Dee Claxton is currently serving as the Director of the Washington DC Women’s Business Center where counseling, training and special events are provided for women who are current and future small business owners. In addition to technical assistance, advocacy is provided for inclusion of women-owned businesses in federal procurement and gaining access to capital. The DC WBC is funded in part by the Small Business Administration and operated by the National Community Reinvestment Coalition.
As an entrepreneur at heart, Ms. Claxton grew up with West Indian grandparents and family members who were hard working entrepreneurs. Starting from humble beginnings as a realtor, she continued her core mission as a businessperson, with a keen focus on providing quality customer services in the hospitality industry. This effort then led to her pioneering, the first of its kind program that merged customer service with security awareness (CSSAP). Clients included celebrities, politicians, and fortune 500 companies, worldwide. She has been featured on nationally syndicated television and in publications, to include Forbes “Travel like a Billionaire” and “The Insiders List”, with Julie Moran.
Well known for her strategic design thinking and organizational management consulting across many industries, Ms. Claxton’s philosophy is, with the proper planning and if done strategically-right, your competitors become less relevant to your success. Think big, think deep and think in time!
Elizabeth is the Communications Specialist with NCRC’s DC Women’s Business Center. In this role, Elizabeth is responsible for maintaining DC WBC social media, managing client communications, and organizing events and workshops for the center. Elizabeth graduated from the University of Mary Washington with a B.A. in International Affairs and French with a concentration in geography and economic development. Elizabeth’s nonprofit experience includes supporting and engaging Habitat for Humanity volunteers in the South Hampton Roads, Virginia as well as spending time in Guatemala learning about efforts to bring entrepreneurship education to women and girls.
Simona is an intern for NCRC’s D.C Women’s Business Center. As an Intern, Simona supports entrepreneurial development for small, women owned, and minority business. She does so through research, maintaining an organized filing system, and streamlining communication to current and perspective contacts. Prior to interning with NCRC, Simona helped found a small non-profit in D.C with a similar message of promoting economic development for small minority owned business, known as the Society of Young Revolutionaries, inc. She has served as the Chief Branding Officer for the organization for over two years, specializing in marketing and outreach. Simona has also interned with Amnesty International, a national grassroots non-profit organizations and has a passion for community development. Along with business development, Simona has interests in data analytics and recently completed a program with the Board of the Federal Reserve, conducting her own research on the 2014 Farm Bill. In the future, she aspires to open her own consulting company for small businesses. Simona will be receiving a B.A in Economics and minor in African-American studies from Howard University, May 2018.
Stella AdamsChief, Equity and Inclusion
Stella is a nationally recognized expert in fair housing, predatory lending, mortgage fraud and investigation techniques. Most recently Stella served as the Senior Policy Advisor to the National Fair Housing Training Academy. She has also appeared on national television programs such as Melissa Harris-Perry and Fault Lines, and frequently appeared in national and local newspapers. She is well known for her relentless commitment to underserved people and for pushing to hold accountable institutions that discriminate in lending and housing.
In 2013, Legal Aid of North Carolina honored her by establishing an annual award in her name: “The Stella J. Adams Fair Housing Advocacy Award.” In 2014, she was awarded "The Woman of the Year Award,” by Spectacular Magazine. She has received numerous other awards from the NAACP, the City of Durham, the National Association of Human Rights Workers, the National Fair Housing Alliance and more.