Meet Power of the FIERCE Woman Entrepreneurs Forum Panelists

Qiana Aviles, Business OwnerQiana Aviles is the founder and CEO of Nail Lounge, a shrewd business women whose style, grace, and innovative ideas make her a sought after mentor among entrepreneurs. It’s not every day you walk in to a Nail Salon owned and managed by a Latina. But this particular Nail Salon and this Latina, are like no other. The stylish Latina was born and raised in New York City. While attending Baruch College for Finance, she was plotting her next move.  She founded Nail Lounge to fill a void in the Washington Heights community. “I saw WAHI lacked a quality service nail salon so I wanted to provide that service for the community,” says Qiana. Nail Lounge opened its doors in 2010 with a lounge-like, cool and relaxing atmosphere. The concept of this Bar-Lounge Nail Salon was the first of its kind. Nail Lounge is most popular for their creative custom nail art.

Her 115K Instagram followers and beloved customers can attest to the creativity and artistry that takes place at the Nail Lounge. Many customers and fans wait patiently for the next Instagram or Twitter post to see what the latest design, style, and trends are. Nail Lounge’s reputable service and one of kind Nail Salon has become the go to place for celebrities and musicians. Nail Lounge has been featured on MTV, VH1, Fox News and on numerous blogs.

Nail Lounge’s excellent reputation and popularity fostered the idea to open another nail salon to meet the demands of a growing business—luckily, a location became available next door and she opened Nail Lounge Etc., in October of 2012.

With her own Nail Lacquer “Q & A” which launched October of  2013 and an Italian restaurant “Maranello” scheduled to open April 2014 her plate is full but she continues to take on more projects, hoping to open a Nail Lounge in all major big cities and launch a magazine dedicated to empowering women. Although her schedule is tight, she still finds time to mentor, inspire, motivate and guide so many women that admire her success and big heart! Her affiliations with Morgan Stanley’s Children Hospital and countless women’s support organizations make Ms. Nail Lounge one of the most loving and supportive women today.

Qiana is more than a beautiful face; she has proven how one woman can take small business to big heights while making change in the community for the better. You can find her hosting clothing drives, fundraising for great causes, speaking on panels, providing free nail services to local community organizations and inspiring the many women that come through her businesses. It is her genuine heart, ambition and genuine love for people that make her a rare diamond. For more information on her businesses visit their websites.

Nail Lounge


Q & A Nail Lacquer


Melanie Butcher, Founder/CEO WMSDF MagazineMelanie Butcher is the Owner/CEO and Editor of WMDSF Magazine. She is a “Mom”trepreneur on her way to the top. As a former social worker and domestic violence crisis counselor she has always had a love for helping women and children. Giving words of empowerment and inspiring those around her is what she is passionate about. An award winning poet, as well as a christian woman she has chosen this platform to reach out to others through words of encouragement and to positively uplift the upcoming generations of women.

You can learn more about WMDSF Magazine by visiting the site: WMDSF Magazine


Sujeiry Gonzalez, Author & On-Air PersonalitySujeiry Gonzalez is a vibrant writer, author and on-air talent that tells it like it is – with just a little more sass and a ton of laughs. Coined the ‘Latina Carrie Bradshaw,’ she is the host of “The Sweet Spot with Sujeiry” on ChicRebellion TV and recently appeared on FYI’s “Married at First Sight.” She’s rocked the relationship market since 2006, sharing her pearls of wisdom with CNN Latino, Cosmopolitan for Latinas, Latina Magazine, YourTango, MSN Latino, NBC Latino, GalTime, and more. Author of Love Trips: A Collection of Relationship Stumbles, the 2013 Love Guru on Exitos 93.9FM on the Raq-C and Nachin Show owns and runs LoveSujeiry Magazine – a digital space where she along with other writers dish on love, dating, relationship advice, women’s style, and The Power of Self-First.

To learn more about Sujeiry visit her website:


Maribel Rivera, Marketing ConsultantMaribel Rivera is a brand management and public relations consultant focused on creating brand stories that influence for clients that include global organizations. A person of action, Maribel has developed strategies to attain her goals including learning to listen instead of speak. She is considered a social connector constantly networking, meeting new people and seeing what she could do for others, While being a single mom raising two sons of her own and taking in six other boys, Maribel climbed the corporate jungle gym moving through the ranks from secretary at 19 to VP President of Marketing & Events last year prior to starting her own company. Maribel sits on the board of two associations – Women in eDiscovery, which is focused on developing women both professionally and personally and ARMA Metro NYC, an association for records and information management professionals. She is currently working with a group to create mentoring programs in technology for young adults. Maribel also has a personal blog with her boyfriend, Bricks on Division, which discusses everything from relationships to sports. In her spare time, Maribel can be found at the gym or shoe shopping. To learn more about Maribel visit her blog at:

Bricks On Division

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