Applying Conscious Capitalism: Meet the Panel!

May 12, 2022

On May 24 we're excited to start our new thought leadership series with Conscious Capitalism, DC, Applying Conscious Capitalism. Held at the Business for a Better World Center at George Mason University's Arlington Campus, the first session will host a panel of women leaders moderated by Christina Jonhnson, Executive Director, Conscious Capitalism, DC. Panelists will share how operating with a conscious mindset aided their success as executives and entrepreneurs, and how their consciousness serves as a compass as they navigate business challenges and seize the opportunities before them. Read on to learn about the extraordinary women who will be joining us, and we enourage everyone to register to join us on the 24th!

Ann Steele
Founder & CEO, Steele Strategies

A champion of elevating humanity through business and the founder and CEO of Steele Strategies, Ann Steele has a history in the consulting and federal government industries and is passionate about improving workplace communities. She specializes in management consulting, facility portfolio management, and workspace solutions in the government and commercial sectors.

Ann engages her clients by thriving on collaboration, creating innovative solutions, and recognizes the tremendous value that people make to any organization or business. She sits on the Board of Directors of Conscious Capitalism in Washington DC, which strives to elevate humanity through business. She has a MPA from George Mason University and a BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Brigham Young University.


Nicole Washington
Founder & CEO, Boralogix

Nicole Washington is a senior executive with twenty years of experience in policy development and strategic planning, systems design and implementation, and programming for government and other industries. She has been an Information Technology Management Consultant for local and national business firms, including Ernst & Young, LLP where she specialized in the implementation and integration of Enterprise software. Nicole currently serves as a member of the United Nations platform, AI for Good Summit Gender Braintrust. Nicole is also a member of one of the largest Angel Investing Funds in the country where she has been an avid and effective due-diligence team member.

Nicole has extensive experience as a female entrepreneur. She is the Founder & CEO of Boralogix, Inc. a technology consulting firm. Nicole also founded Nicole’s Naturals® Inc., a manufacturing company that specialized in the development of gluten free grain products with the texture and taste of traditional gluten products.

Nicole was most recently the Director of Innovation & Growth and Senior Advisor for Community Engagement at Octane, one of the nation’s leading non-profit convening organizations that facilitates deal flow and visibility to organizations in the entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystem of Southern California. She facilitated business development and seeded Octane’s initiatives to expand business network accessibility to women and underrepresented groups. She also served in key leadership and board positions for prestigious non-profits including the Angel Capital Association (ACA). The ACA is the largest professional organization for active accredited investors in North America.


Lisa Wise
CEO & Chief Flockster, The Flock DC

Lisa’s career launched in the non-profit sector. She served as the Executive Director of a national environmental non-profit, oversaw operations for a DC-based healthcare coalition and proudly served Planned Parenthood Federation of America for many years as a national political field manager. At the height of the great recession, like any other natural born entrepreneur, she decided to pursue her dream of owning and running her own company, one that united her need to create security for herself and her family, and for others as well. Managing home(s) satisfied her passion and knack for business while creating an opportunity to change lives. Lisa believed then as she does today, that forward-thinking, purpose driven businesses create pathways to real impact and meaningful change for individuals and communities. She elected herself to build a more equitable, community oriented and just world through business.

Lisa’s social justice leadership extends to her community work and thought leadership. She is tapped as an industry expert and advocate for equity regularly appearing in national publications and podcasts. She currently serves as Board Chair for Whitman-Walker Health, a Federally Qualified Health Center that is a national leader in affirming community-based health and wellness services to all with a special expertise in LGBTQ and HIV care. She is also a Commissioner Mayor on the DC Condo Association Advisory Council for the District of Columbia and an advisory member to Jubilee Housing. She is an active member of Leadership Greater Washington and Entrepreneur Organization, EO. She has an MA in cultural studies, a BMA in Media Arts and BA in Political Science from the University of Arizona. Because who doesn’t love learning in the desert! A place as special to her as the Colorado plains she explored with Mortgage.

When not change-making and homemaking, you can find Lisa surrounded by pets and hiking DC’s famous Rock Creek Park with her best friend - her nine-year-old son Beckett - and her wife Cameron.

Applying Conscious Capitalism: Meet the Panel!