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About The Spectrum Circle

Founded in 2015, The Spectrum Circle is a community of women. It is a development platform for women to share their career and personal experiences to inform about their life journey. The goal of The Spectrum Circle is to help women achieve gender parity with men in their careers and expand the lens of what is possible. The Spectrum Circle uses unique experiences, events, training and workforce development to expose women to a variety of stories and diverse learned experiences from leaders in numerous industries and backgrounds. The Spectrum Circle was created to solve the challenges around gender inequity for women in the workplace.

The Spectrum Circle utilizes diverse members of the community to share their life stories, experiences, authentic conversations and backgrounds to change perceptions, inform others and inspire to follow their unique paths to success.

A plethora of women who are makers, entrepreneurs, researchers, educators, creatives, executives, leaders, disrupters, innovators, drivers and influencers in business or industry are featured at The Spectrum Circle programs.

The Spectrum Circle brand is loosely based and homage to an African American female superhero named Spectrum Spectrum (Marvel™) who uses the power of energy to change the world.

The Spectrum Circle community utilizes our events and experiences to search for mentors, job opportunities, career counseling, authentic stories, guidance, examples and assistance in understanding the roadmap of how to navigate their careers for optimal success and develop strategies to achieve personal goals and aspirations.

2022 Spectrum Circle Awards - Tickets On Sale Now!

The moment is right for us to gather again in person and celebrate women. The events of the past two years required us to PAUSE and postpone our planned events. We are exited to share that WE ARE BACK! Purchase Your Ticket | Learn More!

Engage. Belong. Listen.



You can attend The Spectrum Circle panel events on line via Google Hangout or in person at Google DC. Prior to an announced event we will update our social media sites and the website with a link for registration. Also make sure you have signed up to receive updates of upcoming panels, Google Hangouts and events. And make sure you follow us on social media.

Featured Industries

Each quarter, The Spectrum Circle will choose an industry to feature at the panel series. Topics will range based on industry and current national events. We love to hear from you on topics or questions that should be asked of our panelist. Planned industries for 2015-2016 include:

Politics and Policy
Entrepreneurship/Small Business
Creative Economy
Social Impact: Non-Profits
Venture Capitol/Private Equity
Corporate America/Executive Leadership
Entertainment, Sports and Media
Hospitality, Fashion and Tourism

Feel free to suggest industries or speakers email We are happy to hear from you.

Refer a Speaker

We are always on the lookout for dynamic, innovative and talented women who want to share their authentic stories of how they use their superhero power’s to navigate their careers, life and home. If you are or know of such a woman please refer a speaker by emailing the following to:

Speakers Name
Please add a few sentences on why your nomination is a Spectrum Circle woman.

Sponsors, Partners and Angels

Partner with Us

The Spectrum Circle is growing via grassroots and word of mouth and appeals to men and women of all ages in need of guidance, career advice, life skills, and networking opportunities. We need partners, sponsors and angels who believe in the vision to assist us with growth.

We welcome your company to join us in The Spectrum Circle movement. Companies can showcase their brand, products and services to our audience. To receive a copy of our sponsorship materials or to discuss a custom sponsorship package please email or call (202) 930-1760.

Discuss and Share

We love to hear from you! Please follow us on social media. Share with us interesting articles or information. Share your authentic story of how you navigate your life, career and use your superhero power to change the world.

About The Founder

Photo: Karen Alston, Founder of The Spectrum Circle
Photo: Karen Maria Alston

About The Founder

Affectionately known as The Advertising Diva, Karen Alston is a dynamic entrepreneur especially skilled at managing the complexity and opportunity that comes with new businesses, new ideas and hyper growth.

Karen has an illustrious career working on impactful branding campaigns and projects that touch the lives of millions of consumers. An executive, entrepreneur, strategist, storyteller, authentic leader, innovator, women’s leadership advocate and thought leader, Karen Maria Alston is a nationally recognized award winning proven expert. She is known for her hashtag #beingkarenalston.

Born as a 3rd generation entrepreneur and a 4th generation college graduate, Karen knew early on in her career she would always have an entrepreneurial entity in addition to her corporate career and would follow in the footsteps of previous generations. In addition to her success as an entrepreneur, earlier in her career Karen enjoyed working in the technology and financial services industries in management positions at JP Morgan Chase, America Online and MBNA (Bank of America).

Sought after for her marketing, entrepreneurial and political knowledge, Karen is a frequent TV and media contributor and has been featured on several outlets including: The Today Show, MSNBC, Al Jazeera, Fox News, BOLD TV, News One Now with Roland Martin and numerous other podcasts and radio interviews. Karen is an internationally acclaimed public speaker and commentator on a range of topics including strategic management, marketing, branding, authentic leadership, diversity, wellness, women’s empowerment, gender bias & inclusion and the glass ceiling.

Karen has received dozens of awards for her accomplishments in leadership, marketing, entrepreneurship, branding and wellness. Karen is a member of American Enterprise Institute’s Leadership Network and serves on several community and industry boards including American Marketing Association (2008-2018) and on The Edgewood Brookland Family Support Collaborative and Catalyst PAC. |

"I want a world where a girl can be what she wants to be." - Anima Yusuf

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The Spectrum Circle Awards Luncheon Returns Friday May 20th in Washington, DC

Photo of 4 women at the 2019 Spectrum Circle Awards

We Are Back!

The moment is right for us to gather again in person and celebrate women. The events of the past two years required us to PAUSE and postpone our planned events. We are exited to share that WE ARE BACK!

A LIMITED number of individual tickets are available for the Annual Spectrum Circle Awards Luncheon on Friday May 20, 2022 are now on sale. We are returning to the beautiful Fairmont Hotel in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington DC.

Please join us for our largest event to date, from noon until 3:00 pm. We are honoring innovative women in politics, sports, technology, social justice, health, business, the arts and media.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Secure your spot today and join us at the 2022 Spectrum Circle Awards Luncheon.