Stella AdamsChief, Equity and Inclusion
Stella Adams is the Chief of Equity and Inclusion, which creates, implements, and supports long-term solutions and strategies that build community and promote individual economic well-being. The Division is designed to empower, organize and support economically vulnerable, individuals, communities and small businesses.
A successful small business woman, since 2007 Ms. Adams has operated S J Adams Consulting a full service civil rights research and consulting firm located in Durham, NC. S J Adams Consulting is dedicated to the creation of equal opportunity and equal access to financial services for all citizens regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, familial status, disability or source of income.
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.
Kateri Jones is the Small Business Specialist for the DC WBC. She previously worked in the telecommunications, Private Equity, Venture Capital industry for almost a decade. There, was responsible for supporting the strategic and business development progress of portfolio companies, performing detailed research for the within the digital media space, conducting due diligence, and deal analysis on potential new investment opportunities.
She has a passion for organizing and developing new ideas and concepts for entrepreneurs and investors. Her deep love for international travel took her to the University of Capetown where she worked with their Business program teaching South African and American students finance, entrepreneurial skills, and business development. Other international experience includes work and study in Costa Rica and Italy. Her global experiences provide her with critical insight that assists entrepreneurs in their efforts to target various global start up markets and underserved communities.
Kateri is a graduate of Spelman College, in Atlanta, Georgia. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Economics. She has also furthered her knowledge in business and entrepreneurship through participation in programs at Stanford Business School, in Palo Alto, California and the completion of the Venture Capital Institute program, sponsored by the National Venture Capital Association.