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Lara Azzam has entrepreneur in her DNA and absolutely loves start-ups and being part of a start-up ecosystem! Her 25+ year career consists of building ‘firsts’ for companies ranging from non-profits, small and large manufacturing companies, technology companies and universities. The companies ranged from start-ups, including her own, to established multi-billion dollar businesses. In 2002, Lara founded Team Business with her husband André. Team Business is a business education company offering experiential, hands-on, competitive, team-based learning experiencing teaching business acumen, leadership and team dynamics. In order to finance the business, Lara became an independent business consultant working both domestically and internationally. In her consulting practice, she joined companies as an interim turn-around executive working with the existing teams within her client companies in sales, marketing and operations in order to improve the bottom-line. Lara holds an MBA from The Wharton School and a Masters in International Studies from The Lauder Institute. Lara and her husband André van der Bergh chose Baltimore in 2005 when they were looking for a great city to build their business, life and community. They live in Federal Hill with their 2 year old daughter.