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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 and events, training and workforce development events 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

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

2019 Spectrum Circle Awards - Nominations Now Open!

Nominations are now open for the for the 4th Annual Spectrum Circle Awards luncheon in Washington, DC. The Spectrum Circle Awards honors innovative women in technology, business and media. See below for details.

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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

We are thankful to each of our sponsors. Take a moment to learn about our sponsors and their products/services.

Accelerate with Google
RLJ Entertainment. UMC Urban Movie Channel.
Heart & Soul
Giants Of Africa
The Spectrum Circle

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: Copa Style’s 2015 Woman of the Year - Karen Maria Alston

About The Founder

Karen favorite mantra is “Trust the Process” her life is a series of unexpected events that has placed her on a path of self-discovery and alignment to help inform others on how to live life to the fullest. An entrepreneur, female founder, brand expert, women’s leadership advocate and authenticity guru, Karen Maria Alston is an award winning proven expert. She is affectionately known as The Advertising Diva or for her hashtag #beingkarenalston. In 2002, Karen stepped out on faith, left her job at America Online to follow her passion and create Alston Marketing Group.

Based on her life experience, female mentors and a series of intimate conversations with women Karen began developing an idea that would eventually become her newest venture. While building her business, Karen was fortunate to meet and talk to thousands of women whom shared their personal stories of success and determination. Karen knew that the stories being shared with her one on one from women of all backgrounds where vital pieces of information needed for others in order to grow their careers, break the glass ceiling and gain empowerment in their personal lives.

From those conversations, an idea was formed over the Christmas holiday of 2014. For three weeks, Karen unplugged from social media, her social life and most family commitments to formulate the idea. To create a platform for women to share their authentic stories in a safe environment that would benefit others. From an authentic and intentional place of deep creativity and thought, The Spectrum Circle was born and in draft as a concept document. Accelerate with Google was the first sponsor to support her vision and since January 2015 other sponsors have come on board to assist and grow The Spectrum Circle.

The community is growing exponentially and has held several notable experiences in the Washington, DC area featuring recognized exceptional women sharing authentic leadership stories of navigating the glass ceiling and learned experiences. Karen is a content expert that articulates the brand voice of women (millennials to C-suite) who need outlets, experiences and educational opportunities to expand their lens of possibility.

Karen is a frequent media contributor and has been featured in publications, radio, blogs, podcasts and speaks on a range of issues on TV news including The Today Show, MSNBC, Al Jazeera, Fox News and TV One (News One Now with Roland Martin) where she is a frequent guest contributor. Karen is an international acclaimed public speaker and commentator on a range of topics including authentic leadership, diversity, overcoming fear, wellness, women’s empowerment, marketing & branding, sexual harassment, (#metoo), gender bias & inclusion, fearlessness & vulnerability, the glass ceiling, design thinking, and women entrepreneurs. Karen has received numerous awards and accolades for her accomplishments.

Karen Maria Alston received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance from Howard University, an Executive Education Certificate in Branding and Design from Harvard University, an Executive Education Certificate in Non-Profit Management from Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University, and has completed two leadership programs at Harvard Business School. In 2017, an Executive Education Certificate from Harvard Business School for completion of the Women’s Leadership Forum. In 2018, an Executive Education Certificate from Harvard Business School in Authentic Leadership.

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

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The 2019 Spectrum Circle Awards Luncheon

Join us on March 15th, 2019 for the 4th Annual Spectrum Circle Awards Luncheon in Washington, DC from noon until 2:30 pm. The 2019 Spectrum Circle Awards luncheon is the signature annual fundraising event for The Spectrum Circle which brings together a gathering of influential and innovative people from business, technology, media, policy, government, finance and other fields in Washington, DC.

In a stylish venue, the beautiful Fairmont Hotel in downtown Washington, DC six area women will receive The Spectrum Circle Award for Innovation in Technology, Business, the Arts, Non-Profit and Media. Over 175 attendees will convene for the awards luncheon to celebrate the achievements of these women and be inspired by words of inspiration from our awardees.

The Spectrum Circle Awards honors innovative women in the Washington, DC region. Returning this year is the author of CLIMB, Michelle Gadsden-Williams, as The Spectrum Circle Awards Luncheon Chair. Also, returning this year is Fox 5, Senior News Anchor Shawn Yancy who will emcee the special luncheon.

Register and purchase your tickets today!

Nominations open through December 1, 2018 - Submit your nomination today! Submit a Nomination