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WNG Member News - WNG Members on the Move - Fall 2014

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Mitch Bell has a new job! He joined NAVEX Global, providers of ethics and compliance automation and solutions for large and small companies. He will be focused on mid-market companies, 1500-7500 employees in New England and Canada. New email.

Aimee Stern, formerly of Stern Communications, launched The Bounce Group, an agency growth accelerator. With partners in Boston and NYC we strategically applying public relations to new business development with great results.Currently working with advertising, research and design agencies in NY, Boston and Virginia. Check us out at thebouncegroup.com and follow us on Twitter @thebouncegroup.

Melanie Padgett Powers, owner of MelEdits, is a new board member of the Association for Women in Communications DC Chapter. She is the VP of Communications, managing the chapter's social media activities and promoting programs.

Meghan Dotter, founder and principal of Portico PR, signed three new clients as a direct result of her WNG Communication Roundtable session, "Life is too short for bad PPT." She is working with a Fortune 50 financial services company, government regulator, and a NY Times bestselling author to help them present better.

Ruth M. Schimel has just published Step Into the Success You Want: Sparking Your Powers, which is available on Amazon.com. Earlier this year, Ruth led a WNG Chairman's Forum on a related topic.

Shana Glickfield, Partner and "Queen Bee" at the Beekeeper Group, has been named to PRWeek's 40 Under 40! The award highlights 40 individuals under the age of 40 who were nominated by their colleagues and peers. They are individuals who demonstrate what it means to be "an influential leader, innovator, and pioneer in PR." Shana is a member of the WNG Communications Roundtable steering committee.


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WNG Member News - WNG Members on the Move - Summer 2014

Katherine Metres closed new business for her writing services company, Your Edge for Success (YES). YES is now the exclusive editor for the manuals of the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) and the grant services provider for Reach Out Community Center (Chicago), Musalaha/Reconciliation Ministries (Jerusalem, Palestine/Tacoma, Washington), Diyar Consortium/Bright Stars of Bethlehem (Bethlehem, Palestine/Mount Morris, Illinois), and Mar Elias Educational Institutions/Pilgrims of Ibillin (Ibillin, Israel/Madison, Wisconsin). Katherine also edited the forthcoming leadership book The Brink by Mark Hunter, saw the publication of the book Success she ghost wrote, conducted four resume writing workshops, and helped over 15 people get a better job this year.

Allison Shapira, President of Global Public Speaking LLC, is thrilled to announce that in spring 2015 she will be teaching a graduate course in communication at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Allison will continue to live and work in Washington, DC and will fly weekly to Cambridge, Massachusetts in what you could call a "reverse congressman" commute. If you're interested in learning more about her Harvard course, click here. Additionally, Allison presented a WNG Women's Leadership Forum workshop this past April.

Nancy Mitchell reports that Protocol Partners-Washington Center for Protocol was selected to create and deliver the inaugural protocol training module for the new Diplomatic Academy, The University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago. The one-week course, "Protocol and Diplomatic Law: Rules and Procedures", was delivered twice in June 2014 in Port of Spain, Trinidad, to over 100 students.

Ramsay Tanham, co-founder of Mobile Wine Deals, had their mobile App featured on the Daily App Show: See it here. The WNG is proud to have had Mobile Wine Deals as an event sponsor, as well.

Laura Palmer of Bridgenosis launched a unique online mind-shifting program for entrepreneur and C-Suite innovators in May, and the results the innovators are having are greater than expected. They are all seeing a direct correlation between their mind-shifts and business results. She's inspired to fill more groups in the Fall and play a bigger role in accelerating innovation. Watch the WNG event calendar for our upcoming session led by Laura!

Melanie Padgett Powers, owner of MelEdits, was one of four presenters at a four-hour, interactive, social media pre-conference, "Turn It Up: Increase the Power of Social Media," before the Annual Meeting of Association Media & Publishing in Washington, DC, in May.

Chris Foss has established a new Ironistic presence in Chicago to provide website development services beyond just the Beltway. This is the second expansion for Ironistic outside of their headquarters office in Alexandria offices, and their Milwaukee office.


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WNG Member News - WNG Members on the Move - Spring 2014

Uli Finkenbusch is now Office and Protocol Manager at the new headquarter of Lockheed Martin International in Reston. The division's purpose is to grow the company's international business. Uli will be working with international clients and Lockheed Martin staff from the US and abroad.

Guy Milhalter recently rejoined the North Carolina-based law firm Anderson Jones, PLLC where he previously worked for several years in Raleigh. Guy will lead Anderson Jones’ newly established Washington, DC office. Guy focuses his practice on assisting small and medium size companies with their business legal needs as well as advising the firm’s clients on government contracting and government relations matters.

Paul T. Kelly, Principal with The Federal Group, Inc. and WNG member since 2013, moderated a "congressional issues panel" focusing on health care policies under consideration in the U.S. Congress on March 28th.  The panel, sponsored by the Association of Government Relations Professionals (AGRP), included presentations from a bipartisan mix of senior congressional staff members from the House Ways & Means and Energy & Commerce Committees as well as the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee.  The event was attended by a range of government relations professionals from the trade association, corporate, legal and lobbying communities.  In addition to his full time work with The Federal Group, Paul volunteers his time on the AGRP Board of Directors, where he serves on the Executive Committee as 2nd Vice President.  For more information contact Paul via email.

Chris Foss has opened a new Ironistic office in Milwaukee to provide website development services beyond just the beltway.  This is the first expansion for Ironistic outside of their Alexandria offices.

Having gone "upriver" on the Amazon, Elizabeth Avery recently launched several short videos on green travel/ecotourism: Get a quick glimpse of the Rainforest at Solo Trekker 4 U.

Bill Stokes is now associated with the firm Bernuth & Williamson, which works closely with nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations, including a stellar list of clients such as The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the United States Institute for Peace (USIP) and InterAction, among others. Bill works with think tanks, foundations and other nonprofits on stakeholder and leadership evaluations, strategic planning, change management, and communications.


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WNG Member News - WNG Members on the Move - Winter 2013-2014

Nancy Bayerle has joined The McCormick Group as a Principal Recruiter specializing in Mobility and Cyber, including TS SCI FSP; Previously, she was founder and CEO of Mile 20 Recruiting, LLC.

Jeff White recently became Director of Strategic Communications at The Hitachi Foundation; Previously he was with Environics Communications in Washington DC.

Susan Sadigova of United States-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce has successfully completed a three-day Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) Trade Mission from United States to Azerbaijan with the participation of 13 leading American tech companies, Oracle, Lockheed Martin, Hughes and many others among them. The trade mission measured another exceptional success for boosting U.S.-Azerbaijan trade relations in the ICT field. Another round of trade mission is planned to take place in May, 2014.

Robert Gemmill joins the WNG and its Government Roundtable steering committee from LEVICK, a leading strategic communications and public relations firm. Robert specializes in litigation communications, data breaches, and crisis work across many different practice areas. Before joining LEVICK, Robert was a civil litigation attorney for a law firm in Alexandria, Virginia.

Allison Shapira of Global Public Speaking recently returned from her first trip to East Africa, where she taught public speaking to 50 women from 25 countries through the DC-based nonprofit Vital Voices. It was an incredible opportunity to help women leaders who are engaged in inspiring and often dangerous work advocating for human rights and education for women and girls worldwide. For more information, see: vitalvoices.org.

Daniel Haney has taken a new role as Federal Account Manager for Federal Civilian accounts for Sun Management Inc, based in Arlington, Virginia. Sun Management is a Value Add Reseller that architects advanced security and network solutions for the federal and commercial industries. Sun Management has enjoyed much success with agencies such as DOE, DISA & DHS engineering security solutions around firms such as Palo Alto, Infoblox, CrowdStrike and Arista. Dan is a member of the WNG Board of Advisors.

Melanie Padgett Powers started her own business, MelEdits, in October after 14 years as a managing editor and writer at DC-area health associations. A former newspaper reporter and editor, she provides her clients writing, editing and social media strategy and management. Learn more at MelEdits.com and follow her on Twitter, @MelEdits.

Ashley Korner has been promoted to Vice President, Sales & Operations at Carr Workplaces.

Evelyn Yang Garland has been elected to the American Translators Association's (ATA) Board of Directors. Evelyn is President of Acta Chinese Language Services, LLC, a translation company specializing in Chinese translation for business, legal, and government clients. She is an ATA-certified English into Chinese translator and Maryland court-certified Mandarin interpreter, and has been granted "expert member" status by the Translators Association of China for her professional achievement and leadership roles in the translation industry.

James Wilkinson was named Vice President for Strategy and Growth at the National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC).  Prior to this, he had been Executive Director of the Washington International Trade Association (WITA) since 2003.

Chris Leahy becomes Vice President of Federal Government Relations and Policy for Bayer Corporation after seven years with Peabody Energy. Chris is a member of the WNG Board of Advisors.

Uli Finkenbusch, former foreign policy adviser to the FDP caucus in the German parliament, recently relocated from Berlin to the Washington, DC area. Now here, he works as a consultant and is busy exploring the DC political landscape. One issue of particular interest to him are negotiations for a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) which were kicked off earlier this year.

Elizabeth Avery founded Solo Trekker 4 U to provide small businesses, entrepreneurs and individual travelers with a free connection to well-priced 4-5 star hotels, top tours, airline upgrades and car services. They are expanding their business sector and planning deeper non-published price discounts via a 2014 subscription service. More subscribers mean better pricing through enhanced negotiating power. If you are interested in travel savings, contact Elizabeth via the website at www.SoloTrekker4U.com.

Larry Checco, of Checco Communications, is currently serving on a Government Accountability Office (GAO) task force seeking to set auditing and accountability standards for pubic private partnerships. He's also been asked to be a regular contributor to an on-line radio talk show (www.danahey.com). In addition, this winter Larry will be speaking to several groups in the DC area on a number of communications and fundraising-related topics. For more information, contact Larry through www.checcocomm.net.

Tom Davis has been asked to pull together a sustainability summit for The Conference Board in which leaders will look at financial drivers for sustainability and analyze the water/energy nexus. Limited attendance for the two day event in New York City, May 13-14, 2014. Additional information available from Tom at tsdllcdc@yahoo.com.

Bill Stokes spoke to visiting Kosovar participants in the Hope Fellowship Program about networking norms in the Nation's Capital. The fellows were hosted by the National Albanian American Council (NAAC) on a USAID-funded program to strengthen the role of women in policy and decision-making in the Balkans.


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