Diversity & Inclusion Networking Events

Join us monthly for our EmPOWER networking events dedicated to helping underrepresented businesses connect and grow. Hear from industry experts and business leaders on topics such as marketing, finance, development, community leadership, and more. All are welcome to attend! This group meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month virtually from 4 - 5 PM. 

Stay tuned! The EmPOWER Networking Event will return in 2022!

View Videos of Past EmPOWER Networking Events

EmPOWER Guest Speakers


October 2021 – Guest Speakers Paola Bonarriva and Luis Tapia, Licensed Real Estate Agents in Maryland and the Owners of B&T Group Homes and B&T Home Investments. The pair will present "Making Frederick Home."
September 2021 – Guest Speaker David Brooks, Owner of Brooks Behavioral Health Services, LLC "Overcoming Substance Use Disorder."
June 2021 – Guest Speaker Em Perper, Lead Bookseller of Curious Iguana, "LGBTQIA Business Inclusivity."

May 2021 – Guest Speaker Sue Hough, Owner and Creative Director of Octavo Designs, "Branding for Small Businesses."
April 2021 – Guest Speaker Maria Jimenez, Business Relationship Manager for The State Employees Credit Union, “Small Business Financing.”
March 2021 – Guest Speaker Margot Connor, CEO of RoosterBio Inc., “Women in Business Development.”
February 2021 – Guest Speaker: Todd Scott, “We Rise: Helping the Next Generation with Financial Literacy”
January 2021 – Guest Speaker: Amanda Rodriguez, “Turning Your Followers Into Fuel”