A Special Kind of Diplomacy.
WHEN: Tuesday, December 3, 10am-12pm
WHERE: CIR Conference Room. 413 Grant Ave, Suite D.
TICKETS: $7 in advance. Available here.
Across from the White House lies the intensely private Blair House complex, the world’s most prestigious presidential guest house. Imagine a virtual tour conducted by its former general manager who will examine the Blair House’s special role in hosting the official guests of the U.S. presidents, as well as its substantial role in America’s 19th century history. She will discuss the importance of informal diplomacy in furthering American foreign policy objectives and gain a deeper understanding of the world’s cultural differences. Amusing and sometimes shocking anecdotes will be shared.
Danish-born Benedicte Valentiner, author of Bedtime and Other Stories from the President’s Guest House, was Chatelaine of Blair House for more than 13 years. Her experiences include a BA from Copenhagen Business School, hotel training in Europe and the U.S., raptor research in Iran, maintaining a weaving studio in Mexico and New Mexico, legislative experience working for the N.M. State Legislature and in the U.S. Senate for U.S. Senator Pete Domenici, as well as being protocol consultant to the Leland Stanford Mansion Foundation, CA. She has published numerous articles on world leaders, was an instructor at Chautauqua Institute, NY and is a member of the Explorers Club in New York City.
Visit her website: www.benedictevalentiner.com.