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Roe v. Wade, Brave Spaces, and Controversial Conversations

The mission of Dare to Interrupt is to discuss the most critical, relevant challenges that women in business face in an effort to provide support, strategies and solutions that empower individuals.


In this special roundtable-format recording of the podcast, powerhouse leaders Devin Lewis, Mei Powers and Shelley Williams address a handful of today's most pressing topics, including how the overturn of Roe v. Wade could affect the meetings industry, the importance of building brave spaces, and how to represent oneself in a way that's authentic, strategic, and impactful.


Listen to the latest episode of Dare to Interrupt now to experience the full episode!


Read on for information about the stars of this episode, Devin Lewis, Mei Powers and Shelley Williams!



Devin Lewis, VP Business Development, ACJ Meetings & Events

Devin Lewis is synonymous with HOSPITALITY! A 25 year Sales & Marketing veteran with DMO, Hotel and Event Production experience, Devin is an exceptional leader who strives everyday to be better than yesterday. Always looking to see where she can make a difference, this industry advocate is currently the Vice President of Business Development for ACJ Meetings. She is the current Immediate Past President of MPI Potomac – the largest chapter in the world. Devin is also proud member of the Global MPI Foundation-US Council, MPI @ 50 Task Force, MPI Chapter & Membership Advisory Council, CMP Governance Commission, and the ASAE Meetings & Events Council.


This Smart Women in Meetings and Chapter Supplier of the Award winner believes that professional development is key to one’s success. Devin has achieved the CMP, CEM and DES designations throughout the course of her career. Residing in the Washington DC area, Devin is an avid traveler who loves to see the world through her camera lens. "Have Suitcase….Will Travel" is her lifelong mantra.


Mei Powers, Chief Development Officer, Miriam's Kitchen

Chief Development Officer Mei Powers has 11+ years of experience leading initiatives where nonprofit fundraising, communications and marketing intersect to create a more just and equitable community for all. Since joining Miriam’s Kitchen, she played a key role in growing organizational revenue from $3.3 million in 2014 to over $7.7 million today.


Throughout her career, Mei has demonstrated that she is a passionate speaker who motivates and inspires audiences to care and act on causes close to their hearts, an effective fundraiser sharing ideas and trends across organizations, and a leader committed to increasing understanding and compassion across cultures.


In 2021, Mei was recognized with the C-Suite Spotlight Award by the Washington Business Journal. Before joining Miriam’s Kitchen, Mei championed the rights and opportunities of women and girls globally with Women Thrive Worldwide, as well as of immigrants and refugees with CASA de Maryland. Mei holds a BS in Commerce and a BA in East Asian Studies from the University of Virginia and completed the Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate program at Georgetown University.


Shelley Williams, Director of Global Sales - Meeting and Events, Hard Rock International

Shelley Williams is a dynamic, award-winning thought leader with a results-driven sales and business mindset with an Entrepreneurial attitude. She has over 25 years of record-setting achievements with internationally recognized brands like Hilton, Caesars Entertainment and Hard Rock International. Shelley has demonstrated success in team performances and  has developed top performers with insightful marketing plans that drive million dollar revenue growth and trend setting improvements.


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