DC Startup Week 2020 DC Startup Week 2020

Creative Economy Track

Monday, September 14, 2020

- EDT
Think Like An Entrepreneur. Make Like An Artist: An Interview With Maryann Lombardi*
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Dana Ray
Dana Ray
Dana Ray Consulting, Communications Consultant
Maryann Lombardi
Maryann Lombardi
Office of Cable TV, Film, Music and Entertainment, Associate Director, DC Creative Affairs Office

Join us for for a dynamic conversation with DC Creative Economy leader Maryann Lombardi. From her years in the NYC theater world as a performer and director to her time leading 202Creates for the City of Washington, and in her work with Human Capital, Maryann Lombardi represents the best of artistic practice and business acumen. We'll talk about her experiences in all these fields plus what she's seen as the key to visibility and impact in creative careers.

*ASL interpreting is being provided by Jeenie mobile video interpreting

- EDT
Growing a Generative Network as a Creative
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Christine Mitchell
Christine Mitchell
The Why Creative, Creative Producer
Danielle Glosser
Danielle Glosser
Client Raiser, Principal and Founder
Raquel LM
Raquel LM
The Literal Woman, Writer / Director
Ashlee Simpson
Ashlee Simpson
Ashlee Sade, Inc., Communications Consultant

No one is meant to go it alone. But building the relationships that lead to a thriving professional network is not a course anyone offered in your MFA or MBA program. Join this conversation to hear from professionals known for the high value they place on genuine connection and what it means for your success in the work you seek to do.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

- EDT
The Feminine Economy: Leaving Exploitative Business Behind⁠
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Adriana Mendoza
Adriana Mendoza
Femme Fatale DC, Creative Director and COO
Carolyn Becker
Carolyn Becker
DC Vegan Life and Goodwill, Founder and Creator
Cee Smith
Cee Smith
Cee Smith Media Group, Founder and CEO
Rachel Wynn
Rachel Wynn
Femme Fatale DC, Feminist Business Coach
Tshering Yudon
Tshering Yudon
MadewithKoi

What is possible when we place communal care as the central business practice? How do we create conditions that give people a sense of personal power and our ROI is measured in agency and dignity?Join us in learning how the Femme Fatale DC ecosystem is answering these questions and changing the face of traditional entrepreneurship. A hub for womxn and non-binary creatives, entrepreneurs, and community organizers, Femme Fatale DC is a resource rich ecosystem founded on the belief that we amplify personal and financial growth by aligning with our values, our embodied identities, and our community’s well being.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

- EDT
Inclusive Event Design for the Creative Economy
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Aysia Woods
Aysia Woods
Events by AW, Event Consultant & Founder
Chanda Daniels
Chanda Daniels
The Reclaim Collective, Co-Founder
Elle VanDyne
Elle VanDyne
CollabCreate DC, Founder + Collabortunity Maker
Marcus Cook
Marcus Cook
Creators Coalition, Creative Architect

No creative career exists without participating and leading events. It's part of the game but not one we start knowing how to engage. Add to that layers of inclusivity and equity and you have a recipe for a rough go. In this panel discussion, we'll talk to leaders in creative economy event design and ask questions like how hosts can create virtual spaces that feel inclusive and inviting? How do hosts create safe spaces for specific groups (womxn, LGBTQ+, Black/BIPOC) and hold space for marginalized people in mixed group situations? What are genuine actions hosts can take to create these opportunities for conversation?

- EDT
Virtual Creatives Party
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Dana Ray
Dana Ray
Dana Ray Consulting, Communications Consultant

Come beverage in hand, camera on, and all the grooves in your soul to meet others on this unique entrepreneurship journey in the arts and creative economy.

Join us via zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86251364295

Thursday, September 17, 2020

- 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 and St. Plant, 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
Words Are Action: The Power of Language in Leading Well
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Dana Ray
Dana Ray
Dana Ray Consulting, Communications Consultant

You have a vision. You know what change you want to make in the world. You are are a master at your craft. But telling people what you do and why it matters is hard. You know that without a clear definition of your work and purpose, you know you haven't fully embodied the cultural leader that you are.


In this workshop, you’ll learn the story-informed process that guides you to language that:

• Defines your work.
• Enables confident decision-making.

• Communicates where you’re going.


This is not a lecture or a presentation. It’s a workshop. Come ready with camera on to talk, discuss, write, reflect, and participate.

Join via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85128732143