Meet Our Speakers

The Rotary Club of Washington, DC is strategically located to gather the most prestigious group of speakers our nation’s Capital can generate.  From Ambassadors, Business Executives, and Tribal Chiefs to an endless array of Champions of Change.  Our Club Members, and visitors to our weekly meetings, receive an impressive amount of intellectually-stimulating, heart-warming presentations each week.   Further, on this page, is a sample of speakers whom have recently spoken at our Club…

Upcoming Speakers

April 24th 2024 at 12:30 pm
In-Person/Hybrid Washington DC Weekly Club Meeting
The COVID Aftermath

William B. Lawson, M.D., Ph.D., D.L F.A.P.A. is Founder of the Institute for Reducing Disparities, LLC, President of Senior Psychiatrists Inc, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the George Washington University, emeritus professor of psychiatry at the Dell Medical School, University of Texas, Austin, and emeritus professor and formerly chair of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Howard University School of Medicine.  He received a PhD in Psychology from the University of New Hampshire and MD from the Pritzker School of Medicine, University of Chicago, residency at Stanford University and fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health.  He has held faculty positions at the University of Illinois, Urbana, University of California, Irvine, Vanderbilt University, University of Arkansas, and Howard University. He was past Presidents of the DC chapter, Mental Health America, the Washington Psychiatric Society, and Black Psychiatrists of America.

He received the American Psychiatric Foundation Award for Advancing Minority Mental Health, Jeanne Spurlock Award, and the Solomon Carter Fuller Award by the American Psychiatric Association, the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill Exemplary Psychiatrist Award, and  the  George Winokur Clinical Research Award from the American Academy of Clinical Psychiatrists.

Dr. Lawson has over 200 publications, and is former editor-in-chief of the Journal of the National Medical Association.

 

May 1st 2024 at 12:30 pm
In-Person/Hybrid Washington DC Weekly Club Meeting
Downtown Revitalization and The Work of The Foundation

Rachel Rose Hartman is the founding Executive Director of the DowntownDC Foundation, which serves and celebrates the DowntownDC community. Since May 2019, Rachel has created and led this new organization to effectively support homeless services, parks and public spaces and events and programming efforts in DowntownDC.

Rachel previously worked for five years at the DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID), where she rose to lead all marketing and communications efforts as the Director of Interactive Marketing & Communications.  In that role, Rachel created a robust summer event program from the ground up, established new partnerships and sponsorships in the public and private sectors and increased awareness and communications for the organization and its stakeholders through coordinated PR, marketing and communications plans. 

Rachel joined the BID after 10 years in political journalism, including working as White House Reporter for Yahoo News.  Previously, she served as a national political blogger for Yahoo News, and covered politics and down ballot federal races for Congressional Quarterly.


Rachel was awarded an Emerging Leader Fellowship from the International Downtown Association in 2017.  She currently serves as Vice Chair of the board of directors for the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Rachel holds a B.A. in print journalism from American University.  She lives in Washington, DC with her husband and two sons.

 

May 8th 2024 at 12:30 pm
In-Person/Hybrid Washington DC Weekly Club Meeting

May 15th 2024 at 12:30 pm
In-Person/Hybrid Washington DC Weekly Club Meeting

May 22nd 2024 at 12:30 pm
In-Person/Hybrid Washington DC Weekly Club Mee

June 5th 2024 at 12:30 pm
In-Person/Hybrid Washington DC Weekly Club Mee

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The Honorable Vincent Bernard Orange, Sr. is an attorney and certified public accountant possessing degrees in taxation, law, communications, and business administration. Mr. Orange served 14 years in Washington, DC as an elected official, including two-terms as the Ward 5 Council Member and two-terms as an At-Large Council Member, and served 6 years as the Washington, DC Democratic National Committeeman; and recently served four-years as President & CEO of the DC Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Orange is currently setting up youth apprenticeship programs for the government of the District of Columbia.

In 2005, Mr. Orange authored legislation creating the only District of Columbia public holiday entitled “District of Columbia Emancipation Day” which honors the 3,100 DC enslaved persons freed on April 16, 1862, nine months before the Emancipation Proclamation was issued on January 1, 1863.

The Honorable Vincent Bernard Orange, Sr. has received numerous awards and recognition, including the 2023 President Joseph R. Biden’s Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award, induction into the Washington, D.C. Hall of Fame Society (2018), DCTV Hall of Fame (2017), Washington Business Journal Power 100 Recognition (2016 & 2017), Prince Hall Lodge No. 14 Life Time Achievement Award (2017), and the Sigma Delta Tau Legal Fraternity, Inc. Outstanding Service Award (2016) for career accomplishments promoting excellence in the study, practice and judicial processes of the law.

Mr. Orange is a life-time member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., a Prince Hall Affiliated Mason, and a member of Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church located in Washington, DC.

The Honorable Vincent Bernard Orange, Sr. is an attorney and certified public accountant possessing degrees in taxation, law, communications, and business administration. Mr. Orange served 14 years in Washington, DC as an elected official, including two-terms as the Ward 5 Council Member and two-terms as an At-Large Council Member, and served 6 years as the Washington, DC Democratic National Committeeman; and recently served four-years as President & CEO of the DC Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Orange is currently setting up youth apprenticeship programs for the government of the District of Columbia.

In 2005, Mr. Orange authored legislation creating the only District of Columbia public holiday entitled “District of Columbia Emancipation Day” which honors the 3,100 DC enslaved persons freed on April 16, 1862, nine months before the Emancipation Proclamation was issued on January 1, 1863.

The Honorable Vincent Bernard Orange, Sr. has received numerous awards and recognition, including the 2023 President Joseph R. Biden’s Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award, induction into the Washington, D.C. Hall of Fame Society (2018), DCTV Hall of Fame (2017), Washington Business Journal Power 100 Recognition (2016 & 2017), Prince Hall Lodge No. 14 Life Time Achievement Award (2017), and the Sigma Delta Tau Legal Fraternity, Inc. Outstanding Service Award (2016) for career accomplishments promoting excellence in the study, practice and judicial processes of the law.

Mr. Orange is a life-time member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., a Prince Hall Affiliated Mason, and a member of Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church located in Washington, DC.

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Hon. Vincent Bernard Orange, Sr. | DC Emancipation Day - Public Holiday April 16th | April 10, 2024

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Dr. Edwin C. Chapman | Opioid addiction, root causes, treatments community impact | April 3, 2024

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Sumani Dash, Director of Corporate Development | Project C.U.R.E | March 20, 2024

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Terrell Danely Washington Literacy Center | Adult Literacy & Paths to Engagement | February 28, 2024

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RI President R. Gordon R. McInally owned and operated his own dental practice in Edinburgh until 2016. He has held various academic and professional positions, served as Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland and is an ambassador for “Bipolar UK”.
A member of the Rotary Club of South Queensferry in Scotland, Gordon joined Rotary in 1984 aged 26. He has served as President of Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland (RIBI) and in RI has had many roles, including adviser to the 2022 Houston Convention Committee and chair of the Operations Review Committee. Gordon looks forward to working with members on building new style Rotary clubs and groups. His vision is to ensure that Rotary should exist everywhere in a style to suit everyone who has the desire to do good in the world. 

He is also a patron of “Hope and Homes for Children” and led a partnership between that organization and RIBI during his presidency to lift orphans of the Rwandan genocide out of poverty and into stability. He recalls a moment of epiphany about Rotary’s power to transform lives while in Rwanda when he met a 16-year-old girl who had previously never owned shoes. Gordon is also a patron of “Trade-Aid” for developing countries. 
 

In his free time, Gordon enjoys rugby, good food and wine, and “stick dressing”. Gordon strongly supports The Rotary Foundation, which he describes as “the fuel that provides the energy to do Rotary service.” He and his wife, Heather, also a Rotarian, are Paul Harris Fellows, Major Donors and Benefactors of The Rotary Foundation. They are also members of the Bequest Society. As a proud grandfather, Gordon wishes to dedicate his presidency to making the world a better place for children everywhere to live and thrive. “No matter how long I live, I will never be able to give back to Rotary what Rotary has given me,” he says.

RI President R. Gordon R. McInally owned and operated his own dental practice in Edinburgh until 2016. He has held various academic and professional positions, served as Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland and is an ambassador for “Bipolar UK”.
A member of the Rotary Club of South Queensferry in Scotland, Gordon joined Rotary in 1984 aged 26. He has served as President of Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland (RIBI) and in RI has had many roles, including adviser to the 2022 Houston Convention Committee and chair of the Operations Review Committee. Gordon looks forward to working with members on building new style Rotary clubs and groups. His vision is to ensure that Rotary should exist everywhere in a style to suit everyone who has the desire to do good in the world.

He is also a patron of “Hope and Homes for Children” and led a partnership between that organization and RIBI during his presidency to lift orphans of the Rwandan genocide out of poverty and into stability. He recalls a moment of epiphany about Rotary’s power to transform lives while in Rwanda when he met a 16-year-old girl who had previously never owned shoes. Gordon is also a patron of “Trade-Aid” for developing countries.


In his free time, Gordon enjoys rugby, good food and wine, and “stick dressing”. Gordon strongly supports The Rotary Foundation, which he describes as “the fuel that provides the energy to do Rotary service.” He and his wife, Heather, also a Rotarian, are Paul Harris Fellows, Major Donors and Benefactors of The Rotary Foundation. They are also members of the Bequest Society. As a proud grandfather, Gordon wishes to dedicate his presidency to making the world a better place for children everywhere to live and thrive. “No matter how long I live, I will never be able to give back to Rotary what Rotary has given me,” he says.

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RI President, Gordon McInally | February 21, 2024

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Rozier "Roach" Brown | Executive Director, The Inner Voices | February 7, 2024

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Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to the United States Oksana Markarova was appointed the Ukraine’s Ambassador to the USA and arrived in DC on Apr 20, 2021.  She served in Ukraine’s Ministry of Finance in 2015-2020 as First deputy Minister and Government commissioner on investments and then since 2018 as a Minister of Finance. During her time at the Ministry she was a co-author of Ukraine’s macroeconomic revival program, has conducted unprecedented fiscal consolidation leading to deficit to GDP of 2% and debt to GDP reduction to below 50%, introduced midterm budgeting, gender oriented budgeting as well as negotiated, structured and coordinated successfully two IMF programs and other IFI cooperation programs.  During her tenure she and her team also created UkraineInvest government promotion agency, Ukrainian Startup fund and an eData ecosystem of government public finance portals, including spending.gov.ua, openbudget.gov.ua and analytical instrument BOOST, which opened the majority of the public finance data to the public and increased Ukraine in all major international data transparency ratings.  

Prior to her career in public service, Mrs. Markarova spent 17 years working in private equity and financial advisory, having leadership roles in ITT investment group, Western NIS Enterprise Fund, Chemonics and and World Bank, as well as founded Archidata, a startup electronic archive company in between service positions in 2020. 

Oksana Markarova serves at the Boards of UkraineHouse DC foundation in Washington DC, Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Ukrainian Development Foundation and supports Ukrainian Catholic University and Ukrainian Press Museum-Archive.  She holds BS and MS degrees in Environmental Science from Kyiv-Mohyla Academy in Ukraine and MPA in public finance from Indiana University with academic excellency and best international student awards.  On 16 December 2020, Oksana Markarova received the French National Order of Merit.  On 28 December 2022, Markova received the Order of Princess Olga, 3rd Class By the Decree of the President of Ukraine No. 370/2023, dated July 5, 2023, Oksana Markarova was appointed as Ambassador of Ukraine with concurrent accreditation to Antigua and Barbuda.

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to the United States Oksana Markarova was appointed the Ukraine’s Ambassador to the USA and arrived in DC on Apr 20, 2021. She served in Ukraine’s Ministry of Finance in 2015-2020 as First deputy Minister and Government commissioner on investments and then since 2018 as a Minister of Finance. During her time at the Ministry she was a co-author of Ukraine’s macroeconomic revival program, has conducted unprecedented fiscal consolidation leading to deficit to GDP of 2% and debt to GDP reduction to below 50%, introduced midterm budgeting, gender oriented budgeting as well as negotiated, structured and coordinated successfully two IMF programs and other IFI cooperation programs. During her tenure she and her team also created UkraineInvest government promotion agency, Ukrainian Startup fund and an eData ecosystem of government public finance portals, including spending.gov.ua, openbudget.gov.ua and analytical instrument BOOST, which opened the majority of the public finance data to the public and increased Ukraine in all major international data transparency ratings.

Prior to her career in public service, Mrs. Markarova spent 17 years working in private equity and financial advisory, having leadership roles in ITT investment group, Western NIS Enterprise Fund, Chemonics and and World Bank, as well as founded Archidata, a startup electronic archive company in between service positions in 2020.

Oksana Markarova serves at the Boards of UkraineHouse DC foundation in Washington DC, Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Ukrainian Development Foundation and supports Ukrainian Catholic University and Ukrainian Press Museum-Archive. She holds BS and MS degrees in Environmental Science from Kyiv-Mohyla Academy in Ukraine and MPA in public finance from Indiana University with academic excellency and best international student awards. On 16 December 2020, Oksana Markarova received the French National Order of Merit. On 28 December 2022, Markova received the Order of Princess Olga, 3rd Class By the Decree of the President of Ukraine No. 370/2023, dated July 5, 2023, Oksana Markarova was appointed as Ambassador of Ukraine with concurrent accreditation to Antigua and Barbuda.

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Her Excellency Ambassador Oksana Markarova | Ukraine Ambassador to the USA | January 31, 2024

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Sampling of Our Past Speakers

The Rotary Club of Washington, DC would like to thank our past speakers for the engaging and motivational and informative presentations.

Bob Cusack

Editor in Chief, The Hill/TheHill.com

Reporting on politics and policy in the nation’s capital since 1995, Mr. Cusack joined The Hill as Business and Lobbying Editor in 2003 and is now the newspaper’s Managing Editor.  Mr. Cusack regularly appears on ABC, CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC as a political analyst.

Ambassador Mathilde Mukantabana

Ambassador of Rwanda to the United States

Prior to her appointment, Ambassador Mathilde Mukantabana was a tenured Professor of History at Cosumnes River College (CRC) in Sacramento, California from 1994 to 2013. She is also Co-Founder and President of Friends of Rwanda Association (F.O.R.A).

Manny Mandel

Holocaust Survivor

Emanuel “Manny” Mandel was born in Riga, Latvia, in 1936, the year in which his parents returned to their native Hungary. Manny’s father had been selected to become one of the Chief Cantors…

Juan Williams

Fox Political Analyst and Author

Juan Williams is one of America’s leading political writers and thinkers. Mr. Williams is a top political analyst for Fox Television, co-host of the daily talk show ‘The Five’ and a regular panelist for Fox News Sunday and Special Report.

James Chen

Institute for Global Engagement

James Chen is the Vice President of Global Operations at the Institute for Global Engagement (IGE). James first joined IGE in 2011, serving as both a Program Officer and the Executive Director…

Anne Midgette

Classical Music Critic, The Washington Post

Anne Midgette is a graduate of Yale University. She lived in Munich, Germany, reviewing opera, music, and art throughout Europe for The Wall Street Journal, Opera News, and other publications.  In 2008, she took over as the chief classical music critic for The Washington Post.