Damon Lawrence + Marcus Carey | February 1
In 2014, Howard Grad, Damon created the Homage Hospitality brand and oversees operations and creative direction. Damon began his journey in the nation's capital as a front desk agent for the Thompson Hotel Group’s Donovan House Hotel in Midtown DC and within management ranks at companies such as Ritz Carlton, Intercontinental Hotel Group & Dusit International. Howard Grad, Marcus, after getting his training wheels from stints in private equity w/ CCMP Capital and venture capital w/ SVB Capital, Marcus joined Damon to help launch the Homage Hospitality brand in 2016. He leads our business strategy and fundraising efforts.
Behind The Mind Radio Show is a 1-hour bi-weekly talk show airing LIVE ON Friday 11 am (EST) and Tuesday 7 pm (EST), showcasing design thinkers, visionaries, game changers and innovators; while shedding light on designers of well-known and upcoming products and services both domestically and internationally.
Rovenia Brock Ph.D. | January 11
Author of Lose Your Final 15: Eat 15 Servings, Dr. Ro’s Plan To Eat 15 Servings A Day, Lose 15 Pounds At A Time (Rodale) January, 2017 and of Dr. Ro’s Ten Secrets To Livin’ Healthy (Bantam), Dr.Ro is an award-winning health journalist and television personality known for her easy-to-apply diet, fitness, and health advice for women and families. Dr. Ro has been a leading nutrition coach for over two decades and was named one of the nation’s top 5 nutritionists by More Magazine and Shop Smart (The quick & easy guide from Consumer Reports).
Raheem DeVaughn | January 25
Out of his genuine concern for the community and youth, Raheem founded The LoveLife Foundation, a non-profit organization that enables him to embrace several causes closest to his heart, with an emphasis on HIV/AIDS, domestic violence, mental illness, autism, cancer, education, music, and the arts. Our mission is to improve lives through social development, education, and health and wellness by collaborating with community organizations and foundations to raise awareness and tackle issues that affect our communities.
Women CEOs Who Mean Business Panel | January 18
With the constant conversation and data around women's gap in pay, inclusion, and diversity, and funding in the workplace, Behind The Mind Radio Show will feature three  women in business ranging from 5 years to 30 years to talk about the ups and downs of being a woman in business. No matter the industry. Women share the same stories while celebrating the passion and community of being an entrepreneur and small business owner. According to a 2017 State of Women in Business Report released by American Express OPEN, there are over 11 million businesses in America owned by women generating almost 2 trillion dollars in revenue.
Tim Gordon | February 8
Film Critic, Association President, Festival Director, Film Historian, Radio Host, Film Festival and Award Show Founder, Adjunct Professor, Executive Director, Brand Creator, and lover of ALL things film, Tim Gordon remains a cinema innovator. He 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). In addition, Gordon is a former member of the Variety Magazine Bureau of Film Critics (Washington, D.C., chapter).
Location: Washington, DC