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About Your Facilitators
Naomi Brown’s passion lies in building resources that support other women in their professional ambitions.
STAR Enterprises, the company she founded and currently leads, is an 8(a), EDWOSB supplemental solutions provider for private, commercial, and government entities. The team focuses on providing facilities, janitorial, and staffing services to their hospitality industry clients with customer satisfaction as their top priority.
Susan Matthews Apgood is Founder and Executive Vice President, Client Engagement at News Generation Inc., a media relations firm in Bethesda, MD. She is an adjunct professor in the Kogod School of Business at American University and member of the board of JUST TRYAN IT and Washington Women in Public Relations. She earned her MBA from American University and BA from George Washington University. Susan is a mentor and advocate for female entrepreneurs, having started News Generation in 1997, and sold to 4media group in May of 2020.
Jennie Blumenthal is an entrepreneur, guest lecturer at UVa, executive coach for female entrepreneurs, Board Member, and a former Partner at PwC. She thrives at the intersection of entrepreneurship, customer insights, innovation, and tech.
With over 20 years of experience across hospitality, technology, entertainment, public sector, and telecommunications industries, Jennie’s speciality is counseling executives in Sales, Marketing, and Digital transformations, powered by technologies including Salesforce and Adobe.
Chris McGarry Gelnaw is a Founder, Strategic Thinker, Problem Solver, and Mentor. She has over 25 years of entrepreneurial, management consulting and corporate sales experience. She provides innovation and commercialization guidance and validates product/market fit through customer discovery for all startups looking to scale their businesses – existing businesses looking to launch new products/features – existing businesses exploring additional growth opportunities.
Galia Gichon is an independent personal financial expert with more than 20 years in financial services, including nearly 10 years on Wall Street and an MBA in Finance. She is an angel investor and has worked with Pipeline Angels, Astia, Topstone Angels and Refinery CT. She has been widely quoted in The New York Times, NBC, CNN, Real Simple and more.
Randye Kaplan CFP®, CPA, has been a Financial Educator with Down-to-Earth Finance for over 14 years. Her background also includes years as a Wealth Advisor and Investment Advisor. She brings a deep understanding of how to work with small businesses to help them better understand their financials, growth strategies, and best practices for access to money for both growth and profit.
Towanda R. Livingston
Towanda R. Livingston is a successful and award-winning Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Executive. She is the Chief Business Strategist at Livingston Worx, a company she founded in 2017 which delivers innovative and transformational Equity, Diversity and Inclusion solutions to the government, public and private sectors. She has served as the Senior Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity for the City of Philadelphia, the Director of the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission’s (WSSC) Office of Supplier Diversity & Inclusion (OSDI) as well as other various progressive roles at PECO Energy/Exelon Corporation.