Author: BW4BG

Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever

Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever is a Career Reinvention Strategist, Diversity Consultant, and Women’s Empowerment Expert.  She’s the Founder of the Exceptional Leadership Institute for Women, a global personal and professional development firm that helps established and aspiring entrepreneurs and executives experience accelerated success while building a holistic life they love. She’s also the President of Incite Unlimited, a Washington, DC-based boutique consulting firm specializing in diversity consulting, communications strategy and the development and implementation of impactful research.

Dr. Avis previously served as the youngest ever Executive Director of the National Council of Negro Women.  She also had the honor of being the Keynote Speaker to the Inaugural President of the United States’ Young African Leaders Summit and was a Featured Speaker before the World Bank.  She currently conducts workshops and trainings on women’s career, political, and entrepreneurial success on behalf of U.S. Embassies across the globe and helps corporations better design and implement strategies to maximize the power of diversity and inclusion at work as well as for the marketplace of today and tomorrow.  For individuals, Dr. Avis helps her clients Master the Art of the Career Shift.  In so doing, she helps women shift careers in three distinct areas: (1) ascending to leadership within their current professional space; (2) safely and effectively transitioning to a new career; or (3) making the ultimate shift, from employee to successful entrepreneur.

Find Dr. Avis regularly as a Contributor to TV One’s NewsOne Now with Roland Martin, PBS’ To the Contrary, Sirius XM Radio’s The Agenda, and the Huffington Post.

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Sharene Wood

Sharene Wood is President & CEO of 5001 FLAVORS and Harlem Haberdashery. Sharene is responsible for all administrative and organizational duties of the company. Her keen business sense and love of fashion make her a perfect manager and integral part of the company. She also contributes greatly in the company’s client relationship building efforts.

With the brand expansion of Harlem Haberdashery, Sharene has assumed the leadership position of President & CEO of Harlem Haberdashery. She brings the same enthusiasm and administrative management skill to this new venture that she brought as a founding partner of 5001 FLAVORS.

Sharene is a native New Yorker – born and raised in Harlem. Sharene is a proud graduate of Columbia University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology. She is an active Prep For Prep Alum. Sharene is a philanthropist supporting Boys & Girls Club of Harlem, Food Bank of New York,#TakeCareofHarlem Y.E.S. (Young Executives For Success- volunteer and fundraising branch of Dress For Success Worldwide),and Board member at Black Women For Black Girls.  Sharene has been honored by Council Member Inez E. Dickens and Sylvia & Herbert Wood Scholarship Foundation (along with her husband Guy). Sharene is a Market America UnFranchise Business Owner. Sharene is featured in various media outlets: New York Daily News,,,,,, New York Amsterdam News, and other press outlets.

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Valerie Rainford

Valerie Rainford is an author, speaker and leader who believes that everything that has occurred in her life was intended to test her will and resilience and to prove that success can be achieved despite the struggle that may precede it.

Valerie endured a series of traumatic experiences in her young life, including the suicides of her brother and mother but stayed true to the strong ethics passed down to her from her parents and grandparents and a determination to beat the odds. After graduating from Fordham University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, she was appointed as an officer at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York at the age of 29—the youngest ever at that time in the Fed’s history.

In addition to being a successful senior banking executive, Valerie is a writer, speaker, teen/community advocate and mentor who uses her work to inspire others to see past their current circumstances, whether in the workplace or in their personal lives to reach their full potential.  Valerie was honored in 2007 by the Network Journal magazine as one of “25 Influential Black Women in Business” and in 2009 by the Harlem YMCA as a “Black Achiever in Industry.” She has appeared on TV shows such as: the Black Enterprise Business Report and Brooklyn Savvy and has been featured in multiple publications including Black Enterprise magazine and Adecco’s Leadership Tribute to Women.

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