Strayer Celebrates 125th Anniversary with Charles Mann at Washington Nationals Baseball Game

Strayer University celebrated their 125th Anniversary at the Washington Nationals baseball game in DC last month!  They celebrated with great food, company, and of course a great game (sort of, they lost to the Dodgers)!  Three-time Super Bowl champ Charles Mann (who is a Strayer alum!) was there to great fellow alumni along with the Abraham Lincoln racing president mascot.  

I was asked to photograph the event which was held in a large tent right outside the main entrance to the Nationals Stadium ... great place for a large pre-game party!

Images from The Zetema Project Meeting in Washington, DC - September 2017

The Zetema Project was founded in 2016 to discuss the state of US healthcare. More specifically, the concern was that the poorly informed and non-productive national conversation about healthcare was unlikely to lead to positive changes in the system.  Zetema was created as a way to improve the quality and productivity of that conversation.

The Zetema Project membership consists of a group of approximately 25 panelists representing a wide variety of political viewpoints and industry stakeholder groups. Members meet two to three times annually, with the first meetings held in January and September of 2017. 

The September 2017 meeting, which I was asked to photograph,  featured a session with Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin and focused on such issues as:

  • Reducing the cost of care delivery
  • Single payer healthcare/Medicare for All
  • Drug prices and costs
  • State innovation case study: the Arkansas Payment Improvement Initiative
  • Bipartisan opportunities for healthcare reform

 

IDEA World Convention - Las Vegas, NV - The Super Bowl of Fitness

This year was my seventh year photographing the IDEA World Convention.  This is the first time the convention was held in Las Vegas in 10 years.  It is always a great convention to photograph because of all the energy and activity that the 10,000 participants bring to the event.  The best fitness professionals in the world are at this convention, such as Tony Horton, Todd Durkin,  Bennie Wylie, and Cassie Ho. 

Commencement Ceremony at the Andrew Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC

I had the opportunity to photograph the second Jack Welch Management Institute graduation ceremony that was held at the Andrew Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC.  The keynote speaker was David Zaslav, CEO of Discovery Communications.  It was a very interesting keynote in that David Zaslav actually worked for Jack Welch at GE, so he was able to discuss real world lessons that he learned from Welch during his time at GE.  

2017 NAFSA Annual Conference & Expo in Los Angeles, CA

This was my sixth year photographing theNAFSA Annual Conference & Expo.  NAFSA: Association of International Educators is the leading organization committed to international education and exchange, working to advance policies and practices that build global citizens with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in today's interconnected world.

Given recent changes to immigration policies, this was a very interesting and busy year for this year's attendees.  The plenary keynote speakers came from a very diverse background such as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Abigail Disney, and the first Muslim woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, Shirin Ebadi,

IDEA Personal Trainer Institute - Bethesda, MD

I believe this is the seventh year that I have photographed the IDEA Personal Trainer Institute that is held every year in the Washington, DC area. 

Personal trainers, fitness professionals, owners and managers: learn what it takes to truly take their business and training skills to new heights. IDEA Personal Trainer Institute is where industry leaders show how they secure client and business success. From fitness assessment and program design to social media marketing and staff management.

This year it was held at the Marriott Conference Center in Bethesda, MD.  It was nice to photograph the event in a new facility.  

We setup a small studio in one of the hotel conference rooms every year to produce images that we hope will end up on the cover of next year's brochure and also to to be used for other marketing purposes.  Most of the time during the two days that I am photographing the event I am in live sessions capturing the action as it happens. 

GRAND OPENING - Henry's Sweet Retreat - Bethesda, MD.

Henry's Sweet Retreat is a candy market and dessert bar in Bethesda, MD.  Henry's is a modern version of a traditional candy store, plus much more. 

They had their Grand Opening on November 4, 2016.  The owners, Patty and Tom Craver, asked me to come by and photograph the store, the colorful candy, the baked goods, and the festivities. 

NAFSA Paul Simon Awards 2016

 

The 2016 Simon Award winners were recognized at a November 2016 ceremony in Washington, DC. This is the fifth year that I have the privilege of photographing the event. 

The Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization recognizes colleges and universities that are making significant, well-planned, well-executed, and well-documented progress toward comprehensive internationalization—especially those using innovative and creative approaches.

 

 

IDEA WORLD Personal Trainer Conference

Another great year at the 2016 IDEA World Personal Trainer Conference at the Los Angeles Convention Center.   This was my sixth IDEA World conference to photograph.  Next year will be their 35th anniversary and they will be holding the conference in Las Vegas.  That should be exciting to photograph.

This years conference included presentations / workouts from Todd Durkin, Jack Canfield, Cassey Ho, and Jillian Michaels.

Photographing this event is more like covering a sporting event like track and field, football, or basketball. You always have to anticipate where the action is going to occur and take the photograph a split second before it happens.

You can view all the photos I took at the conference by going here: http://photos.lenspoden.com/ideaworldla2016public .

Jack Welch Management Institute Commencement Ceremony

Strayer University's Jack Welch Management Institute celebrated their first commencement ceremony at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium on Constitution Ave NW, in Washington, DC.  

Jack & Suzy Welch, Washington Redskins quarterback, Kirk Cousins, and Bloomberg Television news anchor, Betty Liu, all spoke at the ceremony.