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tim gordon | 2.17.17 (LIVE)


Tim Gordon has been voicing his opinion on films, appearing regularly on television and radio for over two decades. He simultaneously serves as Executive Director and Chairman of the Foundation for the Advancement of African-Americans in Film (FAAAF) and President of the Washington Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA). Gordon’s reviews have aired on WETA-TV’s Around Town since 2005. He currently hosts the weekly online radio film show, Keeping It Reel with FilmGordon on BlogTalkRadio. In addition, his work has been featured in publications such as USA Today, JET magazine and BET Weekend. He is also a former member of the Variety Magazine Bureau of Film Critics (Washington, D.C. chapter).

towan isom | 2.3.17 (LIVE)

Isom Global Strategies

Towan Isom is President and CEO of Isom Global Strategies. She brings over 15 years of proven experience in strategic planning and management, as well as the spearheading of public education initiatives. Towan is a revered pioneer in the development of marketing plans, communication messaging, and strategy enhancement, and an industry leader in partner development and community involvement initiatives. Often cited is Towan’s ability to create, implement, manage, and oversee complementary, comprehensive, and culturally sensitive public education campaigns designed to create attitudinal and behavioral change.

irfana noorani | 3.31.17 (LIVE)

11th Street Bridge Park / Anacostia River Fest

Irfana Jetha Noorani is the Deputy Director of the 11th Street Bridge Park, a project of Building Bridges Across the River, in Washington D.C. Along with fundraising for the Bridge Park, Irfana works closely with local stakeholders to plan community-driven programs like the annual Anacostia River Festival and other placekeeping initiatives in the adjoining neighborhoods. She also promotes the project’s work around equity by providing planning and implementation support on the Bridge Park’s Equitable Development Plan.  Previously, Irfana worked with The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in the Performing Arts Program and for New York Live Arts as the Manager of Institutional Giving. Irfana was an Arts Management Fellow at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She holds a BA in Dance & Movement Studies and International Relations from Emory University in her hometown of Atlanta, GA.

Natalia olson-urtecho | 3.17.17 (LIVE)

Former SBA Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator

Natalia Olson-Urtecho was the Regional Administrator for the United States Small Business Administration. As Regional Administrator for Region III, Olson-Urtecho was responsible for the delivery and management of SBA’s small business programs, financial assistance, and business development program initiatives throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Olson-Urtecho has more than 15 years of experience working with international, regional and local entities in the Philadelphia region and abroad in Latin America, Eastern Europe and Asia. While at the U.S. Department of State, Olson-Urtecho worked in Budapest, Hungary, on NATO accession, economic and political policies, environmental issues, science and technology property rights, infrastructure development and served as chief of protocol. 

harold pettigrew | 3.3.17 (LIVE)


As Wacif’s Executive Director, Harold leads one of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area’s leading CDFI’s focused on small business lending. Since 1987, Wacif has invested nearly $30 million in strategic financing to small businesses, child care and community facilities, and affordable housing developments in underserved communities throughout the region. Harold has spent his career in economic development, with 15 years of experience in small business development, venture capital investing, transportation and transit, workforce development and public sector management. Prior to joining Wacif, he was the Director of Entrepreneurship for the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED), and served as an advisor to the World Bank on private sector, small business development, and business licensing strategies in Somaliland and greater Somalia.

angelica & jason | 2.24.17 (LIVE) 

Naturally Perfect Dolls

Angelica and Jason appeared January 2017 on ABC's Shark Tank for their dolls, which won them an investment from Shark Damond Johns. "We are creating Naturally Perfect Dolls to let girls know that they are beautiful. Our girls need to see a reflection of their own unique beauty. It’s time for our young girls to have a new standard."​  They began to develop The Angelica Doll and give serious thought to the things they wanted to do for young girls; realizing that Angelica had been influenced by society’s standard of beauty for as long as she could remember. "Here I am – 27 years old, and I am honestly just beginning to walk into who I am, my natural beauty. I want this to happen earlier, not only for my daughters but for your daughter, your niece, your sister, and for all young girls around the world." I want this to happen for all the young girls who never felt pretty enough because of their kinks, curls, wider noses or fuller lips.

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D.L. chandler | 2.10.17 (LIVE)

Culture and Music Critic and Journalist

D.L. Chandler is a veteran of the Washington D.C. Metro writing scene,
working as a journalist, reporter and culture critic. Getting his
start in the late 1990s in print, D.L. joined the growing field of
online reporting in 1998. His first big break came with the
now-defunct Politically Black in 1999, the nation's first Black
political news portal. D.L. has worked in the past for OkayPlayer, MTV
News, Metro Connection and several other publications and magazines.
D.L., a native Washingtonian, resides in the Greater Washington area.

marc carr | 3.10.17 (LIVE)

Impact HUB DC

Marc’s passion for social justice and entrepreneurship has led him to work on civil rights campaigns in the deep south and organize community forums in the U.S. and West Africa. Marc’s professional experience includes heading the sales division of a major international corporation in West Africa, consulting for the United Nations Foundation, and working as a Social Media Analyst for McKinsey & Co.  Impact Hub Washington DC is a membership community of entrepreneurs, activists, creatives, and professionals taking action to drive positive social, economic and environmental change.