Lisa Charles is a highly accomplished global business development and program management professional with a career spanning the globe from Latin America, Africa, Middle East, and Europe. A passionate volunteer, she lends her time out of gratitude, love, and abundance to uplift others, and support women & girls to live the life they wish to live. She has called the metropolitan DC area home since 2014.
Lisa volunteers and supports non-profits ranging from: National Council of Negro Women • UNCF• Camp Joy/WRBG •Former Board Member for Annunciation
Betsy Jordan is a multifaceted powerhouse, excelling as a producer, writer, actress, philanthropist, activist and creator. With her global impact on CEO's, entrepreneurs, politicians, artists, and public figures, Betsy has become a force to be reckoned with in various industries. Since 2001, she has been a best-selling author, Executive Producer, and esteemed experiential and transformational coach. As the founder of Direct Creativity and BullsEye Coach, Betsy dedicates her expertise to helping others reach their full potential. Her impressive film industry career includes acting, writing, producing, and publishing the Bullseye! book series for film professionals. She is Executive Producer of The Devil's Stomping Ground, a
Paul Michael Wihbey
Paul Michael Wihbey is an internationally recognized authority on the geopolitics of energy and environmental issues such as unconventional fuels and critical minerals supply chains. Based in Washington, DC and Las Vegas, NV, he is a respected strategic planner of energy-related projects endorsed by the US Department of Energy/Idaho National Laboratory; the Province of Alberta, Canada; and the governments of China and Nigeria. Over the years, he has been featured as a keynote speaker for numerous conferences in the Persian Gulf, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, West Africa, Canada, the US , Turkey, and
Aaron Manaigo is managing partner of Global Political Solutions located near the White House and has over 20 years' experience managing projects in the public and private sector. As a business leader, he has provided professional services to a variety of entities that include Allstate Insurance Co., Quixotic Solutions, Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, U.S. Dept. of Commerce, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and Embassies of Australia, Afghanistan, South Africa, Uganda, Trinidad & Tobago, and Grenada, Aaron has worked with many elected officials including U.S. House of Representative members Charles B. Rangel and the Congressional Black Caucus as well as former Republican House Conference Chairman, J.C. Watts, respectively on the
Elizabeth Smiroldo is a native Washingtonian who grew up in Hillcrest Heights, Maryland. For most of her career, she traveled the world as a nuclear engineer for the federal government, focusing on nuclear safety, security, and weapons nonproliferation. Nowadays, she still consults as an engineer, but devotes the bulk of her time to the brilliant work of the Diana Davis Spencer Foundation, one of the largest philanthropic organizations in the United States.
In addition to her work in the STEM and philanthropy spaces, Elizabeth also has a creative streak. Solstice Publishing released her debut novel, the spy thriller, The Silent Count, in 2022. Her book won first place in the political thriller categories of the 2023 Firebird novel contest and The BookFest’s 2022
Chris Zhu is an accomplished locally based businesswoman and restauranteur, who came to the DC area from China in 1999. Zhu is the founder of Pacific Culture International and served as their Executive Director of the First & Second Washington Metropolitan Miss Chinese American Pageant in 2008 & 2010. It changed to the Pacific Miss Asian American Pageant in 2013, and Zhu has been the Executive Director ever since. In addition, from 2008-2016, Zhu has been the co-Executive Director of United Stated Chinese Association of Commerce. In 2023, she was selected as the Vice President of the United States Chinese Association of Commerce.