April 2015: The Return of Sharkey

3.20.2015_JAWS_BoardMemberReception-0597D.C. events are known for their quotients of power brokers and influencers. So perhaps it wasn’t that unusual to find six past presidents gathered at the National Press Club on March 20.

But how often do you find past presidents and their supporters munching on cookies featuring a curvaceous pink shark with big red lips?

The JAWS board of directors spring meeting in DC kicked off with a reception attended by D.C., Virginia and Maryland members including past presidents Cheryl Hampton, Pat Sullivan, Jodi Enda, Pamela Moreland, Gina Setser and Susy Schultz. We toasted JAWS’ upcoming 30th anniversary CAMP in Montana, did a round of the traditional 10-second JAWS intros, and ate cookies and cake. Toward the end, a young member came over to me all excited because she had just received an impromptu 10-minute coaching session with JAWS Secretary Sheila Solomon on how to crush it at a job fair the next day. That’s the kind of interaction that reminds us why there is a Journalism and Women Symposium.

– Linda Kramer Jenning