Honoring Katherine Barnett LakselagetDC's Founder & Past President
During its October meeting, LakselagetDC thanked and honored its Founder and immediate past President, Katherine Barnett of Maryland. Katherine founded LakselagetDC in 2014 and served as its President for three years.
Founding a non-profit is no easy task for anyone, but launching a group of very busy Norwegian and Norwegian-American professional women in Washington DC, while simultaneously maintaining a financial services career as Senior Vice President of Wealth Management at Merrill Lynch is particularly demanding. More information here
LakselagetDC is the first regional chapter of LakselagetDC's mother organization, Lakselaget founded in Minnesota. Katherine worked very hard with Lakselaget in Minnesota, investing much energy and many resources to establish LakselagetDC and has ensured LakselagetDC will have a bright future. She is succeeded by Linda V. Priebe, Attorney with Culhane Meadows PLLC in Washington, DC and Vice President of the Norwegian American Chamber of Commerce Mid-Atlantic Region.
To show its appreciation, LakselagetDC presented Katherine with a beautiful art print of a koi, as a reminder of LakselagetDC's "salmon" roots. The print is created by artist Liliane Bloom, a native Norwegian living in the US. You can see the print at the artist’s website here She also received beloved Norwegian chocolate.
Ms. Barnett expressed thanks for the recognition and the art piece saying she has enjoyed getting to know each and every member of LakselagetDC and learning about their connections to Norway. She considers LakselagetDC a very special group of women. She will continue to serve as an advisor on LakselagetDC's Board.