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The Power of Meaning

A journalist and writer, Ms. Esfahani Smith is the author of The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life That Matters, in which she identifies “four pillars of meaning”—belonging, purpose, storytelling, and transcendence. She was inspired to write this book at least in part by her parents who ran a Sufi meeting house out of their Montreal home when she was a child. Growing up surrounded by people who believed in Sufism—the mystical interpretation of Islam, practiced loving kindness and service to all, and whose lives were so rich with meaning left an impression on her. Ms. Esfahani Smith draws on psychology, philosophy, literature, and her own reporting to consider the human experience. Her articles “There’s More to Life than Being Happy” and “Masters of Love,” originally published in The Atlantic, have been read over 30 million times. She is a columnist for The New Criterion and an editor at the Stanford University’s Hoover Institution where she manages the Ben Franklin Circles Project. A collaboration between the 92nd Street Y and Citizen University, the Circles bring people together to enjoy deep, meaningful conversations about what it means to live well. Ms. Esfahani Smith is an instructor in positive psychology at the University of Pennsylvania where she earned her Master’s degree. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband. 

Sep 27, 2017
 
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Oct 01, 2017
1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
 
Oct 02, 2017
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
 
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Politics during the Trump Era

Bob Cusack has been reporting on policy and politics in the nation’s capital since 1995. He joined The Hill as Business and Lobbying editor in 2003 and became the newspaper’s managing editor a year later. Mr. Cusack has won five awards from the National Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists for investigative articles on a range of issues, including national security, healthcare and 2008 presidential politics surrounding Hurricane Katrina. He regularly appears on MSNBC, Fox, ABC and CNN as a political analyst. Before joining The Hill, Cusack was a chief editor at Inside Washington Publishers. He is also a member of the Screen Actors Guild and has appeared in commercials, television shows and feature films. A native of New York City, Mr. Cusack received his Bachelor's degree in journalism from Loyola College in Maryland. 

Oct 04, 2017
 
Oct 04, 2017
1:30 PM – 2:00 PM
 
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Oct 05, 2017
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
 
 
 
 
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Putting a Price on Life

Kenneth Feinberg is an attorney who specializes in mediation and alternative dispute resolution. He founded his own law firm, The Feinberg Group, in Washington, DC. He is widely known for his work in deciding who gets what for losses suffered in high profile catastrophes, accidents and terrorism. He has disbursed billions of dollars for the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, the Virginia Tech Shooting Disaster Foundation, the BP oil spill, the Sandy Hook School shooting, the Sandusky Penn State victims' fund, the VW Emissions scandal and the Archdiocese of New York Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program. Much of his work is pro bono. Mr. Feinberg holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and a law degree from the New York University School of Law.

Oct 11, 2017
 
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Oct 12, 2017
6:45 PM – 9:00 PM
 
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Oct 14, 2017
8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
 
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Oct 17, 2017
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
 
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Mentoring to College and Career

Khari Brown has served as the Executive Director at Capital Partners for Education (CPE) since 2001 and in November 2015 was renamed as its Chief Executive Officer. Beginning as its only employee, he has built CPE from a niche program that reached only 100 students and mentors per year to a burgeoning organization with multiple program lines that is currently serving more than 700 students and mentors, growing more than 30 percent annually since 2012. By developing CPE’s program offerings to make it the DC region’s most holistic and comprehensive mentoring program, CPE has been remarkably successful in helping its students overcome the barriers that limit most low-income students. Under Mr. Brown’s leadership, CPE has seen 97 percent of its graduates enroll in college and nearly 75 percent complete college on time. He received both a Bachelor’s degree in American Studies and a Master’s degree in Education from Tufts University. A two-time captain of the Tufts basketball team, he played professional basketball in Helsinki, Finland upon graduating from college. After his playing career ended in 1995, Mr. Brown spent six years coaching high school and college basketball in the Boston area. He also owned and operated a fitness and sports performance business serving individual clients and offering clinics and camps for high school and college athletes. Mr. Brown’s involvement working with urban teens through his various coaching experiences led him to pursue a career in expanding educational opportunities for low-income youth. He and his wife are the proud parents of two children who attend DC Public Schools.

Oct 18, 2017
 
Oct 18, 2017
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
 
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Oct 19, 2017
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
 
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Oct 20, 2017
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
 
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Oct 21, 2017
8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
 
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DC Urban Greens—Feeding Bodies, Nourishing Minds

Ms. Kirkwood is the Founder of DC UrbanGreens, Inc. A Civil Engineering graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Madison, she pursued a career in the world of commercial construction for 15 years before she chose to shift her focus to local food security. Julie is a firm believer that community-based food systems can reduce the impact of DC’s food deserts. As a mother of two sons, Ms. Kirkwood’s passion resonates at home. She witnesses behavioral differences in her children when they consume processed foods versus whole foods. She strongly believes that the glycemic response to processed foods causes crashes in blood sugar levels, resulting in emotional and physical fatigue. This fatigue negatively affects both behavior and focus, inhibiting a child’s ability to succeed at home or at school. DC UrbanGreens was born from the concept that access to healthy, whole foods will have a positive impact on a child’s ability to grow and learn. This is her belief—​and bringing a solution to this challenge is Julie’s passion.

Oct 25, 2017
 
Oct 30, 2017
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
 
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Supporting Veterans through Higher Education

The Vice President for Public Relations and Chapter Engagement at Student Veterans of America, Mr. Bogue is the nation's leading voice in supporting America's veterans through higher education. For nearly a decade, he executed public campaigns promoting the largest expansion of education benefits for veterans since World War II. He helped implement and advertise the Post-9/11 GI Bill, now the most widely used VA education benefit, during his tenure with the Department of Veterans Affairs. He enjoys telling stories that compel action and helping others reach their potential. A former Marine and Presidential Management Fellow. Mr. Bogue lives with his wife and daughter in Burke, Virginia. 

Nov 01, 2017
 
Nov 01, 2017
11:30 AM – 12:15 PM
 
Nov 01, 2017
1:30 PM – 2:00 PM
 
Nov 02, 2017
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
 
 
Nov 06, 2017
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
 
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Artistic Director of Opera Lafayette

Mr. Brown is the founder, conductor and artistic director of Opera Lafayette. Through his work with Opera Lafayette, he has gained an international reputation for his interpretations of French opera and for his role in the revival of significant works from 18th and 19th centuries. His repertoire and discography of over ten recordings for Naxos include operas by well-known 18th-century composers (Gluck and Rameau) as well as rediscoveries of their contemporaries (Sacchini and Rebel/Francœur), works which exemplify traditions established in the 17th century (Lully and Charpentier), and those which point the way toward the music of the 19th century (Monsigny and Grétry). He was most recently and widely lauded for the modern premiere and recording of Félicien David’s 1862 Lalla Roukh, a seminal work of musical orientalism. Mr. Brown’s frequent performances of Italian works by Haydn, Mozart, Paisiello and Cimarosa have also met with great acclaim. He was raised in a musical family in California and performed extensively as a violinist and chamber musician before turning his attentions to conducting. His teachers included Dorothy DeLay and Gustav Meier. In 2014, Mr. Brown returned to the Opéra Royal in Versailles, leading Opera Lafayette in Philidor’s Les Femmes Vengées and Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte. In 2015, he conducted Vivaldi’s Cantone in Utica at the Glimmerglass Festival. Mr. Brown is a recipient of La Médaille d’Or du Rayonnement Culturel from La Renaissance Française.  

Nov 08, 2017
 
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Nov 09, 2017
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
 
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District 7620 Rotary International Foundation Chair

Beginning his Rotary Career in June 1993, Mr. Baum and several others in the Frederick community formed the Carroll Creek Rotary Club. He served as the club’s third President in 1995. In 1997, then Governor Ken Shook appointed him as the Area Representative. His third year as Senior Representative led to his selection as District Governor for 2001-02. A member of the “Regal Eagles," 2001 proved to be a year full of challenges and triumphs. The culmination was the District Conference in Rocky Gap. Looking for more to do, Andy was aide to the President’s Representative in 2003, Foundation Chair in 2004, and Chair for on to Chicago in 2005. Governor Pat Kasuda appointed him Grant’s Chair in 2006, a position he held for three years. In 2008, Mr. Baum accepted the position of District Trainer for Betty Lewis and also chaired her Bermuda Conference. Another stint as Grant’s Chair, a couple years as Interact Chair, and District Trainer again rounds out his twenty plus years as a Rotarian. He has been recognized by the District with a “Service above Self” award and by The Rotary Foundation with the “Citation for Meritorious Service.” In 2017, Andy was recognized by the Foundation with the Distinguished Service Award.  He currently is in his third year as the District Rotary Foundation Chair. Andy and his wife Leigh will be celebrating 38 years of marriage this year. They have two children, Chris and Matt.

Nov 15, 2017
 
 
Nov 16, 2017
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
 
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Nov 16, 2017
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
 
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Nov 17, 2017
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
 
 
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Nov 21, 2017
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
 
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Nov 21, 2017
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
 
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Playing Golf, Learning Life Skills

Mr. Sanchez joined the First Tee of Greater Washington, DC as its Executive Director in October 2012 and has been around the game of golf most of his life. He grew up in Gaithersburg, Maryland playing at Montgomery Village Golf Club. In 1998, Clint graduated from Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida with a degree in Sport Management. He has worked in and around Washington, DC since 2001 and has been working in youth development since 2007. The First Tee was created in 1997 to provide young people of all ethnic and economic backgrounds an opportunity to develop, through golf and character education, life-enhancing values such as honesty, integrity and sportsmanship. By engaging young people in a combination of life skills, leadership and golf activities, they also are exposed to positive traits that will help them achieve success in life. 

Nov 22, 2017
 
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Director, National Museum of American History

With a background in banking, small business and museums, Mr. Gray brings deep experience and a unique vision for unlocking the transformational power of history museums. Director Gray is leading the physical and programmatic reinvention the National Museum of American History. The museum is pairing its unparalleled collection of national treasures with a thematic focus around fundamental American ideals and ideas to share the value of history to visitors’ daily lives and inspiring a more humane future for the nation. Under his leadership, the museum is boldly re-imagining its three-floor, 120,000 square-foot West Wing. The first floor recently opened devoted to the themes of innovation and American enterprise. The second floor will present the ideas of democracy and the peopling of America, and the third floor will explore America’s democratic identity and culture. As steward of our nation’s national collection of more than three million artifacts and documents, including the iconic Star-Spangled Banner, the Greensboro lunch Counter, Lincoln’s top hat, Dizzy Gillespie’s trumpet and Dorothy’s ruby slippers, Mr. Gray intends to use these objects to tell an inclusive, respectful, instructive and compassionate story of all the peoples of America. Prior to becoming the museum’s ninth director, he was founding president of the Autry National Center of the American West, a successful merging of three cultural organizations: the Autry, Colorado’s Women of the West Museum in Denver and Los Angeles’ oldest museum, the Southwest Museum of the American Indian. Commercial banking was the foundation of Gray’s previous career. He served as executive vice president of First Interstate Bank of California in Los Angeles from 1987 until 1996. Mr. Gray has a bachelor’s degree from C.W. Post College at Long Island University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Colorado. He serves on the board of St. John’s College in Annapolis and Santa Fe, where he continues to study the Great Books, and received an honorary degree from Occidental College in Los Angeles. 

Nov 29, 2017
 
Dec 04, 2017
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
 
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Dec 04, 2017
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
 
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Dec 05, 2017
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
 
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Rotary District 7620 Governor

Governor of Rotary District 7620, Mr. Wims is a sixth generation Marylander with 49 years of volunteer service to the community. He has served on many nonprofit boards: the University of Maryland Dental School, Universities at Shady Grove, Montgomery College, the YMCA, the Kennedy Center and the Boys and Girls Club, just to name a few. He presently serves on the Congressional Bank Board in the Metro Washington DC area. He founded the Victims’ Rights Foundation 21 years ago to help victims of violent crime. Greg is a Paul Harris fellow and a Paul Harris Society member. He is a member and Past President of the Bethesda Chevy Chase Rotary Club. He is married to Michelle and has three children and two grandkids. 

 

Dec 06, 2017
 
Dec 06, 2017
1:30 PM – 2:00 PM
 
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Dec 06, 2017
1:30 PM – 2:00 PM
 
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Dec 07, 2017
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
 
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Dec 09, 2017
7:00 PM – 9:30 PM
 
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"My Dear Children," a Documentary about Eastern Europe's Anti-Jewish Pogroms

Ms. Dance is an award-winning investigative and documentary television producer. Video production and broadcast journalism have been her passions for over 20 years, ever since receiving her Master's in Journalism from Columbia University. She has produced everything from groundbreaking news stories for CNN to promotional videos for non-profit organizations, and an internet radio show for individuals relaunching their careers. Her journalism background has given her the ability to distill a large amount of material and hone in on what is true and important. She pinpoints the real message that needs to be conveyed, creating a human story that moves and inspires audiences. Ms. Dance is currently co-directing and co-producing (with Cliff Hackel) My Dear Children, a first-ever documentary about the anti-Jewish pogroms of Eastern Europe as told in the firsthand account of a survivor. Feiga Shami's story offers a window into this forgotten history and the daring rescue mission that saved two of her children, changing the family forever. Ms. Dance's film gives voice to thousands of forgotten victims, recounting a story shared by Jews around the world.

 

Dec 13, 2017
 
Dec 13, 2017
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
 
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Dec 14, 2017
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
 
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Dec 15, 2017
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
 
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Dec 19, 2017
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
 
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Artistic Director of Adventure Theatre

Artistic Director of Adventure Theatre, Mr. Bobbitt has directed, choreographed and performed at theatres in the DC area—among them, the Arena Stage, Ford’s Theatre Society, The Shakespeare Theatre Company, the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, the Roundhouse Theatre, The Music Center at Strathmore, The Kennedy Center, The Helen Hayes Awards and the Washington National Opera. He studied creative writing and music at Susquehanna University and theater and dance at The Washington Ballet, The Dance Theatre of Harlem, The American Musical and Dramatic Academy and New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts (Cap 21). A member of the Dramatist Guild of America and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, his writing has been accepted in the 2006 NYC International Fringe Festival and The New York Musical Theatre Festival. He has received grants from the National Alliance for Musical Theatre's Producer-Writer Initiative, The Creative Projects Grant from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, Maryland State Arts Council and the Puffin Foundation. His musical Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds appeared at the New Victory Theatre in New York City. He has taught theater and dance at George Washington University, Catholic University, Montgomery College, Howard University and the Washington Ballet. Michael is a graduate of Leadership Montgomery, the Coaching Initiative for Non Profit Leaders of Color-National Training Laboratories & Mosaica and Harvard Business School’s Social Enterprise Initiative-Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management. In 2010, Michael received the County Executive’s Excellence in the Arts and Humanities Emerging Leader Award, and in October 2015, the 2015 EXCEL Leadership Award from the Center for Nonprofit Advancement.

Dec 20, 2017
 
Dec 20, 2017
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
 
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Dec 21, 2017
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
 
Jan 01, 2018
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
 

Progress Report Mid-point in the 2017-2018 Rotary Year

Club President Abrahem Helal will review progress made at this mid-point in his term towards such goals as recruiting new members and increasing fellowship activities. He will also outline plans for the second half of his tenure, including the mobilization of members to volunteer for the third annual DC Duck Race.

Jan 03, 2018
 
Jan 03, 2018
1:30 PM – 2:00 PM
 
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Jan 04, 2018
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
 
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Book—The Year I Was Peter the Great: 1956—Khruschev, Stalin's Ghost, and a Young American in Russia

Marvin Kalb is a nonresident senior fellow with the Foreign Policy Program at the Brookings Institution and senior advisor at the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. He focuses on the impact of media on public policy and politics. He is also an expert on national security, with a focus on US relations with Russia, Europe and the Middle East. His most recent book The Year I Was Peter the Great: 1956—Khruschev, Stalin's Ghost, and a Young American in Russia follows in a long line of thought-provoking works. His previous books include Imperial Gamble: Putin, Ukraine and the New Cold War and The Road to War: Presidential Commitments Honored and Betrayed in which he considers how presidential commitments can lead to the use of American military force, as well as Haunting Legacy: Vietnam and the American Presidency from Ford to Obama, co-written with Deborah Kalb, to examine the Vietnam War’s extraordinary impact on presidential decision making over the past four decades. Mr. Kalb’s distinguished journalism career spans more than 30 years and includes award-winning reporting for both CBS and NBC News as chief diplomatic correspondent, Moscow bureau chief and anchor of NBC’s "Meet the Press." He went on to become founding director of Harvard University’s Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy. Mr. Kalb is the Murrow Professor Emeritus at Harvard and hosts "The Kalb Report" at the National Press Club.

Jan 10, 2018
 
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Jan 11, 2018
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
 
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Jan 16, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
 
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The Amal Alliance—Empowering Displaced Youth

Danielle De La Fuente is the co-founder (with Dr. Rose Cardarelli) of the Amal Alliance, Inc.—​a non-governmental organization dedicated to empowering displaced youth through social development programs at refugee camps around the world. The organization is based on the premise that we are all global citizens with a social and moral responsibility to ensure that children have access to their cultural identity, knowledge of their history and future opportunities through reading stories and finding inner strength. Our holistic approach stimulates the mind and body through education and integration programs. Ms. De La Fuente earned a BA in International Relations from Boston University and an MLitt in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of St Andrews in Scotland. She served at the National Defense University where she fostered relations across the Middle East and South Asia. She has also worked at various embassies and on political campaigns. She specializes in work as a liaison between the diplomatic, governmental and political realms.

Jan 17, 2018
 
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Jan 17, 2018
1:30 PM – 2:15 PM
 
Jan 18, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
 
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Jan 18, 2018
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
 
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Jan 19, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
 
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Psychiatrist to Captured Spies

Dr. Charney is the Founder and Medical Director of  Roundhouse Square Counseling Center in Alexandria, Virginia. He specializes in anxiety and mood disorders, couples and family therapy as well as Attention Deficit Disorder in adults. Besides his usual practice, he has also treated personnel from the intelligence community.  As a result of unusual circumstances, he had the opportunity to join the defense team of his first spy case, Earl Pitts. Subsequently, Plato Cacheris, the attorney of Robert Hanssen, invited Dr. Charney to join his defense team, which added a further dimension to his experience. With the addition of his third spy case, Brian Regan, he further deepened his knowledge of the psychological nuances of captured spies. As a member of their defense teams, Dr. Charney was perceived by these insider spies as an understanding and supportive figure, which lowered their defensive mindsets and provided a truer picture of their inner lives. He questioned many common assumptions about spy motivations. Dr. Charney elaborated on his findings in Part One of his White Paper, True Psychology of the Insider Spy. Part Two of his White Paper, NOIR: A White Paper – Proposing a New Policy for Improving National Security by Fixing the Problem of Insider Spies, lays out Dr. Charney’s innovative and perhaps controversial recommendations for using what he learned to manage the problem of insider spies better. To educate and promote these concepts and ideas, he founded NOIR for USA, a non-profit organization. In 1968, Dr. Charney earned his medical degree at the Upstate Medical Center, State University of New York in Syracuse. For many years, he has hosted his own cable television show "Psychiatry Today" on Comcast Cable in Alexandria. Since 1975, Dr. Charney has taught psychiatric residents at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at George Washington University, where he holds the academic rank of Associate Clinical Professor.

Jan 24, 2018
 
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Jan 24, 2018
7:30 AM – 3:00 PM
 
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Jan 25, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
 
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Music, Technology and the Law

Mr. Diab is the recently promoted Director of North America Record Label Business Development, YouTube & Google Play Music. Prior to his November 2017 promotion, he was the Head of North America Record Label Business Development, YouTube & Google Play Music, responsible for managing Google's North American business partnerships with all major and independent recorded music companies for the YouTube Music services. In 2016, Billboard Magazine named Mr. Diab one of "40 Under 40: Music's Top Young Power Player." His work in 2015 with major labels laid the legal groundwork for the launch of YouTube Red, the company’s ad-free subscription service in the United States, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand. Since joining Google in 2011, his work to untangle the web of music licenses helped expand Google Play Music to more than 60 territories worldwide. Mr. Diab holds his Juris Doctor from Yeshiva University's Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and his Bachelor's degree in Finance from the University of Maryland.  

 

Jan 31, 2018
 
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Feb 01, 2018
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
 
Feb 05, 2018
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
 
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President, TechMoxie, LLC

After more than 20 years of practicing law, Ms. Holland founded TechMoxie out of a love of technology and the passion for simplifying the complex. She oversees curriculum development and manages a team of coaches who share her love of helping older adults rock their technology. Upon earning her Juris Doctor from the Catholic University's Columbus School of Law, she practiced commercial real estate law with Melrod, Redman & Gartlan for three years and then became the Associate General Counsel for Fannie Mae where she worked for 21 years. Leaving Fannie Mae in 2012, she took a consulting position with Bank of America but had always harbored the dream of becoming an entrepreneur.  For some time, she had been thinking about a business that would teach technology to “late adopters,” both the tech adverse and older generations. A lover of gadgets, Ms. Holland was always playing with the latest technology, testing out apps and troubleshooting devices. She decided to offer a class called “Getting to Know your iPad” at a local community center, and as she recounts, “Bingo! That was it. The class was full with a waiting list. I went to other community centers and started picking up one-on-one clients. It’s mostly coaching, filling in the gaps, and getting the client comfortable with the technology.” TechMoxie was born in 2013 and has since expanded to a network of coaches who are bringing the joy and connectedness of technology to those looking to build job skills and intellectually curious retirees.

Feb 07, 2018
 
Feb 07, 2018
1:30 PM – 2:00 PM
 
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How to Win Them Over: Strategies for Building Influence

Scott Love is a high stakes headhunter for international law firms and a “sports agent” for partner-level attorneys. Scott also speaks professionally at business and association conferences on leadership and sales topics.  He is the author of “Why They Follow: How to Lead with Positive Influence,” and is also a professional watercolor artist, semi-professional poker player, and a graduate of the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.  He lives in Arlington, Virginia, with his wife, two children, and a puppy named Ruby. 

Feb 14, 2018
 
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Feb 15, 2018
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
 
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Feb 16, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
 
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Feb 18, 2018
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
 
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Feb 20, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
 
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Feb 20, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
 
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Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs

As the Acting Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs, Dr. Nesheiwat strengthens diplomatic efforts to secure the safe return of Americans held hostage overseas. Working closely with the hostages' families, foreign governments and the interagency Hostage Recovery Fusion Cell, she represents the United States on hostage-related issues. Previously, she was appointed as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Implementation in the Bureau of Energy Resources. She also served as a Political-Military Advisor and Visiting Professor at the US Naval Post Graduate School's National Security Affairs Department. She has held numerous positions as Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary for Economic Affairs and U.S. Special Envoy for Eurasian Energy Security. Earlier in her career, she served as the Chief of Staff for Policy and Planning in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, where she managed the integration and collaboration of analysis and reporting with all intelligence agencies. Prior to that role, she was selected to serve on the US Presidential Commission on Intelligence Capabilities Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction, leading the North Korea and Iran policy steering committee from 2004-2005. A former US Army Military Intelligence officer, Dr. Nesheiwat served consecutive tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. As a senior operations officer, she coordinated and managed interagency assessments on terrorist networks within the Middle East and Asia, and acted as the US military liaison officer with regional political parties on governance and threat reduction. An International Affairs Fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations and on the Governing Advisory Council for the World Economic Forum, Dr. Nesheiwat earned a PhD from the Tokyo Institute of Technology, an MA in security studies from Georgetown University, and a BA in religious studies and sociology from Stetson University in Florida. She speaks fluent Arabic and Japanese.

Feb 21, 2018
 
Feb 21, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
 
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Magistrate Judge, US District Court For The Eastern District Of Virginia

In March 2015, Mr. Nachmanoff was appointed Federal Magistrate Judge of the United States District Court For The Eastern District of Virginiacomprised of Alexandria, Norfolk, Richmond and Newport Newswhere he has also served as a clerk and as Federal Public Defender. Judge Nachmanoff earned his undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University and his Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law.

Feb 28, 2018
 
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Mar 01, 2018
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
 
Mar 05, 2018
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
 
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Executive Director, Teens Run DC—Major Grant Recipient

A native Washingtonian, Mr. Hocker is the Executive Director 0f Teens Run DC. He came to TRDC after 25 successful years as the President and CEO of Special Olympics District of Columbia. During his long tenure with Special Olympics, he possessed a commitment to improving the lives of youths and adults with intellectual disabilities worldwide. He assisted in developing the first Special Olympics programs in the former Soviet Union and in seven Middle Eastern countries. Mr. Hocker also spent 18 years as a youth, high school, college, and professional basketball coach. His focus was never on the significance of winning games, but more importantly, on the shared values the team learned about life through their journey of a season together. He has always been passionate about the overall development of our young people's lives. He believes that with proper support, physical activity and a strong connection to others in your life, one can achieve anything. When Mr. Hocker takes time away from TRDC, you can find him taking long walks with his wife, Linda, and their dog, Riley. Other times are dedicated to their daughter, Lindsay, son-in-law, Jamie, grandchildren, JM and Jack, and son, Michael.

Mar 07, 2018
 
Mar 07, 2018
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
 
Mar 07, 2018
1:30 PM – 2:00 PM
 
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Mar 07, 2018
1:30 PM – 2:15 PM
 
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Mar 08, 2018
6:30 PM – 9:03 PM
 
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Senior Operations Officer, World Bank Group

Members of the Washington, DC Rotaract Club will lead our weekly lunch meeting. They will share with Rotarians the highlights of their service, professional development and fellowship activities, and explore potential areas of further collaboration with our club.

The Rotaract Club has asked Wilson Frota, Senior Operations Officer at the World Bank Group, to speak to the Club. Wilson is a Brazilian national and has been living in the US for about 10 years. He has over 20 years of experience in the international public sector and private sector, mostly in Latin America and the Unites States. During his career, he specialized in international development and human capital development, and has significant experience with youth engagement in corporate settings. Before Joining the World Bank he was the Vice-president for Human Resources for the Caribbean and Central America regions with Citigroup’s Corporate & Investment Bank. Wilson holds an undergraduate degree in Economics and an MBA in Organizational Development, both from the Catholic University in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and a Master’s Degree in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

Mar 14, 2018
 
Mar 15, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
 
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Mar 15, 2018
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
 
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Mar 16, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
 
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Mar 20, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM