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Case III: Plenary Session Sponsored by Alexander Haas

February 25, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

The New York Times Review of Books recently called “Treating People Well” “the first book we are all obliged to read in 2018.” Former White House social secretaries Lea Berman, who worked for George and Linda Bush, and Jeremy Bernard, who worked for Michelle and Barack Obama, share the empowering lessons they learned about how to work productively with different people from many walks of life and points of view. They share what they’ve learned through personal examples of their own glamorous (and sometimes harrowing) moments with celebrities, foreign leaders and that most unpredictable of animals – the American politician. 

Lea Berman is the creator of America’s Table, a blog about food and entertaining at the White House. She worked for Henry Kissinger at Georgetown University’s Center for Strategic and International Studies, ran her own event planning and political fundraising firm for many years and was a full-time mother for ten years. She then worked at the White House from 2001 to 2007, first as Social Secretary to the Vice President, then Chief of Staff to the Second Lady and finally for two years as White House Social Secretary. 

Jeremy Bernard served as the White House Social Secretary from 2011 to 2015. Previously, he served as Senior Advisor to the Ambassador at the U.S. Embassy of Paris, the White House Liaison to the National Endowment for the Humanities, and a California Finance Consultant for the Obama for America campaign. He was a Principal of B&G Associates from 2007 to 2009, Vice-President of Mapleton Investments from 1999 to 2006 and Director of Government Affairs of Falcon Cable TV from 1996 to 2006. 

Berman and Bernard are the co-authors of “Treating People Well: The Extraordinary Power of Civility at Work and in Life.” 

Moderated by Jennifer Richwine 
Jennifer Richwine has more than 19 years of experience in special events and higher
education. In 2014 she was named Wake Forest University’s first executive director of the Washington, D.C., office. Previously, she was assistant vice president of university events, where she was responsible for the overall strategy, production and execution of the university’s signature events. Richwine’s passion for expressions of gratitude in any workplace environment led her to author the book “With Gratitude: The Power of a Thank You Note,” which was named the number one new release in business etiquette.


February 25, 2019
10:30 am - 12:00 pm


Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta
210 Peachtree St. NW
Atlanta, GA 30303 United States
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