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Building the Future of Great Remote Work Culture

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Corinn Perry
SEED SPOT, Chief of Staff
Olivia Rogine
Girls'​ Night In, Director of Community

Community builder committed to fostering inclusivity, belonging, and creative collaboration through live event experiences and digital media platforms. Highly skilled in product development and managing strategic partnerships.

Tiffany Deans
Harco Solutions, LLC, CEO + Managing Director

Tiffany Deans was born and raised in the DMV. Her life's journey has taken her to places she always saw herself and places she never could've imagined—HR being one of them. She has 17 years of diverse HR experience. Tiffany has her Bachelor’s of Science degree in HR Management and holds two professional HR certifications. Additionally, she is the immediate past Director of Membership for the Virginia SHRM (HR Virginia) state council and board member for the Northern Virginia chapter of SHRM. For the last 4 years, she’s been the CEO and Managing Director of Harco Solutions, LLC, an organization that provides an array of HR services and support to businesses that work to not only change the world for the better, but believe in the best of people, as she does. Tiffany has the natural ability to stay calm in times of uncertainty and discomfort and dutifully upholds the responsibility of integrity and discretion in all she does. She’s married to the love of her life, Merrick and mommy to two amazing little girls, Ava & Emerie.

Jacqueline M. Baker
AARP Innovation Labs, Vice President of Startup Programming

Jacqueline M. Baker is Vice President of Startup Programming at AARP Innovation Labs, where she is responsible for accelerating the AARP innovation ecosystem by discovering some of the best, brightest and most disruptive startups across the world. She is also responsible for curating programming and experiences for both startups and organizations to influence, shape and co-create products and services that empower people to choose how they live as they age. In previous roles within AARP, Jacqueline managed the national tradeshow presence of AARP TEK, the flagship technology education programmed designed for the 50+ as well as previously managing the executive office of Innovation and Product Development. In addition to her role at AARP, Jacqueline is an etiquette expert and leadership trainer. She is author of the book, Leader by Mistake and she trains individuals and organizations to develop and refine important leadership and modern etiquette skills that increase confidence and provide a competitive advantage. Her work has been recognized by numerous publications and media outlets, including, NBC, CBS, Essence Magazine, The Michigan Chronicle - 40 Under 40 and McDonalds - Women Who Lead. Jacqueline holds two degrees from Wayne State University—a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and Master of Education in Instructional Technology with specializations in Interactive Technologies and Performance Improvement.

Amira El-Gawly
Manifesta and St. Plant, Founder + CEO

Amira El-Gawly is an entrepreneur, coach and writer with over 15 years

guiding executives and brands to design elevated and impactful experiences,

both internal and external, that are authentically aligned to their company's

mission and values. El-Gawly is the founder and CEO of Manifesta, a

leadership and workplace culture consultancy with a focus on team

alignment, wellbeing and performance. She speaks and coaches on a number

of topics, and is most known for her strategies on strengths-based leadership

and compassion at work. El-Gawly is also the founder of St. Plant, a business

designed to reconnect humans with nature through meaningful products and

experiences. Her favorite plant’s name is Dolly.


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.