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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Boss Ladies: Improving Health! Increasing Wealth!

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A Black woman's resourcefulness, perseverance, and resilience are undeniable. But at what cost to her health and her wealth? On Juneteenth (June 19) BETAH Associates sponsored and managed the event logistics for Boss Ladies: Improving Health! Increasing Wealth! Breakfast and Forum - a dynamic gathering of Black women thought leaders who came together to address disparities and share strategies to overcome them.  

The event was hosted by the Maryland Black Chamber of Commerce (MBCC) and its Affinity Group, the Black Women's Leadership Roundtable (BWLR). MBCC is a leading resource for information, support, and education for Black-owned businesses in Maryland. BETAH Associates was pleased to sponsor, plan and manage this event.

Event Feedback 

Feedback from the Boss Ladies Breakfast was resoundingly positive with repeated requests to continue the conversations and explore other topics affecting professional women.  As BETAH's President and CEO mentioned during the morning, BETAH has planned and implemented such gatherings and will carry forward the "Boss Ladies Breakfast" brand to host future events. The intent is also to partner with MBCC and BWLR to host an annual larger event for professional Black women. Join the Boss Ladies Breakfast Mailing List to receive invitations and updates!

Speaker Information 

The health and wealth panels were hosted by:

Jasmine Jones, Miss District of Columbia USA 2016
Cherry Blossom Intimates (Opening Soon!)
9201 Woodmore Centre Drive
Woodmore Town Centre, Prince George's County, MD

Below are listed the names and contact information for the panel speakers.


Diane Collins, ND
The Collins Wellness Center

Mercedes E. Ebanks, PhD
Parent Coordinator/Bilingual Evaluator/Behavior Therapist
CFO/ Business Development Officer
The MECCA Group, LLC
1112 16th Street, NW, Suite 600
Washington, DC  20036
202.529.3117 (phone/fax)
202.257.1613 (mobile)

Michelle A. Gourdine, M.D.
Senior Vice President, Population Health and Primary Care
University of Maryland Medical System
250 W. Pratt St, 24th floor
Baltimore, MD  21201


Michelle Cobb, Financial Advisor
New York Life Insurance Company
Cell: (240) 715-2008

Rachel Hampton
Contact information coming soon

Sherryleen Lynch, Financial Advisor
Morgan Stanley Wealth Management - Rockville, MD Branch
Direct Number: (301) 556-2378

Reading List

Article, Fortune Magazine, Stacey Abrams
Article, Black Doctor
Article, The Racial Wealth Divide, by Prosperity Now
Information Booklet on Women's Health, HHS/OWH
Video, Motivational Speaker Lisa Nichols
Women of Color Health Data Book, NIH

BETAH Associates nor the Chamber or BWLR do not endorse any of the above material, authors or publications.

Boss Ladies Beats

For those that enjoyed the music that was played during the event, please view the playlist.

Boss Ladies Breakfast Photos

We hope you enjoy the event photos here. You are welcome to tag yourself and others you may know.

Event Testimonials

Check out what attendees had to say about the event to MBCC member and photographer Lenzy Ruzfin:

Stay tuned for information about the next Boss Ladies Breakfast!  
“Being Fully Feminine and Fully Fierce: Perspectives of Black Women in Business”
This interactive discussion will dismantle the stereotypes of the “Angry Black Woman” in leadership positions.  Strategies and approaches to being unapologetic as women with expectations, directives, and perspectives in power position will be explored.

We hope these positive thoughts encourage you to sign up for the Boss Ladies Breakfast Mailing List and join our next event!