I seem to be spending more and more time in the Washington, DC area, which is nice as it puts me close to home to visit family. There are many reasons why I am finding myself here, from working on alternative fuels programs to building new opportunities for clients involved in the information management arena. Most recently, I have been participating in a group called the Women's Council on Energy and the Environment (WCEE) - www.wcee.org. This organization is a non-partisan, policy-neutral organization that focuses on women, energy and the environment. Their meetings have addressed topics such as carbon offsets and how to obtain carbon credits to understanding the air quality planning and standards. I have found it very beneficial as I work with one of my clients on a new recycling and reclamation program.
In addition, I am now back in an industry in which I started many years ago - security, information management, systems integration, and systems engineering. As a result, I've re-engaged with organizations in the area to get up to speed on where the industry is today and where it is heading.
And last, but definitely, not least, I am re-engaging with the Association of Proposal Management Professionals (APMP) - www.apmp.org. I have been a member of this organization for nearly 16 years and have benefited greatly from the networking and training opportunities.
To this end, I must admit that I am glad to be back "home" in the DC area. I have posted a few great shops and pubs to visit under Recommended Places. But there is so much more to see and learn:
Be sure to venture out of the city a bit and see the sites.