By Kristie Carter-George

On November 6th, 2015 at 8:00am an empowering energy started that lasted more than two days. The second annual Play Time Is Over Conference gave women and men from around the country an electric charge personally and professionally. Alliance for Women in Media – National Capital Area Chapter (AWM-NCAC) was thrilled to attend this event, which helped start or restart the entrepreneurship battery of all in attendance.

Cheryl Wood is the creator of the Play Time Is Over Conference and the driving force behind the unique atmosphere. Beyond the P.T.I.O. Conference Cheryl has won numerous awards and appeared on Fox 5 News, Radio One, WPGC, Afro-American Newspaper just to name a few. Cheryl’s brand is aimed at inspiring women to embrace their power to visualize, strategize, and execute in order to achieve their life, career, or business goals.

The two-day conference had over twenty sessions, which covered topics in branding, transitioning into entrepreneurship, marriage, finances, personal growth, navigating roadblocks, profit growth, customer retention, using the media to your advantage and more. The abundant speaker list included Micheline Bowman (Fox 5 News), Janell Hazelwood (The BossMoves), Darin Adams (Infusionoft), Mikki Taylor (Essence Magazine), Kristina Bouweiri (Reston Limousine), Brett Jeffries (HARPO Studios), Malcolm Reid (ProGlobal Business Advisors), and Lamar & Ronnie Tyler (BlackandMarriedWithKids.com). P.T.I.O. presented awards, which honored several individuals including young “girlpreneurs.” The conference also included live testimonials from graduates of Cheryl’s Rock Your Stage program.

AWM-NCAC wrapped up the #PTIO2015 conference by snagging some interviews with Ebony McMorris (Radio One), Deja Perez (WKYS 93.9FM), Chere Cofield (The Stress Manager), and Jayana Wood (Author & #girlpreneur). You can view the video below:


About the Author

Kristie Carter-George is a Graphic Designer who enjoys making the vision of her clients into a real product through communication design. Kristie has a passion for branding, marketing, mobile design, and typography. She received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from the Art Institute of Washington in the year 2010 and has worked with a variety of clients, which include American Academy of Physician Assistants, Association for Talent Development, Center for Applied Linguistics, Epilepsy Foundation, Howard University School of Law, Housing & Urban Development, National School Boards Association, Sheryl Lee Ralph, and Rocsi Diaz. When she isn’t thinking about her next project Kristie enjoys putting on the hat of a “Do It Yourself” hobbyist, vegetarian chef, art enthusiast, reality TV addict, and mentor to recent graduates. Kristie also enjoys using her knowledge of technology by volunteering regularly at N Street Village in their computer lab. Kristie is also the Secretary and volunteer Graphic Designer of the Alliance for Women in Media – National Capital Area Chapter.