|Cheryl WoodCheryl Wood is an award-winning Author, Speaker, Trainer & Small Business Coach who inspires women to transition from ordinary lives to extraordinary lives. Her mission is to “Equip women to live Fearless, Focused & Fulfilled” by discovering their passion and giving birth to their dreams. Cheryl equips women with strategies to overcome fears, take risks, and eliminate self-imposed barriers that hinder personal development and growth. Through various platforms including speaking, training, live events, tele-classes, and coaching, Cheryl helps women to propel their success in achieving personal, professional, or entrepreneurial goals.
As an entrepreneur who turned her passion into profit, one of Cheryl’s primary focal points is being an advocate for women becoming financially independent by pursuing entrepreneurship. Her most recent initiative, Women Entrepreneurs Partnering for Profit™ (WEPP), promotes the profitability of women in business through shared knowledge and resources, increased visibility and exposure, and increased revenue potential.
Cheryl’s commitment to living “Fearless, Focused & Fulfilled” in her own life has been demonstrated in her entrepreneurial journey since June 2009. Some of her notable achievements include:
- 2011 Small Business Influencer Award
- 2011 “Seed Harvester” Award
- 2011 Elevator Pitch Olympics WINNER – FraserNET PowerNetworking Conference
- 2010 Business Woman of the Year – The Professional Black Woman
- 2010 Entrepreneurial “Spirit” Award – Morgan State University
- 2010 Woman of Power Award – Women 2 Women 4 Women
- 2010 Governor’s Citation for Excellence in Small Business
Cheryl makes frequent guest appearances on local talk radio stations including Radio One, Pacifica Radio, Elite DC Radio, and WEAA Radio to share her message of empowerment. She also hosts her own radio show, “Living Outside The Box,” where she spotlights women who are defying the odds and eliminating excuses in order to pursue their dreams. Cheryl’s professional clients have included the Small Business Administration, Morgan State University, Women of Prince George’s and the National Association of Bridal Consultants, to name a few. She is author of the book, How I Flatlined and Woke Up in 45 Days, a book of empowerment for women, and has announced the release of her second book, The GlamourLESS Side of Entrepreneurship – What They Didn’t Tell You About Being A Woman In Business, due to release on March 1, 2012.
is a powerful, inspirational, thought-provoking speaker. Her wonderful sense of humor, straight talk, no-nonsense approach empowers yet challenges individuals to step into their greatness.
As “Mom-entrepreneur” and Business Midwife Lucinda Cross of Yonkers, New York was motivated to start her own business while she was working frantically in the 9-5 corporate rat race, and shuffling her children back and forth to daycare each day. The routine was not healthy for her or her kids, and, spending only 45 minutes of quality time with them each day was not enough. Cross wanted more. She was stressed, overworked and underpaid.
Fast forward to 2011, and Cross is now a successful speaker, author, small business start-up expert and “mom” who has achieved the work/life balance that every woman dreams of. Cross has been featured on ABC, NBC, WLIB the Al Sharpton Show, over 100 blog talk radio shows and several blogs including Babble.com Top 50 Mompreneurs and more.
Her first book was published in October 2009, the best selling book Corporate Mom Drop Outs – Women who have traded in the life sentence for a profitable lifestyle will help “wanna-be” and “start-up” mom-entrepreneurs everywhere turn their dream of owning their own business into a reality. Written in trimesters, the book mimics the birthing process from inception to a healthy full-term business.
Her life has been filled with wonderful experiences – from being a single mother, to a Mom-entrepreneur, sharing her gifts as a marketing strategist, mentor and writer she uses that wisdom and insight to motivate moms to create a better life, a better community and a better business. Cross will be releasing her 2nd book The Road To Redemption: Overcoming Life’s Challenges in 2012.
Ann Quasman is a woman on a mission. Her goal is to encourage and facilitate conversations that will help women connect with and rely upon the wisdom within their hearts as much as they do the wisdom within their minds.
As host of WomanTalk Live, Ann brings women everywhere deeper into topics that both inspire and inform. Her unique ability to get to the heart of the issue and to the heart of the woman has made her one of the most respected and loved media personalities in Baltimore, as well as a sought after emcee, speaker, board member and strategic partner to businesses and non-profits.
Ann’s message and her desire to initiate a more conscious conversation is a direct result of her “past life” in corporate America. After years in the investment management and banking industry, Ann had an epiphany (a.k.a. a vision brought on by total exhaustion and having “no life”). She realized that she was in no way close to leading the life she wanted to live and that she had strayed very far away from her own heart. Something had to give.
That “ah-ha moment” triggered a series of shifts that ultimately led to WomanTalk Live, Girls Gone Great and the Conscious Conversations Café.
With her in-depth corporate background under her belt and after creating her business, Living in Your Heart, to provide “life” workshops and retreats for women, Ann turned her strategic acumen into a brand new concept – a radio show that would dive deep into women’s issues, while avoiding the cliché beauty, fashion and weight loss topics.
Ann grew WomanTalk Live from a local radio show plunked down between male-focused programming to a true community of women and men who actively engage in a more conscious conversation with Ann and each other every day almost 24/7.
In fact, “from the heart” one-to-one conversations with listeners, community members, show sponsors and others who are making a difference for women is Ann’s passion.
Her goal is simple: To each day start a conversation that moves even one woman from talking to doing.
Ann is passionate about supporting community and national efforts and causes – and, WomanTalk Live sponsors numerous events each year. In addition, Ann serves as a board member of The Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MCASA), the statewide collective voice advocating for accessible, compassionate care for survivors of sexual crimes and accountability for all offenders.