Speaker Date Topic
Heath Neiderer w/ C-SPAN Nov 03, 2020
C-SPAN's non-partisan mission of covering government

Learn how C-SPAN provides a window into Washington with access to public officials working on the issues facing our nation - like the coronavirus pandemic, the volatile economy, and the presidential election. C-SPAN will also share how its nonpartisan mission guides its coverage of the political process, and how its TV, online, and radio resources can help you stay informed. There will be time for Q&A at the end of the presentation.


Stefanie Altman-Winans Nov 10, 2020
The Role of the U.S. Foreign Service Around the Globe
The Role of the U.S. Foreign Service Around the Globe

Stefanie Altman-Winans is a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State. She is currently in Arabic language training and will be serving in Amman, Jordan as the Counselor for Public Affairs at the U.S. Embassy next summer. Her most recent assignment was as the Deputy Director in the Office of Press and Public Diplomacy where she managed both the Press and Strategic Communications Units for the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs and served as its spokesperson. In prior assignments, she worked in the Bureau of International Organizations coordinating our multilateral public diplomacy efforts across the various United Nations agencies. Her overseas assignments have included doing public diplomacy work in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Turkey and Poland. Her Washington assignments have included the coordination of USG assistance programs in the Caucasus and reporting on human rights issues in the former Soviet Union. In 2017, she received a Masters in National Security Resource Strategy from National Defense University's Eisenhower School and has both a BA and MA from The American University in Washington, D.C. She speaks Bosnian, Turkish, Polish and Russian. Stefanie hopes to visit the State of Maine this winter.

Chris Linder & Krishna Thacker Nov 17, 2020
Microlending programs in India and Africa

Chris and Krishna will discuss the following topics:

  • Microfinance overseas – what is it and what is the state of it right now curing COVID-19
  • Microfinance in the US and Canada - what is it and what is the state of it right now curing COVID-19
  • Rotary’s role in microfinance


Krishna Thacker

Director – Asia Region, Metlife Foundation


Krishna leads a Fortune 40 Corporate Foundation’s work in Asia - managing a $65MM financial health grants portfolio as a single member team in the region. He has well-rounded experience in working with the whole spectrum of organizations starting with field work for a grassroots not-for-profit, researcher with MIT (US) & IFMR India, and digital finance consultant for several programs funded by the Gates Foundation, the UN & Asian Development Bank across the Asia region.  He is a subject matter expert in financial health, Fintech, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), Social-Entrepreneurship, Livelihood and Skills development. His technical expertise  is in go to market strategies (getting from idea to scale), product development, training design and delivery, process design and re-engineering as well as risk management and internal audit. He has extensive work experience across more than 12 developed and developing countries in Asia as well as United States and a strong network of public and private sector relationships across the region.


Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/krishnathacker/


Website: https://www.metlife.com/sustainability/MetLife-sustainability/MetLife-Foundation/


Leah Plunkett, author Nov 24, 2020
Sharenting: Raising children in the age of social media

Leah attended Harvard College & Harvard Law School and became a lawyer so she could work with kids, parents, and communities on law and the ordinary—those things in our daily lives at the heart of who we are and who we aspire to be. Our families and personal relationships. Our privacy and individual freedoms. Our education. Our economic lives. Our commitment to social justice and equality. Our use of digital technologies and how that is changing everything we do.

She currently works as the associate dean & associate professor at University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law. I also direct UNH Law’s Academic Success program. Down in the metropolis of Cambridge, Massachusetts, I’m a faculty associate with the Youth & Media team at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.  Leah has recently written a book, titled Sharenthood.

Sharenthood is for all the parents, grandparents, teachers, coaches, and other grown-ups who want to give our children great nurture in a world that’s digital in nature. Leah will explore how the laws in the United States have led to an over-sharenting crisis that undermines our children—and how we can make choices that restore their privacy & freedom to play & grow.