometimes all we need is a push in the right direction.

2024 EmpowerHer:
Women Influencers Summit 

The EmpowerHer Women Influencers Summit is a beacon of inspiration and transformation designed to ignite the spark of empowerment within every participant. As you prepare to embark on this enlightening journey, here are the invaluable treasures you can expect to gain:


  1. Unparalleled Networking Opportunities - Engage with a vibrant community of like-minded women leaders, entrepreneurs, and visionaries. The connections you make here are not just for the duration of the summit but are the seeds for lifelong collaborations and friendships. These relationships will become your support network, your sounding board, and, potentially, your business partners.

  2. Cutting-Edge Strategies and Insights - The summit is a treasure trove of wisdom, offering the latest strategies, insights, and trends in leadership, entrepreneurship, and personal development. Learn from the stories of triumph and resilience shared by trailblazers who have paved their paths to success. Their experiences testify to what is possible when you harness your inner strength and embrace your unique journey.

  3. Personal and Professional Growth - At its core, the EmpowerHer Women Influencers Summit is about catalyzing growth. You will uncover new dimensions of yourself through workshops, keynote speeches, and breakout sessions. It is an opportunity to challenge your limits, refine your skills, and expand your understanding of what it means to be a leader in today's world.

  4. Empowerment to Take Action - Each session is designed not just to inform but to inspire Action. You'll leave the summit equipped with practical tools, actionable steps, and the confidence to apply what you've learned. Whether pursuing a new business venture, stepping into a leadership role, or advocating for change, you will be empowered to take bold steps toward your goals. 

  5. A Renewed Sense of Purpose - Immerse yourself in an environment that celebrates your potential and encourages you to dream bigger. The EmpowerHer Women Influencers Summit is a reminder that you possess greatness inside that the world needs. It's a call to Action to envision a brighter future for yourself and be a beacon of hope and inspiration for others.

  6. A Community of Support - Joining the EmpowerHer Summit is akin to becoming part of a global sisterhood. This community will be your cheerleader, offering encouragement and support as you navigate your path to empowerment. The stories shared and the bonds formed here underscore the power of collective upliftment and mutual support.

  7. Transformational Leadership Skills - Discover your unique leadership style and learn how to leverage it for maximum impact. The summit covers essential leadership qualities such as effective communication, emotional intelligence, and strategic thinking, all tailored to empower women to lead confidently and gracefully. 

  8. A Celebration of Women's Achievements - Finally, the EmpowerHer Women Influencers Summit celebrates women's achievements across all spheres of life. It's a powerful reminder that your contributions are valuable and your voice matters. It's an affirmation that, together, women can shape a more inclusive, equitable, and thriving world.


The EmpowerHer Women Influencers Summit is not just an event; it's a transformative experience that will enrich your mind, heart, and spirit. It's a journey towards becoming the most empowered version of yourself, ready to make an unforgettable impact on the world.

Guest Speakers & Panelist

Val (143 edited).jpg

Dr. Valarie Harris

Dr. Valarie is the founder and CEO of Stepping Out with Purpose Coaching & Consulting Company. As a leader, she strives to develop lifelong learners, equipping them with the necessary resources to go to the next level and bring about a growth mindset in their leadership roles for coming generations. As an empowerment coach, her mission is to equip, empower, and inspire women in leadership and entrepreneurs to build a business that creates financial freedom and a healthy lifestyle and leaves a legacy for future generations.

Kristina Truell

Kristina Headshots (34).JPG

Kristina P. Truell was born and raised near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the home of cheesesteaks, hoagies, and her beloved Philly sports teams. She is an educator championing career readiness and a new Influencers Stepping Out with Boldness co-author. Kristina considers her faith, her tribe, and encouraging others to be essential aspects of her life. She strives to help others use their gifts and hopes that her influence significantly changes their path.


Dr. Tabatha Spurlock

Dr. Tabatha Spurlock is an author, motivational speaker, and esteemed educational leader with two decades of experience. A celebrated philanthropist, author, and Top 40 Under 40 awardee, her research in e-mentoring and innovative B.O.S.S. method from her empowerment company have garnered acclaim. Her endeavors as a serial bestselling author further solidified Dr. Spurlock's storytelling prowess. By sharing her story, she offers hope to others navigating their challenges, reminding them of the power of perseverance and the importance of community. 

Dr. Yvonne S. Jones

Yvonne Proofing Gallery (9).JPG

Yvonne is an author who works full-time and part-time as an Impact Coach, collaborating with many school-based administrators in the Commonwealth of Virginia for a School-University Research Network in the School of Education at the College of William and Mary. She served as the director of the Project ALL leadership project in the Educational Leadership Department at Virginia Commonwealth University from 2009 to 2011. She retired in 2009 after working for thirty-one years as a teacher, principal, and educational leader for New Kent County and Hopewell City schools. 

Tara Henry

As an author, owner, and operator of Fourth Tribe LLC, an apparel company with a royal flair, Tara can show off her love for creative fashion. She has been a public educator for eighteen years, working with special and general education students. She does not view the young people she teaches as mere students; she sees them as her children. Tara's passion is to challenge others to think beyond the external and realize that we must nurture our internal and spiritual being as we live from the inside out.

Dana Wilson

Dana Branding February 2023 (18).jpg

Dana Wilson is an author, certified Trichologist, Sisterlocks educator, empowerment coach, certified BIO research assistant, certified cold capper, veteran, author, and, more importantly, a mother of a son on the autism spectrum. She is the director and CEO of Hair Cares Inc., which provides in-person and virtual hair growth services, Sisterlocks business consulting, and personal coaching. She encourages holistic living and full self-expression through hair advocacy, training, coaching, consulting, books, and the talk show Every Strand Counts.

Dr. Maxine Collins

Dr. Maxine is the director of Advocate Enterprises, a non-profit organization providing scholarship funds for her community’s underserved. She is a lifelong student and has done individual studies on the science of the mind and how this science aligns with scripture for over ten years. With this knowledge, Dr. Maxine developed the 63-Day Mind Challenge Program, which guides the participant through sixty-three exercises to transform destructive thinking patterns, such as doubt, worry, anxiety, and low self-image, into healthy, productive thoughts.

Renita Courtney


Destined to change lives, Renita Courtney is a woman with a heart for God and people. With more than fifty years of service, thirty-two years of teaching, and twenty years of leadership serving church and community, she has embodied a spirit of philanthropy since she was a young girl. She has continued creating spaces for women to connect over the opportunity to share their creativity and purpose. Renita used her resources to pour into the lives of her students and family.

Dr. Teresa Bennett

Dr. Teresa Bennett (21).jpeg

Dr. Teresa A. Bennett is a revered figure in the field of education, boasting an illustrious career that spans over three decades. Her unwavering commitment to educational excellence and leadership has left an indelible mark on Central Virginia's secondary and post-secondary school systems. With a career marked by exceptional leadership, Dr. Teresa holds the esteemed position of Educational Consultant at BEC., Dual Enrollment Instructor with Chesterfield County Public Schools, and Adjunct Faculty with Brightpoint Community College. Her role is pivotal in shaping the educational landscape and fostering a nurturing environment for student's growth and development.

Tisha Skinner

Tisha (24).jpeg

Tisha Skinner has over 27 years of experience in criminal justice services. She is the local probation coordinator for the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services, where she serves as a subject matter expert in evidence-based practices. At the start of her career, she worked as a pretrial investigator and later as a probation supervisor, where she developed the first specialized local domestic violence probation unit in Virginia. Tisha has extensive managerial experience, including policy and procedure development, employee leadership, professional development, team building, and performance evaluation. 

Courtney Curtis

Courtney Curtis (7).jpeg

Courtney Curtis, a prominent figure in Petersburg, VA, is the dynamic force behind Family Services Inc., a thriving mental health agency and an accomplished local realtor. Courtney's journey from Chesterfield County, VA, reflects a remarkable trajectory marked by profound achievements and a commitment to community well-being. Courtney Curtis's unwavering dedication to behavioral health, real estate, and community development stands as a testament to her versatile expertise and commitment to making a meaningful impact in the lives of those she serves.

Shyrelle Scott

Shyrelle (37).jpeg

Shyrelle J. Scott, an education luminary with 20 years of experience, has left an indelible mark as a middle and high school English teacher in Virginia. She serves as the literacy coach at Powhatan Middle School, passionately advocating for literacy as a vehicle for empowerment and self-reliance. Her academic journey includes a Bachelor of Arts in English from Virginia State University and a Master of Science in Education focusing on Reading from Old Dominion University. A lifelong learner, Shyrelle has held numerous leadership roles and is a beacon of kindness and positivity. 

Sonya Matthews

Sonya (16).jpg

Sonya M. Matthews, an esteemed authority in behavioral health administration, leadership, and training others. She has embarked on a compelling journey that intertwines academic prowess, spiritual leadership, and a profound commitment to community service. Armed with a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership & Management, Sonya seamlessly applies her academic acumen in her impactful role at the Veterans Health Administration, where she brings a wealth of expertise to the realm of Behavioral Health Administration. Her dedication to fostering well-being and empowerment is evident in her professional pursuits. 

Tia Jones

Tiya (8)_edited.jpg

Tia Harris has made a profound impact on mental health throughout her career. Since high school, she has tirelessly devoted herself to helping individuals with various disabilities, children, and adults with autism. Her educational pursuits in Human Services at Brightpoint Community College have enriched her expertise. She is an authority in the mental health domain and an esteemed leader across various spheres, including healthcare, corporate leadership, and empowerment. Her journey characterizes empowerment, unwavering dedication, and an unbeatable commitment to enriching the lives of others. 

World Autism-7.png

A Portion of the Summit Proceed will be Donated to:

The EmpowerHer Summit stands as a shining beacon of hope and support, dedicating its efforts to the noble causes of Autism. This event is a testament to the powerful influence that empowerment and community-driven initiatives can wield in addressing critical social issues. As someone deeply involved in education, leadership, and personal development, your participation in such an event aligns with your lifelong dedication to uplift and inspire and offers a unique platform to extend your influence to crucial social issues.


Autism, a developmental disorder that affects communication and behavior, requires extensive resources for research, awareness, and support for individuals and their families. Your involvement in this cause is a testament to your commitment to inclusivity and understanding in education and personal development.


This initiative beautifully aligns with your ethos of empowerment, showcasing your commitment to educating, leading, and actively engaging in societal betterment. Your role in such events is an inspiring example to educators, leaders, and entrepreneurs, emphasizing the importance of extending one's impact beyond traditional realms and into areas of significant social need.

In our initiative to support Autims, we will donate $10 to the JPJumpers Foundation, Inc. with every ticket purchase. This isn't just a step toward your personal growth; it's a leap toward making a meaningful difference in the world. Every seat you book becomes a beacon of hope, shining brightly for those championed by the JPJumpers Foundation, Inc.


By joining us, you're not just part of an event – you're part of a movement. A movement that believes in the power of uniting for a cause, in the magic that happens when empowerment meets compassion. This is our chance to show that our quest for personal and professional growth is intrinsically linked to our desire to make the world a better place.


Imagine the impact we can create together! Your participation at the summit is a bold statement - a declaration that says, "I am here not only to uplift myself but also to uplift others." Together, we are igniting a legacy of change, one ticket at a time.


Are you ready to step into this circle of empowerment and generosity? Let's transform our lives and extend our hands to those supported by JPJumpers Foundation, Inc.


Get Ready, Get Ready, Get Ready to:


Empower, Encourage, Engage, and Elevate!

bottom of page