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We were excited to host the following dynamic keynote speakers at the 2018 Virginia Volunteerism and Service Conference!

Lidia Soto-Harmon

Lidia 2016 UniformChief Executive Officer, Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital
Lidia Soto Harmon has a proven track record of success in the corporate, non-profit and government sectors. As the CEO of Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital, she oversees a 16 million dollar budget and 120 employees. Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital serves 87,312 girl and adult members in the Greater Washington Region: D.C., MD, VA and WV. Lidia was responsible for leading the largest celebration in the history of the Girl Scout movement, Girl Scouts Rock the Mall, which was attended by 250,000 people. Under her leadership, the Council reaches out to girls from every zip code, and provides over $600,000 in financial assistance to deserving girls.

Prior to joining the Council, Ms. Soto-Harmon served as Senior Vice President of Community Development for First Book, a national children’s literacy organization dedicated to getting new books into the hands of children from low-income families. She served as the Deputy Director of the President’s Interagency Council on Women, chaired by Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, at the U.S. Department of State. In 2013, Ms. Soto-Harmon was named one of DC’s most influential leaders in the Power Issue of Capitol File Magazine. She received the Wayne T. Anderson Award for Distinguished Public Service from her alma mater, George Mason University, in 2014, and was named by the Washington Business Journal as a Woman Who Means Business in 2012.

Lidia grew up in Latin America and the United States. She earned a BA from Drew University and master degree from George Mason. Today, she is married and has two bilingual adult children, one of whom is a Gold Award Girl Scout. For more information about the Girl Scouts Nation's Capital, visit http://www.gscnc.org/.

joshua-lozoff-speaker-photoJoshua Lozoff

Entertainer and Magician
Joshua Lozoff has studied and shared magic around the world for the past decade. He regularly performs at corporate, college, and private events across the U.S. and beyond. Recently Joshua had the immense honor of being one of only two magicians to receive an invitation to perform at the World's Fair in Japan. He spent two weeks as a featured performer for the USA Pavilion, entertaining Fair visitors from around the globe. For several years straight, his one-man show, Joshua Lozoff: Beyond Belief broke box office records by selling out every single performance, garnered rave reviews, and ended up on several "Best Theater of the Year" lists.

Before turning his attention to live performances, Joshua was a professional actor, including a notable recurring role on the TV show Cheers, as Gino Tortelli, and as Logan in the film Clueless. You can even see Joshua's martial arts prowess on display in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! After 14 years as a professional actor, Joshua left Hollywood to regain his sanity and devote more time to service work, including volunteer stints throughout Latin America. It was during his travels that a chance encounter with a street magician sparked a new passion, and Joshua began his training.

Traveling around the world, Joshua studied with master magicians on several continents. After years of full-time training, he began sharing his craft with others. Now Joshua is a highly sought-after performer at corporate events and at colleges around the country, performing over 200 shows per year.

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