Women Business Owner Series
TorchLight’s Women Business Owner series started as a way to shine a spotlight on the diverse group of women business owners making an impact in a wide range of industries and sectors. After all, according to the US Census, women-owned firms accounted for only 19.9% of all firms that employed people in 2018. Of those businesses that are women-run, a majority are owned by white, non-minority, non-LGBTQ+, non-hispanic, and non-veteran women.
Check out our past women business owners below. Interested in being our next women business owner? Contact TorchLight!
Moneek Pines-Elliot, ARTrageous Brush and Flow
Moneek is the founder and owner of ARTrageous Brush and Flow – a studio that hosts painting events for adults, children, corporate events and fundraisers.
Drs. Kala and Maya Johnstone, FoodChasers’ Kitchen
Kala and Maya Johnstone are the founders of Philadelphia-based FoodChasers’ Kitchen. In addition to the restaurant, they run a non-profit that helps students and teachers.
Patty Solis, Diverza Activewear
Patty Solis is the CEO and Owner of Diverza, an apparel company based in Panama with a mission to empower ALL bodies.
Lilly Harris, Man-Machine Systems Assessment
Lilly Harris is the CEO and Owner of Man-Machine Systems Assessment, a military and government contractor responsible for machinery research and testing.
Denita R. Conway, PROVEN Management
Denita R. Conway is the President and CEO of Proven Management, a project and program management service specializing in owner representation, space planning, interior design, transition planning & management, and furniture procurement.
Katelyn Montgomery, Worldgate LLC
Katelyn Montgomery is the founder and president of Worldgate LLC, an IT consulting company specializing in K12 technology. Worldgate creates consulting teams to help with on-site projects, managing technology implementation, analyzing data, and providing production support.
Lisa and Kimberly Serrano, Finishing Touch Painting
Lisa and Kimberly Serrano are the founders and owners of Finishing Touch Painting, a full-service painting company specializing in both interior and exterior painting, having done everything from refinishing chairs and kitchen cabinets to painting entire homes.
Del Lim, Del the Grocery Gal
Del Lim is the owner and founder of Del the Grocery Gal, a personal shopping service created to resolve the kinds of produce issues that many people experience with grocery shopping services.
Laura Gross, Scott Circle Communications
Laura Gross is the President of Scott Circle Communications, a purpose-driven public-relations agency. Scott Circle works with non-profits, associations, advocacy groups and some corporations focused on specific mission-related projects in DC.
Jennifer Collins, JDC Events
Jennifer Collins is the CEO and Founder of JDC Events. JDC Events is an event planner producing engagement-driven, live, hybrid and virtual events for corporate, nonprofit, and government agencies
Karen Blackwell, Kanda Chocolates
Karen Blackwell is the CEO and Founder of Kanda Chocolates, a socially responsible chocolate confectionary. Kana Chocolates both sources and crafts their chocolate blends in Ghana using fair trade non-GMO cocoa beans.