2023 Annual Meeting & Chairman’s Inaugural Breakfast

Please join us for the Annual Meeting & Chairman’s Inaugural Breakfast as we celebrate the Chamber’s 2023 accomplishments and inaugurate the new chair, slate of officers, and board members.

  • 7:15 AM- Board Meeting 

  • 7:45 AM – Registration Begins

  • 8:00 AM – Doors Open

  • 8:15 AM – Program Begins

    • Invocation & Breakfast: Reverend Thomas Bowen, Director for Mayor’s Office of Religious Affairs

    • Welcome Remarks: Angela Franco, President & CEO, DC Chamber of Commerce

    • Keynote Speaker: Angie Gates, President & CEO Events DC

    • The 2023 Year in Review: Tonya Vidal Kinlow, Board Chair and Vice President Community Engagement, Advocacy & Government Affairs Children’s National Hospital

    • Presentation of 2023 Board Slate – Ronnette Meyers, President of JLAN Solutions

    • Introduction of Acting Deputy Mayor, Kenyan McDuffie, Councilmember At-Large and Chairperson Committee on Business and Economic Development

    • Remarks from Nina Albert, Acting Deputy Mayor of Planning and Economic Development
    • Update on Safety, Brooke Pinto, Ward 2 Councilmember and Chairperson Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety
    • Closing remarks, Tonya Vidal Kinlow, 2023 Board Chair & 2024 Chair-Elect
  • 10:30 AM – Program Concludes

Keynote Speaker

Angie M. Gates is the president and chief executive officer of Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia.
Gates leads the organization tasked with generating economic and community benefits for DC residents and businesses through premier events.

Under Gates’ leadership, Events DC continues its mission of building community connections through impactful events and programming. As the conventions, meetings, sports, and entertainment industries continue to evolve, Gates is tasked with driving sustainability, innovation and a thriving tourism economy in DC that will serve as a national model.

With decades of experience in the venue management and entertainment industries and a deep understanding of DC, Gates previously served as DC’s Director of the Office of Cable, Television, Film, Music and Entertainment.

A 20-year veteran in the fields of event management, entertainment, film and public service, Gates’ expertise ranges from tourism and hospitality to film and venue operations. Notably, Gates was named the first African American General Manager of the iconic Warner Theatre and earned Washington, DC its first Emmy at the 60th Annual National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Award show.


The DC Chamber of Commerce would like to thank our sponsors and partners.

Gold Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

  • AT&T
  • Bank of America
  • Children’s National Hospital
  • City National Bank
  • CohnReznick
  • CRP, Incorporated
  • Deloitte
  • Department of Licensing & Consumer Protection
  • Howard University
  • M&T Bank
  • MedStar Health
  • TD Bank
  • Truist
  • UDC
  • UnitedHealthcare

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2023 Annual Meeting & Chairman’s Inaugural Breakfast

Dec 15 2023
8:00 am - 10:30 am


Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Allen Y. Lew Place NW, Washington, DC 20001