connect_113_logoFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:NOVEMBER 3, 2014 CONTACTHeather MahoneyPhone: (240) 292-9492


Women’s only night of networking, discussion, and empowerment

ALEXANDRIA, VA –Connect113, home to many entrepreneurs and startup-hopefuls, will welcome some of DC’s most prominent self-made women for a night of networking and discussion. ‘Miss Empowered’ will feature female entrepreneurs who pursued their passion, becoming advocates for social change. The panel will include topics from business inception to lessons learned, and finally the importance of female empowerment.

Tigerlily Foundation Founder and Bliss Magazine publisher Maimah Karmo will join Sarah Elizabeth Hillware, Girls Health Ed. – Changing Girls’ Lives founder and America’s Miss DC 2012; Ashley (Boalch) Darby, Miss DC 2011 and philanthropist; Eve Monica, founder of Sips with Socialites; and finally Lindsey Mask, founder of Ladies America. The insightful session will be moderated by Glenda Fu, founder of Dreams For Kids DC, who will lead the audience through each women’s journey to success and their dedication to philanthropy.

These incredibly strong like-minded women will both guide and entice guests on how they built their own empires in a primarily male-dominated business world; and along the way managed to still give back to the community. “It is important to create a cycle of change that can be replicated by a younger generation of women—showing these girls that they can achieve anything they put their mind to and still have the innate compassion that all females share,” stated Glenda Fu. “We must all uplift each other, which is the purpose of Ladies America. We can all benefit from coming together to utilize our strengths instead of focusing on each other’s weaknesses,” added Lindsey Mask. Gender equality has taken precedence in the past year—especially with actress Emma Watson’s United Nations speech on feminism. As she stated in her speech, “…the good news is that we have a uniting movement” and “…inadvertent feminists that are changing the world today.” These are the women that will be featured on this panel.

Guests will be treated to complimentary themed cocktails and decadent desserts, as they listen to the advice of the panelists on entrepreneurship and charity. Connect113, a co-working space in Alexandria, currently hosts many entrepreneurs like the above women. For the busy start-up life, having a shared space has been key to success. Connect113 radiates a sense of community, bringing in both business leaders and start-up gurus—promoting the empowerment theme of this female-driven event.


About Connect113

Originally launched in 2010, Connect113 offers: 24-hour access, conference rooms, guest hours, kitchen, shower (yes, even a shower), a dedicated address/mailbox as well as building directory listing(s) and discounted rates for every additional team member of your growing business. Guests receive all the essential amenities (wifi, supplies and coffee, of course) you would expect to find in a corporate setting along with the creative energy and camaraderie of a startup. In close proximity to metro, downtown historic Alexandria, the Potomac River, major highways and airport, it’s the ideal locale. Public transportation includes bikes, boats, trains and trolleys – King Street Metro and Old Town Trolley within walking distance. Join for an ideal space with big city access and a small town charm.


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