Business, Start-Ups & Entrepreneurship

Scott Roberts is the Vice President and Head of Business Development at LinkedIn. When he joined the company in 2007 it was still operating like a start-up with about 100 employees.  Since then LinkedIn has grown to 15,000 employees and from 13 million members to over 700 million.
Scott Roberts is the Vice President and Head of Business Development at LinkedIn. When he joined the company in 2007 it was still operating like a start-up with about 100 employees.  Since then LinkedIn has grown to 15,000 employees and from 13 million members to over 700 million.
Zane Homsi is a strategy and analytics program analyst in a specialized, competitive two year training program that LinkedIn offers recent college graduates. He is also the co-founder of Students+, a new initiative that claims to be the go-to place for students navigating the job search amidst the coronavirus. It offers students resources, career guidance, templates and live events with career experts.
Scott Roberts is the Vice President and Head of Business Development at LinkedIn. When he joined the company in 2007 it was still operating like a start-up with about 100 employees.  Since then LinkedIn has grown to 15,000 employees and from 13 million members to over 700 million.
Tracy Allen is CEO of Brewed Behavior, founded to offer comprehensive support to all segments of the coffee industry. In the fall of 2015 Tracy’s talents went viral when he was chosen to supply coffee for Pope Francis’ U.S. visit. His approach to consulting involves changing behaviors through education and providing strategy and growth solutions at every touch point.
His approach to consulting involves changing behaviors through education and providing strategy and growth solutions at every touch point. Brewed Behavior works primarily with coffee roasters and producing countries to improve their marketing efforts and sales programs. 
Andrew Dana is the founder and co-owner of two D.C based award winning restaurants, Petworth’s Timber Pizza Company and the newly opened Call Your Mother Deli in Park View. Their “Jew-ish” deli has gathered a lot of attention since its October opening with lines out the door every weekend. Andrew Dana works with his longtime girlfriend, Daniela Moreira.
Tracy Allen is CEO of Brewed Behavior, founded to offer comprehensive support to all segments of the coffee industry. In the fall of 2015 Tracy’s talents went viral when he was chosen to supply coffee for Pope Francis’ U.S. visit. His approach to consulting involves changing behaviors through education and providing strategy and growth solutions at every touch point.
Tracy Allen is CEO of Brewed Behavior, founded to offer comprehensive support to all segments of the coffee industry. In the fall of 2015 Tracy’s talents went viral when he was chosen to supply coffee for Pope Francis’ U.S. visit. His approach to consulting involves changing behaviors through education and providing strategy and growth solutions at every touch point.
To mark this latest super big milestone in T4C’s short history and our journey to realize our mission – to help 1 million college students turn their degrees into careers they’ll love – I’m going to focus this episode on the importance of motivation. I think motivation is the secret ingredient …the rocket fuel in a personalized jet pack you can strap on your back every morning, when you’d prefer to sleep in, and each evening when you’d prefer to binge on Netflix …to propel you forward towards achieving your goals.
Kathy Jentz is the editor, publisher and founder of the Washington Gardener Magazine which focuses on gardening in the Washington D.C. area (Zone 6-7). She is an avid, life-long gardener who turned her hobby and passion into her business. She is also the green media columnist for the Mid-Atlantic Grower Newspaper as well as the president of the Silver Spring Garden Club in Maryland.
Jessica Yellin is the founder of #NewsNotNoise, where she delivers daily news reports on Instagram without the anxiety-inducing frenzy you may find in traditional broadcast news. She launched #NewsNotNoise in 2018 after feeling like a large audience, mostly made up of women, had been turned off to watching news due to the hysteria, shouting and partisanship found in cable and legacy broadcast news.
Travis Mitchell is senior vice president and chief content officer at Maryland Public Television (MPT). In this position, he oversees all content created, acquired, and aired on the statewide public television network.  Travis brings more than two decades of media experience to his role at MPT. 
Jessica Yellin is the founder of #NewsNotNoise, where she delivers daily news reports on Instagram without the anxiety-inducing frenzy you may find in traditional broadcast news. She launched #NewsNotNoise  in 2018 after feeling like a large audience, mostly made up of women, had been turned off to watching news due to the hysteria, shouting and partisanship found in cable and legacy broadcast news.  Jessica spent 20 years as a journalist -- starting off in print before pivoting into broadcast television. 
Steve Herz is President of The Montag Group, a sports and entertainment talent and marketing consultancy. He is also a career advisor to CEOs, lawyers, entrepreneurs, and young professionals. Prior to joining TMG, Steve was the President and Founding Partner of IF Management, an industry leader whose broadcasting division became one of the largest in the space, representing over 200 television and radio personalities.
Steve Herz is President of The Montag Group, a sports and entertainment talent and marketing consultancy. He is also a career advisor to CEOs, lawyers, entrepreneurs, and young professionals. Prior to joining TMG, Steve was the President and Founding Partner of IF Management, an industry leader whose broadcasting division became one of the largest in the space, representing over 200 television and radio personalities.
Abby Volin is the founder and president of Opening Doors PLLC, a team of animal accommodation experts who help  residential & commercial property managers, tenants & residents, universities, employers, & healthcare providers, welcome paws through their front door. They accomplish this by developing progressive and safer pet programs that create a happy and  healthier community for people and pets alike.
Steve Herz is President of The Montag Group, a sports and entertainment talent and marketing consultancy. He is also a career advisor to CEOs, lawyers, entrepreneurs, and young professionals. Prior to joining TMG, Steve was the President and Founding Partner of IF Management, an industry leader whose broadcasting division became one of the largest in the space, representing over 200 television and radio personalities.
Abby Volin is the founder and president of Opening Doors PLLC, a team of animal accommodation experts who help  residential & commercial property managers, tenants & residents, universities, employers, & healthcare providers, welcome paws through their front door. They accomplish this by developing progressive and safer pet programs that create a happy and healthier community for people and pets alike.
Steve Herz is President of The Montag Group, a sports and entertainment talent and marketing consultancy. He is also a career advisor to CEOs, lawyers, entrepreneurs, and young professionals. Prior to joining TMG, Steve was the President and Founding Partner of IF Management, an industry leader whose broadcasting division became one of the largest in the space, representing over 200 television and radio personalities.
Abby Volin is the founder and president of Opening Doors PLLC, a team of animal accommodation experts who help  residential & commercial property managers, tenants & residents, universities, employers, & healthcare providers, welcome paws through their front door. They accomplish this by developing progressive and safer pet programs that create a happy and  healthier community for people and pets alike.
Steve Herz is President of The Montag Group, a sports and entertainment talent and marketing consultancy. He is also a career advisor to CEOs, lawyers, entrepreneurs, and young professionals. Prior to joining TMG, Steve was the President and Founding Partner of IF Management, an industry leader whose broadcasting division became one of the largest in the space, representing over 200 television and radio personalities.
Ben Weiner is the founder, president and CEO of Gold Mountain Coffee Growers, LLC, a direct trade social enterprise that connects coffee farmers in Nicaragua with roasters around the world. When he founded the company in 2007, Ben’s goal was to cut out the middleman thus increasing livelihoods for the farmers.
Ben Weiner is the founder, president and CEO of Gold Mountain Coffee Growers, LLC, a direct trade social enterprise that connects coffee farmers in Nicaragua with roasters around the world. When he founded the company in 2007, Ben’s goal was to cut out the middleman thus increasing livelihoods for the farmers.
Ben Weiner is the founder, president and CEO of Gold Mountain Coffee Growers, LLC, a direct trade social enterprise that connects coffee farmers in Nicaragua with roasters around the world. When he founded the company in 2007, Ben’s goal was to cut out the middleman thus increasing livelihoods for the farmers.
Ben Weiner is the founder, president and CEO of Gold Mountain Coffee Growers, LLC, a direct trade social enterprise that connects coffee farmers in Nicaragua with roasters around the world. When he founded the company in 2007, Ben’s goal was to cut out the middleman thus increasing livelihoods for the farmers.
Ben Weiner is the founder, president and CEO of Gold Mountain Coffee Growers, LLC, a direct trade social enterprise that connects coffee farmers in Nicaragua with roasters around the world. When he founded the company in 2007, Ben’s goal was to cut out the middleman thus increasing livelihoods for the farmers.
Ben Weiner is the founder, president and CEO of Gold Mountain Coffee Growers, LLC, a direct trade social enterprise that connects coffee farmers in Nicaragua with roasters around the world. When he founded the company in 2007, Ben’s goal was to cut out the middleman thus increasing livelihoods for the farmers.
Ben Weiner is the founder, president and CEO of Gold Mountain Coffee Growers, LLC, a direct trade social enterprise that connects coffee farmers in Nicaragua with roasters around the world. When he founded the company in 2007, Ben’s goal was to cut out the middleman thus increasing livelihoods for the farmers.
Alex Counts is the former CEO of the Grameen Foundation which he established in 1997, after having worked in microfinance and poverty reduction for 10 years. He trained under Professor Muhammad Yunus, the founder and managing director of Grameen Bank, and co-recipient of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize.
Ben Weiner is the founder, president and CEO of Gold Mountain Coffee Growers, LLC, a direct trade social enterprise that connects coffee farmers in Nicaragua with roasters around the world. When he founded the company in 2007, Ben’s goal was to cut out the middleman thus increasing livelihoods for the farmers. He has also worked as an Advocacy Counsel for Human Rights First, as a Foreign Policy Legislative Assistant for Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and a Legal Consultant for the MIRA.
Justin Nguyen is an entrepreneur, a speaker and a podcaster. He’s currently the host of the Declassified College Podcast, an iTunes top 50 podcast, as well as the CEO and founder of GetChoGrindUp. It has since become a movement that Justin is building to provide college students with the resources they need for success in college and in their careers.
Justin Nguyen is an entrepreneur, a speaker and a podcaster. He’s currently the host of the Declassified College Podcast, an iTunes top 50 podcast, as well as the CEO and founder of GetChoGrindUp. It has since become a movement that Justin is building to provide college students with the resources they need for success in college and in their careers.
Justin Nguyen is an entrepreneur, a speaker and a podcaster. He’s currently the host of the Declassified College Podcast, an iTunes top 50 podcast, as well as the CEO and founder of GetChoGrindUp. It has since become a movement that Justin is building to provide college students with the resources they need for success in college and in their careers.
Zane Homsi is a strategy and analytics program analyst in a specialized, competitive two year training program that LinkedIn offers recent college graduates. He is also the co-founder of Students+, a new initiative that claims to be the go-to place for students navigating the job search amidst the coronavirus. It offers students resources, career guidance, templates and live events with career experts.
Zane Homsi is a strategy and analytics program analyst in a specialized, competitive two year training program that LinkedIn offers recent college graduates. He is also the co-founder of Students+, a new initiative that claims to be the go-to place for students navigating the job search amidst the coronavirus. It offers students resources, career guidance, templates and live events with career experts.
Justin Nguyen is an entrepreneur, a speaker and a podcaster. He’s currently the host of the Declassified College Podcast, an iTunes top 50 podcast, as well as the CEO and founder of GetChoGrindUp. Justin created GetChoGrindUp along with his girlfriend and best friend while still in college. It has since become a movement that Justin is building to provide college students with the resources they need for success in college and in their careers.
Justin Nguyen is an entrepreneur, a speaker and a podcaster. He’s currently the host of the Declassified College Podcast, an iTunes top 50 podcast, as well as the CEO and founder of GetChoGrindUp. It has since become a movement that Justin is building to provide college students with the resources they need for success in college and in their careers. Justin graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2018 with a degree in finance.
Justin Nguyen is an entrepreneur, a speaker and a podcaster. He’s currently the host of the Declassified College Podcast, an iTunes top 50 podcast, as well as the CEO and founder of GetChoGrindUp. Justin created GetChoGrindUp along with his girlfriend and best friend while still in college. It has since become a movement that Justin is building to provide college students with the resources they need for success in college and in their careers.
Jimmy Hickey is the founder and owner of Findlay Hats, an action sports hat company he co-launched out of his living room in 2013.  He started out his professional life as a commercial photographer but was still looking for something else to pay the bills during slower winter months. That’s how Findlay Hats was born.
Justin Nguyen is an entrepreneur, a speaker and a podcaster. He’s currently the host of the Declassified College Podcast, an iTunes top 50 podcast, as well as the CEO and founder of GetChoGrindUp. Justin created GetChoGrindUp along with his girlfriend and best friend while still in college. It has since become a movement that Justin is building to provide college students with the resources they need for success in college and in their careers.
Zane Homsi is a strategy and analytics program analyst in a specialized, competitive two year training program that LinkedIn offers recent college graduates. He is also the co-founder of Students+, a new initiative that claims to be the go-to place for students navigating the job search amidst the coronavirus. It offers students resources, career guidance, templates and live events with career experts.
Jimmy Hickey is the founder and owner of Findlay Hats, an action sports hat company he co-launched out of his living room in 2013.  He started out his professional life as a commercial photographer but was still looking for something else to pay the bills during slower winter months. That’s how Findlay Hats was born.
Zane Homsi is a strategy and analytics program analyst in a specialized, competitive two year training program that LinkedIn offers recent college graduates. He is also the co-founder of Students+, a new initiative that claims to be the go-to place for students navigating the job search amidst the coronavirus.
Justin Nguyen is an entrepreneur, a speaker and a podcaster. He’s currently the host of the Declassified College Podcast, an iTunes top 50 podcast, as well as the CEO and founder of GetChoGrindUp. Justin created GetChoGrindUp along with his girlfriend and best friend while still in college. It has since become a movement that Justin is building to provide college students with the resources they need for success in college and in their careers.
Dan Moran, president and founder of Concierge Diamonds in Los Angeles, comes from a family of diamond experts: his parents were diamond dealers in NYC's famous diamond district for 30 years and his great uncle was a founder of the Israeli Diamond Exchange.  Dan initially resisted jumping into the family business and originally planned to work in biological engineering, but spent the years after graduating college as a serial entrepreneur in such diverse industries as computer software, online games, and merchant services.
Serilda Summers-McGee is the Founder and Principal of Workplace Change, LLC, a human resources consultancy that guides, advises, and encourages business to achieve external growth and transition, while incorporating Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) into HR systems. Most recently, Serilda was Chief Human Resources Officer for the City of Portland, Oregon.
Jonathan Sichel is the General Manager of Content Acquisitions and Operations at Discovery Inc, where he oversees 18 different lifestyle networks and manages 11 different brands.  Prior to joining Discovery, Jonathan worked as a vice president of programming business development at America Online. 
Tom Davidson is the CEO and co-founder of EVERFI a global educational technology company driving social change through education to address the most challenging issues affecting society. Founded in 2008, EVERFI is fueled by its Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) community engagement platform and has reached more than 30 million learners globally. 
Lisa Witter is the Executive Chairperson and co-founder of Apolitical, a platform that trains public servants in various areas to improve their ability to serve in governmental positions. Prior to launching Apolitical, Lisa was the Chief Strategy Officer and Chief Operating Officer at Fenton Communications, the largest public interest communications firm in the U.S..
Emily Hughes is Marketing Lead for Mobilize, the events management and volunteer recruitment platform designed to connect organizations and their supporters. She is a self-described growth marketing specialist and business strategist.
Shawn is the Chief Executive Officer of boodleAI, the leading machine learning peer-to-peer platform that empowers nonprofits to connect with and engage new donors and supporters and companies to find their best customers. Shawn started his career in the U.S Army in the 82nd Airborne Division before transitioning to the private sector as a logistics operations and technology consultant as well as an IT strategy management consultant.
Shawn is the Chief Executive Officer of boodleAI, the leading machine learning peer-to-peer platform that empowers nonprofits to connect with and engage new donors and supporters and companies to find their best customers. Shawn started his career in the U.S Army in the 82nd Airborne Division before transitioning to the private sector as a logistics operations and technology consultant as well as an IT strategy management consultant.
Alden Zecha is a founding partner at We Scale Impact, a consulting firm that focuses on supporting early stage social enterprise clients. He is also Managing Director for an angel investment group, Sidecar Angels. Over the course of his career he has raised over $50 million in capital for a variety of ventures.
Shawn is the Chief Executive Officer of boodleAI, the leading machine learning peer-to-peer platform that empowers nonprofits to connect with and engage new donors and supporters and companies to find their best customers. Shawn started his career in the U.S Army in the 82nd Airborne Division before transitioning to the private sector as a logistics operations and technology consultant as well as an IT strategy management consultant.
Shawn is the Chief Executive Officer of boodleAI, the leading machine learning peer-to-peer platform that empowers nonprofits to connect with and engage new donors and supporters and companies to find their best customers. Shawn started his career in the U.S Army in the 82nd Airborne Division before transitioning to the private sector as a logistics operations and technology consultant as well as an IT strategy management consultant.
Serilda Summers-McGee is the Founder and Principal of Workplace Change, LLC, a Human Resources consultancy created to guide, advise, and encourage the business world through internal as well as external growth and transition, while incorporating Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion into HR systems. Serilda has been an HR/DEI innovator for over 15 years, honing her ability to identify challenges and opportunities while teaching the masses how to be better leaders.
Serilda Summers-McGee is the Founder and Principal of Workplace Change, LLC, a Human Resources consultancy created to guide, advise, and encourage the business world through internal as well as external growth and transition, while incorporating Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion into HR systems.
Joshua Dick transformed a small family business, Urnex Brands, which sells cleaning products for commercial and household coffee equipment, into one of the worldwide leaders in the coffee industry. Josh was the CEO of Urnex for over 13 years before he sold the business and moved to Florence, Italy with his family.
Courtney Spaeth is the founder and CEO of Growth Period, a strategic business development and transaction advisory services firm. She began her career working as one of the very few women in the national security sector, including several government agencies such as the Department of Justice. 
Joshua Dick transformed a small family business, Urnex Brands, which sells cleaning products for commercial and household coffee equipment, into one of the worldwide leaders in the coffee industry. Josh was the CEO of Urnex for over 13 years before he sold the business and moved to Florence, Italy with his family.
Courtney Spaeth is the founder and CEO of Growth Period, a strategic business development and transaction advisory services firm. She began her career working as one of the very few women in the national security sector, including several government agencies such as the Department of Justice. 
Joshua Dick transformed a small family business, Urnex Brands, which sells cleaning products for commercial and household coffee equipment, into one of the worldwide leaders in the coffee industry. Josh was the CEO of Urnex for over 13 years before he sold the business and moved to Florence, Italy with his family.
Courtney Spaeth is the founder and CEO of Growth Period, a strategic business development and transaction advisory services firm. She began her career working as one of the very few women in the national security sector, including several government agencies such as the Department of Justice. 
Pete Birsinger is the CEO and Founder of Picasso, a program that helps brands with their advertising through the transcription and data collection of nearly one million podcasts. Pete also co-founded Podible, a multi-platform podcast app that learns what you love and suggests new podcasts based on your listening preferences.
Pete Birsinger is the CEO and Founder of Picasso, a program that helps brands with their advertising through the transcription and data collection of nearly one million podcasts. Pete also co-founded Podible, a multi-platform podcast app that learns what you love and suggests new podcasts based on your listening preferences.
Joshua Haynes is the founder of Masawa, a mental wellness social impact fund. After living with mental illness for decades Joshua came to realize that his unhealthy relationship with food was linked to his poor mental health. He began to take serious steps to strengthen his own mental health, but noticed that, despite statistics that showed high rates of mental illness in the American public, many investors were not focused on funding technologies that promote mental wellness. Joshua founded Masawa in 2019 in order to invest in innovative mental wellness technologies that will fill in this gap.
Joshua Haynes is the founder of Masawa, a mental wellness social impact fund. After living with mental illness for decades Joshua came to realize that his unhealthy relationship with food was linked to his poor mental health. He began to take serious steps to strengthen his own mental health, but noticed that, despite statistics that showed high rates of mental illness in the American public, many investors were not focused on funding technologies that promote mental wellness. Joshua founded Masawa in 2019 in order to invest in innovative mental wellness technologies that will fill in this gap.
John Katzman is an American entrepreneur and education evangelist.  He founded The Noodle Companies in 2012 with the mission of increasing transparency and efficiency across the education landscape. For 38 years, John has been a pioneer, innovating new approaches to learning and teaching in higher education.  In 1981, he founded and ran The Princeton Review, which helped thousands of students applying to U.S. colleges and universities each year find, get into, and pay for school. In 2008, John founded 2U (NASDAQ: TWOU), an educational tech company that builds and runs high-quality online degree programs for leading nonprofit colleges and universities.
Tom Davidson is the CEO and co-founder of EVERFI a global educational technology company driving social change through education to address the most challenging issues affecting society ranging from financial wellness to prescription drug safety to workplace conduct to name a few. Founded in 2008, EVERFI is fueled by its Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) community engagement platform and has reached more than 30 million learners globally. 
Tom Holland is the CEO of Team Holland LLC, a fitness consulting company that works with brands like Bowflex, Beachbody and Sportwater. He is an exercise physiologist, fitness guru and a certified sports nutritionist with over three decades of experience in the fitness world. Tom has designed and produced multiple fitness videos, written articles for a variety of fitness magazines, and appeared on a variety of television programs. He has also authored 7 books including his latest: The Micro-Workout Plan: Get the Body You Want without the Gym in 15 Minutes or Less a Day which was published in April 2020.
Tom Holland is the CEO of Team Holland LLC, a fitness consulting company that works with brands like Bowflex, Beachbody and Sportwater. He is an exercise physiologist, fitness guru and a certified sports nutritionist with over three decades of experience in the fitness world.
Luisa Zhou is the creator of the Employee to Entrepreneur system, which teaches people how to leave their day job and start their own six-figure plus business working for themselves. She’s helped hundreds of students, including health and business coaches, designers, copywriters, and consultants, and shown them how to launch businesses that generate anywhere from $30K to $100K in a matter of months.
Susan Weiner is the founder and CEO of Orange Dot Baking Company, a healthy, flavorful alternative to existing high-glycemic, gluten free breads. Inspired by a review of poverty in her hometown of Charlottesville, VA called the  Orange Dot Report, Susan conceived of Orange Dot Baking Company to generate local employment for single mothers while producing delicious gluten free muffins and breads.
Luisa Zhou is the creator of the Employee to Entrepreneur system, which teaches people how to leave their day job and start their own six-figure plus business working for themselves. She’s helped hundreds of students, including health and business coaches, designers, copywriters, and consultants, and shown them how to launch businesses that generate anywhere from $30K to $100K in a matter of months.
Mei Xu is a Chinese-American entrepreneur, business leader and the founder and CEO of two global lifestyle brands, Chesapeake Bay Candle and Blissliving Home and MeiXu.com. Mei created Chesapeake Bay Candle in 1994, and grew it into a global designer, marketer and manufacturer of home fragrance products sold through major U.S. retailers on Amazon.com including Target, Kohl’s, and Bed, Bath & Beyond. 
Luisa Zhou is the creator of the Employee to Entrepreneur system, which teaches people how to leave their day job and start their own six-figure plus business working for themselves. She’s helped hundreds of students, including health and business coaches, designers, copywriters, and consultants, and shown them how to launch businesses that generate anywhere from $30K to $100K in a matter of months. Luisa has also appeared in numerous online and print publications including Forbes, Inc, Entrepreneur, Success magazine, and more. A graduate of Princeton University, Luisa majored in electrical engineering and minored in robotics. Before starting her own business, she worked as an International Space Station engineer for Boeing, a mobile payments start-up co-founder, and a digital advertising manager.
Pete Ingram-Cauchi is the CEO of iD Tech, a summer computer camp that specializes in providing computer technology education to kids and children ages 7 through 18. There are iD Tech Camps at more than 150 U.S. college and university campuses focused on coding, game development, robotics, and creative skills. 
Pete Ingram-Cauchi is the CEO of iD Tech, a summer computer and coding camp that specializes in providing computer technology education to kids and children ages 7 through 18. There are iD Tech Camps at more than 150 U.S. college and university campuses focused on coding, game development, robotics, and creative skills. 
Andrew Dana is the co-owner of Timber Pizza, an award winning pizza restaurant, and Call Your Mother, a Jewish deli in Washington, D.C. A few years back at a local tech company, Andrew and his partner, Chris Brady met and became buddies who shared two primary passions in life: pizza and basketball.  Shortly thereafter they agreed that it was their love of pizza they would pursue and decided to go pro at making sauce and dough.
Sarah Polon is the founder of Soupergirl, a Washington D.C.-based company that sells healthy, vegan soups with locally-sourced ingredients.  It was Michael Pollan’s book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, that inspired Sarah to quit her job and start a food business to educate her community on the importance of connecting with the food they eat and properly nourishing their bodies.
Andrew Dana is the co-owner of Timber Pizza, an award winning pizza restaurant, and Call Your Mother, a Jewish deli in Washington, D.C. A few years back at a local tech company, Andrew and his partner, Chris Brady met and became buddies who shared two primary passions in life: pizza and basketball.  Shortly thereafter they agreed that it was their love of pizza they would pursue and decided to go pro at sauce and dough.
Sarah Polon is the founder of Soupergirl, a Washington D.C.-based company that sells healthy, vegan soups with locally-sourced ingredients.  It was Michael Pollan’s book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, that inspired Sarah to quit her job and start a food business to educate her community on the importance of connecting with the food they eat and properly nourishing their bodies. Today, Soupergirl has two brick-and-mortar shops and delivers soups all over the country.
Mitch Berliner, co-founder and owner of Bethesda Central Farm Market, has been a trailblazer and entrepreneur in the food industry for over 30 years. Shortly after graduating from college, he started the gourmet-to-go concept. A few years later he founded Berliner Foods which introduced people in the Mid-Atlantic region to their favorite treats:  Haagen Dazs, Ben & Jerry’s, Dove Bars, and many other high quality and organic frozen products.
Andrew Dana is the co-owner of Timber Pizza, an award winning pizza restaurant, and Call Your Mother, a Jewish deli in Washington, D.C. A few years back at a local tech company, Andrew and his partner, Chris Brady met and became buddies who shared two primary passions in life: pizza and basketball.  Shortly thereafter they agreed that it was their love of pizza they would pursue and decided to go pro at sauce and dough.
Sarah Polon is the founder of Soupergirl, a Washington D.C.-based company that sells healthy, vegan soups with locally-sourced ingredients.  It was Michael Pollan’s book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, that inspired Sarah to quit her job and start a food business to educate her community on the importance of connecting with the food they eat and properly nourishing their bodies. Today, Soupergirl has two brick-and-mortar shops and delivers soups all over the country.
Kevin McMullin--- the founder and Head of Talent at Collegewise, the world’s largest college admissions counseling company. Kevin founded Collegewise in Irvine, California, in 1999 using his last paycheck from his previous job. He started out that fall working with nine students at their kitchen tables to help them find the right colleges and complete their applications. But just one year later, over 100 families were enrolled in the Collegewise program, and Kevin was no longer the only counselor.
Luisa Zhou is the creator of the Employee to Entrepreneur System, which teaches people how to leave their day job and start their own six-figure plus business working for themselves. She’s helped hundreds of students, including health and business coaches, designers, copywriters, and consultants, and shown them how to launch businesses that generate anywhere from $30K to $100K in a matter of months.
Teri Ijeoma is the Founder and CEO of “Invest with Teri”, an online courses teaching you how to make money day trading on Wall Street. She began her professional career working in education and for nonprofits.  When she started trading stocks nine years ago, she initially saw it as an opportunity to simply supplement her income. However, she was so successful with this side hustle that in 2017, she decided to quit her job, travel the world, and begin trading full-time.
Susan Weiner is the founder and CEO of Orange Dot Baking Company, which is a healthy, flavorful alternative to existing high-glycemic, gluten free breads. Inspired by a review of poverty in her hometown of Charlottesville, VA called the  Orange Dot Report, Susan conceived of Orange Dot Baking Company to generate local employment for low-income single mothers while producing delicious gluten free muffins and breads.
Mei Xu is a Chinese American entrepreneur, woman business leader, and the founder and CEO of two global lifestyle brands, Chesapeake Bay Candle and Blissliving Home and MeiXu.com. Mei established Chesapeake Bay Candle in 1994, and grew it into a global designer, marketer and manufacturer of home fragrance products sold through major U.S. retailers on Amazon.com including Target, Kohl’s, and Bed, Bath & Beyond, and enjoyed by millions of people around the globe.
Susan Weiner is the founder and CEO of Orange Dot Baking Company, which is a healthy, flavorful alternative to existing high-glycemic, gluten free breads. Inspired by a review of poverty in her hometown of Charlottesville, VA called the  Orange Dot Report, Susan conceived of Orange Dot Baking Company to generate local employment for low-income single mothers while producing delicious gluten free muffins and breads.
Mei Xu is a Chinese American entrepreneur, woman business leader, and the founder and CEO of two global lifestyle brands, Chesapeake Bay Candle and Blissliving Home and MeiXu.com. Mei established Chesapeake Bay Candle in 1994, and grew it into a global designer, marketer and manufacturer of home fragrance products sold through major U.S. retailers on Amazon.com including Target, Kohl’s, and Bed, Bath & Beyond, and enjoyed by millions of people around the globe.
Susan Weiner is the founder and CEO of Orange Dot Baking Company, which is a healthy, flavorful alternative to existing high-glycemic, gluten free breads. Inspired by a review of poverty in her hometown of Charlottesville, VA called the  Orange Dot Report, Susan conceived of Orange Dot Baking Company to generate local employment for low-income single mothers while producing delicious gluten free muffins and breads.
Mei Xu is a Chinese American entrepreneur, woman business leader, and the founder and CEO of two global lifestyle brands, Chesapeake Bay Candle and Blissliving Home and MeiXu.com. Mei established Chesapeake Bay Candle in 1994, and grew it into a global designer, marketer and manufacturer of home fragrance products sold through major U.S. retailers on Amazon.com including Target, Kohl’s, and Bed, Bath & Beyond, and enjoyed by millions of people around the globe.
Susan Weiner is the founder and CEO of Orange Dot Baking Company, which is a healthy, flavorful alternative to existing high-glycemic, gluten free breads. Inspired by a review of poverty in her hometown of Charlottesville, VA called the  Orange Dot Report, Susan conceived of Orange Dot Baking Company to generate local employment for low-income single mothers while producing delicious gluten free muffins and breads.
Steve Blank is a serial entrepreneur and the godfather of the ‘lean startup’ methodology.  In 2013, Forbes listed Steve as one of the 30 most influential people in tech. Later that same year, Steve went on to win the 2013 Silicon Valley Visionary Forum award, and a few weeks later was also honored with the 2013 Northern California Environmental Leadership award. However, put to a vote back in his New York City high school, Steve jokes that he might have been chosen ‘least likely to succeed.’
Steve Blank is a serial entrepreneur and the godfather of the ‘lean startup’ methodology.  In 2013, Forbes listed Steve as one of the 30 most influential people in tech. Later that same year, Steve went on to win the 2013 Silicon Valley Visionary Forum award, and a few weeks later was also honored with the 2013 Northern California Environmental Leadership award. However, put to a vote back in his New York City high school, Steve jokes that he might have been chosen ‘least likely to succeed.’
Dan Moran, president and founder of Concierge Diamonds in Los Angeles, comes from a family of diamond experts: his parents were diamond dealers in NYC's famous diamond district for 30 years and his great uncle was a founder of the Israeli Diamond Exchange.  Dan initially resisted jumping into the family business and originally planned to work in biological engineering, but spent the years after graduating college as a serial entrepreneur in such diverse industries as computer software, online games, and merchant services.
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