Autumn 2021

Guc Ozenci [in], tech entrepreneur and Director of the Founder Institute's Washington DC Chapter, has joined the WNG Entrepreneur Roundtable's leadership committee. Last year, Guc successfully exited by acquisition the leading end-to-end recruitment platform, Peoplise, which he co-founded and led through two rounds of venture capital funding. The Founder Institute is the world's premier pre-seed startup accelerator, offering a unique program that helps founders and companies get traction and funding at the pre-seed stage. Guc is a WNG Legacy Member, and we are very pleased to have him join our leadership.

Joseph Brinker [in] now serves as Senior Expert Consultant to the Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA), an intergovernmental organization with a mission to support sustainable democracy worldwide. Previously, Joe was a Long Term Analyst for Political Campaigns at the National Democratic Institute (NDI) where he worked on the NDI Virtual Long Term Election Assessment for Georgia. Joe is a past member of the WNG Board of Advisors and current member of the WNG International Council.

Chris O'Rourke [in], Founder & CEO of 7 Pillars LLC, has launched the Washington DC COO Forum. Many of you know Chris as a global operations executive and long-time COO Forum member, who is passionate about wellness in all of its facets. Congratulations!

Ines LeBow [in], CEO of Enterprise Transformation Solutions (ETS), is excited to speak at DC Startup Week 2021, the largest event for entrepreneurs and startups in the DC area. She will speak about "How to Pitch Investors to Get Funded" on Wednesday, October 20, at 9:00 AM Eastern. To attend this event and hear Ines present, visit the DC Startup Week to learn more and get your free, virtual pass.

Gaea Honeycutt [in] has starting a new position as Strategy and Communications Management Officer at Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). Previously, she was Senior Strategic Planner and Communications Strategist at SAIC in Chantilly, Virginia. Many of you also know Gaea as Founder and Chairman of the Hypatian Institute, Inc., which she continues to lead. Congratulations!

Caroline Hurley [in] has accepted a position as Lead Advisor & Federal Lobbyist at - SHRM, the Society for Human Resource Management. SHRM serves as the voice of all things work, workers and the workplace. With 300,000+ HR and business executive members in 165 countries, SHRM impacts the lives of more than 115 million workers and families globally. Congratulations!

Komlan Donal Lonergan [in], Co-Founder & Chief Operations Officer of Design Sapient, and his colleague Maria del Río Sanín [in], Co-Founder & Chief Design Officer at Design Sapient, are pleased to announce a series of blog posts about “Connecting the Dots” between Human-Centered Design and the world in which we work and live. Read their first post here.

George Deeley [in] is now Business Director of the German International School Washington D.C., a private, co-educational institution with more than 500 students in preschool through 12th grade, set on a quiet campus in Potomac, Maryland. Previously, he was Principal of Deeley Dynamics, LLC, and international business consulting firm set up following sale in 2019 of Swiss Mountain Cosmetics, GmbH to NIANCE, where he was Vice President, Global Operations & Business Development (based in Europe). Congratulations!

Peter Stratos [in] begins a new position as Principal, International Tax at Kaufman Rossin in their Ft. Lauderdale, Florida office on October 1. Previously, he was Tax Partner at Rose Financial Solutions, and before that was the CEO of Stratos & Associates, PLLC, which he founded in 2010. Congratulations!

Sirin Koprucu [in], Principal Trainer and Consultant at StrategicStraits Inc, recently co-led a webinar on “Adding Value By Leading With A Global Mindset” with Sylvia Gonner, Principal, CultureWiz LLC, and Guilherme Lopes, CEO, International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading (ISTAT) - You can read an article about this session here. Sirin welcomes inquiries about how to develop a global mindset and quantum leadership skills among employees, senior executives, and board members. She is here to listen and partner.

Chris Foss [in], Co-Founder and President of Ironistic, is proud to officially announce the launch of their brand new website! The goal was to create a new modern look and feel to showcase Ironistic's expertise as a full-service digital agency and the impacts they have made on their clients and the digital world. So take a minute and poke around the new site. The Ironistic team is ecstatic with the results, and thinks you will be too! P.S. Ironistic designed and built our WNG website.

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