Evening with Dr. Madeleine K. Albright and Max Weinberg

August 19, 2016

Please join me for an evening with Dr. Madeleine K. Albright and Max Weinberg, E Street Band and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Drummer


August 31
6:00pm – 8:00pm

Hill Country BBQ
410 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20004

Please register @ https://goo.gl/7xMRky

Herlife Magazine International Model Competition

July 30, 2016

We are so proud to introduce you to the next exceptional judge for our Herlife Magazine International Model Competition on August 7, Rokas Beresniovas, Vice President at the State Bank of India (California) in Washington, DC!

Giving back to the community is extremely important to Rokas. In 2007, he joined the Georgetown Business Association (GBA) and was elected VP in 2011 and President in 2012. Currently, Rokas is a board member of Pebbles of Hope, Kids4Peace International, Joy of Motion Dance Center, and an honorary board member for The Embassy Series. In the past, Rokas served on the Board of Directors for the CSAAC Foundation, the GMC and Global Tassels!

Recently, Rokas was awarded the 2016 SmartCEO Washington DC Executive Management Award and was a finalist for the 2015 SmartCEO Washington DC Money Manager Award. He also won a Global Tassels Community Innovator Award (2015) and The Eurasia Center Golden BRICS Award (2014)! Rokas is also the founder of the Lithuanian nonprofit organization Global Lithuanian Leaders (GLL) and was recognized by the Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2015 for outstanding leadership in youth mentoring!

We are so honored to have such an exemplary member of the community serve as a judge for our TOP MODEL Competition, to help us select the best girls to represent the U.S. and HERLIFE for our international modeling initiative in Italy this September!

BUT, WE NEED YOUR HELP! As an attendee, your support and vote COUNTS! Buy your tickets to attend the big event, and your vote will be weighed in to the judge’s decision! Help your favorite girls make it to the top, purchase your tickets TODAY!


Kids4Peace: making a life of peace and making change

July 26, 2016

(Alliance for Middle East)

In the Beit Safafa Middle School, more than two hundred families-Muslims, Christians, and Jews-met and shared Iftar together.  Orchestrated by Kids4Peace, the meal embodies the hopes of the members. USAID’s Dave Harden summed the event up perfectly with his words, “you are living a life of peace. I want you to have big, big visions.” As described by Jill Levenfeld, these children are making noise and making change throughout a broad community.

Jerusalem co-director Rebecca Sullum poignantly describes her experiences with Kids4Peace, which now spans more than a decade. She began as an individual who could not name a Muslim holiday, and now witnesses interfaith meals as hopeful symbols of peace.

Beginning in late July, over two hundred Israeli, Palestinian, and American students student will meet for summer camps in cities ranging from Boston to Washington, DC, to Galilee.

Lastly, congratulations must be extended to Jesse Raben, Rokas Beresniovas, and Kevin Rachlin for their recent selections as members of Kids4Peace’s International Board of Directors. Read more.

Meet Israeli, Palestinian & American Youth Peacemakers on August 2nd

July 24, 2016

Kids4Peace International Invites You To


An inspiring evening honoring 30 Israeli, Palestinian & American youth peacemakers as they complete a week-long leadership program in advocacy and social action.

Tuesday, August 2nd at 6:30pm
Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church
900 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC


6:30pm – Reception
Meet & Greet with Kids4Peace’s young leaders
Kosher & halal food provided

7:00pm – Movie
Private screening of Jerusalem Voices a new short film by Dandan Liu

7:30pm – Youth Speakers
Israeli, Palestinian & American youth from Kids4Peace share their stories and visions for the future

8:00pm – Musical Celebration
with Ami Yares & friends

Voices of Hope

American Bazaar to host free startup workshop at George Mason University

July 22, 2016

Speakers will include business stalwarts, CEOs and executives from small, mid-sized, and large companies.

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The American Bazaar will kick off its multicity startup workshop series Startup Bazaar 2016 at George Mason University on Saturday, July 23.

The admission is free for the event, which will be hosted in partnership with George Mason University’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

To register for the event, visit http://abevents.americanbazaaronline.com/ab-events/ab-startup-bazaar-washington-dc/

The mission of the Startup Bazaar is to provide a platform for startup founders, early-stage and potential entrepreneurs to listen, interact and network with men and women who have created enormous wealth through entrepreneurship.

Speakers include business stalwarts, CEOs, and executives from small, mid-sized, and large companies.

Anita Gupta, Founder and Chief Revenue Officer of Kiwitech, a Washington-based technology company that also invests in startups, will deliver the keynote address. She will talk about “Launching your startup with low capital.”

The Startup Bazaar will feature three workshops on various aspects of running a startup.

Dr. Mahesh Joshi, the Director of Research & Practice at George Mason University’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, will conduct a workshop on elements of a business model. The other two are:

  • a legal workshop for startup owners by Suzanne L. Rotbert, a Principal at Miles & Stockbridge; and
  • a workshop on accounting by Balagan Arumugaswamy, the founder of Balagan Business & Taxe Services.

Geeta Anand, a Vice President of Business Banking at Capital One Bank, and Rokas Beresniovas, a Vice President at State Bank of India – California, will make presentations on raising capital.

Neal Gupta, Founder and Chief Financial Officer of Kiwitech, and Dr. Pradeep Ganguly, Executive Vice President at Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation, will speak about “Finding the right kind of incubators and accelerators for your startup.”

The event will also recognize two outstanding startups from the Washington area: TextBehind, Inc. and Syndeste.

TextBehind, founded by Pakistani American Zia Rana, enables one to communicate with incarcerated loved ones using detailed text messages and greeting cards.

Syndeste, founded by IITean Mohan Rajasekar provides actionable insights on flood risk, including steps to improve their resilience to flooding and climate.

Moderators include Kirit Udeshi, founder of Forte, and Sanjeev Joshipura, Director of Special Projects at Indiaspora.

Besides Washington, DC, area, the multi-city startup workshops will be held in Dallas, Atlanta and New York. Read more.

DNC Heritage Council GOP Convention Watch Party

July 10, 2016

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PDF Invitation: July 21st Heritage Council Watch Party

RSVP: https://goo.gl/eXTTwt

Open Bar
Business Casual Attire

Welcome New Board Members

June 22, 2016

The Kids4Peace International Board of Directors elected three new members this week. Welcome to the Kids4Peace Team – Rokas Beresniovas, Jesse Raben & Kevin Rachlin. Read more.

Foreign Policy Professionals for Hillary Event on Europe and Alliances

June 20, 2016

Please join me for DC’s first HFA reception on Europe and the transatlantic relationship. The event will include an off-the-record conversation on America’s continued investment in NATO, key European allies and partners, and the EU with Julie Smith, former advisor to Vice President Joe Biden, Robert Kagan, former Reagan Administration State Department official, and Amanda Sloat, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Europe.

The reception and discussion will be immediately followed by a private watch party of the final day of the GOP convention.

RSVP: https://goo.gl/JqiR7o

7.21.16 Invite

My American Journey

June 19, 2016

June is Immigrant Heritage Month, and columnist Rokas Beresniovas, a Lithuanian American, reflects on his American Odyssey.

By Rokas Beresniovas

Rokas BeresniovasMy world was totally upended when I was 10 and communism fell. I was born in what was then the Lithuanian Socialist Republic of the USSR, and my familiar world ended with tanks and bloodshed during a cold winter in 1991.

My parents didn’t know what to expect, and it was the first time I remember realizing that the world was a big, uncertain place. From that point on, I watched as black marketeers and mafia took advantage of the economic uncertainty and social instability in my country. I pledged that when I was old enough I would travel somewhere where real opportunity was possible for anyone.

Armed only with legends about America and $200 in my pocket, I landed in New York in the late 1990s. I worked three jobs doing menial labor hauling, cleaning, and doing construction just to feed myself. Many people dismissed me because of my accent, my poor English, and my cultural differences, but a rare few saw themselves in me and made it a point to help me.

Some actually went out of their way to train me on jobs, provide me a place to stay, and help me learn how to navigate the system so I could earn a little piece of the opportunity they had been born with. I will never forgot those first lessons about kindness and compassion; they taught me the most important lessons about what it means to be American.

When I met my wife, an American, I remember that she was so passionate about the value of democracy. Growing up in the Soviet Union, I used to challenge her optimism and belief in the political system, but I watched as she wrote letters to her representatives, voted, kept up with politics, and even worked in jobs that taught youth about civic activism.

Over time, I came to understand the responsibility I had as an American citizen with an immigrant background. I realized that I had something to say and an accountability to the system I lived in to say it. Read more.

Featured Mentor: Rokas Beresniovas

June 17, 2016


Rokas Beresniovas is a leader in the D.C. business community. Presently, he works as a Vice President and head of expansion at the State Bank of India USA in Washington, DC. Currently, he is a founding board member of Pebbles of Hope and the Perisphere Theater, an active board member for Joy of Motion, and an honorary board member for The Embassy Series. He is also the founder of the Lithuanian nonprofit organization Global Lithuanian Leaders (GLL) and was recognized by the Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2015 for outstanding leadership in youth mentoring. Read more.

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