It was a day of entrepreneurs, authors, philanthropists, caregivers and women who’ve shattered glass ceilings.
For one day on Nov. 16 about 475 of these strong-willed women gathered in one place at the National Conference Center in Lansdowne for the fourth annual Virginia Women’s Business Conference.
This year’s turnout was bigger than the last, with more vendors and speakers drawing bigger crowds, said Cindy Taylor, director of special projects for JP Events & Consulting, one of two presenting sponsors. Reston Limousine also sponsored the all-day event.
“It’s the speakers, the opportunity to network and the exhibits. It’s the whole package,” Taylor said.
From chances to win prizes, health care consultations, makeovers, a chance to meet Venice “FlyGirl” Armour, America’s first African American female combat pilot and all break-out discussions on how to build a better business, women delighted in the event’s offerings.
The highlight of the day came as Dr. Grace Keenan, founder and CEO of Nova Medical & Urgent Care Center Inc. was honored with the Stellar Woman Award – the first time the conference has bestowed such a prize.
Nova Medical & Urgent Care is the largest integrated primary care practice in Loudoun County with four locations. Her business includes primary and urgent care services as well as a medical spa. Keenan was named the top doctor for two years by Northern Virginia Magazine.
In accepting the award, Keenan credited the work of Loudoun County citizens. When she first started her practice, she saw eight patients the first day, she said. Today, her practice sees 500 to 600 patients a day.
“But it’s all from your support,” Keenan said.
Keynote speaker Fabienne Fredrickson, founder of ClientAttraction.com, wooed the crowd with her charismatic, energetic speech.
“As successful women in business I believe that you and I are not like anyone else out there. I believe that there’s something within us that cannot bear to place small. We don’t have tolerance for mediocrity,” Fredrickson said.
And Fredrickson is definitely a stranger to mediocrity.
ClientAttraction.com ranked on the Inc. 500/5000 list of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies in 2011. The business is devoted to teaching entrepreneurs around the world how to consistently attract ideal, high-paying clients, put their marketing on “autopilot” and authentically create a highly successful and meaningful business, while working less.
Fredrickson’s books, newsletters, products and appearances and online reach inspire nearly 150,000 people each month, according to her bio.
Leaving a secure corporate job to start her own business was one of the toughest decisions Fredrickson said she ever had to make.
“I couldn’t help it. I am officially unemployable,” she said to applause. “And it’s because we are here to play bigger … We make the world a better place in only the way that we can do it.”
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