What’s Working in Washington

  • The difference between leadership and management

    Glen Hellman, leadership coach and founder of Driven forward, discusses how leadership is a process of guiding without micromanaging. Good leaders can make sure employees will do what you want without having to tell them every day.

  • The DC music blog producing DIY concerts

    We speak to Angelie Benn, co-founder of Capitol Sound DC, a local woman-led music blog that’s also producing some of the hottest underground concerts in the region. Benn explains how the company got its start thanks to a love for One Direction, and how it evolved to support D.C.’s rich and diverse tapestry of music and art.

  • PoPville is your source for neighborhood scuttlebutt

    Dan Silverman, founder of D.C.-area news and rumor website PoPville joins us to talk about building an audience, staying authentic, and weeding out trolls to build a better business. Silverman explains how acting as a journalist and leader has created a popular site and a tight-knit community.

  • How the federal government can fund your small business

    On this episode, we talk to Robert Brooke, director of federal funding programs at the Virginia Center for Innovative Technology, about the federal government’s Small Business Innovative Research program. Brooke explains how SBIR is designed to fund startups that are creating new and untested technologies, while letting the company retain commercialization rights.

  • Building a stronger cyber industry

    Today, we spoke to Mary Beth Borgwing, co-chair of Uniting Women in Cyber, and founder of Standish Cyber Corporation, to discuss how the D.C. region can serve as a great landing pad for up-and-coming cyber startups. It’s great to be close to the federal government and the source of regulations, but there’s still some work to be done to make it home for the cyber industry.

  • Injecting ethics into boards through diversity

    Denise Keane, former board member of Altria and current board member of DirectWomen, discusses how diversity of background and opinion can make boards of directors more responsible and proactive, for the good of both their company and the general population.

  • Building up the BioHealth Capital Region

    For today’s EXTRA episode, we talk to Jeff Gallagher, CEO of Virginia Biotechnology Association, and Richard Bendis, president & CEO of BioHealth Innovation Incorporated.They discuss how the D.C. region is a perfect home for the biohealth industry, and what impact this industry can have on the region in the coming years.

  • Are trade groups the secret to bringing the DC region together?

    Harry Klaff, managing director at JLL, stops by to discuss the opportunity that trade groups have to affect significant change in the D.C. region. Specifically, the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce and the MetroNow Coalition have taken huge steps in making the area better for communities and companies alike.

  • How a local scientist became an accidental entrepreneur

    David Cetlin, founder and CEO of MockV Solutions, discusses the skills he had to develop when he fell into his entrepreneurship journey. Cetlin explains how biotechnology and entrepreneurship go hand in hand, especially in the D.C. region.

  • Secret strengths of product and service businesses

    John Funge, chief product officer at startup incubator and venture capital firm DataTribe, discusses the main, inherent differences in product- and service-oriented businesses, and how the D.C. region can be a great opportunity for both to thrive.

  • Strengthening DC’s school-to-career pipeline

    Steven Partridge, vice president of workforce and economic development at the Northern Virginia Community College, discusses how education in D.C. is closing the mismatch between the skills schools teach and the skills employers need.

  • Digital marketing: are you doing it right?

    Pamela Clark, founder of web design service Clark Concepts, explains the best ways for small business owners to dip their toes into digital marketing, through their own website and social media. Clark recommends having a website and knowing your audience as the first and foremost tips to having a solid presence online.

  • How Lyft is growing in the DC region

    Mid-Atlantic general manager for Lyft, Stephen Taylor, discusses how his experience as a pilot for the Navy, and as an angel investor, prepared him for entrepreneurship. Taylor explains that sometimes, being an entrepreneur doesn’t mean starting from scratch.

  • Hear Me Code offers free coding classes to DC women

    Shannon Turner discusses Hear Me Code, a group she founded that offers free coding lessons to over 3,000 women in the D.C. area. Turner also explains the upcoming DCFemTech INSPIRE, an event centered around elevating the voices and achievements of women in tech in D.C.