A story of success without failure is most likely being told by someone who isn’t being completely vulnerable.
“The blows we take along the journey shape our character and the success we ultimately achieve.”
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Our Featured Speaker
Michelle Freeman Owner & CEO of the Carl M. Freeman Companies
May 24th, 2023
Michelle DiFebo Freeman is the owner and CEO of the Carl M. Freeman Companies, a Real Estate company established in 1947, that specializes in land acquisition, land planning, development and redevelopment, and the management of award-winning, amenity-rich residential communities, neighborhood shopping centers and commercial properties. Freeman Companies also owns and operates three golf courses including, Bayside, an 18-hole, award-winning Jack Nicklaus Signature Course in Fenwick Island, DE.
Michelle is a minority partner in Monumental Sports and Entertainment which owns Capital One Arena, the Washington Capitals, Wizards, Mystics and Valor Football. She is one of 13 female NBA team owners. In 2013 Elle Magazine named her as one of the 10 Most Influential Women in Washington, D.C., she has continued to work with Elle Magazine as part of their “#ELLEAGENDA” Forum to communicate current women’s issues and initiatives. She is an active member of the Young President Organization. She co-produced the documentary The Other City with her business partner Sheila Johnson and is currently producing two films -Born into the Gig and Visible Men. Michelle is most proud of her three children: Nicholas, Benjamin and Juliana Freeman.
Grit Talks are a quarterly speaker and networking event featuring interesting local leaders answering seven questions over fifteen minutes. Woven together their answers will illustrate a common story. Failure….Overcoming it…. and the resulting success. Speakers will be business owners and leaders from our community who we know or should know with stories of inspiration to share. The talks will be held at The Mill’s Theatre N and the speakers will be captured on video and archived on the Grit Talk website for ongoing sharing and viewing. Guests will be asked to arrive at Theatre N at 8:00 a.m. for thirty minutes of coffee and networking. The talks will begin promptly at 8:30am followed by fifteen minutes of Q&A and additional networking until 9:30am.
What have you not done yet that you would like to be part of your story or included in your eulogy?
How has failure, or apparent failure, set you up for later success? Do you have a favorite failure?
In the last five years, what new belief, behavior or habit has most improved your life?
What activities make you lose track of time?
What book do you most often give or recommend and how has that book influenced you?
What have you purchased, or been given, in the last year valued under $200 that has most positively impacted your life?
If you could broadcast a message to everyone in the world knowing it would be received and remembered what would it be?
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