In Conversation: Female Entrepreneurship During a Pandemic

Hear from inspiring female entrepreneurs about how they've started, and (in some cases) pivoted their business ventures during COVID!

In Conversation: Female Entrepreneurship During a Pandemic

How often do you find yourself wanting to start a business whether out of boredom or entrepreneurial interest? Are you someone who has an idea or a passion for starting a business but don’t know where to begin? Has the current global pandemic affected your plans for starting or continuing your business?

If so, the GW Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIE) invites you to its FIRST-EVER female entrepreneurship panel discussion with local entrepreneurs who built different business ventures during the pandemic. In an effort to highlight the contributions of women in entrepreneurship, we’re excited to bring this discussion to the GW community at-large. This empowering and informative conversation will be moderated by Mariam Zara, an Entrepreneurial Fellow with the GW OIE and a Junior in the GW School of Business studying Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Marketing.


Topics include:

  • The student entrepreneurial experience
  • The intersection of entrepreneurship and social media
  • The role nonprofits play in the entrepreneurial ecosystem

While COVID-19 has changed the way we all engage and in many ways, disrupted our sense of normalcy, we hope you will be encouraged by this discussion and will use it as an opportunity to continue to innovate, design, and create solutions for the future.

Please note that this is an online event. A Zoom link for the event will be sent to all registrants a few days prior to the session.

About the panel of Speakers:


Rose Nguyen, Owner of Rose Ave Bakery (@roseavebakery)

Rose Nguyen moved to Washington, DC nine years ago from her hometown of Philadelphia to start her first pediatric nursing job at Children’s National Medical Center where she embarked on a rewarding career of 9 years. She started cooking for her new DC friends and they were the ones who told her that she had something special. Soon after, she auditioned for and became a potential contestant on the Masterchef TV show. Her creations then became very popular on social media. To challenge herself further, she began working in restaurants such as Toki Underground, Maketto, Ice Cream Jubilee, Mr. Holmes Bakehouse - all while maintaining her nursing job. She opened up the doors to her brick-and-mortar shop, Rose Ave Bakery, three days before COVID-19 shut down DC and has since pivoted and been busy accepting pick-up orders and walk-in orders. Her baked goods have been featured in major publications such as the Washington Post and more!



Qyana M. Stewart, CEO & Principal Consultant of Global Force Tech Consulting

Entrepreneur, Software Product Manager, Skilled Project Manager, Social-Justice Advocate, Educator, Speaker, and Award-winning Philanthropist - these are all titles Qyana M. Stewart proudly holds. As an entrepreneur, Qyana serves as the CEO & Principal Consultant for GlobalForce Tech Consulting, LLC (GFTC), a company she founded in 2018 and President of GlobalForce For Girls, Inc. (GFG., a 501c3 STEM workforce development nonprofit she founded in 2020. At GFTC, Qyana guides her clients to success by providing innovative, cutting-edge, and secure technological solutions. From mobile to cloud-based applications, she is successfully carving out her own niche of a rapidly-growing industry and doing so by upholding GFTC's core beliefs: People. Process. Safe and Secure Products.

She holds a Master of Science degree in Information Technology, a Graduate Certificate in Project Management from the University of Maryland University College, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Howard University. Qyana is a certified Scrum Master & Product Owner (CSPO), and is experienced in Product Management & Product Marketing.



About the Moderator:

Mariam Zara, GWSB '22, Entrepreneurial Fellow, GW Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Mariam is Junior in GW School of Business and studying Business Administration with a concentration in Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Marketing. In her role as an Entrepreneurial fellow, she provides effective guidance to other students seeking evidence and experienced-based direction in moving their ideas forward. Witnessing how team-led ventures grow excited Mariam tremendously and she is now applying that same excitement and passion toward building her own startup tackling the negligence of women and adolescent health.