Hollywood on the Potomac

'Savage News'

April 17, 2019

Natalie Savage grew up hearing these words from her beloved father, who admired Walter Cronkite so much he named the family dog after him. Natalie—who spent her twenties missing out on life’s benchmarks—finally sees her efforts pay off when she’s assigned to cover the White House for her network, ATN. The problem? The position is only temporary, a test to see if she has what it takes. She has always relied on her grit, her principles and her news sense to gain success. But now her competition is a twenty-six-year-old spoiled frat boy who got his big television break by eating raw animal parts on a reality show. Of course, he’s winning.” Savage News

“First and foremost I wanted it to be fun,” said author Jessica Yellin with lots of journalists at the book launch at City Centre’s St. John Pop Up at Centrolina. “So this book has a missing first lady, a reality TV star, sex, workplace drama and palace injury and it’s not a Trump administration tell-all. It’s a story about what it’s like to be a driven woman in journalism and I’ll tell you that in early drafts I started writing in 2014 there was polite ‘me too’ in it and all my early readers told me, ‘Oh God, you’ve got to take that out, no one wants to hear that.’  And then as I kept writing and the Harvey Weinstein thing happened everyone called me up and said, ‘Put it back in, put it back in.’ ” So she did.

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Gender Equality

April 15, 2019

“The theme of the discussion today is gender equity, equal pay and how do we get there? Today’s discussion is the topic of high relevance all over the world,” said  The Ambassador of Iceland Geir H. Haarde who hosted a panel discussion with his wife Inga Jóna Þórðardóttir at their residence in collaboration with The Institute for Education Founder and CEO Coach Kathy Kemper.  “It’s always the same thing. Christine Legarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, put it this way: ‘The failure to unleash women’s potential is one of the great tragedies and missed opportunities of our time.'”

“My own country for several decades has put a lot of emphasis on this issue,” he added. “The World Economics Forum in Switzerland ranks countries every year and Iceland has been on the top of the list or number one for nine years in a row.”

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Hungarian Affair

April 9, 2019

In Washington, DC all things Hungarian lead to the Wesley Heights residence of designer Aniko Gaal Schott & Nash Schott.  On this occasion, it was a welcome dinner in honor of Zsolt Nemeth, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Hungarian Parliament and his delegation.  The focus of the evening was on reinforcing US – Hungarian Relations and renewed friendships.  Aniko knows something about that: She has designed Embassies around the world, including Hungary.

The Department of State was well represented, especially by Marie Royce who had just returned from Budapest a few days prior and mentioned the emphasis on Cultural and Educational exchanges as well as the need for cooperation between the two countries.  Zsolt Németh in his remarks expressed that after an 11 year absence there is now a friendly atmosphere between the two countries having had the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visit Hungary recently.

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