Networking | The Power of Festina Lente

The Madeira Networking Group is a new initiative, sponsored by the Alumnae Council, to give our Alumnae greater access to the strength of our network in a professional setting. For our inaugural year, we will host a 1-hour session every other month in Washington, D.C., rotating between mornings and evenings that will follow a consistent agenda:

We have pulled together an impressive lineup of Alumnae across a range of class years, professions, and backgrounds to share their experiences with us. 


2016-2017 Schedule

Holly Paul ’89 | Chief Human Resources Officer, FTI Consulting

May 10th 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Holly Paul serves as FTI Consulting's Chief Human Resources Officer and is based out of the Company's executive headquarters in Washington, D.C. Ms. Paul leads the efforts to attract, engage, hire, develop and retain FTI Consulting's leading professionals. In her role, Ms. Paul is responsible for overseeing all areas of human capital including talent acquisition, talent management, learning and development, workforce planning, compensation and benefits.

Prior to joining FTI Consulting, Ms. Paul served as Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at Vocus, Inc., a high growth marketing and public relations software company. In this role, Ms. Paul worked directly for the Chief Executive Officer and closely with the executive team and board of directors to develop the Company's people strategy and led the execution of all employee initiatives including executive team recruitment, compensation and talent management.

Ms. Paul began her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers ("PwC") in 1994 after being initially recruited as a Certified Public Accountant. During her nearly 20-year tenure with PwC, Ms. Paul held various human resources roles, ultimately rising to become one of the firm's most senior talent acquisition specialists, responsible for all of the senior talent acquisition in the United States and had additional international remit covering geographies such as China and the Middle East.

Ms. Paul is a frequent speaker and subject matter expert on talent, human resource management and career related topics, appearing on college campuses around the country and interviewing with numerous media to offer perspective on such issues. She has been featured on ABC News' "Job Club", Bloomberg Radio's "The Hays Advantage with Kathleen Hays", and is regularly quoted in The Wall Street Journal, FORTUNE, U.S. News & World Report, CNNMoney.com, The Chicago Tribune, MarketWatch, The Houston Chronicle, dozens of campus newspapers and other news sources.

Ms. Paul earned her bachelor's degree in Anthropology with a concentration in Accounting from Lafayette College. She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and maintains certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources.

Dana Theus, President/CEO of InPowerCoaching.com; Executive Coach, ‘Communicating with Confidence’

June 13th 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Dana Theus is a leadership consultant and executive coach. She helps her clients through the personal growth that results in career success and life mastery. With her support, clients access their power to present a confident, authentic personal brand and lead true and lasting change – at work and in their lives. She specializes in supporting professional women and emotionally intelligent leaders through her blog InPowerWomen.com, recognized by Forbes as a top 100 women’s blog, and her online coaching community at InPowerCoaching.com.


10 mins: Gather, refreshments, welcome
25 mins: Featured speaker and Q&A
25 mins: Open networking 


Business Executives for National Security
1030 15th St NW
Suite 200 East
Washington, D.C. 20005

Public Parking is available in a number of garages in the area, but we recommend one of the following: 

1133 15th St. NW
1101 15th St. NW


Cost for membership is $25, which includes attendance to all six speakers. 
$10 for a drop-in session. Non-alumnae guests are welcome to join at the drop-in rate.

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