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Netcito 3rd Annual Retreat: "Expand What's Possible"


Saturday, January 25, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM (EST)

Netcito 3rd Annual Retreat: "Expand What's Possible"

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"Expand What's Possible" 

Netcito 3rd Annual Retreat
Saturday, January 25th, 2014, 8:30am – 6:00pm
Chevy Chase, MD

Kick off an exceptional year with the combined power and support of all the entrepreneurs in the Netcito community. This year we will take stock of where we stand on the entrepreneurial path, identifying areas in both our professional and personal lives where we see a gap between what we want to achieve and what's actually happening.  Working in conjunction with other Netcito members, we will create a bold and compelling vision for what’s possible in 2014. Our event will culminate with a keynote from Andy Shallal, DC Mayoral Candidate & Founder of Busboys & Poets in DC.

Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with others both within and outside of your current circle to share insight and inspiration through various workshops, peer circle meetings, breakout sessions, a keynote speaker and more.  

Come join us for one day that can change the outcome of your entire year.

*This event is open to all Netcito members and any prospective members who intend to join the network. It is not open to observers.


  • Develop a compelling vision for success and fulfillment for the coming year.
  • Connect with peers who inspire you to achieve your greatest potential.
  • Discover and secure the resources, connections and tools it takes to translate your intentions into powerful results.
  • February membership dues are FREE to prospective members who join Netcito prior to the Retreat.   

*The cost to attend this event helps us offset the costs related to hosting the Retreat.





  • Introduction

  • Minute of Silence

  • Warm-Up:  This or That

  • Commonalities Exercise


Fireside Chat - Andy Shallal

10:45 - 11:00


11:00 - 12:30

2014 Vision Exercise - Alison Whitmire


Healthy Lunch (menu by Eightcito Kerrie Martin) with Table Topics


Circle Meetings: Explore 2014 Vision




Circle Meetings Continued


Circle of Reciprocity


Shout-Outs and closing comments


New Netcito members are welcomed and encouraged to attend the Annual Retreat. This is a perfect chance to experience the power of the Netcito community and develop clarity for 2014 at the same time.

Anyone new to the network must apply prior to attending the event so they may be on-boarded and able to fully participate in the day. Please review our membership qualifications to assess fit, and then submit an application. The Netcito team will follow up to schedule an interview and walk new prospects through the rest of the process.


Anas “Andy” Shallal is an artist and social entrepreneur.  He was born in Iraq and moved to Washington DC with his family in 1966.

He is the founder of Busboys and Poets, a restaurant, bookstore, fair trade market and a community where racial and cultural connections are consciously uplifted.  A space where art, culture and politics intentionally collide.  A place to feed your body, mind and soul.  Busboys and Poets is named after the great poet Langston Hughes, who was known as the busboy-poet.  Since its inception Busboys and Poets has been a magnate for book talks, community gatherings, panel discussion and networking.  Currently there are 3 Busboys and Poets in DC, MD and VA. 

In the summer of 2009, Shallal opened Eatonville Restaurant, a southern themed restaurant with artwork, murals and food that pays homage to Zora Neale Hurston. Shallal’s businesses are B Corporations that adhere to sustainable business practices.  He has received numerous awards including the Mayor’s Arts Award, the Mayor’s Environmental Award.

Shallal has founded or co-founded several peace and justice organizations and holds leadership positions in numerous others. He is the treasurer for the Institute for Policy Studies and the Chairman of Think Local First DC, a local business association.  He also sits on the board of several arts and peace organizations and continues to make his hometown of Washington DC a more livable community.

He received his bachelors degree from Catholic University and has attended Howard University Medical School and The School for Conflict Analysis at George Mason.


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 Donating Venue

Offering program design & content for the event.

Alison Whitmire is Netcito's Chief Learning Officer.  She is a coach to CEOs and entrepreneurs through her company C-lever, and was the organizer and curator of TEDxRockCreekPark. She has a passion for helping people discover their “Why” and aligning their companies to it.
Alison has been a huge contributor to the content and the agenda of this year's Retreat. She also provides regular thoughtful content to in the monthly Suscito, which helps Netcito members become better leaders for themselves and their circles. 

Designing and selecting the day's menu.

Kerrie Martin is a member of Eightcito and founder of Live in Rhythm. She has a diverse background in weight loss coaching, holistic health counseling, mind-body nutrition, dynamic eating psychology, and personal development. She is a graduate from both the Institute for the Psychology of Eating in Boulder, Colorado and the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City. Kerrie will be planning the entire menu for the Annual Retreat with special attention to food that fuels higher levels of energy and focus a productive day.


Theo's Chocolate sponsoring a Chocolate Tasting

Gouter sponsoring a sampling of their raw, organic tonics & cleanses.
        Ali Cherry, Fourcito Member, Founder & CEO of SnackPackers
Marco de Leon, Eightcito Member, Co-Founder & COO of Rip van Wafels

Lunch catered by Glen's Market in Dupont.

Photography & video generously donated by Serena Kefayeh of Creative Ideation: 'Great Stories, Well Told.'

Netcito is a peer Board of Advisors for your business, made up of entrepreneurs and innovators like yourself.  It is a referral-based network of peer advisory circles, each consisting of 10-15 entrepreneurs. Netcito members meet monthly to share challenges and ideas, hold one other accountable to goals, and share lessons learned through their own experiences. By taking time to connect with other entrepreneurs and focus on strategic issues, members gain insights that can have a transformational impact on their businesses and lives.
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When & Where

Microsoft Chevy Chase Offices
5404 Wisconsin Ave
Chevy Chase, MD 20815

Saturday, January 25, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM (EST)

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