The Charter 100 DC

What is

The Charter 100 DC?

The Charter 100 of Washington, DC brings together women of outstanding accomplishments in diverse fields.  A national nonprofit membership organization, The Charter 100 seeks to identify and bring together business, professional and civic leaders to build and foster a network of communication and support among its members.  Through programs on timely issues, and speakers of national prominence, The Charter 100 enlightens and informs its members, as well as provides an open forum for the exchange of ideas, successes and life experiences.  


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Charter 100 DC Events

Monthly Luncheons

The Charter 100 DC’s monthly luncheons are the staple of our programming. 


Our city gives us access to a wide range of experts from media, public policy, economics and politics to literature, activism, history, the arts and food.


In recent seasons, The Charter 100 DC members gathered and were introduced to: the geography of Cuba, escaping chronic abuse, the mountain gorillas of Rwanda and the raw food phenomenon. 

Charter 100 March luncheon
Charter 100 March luncheon

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September 2018 Luncheon
September 2018 Luncheon

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Charter 100 luncheon
Charter 100 luncheon

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Charter 100 Holiday Tea
Charter 100 Holiday Tea

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Charter 100  An Evening with Members
Charter 100 An Evening with Members

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Charter 100 An Evening with Members
Charter 100 An Evening with Members

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Special Events

Several times each year, members enjoy what DC has to offer by attending local theater productions, exhibitions at local art galleries and historical homes, and evening salons at members’ houses.


Each December, members join to celebrate the holidays and the New Year at our annual tea. 

Selection of Past Events


July, 2020 - “Resilience in Crazy Times” with licensed marriage and family therapist Jeanette Cutshaw


August, 2020 - Members Zoom Lunch and Catchup


September, 2020 - “Unraveling the Lost History of Kilims in Albania” with artist and academic Alexis Zoto


October 18, 2020 - Jazz afternoon on a Potomac estate with The John Tolle Quartet and Vocalist Paula Hantman Tolle


October, 2020 - Members and Guests Zoom with Dr. Sam Pappas


November, 2020 - “Leadership” with former ambassador Prudence Bushnell


December, 2020 - Opera with American baritone Michael Chioldi


December, 2020 - Interactive Holiday Flower Arranging Experience with Flower School New York


December, 2020 - Program and Special Event Collaboration: Virtual Holiday Tea: Performance by cellist

Natalie Peek


January, 2021 - “Suffragists” with American journalist and author Rebecca Boggs February 9: An Evening with New York Times food columnist Marian Burros


February, 2021 - “Mental Health and Community Mental Services” with Christine Gebhard, CEO of North Country Community Mental Health and speaker on social justice


March, 2021 - “Why Women Should Tell Their Stories” with Amanda Hirsch, founder of Mighty Forces


April, 2021 - “Do We Still Need Embassies in 2021?” with former American Ambassador to Ghana Robert P. Jackson


May, 2021 - Al Fresco Afternoon on a Potomac Estate with The John Tolle Jazz Quartet and Vocalist Paula Hantman Tolle


May, 2021 - “Heirloom Vegetables and Flowers” with master gardener Erica Smith



October, 2017 - Juan José Valdés - National Geographic’s Geographer and Director of Editorial and Cartographic Research


November, 2017 - Sally Sachar, Chief Operations and Program Officer, Us Against Alzheimers  - “Alzheimer's - Stopping It and Promoting Brain Health”.

January, 2018 - Francisca Villarroel Alonso, CEO & Co-Founder AV Architects + Builders


February, 2018 - L.Y.Marlowe, Award-winning author, Social Entrepreneur, Founder/CEO of Saving Promise


March, 2018 - Elaine Gibson, Author, Coach and Speaker


April, 2018 - Lezlee Brown Halper, PhD.  Tibetan History and International Relations.


May, 2018 - Sousan Abadian, PhD.  Trauma Narratives and Violent Extremism: Reframing Huntington's Clash of Civilizations.

September, 2018 - Sara Just, Executive Producer, PBS NewsHour

2015 – 2016


October 2015  -  Brad Garrett, ABC News terrorism expert/analyst


November 2015  -  A Fun Evening in India – traditional home cooked Indian cuisine.  Prepared by Charter 100 Member – Marian Kumar – followed by a classical South Indian Bharatnatyam dance performance by Roushini Manjunath


January 2016 - James A. Thurber, Director and Distinguished Professor

Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, American University


February 2016 -  Evening Art Tour and Reception at American University’s Katzen Center with Renee Stout Jack Rasmussen, Director and Curator of Museum for exhibit Tales of the Conjure Woman.


March 2016 - Susan Commander Samakow, PCC, CPCC


May 2016- Francis Gary Powers, Jr., President, Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce


November, 2019 - Frank Sesno, Journalist and Director of George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs

October, 2019 - Ann B. Friedman, Founder and Chair of Planet Word, a new interactive museum of words and language in Washington, D.C.

January, 2020 - Leigh A. Frame, PhD, MHS, Program Director of Integrative Medicine at GWU

February, 2020 - Canden Schwantes Arciniega, Author, Historian, and Tour Guide

May, 2020 - Charter 100 DC's First Virtual Get Together

July, 2020 - Jeanette Cutshaw, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist


November, 2018 - Missy Ryan, Reporter, The Washington Post


January, 2019 - Channapha Khamvongsa, Executive Director, Legacies of War, "Healing the Wounds of the War in Laos"


February, 2019 - Mary Morton, Curator, French Paintings, National Gallery of Art


March, 2019 - Dr. Josephine (Jody) K. Olsen, Director, Peace Corps

April, 2019 - Victor Hoskins, Director, Arlington Economic Development

May, 2019 - Don Goldberg, Bluetext and the Clinton White House



October, 2016 -  Becky McDonald, Founder and President of Women at Risk International. “Creating Circles of Protection and Hope around Women at Risk from Trafficking”.


November, 2016 -  Dr. James Thurber, Professor at American University. “On the Transition to the New Presidency and Reflections on the Election Campaign”.


January 2017 - Roger Powell, Chairman of the Board of Gorilla Doctors. “Saving a Species One Gorilla at Time: The Story of the Gorilla Doctors”.  Accompanying slides were provided by Charter 100 member Barbara Valentino.


February, 2017 -   Dr. Kathleen Kuehnast, Director of Gender Policy and Strategy at the U.S. Institute for Peace. “The Everyday Peacemaker: Strategies for Aligning Gender and Peacemaking into U.S. Policies”.


March 2017 -  Elizabeth Petty, President of Elizabeth’s on L and creator of Elizabeth’s Gone Raw. “Healthy Gourmet Dining”.

Pre- 2015


Chuck Todd, producer and host of Meet the Press


Chris Matthews, producer and host of Hardball with Chris Matthews, MSNBC

Bill Kristol, founder and editor-at-large of the political magazine, The Weekly Standard and political commentator

Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security, 2009-2013

Sousan Abadian, policy advisor, State Department’s Office of International Religious Freedom


Alice Rivlin, economist and former director of the Office of Management and Budget


Tucker Carlson, conservative political commentator for Fox News


Lynn Cheney, past chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities and Second Lady of the United States


Senator Bob Dole (R-Kan.), 1985-1996, former U.S. Senate Majority Leader and Republican vice presidential and presidential candidate