Winter 2017-2018

Jim Stockmal, President of the Association for Strategic Planning (ASP) and Director, Smart City Strategy & Architecture Planet Defense, LLC, will be speaking at the Rocky Mountain Strategy Summit on April 21, 2018, in Denver, Colorado; He will be giving a presentation on Smart Cities. Additionally, Jim will be moderating several breakout sessions at ASP's Annual Conference in Chicago during May 9-11, 2018.

Suzan French, president of marketing communications firm FlackShack, has recently been appointed to lead the town of Colonial Beach, Virginia (CBVA) in its revitalization and tourism efforts. CBVA, a river and beach town located on the Potomac 65 mi south of DC, was formerly known as the Playground of the Potomac, until construction of the Bay Bridge made travel to MD shores easier. French and her team are developing a new website and launching a full scale travel and tourism marketing campaign to bring the small, quaint town into the limelight.

Shaara Roman has published a new article on "How to Fix a Toxic Workplace Culture" that appears online at TalentCulture. As Shaara explains: "If you want to win at life, you have to make an intention and a plan to do so. Similarly, if you want to create an engaging culture at your workplace, you have to make an intention and map a strategy to do so. In an era of heightened attention around sexual harassment, a lot of executives are examining their internal cultures. They're finding that there are multiple stressors that lead to toxicity in the workplace, and that the first step to creating change is understanding the context of the problem." If you are thinking about or responsible for your organizational culture, take a moment and read Shaara's latest article. The WNG was fortunate to have Shaara present to our WNG Chairman's Forum on "Winning the Talent Game" in May 2017.

Liz Wainger, President of Wainger Group, will serve as a mentor for the Washington Business Journal's 'Meet Your Mentor' event on Monday, February 12. Attendees are offered the opportunity to choose from 40 mentors - "who are among the most influential women in our community" - for one-on-one coaching sessions. The event takes place at the Four Seasons Hotel Washington, D.C. and costs $50 to attend.

Patrick Fazzone has co-founded a new Washington-based law firm - the Washington Global Law Group PLLC - specializing in practical and cost-effective legal, political and business strategies for companies that conduct business throughout the U.S. and internationally. Practice areas include: Corporate, Commercial, Tax, and Intellectual Property Law; International Trade and Regulation; Immigration Law; and Government Contracts.

John Lawson, Executive Director of the Advanced Warning and Response Network (AWARN), contributed commentary to The Hill on the state of America's alerting system in light of the Hawaii false nuclear alert; John explains how our decentralized system can be made to work. To the point, AWARN is based on "Next Generation Television" technology that will revolutionize emergency alerting. The network is a next-generation, dual-use, public alert and warning system for a mobile, 21st Century America. The AWARN Alliance includes major television broadcasting and tech companies working together to accelerate deployment of the system.

Gregory Haledjian has been promoted to Legal Advisor in the Office of the Bureau Chief, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau at Federal Communications Commission. Congratulations Greg!

Jaya Koilpillai Bohlmann, Managing Director of PR Talent’s Washington office, is now serving as Marketing Advisor to and Host Committee Member of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. The Festival is a 501(c)(3) responsible for producing and promoting year-round programs that deepen our connection to nature; enriches our national capital communities; and honors our unique friendship with Japan by inspiring creative international exchange and collaboration. The Festival kicks off its 2018 Festival on Thursday, March 15, with its highly sought after Pink Tie Party. Opportunities for networking, sponsoring, and employee engagement can be found at this website. The Festival runs from March 20-April 15.

Julian Ha, Partner, Government Affairs and Trade Association Practices at Heidrick & Struggles, has been appointed as one of five new Directors to the Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants (AESC) Global Board of Directors. Julian is based here in Washington, D.C.

Bryan Short is proud to announce his new law firm Effectus PLLC. Bryan, Lee Dougherty and Paul Murphy have formed this new firm to bring together their 50+ years of combined legal experience to serve clients needs. Effectus has offices in Washington, D.C., Tampa and New York City.

Reid Lohr has consolidated his professional activities into The EDI Advisory Group - a decision and support group specializing in global fluency and interactions. The Group's three partners blend applied research with practical application to help organizations, domestically and internationally, navigate an increasingly interdependent, multicultural, and changing global marketplace and work environment.

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