A New Mission - Event Speakers
As CEO of The Rosie Network (TRN), Stephanie Brown has been featured in Woman’s Day magazine, CBS Radio Hometown Heroes, USAA In The News, MOAA Military Family Life and on the cover of U.S. Veterans Magazine – to name a few. She was selected in 2013 as Military Spouse CEO and San Diego Business Journal’s “Women Who Mean Business” award. She also teaches classes on entrepreneurship and speaks on issues of military spouse empowerment.
Stephanie is the spouse of retired Navy SEAL Admiral, Tom Brown. She grew up a “proud military brat” and has raised two children in the military community.
Entrepreneurship is in her blood. After retiring from the Air Force, her father, a Vietnam veteran, opened a music store in Southern California.
“I learned a lot about entrepreneurship working in my father’s music store growing up. More importantly, I learned the value of giving back.” Stephanie’s father gave free music lessons and equipment to any veteran that walked through his door. “I watched my Dad change people’s lives by just connecting with them through music. He also taught me that most people who need help want a hand-up, not a hand-out.”
After graduating from the University of Maryland with a BA in Interior Design, Stephanie opened a successful design firm in Washington, D.C. Her clients included congressmen, senators and top area CEOs. It was there that she met and married her husband. Less than a year later, they received overseas orders. Forced to sell her business, she became a military spouse. After 20 years, she knows firsthand the challenges spouses face when seeking meaningful employment and believes that entrepreneurship is a viable option.
Stephanie founded The Rosie Network to promote our nation’s veteran and military spouse-owned businesses to the American consumer. To date, TRN has provided services to over 5,000 military families, at no cost to them.
In addition to The Rosie Network, Stephanie sits on the Assistant Secretary of Defense’s “Spouse Ambassador Network,” meeting quarterly at the Pentagon to address issues concerning today’s military families.
The Rosie Network is an official partner of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Hiring Our Heroes; Military Spouse Employment Program (MSEP); the Department of Defense, Spouse Employment and Career Opportunities (SECO), and is a founding Affiliate Partner of the Coalition for Veteran Owned Business (CVOB), launched earlier this year by the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF), USAA, First Data, Disney, American Express and other fortune 100 companies.
Brenda E Robinson is the first black woman to earn her wings of gold as a naval aviator. Robinson was the 59th female to enter naval flight training program September of 1979 and became the 42nd to earn her wings, June 6th 1980 at Corpus Christi, TX. Brenda was among one of the first women to make aircraft carrier landings. C–1A on USS America, January 1981.
Brenda is owner of Successful Attitude and author of "Success is an Attitude, Goal Achievement for a Lifetime." In addition, she is an advanced flight instructor for FlyRight of Concord NC where she teaches ground school and full motion simulator instruction to passenger carrying pilots and also is the founder and director of the “Aviation Camps of the Carolinas.”
Bianca Capo served in the USAF between 1990-1994 at Myrtle Beach Air Force Base. She was ATC (Air Traffic Control). She left the AF to pursue a career in the financial planning world. After working as a Registered Investment Advisor and Financial Consultant for 20 years in the Banking industry she decided to give it a go at her own start up.
Bianca is the founder of Capo Integrated Coaching and Consulting. As a Coach and Consultant, she now facilitates and evokes strengths from naturally talented and successful individuals to take their results to new heights. Understanding how to apply our talents and strengths is key to relationship synergies, performance, but most importantly – intentional outcomes. Bianca integrates mind-body science and performance principles to empower and equip her client’s to have a deeper self-awareness of how they are built to succeeds, but also how their own strengths defeat them. Her practice focuses on helping entrepreneurs and women achieve their potential and well-being through tailored coaching programs.
Bianca was born in Puerto Rico and grew up in NYC. She now resides in Charlotte NC and has been in NC since. 1997.
Jettaka Gammon is the CEO of VG Global Solutions, providing consulting, project management, kitting and light assembly with an emphasis in serving the medical supply chain. She is a retired U.S. Army Colonel with 25 years as a medical logistician. She successfully commanded at every level, from platoon to brigade and received numerous awards during her military career, including the Legion of Merit (x3), the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medical (x6) and Expert Field Medical Badge. Before starting her own company, she spent 8 years as sales director for a Fortune 500 Medical Surgical Company. She believes very strongly in giving back to her fellow veterans and has made Canine Angels Service Dogs a special priority for her company’s philanthropic contributions.
Anita Staton, a US Air Force veteran, is the Managing Principal of Miles Freight Solutions, LLC and Miles Notary Services. She separated from active duty in 1993 to focus on a full time career in financial services. While working full-time in the financial services industry, she opened a real estate investment firm that purchased, renovated, managed and sold residential properties. Anita has held mortgage banking, business development and compliance positions at leading Fortune 500 financial institutions. During this time, she also worked nights and weekends starting businesses in sports officiating and flooring.
Anita embraced her entrepreneurial spirit again in 2014 and began Miles Freight Solutions. Miles Freight Solutions is a full service trucking provider specializing in less-than-truckload (LTL), truckload (TL), expedited, dedicated and courier delivery services. She added Miles Notary Services as a line of business in 2015. Miles Notary facilitates the loan closing appointment and provides courier services for financial institutions, title companies and attorneys.
Anita earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration/ Economics from High Point University. She is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in Project Management from Strayer University. Anita shows her commitment to the community by serving on non-profit boards and as a volunteer for youth groups, faith communities and professional groups.
Delores "Gigi" Hamilton is the founder of Personal Enrichment Counseling and Consulting Services. Gigi has spent over 20 years of her career working to help couples, and families children, military service members, business leaders and other psychotherapists learn and grow professionally. Gigi is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor, Author and Consultant. Gigi holds a Master of Arts degree in Guidance and Counseling from Bowling Green State University and is currently completing her Doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership. She has had the pleasure of serving in the United States Army where she provided relationship therapy to service members and their families.
Annette Hibbert Stevenson, C.P.M currently serves as the supplier diversity manager at SAS, where she is responsible for advancing the goals and objectives of the company’s supplier diversity initiatives. She has more than 30 years of experience in the personnel/administrative management and procurement profession. A graduate of Methodist College, Annette holds a degree in Business Administration with a minor in Military Science. She is retired from the U.S. Army Reserves.