Saturday, August 28, 2010

We Are Inspired By This BOSS: Amanda Miller Littlejohn

Amanda Miller Littlejohn
Amanda Miller Littlejohn is the founder of Mopwater Social Public Relations and the creative visionary and writer behind the Mopwater PR + Media Notes blog. She is a brand problem solver working at the intersection of public relations, journalism, marketing and social media. Specializing in new media and online communications, Amanda helps individuals, businesses, and organizations leverage social media and new media tools to create exciting, creative PR and marketing programs.

A PR innovator, Amanda uses social media to get the attention of traditional media. She leverages blogs, Twitter, Facebook and video campaigns to build buzz online and off.  Her social approach to public relations has led to sold-out events and traditional media placements in the Washington Post, the Washington Business Journal, Washingtonian Magazine, JuliB, Radio One, NBC4, and Daily Candy among others.

Amanda is passionate about helping small business owners revitalize their business through creative marketing.  She also enjoys helping established communicators obtain the new media savvy so in demand in today’s marketplace.  A former journalist and a writer first by training and passion, Amanda enjoys using her journalistic training to report on the latest industry news and trends and mentor rising PR professionals through Mopwater PR + Media Notes and via LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

In her rare spare time, Amanda writes creatively and is currently laboring through a collection of five novellas-two of which won prizes in the 2006 and 2007 Larry Neal Creative Writing Awards sponsored by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Amanda is married to Marc and has two sons-Logan and Connor Benjamin. She lives in Washington, DC.

We will highlight Mrs. Littlejohn, and nine other phenomenal women, at The BOSS Network's "Influencers" event on September 8, 2010 in Washington, D.C. You can register for the event here. Come out and be inspired!

Friday, August 27, 2010

More about the DC "Influencers" Event!


We Are Inspired By This BOSS: Claudia Gordon


Claudia Gordon

Claudia L. Gordon is currently a political appointee with the Obama administration serving as Special Assistant to the Director of the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). Prior to DOL, she was a senior policy advisor with the
U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL). In this role, she provided legal and policy advice on the full breadth of civil rights and civil liberties issues the Department must address. These issues included, but were not limited to, ensuring compliance with Federal civil rights laws relating to the rights of people with disabilities in DHS programs and activities.

While at DHS, Ms. Gordon managed the CRCL Disability Policy Team and the Interagency Coordinating Council on Emergency Preparedness and Individuals with Disabilities (ICC). The ICC comprises 25 Federal departments and agencies and was established in 2004 by Executive Order 13347, Individuals with Disabilities in Emergency Preparedness. Notably, Ms. Gordon was the primary author of this Executive Order, and, in 2006, she received the Secretary’s Gold Medal Award from then-DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff. This honor highlights her leadership efforts on behalf of people with disabilities during and after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

In 2000, Ms. Gordon received the prestigious Skadden Fellowship to work as a staff attorney with the National Association of the Deaf Law Center. While there, she provided legal advocacy to individuals experiencing discrimination on the basis of deafness through direct legal representation in civil cases, technical assistance, training and outreach. She also has worked as a consulting attorney with the National Council on Disability. Ms. Gordon is very active in the disability civil rights community and sits on the boards of the American Association of People with Disabilities, the Lexington School and Center for the Deaf and the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Ms. Gordon, a native of Jamaica W.I., graduated from Howard University, cum laude, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. She also graduated from American University Washington College of Law, cum laude, with a Juris Doctorate.

We will highlight Ms. Gordon, and nine other phenomenal women, at The BOSS Network's "Influencers" event on September 8, 2010 in Washington, D.C. You can register for the event here. Come out and be inspired!

Check Out The BOSS Tour Dates!!!


The BOSS Network "Inspired by Influencers Tour" Begins!!!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: “Inspired by Influencers” Tour
An Evening of Inspiring and Networking
A Six City Tour highlighting ten amazing women in each city as an “Influencer” for the work that she has done in and outside of her community while spreading the message to educate women on HIV/AIDS.

Chicago, IL – BOSS (Bringing Out Successful Sisters), the women’s empowerment alliance, dedicated to highlighting, connecting and empowering women globally, is hitting the road with their “Inspired by Influencers” Tour.

The “Influencers” tour will visit six cities across the US, with the purpose of highlighting and bridging ten women in the fields of business, entertainment, health & wellness, arts, sports, fashion, education and more in each city who have branded themselves as a successful influencer among peers and associates, alike. BOSS wants to take the time out to recognize each of these women for their magnanimous steps towards their individual successes and honor them for their determination and accomplishment in their respective fields.

First stop – Washington, DC. The “Influencers” experience begins on Tuesday, September 7 (11a-1p EST), with the “BOSS Business Brunch” held at the luxurious and rejuvenating, 5-Star – Madly Living Bed & Breakfast and Day Spa (11961 Autumnwood Lane, Ft. Washington, MD). The brunch will be hosted by Candice Williams – Founder of Madly Living Bed & Breakfast, discussing healthy living options for women and featuring guest speaker (BOSS member), Tisa Silver – Author of “The Time Value Life”.

The main affair – The “Influencers” event will be held on Wednesday, September 8 (6p-10p EST) at the ultra exclusive L2 Lounge (3315 Cady’s Ally NW, Washington, DC), featuring Key Note Speaker Valeisha Butterfield – Co-founder of WEEN (Women in Entertainment and Empowerment); and one of Essence Magazine’s "Top 40 under 40" and hosted by Michelle Hargrove - Founder of VC Legacy and Restoration Weekend; Please join the BOSS Network as they pay homage to these phenomenal women and set the bar for “growth through networking beyond events.”

BOSS "Influencers" Honorees:

Amanda Littlejohn - Founder, Mop Water PR, Claudia Gordon - Senior Policy Advisor Officer, Civil Rights and the Department of Homeland Security, Zina Pierre - President & CEO, Washington Linkage Group, INC, Irene B. Schwoeffermann -Coalitions Director, Congressional Black Caucus, Candice Camille and Mariby Corpening -Founders, Madly Living Bed and Breakfast, Kendell Renee Kelly - Life Style Law (TM) Attorney, Erica Williams - Deputy Director, Center For American Progress, Jules McGuire - Manager and Marketing Director, Park 14, Jamilah Creekmur - Author and Entrepreneur, Dawn Jackson - President, Nudawn Marketing.

For more information on the “Inspired by Influencers” tour, its honorees or The BOSS Network, please visit, or to purchase tickets register at A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Divas, MPH and The S.O.S. Summit (, a resource dedicated to educating, empowering, and mobilizing to “Save Our Sisters” from HIV/AIDS.

Other cities on the BOSS “Inspired by Influencers” tour include:

• Washington, DC - Wednesday, September 8, 2010
• Atlanta, GA - Wednesday, September 29, 2010
• New York, NY - Wednesday, October 20, 2010
• Los Angeles, CA - November 10, 2010
• Chicago, IL - December 1, 2010
• Miami, FL - December 8, 2010

On the BOSS Network:

The BOSS Network was founded by Cameka D. Smith and is a women’s empowerment alliance dedicated to highlighting women and creating opportunities for growth through networking beyond events. BOSS was named among the top 100 websites and one of the top 10 career sites for women in 2010 by