Power of Women: Annual Women's Business Council Keynote Presented by TowneBank

Power of Women: Annual Women's Business Council Keynote Presented by TowneBank

Friday, March 1, 2024 (12:00 PM - 2:00 PM) (EST)


Register today for the annual Women's Business Council leadership keynote, Power of Women Presented by TowneBank, taking place Friday, March 1st at 12 PM at Ford's Colony Country Club. Click here to register!

Featured Keynote Speaker: Connie Matthews Harshaw, President, Let Freedom Ring Foundations

"I am Every Woman....Its All in Me"

Connie Matthews Harshaw began her career in public service with the U S. Navy at the Newport News Shipyard as a student employee in 1972. She retired from the Federal government as a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES) in 2004 after a 30-year career. Her last appointment, while a career civil servant, was with the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) as the Chief Operating Officer. During her tour with NCPC, she became the agency’s first female African-American SES. While at the Commission, she worked with the planners and architects to EXTEND THE LEGACY in the nation’s capital and received commendation from President Clinton. As the agency’s Chief Executive Officer, she lists her most important work as the assignment to negotiate the site parameters for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in 1999. 

She attended Hampton University and transferred to the University of Maryland where she received her BS degree in Business Management and an MBA. She served as a Senior Executive Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 1992. After retirement she formed her own management consultant business in Williamsburg, VA and currently serves as a senior advisor to several Presidential Appointees in the Washington, DC metropolitan area and to the Director General of the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. Her work in Geneva is focused on the Prevention and Response to sexual misconduct in 192 countries.

Her community service includes two terms as the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) Potomac Valley Section’s first elected President (1998-2002), she has held offices and worked with: Colonial Court Appointed Support Advocates (CASA) for abused and neglected children; Hannah House for victims of domestic abuse; THIS - an organization serving diplomats and their families, and was an early Female Executive Sponsor for the Office of Personnel Management Women’s Executive Leadership (WEL) Program Candidates. She is currently the President of the Let Freedom Ring Foundation in Williamsburg. She is married to James Michael Harshaw and has one adult son, Robert.

Plated Lunch Menu


    Shrimp & Crab Salad Sandwich:

     Grilled Shrimp and Blue Crab tossed in Old Bay Mayo with Celery, Onion and Cornichon, served on a Challah Bun with Lettuce, Tomato, Red Onion, Pickle and Fruit Salad


Chocolate Fudge Layer Cake with Chocolate Sauce and Whipped Cream

    ** Shellfish Allergy and a Vegan/Vegetarian options will be available.

Single Ticket: Open Seating 

  • Members: $45 
  • Prospective Members: $65
  • Consider sponsoring a student for $45 at checkout!

Table Reservation: Eight Reserved Seats with Business Recognition*

  •  Members: $500 (Book early by January 25th for $425.)
  •  Prospective Members: $650 (Book early by January 6th for $550.)

Become a sponsor of the Power of Women Keynote. View available sponsorships by clicking the link below, and register online to secure your investment today!

*All sponsored tables will feature the company name and logo, and the sponsor will be listed in the event program. This and additional sponsorship opportunities may be secured online on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please contact Lauren Moore, Vice President of Communications & Programming, with any questions.

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Tickets are non-refundable.

Ford's Colony Country Club Golf Course
240 Ford's Colony Drive
Williamsburg, VA 23188
Event Contact
Lauren Moore
(757) 476-7323
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Friday, March 1, 2024 (12:00 PM - 2:00 PM) (EST)
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