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Agenda for On Line Meeting
2 June 2020
6:30 PM PDT
- Welcome from President Derek Moore
- Roll call and Introductions
- Inspirational/International Moment
- Current Announcements and News
- Comments and Questions
2 June 2020
John Hewko, General Secretary and CEO of Rotary International
Rotary Club of Kyiv, Ukraine
John Hewko is the general secretary and chief executive officer of Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation.
From 2004 to 2009, Hewko was vice president for operations and compact development for the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), a U.S. government agency established in 2004 to deliver foreign assistance to the world’s poorest countries. At MCC, he was the principal United States negotiator for foreign assistance agreements to 26 countries in Africa, Asia, South America, the Middle East, and the former Soviet Union. During his tenure, he completed the negotiation of assistance agreements totaling $6.3 billion to 18 countries for infrastructure, agriculture, water and sanitation, health, and education projects.
Prior to joining MCC, Hewko was an international partner with the law firm Baker & McKenzie, specializing in international corporate transactions in emerging markets. He helped establish the firm’s Moscow office and was the managing partner of its offices in Kyiv and Prague.
While working in Ukraine in the early 1990s, Hewko assisted the working group that prepared the initial draft of the new Ukrainian post-Soviet constitution and was a charter member of the first Rotary club in Kyiv.
Hewko has been a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University, and a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He has published papers and articles in leading U.S. and international publications, and he has spoken extensively on political and business issues dealing with the former Soviet Union, Central Europe, Africa, and Latin America. He is also a member of the Council of Foreign Relations.
Hewko holds a law degree from Harvard University, a master’s in modern history from Oxford University (where he studied as a Marshall Scholar), and a bachelor’s in government and Soviet studies from Hamilton College in New York.
As general secretary, Hewko leads a diverse staff of 800 at Rotary International’s World Headquarters in Evanston, Illinois, USA, and seven international offices. Hewko is a Paul Harris Fellow. He and his wife, Margarita, live in Evanston.
9 June 2020
Dr. David Hill, Latest News on the COVID-19 Pandemic and How to Survive
Dr. David Hill specializes in pulmonary health in Waterbury, Connecticut and is Director of Clinical Research. He did his residency at the University of Connecticut. He was a Yale University Fellow. His faculty appointments included Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Quinnipiac Frank Netter MD School of Medicine and Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Yale University School of Medicine.
Dr. Hill is affiliated with the Connecticut Thoracic Society. He a member of the American Thoracic Society, the American College of Physicians, the American Lung Association of the Northeast and a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians.
Dr. Hill was awarded the George Thornton Memorials Award in 2010. He is Chair of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee at Waterbury Hospital, Executive Board Member of the American Lung Association of the Northeast, and Medical Director for the Respiratory Care Training Program at Naugatuck Valley Community College.
16 June 2020
Lecia Brooks, Southern Poverty Law Center
Lecia Brooks is the chief workplace transformation officer for the SPLC, where she serves both the SPLC’s leadership and the staff to build a workplace culture of inclusiveness and ensure a sustainable infrastructure that supports the SPLC’s ongoing focus on diversity and equity.
Brooks previously served as the SPLC’s outreach director, where she traveled across the U.S. and abroad to counter hate and extremism and to promote the celebration of difference. She now continues to give talks about the Center’s and DEI principles more broadly. She also served as director of the SPLC’s Civil Rights Memorial Center, an interpretive center designed to provide visitors to the Civil Rights Memorial with a deeper understanding of the civil rights movement. She joined the SPLC in 2004, revitalizing the Teaching Tolerance “Mix It Up at Lunch Day” program, which strives to break down racial, cultural, and social barriers in schools. Brooks also served as a co-producer for Teaching Tolerance’s documentary film, Bullied: A Student, A School and a Case that Made History.
Brooks has a wealth of experience in diversity advocacy training for corporations and nonprofit organizations, including Walmart, Lyft, Pixar, the Salzburg Seminar, and the Newark Public Library. She has a degree in political science from Loyola Marymount University.
23 June 2020
Kenji Williams is an Entrepreneur, composer and director for immersive live theater, mixed reality, and interactive datavisualization, and is the creative director and producer of the NASA-powered earth-from-space show, BELLA GAIA.
Named a “100 Top Creative” by Origin Magazine, a World Technology Network award finalist in Arts, Entertainment, and Education, and a Grammy voting member, Williams explores the nexus of art, technology, and transformation, through immersive technology platforms from IMAX, Fulldome, Holograms, and XR, while still working with traditional theaters and spaces to make them immersive portals through his unique storytelling methods.
Williams is an artist in residence at the new Movement Lab at Columbia University, and was an Artist in Residence and Visiting Scholar at the University of Colorado at Boulder developing a live 3D Holographic theater show.
Kenji’s unique vision translates into collaborations with orbiting astronauts aboard the International Space Station, Ocean pioneer Sylvia Earle, Deepak Chopra, to multimedia artist Paul Miller, earning international film awards from Sundance, Lumen Prize, Canadian Society of Cinematographers, Science Media Awards, Best Soundtrack Composition at Macau International Fulldome Film Festival, People’s Choice Award Fiske Fulldome Film Festival.
Kenji has garnering media exposure from the Washington Post, Village Voice, BBC, NPR, PBS, Huffington Post and USA Today.
In it’s 10th year, Bella Gaia has toured around the world to 14 countries, presenting over 300 shows, and has a Fulldome movie presenting at planetariums around the world including at Fantasy Domes / LINQ hotel on the Las Vegas strip.
Williams tours around the world, at performing arts theaters, museums, and conferences such as, TEDx, Aspen Institute, Smithsonian, Guggenheim Museum, Strathmore, Marin Civic Center, Winspear Opera House, UNESCO, and the U.S. Dept of State.