The board of directors and the event committee are busy planning a memorable evening.
We will be adding to the agenda shortly but a sneak peek of a few of our presenters is below.
Welcome by IMAGINE Host Committee Chair Reggie Van Lee, Chief Transformation Officer, The Carlyle Group. See below for more about each presenter.
Our featured presenter will be Dr. Mona Lisa Pinkney, Senior Director of Governance, Risk, Compliance, Engagement & Geos at NIKE Global Technology.
Our other presenters include Niloofar Razi Howe, Sr. Operating Partner, Energy Impact Partners; Diane M. Janosek, award-winning cybersecurity educator and leader; and Lori Sparks, Associate Partner and Leader, IBM Global Business Services (GBS) Security Strategy & Growth IBM Corporation
Entertainment by American singer-songwriter and producer, Gordon Chambers. See below for more about Gordon.
Catering by Executive Chef Kashif Browne, of Ridgewells Catering. See below for more about Chef Browne.
IMAGINE Event Design by RJ Whyte Event Production. See below for more about RJ Whyte Event Production.
A special performance by Grammy nominated, Gordon Chambers who is an American singer-songwriter and producer who has written songs for artists including Marc Anthony, Whitney Houston, Beyoncé Knowles and Anita Baker just to name a few.
Singer-songwriter-producer and recording artist Gordon Chambers is no stranger to the music industry. His solo albums have been nominated for Independent Soul Album of the Year by Soultracks.com and have been among CDbaby's top R&B sellers. His #1 hits as a lyricist include: Anita Baker's Grammy- winning hit "I Apologize", Brownstone's Grammy-nominated "If You Love Me", Angie Stone's "No More Rain (In This Cloud)", the Grammy-nominated theme of Set It Off "Missing You" (performed by Brandy, Tamia, Gladys Knight and Chaka Khan). Yolanda Adams' "Someone Watching Over Me" and The Isley Brothers' recent comeback smash "Just Came Here To Chill." In fact, he has written for over 75 recording artists, including household names Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Beyonce, Brandy, Trey Songz, Usher, Jamie Foxx, Gladys Knight, Chaka Khan, Patti Labelle and Marc Anthony. He is the winner of 8 ASCAP songwriting awards and four Dove nominations. His songs have been performed at the ESSENCE Awards, The American Music Awards and The White House.
Since 2005, Chambers has been performing up a storm in all over the world promoting his debut album Introducing Gordon Chambers (which features special guests Carl Thomas, Glenn Lewis, Sara Devine, Roy Hargrove and Mike Phillips), his sophomore CD Love Stories (which features four-time Grammy nominee Ledisi) ,his third album Sincere (which includes tributes to his idols and mentors Donny Hathaway, Phyllis Hyman and Gerald Levert) and his new album SURRENDER (which features Grammy winner Lalah Hathaway and Grammy nominee Eric Roberson). His prestigious appearances have included The White House, The Essence Music Festival, The Congressional Black Caucus, The Apollo Theater, Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center and B.B. Kings—as well as European, Japanese and South African tours.
Chambers is a role model to the next generation. He speaks often in public schools. He was a mentor and performer on the South African Idol Show in 2014. His Grammy-nominated 17-year-old protégée Karina Pasian was signed to Island Def Jam records. Her song "Slow Motion" which Chambers wrote and produced has become an anthem for teenage girls. Interscope singer-rapper Tory Lanez recently hit #1 Urban with "Say It" which samples "If You Love Me". This video has received over 50 million YouTube plays.
To contact Gordon Chambers, please visit www.gordonchambers.com or call +1 212 696-6774.
Chef Browne formerly served as the Executive Sous Chef for Ridgewells during a 6-year tenure, having left in 2017 to Sous Chef at the White House. After spending the last two years gaining tremendous experience catering for the White House, State dinners, and the first family, Kashif returned to Ridgewells in September, 2019 with a fresh culinary vision and contemporary menus.
A graduate of the International Culinary School at the Art Institute of Washington, Kashif completed a work study at the renowned Ristorante Zeppelin in Orvieto during his education. He's cooked in some of the country's most respected restaurants and kitchens in New York and Las Vegas, including the James Beard house. He's also studied under several well-known and influential chefs to whom he credits much of his skill and success, including Angelo Sosa, Chris Beischer, Christophe Tanneua-Kervan, Alicia Stewart, and Lorenzo Polegri. His list of catering clients and events is extensive, comprised of intimate events for world diplomats and A-list celebrities, and major events with guest counts of more than 2,000.
Chef Browne was born in Guyana, where he spent his adolescence playing cricket and other sports, and cooking alongside his mother in the kitchen. It was there he developed a love of humble ingredients and bold flavors at an early age, and he carries those memories as inspiration for his culinary philosophy today. Chef Browne is married to his high school sweetheart, Dr. Sulan Fung BDS, and they have two sons. He has already begun developing fresh menu concepts for Ridgewells' culinary program to be rolled out immediately for Fall/Winter 2019, including both classic items executed in unexpected ways, and new culinary innovations with creative presentations for bespoke catered events, like IMAGINE.
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Bethesda, MD 20816
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Susan is Principal and Chief Executive Officer of Ridgewells. She joined the company in 1986 as a sales representative and purchased it with her business partners in 1997. Over the past 22 years, SUsan has been instrumental in the expansion and growth of the company's portfolio. Among her many achievements was the creation of Ridgewells' Major Events division; in 1989 she was integral in the bid for the PGA Championship in Chicago, maarking Ridgwells' first outside-the-Beltway event. Susan has been personally involved in overseeing Ridgewells' services to Corporate and VIP clients at many notable sporting events including three NFL Super Bowls and 19 professional golf tournaments, including 18 U.S. Open Men's Golf Championship. In December 2002, Susan and her business partners formed Haute Catering and in March 2008 Purple Tie by Ridgewlls.
Susan has received a number of industry and community awards, including being named one of the Washington Business Journal's Power 100 in 2014. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater Washington Board of Trade (BWBOT), EagleBank, Junior Achievement, Marymount University, Imagination Stage and Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School. She is an active member of the World President's Organization (WPO) and the Economic Club of Washington, DC.
Will include some of the following hors d'oeuvres:
ORA KING SALMON
Over Sushi Rice With Candied Wasabi
Petit Beets, Huckleberries, Wild Gooseberries, Beet Blush, Frosted Lemon Goat Cheese
PETIT BEEF TENDERLOIN
Matted With Fine Herbs, Served With Truffle Bordelaise, Crème Brulee Carrot Puree, Roasted Pewee Potatoes, Blistered Fall Vegetables
FIG AND HONEY TART
Gingersnap Tart With Fig Compote Honey Cremeux Covered In Mirror Glaze Fresh Fig, Ginger Crumble
COFFEE & TEA
Brewed Regular & Decaffeinated Coffee, Assorted Teas, Creamer And Sweeteners
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