Kerrie LaRosa | April 9

LaRosa Parent Coach

Parent coach, Kerrie LaRosa, is serving families in the Greater Washington Area. For more than 10 years, Kerrie has helped families manage children's behavioral issues and adjust to family transitions; working with parents to understand their child's temperament, navigate their child's developmental stages and learn effective discipline techniques. Kerrie holds a Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts from Boston College. She holds a California clinical social worker license. 

Mac Conwell II | February 19

RareBreed VC

"McKeever “Mac” Conwell II is a software engineer by trade and was a former DOD contractor with a top-secret clearance. He was a two-time founder with an exit and a failure. In September 2020, Mac founded RareBreed VC, a pre-seed fund that invests in exceptional founders outside of large tech ecosystems." During his four years there, Mac amassed experience leading an initiative to create the Minority Business Pre-seed Fund, the first and only, at the time, a state-backed pre-seed fund for women and minorities in the country. 

Xavier Epps | January 29

FinanceGuyX and XNE Financial Advising

Currently serving in a senior role for the District of Columbia government, Xavier's industry experience stems back to 2003 across private, public, and non-profit. Some of his prior roles include licensed Wall Street Financial Broker for FBR Capital Markets, Senior Budget Analyst for the USPS Office of the Inspector General, and Senior Financial Advisor for SBA.

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Nikki Brooks, PhD | March 12

Zen In A Jar

Dr. Nikki is the Creator of Zen in a Jar and your guide to self-care. What started as a hobby grew to a means of financing her doctoral degree, and eventually became her full-time career. Zen in a Jar is the sweet spot where aromatherapy meets body chemistry. By the end of 2018, Brooks realized that ZIJ was my true passion and resigned from a six-figure job as an IT Project Manager in the federal government. I have not looked back! ZIJ has a production and retail space in District Heights, MD and ships worldwide. 

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Tracy Vontelle Green and Nancey Harris | January 22

Vontelle Eyewear

Vontélle was founded in 2019 to satisfy the demand for vibrant, fashion-forward eyewear. Each of our products and accessories is designed to pay homage to our African ancestry with traditional colors and patterns that channel our African, Caribbean, and Latino heritage.

Bridgit Dengel Gaspard | March 19

The Final 8th Book Club Closing

Author Bridgit Dengel Gaspard returns as we close out the BTM Radio Show The Final 8th Bookclub on March 19th.

Bridgit Dengel Gaspard, LCSW, is the author of The Final 8th: Enlist Your Inner Selves to Accomplish Your Goals and founder of the New York Voice Dialogue Institute. She is a former performer who earned a Master's degree from Columbia University and teaches at numerous professional settings including Omega Institute.

Amy-Louse Shelver | April 2

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

Over her 15 year career, Amy-Louise has worked on major communications projects, campaigns, and strategies to drive narrative change, tell compelling stories, influence opinion, and manage crises and reputation. She has consulted widely, both domestically in South Africa, and internationally, across the economic, finance and banking, industrial and manufacturing, retail, built environment and engineering, tourism, tech, digital and media industries. Her work includes strategic projects for the United Nations, South African Department of Arts, Ford Motor Company (Africa), Experian (Africa), Black & Veatch, among others.​

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Ian Callender | March 26

Suite Nation

Southwest resident Ian Callender has led the arts and culture scene of our community into a new era. Born and raised in DC, Callender now has a number of cultural arts spaces in the quadrant.  He is the owner of Suite Nation, a CBE certified event design firm; the former Co-Founder and Executive Director of Culture House (formerly Blind Whino SW Arts Club),; and he co-owns the newly launched Sandlot Southwest in Buzzard Point, an outdoor cultural arts event space adjacent to Audi Field and Nationals Park. 

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Shellée Haynesworth | February 12

Black Broadway on U

Shellee is Executive Producer and Creator for Black Broadway on U, a Transmedia Project. Before there was the Harlem Renaissance, there was the DC Renaissance, along with Washington, D.C.'s U Street/Shaw community corridor known as the “Black Broadway” era. From the early 1900s to the late 1950s, this culturally vibrant Black Washington corridor was America’s “Black Mecca”, where black-owned businesses and a highly educated middle class thrived in a "city within a city."

Bridgit Dengel Gaspard | January 15

The Final 8th Bookclub Launch

Bridgit Dengel Gaspard, LCSW, is the author of The Final 8th: Enlist Your Inner Selves to Accomplish Your Goals and founder of the New York Voice Dialogue Institute. She is a former performer who earned a Master's degree from Columbia University and teaches at numerous professional settings including Omega Institute.

Tim Gordon | February 5

Film Gordon

Critics Choice Award Critic, SAG, and Host of Keeping It Reel with FilmGordon, Tim Gordon has been voicing his opinion on films 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). G

Chef Rahman 'Rock' Harper | January 12

RockSolid Creative Food Group

Chef Rock has extensive restaurant experience, most notably serving as the Executive Chef for B. Smith’s in Washington DC from 1999 until 2007. Chef Rock gained national recognition when he won Season 3 (2007) of the Fox Reality television cooking show Hell’s Kitchen, hosted by the legendary Chef Gordon Ramsay. he is currently the owner of Queen Mother's.