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Joe Mechlinski
Shift The Work, CEO

Joe Mechlinski is a New York Times bestselling author, speaker, and social entrepreneur who believes that an engaged workforce is the key to unlocking human potential. Joe has a deep-rooted passion for helping build engaged mission-driven cultures and challenging business leaders to think strategically about how they attract, develop, and retain the best talent to grow, regardless.

While earning his degree from the Johns Hopkins University, Joe founded four ventures—with varying degrees of success and failure—to pay his way through college. At 23, to transform the purpose of business, Joe founded SHIFT. SHIFT is a collective of businesses spanning consulting, executive membership, and venture capitalism united by their common mission to revolutionize workforce engagement and transform the world. SHIFT has offices in Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and Boston.

SHIFT has been recognized by the Baltimore Business Journal as one of the “Best Places to Work” for five consecutive years and by Inc. Magazine, nationally, as an “Inc. Best Workplace” for two consecutive years.

Since founding the business, Joe and SHIFT have been featured on Bloomberg Radio, Forbes, Entrepreneur, and The Wall Street Journal Online. In 2014, Joe was invited to sit on the White House Small Business Council. A decade after SHIFT’s inception, Joe compiled the lessons he learned from his early life experiences, and his work with more than 600 organizations across the country, into the 2013 New York Times bestseller: Grow Regardless.

Always embarking on new adventures, Joe just launched both a new book and a podcast.

Scott Case
Upside Business Travel, CEO & Co-founder

Scott Case is a technologist, inventor, and entrepreneur well-known as the founding CTO of Priceline.com. As Co-founder and CEO of Upside Business Travel, Scott is the travel entrepreneur telling everyone to #StayHome. As a founder who has survived (and failed) uncertain times like this before, Scott's fired up about playing offense and helping leaders navigate the chaotic COVID climate.


There's no fixed formula for dealing with an existential threat, especially a global pandemic. The uncertainty is off the charts. Scott Case, a founder who's survived (and failed) chaos like this before, is hosting daily Ask "Me" Anythings for every day of DC Startup Week. Scott will be joined by proven DC-based founders and investors each day - Tim Hwang, Toby Moore, Joe Mechlinski, and David Hall to name a few - to discuss the challenges, wins, and the future of entrepreneurship amid the chaos of now. Ask Scott and other founders your burning questions, and they'll answer live at 11AM daily throughout DC Startup Week.