Please join us in welcoming
Anita McBride, Former Chief of Staff to First Lady Laura Bush
Tina Tchen, Former Chief of Staff to First Lady Michelle Obama
Chef Roland Mesnier, Former White House Pastry Chef
and a Special Performance by Motown Legend Martha Reeves
America’s First Ladies Luncheon Series Presents
“Inside the White House: Behind the Scenes of the First Lady’s Office”
Thursday, May 30, 2019
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture park
Doors Open 11:30 AM – Program 12:00 Noon
$50 per person
Reservations are required: via Online RSVP, call 616-254-0396, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please call 616-254-0396 for Luncheon Sponsorship or Table Inquiries
Space is limited ~ Reservations will be accepted in the order received ~ Business attire.
Thank You to Our Sponsors
Premiere Sponsor: Meijer
Platinum Sponsors: Amway, Fifth Third Bank, Spectrum Health
Biography – Anita McBride
Anita McBride’s service spans more than 30 years as a White House advisor, chief of staff, diplomacy advisor, and human rights advocate. Currently, she is Executive-in-Residence at the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies in the School of Public Affairs at American University in Washington, DC, where she directs programming on the legacies of America’s first ladies and their historical influence on politics, policy and global diplomacy. She also serves as an advisor to the university’s president and the Office of Development and Alumni Relations.
Among her experiences in the White House, McBride served as White House personnel director for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George HW Bush; special assistant to the President for management and administration and as an assistant to President George W. Bush and Chief of Staff to First Lady Laura Bush. She directed the first lady’s travel to 67 countries in four years to support U.S. foreign policy objectives in human rights, women’s empowerment, global health and education, and human freedom. She co-founded the RAND African First Ladies Initiative and Fellowship program, working with African first ladies to champion change in their countries and increase the effectiveness of their staff and office. She served as a fellow to the Bush Institute’s First Ladies Initiative and continues to serve as an advisor to the Laura W Bush Women’s Initiative. She is a member of the US-Afghan Women’s Council, the International Republican Institute’s Women’s Democracy Network, the National Italian American Foundation, a Board Member of the White House Historical Association where she was Chair of the Presidential Sites Summit, an historic gathering in Washington of presidential sites from around the country. She is a Founding Advisor of the RightNow Women PAC and serves on the Advisory Board of the Sine Institute of Policy and Politics at American University.
She is a consultant to HBO’s Emmy-award winning series, Veep, and is a frequent speaker, print source, contributor and news commentator on White House history, its occupants and presidential transitions.
Biography – Tina Tchen
Tina Tchen shares hope, ideas and strategies that inspire others to recognize the power of diverse teams and keep equality on the forefront of the global agenda.
During her eight years at the White House, Tina served as chief of staff to First Lady Michelle Obama, assistant to President Barack Obama, and executive director of the White House Council on Women and Girls, leading the first-ever White House Summit on Working Families and the first-ever United State of Women Summit.
A high-powered lawyer, Tina’s career accomplishments have established her as a powerful advocate for gender equality. Tina is actively involved with the Time’s Up initiative, where 300 prominent women in the entertainment world have banded together to create a legal defense fund which aims to support women dealing with sexual harassment across all industries. Ms. Tchen co-founded the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund, which is administered by the National Women’s Law Center, and has raised over $22 million to connect victims of workplace sexual harassment with lawyers. She is a partner at Buckley LLP, where she leads the firm’s Workplace Cultural Compliance practice.
A passionate champion for women’s and children’s issues, including women in positions of leadership, Tina shares her unique perspective and insights on workplace culture, breaking through male-dominated industries, and ending campus sexual assault. Energetic, authentic and engaging on stage, she empowers the next generation to raise their voices and take action now to secure a better tomorrow for women and minorities across the country and world.
Biography – Chef Roland Mesnier
Chef Roland Mesnier was pastry chef for five presidents. He began his career as a pastry apprentice in France at the age of twelve and made his way up, working at the world’s most prestigious hotels. In 1979, First Lady Rosalynn Carter hired him as head pastry chef at the White House. During his twenty-five years there, he created stunning desserts for more than forty queens, kings, princes, princesses, and heads of state, and he was beloved for his famous series of gingerbread houses displayed in the State Dining Room each Christmas holiday.
He continues to educate expert and novice bakers about his craft with his books, and he travels around the world teaching pastry techniques and sharing fond memories of life at the White House. Among his many books are The White House in Gingerbread: Memories & Recipes, The Gingerbread White House: A Pop-Up Book, and A Sweet World of White House Desserts, published by the White House Historical Association.
Biography – Martha Reeves
Martha Reeves was born in Eufaula, Alabama in 1941. At a young age Reeves developed her talent singing gospel at her grandfather’s church and at Detroit’s Northeastern High School. Her powerful voice bore the passionate fervor of gospel and the force for rhythm & blues distinguishing her from the rest.
Together with her backup singers, the Vandellas, Reeves recorded a classic run of singles in the mid-Sixties. She’s responsible for hits such as Dancing in the Street and Nowhere to Run, Come and Get These Memories, (Love is Like a) Heatwave, Jimmy Mack, My Baby Loves Me, I’m ready for Love, and Quicksand, landing her in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame and in the hearts of the world.
Today, Martha and the Vandellas continue to perform, enduring as one of the most prominent reminders of Motown’s glory days.