Lauren Orsini, Founder, Otaku Journalist

I'm Lauren Orsini, a web developer, anime blogger, and ghost writer based on my Otaku Journalist website. My reporting has appeared on ReadWrite, CNN, Forbes, Kotaku, PBS, the Daily Dot, and numerous other outlets. I have written or contributed to several books, most recently Cosplay: The Fantasy World of Role Play. Development-wise, I specialize in WordPress theme building.

Ideal Client: I am in awe of people who proudly nurture their obsessions and I especially love working with passionate people, especially small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs with big dreams. 

Connect Online: Twitter and Instagram


Erin Perkins, Founder, Mabely Q

Erin works with small businesses that struggle with not being able to focus on their core business because they have to take care of all the little details. She’ll work with you to gather the assets and technologies available to help you work smarter and faster and do more of what you love. Sample tasks: emails, scheduling appointments, keeping all your files organized, as well as creating design materials for you, basically all stuff that takes up key hours of your day that you can be investing in your clients.

Connect Online: Instagram and Facebook

Rachel reached out to me on one of the online platforms I was on and I instantly felt like we clicked. One of the things I really liked was that there was no pressure to join the group, I could come and just take a look see. Honestly, I’m a part of a couple of groups, and this is my favorite one because it’s not the typical networking group at ALL!

It’s a group where women at all stages of their business come together and learn new things. Each month we have topics that we vote on discussing. She makes sure the presentations aren’t too long and have valuable information that each one of us can benefit from! Additionally, there’s always time for us to sit and chat about our wins, struggles, ideas, etc. Everyone in the group makes great contributions. Feminist Founder, The Circle is a group that I’m proud to be a part of.

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Anne Boyle, Founder, Anne Boyle Consulting

Anne Boyle is an independent strategy and marketing consultant who helps marketing agencies, graphic designers, and creative firms expand their capacity to win better business with clients committed to sustainability and social good. Agencies work with her to add to their capabilities Anne’s decades of experience in strategy, branding, marketing research and marketing planning, campaign development, and content creation.

Connect Online: Medium + LinkedIn

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Maggie Germano, Founder, Maggie Germano Financial Coaching

Maggie Germano is a financial coach for women. Her mission is to give women the support and tools that they need to take control of their money, break the taboo of discussing debt and income, and achieve their goals and dreams. She does this through one-on-one financial coaching, monthly Money Circle gatherings, writing, and speaking engagements.

Passionate about many issues affecting women, Maggie also serves on the board of Collective Action for Safe Spaces, is a member of the Women’s Information Network, and was trained as a salary negotiation facilitator by AAUW.

Connect Online: Instagram and Facebook, and Twitter


Eva Jannotta, Founder, Simply Put Strategies

Eva Jannotta is a social media marketing entrepreneur and founded Simply Put Strategies in 2015. Her raison d’etre is to use social media to create and nurture relationships between brands and their fans by telling the brand story and featuring new products – with an emphasis on supporting sustainable clothing brands. 

Ideal Client: A company like www.tradlands.com!

Connect Online: Twitter and Instagram

Being part of The Circle has been a godsend to my business. For one thing, it’s given me friends: friends whose lifestyles and professional goals and choices align with mine. That means we can easily get together to co-work, share ideas, and get feedback, all while avoiding rush hour.

All of our meetings are centered around a entrepreneurial topic and facilitated expertly by Rachel. The group is friendly, flexible, and very valuable to my business growth. Rachel is a unique leader because she is an idea-woman and well-connected in DC. I recommend The Circle to any woman millennial entrepreneur who is looking for business incubation, great friends, and a good time all in one.


Christy Batta, Founder, Hey Batta Batta

My mission at Hey Batta Batta is to help clients make the right impressions on the right people. I believe design isn’t just about the typefaces and colors, but also creating a visual voice that people can recognize and trust. Hire me if you want someone as a partner on your team. I listen to your ideas so you feel heard and understood. Then we work together to create a design that supports your bigger vision.

Ideal Client: People and organizations using their talents to make a difference!

Connect Online: Twitter and Instagram

Rachel is a fantastic leader of The Circle community! She is both committed and very authentic in supporting women business owners to be our best boss selves while also being kind and realistic as well! I’ve been very motivated and encouraged being a part of the group as I am just starting out as an entrepreneur and would highly recommend this group to anyone else who is doing the same!


Liz Delgado-Steo, Real Estate Agent, Jason Martin Group

As a native Washingtonian, Liz Delgado-Steo brings her boundless energy and enthusiasm to clients who are also looking to make the D.C. area their home.  Her passion for helping clients find the right home is guided by a deep commitment to ethics and integrity. Liz’s local expertise, ability to quickly establish relationships and steadfast commitment to her clients make her a real estate agent that is both highly engaging and highly professional.

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Chantl Martin, Founder, Thrive Lounge

Chantl Martin created the Thrive Lounge blog to give millennial women the kick in the pants they need to uncomplicate their goals, stop making excuses, get productive and start living the life they always wanted. Her passion is to revolutionize the way women think about their future by creating a supportive community where they can dream unapologetically. Her work has been featured on Great Day Washington, Blogger Week UnConference and SheOwnsIt.com and she recently published the nonfiction title, Goal Doing: Practical Advice For Goal Setting Action Planning and Achieving Your Dreams.

Connect Online: Twitter + Instagram

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Cheryl Hori, Founder + Chief Strategist, Pacific Campaign House

Cheryl is the founder and chief strategist of Pacific Campaign House, a progressive digital-first firm. PCH doesn't create cookie cutter digital campaigns. They're a boutique firm that treats every client like their only client and that means amplifying the campaign/org’s voice, breaking through the noise in overflowing inboxes, and raising major dollars from small-dollar donors.

Connect Online: Twitter