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June 13, 2011
Emcee — Kimberly Lohman Suiters
Kimberly Lohman Suiters is an anchor and reporter for News4. She is also a host for Daily Connection.

Raised in Arlington, Suiters has deep roots in our area. She graduated from Langley High School in McLean, and her entire family still lives in Northern Virginia.

When Suiters returned to the Washington area and joined News4 in June 2008, it was also a homecoming to the NBC4 studios. She interned with Lea Thompson and Liz Crenshaw in News4’s Consumer Unit while in college and assisted Tom Sherwood at two political conventions several years later. Suiters also worked undercover with the Washington Bureau of NBC’s news magazine, Dateline.

Suiters attended Bucknell University then earned a Master’s degree at the University of Missouri. She met her husband during her first reporting job at WYFF in Greenville, South Carolina. Also a journalist from Northern Virginia, he and Suiters were both offered jobs at KOCO-TV in Oklahoma City where they worked for several years. They teamed up to cover the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster in 2003.

While reporting on a story in Oklahoma City, Suiters met Dr. Phil McGraw’s sister-in-law, Cindi Broaddus, who was severely burned as when someone doused her with acid. Broaddus asked Suiters to write a book about her story, and A Random Act was published by HarperCollins in 2005. Suiters is now working on a second book about a tornado survivor she also met on a story on Oklahoma.

Suiters and her husband were married at St. John’s Lafayette Square – the yellow church across from the White House. They now live with their daughter in Northern Virginia.

Keynote Speakers — Katherine Kallinis and Sophie Kallinis 
After risking their life savings and trading their careers in fashion and venture capital to pursue their passion for baking, Sophie and Katherine set out to follow their lifelong dream of opening a bakery. Armed with their grandmother’s recipes and the support of their family, the sisters opened Georgetown Cupcake on Valentine's Day 2008. To their surprise, the shop became an overnight sensation and now has a cult-following of locals, tourists and celebrities, selling as many as 10,000 cupcakes a day.
Entertainment — Bill Williams
For the last two decades, Bill Williams has been a fixture in D.C.'s musical community as instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, and arranger for numerous Wammie (Washington Area Music Association) award-winning groups, including Last Train Home, The Tone Rangers, J.P. McDermott & Western Bop, the Jelly Roll Mortals, Little Pink and One Horse Town.  Bill's own solo CD, "Handful," garnered four Wammie nominations in 2008.  By day, Bill doubles as the mild-mannered Director of Learning & Development for Discovery Communications, Inc. in Silver Spring, MD.
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