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January 2019

Malachi Byrd with Crowning Too Early (A Bridge Builder Event)

January 8, 2019

Malachi Byrd, a proud Washington D.C. native and D.C.'s inaugural Youth Poet Laureate, is a twenty one year-old junior at Princeton University. The captain and co-founder of ContraVerse, his high school slam team, Malachi led the team to the 2014 Louder Than a Bomb – DMV title. He also is a 2-time member of the DC Youth Poetry Slam Team, including the 2014 winners of the Brave New Voices International Poetry Festival. A rapper, poet, scholar, and activist, Malachi has…

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Marc Effron with 8 Steps to High Performance: Focus On What You Can Change (Ignore the Rest)

January 11, 2019
Reston VA Reston United States

Marc Effron is the founder and President of the Talent Strategy Group where he leads the firm's global consulting, education, executive search, and publishing businesses. He advises the world's premier organizations on how to build high-performing talent. Marc founded and publishes Talent Quarterly magazine and is coauthor of the bestselling book, One Page Talent Management (Harvard Business Review Press). About 8 Steps to High Performance: Focus On What You Can Change (Ignore the Rest) What Really Works There's no shortage of…

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Jean Case with Be Fearless: 5 Principles for a Life of Breakthroughs and Purpose

January 23, 2019

Jean Case, the first female Chairman of the National Geographic Society in its 130-year history and CEO of the Case Foundation, is a philanthropist, investor, and internet and impact investing pioneer who advocates for the importance of embracing a more fearless approach to innovate and bring about transformational breakthroughs. Her career in the private sector spanned nearly two decades before she co-founded the Case Foundation in 1997. Before the Case Foundation, she was a senior executive at America Online, Inc.…

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Deirdre N. McCloskey with Bourgeois Equality: How Ideas, Not Capital or Institutions, Enriched the World

January 24, 2019

Deirdre Nansen McCloskey is an emerita distinguished professor of economics and of history, and professor of English and of communications at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is the author of sixteen other books, including If You’re So Smart, The Secret Sins of Economics, The Bourgeois Virtues, Bourgeois Dignity, and Crossing: A Memoir, all published by the University of Chicago Press. About Bourgeois Equality: How Ideas, Not Capital or Institutions, Enriched the World There’s little doubt that most humans today are better off than…

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Kevin Werbach with The Blockchain and the New Architecture of Trust

January 29, 2019
Reston VA Reston United States

Kevin Werbach is Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Founder of the technology consulting firm Supernova Group, he has advised the FCC and Department of Commerce on communication policy. He is the coauthor of For the Win: How Game Thinking Can Revolutionize Your Business. About The Blockchain and the New Architecture of Trust How the blockchain―a system built on foundations of mutual mistrust―can become trustworthy. The blockchain entered the world on January…

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Stephanie Land with Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive (Programs with a Purpose)

January 29, 2019

Stephanie Land's work has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Vox, Salon, and many other outlets. She focuses on social and economic justice as a writing fellow through both the Center for Community Change and the Economic Hardship Reporting Project. About Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive Evicted meets Nickel and Dimed in Stephanie Land's memoir about working as a maid, a beautiful and gritty exploration of poverty in America. Includes a foreword by Barbara…

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February 2019

Kondwani Fidel with Hummingbirds in The Trenches (A Bridge Builder Event)

February 4, 2019

Kondwani Fidel is a poet and essayist who has toured in the United Kingdom and lectured and taught classes at the University of East London. He has also lectured and shared poetry at countless universities, conferences, and literary events across America. Fidel has been featured in The Washington Post, Mic, CNN, and elsewhere, and has made television appearances on RT America. He has been published in The Root, The Afro, and City Paper. The Baltimore Sun honored Fidel in the…

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John P. Carlin with Dawn of the Code War: America’s Battle Against Russia, China, and the Rising Global Cyber Threat

February 5, 2019
Reston VA Reston United States

John P. Carlin is the former Assistant Attorney General for National Security under Barack Obama, where he worked to protect the country against international and domestic terrorism, espionage, cyber, and other national security threats. A career federal prosecutor and graduate of Harvard Law School, John has spent much of the last decade working at the center of the nation's response to the rise of terrorism and cyber threats, including serving as National Coordinator of the Justice Department's Computer Hacking and Intellectual…

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Sam Schwartz with No One at the Wheel: Driverless Cars and the Road of the Future

February 12, 2019
Reston VA Reston United States

Sam Schwartz, a.k.a. "Gridlock Sam," is one of the leading transportation experts in the United States today. He served as New York City's traffic commissioner and the New York City Department of Transportation's chief engineer. Schwartz currently runs Sam Schwartz Engineering and is a columnist at the New York Daily News. He has been profiled by the New Yorker, New York Times, and many other national publications. Schwartz lives in New York City and owns a Volvo that can drive without him. About No…

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Mary Abbajay with Managing Up: How to Move up, Win at Work, and Succeed with Any Type of Boss

February 20, 2019
Bethesda MD Bethesda United States

Mary Abbajay is an acclaimed and sought after public speaker, organizational consultant, facilitator, and trainer. She is the president and founder of Careerstone Group, LLC, a professional development consultancy that delivers leading-edge talent and organizational development solutions. She helps clients develop the strategies, skills, and sensibilities needed for success in the 21st century. Her expertise lies in helping clients create dynamic and productive workplaces that foster professional and personal excellence and growth. In short, she is committed to creating workplaces where…

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