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About The Spectrum Circle

The Spectrum Circle is a platform, a community and a movement. A quarterly panel series of women innovators who connect and share professional and personal experiences through honest conversations to educate and inform about their life journey.

Women featured at The Spectrum Circle series are innovators, leaders, creative, drivers, makers and influencers in all aspects of business and industry in the local DC metropolitan area. Spectrum Circle women utilize their stories, experiences and authentic conversations to change perceptions and inform the world of their unique journeys.

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

The Spectrum Circle women come from different socio-economic backgrounds, neighborhoods and are as diverse as titans of technology, business and politics and women on the rise in their respective fields/sector. The key focus of each panel is to highlight WOMEN and their contributions to business, technology, finance, politics, media and other industries in the region.

Each panel is accessible to attendees to view live online using Google Hangout or in person.

2018 Spectrum Circle Awards - Call for Nominations!

Nominations are now open for the 2018 Spectrum Circle Awards for Innovative Women in Tech, Business, and Media. The signature awards luncheon will be held on Friday, March 16, 2018, in Washington, DC at the Fairmont Hotel - see below for details.

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

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

Born a 3rd generation entrepreneur, the word FOUNDER is familiar to Karen Maria Alston. In 2002, she founded her boutique marketing firm, Alston Marketing Group (AM&G Marketing Communications) and continued her family tradition of small business ownership. She is also active on social media advising many on marketing, advertising and branding under her @advertisingdiva brand.

While building her business, Karen was fortunate to meet and talk to hundreds of women whom shared their personal story’s 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 work on her idea. To create a platform for women to share their authentic stories in a safe environment that would benefit others. From that 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.

Because of her illustrious profession and business acumen, Karen has been featured in several publications such as the Baltimore Sun, Black Enterprise, The Washington Business Journal, Black MBA, Essence Magazine, Washington Examiner, DC Modern Luxury and the Baltimore Daily Record. Karen is also a sought after speaker for many marketing industry conferences on a range of topics such as digital media, traditional marketing, government marketing, and her favorite topic the “burdens of the superwoman” which was the pre-cursor to the founding of The Spectrum Circle.

In January, The Annenberg Center at Sunnylands asked Karen to participate on a panel of experts on emergency communications, alongside technology luminaries such as Vint Cert and Adam Clayton Powell, III. In March, Copa Style Magazine named her its inaugural “2015 Woman of the Year.” The title Karen is most proud of is FOUNDER. She loves the innovation, vibrancy and excitement of launching a new concept or product. She is a sought after speaker and loves to share the story of her journey.

Karen Maria Alston received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance from Howard University and an Executive Education Certificate in Branding and Design from Harvard University.

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

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The 2018 Spectrum Circle Awards:
Save the Date & Call for Nominations!

Banner image for March 16th event - The 2018 Spectrum Circle Awards

The signature awards luncheon will be held on Friday, March 16, 2018, in Washington, DC at the Fairmont Hotel. Applications for women interested in 2018 nominations 2018 nominations will be available the week of October 1, 2017 - December 1, 2017. We will be seeking five women to honor at next years awards luncheon who are innovative in their fields of business; categories include:

  • Innovative Woman in Technology
  • Innovative Woman in Media
  • Innovative Woman in Small Business (Annual revenues under $2,500,000)
  • Innovative Woman in Business (Annual revenues over $2,500,000)
  • Millennial On the Rise Award (Must be 30 or under on March 16, 2018)

Nominees demonstrated abilities should include but are not limited to, creativity, innovation, leadership skills, authenticity and contributions to her business, organization or company. The nominee must be a female professional who lives in the metropolitan area in a 200-mile radius of Washington, DC. The nominee must complete the following in order to be considered for the award. A nomination form nomination form, a .pdf copy of her resume and bio, headshot (or photo) and pay the $10 nomination fee to be considered for the award.

A subcommittee led by a member of the Board of Advisors of The Spectrum Circle will review ALL completed nominations from December 10th through January 25th, 2018. Winners will be notified the week of February 4th, 2018.

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