This week, the Rotary Club of Washington, DC, welcomed guest speaker Dr. David Campt. Dr. Campt is a national expert in the areas of inclusion and equity, stakeholder engagement, and conflict resolution and dialogue.
 

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.
 
Secretary Catherine Pociask called names of guests and visiting Rotarians.
 
(Guest)
(Occupation)
(Sponsoring Rotarian)
Gary Silversmith
Counsel for P&L
N/A
 
Sergeant-at-Arms Bill Day then announced the birthdays and anniversaries.
 
The guest speaker was introduced, Dr. David Campt. Through the course of his 25 year career as a featured presenter, Dr. David Campt (@thedialogueguy) has helped groups focus on a variety of topics including strategic planning, conflict resolution, creating more inclusive decision-making, leadership succession, cultural competence, and many others. His clients have varied widely, and have included the US military, The White House, large corporations, international organizations, foundations, governments, universities, national associations, and non-profit groups.
 
David is considered a national expert in the areas of inclusion and equity, stakeholder engagement, and conflict resolution and dialogue. His insights about the keys to more effective institutions and communities have been sought by small executive boards of fewer than a dozen to large-scale summits involving thousands of people. In addition to speaking on these topics to live audiences, he also has numerous appearances media expert, appearing on national media outlets as well as local television, radio, and print media in local outlets all across the United States.
 
David is in the process of completing a trilogy of books about distilling the wisdom of groups. His first book focused on the dynamics of small effective small group dialogue; it was called The Little Book of Dialogue for Difficult Subjects and was published in 2007. In 2015, he published the first book about using audience polling to make meetings better; it was called Read the Room for Real: How a Simple Technology Creates Better Meetings. He is currently working on his third book, tentatively called Dialogue @ Scale, which is about how small group dialogue can combine with audience polling to create important innovation in the way that groups of people find consensus on important topics.
 
President Lisa McCurdy adjourned the weekly meeting with final remarks at 1:30 p.m.