Meet the Founding Fempreneurs

These ambitious and driven women are talented, knowledgeable, and dedicated experts in their field.  As Founding Members, they are committed to help grow and support the local fempreneur community and are ready to take their business to the next level.
Only 20  total Founding Memberships available!

Only *10 spots maximum total available for MLM businesses; 7 remaining


Lisa Shapiro


Lisa holds a BA in Psychology and Master’s in Educational Psychology from George Mason University. She has a professional background in writing, research, digital marketing, and social media. She is a natural community organizer with a passion for connecting others. In addition to DCfempreneur, she is the founder of other local groups, including NoVa Entrepreneur & Small Business Networkingthe NoVa Planner Society and PowerSheets Accountability.

Lisa Shapiro
(703) 945-0058

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Kate Casey

Founding Member

Kate's passion is helping others live healthier lives with the belief that when we feel good on the inside, we become empowered to make changes on the outside. Shaklee has helped fuel my passion through its mission, community and  amazing products. After years of digestive distress, Kate found relief in Shaklee, which not only helped heal her gut, but launched her on an amazing journey and that’s why I chose to share my story with others.

Kate Casey
Shaklee Wellness Consultant
(703) 727-3473

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Sandy Bishop

Founding Member

Sandy dabbled in real estate for 14 years before taking a leap to become a full-time REALTOR(r), leaving the corporate finance world to focus on her passion for helping people achieve the American Dream to become homeowners. She is an advocate of building wealth through home ownership. In her first year as a full time agent, she sold more than $6 mill in homes. She maintains her CPA designation. In her free time she enjoys playing with her standard poodles and travelling as much as possible.

Sandy Bishop, Realtor
(703) 216-6296

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Robyn Engelson

Founding Member

Robyn is on a mission to help people improve their mindset, nutrition, and fitness so they can be the best version of themselves and make their unique impact. Through her healing journey of a thyroid, autoimmune disease, she stopped at nothing to find a healthy solution. Now, she helps hundreds of people retrain their mindset as a model of positive change and live a healthy, active lifestyle. She inspires people around the globe to take their health and happiness into their own hands with her group fitness, personal training, and dedicated coaching.

Robyn Engelson, ImpactYOU 
Fitness & Healthy, Active Lifestyle Coach
(571) 239-2233


Melissa Maillett

Founding Member

Melissa is a personal branding photographer who specializes in helping creative entrepreneurs and businesses elevate their brand and marketing presence. As your "visual storytelling partner" Melissa helps business owners uplevel their brand and connect with their audience to grow their business. She helps to capture your brand story to showcase your business. Melissa left the corporate world after many years in PR & Marketing to become a creative entrepreneur. She has found her passion is in helping others build businesses with her camera and strategic insight.

Melissa Maillett Photography
(703) 850-7212

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Linda Aivalotis

Founding Member

In 1994, Linda left the security of bank branch management and the comfort of a steady salary and leaped into the world of 100% commission sales. She never looked back.
Since that time she has started four businesses of her own, and is now coaching others to their own successes, by sharing the tools she uses to create her own accomplishments. As Founder of LAIVA Connections, she works with clients who have to make a sale in order to earn a pay check. She helps her clients blow the socks off of their sales goals!
In her spare time, she pet sits and designs her own wardrobe.

Linda Aivalotis, Sales and Business Coach
LAIVA Connections

(513) 633-0910

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Kimberly Artley

Founding Member

Kimberly Artley is the Founder of PACKFIT, Author of the celebrated book, My Dog, My Buddha, and has been described as the “Mary Poppins” of dog training.
Her holistic approach involves identifying and addressing all of the underlying, varying elements which contribute to and influence canine state of mind and behavior, resulting in a most impactful and effective outcome.
PACKFIT began and has evolved as a heart-based and purpose-driven mission to educate, empower, and equip both ends of the leash. 

Kimberly Artley, Lady of the Pack ™
Founder of PackFit


Chesha Manfra

Founding Member

Chesha, Owner & Travel Agent of A Well Traveled Life focuses on providing concierge level service to clients. With more than 18 years of industry experiences, she specializes in Mexico, the Caribbean, all things Disney, Cruises, and worldwide guided tours. She believes that traveling shouldn't just be for bucket lists. Travel and exploring new places, customs, and cuisines enriches your life and helps bring the world into perspective. She looks forward to welcoming other fellow fempreneurs to her travel family and is excited to help you Live A Well Traveled Life!

Chesha Manfra, Owner & Travel Agent
A Well Traveled Life
(571) 722-4894


Mona Harb

Founding Member

Mona Harb, aka The Curlyologist (curly hair expert) possesses the expertise to transform the most challenging set of tresses. She has the uncanny ability to diagnose the very personality type of curls (lovely, mellow, mad, angry, or chaotic) and sets about coaxing them into shape in just the right way. Having perfected what Mona calls “the diamond technique” for cutting curly hair. 

Mona has been in business nearly 14 years in Vienna, VA and sincerely enjoys sharing her lifetime of sensible secrets with others.

Mona Harb, Salon Owner
(703) 242-0609


Mary Sue Dahill

Founding Member

Mary Sue is passionate about creating kick-ass systems that enable Fempreneurs to enjoy the independence and freedom of business ownership. She believes that business owners are often great at what they do, but many don’t have the time, interest, or skill to make technology work for them. Mary Sue combines her love of tech and organizational creativity and teaches others how to make technology work for them. Whether her clients want more time to make more money, impact more lives, or have more free time, she’s got your back!

Mary Sue Dahill, Technology Guru for Small Businesses
MSD Advisors
(703) 310-9515

DeDee Cai

DeDee Cai

Founding Member

DeDee Cai is the founder of FIT TO PROFIT, a company that utilizes her expertise in psychology, cognitive science, holistic wellness, physical training, and business to help executive leaders and entrepreneurs attain peak performance. She has been in the health and wellness industry for more than a decade learning how to be not only be physically fit, but also mentally strong. Her vision through FIT TO PROFIT is to empower everyone to realize his or her true potential by making life mentorship and coaching accessible to everyone, worldwide.

DeDee Cai, Founder Fit to Profit, LLC
(571) 214-5625

Kelly Ryan

Kelly Ryan

Founding Member

Born & raised in Panama, Kelly resides in Fairfax with her husband, two high-schoolers and their lab-mix rescue. Kelly is a breast cancer slayer since her treatments in 2011-2012. She is a civil servant with more than 30+ years of service. Kelly’s been an entrepreneur for 5+ years and is a Founding Director with Bellame Luxury Skincare and a Founding Ambassador with Piper Noble Bags. Kelly enjoys spending time with friends and sharing laughs.

Kelly Ryan, Founding Director with Bellame & a Founding Ambassador with Piper Noble
(703) 629-3594

Founding Members Benefits:

  • Founding Members, for $259 annually have the unique opportunity to co-host a meetup in a location, date and time of their choosing, in conjunction with Founder’s schedule.
  • Discounted or waived attendance fees to meetups and workshops.
  • Referral bonuses for membership referrals for new annual members.
  • Founding members have the unique opportunity to co-Host a workshop or serve as a featured speaker at a meetup.
  • Founding members are featured on the blog as a guest contributor with backlinks to website for increased outreach.
  • Founding members will be able to be featured on social media or collaborate for a special LIVE (IG or Facebook) interview in the group.
  • Founding members will be invited to add a resource on a topic of which they offer expertise to the resources website page.

Membership also includes:

  • Mention of events, offers or promotions in e-newsletter or website.
  • Engage on the DCfempreneur facebook and community pages  network, outreach, and grow your business and social media following.
  • Receive and share advice, expertise, strategies, guidance, education, encouragement, and enjoy a sense of community with other fempreneurs.
  • Share resources to help each other with the challenges we face, problem solve, and learn new skills both online and in-person at events.
  • Collaborate and build strategic partnerships to grow and expand.
  • Build rapport with other women and share referrals.
  • Connect with like-minded women with similar business & life goals for accountability, to action plan, and help you succeed in your business.
  • Network in new venues and locations all across the DC & NoVa areas that fits into your busy schedule.
  • Enjoy a unique calendar of events and activities.

Become a DCfempreneur Member

Ready to Join us? There are only 20 Founding Memberships available!