This week, the Rotary Club of Washington, DC, welcomed guest speaker Dr. Unique Morris-Hughes, Director of The Washington, D.C., Department of Employment Services.

President Lisa McCurdy opened the meeting at 12:30 pm and requested everyone silence all cell phones.
 
President Lisa McCurdy led us all in the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Deputy Secretary Whitney Doll welcomed guests and visiting Rotarians.
 
(Guest)
(Occupation)
(Sponsoring Rotarian)
Lizette Villarreal
Development Director, BEST Kids, Inc.
Kimberly Ross
Michael Epps
VP, Mass Mutual
Donnie Shaw
Kenny Bey
Financial Services Professional, Mass Mutual Greater Washington
Donnie Shaw
Chuck Quilhot
Monument Academy
Visiting Rotarian, Newport News – Oyster Point Rotary Club
Declan Murphy
 
Visiting Rotarian, Rotary Club of the Blue Ridge Mountains
 
Acting Sergeant-at-Arms Bob Schott then announced the birthdays and anniversaries.
 
The guest speaker was introduced, Dr. Unique Morris-Hughes, Director of The Washington, D.C., Department of Employment Services (DOES). In her role as State Labor Commissioner, she is directly responsible for more than $150M in local, federal, and specific-purpose funds administered by the District of Columbia and the federal government for workforce development programs and training, unemployment compensation, universal paid leave administration, and labor standards enforcement along with more than $80M in active capital projects.
 
Previously, Dr. Morris-Hughes was the Chief Strategy Officer for DOES. Dr. Morris-Hughes was also OSSE’s Chief Operating Officer, leading numerous management functions in support of the agency’s mission, including a $270 million education grant portfolio and $600 million in student-per-pupil funding. She also provided oversight of several departmental units, namely Grants Management, Facilities, Operations, Contracting and Procurement and Student Enrollment, Funding, and Residency. In addition, Dr. Morris-Hughes served as OSSE’s acting Assistant Superintendent of Wellness and Nutrition.
 
Dr. Morris-Hughes’ career spans for-profit and nonprofit sectors. She has several years of experience in education, program development, evaluation, and compliance. She previously served as Assistant Head of School at Septima Clark Public Charter School, the District’s first all-boys charter school. Her other appointments include: Center Director for the District of Columbia Public Schools; District Director of Programs for Junior Achievement of the National Capital Area; Coordinator of Public Policy for Amazon.com; and Adjunct Professor at Trinity University and at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Graduate School.
 
Dr. Morris-Hughes is a member of the American Educational Research Association, the National Forum for Black Public Administrators, the Textbook and Academic Authors Association of America, the National Alliance of Black School Educators, National Black MBA Association, and the International Leadership Association. She obtained a PhD from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, an MBA from Trinity University, and a BA in English from Johnson C. Smith University.
 
President Lisa McCurdy adjourned the weekly meeting with final remarks at 1:30 p.m.