March 7, 2020, Los Angeles, CA
Felicia Alexander, Co-Founder of BoxUnion

The Empowered Women Brunch group was thrilled to welcome Felicia Alexander, co-founder of BoxUnion, on Saturday, March 7th in Los Angeles. She spoke on “Leaping from Your Comfort Zone to Achieve Big Dreams.”

As an MBA who spent 20+ years in the corporate world as a sales and marketing executive, Felicia found a way to overcome her fears and start a business she was truly passionate about. She co-founded BoxUnion, which combines mind, body, music, and boxing in a hyper-efficient total body workout. While these workouts empower, instill confidence, and reduce stress, Felicia uses these same principles to motivate and support others in making the leap from comfortable jobs to realizing their dreams of becoming entrepreneurs.

West Coast Kickoff Event!
January 11, 2020, Los Angeles, CA
Monica Parikh, Founder of School of Love NYC

The Empowered Women Brunch group hosted our first West Coast event on Saturday, January 11th in Los Angeles. We were delighted to welcome Monica Parikh, Founder of School of Love NYC, who spoke on “Finding Your Voice & Speaking Your Truth: Why Boundaries Matter.”

Boundaries are the ability to hear and say no appropriately. Far too many women lose their voice in high-stakes relationships, especially romance and work. Monica is teaching a global audience how to step into their power to build healthy, mutually beneficial relationships. Read more in Monica’s blog post, “5 Truths About Healthy Boundaries.”

Funny and down-to-earth, Monica seamlessly integrates psychological and spiritual truths, giving women and men the tools to succeed at love. She has an online course through MindBodyGreen, contributes to publications like Bustle and ManRepeller, and gives public talks at places like The Soho House. Visit Monica’s website here.

June 19, 2019, Washington, DC
Tracie Weber, PHR
Resume Review Workshop

Tracie Weber is a Senior Talent Acquisition Specialist (aka recruiter) specializing in putting veterans back to work. As a former Naval Officer, Tracie’s focus is helping service members make the transition from the military to the civilian workforce. Having worked for the largest staffing agency in the country, The Boeing Company, and two DC-based defense contractors, Tracie brings a well-rounded perspective to the job search that covers the candidate, the recruiter, and the hiring manager’s perspective. Tracie has her MBA from the Citadel Graduate College and her PHR Certification from HRCI. Connect with her on LinkedIn here.

October 10, 2018, Washington DC
We moved from brunch to happy hour and had two guest speakers!

Ris Lacoste

Ris Lacoste is one of the most respected and dedicated chefs working in Washington D.C. today. She has earned her reputation built upon high-quality ingredients, bold innovative technique, and food that is both familiar and simply delicious.

A James Beard nominated chef, Ris Lacoste is chef and owner of her West End DC bistro, RIS., which was listed in the 2016 Michelin guide as one of DC’s top restaurants. Learning her craft from the famed Anne Willan at Ecole de Cuisine La Varenne, Ris returned stateside and started a long, rewarding career at The Harvest in Cambridge, MA, 21 Federal in Nantucket, MA, Twenty-One Federal in Washington DC, Kinkead’s American Brasserie, and 1789 Restaurant.

Ris is also well known for her commitment to community involvement. She sits on the advisory board of the Smithsonian’s Museum of American History, The Kitchen Cabinet; she is a member of the State Department’s Culinary Diplomatic Corps; she is on the Executive Committee of the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington (RAMW); and is a member of the Women’s Forum of Washington DC, Women Chefs and Restaurateurs, and Les Dames d’Escoffier.

Beyond the kitchen, Ris’s favorite place to be is in the middle of a local famers’ market, hunting down the freshest fruits and vegetables and creating relationships with her farmers. These markets are not only a source of inspiration for her cuisine, but also a meeting point to talk about the importance of investment in the local community and dedication to the ideals of local and sustainable farming.

Aviva Goldfarb

Aviva Goldfarb is a Washington Post and Bethesda magazine contributor, author of 4 cookbooks, and founder of The Six O’Clock Scramble, an online healthy meal planner. She is a marketing consultant and business coach for food related ventures and non-profits and a freelance writer about food and travel. Learn more about her at

June 23, 2018, Washington, DC
Kristina Han, Founder & CEO of Own Your Wonder

Kristina is pioneering makeup-as-a-service with the creation of DC’s first makeup bar, a unique and inspiring beauty experience with its first location in Georgetown. Own Your Wonder makes professional makeup services affordable and accessible for even the busiest women in an inclusive and inviting space. Kristina is a Harvard-educated lawyer and an Olympic swimmer.

April 21, 2018, Washington, DC
Ellie Thompson, Founder of Venyou & Money Therapy

Ellie is the Founder of Venyou and Money Therapy. Prior to the creation of her businesses, Ellie worked at J.P. Morgan and HelloWallet, helping individuals and Fortune 500 employees maximize their financial potential. Her current company, Money Therapy, helps individuals pay down debt, set savings goals, and start investment accounts. Connect with her on LinkedIn here.

Kickoff Event!
January 20, 2018, Washington, DC
Monica Parikh, Founder of School of Love NYC

Not only was Monica the guest speaker at our inaugural east coast event, she was also the guest speaker at our inaugural west coast event two years later. We are so grateful to have her as a friend, supporter, and guide.  Visit her website here.