Programs

Women Empowering Women Forum

The Women Empowering Women Forum will give voice to Asian American and Minority women in business to meet, develop skills, make connections, and grow together.

Career growth, challenges and opportunities for women in a remote work environment.

Speakers 2022

Nisha Balwani

Nisha Balwani

CEO

RCI Technologies Inc.

Nisha Balwani

CEO
RCI Technologies Inc.

Nisha Balwani is the Chief Executive Officer of RCI Technologies, an MWBE information technology firm focused on building and modernizing digital systems while minimizing security risk. By creating high-value technical solutions for clients ranging from, state, local, federal, and commercial entities, RCI Tech is poised to continue its growth. As a second generation-member of the family business, Nisha served as Head of Business Development for five years before becoming CEO, spearheading the company’s expansion into the public sector. Under her leadership, RCI has already tripled its’ business with New York City agencies and expanded its’ cyber security capabilities.

Nisha was recently featured in Forbes for her leadership of RCI through its’ generational succession. She is especially proud to continue RCI's woman-owned and led legacy as she leads the company into the next generation of growth.

Prior to returning to the family business, Nisha graduated from Columbia Business School with an MBA in technology and entrepreneurship and founded RENTALYA, the first US-based brand to provide South Asian formalwear as a rental service. She sat on the board of the NJBPU SDDC Supplier Diversity Development Council and was Chief of Staff to the US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Northeast President

Natalie Madiera Cofield

Natalie Madeira Cofield

Assistant Administrator

Office of Women's Business Ownership

Natalie Madeira Cofield

Assistant Administrator
Office of Women's Business Ownership

Ms. Natalie Madeira Cofield has been appointed to serve as the Assistant Administrator for the Office of Women's Business Ownership, effective Monday, March 1, 2021. In this role, Ms. Cofield serves as a senior executive providing executive oversight, management, leadership, and championship of female entrepreneurship. As an assistant administrator, Cofield will oversee the largest expansion of the Women's Business Center (WBC) network in the history of the Small Business Administration across its nearly 140 center footprint and more than $70 million in federal grant-making to support the growth of women-led firms.

Cofield is a seasoned entrepreneur and executive with over 15 years of experience in securing diverse capital, building strategic partnerships, and leading state and local economic development programs to successfully incubate and scale small business development and expansion initiatives in communities throughout the United States. Cofield brings extensive experience leading business and trade associations and working with corporations, and philanthropic organizations to develop programs to support entrepreneurship within women-led, diverse and urban communities and is responsible for securing over $22 million in capital to invest in entrepreneurial ventures and small business programs and initiatives. Most recently she served as Founder & CEO of Walker's Legacy and the Walker's Legacy Foundation providing entrepreneurship programming to support thousands of multicultural women entrepreneurs. Prior to this role, Cofield held various leadership positions in cities across the nation including Los Angeles, New York and Austin, where she served as the CEO of the Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce.

She has been named by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in Business and was selected among 137 cover-story business leaders and entrepreneurs from across the nation for her response to COVID-19 in the magazine’s July/August 2020 edition cover. The Root named her one of the 100 Most Influential African Americans in the country and she has also been named among the list of Women Who Mean Business and one of the 100 Most Powerful Washingtonians by the Washington Business Journal.

She is a graduate of Howard University where she received her BBA in Information Systems as a Gates Millennium Scholar and the Baruch School of Public Affairs where she was a National Urban Fellow. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

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Christine Nuessle

CEO and President

Bravium Consulting Inc

Christine Nuessle

CEO and President
Bravium Consulting Inc

Christine Nuessle co-founded Bravium Consulting Inc in the summer of 2010 as she aimed to transform the way organizations provide enterprise services. Over the last eleven years she's grown Bravium into a mainstay in the field of Enterprise Service Management, boasting an Elite Tier ServiceNow partnership and a slew of awards from USPAACC, SECAF, Washington Business Journal, and Inc Magazine.

Maui Orozco

Maui Orozco

Policy Programs Manager

Meta

Maui Orozco

Policy Programs Manager
Meta

Maui Orozco is a Policy Programs Manager on Meta’s Economic Impact Programs team based in Washington, D.C. In this role she manages the company’s relationships with national economic partners and organizations. She joined Meta in early 2019 previously managing partnerships and engagement with advocacy organizations and civil rights groups. Prior to joining Meta, she held a range of government relations and public affairs positions at emerging tech companies including Rubicon Global and Uber. At Rubicon she led government partnerships where she developed partnerships with municipalities to understand the value that innovative technologies can have on city operations. On the public affairs team at Uber, she worked with policymakers and community stakeholders to influence rideshare policies. Her experiences sit at the intersection of business, tech, and policy. Maui holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and was a Global Entrepreneurship Scholar, a program which encourages students to study entrepreneurship at a global scale.

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Erin Timmerman

Director, Supplier Diversity

Home Depot

Erin Timmerman

Director, Supplier Diversity
Home Depot

Lucky Wadhera

Lucky Wadhera

Senior Vice President and Commercial Banking Leader

Wells Fargo

Lucky Wadhera

Senior Vice President and Commercial Banking Leader
Wells Fargo

Lucky Wadehra is a Senior Vice President and Commercial Banking Leader for Wells Fargo’s Middle Market Banking in the Capital region. Lucky leads a team of bankers who are responsible for managing and growing their respective portfolios of commercial clients. Her team members are tenured, experienced professionals deeply involved in the communities in which they live and serve.

Lucky has been with Wells Fargo and in banking for over 19 years in various roles. Prior to Wells Fargo, she worked for USAA for 3 years and prior to that in hospitality management in various international locations for 7 years. Lucky, throughout her career, has held positions in leadership and management roles requiring a strong skill set in customer service, sales, budgeting, financial and business acumen, developing talent and practicing diversity, equity and inclusion.

She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with Honors from the University of Delhi and a Bachelor Degree in Hospitality Management from the Institute of Hotel Management Catering and Nutrition also in Delhi, India.

Lucky resides in Loudoun County with her husband, and two children. She currently serves as Chair of the Board for The Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier.

Doris Yeh

Doris Yeh

CEO & Co-Founder

Mirapath

Doris Yeh

CEO & Co-Founder
Mirapath

In her role, Doris drives strategy four core values: relationships matter, commitment to excellence, results-driven, and strive for innovation and excellence - all these while enjoying the journey together. She is passionate about leadership development, and geeks out about cutting-edge technology related to platform development in the data center - server room paired with AI and automation.

Doris is proud of how the journey has unfolded for Mirapath. The company was the 54th fastest-growing women-owned business in WPO in 2014. It was recognized by the Silicon Valley Business Journal (SVBJ) as the 19th biggest minority-owned business in 2015, 11th in 2016, and 6th in 2017. Mirapath was also in the Fast 100 Asian American Businesses by USPAACC, CRN Fast Growth 150, CRN Solution Provider 500.

Doris began her technology career as a software programmer in Brazil. She relocated to the United States to assist in the growth of the company which was later sold to Avocent. Doris honed her technical knowledge in high-performance cluster integration and enterprise software solutions at VA LINUX which set an IPO record in 1999 when it went public.

Doris holds a BSEE from the University of São Paulo and her MBA from the University of Phoenix. She graduated from the prestigious Harvard Business School Owner President Management (OPM52) program in 2018 on an awarded scholarship. She is nominated by Silicon Valley Women of Influence in 2018 by Silicon Valley Business Journal and 2020 Infrastructure Mason IM100 Recipient. Doris is fluent in English, Mandarin, and Portuguese. Her favorite quotes are " Stay hungry, Stay Foolish, Keep dreaming" and "Luck is many years of preparation meets opportunity". She considers herself a very lucky dreamer.