FCEM Event Keynotes and Speakers | NAWBO


FCEM Event Keynotes and Speakers

Dr. Patricia G. Greene
Director of the Women's Bureau
U.S. Department of Labor


Dr. Greene is a  former entrepreneurship professor at Babson College where she held the Paul T. Babson Chair in Entrepreneurial Studies.  While at Babson she served terms as first the Dean of the Undergraduate School and then the Provost.  Dr. Greene was the founding National Academic Director for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses initiative and the Global Academic Director for the 10,000 Women program, a global initiative that fosters economic growth by providing women entrepreneurs around the world with business and management education, mentoring and networking, and access to capital. 



Carla Harris
Vice Chairman, Managing Director
Morgan Stanley

Carla Harris is a Vice Chairman, Managing Director and Senior Client Advisor at Morgan Stanley.  She is responsible for increasing client connectivity and penetration to enhance revenue generation across the firm. She formerly headed the Emerging Manager Platform, the equity capital markets effort for the consumer and retail industries and was responsible for Equity Private Placements.  In her 30 year career, Ms. Harris has had extensive industry experiences in the technology, media, retail, telecommunications, transportation, industrial, and healthcare sectors. In August 2013, Carla Harris was appointed by President Barack Obama to chair the National Women’s Business Council.

Virginia Littlejohn 
President and Co-founder
Quantam Leaps


Virginia is president and co-founder of Quantam Leaps, a global acclerator for women's entrepreneurship.  A NAWBO National past president, she was a primary architect of the Women's Business Ownership Act of 1988 and coordinated NAWBO's involvement in the White House Conference on Small Business.  She served two terms on the National Women's Business Council and has received such honors as SBA's Women in Business Advocate of the Year and Enterprising Women Hall of Fame. 


Areva Martin
Attorney, Advocate, Author



Known to audiences across the country, Areva Martin is an attorney, advocate, television host,    legal and social issues commentator, and author. She is one of television's most in-demand legal experts/analysts. A recurring cohost on the Emmy Award-winning syndicated talk show, The Doctors, and a CNN Legal Analyst, Areva appears regularly on Dr. Phil, Daily Mail, Good Morning    America, World News Tonight and across the broad spectrum of CNN and HLN shows including, AC 360, The Michael Smercornish Show, CNN International, CNN Tonight, and a variety of talk and news shows. 

A quotable authority on workplace, disability rights, education, custody and women's issues, this accomplished and multi-award winning attorney, syndicated columnist, and public speaker is  also quoted and/or featured on the pages of publications ranging from Red Book to Huff Post. Areva writes regularly for CNN.com, Daily Beast, Thrive Global and Time.

Now in Make It Rain!: How to Use the Media to Revolutionize Your Business and Your Brand (Hachette; March 2018), Areva delivers a new perspective on developing your organization and/or personal branding and creating advantage. 

Competition is fierce. Business leaders want a visible platform for their brand. Many study social media marketing and analytics, hire teams to manage their SEO, ROI, KPI, and spend on advertising, promotion and giveaways, yet miss the golden ring to capture their target audience’s attention. 



Dr. Terry Neese
CEO & Founder
Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women


Serial entrepreneur Dr. Terry Neese, is a lifelong Oklahoman and has spent over thirty (30) years finding careers for men and women. She is the founder of Terry Neese Personnel Services (TNPS), National Grassroots Network, Women Impacting Public Policy and the Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women (IEEW).  A member of the U.S.-Afghan Women’s Council, and past national president of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), Dr. Neese is known as a small business expert and was recognized by Fortune magazine as one of the “Power 30”—the most influential small businesspersons in Washington, D.C.  


Winslow Sargeant
Managing Director

Dr. Winslow Sargeant is Managing Director of S&T, LLC, a firm supporting investment and business development for early-stage growth companies in cybersecurity, energy, communications, capital formation, and education. From 2010-2015, he served as Chief Counsel for Advocacy in the US Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy.  President Obama appointed him to this positon in August 2010.

Sophie Wade
Founder and Workforce Innovation Specialist
Flexcel Network

Sophie is Founder and Workforce Innovation Specialist at Flexcel Network. Sophie speaks, consults and writes as an authority on Future of Work issues including attracting, engaging and retaining talent; digital transformation; managing distributed workers; workplace flexibility; intergenerational communication and new career paradigms.  Sophie is the author of Embracing Progress. Next Steps for the Future of Work. Sophie has lived and worked in Asia, Europe and the U.S. with a strategy and finance focus. She is a member of NAWBO’s Presidents’ Assembly Steering Committee. Sophie has a BA from Oxford University in Chinese and an MBA from INSEAD.