Autumn 2018

James French recently moderated a panel at the African Development Bank's Africa Investment Forum in Johannesburg, South Africa, and then discussed the Forum and Africa Tech on CNBC Africa. Click here to watch James talk about how African-led solutions are reshaping Africa's tech landscape, fueling growth and producing great projects and returns for investors. Additionally, James is the founder of Anansy, which supports SMEs in the African technology arena, and he advises the University of Virginia Darden School of Business on engaging with African innovators.

Jennifer DiMotta, President of DiMotta Consulting has joined a Board of Directors for a $6b public company, Midland States Bancorp. Jennifer is a WNG Member and earlier this year spoke to our WNG Women’s Leadership Forum on the topic of "Leadership as a Strategy: Becoming Your Own Leadership Coach." Congratulations!

Chris Leahy will be joining Intuit, the legendary technology, software and fintech company, where he starts in December as Vice President, National Government Relations and Regulatory Affairs. Chris will remain in Washington, D.C. This move follows five very productive and rewarding years at Bayer Corporation. We are pleased to include Chris as a WNG Advisory Board member.

Carol Loftur-Thun is now Executive Director of the Health Technology Access Foundation (HTAF) located in Rockville, Maryland. HTAF makes Health IT simple and affordable for clinics and healthcare providers serving Medicaid patients and underserved communities. Congratulations!

Jaya Bohlmann, President of Designing Communication and Managing Director at PR Talent, was recently featured in a PRSA "Insider Interview" that you can read online. Additionally, Jaya is a Professor of Communication at the University of Maryland and a Communication Section Council Member at the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE).

Karen Naumann, Vice President at Susan Davis International, has been elected to the Public Relations Society of America’s National Capital Chapter (PRSA-NCC) 2019 Board of Directors. Congratulations!

Valerie Pelton has been a prolific writer! Over the last 12 months, her work was published in leading U.S. and international industry and law journals: Journal of Air Law and Commerce, The International Lawyer, Journal of World Energy Law & Business, Texas Tech Administrative Law Journal and Journal of Transnational Law and Contemporary Problems. Additionally, Valerie served as 2017-2018 Co-Chair, Corporate Counsel Forum and 2018-2019 Co-Chair, Insurance Committee for the Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia (WBA) and developed the annual Going Global program for WBA in conjunction with George Washington University Law School and the Confucius Institute.

Daniel Haney is now the Federal Civilian Senior Account Executive at Trustwave Government Solutions, which helps the government fight cybercrime, protect data and reduce security risk. Previously, Dan was Enterprise Sales Director at DH Technologies. He will continue to be based in the Northern Virginia area. Additionally, Dan is a WNG Advisory Board member.

Liz Wainger recently published her new book titled, Prism of Value: Connect, Convince and Influence When It Matters (September 2018). Liz is a communications advisor, writer and speaker who has spent more than two decades showing executives and their teams how to frame and deliver messages that win hearts, minds and business. She is the founder of a strategic communications firm, Wainger Group, where she has developed campaigns, strategies and coaching workshops for Fortune 500 companies, start-ups, nonprofits and government agencies that inspire action and achieve results. We look forward to hosting Liz as a speaker at our WNG Chairman's Forum on November 28, 2018.

George Deeley, Vice President, Global Operations & Business Development for Swiss Mountain Cosmetics-­NIANCE, has spent the past year based in Lima, Peru. George has responsibility for global brand and marketing strategies, as well as overall international expansion beyond the original DACH markets (Germany, Austria, Switzerland). He plans to return to the DC area at the end of the year.

Ken Schoppmann is now Executive Director at the Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities (ABRF) located in Bethesda, Maryland. ABRF is an international scientific society comprised of over 900 members working within or in support of resource and research biotechnology laboratories. Many of you will know Ken from his service as Program and Partnership Director at 40Plus of Greater Washington. Ken is a WNG Legacy Member.

David Givens, Head of Natural Gas and Power Services for North America for Argus Media, Inc., based in Washington, D.C., recently moderated a panel on "What the Midterm Elections May Mean for Energy Policy" on October 19, 2018. In addition to being a WNG Member, David is also vice president of the National Capital Area Chapter of the US Association for Energy Economics and a member of the National Press Club. You can find David on LinkedIn.

Art Medici had an article published in the ABL Advisor titled "Qualities Lenders Should Seek in Borrower Advisory Boards," in which he helps owners think through the type of knowledge, experience and relationships that would add value to their companies. Art is a Partner at Newport Board Group LLC and a WNG Legacy Member.

Shira Harrington, CEO of Purposeful Hire, spoke at the National Press Club Communicators' Summit on Wednesday, October 31 on a panel about "Understanding Generational Communications -- from Millennials, GEN-Y Z, GEN-Y." Shira addressed how to understand these generations from a communicator and journalist POV and how to reach them with messaging in order to influence and drive change, AND how to work and communicate with these people in the most effective way. Happy Halloween Shira!

David London has joined TechNet: The Voice of the Innovation Economy, where he is Vice President for State Policy and Politics. TechNet is one of the world's largest trade associations with members such as Google, Facebook, Uber and Apple. David will be managing the U.S. state team and remains in the Washington, D.C. area. Previously he was Senior Director and Head of North America Government Affairs at ofo. Additionally, David is a member of the WNG Government Rountable's leadership steering committee.

Karen Naumann, APR, has joined Susan Davis International (SDI) as Vice President. Karen is a seasoned practitioner with more than 20 years of communication experience. Prior to SDI, she led communication for the Government of Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the Consulate General of Israel to the Southwest United States.

Allison Shapira, CEO and Founder of Global Public Speaking, has written a new book, titled "Speak with Impact: How to Command the Room and Influence Others," which comes out on October 16. For those of you who have not yet met Allison, you can learn more about her and how she can help you on her website. Also, we recommend her blog.

Bob Mitchell had an article published in Capitol Communicator titled "Disrupting Your Next Conference or Meeting Event – Before Someone Else Does" in which he discusses reinventing the meeting of the future. Bob most recently was Executive Director, Marketing, for Keppler Speakers, Washington, D.C., one of the country's leading speakers bureaus, where he was responsible for the organization's branding, strategy, partnerships, research, communications, meetings/conferences and business development. You can connect with him via LinkedIn.

Kate Neville, founder and CEO of Neville Consulting Services, recently celebrated the firm's 10th anniversary working with attorneys and other experienced professionals in D.C. and across the country. The firm has expanded their services to offer Executive Coaching an Leadership Development. Visit their website to learn more!

Tara Maller is joining McKinsey & Company in Washington, D.C. as Risk Manager, Public & Social Sectors, Americas. She previously served as Spokesperson and Senior Policy Advisor for the Counter Extremism Project (CEP).

Jen Mandelblatt, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Platform, is featured in Givebutter's Changemaker series. Jen recently convened Platform’s 2018 Convention in Washington, D.C., bringing together 85 young women-identified leaders. The team at Givebutter provided a platform to fund raise for the cause.

Warren White is now an HR Business Partner with Nonprofit HR in Washington, D.C.

David London recently talked with Allie Brandenburger, CEO of TheBridge, about the ways innovation and regulation can collaborate and what the two worlds can teach each other in TheBridge Profile: David London. TheBridge is a community sitting at the intersection of tech, policy and politics.

Michael O’Connell has joined the Real Estate firm of TTR Sotheby’s International Realty as a licensed Realtor in their Georgetown office, where he works with clients across the DMV especially in NW DC. Michael writes: "Let me help you with the purchase of your next home, or the sale of your current home.

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