By Kathy Kemper – 03/18/08 07:06 AM ET Amidst Bear Stearns tanking, gas at $4.50 a gallon and the sick housing market, there’s something exciting on the horizon in Washington: BASEBALL!!! And not just our beloved Washington Nationals, but the Nats in a jazzy new stadium. America’s pastime may have returned to the nation’s capital…

By Jeff Dufour and Patrick Gavin Published on 02/27/2008 The Examiner Yeas and Nays Just as the New York Philharmonic was preparing for its unprecedented journey to North Korea, the newly installed deputy chief of mission for the Chinese Embassy welcomed his own musical ambassador to Washington this past weekend. Minister Xie Feng hosted a…

By Kathy Kemper – 02/24/08 02:15 PM ET In my last blog about D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee, I said she was tough. But Rhee’s character is too complex to fit a one-word label. Tough, yes, but without being abrasive, and while displaying confidence without hubris. That’s a pretty amazing combination. Tough without being abrasive:…

Washington Life, Winter 2007 “Leonard Slatkin of the National Symphony singing ‘Take me out to the Ballgame’ with Mayor Adrian Fenty; Justice Stephen Breyer and Sandra Day O’Connor listening intently as Tom Friedman talks about his best selling book The World is Flat. Both took place at the INFO breakfasts I host each month” -Kathy Kemper

Left to right: Deborah and Curtin Winsor III, Kathy Kemper and Jim Valentine, and Francis Colt deWolf III and his wife Nathalie deWolf stroll the iconic Peacock Alley in the Willard InterContinental Washington while enjoying a few fine flutes of bubbly off of the champagne cart.

As part of the effort, Washington insider Coach Kathy Kemper, who founded the institute more than a decade ago, recently brought together an array of Washingtonians to the home of Belgian Ambassador Dominique Struye de Swielande for a Civility Award Dinner to honor Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty for their work…

Published on 11/5/2007 The Examiner Yeas and Nays Just because you’re “mayor for life” doesn’t mean you’re always on the list. Just ask D.C. Councilmember Marion Barry. The Ward 8 stalwart showed up at Union Station on Thursday night for Conservation International’s D.C. Environmental Gala, which featured Harrison Ford and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg,…

Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) and Mayor Adrian Fenty (D-DC) were honored on October 22nd at an elegant and entertaining fete at the residence of the Belgian Ambassador: the Institute for Education’s (IFE) 2007 Civility Award Dinner and Forum. Senator Collins and Mayor Fenty were recognized by IFE for their commitment to civility and bipartisan cooperation…