Business Speaker Series

November 21, 2022
12:00 PM - 01:15 PM
Online via Zoom and in person on the La Plata Campus, Center for Business and Industry (BI) Building, Room 113E

'Resolving Conflict in the Workplace'

Business Speaker Series


Did you know that being unable to deal with conflict in the workplace can limit your success? Does fear of causing conflict keep you from telling others your best ideas? Do you hope to avoid conflict by ignoring it? Even if you avoid conflict, it will eventually find you. Effective leaders have the ability to recognize and resolve conflicts in the workplace. Join us to hear valuable information about how managing conflict in your workplace, and being a better leader, could help advance your career.



woman smilingDr. Trenace Richardson

Director, Organizational Development and Learning Institute, College of Southern Maryland

Dr. Trenace Richardson is an internationally sought-after keynote speaker, singer, award-winning educator, yoga instructor, and author. She was recently featured on the Netflix special, "Voices of Fire," produced by superstar artist and producer, Pharrell Williams.

With over 20 years of leadership experience in the public and private sectors, Dr. Richardson is a highly respected leadership researcher and practitioner. She has spoken to audiences across the country, helping businesses, churches, civic organizations, and individuals excel in the areas of personal and leadership development. She has an innate ability to connect with diverse audiences across various disciplines. Dr. Richardson currently serves as a Network Executive Coach for the premier organization, C-Suite Coach (

Dr. Richardson recently earned her certification as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200) at Shabach Yoga in Southern Maryland. She leads groups and individuals in yoga flows weekly, both in-person and virtually. She is called to help others better understand the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual benefits of practicing yoga.

A lover of learning and all things academic, Dr. Richardson earned a master of divinity degree from Howard University and a doctorate in Higher Education Administration from The George Washington University. Her dissertation focused on the impact of spirituality on the leadership practices of African American women college presidents. She is a published author, having written on servant leadership, spirituality in the workplace, leadership, and personal development. Her latest co-authored work, "Purpose Pushers: The Journey of Discovering & Walking in Your Life's Purpose" is now available.

Currently, Dr. Richardson oversees Trenace Richardson Enterprises, a speaking, consulting, and leadership development company. She also directs the work of her nonprofit, REAL Women Inc., where safe spaces are created across the country and abroad for women to do personal development work on themselves. Dr. Richardson has held several leadership and research positions with Strayer University and The George Washington University, respectively. Currently, she serves as the director of the Organizational Development and Learning Institute at the College of Southern Maryland.

Dr. Richardson's passion is to help growing organizations and driven individuals discover their creative core by living out a theoretical leadership and life framework that she developed called, Leading with Soul. This inward-focused leadership style has proven to be highly successful in the training of facilitators for her nonprofit, REAL Women Inc., and for her clients across the country.

As a result of her extensive education and experience, Dr. Richardson has earned several awards and recognitions. Her more notable accomplishments include:

• Woman Empowerment Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the DC Women's Business Center
• Trailblazer Award by the Charles County MD Commission for Women in the area of Entrepreneurship
• The Spectrum Circle Award for Innovative Women in Business, Tech, and Media
• The Best Instructional Leader Award by Strayer University
• The Irving Strayer Award (given to those ranked in the top 1% of leadership) while serving as a Dean of Faculty to over 300 professors across the country
• The Distinguished Alumni Award Nomination by Indian River High School in Chesapeake Virginia
• The Excellence in Education Award by the State of Maryland while teaching at Bowie High School

Dr. Richardson is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and recently traveled to Okinawa, Japan, to be the keynote speaker for their International Sisterhood Retreat. She is honored to be the wife of Gregory Richardson. They have two beautiful children, Nhi’ya and Nigel, and live in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area.


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