Connector Conference Mainstage Speakers

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Nicole Dash

Play, Work or Dash

Nicole Dash, owner and founder of Play, Work or Dash, is a proud mom to four, entrepreneur, Realtor, writer, speaker, and passionate advocate for following your dreams.


She started her career as a journalist and copy editor. She also managed public relations and corporate communications for a national franchise company, but in 2006 started a home-based day care business. In 2012, she launched Tiny Steps Mommy, a lifestyle and parenting blog that quickly gained a following and connected her to an expansive group of women-owned businesses. In 2013, she started a digital marketing consulting business that focused on growing community in an authentic way.


Through those connections, she was inspired to open Play, Work or Dash, a coworking space that also offers onsite childcare up to three hours per day. It is where like-minded professionals pursue their business goals with the extra level of support parents desire; a place where you “bring your kids to work.” She also uses her skills and expertise to help families as a licensed real estate agent working with the number 1 rated real estate team in all of Northern Virginia – Debbie Dogrul Associates, LLC


Rita Goodroe

Rita Made Me Do It

Rita Goodroe is an international speaker and business strategist helping women entrepreneurs take bold actions to realize BIG results in business so that they make more money in less time in ways that are fun and in alignment with their values!

Rita's clients love how she uses humor and storytelling to break tough topics down into practical, easily implementable, actions and have coined the phrase "Rita made me DO it" to celebrate their many successes!

Prior to becoming a full-time entrepreneur, Rita worked for 13 years as a business attorney.  In 2015, she founded “Women’s Business Garden”, a free community that provides education and community events to women entrepreneurs.  In June 2016, Women’s Business Garden was selected as a change-making community by the United State of Women Summit convened by The Obama White House.

Having built two successful businesses of her own, and helping her clients to do the same, Rita believes that the fastest path to success is by helping others succeed.

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