President, Moery/LAI-Leading Authorities, Inc.
JP Moery is President of Moery/LAI, a business growth company specializing in Association development activities including membership, sponsor programs and other fundraising projects. Moery/LAI provides direct sales and business development coaching for some of the nation’s leading organizations.
Mr. Moery previously served as Executive Vice President, Association Relations for SmartBrief, an electronic publications firm. Prior to SmartBrief, Mr. Moery served as Senior Vice President at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce where he oversaw the Association Committee of 100 and the Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100, the Chambers’ elite group of association CEOs and corporate CEOs. Mr. Moery also led the Institute for Organization Management and the organization’s trade education program and competitive workforce initiative. Before joining the U.S. Chamber, Mr. Moery was Vice President of the Specialized Carriers and Rigging Association and Executive Director of the grassroots program for the American Trucking Associations.
Mr. Moery is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and serves on its College of Arts and Sciences board of visitors. He and his wife Diane live with their two daughters in Alexandria, Virginia.
President & CEO, Altrius Group, LLC
Bill Morley is the founder of Altrius Group, LLC, a bipartisan global consulting, public relations and advocacy group based in Washington, DC. Altrius Group represents a broad array of American Fortune 500 companies and multinational organizations from all over the world. Mr. Morley has garnered over 25 years of experienced leadership and a proven track record of success helping clients create effective business strategies, strong messaging and public relations initiatives, and powerful advocacy.
Prior to forming Altrius Group, Mr. Morley served for nearly eight years as Vice President for Congressional Affairs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He has appeared on CNN, CBS, MSNBC, CNBC, NPR, Bloomberg and other broadcast and national print media on behalf of the business community. Prior to the Chamber, Mr. Morley enjoyed a successful career in public service while working as General Counsel and business liaison for U.S. Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA). Mr. Morley began his career as an attorney in private practice, specializing in business litigation with a large Southern California law firm.
He holds earned J.D. from UCLA and is licensed to practice law in California and the District of Columbia, and earned a B.A. in Political Science from Haverford College. He is fluent in Spanish and conversational in Portuguese. Mr. Morley is married and lives with his wife Nancy and their four daughters in Arlington, Virginia.
LESLIE M. SCHWEITZER
Founder, President & CEO, FAUAF
Ms. Schweitzer, an expert in international affairs, international trade and complex private/public sector relationships, currently serves as the CEO, President and Founder of Friends of American University of Afghanistan (FAUAF), a 501c3 that supports higher education, female empowerment and entrepreneurism in Afghanistan. Over the course of four decades Ms. Schweitzer has accumulated a unique combination of owning and running businesses in emerging and post conflict markets with designing and facilitating business development and capacity building projects throughout the world. She has amassed on-the-ground experience in over 20 countries including Afghanistan, Iraq, China, Turkey, Chile, Singapore, South Korea, Panama, India, and Poland.
In Afghanistan, Ms. Schweitzer has raised awareness of women’s and educational issues significantly. Through her leadership the International Center for Afghan Women’s Economic Development in Kabul, Afghanistan was created and is dedicated to building collaboration in support of economic empowerment of Afghan women. In addition Ms. Schweitzer has developed sustainable innovation hubs in Kabul and Heart, each of which generate entrepreneurism throughout Afghanistan. Ms. Schweitzer is a Vice Chair and Member of the Board of Trustees of the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).
Prior to her work with FAUAF, Ms. Schweitzer served as the Senior Trade Advisor for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Schweitzer’s multiple responsibilities included:
- The Business Partnership Program with TOBB: a partnership with USAID to conduct high-level forums for the business community in Turkey that developed the first handbook published in Turkish to assist companies doing business in United States
- The Trade Roots Initiative: an initiative created by Ms. Schweitzer it is the first and only sustained national grassroots international trade education program in United States
- Infrastructure: support for congressional passage of China PNTR, TPA, and free trade agreements with Chile, Singapore, Australia, Morocco, CAFTA, Peru, South Korea, Panama, and Colombia
- Iraq Business Initiative: developed and facilitated a plan to re-energize and re-build the initiative to foster U.S. investment in Iraq
Ms. Schweitzer was one of the first American women to do business in China and pioneered U.S.-China trade beginning in 1977 as a co-founder of Noble Trading Company, which assisted U.S.-based companies with product sales to China, Yugoslavia, Hungary, Poland, Romania, India, South America and the Caribbean.
Ms. Schweitzer is a member of U.S. Afghan Women’s Council, the Advisory Board of International Programs-University of Kansas, the D.C.-Virginia District Export Council, the U.S. Advisory Board of Amar International Charitable Foundation, and the Board of Trustees of Ayenda Foundation. She attended the University of Kansas and the University of Copenhagen and received her BSc in International Relations from the George Washington University.