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As an organization that empowers experienced professionals, managers, and executives for successful career transitions, 40Plus of Greater Washington serves professionals of all races and ethnicities. We stand firm in our support of all people who have been affected by the horrendous racist and violent acts in our country.

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Making the Move from Employee to Owner: Your Questions Answered

  • Mon, April 02, 2018
  • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  • 1627 K St NW, 3rd fl. Washington, DC
  • 37


  • Monday Morning Speaker

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Monday Morning Speaker:  Faizun Kamal

Making the Move from Employee to Owner: Your Questions Answered

A Continuing Conversation with


You’ve worked tirelessly to get to where you are today, and you’ve learned a lot along the way. You know all about working for someone -- but what do you know about working for yourself? The answer may surprise you. Former employees actually make great business owners. They know what it takes to operate a business from the inside and have already acquired many of the traits of a successful entrepreneur.

Why do former employees make such great franchise owners? Successful corporate employees know how to lead a team while also respecting the organization for whom they work. They have well-developed core business skills such as sales, marketing, finance, leadership and people management. All of these skills are essential as a business owner, and corporate employees have already learned many of them. Former employees can appreciate the structure of a quality franchise system and know what it takes to make their franchise a success.

You’ve labored for someone else long enough. It’s time to use what you’ve learned as an employee to finally be your own boss!

In this session, we will cover the following topics:

  1. Why Business Ownership?
  2. Starting a Business vs Buying a business vs Starting a Franchise.
  3. Busting the top 4 Franchise Myths.
  4. Minimizing Risk and Maximizing ROI.
  5. Simplifying your Search.
  6. What are your Financing Options?



Faizun Kamal with The Franchise Consulting Company, is an expert helps first-time entrepreneurs decide whether purchasing a franchise is the correct course for them to follow.

The Franchise Consulting Company helps clients structure a franchise strategy based on the uniqueness of their situation and what they find most compelling as to brand, culture and operating models in order to attain their goals.

As a former Fortune 20 Executive, Faizun has 17+ years of experience in corporate, multinational, nonprofit & entrepreneurial settings on three continents. She is an expert in public policy development, corporate responsibility, social enterprise & crisis communications. Skilled in contextual intelligence, she has created new business opportunities by leveraging strategic alliances.

Conversant in multiple languages, she has been described as the “consummate connector”. Coming from an unusual mix of work background (World Bank, Johns Hopkins University, Verizon) and life experiences (growing up in Asia and Africa), Faizun is able to see patterns in seemingly unconnected things and forge connections in the most unlikely places. Deeply intuitive, she has forged alliances and brought together stakeholders who had never worked together before. As an acclaimed social entrepreneur, she has founded a company where doing good and doing well blend seamlessly to change lives.

Faizun received her BA in Women’s Studies and Environmental Studies from Mount Holyoke College. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy as well as a Master’s in Business Administration from the Johns Hopkins University. She is also a graduate of Stanford University’s acclaimed Social Entrepreneurship Program.




Faizun Kamal 

Twitter: @faizun_kamal
Cell: 443 604 6276


Plan to join us after the meeting for networking. Admission is free.  Many of us carry our conversations to lunch at one of the nearby eateries.

Attire is business casual and we ask all Monday Speaker attendees to contribute to the professional standards and objectives of this important networking meeting.

Doors open at 9:45 for networking and the program starts promptly at 10:00. 40Plus is located at:

1627 K St NW, 3rd fl.

Washington, DC

Empowering Experienced Professionals for Successful Career Transitions

40Plus of Greater Washington
1325 G Street, NW, Suite 500

 Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 202-387-1582

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