Celebrating Chamber Dance Project’s Bash in Bloom with (from left) Diane Coburn Bruning, Pilar and Ambassador Juan Carlos Pinzón, and Jacqui Michel.
“Mellie!” is the shriek I hear when I tell someone that Bellamy Young is our cover star for this Late Spring issue. She is loved for her steely character on the ABC drama Scandal. Mellie embodies inner passion, drive, and deep loyalty. She knows what she wants, and no one is going to stop her—although most of the time, it’s at a cost. I can’t say I really look up to her character, but I can say I’d love a little bit more of what she has.
I think every woman is inspired by Mellie in some way—especially DC women who are intellectually powerful and driven by an inner spirit. There are so many fantastic DC ladies who strive to be influencers in many different ways. Risk-taking, adventurous, fashionable, philanthropic, and unapologetic… these are just some of the ways to describe them.
I have the joy of interacting and partnering with these local gamechangers who inspire me to seek to be my best possible self. Our partner and friend Alexandra Byrne just became the GM at the Sofitel DC. She is the first woman to hold that post—a big congratulations to her. The Adeler sisters, Wendy and Valentina, are second-generation jewelry designers, as well as warm-hearted philanthropists. Julie Kent has just taken the helm at The Washington Ballet—and Septime Webre’s 16-year reign is no easy act to follow! I cannot wait to see her imprint on the ever-evolving dance company. These women are incredibly talented, but they are also really good people who, more so than Mellie, have their heads on straight and pursue their passions on the right side of their moral compass!
I look forward to meeting Bellamy Young, who is not only a great actress but also an advocate: She has joined the Trust for the National Mall’s efforts to restore, improve, and preserve America’s most visited national park as an official Trust for the National Mall Ambassador. It is great to see that she is dedicated to this city and our country—not only on TV but in life!