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May 21: Linda Berg-Cross - Big Data and Child Health: How Can We Protect Child Development?
May 28: Pamela Luckett - Community Action Board: Poverty in Montgomery County



This week: Lasse Syversen – Shipping in a Pandemic Age

May 7th
Lasse Syversen

Club Member Lasse is Founder, Chairman and President of Bloksberg, Inc. has spent more than 40 years in the IT Industry in Norway, U.S., and globally.  These include 10 years with General Electric as Country Manager of Norway and Marketing Manager in London for International Trade, responsible for Europe and Far East. He left GE to become Managing Director of Honeywell
Bull, Norway and later General Manager Northern Europe for Public Sector.  After taking over Flagship Technologies, Inc., a software company based in Rockville, Maryland, in the summer of 1998, he left his native Norway to resume the position of chairman of the board and CEO of Flagship.

He co-founded NorHouse in October 1997. Lasse was educated at Oslo Business School, Norway in Business Administration, INSEAD, France in Change Management, and Sea Trade Academy, UK in Container Transportation. He also serves on a number of boards, holding director positions in Ritmarine Ltd., Bloksberg Inc, the Norwegian-American Chamber of Commerce, Norwegian Society, Emmanuel Trinity Lutheran Church and Piney Narrows Condominium Association. He is a past president of our club and has been active on many committees and projects.


The global business community is struggling to get back to normal after what looks to be a two year worldwide pandemic. Lasse will take us onto how the international shipping community views this challenging time and what’s expected in the years to follow the most significant crises since WW II. At the same time, we have a new administration in the U.S. and how it all plays together will be the topics of the talk. In less than a year we have seen, and will continue to see, creative solutions to the most complex problems.

Denise Mainville – A New Approach to “Doing Development”: Leveraging the Private Sector to Achieve Food Security and Alleviate Poverty, with Examples from Africa

April 30th
Denise Mainville

Denise is an Agricultural economist dedicated to poverty alleviation, food security, and economic and agricultural development. Her expertise is in agri-food market systems
development, value-chain analysis, gender, monitoring and evaluation, capacity building, organizational development, relief-to-development, incentive-based development approaches, and behavior change. She has sector-specific experience in staple and high-value markets including grains and legumes, fresh produce, spices, cacao, and seed with professional experience in Africa, Latin America and Caribbean, Middle East, Central and South Asia. She is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, with rudimentary French, Swahili, Bangla and Juba Arabic.

Ron Kaltenbaugh – Electric Cars

April 23rd
Ron Kaltenbaugh

Climate change is often referred to as a problem for future generations impacting our children and grandchildren. However, the impacts are being felt today. Also, just like saving for retirement, actions taken today have an outsized impact over actions taken many years from now. This presentation will describe everything you need to know about how electric cars are an important part of the solution.

Ron Kaltenbaugh has a Masters Degree in Computer Science and works as a Network Engineer for a Fortune 500 company. He is President of the Electric Vehicle Association of Greater Washington DC (EVADC) and is Chair the of the Frederick County Sustainability Commission. In March of this year, Ron attended a Climate Reality Project conference in Denver, CO and has been refining and making this presentation on climate change to a variety of audiences.