Hollywood on the Potomac

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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'American Moon Shot'

April 4, 2019

“In 2001, I was able to do the official oral history for NASA of Neil Armstrong,” historian Douglas Brinkley told Hollywood on the Potomac at a book party in his honor at the Washington, DC home of Mary Streett & Clyde Tuggle for his latest tome: American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race

“It was done in Clear Lake City, Texas and he had been my boyhood hero. I grew up in Ohio and he was in a few counties away from me. I was going on nine years old when Neil Armstrong walked on the moon and I was susceptible to heroes and Neil Armstrong was mine. So the fact that I got to spend time and interview him was a big deal for me. I’m also a professor at Rice University and that’s where John F. Kennedy gave his famous September 12th, 1962.” 

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