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Wednesday, September 26

10:00am EDT

How to Win the Heart of Angel Investors (Presented by DC Startup Week)
George Farha, Co-founder of GSP Financial and Advisory, will discuss the increasingly competitive startup investment landscape. Higher investor expectations make it exceedingly important for startups to learn tangible tactics to attract a wide variety of investors including angel investors, venture capitalists, and private equity firms. As an angel investor himself, George will delve specifically into the inner-workings of an angel investors mind and share which factors, including passion, persistence, and traction, will help to attract high net worth individuals to a startup. George will also add an international spin on attracting investment as another option for startups to consider as they continue to grow. Participants will understand how to “know” and make connections with investors, and how to best attract them to their businesses.

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George Farha

Chairman, GSP Financial and Advisory

Wednesday September 26, 2018 10:00am - 10:45am EDT
National Building Museum 401 F St NW, Washington, DC 20001

10:00am EDT

WeDC Innovation Marketplace (10am-3pm)
The WeDC Innovation Marketplace will showcase and celebrate the region's most innovative companies and their products. Join us for interactive demonstrations while learning about the latest innovations in the tech + innovation, makers + creative, and social impact industries.

Wednesday September 26, 2018 10:00am - 3:00pm EDT
National Building Museum 401 F St NW, Washington, DC 20001

10:30am EDT

Living, Working and Preparing for the Future: Making Connections and Providing Resilience
As the cost of living in many urban areas increases, the need for affordable housing is growing. This disproportionately impacts those that are most vulnerable. Questions surrounding where to locate this housing, how to provide support for its residents, what can be done to reduce the overall economic burden of tenants, and how to best integrate into existing neighborhood are all areas that require thought and answers. Through a series of innovative partnerships, Jubilee Housing has worked with Martha’s Table and New Partners to deliver “justice housing” in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of the District that will not only provide tenants with “deeply-affordable” housing, economic and educational opportunities and support, but also capitalize on the new energy future, through the use of on-site solar and energy storage, to increase resilience and build equity. This panel will discuss how this partnership came to be and its potential replicability elsewhere in the District.

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David K. Owens

Director, Xcel Energy Inc.
Mr. David K. Owens served as the Executive Vice President of Business Operations Group and Regulatory Affairs at Edison Electric Institute Inc. since October 1992 to June 2017. An executive with extensive experience in public policies concerning energy and utility operations, Mr... Read More →

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Jeffrey S. Lesk

Partner, Nixon Peabody LLP
Jeffrey S. Lesk serves as Partner of Nixon Peabody LLP. Mr. Lesk serves as Managing Partner of Nixon Peabody's Washington DC, office. He concentrates his practice in matters relating to community development; real estate syndication and securities; real estate acquisition, development... Read More →
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Martin Mellett

Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, Jubilee Housing
Martin Mellett serves as vice president of Strategic Initiatives for Jubilee Housing. He assumed that role in July 2016, after serving as Jubilee’s director of Special Projects from January 2013.In his current position, Mellett is responsible for promoting Jubilee’s interests... Read More →
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Dave Velazquez

President & CEO, Pepco Holdings
ProfileVelazquez is responsible for leadership of Pepco Holdings’ overall performance associated with service reliability, customer satisfaction, financial management, and regulatory and external affairs. Based in Washington, D.C., Pepco Holdings employs more than 4,600 people... Read More →
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Jason Wallace

Director of Volunteer & Community Supports, Martha’s Table
Jason R.L Wallace serves as the Director of Volunteer & Community Supports at Martha’s Table, where he leads overall strategy as it relates to volunteer efforts and community support programming. This includes McKenna’s Wagon, a mobile food truck that rolls out 7 days a week... Read More →

Wednesday September 26, 2018 10:30am - 11:00am EDT
National Building Museum 401 F St NW, Washington, DC 20001

11:00am EDT

How to Sell When You Don't Want To (Presented by DC Startup Week)
Startups are fun! Sales are not. However, they are an essential part of a startup. No sales = no company. This session is here to give you practical advice on how to make sales automatic and turn you from someone who hates sales to someone who enjoys them.

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Ellie Thompson

Founder, Venyou

Wednesday September 26, 2018 11:00am - 11:45am EDT
National Building Museum 401 F St NW, Washington, DC 20001

12:00pm EDT

Diversity: less talking, more doing
Taking a step beyond the alarming stats on diversity in tech – we’re sitting down with a panel of pioneering VCs and tech leaders who are truly moving the dial on impactful diversity within the tech space and beyond. Join us as we address key areas across VC and entrepreneur communities where leaders are driving true innovation through diversity.

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Alexander Knight

Business Development, Cooley
Alex Knight leads business development and marketing efforts in the mid-Atlantic region. He plays an essential role elevating the Cooley platform within the entrepreneur ecosystem as well as with high-growth, later-stage companies across a wide range of industries, including enterprise... Read More →

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Harry Alford

Co-Founder, humble ventures
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Marcus Bullock

CEO, Flikshop
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Duane Rollins

National Director of Product and Impact, SEED SPOT
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Stefanie Thomas

Investments, Impact America Fund

Wednesday September 26, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
National Building Museum 401 F St NW, Washington, DC 20001

1:00pm EDT

Fundamentals of Content Marketing
This session will demystify the fundamentals of content marketing. We’ll first work on understanding who you’re targeting, what resonates with them, and how to reach them. You will also learn how to:
  1. Develop a unique value proposition for each target audience and user segment
  2. Identify the content and channels to compel & engage audiences
  3. Measure, test & improve campaign effectiveness

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Laura Fredericks

Co-Founder & Head of Content, Paradigm Labs
Laura Fredericks is a growth marketer with over 10 years experience in startups, incubators, and small businesses. She has founded or cofounded three startups, including Describli, Moving Pieces, and Paradigm Labs. She is also a content marketing and growth consultant, working with... Read More →
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Shizu Okusa

Founder & CEO, Wellthy & Co.
Shizu Okusa is the CEO of Wellthy & Co, DC’s largest direct-to-consumer wellness company, including brands such as JRINK and Apothékary. Bootstrapping the business from the ground-up – she's led the company's growth from 0 to soon 7 stores and now employing over 35 staff, 100... Read More →

Wednesday September 26, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
National Building Museum 401 F St NW, Washington, DC 20001

1:00pm EDT

What Is Your Startup Worth (Presented by DC Startup Week)
The "One Thing" all funded Founders do well
  1. Why the story matters
  2. Whats a great story
  3. Why you need to turn it into your value proposition
  4. Why this will attract investors

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Mark Modica

Founder, MODScore

Wednesday September 26, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
National Building Museum 401 F St NW, Washington, DC 20001

2:00pm EDT

Hidden Figures in the Making
In the face of adversity, three young women scientists became finalists in a NASA competition to apply space technologies to earthly challenges. Supported by their city and community, they overcame discrimination and succeeded. Hear the awe-inspiring story of these three female African American students from Banneker High School in Washington, D.C. who despite a torrent of racist comments and voter dissuasion attempts, went on to win second place in the national NASA competition. Supported by D.C., Mayor, Mayor Muriel E. Bowser who awarded a grant for $4,000 that allowed Mikayla Sharrieff, India Skinner and Bria Snell to build a method to purify lead-contaminated water in school drinking fountains, these three young women proved the power of inclusion and perseverance.

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Shelly Bell

Founder, Black Girl Ventures
Shelly Bell, Ecosystem Builder and founder of Black Girl Ventures (BGV), a social enterprise dedicated to creating access to capital for Black/Brown women founders. She is the Google Digital Coach for DC - named Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 by Technically DC and one of the Top 40... Read More →

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Mikayla Sharrieff

Student, Benjamin Banneker High School
Mikayla Sharrieff is a 17 year old junior at Benjamin Banneker Academic High School where she is preparing to place her mark on the world. She is a very hard-working dedicated student that believes in pushing forward to reach her dreams. Mikayla is known for her perseverance and determination... Read More →
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India Skinner

Student, Benjamin Banneker High School
India Marie Skinner is a rising senior at Benjamin Banneker High School in Washington, DC. India is a Principal’s Scholar (in the top 10% of her class), a student athlete in varsity cheer and track and a DC student ambassador in the city’s youth leadership program. She was recently... Read More →
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Bria Snell

Student, Benjamin Banneker High School
Bria Snell is a 17 year old junior at Benjamin Banneker academic high school. She maintains a 3.9 gpa while participating in varsity track and cheerleading. She was born and raised in northeast D.C. She is very into the stem field and plans to attend Louisiana State University to... Read More →

Wednesday September 26, 2018 2:00pm - 2:30pm EDT
National Building Museum 401 F St NW, Washington, DC 20001

2:15pm EDT

Strategic Partnerships: A Growth Engine For Your Startup (Presented by DC Startup Week)
The topic is hot. Corporates and start-ups are looking to team up in their constant chase for innovation. However, these partnerships aren’t without their pitfalls. Letting each party maintain its own identity and independent priorities is tough, and keeping two very different - and demanding - partners happy in a long-term union takes being relationship savvy. What may initially seem like an odd combination, is often a complementary alliance waiting to happen.

Turns out, much of what we know about healthy romantic relationships can be adapted to apply to these sorts of business partnerships, too. During this session, the presenter will leverage of his experience overseeing many such partnerships from both a startup and corporate perspective; answering the five must ask questions for startups looking for a corporate mate.

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Andrew Lendnal

Senior Vice President, Strategy and Financial Wellness

Wednesday September 26, 2018 2:15pm - 3:00pm EDT
National Building Museum 401 F St NW, Washington, DC 20001

3:30pm EDT

The Healthy Hustle (Presented by DC Startup Week)
Striving to get ahead in your business doesn’t have to look like sleepless nights and take-out on repeat. Learn how to slow down, manage stress and set critical boundaries in honor of your time and wellbeing for the sake of your own health and the exponential growth of your business. 

Join certified health coach Megan Sanchez of UpSwing Health Coaching as she sheds some light on self-care tips that will help you chase edgy career goals while staying true to your mind, body and soul along the way. 

You’ll learn how to identify your stuck-points and act on simple, 1% shifts in your daily routine that allow you to practice self-care and continue to kill it in your startup. You’ll be surprised that the two go hand in hand. Because it’s not about doing more, it’s about optimizing how you do it.  

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Megan Sanchez

Owner, Certified Health Coach, Upswing Health Coaching
Megan is a certified Holistic Health Coach for busy professionals who want to double their energy and revamp their lifestyle. She works with people who want to live big and stay edgy, but feel like maintaining healthy habits can feel like a daunting, arduous task. Megan helps people... Read More →

Wednesday September 26, 2018 3:30pm - 4:00pm EDT
National Building Museum 401 F St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Thursday, September 27

9:00am EDT

DC Chamber of Commerce Presents: A Forum on Tech Jobs and the Future of Work in DC
Technology is a major driver of employment and innovation in DC. Yet, there is a great abundance of vacant information technology (IT) positions which go unfilled. Companies want to hire top-notch, highly skilled IT professionals, however, keeping up with shifting trends and evolving technologies has proven significantly more challenging than anyone could have predicted. With the IT skills gap expected to grow over the coming years, employers must turn to creative solutions for both attracting talent and upskilling current employees. 

Benefits of Attending:
  • Learn more about the Fourth Industrial Revolution
  • Hear about the State of the IT skills gap
  •  Discuss how educators, workforce groups and employers can work together to pave the way for future-ready education systems for the next generation of workers
  • Explore new employment roles in reskilling and upskilling the existing workforce
Join leaders, advocates and changemakers in business, government, labor and education to address how to fuel talent in our city by building more effective partnerships for greater economic prosperity.   

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Dr. Maria Trujillo

Faculty Director and Associate Professor of the Practice in the Systems Engineering and Technology Management Programs, Georgetown University

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Abel Omobhude

Vice President, Information Technology, JMA Solutions
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Conrad Samuels

Manager, Talent Acquisition, Pepco Holdings
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Jennifer Taylor

Vice President, U.S. Jobs, Consumer Technology Association
Jennifer Taylor is Vice President, U.S. Jobs at the Consumer Technology Association™ (CTA) the U.S. trade association representing more than 2,200 consumer technology companies and which owns and produces CES® – The Global Stage for Innovation. Jennifer leads initiatives that... Read More →

Thursday September 27, 2018 9:00am - 11:15am EDT
National Union Building, 6 North

9:30am EDT

DC Fashion + Beauty Coffee & Connect
The Commissioners of The Commission on Fashion Arts and Events are here to serve the fashion and beauty industry in DC. Join us for coffee & networking with the commissioners to learn about resources and programming, or to share innovative strategies that will progress the fashion landscape in the nation’s capital. 


Jason Anthony

Events Committee, Commission on Fashion Arts and Events, CFAE
Commissioner Jason Anthony is a DC native from Ward 7. Jason has worked as a media producer, in television and radio for the last 10 years. While developing projects in fashion and stage events, Jason has become a branding and engagement expert. This while working actively with brands... Read More →
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Le'Greg Harrison

Le'Greg Harrison is an American Marketing Executive most known for his professional contributions during his tenure at Apple Bottoms, Live Mechanics, Nuvo and as the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Board Administration alongside Warner Bros Records Recording Artist/DC... Read More →
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Deidre Jefferies

Commissioner, Commission on Fashion, Arts, & Events / CEO, Espion Atelier
Commissioner Jefferies is an award-winning luxury womenswear designer and owner of ESPION Atelier, with a diverse creative background in design, branding, partnerships, entrepreneurship, economic development and expert public speaking.

Thursday September 27, 2018 9:30am - 10:00am EDT
National Union Building 918 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004

9:30am EDT

Red+Blue=Purple: Working across difference to solve problems and build leaders at all levels
Whether an entrepreneur, content creator, investor or government leader, we can all agree that politics influences our work. During the panel, the audience will engage with two entrepreneurs who are leveraging their political differences to redefine leadership and unlock the potential of others to solve problems. Casey Enders, former Policy Director to 2016 Presidential Candidate Carly Fiorina and Jeffrey Richardson, former Democratic Super Delegate and Chief Service Officer of D.C. tell their story of collaborating in the social enterprise space. They believe that leaders are made, not born; that everyone has more potential than they realize; and that people closest to the problems know best how to solve them. Through their unique partnership, they have come across leaders from teachers to CEOs who have solved local problems and transformed their communities. Join this exciting conversation and notice the color purple.

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Richard Fowler

Contributor, Fox News Channel

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Casey Enders

Chief Executive Officer, Unlocking Potential Foundation
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Jeffrey Richardson

Managing Director, Unlocking Potential Foundation

Thursday September 27, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am EDT
National Union Building, 4 South 918 F Street, NW

9:30am EDT

DC as a global beacon: How to make an international impact from the DMV
DC entrepreneurs and innovators are having an out-sized impact around the world. DC businesses benefit from a strong workforce, key government resources and unique international community, which combine to help startups and small businesses access global markets and solve shared challenges. Join the Global Innovation Forum for a discussion at WeDC Fest to explore DC entrepreneurs' global impact and the public and private sector resources that can enable your global journey from Washington, DC.

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Jake Colvin

Executive Director, Global Innovation Forum

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Tricia Van Orden

Deputy Director, Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee Secretariat, US Department of Commerce ITA
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Amgad Shehata

SVP International Public Affairs & Strategy, UPS
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Mike Stubbs

VP of Operations, Fiscal Note
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Kalliopi Vlastos

VP of Sales, Hatch Apps

Thursday September 27, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am EDT
National Union Building, 2 South 918 F Street, NW

10:00am EDT

Marketing for Fashion and Beauty
DC Commission on Fashion, Arts, and Events (CFAE) workshop on marketing for fashion/beauty businesses. Session will cover plans for event marketing, digital/print marketing, overall fashion brand marketing and beauty brand marketing. Attendees will leave having learned how to effectively market a fashion or beauty business from experts from CFAE. CFAE Commissioners will lead the session.


Jason Anthony

Events Committee, Commission on Fashion Arts and Events, CFAE
Commissioner Jason Anthony is a DC native from Ward 7. Jason has worked as a media producer, in television and radio for the last 10 years. While developing projects in fashion and stage events, Jason has become a branding and engagement expert. This while working actively with brands... Read More →
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Deidre Jefferies

Commissioner, Commission on Fashion, Arts, & Events / CEO, Espion Atelier
Commissioner Jefferies is an award-winning luxury womenswear designer and owner of ESPION Atelier, with a diverse creative background in design, branding, partnerships, entrepreneurship, economic development and expert public speaking.
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Kristopher Johnson-Hoyle

Chair, DC Commission on Fashion, Arts, and Events, CFAE
Chairman and Commissioner Johnson-Hoyle, has worked extensively throughout the fashion industry for over a decade as a graphic designer, editor, and stylist with Raine Magazine, Cool America Magazine, and Washington Business Journal.

Thursday September 27, 2018 10:00am - 11:30am EDT
National Union Building, 6 South 918 F Street, NW

11:00am EDT

Connected Communities Opening Reception
Join us for lunch and networking while we kickoff the Connected Communities programming, powered by Pepco.  Lunch and refreshments by Astro Donuts, provided by Pepco.

Communities in the U.S. and around the world are in a transformational period. To create livable, safe, sustainable, affordable and equitable environments, we must effectively leverage rapidly changing intelligent technologies to collaboratively address some of our most pressing challenges: education quality and workforce readiness; social service delivery; public safety and security; housing affordability; healthy foods and public health; transportation planning and access;  climate change and the increasing need for more resilient, smart and integrated infrastructure.

Smart technologies, applied across multiple sectors, can lead to new opportunities for innovation, improved services and enhanced quality of life for all.  By connecting these smart technologies in a way that integrates people, data sources, physical devices, infrastructure and institutions such as universities and technical colleges, schools, hospitals and municipal governments, we can promote collective problem-solving and strength the social and economic fabric of society.

While technology is a cornerstone of connected communities, this concept is much broader than technology solutions alone.  It encompasses a societal element, whereby, the public, private and non-profit sectors have an opportunity to collaborate in innovative ways.  Connecting communities – both physically and socially – has the potential to expedite solutions and reach a broader, more diverse, set of constituencies. This can be accomplished by working to dismantle “social bubbles;” leveraging the scope, scale and capitalization of major businesses, and pursuing public-private-non-profit partnerships to achieve multiple beneficial outcomes.

This track will explore how a “connected communities” approach is being applied within the District – and broader region -- today and opportunities for the future.  Its purpose is to stimulate new thinking to address key physical, social, energy, environmental, educational and economic challenges.  It will highlight ongoing efforts to promote civic engagement and economic opportunity, share knowledge and information, make transportation options more accessible and cleaner, and empower individuals to improve their own well-being and quality of life.

Thursday September 27, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Pepco Edison Place Gallery 702 8th St NW, Washington, DC 20068

11:00am EDT

Using Comics to Illustrate Ideas
As studies show, people are using visual mediums now more than ever to get attention. This panel will focus on the value comics add to build your brand with humor and authenticity. Comics are a valuable visual asset that have the potential to achieve results and feedback from audiences. Learn how words, pictures, and infographics are used together to tell your story. Join us as we discuss how to write exciting content, collaborate with cartoonists, and inject an element of fun into your upcoming projects.

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Carolyn Belefski

Creative Director, Curls Studio
Carolyn Belefski is a visual communicator, designer, and illustrator whose credits include work for Adventure Time, Clorox, United States National Archives, The White House, among many others. She is the creator of the comic strip Curls and the artist of the comic books French Fry... Read More →
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Joe Carabeo

Director, Astray Productions
Joe Carabeo is first and foremost a storyteller, but he also happens to be an award-winning, published, and broadcasted, DC area based director, photographer, and writer. Joe writes the comic books French Fry Club, Black Magic Tales, and The Legettes. Joe has worked with NASA, U2’s... Read More →
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T.R. Logan

Cartoonist and Stand-up Comic
Teresa Roberts Logan is a Reuben-nominated cartoonist and stand-up comic, who loves Halloween, above all holidays. Her website is www.LaughingRedhead.com.Most recently, she has been a regular performer at "StoryTalks" as part of the NYC Gotham Comedy Club's hilarious storytelling series, as well as "StoryDistrict DC", and a featured performer at "Comic Strip Live" in NYC... Read More →

Thursday September 27, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
National Union Building, 4 South 918 F Street, NW

11:00am EDT

Future Science or Science Fiction
“You can’t build what you can’t imagine.” This is a discussion on how science fiction has inspired technologies ranging from space travel to wireless communications, and, similarly, how science fiction has inspired countless films, TV shows and comic books. Join us for a conversation that will take us to infinity, and beyond.

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David Brandt

Space Experience Center Manager, Lockheed Martin

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Rachel Frederick

Curator, Museum of Science Fiction
Rachel is a museum collections specialist with a passion for all things science fiction. She holds a Master’s degree from George Washington University in Museum Studies, with a focus on collections management, and is a current member of the American Alliance of Museums. Her undergraduate... Read More →
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Dr. James B Garvin

Chief Scientist , Sciences and Exploration Directorate, NASA Goddard
Dr. James B. Garvin is the NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Chief Scientist. He provides strategic advice and analysis on the scientific priorities and directions to the Center Director and senior leadership, as well as to NASA Headquarters. As a veteran Earth and planetary scientist... Read More →
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Mandy Sweeney

Vice President of Operations, Museum of Science Fiction
Mandy has been a deputy program manager at NASA headquarters and was the lead consultant for developing NASA’s strategic plan. As the vice president of museum operations at the Museum of Science Fiction, Mandy manages educational outreach, human resources, project management, risk... Read More →

Thursday September 27, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
National Union Building, 2 South 918 F Street, NW

11:30am EDT

Trends in Venture Capital Investment
Join us for a discussion with four of the region’s most active venture investors about the latest trends and their investment interests, moderated by Carl Grant from Cooley.

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Carl Grant

EVP, Global Business Development, Cooley
I am a frustrated entrepreneur who no longer has the risk profile to quit my job and do a startup.In the mid-90s, I took a break from the startup world to manage the Fairfax County EDA's Capital Attraction Program. There, I learned that venture capitalists (VCs) prefer deals referred... Read More →

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Rick Gordon

Director, Inova Strategic Investment Fund
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Paul Nolde

Director, NVR
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Jennifer O'Daniel

Investment Director, CIT Gap Funds
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Alexander Pessala

Principal, Middleland Capital

Thursday September 27, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm EDT
National Union Building, 6 North

12:00pm EDT

Increasing Agency, Autonomy and Community to Drive Energy Equity and Affordability and Combat Climate Change
The convergence of energy technology and information technology is resulting in an exciting array of new products, services and opportunities for energy consumers.  The question has been how can this transformational moment in the energy sector be harnessed to deliver benefits to all customers, not just the most technology savvy or affluent. As the energy sector becomes more decarbonized, more digitized and more distributed, opportunities for democratization are growing.  This session will explore how changes in public policy, the availability of data and analytic tools, unconventional partnerships, and a laser-focus on the customer, are changing the energy landscape and creating a new connectivity, awareness and engagement across energy consumers and communities.

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Jeanette Pablo

General Counsel & Senior Associate, Energy Futures Initiative
Jeanette Pablo is General Counsel and Senior Associate at the Energy Futures Initiative, Inc. (EFI) a new not-for-profit dedicated to driving innovation in energy technology, policy and business models.Ms. Pablo advises on a variety of legal issues for EFI, as well as helps drive... Read More →

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George Lambert

CEO, Greater Washington Urban League
Community development executive George H. Lambert was born on May 12, 1951 in Washington, D.C. to George Lambert, a general laborer, and Arnitha Green, a nurse’s aide. He graduated from William Penn Senior High School in York, Pennsylvania in 1971. Lambert earned his B.A. degree... Read More →
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Michelle Moore

CEO, Groundswell
Michelle Moore is CEO of Groundswell, a nonprofit whose mission is building community power. A social entrepreneur and former White House official with roots in LaGrange, Georgia, Moore is a relentless agent for change with a passion for connecting clean energy with economic growth... Read More →
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Marisa Uchin

VP Policy and Regulatory, Oracle/Opower
Marisa Uchin is Senior Director, Global Regulatory Affairs for Oracle Utilities where she leads a global team that is responsible for expanding markets for Oracle’s utility solutions and shaping regulatory and legislative policy that advances utility investment in technology innovation... Read More →

Thursday September 27, 2018 12:00pm - 12:45pm EDT
Pepco Edison Place Gallery 702 8th St NW, Washington, DC 20068

12:00pm EDT

Design Thinking & Social Innovation: Interdisciplinary Approaches
An interdisciplinary workshop about the value of design thinking and human-centered design to support social innovation. How can a human-centered design approach can create spaces, both digital and real, that support and spur engagement and advocacy for an inclusive and innovative society. Our workshop will include examples from industries ranging from zoning law to experiential design, as well as general concepts and strategies regarding mindset, creativity, and problem-solving. Best practices for creatives and makers of all types to use in their work and daily life.

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Ayannah Buford

CEO and Creative Director, B.Brilliant
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Kyrus Freeman

Zoning and Land Use Partner, Holland and Knight
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Monica Kang

Founder & CEO, Innovators Box
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Amy Lancaster

Principal, Lancaster Architects

Thursday September 27, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm EDT
National Union Building, 6 South 918 F Street, NW

12:30pm EDT

How to Build Sustainable Partnerships in the Social Impact Space
Within the social impact space, collaboration serves as an enabler of innovation. But, how do founders create partnerships with individuals, corporations, and foundations whose values are in alignment with their mission? How can those partnerships be developed and nurtured over time to meet objectives and maximize a venture’s impact in the community?

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C'pher Gresham


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Michelle Beaman Chang

Founder and CEO, Imby Community, Inc.
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Kate Glantz

Mid-Atlantic Marketing Manager, Lyft
I'm a mission-driven community builder living and dreaming at the intersection of technology and social good.
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Ian Penfield

Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton

Thursday September 27, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm EDT
National Union Building, 4 South 918 F Street, NW

12:30pm EDT

Space Wars: The Reality of Space Threats
Whether picking up a car at the tap of a button, making a trade on the stock market or getting an early warning on incoming weather systems, we rely on space and satellites more than we realize. What happens if it were to one day disappear? From space debris to malicious state and non-state actors, the possibility for disrupting our space capabilities is all too real. This panel will discuss how the everyday user relies on our space systems and satellites, the threats we face in space, and what we’re doing to protect them.

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Jacqueline Klimas

National Security Reporter, Politico
Prior to joining POLITICO, she covered defense from Capitol Hill and the Pentagon for the Washington Times and the Washington Examiner, where she was part of the team that launched the Daily on Defense newsletter. She began her journalism career at Navy Times, covering the Navy and... Read More →

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Bhavya Lal

Research Staff Member, IDA Science and Technology Policy Institute
Bhavya Lal, Ph.D., is a researcher at the IDA Science and Technology Policy Institute (STPI), a Federally Funded Research and Development Center established by Congress to support the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and other executive branch agencies. At... Read More →
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Laura Delgado Lopez

Advocacy Lead, Space & Intelligence Systems, Harris Corporation
Laura Delgado López joined Harris Corporation’s Space and Intelligence Systems Segment in July 2016. As the Commercial Partnerships and International Strategic Account Manager, she leads stakeholder engagement with key customers and partners for the segment’s geospatial solutions... Read More →
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Frank Slazer

VP of Space Systems, Aerospace Industries Association
Frank A. Slazer is responsible for advancing AIA’s advocacy on all civil and defense space program issues. Prior to joining AIA in 2011, Slazer was the leading business development focal at Northrop Grumman in support of its space exploration and re-usable space launch new business... Read More →

Thursday September 27, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm EDT
National Union Building, 2 South 918 F Street, NW

1:00pm EDT

Closing the Food Gap: Increasing Access, Affordability, Sustainability and Security
Access to food that is nutritious, affordable, and produced in a fair and sustainable way is critical to the health and prosperity of communities. Food systems are an interconnected network of people, policies, business, the natural environment, and infrastructure. And, while cities are uniquely suited to create an ecosystem to enable sustainable food production and distribution, many barriers and challenges remain and have significant consequences. For example, the inability to access nutritious and affordable food contributes to income inequality and increased health disparities. Today, more than one-in-ten District residents have difficulty accessing healthy, affordable food. To address this, the District has undertaken significant efforts to expand urban agriculture and drive the development of affordable, quality food options in all eight Wards.  Making closer connections for residents between food and health, increasing local agency and autonomy, and enhancing accessibility to healthy food is critical for the region’s future growth, health, sustainability and prosperity.

This session will explore steps being taken to promote food security in the District of Columbia. It will highlight collaborative efforts that are underway and that can be enhanced to expand urban agriculture, increase food access, grow the food economy and make lasting connections between public health and food. It will also discuss innovative initiatives being pursued between government, the private sector, non-profit organizations and neighborhoods to improve the overall well-being and health of communities, increase food options, expand delivery systems, and engage residents to create a more equitable, accessible and secure food network.

Fifty attendees of this panel will receive a $10 voucher for the FRESHFARM farmers market. FRESHFARM works to build community around fresh, local, seasonal food. FRESHFARM operates 15 producers-only farmers markets in the D.C. area, representing farmers and producers from the states of the Mid-Atlantic, and runs the FoodPrints program in 13 D.C. Public Schools, which brings gardening, cooking, and nutrition education to elementary school students. FRESHFARM supports small local farmers in growing their businesses and helps our most vulnerable neighbors access healthy food. FRESHFARM also believes that what we eat matters and how we access it does, too! An additional 50 attendees will receive $10 vouchers at 5 p.m. Be sure to also join us at the National Portrait Gallery at 5:30 p.m. for a tour of the Penn Quarter location FRESHFARM farmers market!

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Amy Gyau-Moyer

Program Manager, Community Health and Benefit | D.C. and Suburban Maryland, Kaiser Permanente
A seasoned equity-focused collective impact professional; Amy Gyau-Moyer manages and coordinates community-based programming, grantmaking and policy in the health space. Her work, to a large extent, is centered around economic opportunity, addressing disparities in healthcare and... Read More →

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Lauren Biel

Executive Director and Co-Founder, D.C. Greens
Lauren has been working on food access and education in the District since 2009, when she co-founded DC Greens.  Lauren currently serves on the Mayor’s Commission on Healthy Schools and Youth as well as the Department of Health’s Obesity sub-committee, and received the Exemplary... Read More →
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Christopher Bradshaw

Executive Director, Dreaming Out Loud, Inc.
Christopher Bradshaw is a social justice entrepreneur whose expertise is using social innovation through the food system to grow meaningful community economic development within marginalized communities. He is the founder and executive director of Dreaming Out Loud, Inc., a nonprofit... Read More →
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Beverley R. Wheeler, EdD

Director, DC Hunger Solutions
Beverley Wheeler became the director of D.C. Hunger Solutions in 2015.  In this role, she is responsible for leading the efforts to improve public policies to end hunger, reduce poverty, promote nutrition and increase the availability of healthy affordable food in low-income areas... Read More →

Thursday September 27, 2018 1:00pm - 1:45pm EDT
Pepco Edison Place Gallery 702 8th St NW, Washington, DC 20068

2:00pm EDT

Cradle-to-Career: Education, Economic Opportunity and Workforce Readiness in the Coming Decades
The Washington Metro area is one of the strongest economies in the United States; however, some communities continue to confront challenges and barriers. Mayor Bowser’s vision is for the District of Columbia “to become the global model for inclusive prosperity and resilience, showcasing how diversity and innovation can drive equitable economic growth.”  Core to maintaining the region’s competitive advantage ad realizing the Mayor’s vision for the District of Columbia is having an educated, highly engaged, job-ready workforce.  How do we make certain that our children and youth are prepared to learn?  How do we ensure that our children are being exposed to the appropriate curriculum and experiences applicable to the future of our evolving workforce and needs of employers?  What does it mean to be “career-ready?” How can we provide this education, training and experience both affordably and equitably? This session will explore innovative partnerships and technology solutions being pursued today to ensure that residents in all eight Wards of the District of Columbia are equally prepared to not only participate and thrive in the region’s economic future, but shape and drive it.

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Alex Atkinson

Senior Manager of Corporate Relations, Exelon
Alex Atkinson is senior manager of Corporate Relations at Exelon, identifying, analyzing and implementing opportunities for Exelon and the Exelon Foundation’s philanthropic engagement. Prior to his current role, he spent over two decades in nonprofits before deciding to bring his... Read More →
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Dr. Marla Dean

Executive Director/CEO, Bright Beginnings, Inc.
Marla M. Dean is a native Detroiter. Since 2007, she has lived in the DMV area. She attended TheUniversity of Michigan for both her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and her Master of Arts inTeaching and Learning. She also holds an Education Specialist from Michigan State University... Read More →
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Elizabeth Dunn

Administrator for the NAF Academy of Engineering, HD Woodson STEM High School
Elizabeth Dunn is the administrator for the NAF Academy of Engineering at HD Woodson STEM High School. Over the last four years, she has created a model engineering academy of 80+ students who work to attain industry certifications, paid internships, attend countless work-based learning... Read More →
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Dr. Madye Henson

Chief Executive Officer, Covenant House Greater Washington
Dr. Madye Henson currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of Covenant House Greater Washington (CHGW). Through her leadership and staff of over seventy, 72,000 meals are served annually, emergency and transitional housing provide safe residence to 140 youth and their children each... Read More →
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Eshauna Smith

Urban Alliance, CEO
Eshauna Smith joined Urban Alliance in March 2013. As CEO, Eshauna provides leadership in key areas including development, policy and advocacy, communications, and strategic partnerships. Prior to joining Urban Alliance, Eshauna worked as a Senior Policy Advisor in the DC Office of... Read More →

Thursday September 27, 2018 2:00pm - 2:45pm EDT
Pepco Edison Place Gallery 702 8th St NW, Washington, DC 20068

2:00pm EDT

Economic Development through the Lens of Racial Equity
This presentation will discuss how racial equity can foster inclusive economic development in the District of Columbia.  It will also explore ways to achieve equitable outcomes for social, physical and economic well-being.

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Jennifer Kaplan

Vice President for Engagement and External Affairs, Greater Washington Partnership

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Neil Albert

President and CEO, DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID)
Neil Albert has been President and CEO of the DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID) since September 2015. Prior to joining the BID, Neil was a senior policy advisor at Holland & Knight LLP in their public policy and regulation practice for over 4 years.Neil’s career in... Read More →
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Brad Fennell

Senior Vice President, WC Smith
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Michele Hagans

President and CEO, Fort Lincoln New Town Corporation
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Kenyan McDuffie

Councilmember, Council of the District of Columbia

Thursday September 27, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
National Union Building, 6 North

2:00pm EDT

Best practices for collaborating with DC's high schools to build a sustainable talent pipeline
DC Tech companies often lament the dearth of local technical talent. There are many opportunities for the DC Tech community to build a talent pipeline by fostering relationships with local school administrators, teachers, students and parents. Current programs include:
  • Summer internships
  • On campus guest speakers
  • Hackathons
  • Site visits
  • Training academies
  • Teacher externships


Marullus Williams

President, Limbic Systems, Inc.
Since 2006, Marullus Williams has served as the President of Limbic Systems, Inc., a Washington, DC-based IT consulting firm. He previously worked for SBC Communications as Director of Web Hosting and as a Project Manager for several high-tech startups in Metro DC. Marullus also served... Read More →

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Robert Holm

President, Onramps to Careers / McKinley Tech High School
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Antoinette Mitchell

Asst Superintendent, DC Office of the State Superintendent for Education
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Delano Squires

Director, Connect DC (OCTO), District of Columbia Government

Thursday September 27, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
National Union Building, 4 South 918 F Street, NW

2:00pm EDT

Mach to the Future
Imagine flying supersonic, faster than the speed of sound at nearly 770 mph. Imagine being able to jump on a plane in D.C., and arrive in London just three hours later—nearly half the time it currently takes. Supersonic aircraft aren’t necessarily new, but the generation that will be made for civil aviation will be radically different than those built a few decades ago. Learn about the return of supersonic flight and the technologies being developed by NASA and aerospace companies that will change the way we move.

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Leslie Riegle

AVP of Civil Aviation, Aerospace Industries Association

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Michael J. Bell

Partner, Hogan Lovells
Michael Bell's comprehensive knowledge of policy, government relations, and the legislative process was honed during the time he spent serving on the Senate Judiciary Committee staff, working for Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), and in the Office of Legislative Affairs at the U.S. Department... Read More →
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Ryan Terry

Director, Regulatory Licensing and Policy, Lockheed Martin
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Kevin Welsh

Executive Director, Office of Environment & Energy, Federal Aviation Administration

Thursday September 27, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
National Union Building, 2 South 918 F Street, NW

2:00pm EDT

Tech Fluency: Translating Tech Inside the Beltway
Despite being the capital of innovation, DC is known for being home of the old guard. The ways that audiences in DC understand tech is outdated and slow to change, and it is up to industry to close this knowledge gap. Entrepreneurs must tailor their approach to different audiences, including investors, customers, the media, and policymakers, while moving seamlessly between these groups.  A strong brand and outreach strategy is the first step towards long-term effective engagement inside the Beltway.

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Gadi Dechter

Senior Director and D.C. Public Affairs Head, APCO Worldwide
Gadi Dechter is a senior director and leads the public affairs practice in APCO’s Washington, D.C., office. Mr. Dechter guides a team that integrates strategic communication, issues management and government relations expertise to deliver desired policy outcomes for corporate, association... Read More →
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Kelsey Harclerode

Senior Consultant, APCO Worldwide
Kelsey Harclerode is a lawyer with substantial experience in data privacy, security, and technology-related matters. Before joining APCO, she worked as a legal fellow at ZwillGen PLLC, where she counseled technology companies in civil litigation and regulatory compliance. In addition... Read More →
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Jon Harsch

Co-Founder & CEO, 202works
Jon Harsch is co-founder and CEO of 202works, a tech platform designed to make public policy expertise simple to access. Lawyers, policy advisors, lobbyists and PR professionals all use 202works to highlight their specialized policy skills and knowledge so that potential employers... Read More →
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Angela Hooks

Manager of Government Affairs, Yelp
Angela Hooks is a government affairs manager at Yelp. As part of a small but mighty team, she focuses on a plethora of issues, including consumer free speech, intermediary liability, competition policy, and diversity in tech. She also works on building public/private partnerships... Read More →
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Jason Meyer

Director, APCO Worldwide
Jason Meyer is a director in APCO Worldwide’s Washington office, where he supports clients in navigating the complex intersection of reputation, advocacy and social impact. He has deep expertise in digital communications and brand strategy, with sustained experience in the areas... Read More →

Thursday September 27, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
National Union Building, 6 South 918 F Street, NW

3:00pm EDT

The Future of Transportation and Planning: Increasing Accessibility, Reducing Pollution, Connecting Neighborhoods and Improving Health and Safety
Metropolitan areas throughout the country face issues related to traffic and congestion, connectivity of communities and neighborhoods, and access to affordable and reliable public transit.  For example, some communities do not have pedestrian walkways or bike paths for short trips within or between neighborhoods. Walkable, bikeable, and public transit-accessible communities often lack affordable housing, while areas with higher concentrations of affordable housing many times bear disproportionate burdens of pollution.

To address these issues, the Washington Metro area, and the District of Columbia, in particular, is in the midst of an extreme transportation-system makeover.  This panel will discuss the thoughtful, cooperative and innovative work that is underway, as well as a future vision for a cleaner, more equitable, and more accessible transportation system.  It will explore solutions to reach these goals, including the trend toward transit-based development; providing greater connectivity between neighborhoods; addressing that “last mile” for those that rely on public transit for work or school;  the expansion of walkable and bikeable streets; the future of ride-share; and how to increase the number of zero-emission vehicles on the road today, including through electrification.

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Paul Allen

Senior Vice President, M. J. Bradley & Associates
Paul Allen is a Senior Vice President at M. J. Bradley & Associates.  He has been part of MJB&A’s team since the fall of 2012.  He contributes to the firm’s regulatory policy analysis for the electric and gas industry and to MJB&A’s sustainability practice area.  Paul has... Read More →

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Gilbert Campbell

Founder/Principal, Volt Energy
Gilbert Campbell is one of the co-founders and principals of Volt Energy. Volt Energy is anational renewable energy firm that finances and develops solar projects, electric-vehiclecharging stations and energy storage solutions for commercial, government, educational andnon-profit... Read More →
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Chris Dattaro

Market Manager, Bikes and Scooters, Washington D.C., Lyft
Chris Dattaro is the Market Manager for Lyft's Bikes and Scooters business in Washington D.C. Prior to this role, Chris spent three years as Lyft's Operations Manager for the Mid-Atlantic region. In this role, Chris led the strategy and operations for Lyft's driver onboarding, support... Read More →
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Ann Shikany

State & Federal Policy Advocate, Resilient Communities, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
Ann Shikany is an infrastructure-investment expert and advocate, having spent her career working to enhance transportation and clean energy investments at federal, state, and local levels. Before joining NRDC in 2018, Shikany served in the Portland Bureau of Transportation in Oregon... Read More →
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Amanda Stout

Deputy Chief of Staff, District Department of Transportation (DDOT)
Amanda Stout is the Deputy Chief of Staff for the District Department of Transportation (DDOT), after having served as DDOT’s Special Assistant for Economic Development in the Office of the Director. In these roles, she serves as the Department’s point person on a portfolio of... Read More →

Thursday September 27, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Pepco Edison Place Gallery 702 8th St NW, Washington, DC 20068

3:30pm EDT

Age of The Creative Entrepreneur: DC Artists Using Creativity to Solve problems
A conversation on the Age of The Creative entrepreneur, highlighting staple creatives in the DMV community and diving deeper into how they've used their creativity to ditch industry standards and the corporate gigs for creative entrepreneurship to create on their terms.

We'll get insight on their approach to solve problems, empower communities, lead change and activate grassroots audiences all through creativity, their narratives, the creative platforms or storytelling they've created.

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Ian Davis

Founder, Age of The Creative
A results oriented, creative problem solver, Ian Davis is here to serve the Creative Community.  Following a career in advertising at agencies like Wieden + Kennedy, McCann Erickson and HUGE, he combined his passions for helping others, with creativity and culture to start Age of... Read More →
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Daryl Perkins

Social Enterprise Developer, Co-founder of Broccoli City Festival and Conference
Darryl Perkins is a social enterprise developer focused on building sustainable, engaged and thriving communities. Darryl has over 10 years’ experience building social enterprises and national award-winning programs/campaigns that fight poverty and pollution, shift culture towards... Read More →
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Gary Williams

Freelance Photographer and Creative Consultant
Gary has worked as a professional photographer for nearly a decade. His journeys have taken him from coast to coast in the United States to the Serengeti in Africa. Gary has been featured both as a model, and photographer in GQ magazine and has served as a campaign catalyst for some... Read More →

Thursday September 27, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm EDT
National Union Building, 6 South 918 F Street, NW

3:30pm EDT

Swimming with the Sharks in DC
Since season 1, an entrepreneur from DC has appeared on Shark Tank. 6 DC area businesses appeared on Season 9 of the show.

DC has one of the largest and most vibrant groups of Shark Tank alums. This session will highlight local alums. They will share their stories and tips for other entrepreneurs. Shark Tank consultant, Brandon Andrews, will lead the discussion.

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Brandon Andrews

Casting, Shark Tank

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Donna Khalife

Founder and CEO, Surprise Ride
Donna Khalife is founder and CEO of Surprise Ride, a subscription-based company that designs and delivers activity kits to homes around the country to give kids a break from technology. The company has brought 50+ products to market and appeared on ABC’s hit show Shark Tank, The View, The New York Times, Forbes, Fox Business, Tech.Co, and Star Magazine, among oth... Read More →
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Rosy Khalife

Founder and COO, Surprise Ride
Rosy Khalife is founder and COO of Surprise Ride, a subscription-based company that designs and delivers activity kits to homes around the country to give kids a break from technology. The company has brought 50+ products to market and  appeared on ABC’s hit show Shark Tank, The View, The New York Times, Forbes, Fox Business, Tech.Co, and Star Magazine, among... Read More →
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Daniel Turissini

Owner, recharj®
Daniel Turissini is the owner and visionary behind recharj®, the first power nap studio in the United States. recharj®, dubbed a modern meditation and power nap studio, offers space to rest, to practice meditation, and to learn practical, evidence-based tools to cope with stress... Read More →
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Krista Woods

Director of Stink Operations, GloveStix
Krista has been in the Sales/Customer Service and Training industry since she was a teen so this is something completely new and different for her. As a mother of 3 athletic children she has dealt with “The STINK” for many years but it wasn’t until her youngest child became... Read More →
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Ben Young

CEO, Sworkit
Ben Young is CEO of Sworkit. Determined and inspired to no longer let his own health and fitness frustrations get in the way, Ben formed a company focused on helping the everyday person become healthier.Ben paired up with Greg Coleman, his Wharton business schoolmate, and Ryan Hanna... Read More →

Thursday September 27, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm EDT
National Union Building, 4 South 918 F Street, NW

3:30pm EDT

AI and the Future of Flight
The autonomous revolution is upon us, and it’s not just for cars. In the not-too-distant future, large scale unmanned drones will begin populating our skies: transporting cargo, fighting fires, delivering wi-fi, and even flying people around the world. Also known as unmanned aerial systems or UAS, these drones will be using AI to talk to each other as they move fluidly through the sky. By 2036, the industry is expected to be $30 billion and creating 60,000 jobs. Hear from the experts about the technologies that are being developed today, including the opportunities and challenges for autonomous flight.

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Michael Laris

Staff Writer, Washington Post
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Earl Lawrence

Director of the UAS Integration Office, Federal Aviation Administration
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Shivika Sahdev

Associate Partner – Disruptive Mobility, McKinsey
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David Silver

VP of Civil Aviation, Aerospace Industries Association

Thursday September 27, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm EDT
National Union Building, 2 South 918 F Street, NW

3:30pm EDT

Changing Lanes: Alternative Entry Points to Technology
As demand for tech jobs in DC expands, how have District residents without traditional tech backgrounds been successful in finding entry points to technology careers?  This panel will discuss ways coding and IT training are providing new opportunities for the District’s technology workforce and how to take advantage of them.

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Dr. Unique Morris-Hughes

Director, DC Department of Employment Services
Dr. Unique Morris-Hughes is the Acting Director of The Washington DC Department of Employment Services (DOES).  In her role as State Labor Commissioner, she is directly responsible for more than $150M in local, federal and specific-purpose funds administered by the District of Columbia... Read More →

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Jess Bell

DC Tech Stories
Jessica Bell works as a web developer, a community organizer, teacher, and podcast producer. She holds a degree in International Relations from San Fransisco State. While in DC Jessica has served on the leadership teams for DC Tech Meetup and DCFemTech, DC ACM and as an active member... Read More →
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Joe Burgess

Vice President of Education, Flatiron School
Joe Burgess is Vice President of Education at Flatiron School where he oversees all faculty, curriculum development and pedagogy.  Joe joined Flatiron School to create, launch and teach the initial iOS program at Flatiron School, having previously created an iOS course at Carnegie... Read More →
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Adam Motiwala

Partner, Fifth Tribe
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Joy Whitt

Data and Technology Strategist, The Movement Cooperative
Joy Whitt is a Data and Technology Strategist at The Movement Cooperative, a national progressive tech organization. Before that, she worked as an Economic Intelligence Analyst at the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) for 3 years. She also organizes... Read More →

Thursday September 27, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm EDT
National Union Building, 6 North

4:15pm EDT

Bringing it All Together: Creating a Smart Region, Connecting Communities
­Smart Cities (counties and states), loosely defined as using data and technology to improve solutions across communities, have become a worldwide priority and focus. To be a truly smart region, “we must widen our focus and fully integrate economic growth and development, innovation, technology and livability under a regional umbrella”. There are smart city projects already in place or underway across the greater Washing region- the Smarter DC Initiative, Montgomery County’s Smart Community Alert Network, Prince George’s County and Virginia Smart Communities. Through partnerships and collaboration, the Greater Washington Board of Trade is working to converge and scale such capabilities into a broader region-wide effort to ensure the DMV remains both globally competitive and at the forefront of innovation. While technology is an important component of the greater Smart City/Smart region concept, it also needs to be built on a “conversation about human beings.” A ‘smart’ Smart City behaves holistically in a way that addresses the collective human needs of the entire community. In short, it is truly connected.  This session will provide an overview of the efforts to creating a smart – and – connected – region and how the pursued approach is placing people and the regions in which they reside at the core of this effort.

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Jack McDougle

President & CEO, Greater Washington Board of Trade
Jack McDougle is a champion of innovation-friendly and collaborative cultures; working with business, government and nonprofit organizations for more than 20 years to develop and implement breakthrough ideas that create sustainable competitive advantage. He focuses teams to thrive... Read More →

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Pete Celano

Director of Consumer Health Initiatives, MedStar Institute for Innovation
Pete has worked in healthcare for 20 years, including as a co-founder of BeClose.com and before that the owner of a Software-as-a-Service company in the x-ray space, for sharing DICOM images among hospitals. BeClose.com (Vienna, VA) was founded in 2009, and offers Remote Patient Monitoring... Read More →
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Kevin Curtis

Distinguished Solution Architect – Smart Communities, IOT, ITS - Verizon Enterprise Solutions (VES), Verizon
Kevin R. Curtis is a Distinguished IoT Architect with Verizon Smart Communities (VSC) within Verizon’s Global Products Group (GPS). He is responsible for developing outcome based IoT solutions that digitally transform cities, communities and business processes to enhance livability... Read More →
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George Thomas

Global Director, Smart Infrastructure, Hatch Ltd.
George Thomas is a thought leader and adviser to public and private sector organizations in the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia. With more than nineteen years of experience, George has held a variety of sales, strategy and consulting roles. A dynamic leader and team builder, George... Read More →
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Tom Touchet

CEO, Smart City Media
Tom Touchet is an acclaimed media and IoT innovator, and a DC native. Currently the CEO of Smart City Media, Tom and his team have created one of the fastest growing companies in IoT with 25 (and growing) public contracts throughout North America . Tom was a founding member of the... Read More →

Thursday September 27, 2018 4:15pm - 5:00pm EDT
Pepco Edison Place Gallery 702 8th St NW, Washington, DC 20068

5:00pm EDT

Building Solutions For Diverse Audiences
Project 500, PeaceTech Accelerator and Humble Ventures, all DC-based organizations, have a history of democratizing access to opportunity for not only diverse entrepreneurs, but also founders building solutions for diverse audiences in some of the most vulnerable communities including Wards 7 & 8 of DC and as far away as environments where violent conflicts occur abroad. Panelists will share insights into how to motivate more entrepreneurs to innovate and build products that both save lives and invite private sector investment.

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Harry Alford

Co-Founder, humble ventures

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Gary Johnson

Director of Strategy & Operations - NYCx, NYC Mayor's Office of Tech & Innovation
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Anthony Jones

Business Intelligence, Mapbox
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Mike Ravenscroft

Program Manager,, PeaceTech Accelerator
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Kristi Whitfield

Director, DC Department of Small & Local Business Development
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Melissa Withers

Managing Director, RevUp Capital

Thursday September 27, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
National Union Building, 6 North

5:00pm EDT

DC 2040 | A Tale of One & Seven
The District's population and the regional economy which it anchors is expected to hit 1 million and 7 million residents respectively.  

This broad ranging discussion about the DIstrict's innovation-driven entrepreneurial ecosystem and the unique seat-of-power-nexus it occupies, will explore what the next 20 years looks like.  An exciting evolution of the ecosystem's components is happening - from its investment capital sources to its research centers to new business formation to the local-federal spend.  We will talk about how DC can leverage those components and continue to be a formidable competitor in the ultimate battles that determine success - attracting talent.

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Javier Saade

Venture Partner, Fenway Summer

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Melissa Bradley

Managing Director, Project 500
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Penny Lee

Chief Strategy Officer, 1776
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Jason Miller

Chief Executive Officer, Greater Washington Partnership

Thursday September 27, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
National Union Building, 6 South 918 F Street, NW

5:00pm EDT

Lessons of Inclusion: How Tech Companies are Approaching DEI
We're bringing together leaders of tech inclusion to share actual stories of how companies can start practicing what they preach. Hear from DC Tech leaders to hear how they brought Diversity Equity and Inclusion into their company's fabric from the top down and bottom up. From setting OKRs specifically to target inclusion and diversity, to building committees and programming internally, hear how companies are not letting size stop them from making big waves in DEI practices.

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Emily Rasowsky

Founder, Women In Tech Campaign

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Xina Eiland

@Xina Eiland is the owner of X+PR, a results-driven public relations and new media agency. A seasoned communications professional with more than 15 years of experience, Xina specializes in media relations, outreach and strategy development. In addition to specializing in media and community... Read More →
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Mike Kohn

VP of People Operations, Sparkfund
Mike is passionate about the world of people and business, sustainability and the environment, and helping others to make an impact in the world. As the Vice President of People Operations at Sparkfund, Mike works to create sustainable systems that promote a diverse, equitable, and... Read More →
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Alexis Moody

Full Stack Software Engineer, Contactually
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Catherine Smith

CEO, True Blue Inclusion
Catherine carries a portfolio of keen business skills coupled with leadership network accessibility. Prior to founding True Blue Inclusion, she served substantially in the Clinton White House, both as a trusted Presidential advisor, and as a practical expert on planning and achieving... Read More →

Thursday September 27, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
National Union Building, 2 South 918 F Street, NW

6:00pm EDT

BEACON Awards Celebration
Join us for an evening empowering women as we celebrate the 2018-2019 BEACON grantees!* The event will feature a women-owned business marketplace, entertainment, food trucks and more!  

6:00 PM | Event Begins
Shop the marketplace, mix & mingle with ecosystem builders, enjoy beverages and appetizers, and listen to the sounds of DJ Geena Marie

6:55 PM | Remarks & Awards
Join BEACON, community partners, and sponsors in congratulating 2018-2019 BEACON Awardees

7:30 PM | Performance
Enjoy one of DC's hottest talents!

8:00-9:00 PM | Mix & Mingle
End the evening with sounds by DJ Geena Marie and conversations with DC's startup community.

Thursday September 27, 2018 6:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
Pepco Edison Place Gallery 702 8th St NW, Washington, DC 20068

7:00pm EDT

WeDC Edition: Attack of the Comics Comedy Show
Join us at for the first ever WeDC Edition: Attack of the Comics Comedy Show, featuring local DC stand-up comedy favorites. Free to attend; food and drinks provided.


Thursday September 27, 2018 7:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
National Union Building 918 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004
Friday, September 28

9:30am EDT

Impact Investing: Unpacking What’s Happening Today (Presented by Halcyon)
Impact Investing brings the promise of marrying strong financial returns with intentional social impact. So what’s happening in this space today? Are there investors who truly prioritize impact alongside financial returns? And how can social entrepreneurs best equip themselves to raise this type of capital? Join us as we dive explore the nuts and bolts of impact investing with a panel of experts representing founders, philanthropists, and investors.

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Ryan Ross

Chief Innovation Officer, Halcyon

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Jenny Abramson

Founder and Managing Partner, Rethink Impact
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Daniel Doll

President and COO, SoapBox Soaps
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Mandy Ellerton

Community Innovation Director, Bush Foundation

Friday September 28, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am EDT
National Union Building, 4 North 918 F Street, NW

9:30am EDT

Segmentation, Inclusion, and Diversity: What Are They and Why Do They Matter?
Inclusion starts within your company’s culture - it’s a willingness to have difficult conversations, listen, and ensure that all voices are heard. So, how can founders build a diverse team from day one and maintain that diversity while evolving and growing? But most importantly, how can founders foster inclusivity through programs and events that are designed to strengthen diverse community segments?

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Duane Rollins

National Director of Product and Impact, SEED SPOT

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Ayana Christie

Manager of Incubation, Booz Allen Hamilton Innovation Center
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Adam Motiwala

Partner, Fifth Tribe
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Kristina Svensson-Piavent

Founder, Kristina Svensson Project Mgmt
Founder and CEO of Yuduyu, the Next-Generation ResumeAfter years of working beside high-profile entrepreneurs and corporate executives (Louis Vuitton, Celine, Soundcloud, the Ritz Paris, Disney, Sony, The Guardian, DDB, etc.) in eight countries and in seven languages, Kristina is... Read More →
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Deloris Wilson

Head of Strategy and Operations, Beacon DC

Friday September 28, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am EDT
National Union Building, 4 South 918 F Street, NW

9:30am EDT

Smart Cities Require Smart Technology
As a leading global smart city, including mobility, sustainability and resiliency, Washington, DC continues to showcase innovative improvements to the built environment. Understand the methods, technology and financing being used from leaders in the construction, engineering and technology space.

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Eric Shaw

Director, DC Office of Planning
Eric D. Shaw was appointed by Mayor Muriel Bowser to serve as Director of the DC Office of Planning January 2015.  As director he manages a staff of 75 who are responsible for neighborhood and systems planning, urban design strategies, data and mapping, historic preservation and... Read More →

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Philippe Lanier

Principal, Eastbanc Inc & Eastbanc Technologies
Philippe Lanier has been a full time employee at EastBanc since 2007. He is responsible for overseeing all financial analysis and due diligence, as well as deal structuring. He additionally oversees Asset Management of EastBanc’s portfolio. He is an active participant in company... Read More →
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Vern Saunders

Mr. Saunders manages the National Security Solutions business unit which provides cyber security, enterprise IT, software development and cloud migration services to federal government and commercial clients. He is a seasoned and solutions-oriented Executive with more than 26 years... Read More →
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Shawn Seaman

EVP & Principal, PN Hoffman
Shawn Seaman joined PN Hoffman in 2001 and currently leads the acquisitions and development activities for the company. Since 2006, Seaman has acted as Project Director for The Wharf, where he has managed the development team and all aspects of the project development, including design... Read More →

Friday September 28, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am EDT
Pepco Edison Place Gallery 702 8th St NW, Washington, DC 20068

11:00am EDT

Creative Vibes Only Accelerator
An interactive workshop designed to equip creative artists, entrepreneurs and those aspiring with the tangible tools and resources needed to:
  • Advance the business of their creativity
  • Expand their brand
  • And monetize their value

We re-imagine the day-to-day challenges through the lens of creativity as a valuable solution and cover:
  • Goal Setting,
  • Planning + Scheduling,
  • Daily Development
  • Branding
  • Content
  • Digital Footprint

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Ian Davis

Founder, Age of The Creative
A results oriented, creative problem solver, Ian Davis is here to serve the Creative Community.  Following a career in advertising at agencies like Wieden + Kennedy, McCann Erickson and HUGE, he combined his passions for helping others, with creativity and culture to start Age of... Read More →

Friday September 28, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
National Union Building, 4 South 918 F Street, NW

11:00am EDT

Impact Investing: Putting Your Measures Where Your Mouth Is (Presented by Halcyon)
This panel will explore the state of social impact measurement in the burgeoning field of impact investing. A conversation between an entrepreneur, an investor and an ecosystem builder will unbundle the challenges of and opportunities for measuring social returns with the same discipline of measuring financial returns. What counts? Are people really counting? What's working? What's not? And where to next?

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Sheila Herrling

Senior Fellow, Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation

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Allie Burns

Managing Director, Village Capital
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Dr. Yolandra Hancock

Founder and CEO, MSize Me
Dr. Yolandra Hancock is a board-certified pediatrician and obesity medicine specialist who combines her hands-on clinical experience and public health expertise with her passion for building vibrant families and communities by providing patient empowering, “best in class” health... Read More →
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Julia Shin

VP Innovation & Managing Director of Impact Investing, Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.

Friday September 28, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
National Union Building, 2 South 918 F Street, NW

11:00am EDT

Emerging Tech + DC Government
As technologies such as virtual reality, Internet of Things, and autonomous vehicles move closer to the mainstream it is clear their effect on how local government delivers services to its residents, as well as saves time, money and labor will improve. Additionally, according to research firm Gartner, local government CIOs are steadily increasing their spending on digital initiatives designed to increase the value of government to constituents – and on average increase their spending by 3.5%, as compared to 1.4 federally. This panel will cover current initiatives in emerging tech the DC Government is researching and piloting in.

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Nicol Turner-Lee

Fellow - Governance Studies, Center for Technology Innovation, Brookings Institution
Dr. Nicol Turner-Lee is a fellow in the program’s Center for Technology Innovation and a contributor to TechTank.   At the Center for Technology Innovation, Dr. Turner-Lee researches public policy designed to enable equitable access to technology across the U.S. and to harness... Read More →

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Thomas Kuczynski

Chief Information Officer, DC Water
Thomas Kuczynski is the Chief Information Officer for the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water). Mr. Kuczynski joined DC Water in August 2013 and heads up an IT team of 60 individuals and a $20 million budget to develop applications that support customer services... Read More →
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Nina Liggett

Assistant Communications Director, OCTO / DC Government
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Eric Uhlir

Creative Director, Deloitte Digital
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Marie Whittaker

Interagency Director, DC Deputy Mayor's Office for Planning & Economic Development

Friday September 28, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
National Union Building, 4 North 918 F Street, NW

12:30pm EDT

Priciples of the Perfect Pitch
This session will teach founders how to pitch based on their audience and how to craft a compelling investment case. Starting with the foundation of storytelling, we will break down the anatomy of a strong pitch and distill how key numbers and market insight are used to build an investment case. You will also learn:
  • How to minimize content for maximum engagement
  • Pitching on your feet anytime and anywhere
  • How to own the room and attention of your audience

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Ade Omitowoju

Venture Advisor, Project 500

Friday September 28, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm EDT
Pepco Edison Place Gallery 702 8th St NW, Washington, DC 20068

12:30pm EDT

The Energy of Entrepreneurship: How Creators Can Manage Their Energy to Prevent Burnout, Freakouts & Meltdowns
The most important investment a Creator can make is in their energy – it’s the primary tool we use to create. A Creator’s job is to transform nothing into something, which requires a mega infusion of energy. As entrepreneurs, innovators, and trendsetters, we harness our own energy to create the next version of reality. It’s no surprise Creators are often called magnetic, electric, and energizing -- we’re bursting with untapped energetic potential.

But there seems to be a glitch in the power grid: Creators are facing an energy crisis of epidemic proportions. From emotional dysregulation to burnout to psychosomatic symptoms, more and more Creators are losing their spark. According to HeartMath Institute, these issues are often caused by emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual energetic depletion.

In this candid conversation, we’ll explore the unique personality traits, environmental factors, and inborn sensitivities that make Creators particularly susceptible to energetic depletion, and share ways to prevent energy drains and boost our energy for healthy and sustainable creation. You’ll learn:
  • Why energy is so important  for Creators
  • Why Creators are particularly  susceptible to energetic depletion
  • Issues for Creators with  energetic depletion (emotional/physical illness, burnout, etc.)
  • How to restore and maintain your energy

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Jessica Carson

Entrepreneur in Residence, American Psychological Association
With a background in neuroscience, psychology, startups, venture capital, and mindfulness, Jessica Carson is a thought-leader on the energy and well-being of Creators. She started her career as a Neuroscience & Psychology Research Fellow at the National Institutes of Health (NIH... Read More →

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Shelly Bell

Founder, Black Girl Ventures
Shelly Bell, Ecosystem Builder and founder of Black Girl Ventures (BGV), a social enterprise dedicated to creating access to capital for Black/Brown women founders. She is the Google Digital Coach for DC - named Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 by Technically DC and one of the Top 40... Read More →
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Martin Ditto

CEO & Founder, Ditto Residential
Martin Ditto is CEO of Ditto Residential, a leading-edge urban design and development company founded in 2008. Martin is passionate about conceptualizing and creating world-class residences and believes that we can build livable spaces that are so powerful they can inspire and change... Read More →
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Kevin Morgan

Director, Tech Sector Attraction & Retention, Washington DC Economic Partnership

Friday September 28, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm EDT
National Union Building, 4 South 918 F Street, NW

12:30pm EDT

How to Run Your Nonprofit Like an Impact-Driven For-Profit
"I don’t care about money, I just want to help people.” There’s a common misconception that founders must choose a side between making money and making a difference. Why not do both? Learn how to run your nonprofit like an impactful for-profit that is unafraid to generate revenue and make a long-lasting impact in the community.

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C'pher Gresham

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Sarah Koch

Vice President, Social Innovation, Case Foundation
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Chuck Redmond

Vice President, Finance and Operations, Venture Philanthropy Partners

Friday September 28, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm EDT
National Union Building, 2 South 918 F Street, NW

12:30pm EDT

Solving for Health through Partnership & Innovation
This session shares case studies and real world outcomes from innovation in healthcare across startups, pharma, hospitals and the government. Innovators from the field will gather for a 60 min session to talk about what is happening in the DC market across healthcare, the opportunities for partnership and collaboration, and how to get involved.

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Ajit Verghese

Founder, humble ventures

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Dr. Lisa Fitzpatrick

Founder, Promoting Practical Health, Inc.
avatar for Naveen Rao

Naveen Rao

Founder and Managing Partner, Patchwise Labs
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Laura Stokes

Director of Public Health Programs, Pacify

Friday September 28, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm EDT
National Union Building, 4 North 918 F Street, NW

2:00pm EDT

A Place to Make in the District
The District is home to a diverse set of Makers, from artists and crafters to engineers and biologists. However, while the district has numerous co-working spaces, there are only a few spaces in the district for people to access tools and workshop space. A thriving Maker ecosystem like the District needs physical spaces like tool libraries and co-manufacturing spaces all over the city for people to learn skills, work on their projects, produce their products and bring more communities in to the creative economy. Join a discussion on what the District has, what gaps we could fill and how we can all do it together.

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Raj Aggarwal

President, Provoc (a Certified B Corp), Co-Founder, B Corp Climate Collective (BCCC), Chair, Climate Justice Learning Task Force of the BCCC (Washington, DC, USA)
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Yuri Beckelman

Deputy Chief of Staff / Founder of the Congressional Maker Caucus and the Capitol Hill Maker Faire, Office of Congressman Mark Takano

Friday September 28, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
National Union Building, 4 South 918 F Street, NW

2:00pm EDT

"Workplace Integrity" Training
The Freedom Forum Institute's Power Shift Project offers the exclusive "Workplace Integrity" curriculum to ensure you know how to start up with the right foundation to protect employees, create and promote workplaces free of harassment, discrimination and incivility, and full of opportunity, especially for those who have traditionally been denied it.

This unique approach sets the table for candid conversations that people would not otherwise have about working in productive and creative cultures of respect, helping them see the world through others' eyes in an open-minded atmosphere of trust.

When a 2016 report of an EEOC task force reviewed research on traditional anti-harassment training, it found scant evidence that it worked. The Workplace Integrity curriculum is different and better.

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sonya gavankar

Dir of PR, Newseum

Friday September 28, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
National Union Building, 2 South 918 F Street, NW

2:00pm EDT

District Discourse: The Future of DC Tech
With a growing tech market and burgeoning creative workforce, the District stands at an exciting moment in shaping its future. Join us for an unconventional one-on-one interview between Christopher Wink, Cofounder, CEO, and Publisher of Technical.ly, the local technology news network and Abbie Howard, a Technology Industry Design Leader at Gensler. Hear them live as they forecast the latest trends and news impacting the DC technology scene and listen to them discuss what tech companies need in order to create for the future, improve business performance, accelerate growth, and retain the industry’s top talent.

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Michelai Graham

Market Editor, Technical.ly DC
Michelai Graham is the Market Editor of Technical.ly DC. She has a master's in investigative reporting from American University, where she began reporting on cyber and tech news. Originally from Sacramento, Calif., Graham covered arts and culture in Lansing, Mich., while studying... Read More →
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Abbie Howard

Southeast Region Technology Leader, Gensler
Abbie Howard is an Interior Designer and the Southeast Region Technology Industry Leader at Gensler in Washington DC. She has a BFA in Interior Design from The George Washington University and has enjoyed seeing the city grow and develop since moving to The District in 2009. Abbie’s... Read More →

Friday September 28, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Pepco Edison Place Gallery 702 8th St NW, Washington, DC 20068

2:00pm EDT

How a DC Startup and Global Corporation Improved Energy Operations
A partnership between an aerial intelligence startup and a global Fortune 500 energy company resulted in drone-powered solutions that not only delivered over $4.6 Million in financial benefits, but also avoided more than 24,000 hours of hazardous work. By using drones to conduct inspections on solar and wind farms, as well as utility lines, these companies worked together to collect better data and improve alternative energy operations, in less time and with less risk than manual inspections.

Learn how this partnership got started, and how it created immeasurable benefits for the business growth of Measure UAS, while also fostering transformative innovation for AES and creating a portfolio of proven drone solutions that are now benefiting companies worldwide.

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Assel Ayapova

Global Drone Program Manager, AES
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Brandon Declet

CEO and Co-Founder, Measure UAS, Inc.
Brandon is widely considered a leading thinker and entrepreneur in the emerging drone industry. He began his career in the private sector supporting the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security. In public service, he has served in senior level positions for the NYPD, the Senate... Read More →
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Kevin Morgan

Director, Tech Sector Attraction & Retention, Washington DC Economic Partnership

Friday September 28, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
National Union Building, 4 North 918 F Street, NW

3:30pm EDT

Funding for Jazz and Other Art Reimagined
Jazz as an arts system has no one single benefactor. Revenue sources for jazz in DC is as broad as other art forms and can vary from public funding, foundations, corporations, individuals and earned income support. In recent years, DC jazz presenters have weathered an economic recession, the growth of jazz presenters regionally, the expansion of jazz programming at non-traditional institutions, and the changing platforms of performance participation, among others. Like other arts forms, direct public funding of jazz flows from a combination of federal, regional and local agencies. Public funding candidates are subject to rigorous review and while direct grants do not fund the majority of jazz, direct funding does provide major assistance in the presentation of jazz, enables preservation, stimulates art creation, and enhances arts education. A keynote presentation on jazz funding will peel back the funding veil of jazz support by direct public funders and explore federal and local agencies’ current role in jazz presentation in DC. Following a presentation, panelists will discuss the case for funding art, and various ways to look at the diverse funding pool, and lay the groundwork for a more expansive discussion for presenters. While focused on jazz as an art form, this panel is open to all artists, creative entrepreneurs and nonprofits representatives.

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Suzan Jenkins

CEO, Art and Humanities Council of Montgomery County

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Sara Donnelly

Director, Jazz, South Arts
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Aaron Myers

Chairman, Capital Hill Jazz Foundation
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Jess Porter

Program Officer, Performing Arts, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
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Katja von Schuttenbach

Jazz Specialist, Performing Arts, National Endowment for the Arts
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Sunny Sumter

Executive Director, DC Jazz Festival

Friday September 28, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm EDT
National Union Building, 2 South 918 F Street, NW

3:30pm EDT

10 Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make and How to Avoid Them
We will cover the 10 most likely mistakes entrepreneurs make when starting a business and how to avoid them. Topics cover business, intellectual property and legal issues.

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Joseph Derrigo

Senior Counsel, Foley & Lardner LLP
Joe Derrigo is a business lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP where he is a member of the Transactional & Securities and Private Equity & Venture Capital Practices, as well as the Sports and Technology Industry Teams.Mr. Derrigo advises both public and private company clients in a variety... Read More →
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Frederick Von Bryant II

Associate, Foley & Lardner LLP
Von Bryant is an associate and corporate lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP where he focuses on helping companies achieve success in business with a strategic and pragmatic approachSM. He is a member of the firm’s Transactional & Securities, Private Equity & Venture Capital, and Finance... Read More →
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David Sanders

Partner, Foley & Lardner LLP
David S. Sanders is a partner and business lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. He is vice-chair of the firm’s Business Law Department and co-chair of the Trade Secret/Noncompete Specialty Practice. From 2010 through 2017, Mr. Sanders served as co-chair of the firm’s Transactional... Read More →

Friday September 28, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm EDT
National Union Building, 4 South 918 F Street, NW

3:30pm EDT

Black Girl Ventures presents WeDC $5K Friday
Powered by DC Department of Small & Local Businesses (DSLBD)

Black Girl Ventures (BGV) brings together it's alumnae from two years of pitch competitions to face-off for a $5K cash prize at WeDC Fest.

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Shelly Bell

Founder, Black Girl Ventures
Shelly Bell, Ecosystem Builder and founder of Black Girl Ventures (BGV), a social enterprise dedicated to creating access to capital for Black/Brown women founders. She is the Google Digital Coach for DC - named Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 by Technically DC and one of the Top 40... Read More →

Friday September 28, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm EDT
Pepco Edison Place Gallery 702 8th St NW, Washington, DC 20068

3:30pm EDT

Making DC the Capital of Inclusive Innovation from within Community
During the panel discussion, the audience will learn how innovative and strategic community-driven technology education can build the IT pool of talent as well as spur diversity & inclusion that engages women, minorities and youth of color into a perpetual workforce development ecosystem.

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Michael Desmond

Manager, Mid-Atlantic Region, Travis Manion Foundation

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Theodore Gates

Consulting Engineer, 1988
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Sam Navarro

Federal Agency Management, General Services Administration
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Derrick Pope

Urban Ed Student/Help Desk Technician, Rally Health
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Roxanne Williams

President, Urban Ed, Inc.

Friday September 28, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm EDT
National Union Building, 4 North 918 F Street, NW

5:00pm EDT

Believing You Can Through The Doubt Around You
Building and creating is hard work! You often see the vision long before other people catch up to what is in your mind. It can be lonely, frustrating and make you want to quit if you don't hold on to your faith that you can do it. I want to have a panel discussion with other artists of color about pushing through the doubt (both internally and externally) to turn their dreams into reality.

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Michell Clark

Founder, michellclark.com
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Dionna Dorsey

Designer, District of Clothing
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Morgan Fykes

Creator and Storyteller, DCFunemployment

Friday September 28, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
National Union Building, 2 South 918 F Street, NW

5:00pm EDT

Are We Talking Teams? Moving from Startup to Scale-up
The majority of businesses owned by women and people of color are sole proprietorships or partnerships with no paid employees. While teams are essential to move from startup to scale-up, challenges to accessing capital and concentration within low-revenue sectors can stall this progression. Join local entrepreneurs as they share best practices for forming teams, building (and leaving) partnerships, and acquiring competitors to propel growth.

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Deloris Wilson

Head of Strategy and Operations, Beacon DC

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Messay Derebe

Co-Founder and Co-CEO, goARTful
Messay Derebe is the co-Founder and Co-CEO of goARTful. goARTful is a first of its kind platform for the rental, sale, and exploration of art. While we are an art store which offers pieces for sale the core of our work is our rental service. Rentals on goARTful work like Rent the... Read More →
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Kimberly Moore

CEO and Co-Founder, Go Together, Inc
Kimberly Moore, CEO and Co-Founder of Go Together, Inc, is an entrepreneur completelypassionate about making an impact in the tech space by doing well and doing good. She's leveraging her experience as an sales executive in the federal wireless space and as an large event producer... Read More →
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Jaleel Reed

Program Manager, Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness
Jaleel is an economic and workforce developer by profession, passionate about developing innovative ways to create and sustain employment opportunities for underserved communities. Jaleel is also an entrepreneur and co-owner of The Caged Bird - the only black owned bar/restaurant... Read More →
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Brandon Rule

President, Rule Enterprises
Brandon is a developer, entrepreneur, public speaker, philanthropist, and a change agent who at the age of 23 left his job as a banker to follow his passion. He then went on to launch Rule Enterprises, an investment firm which uses commercial real estate as its primary tool of investment... Read More →
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Ayanna Smith

Co-Founder, The Jackson Smith Group
Ayanna prefers “idea curator” over “serial entrepreneur.” A life-long visionary, Smith found her next "big idea" in the emerging escape room market, launching the first live escape game for children in the country. In both 2018 and 2017, Washington City Paper readers voted... Read More →

Friday September 28, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
National Union Building, 4 North 918 F Street, NW

5:00pm EDT

Entrepreneurship and Innovation: A Path to Economic Mobility
AT&T has been at the center of finding, developing, and investing in high growth and impactful social entrepreneurs. Under the AT&T Foundation, we do this via our AT&T Aspire work where we run a 6 month Accelerator supporting innovative education technology ventures rethinking the learning revolution and bridging our country's skills gap between education and employment. Today AT&T has made 27 investments. 63% women led, 42% minority founded. Five investments are based here in DC.  Join this session to learn more about the AT&T Aspire program.

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LaTara Harris

Regional Director-External & Legislative Affairs, AT&T
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Alina Liao

Co-Founder & COO, MindRight
Alina holds a Master of Business Administration & Master of Education from Stanford University. She has a Bachelor's in English and Economics from Yale University. Prior to Stanford, Alina served as Vice President of an economic consulting firm in Washington, DC, where she managed... Read More →
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Mioshi Moses

Executive Director, Genesys Works
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Nasir Qadree

Associate Director of Social Investments, AT&T
Nasir serves as the Associate Director of Social Investments at AT&T, focusing on education and employment technology investments and philanthropy that empowers students, workers success and career readiness. Prior to AT&T, Nasir led Village Capital's Economic Opportunity portfolio... Read More →
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Sarah Robertson

Chief Product Officer, CommonLit
 Sarah Robertson is the Chief Product Officer at CommonLit, an edtech nonprofit serving nearly 7 million students and teachers worldwide. With a background in both visual and curricular design, Sarah helped transition CommonLit from a small online teaching resource to a free provider... Read More →
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Sage Salvo

CEO, Words Liive
Gil Perkins, doing business as Sage Salvo, is the artist, scholar, and social entrepreneur founder of Words Liive, LLC. Sage is a 2018 AT&T Aspire Accelerator Entrepreneur, 2018 LeanLab Fellow, 2017 Clinton Global Initiative – Social Entrepreneur, 4.0 Schools Fellow, Camelback Ventures... Read More →

Friday September 28, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
National Union Building, 4 South 918 F Street, NW

6:00pm EDT

Womxn of Color Founders Mixer
WDCEP, BEACON, Get Found, Get Funding, & Black Female Founders invite you to join us for an evening meetup of local women of color who are creating a space for themselves in their industries. Join us for an evening of networking and refreshments.

Friday September 28, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm EDT
National Union Building, Speakeasy 918 F Street, NW

6:30pm EDT

DC Startup Week Pitch Competition
Join us as local entrepreneurs pitch their startups to a panel of esteemed judges and compete for cash prizes and other resources to help grow their businesses.

Friday September 28, 2018 6:30pm - 7:30pm EDT
National Union Building, 4 North 918 F Street, NW

7:00pm EDT

202Creates Closing Party
Mayor Muriel Bowser launched 202Creates in September 2016 to amplify & celebrate DC's creative culture. On September 28th, join us at Ivy City Smokehouse to close out September 2018 with an unforgettable celebration highlighting DC's creators & entrepreneurs brought to you by 202Creates, Broccoli City, WeDC Fest, and your creative community!

See below for the full line-up of performers, venue information, and more. Be sure to check back for additions to the performer & vendor line-up!


Ari Lennox is singer and songwriter from Washington, DC. She is signed to J. Cole's record label, Dreamville Records and just dropped a new single, Whipped Cream. You can learn more about Ari Lennox at arilennox.com.

GIRLAAA is a DC-based subsidiary of creative collective Rock Creek Social Club. GIRLAAA works to level the creative playing field by highlighting female DJs, musicians, and artists.

Domo (@dora_winifred), DJ, curator, Rock Creek Social Club partner, and founder of “GIRLAAA”; a DMV native with an eclectic house-influenced style that fuses R&B and hip-hop with dance and go-go music.

Mane Squeeze (@manequeeze) is a DC-based DJ and multifaceted creative. Her interests include visual arts and digital design, with a major focus on music entertainment and educating our youth.

The Mixxstress (@themixxstresa) is a multi-hyphenate artist based in the District. You can listen to her new single, “Catch A Body,” on Spotify.

Friday September 28, 2018 7:00pm - 10:00pm EDT
Ivy City Smokehouse 1356 Okie St NE, Washington, DC 20002
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