Dee Claxton is currently serving as Director of the Washington DC Women’s Business Center where counseling, training and special events are provided to 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 other family members who were hard working entrepreneurs. Starting out as a realtor, she later began her core mission in May of 1999, from humble beginnings, 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 customer service security awareness (CSSAP). Clients included celebrities, politicians, and fortune 500 companies, worldwide. She has been appeared on nationally syndicated television and in publications, to include Forbes on “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, if done strategically-right with the proper planning, your competitors become less relevant to your success. She provides small business consulting, change management, customer relationship management, strategic planning and innovative techniques. Her experiences spans from risk management, emergency preparedness and continuity of operations planning, to trends analysis and forecasting. 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.
Alexandrea is the DC Women’s Business Center’s summer 2017 Intern. She is currently a sophomore enrolled at Towson University. She is double majoring in Women’s Studies and Mass Communication with an emphasis in Journalism. Outside of her academic studies, Alexandrea runs a blog, where she feels she can write creatively about the things she is passionate about.
Stella AdamsChief, Equity and Inclusion
Stella is a nationally recognized expert in fair housing, predatory lending, mortgage fraud and investigation techniques. Most recently Stella served as the Senior Policy Advisor to the National Fair Housing Training Academy. She has also appeared on national television programs such as Melissa Harris-Perry and Fault Lines, and frequently appeared in national and local newspapers. She is well known for her relentless commitment to underserved people and for pushing to hold accountable institutions that discriminate in lending and housing.
In 2013, Legal Aid of North Carolina honored her by establishing an annual award in her name: “The Stella J. Adams Fair Housing Advocacy Award.” In 2014, she was awarded "The Woman of the Year Award,” by Spectacular Magazine. She has received numerous other awards from the NAACP, the City of Durham, the National Association of Human Rights Workers, the National Fair Housing Alliance and more.