Carrie Fox is the founder and CEO of Mission Partners, a strategic consultancy and Certified B Corporation that guides high-potential nonprofits, foundations, and socially responsible corporations in realizing their greatest social impact. Since 2004, she has guided hundreds of organizations around the world to lead with purpose, fueling organizations and their missions forward in new and more impactful ways. Carrie served as the creative visionary behind a nationwide campaign to transform the foster care system for young people aging out of care and she was the lead communications strategist behind a $10MM prize competition aimed at advancing global technology for more fuel-efficient vehicles. Her strategic communications work focuses deeply on issues of community— from social justice to sustainability, children’s health, higher education, and workforce development.
Carrie is a founding signatory of the #WeTheChange declaration to build business for good, and a founding member of the Purpose Collaborative, a national network of communications thought-leaders and industry experts that work together to provide impactful problem solving in touch with the current needs of today’s purpose-driven businesses. Her signature conversation series, Mission Forward, has featured Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists, MacArthur Fellows, and some of the nation’s most sought- after philanthropy leaders. She is a 2018 Stevie Woman in Business Winner, a 2016 SmartCEO Washington Brava Award winner, a 2015 WWPR Woman of the Year Honoree, and a 2013 winner of PRWeek’s ’40 under 40'. She serves on the Advisory Board of the Greater Washington Community Foundation and the Board of Trustees for Loyola University Maryland.
Earlier in her career, Carrie worked in several public affairs and public relations agencies along the East Coast, but she’s most proud of her unique career start, as director of communications and spokeswoman for Ripken Baseball, which was founded to manage Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr.’s many efforts, including his nationally recognized youth baseball initiative.
Amira El-Gawly is the founder of Manifesta and St. Plant, and co-founder and former chief strategy officer of 360 Live Media. She is an accomplished business executive, strategist and Gallup-certified coach who believes in the power of organizational culture to transform the way we live and work. A former digital journalist, brand marketer, event designer, speechwriter, executive coach and operations executive, El-Gawly’s tapestry of professional pursuits combine to shape her philosophy and approach to purposeful living and working. She co-founded her first company at the age of 27, driving a values-driven approach to team development, brand building and customer service that led to both rapid growth (400% in five years) and high employee satisfaction (twice named Best Place to Work in Washington). She learned, by doing, that investing in people and relationships will always yield exponentially better results.
El-Gawly has crafted unique partnerships and designed experiences in collaboration with the world-leading Gallup organization, renowned design firm IDEO and the association of associations, the American Society of Association Executives. Through these programs, she has introduced more than ten thousand people to a strengths-based approach to human development, and more than five hundred thousand people have been touched by her work.
By nature, El-Gawly is a beauty seeker and connoisseur. Her innate ability to recognize potential and maximize its impact infuses everything she does. She believes in the unique genius of every human being on the planet. She is an interpreter of needs and wants in the workplace. She creates environments that enable people to grow, build powerful relationships, and do their best work. Because of her gifts and past success, she has become a trusted advisor to dozens of CEOs, business and nonprofit leaders, entrepreneurs and community visionaries. Some call her their executive whisperer.
Egyptian by birth and hailing from Abu Dhabi, El-Gawly is tri-lingual and holds degrees from Georgetown University and The American University in Cairo. She proudly serves on the boards of two incredible community nonprofits: A Wider Circle and the Catalogue for Philanthropy. Her commitment to helping people and organizations unlock their unique genius led to her being recognized as one of Washington’s 40 under 40 in 2017.