“The District Speaks” Happy Hour (May 2012)

We all know that Washington, DC is the networking capital of the world and Districtly Speaking provides an opportunity for professionals and community leaders to exchange ideas and information. In May, Districtly Speaking hosted a happy hour at at Lounge 201 on Capitol Hill. We celebrated the growing success of Districtly Speaking and made new …

“Beyond Black & White: A Discussion on Interracial Relationships” (April 2012)

According to the Pew report, about 15% of all new marriages in the United States in 2010 were between spouses of a different race or ethnicity from one another, more than double the share in 1980 (6.7%). Minorities, younger adults, the college-educated, those who describe themselves as liberal and those who live in the Northeast …

“Women in the Arts” (March 2012)

March is Women’s History Month! To celebrate the contribution of local women, Districtly Speaking hosted a town hall featuring women in the arts. During the hour-long discussion, artists discussed the importance of arts education and influence of the arts in low-income communities. But the highlight of the night was reviewing some of the artwork from …

“Black History Love” (February 2012)

In February, Districtly Speaking hosted a town hall called “Black History Love” celebrating Black History Month and Valentine’s Day. On Monday, February 27th at the MLK Library in downtown DC, panelists discussed African American and interracial relationships in pop culture. But the conversation quickly turned into a conversation about definition of race and the audience …

“Are Entrepreneurs Born or Made?” (January 2012)

Districtly Speaking opened up the new year with a town hall on entrepreneurship. Our wonderful panel shared stories on the success of their businesses and the pros and cons of being your own boss. Beny Blaq, Owner, Beny Blaq Entertainment Ray and Tawana Mensah, Owners, Ray Mensah Insurance and Tawana Mensah Insurance Cher Castillo Freeman, …

“Holiday Business Card Exchange” (December 2011)

Tis the Season! Districtly Speaking launched its first business card exchange event. And what perfect place than in the heart of Washington, DC – Capitol Hill. Guests convened at Billy Goat’s Tavern on Capitol Hill to celebrate the holidays and make new business and professional connections during our first annual holiday business card exchange. We …

“Vote for Me: Preview to the 2012 Presidential Election” (November 2011)

This November, voters head to the polls to vote for who they feel should run the U.S. in 2012. Will we re-elect President Barack Obama or vote for someone new from the Republican field? Who do you support or is it too early to say? We asked local Republicans and Democrats to weigh in on …

“The Legacy of MLK: Is it Still Just a Dream?” (October 2011)

In honor of the MLK Memorial Dedication, Districtly Speaking debuted its town hall presentation with a town hall discussion on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Panelists discussed the progress of race relations since the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s and the significance of Barack Obama’s election. …