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Tuesday, September 25 • 9:30am - 11:30am
Grow, Build Sustain: A Peer and Resource Exchange for African American Women Founders FILLING

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D.C. is one of the fastest growing jurisdictions for women-owned businesses. Despite starting new businesses at higher rates, African American women, in particular, face the widest discrepancies; earning the least amount of revenue, and closing their businesses at a faster rate.  Alternative investments, peer exchanges and local policies are emerging to close these gaps. During this session, the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc.

Metropolitan Washington DC Chapter invites women founders of color and those who support their journey, to join an intimate session amongst women entrepreneurs who are making an impact in their community and the resource providers supporting their journey. Come learn, share and access a network that can take your vision and talent to the next level.  

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Mariko Bennett

Founder and president, COCO B.
After a successful career spanning nearly two decades, Mariko was ready for a new challenge.  She transitioned her career as a corporate political affairs leader in Washington, D.C. for Fortune 500 companies and built her next career from the ground up. As founder and president... Read More →

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Yvette M. Alexander

Member, Council of the District of Columbia
The Honorable Yvette M. Alexander has been a member of the Council of the District of Columbia since 2007. In 2015-2016, she served as Chair of the Committee on Health and Human Services, which has oversight of a $4.5 Billion budget that includes the following agencies; Department... Read More →
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Sharon Jackson Bland

President, Indigo Mid-Atlantic
Ms. Bland has more 20 years of project management and consulting experience in the DC area engineering, real estate development, and construction and program management markets. Of particular note is her expertise with various DC Government agencies, the U.S. General Services Administration... Read More →
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Lauren Buckner

Owner, Body By Buckner
Lauren is the owner of Body By Buckner, a boutique fitness studio located in the heart of DC on Benning Road, NE where she specializes in customized, small group training. As a competitive collegiate track and field sprinter and professional dancer in both the U.S. and South America... Read More →
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Natalie Cofield

Founder, Walker's Legacy
An honors tech graduate (where she was mentored by CIOs of two of America's leading Fortune 500 companies) Natalie has leveraged her experience coding to build a career centered on empowering businesses, entrepreneurs, women, and underrepresented communities.  From Google to the... Read More →
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Camille A. John

Senior Vice President Business Strategy, Global Commercial Bank
Camille has contributed 15 years of leadership to the financial services industry. She leads as a SVP; Business Strategy and Initiatives Manager within the Global Commercial Bank at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. In this role, Camille influences GCB revenue growth through new client... Read More →
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Camille Kashaka

Director, Anacostia Arts Center
Camille Kashaka is the Director of the Anacostia Arts Center, a project of ARCH Development Corporation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the revitalization of Historic Anacostia in Washington, DC. She obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Administration from Howard... Read More →
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Melissa Resil

Business Certification Manager, DC Department of Small and Local Business Development
Ms. Resil has served in the District of Columbia Government for fifteen years. She is currently the Business Certification Manager for the Certified Business Enterprise (CBE) program within the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD). Prior to her assignment... Read More →
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Ayris T. Scales

Director, Office of Partnerships and Grant Services
Ayris is a highly sought after policy leader and strategic initiatives activator, with a knack for quickly assessing structural challenges and navigating organizations through periods of rapid change, re-alignment and establishing credibility to authentically expand operations, investments... Read More →
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Angela Chester –Johnson

Chief Executive Officer, Plum Good LLC
Angela Chester –Johnson currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Plum Good LLC. (www.plum-good.com) where she creates flavors for life with herbs, spices, sauces and teas. Before launching her business, Angela enjoyed a career in international affairs; as a technical writer, policy analyst, Africa advocate, and trade and business development consultant. She specialized in building cap... Read More →

Tuesday September 25, 2018 9:30am - 11:30am EDT
Anacostia Arts Center 1231 Good Hope Rd SE, Washington, DC 20020