Upcoming Event: C-Suite Meet & Greet: Bobbie Kilberg

2014 November: Bobbie Kilberg, President and CEO of the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC).

CSMGJoin WWLI.org affiliate members, sponsors and their invited guests to meet Bobbie Kilberg, President and CEO of the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) at this private C-Suite Meet and Greet event sponsored by Capital One.

Bobbie Kilberg is President and CEO of the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC), the largest technology council in the nation.  She has held this position since 1998.  In 2001, she was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as a member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) during his term in office.

Kilberg is a graduate of Yale Law School, Columbia University and Vassar College.  In 2013, she was awarded an honorary associate degree in humane letters by the Northern Virginia Community College.

Kilberg served as a White House Fellow on the staff of President Nixon’s Domestic Policy Council, as Associate Counsel to President Ford and as Deputy Assistant to the President for Public Liaison and Director of the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs for President George H.W. Bush.  In the private sector, Kilberg was an attorney with Arnold & Porter, Vice President for Academic Affairs at Mount Vernon College, and Director of the Aspen Institute’s Project on the Future of Private Philanthropy.

Kilberg is a member of the Board of Visitors of the University of Virginia, the American Action Forum, and on the boards of directors of United Bank and RG Group Inc.  She formerly served on the boards of trustees/directors of The George Washington University, public television station WETA, the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, The Potomac School, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council, Lab School of Washington and the Greater Washington Sports Alliance.  Bobbie has been the recipient of many awards, the most recent being induction into the Washington Business Hall of Fame in December 2013.

– See more at: http://www.nvtc.org/advocacy/kilberg.php#sthash.uDYlcrow.dpuf

Tickets are limited to this event so please register early!

Register by October 24, 2014 and save $40.

Date: Monday, November 3, 2014  Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm EST

Location: Capital One Corporate Offices, 1680 Capital One Dr, McLean, VA 22102

Price: $95 on or before October 24th, $135 after October 24th

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This C-Suite Meet and Greet Event is Sponsored by Capital One

Past Event: October 2014 Luncheon

Katharine Weymouth has served as publisher and chief executive officer of The Washington Post.  Having joined The Post in 1996 as Assistant Counsel, Weymouth worked for four years in the legal offices of the news organization at both the newspaper and at the website. In 2000, she moved to the business side of The Washington Post serving in a number of roles in the Advertising Department including Vice President of Advertising from 2005 until her appointment as Publisher in 2008.

Weymouth earned a BA magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1988 and a JD from Stanford Law School in 1992. Following law school, she clerked on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals for one year. She practiced law at Williams & Connolly in Washington, DC, from 1993-1996. 

Weymouth serves on the Board of Graham Holdings and also on the Board of the Associated Press.  

 Weymouth lives in Washington, DC, with her three young children, Madeleine, Beckett and Bridget.

To purchase whole tables for the event (10 attendees per table) and qualify your group for a table logo, please contact info@wwli.org to inquire.

Date: October 15, 2014

Location: Georgetown McDonough School of Business, Rafik B. Hariri Building, 37th and O Streets, NW, Washington, DC 20057

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Early registration ends October 6!

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  • Early Affiliate Single Ticket Registration – $150.00 (USD)
  • Affiliate Single Ticket Registration after October 6  - $195.00 (USD)
  • Early Corporate Affiliate Branded Table of 10 - $1,350.00 (USD)
  • Corporate Affiliate Branded Table of 10 after October 6  - $1,755.00 (USD)
  • Early Branded Table (non-affiliate) Table of 10 – $1,800.00 (USD)
  • Branded Table (non-affiliate)  Table of 10 after  October 6  - $2,200.00 (USD)
  • Early Registration (non-affiliate) – $195.00 (USD)
  • Single Registration (non-affiliate) after  October 6  - $240.00 (USD)

Past Event: August 2014 Luncheon


Robin Fisher Roffer 1As founder and CEO of Big Fish Marketing, Roffer has launched, reinvented and crafted the stories for powerhouse brands like A&E, AMC, Aon, Animal Planet, Bloomberg, CB Richard Ellis Investors, CNN, Comedy Central, Discovery, Disney Channel, Food Network, Fox, FX, History, Lifetime, MTV, Sony Pictures and TNT.

Business is changing at breakneck speed, and what seems like a groundbreaking idea today can be old news tomorrow. Running on a hamster wheel, we try to find our place in the fastest changing market the world has ever known. Unfortunately, many of us don’t have the ability to thrive on change, so we go round and round until we become irrelevant and discarded. The courageous among us don’t ask Why is this happening to me? They declare, This is happening for me! During this inspiring keynote, Robin Fisher Roffer shares the secrets to navigating your career fearlessly, pushing through adversity and shedding what is no longer working by letting faith, not fear, be your guide. Regardless of your industry, Robin’s tried–‐and–‐true system of clarifying true purpose will transform your career and your life.


The Fearless Fish Out of WaterNo Fear Career Front Cover

Move out of fear and into faith

Get off the hamster wheel

Change perceptions about you

Tell your greatest story

Date: August 27, 2014

Location: The Westwood Country Club – 800 Maple Ave E, Vienna, VA 22180 (703) 938-2593

Price: Register Here (UPDATE: Early registration has been extended through August 15!)

  • Early Affiliate Single Ticket Registration – $130.00 (USD)
  • Affiliate Single Ticket Registration after August 15  - $175.00 (USD)
  • Early Corporate Affiliate Branded Table of 10 - $1,195.00 (USD)
  • Corporate Affiliate Branded Table of 10 after August 15 - $1,650.00 (USD)
  • Early Branded Table (non-affiliate) Table of 10 – $1,650.00 (USD)
  • Branded Table (non-affiliate)  Table of 10 after August 15 – $1,950.00 (USD)
  • Early Registration (non-affiliate) – $175.00 (USD)
  • Single Registration (non-affiliate) after August 15 – $215.00 (USD)

All attendees will receive a complimentary copy of Robin’s books The Fearless Fish Out of Water – How to Succeed When You’re The Only One Like You and The No Fear Career – 12 Steps to Becoming a Courageous Leader in the Face of Uncertainty.

Past Event: C-Suite Meet & Greet: Lisa Hook

2014 July: Lisa Hook, President and CEO of Neustar

CSMGJoin WWLI.org affiliate members, sponsors and their invited guests to meet Lisa Hook, CEO of Neustar at this private C-Suite Meet and Greet event July 10, 2014 sponsored by Neustar.

© Joanne S. Lawton/ Washington Business Journal

© Joanne S. Lawton/ Washington Business JournalMs. Hook has served as Chief Executive Officer since October 2010, as a director of Neustar since November 2010, and as President since joining Neustar in January 2008. Prior to joining Neustar, Ms. Hook served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Sunrocket, Inc., a voice over IP (“VoIP”) service provider, from 2006 to 2007. From 2001 to 2004, she held several executive-level posts at America Online, Inc., a web services company, including President, AOL Broadband, Premium and Developer Services; President, AOL Anywhere; and Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, AOL Mobile. After leaving America Online in 2004, Ms. Hook briefly consulted for AOL and served on various corporate boards. Earlier, she was partner at Brera Capital Partners, LLC and managing director at Alpine Capital Group LLC.

Ms. Hook also served in executive and special advisory roles at Time Warner, Inc., was legal adviser to the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, and was a senior attorney at Viacom International, Inc.

Ms. Hook also serves on the boards of directors for Reed Elsevier PLC, Reed Elsevier NV and Reed Elsevier Group plc.

Tickets are limited to this event so please register early!

Register by July 07, 2014 and save $40.

Date: Thursday, July 10, 2014 Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm EDT

Location: Neustar’s DC Office, 1775 Pennsylvania Ave NW #400, Washington, DC 20006

Price:  $95 on or before July 07th, $135 after July 07th

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This C-Suite Meet and Greet Event is Sponsored by Neustar


Past Event: C-Suite Meet & Greet: Linda Abraham

2014 June: Breakfast with Co-Founder of ComScore, Linda Boland Abraham

CSMGJoin WWLI.org affiliate members, sponsors and their invited guests to meet Linda Abraham, Co-Founder of comScore at this private C-Suite Meet and Greet event June 6, 2014 sponsored by Capital One.

Join us for an intimate gathering June 6th with Linda Boland Abraham. At this C-Suite Meet & Greet, we look forward to hearing Ms. Abraham’s story as a founding member of comScore’s executive team where she helped guide the company’s growth since its inception in 1999, through going public in 2007, to its current position as a global leader in digital measurement and analytics.  Currently Ms. Abraham is an advisor to comScore as well as an angel investor, supporting entrepreneurship and early stage companies. She sits on the boards of several startups, and is a frequent speaker on a broad range of digital topics and trends.

This is a C-Suite Meet and Greet Event. Tickets are limited to this event so please register early!

Register by May 15, 2014 and save $50. 

Date: Friday, June 06, 2014 Time: 7:30am EDT

Location: Capital One Corporate Offices, 1680 Capital One Dr, McLean, VA 22102

Price: $75 per person. $125 per person after May 15th.

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This C-Suite Meet and Greet Event is Sponsored by Capital One

STOP the Cycle of Networking That is NOT Working

This appeared on LinkedIn this week and speaks to EXACTLY why you should join and be involved in WWLI -

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“The best networking events I’ve attended or hosted are those that are more informal. In fact, I don’t like meeting people “to increase my network.” I like meeting people, well, just to meet people. And I like to start out by keeping the whole thing on a personal level. I enjoy getting to meet everyone in the room, not just the people who I have made eye contact with. And you can’t do that easily unless the event is set up to give everyone a chance to speak. And not exclusively about (yawn) what they do for a living. For me, it’s got to be fun, or it’s not memorable.

I think it is because I truly believe that all business is personal. And so when I meet people, I want to know their stories. I find that taking time to understand a person’s journey gives me more insight into how we’re ultimately going to work together. It doesn’t usually happen immediately, it can take several meetings or conversations to find the “clicking point.” But once I can connect with someone to better understand how his mind works, it becomes easier to see places where we’ll be successful working together.

How can you stop this cycle of networking that is NOT working?

These are some of my ideas — I’m sure you can add some of your own.

  • Throw out the idea that quantity is better than quality.
  • Take the time to ask questions that have nothing to do with business.
  • Don’t start the conversation by handing out your card when you first meet — it is rude. And people will focus on your card and not hear you!
  • Don’t ask someone to “Link In” with you without a personal message about WHY you want to add him/her to your network.
  • Participate in group discussions, share your experiences and expertise and more importantly, expect NOTHING in return.
  • Pay it forward. Connect people you know who can help each other.
  • Go out of your way to attend events to just meet people. Don’t expect to get a deal.
  • Don’t push your products (your politics, your religion, your business) when you first meet someone, it is very off-putting.
  • Keep in touch. Visit other people’s profiles. Share their posts.
  • Don’t pretend to be confident. A little humility, humor and honesty goes a lot further than bravado.”

You can read Wendy’s entire article here:


Gender Bias Disrupts the Learning Cycle of Leadership


“Many CEOs who make gender diversity a priority—by setting aspirational goals for the proportion of women in leadership roles, insisting on diverse slates of candidates for senior positions, and developing mentoring and training programs—are frustrated. They and their companies spend time, money, and good intentions on efforts to build a more robust pipeline of upwardly mobile women, and then not much happens. Becoming a leader involves much more than being put in a leadership role, acquiring new skills, and adapting one’s style to the requirements of that role. It involves a fundamental identity shift. Organizations inadvertently undermine this process when they advise women to proactively seek leadership roles without also addressing policies and practices that communicate a mismatch between how women are seen and the qualities and experiences people tend to associate with leaders.”  Read the full HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW article by by Herminia Ibarra, Robin Ely, and Deborah Kolb here http://hbr.org/2013/09/women-rising-the-unseen-barriers/

Arianna Huffington: “Sleep your way to the top…”

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by Frances Stead Sellers of The Washington Post @FrancesSSellers

Arianna Huffington, the guest speaker at Tuesday’s Washington Women’s Leadership Initiative luncheon, talks in aphorisms:

“If somebody works 24/7, there is a problem,” she tells the audience of about 150 (overworked) women (and a smattering of men).
“Live life as if everything is weighted in your favor,” she says in her slightly mysterious Greek accent. ”Your bedroom should be a device-free zone.
““You can’t go fly fishing and check your iPhone at the same time.”And so on.It’s all part of a lean-back message that Huffington is taking on the road with Morning Joe’s Mika Brzezinski this spring with events planned in New York, Washington and Los Angeles. The focus will be on redefining women’s success to include well-being, wisdom, wonder, compassion and will feature several stratospherically successful women speakers like Katie Couric and Julianne Moore. The thrust of it? Women shouldn’t just survive in the workplace, they should thrive. (That, incidentally, is the title of Huffington’s new book: “Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom and Wonder.”)Most memorably, Huffington urges the assembled luncheon group: “Sleep your way to the top. Four hours is not enough.” She is a big advocate of naps and of dreaming up ways to reshape the workplace that men have designed.The multimillionaire’s message to those men? “You’re going to be so grateful when we change things.”
Article by Frances Stead Sellers, The Washington Post
Link to article http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/style-blog/wp/2014/02/12/arianna-huffington-sleep-your-way-to-the-top/

Having women in leadership compels stronger critical thinking


WENDY KAUFMAN of NPR writes that Katherine Phillips, a professor of leadership and ethics at Columbia University’s Business School, says women bring a perspective that men might not have. She says that diversity of perspective and opinion compels everyone in the room to think harder and more critically. Kaufman notes that historically, many companies have maintained they hire the best person for the job. Tom Falk, the chief executive officer of Kimberly-Clark, says if you’re only choosing talent from half the population, it is hard to imagine you have the best team. To get more women, many managers will have to think differently, he says. Read (or listen to) the entire article at http://ow.ly/rHR9w

GM names new Mary T. Barra new CEO


After spending 33 years with G.M., Mary T. Barra has been named as the next chief executive of G.M. — and the first woman to ascend to the top job at a major auto company. She was unanimously chosen from a select group of internal candidates to succeed Daniel Akerson who joined GM in 2010 bringing little to no automotive experience to the table at the time. Since it’s widely proclaimed that women make approximately 84% of car buying decisions in the US, it will be interesting to see how GM evolves under her executive leadership. She ascends to her new role from having served as the VP of Global Manufacturing Engineering in 2008 and VP of Global Product Development in 2011. Read the full NEW YORK TIMES Article by BILL VLASIC here – http://ow.ly/rHNHG