HER CORNER

OUR COACHES

Her Corner is a community of women business owners dedicated to growing our companies and working together to get there. We believe in the power of collective intelligence which has no boundaries.

Her Corner Business Coaches

Naomi D. Brown

CEO

Naomi Brown’s passion lies in building resources that support other women in their professional ambitions through coaching. She is also the newly announced owner of Her Corner, a community of over 7,000 women entrepreneurs supporting each other through networking, resource sharing, and education to help grow their women-owned businesses.

STAR Enterprises, the company she founded and currently leads, is an 8(a), EDWOSB supplemental solutions provider for private, commercial, and government entities.

Quirky fact:
Was a high school exchange student in Russia

I can’t live without:
Three Musketeers Candy Bars

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Naomi D. Brown

Naomi D. Brown

CEO

Susan Apgood

Accelerator Facilitator

Susan Apgood is Founder and Executive Vice President at News Generation Inc., a media relations firm in Bethesda, MD. She earned her MBA from American University and BA from George Washington University.

Quirky fact:
I am obsessed with Scrapbooking!

I can’t live without:
Exercise

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Susan Apgood

Susan Apgood

Accelerator Facilitator

Jennie Blumenthal

Accelerator Facilitator

Jennie Blumenthal is an entrepreneur, guest lecturer at UVa, executive coach for female entrepreneurs, Board Member, and a former Partner at PwC. She thrives at the intersection of entrepreneurship, customer insights, innovation, and tech. With over 20 years of experience across hospitality, technology, entertainment, public sector, and telecommunications industries, Jennie’s specialty is counseling executives in Sales, Marketing, and Digital transformations, powered by technologies including Salesforce and Adobe.

Quirky fact:
I sing constantly around the house and change the lyrics to make my kids laugh

I can’t live without:
Connection

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Jennie Blumenthal

Jennie Blumenthal

Accelerator Facilitator

Chris Gelnaw

Accelerator Facilitator

Chris McGarry Gelnaw is a Founder, Strategic Thinker, Problem Solver, and Mentor. She has over 25 years of entrepreneurial, management consulting, and corporate sales experience. She provides innovation and commercialization guidance and validates product/market fit through customer discovery for all startups looking to scale their businesses – existing businesses looking to launch new products/features – existing businesses exploring additional growth opportunities.

Quirky fact:
I remember envying my dad’s forehead wrinkles at 11 years old and working my expressions for early-onset. Be careful of what you wish for!

I can’t live without:
Humor

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Chris Gelnaw

Chris Gelnaw

Accelerator Facilitator

Towanda Livingston

Accelerator Facilitator

Towanda R. Livingston is a successful and award-winning Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Executive. She is the Chief Business Strategist at Livingston Worx, a company she founded in 2017 which delivers innovative and transformational Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion solutions to the government, public and private sectors.

Quirky fact:
I am 17 years older than my little sister, who I call “My Potato.” My little sister’s daughter, my awesome niece, I call her “My French Fry.”

I can’t live without:
My Sister Circle – They are my Destiny Builders

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Towanda Livingston

Towanda Livingston

Accelerator Facilitator

Randye Kaplan

Accelerator Facilitator

Randye Kaplan CFP®, CPA, has been a Financial Educator with Down-to-Earth Finance for over 14 years. Her background also includes years as a Wealth Advisor and Investment Advisor. She brings a deep understanding of how to work with small businesses to help them better understand their financials, growth strategies, and best practices for access to money for both growth and profit.

Quirky fact:
I use cloth napkins exclusively and recycle with gusto!

I can’t live without:
NY Times Crossword puzzle, every day

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Randye Kaplan

Randye Kaplan

Accelerator Facilitator

Galia Gichon

Accelerator Facilitator

Galia Gichon is an independent personal financial expert with more than 20 years in financial services, including nearly 10 years on Wall Street and an MBA in Finance. She is an angel investor and has worked with Pipeline Angels, Astia, Topstone Angels, and Refinery CT. She has been widely quoted in The New York Times, NBC, CNN, Real Simple, and more.

Quirky fact:
I’m one of two girls. I’m a mother of two girls. My sister has two daughters. I have two step-sisters on each side. My sister-in-law has two daughters.

I can’t live without:
Coffee (anyway anyhow anytime)

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Galia Gichon

Galia Gichon

Accelerator Facilitator