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Contact Committee Hosts Molly Bloom for Virtual Event The Feb. 11 conversation with Bloom is open to the W&L community.

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Washington and Lee University’s Contact Committee will host entrepreneur and bestselling author Molly Bloom for a virtual event on Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m. The conversation is open to the W&L community and will be moderated by W&L’s Megan Hess, associate professor of accounting. Community members can save their virtual seats in advance by registering at go.wlu.edu/mollybloom. 

Bloom is best known for her memoir, “Molly’s Game,” which was adapted into an award-winning film of the same name. Bloom’s memoir chronicles her journey from college student to Los Angeles waitress to building and operating the largest and most notorious private poker game in the world. Her games wagered hundreds of millions of dollars and attracted celebrities such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, A-Rod and Ben Affleck.

In advance of Bloom’s talk, the Contact Committee will also host a virtual film screening of “Molly’s Game” for the campus community via Teleparty on Feb. 4 at 8:30 p.m. Students can register for the Teleparty at go.wlu.edu/watchmollysgame.

Before the screening on Feb. 4 at 11:45 a.m., Contact will hand out 52 popcorn and snack bags outside Elrod Commons to the campus community. Each pack will contain a playing card, and the four lucky people who get an Ace will each win a $10 Pronto gift card.

Bloom has appeared on numerous shows and media outlets, including “Ellen,” “Vice,” The Los Angeles Times, NPR, and Vulture. She has presented at Fortune’s “Most Powerful Women” forum and for Blackrock Financial and SiriusXM Radio.