Speaker Date Topic
Jaïdat Ali Djaé, Political Affairs Intern Mar 22, 2018
The Borgen Project
The Borgen Project

"The Borgen Project is an incredible nonprofit organization that is addressing poverty and hunger and working towards ending them." - The Huffington Post

In a Nutshell: We fight extreme poverty.

Mission Statement: The Borgen Project believes that leaders of the most powerful nation on earth should be doing more to address global poverty. We’re the innovative, national campaign that is working to make poverty a focus of U.S. foreign policy.

How did you get interested in global issues?

Born in one of the poorest countries in the world, I have always been aware of the struggle of millions of people around the world whose basic needs are not fulfilled. I learned more about those issues while interning at the United Nations, the leading organization in the fight against poverty.

Why are you volunteering your time to serve the world’s poor?

Volunteering gives me the opportunity to make a positive impact and to contribute to create a ripple effect that extends  beyond the immediate results of my efforts, in order to improve the lives of people who struggle to survive.

Any interesting tidbits to share?

I was born in the Comoros Island and raised in France.

Social at Bretton Woods Recreation Center Mar 29, 2018
Rose Krasnow Apr 05, 2018
Candidate for County Executive
Candidate for County Executive

I grew up in Memphis, Tennessee where I was an active participant in the Civil Rights struggle. I worked in my first political campaign when I was only eleven years old.  In high school, I was involved in the fight to prevent the construction of Interstate 40 through Overton Park, the largest park in Memphis. Although the battle went all the way to the Supreme Court, we won!  I then attended Washington University in St. Louis, graduating Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Political Science. I completed my Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

After graduate school, my husband, Steve, and I moved to New York City. I quickly worked my way up in Wall Street, working for four years as a Government Bond Trader at Oppenheimer and Company. After a brief stint in Indianapolis, Indiana, Steve and I moved to Rockville, where we started a family. Our oldest child, Kevin, lives with his wife in Bethesda, and our daughter, Kim, lives with her husband in Philadelphia.

I soon became active in my community, New Mark Commons, where I still live today. I often testified at Rockville City Hall on issues of interest to my neighborhood, so it was, perhaps, not too surprising when I decided to run for Rockville City Council in 1991. I served two terms on the Council, and then ran successfully for Mayor. During my three terms in office, I worked hard to facilitate the redevelopment of downtown Rockville and to secure the funding needed for the new Rockville Library. I also led a major visioning effort, known as “Imagine Rockville,” which brought residents from all areas of the city together over several months to envision the type of future we all wanted for our city.   To strengthen the city’s tax base, I created the Rockville Economic Development Corporation.  Working with the Council, I was also able to bring about the annexation of the King Farm into the City and oversaw its development approval, as well as that of Fallsgrove. I particularly enjoyed my work with the Rockville Caregivers Coalition, which enabled me to help the city’s less advantaged population. 

After stepping down from politics, I worked as a Smart Growth Policy Analyst at the National Governor’s Association, but I missed being in the County, so I accepted a position as Director of the Montgomery County United Way. In 2004, I became Chief of Development Review at the Maryland National Park & Planning Commission, and in 2013 I became the Deputy Director. In this role I managed the Zoning Code Rewrite team, overseeing an effort that led to the adoption of a new zoning code in October of 2014. I have also worked on Master Plans, development approvals, and other innovative planning studies.   

Serving as County Executive will give me an opportunity to put all of this experience to good use!

Meeting at Normandie Farm Restaurant Apr 12, 2018
McLean Quinn, VP, EYA Land Acq. & Development Apr 19, 2018
Challenges of Growth and Development in Montgomery County
Challenges of Growth and Development in Montgomery County

McLean Quinn is a Vice President of Land Acquisition and Development at EYA. His responsibilities include new deal sourcing and acquisitions, entitlement and predevelopment, and overall project stewardship. McLean has led underwriting and negotiations for numerous projects at EYA and is currently leading the entitlement effort on three large residential redevelopments in Montgomery County, including EYA's Shady Grove Station redevelopment. McLean is active in ULI and is currently participating in the ULI Washington Regional Land Use Leadership Institute. Before joining EYA, McLean evaluated opportunistic real estate investments for Morgan Stanley's Real Estate Fund (MSREF) in New York and worked in private equity and investment banking at Wells Fargo in Charlotte, North Carolina. McLean has a BA in political science from Davidson College and an MBA with Distinction from the Kellogg School of Management, where he was an Austin Scholar. McLean and his wife, Evelyn, live in Northwest Washington, DC.

Social at Bretton Woods Recreation Center Apr 26, 2018
Meeting at Normandie Farm Restaurant May 03, 2018
Erika Dickstein, CEO, Spring Insight Marketing May 10, 2018
Web Trends for Small Business: What’s New? What’s Next?
Web Trends for Small Business: What’s New? What’s Next?

Have you ever thought about how similar your web presence is to the clothes in your closet? If you are like most of us, you have a few items in your closet that are classic and will always be in fashion; you have some that are today’s fashion, and you might even have a few items that you think will be in style next season.

The various elements of your company’s web presence and the tactics you use are a lot like that. Some things, like keeping well thought-out analytics, are timeless. Other things are very much today’s fashions. Find out what is out there and how to pick and choose from among the various options

I started Spring Insight in 2011. Since that time I have had the honor of helping dozens of business, both local to the Bethesda, Maryland area and nationally, step up their web presence. These organizations have crossed the gamut from solo practitioners to private equity firms with hundreds of millions of dollars under management. Want to read more about the organizations I have worked with?

Check out our website strategy and design portfolio.

Some of what I did before founding Spring Insight:
  • spent over a decade (Yikes, was there even Internet back then?) working in marketing and online product management for companies such as AOL and the Graduate Management Admission Council
  • headed up marketing for Dyscern, LLC an Internet Retailer 500 Company that specialized in consumer electronics
  • started my marketing career working for The Walt Disney Company (Don’t listen to my husband, I wasn’t actually the character “Goofy.”)
  • received my MBA from the R.H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland and my B.A. in communications from Bradley University in beautiful downtown Peoria, Illinois


Meeting at Normandie Farm Restaurant May 17, 2018
Social at Bretton Woods Recreation Center May 24, 2018
Meeting at Normandie Farm Restaurant May 31, 2018
Meeting at Normandie Farm Restaurant Jun 07, 2018
Meeting at Normandie Farm Restaurant Jun 14, 2018
Meeting at Normandie Farm Restaurant Jun 21, 2018
Social at Bretton Woods Recreation Center Jun 28, 2018