MEETUP for ONE CITY! Third Sundays 12:30PM in Wash. DC, FREE, All are welcome!

Meet people who care about Wash. DC including social entrepreneurs, "changemakers", investors, innovators, advocates and  people of diverse backgrounds who have been inspired by Mayor Vincent Gray's vision of Washington D.C. as ONE CITY!

Come together for followup conversations to stay in touch and working together to bridge cultural, digital and other divides! There will be a round of self introductions to the entire group. In the past about 50 to 80 people have attended these events each month. People can sit at different tables for conversations over lunch (free admission and networking; self-pay for food you order).

The first step is to get to know each other better to see if we are ready to work together harmoniously with appreciation, forgiveness and understanding. These monthly community events provide opportunities to build trust, develop more community allies and to connect with others interested in similar topics. Express your interest to the co-organizers and followup if you please. EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED!

WHEN: 12:30PM TO 2:30PM on the third Sundays of each month.

The content is spontaneously provided by the participants who show up at each event. Many wonderful outcomes have resulted from these informal networking and Conversations for ONE CITY! Invite your new contacts to meet you at Join the fun in making new contacts in a friendly, welcoming and happy context!

DIRECTIONS: When you exit the METRO station (red line) at Gallery Place/Chinatown metro station, you will see the Friendship Archway monument which was co-developed with the city back in 1986 as a call for friendship and better understanding among people of all backgrounds. One way to build ONE CITY is to come together when you can or participate in message board discussions here and in other groups sponsored by the Friendship Archway Alliance and A.B.C. We look forward to connect with you and your friends!


We thank Ms. Soohyun "Julie" Koo, and the Mayor's Office on Asian and Pacific Islanders Affairs for their outreach calendar announcements and support. We thank the ongoing training opportunities of the Strategic Partnership Initiative (SPI) under the leadership of Lafayette Barnes and Pat Henry. We appreciate the outstanding leadership of Mayor Vincent Gray who saved Chinatown DC by his critical legislative leadership to help shape the future of DC's Chinatown as a Asian American destination. He achieved this while he was Chairman of the City Council before he became Mayor of DC.  We appreciate many extraordinary and dedicated DC government officials including Allen Y. Lew,  Gilles A. E. Stucker, Tonya Butler-Truesdale, Patricia Zingsheim, Dory Peters, Thor Nelson and the many talented professionals in the Office of Planning under the talented leadership of Director Harriet Tregoning.

For more information on the nonprofit co-sponsor, see Thank you!

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  • DC N.

    I was amazed by the performance of the volunteers and the organization who put together a wonderful 2 hours networking event. This event is the most unique one and it is free for me to come to have conversation with IT professionals and businesses. Thank you!

    February 18, 2013

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    February 18, 2013

  • OPallies, C.

    Great event!

    February 17, 2013

  • Diane A.

    We love the friendly Spirit of the participants and the One City theme of this event! We appreciate the contributions of community volunteers, the donors, the Burma Restaurant, HQ, the business co-sponsors and others who help to make this inclusive and open event possible! Thank you all!

    February 17, 2013

  • Organizer 2.

    This meetup never fails to amaze me. Today I secured a new client, got leads for others, and got to meet lots of new and interesting people. I also ate while I participated. The food was really good.This is a networking event unlike anything you've ever experienced. Give it a try. You'll be glad you did.

    February 17, 2013

  • Organizer 3.

    An exciting meetup today meeting people with positive energy.

    February 17, 2013

  • ConversationsNET3 g.

    Excellent turnout. Thank you everyone for your positive attitude.

    February 17, 2013

  • DC o.

    Another good gathering. Thanks, everyone!

    February 17, 2013

  • DC Community B.

    Such a great turnout. Thanks to all who came to make today so exciting!

    February 17, 2013

  • Allies Team/Organizing C.

    Lots of people to have conversations with and the contacts are just over flowing.

    February 17, 2013

  • Jeffrey C.

    A really great meet up today. Lot's of new and interesting people to interact with.

    February 17, 2013

  • Friendship Archway Network, D.

    We really enjoyed meeting so many new participants at each month's event! Special thanks to Lynette Melcher, Rebecca, Richard, John, DW, Seth, Michael S., Eric, Luca, Jeff, Nicole, Michael K. and other volunteers and donors for helping to build One City!

    February 17, 2013

  • Allies Team/Organizing C.

    We really enjoyed meeting so many new participants at each month's event! Special thanks to Lynette Melcher, Rebecca, Richard, John T., DW, Seth, Michael S., Luca, Jeff, Nicole, Michael K. and other volunteers and donors for helping to build One City!

    February 17, 2013

  • Asian Allies c.

    The meetup was awesome. The room was filled with positive people. I will surely come back next month

    February 17, 2013

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