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

Power of the F.I.E.R.C.E Woman Entrepreneurs Forum


This event is designed to inspire other female entrepreneurs to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams by connecting them with women who have gone into business for themselves and have been successful. 

According to recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Women are pushing themselves out of the shadows today and taking their entrepreneurial talents to the forefront.

Over the last 17 years, women-owned businesses have increased dramatically, with more than 9.1 million women-owned businesses operating in 2014, up from 8.6 million in 2013. This surging-growth pace, which has doubled in three years, has helped to generate nearly $1.5 trillion in revenues for women-owned businesses. Given these statistics it’s no wonder why more women are opting to go into business for themselves. 

If you have a talent, gift, idea, or passion that you know is a great business venture and want to capitalize from it, but aren’t sure how to get started then this event is for you. This interactive Q&A panel will connect you with 4 successful female business owners who are willing to answer your questions and share with you how they did it. So come prepared with your questions and ask these women anything you want about what it takes to start your own business. Seating is limited so make sure to purchase your ticket now to reserve your seat. Do not miss this opportunity to network with fierce like minded women living out their dreams.

Qiana Aviles, Business Owner, Nail Lounge/Maranello Trattoria
Melanie Butcher, Founder/CEO WMDSF Magazine
Sujeiry Gonzalez, Author/On-Air Personality
Maribel Rivera, Independent Marketing Consultant

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Power of the F.I.E.R.C.E. Woman Entrepreneurs Forum



All proceeds from the FIERCE Woman Entrepreneurs Forum will be donated to Amanda and Chris Bernier who have personally been affected by ALS.

Amanda Bernier’s diagnosis hit only days after she and her husband Chris received joyous, surprising news: They were expecting their first child, their miracle, the baby they’d wished for during years of working side by side as firefighters and emergency medical first responders. Amanda and Chris have learned she has the most aggressive form of the disease.  She has already begun to lose the ability to move her arms and legs and will lose the power to talk, swallow and breathe. Eventually paralysis will set in and then, death.

Within weeks, Amanda’s condition has worsened to the point where she can no longer walk and has lost over fifty percent of her respiratory capacity. She is living as long and strong as she can for the sake of their baby girl. She doesn’t know if she will get to meet her baby face to face. The donations collected will be used to help the Bernier’s off-set some of the costs they have incurred in making their home wheel chair accessible and spacious enough for Amanda to move around in her wheelchair. Her wheelchair does not fit in their bathroom or kitchen. To all who purchase tickets know that your dollars are going towards a great cause.

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