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WNG Member News - Winter 2018


WNG Member News
Winter 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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WNG Member News - Fall 2017


WNG Member News
Fall 2017


Video now plays a dominant role in the content marketing arena. So says the second edition of the research report, "But Mom Told Me Never to Brag: Raising Your Reputation with Thought Leadership," by WNG member Ed Barks. "With so much online content moving to video, it is time to recognize its importance alongside the other big three­ - speaking, writing, and research," Barks said upon the report's publication. The report is available at Barks Thought Leadership.

Nancy Mitchell, owner of the firm The Etiquette Advocate, and her new book, Etiquette Rules! A Field Guide to Modern Manners, were selected for inclusion in the National Press Club Book Fair and Authors Night that took place at the Press Club on Friday, November 10.

Marcelle Yeager, CEO of Serving Talent, will present on "Recruiting Diversity: Women and Military" at RecruitDC's Fall 2017 conference on December 7 in Bethesda, Maryland. Earlier this year, Marcelle co-moderated a brainstorming session on "Networking to Advance Your Career" convened by our WNG Career Development Rountable.

Harriet Matsushima is now Executive Director, Strategic Business Operations at Comcast Business.

Alexander Brown is now a consultant for The McCormick Group in Arlington, Virginia. They are the largest executive search and consulting firm in the DC/Virginia/Maryland region, and in the top 25 nationwide. He still can be found writing the occasional blog article on business development, consulting, and persuasion within the legal community.

Meghan Dotter announced that Portico PR is launching a presentation training program for individuals. Presentation Rx takes your storytelling, design and speaking skills to the next level through a full-day workshop, individual coaching session, group follow-up and a subscription to our online portal with tips, templates and resources. Our first session starts December 1. Learn more and register here.

Whitney Brimfield, Founder & CEO of Spark Point Fundraising, would like to announce the launch of her new website, spark-point.com. Developed with the help of Yoko&Co, the new site lists Spark Point’s services, clients, and shares the company’s unique perspective on fundraising. If you’re ready to find your funding spark and read our latest news, visit us online today!

Chris Foss and the team at Ironistic have been recognized as the "Overall Business of the Year 2017" by the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce. Congratulations! Hard-earned and well-deserved! Congratulations!

Sean McColl has now opened a second Juice Plus+ franchise with his wife Kim. The business is focused on helping people live a healthier lifestyle including eating right, exercising regularly, and still making time for family and friends, believing that setting manageable goals and making small changes today can lead to great health benefits down the road. Previously, as co-owner of a marketing company, Sean led sales and marketing for the firm, which experienced exponential growth, and then he engineered the successful sale of the company to a larger corporation.

Javiera Gallardo recently has returned to the greater Washington DC region after working in Chile. We are pleased to report that she has joined the WNG International Roundtable steering committee. Previously, Javiera served as Executive Director at the Washington International Trade Association (WITA) here in the Nation's Capital.

Sindy Yeh is celebrating 16 years at Arlington Economic Development where she is Senior Business Ambassador. Additionally, Sindy is a WNG Board member.

Riley Brands has been promoted to the Strategic Communications Lead at Gallup in their Washington, D.C. office.

Ruth Schimel, Ph.D., Career and Life Management Consultant, is delighted to announce her new website for personal and professional development. The site provides an array of unique services, resources, and opportunities to sign up for deals, books, and new notices. Another WNG member, Ironistic, designed and developed the site with creativity, originality, and fine marketing savvy. Their staff is very talented, careful, and committed to effective outcomes. Win-win!

Jeffrey Fishman is now SVP/Chief Information Officer at LISC Small Business Lending in the Washington, D.C. region. LISC Small Business is a national nonprofit lender committed to developing businesses overlooked by traditional financing channels. Previously, Jeffrey was SVP/Technology Group Manager at U.S. Bank. Congratulations!

Tom Soha is now Managing Director at Hire Counsel, a national leader in legal staffing and eDiscovery services, working with law firms, corporations and government agencies. Tom is based in Washington, D.C.

Colleen Maguire is now Operations Manager, Volunteer Engagement at the American Nurses Association (ANA).

WNG member Ed Barks published the third edition of "How Important Are Nonverbal Signals?" The publication is designed both to help executives sharpen their nonverbal performance and to recognize subtle signals from others when seeking to persuade reporters, policymakers, or a packed auditorium. New sections include advice on prime spots for observing nonverbal behavior, our fascination with lie detection, and an appendix of nonverbal exercises you can use in your everyday professional encounters.


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WNG Member News - Spring 2017

WNG Member News
Spring 2017


Jeff Lord is now Global Trade Compliance Principal, CSRA Inc, headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia. In his new capacity, Jeff oversees all aspects of CSRA's international trade compliance policies, procedures, and practices. Previously, he was a Senior Manager with EY Global Trade at Ernst & Young LLP.

Sue O'Hora has been promoted to Director of Marketing - Senior Producer at Henninger Media Services. She started her career with Henninger as an intern while she was still in college at the University of Richmond. After graduation, she joined the Henninger sales team in the DC area, later becoming a project manager in charge of DVD, graphics and video compression projects. In 2003, she joined the International Licensing team at Discovery Communications. She returned to Henninger as a Production Manager in 2007 after completing the George Washington University's Institute for Documentary Filmmaking program. In her new role, she will be leading the company's marketing efforts in addition to spearheading production projects as a writer/producer.

Pratish Shere has moved his real estate practice to Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty and is based out of their Tysons/McLean office.

Starting in June, Frances Reimers, Founder and Principal of Firestarter Communications, will be hosting her own radio show. Tune in Wednesdays at 5:00 PM ET on WLVS. Stand by for more details as she sets up social media and firms up the guest roster!

WNG Board Member Jason Levergood is now based in New York City in a new role as an International Client Services Director on the Grant Thornton LLP, US National Advisory Services team. Grant Thornton is one of the top six accounting and professional services firms in the world with a cohesive network of member firms in over 130 countries. With over twenty years international professional experience in the private, public and NFP sectors, Jason is chiefly responsible for global advisory and consulting services capacity building and implementing network-wide internal infrastructure-strengthening projects while assisting with the leadership of key global accounts, business planning and business development.

Congratulations to Warren White, who has joined Chesapeake Search Partners, LLC as a Senior Associate with the Human Resources practice. Warren is an active member of SHRM, CHRA, and the Washington Network Group, and was formerly the Social Media Team Lead for DCSHRM. Warren holds senior HR certifications with both SHRM and HRCI, and is also a Certified Professional Resume Writer. A 12 year Baltimore city resident, Warren graduated from Hamilton College with a BA in Psychology.

Savvy businesses recognize the need to craft magnetic messages for their key issues and to deliver them with impact. That makes finding the right fit in a communications training consultant imperative. WNG member Ed Barks helps sort through the options with the publication of his newly revised position paper, 'A Buyer’s Guide to Communications Training Consultants." Get your copy on the Research tab at www.barkscomm.com.

Mark F. Bryant, formerly with Resonate, who began his career as a political fundraiser in DC, has launched Agency Advisors, a consulting firm "dedicated to driving the growth of digital, data, and analytics firms seeking to do business with candidates and causes."


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WNG Member News - Autumn 2016

WNG Member News
Autumn 2016


Jake McGuire has produced a new gift-sized book titled Washington D.C. A Little Square Picture Book that has just been featured in a flattering article online. Local area associations and businesses purchase the book as a welcome gift for DC meetings and conventions. McGuire published the charming 6x6 inch square book specifically as an easy-to-take-home gift for DC's hospitality industry. When the book was first released, the DC Convention Bureau told McGuire, "If you can put our logo on it we'll take 400 copies!" He did and the book took off. Recently, Jake expanded his target audience by personally delivering a sample to more than 100 area hotels as a possible Inauguration Week gift. As of December 1st, more than a dozen area hotels have already purchased them or expressed interest in the gift book, pending room sales for that week. Well done Jake!

Jeff Walyus has started in a new role as Financial Analyst for The Prospective Group. Previously, he was Senior OMB Financial Analyst at the North Star Group, LLC.

Marty Williams is now Government Relations Manager at American Public Works Association, where he is responsible for advancing the association's public policy priorities in the area of cyber-security, emergency management and response. Previously, he was Special Assistant to Congresswoman Brenda L. Lawrence.

Michael McCallum has a new position at SHRM - The Society for Human Resource Management, where he is Director, Global Business Development. Michael drives SHRM’s internationalization strategy and global business development. He is responsible for identifying, creating, and sustaining partnerships abroad in order to grow SHRM’s international delivery network. Regional accountability includes Brazil, Europe, sub-Saharan Africa, while providing services to nearly 10,000 SHRM members outside the U.S.

Christian Moritz shared research that, among Washington Insiders, LinkedIn is the most popular, most credible and has the fastest growth rate of any social media channel. His article gained significant social media engagement and sharing.

Jim Stockmal, President of the Association for Strategic Planning, will travel to Honduras to present a keynote address on "Trends and Drivers: What Everyone Should be Aware of in their Planning" and teach a master class at the Latin America & Caribbean World Strategy on November 17th, 2016. Additionally, Jim will also a holiday party for the National Capital Area chapter of ASP at BlackFinn on November 30, 2016.

Geoffrey Goodale has joined the law firm of FisherBroyles as partner. Geoff possesses over 15 years of experience assisting clients on matters concerning export controls, economic sanctions, import compliance, trade litigation, international intellectual property rights protection, foreign direct investment, cybersecurity, and compliance counseling to government contractors. Prior to joining FisherBroyles, Geoff served in the International Trade practice groups at Foley & Lardner and Pillsbury in Washington, D.C.

Jeffrey Lord is now a Senior Manager at EY Global Trade at Ernst & Young LLP, a global provider of international trade consulting services, focusing on export controls and trade sanctions.

Ruth Schimel, Ph.D., Career & Life Management Consultant offers you the Choose Courage Series completed this August and available on Amazon. Explore and benefit from Choose Courage: Step Into the Life You Want and Related Handbooks on success and relationships. For more information, email Ruth.


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WNG Member News - Summer 2016

WNG Member News
Summer 2016


Brian Dougherty is now Director Associate Service at The Conference Board; Previously, he was Government Practice Account Director at J.D. Power - McGraw Hill Financial.

Liz Caselli-Mechael is now Corporate Communications Manager at Nestlé USA, in their Washington, D.C. office.

Jeanne Jennings (JeanneJennings.com), recognized industry expert in email marketing strategy, has joined CohereOne, a full-service digital and direct marketing agency, as Partner and Practice Lead for Email Marketing. With her home base in Washington, DC, she will be expanding the agency’s presence to the East Coast.

Nnake Nweke has been named by the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) as the first-ever Director of its newly created Office of Internet Freedom. Dr. Nweke is a WNG Board of Advisors member and recently chaired our WNG Technology Roundtable. Congratulations Nnake!

Franck Goron has moved to Microsoft, where he is Senior Director for Enterprise Strategy and Digital Advisor at Microsoft. Franck is based in Paris, France. Prior to joining Microsoft, He was Insight Program Director, Public Sector, at Oracle, where he led strategic engagements with executive-level customers. Franck is a member of the WNG International Council.

John Lawson has become Executive Director of the AWARN Alliance, a new coalition of television broadcasters and allied technology companies that is developing an advanced emergency alerting system for the U.S. The Advanced Warning and Response Network (AWARN) is enabled by Next Generation Television (also known as ATSC 3.0) which will be the world’s first all-IP digital broadcasting system and is on-track for a 2017 launch in South Korea and the U.S. John is also a principal at Convergence Services, Inc, an Alexandria, Virginia-based strategic consulting firm.

Tom McInerney, Founder and Director of the Treaty Effectiveness Initiative (TEI) in Rome, Italy, has joined the WNG International Council. Tom will be speaking to the WNG in September on the topic of "Responsible Agriculture."

Jake McGuire, the very talented DC photographer who actively supports our WNG receptions, has a new gift-sized coffee table book on our Nation's Capital designed for DC meetings and events. The stately 64 page soft bound book, titled Washington, D.C., A Little Square Picture Book, was specifically produced as an easy-to-take-home memento for associations, hotels, agencies, and incentive travel groups to give in quantity to attendees, conference speakers, committees, boards, and at upcoming Inaugural events.

Rob Coulson, Principal at V3 in Washington, D.C., has recently begun a one-year executive program at Harvard's Graduate School of Design. The Advanced Management Diploma Program targets the continued development of senior-level global real estate executives. In other news, Rob is launching the beta-version of his real estate business intelligence software, Smartfolio. He is inviting owners and managers of real estate portfolios to test the platform and receive discounted pricing for the full release.

Eric Hermann defended and completed his Ph.D. in musicology from the University of Maryland (College Park)! He is currently accepting new clients for his writing editing business, Editing for ESL. Congratulations!

Patrick King, who is CEO of full-service marketing firm Imagine, reports the company has been recognized with the "Best of Prince William" award for graphic design! Congratulations!

Melanie Padgett Powers, owner of MelEdits, wrote a personal essay about growing up in Indiana with the Indianapolis 500 looming large throughout her childhood. The essay was published online by espnW.


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WNG Member News - Spring 2016

WNG Member News
Spring 2016


Joe Brinker has accepted the position of senior democracy, governance, peace and security advisor in the Middle East Bureau at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Joe will cover 11 countries in the Middle East in this role and will be based in Washington, DC. We are proud to have Joe as a WNG Advisory Board member.

Tim Young, President of Young Marketing Consulting, has joined the WNG Entrepreneur Roundtable steering committee. Learn more about Tim at: YoungMarketingConsulting.com and @YoungMktg. Please join us in welcoming Tim to the steering committee!

Meghan Dotter, Principal and Founder of Portico PR, has joined the WNG Board of Advisors. In January, Meghan led a session on "Help for the Reluctant Presenter" convened by the WNG Communications Roundtable. Learn more at: PorticoPR.us, @PorticoPR, @MeghanDotter. Please join us in welcoming Meghan to the Board!

Nino Kader, CEO of Spark Digital, recently appeared on Aljazeera TV to discuss whether Apple's iPhone has peaked. Based in Doha, Qatar, Nino is a WNG International Council member and WNG Communications Roundtable steering committee member.

Pamela Peseux, president of Cimperium International LCC, an international trade promotion and advisory firm, led the technical program development for two USTDA-sponsored reverse trade missions from East Africa’s port and airport sectors. Ms. Peseux developed the 11-day itineraries which included meetings and site visits with U.S. port and airport stakeholders. Peseux traveled with both the port and airport delegations to three cities in March and April. Ms. Peseux also traveled to India in March as a member of the USTDA India Smart City Technical Advisory Team to participate in a needs assessment workshop with Ajmer city stakeholders. Ms. Peseux organized a technology roundtable which brought U.S. company representatives together with the city officials. For more information about Cimperium and these projects, visit www.Cimperium.com

Bill Stokes is working with ExecCareers DC, an executive search firm headquartered in the greater Washington DC region. Bill can be reached via email. Additionally, he continues as chairman of the Washington Network Group.

Robert Grupp is chairing the 7th National Summit on Strategic Communications during April 26-27 in Arlington, Virginia. The Summit shares best practices at the intersection of corporate communications, military public affairs and government relations. Among 25+ speakers: Army PA Chief Gen. Frost, DHS’s George Selim, and State’s John Kirby. When registering, WNG Members use promo code "C786WNG" for 15% discount.

Eric Staal has joined the WNG International Council. A long-time WNG Member, Eric is based in London, where he leads business development for Lex Mundi's top-tier law firms throughout the Americas, EMEA and APAC.

Mary Gotschall, is now Director of Marketing at LinkedIn.Qnexis Inc,, an award-winning digital communications, information technology and management solutions firm based in Reston, Virginia.

Tasleem Kassum, a native Washingtonian, has recently relocated to Washington from New York and is Principal of Kassum Communications. With nearly twenty years of global strategic communications, HR communications, marketing, executive coaching and strategy experience working in agency, management consulting and client side environments, her firm focuses on communications advisory work and executive coaching. Tasleem can be reached via email or via LinkedIn.

Jim Stockmal will be speaking at the Association for Strategic Planning annual conference in San Francisco during March 16-18, 2016. Jim will also be a judge at the inaugural "Start-up Experience" as part of St. Johns' College High School's new Leadership and Entrepreneurial Development program on March 5.

Laura M. Labovich, CEO of The Career Strategy Group, has been selected to author a chapter of the new book coming out from Association of Talent Development (ATD) on Effective Networking. She's busy working on that chapter now and eager to see it hit bookshelves in the fall!


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