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April 2019

Steven G. Rogelberg with The Surprising Science of Meetings: How You Can Lead Your Team to Peak Performance

April 23

Steven G. Rogelberg is Chancellor's Professor at University of North Carolina, Charlotte, for distinguished national, international, and interdisciplinary contributions. He has well over 100 publications and recently won the highly prestigious Humboldt Award for his research on meeting science. His work has been profiled in the Harvard Business Review, CBS News, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, NPR, Guardian, National Geographic, and Scientific American Mind, among others. In addition to his research and teaching, he consults for small and large organizations, including IBM,…

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May 2019

Frederick F. Wherry with Credit Where It’s Due: Rethinking Financial Citizenship, A Bridge Builder Event

Frederick F. Wherry is professor of sociology at Princeton University. Kristin S. Seefeldt is associate professor of social work and associate professor of public policy at the University of Michigan. Anthony S. Alvarez is assistant professor of sociology at California State University, Fullerton. About Credit Where It's Due: Rethinking Financial Citizenship An estimated 45 million adults in the U.S. lack a credit score at time when credit invisibility can reduce one’s ability to rent a home, find employment, or secure a mortgage or loan.…

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Lynne Olson with Madame Fourcade’s Secret War: The Daring Young Woman Who Led France’s Largest Spy Network Against Hitler

Lynne Olson is the New York Times bestselling author of Last Hope Island: Britain, Occupied Europe, and the Brotherhood That Helped Turn the Tide of War; Those Angry Days: Roosevelt, Lindbergh, and America’s Fight Over World War II, 1939–1941; and Citizens of London: The Americans Who Stood with Britain in Its Darkest, Finest Hour. Among her five other books is Troublesome Young Men: The Rebels Who Brought Churchill to Power and Helped Save England. Lynne Olson lives with her husband in Washington, D.C. About Madame Fourcade's Secret War:…

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Frederick F. Wherry with Credit Where It’s Due: Rethinking Financial Citizenship — Programs with a Purpose

Register to attend Frederick F. Wherry is professor of sociology at Princeton University. About Credit Where It's Due: Rethinking Financial Citizenship An estimated 45 million adults in the U.S. lack a credit score at time when credit invisibility can reduce one’s ability to rent a home, find employment, or secure a mortgage or loan. As a result, individuals without credit—who are disproportionately African American and Latino—often lead separate and unequal financial lives. Yet, as sociologists and public policy experts Frederick Wherry, Kristin…

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

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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Jules Pieri with How We Make Stuff Now: Turn Ideas into Products That Build Successful Businesses

Jules Pieri is cofounder and CEO of The Grommet, a site that has launched more than 3,000 innovative consumer products since 2008. The company’s Citizen Commerce™ movement is reshaping how products are discovered, shared, and bought. Jules started her career as an industrial designer for technology companies and was an executive at Keds, Stride Rite, and Playskool. The Grommet is her third startup, following roles as VP at Continuum and president of Ziggs. She was named one of Fortune’s Most Powerful…

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Tom Wheeler with From Gutenberg to Google: The History of Our Future

Tom Wheeler is a businessman, author, and was Chairman of the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) from 2013 to 2017. Presently, he is a Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and a Senior Research Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School. For over four decades, Wheeler has been involved with new telecommunications networks and services. At the FCC he led the efforts that resulted in the adoption of Net Neutrality, privacy protections for consumers, and increased cybersecurity, among other policies. His chairmanship…

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Nick Morgan with Can You Hear Me?: How to Connect with People in a Virtual World

Nick Morgan is one of America's top communication coaches and thinkers. His clients include leaders of Fortune 50 companies. His blog reaches 100,000 readers every month and is widely syndicated. He appears regularly on CNN as an expert commentator and is a frequent contributor to HBR.org. He is the author of Give Your Speech, Change the World and Power Cues, both from Harvard Business Review Press. About Can You Hear Me?: How to Connect with People in a Virtual World Hello? Are you there? Can you hear…

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

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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Art Therapy Clinic for DC Students, a Bridge Builder Event

Finding Creative Answers to Life's Challenges Hooks Book Events is thrilled to be facilitating an art therapy session for students at the Goodwill Center, in partnership with the GW Art Therapy Clinic. Self-expression through the arts — drawing, painting, and sculpting — can be powerful in promoting mental health. GW's Art Therapy Clinic focuses on creative growth and self-expression for children, adolescents, adults, and families to help deal with: depression and anxiety illness, trauma, and loss relationship and self-esteem issues…

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June 2019

Jim Obergefell with Love Wins: The Lovers and Lawyers Who Fought the Landmark Case for Marriage Equality

Jim Obergefell was the named plaintiff in the landmark Supreme Court marriage equality case Obergefell v. Hodges, a case involving more than thirty marriage equality plaintiffs from four states. Circumstances thrust Jim into this role; after marrying John, his partner of more than twenty years, who was dying of ALS, they decided to file suit against the state of Ohio to demand recognition of their lawful Maryland marriage on John's impending death certificate. After the Supreme Court ruling made marriage…

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D. Watkins with We Speak for Ourselves: A Word from Forgotten Black America, A Bridge Builder Event

D. Watkins is Editor at Large for Salon. His work has been published in the New York Times, The Guardian, Rolling Stone, and other publications. He holds a Master’s in Education from Johns Hopkins University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Baltimore. He is a college professor at the University of Baltimore and founder of the BMORE Writers Project–– and has also been the recipient of numerous awards including BMe Genius Grant and Ford’s Men of…

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D. Watkins with We Speak for Ourselves: A Word from Forgotten Black America, Programs with a Purpose

D. Watkins is Editor at Large for Salon. His work has been published in the New York Times, The Guardian, Rolling Stone, and other publications. He holds a Master’s in Education from Johns Hopkins University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Baltimore. He is a college professor at the University of Baltimore and founder of the BMORE Writers Project–– and has also been the recipient of numerous awards including BMe Genius Grant and Ford’s Men of…

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Valerie Jarrett with Finding My Voice: My Journey to the West Wing and the Path Forward

Valerie Jarrett was the longest serving senior adviser to President Barack Obama. She oversaw the Offices of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs and chaired the White House Council on Women and Girls. Before joining the White House, she served as the chief executive officer of The Habitat Company in Chicago, chairman of the Chicago Transit Board, commissioner of Planning and Development, and deputy chief of staff for Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley. Jarrett has received numerous awards and honorary degrees, including Time's…

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Andres Oppenheimer with The Robots Are Coming!: The Future of Jobs in the Age of Automation

June 24

Andrés Oppenheimer is editor and syndicated foreign affairs columnist with The Miami Herald, anchor of Oppenheimer Presenta on CNN En Español, and author of seven books. Oppenheimer is the co-winner of the 1987 Pulitzer Prize as a member of The Miami Herald team that uncovered the Iran-Contra scandal. He won the Inter-American Press Association Award twice (1989 and 1994) and the 1997 award of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. He is also the winner of the 1993 Ortega y Gasset Award of Spain's daily El…

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December 2019

Susan Hockfield with The Age of Living Machines: How Biology Will Build the Next Technology Revolution

December 3

Susan Hockfield, Ph.D., president emerita and professor of neuroscience at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was the first woman and first life scientist to lead MIT. She is a member of MIT’s Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. About The Age of Living Machines: How Biology Will Build the Next Technology Revolution  From the former president of MIT, the story of the next technology revolution, and how it will change our lives. A century ago, discoveries…

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