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Apr 25

April EmPOWER Networking

Join us monthly for our EmPOWER networking events dedicated to helping underrepresented businesses connect and grow. Hear from industry experts and business leaders on topics such as marketing, finance, development, community leadership, and more. All are welcome to attend!

This month we will be hearing from Michel Daley.


Michel L. Daley is a seasoned entrepreneur who has purchased, owned and operated several multi-million dollar businesses. As a result, he maintains broad-based expertise in multiple facets of business operations. 


Mr. Daley is the Co-founder and CEO of Aspira-USA, a Washington, DC-based, for-profit, minority-owned business providing technical and nontechnical training, consulting and communications services to government, public and private-sector organizations. Additionally, the company maintains teaming arrangements to provide construction and real estate related services. Mr. Daley has over 40 years of experience as a licensed real estate broker in Washington, DC and Maryland.


He co-founded and was the Managing Member of Zanzibar on the Waterfront, a popular restaurant and entertainment establishment that generated over $50 million in revenue before it was sold. 


Mr. Daley is a former member of the Board of Directors for CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, the largest health services organization in the tri-state region of Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia. CareFirst generates over $8 billion in annual revenues. Mr. Daley was chairperson of the company’s Mission Oversight Committee, which oversaw $51 million in annual charitable giving. During his board tenure, he also served on CareFirst’s executive, finance and strategic planning committees. In addition, he served on the Executive Search Committee, which located and hired its president and CEO. 


Mr. Daley retired from Bell Atlantic-Washington, D.C. (now Verizon) as a media relations specialist and corporate spokesperson. He provided media relations training to executives, and was interviewed by a variety of TV and radio stations, and local and national newspapers. During that time, Mr. Daley served as a guest lecturer at Howard and Georgetown Universities, and as a keynote speaker at a national PR conference. Prior to that, he trained and supervised customer service representatives, and became a staff consultant who wrote training materials. 


Mr. Daley received the Joseph R. Biden Lifetime Achievement Award, a Martin Luther King Achievement Award for his business acumen, and multiple International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Awards for campaigns and strategic plans he wrote and implemented. 


Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Mr. Daley is a graduate, cum laude, from Dillard University, and he completed executive development programs at Harvard University, The George Washington University and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. 

Frederick County Office of Economic Development
118 N Market St, Frederick, MD 21701
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Apr 25, 2024 05:00pm - Apr 25, 2024 06:30pm

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