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Shout Out: Rashmir Balasubramaniam

Today, I am taking a moment to recognize an individual who has made a positive difference in my life and the lives of the multitudes of people who have been fortunate enough to cross paths with her. Rashmir Balasubramaniam is, among many other things, an educator, learner, connector, synthesizer, problem solver, and innovator. She is also a major catalyst behind Startup Washington, an organization with a mission to create a strong ecosystem for entrepreneurs. My relationship with Rashmir began almost a year ago at Bainbridge Graduate Institute where she taught the difficult yet necessary class Diversity and Social Justice. Similarly to both Dr. Don Parks and Dr. Maria Lowe, two educators who greatly influenced me in the past at Southwestern University, Rashmir pushed me (and continues to push me) to see things in different ways and continuously strive to be a better version of myself. And she doesn't just do it for me. She seems to positively influence everyone she comes in contact with.

Last night I had the opportunity to document the launch party for Next 50 and Startup Washington, as well as and a panel discussion moderated by Women in Innovation Summit founder Kristiina Hiukka, that included Jill Bamburg(, Carol Sanford, and Pamela Contag. Although she was master of ceremonies and handling all of the duties that come along with that job, Rashmir still took a few moments to share a few words with me. Here they are…

I spoke with several attendees and sponsors last night. Overwhelmingly the highlights included the meaningful connections and reconnections they made with each other. The vast majority of the people last night were there because they believe they can change the world through ideas, connections, technology, and innovation. Their shared mission was palpable. And we've heard time and time again that the people crazy enough to think they change the world are the ones who do. Until next time…peace.

Round Two of Network BGI Was a Success!

Round two of Network BGI was another success. Opened by Gifford Pinchot III himself and flawlessly emceed by current student Kyle Capizzi, we again accomplished an event that people found both valuable and enjoyable. Last night we tried something new, using a modified version of The World Café model as a way to facilitate meaningful conversation. We had a solid representation from both hybrid and metro students as well as the general public. An extra special thanks goes out to our table topic leaders Jimmy Jia, Bob Gunn, Stanley Florek, and Hoby Douglass. Other distinguished guests in attendance included Fortunado Vega (Chair of Partnerships & Sponsors at MIT Enterprise Forum of the Northwest) and Maureen Takaoka (Business Development Events Manager for the Washington Clean Technology Alliance).

We’re always looking for ways to improve our events to add value to you. If you have any feedback, please send your ideas, issues, and proposed resolutions to Our next Network BGI Community Social will take place on April 26, 2012 and, in conjunction with the BGI alumni weekend, will include an alumni career panel. Register for free and check out photos of our last event.

I'm Live Blogging From BGI

I am live blogging from the BGI C.A.I.R. (Change Agents in Residents) program at IslandWood. I hope to bring this event to those who otherwise would not have access to this.

Upcoming Event: 2011 Employee Benefit Plan Update

The following event will be hosted by Carneiro, Chumney & Co., L.C. Continuing Education Credits will be awarded, a full breakfast buffet will provided, and there is no cost at all to attend. If you are interested, please RSVP with Maria Williams at 


ORGANIZATION UPDATEComplimentary Breakfast Seminar
Please join Carneiro, Chumney & Co., L.C. and its national alliance affiliate BDO Seidman for this important three hour seminar which will highlight some of today’s most pressing issues concerning not-for-profit organizations. The seminar is entitled “Creating a Collaborative Development Function in Your Non Profit” and will address such topics as: 

         •   Best practices for developing and managing a successful development fundraising
         •   How do I create a synergy between the Board of Directors, Senior Management Team, the
             accounting and finance function and the development fundraising team?
         •   Understanding informed donors’ criteria for giving, what is the donor looking for?
         •   Who are the watchdogs and what are they watching?
         •   Charitable solicitation registration and other tax considerations.
         •   Interacting with the government and other oversight organizations.
         •   What is a contribution and when and how do I record it? It might not be that simple.
         •   What are the significant audit and accounting issues related to fundraising?
         •   Increasing donor confidence.

Course Audience:   All CEOs, CFOs, comptrollers, accountants, officers, board members, and other management level personnel will benefit from this seminar.

 Carneiro, Chumney & Co., L.C. has a more than 80 year history in San Antonio and South Texas of providing professional services to non-profit organizations.   Together with our national alliance affiliate, BDO, our speakers offer a wealth of knowledge and breadth of experience that goes unmatched. 

 Wednesday, May 25, 2011
7:30 Registration ~ 8:15-11:30am Seminar 
(This event is complimentary!) Doubletree Hotel San Antonio37 NE Loop 410 ~ San Antonio, TX  Register Today! Space is limited. Please contact Maria Williams at 210.342.8000, ext. 101or no later than May 20, 2011

 This seminar qualifies for 3 hours of CPE Credit under the standards of theTexas State Board of Public Accountancy. Prerequisites: None

We are registered with the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy as a CPE sponsor.Our registration does not constitute an endorsement by the Board as to the quality of our CPE program