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CEO, American Red Cross in the National Capital Region

Linda Mathes is the Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross in the National Capital Region which includes the District of Columbia; Virginia counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William; Maryland counties of Montgomery and Prince George’s; and cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas and Manassas Park, VA. Ms. Mathes is charged with responsibility to carry out the mission of the American Red Cross throughout this regional community and to support other communities across the country and around the world.

Ms. Mathes was recently named in Washington Magazine's "100 Most Powerful Women." She was selected for the Influential Women of Virginia Award in 2014. She was selected for the Women Who Mean Business Award 2013, a Most Admired CEO Award, and Readers' Choice Award for Most Admired CEO of Nonprofit Organizations all sponsored by the Washington Business Journal. Ms. Mathes was the 2006-2008 elected Chair of the Association of Metro Managers, the 45 largest Red Cross chapters in the USA. 

Ms. Mathes began her career with the Red Cross in 1973 at the Dallas County Chapter/Northeast Texas Division. She served in several leadership positions at the national headquarters of the American Red Cross in Washington, DC from 1978-1986; Executive Director of the Pittsburgh-Allegheny County Red Cross Chapter in Pennsylvania from 1986-1991; and was appointed CEO of the American Red Cross of the National Capital Area in 1991. Ms. Mathes is a cum laude graduate of Vanderbilt University and received her master’s in public administration from the University of Southern California, Washington Public Affairs Center.

Aug 01, 2018
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Aug 02, 2018
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Aug 03, 2018
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
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Founder, Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment and Appeals Project

Professor Joan Meier is a nationally recognized expert on domestic violence and the law, appellate litigation, and clinical law teaching. In her more than 20 years at George Washington University, she has founded three interdisciplinary domestic violence clinical programs, two of which provided legal representation, advocacy, and counseling to victims of domestic violence and have been recognized by the U.S. Department of Justice as leading national models. In addition to her years of litigation and teaching, Professor Meier has co-written several significant pieces of federal and state legislation, and frequently delivers presentations and trainings to attorneys, judges, and other professional organizations. She has published widely on domestic violence, and received the Cahn Award from the National Equal Justice Library for her article on domestic violence and welfare reform. Professor Meier's scholarship focuses on custody and abuse litigation, in particular the misuse of psychological science in custody litigation.

In 2003 Professor Meier founded the Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment and Appeals Project (DV LEAP), which provides pro bono appellate representation in compelling domestic violence cases, including Supreme Court cases, and trains attorneys and courts around the country. In 2009, Professor Meier received the Inaugural Sharon Corbitt Award from the American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence. She has also received Doris Buffett’s Sunshine Lady Peace Award, and DV LEAP has received Justice for Children’s Leadership Award, the Washington Area Women’s Foundation Leadership Award, and the Mary Byron Foundation Celebrating Solutions Award in 2006, In 2011, DV LEAP received a two-year $450,000 grant award from the Dept of Justice Office on Violence Against Women to provide trainings on the misuses of science in custody and abuse litigation, in partnership with the Leadership Council on Interpersonal Violence and Child Abuse.

Professor Meier is regularly interviewed in the media on domestic violence issues and was one of the featured commentators in the groundbreaking PBS documentary, “Breaking the Silence: Children’s Voices.” She previously practiced in two national law firms and in two public interest organizations providing legal services and freedom of information litigation. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1980, cum laude from the University of Chicago Law School in 1983, and clerked on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

At the law school, Professor Meier teaches the Domestic Violence Project, a clinical course in which students work with community organizations on domestic violence legal advocacy. She has also taught criminal law and family law at GW and as a visiting professor at Washington & Lee. Her research and publications focus on domestic violence, criminal procedure and civil rights, child custody, and misapplication of social science theories.

Aug 08, 2018
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Aug 09, 2018
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
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Senior Environmental Educator, Anacostia Watershed Society

In her role as Senior Environmental Educator, Maddie facilitates classroom visits with students, assists with river restoration projects, provides unique on-river experiences for community members of all ages, and runs the Master Naturalist program. Maddie has spent her life in the greater Washington, D.C. area. She believes that all kids (and grownups, too!) should have easy access to healthy and vibrant outdoor spaces. Maddie is excited and grateful for the opportunity to share the river with others.  She holds a dual graduate degree in Park and Resource Management and Environmental Education.

The Anacostia Watershed Society was awarded a Major Grant by the Rotary Club of Washington, DC in 2018.

Aug 15, 2018
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Aug 16, 2018
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
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Aug 17, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
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Aug 21, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
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CEO, Protect Our Defenders

Colonel Scott Jensen, USMC (ret.) is the Chief Executive Officer of Protect Our Defenders. Commissioned in 1989 and designated a Naval Aviator in 1992. Col Jensen served in various command, operations, maintenance, and logistics assignments in operational units where he participated in peace keeping operations in Somalia, noncombatant evacuation operations in Rwanda, Operation Southern Watch in Kuwait, and combat operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

He commanded at various levels to include: Platoon; Headquarters Squadron; Light Attack Detachment; Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron; Marine Aircraft Group; and Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward). Additionally, he served as an instructor and staff officer in various positions to include: The Basic School; the Aide-de-Camp to the Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps; the Joint Staff J-8; and as an Assistant Wing Commander.

Col Jensen completed his military service by serving as the Chief of the Marine Corps’ Behavioral Programs at Headquarters Marine Corps where he was responsible for developing and leading a portfolio of programs that included the Marine Corps’ Sexual Assault Prevention and Response, Suicide Prevention, Domestic Violence Prevention and Response, Community Counseling Services, and Substance Abuse and Drug Demand Reduction Programs. Upon his retirement and prior to joining POD, Col Jensen served as the Assistant Vice President for Leadership Development Programs at the American Council on Education in Washington, DC.

Col Jensen holds a bachelor of science degree in mathematics from the United States Naval Academy, a masters degree in military studies from Marine Corps University, and a masters degree in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College.

His personal decorations include two Legion of Merit medals, three Bronze Star Medals, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals, the Air Medal with strike/flight numeral “22”, two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals one with combat “V”, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon.

Aug 22, 2018

Ambassador of Belize to the United States of America and Permanent Representative to the OAS

Francisco Daniel Gutierez presented his credentials as ambassador from Belize to President Donald Trump on July 21, 2017. Gutierez also serves as Belize’s ambassador to the Organization of American States.

Gutierez was born in 1974 in San Ignacio, Cayo district, in the western part of Belize, not far from the border with Guatemala. He attended primary and secondary school in San Ignacio before going to Rafael Landivar University in Guatemala. He earned a degree in communications and advertising in 1997. Gutierez then came to the United States to continue his education at Philadelphia’s St. Joseph’s University. There, he earned an M.S. in international marketing in 1999.

Gutierez returned to Belize to lecture in business, marketing and communications at Sacred Heart College, a high school and junior college in San Ignacio. In 2003, Gutierez was named dean of the junior college.

Gutierez left his post as dean in 2006—while taking a seat on the school’s board of governors—for a job as manager of marketing, logistics, corporate communication and business development for Belize Natural Energy (BNE), an oil company.

He left BNE in 2015 and in January 2016 took his first ambassadorial post, serving as his country’s representative to Caricom, the Caribbean Community, headquartered in Georgetown, Guyana. In addition, Gutierez served as executive director of Belize’s Economic Development Council.

Aug 29, 2018
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Sep 11, 2018
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
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Sep 18, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
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Sep 20, 2018
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
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Sep 21, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
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Oct 16, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
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Oct 18, 2018
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
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Oct 19, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
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Nov 15, 2018
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
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Nov 16, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
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Nov 20, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
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Dec 18, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
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Dec 20, 2018
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
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Dec 21, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
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Jan 15, 2019
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
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Jan 17, 2019
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
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Jan 18, 2019
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM