Monique Lewis is a former NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball athlete turned professional. With her B.S. in Management Science, Monique began her sports business career with internships in events, coaching, and marketing (Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, Atlanta Hawks Basketball Development Team, and U12- U14 YBOA/AAU basketball).  Her experiences led to a ticket sales position with the Aspire Group at Georgia Tech Athletics Association and University of Maryland Athletics.  Monique is currently an entrepreneur after establishing MOMENTUM Operations, LLC, a leadership coaching and management consulting firm, specific to student- athletes and young professionals transitioning to life and career.  As a consultant, Monique specializes in building capacity of sport/health/wellness, art/education, culture, youth, and community- focused organizations.


Amy Bowser

Amy Bowser is a Managing Director in JLL’s Mid-Atlantic Brokerage group. Amy represents tenants and owners for sale and lease transactions of commercial office space. She has specialized in the Washington, DC office market since 1999. Prior to her career in commercial real estate, Amy was a Government Affairs Specialist for The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation in Washington, DC. Amy also is involved with the Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) – DC Chapter and the Commercial Real Estate Brokerage Association for Greater Washington DC (CREBA) as a current DC Chair.Amy holds a B.A. in history from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. She is a licensed real estate salesperson in Washington, DC and Virginia.

Michael Kirshbaum

Michael joined The Advisory Board Company in 1998 and became the chief financial officer in February 2006 and treasurer in March 2007. Prior to his current role, Michael held a variety of positions across the finance group, most recently serving as senior director of finance, where he was responsible for most finance operations, including the overall financial strategy and budgeting process, as well as a number of other accounting functions. Michael has a bachelor of science in economics from Duke University.

 Justin Gaither

Justin, a Senior Vice President – Wealth Management Advisor at Merrill Lynch in Washington, DC, helps guide his clients in the areas of investments and financial planning. Born and raised in Wellesley, MA, he moved to DC in 1999 to attend Georgetown University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in economics. Justin helped found the Merrill Lynch, Washington, D.C. Community Service Board and acts as a mentor to undergraduate students through the Georgetown University Scholarship Program. He and his family currently live in Washington.

Seth Blackley

Seth, President and Co-founder of Evolent Health, oversees overall company strategy, product design, sales, marketing and business development for Evolent Health. Prior to Evolent Health, Seth was the Executive Director of Corporate Development and Strategic Planning at The Advisory Board Company, where he oversaw partnerships and acquisitions, key elements of new product development and other strategic growth initiatives. Prior to joining The Advisory Board, Seth was an Associate at Bain Capital Partners, where he helped execute the 2006 buyout of Hospital Corporation of America (HCA). Seth started his career as an analyst in the Washington, D.C. office of McKinsey & Company. He earned a BS from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he graduated with Highest Honors, and his MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Alex MacDonald

Alex Macdonald is the firm wide Director of Practice Management at Venable LLP. Alex is a bar admitted lawyer with over 15 years of experience in the legal industry. Prior to his current position with Venable LLP, Alex was the nationwide Practice Manager for both the Litigation and Employee Benefits Departments at Seyfarth Shaw LLP, also an AMLaw 100 and Global 100 law firm.  Prior to Seyfarth Shaw, Alex worked for Affinity Consulting Group, where he consulted in the practice management space to law firms across North America. Alex has also worked for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association in various practice management and senior administration roles. Additionally, he is a frequent provider of continuing legal education, speaking to state, provincial, and local bar associations on the topics of practice management, legal accounting, legal technology, and legal ethics.

Matt Garcell is a Managing Director in the Washington, D.C. office of Cushman & Wakefield. Matt specializes in tenant representation, including lease acquisitions, space dispositions, and multi-market relocations. His extensive knowledge of the Washington, D.C. real estate market, strategic thinking, and creative approach make him a trusted real estate advisor to his clients. Matt is sought after for his ability to translate financial and qualitative data and market trends analysis into customized real estate strategies and meet the most ambitious goals while minimizing risk and exposure. He is instrumental in building and implementing occupancy cost reduction strategies and excels with complex lease negotiations.

Colin Rogister, served at the White House in the National Economic Council, was focused on helping schools and districts make digital transitions via the President’s ConnectED initiative. He joined the Administration in 2012, where he worked in the Office of the Secretary at the US Department of Education. As a member of the Strategic Partnerships team, Colin helped leverage businesses and philanthropic resources and his portfolio included education technology, Investing in Innovation (i3), STEM, and early learning. He began his career in the classroom as a Bay Area Teach for America corps member. Colin subsequently served as a Field Organizer for Obama for America in 2008, as a Fellow in the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs, as the National Director of Special Projects for New Leaders, and as a Program Director for America Achieves.