Winter 2019-2020

Boban Markovic is now Vice President - Investment Banking Services at Atoll Financial Group. After three successful years at the Institute of International Finance, he has transitioned to Atoll, a Washington DC-based financial services company specializing in capital raising, advisory services, corporate restructuring, energy deals, and power project development among other services. We are pleased to include Boban Markovic on the WNG leadership team.

Hampton Dowling, Managing Partner of The HCB Group LLC, has authored an article titled "Digital Disruption... Are we looking at it through the right set of lenses?" in the latest edition of The Voice of Technology published by the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC). Hampton's comments focus on today’s challenges regarding authenticity of data, its chain of custody, and how this all relates to regulatory changes, both domestic and international.

Alex Lloro, Founder & Managing Director of All Marketing Services, has joined the Board ff Advisors at InTune Software.

Silvia Dumitrescu, Vice President for Communications at the International Food Information Council Foundation, recently attended the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) Conference where she shared insights on food safety in the plenary session on "Trust in a Changing World." Silvia is a WNG Board member and past chair of the WNG Women's Leadership Forum.

Joshua Abrams, who is Regional Director (Eurasia) at the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, recently presented on their US and global advocacy initiatives at the 8th European Conference on Tobacco or Health convened in Berlin, Germany.

Rebecca Ahmed, Corporate Managing Director at Savills, has a new blog titled "Know Your Worth" published on the Boss Women Collective site. As Rebecca says: Know your values, know your worth and communicate your value proposition!

Aimee Stern is now supporting the National Elder Law Foundation as their Marketing and PR Consultant. Additionally, she is Chief Bravery Officer at Brave Now PR. Aimee is a member of the WNG Communications Roundtable steering committee.

Jennifer Ives is now Senior Vice President for Global Partnerships at 3Pillar Global where previously she served as Senior Vice President for Technology. 3Pillar Global is digital product development company with headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia.

Jason Levergood has been promoted to Global Client Services Director at Grant Thornton LLP. Jason serves on the WNG Board of Advisors and is a member of the WNG International Roundtable steering committee.

Ruth Schimel’s seventh book, Happiness and Joy in Work: Preparing for Your Future, will be available on Amazon within a month. With lively interdisciplinary inspiration, the book provides unique individualized processes for action during this time of accelerating, often mysterious, change. Get the free illustrated overview chapter now to use and share at the first Download Resource: click here.

Kay Chewning has joined Edge, a full-service commercial real estate firm with offices in Washington D.C., Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania as Director of Advisory Services. Chewning, who brings more than 20 years of commercial real estate experience to this new position, was formerly Managing Director at McBride Real Estate Services, Inc.

Jeff Porter has been promoted to Acting Director of the Office of Process Improvement at USPTO United States Patent and Trademark Office, part of the U.S. Department of Commerce. A long-time WNG Member, Jeff is an Australian born American, with extensive networks in Australia, New Zealand, and the Washington, DC area. Additionally, he is Principal of the Trailing Spouse Network, which was formed as an online community to assist Expatriate Family Members; Typically, spouses of career professionals in foreign countries.

George Deeley is now Principal of Deeley Dynamics, LLC -- International Business Consulting. Previously, he was Vice President, Global Operations & Business Development at Swiss Mountain Cosmetics—NIANCE® where he developed their international expansion strategy beyond the original DACH markets. George has been a WNG Member since the early days. Find out more about him on LinkedIn.

Andrew Hyde, who recently retired after a 28 year career at the Department of State, has become a Senior Advisor to the FutureGrasp Foundry, which helps clients comprehend and capitalize upon our rapidly changing world. The Foundry’s virtual organization is comprised of technology and diplomacy experts who inform and guide C suite leadership and senior policymakers in their digital decision making. Additionally, Andrew is now a Non-Resident Fellow at The Stimson Center in Washington, D.C.

Jack Johnson is now Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner at Jack Johnson and Associates, LLC. Previously, he was Partner and National Security Practice Leader at Guidehouse.

Kristia Benthien has started a new position as Director of Member Development at BIPAC in Washington, D.C. BIPAC is a nonpartisan, membership-supported, mission-driven, organization dedicated to increasing the political effectiveness of America’s business community.

Hank Dearden, Executive Director of ForestPlanet, Inc., has released their 2019 annual report, which includes news of great progress. Key 2019 accomplishments compared to 2018 include a 25% increase in revenues and a 100% increase in trees planted: 80,000+ trees planted, double the number from 2018. Congratulations! You can read the annual report here. Looking forward to more good new throughout 2020.

Boban Markovic, Associate Economist at the Institute of International Finance has been recognized as a future leaders in global finance. This year's class brings together 55 promising early- and mid-career professionals from 54 financial institutions around the world. Participants will convene in May in Europe and in the fall in Washington, D.C. for the Institute of International Finance (IIF) Annual Membership Meeting. See the full list of the 2020 #IIFFutureLeaders class here.

Ines LeBow, CEO & Transformation/Turnaround Executive at Enterprise Transformation Solutions, will present her signature seminar on "How to Open Doors to Funding with an Effective Executive Summary" on Wednesday, January 29, in Silver Spring, Maryland. Ines is a member of the WNG Entrepreneur Roundtable steering committee. She recently presented on this topic to the WNG and was very well received. This January 29 event is free to attend. Learn more and register online via Eventbrite.

Lizabeth Wesely-Casella, Founder of L-12 Services, is now a certified for TEDx Speaker Application Processing. Her team of virtual assistants will be rolling out this new service to supplement their wide range of administrative support packages in February 2020. A process improvement and administrative systems design professional, Lizabeth looks forward to engaging with the TEDx community and building relationships that will help bump her speakers to the top of the invitation pile. Lizabeth is a member of our WNG Women's Leadership Forum steering committee.

Alex Brown is an executive search consultant at The McCormick Group and a member of our WNG Career Development Roundtable steering committee. During the past year, he has developed the Legal Roundtable Podcast and just released Episode 3 where he covers the concept of wellness with Nate Klemp Ph.D., Co-Founder of Life XT, and Jan Anne Dubin, former Chief Growth Officer. Life XT combines digital tools with one-on-one coaching to develop custom employee engagement programs to optimize well-being and increase performance - for the benefit of employees, organizations, and clients. You can listen to the podcast here!

Aimee Stern, Chief Bravery Officer at Brave Now PR, was recently interviewed for The Tightrope Podcast with Dan Smolen. This episode is appropriately titled "Bravery: The Superpower People Need to Do Meaningful Work. Aimee is a member of the WNG Communications Roundable steering committee.

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