Written by Jennifer Fantin, Recruitment and Admissions Assistant
Even as the seasons change, the networking and professional development opportunities in Washington, DC remain in abundance. Use the second half of September to make new connections and build your group of professional contacts and sharpen your skills. Many institutions in the city will be hosting events over the next two weeks, so make some time in your busy schedule to get involved.
September 18, 6:00pm- 8:00pm
• September Networking Happy Hour– This event will be hosted by the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network and held at Penn Social. Meet new people, share your experiences in the nonprofit sector, and socialize with fellow DC professionals. If you are a first-time attendee, be sure to introduce yourself to YNPNdc Board and Leadership Council members. Attendees are encouraged to bring friends.
September 19, 12:00pm
• America’s Way Back: Reclaiming Freedom, Tradition, and Constitution– This event is a panel discussion on America’s fight to regain prosperity, featuring the author Donald J. Devine, with comments by Matt Welch of Reason Magazine. The panel will be moderated by Gene Healy, Vice President of the Cato Institute.
September 19, 5:00pm- 8:00pm
• The World Bank Africa Film Series: Scoring for Peace– Scoring for Peace is the story of three men whose lives have been beset by conflict in their countries, but whose spirits help transform them and their communities. This compelling documentary follows three footballers on their quest to win Africa’s first Great Lakes Peace Cup. Following the screening, there will be a discussion with the filmmaker, Sarah Farhat, and executive producer, Aki Stavrou. Registration is required. Please bring valid ID to present at the registration table.
September 20, 9:00am
• Public Speaking Workshop– This daylong event hosted by the Leadership Institute is intended to provide attendees with the tools and techniques to communicate before an audience in the public policy arena. The topics covered will include fundamentals of interpersonal communication, special circumstances and impromptu speeches, organizing and building a speech, and delivering an effective speech.
September 23, 12:00pm- 1:00pm
• The Food Police: From Menu Labeling to Soda Bans– This speaker panel, hosted by the Heritage Foundation, discusses food related legislation. Politicians on both the federal and state levels are pushing new policies calling for government intervention in the dietary choices of Americans. The event will examine these issues and identify recommendations that would take the country off the road towards government control over what we eat.
September 26, 10:00am- 11:30am
• China’s New Reform Agenda: A Panel Discussion with Brookings Scholars– The Brookings-Tsinghua Center for Public Policy (BTC) will host a panel discussion on China’s new reform agenda. Three Senior Fellows from the Brookings Institution, Kenneth Lieberthal, David Dollar, and Tao Ran, will discuss the need and content of a possible new reform agenda and its implications for China’s changing role in the world, especially with U.S.-China relations. BTC director Wang Feng will moderate the discussion.