Saturday Night Wine Tasting!

Understanding Wine: A Wine Course for People Who Don’t Spit

Learn to use the Deductive Tasting methodology from the Court of Master Sommeliers to select wines that YOU will love and that will best suit the foods you enjoy. We’ll start with a grounding in wine terminology, followed with a bit about the world’s important growing regions. After that, the class will use this knowledge to engage in head-to-head tasting comparisons between identical old world and new world varietals. For instance, do you know, without the aid of a label, which Sauvignon Blanc you prefer: New Zealand or Sancerre? Come to this class and find out!  You’ll be tasting reds *and* whites.

About the presenter: Mariah Sima’s credentials include being a hopeless wine snob, an enthusiastic teacher, and that one time she passed the first level Court of Master of Sommeliers exam.

If you’d like to secure a spot ahead of time, please reach out to Tabby Vos or reply to this post, and we will add your name.  After confirmation that you have a spot, we’ll ask that you send payment ($20) as Mariah is bringing wine from her own collection.  We will update this list with payment status as well.  You must be registered for the RG in order to sign up for this!


List (as of 3/29/2018):

  1. Tom Schnorrenberg (paid)
  2. Bill Zigo (paid)
  3. Tabby Vos
  4. Phil Baun
  5. Tammy Metz
  6. Michele Clemente
  7. Victoria Schroeter
  8. Ryan Barrett
  9. Andrew Siddons
  10. Tara Travia
  11. Jordan Weiss
  12. Tara Lange
  13. Richard Regal
  14. Kit Hope
  15. Jeff Allen



Friday Night Scotch Tasting!

Back by popular demand!  Jason Seiler and Jordan Weiss are co-hosting a scotch tasting on Friday night… we have up to 20 slots available for $20/ea.  This is a fee-based event, as Jason is providing scotch from his personal collection.

If you’d like to secure a spot ahead of time, please reach out to Tabby Vos or reply to this post, and we will add your name.  After confirmation that you have a spot, we’ll ask that you send payment.  We will update this list with payment status as well.  You must be registered for the RG in order to sign up for this!


List (as of 3/29/2018):

  1. Tom Schnorrenberg (paid)
  2. Bill Zigo (paid)
  3. Phil Baun
  4. Michele Clemente
  5. Andrew Siddons
  6. Chad Schilit
  7. Victoria Schroeter
  8. Tammy Metz
  9. Jordan Weiss
  10. Ryan Barrett
  11. Tara Lange
  12. Richard Regal


Session Details:

Have you ever wanted to try Scotch whisky, but you don’t know enough to order it in a bar? What is the difference between a Highland, a Lowland, and an Islay? Wait, isn’t whisky spelled with an “e”?

Known whisky enthusiast Jason Seiler will help with these and more as he presents on the origin, etymology, and process of making Scotch whisky. During the presentation, participants will be treated to six servings of whisky, each a single malt aged 10 years or better, and one each from the six whisky-producing regions of Scotland.

Ethical Leadership as the Foundation of Capitalism

We’re proud to welcome the esteemed Dr. Mansur Hasib, Program Chair of Cybersecurity Technology from the University of Maryland to open up the weekend with a plenary address!  (we’re taking “Angry Planet” liberally and focusing on the liberal arts interpretation for this fantastic session).

Our hyperconnected world, comprised of myriad networks – both machine and human – has brought us to the precipice of a fundamental revolution and redefinition of the human experience and our socio-political and military world order. Crime, news, and even warfare is digital today.   Unfortunately executive education and university curriculum is still mired in the 1970s. Executives educated through such outdated curriculum are failing to grasp the pivotal change our world is experiencing. Their concomitant failure to tailor organizational and business strategy to the new reality, is the primary cause of a decline in ethical leadership and capitalism and our general organizational malaise.

In this thought-provoking session, award winning author and educator, Dr. Mansur Hasib shares his analysis and the key lessons from his book Cybersecurity Leadership and recommends a new way forward. He connects cybersecurity to modern digital strategy and explains why modern executives need to understand digital strategy and need to embrace people as the primary source of innovation and organizational success.

Executive leaders need to embrace the principle of ethical leadership as the foundation of capitalism. They need to understand that the fundamental promise of capitalism is that if we work hard and innovate we should enjoy a fair share of our success. People are the primary source of organizational success and perpetual innovation. Executives need to embrace people as mission critical assets instead of treating them as expenses.

Mansur Hasib


Dr. Mansur Hasib, CISSP, PMP, CPHIMS
Global Award Winning Cybersecurity Leader, Keynote Speaker, Author, and Media Commentator
Program Chair, Cybersecurity Technology, The Graduate School University of Maryland University College (UMUC)

2017 Cybersecurity People’s Chocie Award and 2017 Information Governance Expert of the Year Award winner, Dr. Mansur Hasib is the only cybersecurity and healthcare leader, author, speaker, and media commentator in the world with 12 years’ experience as Chief Information Officer, a Doctor of Science in Cybersecurity (IA), and the prestigious CISSP, PMP, and CPHIMS certifications. Dr. Hasib has 30 years of experience in leading organizational transformations through digital leadership and cybersecurity strategy in healthcare, biotechnology, education, and energy. Dr. Hasib currently teaches the art of cybersecurity leadership, digital innovation and strategy to graduate students and executives worldwide and is Program Chair of the (ISC)2 Americas ISLA Award Winning Master of Science in Cybersecurity Technology Degree Program in The Graduate School at University of Maryland University College (UMUC).

Additionally, with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Politics and a Master’s degree in Political Science, Dr. Hasib has a unique interdisciplinary perspective in digital strategy, business innovation, and cybersecurity. His book Cybersecurity Leadership: Powering the Modern Organization, has been cited and adopted globally by practitioners and scholars alike as the definitive book on cybersecurity leadership and governance. The audio version of this book is currently ranked as the #1 cybersecurity audiobook of all time. Dr. Hasib also conducted a national study of US healthcare cybersecurity and published the book Impact of Security Culture on Security Compliance in Healthcare in the USA.

Dr. Hasib enjoys table tennis, comedy, and travel and has been to all 50 states of the USA. Follow him on Twitter @mhasib or LinkedIn: To access more content or to contact Dr. Hasib, visit:

Angry Planet!

Metropolitan Washington Mensa is proud to present our 2018 Regional Gathering!   Our 2016 and 2017 RGs were a blast… they were super informative, and it was so great to see all of our friends (near and far).  Clearly, we just couldn’t resist doing it again.

We’re still early in the planning process, but program updates to follow 🙂