Karen Leggett Abouraya is a writer, author, and former broadcast journalist on ABC Radio WMAL in Washington, D.C. Karen advocates for people with learning differences including supporting programs that lead to employment opportunities. She is also the author of award winning children’s books including Hands Around the Library: Protecting Egypt's Treasured Books and Malala Yousafzai: Warrior with Words. Karen reviews children’s books and interviews authors for the New York Times, the Baltimore Sun, Children’s Literature, Washington Parent and others. Karen has also written for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (National Wildlife Refuge System), Voice of America, International Educator magazine (NAFSA), and others. Karen graduated from Brown University (international relations) and met her Egyptian husband in Washington. They have two children and have been lucky enough to visit Egypt many times – especially Alexandria, her husband’s hometown. She grew up in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, surrounded by writing and books: her father was a journalist and her mother is a retired school librarian.
Olusegun (Segun) O. Aje
Olusegun (Segun) O. Aje is a workforce trainer and manager specializing in underserved populations. He collaborates with local business leaders and has develop innovative programs for the unemployed with a focus on entrepreneurship. He hosts a “Shark Tank” competition that awards scholarships to fund business startups among the clients he serves. Segun is currently completing his Master’s Degree at the University of Maryland, Baltimore.
Tim Broas is the former United States Ambassador to the Netherlands and currently practices lawyer and political advisor. He is a partner at Holland and Hart, LLP and over his career has represented clients from a wide range of industries, including major utility companies, pharmaceutical companies, defense contractors, technology firms, construction companies and financial institutions, among others. He has experience advising clients at every stage of the legal process, from internal investigations to congressional hearings and trials. In addition to his record of professional success, Tim has been a dedicated philanthropist and civil servant, supporting worthy causes and bringing his leadership expertise to organizations’ boards of directors and trustees including the Board of Visitors of Mount Vernon. the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and Partners in Health, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving global health in communities across the globe. Broas formerly served on the Board of Directors of the Council for Court Excellence, where he helped improve the quality of justice administration in the courts of the District Columbia.
Bryan Epps is passionate about finding private sector solutions for the world's greatest social and environmental challenges. He currently is an Associate at CrossBoundary, a frontier markets investment firm, where he supports the design and implementation of investment facilitation platforms and the delivery of transaction support in frontier and emerging markets globally. Previously he worked for Deloitte Consulting’s Federal practice in Strategy and Operations. At Deloitte he supported the International Donor Account’s Energy and Infrastructure team as well as the Social Impact Practice. His work focused on the development of an impact investment facility, energy efficiency and demand-side management program design, and utility commercialization in frontier and emerging markets. Bryan holds an undergraduate degree from Yale University where he studied Global Affairs.
Kate Glantz is a mission-driven community builder and entrepreneur living and dreaming at the intersection of technology and social good. She is the DC Director of Entrepreneur Initiatives a Seed Spot, a social impact incubator and leads all programming. She activates the DC community to surround the entrepreneurs with the support and resources they need to succeed. Kate is also the co-founder and CEO of Heartful.ly, a donation platform for celebrating life's biggest moments. Prior to Heartful.ly, Kate led global health communications campaigns for the State Department and Centers for Disease Control and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Tanzania and Senegal. On August 2, Kate joined the Lyft Company as City Marketing Lead for Washington, D.C.
Kate is a fellow at the Halcyon Incubator, a Tory Burch Fellow, and a Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Scholar. She was named 2016 Entrepreneur of the Year by the D.C. Innovation Awards, a New Power Woman of D.C. Tech by Trending 40, and Top 25 in Tech by Washington Life Magazine. She received her B.A. in Political Science and African Studies from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and resides in Washington, D.C.
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Vibha Miller is Vice President, Human Resources at WETA. She is an experienced human capital leader and strategist with extensive experience in all HR disciplines in top firms across multiple sectors including investment banking, media, sports & celebrity representation, international non-profit, strategic health communications. She serves as an advisor to top leadership and employees at all levels. Her expertise and experience in executive search and staffing, compensation and executive compensation, employee relations, succession planning, talent management, organizational development, benefits, expatriate management, relocation, HR policies, compliance, internship development, executive & leadership coaching, diversity & inclusion, internship program development and university relations, training and facilitation, and organizational operations. Appointed to serve on three nonprofit boards and open to further board service.
Zoe Sharp is Deputy General Counsel at Optoro, a company using innovative technology to solve a large, and growing, global problem. Every year, over 15% of inventory is returned or deemed excess, costing retailers $500 billion nationwide. Optoro’s software platform helps retailers optimize the management of returned and excess inventory in a more efficient and cost-effective way, maximizing recovery value, enabling consumers to get great deals, and reducing environmental waste. Working with some of the largest retailers in the US, Optoro’s software platform has enabled its clients to maximize recovery costs by 50 - 200%.
Previously she served as a lawyer and special counsel at the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), a nonprofit corporation established by Congress to oversee the audits of public companies to protect the interests of investors and further the public interest in the preparation of informative, accurate and independent audit reports. The PCAOB also oversees the audits of broker-dealers, including compliance reports filed pursuant to federal securities laws, to promote investor protection.
Zoe is a graduate of Stanford University Law School, holds a master’s degree in accounting from American university, and a bachelor’s degree from Yale University. She is an adjunct instructor at American University’s Kogod School of Business.
Nate Wong channels business and finance superpowers for good and was founding member and former senior manager of Monitor Deloitte's (Deloitte Consulting LLP) Social Impact Practice. He currently serves as consultant on projects that focus on inclusion and economic parity and brings 11 years of social sector experience, including work in over 10 countries with marketplace leaders in the public, private, and non-profit sectors, focused on strategy, organization, and operations. Nate specializes in social entrepreneurship and innovation, social finance (impact investing, corporate venturing, financial technology), and corporate social impact strategy. Nate has advised over 50 social entrepreneurs through his pioneering work with Halcyon, a premier social enterprise incubator in DC, and has served as a mentor through Deloitte’s work with Obama’s flagship Young African Leaders Initiative and Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative with the State Department. He has also worked at Acumen’s global portfolio team sourcing and evaluating deals as well as other impact investing funds. Nate has also designed innovative financing schemes and blended finance initiatives working with multilateral banks and foundations to create sustainable social impact and build stronger entrepreneurial ecosystems. He has numerous publications in sources such as Fortune. More recently, Nate completed research on archetypal business models used by public companies to achieve social impact. Nate has also spoken and conducted research on the “purpose-driven professional” and the connection between social impact and talent development. He has an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a BS in Systems Engineering with High Honors from the University of Virginia.