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2019 CONFERENCE SPEAKERS

The 2019 Magnificent Leadership Conference features a range of speakers from various industries who will bring real-world perspective and insights to commonly shared challenges and opportunities. Whether it’s leading an interactive breakout session, participating on a thought-provoking panel, or facilitating peer-based group discussions, this year’s speakers will undoubtedly provide a highly relevant, engaging experience.

William J. Makelle Jr.

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 William J. Makell Jr. is the founder of WJM Success Solutions, Inc. His business specializes in helping individuals and organizations achieve success by using his leadership skills honed while serving more than 30 years in the Coast Guard as an officer and rotary wing aviator. He has a passion for helping people overcome personal challenges. 

Greg Jenkins

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 Greg Jenkins is a dedicated and passionate consultant, practitioner and life-long learner. Greg completed a successful 28+ year US Army career that ranged from overseas duties in Germany, South Korea, and combat duty in Iraq to include several stateside assignments culminating in Washington D.C. 

Angela Dingle

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 Angela Dingle is an author, leadership coach and speaker. As a Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Certified Practitioner and Certified Management Consultant she helps individuals and business executives develop the skills they need to become effective leaders.An award-winning business owner, Angela is the President and CEO of Ex Nihilo Management, LLC.  

Temesha Siler-Mcneill

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Temesha Siler-McNeill is a disciplined, innovative leader and coach with over 25 years of corporate management experience.  She is the owner and CEO of TSM Training Services, LLC. Temesha is a certified Green Belt Six Sigma Leader with extensive training in project management, leader development and organized management.  

Sheila Edmondson

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Sheila Edmondson is a proven subject matter expert in marketing, business development and government contracting.  Sheila’s strengths lie in her ability to forge strategic relationships, and facilitate change.  In addition, she is skilled in identifying system challenges and implementing creative solutions for mitigating risk.  

In her current role with the District of Columbia Procurement Technical Assistance Center (DC PTAC), a program of the Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD), she is responsible for assisting clients in developing go-to-market plans in pursuit of federal, state and local government contracts; which has resulted in over $40M in contract awards.

Laurine LeBlanc

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Ambitious, faith-driven, and motivated; these are three of the highest compliments a person can be paid. They also happen to be the way you define professional counselor and motivational speaker Laurine LeBlanc. Through hope, resilience and faith, this dynamic advisor now serves as an inspiration for women worldwide.  

Naza Shelley

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 As Founder, Naza Shelley owns, operates, and manages the daily operations of Carpe Diem Social LLC. She is an experienced attorney and avid traveler with a passion for connecting people. In addition to her distinguished legal career, she served as the Head of International Business Management and Marketing for NETMEGO, a Chinese ICT company focused on deploying interactive online video games and mobile app development. 

Natalie Dodson

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 Natalie Dodson’s career in Human Resources over the past two decades has been driven by her passion for understanding the dynamics of effective leadership and what can hinder them. To lead is to inspire. We can inspire what’s best in line with our desired results, or unwittingly set something completely different in motion. In her current work as Manager of the client-facing HR team at XcelHR, she feels honored to support the entrepreneurial spirit and success of hundreds of small- and mid-sized business owners. 

Darlene Bullock

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  E. Darlene Bullock began serving as the Deputy Director of the U.S.  Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office of Small and Disadvantaged  Business Utilization (OSDBU) in June 2015.  Ms. Bullock is also a  Senior Procurement Analyst in the OSDBU serving as the Program Manager  for several small business programs to include: 8(a), small  disadvantaged, and women-owned. She also is a Desk Officer providing  technical procurement and small business support to four DHS operational  contracting offices. 

Magnificent Leadership Conference - Panelist

Laurie Sayles - President and CEO of CivilityMS

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 Laurie Sayles formed Civility Management Solutions (CivilityMS) in 2012 as a professional consulting services working within both the Government and Commercial space. Currently CivilityMS is providing Project, Program, Financial and Grants Management; Training; Conference Logistics, Call Center and Administrative support working in DoD, NASA, DHS, HHS, VA and DOT, Baltimore County and WSSC. CivilityMS is a certified SBA 8(a), WOSB, EDWOSB and VA verified SDVOSB.

Towan Isom - President and CEO of Isom Global Strategies

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Towan Isom is the CEO of IGS, a millennial & multicultural marketing PR firm comprised of 60% Millennials in the top 20% of the Inc. 5000, . She is America's leading expert on how to hyper-grow a company with Millennials. Her system shows executives and managers how to attract, motivate, retain and grow Millennials in the workplace. Towan's firm has grown 710% in the past year, fueled by her ability to inspire and mentor these young dynamic professionals using traditional and non-traditional management practices. 

Reginald Gant -Director of Career Image Solutions

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Amazon #1 Best-selling Author and Founder of the SERVE Principles which is a personal development vehicle used to educate and empower others to be better leaders. In other words, I teach people how to live on purpose today while securing their legacy for generations to come.
Certified Instructor & Facilitator with over a dozen years of real-world Human Resources expertise and experience.  Give customers a reason to do business with you.

David C. Harrington

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David Harrington is President and CEO of the Prince George’s Chamber of Commerce. In this role, he is the primary advocate, policy advisor and spokesperson for over 500 businesses. He has led the Chamber to a “Top 15” regional ranking as determined by the Washington Business Journal. 

Morning Keynote Speaker

Kaplan Mobray Motivational speaker

Recognized by Meetings and Conventions Magazine as one of the nation’s top business speakers.

Kaplan Mobray is one of the world’s most dynamic and inspirational business speakers and award-winning author of “The 10Ks of Personal Branding”.

Wharton-educated, Kaplan draws from his over 15 years of corporate experience as a successful business executive where he led corporate marketing, advertising, brand development, and workforce diversity initiatives for Fortune 500 companies. 

Kaplan has received worldwide acclaim and numerous awards for his leadership and branding insights. 

He has been featured on CNN, FOX, Businessweek, The Wall Street Journal, Ad Age and shares his message to NFL players and fans annually at the Super Bowl. Prior to his speaking career Kaplan served as U.S. Diversity Programs Leader at Deloitte. Kaplan also serves on the corporate advisory board of ALPFA, the nation’s largest Latino professional association.

Through his latest venture, Kaplan is revolutionizing high performance online learning with his virtual interactive Kaplan Mobray Leadership Institute

He continues to serve as a consultant to fortune 500 companies and a brand coach to professional athletes.

All of his innovative presentations have been described as life changing events.  

In his personal pursuits, Kaplan is a professional saxophone player. Kaplan resides in West Nyack, NY and is active in civic and charitable organizations.

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Afternoon Keynote Speaker

Maria Asuelimen, Managing Partner of AMA Consulting LLC

Maria is a highly sought after consultant, trainer, facilitator and executive coach that helps leaders and groups uncover blind spots and unleash their already existing greatness. With over 16 years of experience, Maria’s expertise focuses on Organizational Development and Leadership. Her wealth of experience has been a great resource for civilian and defense agencies as well as federal contractors. Prior to starting AMA Consulting, Maria lead a team of academic advisors at University of Maryland University College, worked at Federal Emergency Management Agency as a Management Analyst for economic recovery programs and managed a portfolio of over 100 firms for the U.S . Small Business Administration.


Maria leads a team that helps organizations create and implement practical strategies to achieve their mission, navigate through tough problems and increase their performance.

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