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January 13, 2012 

Media Mavens!

It's coming! Meet us in Tysons Corner.


Three of the most prominent DC women in media spoke yesterday at our 11th Where Do Women Stand breakfast sponsored by Arent Fox at the Renaissance Hotel.


Former Obama spokeswoman Linda Douglass, now Atlantic Media VP, says news providers have to balance what people need to know and what they want to know. ABC White House Correspondent Ann Compton, who’s traveled the globe with presidents for over 30 years, says she doesn't open any of the three newspapers she gets at the White House every morning; she gets all her news online.

Sweet Potato DC

Travel Channel president Laureen Ong got a gasp when she said the most common item airlines find in lost luggage is mens’ wedding rings. When we asked what her favorite destination is, she said wherever she’s going next. She’s with moderator Arent Fox super lawyer Barbara Wahl, putting up with the glare from us paparazzi.

The panel talked to a packed room of women (and a few men) about the future of media, how women’s roles are changing in the work place, and how everything's going digital; Atlantic’s big project is an iPhone app. And speaking of a few good men, QGA Public Affairs’ Chris Brown is surrounded by Argy’s Michelle Waddle, Bean Kinney & Korman’s Rachelle Hill, JP Morgan’s Amy Johnson, and Clear Channel Communication’s Donna Attman and Katy Stermer.

Ann said when she interviewed Barack Obama on election morning 2008, she tried to ask questions that matter, because if they respect you, they won’t mind your being tough. Here, Kaboom’s Stephanie Brown, IWMF’s Elisa Munoz, National Women’s History Museum’s Kate Clinton, Kalorama Capital’s Elizabeth Avery, and Bloomberg’s Chelsea Carter.

Linda said people should encourage their kids to do something public, like speaking or acting, to confront their fears. We were happy to snap Arent Fox’ Cathleen Chandler because she tells us she loves The Scene. She’s surrounded by Argy Wiltse’s Divya Khanijo and Urban Igloo’s Stephanie McWhorter.


Cresa’s Carly Anderson and Lauren Hodgin surround marketing whiz Paige McKenzie and image consultant Emily Diaz.


Exxon Mobile’s Claire Hassett, BDO USA’s Joyce Terry, Stout Risius Ross’ Kim Randolph, and Dutko Grayling’s Kim Bayliss.

The Obamas!

Last night we stopped by Sixth and I Historic Synagogue where New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor discussed her provocative new book The Obamas with her colleague,columnist David Brooks. She said she’d been researching and writing about the President, First Lady, and their staff since early 2007.


Proud mom Wendy Kantor, flanked by friends Cheryl Sherman and Susan Kasnett, sat front and center during the discussion, as her daughter spoke about everything from Michelle Obama’s role in her husband’s political career before the election to the effect on their family of the move to the White House.


We learned the First Lady’s mother, Marian Robinson, shies away from the spotlight and often isn’t recognized, so she’s Sasha and Malia's ticket to freedom; they can't go to Georgetown with their parents without causing a scene, but it's easier with their grandma. Here, PR specialist Crystal Davis and consultant Michele Anene.


This morning, we met the top honchos at the country’s highest grossing radio station, WTOP, at G’town’s Daily Grill. Here, the faces behind the all-news channel: sales chief Matt Mills, station manager Joel Oxley, and news chief Jim Farley. We learned they have 1.5 million listeners and that when something important happens, it spikes: Monday’s snow resulted in 300,000 additional page views on their website.

Shake the World!

Last night we joined LadiesDC for a book signing and discussion with Shake the World author James Marshall Reilly. We snapped him surrounded by hosts EastBanc VP Philippe Lanier, LDC founder Lindsey Mask, and Arabella managing director Eric Kessler.


The book shows how millennial entrepreneurs are weaving social good into redefined business models. Here, Anita Winsor-Edwards, Measuring Success’ Sacha Litman, and EKS Kids owner Eli Edwards.  


Ladies DC members Emily Diaz (who was able to violate our one picture per issue rule by also attending our breakfast), Robin Feinman, Lindsay Kin, Andrea Szempruch, Alexis Pokornky, and Justine Nguyen.


Artist Sharapat Kessler, Nu Education’s Judy Ayala, and Haffert Global owner Kristin Haffert.


Kristina D’Ambrosio, Melissa Moore and Heather Mahoney contributed to this issue.


Friday, January 13 from 6:00 – 9:00 PM, closing reception for Peter E. Harper’s space and installation by Joren A. Lindholm at Harmon Art Lab, 1716 14th St. NW 2nd Floor. Free, info.

Friday, January 13 – 22, (all day), Alexandria Restaurant Week! $35, includes prix-fixe three-course dinner OR dinner for two. For participating restaurants: info

Friday, January 13 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM, visit the opening reception of Washington Project for the Arts’ Dan Tulk: Lines and Shadows, 2023 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Free, info.

Saturday, January 14-Sunday, January 15 from 2:00 – 7:00 PM, 1K Wine Walk at Crystal City Shops, 2200 Crystal Dr., Crystal City, VA. Walkers can sample more than 30 different wines as they make their way through a fun, indoor course. $40/wine walk or $35/beer walk, info.

Saturday, January 14- 15 from 9:00 AM -  5:00 PM, NBC 4 Health and Fitness Expo, 801 Mount Vernon Place, NW, pre-register.

Saturday, January 14 from 2:00 – 7:00 PM, the Wizards Bus Tour at Verizon Center area bars: Lucky Strike, Rocket Bar, Greene Turtle, RFD, and Iron Horse. Enjoy $2 Buds  - buy $22 packages with promo code BARTOUR, before the Wizards take on the 76ers, info.

Saturday, January 14 from 5:30 - 7:00 PM, Winter Tea Blend Tasting at the Park Hyatt Washington, 1201 24th St. NW. $45, includes seminar, tea tasting, tax, tip, info.

Saturday, January 14 from 9:00 - 11:59 PM, VIP Exclusive Reunion Fashion Night for models and affiliates 2012 at Panache Tysons Corner, Pinnacle Towers South. $25/celebrate, info

Sunday, January 15 from 1:00 - 4:00 PM Inner-Artist Workshops: Sculpting the Seasons at Smithsonian Freer Gallery of Art and . Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave SW. $15, register.

Sunday, January 15 from 7:00 – 10:00 PM, join Cupcake Wars winner Sticky Fingers Sweets & Eats founder Doron Petersan and head baker Jenny Webb for an all-stars viewing party at Bourbon Adams Morgan, 2321 18th St. NW - rsvp.

Sunday, January 15 from 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Todd Gray's Muse hosts an MLK Jr. Memorial Brunch and Celebration at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 7th St NW. $25/brunch, 30 Americans exhibition follows. Free, info.

Sunday, January 15 from 7:00 - 10:00 PM, The Improv Menu at the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, 7117 Maple Ave. Takoma Park, MD. $10, info.

Monday, January 16 at 6:00 PM, The Kennedy Center and Georgetown University celebrate MLK Day with a free, ticketed musical tribute, 2700 F St. NW. Grammy Award-winning vocalist Bobby McFerrin. Free, info.

Monday, January 16 from 2:00 – 4:00 PM, CityDance Conservatory performs at the National Cathedral’s King in Our Midst program in celebration of Martin Luther King, 3101 Wisconsin Ave NW. Free, canned food items accepted for admission, info.

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