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                                                                                                 November 2018 Issue 1 


News from the Northern Virginia Chamber 

Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce Applauds Amazon’s Decision to Locate Second Headquarters in Northern Virginia
Yesterday, Amazon announced that it will locate a portion of its second headquarters – “HQ2” – in Northern Virginia, bringing tens of thousands of additional jobs to the region over the next decade. 238 North American cities and regions responded to Amazon’s HQ2 RFP. In January 2018, Amazon selected twenty finalists, including Northern Virginia. Among its requirements, Amazon noted its desire to locate HQ2 in a major metropolitan area with access to a highly-educated workforce, a robust transportation network, access to an international airport, and a stable and business friendly environment. To read a full press release, click here.

Keynote Speaker Announced for GovCon Talent in the Next Gen on 11/19
Now is a critical time in the gov con industry to focus on the 4 R’s: Recruit, Retain, Retire, Reward. How can the industry better engage employees, specifically millennials, as a wave of retirement has happened within the gov con industry? Please join us for a crucial discussion regarding the 4 R’s: Recruit, Retain, Retire, Reward on Monday, November 19 from 8:00 – 10:00 AM (registration opens at 7:30) at George Mason University, Arlington Campus. You will hear from a variety of speakers that include CHROs, retired or soon to be retired industry leaders, millennials in the industry, and other stakeholder that have insight on all 4 R’s and how your company can improve their approach. The keynote speaker will be Marion Ruzecki, Chief People Officer, KeyW. We are looking forward to you joining us on this important and timely topic. To learn more and register, click here.

Women in Business Signature Event: How Smart Women Pivot and Relaunch Their Careers on 11/30
The Women in Business Signature Event, How Smart Women Pivot and Relaunch Their Careers, will be held this year on Friday, November 30 from 7:30-11:00 AM at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner. If you’ve thought about a career change or want to move up or across your organization, then don’t miss this event! This exceptional speaker series includes some of the most influential and powerful women in the region and is a must attend for new and seasoned professionals. This year’s keynote speaker will be Pauline Brown, Former Chairman (N.A.) at LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton. To learn more about the event and register, click here.

Capital Region Workforce Summit on 12/5
The Northern Virginia Chamber, in cooperation with the Greater Washington Partnership, invites you to the Capital Region Workforce Summit – a conversation with top leaders in the business community that will address the most pressing issues affecting our region’s workforce on Wednesday, December 5 from 8:30 – 11:00 AM at the Inova Conference Center in Fairfax. Despite the critical role that human capital plays in business outcomes, it has struggled to gain and retain its seat at the executive table. Even with one of the most educated populations in the United States, firms of all sizes in the Capital Region are struggling to recruit, develop, and retain the talent they need. The featured keynote panel, moderated by Jason Miller, Chief Executive Officer, Greater Washington Partnership, includes: Alison Corazzini, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Capital One and Kevin Virostek, Greater Washington Managing Partner, EY. To learn more and register, click here.


briefcase Member News

Eileen Ellsworth to Present at TedxTysons on November 30
Eileen Ellsworth, President and CEO, Community Foundation for Northern Virginia and Executive Committee for the Northern Virginia Chamber, is one of 14 speakers presenting at TEDxTysons on Friday, November 30th. The TEDx Program is designed to help communities, organizations and individuals spark conversation and connect through local TED-like experiences. It is brain food and the audience is made up of open-minded, forward thinking members of our community. To learn more about the event and register, click here.

Community Foundation Earns 4-Star Rating on Charity Navigator
The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. Since 2002, using objective analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4-star rating. In 2011, Charity Navigator added 17 metrics, focused on governance and ethical practices as well as measures of openness, to its ratings methodology. These Accountability & Transparency metrics, which account for 50 percent of a charity’s overall rating, reveal which charities operate in accordance with industry best practices and whether they are open with their donors and stakeholders. To read a full press release, click here.

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia Launches The Ross-Roberts Fund for the Arts
The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia launched The RossRoberts Fund for the Arts. The mission of the new fund is to celebrate, promote, and support the arts in Northern Virginia. Thanks to a generous donation from Stephen Roberts and his donor advised fund, the Sue Goetz Ross and Stephen S. Roberts Endowment Fund, this new fund is endowed as part of The Permanent Fund for Northern Virginia, forever able to make grants to support the arts in our region. To read a full press release, click here.

Monster Announces 2018 Best Companies for Veterans List
In advance of Veterans Day, Monster and convened a panel of veteran employment experts to identify the top 10 employers demonstrating extraordinary success in veteran hiring and retention. Additionally, Monster conducted its exclusive 2018 Veteran Hiring survey to help all employers better understand what they can do to attract this important source of diversity talent. To view the top 10 and read a full press release, click here.

9th Annual Virginia Economic Summit | Transforming Virginia’s Future
Register today for the 9th Annual Virginia Economic Summit on Friday, Dec. 7 from 9:00AM-2:00PM at The Williamsburg Lodge. The event will include featured remarks by The Honorable Ralph Northam, The Honorable Brian Ball, The Honorable Tommy Norment and many more. To view other speakers and to learn more about the event and register, click here.

Free Cyber Apprenticeships Information Session for Employers in the Northern Virginia Region
Register today for this free information session for employers in the Northern Virginia Region on Friday, November 16 from 9:00AM-12:00PM in Fairfax. Learn how to start an apprenticeship program and much more! Learn more and register here.

United Bankshares, Inc. Appoints Albert H. Small, Jr. to its Board of Directors
United Bankshares, Inc. has appointed Albert "Sonny" Small, Jr. to its board of directors, effective November 16, 2018. Small is founder and president of Renaissance Centro, a nationally recognized real estate development firm based in Bethesda, Md., specializing in residential, commercial and hotel development. To read a full press release, click here.

BDO Platinum Sponsor of GWSCPA
BDO is proud to be the platinum sponsor of the Greater Washington Society of CPA’s Nonprofit Symposium being held on November 27 – 29, 2018 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Register for the conference here.

BDO Year-end Accounting Update
BDO USA, LLP and event co-sponsors Hogan Lovells, MorganFranklin Consulting, and UBS would like to invite you to join us for our complimentary CPE-qualified 2018 Year-End Accounting and Tax Update. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to hear from business advisors and tax leaders in the Greater Washington D.C. area. This event will highlight timely, comprehensive updates and provide key takeaways on tax, accounting and financial topics that directly impact both public and private companies. To register, RSVP to Irina Roz,

Britepaths Seeking Community Members to Sponsor Families In Need
Britepaths (formerly Our Daily Bread) is seeking community members to sponsor families in need who live throughout the Fairfax County area. Sponsors are matched with an individual or family with demonstrated need, and may opt to provide a December holiday meal, and/or gifts for children under 18. Cash donations, gift cards, and program sponsorships are welcome to assist those who are not sponsored. A wonderful holiday service project for companies and organizations. Register and learn more at Contact 703-273-8829 or with questions.

ARTSFAIRFAX AWARDS $92,711 in Grants to 13 Fairfax County Arts Organizations