Kira is a certified relationship coach, author, blogger, loneliness expert, and speaker. As author of Stop Being Lonely: Three Simple Steps to Developing Close Friendships and Deep Relationships, she speaks publicly on the topic of loneliness, as it's a problem of epidemic proportions in our modern times. I maintain a private coaching practice in San Francisco where I help business partners, couples, and individuals develop closeness - the antidote to loneliness - in their relationships. You can catch Kira's blogs on Psychology Today, Time, The Huffington Post, Elite Daily and more.
Darlene Gillard Jones is one of the founding members, a Partner and the Partnership Director, Community & Events, digitalundivided. (DID) a company that invests in the success of Black and Latina women tech Founders by providing them with the tools to build and scale high growth companies. Darlene has more than 20 years of diversified experience managing large-scale projects for brands like eBay, BlogHer, and the International Downtown Association, Essence Magazine, Essence Music Festival, Women’s Wear Daily, W, and Elle Magazine and is the founder of Gillard Jones Agency.
Now serving as the Senior Editor for the iconic EBONY Magazine brand, she has been hailed as one of the smartest, sharpest young editors in the online world. A 2007 and 2008 Black Weblog Award Winner for Best Personal Blog (Popular Vote) and 2010 winner for Best Microblog, Lemieux and has conducted/participated in numerous panel discussions about social media networking, women’s issues and relationships. She has also appeared on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” “The Michael Eric Dyson Show,” WBAI’s “The Spin” and “Al B. In The Afternoon” on Philadelphia’s 900AM WURD. In 2010, she was ranked #94 on Black Web 2.0′s list of “The Most Influential Black Women on Twitter.”
With over 15 years of experience in community-based art programming, public art projects, and arts real estate, Rachel Dickerson brings a passion for integrating art into our everyday experiences. At the request of a childhood mentor and after graduating from Guilford College in 1999, Rachel dedicated three years to creating a vision and establishing a community-based art program called New Community ArtSpace in the Shaw neighborhood of Washington, DC. After 9 years as a public art manager at the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, she has returned to ArtSpace as the Director.
Rowe is the founder of Joulez and Design Thinking DC. She is an MIT Sloan Fellow in Innovation & Global Leadership and has held senior leadership positions in private sector and government with a distinguished track record of leading successful business, technology, and organization transformations. Highly adept at building and leading effective teams. Experience leading large-scale technology and culture change initiatives for Fortune 100 corporations and government agencies. Proven record of success leading high-profile programs.
Starting as a merchandiser for a jewelry firm, Plange went on to work as a designer for various sportswear brands for 11 years, before establishing, gradually working her way up to Creative Director before launching her own fashion brand. Since its inception, Mimi Plange has been featured in The New York Times, T Magazine, Vogue.com, Vogue UK,Vogue India, WWD, Harpers Bazaar,ELLE, Marie Claire, Glamour Magazine,Cosmopolitan, Time Out Dubai, Genlux,Nylon, and Zink, and worn by First Lady, Michelle Obama, Rihanna, Vanessa Hudgens, Kristin Cavallari, Mary Birdsong, Shenae Grimes, Jennifer Missoni, Janelle Monae, Michelle Trachtenberg, Katrina Graham, Regina King, and Estelle.
Business partners Ben Young, CEO, and Greg Coleman, president and chief operating officer, are seeking an investment for Sworkit, an interactive fitness app that offers video workouts and customizable routines. The founders of Rockville-based Nexercise Inc. appeared amongst entrepreneurs pitching investor “sharks” Friday, February 19, 2016 on the newest season episode of ABC’s “Shark Tank.” They walked away with the show’s largest ever deal for a tech product — $1.5 million from investor Mark Cuban . “The exposure from the Shark Tank with allow us to reach even more users.” Sworkit was at No. 3 in the most popular free health and fitness apps in the App Store.
For over twenty-two years, Jason has been responsible for conceptualizing, developing and marketing creative content for Atlanta’s legendary, FunkJazz Kafé Arts & Music Festival, an unscripted festival environment with a backdrop of innovative and progressive music held in the City Of Atlanta for his contributions to the city’s music, film, and cultural arts communities. As a filmmaker, he’s the director, writer, and producer of the documentary film, “FunkJazz Kafé: Diary Of A Decade (The Story Of A Movement)” and he is currently a producer of the “Maynard” documentary on visionary, Maynard Jackson.
David is an architect, entrepreneur, and educator. He is the founder and executive director of Librii, a company establishing a network of
21st-century libraries that provide urban youth with access to
world-class digital experiences. David has a background in ecologically and socially-equitable design, having trained under Pliny Fisk III at the Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems in Austin, Texas. He has held leadership positions on three university teams in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon competition and contributed at a high level, both professionally and academically, to projects on the cutting edge of environmental sustainability and public interest design.