On Tuesday April 26th Richard Branson touches down in Washington, D.C for Virgin Atlantic’s second Business is an adventure event, where the Virgin Group founder will be joined by some of the city’s most notable business leaders and hottest start-ups...
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In partnership with General Assembly and 1776, the airline will explore how the desire to create change drives businesses to succeed. To do so Branson will be joined by Kevin Plank, Founder & CEO, Under Armour; Donna Harris, Co-founder and Co-CEO, 1776; and Sheila Johnson, Founder and CEO of Salamander Hotels & Resorts and Vice Chairman of Monumental Sports.
"Virgin Atlantic was born out of the desire to make a change in the aviation industry. Since then, we’ve prided ourselves on being a disruptor, leading the industry as a force for change in the air, on the ground, and in the community," notes Branson. "We support like-minded people that have the same ambition to create change – whatever area of business they work in - and we’re thrilled to get to know the dreamers and the doers who are making a difference in D.C."
This second event comes on the back of the inaugural Business is an adventure gathering which took place in Los Angles, where the likes of Sean Rad (Founder and CEO, Tinder), Cassey Ho (Founder, Blogilates) and Miguel McKelvey (Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer, WeWork) joined Richard Branson to discuss no brainer business ideas.
To watch the event all you need to do is click back to this page on Tuesday April 26th, the livestream will start at the following time:
- Washington – 14:30 EST
- San Francisco – 11:30 PST
- London – 19:30 BST
- Sydney - 04:30 AET (27th)
You can also register to watch the livestream here.
Can I submit questions for the panel?
Yes, all questions are welcome as part of this interactive event. All you need to do is tweet your questions to @VirginAtlantic, before or during the livestream, and include the #LetItFlyDC hashtag.
A little more about our experts
In the sweltering Mid-Atlantic summer heat of 1995, Kevin Plank helped lead his teammates through grueling two-a-day workouts as special teams captain for the University of Maryland football program. Tired of constantly changing his sweat-soaked cotton T-shirts throughout the day, he was inspired to create a better kind of T-shirt - one that could wick sweat and keep athletes cool, dry, and light. Upon graduating from Maryland in 1996 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, Plank started to turn his idea into a reality and, as a result, began redefining the way athletes dress.
What started out as one tight shirt ultimately led to the launch of Under Armour. After 20 years of outfitting athletes with the world’s most innovative performance apparel, footwear, and equipment, Plank now oversees a global company of 14,000 employees with total revenues just shy of $4 Billion. Under Armour athletic performance products are sold globally and are worn by athletes at all levels on playing fields all over the world. The Under Armour Connected Fitness platform powers the world’s largest digital health and fitness community through a suite of applications: UA Record, MapMyFitness, Endomondo and MyFitnessPal. True to his vision Plank and Under Armour are committed to empowering athletes everywhere…and they are just getting started.
Sheila C. Johnson
As a leading executive in the hospitality sector, one of the nation’s top professional sports team owners, a pioneer in the entertainment industry, a prominent patron of the arts, and a champion of women’s empowerment around the world, Sheila C. Johnson has a distinguished record of accomplishment that reflects her wide-ranging passions. Throughout her career, Ms. Johnson has relied on keen instincts and her distinct perspective as a businesswoman to identify areas of hidden opportunity and latent potential. In 1979, frustrated at the lack of programming that spoke to the cultural, political, and social interests of African Americans, Ms. Johnson co-founded Black Entertainment Television.
As Vice Chairman of Monumental Sports & Entertainment, Ms. Johnson is the only African-American woman to have ownership in three professional sports teams: the NBA’s Washington Wizards, the NHL’s Washington Capitals, and the WNBA’s Washington Mystics, for which she serves as President and Managing Partner. In 2002, inspired by the natural beauty of her beloved hometown of Middleburg, Virginia, Ms. Johnson began developing the equestrian-inspired Salamander Resort & Spa, which has received a host of accolades and awards since its opening in 2013. Today, it is part of a growing portfolio of luxury properties featuring four resorts in Florida managed by Ms. Johnson’s hospitality company, Salamander Hotels and Resorts, and is the official venue for the Middleburg Film Festival - a showcase for independent film that Ms. Johnson founded in 2013.
Donna Harris is co-founder & co-CEO of 1776. She is also a four-time entrepreneur and frequent speaker on entrepreneurship, start-up community building, and economic development. She is also an active angel investor as a cofounder of K Street Capital. Prior to 1776, Donna served as the Managing Director at the Startup America Partnership, where she focused on accelerating the formation of vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystems across the United States and connecting the communities into a national start-up ecosystem.
Prior to joining Startup America, Donna was Vice Chair of Interpoint Group, a government markets, government relations, and public affairs strategy and management firm, which generated nearly $8 billion in revenue while passing or defeating legislation, and executed public affairs campaigns for corporations, non-profits, foundations, and governments globally. She was also previously Founder and CEO of Kinderstreet, which sold SaaS solutions in the education, sports, and recreation markets. She was also Vice President of Strategic Planning, Marketing, and Product Management for Centromine, a provider of web-based clinical and fiscal systems in the Health and Human Services industry. Donna is a Member of the Global Entrepreneurship Network Board of Directors, a Board Member of the National Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Georgetown University. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University and MBA from The University of Michigan Ross School of Business.
Moderator - Kristen Soltis Anderson
Kristen Soltis Anderson is co-founder and partner at Echelon Insights, an opinion research, data analytics and digital intelligence ﬁrm. She is also the author of The Selﬁe Vote: Where Millennials Are Leading America (And How Republicans Can Keep Up), released by HarperCollins in July 2015. Kristen also is a columnist at The Daily Beast and is co-host of the weekly polling podcast The Pollsters.