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Join us for an exciting evening delving into the latest developments in the Mid-Atlantic Cyber and Tech market. Network and meet with disruptive startups, influential investors, and other strategic partners. CyberTunity 2.0 will showcase a select group of cybersecurity companies, investors, and strategic partners. Registration is free.


This year, we are expanding our program to include a panel of pioneering CEOs and leading investors to talk about market trends and industry shifts. Panels will be followed by a series of flash presentations from some of the hottest companies to watch in cybersecurity.


  • 4:30 PM Networking
  • 5:00 PM Opening Remarks
  • 5:20 PM Investor and CEO Panel on the “Emerging Cyber & Tech Market”
  • 6:25 PM Keynote
  • 7:00 PM Showcase


Want to Be a Sponsor?

Email for more information.

Want to Showcase Your Company?

Select “Showcase Company” to be considered for a 90-second presentation. You will receive an email within 48 hours. We will be asking for more information about your company. If selected, you will be charged a $150 entry fee. Our goal is to select nine companies of different sizes and maturities with high growth potential.


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ABC’s Shark Tank is hosting a casting call to support entrepreneurship and bring more diverse ideas and voices to the show. On a first come, first serve basis, companies may be selected to pitch their businesses to the casting team.


REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED for entrepreneurs wishing to pitch.

Location: The Willard Hotel (1401 Pennsylvania Ave., NW – WDC – 20004)

Date/Time: Thursday, April 26 |  9 am to 4 pm

For questions or more information, email

This event is sponsored by Shark Tank (ABC Network), Values Partnerships,

and the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
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Dear RaeNewmanBlog Fam,
It’s been 3 long months of figuring out exactly where the glitch was, you see, I’ve been unable to post anything to the blog since August.  At one point, I was concerned that the blog would never have another post again, or that I’d have to start over and lose this blog completely.  But to know me is to know that even when I have a million things going on – I take one thing at a time & every “problem solved” or “issue put to bed” allows me to tackle the #NextThing.

And so, I appreciate the emails, the posts, etc.  It was great to hear from many of you, asking if (or when) I’d be back; and I didn’t know myself until a few days ago…..

Amazing events and opportunities have happened in the past few months, and I am soooo sorry that you guys missed some really, really great events.  But I am BACK finally, and looking forward to #Connecting you all with more great events and opportunities.

Events/opportunities you may have missed:

  • Aug 19 ~~ Ward 3 night at STC’s annual Free For All @ Sidney Harman Hall.  This year’s featured production was Othello, starring accomplished actor Faran Tahir (Star Trek, Iron Man, Scandal).
  • Aug 23 ~~ Startup Law 101, an amazing day of powerful panels, geared toward women entrepreneur’s – powered by The Beacon DC & hosted at Google DC’s HQ.
  • Sept 16 ~~ After a few years on hiatus, the return of one of my MOST favorite annual events – Jack Daniel’s “Arts, Beats & Lyrics (AB+L).” Formerly known as “Gentleman Jack’s AB+L” and now reprised as “JD Honey AB+L;” this event was held at Echostage.
  • Sept 18 ~~ #YoursTruly was invited to participate on the highly regarded “STORY Event Series: Lightning Talks” panel.  My talk was on “Engagement” – online, person-to-person, networking, branding, etc – how improving how we engage and understanding how important #AuthenticEngagement is.
    The STORY Event Series is powered by AEY Marketing & Events.
    #ShoutOut to my fellow panelist that evening: Tracy Betts (BID Agency)  ~  Kristian Bouw (NotionTheory)  ~  Charles Hilderbrant   (Museum of Science Fiction)  ~  Stephen Karp (IMG)  ~  Sarah Kaufmann (Author/WaPo critic)  ~  Corey Petree (Story Store)  ~  Sage Salvo (Words Liive)  ~  Jay Vilar (Nourish)  ~  Michael Wilker (HHS)  ~
  • Oct 9 ~~ “Domestic Violence Awareness through Arts & Dialogue” event hosted by Sisters Speaking Serenity @ Bus Boys and Poets in Brookland
  • Oct 19 ~~ A One Night Fall Revival with Pastor John Gray @ Greater Mount Calvary Baptist Church
  • Oct 27 & 28 ~~ TEDxMidAtlantic 2017 : Superpowers Conference @ Sidney Harman Theatre
    and more……

And #DontMiss the opening of DC’s newest museum, “The Museum of the Bible.”

Anyhoo, it’s soooo great to be back.  Let me know your thoughts, leave comments and keep sharing my blog posts with your networks!!  I’m so very thrilled that I’ll be able to #KeepConnecting & keep sharing amazing opportunities for years to come.

#BeAmazing & #ChangeTheWorld,
Rae Newman

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Cool “Disco” Dan Memorial Celebration
August 19, 2017
11 am – 2 pm
Service at 11:30 am SHARP
9:30 Club * 815 V St NW • Washington, DC 20001
Non-Tickets * Free Event

From Words, Beats & Life:
As you may know, we are gathering to celebrate the life of one of my close friends, Cool “Disco” Dan on Saturday at 9:30 Club. I would be very grateful if you could share this within your business and social networks. I hope to see you there yourself.

On Saturday August 19th, the 9:30 Club will open its doors for a public memorial service for DC’s own folk hero, Cool “Disco” Dan at 11:00 am. The service starts at 11:30 am sharp and runs for an hour. This is not a ticketed event, admission is free and space will be on a first come first serve basis. The 9:30 Club has generously donated its venue so the community can pay their respects and give their goodbyes to Dan. Even if the venue reaches capacity everyone will be accommodated who wants a moment to visit Dan’s ashes.

The service will be led by Go-Go legend Big Brother CJ with special guest speakers and music including DJ Flexx, Rare Essence featuring Jas Funk, Big Tony of Trouble Funk and surprises that will make Dan smile down on everyone.

Please come out and help give Dan a proper DC sendoff.
Mazi and The Words, Beats & Life Family