WDCSA Newsletter – August 2011

Book Club Discussion
Sunday, August 14 5-8 pm
Bethesda, Md.

The book group will meet at the home of Kathie Krumm to discuss The Brother Gardeners by Andrea Wulf. The September book is Little Bee by Chris Cleave Contact alisoncolew@hotmail.com for more details.

PAC 12 DC United Soccer Game
Saturday, August 27 7:30pm
RFK Stadium

WDCSA will join local alumni from all of the other PAC-12 clubs in Washington to see DC United of Major League Soccer take on the Portland Timbers. Kickoff is set for 7:30 and tailgate activity under the PAC-12 tent will begin in Parking Lot 8 as early as 3:30 pm. The tailgate is free and fans can either bring food and drinks or purchase refreshments on site. RFK Stadium is metro accessible or, if you wish to drive, parking in Lot 8 is available for $15 per car.

Specially priced tickets ($24 for our group in Section 202 of the stadium) can be purchased at https://oss.ticketmaster.com/html?
1=EN&t=dcunited&o=154&g=1453 This link is case sensitive. Once on the site you will be asked to create a DC United account. For seat location pull down“Premium Group Rate” rather than “best available.” Tickets will be sent by email for you to print and bring to the stadium.

Wear your Cardinal garb! Questions? Contact Chris Shinkman P ’98 at 301-229-4427 or c.shinkman@verizon.net

Stanford vs. Duke Football
Saturday, September 10

WDCSA is chartering a bus to travel to Stanford’s September 10 football contest at Duke. This full-day trip will depart Washington around 8:30 am and return around midnight. Continental breakfast and a post-game meal (probably pizza) on the bus will be included in the price of $50-$75/person (depending on the number of riders.) Game tickets ($45) and Stanford pre-game tailgate tickets (price TBD) will be available for separate purchase from the Stanford Alumni Association.

For those who wish to travel separately, WDCSA has information on hotels and restaurants in Durham and parking at the stadium ($10/car.) Washington Duke Inn is a very pricey, but very nice, option on
campus and within walking distance to the stadium. Duke Tower Hotel and Condo is another slightly less convenient option. As far as restaurants, Tyler’s Restaurant and Taproom is near the D Bulls Stadium and is a fun spot with other bars and rests. For further information, please email Chris Shinkman (c.shinkman@verizon.net) or Nels Nordquist (nelspeter@yahoo.com).

There will be only one bus, so seating is limited; it is being filled on a first-come, first-served basis. To secure your seats on the bus, send a deposit check for $50/person made out to WDCSA to: Chris
Shinkman 5607 Wood Way, Bethesda, MD 20816.


Zachary, BA ’03, moved to DC almost four years ago and has been very active within the Stanford community. In 2003, he spoke to his graduating class of Human Biology majors about the need to be active “social change agents,” and to seek ways to form meaningful social enterprises to build strong, sustainable communities.

Staying true to form, as a social entrepreneur and venture advisor himself, he served as Chief Technology Officer for the Accelerating Social Entrepreneurship (ASE) Conference, was a panelist speaker on Green Startups& Clean Energy for DC Entrepreneur Week (DCEW), and recently co-founded as CEO the social enterprise Energy Conversion Research Ventures (ECORE), a consulting engineering firm specializing in clean technology solutions that build sustainable communities with a variety of integrated technologies, and its subsidiary ECORE Living.

He is currently working on innovative urban in-fill and community renewal approaches in Baltimore, Maryland and Richmond, Virginia. One of his more noticeable projects was the completion of DC Planters Grove, a sustainable urban park built within the Marvin Gaye park complex in Northeast DC, which stemmed from collaboration between The Corps Network, Kraft/Planters Corporation, and Edelman, which used local reclaimed materials and is currently sustained by community volunteers.

In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, being a “foodie,” going to local tech entrepreneur events, and spending time with his local area Delta Kappa Epsilon “Deke” fraternity brothers. An active Stanford alum, he is a past President and Technology Chair of the Stanford Black Alumni Association of DC (SBAA-DC) and continues to explore ways to bring socially innovative volunteer and community engagement opportunities to the greater Stanford community in the DC metro area through participation with the WDCSA board.

Zachary, center, poses with Washington DC Mayor Vincent Gray, left, and another developer at an urban park launch ceremony in the Lincoln Heights neighborhood of Northeast DC.

The Art of Entrepreneurship and The Entrepreneurship of Art:
An Evening with DC Commissioner for the Arts and Humanities Marsha Ralls
Tuesday, September 20 6:30-8:30pm
The Ralls Collection Gallery
1516 31st Street, N.W. Washington, D.C.

WDCSA and the Washington DC/Baltimore Chapter of the Stanford Graduate School of Business present an unprecedented private viewing of The Ralls Collection 20th anniversary celebration
of “20 Years, 20 Artists”, cocktails, and discussion led by renowned business figure, art expert, and philanthropist Marsha Ralls (Stanford Graduate School of Business Executive Program, ’02)

Trained initially at Sotheby’s Auction House, as an apprentice to the 20th century master Robert Rauschenberg, and as student in executive business programs both at Stanford and M.I.T., Ms. Ralls is
informed by unique expertise and life experience in both domains of art and business, and intersections in between. As Founder and CEO of The Ralls Collection, Inc., Ms. Ralls has sold over 40,000
works of art.

She serves on several business organization boards, including for the global Entrepreneurs Organization (EO) and the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE). In 2008, Ms. Ralls was
honored by NFTE as Entrepreneur of the Year. She has since gone on to advise governments – most recently that of United Arab Emirates – on economic development through the Arts.
Cocktails and Hors D’oeuvres will be available from 6:30 to 7:15pm. The lecture will begin promptly at 7:15pm, followed by discussion and Q&A.

The cost to attend is $10 for Young Alumni and WDCSA Members, and $20 for WDCSA non-
Members. Space is limited to the first 50 registrants, so please RSVP at http://pgnet.stanford.edu/goto/
event8178reg. Questions? Contact Vered Sharon ‘89/’91 at Vered@CalyxVentures.com.

Parking is limited on 31st Street. For those taking public transportation: from Dupont Circle Metro stop, walk west on P Street to 31st Street.

Ivy Singles Reception
Friday, September 23 6:30-9:30 pm
International Student House
1825 R Street NW,
Washington DC

The Ivy Singles Social Club returns to the International Student House (ISH) for their September reception. This 19th century Tudor style mansion with oak paneled walls, fine stonework, antiques, and artwork is now the home to ISH, a non-profit, serving visiting scholars, interns, and clerks working at our major institutions, embassies, and Congress. Join your fellow Ivy alumni for food, wine, and fine conversation.

Prepaid reservation only — NO WALK-INS
Admission is $40 includes open bar and hors d’oeuvres. Register online here (a $2 transaction fee will be added), or send a check payable to MIT Club of Washington to Greg Howland, 6312 Carnegie
Drive, Bethesda MD 20817. Please write your email address and the name of your school on the check. Send any questions to gbhowland@gmail.com

WDCSA Family Brunch/International Potluck
Saturday, October 8 11:30-2:30 pm
National Arboretum

Join fellow Stanford alums and their families for an international potluck and brunch at the National Arboretum. We were inspired by the workshop and dinner event Black Chefs in the White House,
and would like to extend our cultural exploration for Stanford food lovers. This event will be held in conjunction with 64th Annual Orchid Show at the Asian Pavilion of the National Arboretum where
you can enjoy a splendid tour and free workshops.

We invite you to bring an international-themed dish and share with us any food and culture secrets you know, either from your home country or from your family members. The theme and story of your dish
should follow the concept of NPR’s Splendid Table http://splendidtable.publicradio.org/.

The event is free of charge and spaces are unlimited. However, an RSVP is preferred so that we will be able to coordinate the diversity of the dishes brought to share. There are free educational workshops and gigantic orchid tent sales throughout the day organized by National Capital Orchid Society. You can tour the display and attend the workshop either before or after our brunch. Please check out the
64th Annual Orchid Show website for a detailed workshop schedule www.ncos.us/ncos/fallshow.htm.

If you have any questions, contact Jenny Hou at jennyhou@stanfordalumni.org, or Patricia Marby Harrison at patriciamarbyharrison@gmail.com.

Stanford In the News

• The National Science Foundation has awarded a five-year, $10 million grant to the Stanford Technology Ventures Program for the launch of a national center for teaching innovation and entrepreneurship in engineering.

• Connie Wolf, ’81, Director and CEO of San Francisco’s Contemporary Jewish Museum, has been named Director of the Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford.

Job Posting

World Bank/IFC has an opening for people with 8+ years of experience. The link to apply is www.ifc.org/ifcext/careers.nsf/Content/JobDetails?