MEET OUR ADVISORS, ACADEMIC ADVISORS & MENTORS

MEET OUR ADVISORS+ACADEMIC ADVISORS+MENTORS 2017-02-07T09:58:49+00:00
  • Carmin Black

    Founder | Half United
    Carmin Black is the Founder and Chief Meal Giver at HALF UNITED, a business which donates HALF of its profits to feed children in need. Though HALF UNITED started as a
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  • Stephanie Hay

    Director of Content Strategy | Capital One
    Director of Content Strategy at Capital One. Creator of “Writing for Web & Mobile: A Lean Approach” in Aquent’s GYMNASIUM. Mentor at 500 Startups.
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  • Katina Rohas Joy

    Founder & President | K Joy Global Consulting
    Katina is the founder and President of K Joy Global Consulting, LLC. Last fall, the Governor of Maryland appointed her to serve on the Governors Commission on Hispanic Affairs.
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  • Joe Mechlinski

    CEO & Co-Founder entreQuest | Co-Founder Maverick Local
    Joe is a New York Times best-selling author, speaker, entrepreneur, community activist, husband, and father to two. Despite attending a high school
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  • Rob Wilder

    Co-Founder | ThinkFoodGroup
    Rob Wilder is co-founder with José Andrés of ThinkFoodGroup (TFG), the innovative management company responsible for renowned dining concepts in Washington, DC,
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  • Michael E. Cryor

    President | The Cryor Group, LLC
    Michael E. Cryor is the Chair of OneBaltimore. He is also President of The Cryor Group, LLC, a consultant business devoted to strategic communications. He is respected for his ability
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  • Leslie Woodward

    President & Founder | xPotentially
    Leslie is President and founder of xPotentially, a consulting firm dedicated to bringing conscious and intuitive leadership and corporate cultures to the forefront of the
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  • Jill A. T. Sorensen

    Principal at Bilyan, LLC
    Jill Sorensen is a senior innovation manager with over twenty-five years of experience in emerging technology, intellectual asset, business and economic development management.
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  • Richard B. Beedon

    Impact Investor and Evangelist, Entrepreneur, Speaker
    Richard (Dick) has spent over 40 years in the technology market, starting with IBM in 1977. During that time, Dick acted as the principal financial and strategic architect
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  • Jacques Panis

    President | Shinola
      Jacques Panis joined Shinola in 2010 to lead the company’s product development and strategic brand direction. Prior to Shinola, Jacques oversaw the
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    • Brian Le Gette

      CEO | ZeroChroma
      Brian is an accomplished entrepreneur, innovator and chief executive with a portfolio of successes, orchestrating and helping others to orchestrate, the
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    • Ahmad Ashkar

      Founder & CEO | Hult Prize Foundation
      Mr. Ahmad Ashkar is the Founder and CEO of the Hult Prize Foundation – named in a TIME Magazine cover story featuring the top five ideas changing the world.
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    • Tina C. Naser

      Principal | Oliver Wyman
      Tina is a Principal at Oliver Wyman. An energetic and passionate business leader, Tina has over 20 years of experience working with diverse private and public
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    • Harry Alford

      CEO | Humble Ventures
      Harry Alford is the CEO, impact at humble ventures. Harry oversees all aspects of humble including fundraising, strategic growth of the organization,
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    • Glenford Patterson

      Co-Founder | The Money Hub
      Mr. Patterson is an entrepreneur, and a venture advisor/mentor supporting startups effort throughout New York City independently as well as through
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    • Christina Hachikian

      Exec. Director | Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation
      Christina Hachikian is the executive director of the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
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    • Charles Moore

      Attorney | White and Case LLP
      Charles C. Moore is a counsel in the Washington, D.C. office of the global law firm White & Case LLP. His practice focuses on antitrust law, with significant experience
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    • Joe Carlini

      Co-Founder | McKean Defence Group Inc.
      Joseph L. Carlini is the co-founder, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of McKean Defense Group Inc., an engineering and technology solutions firm that provides
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    • Nora Schultz

      Founder | Naturally Nora, Inc.
      Nora Schultz is a classically-trained CPG marketer and entrepreneur with twenty years of leadership experience in start-up, mid-sized and Fortune 500 new product and services
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    • David Conley

      Founder | SavingsSquirrel
      Dave is an avid entrepreneur, startup mentor, and speaker. He started his first business while still in college. Later, he spent 12 years at AOL building the consumer Internet for
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    • Pete Oliver-Krueger

      Owner | MillionMunkeys
      Pete Oliver-Krueger is a Lean/Agile coach, software architect, UX designer, and trainer in the DC area, with 20 years of experience in
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    • Nathan Havey

      CEO & Founder | Thrive Consulting Group
      Nathan began working in online communications as a congressional aide on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. He expanded his skill set doing PR and targeted outreach for
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    • Greg W. Evans

      Partner | The Porter Group
      Greg joined the Porter Group and Conscious Venture Lab in 2013 as a primary investor,consultant and mentor. He has extensive experience building and managing
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    • Tony Loyd

      Global Talent Management Executive
      Tony Loyd is a senior-level executive with a passion for developing leaders and growing high potential talent. He is a change-maker who works with social entrepreneurs to make
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    • Peter Ryan

      Co-Founder & Partner | Ryan & Wetmore, PC
      Peter Ryan, CPA, co-founded Ryan & Wetmore, PC with Michael Wetmore, CPA in 1988. Extensively experienced with many industries, Pete's accounting and consulting
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    • Isis M. Bous, Esq.

      Founder | LawRex.com
      Isis is the founder of The Lawyer Referral Exchange (LawRex.com), the first lawyer-to-lawyer referral exchange and management platform created exclusively for lawyers to
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    • Pamela Lynne Sorensen

      Founder | Pamela's Punch
      Pamela attended the Pennsylvania State University in State College, Pennsylvania, where she was a Tri-Delta and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech
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    • Stephan Little

      CEO & President | Zero Limits Ventures
      With over 40 years of entrepreneurial business building success, Steve commands an uncommon breadth of experience and knowledge. He is widely recognized as
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    • Justin B. Abad

      Proprietor | A. M. Wine Shoppe
      Originally from St. Petersburg, Florida Justin found himself in Washington, D.C. in 2001 attending The George Washington University and majoring in Psychology and Political
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    • Julie Kirk

      Director | US Department of Commerce
      Julie Lenzer Kirk was recently appointed as the Director for the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship within the Economic Development Administration at the U.S.
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    • Tessa Lucero Bennett

      CPA | Ryan & Wetmore PC
      Tessa is a Certified Public Accountant with over 17 years of experience serving and consulting businesses in all phases of the organizational life cycle.
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    • Beverly May

      Founder & Principal | OTV
      Beverly is the founder and principal of OTV: Oxford Technology Ventures, a boutique user experience, product strategy and product development consultancy based in New York
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    • Betsy Cerulo

      CEO | AdNet/AccountNet, Inc.
      Betsy Cerulo is the founder and CEO of AdNet/AccountNet, Inc., with offices in Catonsville, Maryland. The company was started in 1990. The organizations
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    • Oliver Guinness

      Managing Director | Clearpoint Ventures
      Clearpoint Ventures is a New York City based venture firm that backs entrepreneurs working to build a cleaner, more conscious economy.
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    • Yanik Silver

      Founder | Maverick1000
      Yanik Silver is a serial entrepreneur who has built multiple successful online businesses even though he still considers himself a “techno dunce.” He has successfully
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    • David Gillespie

      AIA, ALEM, CSI, LEED® AP
      David is a registered architect with deep experience in commercial, healthcare, and industrial projects. He has recently focused on data / fire /security projects, facility risk,
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    • Kathleen Warner

      Business Leader | Strategist | Connector
      Kathleen is a seasoned business leader, strategist and connector with over 20 years of executive & leadership experience across the private and public sectors.
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    • Jonathan Aberman

      Founder & Manag. Director | Amplifier Ventures
      Jonathan Aberman is the founder and Managing Director of Amplifier Ventures (www.amplifierventures.com), a seed and early stage venture capital fund based
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    • Pam Rothenberg

      Man. Partner | Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice
      Pam Rothenberg is the Managing Partner of the Washington, DC office of Womble Carlyle Sandride and Rice, LLP where she practices in the areas of commercial real estate
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    • Steve Polo

      Partner | OPX Global
      A recognized thought leader and frequent author, speaker and panelist, Steve has pioneered a new way of looking at organizations and productivity. He has
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    • Neal Wilkinson

      CEO | Caisson Advisors
      Neal has spent the last 22 years in the institutional investment industry. Prior to taking the helm at Caisson Advisors, Neal was Founder and CEO at Sparta Asset
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    • Pam Miller

      CEO | Summit Global Strategies
      Pam is the Ex-VP of Sustainability for Medco and Community Investment for Medco, the $70BB pharmaceutical company which was the number 1 ranked most admired
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    • R. Edward Freeman

      University Professor | University of Virginia
      R. Edward Freeman joined the Darden School of Business Administration in 1987. Currently he is University Professor and Elis and Signe Olsson Professor of Business Administration
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    • Raj Sisodia

      Author | Speaker | Conscious Capitalist
      A founding member of the Conscious Capitalism movement, Raj Sisodia is FW Olin Distinguished Professor of Global Business and Whole Foods Market Research Scholar in
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    • S. Tien Wong

      Chairman & CEO | Opus8, Inc.
      Mr. S. Tien Wong is a tech entrepreneur, CEO, and angel investor. He is Chairman of Tech 2000, Inc., an EdTech company which provides tech training,
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    • Gary Williams

      CEO & Founder | wRatings.com
      Caring for and engaging customers is a foundational tenet for stakeholder focused companies. Truly sustainable organizations rely on loyal customers to give them
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    • Kelly Marie McVearry, PhD

      CSO | Ekagra Technologies
      Dr. McVearry is the Chief Scientific Officer for Ekagra Technologies, a health information technology company that serves the pharmaceutical industry and government
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    • Sam DiFrank

      VP - Acquisitions | ROSS Companies
      Sam has spent his career in multiple segments of the Commercial Real Estate industry including, Banking, Corporate Finance, Acquisitions, Dispositions, Development
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    • Monika Jansen

      Copywriter & Editor Extraordinaire
      Monika is passionate about telling stories of startups, companies, and the people behind them. She’s a prolific copywriter and editor who pulls brand messaging and storytelling
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    • Chris Lefebvre

      President & CEO | ISI Professional Services
      Mr. Lefebvre, a Service-Disabled Veteran, directs the strategic and operational positioning of ISI Professional Services (ISI), a Washington, D.C. based consulting firm
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    • Matt Haley

      Owner & Executive Chef | SoDel Concepts
      "In Memory of our Friend." Over the past two decades, Matt Haley has created an empire of culinary excellence for the Eastern shore. The stable success of his endeavors convey
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    • Kathy Benson

      Visionary Entrepreneur
      Kathy Benson is a dynamic entrepreneur whose company, ORI, founded with business partner Sue Lynd, celebrated its 25th anniversary this year – and is now a multi-
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    • Tom Gardner

      CEO | The Motley Fool
      A frequently sought-after investment expert, commentator, and educator, Tom Gardner co-founded The Motley Fool in 1993 with his brother, David, and now serves as Chief
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    • Kyla Fullenwider

      Co-Founder | Imperative + Faculty
      Kyla Fullenwider is an entrepreneur, educator, and social designer who works to improve the quality of life of communities. She has partnered with a range of cities,
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