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AWE Leaders

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Karen B. Bate

Founder & Co-Host

Karen, co-founder of KB Concepts P.R., launched AWE in 2014 (with enthusiastic support from many fellow women business owners) to provide a community of encouragement and inspiration for all the awesome women who have taken the leap into entrepreneurship. We're stronger together! 

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Evelyn Powers

Co-Founder & Co-Host

Evelyn, co-founder of AWE has run her own business, Design Powers, for 22 years. It has taught her that building a social, supportive community of women colleagues is vital. Evelyn wants AWE to be the path for women to connect and reach their full potential in business and life.

AWE Board of Advisors

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Tara Claeys

Tara Claeys is the owner of Design TLC and co-founder of Nice Work, producing custom WordPress websites for small and medium businesses. She also co-hosts the podcast Hallway Chats, where she shares stories of people in the WordPress community. Tara is a 2018 graduate of Leadership Arlington.

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Maura Fredericks

Maura Fredericks, MA, PCC, is an executive and business coach who believes in the power of habit. Founder of Relevant Habits, Maura coaches business owners and co-founders to discover how small shifts in perspectives, ideas and action create big rewards. Maura is the creator of the AWE Mastermind program.

Robin Gordon

Robin Gordon, founder of Gordon & Co.,  is a CPA and Personal Financial Specialist whose passion is helping people live well – within their means. Her new book, Living the Best Life You Can with the Money You Have, is available here on Amazon!

Maritza Lizama

Maritza Lizama is co-founder of Limon, a bilingual marketing and communications company. What Limon does best is tell their clients’ stories via engaging content (in English and Spanish) for websites, email campaigns, newsletters, video scripts, social media, event promotions and beyond.

Angelica Talan

Angelica Talan is a social media influencer and author of the Clarendon Moms and Angelica in the City blogs, where she encourages people to discover new places to get fit, delicious places to eat, exciting things to see and fun things to do in the Washington DC area and beyond.

Ginny Wright

Ginny Wright is the award-winning founder of BbGFitness, specializing in year-round outdoor fitness classes. She is also a certified health coach and creator of The Total Wellness Challenge, a sustainable 4-week online wellness program that combines  elements of nutrition, fitness, mindfulness & accountability.