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Cocktails, Conversations, and 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, Conversations, and Covid Click here to view our Cocktails Conversation and Covid programming through November.

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, October 14th at 5:30 P.M.

"My 50 Years as A British Journalist in America”

with GV Member Joy Billington Doty

Join us for an interesting look at the past 50 years of America through the eyes of British Journalist Joy Billington Doty. Joy, a writer who covered the White House for the Washington Star over
five administrations, was Entertainment Tonight's Washington reporter and also covered the Reagan administration for the San Diego Union after the demise of the Star in 1981. She began her career as a journalist in Singapore, wrote a column in North Borneo, worked for AP and USIA in Bangko
k, and in swinging London in the late 60's wrote for The Times of London.  


Wednesday, October 28th at 5:30 P.M.

“Climate and Covid: Tackling the Greatest Challenges”

with Sherri Goodman, Senior Fellow, the Wilson Center

Join us as Sherri Goodman, Senior Fellow at the Wilson Center, provides a thought-provoking session on climate change and Covid, two of the greatest challenges of our time.  Climate change remains an existential threat to our globe at the same time the greatest pandemic since 1918 is upon us. Our guest speaker is uniquely positioned to discuss these twin crises and how they relate to one another.  Sherri is credited with educating U.S. military and government officials over the last generation about the nexus between climate change and national security.

Previous Programs

  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.


Click here to watch a video of the presentation.

Wednesday, September 16th 

“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.
Click here to watch a video of the presentation.

Wednesday, August 19th

"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.

Click here to watch a video of the presentation.

Wednesday, August 5th 


“Ward 2 Plans and Perspectives”

with Councilmember Brooke Pinto

Brooke Pinto, shared her thoughts and ideas for Ward 2 as the newest DC Councilmember. This was a great opportunity to learn more about Brooke and what she hopes to accomplish for our community and DC.

Click here to watch a video of the presentation.

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.