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Meet Markette Smith Sheppard. TV personality, passionate travel communications professional and natural cosmetics ambassador. We spent a few minutes with her for one of our Famous 5 interviews.

Dannia Hakki is a DC-based PR guru and co-owner of the entertainment, hospitality, design and fashion PR agency Moki Media. I first met lobbyist and hospitality entrepreneur, Vinoda Basnayake, in 2009. I had just moved back to my hometown of Washington, D.C. after cutting my teeth in NYC at a high profile boutique lifestyle PR agency. I had some great experience as a publicist in NYC, but at just 25 years old, I had just taken an entrepreneurial leap to start my own PR agency, MoKi Media. DC was a new market for me, and I needed clients. I remember walking into Vinoda’s downtown rooftop lounge, Eden, and feeling like I was back in NYC. I had experience with nightlife accounts. I knew what to do, and how to do it. I needed to meet the owner of this place and introduce myself. The connection was instant. He went to Gonzaga High School. I went to Georgetown Day School & The Field School. He went to Georgetown. I went to George Washington University. He was a political lobbyist by day – with a JD/MBA from Wharton Business School – and nightlife entrepreneur by night. I was definitely going to be his publicist.

Veluxe, the on-demand beauty and fitness app delivering professional hair, makeup, and personal training services right to your door, has a pretty elite clientele right now. Helena Andrews, writing in the Washington Post’s Reliable Source column caught up with Veluxe’s founder, Susanna Quinn. “During our phone conversation while scrolling through …

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