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An Evening of CORE Group Impact

Join us in celebrating 20 years of strengthening global community health through collaboration!

Thursday, September 28
6:00 – 7:00pm: Cocktail Reception
7:00 – 10:00pm: Dinner, Dancing, and Entertainment

Marriott Baltimore Waterfront
700 Aliceanna Street | Baltimore, Maryland 21202

Tickets: $135

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At this memorable night of dinner, music, and dancing we will celebrate CORE Group’s impact over the last two decades and recognize all who have transformed CORE Group from an idea into the global force it is today.

The gala will take place on the Thursday evening of the Fall Conference, but gala tickets are separate from conference registration.




Jackson Mvunganyi, Host of Upfront show, Voice of America


A native of Rwanda, Jackson has a bachelor’s degree in multimedia development from the American University in Washington D.C., and a master’s degree in Information Management from the University of Maryland. Jackson has had a multi-faceted broadcasting career so far, working in both radio and television, in Africa and the United States. Jackson also volunteers his time with African communities in the diaspora on issues affecting the continent.


NuNu Wako, Special Correspondent, KaliTV

NuNuWakoNuNu Wako is an internationally recognized broadcast journalist, independent filmmaker, Spokesmodel, and health advocate. Ethiopian-born and American-raised, NuNu Wako jump started her broadcasting career in 2006 as one of the founders of a website based television show –Africa in Demand to bring African issues to the forefront and joined the team at EBS in early 2008 and KaliTV in 2014. With a background in international relations, communications and broadcast journalism, NuNu Wako is able to steadily and respectfully build her broadcasting career as a trusted source discussing range of topics linking our global community. Having traveled to various African nations, interviewed Ambassadors, globally renowned philanthropists, pioneers and leaders of multi-continental corporations with business, investments and development efforts in Africa, NuNu Wako brings a more personalized form of interviewing skills to the show in an educational format.


KEYNOTE: Kathy Calvin, President & CEO, UN Foundation

KC Headshot of 4.5.13 OfficialKathy Calvin is President and CEO of the United Nations Foundation. She is a passionate advocate for multi-sector problem-solving, U.S. leadership on global issues, and the inclusion of women at all levels and in all sectors. The UN Foundation, created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner’s historic $1 billion gift to support UN causes, advocates for the UN and connects people, ideas and resources to help the UN solve global problems. Kathy’s career has spanned the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Before joining the UN Foundation as Chief Operating Officer in 2003, she served as President of the AOL Time Warner Foundation. She previously served in senior positions at AOL, Hill and Knowlton, and U.S. News & World Report. From 1976 through 1984 she was Senator Gary Hart’s press secretary. Kathy was named one of Newsweek’s “150 Women Who Rock the World” in 2011 and listed in Fast Company’s “League of Extraordinary Women” in 2012. Her innovative work in the philanthropy and international development sectors has been featured in the New York Times and the Washington Post, and she has received numerous other awards for philanthropy and leadership. She is a graduate of Purdue University.

Margaret Schuler, Senior Vice President, International Programs Group, World Vision

MargaretSchulerAs Senior Vice President, Margaret provides overall leadership for World Vision’s office in Washington, DC. Managing a team of professionals that raise public grants and who ensure quality programming of all WV’s resources – both public and private – around the world. She has worked in the field of relief and development for 25 years with organizations such as IRC, CARE, Save the Children and World Vision. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Washington State University in Animal Physiology and a Masters in International Affairs from Ohio University. Ms. Schuler has focused her work on improving the lives of most vulnerable women and children around the world in both emergency and development contexts. She began her career in Africa as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Tanzania.

Karen LeBan, Former CORE Group Executive Director

K LeBanKaren served as the Executive Director of CORE Group from 2002 – 2015. At CORE Group she created a forum that nurtured collaboration among CORE members and partners ensuring that the members’ ownership of CORE Group was maintained. Karen has worked in Bolivia, Maldive Islands, Sri Lanka and Thailand and has provided short-term technical and management support to community programs in Sub-Saharan Africa, south Asia, and Latin America/Caribbean through various positions with the US Government and NGOs over the past 25 years. Karen holds Master’s degrees from American University/National Training Laboratories and Southern Illinois University.

Dory Storms, Former Senior Associate, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

dorystormswebFor many years, Dory led the USAID-funded Child Survival Support Project based in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of Global Health. It was one of the first projects to provide technical assistance to NGOs implementing community-based child survival projects. Her work and the connections made during this time eventually led to the formation of CORE Group. The CORE Group founders honored Dory’s contributions by creating an award in her name, the Dory Storms Child Survival Recognition Award.


Mariachi Sunrise

UMBC Raascals

Afro-pop band Elikeh


Cultural dress or black tie optional


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