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Ask The Experts: Business Growth Strategy & Culture (Come Prepared with Questions)

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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.

Seema Alexander
Disruptive.CEO, Founder, Disruptive CEO & the U.N.I.Q.U.E Method™ + Co-Organizer DC Start Up Week

Seema Alexander is the Founder of the Disruptive Female CEO Business Growth Accelerator and the U.N.I.Q.U.E Method™ helping service-based entrepreneurs and companies turn their proven genius into their unique, profitable, and scalable niche.

This proven method is based on 20+ years of experience and research and has helped 1000+ entrepreneurs (like you) create a blueprint to scale their professional services businesses—resulting in enhancing their brand authority, millions of dollars in revenue, and achieving immeasurable impact.

As a former corporate executive for 13+ years, Seema was responsible for developing a brand and marketing strategy for a billion-dollar business and supported the award-winning rebranding initiative that took Prudential into the 21st Century.

She was named one of the top 20 rising stars in financial services marketing and had the opportunity to ring the closing bell on the NASDAQ stock exchange.

Through her own strategic advisory repositioning firm, Disruptive.CEO, she has worked with visionary professional services businesses and personal brands in a multitude of industries and is on a mission to serve the growth of 100,000 female entrepreneurs through her framework by 2025.

Seema is also a strategic advisor for select startups and a co-organizer for DC Startup Week and is on the board of Codespa America--a non-profit organization focused on alleviating poverty all over the world.

She speaks on her business growth framework, the importance of expert/CEO branding, and brand-led business transformations at entrepreneurship-focused conferences and podcasts throughout the country.

Seema attended the University of Maryland for her undergraduate degree and Fordham University for her MBA. Seema lives in the DC Metro area with her husband, two girls, Raina and Sareena, and her puppies, Taji and Brooklyn.


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Steve Winter
BWF Communications, President

Steve Winter brings to this panel more than 40 years of industry experience and an entrepreneurial spirit honed from years of running his own agencies – first Winter•Fried Communications, later Brotman•Winter•Fried (BWF) which is now a division of Sage Communications, for which he jointly serves as a Senior Vice President. Along the way, he developed expertise in various communication disciplines including journalism, media relations, community outreach, special event management and promotion, grassroots marketing, creative design and production, audio and video direction, media buying and placement and social media. His subject matter expertise ranges from sports and entertainment, restaurants, retail and consumer shows to technology clients, new product launches, even local and federal government agencies. A member of various charity boards, chambers of commerce and local networking groupsand an Adjunct Professor of Public Relations at Georgetown University, Steve is a graduate of American University with a degree in journalism.

Every day at this time you will have access to top experts in their field for FREE advice on your early-stage or growth-stage startup. We will be hosting a breakout room with startup law Experts.

Business Growth Expert: Seema Alexander, Founder, Disruptive.CEO 

Culture Expert: Amira El-Gawley, CEO, Manisfesta

Come prepared with questions you have for an expert on growth strategies, culture, and press releases.