Save the date for the October 19 Executives’ Breakfast featuring the “P.O.W.E.R.ful Women of RVA”: Panel discussion with some of RVA’s powerful women entrepreneurs. You’ll hear their insight and wisdom on being a woman in the business world today. The panel will answer questions about overcoming their struggles, their suggestions for up-and-coming female entrepreneurs, and what it’s like to be a female entrepreneur in RVA today. Register today to hear their tips and best lessons learned in growing your own business or career.
Read below for insight on all three women on the panel.
Founding partner Deanna Hathaway has been practicing law for over a decade, focusing on consumer bankruptcy, wills, and basic trusts. She has also represented lenders and trustees in consumer and commercial bankruptcy matters and now concerns herself with improving the financial health of others.
“I chose to focus on helping others find a pathway to financial stability because of my own personal experience. Helping my parents plan for their futures showed me the challenges facing so many.”
A native of Alexandria, Virginia, she graduated magna cum laude from the University of Richmond, and received her law degree from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William & Mary. While at William & Mary, she did extensive research for the Commonwealth Attorneys Services Council and members of the Law faculty. She also received a fellowship to pursue research work on employment law. This academic work has served her well in her law practice, and especially so at Hathaway Adair. Deanna is licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia, is admitted to practice before the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States District Courts and Bankruptcy Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia, and the Supreme Court of Virginia. She is the past chair of the Executive Committee of the Bankruptcy Section of the Richmond Bar Association, is a member of the Metropolitan Richmond Women’s Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys. She is currently serving a three year-term on the Richmond Bar Association’s Finance Committee. Deanna is often asked to speak on the topics of bankruptcy and consumer law to community organizations and groups like the Legal Information Network for Cancer and the Governor’s Housing Conference.
Deanna is also serving as the President for the NAWBO Richmond and Southeast Virginia chapter A resident of Richmond’s historic Fan District, she stays active in local professional and community groups, and is a proud mother of two.
RKL Resources provides recruitment services, customized HR consulting and HR training to some of the world’s most admired brands. “Clients count on us to help them move from chaos to clarity and to stabilize rapid change in a way that leads to lasting progress. We adhere to the highest standards of ethical and professional behavior while providing you with innovative and cost-effective human resources solutions based on market trends and industry best practices. Our flexible approach is designed to meet your specific needs – and to exceed your greatest expectations.”
The dream and business plan for BedCrafters by Michelle’s retail showroom concept started while working for Custom Comfort by Winn mattress manufacturing plant in 1992. In the planning stages while working in manufacturing, I learned how to build a mattress and understand how to combine the raw material for individual needs, comfort, and quality. Prior to opening the 1st location, I began working with orthopedic surgeons, neurologist, chiropractors and sleep centers to understand our body’s need and requirements for a great restful night’s sleep. BedCrafter’s team understands the need to educate the customer and community on the importance of a good night’s sleep and the value of a high quality mattress. Our Team mission is the make a difference one night at time. The BedCrafters team includes my daughter Jessica, son Trevor, and longtime family friends Les Young, Bud Myers, Tyler Shook and Tony Shebelskie.
BedCrafters by Michelle provides a quality, locally handcrafted mattress backed by
excellent customer service. This promise means extraordinary product, real relationships and accountability to our customer. We are very proud of our accomplishments and cherish the meaningful relationships we build each day with our community both personally and