Washington Women Technology Network honors Megan Smith, White House Chief Technology Officer

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It was a mix of Silicon Valley and Washington veterans at the Jefferson Hotel for the Washington Women Technology Network (WWTN) lunch honoring Megan Smith, the White House Chief Technology Officer.

Guests heard from Smith, the president’s top technology adviser, about plans to bring technology solutions to some of the country’s biggest challenges.

“We have started a ‘cyber-sprint’…very quickly to audit everything that’s going on and make a couple really fast upgrades that we need to just fill a bunch of holes. … I think what you’re seeing is a real collaborative set of people coming together and starting to work together,” Smith explained.

Read more, watch the livestream, and download the Washington Insider podcast from the event on whcinsider.com: Washington Women Technology Network honors Megan Smith, White House Chief Technology Officer

Dog Tag Bakery featured in Washingtonian Magazine

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Washingtonian Magazine named Dog Tag Bakery the Best New Startup to Support in 2015!

The goal is to harness and feed their (veterans’) entrepreneurial spirit while providing a safe space to readjust to civilian life. And the cinnamon buns ain’t bad, either.

Read the article on washingtonian.com: This Georgetown Bakery Helps Disabled Veterans Get Back to Work

Washington Insider podcast featuring Kailash Satyarthi

Washington Insider podcast host Tammy Haddad spoke with Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi during his recent trip to Washington, D.C. to promote his #ChildhoodFreedom campaign. During the interview, they discussed how Kailash discovered and continues to pursue his lifelong mission of fighting child labor and poverty.

Dog Tag Bakery featured in The Georgetowner

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Yet this is more than your neighborhood coffee shop. When you step into Dog Tag Bakery — with its wide entrance for easy wheelchair access — you become a part of something larger than the time of the day, the aroma of coffee, the pleasantries, and stories shared around a table. Becoming a customer at Dog Tag Bakery lets you see the results of a unique program in action. One of its slogans is “Baking a Difference.”

Thank you to The Georgetowner for the feature story about Dog Tag Bakery!

Meet-Up for #ChildhoodFreedom with Kailash Satyarthi on the National Mall

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I don’t consider the Peace Prize as something given to me but rather to the millions of children deprived of their childhoods and all my brothers and sisters who have mobilized support for their cause.

— 2014 Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi

June 16, 2015 marked the 157th anniversary of President Lincoln’s famous “A House Divided” speech about how society could not continue to survive while slavery still exists. This year also marks the 150th anniversary of the 13th amendment banning slavery in the United States.

A century and a half later, the struggle to abolish slavery continues. There are still an estimated 5.5 million children in slavery and 168 million child laborers around the world.

Kailash Satyarthi is calling on all of us to join him in the fight for #childhoodfreedom. Last week, in Washington, D.C., he led a rally at the Lincoln Memorial to raise awareness about these issues.

“It is a matter of great shame that even in the 21st century this ugly form of slavery exists in the form of child labour,” said Satyarthi. “We still have child slavery in various manifestations and various forms. This is not an isolated problem of one country. This is a global problem.”

Satyarthi is calling on the international community to rise up against child slavery and to ensure that development begins with children. He is asking the UN General Assembly to incorporate language about child slavery in its future development agenda as well.

Learn more and sign up for the movement at www.satyarthi.org.