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Founder and C.E.O., Bravo! Events
President and C.E.O., Dufour & Company Productions
Founder and executive director, EnventU; account manager, Events by André Wells
C.E.O. and founder, BizBash
founder and C.E.O., Bravo! Events
Nancy Shaffer, founder and C.E.O. of Bravo! Events, has been producing experiential events for almost two decades. Shaffer founded Bravo! in 1997 after a highly successful career as a corporate marketing and sales executive. She approaches every event as part of a client’s strategic marketing plan and focuses on maximizing the return on investment by creatively positioning brands. In addition to coaching nonprofits in the community, the award-winning Shaffer is an ambassador for Safe Shores, a board member for Let’s Help Kids, and a mentor for Ladies America. She has been featured in The Washington Business Journal, Special Events magazine, and more.
president and C.E.O., Dufour & Company Productions
Philip Dufour has brought more than 25 years of experience to Dufour & Company Productions, Washington’s premier event production firm. Previously, Dufour co-founded the J Street Group L.L.C. in 2005. He also served as director of development and events for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, where he led a 10-person staff in creating, planning, and managing high-visibility development events that raised more than $8 million annually. During the Clinton-Gore administration, Dufour served as social secretary to the vice president of the United States. He also served as Tipper Gore’s deputy chief of staff.
founder and executive director, EnventU; account manager, Events by André Wells
Latoya Lewis is the founder and executive director of EnventU and an account manager at Events by André Wells. Lewis began her career at Universal Music Group, where she oversaw and purchased media ad buys and advertising campaigns for today’s biggest names in entertainment. Lewis returned to event planning and dually enrolled in the Accelerated Masters of Tourism Administration program at The George Washington University. Upon completion in 2010, Lewis talents were sought out by the nationally recognized special events firm, Events by Andre Wells. Lewis expertises ranges from large-scale conferences, conventions, corporate, charity and non-profit occasions; to weddings and social events. Lewis also started nonprofit organization EnventU, a unique educational afterschool program designed to explore, nurture, and support the career interests of disadvantaged youth through the multiple components of the event industry. She is currently Programs Chair for DC’s Young and Powerful Group
C.E.O. and founder, BizBash
David Adler, a lifelong media executive, is the C.E.O. and founder of BizBash, the leading trade media for the event and meeting industry. He has also been an advisor to the State Department in areas of protocol and events. Previously, he was vice president of corporate communications for Primedia and Macmillan Publishers. Upon graduating from American University, he founded, operated, and successfully sold a society and political magazine for the nation’s capital called Washington Dossier.