BIZBASH LIVE: PLAN-A-THON
WASHINGTON, D.C., TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1 2015, THE HOWARD THEATRE
BizBash Idea Fest
THANK YOU FOR MAKING THE PLAN-A-THON A GREAT SUCCESS

THANK YOU FOR MAKING THE PLAN-A-THON A GREAT SUCCESS

Washington Plan-A-Thon 2015


Mentors

Nancy Shaffer
Nancy Shaffer

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.

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Latoya Lewis
Latoya Lewis

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

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principal, RJ Whyte Event Production

As the founder and principal of RJ Whyte Event Production with more than 10 years of diverse event experience, Roger Whyte’s events have earned recognition both around Washington, D.C., and nationally. His previous experience includes working full-time for a presidential campaign, the White House, a national think-tank, and an arts nonprofit. Roger has organized and produced events for nonprofits, corporations, and individuals, creating “wow” moments with special guests such as Diana Ross, Idina Menzel, Barbra Streisand, and Bette Midler. RJ Whyte Event Production has earned a reputation of its own for planning amazing events that are executed perfectly with no stone left unturned.

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Bill Homan
Bill Homan

owner, Design Cuisine

Bill Homan is the owner of Design Cuisine, which has grown from a small boutique catering company to a leader in the Washington, D.C. marketplace. After more than 37 years in the event industry, Design Cuisine continues to provide innovative menus, quality food preparation, meticulous service, and an attention to detail that first defined its style. Bill oversees many aspects of the company and is hands on in the day-to-day operations of the business. Along with the support of his team, Bill is the creative force behind many of Washington’s premier events, maintains an active client list, and is highly regarded as an industry leader. His comprehensive knowledge of the city and its many historic sites has proven invaluable in directing the event design of numerous events. Additionally, under Bill’s guidance, the company supports many community projects and nonprofit organizations.

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