About the Founders

Mary Sue Dahill and Jennifer Crawford decided to launch a virtual conference to help business owners band together in a united fight to keep our businesses healthy and thriving during the coronavirus pandemic. We believe that through grit, determination, creativity, and community we can lessen our vulnerability. Our goal is to bring great content, inspiration, and creative networking opportunities to the small business community.

We can and will not just survive, but build stronger, more resilient businesses together.


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Mary Sue Dahill

Mary Sue Dahill is the founder of Work Smarter Digital, a software and services company. Mary Sue loves to create order out of chaos. She has worked for several technology start-up companies and learned how to create order out of the messy ecosystem of digital tools and manual processes. Mary Sue is on a mission to help all Passion-preneurs get out of overwhelm by streamlining and automating their systems, so they can focus on increasing their impact on the world.

She lives by the Go-Giver code and gives back by sponsoring women-focused entrepreneur organizations including Women’s CEO Roundtable, AWE Summit, and Success thrus Style Summit.

Mary Sue lives in Arlington, VA with her husband, two teenagers, and two mini dachshunds.


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Jennifer Crawford

Jennifer Crawford is the co-founder of Sparent, a virtual staffing agency staffed entirely by a talent pool of stay-at-home-moms with a laundry list of skills to spare. After starting her first business at age nineteen with just $75, and growing it into a million-dollar company, she got hooked on entrepreneurship. Several businesses later, she knows how easy it is to work in your business instead of on your business, and she is on a mission to help overwhelmed business owners realize their company’s full potential AND have time to enjoy it by outsourcing administrative tasks to small but mighty virtual teams.

In addition to Sparent, Jennifer is the founder of DC Podfest, and Podcast Inc. She lives in Fairfax with her husband Thor, and their 150 lb rescued French Mastiff, Meatball, also known as the drool-beast.