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WNG Member News - Fall 2015

James Wilkinson CAE will take the reins as Executive Director of the Society for Vascular Ultrasound (SVU) in Lanham, Maryland. SVU is the leading professional society for sonographers and vascular surgeons who rely on ultrasound for medical imaging and diagnosis. SVU has 13 chapters nationwide and over 5400 individual members. Wilkinson joins the SVU from the National Foreign Trade Council, where he was Vice President for Strategy and Growth.

Laura M. Labovich, Chief Executive Officer of The Career Strategy Group, recently created HIRED!, a unique job search course designed for today's job seekers. You won't find antiquated, stale, or generic job search advice in here. HIRED! offers concrete guidance in the form of seven modules for those trying to get in the game in today's challenging job environment. Published in partnership with Pearson Workforce Education, the course contains 40+ hours of expert job search content, including resume writing strategies, cold-calling tips and advice for nailing the interview. For motivated job seekers, this course can help you land a job in half the time of the national average! To learn more, click here.

Additionally, Laura Labovich is proud to announce her partnership with the Forbes Coaches Council, an invitation-only community for top business and career coaches. Membership is exclusive: "each council has its own criteria for acceptance, including annual revenue, in addition to an application review process to ensure that only the highest caliber professionals are accepted" - Perhaps 10 percent of all applications received. Laura is eager to share her content on Forbes.com soon!

Mitch Bell has been promoted to Director of New England Accounts for NAVEX Global. NAVEX supplies ethics and compliance solutions such as online training, consulting services, whistleblower hotlines, and policy management software to 96 of the F100 and 80% of the Global 5000 companies. For more information, Mitch can be reached via email.

James Gordon, CEO of CULTIVA Solutions, recently was awarded the opportunity to manage the student recruitment for University of Mary Washington for China. The company is excited to partner with this outstanding university with an excellent legacy of education.

James Stockmal speaks at the World Strategy Summit in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, over November 17-18, 2015. In addition to representing the Association for Strategic Planning, Jim will be speaking on strategy and transformation in the government based on his 10+ years helping US Federal agencies in formulating and executing strategy.

Bill Stokes has joined the Science and Technology Policy Center for Development (STPCD) Board of Directors. STPCD provides guidance and assistance to developing nations on crafting and implementing robust science and technology policies.

Ruth Schimel's Choose Courage series now includes three new handbooks titled Choose Courage: Step Into the Success You Want: Sparking Your Powers, Choose Courage: Step Into the Success You Want: Building Bridges to Achievement and Choose Courage In Your Relationships: Empower Yourself First. Forthcoming in the Relationships series: Thrive Together and Profit from Problems. See Ruth's blog as well for professional and personal progress.


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WNG Member News - Spring 2015

Art Stewart has re-joined the WNG after four years away in Boston teaching and serving as Vice President of Corporate Development for a global management consulting firm. His former firm Stewart Strategies Group, which he operated for 19 years (including 8 of those years out of Alexandria, Virginia), has been reconstituted into a new entity, Strategic Impact Partners. Art has recruited a senior-level management and delivery team of former colleagues. The firm is focused on helping clients craft and accelerate their growth strategies, develop markets, commercialize their unique assets and transform their organizations to achieve differentiated leadership. While the firm has a North American and global focus, it is also concentrating on new clients in the DC region.

Jim Rives has joined FTI Consulting's Bank Regulatory and Governance practice in the Forensic & Litigation Consulting segment. Mr. Rives is a financial services professional with more than 30 years of experience in consumer finance, commercial banking and financial institution supervision and resolution in the United States, Europe, Asia and Latin America. Jim focuses his practice in credit risk management services providing clients with assistance on a wide range of issues from a practitioner and regulatory perspective, including credit risk assessment, loan portfolio management, credit/loan review, loss mitigation and matters surrounding credit loss reserves. In addition to assisting clients resolve issues with regulatory agencies, Jim performs due diligence on loan portfolios and independently analyses bank lending operations and credit administration functions.

Gerhard Schwandt has taken over 30 years of research into the area of Efficiency and reduced it down to its essentials, i.e. Fundamentals; The result is a White Paper titled "The Fundamentals of Efficiency," which he is willing to share with selected members of WNG for the purpose of review and feedback before he publishes the final paper. If you are interested, please contact Gerhard via email.

Adeyinka Oyesile Ogunlegan, who is Vice President, Public Policy & Outreach at Chesapeake Public Strategies, recently was named to the Daily Record's 2015 VIP List. The Daily Record created the VIP List (Very Important Professionals List) to recognize 40 winners, 40 years of age and younger, who have been successful in Maryland. Winners are selected on the basis of professional accomplishments and commitment to inspiring change in their community. Congratulations Adeyinka!

Ramsay Tanham has joined iHorse Technologies as Vice President for Business Development. The WNG was very pleased to have iHorse sponsor our WNG Summer Networking Reception on June 10! To learn more about iHorse services, contact Ramsay via email.

Ruth Ravitz Smith, a veteran of GE and other major corporations, has recently launched RRSmith Global Solutions, to provide consulting services to companies and organizations on how to maximize external affairs, government relations, and stakeholder engagement to achieve business objectives around the globe.

Juliet Okafor, Global Director of Business Development and Marketing at TruShield Security Solutions, Inc., recently closed a substantial deal for managed security services with the largest bank in Zambia. Her team launched the relationship this past winter.

Regina Luffey, Business Coach & Mentor, announces her new website businessbreakthroughs.today.

Abigail Wurf was featured in The Washington Post, and in February published her book titled Forget Perfect: How to Succeed in Your Profession and Personal Life Even if You Have ADHD.

Nancy Wigal has re-branded her training company to be Invenio SEO. Formerly, the company was known as Search Engine Academy Washington DC.


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WNG Member News - Fall/Winter 2014

Jeff Walyus, PMP, recently published a blog post on "How a Well-Formulated OMB Exhibit 55 (E300) Can Help Your Program" - This post appears on the web site for The North Star Group.

Adrienne Shoch launched The Neuro-Centric Leadership Consulting Group, an innovative leadership and organizational development consulting firm focused on redefining talent, performance and change management based on positive leadership, somatics and neuroscience.

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 - 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 - 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 - 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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WNG Member News - WNG Members on the Move - Winter 2011-2012

Omar Franco is now Managing Director of Becker & Poliakoff, a diverse commercial law firm with more than 125 attorneys in 13 Florida offices, New York City, New Jersey, Nassau (Bahamas) and Prague. The firm's new Washington, D.C. office assists clients working with the U.S. Congress and Executive Branch agencies.  Since the firm's inception in 1973, Becker & Poliakoff has maintained a strong Government Law & Lobbying Practice, which now includes two dozen professionals with diverse legal and legislative backgrounds engaged in local and state, and Federal Government work.  The Becker & Poliakoff Government Law & Lobbying Group represents businesses, trade and professional associations, local governments and advocacy groups.  Omar is former Chief of Staff to U.S. Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida, and he joins Becker & Poliakoff from Franco Government Relations, a firm he founded in 2010, which served as the lead government relations representative for Florida Gulf Coast University, Secure Wrap, Inc., Medica HealthCare Plans, and the Florida municipalities of Hialeah, Miami Lakes and North Bay Village.  During his four-year tenure as Chief of Staff for Congressman Diaz-Balart, Omar was responsible  for managing the Congressman's Washington, D.C. and District operations and focused on areas of expertise that included Federal appropriations, healthcare, higher education and issues dealing with the State of Florida.

Ferris Kaplan, who is Marketing Director at McKinley Marketing, is giving a one-hour free seminar on "Being a Better Consumer" at 7:30pm on Wednesday, January 18 . Ferris was invited to speak by the Alexandria Library (5005 Duke Street). He will talk about marketing and how to be smarter about what to buy, where to get it, and who to contact for satisfaction.

Rafael Bosquez recently joined the Québec Government Office in Washington as Economic Attaché, and he shared with us a wonderful testimonial: "After a very long period of unsuccessful job search, I decided to become a WNG member. My idea was to keep myself in touch with the professional world, participate and learn from those WNG activities I was interested in. Once a member, I realize that WNG is a great place to mingle and network. I met new people, and most important, I gained my confidence back which helped me to double my job search efforts. I was invited to three job interviews. The three interviews came from three available positions I learned about after visiting WNG's job announcement section. Finally and after almost a year and a half of searching, I landed on a new job that meet my expectations and where I feel my expertise is needed to achieve expected results. After six weeks in my new position of procurement specialist I could not be happier. This is a great way to start 2012."

Jason Levergood (WNG Advisory Board member & WNG International Roundtable steering committee member), Global Public Sector Advisory Service Line Senior Manager for Grant Thornton International led the development of a global survey on behalf of the International Consortium on Governmental Financial Management (ICGFM) titled Global Financial Management Leaders Survey: Public Financial Management Responses to an Economically Challenging World. The Grant Thornton and ICGFM survey report findings (co-authored by Jason and Grant Thornton colleagues David Nummy and Richard Hudson) were recently published by the AGA (Association of Government Accountants) in their Fall 2011 Journal of Government Financial Management - International Governmental Financial Management issue. Additionally, the survey report was recently cited in the Financial Times Special Report on November 17, 2011 in the article titled  Working in the International Public Sector: Recipients are Turning Into Donors. A summary of the survey report is also soon to be published in the Federal Times. The survey examines both the impact and responses to the economic upheavals of the last several years from a public financial management perspective, providing insight into the choices made by government financial leaders and the tools employed to respond to the challenges that have arisen. For a complete version of the survey report, please click here, or contact Jason via email.

Retired Army Colonel Rudy Burwell recently joined Hellerman Baretz Communications (HBC) in their Washington, DC office as Executive Vice President, offering HBC's clients a comprehensive range of crisis-related services, including executive-level crisis communications and litigation public relations counsel, pre-crisis communications audits, and post-crisis analysis modeled on the U.S. Army's renowned "after-action" review process. Hellerman Baretz Communications helps clients turn their expertise into new business through public relations, research, training, and litigation PR support. With offices and personnel in New York, Washington DC, Houston, Raleigh-Durham, and Richmond HBC counts many of the world's leading law firms, financial services companies, and consultancies as clients.

E. Renee Ingram, President & CEO of Diversified Enterprises Group in Washington, DC, is a small woman owned business that specializes in information technology management & consulting and provides green energy products.  Last month, Diversified Enterprises Group became an authorized reseller for HiSAVER, which is an energy saving surge protector that reduces up to 60% of power consumption with sophisticated motion sensor technology. HiSAVER eliminates costly standby power for PC equipment, entertainment components, and other electronic devices that are used in commercial and residential sectors. HiSAVER, an international award winning innovative technology product, is a patented and is also TAA Compliant.

Mitch Bell recently joined Huthwaite, creators of the SPIN Selling Program as Director of Enablement Technologies. Huthwaite is an 30 year-old international firm. Mitch's focus is working with companies to improve their revenue.  SPIN and Huthwaite's enablement technologies help to take average sales people, teams and organizations to "Best in Class". Huthwaite provides free research and insights to help, as well. For more information, contact Mitch via email.

Graham Munday, Head of Marketing & Communications at WSP Environment & Energy, reports that environmental consultants WSP Group with offices in Reston, Virginia, has agreed a joint venture under the U.S. Small Business Administration's Mentor-Protege Program with A-Zone Environmental Services LLC. The JV, called A-Zone WSP Environmental, will provide private businesses and federal agencies with access to expert environmental services with a particular focus on site clean-up, ground engineering for site development, land remediation and a range of energy management and sustainability services.

In October, Bill Stokes spoke to WITA-the Washington International Trade Association on the topic "Networking - Old Style and New Style." The event was convened by WITA's International Trade Career Roundtable.


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WNG Member News - WNG Members on the Move - Fall 2010

The WNG publicizes a "Members on the Move" news section to keep colleagues apprised of changes within our WNG Membership.


Omar Franco reports that Prometrix Consulting, a leading OSHA and safety issues management consulting firm, has retained the full service federal government relations firm Franco Government Relations to help clients navigate the dynamic and complex regulatory landscape for risk mitigation of OSHA and Department of Labor issues.

Lorelei Harloe of Ascend Communication, LLC has been elected Co-Vice President, Sponsorships for IABC/DC Metro's 2011 board of directors sharing the role with Monique Hanis, director of communications for the Solar Energy Industries Association. Additionally, Ascend Communication provided media relations for the Focused Ultrasound Surgery Foundation's (FUSF) 2nd International Symposium on MR-guided Focused Ultrasound.

Gaea L. Honeycutt of G.L. Honeycutt Consulting, LLC has been elected Chairwoman of the Northern Virginia Black Chamber of Commerce (NVBCC).

Guy Timberlake of The American Small Business Coalition (The ASBC) is proud to announce the success of their 2010 Holiday Charity Bash on December 1 in Falls Church, Virginia. This festive social fundraiser featured guest bartenders from government and industry, a raffle and silent auction, and exceeded its goal by raising $7700 to support Wounded Warriors and Military Families!

Timothy Taylor has joined the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency as Public Affairs Officer.

Charles Poole has just published his second book, I Am My Own Cause, Too: Hope & Recovery, and it is available online with Amazon and Barnes and Noble in softcover, hardcover, and e-book format.

Sipa Sikaulu of Arpin Group, a worldwide service provider of corporate employee moving services, recently became Co-Chair of the International Human Resources Special Interest Group (IHR SIG) of the Northern Virginia Chapter of SHRM.  The IHR SIG of NoVA SHRM meets monthly to discuss a wide array of international-related HR issues e.g. healthcare, tax, security, relocation, etc. for expatriates.  Members include HR staff at multinational corporations and nonprofit organizations.  Sipa also sits on the WNG International Roundtable steering committee.  For more information on the IHR SIG of NoVA SHRM, contact Sipa via email.

Philippe Kuperman, Partner at the MAPA Group, is pleased to announce the launch of his new venture proAXIS, LLC, which distributes Enterprise Software and Technology Solutions through a network of local distributors in Ibero America.  This region includes Spain and Portugal (Ibero) and Latin America - Mexico, Central America, The Caribbean and South America (America); In Spanish and Portuguese the name for this region is "Iberoamerica".  proAXIS currently has exclusive distribution agreements with two Greater Washington DC area software companies and is finalizing other agreements with a Spanish technology company, and other contracts in the US are under negotiation.  Philippe is interested to talk with US-based software companies that seeking to outsource their "Iberoamerican" sales deployment and management.

Jim Stockmal, Vice President of the National Capital Chapter of the Association of Strategic Planning, is hosting a monthly chapter meeting featuring speaker Dan Chenok from IBM's Center on the Business of Government, on the topic: "Setting the Right Strategy, Delivering the Strategy the Right Way". The event takes place on December 8 in Washington, DC. All are welcome.

Longtime WNG-fan Tom Killiam has joined the McLean headquarters of the national firm Bookkeeping Express to help introduce the high-tech low-cost service to DC-area small businesses and organizations.  Bookkeeping Express provides web-based, out-sourced accounting service with flexible billing and permanent off-site record keeping, to minimize the time it take for owners and managers to keep their desks clear of paperwork and their minds on growing and managing their main business. Tom can be reached at: 703-766-5757.

Larry Ross, President of Ross Financial Services, Inc (RFS), and a nationally recognized leader in the field of private investigations, has been elected to the board of the Council of International Investigators (CII). CII is a worldwide association of elite private investigators, many of whom have held senior level government positions in intelligence and fraud investigations. RFS is a private investigative firm serving the legal and business communities. RFS uncovers and analyzes the critical, time-sensitive intelligence needed to resolve business disputes and to reduce risk in business transactions.

Sindy Yeh has joined the WNG Board of Advisors. Sindy is Manager for Business Development at Arlington Economic Development, and has been a WNG Member for 10 years.

Art Stewart has joined the WNG International Roundtable steering committee, and is now chair of the WNG Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability SIG, which launched in November 2010. Art is President/Chief Strategy Officer of Stewart Strategies Group, LLC.

Maria Velez de Berliner is now chair of the WNG Latin America SIG, which launched in October 2010. Maria is President of the Latin Intelligence Corporation.

Matteo Recanatini is now chair of the WNG Marketing SIG, which launched in September 2010. Matteo is Executive Director of Fulcra Solutions.


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WNG Member News - WNG Members on the Move - Spring-Summer 2010

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Art Stewart MPM, president and chief strategy officer of Stewart Strategies Group, has been writing and speaking on his strategic analytical framework - the 'New Responsibility Paradigm'. 2010 speaking engagements include the annual conference of the World Future Society in Boston, The Maryland CPA Summit in Baltimore, the Ragan-Cisco Social Media Summit in San Jose, and the Next-Gen Expo in Miami, among others. The latest edition of his quarterly E-Letter, "The Strategic Perspective", is now available on line. Early in 2011 Art will begin teaching a graduate course he designed on corporate and social responsibility at Emerson College in Boston.

Helen Mitternight has been named senior account supervisor at Vanguard Communications. She will serve as Vanguard's deputy project director on the Children's Mental Health Initiative for the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. The national initiative fights stigma and promotes mental health for children and youth.

Mollie Katz, Senior Marketing & Communications Associate at JSSA (Jewish Social Service Agency), received a JSSA staff achievement award for outstanding teamwork within her department and across the agency. JSSA is a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian agency serving children, families and seniors in Maryland, DC and Virginia.

Tanesha Boldin was the Keynote Speaker for the Dream and Flourish closing event in May. This is a program sponsored by Procter & Gamble and the United Way of Central Maryland in which they mentor middle school girls during the school year. She will also be a Panelist later this month speaking on leadership at a Baltimore Volunteers Unlimited reception.

Ufuoma Otu reports that her firm Media & Communications Strategies, LLC has won the prestigious Bull Dog Award for 'Best Response to Breaking News'.

Matteo Recanatini has joined the WNG Communications Roundtable steering committee.

WNG Chairman Bill Stokes spoke to Hope Fellows of the National Albanian American Council (NAAC) about "Networking in Washington, D.C."

Anne Darconte has joined the National Petrochemical and Refiners Association as Director of Outreach. Anne looks forward to applying her 20-plus years of federal, state, and local government relations and public affairs experience to this organization and its members. She brings to the job 10 years of experience running grassroots and political involvement programs for BASF Corporation and the American Chemistry Council.

Washington D.C. speechwriter Jeff Porro of Porro Associates LLC has won a 2010 Cicero Award for Best Written Commencement Speech. Porro won for his work on a speech delivered by Anne Lynam Goddard, President & CEO, Christian Children's Fund to Assumption College, her Alma Mater in, June 2009. The Cicero Awards are presented by Vital Speeches of the Day, the nation's leading professional speechwriting publication. See also Jeff's blog Tough Talk for Hard Times.

Tugba Kalafatoglu of Tugba Kalafatoglu and Associates has received the prestigious 2010 Gold Pollie Award for launching VOTE Women in Politics. The Gold Pollie is considered the 'Oscars of Political Advertising' in the field of the political campaign and public affairs industry.

Business Alliance Executive Director Judy Costello reports that the organization's members recently voted to expand its focus to include a broader range of industries, academic research/partnership relationships, and geographic locations, and is rebranding as the Business Alliance for Innovation and Entrepreneurship to emphasize its mission going forward - supporting early stage and growing companies through networking, education, collaboration and research. The organization has calendared dates for its signature programs - including the Business Alliance Grubstake Breakfast, annual Bootcamp for Growing Companies and Entrepreneurs, and Mid-Atlantic Innovation Showcase, and also will begin hosting seminars and peer networking opportunities for entrepreneurs later this year.

Karen Seeh, a Senior Associate at EnDyna - an 8(a) environmental and emergency management consulting company - is happy to see that her EPA client's website finally went live after a year of work.

Guy Timberlake of The American Small Business Coalition announces the following additions to The ASBC Board of Advisors: Bridget Bean, U.S. Small Business Administration; Chuck Corjay, CACI; Mike Osredker, Tercon, Inc; David Simon, Mission Essential Personnel; Dick Stieglitz, Busch Change Solutions; and Kendra Turner, U.S. General Services Administration.


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WNG Member News - WNG Members on the Move - Winter 2009-2010

The WNG publicizes a "Members on the Move" news section to keep colleagues apprised of changes within our WNG Membership.


Nicholas Kosar has accepted the "Best Legal PR Blog" award with colleague Tracy Davis for their Energy Legal Blog, at the PR News annual awards at the National Press Club.  Nick is the Business Development Manager at Bracewell & Giuliani LLP in their Washington, D.C. office.

WNG Board member Kate Heffley was featured in a WashingtonPost.com article titled "Visualize a Career Change Several Steps Ahead" - offering great career development advice!

WNG Chairman Bill Stokes spoke about "Networking and Job Seeking in the Policy World" to the Washington International Trade Association's (WITA) at their February professional development seminar.

The Selling Well has launched a new blog covering the digital marketing sector.  According to The Selling Well's Managing Partner, Plato Hieronimus, "Digital marketing is much more similar to traditional marketing than many marketing 'gurus' would have us believe. Just like effective traditional marketing, effective digital marketing depends upon sound strategy and a complimentary integration with all a firm's marketing and business objectives."

Dr. Maria Velez de Berliner, president of Latin Intelligence Corporation, will deliver a full day seminar on Risk Awareness Intelligence at the Intelligence & Security Academy in Reston, Virginia, on April 15, 2010.  This is a hands-on seminar in which participants will learn how to identify and manage the unknown political, economic, social, cultural, security, and military risks likely to derail corporate strategies in the USA and abroad.

Art Stewart, president and chief strategy officer of Alexandria-based Stewart Strategies Group LLC, will speak on the "New Responsibility Paradigm: Impacts and Implications for Strategic Competitiveness" at two international conferences this July: The annual gathering of the World Future Society in Boston and Common Ground’s 10th Conference on Knowledge, Culture and Change in Organizations in Montreal.

Advertising copywriter Barb Jump has new contact information, found at her web site barbjump.com.

Mary Gotschall is now working with the Washington, DC-based boutique investment bank Blue Heron Capital, as Strategic Marketing Consultant.  Blue Heron Capital connects managed funds and select operating companies around the world.  Its greatest value consists in introducing investors to less well-known emerging managers who meet performance expectations.  Mary Gotschall also heads The Athena Group, a strategic communications company serving clients in business, government and the non-profit sectors, both in the U.S. and globally.

Jeff Porro, speechwriter and principal at Words that Move Audiences, recently had an article in The Washington Post guest section "On Leadership" titled "SOTU for CEOs: More like Jobs, less like Obama".

WNG Board member Joseph Brinker has returned Washington DC and joined USAID, where he is a Democracy & Governance Advisor.  Previously, Joe was Head of the Office of Political Affairs at the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) office in Kosovo.

Steve Norton is now Communications Director at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a think tank dedicated to promoting high tech solutions across a broad array of policy areas.  Steve served as communications advisor at the international trade law firm of Stewart and Stewart for the last two years.  Previously, he had been a speechwriter for US Trade Representatives Rob Portman and Susan Schwab, and worked as a journalist and congressional aide.

John Stovall, founder and CEO of the Legion Group - a rising political risk analysis company - is happy to announce the recent launch of the firm's new Web site.

Equity Corps Founder, Steve Ely reports that Maryland-based A&T Systems has hired Equity Corps' Rick Hundley as COO to execute the company's growth strategy.  A&T, a 25 year old Government Telecommunications & IT Services contractor, chose Equity Corps as an alternative to using an executive search firm.  "I am really looking forward to working with Rick to grow our business," says A&T Founder & CEO Ashok Thareja.  "Equity Corps delivered a higher quality slate of candidates faster than either the big name retained search firm or the contingency recruiters we have previously used.  They put skin in the game and are continuing to work with us in support of our business mission.  I am confident that in hiring Rick, I have the best possible #2 at A&T."  Equity Corps - an alternative to executive search - helps independent companies acquire exceptional executives and achieve outstanding financial results together.

Debra Orbacz reports that the Orbacz Strategy Group, LLC (OSG) recently announced plans to expand the firm's offerings to include supply chain and logistics services to the federal government and commercial clients.  These services are added to the firm's core offerings which focus on leadership development and coaching for executives and organizations.  Orbacz Strategy Group has significant expertise and industry credentials in supply chain and logistics and these additional services will further enhance the firm's value to both existing and new clients.

Robert Clark, Deputy Director (U.S.) of the GermanAmericanBusinessForum (GABF) in Washington, D.C. reports that the GABF has convened Dialogue Sessions in Washington, D.C. and Düsseldorf, Germany, on the topic "Germany in Change? - U.S. in Change? Outlook 2010: Where are the Transatlantic Business Potentials".  The GABF in Washington, D.C. is a non-profit organization whose mission is to strengthen the bridge supporting U.S.-German business relations.

Charles K. Poole has written a book titled I Am My Own Cause: A Blog-View of Life As I See It.  This compilation features his thought provoking, inspiring, and humorous blog posts over a period of a year, offering a philosophical approach to life that readers may relate to and embrace.  "The way I see it, the more you're present for yourself in your own life, the more present you can be in the lives of those for whom you care and love," Poole says.  "That's what this work is about, appreciating our common human journey and honestly accepting ourselves for the unique human beings we are, lumps and all."  Poole's blog, I Am My Own Cause, began as personal journal, but soon became a way to deal with personal and professional challenges.

Montee Frazee reports that Noventri digital signage corporation has launched their affordable Eco Series hardware, and Noventri's software (Designer and Network Manager) is now downloadable, free with no licensing fees, and operates on personal computers.  The Eco Series player box is required for advanced usage.

In December 2009, Neil Dziemian completed a Masters degree in Public Relations and Corporate Communications from Georgetown University and a Certificate program in Investor Relations from the University of California-Irvine.  Later this year Neil will complete a 20-year career in the military, and is seeking a new communications-related opportunity.

Ambassador Charles A. Ford, retired:  After a 28 year career with the US and Foreign Commercial Service at the Commerce Department that included tours at the State and Defense Departments, Charles A. "Chuck" Ford retired on December 1.  He is now working on several project proposals for clients in Europe and Latin America. In addition, in December he was elected the Chairperson of the Defense Department's Board of Visitors Advisory Committee to the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC), a two year appointment.

Matthew Roberts recently joined Long & Foster Real Estate in its Woodley Park sales office. Matthew has been a Realtor for four years, is a graduate of the prestigious Real Estate Institute, and is licensed in Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia. "I transferred to Long & Foster because it combines the best qualities of both a large and a boutique brokerage. Its size and longevity present incredible opportunities to grow a business in a challenging market, yet the extraordinary qualities of teamwork and collaboration in the service of our customers and our colleagues are more typical of a smaller brokerage," says Matthew. "Long & Foster offers distinct benefits and features to our clients. For example, advertising campaigns are implemented in ways that increase our sellers' market exposure, and programs such as Home Service Connections provide access to qualified vendors who can help clients tackle a multitude of needs related to buying and/or selling a home."


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