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NAWBO Richmond's Programming and Events Committee assists with the creation and hosting of chapter events designed to deliver valuable information and strengthen relationships among our group of business owners. This includes planning of professional development speaking events and chapter socials. We need several volunteers for this committee who are organized and creative planners! If you are interested in serving on this committee, click on the link below.

Meet the Committee!

Nakia Whittaker-Woody serves as our Programs Committee Chair. She is the founder of KISS Virtual Services, a virtual administrative services company that offers the additional support businesses need to be more productive, efficient, and most importantly, successful!

Nakia began KISS Virtual Services in 2018 when she became an empty nester. Her experience early on in her career as an administrative assistant to three separate corporate vice presidents helped shape who she is as a female entrepreneur today. 

In addition to running her business, she also currently works as a Facilities Coordinator. She is a panelist on the podcast Soultiful, and mentors a group of aspiring virtual assistants through a program called Virtual Assistant Sister Learning. In September 2021, Nakia launched an extension of her business, the VA World Conference, an annual event that is catered to women of color who wish to start a small business in the virtual service industry.

Jacqui Schlosser is the owner of By Jacqui Photography! Jacqui became a member of NAWBO Richmond in 2021 and has served as the organization’s in-kind photography sponsor for the past year. She is the visionary behind many of the imagery on our website and has captured snapshots at an array of events, including our Summer Garden Party, Summer Social, and Women and Wine Event! 

Jacqui has worked as a photographer since she was 18. In 2011, she officially began her own company. This pivotal move allowed her to continue to do what she loved, but on her own terms, putting her in control of her schedule and client list. As a Certified Professional Photographer (CCP), Jacqui has over 1,000 Weddings, Mitzvahs, and social events to her credit. She also has branched out into the Corporate, Food, and Boudoir realms in the past 7 years.

Jacqui is passionate about working with women-owned businesses and helping create high-quality, powerful visuals to support their business.

Amy Pruett is the founder of Abunditude, a coaching company that integrate yoga and wellbeing into legal and conflict resolution practices.

Amy co-founded Abunditude with her husband in 2017. As a certified yoga instructor and coach with numerous trainings in Yin yoga, leadership, yoga for injuries and more, she is passionate about providing well-being, conflict coaching and leadership programs to individuals with demanding professions and responsibilities. She is dedicated to embedding yoga practices into her legal and mediation work for better clarity, direction, and a true sense of purpose and connection with herself and her clients. 

Amy is also an Intellectual Property Attorney and Certified Mediator at Williams Mullen, where she advises on protecting, maintaining and enforcing rights in brands, names, marks, copyrights, and other intellectual property assets. She helps parties navigate through complex and challenging conflicts to find interest-based solutions, through mediation, collaborative negotiation, and alternative dispute resolution. 

In addition to her full-time work with Abunditude and Williams Mullen, Amy also serves on the boards of the Virginia Mediation Network, Charlottesville Albemarle Bar Association, Virginia State Bar-IP Section, and FBA-ADR Section, as well as numerous committees with the ABA ADR Section and IP Sections. She is the co-chair of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Mindfulness in Law Society, and leads monthly workshops and sessions with her co-chairs in other mid-Atlantic states.

Emilie is the owner and creative partner of LinkHouse Consultants, a marketing agency in Lexington, Virginia, that designs websites to not only look pretty, but actually WORK (aka - inspire viewers to take action)! She loves solving problems big and small, and most enjoys empowering small business owners to "follow the fun" and create massive momentum in their marketing by doing more of what they already love. 

Emilie is a StoryBrand certified guide, WIX partner, a graduate of Southern Virginia University, and has been helping small businesses for over ten years. 

Beth Stafford is a real estate agent with Long & Foster in Richmond, Virginia. She brings a strategic and personable approach to the home buying and selling process. She is committed to listening to her clients' needs and providing them with excellent customer service. Her passion for real estate, love of RVA, and desire to help people are the perfect combination of skills to help buyers and sellers reach their real estate goals.

What started off as an interest in finding an entrepreneurial lifelong career, quickly turned into a passion for touring properties, and guiding people through one of the most monumental moments of their life – buying and selling a home. For Beth, there is nothing more satisfying than meeting new people, hearing their stories, and helping them reach their real estate goals. Even after 17 years in real estate, she is always looking for new and innovative ideas to help her clients and her business. 

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