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Join Northwest Neighbors Village’s Virtual Speaker Series

After the remaining program on the list below, we will be taking a break for the summer and will return with more great speakers later this year!

Be sure to check out our extensive archive of previous speakers here!

Northwest DC is home to numerous dynamic, informed individuals.  Several have offered to share their expertise and insights in a series of talks. Plan to join us for one or all of these discussions, which are designed to engage and inform you. NNV's Speaker Series is being offered free of charge to the community.

Survival, Sanity, and the Value of Volunteering

June 13, 2023 1:00 PM
Pearl Reardon

From humble beginnings in Jamaica, Pearl Reardon rose to become a multimillionaire through the real estate and management company she established. Her autobiographical account, A Pearl from the House on Queen Street, serves as a metaphor for life and is evocative of her journey from a dusty, dry seaside town in Jamaica to America, the land where dreams are made, and everything is possible. Pearl will speak of the highs and lows of being a Black businesswoman who, while experiencing professional success, was also betrayed and swindled by her husband.  Pearl will share how the act of diverting her attention from self-pity to throwing her efforts into helping others as a volunteer helped to save her.

Pearl Reardon has been active in politics and community affairs for many years.  She has had a varied career that has included founding the third-largest minority-owned real estate and management company in the metropolitan area; was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 2008, the first woman of color to be so elected from West Virginia’s eastern panhandle; became an author and writing instructor; taught a course on the history of African American Humor at Howard University; is an avid international traveller who has been to 118 countries; has written several plays that have been produced by the Source Theater, UDC, and AU; has served as an at-large nominator for the Helen Hayes Awards; has staged plays; has served on several Boards, and more!

Some past presenters from our Virtual Speaker Series have allowed us to record their presentations.
Those recordings are available to the public

If you or someone you know would like to be a speaker in the future, please email