Meet Our Speakers

We’re pleased to announce the following speakers confirmed for JLW’s 2019 Leadership Breakfast. Additional speaker and moderator information will be announced soon.

 

Alisha Ramos is the Founder and CEO of Girls’ Night In (GNI), a new self-care company helping women relax, recharge, and cultivate community through monthly book clubs, events, and a fun Friday newsletter. The GNI weekly newsletter reaches 150,000+ millennial women across the globe. Prior to founding GNI, Alisha worked in the technology industry as a designer and engineer. She served as a Design Director at Vox Media, helping build products and platforms for millions of passionate readers. She has also worked as a design lead on Healthcare.gov with Nava, a public benefit corporation building better government services. One of her passions is helping women of color and underrepresented people pursue careers in technology, and she has previously given talks on inclusivity, diversity, and privilege in tech. Alisha graduated from Harvard University, with a degree in Sociology and History, and lives in Washington, DC.

 

Moina Banerjee is an Executive Vice President, Head of Capital Markets of JBG SMITH. She joined JBG in 2008 and holds more than 15 years of real estate industry experience. Her responsibilities include overseeing capital markets, investor relations, financial planning and analysis, and hotel investment strategy. Ms. Banerjee also oversees portfolio management and investor relations for the JBG Legacy Funds and is a member of the Executive Committee. Prior to joining JBG SMITH, Ms. Banerjee worked at the Blackstone Group in New York, focusing primarily on office, hotel, and senior living acquisitions. She also worked within Citigroup’s Investment Banking Division in New York. She currently serves on the Corporate Advisory Council for Children’s National Hospital. Ms. Banerjee graduated with a B.S. in International Economics, Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Georgetown University; and earned an M.B.A. with Honors from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

 

Amy Brandwein is the chef and owner of Centrolina, a combined seasonal Italian restaurant and market that opened in CityCenterDC in spring 2015. Throughout her career, Chef Brandwein has earned many accolades, including recognition in 2017 and 2018 as a James Beard Foundation Award finalist in the Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic category. In June of 2018, Chef Brandwein won the coveted title of Chef of the Year at the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) RAMMY Awards. Chef Brandwein’s prior RAMMY Award nominations include Upscale Casual Restaurant of the Year (2018) Chef of the Year (2016, 2017, 2018), New Restaurant of the Year (2016) and Rising Culinary Star (2007). In 2017, Chef Brandwein was accepted to the James Beard Foundation’s prestigious Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Program fellowship and has earned additional scholarships from the foundation, as well as the International Association of Culinary Professionals. Prior to opening her own restaurant, Chef Brandwein was instrumental in the opening of numerous Italian restaurants throughout Washington, DC, and New York.

 

Danielle Vogel, the creator of Glen’s Garden Market, comes from a long line of grocers, stretching back four generations. Before founding Glen’s, Danielle worked in government for ten years, for Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate, as well as for the Department of Justice as an environmental litigator enforcing the Clean Air Act. When the effort to pass comprehensive climate legislation failed, she dedicated herself to finding a new (more incremental) way to address global warming. And thus evolved the idea for Glen’s Garden Market, where neighbors select from the Chesapeake Bay watershed’s finest produce, meats, poultry, dairy products, and specialty foods in a space designed to celebrate seasonality and offer access to environmentally sustainable, locally grown foods. In its first six years, Glen’s launched more than 80 sustainability-minded food small businesses, of which nearly 50 are woman-owned and 20 were founded by people of color.