Networking, Training & Advocacy

Janice Cardwell, MBA, PhD 

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Grow Your Business and Take it to the Next Level with NEA

Van Allen is a lifelong entrepreneur. He began his career in investing over 25 years ago. His primary investments include real estate and blue chip stocks as well as numerous entrepreneurial ventures. In addition, he is an award winning motivational speaker and former cable talk show host. He has received numerous speaking awards including first place in the District 28 World Championship of Public Speaking Contest for Toastmasters International. His signature presentation “Are You a Winner” encourages audiences to step out of their comfort zone to reach their true potential. He attended Henry Ford Community College and Wayne State University. He is a Master NLP Practitioner which allows him to help individuals tap into the power of the subconscious mind. Currently he is Owner and President of Van Allen Productions which specializes in producing video and audio projects. 


According to the SBA half of all business owners fail within five years. NEA offers  entrepreneurs a chance to succeed. Entrepreneurs can reach their goals when equipped with the right information and a strong network in place to support them. In addition to creating networking and educational opportunities, we advocate for entrepreneurs to ensure community, corporate and civic support.

Marcus A. Jackson is a Community Development Relationship Manager at CIBC. He is responsible for delivering customized banking solutions specific to the needs of small businesses, including a variety of lending options for start-ups, early stage and more established small businesses. Jackson is also responsible for partnering with community organizations in the area to deliver entrepreneurial training programs. He received a bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University. He is a member of Alpha Kappa Psi Co-ed Professional Business Fraternity, and Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, Inc. Jackson serves as Treasurer for the Wayne County CRA Association and is a big brother of Big Brothers Big Sisters. 

Ross Sanders, MBA

Leadership Team

Dr. Dawn Cone is a Management Consultant and Executive Coach with 25 years of experience specializing in individual, team and organizational effectiveness. Her areas of expertise include individual, team and organizational assessment, culture change, leadership and team development, and bringing organizational vision to life. As Founder/CEO of DSC Consulting Solutions, Dawn’s clients have spanned across several industries. As a speaker, trainer, and facilitator, she has delivered numerous presentations to a variety of audiences across the country. She has won awards for her research and has presented at both national and international professional conferences. Dawn is a licensed psychologist and earned her dual Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology and Clinical Psychology from Alliant International University. She is certified in The Hogan Development Suite and Korn Ferry Leadership Architect and has served as Adjunct Professor teaching at both graduate and undergraduate levels. She also serves as a Consultant Board Member of Temeku Life Center and is a member of the Institute of Management Consultants and Society of Consulting Psychology. 

Thank You to Our Event Sponsors

ZaLonya Allen is President/CEO of National Entrepreneurs Association. She's been an entrepreneur for 20 years. As a Leadership Speaker/Trainer she has delivered talks for organizations throughout the country and coaches professionals in a variety of industries. Dr. Allen has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Woman of Wonder Award from University of Phoenix, Unsung Hero Award from Wayne state University Association of Black Business Students and the Spirit of Detroit Award. She earned a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Michigan, a M.A. in industrial Relations from Wayne State University and a Doctorate in Psychology from North Central University. Dr. Allen enjoys teaches psychology classes in her spare time. Learn more at

Jerry Scrivo, MBA

Dawn Cone, PhD

About NEA

ZaLonya Allen, PhD

Dr. Cardwell is former Vice President/Campus Director for University of Phoenix-Detroit and a strong advocate for entrepreneurs. She has 30 years experience in adult learning and higher education. Dr. Jan is also an entrepreneur. As CEO and Founding Partner of Conceivers LLC, her firm provides Empowerment (life) Coaching, Executive Coaching, and Dissertation Coaching services. She brings a wealth of experience having held numerous board positions for a variety of non profit organizations. Dr. Cardwell earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Education from Capella University. 


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What We Offer

For Colette Hughes Real Estate is not just her's her passion. She has 25 years of experience in various areas of real estate from traditional real estate sales, short sales, bank foreclosures, tax foreclosures / auctions, helping first time home buyers, helping seasoned buyers and sellers, property management to property investments. She is currently the Broker/Owner of Virtual Real Estate Services, LLC, a real estate firm in Sterling Heights, Michigan. In addition, she has been a board member for the National Entrepreneurs Association for two years. Colette earned her Associates Degree in Business Administration from Detroit College of Business and has a BA in Christian Studies from Midwestern Christian Institute.

Jerry Scrivo is a speaker, author as well as the Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Master Mind Consulting Network. He has over 30 years experience at some of America’s largest companies including General Motors, Teledyne, Textron, Firestone and Shell Oil. Jerry has degrees from Michigan Technological University (BSME) and Wayne State University (MBA). He has 7 patents and has been listed in “Who’s Who in Technology”

National Entrepreneurs Association is a 501c3 non profit organization. Our mission is to empower entrepreneurs to grow and sustain successful businesses through quality networking events and training programs. We focus on creating quality experiences both virtually and in-person, so that entrepreneurs can connect with peers and professionals that can help them grow. NEA events are well attended by serious entrepreneurs and resource providers who have a genuine interest in collaborating. 

We also focus on education. Our conferences and training programs feature the best speakers and trainers in the country, providing entrepreneurs with the information and motivation needed to grow. Upon completion of our unique training program, members become NEA certified.

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Colette Hughes 


Marcus Jackson

Ross Sanders is the Manager of Corporate Partnerships at Lawrence Technological University (LTU). Prior to joining the university, he was the Chief Executive Officer of Bizdom, where he launched one of the first startup accelerators ever to operate in Detroit and Cleveland. He led this non-profit to mentor 80 tech-based startups, assist in raising $17 million in startup investment, provide over 550 startup events, raise over $20 million in donations, and played a leading role in revitalizing these two cities. As an executive team member of Quicken Loans, one of the nation’s largest online lenders and best places to work, he created the first team dedicated to continuous process improvement within the company, opened 18 retail branch locations across six states, and led the relocation of the company’s headquarters. Ross has a Masters in Business Administration from Wayne State University, a Bachelors in Business Administration from Michigan State University, a Six Sigma Black Belt certification, and has been recognized as one of the top 100 leaders advancing technology innovation in Detroit. 

Van Allen

National Entrepreneurs Association does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.