DC Startup Week 2020 DC Startup Week 2020

Monday, September 14, 2020

- EDT
Beyond The Nitro Brew: A New Vision For Workplace Culture In 2020 And Beyond
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Amira El-Gawly
Amira El-Gawly
Manifesta, Founder + CEO

In this inspiring keynote, Amira El-Gawly, Founder + CEO of Manifesta, will offer a paradigm shift for startup leaders seeking to cultivate inspiring workplaces and beloved brands. Living and working through the COVID19 pandemic and racial inequality crises must provoke new ways of thinking and working together. Beyond the cold brew keg and ping pong table, Amira will guide you through the new value proposition for workplace culture. It’s high time we investigate ourselves, and align internal investment with ambitious growth goals.

  • Learn how workplace culture expectations are changing
  • Hear what it takes to build intentional employee experiences
  • Discover new ideas for cultivating healthy people growth
- EDT
Mind the Gap: Avoid Common Pitfalls of Startup Culture
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Cristyn Girolami
Cristyn Girolami
Upside Business Travel, Chief People Officer
LaRae Holliday
LaRae Holliday
EVERFI, Global Head of Talent
Lars Schmidt
Lars Schmidt
Amplify, Founder
Mike Kohn
Mike Kohn
Marts & Lundy, Inc., Chief People Officer
Amira El-Gawly
Amira El-Gawly
Manifesta, Founder + CEO

Building a healthy startup culture is never easy, but it doesn’t have to be complicated. Too many leaders start businesses for the love of the work, but without an understanding of how to lead and manage people, let alone cultivate a positive, growth-oriented environment. In this speed storytelling session, seasoned HR execs who will share their own mistakes and aha moments so you can set yourself up for success.

  • Hear real stories from successful HR leaders
  • Plan your HR strategy from a position of strength
  • Learn how to spot red flags on your team before they become existential crises

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

- EDT
Beyond the Checkbox: Designing An Equitable and AntiRacist Workplace
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Aerica Shimizu Banks
Aerica Shimizu Banks
Shiso LLC, Founder and Principal
Emily Rasowsky
Emily Rasowsky
Women in Tech Campaign, Founder and CEO
Gary Williams
Gary Williams
Creative Theory Agency, Co-Founder
Gigi Gilliard
Gigi Gilliard
Gigi Gilliard Development, Founder
Amira El-Gawly
Amira El-Gawly
Manifesta, Founder + CEO

This year, the business community has been forced to confront the reality of inequity and injustice in the workplace. In this interactive conversation, you’ll hear from diversity, equity, and inclusion experts, creative entrepreneurs, and tech industry veterans to turn that national conversation into clear action. They’ll share their personal experiences of what works—and what doesn’t—so you can design a business model that makes space for all.

  • Learn the difference between diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice
  • See how to embed authenticity into your approach
  • Hear from experts who have worked with leading tech companies like Google and Pinterest
- EDT
Streamlined: How Businesses Can Recognize & Overcome Costly Internal Communications Challenges
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Lizabeth Wesely-Casella
Lizabeth Wesely-Casella
L-12 Services LLC, CEO
Amira El-Gawly
Amira El-Gawly
Manifesta, Founder + CEO

An interactive presentation with case studies and audience participation, this presentation will keep people awake and thinking! Lizabeth will discuss where bottlenecks and process breakdown regularly happen for fast growing businesses, and then she will help attendees identify which of the 4 pillars of good internal communication systems they are struggling with - the What, Where, When and How of shared information.

Engaging in real-time discussions, Lizabeth will work through challenges with the audience and provide actionable steps that can be implemented to correct, or prevent, those problems in real time.

The attendees will leave this presentation understanding where to cut waste, prevent problems, and organize their business processes to save time and money.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

- EDT
Workplace Superheroes: Great Managers Are Your Secret Weapon to Loyal, Engaged Employees
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Emily Goodson
Emily Goodson
CultureSmart, Founder and CEO
Jess Szmajda
Jess Szmajda
Axios, CTO
Johnny Ray Austin
Johnny Ray Austin
Till, Chief Technology Officer
Chelsea Raab
Chelsea Raab
FiscalNote, Senior Director, Enterprise Business Development
Amira El-Gawly
Amira El-Gawly
Manifesta, Founder + CEO

The research is clear: According to Gallup, only one in 10 people possess the natural talent to manage. But managing others is something that almost every leader is expected to do. Join us for this interactive session to learn the ways you can better equip your managers to succeed in their roles, build engaged teams, and grow both high-performance and business impact.

  1. Learn the critical components and superpowers behind managing effectively
  2. Get your most pressing questions answered by a management-training expert
  3. Leave with a plan to better support your managers (and yourself)
- EDT
Fireside Chat: Optimizing Operations for Greater Team Wellbeing
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Susan Tynan
Susan Tynan
Framebridge, Founder and CEO
Zuhairah Scott Washington
Zuhairah Scott Washington
Expedia Group, SVP & GM, Global Head of Strategic Partners
Amira El-Gawly
Amira El-Gawly
Manifesta, Founder + CEO

Every startup leader wants to have a great culture; the challenge is how to make that happen. In this moderated panel, get real-time practical guidance from these people-loving startup leaders with reputations for building strong, healthy teams.

  • Learn how to move from broad vision to individual accountability
  • Get ideas for how to embed cultural strategy in your company’s daily operations
  • Understand what it takes to align your team for high performance while remaining agile and flexible. 

Thursday, September 17, 2020

- EDT
Building the Future of Great Remote Work Culture
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Corinn Perry
Corinn Perry
SEED SPOT, Chief of Staff
Olivia Rogine
Olivia Rogine
Girls'​ Night In, Director of Community
Tiffany Deans
Tiffany Deans
Harco Solutions, LLC, CEO + Managing Director
Jacqueline M. Baker
Jacqueline M. Baker
AARP Innovation Labs, Vice President of Startup Programming
Amira El-Gawly
Amira El-Gawly
Manifesta, Founder + CEO

The COVID-19 global pandemic forced most organizations to go remote with little notice. For some leaders, this was a real struggle, and they’re still unsure how to best incorporate remote work into their strategic business decisions going forward. For others, it’s a no-brainer… they’re not going back to the office for another year. Others are still undecided. What could fully remote, hybrid remote and remote-enabling startup cultures look like? Hear from startup leaders and HR practitioners with the experience making decisions about this timely topic, while designing critical policies and new team rituals.

- EDT
From “Self Care” To “Team Care”: Prioritizing Mental Health In The Workplace
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Jessica Carson
Jessica Carson
American Psychological Association, Director of Innovation
Pothik Chatterjee
Pothik Chatterjee
LifeBridge Health, Executive Director, Innovation & Research
Rachel Mendelowitz
Rachel Mendelowitz
The Rivington Group, Founder & CEO
Amira El-Gawly
Amira El-Gawly
Manifesta, Founder + CEO

The lines between personal life and professional life are blurring—this year more than most. Normalizing mental health and creating space for your employees to bring their whole selves to work is essential for today’s teams. This session will kick off with a meditation and then dive into tactical ways you can create and hold space, while increasing transparency, resilience, and happiness on your team.

  • Hear how to manage your team during a crisis
  • Learn how to empower mental health in a remote work environment
  • Build new strategies to help your team flourish

Friday, September 18, 2020

- EDT
The CEO's New Framework on Employee Engagement, Retention and Culture
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Amira El-Gawly
Amira El-Gawly
Manifesta, Founder + CEO
Dorinda Walker
Dorinda Walker
Cultural Solutions Group, CEO
Michael Akin
Michael Akin
LINK Strategic Partners, President
Mark Wattley
Mark Wattley
Cooler Screens Inc., Chief People Officer