Senior Security Analyst for BAE Systems and co-founder of LittleStreet Investments
Barrington Matthew Little, Senior Security Analyst, BAE Systems Intelligence & Sector, which provides real-time intelligence and analysis services to key intelligence professionals, decision makers, federal law enforcement officials and troops deployed around the world.
Barrington, is a native Washingtonian, who currently sits as a Senior Security Analyst for BAE Systems assigned to their Intelligence & Security Sector. Prior to his tenure with BAE, he spent two years as a Lead Mission Support Analyst for CACI International. He also spent two years as an Embassy Representative for the U.S. Department of State, and was also the Director of Marketing for The Black Swan Group, which is a negotiations consulting firm, founded by Christopher Voss, Former Lead International Negotiator for the FBI.
Barrington received his Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Bryant University in Smithfield, RI and is currently studying to pursue his MBA. Barrington has been selected to participate in critical developmental courses that will groom him as a leader in within the BAE Community and Little was recently selected as a 2016 Fellow for the New Leaders Council, Washington, DC Chapter.
Barrington is Co-Founder of LittleStreet Investments which is a vehicle for young professionals in the DMV area who are seeking to grow their network and get more involved in the local landscape. LittleStreet provides consistent events for young professionals seeking to plug into the rich culture and energy that Washington, D.C. is comprised of. They aim to help people create relationships and tap into the resources that can help them grow as an individual or as an organization. Little is also Co-Owner and Founder of Top Notch Suiting Co., which is a custom clothier business, built to supply custom bespoke suits and formal wear for the everyday man sold at extremely reasonable prices. Barrington is also a mentor in the Passport to Manhood program at the Boys and Girls Club, Clubhouse #14 in NE, DC. Passport to Manhood strives to give young African American males the leadership skills and necessary tools to succeed in life.
Founder and CEO of The Queen Academy, an innovative mentoring program for girls 13-21 in the DMV Area
Tatum is a self-proclaimed “millennial on a mission”. Throughout her life, she has dealt with a multitude of internal battles that many young women deal with today. Her “daddy issues” lead her to have low-self esteem and a lack of self worth. As a result, she noticed that her decisions and relationships she chose were a direct reflection of what was going on internally and in her personal life. It wasn’t until the end of a tumultuous romantic relationship that she realized she had to do the necessary internal work on herself. By surrounding herself with different people, establishing a relationship with God, and various forms of personal development, Tatum began loving herself again. During her junior year of college, she began a blog in an effort to use her stories and experiences to inspire others. In addition to blogging, Tatum began mentoring young women. She quickly noticed that as a result of her mentorship, her mentees began to make positive changes and demand more of themselves. Upon graduating with a Bachelor’s of Art in Public Relations from Morgan State University, Tatum continued mentoring at risk young women in the Washington, DC area. As she searched for more programs to get involved with, she realized that there isn’t a program that encompasses the modern day challenges of young, millennial women. She also couldn’t find an organization that provided an avenue for young women to continue to network and empower one another after program completion. After a request from the pastor of her church to create a teen girl program, Tatum took the first step in creating The Queen Academy. As a social entrepreneur, Tatum is determined to build and maintain a program that will not only impact the lives of the young women and their parents, but make a true mark on society. In a world where young women are over sexualized and mediocrity is celebrated, Tatum wishes to bring back an era where women of substance are the prototype.
In a short period of time, The Queen Academy has quickly expanded from a stand-alone program, to an after school program provider of Prince George’s County Public Schools.
Tatum believes that will faith and hard work, The Queen Academy will continue to grow quickly and make a lasting impact on the community.
Amazon’s Kindle Best Seller Author
Amazon’s Kindle Best Seller Author, Laurina Hedd-Williams, is a 22 year old Liberian Creation of God. She graduated from the prestigious Howard University with a B.S. in Health Science. In May 2015, Laurina released her first book ” Spread Your Wings” – Soaring Through God’s Kingdom. Since then Laurina has been Amazon’s Kindle Best Seller Author, and started her own weekly conference call “girlBUSINESS”, which is now featured on iTunes. The mission of “girlBUSINESS” is to edify, enhance and grow women development in the Lord. Currently Laurina Hedd-Williams, is working on her second book “The Unknown” – Trusting and Waiting on God’s Perfect Timing which will be release sometime in 2016.
Co-Founder of The O Agency, a brand and performance marketing agency serving some of the top government contractors, professional athletes, and SMB businesses owners in the country.
Andrew is an eclectic marketer, motivational speaker, and brand philosopher. He is an MBA graduate from Hampton University originally from Lanham, MD. He is currently the Co-Founder of The O Agency, a brand and performance marketing agency serving some of the top government contractors, professional athletes, and SMB businesses owners in the country. His list of past clientele include PepsiCo, 7-Eleven, Google and Pro All-Star Athletes including Victor Oladipo (Orlando Magic), DeAngello Hall (Washington Redkins), and Tyrod Taylor (Buffalo Bills) just to name a few.
Andrew has successfully navigated the entertainment industry, corporate america and now, as a full time entrepreneur is constantly absorbing information and uses his expertise to educate and help startups and millennial entrepreneurs of all ages and experience levels through his website brandwithdrew.com. Andrew enjoys traveling and speaking to motivate individuals of all backgrounds. He is also a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. You can follow his online journey at @BrandWithDrew.
Personal Trainer and Nutrition Specialist
Sofia Rodriguez, also known as “SoFITfia” in the fitness industry, is an up and coming fitness professional in the Washington DC area. She comes from a military background, having traveled and lived in different states as well as countries. Being bilingual and multi-cultured, Sofia has been able to inspire and motivate individuals from all facets of life through her passion for fitness and health.
Sofia received her Masters in Clinical Exercise Physiology from the University of Virginia in 2012. Her undergraduate degrees were in Kinesiology and Psychology. Besides education, she has a vast amount of experience in the field working in the medical realm with cardiology/stress testing as a cardiac tech, as well as a certified personal trainer (through the NCCPT, or National Council for Certified Personal Trainers) and nutrition specialist on the fitness side for almost a decade. Her clientele have included a variety, ranging anywhere from having clinical issues such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes to general weight loss and health to athletes, the elderly and even children.
Besides training, Sofia is passionate about fitness writing, touching on subjects related to exercise, nutrition, health and fitness hot in the press. Although young, Sofia is known to always aim for the impossible, despite any doubt or adversity. Outside of fitness, Sofia loves puppies and watching crime shows as well as spending time with family, friends and her boyfriend.
Stephanie A. White
Human Resources Director at Shelter House, Inc
Stephanie A. White, 29, is the Human Resources Director at Shelter House, Inc. Established in 1981, Shelter House is a community-based nonprofit organization that focuses on providing services to homeless families and victims of domestic violence in Fairfax County, VA. Stephanie joined Shelter House in April 2014. She is a 2008 cum laude graduate of Johnson C. Smith University with a Bachelors in Business Administration (concentration in Marketing), and a 2014 graduate of Hood College with a Master’s in Business Administration (concentration in Human Resource Management).
Outside of working for a wonderful nonprofit organization whose vision is to prevent and end homelessness and domestic violence in Fairfax County, VA, Stephanie volunteers with several organizations. She is an active member and past officer of Frederick County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, Sorority, Inc. Currently, she serves on the International Awareness and Involvement Committee. She chairs the National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Program where her primary role is to increase awareness of HIV/AIDS and testing among college students. Stephanie also spends time working in the Habitat for Humanity Montgomery County Restore. When she is not volunteering at the Restore, she is helping to build homes for the less fortunate.
Stephanie is passionate about serving others, particularly helping youth to realize their potential. Since graduating college, she has committed time and resources to youth initiatives in the DMV area. She is a positive example for young girls in the community and at her church, where she is a mentor, teacher and volunteer. She values learning and utilizes her knowledge, skills and abilities to empower young girls and college-age students to exceed expectations. She is often invited to speak with youth and recently served as a keynote speaker at a Women’s Day Program. Without a doubt, Stephanie White is worthy of recognition for the 30 under 30-DMV Award.
Leah D. Garrison
Advisory Consultant at Deloitte & Touche, LLP
Leah D. Garrison is currently an Advisory Consultant at Deloitte & Touche, LLP, the world’s largest provider of professional services including industry-leading audit, consulting, tax, and advisory to many of the world’s most admired brands, including 80% of the Fortune 500. Prior to joining Deloitte she served as Risk and Compliance Consultant at MorganFranklin Consulting where she provided audit readiness services to multiple Federal Government agencies.
Leah was born and raised in Prince George’s County, Maryland. She received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration & Management from La Salle University and is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration at Bowie State University with an anticipated graduation date of 2017. Leah a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and was initiated into the Gamma Epsilon Philadelphia City Chapter in the Spring of 2013.
Only 23 years old, Ms. Garrison has a passion for financial literacy and is currently developing a program to educate low-to-moderate income rising college freshmen with the tools they need to make informed decisions regarding their financial and educational futures.
CEO of Life By Xpression, LLC, a company dedicated to building leadership through creative coaching and organizational development consulting
Born in Washington, DC and raised in Prince George’s County, Tiffani Berry has always been dedicated to promoting leadership, art and community service. Ms. Berry was born into a leadership role as the eldest sister of three. Her father always engrained in her the importance of leading by example.
Throughout her career, Ms. Berry has had extensive experience working with minority communities of various socioeconomic backgrounds and has dedicated her life to promoting leaders to live her best life possible. During her undergraduate career, Ms. Berry founded an organization committed to creative arts and community service. With Ms. Berry’s experience in art, design and community building, upon graduation, Ms. Berry started her career in the non-profit sector where she continued to lead projects in the areas of community building, program design, program evaluation, and personal & professional development trainings.
Ms. Berry is currently the CEO of Life By Xpression, LLC, a company dedicated to building leadership through creative coaching and organizational development consulting and is also the Executive Director of Life By Xpression, Inc., a nonprofit organization focused on impacting communities through building youth leadership. In addition, she continues to combine her passion of art and design with that of building leaders to inspire change within her community by focusing on the Life Pieces Project. The Life Pieces Project celebrates diversity internationally through conducting interviews that share unique perspectives on life, purpose, and truth. Recently, she has held interviews in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Qatar, and Morocco. Ms. Berry is in the process of releasing her first book which focuses on self-awareness, authentic living and community building. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership, a Bachelor’s Degree in Cultural Studies with a minor in African American Studies, and has a certification in Life Coaching.