Dr. Zayd Abdul-Krim
Founder and CEO
Throughout his 25-year career as a University Professor and Business Consultant, “Dr. Z” has turned around numerous disengaged teams and organizations in corporations, banks, and universities, where he has has been able to increase the number of engaged employees feel more valued, empowered, and clearly aligned with their roles and responsibilities by 266%.
Currently, Zayd is the Founder and CEO of Universal Self-Leadership Institute (U.S.L.I.), a world-class provider of employee engagement and customized leadership development services. Through his business, he has been able to work with amazing and notable clients to include Booz Allen Hamilton, Johns Hopkins University, and the Federal Aviation Administration.
Outreach & Marketing Manager
Kim joined the eVA program in August 2009 bringing with her more than 11 years of marketing and communications experience in the private sector. Along with managing eVA's Outreach & Marketing efforts, one of Kim’s primary objectives is to educate businesses on the benefits of eVA and how to leverage its many tools, as well as, help businesses navigate Virginia’s purchasing process.
At age 40 with two teenagers at home, Tricia took a leap from teaching to law and began her legal career working on corporate sustainability and climate change because the delta between merely surviving and thriving is measured in how companies manage all material risks. From 2014-16, Tricia served the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board ( the "SASB") on a small team of subject matter experts that created the SASB’s two credentialing exams. Tricia holds the SASB's Fundamentals of Sustainability Accounting (FSA) credential because she helped write the tests. In 2015, after several years at a global law firm, she started Dunlap Law to satisfy her desire for greater freedom and her nerdy love for solving gnarly problems. Tricia provides counsel to a wide variety of clients on general business law, IP, licensing and contracts, and regulatory compliance. She also focuses on how businesses measure and manage non financial risks, whether that means environmental issues like climate change, social issues like human rights, or emerging legal issues such as data privacy and cyber-security.
CEO & Co-Founder
Juliana Keeling is a 23-year-old entrepreneur who has been working in the green space for over six years. Julianna’s company, Terraviv, facilitates the sale of millions of green products and is currently a participant in the Target Incubator Program. She specializes in using her chemistry background to create products that biodegrade/compost cleanly into the soil without toxic residues. Julianna works with notable clients across many industries, such as; Universities, Correctional Facilities, and Pharmaceutical Companies.
Juliana is from Richmond, VA and recently graduated from Washington and Lee University (class of 2019).
Lynn Kirk is an award-winning writer, marketer, and public relations strategist and founder of Kirk Communications LLC, which opened in 2002. She has written for the U.S. Navy, Fortune 500s, and high-profile nonprofits, local to international in scope. As a SWaM-certified business owner, Lynn also delights in providing communications guidance for small businesses, start-ups, and entrepreneurs.
Director of SWaM Certification
Verniece Love has worked with the SWaM program for nine years and currently serves as the Director of SWaM Certification for the Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity. In this role, she is responsible for the implementation of the Commonwealth's small business program known as SWaM. Prior to becoming the Director, she worked for the same agency (formerly known as the Department of Minority Business Enterprises) as a Certification Officer where she processed SWaM and DBE applications. Verniece received her B.S. in Marketing from Virginia Commonwealth University as well as her M.S. in business with a concentration in Business Analytics. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, playing flag football, and bowling.
Laura Posey is an internationally-recognized speaker, author and consultant.
She is known as The One-Page, One-Hour Breakthrough Specialist for her unique ability to simply and easily laser focus her clients to get dramatic results.
Her Simple Strategic Plan is used by over 2500 companies from startups to Fortune 100.
She is the author of "How to Plan Your Entire Year On One Sheet Of Paper", and co-author with Jack Canfield of "Mastering The Art Of Success".
When not on stage or with a client, you can find her traveling the world or snuggling with her rescue mutt, George, at home in Richmond, VA.
Rita Caldwell Ricks is unlike any other person on the speaking circuit because she coaches everyone in her view. Her wisdom, wit, energy, and encouragement are the catalysts to inspire her listeners to renew the person within. Her passion and skill help her to win the Interise LIFT Award - Leadership in Facilitation and Training.
Rita speaks to your spirit by sharing her own life experiences. She is a Spiritual Coach, Business Coach, Inspirational Speaker, Workshop Facilitator, Award-winning Entrepreneur and the author of two books – PERMISSION GRANTED! A JOURNAL OF SPIRITUAL EPIPHANIES and #JUSTFORTODAY who brings 34 years of experience to her audience and clients.
CEO & Chief Strategist
For more than two decades, Kesi Stribling has worked with government agencies, small businesses, and corporations to improve, grow, and sustain their organizations. Founder and Chief Strategist of KSG Strategic Consulting, Kesi’s collaborates with clients to solve organizational management and operations challenges. Our clients routinely report a 95% rate of implementing at least two recommendations within 1 month and note an increase in operations, infrastructure, partnerships, internal communications, and revenue within 3 months.
With an emphasis on strategic planning and alliance building, marketing services to target audiences, and senior management coaching, she has served as an SBA 7(j) Management and Technical Trainer, instructor for the Hampton Roads Procurement Assistance Center, and small business technical assistance coach for the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.