Summer 2018

Veteran communications strategist Brian Wommack has joined the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) as the Senior Vice President of Communications. Most recently, Brian was a partner at the law firm Cameron LLP where he led the strategic communications practice, working closely with all three branches of the federal government, state governments, major global corporations, trade associations, charitable foundations, and prominent individuals. Prior to working at Cameron, he held multiple roles, serving as senior vice president and management supervisor at Powell Tate | Weber Shandwick, a strategic communications and public affairs agency in Washington, DC. Additionally, in December 2017, Brian participated as a panelist on a WNG Communications Roundtable on "High Stakes Messaging."

Madelaine Weiss writes: "This just in. Exam passed and it's official: Board Certified Executive, Career, and Life Coach. Referrals welcome from anywhere in the world by phone or HIPAA compliant video conference. Exciting new techniques to help you or your friends, fam, and colleagues make their personal and professional dreams come true. No fee intro strategy sessions available. Would love to hear from you!" In May 2017, Madelaine led a WNG Chairman's Forum on "Managing Your Mind... Strategies for a happier, healthier, more productive life."

The WNG is very pleased to have David London join our WNG Government Roundtable steering committee. David is Senior Director & Head of North America Government Affairs for ofo US. He is responsible for developing public policy strategy across the US, Canada and Mexico. Prior to ofo, he was Head Americas Government Relations at eBay where he set strategic direction for the public policy teams in U.S. Federal, State, Canada and Latin America. During his 12-year career with eBay, David held many leadership positions in both Washington, D.C. and Silicon Valley including; Head of State Government Relations, Head of Western States Government Relations and Head of California Public Policy. Prior to eBay, David worked in Government Affairs for Cisco Systems in San Jose, California. He also served as Chief of Staff in the Maryland Senate and in the Prince George's County State's Attorney’s Office. Please take a moment to visit David's contact/bio page. Welcome aboard!

Last year, Michael Seo presented a panel at SXSW on "Value-Based Healthcare from Sweden to Brazil," which was part of the SXSW Health & Wellness program. For 2019, Michael has submitted for consideration another panel titled "Stop Over-Innovating Frontline Health" to discuss his work through ReaMedica, together with CarePay of Kenya, to reshape how people pay for their healthcare expenses in East Africa. Please visit this link to cast a vote in support of his panel submission (Voting closes August 30!); Your comments are welcomed. For more information, you can find Michael online.

Gary Gardner recently secured contracts to develop a set of educational materials for GreenFaith, an organization that advances faith-based sustainability initiatives worldwide. He will co-author a GreenFaith report on the ethics of climate geoengineering for the United Nations COP 24 meeting in Poland in December. Gary will also research and write a separate report on faith responses to the fossil fuel divestment and renewables investment movement, for presentation at a conference in South Africa in January. If you need research, writing or speaking help on global issues of sustainability (from a secular or faith perspective), drop Gary a line via email.

The WNG is very pleased to have Marcelle Yeager join our Career Development Roundtable steering committee. Marcelle is President of Career Valet and CEO of ServingTalent. She is a leader in her profession, and we are very fortunate to have her good advice and counsel. Additionally, Marcelle is a past WNG speaker, having co-moderated a WNG brainstorming session on networking best practices for achieving career success. Please take a moment to visit Marcelle's contact/bio page. Welcome aboard!

On July 20, Shaara Roman moderated a NOVA SHRM panel about how to use employee perks to create an engaging workplace. The event is titled "Total Rewards SIG Program: Employee Perks - The Impact on Engagement and Company Culture" and takes place at Tysons Corner, Virginia. Shaara is the Founder and Managing Partner of The Silverene Group. In 2017, she and fellow WNG Member Jennifer Ives gave at excellent presentation to the Washington Network Group on "Winning the Talent Game."

Michael Seo, health entrepreneur and Co-founder of ReaMedica, has received a J&J Trust Accelerator Grant to test and launch ultrasound imaging services at the primary care level in Kenya. Michael writes about his entrepreneurial journey in "Overcoming obstacles to launching effective ultrasound imaging services in Kenya," which was just published on the Johnson & Johnson Corporate Citizenship Trust website. Michael is a member of the WNG International Council. We are very proud to include him as a WNG Member.

Julien Bois marks his five-year anniversary as an Advisory Board Member of the New Technology Venture Accelerator (NETVA). NETVA is a unique program designed to prepare and expose young innovative French companies to high-tech markets in the United States. Julien is Partner and Vice President of Search and Interim Staffing at JustinBradley in Washington, D.C.

Melanie Padgett Powers has been elected to a two-year term on the board of directors for Association Media & Publishing, the home for membership association staff and association partners who focus on producing member communications, including magazines, newsletters, websites, social media, podcasts and more. Melanie is a writer, managing editor and copy editor/proofreader, primarily for associations. She was a health writer and editor at membership associations for 13 years before launching MelEdits in 2013.

Pam Keeton has joined Consortium Management Group (CMG) as Director of Communications. CMG is a nonprofit corporation created to serve as a highly responsive, transparent and accountable consortium manager. CMG currently operates two very successful consortia: Consortium for Energy, Environment and Demilitarization (CEED); and Consortium for Command, Control and Communications in Cyberspace (C5). Congratulations Pam!

Michael Taylor has been appointed Director, Global Outreach and Strategic Initiatives at the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) in Alexandria, Virginia. Congratulations!

Jason Levergood, WNG Board member and Public Sector Director with Grant Thornton International Global Industry, recently participated in the U.S. Department of Commerce’s SelectUSA Investment Summit, welcoming approximately 3,000 delegates from 64 countries to the Washington, D.C. area. This year Grant Thornton was a first-time bronze-level event sponsor with a marketing booth in the exhibition hall. Grant Thornton team leaders and professionals participating in the summit included colleagues from GT's China Business Group, India Business Group, Japan Business Group, Latin America & Caribbean Business Group, and Grant Thornton International Client Services (ICS). Contact Jason to learn more.

Mary Gotschall is now Strategic Accounts Manager at ABC Imaging, located in Alexandria, Virginia. ABC Imaging is the leading provider of print services and document management solutions, with 35 locations worldwide and over 500 employees. WNG Members can login and find Mary in our WNG Member Directory.

Robert Matthew Shines, U.S. Foreign Policy Analyst & Project Manager with Bright Group Consulting, recently has published an article titled "The Tempestuousness of U.S. Foreign Policy Blows in a New Order" with the Foreign Policy Association.

Maddie Grant, Founding Partner at Human Workplaces, and her colleague and Jamie Notter are co-authors of When Millennials Take Over: Preparing for the Ridiculously Optimistic Future of Business. The book is now available as an audiobook on Audible (for free with an Audible trial!), and it is also free with Kindle Unlimited, if you prefer e-books.

Shawn Taylor, founding Board Member of Veterans Against Alzheimer's, recently was interviewed on Military Network Radio with host Linda Kreter and co-host Les Davis. Shawn spoke about the heightened risk of Alzheimer's for veterans who have experienced TBI and/or PTSD. To learn more, you can download the podcast online.

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