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Navigating Your Professional Identity

UNTRAPPED: Free Yourself from Limiting Beliefs & Step into Your Power!
Shannon Dominguez, Director of Operations, Building Beloved Communities

10:30 - 11:00 AM | FBRI G101 A


Anyone who knows Shannon Dominguez knows she is passionate about passion! She believes that when people do work they're passionate about, it's not work, it's a purposeful pursuit.


Shannon is a single mother of two daughters, Mia and Paloma, ages 8 and 10. Her personal story includes navigating the aftermath of her father's suicide, developing resilience and independence after leaving a cult, and overcoming & breaking generational cycles.


She is currently the Director of Operations and Virginia based business consultant for a Building Beloved Communities; a business consulting firm focused on providing community-centered solutions for small businesses, delivers expert business solutions for nonprofits, and creates community-minded leaders through training and educational workshops.


In the summer of 2021, Shannon received The ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award® which honors an emerging leader who demonstrates excellence, creativity, and initiative in their business or profession, and serves as a role model for young women personally and professionally.


Shannon is a proud co-founder & board member of Latinas Network, a 501(c)3. She is passionate about creating a future where her Latina children can see Latinas represented everywhere.


Shannon is eager to distinguish her life by helping to increase the success of others.

Designing the Life You Love: One Intention at a Time
Shanna Ferguson, Protection Advisor, Holley Insurance Agency

11:15 - 11:45 AM | VTC School of Medicine Auditorium


Driven to succeed and help families and businesses, Shanna left social work for the insurance industry. She is a wife and mother and truly wants to make sure your family is protected the way she protects her own. Shanna is committed to ensuring her clients have the best coverage within their budget.


When she's not dealing with insurance, she is active outdoors with her husband, Gregg, and son, Wade. She is a coffee lover and ultimate crafter. Shanna is a Virginia native, falling in love with the Blue Ridge Mountains while attending Roanoke College. The fall foliage convinced her not to migrate back east.


Giving another family peace of mind is winning to Shanna! She looks forward to getting to know you and your family. You might even find her on a hiking trail with her boys or one of their dogs!

Tools for the Process: Building Your Toolkit for Success
Annette Lewis, President & CEO, Total Action for Progress (TAP)

1:30 - 2:00 PM | FBRI G101 B


Annette Lewis has worked at TAP for more than 30 years, starting her career with the agency as a summer youth counselor and later assuming a variety of positions, including: supervisor of Head Start family and parent involvement, director of This Valley Works, vice president of programs, and senior vice president of programs—prior to becoming president.

Throughout her tenure, Ms. Lewis led the agency in the growth of its education and employment programs that provide a wide array of career development opportunities for youth and adults. Some of the results of her efforts include: forming a statewide employment training network; organizing the first comprehensive regional job fair; honoring individuals who contribute to the success of African-Americans in the community by hosting an annual Black History Month celebration; developing Sabrina’s Place supervised visitation and safe exchange program; implementing the Cabell Brand Hope Award in honor of TAP’s founder; and establishing an annual football game featuring historically black colleges and universities to raise money for high school dropout retrieval. Ms. Lewis serves on the following boards and committees: the Roanoke Higher Education Authority, Taubman Museum, Chamber of Commerce, Visit Blue Ridge, and is Chairman of the Virginia Community Action Partnership. She is a faithful member of Morning Star Baptist Church, where her husband, Rev. Dr. L. A. Lewis, pastors. Ms. Lewis is a native of Dallas, Texas, and graduate of West Texas State University. She and her husband have two children and three grandsons.

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