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Wed., November 6th | 8:30 AM - 2 PM

Georgetown University

School of Continuing Studies

640 Massachusetts Ave., NW

Washington, DC 20001



  • Are you an owner of a restaurant, coffee shop, food product seeking solutions?

  • Are you a manager of a food and beverage space?

  • Are you ready to take your iidea to market?

  • Do you think about owning a business in the hospitality space and do not know how?


8:30 AM - 9:00 AM: Continental Breakfast and Registration Check-In

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9:00 AM: Welcome and City Proclamation  

9:30 AM: Keynote Warren Thompson, Founder, Thompson Hospitality Group

10:00 AM: Break


10:15 AM - 11:00 AM: Concurrent Panel Topics (45 mins)

Concurrent Panel #1

Intergenerational Wealth - Financing and Corporate Structure

​Moderator: Thomas G. Bolen, III, Leasing and Brokerage, Rappaport

  • Harold B. Pettigrew, Jr., Executive Director, Wacif

  • Vicki Davis, CEO, Davis & Davis Advisors

  • Constance Craig-Mason, CEO, Concierge Financial Group

  • Vida Ali, Boardmember, Ben’s Chili Bowl Foundation


Concurrent Panel #2 - Click picture for panel video                    

Importance of Government in Doing Business

Moderator: Angele Doyne, Founder,  Ampersand

  • Kristi Whitfield, Director, DSLBD

  • Shawn Townsend, Director, DC Nightlife and Culture

  • Donna Grigsby, VP & Community Development Manager, TD Bank Foundation Resources



11:00 AM - 11:15 AM: Break


11:15 AM - 12:00 PM Concurrent Panel Topic (45 mins)


Concurrent Panel #3

Legacy and Future of Blacks in Beer Industry

Moderator: Andra Johnson, Co-Founder, DMV Black Restaurant Week

  • Teo Hunter, Co-Owner, Crown and Hops

  • Benyvette Robinson, Co-Owner, Crown and Hops

  • Kevin Blodger, Union Craft Brewing Company

  • Kofi Meroe, Sankofa Beer 

  • Davie Feaster, Co-owner, Patuxent Brewing Company 

Concurrent Panel #4

Power of Ownership and Collaboration

Moderator: Dr. Erinn Tucker, Co-Founder, DMV Black Restaurant Week

  • Melvin Hines, Owner, DCity Smokehouse, Wicked Bloom, Revive Catering 

  • Nikki Thompson Howard, Furlough Cheesecake 

  • Jaqi Thompson Wright, Furlough Cheesecake 


​12:00 PM - 12:15 PM:  Break

12:15 PM - 1:15 PM .           THE TALK - The Power of the Brand

Moderator: Furard Tate, Co-Founder, DMV Black Restaurant Week

  • Michelle Billingy, SVP Marketing, Yelp DC  

  • Kathy Holinger, President & CEO, RAMW                           

  • Chinyere Hubbard, Vice President, Communications and Marketing, Events DC

  • Frank Lewis, Sr. Sales Manager, Pepsico

1:15 PM - 1:30 PM  Closing

1:30 PM: The Tasting Room and Networking

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