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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

  • mPower Lunch: Choosing Self-Confidence

    Location: Pegasus,
    Lobby Level


    Lisa Sun, Founder and CEO, Project Gravitas

    Dawn Williams, AMP, Associate Vice President, Conference Programming, MBA


    mPower Event,

    Networking Opportunities

    Learn to “own your moment” with Lisa Sun, Founder and CEO of Project Gravitas, a confidence company whose patented innovations in women’s apparel and styling solutions empower every woman to have a confident sense of self. Early in her career, Sun was advised to buy a new dress, big jewelry and great shoes in order to develop an outer presence, or “gravitas,” that reflected her inner strength. This inspired her to develop and grow her company, but moreover, to teach women to embody the meaning of gravitas. Stop by Lisa’s on-site Trunk Show to shop her clothing line.


    Lisa Sun, Founder and CEO, Project Gravitas

    Lisa Sun is Founder & CEO of Project Gravitas, a company whose origin story dates back to Sun’s first professional review: that she “lacked gravitas” and “should go buy a new dress, big jewelry, and great shoes.” Realizing the transformative power that clothing can have, Sun secured the global patent on building shapewear into dresses and launched Project Gravitas as a vertically-integrated ecommerce company that offers innovative apparel and styling solutions designed to give every woman a confident sense of self. Prior to founding Project Gravitas, Sun spent 11 years at McKinsey & Company where she advised leading luxury, fashion, and beauty brands globally on strategic and operational issues.

    Dawn Williams, AMP, Associate Vice President, Conference Programming, MBA

    Dawn Williams serves as the Associate Vice President of Conference Programming for the Mortgage Bankers Association, the leading association for the real estate finance industry.  She is responsible for leading the programming team in the development of engaging and relevant content for MBA’s 16 conferences, with about 400 sessions and 1,200 speakers annually. Williams joined MBA in 2012 after being self-employed for 15 years as a freelance marketing and events consultant. In that role, she served a variety of small businesses across several sectors, including five years as the Executive Director of the Default Attorney Group, a consortium of MBA-member law firms. Earlier in her career she managed a $5 million direct marketing channel for Time-Life’s subscription book, music and video products. Prior to that she spent 6 years in retail advertising with May Co. Department stores as a copywriter, account manager and finance analyst for their $100 million sales promotion budget. Dawn earned her Accredited Mortgage Professional designation in 2015 and was MBA’s 2016 Employee of the Year.



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