The Bella Network

Women’s Leadership

Conference 2020

Behind Every Successful Woman

Is A Tribe of Other Successful Women Who Have Her Back

We want the Bella story to be every women’s story. One of finding out who we are, what we’re made of, and learning to take those experiences to stand in our power and create the most profound professional and business lives possible. Yet, we can’t do that alone. We need a powerful network. The Bella Network is more than a social network or a family network but a network that includes top-level corporate professionals and entrepreneurs exchanging ideas and sharing experiences. Bellas are invested in making the connections to support your efforts and are willing to advocate on your behalf. Those types of relationships take time. Spend time with a tribe of Bellas!

Don’t let another year go by where you miss out on the largest and most successful women’s leadership conference focused on the challenges and successes of Women of Color. Our conference is the hottest conference for elevating Women of Color in their career and business growth. Join our safe space where women are excited to share and learn candidly. This year our LIVE access to the conference is by invitation only where Membership has its privileges. All others can join us using Zoom.

Saturday, November 7, 2020 Schedule of Events

Don’t you hate it when you go to an event and know something that the speaker doesn’t? Wouldn’t it be great if the conference forum allowed everyone to share what they know? Their expertise, their experience. That’s just what we do. We believe that everyone has expertise worth sharing, so we minimize the use of speakers and panels.

Our participants come from various industries and levels of experience. This diversity adds tremendously to the overall knowledge sharing. You don’t just hear one person’s perspective or discussions from just a few. More importantly, we are looking for opportunities to develop a fresh way of addressing a situation, challenge, or issue, so everyone’s perspective is important.

Click each session tab to learn more.

Pandemic and Election Check-In…. How are you doing? How are you feeling?

These are unprecedented times. I don’t think anyone could have imagined this. We are all nervous and anxious about the future.  Not just because of COVID-19 and getting accustomed to social distancing as the new norm but with the potential outcome of the November 3rd elections.  Whatever the outcome, we know we need a way of destressing.

One of the things that have come out of the COVID-19 pandemic thus far is remote work.  Many companies have told their employees to work from home because of what is going on, so many of you haven’t been maintaining your adult relationships, and you are fed up with being around your kids.  We want to give you some adult “sisterhood” time.  Spend the morning drinking tea or coffee and destressing as we share how we are doing, how we are feeling, and some best practices for reducing stress.


10:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast for live participants

10:30 a.m. –  noon  Morning Workshop Activities

So this is what you do as a Bella?

If you have never had the opportunity to join us at our Annual Women’s Leadership Conference or any other events we want to give you a peek into what we do.   Grab your lunch and join us as we share clips from past conference sessions and share some new content, as well.


Noon – 12:30 p.m.  Lunch for live participants

12:30 p.m. –  02:30 p.m.  Midday Workshop Activities

Let’s talk about the biggest challenges for Black professional women? 

We are going to take advantage of splitting the group into smaller separate sessions where we can brainstorm on how to overcome some of our biggest professional challenges.  You will have the opportunity to switch between different breakout sessions.


3:00 p.m. – 05:00 p.m. Afternoon Workshop Activities

What do you need to participate virtually on Zoom?

A strong Internet connection. A computer, IPad, or other internet-enabled devices. We recommend using a desktop or laptop computer for an enhanced user experience.  Make sure you register in advance for the event on ZOOM.

Session Facilitators

Pandemic and Election Check-In… How are you doing? How are you feeling?

Naja Hayward – Founder of an organic tea company plus over 20 + years of diversified professional experience consulting with top-level achievers on how to ‘do business’ in a way that generates greater results with their people, their productivity, and their profits.  Her superpower is asking the questions others won’t, and getting to the answers others can’t.

Coming Soon

Afternoon Session Facilitators

What can you do to debunk the myth of the “angry Black woman and find advocates?”

Dr. Gena Yuvette Davis, Psy.D., MBA, BCC, CCP (She/Her/Hers) – Organizational Psychologies and Executive Coach for high growth companies, an expert in corporate culture change and behavioral transformation: Black women continue to be unfairly penalized for being ambitious. Professional Black women are often labeled as aggressive and angry.

Check out the article on The State of Black Women in Corporate America to learn more about the challenges we face.  It will bring you comfort to know that you aren’t alone. Other Black women have similar experiences.  Learn how we can overcome some of these challenges and what are companies should be doing as well.

The new normal for working moms seeking work-life balance

Jessica Clemons Strategy Executive – Small Business Owner – Mother of 5 – One of Working Magazine’s 2020 Working Mothers of the Year: Life as a Bella during a pandemic and an election year is certainly more challenging than usual. Throw in new leadership responsibilities in your work life and virtual schooling for your children, and you might need superpowers. Jessica Clemons is taking on all of it, and she has tips and perspective to share with you on how to balance pursuing your passion and taking care of yourself while keeping everything else on track. We’ll explore leadership themes of prioritization, empathy, self-care, and focus and develop personal plans to progress toward your goals.

Moving beyond the vision board to create a professional career board

Alisha White Madison – Business Development Executive – Small Business Owner – Certified Leadership Instructor: A Bella career vision board is more than a college that represents your dreams and aspirations that motivates you to act. It represents a visual reminder of daily, weekly, monthly, and annual steps that you want to be held accountable to accomplish. This session will assist in the challenge of getting the support needed to develop a career path.

2020 Women’s Leadership Conference Live

Live Admission

Paid Members Only

Social Distance & Mask Required
Continental Breakfast and Lunch
Invitation Access Code Required


Monthly dues

Membership has it’s privileges!
Access to Member Only Events
Swag Bag and Member Pin

Free Zoom Sessions

Available until we reach capacity

Past Facilitators, Speakers, and Panelist

Alisha White Madison

Process Improvement Business Consultant and Career Leadership Coach

Dr. Arlene Warmack Williams

Associate Director, Development Communications at USC Marshall School of Business

Armand Santos

Creative Director, Prometheus Development Group, Inc.

Candance D Pilgram-Simmons

Resident Stylist and Owner of All That & More

Carol D. Anderson

Managing Partner/Principal Consultant

Crystal Mitchell

Business Radio Host, Entrepreneurial Coach

Diann Valentine

TV Personality, Love Expert, Event Designer, Author

Doreen Hackey

Chief Learning Officer | Global Talent Management | Executive Coach | Leadership & Organization Development | Change Management

Dimitrius Lynch

CEO of Let Us Inc., and Fire Fighter Captain

Gil Cargill

Sales Acceleration Coach

Greg Winston

Author, Speaker, Marketing & Sales Expert

Jovita Jenkins

Career Strategy and Life Coach

Kevin Mitchell

Northrop Grumman Corporation - Sector Vice President, Global Operations/ Executive Leadership Team

Keyonna Monroe

CEO, & Executive Director of Pretty2Me

Dr. Kim Brown Porter

Mental Health Professional

Dr. Natalie Sanders, MD

Hospice and ElderCare physician and Wine Ambassador

Pamela Isom

CEO of ICE Safety Solution

Rachael Ross

Certified Sound Therapist

Schenae Rourk

President of Resource Solutions of California

Shawn R. White

Corporate Attorney with Commercial, Licensing, Privacy, IP, and General Contract Drafting and Negotiating Expertise

Tanya Mackey

Financial Advisor & Insurance Expert

Dawn Strozier

Radio Personality, Personal Trainer and Healthy Living Coach

Brian Simmons

Account Executive Technology, Media, and Telecommunications at Capgemini

Margo Bouchet, Esq.

Family Law and Mediation Attorney

Stacey Gordon

Chief Education Officer

Darrell Brown

Senior Vice President - US Bank

Joe Haywood

Managing Partner - Haywood & Associates

KL Moore

Image Consultant

Tina Knowles Lawson

Business Woman and Fashion Designer

Richard Lawson

Actor, Coach to the Stars, Master Confidence Trainer

Zuhariah Scott Washington

General Manager, Eastern Region at Xchange Leasing, an Uber company

Lesley Slaton Brown

HP, Inc., Chief Diversity Officer

Celeste Brown, M. Ed

Meditation Coach and Educator

Cynthia Oredudga

Life Purpose Coach, Author, Speaker and Talent Agent

D’Shaun Booker

Life Coach, Strategist, Producer, Speaker

Danielle Y. Sellers

Prudential Financial Planner

Dr. Tora Brown

Brand Strategist and Consumer Behavior Specialist

Erika Williams-Rogers

Life Coach

Erin Mackey

Financial Advisor

Naja Hayward

Thrieve Coach

Sheri Betts

Maximum Impact Coach

Sybil Henry

The Style Concierge

Tana Session

Career, Life & Executive Coach

Andrea “Drea” Kelly

Fashion Business Woman, Award-winning Choreographer, Professionally Trained Dancer and Reality TV-Star

Marcell Peoples

Hard working employee of a Woman Owned Business

Lela Christine

Brand Creator, Digital Influencer, Social Media Marketing Strategist, PRGuru

Diane Stone

Human Resource Coach and Career Specialist

Denise Peoples

Author of Women Enough!, Chief Engagement Officer, STEMulate Learning

Dr. Cozette White

The Money Coach

Norma Hollis

Authority on Authenticity and Self-Awareness

It has been four years since we first started The Bella Network Leadership Conference.  We are proud of the many professionals that have participated in our efforts.  Every year, we work to leverage some of the most talented professionals to facilitate our knowledge building efforts.