In August 2020, Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, MD will host its first USGA Championship, the 120th U.S. Women's Amateur. This week-long tournament requires several years' lead time to coordinate. Country club members, local businesses and community leaders assist with financial and in-kind support.

The U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship was first conducted in 1895 as one of the USGA’s first three championships. It is open to female amateurs who have a Handicap Index® not exceeding 5.4. Notable champions include Juli Inkster, Glenna Collett Vare, Patty Berg, Babe Didrikson Zaharias, JoAnne Gunderson Carner, Carol Semple Thompson, Beth Daniel, Danielle Kang and Lydia Ko. Sophia Schubert, of Oak Ridge, Tenn., won the 2017 Women’s Amateur at San Diego Country Club in Chula Vista, Calif.

The 2020 U.S. Women’s Amateur will be the 23rd USGA championship in Maryland. The last USGA championship conducted in Maryland was the 2011 U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club (Blue Course) in Bethesda, won by Rory McIlroy. It will be the third U.S. Women’s Amateur in the state – Katherine Harley won at Chevy Chase Club in 1908 and Barbara McIntire won in 1959 at Congressional.

The American Heart Association Greater Washington Region hosts several signature events each year. The 21st annual Heart Ball gala took place on February 23, 2019 at the 5-star Mandarin Oriental hotel in Washington, DC. Funds raised support the American Heart Association's mission to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives.

  • Fundraising goal achieved, raised over $2.2M
  • Managed the Open Your Heart campaign/individual giving committee and exceeded $350,000 goal
  • Supported the Auction Committee and exceeded $175,000 goal
  • Highlights included: Comedic entertainment by Seth Meyers, a surprise $26,000 for four tickets to see a live taping of Late Night with Seth Meyers, two $25,000 matching donations, and an 82% yield on silent auction items
  • A flawless program from start to finish (Click HERE to see photos)

Hope for Henry is reinventing how hospitals care for seriously ill children and their families through innovative programming that reduces stress, and empowers children to be active participants in their own care.

Hope for Henry is a pioneer in incentivizing young patients to comply with uncomfortable or painful medical interventions that are critical to recovery.

Since 2013, hundreds of patients have participated in the program. All report being better motivated to take their medicine, and their parents report that their kids are happy. Their nurses and doctors routinely observe that these patients are more active participants in their own care and demonstrate increased motivation to comply with their medical directives. Hope for Henry has partnered with pre-eminent child life researcher Judy Rollins to study the impact of the program on patients at Children’s National and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.

  • Manage and oversee all logistical, fundraising, administrative and volunteer aspects related to the 9th Annual Hope for Henry 5K to Make a Kid's Day Race (May 5, 2019)
  • Recruit race participants
  • Introduce new individual donors and corporate sponsors to the organization, coordinate major gift prospect cultivation event on June 4, 2019
  • Collaborate with outside vendors
  • Work to grow race by 100+ participants and 40% revenue [Note: Recruited 50+ new runners and raised $80,000]

The Women in Construction Conference is the Mid-Atlantic region’s premiere forum for education, professional development and networking for women in the construction industry. Since 2006, the conference has provided an avenue for younger women to learn from senior executives and industry professionals, and offers networking and mentoring opportunities to all attendees. More than 300 men and women attend the event each year. Representing every discipline, the attendees include general contractors, subcontractors, developers, architects, engineers, as well as representatives from trade associations, nonprofits, construction consulting companies and law firms from across the U.S. and Canada. Over the years, the feedback has been enthusiastic, heartfelt and consistent: The Women in Construction Conference is an incredible experience.

  • Manage organization's efforts and coordinate annual conference
  • Liaison between Board of Directors and Committees
  • 300+ attendees
  • Pre-Event VIP Reception (100+ attendees)
  • 10+ hours of programming and content
  • Manage website and social media presence
  • Assist in establishing short-term and long-term objectives and creation of leadership positions and membership expectations
  • WIC2019 Sponsorship Brochure

SEED is working to promote Social, Educational, and Economic Development and promote humanitarian assistance in Iraqi Kurdistan.
SEED Foundation, a local registered charity in Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, was founded in 2014 by Sherri Kraham Talabany and Tanya Gilly-Khailany. SEED Foundation’s Board of Directors is made up of international women with expertise in a range of professions who are all committed to Kurdistan's equitable, sustainable development and to addressing the humanitarian challenges Kurdistan faces today.
SEED for Change, is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization registered in Washington, D.C. SEED for Change’s focus is to increase public awareness in the U.S. and raise support and funding for SEED Foundation’s work in Kurdistan. The U.S. Board of Directors represent an experienced group of philanthropists, policy-makers, and Kurdistan experts.

  • Advise U.S. Board of Directors on best practices and help implement standard operating procedures
  • Provide logistical support and expertise on volunteer recruitment, cultivation and ongoing stewardship
  • Consult on and provide day-of support for annual Gala in DC (2018 Gala Facebook Photo Album)
  • Create content for social media
  • PR and marketing guidance
  • Strategic planning for future growth and expansion
  • Write and edit copy as-needed

Josh Anderson Foundation’s mission is to provide adolescents with mental health education, resources and support so they never turn to suicide. Since its incorporation in early 2012, JAF has provided support through in-school speaker presentations and mental health awareness campaigns. 

In early 2016, JAF realized the opportunity to further the scope of mental health promotion and deepen its impact on student’s mental wellness through the development of our minds matter (OMM). OMM is a student-led club model which equips students with the resources and tools to change their school culture around mental health.

  • Devise new initiatives and modify programming to promote collaboration and connectedness across OMM clubs
  • Develop a strategy for addressing possible gaps in recruitment, retention, leadership development/elections, and knowledge transfer
  • Analyze student and club sponsor feedback to determine and communicate best practices
  • Draft and implement formal policies and procedures for clubs, including student leadership roles and responsibilities
  • Support pre-event planning and day-of event coordination for annual gala event
  • Assist with launch of Junior Board (J2AF) to expand brand reach and support JAF mission and fundraising goals

MRK PARTNERS INC (MRK) is a privately held real estate investment and asset management company specializing in the acquisition, repositioning, and preservation of affordable housing. MRK’s portfolio currently consists of projects located throughout California, Florida, Maryland, Virginia, and the Washington DC metro area. In building its portfolio, MRK seeks to diversify across core, value-add, and opportunistic assets.

  • Create print and digital media, plus marketing collateral
  • Research prospective nonprofit partners
  • Consulting support related to on-site programming and resident services

EDUCATION TRANSFORMS. We partner with local communities in rural Haiti to expand opportunity through education. We consider education to be the key to unlocking the potential of all Haiti’s children. Education today will give Haiti’s children the tools to create a better tomorrow.

  • Facilitated inaugural board retreat
  • Assisted with development of organizational chart and position descriptions
  • Created Board of Directors roles and responsibilities document
  • Provided guidance and suggestions as-needed
  • Created an environment where everyone could be heard and all ideas genuinely considered
  • Led focus group to brainstorm strategic plan for the future of the organization

Feedback from retreat: "I thought Jesse came to the meeting well prepared having done her homework on both our organization and its people. She did a good job of drawing ideas and thoughts from the group and making sure everyone was included and participating."

"I really thought Jesse did a fabulous job! She was personable, kept us moving, and contributed a great deal of professional knowledge about board structure, systems of implementation, and development."

Peace Love Solve believes that raising autism awareness and inspiring acceptance will lead to an understanding that being different is beautiful. They lovingly donate a portion of the proceeds from each clothing purchase to Autism Speaks. Autism Speaks is the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization. Their goal is to change the future for all who struggle with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

  • Redesigned retail site
  • Brokered partnerships with like-minded individuals, organizations, style bloggers, etc
  • Created print and digital media, plus marketing collateral
  • Reviewed/edited press releases and social media campaigns