Bridgit Dengel Gaspard | January 15
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.
Chef Rahman 'Rock' Harper | January 12
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.
Tim Gordon | February 5
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
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Tracy Vontelle Green and Nancey Harris | January 22
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.
Shellée Haynesworth | February 12
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."
Xavier Epps | January 29
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.
Location: Washington, DC
Mac Conwell II | February 19
"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.