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Women Of WBENC

Women in business, at least those who attend the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council’s Annual Conference, know how to dress. There is a diversity to the business attire, with one thing in common — they act and dress well. 

If you are wondering how you should dress for your next conference take a tip from these women leaders: the right mix of professionalism, boss-like vibes, and personal style is always in season.

Below are some of our favorites from this year’s Women’s Business Enterprise National Council conference in Baltimore.  We feature both what to wear for daywear at the booth during at a conference and and what to wear for dinner, drinks and events in the evenings.

Let us know your favorite look in the comments!  As you will see, women leading the way is something that never goes out of style.

Krithika Ram

WEConnect

One of the evening’s most stunning and diverse outfits was worn by WEConnect International’s own Krithika Ram. Ram wore a bright green sari dress paired with a burnt orange sari blouse. As most traditional saris are, this one has a beautiful orange and yellow patterned banner that matches her sari blouse. A beautiful look for a summer event. 

 

Diana Cezeaux

Senior Account Exec. - ThisWay

ThisWay’s own senior account executive was inspired by the unseasonably warm and humid weather.  Diana stood out in a summer green, Hawaiian inspired floral blouse, classic black pencil skirt paired with sheer black tights and brownish-grey booties. 

Terry Lehmann

CEO of True Green Enterprises

CEO of True Green Enterprises, Terry Lehmann was sporting a black and white dress with a chain-link pattern on it. She paired her outfit with a rhinestone lanyard that set her apart from the crowd in a fun but professional way. 

 

LeCathy Burston

Director of Corporate Development

With an olive and cream maxi-wrap dress and crimson stone necklace, LeCathy Burston has the perfect summer conference attire that is both comfortable and appropriate for the occasion.

 
Norma Marquez,
Diversity and Inclusion
Randstad USA

Randstand’s Diversity & Inclusion Manager, Norma Marquez kept it classy wearing a black sheath dress with cream trim at the waistline and neckline, paired with patent, bow-tie flats.

Ekiah Lewis (left) & Cambria Gray (right), Media Advisors

Diversity Professional

Colors of the sea seemed to be the theme for Diversity Professional’s duo Ekiah Lewis and Cambria Gray.

Ekiah wore seafoam wide-leg crops with a white blouse and killer black pumps. Cambria sported a teal dress with a black blazer to keep her look fun but professional.

Nichole Radzely,
Co-founder and CEO
Doodle and Co.
Co-founder and Mom of Doodle and Co. known for the pacifier that pops when it drops, was seen in comfy but chic jumpsuit with an art-deco print on it.
Meredith Taylor
WBENC
WBENC’s very own Meredith Taylor rocked a black tie with a flora button up and black pants. The summer heat didn’t seem to faze her, as she pulled her outfit together with a marbled-grey hoodie.
Jade Melvin,
Sr. Strategic Programs
WBENC
WBENC’s Jade Melvin put a pop in professional attire wearing a tie waist shirt dress with paisley print. Her creative look was filled with color and sure to make her stand out in the crowd. 
Kim Bell,
VP Client Connections
The ActOne Group
VP in Client Connections for The ActOne Group put the hip in ultra hip with her black, wide-leg jeans and pattern patchwork top.

Looking for What to Wear at a Conference Booth?

Some of Our Favorite Booth Attire is Below

Jenny Leung

CEO of BellaNove, ETHKly

Clean and streamlined, Jenny Leung’s plum pants are what pulls together this professional ensemble. Jenny pulled these pieces together by wearing matching cream flats and blouse with lace embellishment. 

 

Dinita Caldwell

Supplier Diversity Director at Visa

We always love a pop of color, as shown here on Dinita Caldwell wearing a bold zebra print, mustard color block high neck top with skinny black slacks, and Tory Burch Minnie Leather Ballet Flats. A statement look sure to give you that “boss lady” vibe.

Dale Buddine

Board Member / Development Manager,
Women’s Business Enterprise Council

White and black is a classic color combination that no business woman can ever go wrong with. WBENC’s own Dale Buddine pulls off this look flawlessly wearing classic black slacks, ivory blouse with black lace embroidery and simple black flats. 

Shannon Homa,
Marketing Communications Specialist
JURISolutions, Inc.
Marketing Communication Specialist, Shannon Homa brightened up the room with a flamboyant floral blazer over
a black boatneck dress. 

Deborah Stallings,
President and CEO
HR Anew
President and CEO of HR Anew, Deborah Stallings, spiced things up wearing a red bell-sleeve dress with a beautiful brooch fastened at the neckline. Her look was accessorized with a classic pearl necklace.
Betty Hines,
Chapter Chair
Women Presidents’ Organization
The Chapter Chair of Women Presidents’ Organization, Betty Hines, pieced a linen lime-green sweater with matching ruffled wide leg pants and tasseled hoops a fun and bright look for the day.
Ebony Easton,
Customer Service Manager
PS Energy Group, Inc.
Ebony Easton at PS Energy Group, Inc. crafted a colorful summer outfit together. She wore a vibrant yellow top and berry blue trousers paired with a beautiful floor length, floral kimono.
Victoria Colbert,
Founder
VEC/VEC Photography
The fashionably friendly founder of VEC/VEC Photography, Victoria Colbert, looked sassy in her candy red high-waisted pants worn with mahogany fitted shirt under a sand colored sweater.
Donna Dozier Gordon, Director, D&I
US Tennis Association
Donna Dozier Gordon of the US Tennis Association looked nothing less than sophisticated in her floral a-line dress under a sharp ivory blazer.

What to Wear for a Business Evening Look?

Some of Our Favorites Below!

Formal Conference Wear

General Motors Company, LLC

From left to right: Trisha Street, Senior Buyer; Amanda Krogol, Program Manager Supplier Diversity; Pollyette Lenear, Program Manager Supplier Diversity;
Julia Cope, Senior Buyer

While each of these women have their own unique personal style, for the closing mixer and banquet they all decided to wear similar coloring to show they were part of the same team. Distinct and impeccably dressed, we suggest that General Motors feature them on the front page of their website.

Founder Rose International

Sue Bhatia

Founder / Chairwoman,
Rose International Inc.

Green lace and gold sandals for a summer evening look in Baltimore we think looks perfect.  Professional while sticking out from the crowd, Sue looks here like the confident business founder that she is.

CIGNA LLC

Bianca Hester

CIGNA

A statement dress with black sandals looks both classy, pulled together and professional shown here on Bianca Hester.  Gold earrings and a black clutch pull this look together and we think this outfit is versatile enough to look great at any sort of professional function.

Olivia Cook

Co-CEO / Co-Founder,
Snippety Snap LLC

Another pink look from the evening, the fabric of this wrap dress is lightweight and breathable, perfect for the hot and humid weather while also providing a flattering silhouette.  Another beautiful woman leader in business!

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Angela Hood

Angela Hood

Angela Hood, a serial entrepreneur from Austin, Texas, developed Ai4JOBS after years of research, development, and incubation at the University of Cambridge ideaSpace in England. Now operating across the world, ‘Ai4JOBS by ThisWay’ provides employers, recruiters, and staffing agencies with a suite of solutions that delivers unbiased job-to-candidate matching technology. ThisWay’s acclaimed technology and ethics-based methodologies help both businesses and individuals find greater success in the job world, through matching that matters. Hood’s passion around building unbiased technology was born from her own experience working as a field engineer and project manager in the construction and land development industries. She is a business and recognized thought leader in the fields of artificial intelligence, entrepreneurship and the ROI of diversity. Her groundbreaking work in artificial intelligence and de-biasing is often referenced in international research and is featured in a Simon & Schuster book being released in August 2019.