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Executive Leadership Through Storytelling & Office Hours with Venture Mentors

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Ira Koretsky Chief Storyteller

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The MIT Enterprise Forum of Washington DC and Baltimore in collaboration with Startups Ignite is hosting Executive Leadership Through Storytelling with Executive Coach Ira Koretsky.

The impact of a good story is undeniable. Why? Stories are repeatable and help aid memory. They bring data to life by…

  • Motivating people to act
  • Conveying information in a whole new way
  • Building customer relationships
  • Communicating the value of your ideas
  • Connecting with your team

Through a proven framework, Executive Coach Ira Koretsky will challenge you to incorporate storytelling to be more effective and elevate your leadership style.

Participate in hands-on exercises and join us as we learn How Leaders use Stories to Lead.

In addition, we are doing One-on-One Office Hours with Venture Mentors: Doug Howard, Cynthia Traeger, and PJ Bellomo

Date: Jan 31st, 2017 @6pm


Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice
8065 Leesburg Pike 2nd floor
Tysons Corner Va, 22182

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Executive Storytelling: How Leaders Use Stories to Lead

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    Ira Koretsky  Chief Storyteller

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On January 31 at 6pm, The MIT Enterprise Forum of Washington DC and Baltimore and Ira Koretsky are creating a special workshop on using storytelling to inspire your team, build customer relationships and communicate the value that your idea offers.

  • What if the right story inspired the right action from your team?
  • What if the right story landed you that top recruit?
  • What if the right story helped close that big opportunity?
  • What difference could that “right story” mean to you?

Through a lively and insightful program, Ira Koretsky will challenge you to “think deliberately” about how you communicate your stories.

Enjoy practical, hands-on exercises where you will learn how to turn your experiences into stories that inspire, mentor, and educate your various stakeholders with an easy-to-use framework taught around the world.

Preliminary Agenda
5:30-6:30 Networking and registration
6:30-8:00 Program
8:00-9:00 Audience Discussion and Q&A
9:00-9:30 Post-event networking

Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice
8065 Leesburg Pike 2nd floor
Tysons Corner Va, 22182

Executive Storytelling: How Leaders Use Stories to Lead

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The MIT Enterprise Forum Washington DC Baltimore is focusing on Executive Storytelling: How Leaders Use Stories to Lead and our speaker is “Chief Storyteller” Ira Koretsky.

More information coming soon. ~AP

Get Industry, Investor and Regulatory Perspectives on Blockchain, Cyber Security and Fintech

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On October 18, The MIT Enterprise Forum of Washington DC and Baltimore, Women in Housing and Finance and the George Washington University School of Business are creating a special Blockchain technology program featuring experts from industry, government and the legal community.

Our experts will offer a program for both novices and experts in the Blockchain space, discussing the legal and regulatory landscape, as well as reviewing financial opportunities for FinTech, cyber security and software solutions providers. Our speakers will bring industry, investor and regulatory perspectives to Blockchain, Cyber Security and Fintech Spaces

Register For This Program Here

Meeta Yadav

meetaMeeta is the Chief Data Officer, Blockchain Technologies at IBM
where she leads analytics of global blockchain data that deliver
actionable business insights for top-line revenue growth and operational efficiencies. In the past Meeta was the CTO for Innovation in the middleware group at IBM and led the Emerging Technology Institute Labs.

Meeta is a computer chip designer by training and has worked on chip design of mobile processors, space mission circuits and security processors and continues to teach advanced graduate courses as an Adjunct Professor at North Carolina State University. Meeta is passionate about inclusive finance, human identity and early education.

Kyle Burgessimg_0005

Kyle is the Director of Operations of Consumers’ Research, America’s oldest consumer organization, where she is responsible for strategic initiatives and outreach. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the organization works at the intersection of policy and emerging consumer trends such as Bitcoin.

Since 2003, Kyle has worked with a range of private, public, volunteer, non-profit, and multi-national organizations, including the United Nations, U.S. Department of State, and U.S. House of Representatives. She is the co-founder of two social enterprises, holds a Master’s in economics and international relations from Johns Hopkins University, and is working on her MBA at Georgetown University.

img_0004Alex Acree

Alex brings to Fenway Summer Ventures significant experience advising financial institutions and investment funds and holding senior leadership positions in early-stage companies.

Immediately prior to joining the company, Alex was an attorney at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, where he advised financial institutions on a wide range of legal and regulatory matters in connection with business combinations, reorganizations and capital markets transactions, Dodd-Frank Act implementation, corporate governance and compliance issues. Alex also regularly advised sponsors in connection with the formation and management of private investment funds.

Earlier in his career, Alex held a series of senior positions at early-stage companies, with responsibilities including financial modeling, budgeting, business development, strategy, and operations.

Alex is a summa cum laude graduate of Boston College and holds a J.D. from Yale Law School and an MBA from Yale School of Management, where he focused on corporate finance and operations. While at Yale, Alex was a director of a student clinic that helped to launch a denovo bank to serve financially underserved communities around New Haven, CT.

Derek Tiffany img_0003

Derek Tiffany is a Technical Manager at 3Pillar Global. He holds technical responsibility for the implementation and delivery of a blockchain-based solution called GX-COIN. GX-COIN is a cryptocurrency and market ( which currently has over 15,000 registered traders.

In addition to implementation, Derek also assists 3Pillar clients in validating and defining their blockchain strategies prior to execution. He has also contributed to ongoing open source blockchain-based projects. Derek has spent over 20 years as a developer in the Washington, DC area at both professional services and product companies.

Brian Hoffman, CEO, Open Bazaar, Darrell Duane, Jason Dispenza , E2F2 and and Allen Pulsifer, CEO, CredaCash Software Solutions bring an industry perspective to the discussion and talk about opportunities for companies and entrepreneurs in the Blockchain space.

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