Ramunda Lark Young has worked as a Community Relations professional for almost a decade and is skilled at building authentic business connections that generate revenue. While working at a Fortune 500 company, Young garnered sales of more than a quarter million dollars each fiscal year and won numerous awards which highlighted her relationships with local organizations in the community. Additionally, she and her husband Derrick created MahoganyBooks.com, an online bookstore with books for, by and about people of the African Diaspora, where building relationships with non-profits, publishers and authors is critical to the overall mission of the company. With Young at the helm of strategic partnerships, MahoganyBooks is now nationally known among bestselling authors, celebrity writers, community leaders and others in the black community. She is also passionate about teaching entrepreneurs the gift of authentic connections and recently launched Ramunda Young, Inc. where she is the Business Connection Strategist, and Chief Encouragement Officer. Her powerful SOAR Session workshops touch on a myriad of topics that impact women entrepreneurs. Young is also a dedicated community leader. She was appointed Commissioner of the Prince William County Human Rights Commission and was named Commissioner of the Year (2015) and serves as a director on several boards including Virginia Leadership Institute, Manassas City Schools Education Foundation, Leadership Prince William Board of Regents, Prince William Chamber Education & Innovation Vice Chair, Hispanic Organization for Leadership and Action, Brown Virginia and others. She was named one of five Influential Women by Prince William Living Magazine 2016, Potomac Local’s Top 40 Under 40 (2014) and Virginia Leadership Top 10 Under 40 (2014). She is an active socialpreneur and sought out speaker of literacy, community activism and women in business. Young is on a mission to arm entrepreneurs with tools to SOAR (Surpass Obstacles and Rise) in life and beyond while creating dynamic personal networks, professional relationships and increased self-confidence along the way. She is a proud graduate of Langston University and member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated. She lives with her husband and business partner Derrick and their precocious daughter, Mahogany.