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Summer Speaker Series
REinspire: Conversations to find your Passion & Purpose

Women to Watch is excited to present the 2nd Annual Women to Watch Summer Speaker Series REinspire: Conversations to Find Your Passion and Purpose.

With three dynamic events across the Midshore–June 20 at Chesapeake College, July 25 at Wharves at Choptank Visitor Center and August 15 at the Avalon Theatre–REinspire harnesses the expertise and networks of influential Women to Watch leaders, offering invaluable one-on-one and small-group mentoring sessions.

Each event includes networking and connecting with fellow community leaders and then during the panel discussion titled “Finding Your Passion and Purpose,” attendees will learn from the speakers as they share personal and professional stories from their career and development. Following this engaging dialogue, participants will break into small groups to speak with the panelists and their fellow attendees with their own personal and professional challenges. 

REinspire is for all stages of their journey—be it in age, career, or influence—this event promises inspiration, guidance, and invaluable connections. Join us as we embark on a career of empowerment and growth together.

Sponsors are KEY to the Women to Watch program. Learn more about how you can be in front of community leaders, view the sponsorship opportunities and contact Kristi English for information. 

Thursday, June 20, 8-10am
Chesapeake College


Health Professions and Athletics Center  (Room 141)


Carrie-Ann Barrow

Executive Coach, Owner, Author

Scaling Strategies

Carrie-Ann Barrow is an Executive Coach, a successful serial entrepreneur and dynamic force helping women build their dreams with unshakable confidence. She founded her first company in 2000, a staffing company with a three-year sales growth of 444.7%. She was featured in the Washingtonian Magazine as a ‘Woman to Watch,” and since then, she has built and sold two other businesses and is now focused on her passion for helping others achieve their desired success. She empowers her clients to reimagine what’s possible and make their boldest visions real, achieving record success in both work and life! She shares her story and those of women she’s coached in her book, The Queen’s Decree, which became an Amazon #1 seller in Women and Business. Carrie-Ann has a Bachelor’s in Psychology and a Master's in Employee Relations. She is an ICF Professional Certified Coach (PCC), Certified DiSC Practitioner, and a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC). Carrie-Ann is a proud mother of three and lives in Queenstown, MD.


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Shelly M. Gross-Wade

Principal Consultant & CEO

Bay Crossing Consulting

Kim Montooth

Assistant Vice President

M&T Bank

Kim is a seasoned branch manager with a passion for nurturing small businesses and watching them flourish. With a wealth of experience spanning over 18 years in management, she thrives on the dynamic challenges that each day brings. Her forte lies in understanding people - unraveling what motivates them and ignites their drive to succeed. When Kim is not busy empowering entrepreneurs, find her exploring new destinations or simply basking in the joy of family time with her amazing husband and four wonderful children. An adventurer at heart, she recently embarked on an exhilarating journey through all six enchanting New England states in just 6 days, proving that no challenge is too great when faced with determination!

Shawna D. Payne, MBA, CHC

Founder & Coach

The BE Academy

Shawna D. Payne, MBA, CHC, is an award-winning, Goal Setting Expert, Success Strategist, Women's Empowerment Speaker and Creator of BE The Game Changer Planner: God. Goals. Grind®. Through her online consulting and mentorship company, The BE Academy, Shawna provides personal and professional success coaching, entrepreneurship education and mentorship to support new and aspiring entrepreneurs, career professionals and students. Her mission is to help individuals [youth and adults], build their own opportunities to be self-sufficient. She helps her clients identify what they want to achieve, how they will achieve it and implement strategies to successfully transform their goals and visions into reality Shawna's full immersion into entrepreneurship and empowerment came in September 2018, when she resigned from her corporate career of 13 years, to fulfill her dream of cultivating women in positions of leadership and influence in workplaces around the world. Currently, Shawna's client and community portfolio expands from Washington, D.C. to Dubai; Abu Dhabi, South Africa and Nigeria to name a few.

Liz Verhelle

Financial Advisor

Edward Jones

My passion has always been helping people. In pursuit of that passion, I joined Edward Jones as a financial advisor in 2015. Originally from the Philadelphia area, I matriculated at the University of New England where I earned both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science degree. In 2003, I made Maryland my home. From a young age, my family instilled in me a spirit of service. Outside of my role with Edward Jones, I continue to be an active volunteer in local organizations near to my heart. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, wine tasting, boating and trying new recipes with friends. As an Edward Jones financial advisor, I believe it's important to invest my time in understanding what you're working toward before you invest your money. It's also important to understand the level of risk you are comfortable accepting when investing, so we can balance it with the steps necessary to reach your long-term goals. In order to provide comprehensive service, I work closely with you, your CPA, your attorney and any other professional, always keeping your information confidential. I believe relationships are key. At Edward Jones, we use an established process to help you build personalized strategies to reach your goals. Let me show you how we can make a difference.


Thursday, July 25, 8-10am
Wharves of Choptank Visitors Center


Meisha Amia, MSN RN

Author, Speaker, Nurse

Shay Lewis-Sisco

Speaker, Influencer, Author, Life & Career Advocate


Megan Rosendale

Realtor, GRI 

Denton Office Manager 

Rosendale Realty 

Thursday, August 15, 8-10am
Avalon Theatre

Sponsored by:



Stefanie DeFiglia, CRNP


Two Tree Integrative Health

Keasha Haythe, CEcD

President & CEO

Foundation of HOPE, Inc.

Candace Henry

Talbot County Board of Education, District 2

Kelly Simonsen
Manager, Marketing and Communications
Easton Utilities

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