Women in the Spotlight Conference ~ People You Need to Know


On March 17-19, 2011 the W Hotel Buckhead was the site of the powerful Women in the Spotlight Conference hosted by Atlanta’s Branding Superstar, Ms. Melissa Dawn Johnson. Melissa is the president of Velvet Suite Marketing Consulting Group. Her company is a peak performance management firm specializing in brilliant brand solutions from the inside out. Ms. Johnson is also one of People You Need to Know Magazine’s newest clients.

There was a stellar cast of expert speakers and panelists in the areas of personal branding, business leadership, and relationships. The overall goal of the conference was to coach women on how to use creativity and innovation to create their own authentic blueprint for professional and personal success. Businesswomen from Atlanta and around the country were there to learn, grow and network.

People You Need to Know Magazine was proud to be one of the media sponsors for this inspiring, informative and unforgettable event. And on Friday, March 18th, we were on site at the W Hotel to soak up the sights and sounds of this exciting occasion.

The People You Need to Know Magazine attractive display table was setup at 6:45am, and was ready for the 7:00am registration to begin. As soon as registration for the event began, visitors immediately  made their way over to the  table to get their complimentary copy of metro Atlanta’s premier spotlight magazine for women in business.

Before we introduce you to some of the women whom we had the pleasure of meeting, we’d like to give a special thanks to our six-year client, Dr. Shai Hall, president of The Dental Spa, for gracing us with her presence at the event and for signing a few autographs on her page in the magazine.

We’d also like to give a hearty congratulations to Melissa Dawn Johnson for a job well done and a successful event! The hard work and planning that Melissa, her Executive Assistant, Ms. Tiara Burch, and other members of her staff put into this spectacular conference did not go unnoticed.

One of the first women we met was the dynamic Rashan Ali … Multi-Media Personality, Philanthropist, Actress and Star. She stopped by our table to introduce herself and to pick up a copy of our magazine.

The Motivational Speaker/Success Coach and Author Lourdes Valdes, one of the world-class speakers at the conference (jubilouslife@gmail.com) came by to say hello and she picked up a copy of People You Need to Know Magazine. Lourdes invited us to come and hear her presentation at 1:00pm.

Sheri Riley, Chief Partnership Strategist of Glue, Inc. and the Founder of Exponential Living stopped by our table to find out more about our magazine and how she could become a part of it.

Cynthia Blandford Nash, Honorary Consul General with The Republic of Liberia visited with us for a little while to find out more about what we do.

Barbara Rushing, CEO of Rush 2 Compute also came by our table. She is now one of the newest members of the People You Need to Know Network of first-class women business professionals whom we are proud to promote. We look forward to having Barbara on our Spark Plug Radio Show in the next few days.

It was a special treat meeting the actress Kiya DelaReese of Atlanta. Kiya is a rising star on a mission to make a statement in the TV/Film Industry. Check out Kiya on Facebook.com/Kiya DelaReese Davis.

Ayisha King (ayishiaking@msn.com), from Columbus, Ohio, came to the conference to network and to get different leads on how to expand the Gold Medallion Foundation. She was happy to take one of our magazines back to Columbus, Ohio, with her.

Tondalaya Grier, the Founder and Owner of Alabaster Christian Clothing Store was kind enough to stop by and tell us about some of her fresh new designs.

Tish Odds, Owner of Cherubim by Tish Odds told us that their mission is to pave the fashion streets of gold with custom handbags that exude divine inspiration.

Deepa Sritharan Taylor, Assistant Vice President with AEW Capital Management L.P. , greeted us with a hearty smile as she approached our display table to make herself known.

Julie S. Washington, Jamba Juice Vice President and General Manager attended the conference from Mason, Ohio, and was a real pleasure to meet.

American Urban Radio Networks, Executive Sales Director, Tanya Forrest Hall, visited with us for awhile on her journey of Connecting Brands to Urban America.

Terri Murray, Executive Coach, National Speaker and Leader of Corporate Seminars with Terri Murray Image came all the way from New York, New York, to take advantage of the information that was shared at the high-powered leadership retreat. She was very impressed with our publication; we chatted a bit and she left inspired.

Taz Vargas (tzuargas@gmail.com) with Sisterly Love, a non-profit for teenage mothers came by to make an introduction and find out more about People You Need to Know Magazine.

Cheryl Thompson Williams (cheryl_thompson2@att.net), Founder of  Empowered Living Seminars, LLC, “Encouragement through words and gifts” came by to share a few encouraging words with us.

Cameka D. Smith, Chief Eventeur/Founder of City Global Events came by and told us about her BOSS (Bringing Out Successful Sisters Organization). The BOSS Network is a women’s empowerment alliance dedicated to fostering one’s commitment to growth and creating opportunities to network beyond events.

Sarah J.Hawk, (shawk@laborlawyers.com) with Fisher & Phillips, LLP spent a little time with us at our table.

Suzanne Sheely-Walker (suwalker@devry.edu), High School Programs Representative for DeVry University made it a point to come by our table to say hello and pick up a copy of our magazine.

Kyra Marche (kmarche@gmail.com), Fashion Stylist (women and men) Wardrobe Consultant and Personal Shopper was a bright light at our table.

Tanya James, fitness expert and ihero Founder, came by to tell us about her company and took the time to pose for a few pictures in front of our People You Need to Know mega poster.

Shelly A. Davis (sdavis@septa.org), Project Leader of Information Technology for Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority spent some time at our display table as well.

Penny Rolle-Grier, Event Planner/Designer with An Event Remembered, Inc. graced us with her bold and creative presence. Penny will definitely be remembered as one of the Event Planners who made the Women In The Spotlight Conference absolutely spectacular.

We met Annamaria DeGregory (annadegregory@yahoo.com), a retiree of the financial services industry and she is now in the import/export business between the U.S. and the Bahamas.

Janet Hardy, President of Ja’Jeans Cuisine Special Events and Intimate Catering (jhardy21@gmail) was the Event Planner for the Women In The Spotlight Conference. Janet stopped by to find out more about the businesswomen in our magazine.

Viji L.Sritharan, Esq. (viji01@hotmail.com), from Winchester, Massachusetts, slowed down long enough to visit with us for awhile.

Trish Morrissette, owner of Professional Translations, Inc. had a warm personality and her million dollar smile made our day. She told us all about her company’s  Translations, Interpreting, Transcription, Classes, Workshops and Tutoring services.

Kimberly Fletcher (1336kfletcher@gmail.com), stopped by to tell us that she is currently looking for employment in Interactive Advertising. Kimberly has worked for brands such as AT&T, Colgate Palmolive, and Equifax. Kimberly, we’re sure that someone reading this article is going to help you find a job real soon.

Atlanta’s Superstar Photographer, Charles Dante, CharlesDante.com took photographs at this star-studded event.

The 2011 Women In The Spotlight Conference, which included valuable business information from experts, pampering, image consulting, awards show, shopping and more, gave the women an experience they’ll definitely be talking about for a long time to come.

We felt honored to be a part of this uplifting event. It was also a pleasure for us to join Melissa Dawn Johnson and Velvet Suite Marketing Consulting Group in celebrating and encouraging women in business!

~People You Need to Know Magazine
Celebrating WOMEN in business in metro Atlanta and beyond

Member: Atlanta Press Club
Winner: Best Promoter – New America Media
Recipient: City of Atlanta’s Prestigious Phoenix Award

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4 had something to say.
  1. RE- BadGalsRadio.com

    looks like the conference was well attended.
    another success for women in business who attended.

  2. PYNTK

    Looks like everyone had a fantastic time!

  3. Penny Rolle-Grier

    This event was a huge success. To be in the room with such great trail blazers has inspired me to know that my highs will not come without lows, but to know that I will get there, and get there stronger than I was before. Meeting Spark Plug and learning about his passion and vision for women was a great highlight.

  4. PYNTK

    Hello Penny. Thanks for the compliment. Glad you were inspired by this spectacular event! ~Spark Plug


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