Our Team

Marsha Haygood


BWOI Co-Founder

BWOI Leadership Mastermind Workshops

President & CEO, Stepwise Associates

Executive Coach & Motivational Speaker

Co-Author, "The Little Black Book of Success: Laws of Leadership for Black Women"

Valerie Irick Rainford


BWOI Co-Founder

BWOI Success Workshops

Financial Services Executive

Author, "Until the Brighter Tomorrow: One Woman's Courageous Climb from the Projects to the Podium"

Michelle Taylor-Jones


BWOI Co-Founder

BWOI Literary Group & Author's Corner

Technology Company Executive

Author, "Sonnets from My Soul"

Sheryl Douglas


BWOI Events & Logistics

Executive Assistant, OFI Global

Cecilia Nelson-Hurt


BWOI Member Recruitment & Engagement

Vice President, L'Oreal USA

Learn More About Becoming a Member

Kim Bourne, CPA


BWOI's Financial Planning Series: 

"Women, Wine & Wealth"

President & CEO, Playfair Planning Services

Dr. Waajida L. Small


BWOI Blogger: "Sisters Helping Sisters"

Certified Purpose Leader (CPL)

Certified Human Capital Strategist (HCS)

Certified Professional Coach (CPC)

Dr. Small holds a doctorate in Human Capital Management with an emphasis on 

Women of Color & Leadership

She is the angel AND the pen behind the


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