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Real Conversation: "Women Leading the Future Through Diversity" 

Diversity is being invited to the party.  Inclusion is being asked to dance.  Diversity is a broad topic, and we won’t try to cover it all!  We WILL provide a unique set of perspectives from women leading the conversation in the business community, and do more than pay lip service to this timely and vital issue.  This is not your HR presentation!  Our speakers and moderators will lead an honest and in-depth look into this multi-faceted theme and explore topics of gender, age, race, religion, sexual orientation and more. 

2.18.16 // 3:30 - 6:00 p.m. // Hilton Richmond Downtown 
501 E. Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23219

Chamber Members - $40 per person
Non-Members - $50 per person 

Get your company name and brand out there by securing a table-top for. We'll provide the skirted table so all you have to do is bring your information and/or table top display.
Chamber Members - $100 (includes 1 seat to the program)
Non-Members - $150 (includes 1 seat to the program)

Stephanie Phillips | (804) 783-9350 


Sam McClure, Senior Vice President, The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce

Sam oversees the Affiliate Relations, External Affairs, and Supplier Diversity department and is a member of the NGLCC executive leadership team. In 2014, Sam led NGLCC's legislative campaign to pass the historic California Assembly Bill 1678, the first law of its kind in the nation which added certified LGBT Business Enterprises to the Supplier Diversity program of the CA Public Utilities Commission. In 2015, she lead the team that achieved the first statewide Executive Order to add not only LGBTBE's but also Disability Owned & Veteran Owned Business Enterprises to the small business development opportunities in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She is a leading voice on organization development strategies and LGBT business inclusion. Sam's work was recently published in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Civil Rights: A Public Policy Agenda for Uniting a Divided America, and edited volume detailing the remaining battles in the movement for LGBT equality. Driven by an entrepreneurial spirit and an appetite for community and economic development, she is a passionate advocate for the LGBT Community and a champion of Business Equality.

Wendy McSweeney, Senior Vice President & Enterprise Inclusion Leader, SunTrust Banks, Inc.

Wendy is responsible for developing and executing growth and engagement strategies, consulting with executive leaders and driving enterprise wide inclusion and diversity at SunTrust. She is a 20-year veteran of the financial services industry and has extensive experience in leadership, diversity and inclusion, relationship management, coaching and consulting. Wendy serves on the board of directors of the Brian Jordan Foundation and in 2014 & 2015, Black Enterprise Magazine named Wendy one of the "Top Executives for Diversity & Inclusion." The Georgia Diversity Council also named her one the "Most Powerful and Influential Women" in Georgia. She's a member of The Network Journal's 2012 Class of "Forty Under 40" leaders in business and a 2010 graduate of the St. Louis Business Diversity Initiative Fellow's Leadership Program. She earned an undergraduate degree in accounting from Virginia Union University and an MBA from the University of Phoenix.

Susan Winiecki, Associate Publisher, Richmond Magazine 

Susan has been in the world of journalism since graduating from The College of William and Mary in 1987. She has had a myriad of journalistic experiences including working as a featured writer and food editor for the daily The Potomac News in Northern Virginia, as a state desk reporter for the Richmond Times Dispatch where she covered agricultural issues in Southside Virginia, and while on the RTD’s metro desk, she reported on rural and suburban land-use topics in the counties of Hanover and Chesterfield.   In 1996, she became editor in chief of Richmond Magazine and slowly began overhauling its coverage by expanding its coverage as well as adding investigative reporting, comprehensive service packages, and, of course, in-depth food community coverage. Today, she oversees Richmond Magazine, RHome, Richmond Bride, Welcome Inc. and all custom publications and guides that the company prints. In her time at the magazine, she has worked to build events that celebrate aspects of the Richmond community. 



Kelli Lemon 
Business Manager
Mama J's


Meaghan West
Sr. Research Associate
M.H. West & Co., Inc. 



  • 3.17.16 // Workshop: "Effective Communications in the Workplace of the Future"
    11:30 am-1:00 pm // at Art Works
  • 4.7.16 // Social (*passport subscribers only)
    5:30-7:00 pm // at Capital Ale House Downtown
  • 6.9.16 // REAL CONVERSATION: "What Powerful Women Do that Others Don't"
    3:30-6:00 pm // at Four Points by Sheraton Richmond
  • 6.16.16 // Breakfast Workshop: "Practical Ways to Create the Career You Really Want"
    7:30-9:00 am // at Art Works
  • 9.22.16 // REAL CONVERSATION: Join us for a discussion on "work life balance"
    3:30-6:00 pm // at Reynolds Community College
  • 10.13.16 // Workshop: "Making Work Life Balance Work"
    11:30 am-1:00 pm // at Art Works
  • 11.10.16 // Social (*passport subscribers only)
    5:30-7:00 pm // at Mama J's Restaurant

For more information on how you get engaged with EWX, how to become a passport subscriber or to simply ask question please contact Stephanie Phillips at 783-9350 or Stephanie.phillips@grcc.com


EWX is a unique, relevant and extraordinary women-focused series for every woman in the Greater
Richmond Region. Chamber members receive a discount. EWX is made possible by the following sponsors:

Presenting Sponsors

Series Sponsors

Patron Sponsors
BB&T Wealth
Richmond Times-Dispatch

EWX Workshop Host Sponsor
Art Works

Reception Sponsor (2.18.16 Real Conversation)


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