Born and raised in Washington, D.C. the youngest of 5 children, Vanessa Maddox began her career in the information technology (I.T.) in the 11th grade. Since then, she has evolved into a visionary advocate for women, servant leader and influencer.
Vanessa began as a staff assistant and trainer for the U.S. House of Representatives. She went on to work for Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 organizations, federal government agencies, federal contractors and the U.S. Congress.
Vanessa coined the term knowledge transfer strategist and is able to communicate, advise and lead effectively across several industries.
In 2008, Vanessa parlayed her 20 years of experience into her first entrepreneurial venture. She founded V.R. Maddox Consulting. V.R. Maddox Consulting is a boutique consultancy specializing in social media education & integration for small businesses, new business “bootstrapping” consulting, employment recruiting/referrals and professional development. In July 2010, V.R. Maddox Consulting proudly became a Certified Virginia SWaM business (Small, Women & Minority Owned). One year later in 2009, Ms. Maddox and her cousin Naomi Williams, co-founded a second enterprise called TheGirlfriendGroup (TGG). TGG is a global business/social community for women. TGG’s mission is women helping women in all aspects of life. TGG began as a tribute to her late sister Valerie Patterson.
As a volunteer, Vanessa has served as a commissioner for the Town of Leesburg Commissions on Technology & Communications and Economic Development. Vanessa is an advisor to several non-profits around the country.
Vanessa’s personal philosophy is “collaborate and remain open-minded”. She enjoys working with smart, talented, innovative, forward thinking people. Vanessa lives in Northern VA with her husband Roger, sons Connor & Jamison and their Yorkshire Terrier, Sal.