Leading Leaders

The best leaders inspire their team and bring out the best in an organization. So what’s the best way to work, interact and partner with them? And how does that help you grow? The ability to know what’s important to leadership and effectively collaborate with your boss is often a part of the job that no one ever trains you on. Our panel will talk through their experience with leadership throughout their careers and how they’ve personally developed as a leader.



Karen Olivares – Senior Director, Brand Marketing @ Marriott
Karen is the Senior Director of Brand Marketing for Marriott Hotels. Karen has 30 years of professional experience including brand marketing at Kraft Foods and Marriott and content marketing at AOL. Karen holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and was born and raised in Mexico City. Karen lives in Bethesda and has 2 teenagers and a corgi.

Rosemary Lombard Murrain – Managing Director @ The Center for Mind-Body Medicine
Rosemary L. Murrain is the Managing Director of The Center for Mind-Body Medicine (CMBM), a 25-year old international non-profit working to bring self-care to the healthcare industry, by training healthcare providers and community leaders, and working with health systems. Prior to joining CMBM, Rosemary worked in international development, establishing education programs in francophone countries in Africa and Asia.  A former college basketball player, Rosemary stays active by hiking with her husband and three children as well as practicing and teaching yoga.

Hollis Silverman – Hospitality Consultant @ Woodward Wells Hospitality
Strong leadership and business acumen paired with creativity and versatility define Hollis Silverman’s career as an influential force in the hospitality industry.  Hollis started Woodward Wells Hospitality in June of 2016 to partner with chef owners and restaurateurs as a fractional COO to help with growth and development. The company’s mission is to connect people through food. Previously, Hollis was the Chief Innovation Officer and member of the Executive team of Great American Restaurants, the renowned hospitality company with more than a dozen concepts in the Metro Washington area. Before joining Great American, Silverman played a pivotal role in the growth of award-winning chef José Andrés’ ThinkFoodGroup. As the Chief of Operations, she lead the organization’s food & beverage, service and human resources teams as the group expanded from 5 restaurants to 16 and into several new markets from Los Angeles to Miami.  

Moderated by Katie Krum – Sr. Director, Digital Marketing @ Under Armour


Wednesday February 22, 2017

6:30pm – Drinks & mingle
7:00pm – Panel discussion + Q&A
8:00pm – Drinks & mingle





1445 New York Ave NW #1,
Washington, DC 20005

** Main entrance will be locked, but there will be people on hand to open doors and escort people in the elevator.


CrossLead is an enterprise leadership company that combines our proven framework, software, and services to empower organizations to thrive in today’s complex environment. Drawing from shared experiences transforming the U.S. counter-terrorism effort from a siloed, hierarchical apparatus into a high-performing team, we developed CrossLead to scale the adaptability of small teams to the enterprise level.


SheSays is a global networking platform for women aimed to bring people together around interesting topics. Our DC chapter was formed in January 2016. We host monthly meetups that feature a panel of women talking about a variety of topics from brand building to negotiating tactics. Join our recently launched LinkedIn group and introduce yourself! As always, follow our twitter for updates and conversation between and during meet ups!

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