Spring 2018

Hampton Dowling now serves as Chairman, Committee on International Trade for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Back in September 2017, the Virginia House of Delegates appointed him as Member for a three year term. Keep on trading!

Javiera Gallardo has officially joined the U.S. Chamber of Commerce staff as a Senior Manager in the Southeast Asia Division; Previously she was a consultant to the Chamber. Additionally, Javiera is a member of the WNG International Roundtable steering committee.

Jeff Lord is now General Counsel at Remine, located in Merrifield, Virginia. Remine delivers real estate intelligence to Agents via the MLS. Previously, Jeff was Global Trade Compliance Principal at CSRA Inc, where he oversaw all aspects of CSRA's international trade compliance policies, procedures and practices.

Arika Pierce has just released her new book titled The Millennial's Playbook to Adulting. The book provides actionable advice for any Millennial who is transitioning into a successful adult. Packed full of practical insights, tips, techniques and real-life stories, this is a one-stop resource on everything from personal branding and networking, to job hunting, finances, and mental/physical health. Well done Arika!

J.D. Thomas Founder, CEO & Chief Resource Officer of The Learners Lab Foundation (TLLF), is pleased to announce that it has launched a pilot project, "Filling In STEM Gaps: The Stakeholders Working Group." The working group is a result of stakeholder participation in, and an overwhelmingly positive reaction to, their Workshop on Filling Training Gaps that kicked off opening day events for the US News and World Reports STEM Solutions national conference, "Workforce of Tomorrow." The conference took place at the DC Convention Center on April 4, 2018. As a conference partner and member of the DC Host Committee, TLLF was instrumental in helping plan the event. Launched in 2015, TLLF is a national all volunteer charity that assembles, designs, then connects individuals, programs, companies, specialty groups and employers with the resources they find difficult or impossible to access on their own.

Rick Schneider has been named Senior Vice President, Advancement at the National Center for Family Philanthropy, based in DC. NCFP is the only national nonprofit dedicated exclusively to families who give and those who work for them. Rick was previously COO at WETA.

Maddie Grant has recently rebranded her consulting firm as "Human Workplaces," which now includes separate sites for culture-related training and a buyer's guide for culture related tools. She will be speaking about culture and digital transformation at the Nonprofit Technology Conference in New Orleans in April and ASAE in Montreal in August.

Pamela Keeton, with ArcPoint Strategies, has launched a book tour for Dr. William Overholt, from Harvard University, for his new book titled China’s Crisis of Success. This is a first for Pamela, a DC public relations practitioner with more than 30 years of experience. How does it feel? "I’ve never launched a book and speaking tour. The field of public relations continues to bring interesting challenges," she says.

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