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The DC LERA Board of Governors cordially invites
you to the monthly luncheon meeting

Wednesday, March 22, 2017…

Why Some Rustbelt Cities Are Becoming
the Smartest Places on Earth

A talk by
Antoine van Agtmael
Senior Advisor
Foreign Policy Analytics

Antoine van Agtmael is Senior Advisor at Foreign Policy Analytics, a public policy advisory firm in Washington, D.C. He was a principal founder, CEO and CIO of Emerging Markets Management LLC. Earlier he served as Deputy Director of the Capital Markets Department of the International Finance Corporation – the private-sector-oriented affiliate of the World Bank. While at IFC, Mr. van Agtmael coined the term “emerging markets.” Mr. van Agtmael co-authored The Smartest Places on Earth (2016) – which will be the subject of his luncheon talk. He holds an M.B.A. from New York University’s Stern School, an M.A. in Russian and Eastern European Studies from Yale University, and an undergraduate degree in Economics from Erasmus University in the Netherlands.  Click on book cover to purchase The Smartest Places on Earth at Amazon.

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Time: Sign-in begins: 11:30; Lunch: 12:00; Presentation and Q&A: 12:45 - 1:30

Delicious Lunch:
Buffet with salad, choice of two entrées, vegetarian options, sides, choice of dessert, plus coffee or iced/tea. Cash wine service.

Price: DC LERA Members $25, DC LERA Member Special Guest Rate $25, Non-members $30, Students $15

Venue:  Woman's National Democratic Club, located in the historic Whittemore House at 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW Washington, D.C. 20036, just one block from Dupont Circle and its Red Line Metro station.

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The DC LERA is on the cusp of tidal changes in national labor policies. Battles between powerful political forces in Washington will determine the future of work for decades to come. We are a non-partisan forum in Washington where these conflicting ideas and ideologies coexist.
We sponsor a series of monthly luncheons on crucial economic, legal, and social issues in employer–employee relations. Thanks to our location, DC LERA draws support from the Washington policy community, with members and speakers from government, universities, unions, think tanks, and policy advocate organizations. Our luncheon programs offer great opportunities for labor rela­tions professionals, union leaders, policy special­ists, scholars, and students to express their views, enrich their knowledge and expand their networks.
A special dimension of DC LERA’s program is international labor relations. We are honored and privileged that representatives of Washington’s diplomatic delegations are active participants in our Chapter. They learn, but they also give back. Attachés and counselors give us inside views of labor relations in Asia and Europe.
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