Launching Lives - and Loves - at TWC

Linda and Linson Naval at their wedding reception

Alumni share stories of how they found love through TWC. Here is Linda and Linson Naval's story.

You know a potential partner is “the one” when he runs with you to the 24-hour FedEx print shop down the street so you can turn your TWC capstone project on time. At least that’s when Linda Forman Naval ’06 realized her then-boyfriend, Linson Naval ’01, was a keeper.

Linda and Linson are just one of many couples who found their career paths – and their soulmates – in and around The Washington Center. This year, we’re celebrating those couples through the 2015 TWC LUV contest. Enter by sending a photo and a 250-word-maximum recap of how you and your significant other connected through TWC to alumni@twc.edu by Thursday Feb. 5.

We’ll select our five favorite pairs and post one per day on Facebook and Instagram Feb. 9-13. The couple whose story garners the most likes will win a special prize courtesy of TWC’s official airline, Southwest Airlines!

As for Linda and Linson, they met through a mutual friend at a D.C. bar in 2006. Both worked on Capitol Hill – Linda a TWC intern and Linson a staffer.

“She seemed smart and cute, and easy to get along with,” Linson says of his first meeting with Linda – whom he learned was a student at his alma mater, the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

The two had chemistry right off the bat. That spark bloomed into a relationship that only deepened when she returned to Washington to work in the office of Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), where she had interned. In July 2012, the two married in Providence, R.I.

Linda remembers the two had chemistry right off the bat. That spark bloomed into a relationship that only deepened when she returned to Washington to work in the office of Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), where she had interned. In July 2012, the two married in Providence, R.I.

“We love that we got married in a public building in Roger Williams Park, as we both value government and civic engagement,” Linda says, adding that many of their guests included friends each of them made during their TWC days.

Soon after the wedding, Linda and Linson relocated to New England for good, settling in Boston where Linda is the deputy director of the Scholars Strategy Network at Harvard University. Linson recently completed his master of business administration degree from Northeastern University.

The moral of their story, you ask?

“A lot of programs say that you'll make relationships that last a lifetime," Linson says, "but for us, nothing will ever top TWC.”

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