Lori Steenhoek

Lori Steenhoek

Lori Steenhoek is an artist, designer, and mother living in Northeast Washington, D.C. She runs two small businesses and has a passion for projects that are both artistic and technical at the same time. As Owner and Creative Director of Capital Pixel, Lori creates architectural renderings and animations for real…

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Jacqueline Pirtle

Jacqueline Pirtle

Have fun, be happy, and make feeling well your highest priority!   Jacqueline Pirtle, also known as FreakyHealer, is a holistic practitioner, a healing arts teacher and mentor, and the bestselling author of 365 Days of Happiness – as seen on TV – and her newest book, Parenting Through the…

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Laura Marenco

Laura Marenco

You never know where your next business idea will come from or whom you are going to meet that may change your company’s future. Be open to the opportunities you come across, but be smart and cautious about them too.   The daughter of a Croatian immigrant, Laura Marenco is…

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Josh Folk

Josh Folk

Prioritize your life and time. Establish core values and live your life by them and assign time to those values accordingly.   Josh Folk is Co-Founder and Chief Revenue Officer at IdeaScale, the largest idea management platform in the world with more than 35,000 communities and 4.5 million users. IdeaScale…

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Diva Samai

Diva Samai

Gather your ideas by writing them down. Many people have some many wonderful ideas they don’t know where to start. If you have multiple business ideas pick the one you are the most passionate about and pursue it.   Founder Diva Samai is an alumnus of the University of the…

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Kelly Hoggan

Kelly Hoggan

Always, always, always invest in yourself, first and foremost. As an entrepreneur, you are your business’s greatest and most marketable asset. Without you, it doesn’t happen, plain and simple.   Based in Washington D.C., Kelly Hoggan is the founder and principle of H4 Solutions, a premier transportation security consultancy. With…

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Daniela Moreira

Daniela Moreira

Work harder! Hard work is still undefeated, that is why I get up so early everyday–you have to work very, very hard to make it in this industry.   A 2018 James Beard Rising Star Semifinalist and 2017 Eater Young Guns award-winner, Daniela Moreira is the Executive Chef of DC’s…

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Farrah Miller

Farrah Miller

Farrah Miller is an integrated nutrition health expert, founder of FM Wellness, author, and a Female Empowerment Advocate. An activist in the making, she wants to be the wave that can make a difference in the gender equality. To support that ambition she provides free mentoring to divorce and traumatised…

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Dennis Turpitka

Dennis Turpitka

I believe that it’s more important to have a few key people in your network. These people are early indicators of major changes (or they’re the ones capable of introducing these changes). The growing volume of a general network does not cause harm, but it also does not help and…

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Jason Patel

Jason Patel

A world full of people who can deal with their hardships is one that is full of individuals equipped to defeat their problems and, later, defeat the problems afflicting our communities.   Jason Patel is the founder of Transizion, a college admissions consulting and planning company that provides affordable mentorship…

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