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© 2018 DC Midsingles Conference

Keynote & Workshop Speakers

See the workshop schedule for times and locations.

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett

 

Dr. Lantos Swett serves as President of the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice, a distinguished and respected voice on key human rights concerns ranging from advancing the rule of law globally and fighting for internet freedom in closed societies to combating the persistent and growing threat of anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial. She has also been asked to serve on the US Department of State Commission on Unalienable Rights.

Dr. Lantos Swett has served as both Chair and Vice Chair of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) and teaches human rights and American foreign policy at Tufts University. She currently serves as Co-chair of the Board for the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK) and the Budapest-based Tom Lantos Institute. Dr. Lantos Swett also serves on the Advisory Board of UN Watch; the annual Anne Frank Award and Lecture; the Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership, and Public Policy; the Advisory Council of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation; and the Brigham Young University Law School. 

 

Dr. Lantos Swett is co-editor of "The Noble Banner of Human Rights," a book of essays on human rights published by Bill Nijhoff Press in 2018. 

 

Dr. Lantos Swett earned a political science degree from Yale University at the age of 18, a Juris Doctor from the University of California Hastings College of the Law, and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Southern Denmark. 

Friday Night Comedian

 

Steve Soelberg

Steve Soelberg is a stand-up comedian who grew up in Seattle Washington, his videos online have received several million views. His first comedy special, "We Say Bim" is one of the top reviewed comedy specials on Amazon. That same special can be heard on satellite radio around the world -- mostly in rental cars that have the first few months of a free trial of satellite radio still going. He is touring the country and a little bit of the world right now, telling jokes in exotic places like Niagara Falls; Abu Dhabi; and Des Moines, Iowa!

Saturday Workshops

 

The Power of Personal Revelation

 

Robert E. Quinn’s life mission is to inspire positive change. He does this as a faculty member, author, consultant, and speaker. He is a professor emeritus at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and a co-founder of the Center for Positive Organizations. Quinn has also authored 18 books; his best-selling volume, "Deep Change," has been used across the world, and his book, "The Best Teacher in You" won the Ben Franklin Award in 2015. The Harvard Business Review selected his paper, “Moments of Greatness: Entering the Fundamental State of Leadership,” as one of its 10 Must Reads on Managing Yourself. As a consultant he has 35 years of experience and is best known for the competing values framework, a tool that has been used by tens of thousands of managers. As a speaker he is recognized for drawing on research, opening minds to possibility, and arousing the desire to grow. He is a fellow of the Academy of Management and the World Business Academy.

Using the Atonement to Find Hope

 

Kyle Sampson currently serving as First Counselor in the Mount Vernon Virginia Stake presidency. He is married to Noelle Sampson, and they have three children: Chloe, who married Nic Neser in June; Noah, who is serving a full-time mission in Tucson, Arizona; and Eli, who is a freshman at BYU. They have lived in Arlington, Virginia, for 20 years. President Sampson is an attorney in Washington, D.C.

Negotiation

 

Carolyn White is an Assistant Deputy General Counsel in the Installations, Energy & Environment Division of the Air Force General Counsel’s Office. Her two primary practice areas are environmental restoration and supporting the Air Force Community Partnership Program. She is a member of the New York and District of Columbia bars. In 14 years of private practice prior to the Air Force, Carolyn rendered legal services in almost all areas of environmental law and worked on real estate leasing and zoning matters. She frequently represents the Air Force in environmental disputes at the national and state level and engages in contentious real estate transactions. In 2012, she served on a part-time detail with the Alternate Dispute Resolution Division of the General Counsel’s Office. She has taught four courses on negotiation to Air Force environmental and real estate personnel.

Singular Conversations: The Art of Loving and Being Loved

 

Dr. Aaron Dodini, the founder of Dodini Behavioral Health, has been a practicing psychotherapist for over 15 years. He specializes in intimacy and relationship issues as well as depression, social and other anxieties, stress, and communication difficulties. His focus is on helping you understand more about yourself within the context of your relationships and how you get in your own way in life. After nine years of graduate school, four children, and more than two decades of marriage, Dr. Dodini discovered that his personal philosophy is founded on life balance. He understands the importance of ambition and drive, but also the value of family and relationships. He believes in the basic truth that we grow and learn life’s greatest lessons in the company of others. It is on this core philosophy that his practice is established.

The Beginner’s Guide to Investing

 

Stephen Rosa joined E*TRADE in January 2019 as a member of the newly created Investment Risk team and is responsible for performing credit analysis with respect to E*TRADE’s non-agency investment portfolio. Before joining E*TRADE, Stephen worked at Evercore Partners, a New-York-based investment bank, where he performed equity research supporting Evercore’s institutional asset management and independent fiduciary business. Prior to this, Stephen was at PwC, where he specialized in structured product valuation and bank regulatory consulting. Stephen is a member of the CFA Society of Washington, D.C., and earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 2017. This course provides information intended to help individuals approach investment decision making with confidence. The course explains the importance of personal investing, introduces a step-by-step framework designed to help individuals build an investment portfolio, and addresses some of the most common questions and misconceptions about personal investing.

The Choice That Determines Our Destiny

 

Dr. Alfred Dodini has had a very diverse set of life experiences, including as a musician/comedian, a small-business owner, and  a social worker. After completing a Ph.D. from Purdue University in marriage and family therapy, he served for five years as Director of Clinical Services for the Anasazi Foundation in Mesa, Arizona, a non-profit foundation working with troubled teens and their families. In 2007 he began his own practice in Gilbert, Arizona. Dr. Dodini and his wife Pat are the parents of 10 children. He has tried to model his life after the values of finding joy and peace in his relationships with his family and friends, in his faith, and in his work assisting others in charting a course toward happiness and fulfillment in their lives. Dr. Dodini is also a Licensed clinical social worker, a certified family life educator through the National Council on Family Relations, and a trained life coach through the Institute for Life Coach Training.

Mindfulness

 

Yemi Arunsi is a Massachusetts native and Northeastern University alumni. Yemi played collegiate soccer and has been involved in coaching soccer at the collegiate and professional level. He was first introduced to mindfulness as a college soccer player. Yemi attended intensive training to acquire an advanced mindfulness certificate that has equipped him with mindfulness techniques that he introduced as a coach to his players. Yemi provides mindfulness sessions to athletes and uses them to complement recovery periods in athletes and individuals with busy schedules.   

Self-Defense Techniques

 

Mark Grigg is a Private First Class with the Fairfax County Police Department and has worked in various uniformed and undercover assignments. After returning from his mission to Puerto Rico, San Juan, he began studying for Bachelor's degree in Physics and became a police officer because he wants to make a difference in the community, to ensure people’s rights are protected and that the community is kept safe. He is currently assigned to the Major Crimes Homicide division, which is very challenging but fulfilling. Previously, Mark worked with Narcotics units, undercover retail theft units, and criminal patrol teams. 

 

Joining Mark in his demonstration will be his father, who has had a full career working for the FBI. Due to the nature of his position, his picture and details are being withheld. 

Angela "Bay" Buchanan

 

Bay Buchanan was the youngest person to hold the position of Treasurer of the United States at age 32 under President Reagan. Buchanan has since worked on six presidential campaigns, hosted her own television and radio shows, and spent over 20 years as a political commentator. In addition she is an author, a businesswoman and a grandmother. Her second book, "Bay and Her Boys, the Unexpected Lessons I Learned as a Single Mom," was published to high acclaim.

In 1996, Buchanan was recognized as one of the top 20 political women in the nation by George magazine. The Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute named her Woman of the Year in 2007 and in 2011 one of the most influential conservative women in America.

Today, Buchanan enjoys a thriving real estate business in the DC metropolitan area. She also serves as president of The American Cause, an educational foundation dedicated to advancing conservative ideas. A native of Washington, D.C., Buchanan has a master's degree in mathematics from McGill University and an Honorary Doctor of Law Degree from Samford University.

Sunday Sacrament Speaker

 

Sunday Fireside Speaker

 

Jason F. Wright was born near St. Louis, Missouri. His family lived and traveled throughout Europe until 1975. He later lived in Chicago, Illinois, and Charlottesville, Virginia. His 2007 novel, "The Wednesday Letters," reached No. 6 on The New York Times bestseller list. It also appeared on the Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestseller lists. A film adaptation is in development with Jordan Wagner Entertainment with plans to begin filming in summer 2019.

 

His 2005 novel, "Christmas Jars," was also a New York Times bestseller, appearing on the paperback list in 2007. The film has been in development and is slated to begin shooting in January 2019 for a holiday 2019 release. His debut novel, The James Miracle, was first released in 2004. A 10-year anniversary edition was released in October 2014. His latest release is an imagined letter from Jesus Christ to his mother, Mary: "A Letter to Mary: The Savior's Loving Letter to His Mother." It was published in October 2016.

In addition to his novels, Jason writes occasionally for the Deseret News, FoxNews and his hometown paper, the Northern Virginia Daily. His columns have also appeared in more than 50 newspapers and magazines across the United States including The Washington TimesThe Chicago Tribune, and Forbes.