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MHA is excited to announce that Pulitzer Prize winner Eugene Robinson is confirmed for MHA’s 2018 Conference!

Eugene Robinson uses his twice-weekly column in The Washington Post to pick American society apart and then put it back together again in unexpected and revelatory new ways. To do this job of demolition and reassembly, Robinson relies on a large and varied tool kit: energy, curiosity, elegant writing and the wide-ranging experience of a life that took him from childhood in the segregated South—on what they called the “colored” side of the tracks—to the heights of American journalism. His remarkable story-telling ability has won him wide acclaim, most notably as the winner of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for his commentary on the 2008 presidential race that resulted in the election of America’s first African American president.

In his three decades at The Washington Post, Robinson has been city hall reporter, city editor, foreign correspondent in Buenos Aires and London, foreign editor and assistant managing editor in charge of the paper’s award-winning Style section. He has written books about race in Brazil and music in Cuba, covered a heavyweight championship fight, witnessed riots in Philadelphia and a murder trial in the deepest Amazon, sat with Presidents and Dictators and the Queen of England, thrusted and parried with hair-proud politicians from sea to shining sea, handicapped three editions of American Idol, acquired fluent Spanish and passable Portuguese and even, thanks to his two sons, come to an uneasy truce with hip-hop culture.

We will hear from Eugene during the 4 p.m. hour on Thursday, June 14th and he has also graciously agreed to do a Meet and Greet at 5:00 p.m. as well as join our Beers Society members at a VIP reception that evening.


Autumn Calabrese has gone from living paycheck to paycheck as a personal trainer to being a mini-fitness mogul. Autumn doesn't believe in excuses - just hard work. Autumn takes a positive approach to training, motivating and inspiring you through even the toughest of workouts.

When it comes to helping people achieve their goals, Autumn takes it very personally. Your struggles are her struggles and your wins, her wins.

People saw this for the first time with Autumn’s breakthrough workout programs 21 Day Fix and follow-up 21 Day Fix Extreme. Not only did she motivate and push you through these workouts to get amazing results - she revolutionized the Beachbody fitness model with her simple approach to portion control.

Next for Autumn on her journey to help people lead healthy, fulfilling lives was a functional body-sculpting program, The Masters Hammer and Chisel, where she collaborated with bodybuilder Sagi Kalev to help take your results to the next level.

Right when we thought we knew what to expect from this weight lifting, cardio strength training little machine, she surprised us again with Country Heat! Drawing from more than 15 years of dance training, including a major in it, she created a simple cardio dance fitness program that is fun and accessible for everyone. 

Fitness isn't Autumn's only passion, so is food. Her successful cookbook, FIXATE, based on the success of the nutrition Autumn created in 21 Day Fix, led to her cooking show by the same name. A healthy cooking series by Autumn and her chef brother, Bobby Calabrese, that features simple, delicious recipes. Their creation brings innovative, incredibly satisfying food to everyone who wants to eat right and lose weight.

Autumn is always learning and growing so she can bring you the latest and greatest in fitness and nutrition. Most recently she has completed her certification to be a holistic health coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. 

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