Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - Women In Finance Panel

This year we decided to deviate from our usual format once per quarter (in the third month of the quarter) in order to explore topics of special interest to business women more in depth. We will have a panel of 3-4 experts in their field discuss the latest trends and respond to your questions. In order to give our experts (and you) the time to explore the topic, we are expanding the time of our normal luncheon. Here is the timing for our next luncheon event:

10:30 - 11:00 am   Networking
11:00 am - Noon   Panel
Noon - 1:00 pm     Lunch & door prizes

We are excited to have an accomplished panel of women in finance discussing their industry. Given the recent turmoil in the financial markets, you should find this topical panel very informative. See below for more information on our panelists. We hope you can join us for our next panel & luncheon!

Jennifer Du Plessis, Certified Mortgage Planner, George Mason Mortgage, The Kirney Lending Team

duplessisJennifer began her long career in mortgage lending while in high school and continued to work through college. She graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Architectural Design & Construction. As a women in the early 80s, she was unable to locate a position in her chosen field and therefore continued with mortgage lending. During the last 28 years, she has been a delegated underwriter for the FHA, Veterans Administration, and both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. As Regional Manager for World Savings, she managed over 150 Loan Originators, Underwriters, Appraisers, and Loan Processors. For the past 12 years, she has worked as a team with her husband of 28 years, Brian (they were high school sweethearts), and now enjoys the pleasure of one of her adult children, Kirk, on her Team. Her mortgage practice is with George Mason Mortgage, serving the DC Metro area.

Jennifer has been featured in such publications as The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post, and on Good Morning America and Federal News Radio. She is the Founder and CEO of The Kirney Group, Inc., an active real estate investment company; Black Fox Properties, Inc., a real estate management company; and several other ventures so as to achieve her passive income life goal of philanthropy. She is also the CEO and Founder of FurBaby Food Bank, a non-profit charity providing pet food to families who themselves are seeking assistance at the Food Banks, and Christian Automotive Relief Services (CARS), which provides families in Loudoun County with renovated cars received through donations.

She and Brian have lived in Virginia for 22 years and in Bluemont for the last 7 years. They are active in their church, love taking short weekend trips in the Mid-Atlantic to visit wineries and vineyards, and are growing their first year of grapevines on their 20 acre property. Often you will find Jen on her property either picking wild berries to make jams and jellies or shooting one of her 5 guns; yet she "shops til she drops" with the best of us!

Mary Grate-Pyos, President, Financially Focused

marygratepyosMary Grate-Pyos is author of Wealthy Woman - Wise Choices and President of Financially Focused, Inc. She is dedicated to educating and empowering others to take control of their financial future. She passionately assists individuals and business owners with a progressive plan of strategies to move from frustration to financial freedom. Most recently, she launched My Pearl Powerâ„¢ where she serves as the Chief PearlPreneurâ„¢. My Pearl Powerâ„¢ is focused on encouraging possibility, positivity, and prosperity in the lives of women. She is also the Financial Expert on the syndicated radio show, "Serving Up Soul."

Ms. Grate-Pyos is an accomplished personal finance writer and former columnist for the Capital Spotlight Newspaper in Washington, DC. She has been featured in countless publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Financial Woman International, Boomer Market Advisor, Visions Magazine, and Advisor Today Magazine.

She has presented seminars and workshops for various organizations, federal agencies and corporations, including the Office of Small Business Administration, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., and Xerox, Inc., as well as women organizations, churches, and colleges and universities. She earned an MBA from Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York; a Bachelor of Arts Degree in mathematics from Newberry College, Newberry, South Carolina; and completed training in the Certified Leadership Development Program at George Washington University.

Mary is also a Partner with Capitol Financial Partners, an agency within Mass Mutual Financial Group, located in Vienna, Virginia and is proud to be the Mass Mutual Host for Women on Course events in the Washington, DC Metro area. She is currently working on her second book, "Faith It Until You Make It" and a series of journals.

Jenny Shtipelman, Vice President, Eagle Bank

294Jenny Shtipelman has been leading individuals and businesses in the Washington DC area to financial success for over 10 years. A valuable consultant and resource, her expertise in banking and ability to effectively streamline processes make her a sought-after professional in the region.

With a rare blend of marketing and operational strengths, Ms. Shtipelman has achieved noteworthy results and is recognized for her success in growing sales and profits. Her strategic approach is reflected in her work as a Financial Advisor/Advisor Coach at Ameriprise Financial, formerly American Express Financial Advisors, where she started assisting in covering new advisor appointments in her second year and brought in millions of dollars to the company. Her marketing and consulting capability is demonstrated further in her work as a Business Banking Officer at Citibank FSB where she managed over $150 million in business deposits and loans. Currently a VP of Business Development at EagleBank, she focuses on supporting and expanding the Bank's presence in the Washington DC and Northern Virginia markets.

Ms. Shtipelman received her BBA from the George Washington University. She has a Small Business Consulting Certification, a Financial Management Certification from Cornell University, and an ActionCFO Advisor Certification. Ms. Shtipelman serves on the Executive Committee of DC Commercial Real Estate Women Association, an organization that honored her with an Esprit de Corps Award in 2008; Dulles Regional Chamber; Success in the City; and Capital Speaker Club Chapter II. She is an active member of FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association, Ladies Who Launch, and a number of other organizations in the Washington DC area, where she resides.

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Jennifer McCloud
Chrysalis Vineyards
Middleburg, VA

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