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Cocktails, Conversation & Covid
Our program committee chairs, Carol Kelly and Emily Sommers have arranged some very interesting speakers for a new series of talks we are calling Cocktails, Conversation, and Covid Click here to view our Cocktails, Conversation and Covid Programming Schedule Through September.

These programs are free and open to the community!  

To sign up please contact the GV Office at 202-999-8988 or Email:

Upcoming Programs

Wednesday, August 5th at 5:30 P.M.




“Ward 2 Plans and Perspectives”


with Councilmember Brooke Pinto


Join us to meet Brooke Pinto, who will be sharing her thoughts and ideas for Ward 2 as the newest DC Councilmember. This is a great opportunity to learn more about Brooke and what she hopes to accomplish for our community and DC.


Time permitting, you will be able to share your thoughts and ask questions.
Wednesday, August 19th at 5:30 P.M.

"Fake News and Real Journalism:

 Why It's So Complicated"


with Bill Plante, former CBS News Journalist

and Georgetown Village Board Member


Bill Plante, is former CBS News journalist and correspondent known for many aspects of his career, most especially his coverage of the civil rights efforts of the 1960s and several tours on the Vietnam War. Bill was asked to provide his thoughts on how journalism is in the process of changing in America and also the crisis situations in which America and journalism find ourselves. This will be a session not to be missed, with a long-time expert on and participant in American life and journalist.

Wednesday, September 16th at 5:30 P.M.

“Your Next Chapter - A Woman’s Guide

to Successful Retirement”

with authors Alexandra Armstrong, CFP and

 Mary Donahue, PhD


After so many years of working, raising a family and more, all women deserve to have the retirement they choose. Join us as these two authors - a psychologist and a financial planner—speak to this topic from personal and professional experience. “Your Next Chapter” provides women with the information they will need in order to be successful in navigating this complex time in their lives.

Wednesday, September 30th at 5:30 P.M.

"A New Contract for the Middle Class"

with Isabel Sawhill, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution,


Isabel Sawhill, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution, will discuss the American middle class.  A renowned expert at Brookings Institution on children, families, and the middle class in America, she also served in the Clinton Administration as an Associate Director at the Office of Management and Budget and is the winner of many prestigious awards.  Her most recent book, A New Contract for The Middle Class, is about the American middle class, currently under tremendous strain through the place in history that we find ourselves, and the current emergencies of Covid and unemployment.  Her book examines income stagnation, fragmented families, and time pressure, among other topics.

Previous Programs
Wednesday, July 22nd

“Philanthropy, Pandemic, & Protests” with Barbara Hall & Tom Henteleff

Giving to nonprofits has hit all-time highs in the face of exploding demands.  The needs are great and we are inundated with requests to support organizations we know and many we do not.  As donors, how do we sort through the many requests and make the difficult decisions as to where to give that will make a difference? And, what should organizations do to encourage support for their mission and work? 


Join us for a fact-filled and informative discussion with Barbara Hall, Georgetown Village Board Member and former chief development officer, and Tom Henteleff, Chair of the Bethesda Metro Area Village Board and retired lawyer, that will provide practical advice on how to evaluate organizations and contribute where you gift might have the greatest impact.

Click here to watch a video of the presentation.

Wednesday, July 8th 

"Remote Life: Looking and Feeling Your Best"
with Lynne Glassman

During the time of the pandemic, all of us are living differently, dressing differently, and using new ways to connect with one another. Lynne Glassman, a long-time image consultant, and owner of "Doctor of Dress" has a long history of working successfully with clients so they present themselves in the best possible way both for work and in their other personal interactions. Please join us for a fascinating conversation about dressing to look and feel your best now, plus projecting your best image during interactions online like Zoom.
Wednesday, June 24th

“The Changing Face of Georgetown”
with Joe Sternlieb

As a part of our Cocktails, Covid, and Conversation series Joe Sternlieb, CEO, Georgetown Business Improvement District, discusses “The Changing Face of Georgetown”, how Covid is impacting Georgetown business and what to expect when the city reopens.

Click here to watch a video of the presentation.  
Click here to view the presentation slides.
Checking In with Joe Sternlieb - The Georgetowner
Wednesday, June 10th
Dr. Frederick Rickles provided his insight on telehealth.This was a great opportunity to learn what you need to know in the event that you need to contact a doctor and arrange for an e-visit.

Please click the links below to read more information about telehealth, or watch the video on You Tube. 

Telehealth During Covid-19 and Beyond" with Dr. Frederick Rickles, MD

 "The Doctor Will FaceTime You Now"
by Jane Brody, New York Times 

 "With Red Tape Lifted, Appointments Go Online"  
by Paula Span, New York Times

"Televisits May Be Here To Stay for Doctors, Patients"
by Fran Kritz, Washington Post

"Covid-19 and Healthcare's Digital Revolution"
New England Journal of Medicine

Wednesday, May 13th

"The Current Impact of Covid-19 On the Real Estate Business and What It Means for the Future"

 Nancy Taylor Bubes, top agent for Washington Fine Properties, discussed the current impact of the virus on the local real estate business and provided us with her thoughts of what it means for the future.