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• Monday, October 21st, 2013

Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards Hosts the 5th Annual College and Career Fair

For the past five years, Congresswoman Donna Edwards has hosted the College and Career Fair for students in the Greater Washington, DC area to prepare them for life (and education) after high school. This year, the event was hosted at the brand new Oxon Hill High School in Prince George’s County, MD. We were honored to participate as an exhibitor for the third year to provide a career checklist (junior high school, high school, and college), resources for starting the career preparation process, and highlights from our inaugural Wealth & Wellness Summit.

Sharing Career Connect USA resources with participants

More than one thousand students attended the event seeking resources to help them prepare for higher education, gain admission to college, get internships, and obtain resources to help them prepare for career opportunities.

The program began with a welcome by the Congresswoman, and then students had an opportunity to attend several break out sessions, to help them prepare, plan, and become proactive in their educational and career pursuits.

It’s Never Too Early to Start Thinking About College featured insight from Gisela Ariza, The College Board; Raymond Harrod, First Generation College Bound; Anthony Howe, Drew Freeman Middle School; and, Raolatu Raji, Oxon Hill High School. The second workshop, How to Write a College Essay, included a panel of experts from local universities: Derrick Davis, University of Maryland – College Park, and Tyrell Huggins, Bowie State University.

The workshop, Financial Aid Resources for Post-High School Education, highlighted various funding sources for students. Panelists included representatives from the Maryland Higher Education Commission, Jumpstart Coalition for Personal Financial, the United States Department of Labor, Wells Fargo, United Negro College Fund, and the University of Maryland – University College.



Representatives from the Washington, DC Chapter of Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc.


Led by the organization Educational Excellence, students learned strategies for SAT Preparation, and the session, Admissions Decisions – the Hard Truths, presented behind-the-scenes perspectives of the college admissions teams and featured panelists from Congresswoman Edwards’ Educational Advisory Committee, Northeastern University, Clark Atlanta University, and Rutgers University.

One of the fair’s highlights included a host of hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) activities led by Discovery Communications, Patriots Technology Training, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, US Patent and Trademark Office, Metro Warriors, and Art Way Alliance.

Youth participants in the Training Source program with E. Kim Rhim, Executive Director

More than 200 educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, and companies exhibited during the fair, including a number of local and national colleges and universities: Howard University, Spelman College, Fisk University, Montgomery College, Rutgers University, University of Maryland, Ohio State University, and Northeastern University.

Community organizations came out to provide resources to students to help prepare them for the college experience and career pursuits. Groups and companies such as the Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc. for women in business, Men Aiming Higher, The College Board, and Liberty Tax professionals were on hand to dispense advice and materials to the participants.

For more information about Congresswoman Donna Edwards’ College and Career Fair, visit the website.

Related reading:

Congresswoman Donna Edwards Hosts 2nd Annual Nonprofit Forum

Congresswoman Donna Edwards Hosts Trailblazers of Our Economy on Capitol Hill


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• Monday, June 03rd, 2013

Angela Franco, President and CEO of the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, joins us on The Strategy Sessions radio show on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. ET to talk about the organization’s upcoming Gala recognizing Hispanic Women in Business. During the second half of the show, Gabriela Mossi, Program and Resource Development Director of the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation, discusses how the Foundation is helping newly minted business owners in Washington, DC.

Angela Franco

Gabriela Mossi

• The upcoming 37th annual Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Gala on June 21, 2013 in Washington, DC
• The role the organization plays in supporting local businesses and providing opportunities to new entrepreneurial efforts
• How the economy impacts business owners in the Greater Washington, DC area
• The organization’s strategic alliances and partners
• Enterprise DC business mentoring program

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For more information about the Greater Washington Chamber of Commerce, and their upcoming Gala, visit www.gwhcc.org.


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A radio show featuring industry leaders who share tips and strategies on business, careers, travel, health, and more, The Strategy Sessions airs live on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at 11:00 a.m. ET. The show has featured luminaries representing corporations, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations such as the U.S. Small Business Administration; Internships.com; AAA; American Express; Women Impacting Public Policy; LifeLock; Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship; Aetna; the American Heart Association; and, Lockheed Martin. For more information, or to download the podcast, visit www.blogtalkradio.com/thestrategysessions. Twitter hashtag #TheStrategySessions

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• Tuesday, May 01st, 2012

EVENT: Presented by STEM Connector


Townhall Conference Call
Workforce Planning to Fill the STEM Jobs Pipeline
May 2, 2012 – 2PM EST

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Current Speakers Include: 


Governor Jack Markell, Delaware Governor Jack Markell, DelawareAs Governor of Delaware, Jack Markell has helped open shuttered manufacturing facilities, won President Obama’s Race to the Top competition for progress in public school reform, and signed new laws to drive improvements in the economy, environment, and education. Governor Markell brings innovative public and private sector experience to the Office of Governor. He began his career in the private sector helping lead the wireless technology revolution as the 13th employee at Nextel (a name he coined), where he served as Senior Vice President for Corporate Development. Governor Markell is the current Vice-Chair of the National Governors Association.
Marc Morial Marc Morial, President and CEO, National Urban LeagueEntrepreneur. Lawyer. Professor. Legislator. Mayor. President, U.S. Conference of Mayors. CEO of the National Urban League, the nation’s largest civil rights organization. In a distinguished professional career that has spanned 25 years, Marc Morial has performed all of these roles with excellence, and is one of the most accomplished servant-leaders in the nation. He served as Mayor of New Orleans from 1994 to 2002.
Hank Jackson Hank Jackson, President and CEO, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)Henry G. (Hank) Jackson is the president and CEO for the Society for Human Resource Management, the world’s largest association devoted to the human resource profession. Prior to this he served as the Society’s interim president and CEO, and before that he was Chief Global Finance and Business Affairs Officer. In this capacity he was responsible for financial management as well as publications and new media, meetings and conferences, seminars, member marketing, corporate sales and technology solutions.
Rick Stephens Rick Stephens, Senior VP, Human Resources, BoeingRichard (Rick) Stephens is senior vice president, Human Resources and Administration for The Boeing Company, and member of the Boeing Executive Council.
Stephens, a 31-year Boeing veteran, oversees all leadership development, training, employee relations, compensation, benefits, Global Corporate Citizenship, and diversity initiatives at the Chicago-based aerospace company.
Gary Wimberly Gary Wimberly, Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer, Express ScriptsGary Wimberly came to Express Scripts in 2004 and has held numerous top management positions. As senior vice president and chief information officer, his focus is on the overall IT strategy and performance, specifically focusing on innovative solutions, process improvements and improving productivity. Wimberly is responsible for ensuring the information systems are aligned with the business strategies of Express Scripts.
Jeri L. Buchholz Jeri L. Buchholz, Assistant Administrator for Human Capital Management, NASAAs the Assistant Administrator for Human Capital Management and NASA’s Chief Human Capital Officer, Jeri Buchholz has stewardship responsibility for NASA’s workforce. Her responsibilities include setting the agency’s workforce development strategy, assessing workforce characteristics and future needs based on the agency’s mission and strategic plan; aligning the agency’s human resources policies and programs with organizational mission, strategic goals, and performance outcomes.
Linda Cureton Linda Y. Cureton, Chief Information Officer, NASALinda Y. Cureton is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). As NASA CIO, she provides the requisite leadership to transform the management of information technology (IT) capabilities and services to support and enable NASA’s mission. She ensures that the Agency’s information resource management (IRM) strategy is in alignment with NASA’s vision, mission, and strategic goals.
Leland Melvin Leland Melvin, Associate Administrator for Education, NASAMr. Melvin has served the Astronaut Office Space Station Operations Branch, the Education Department at NASA Headquarters, Washington, D.C, and the Robotics Branch of the Astronaut Office. As co-manager of NASA’s Educator Astronaut Program, Leland Melvin traveled across the country, engaging thousands of students and teachers in the excitement of space exploration, and inspiring them to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. A veteran of two space flights, STS-122 in 2008, and STS-129 in 2009, Leland Melvin has logged over 565 hours in space.
Martin Scaglione Martin Scaglione, President, ACT Workforce DivisionOver the past five years, ACT has witnessed widespread adoption of its Workforce Development programs, including the globally recognized WorkKeys System and the National Career Readiness Certificate. In his pursuit of ACT’s mission to help people achieve education and workplace success, Martin has called on his extensive experience in business and industry. Martin began his career with Maytag, where he worked for nearly 20 years. He then led the North American Bosch-Siemens Household (BSH) appliance group in a variety of roles including chief operating officer.
V. Celeste Carter V. Celeste Carter, Program Director, NSF – ATEV. Celeste Carter received her Ph.D. in Microbiology from the Pennsylvania State University School of Medicine in 1982 under the direction of Dr. Satvir S. Tevethia. She served as a Program Director twice in the Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE) as a rotator. Dr. Carter accepted a permanent Program Director position in DUE in 2009; she is the Lead Program Director for the Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Program in DUE as well as working on other programs in the Division and across the Foundation.
Brian Fitzgerald Brian Fitzgerald, CEO, Higher Education Forum (BHEF)Brian K. Fitzgerald is a leading analyst and advocate for higher education and science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. Dr. Fitzgerald serves as BHEF’s chief executive officer and has led the organization to develop an ambitious policy and programmatic agenda focused on college readiness, access, and success, particularly in high-need disciplines such as science and math. Under Dr. Fitzgerald’s leadership, both of BHEF’s key initiatives—Securing America’s Leadership in STEM in partnership with Raytheon Company and the College Readiness, Access and Success Initiative (CRI): An Agenda for Educational Success—have grown as signatures of the organization.

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• Friday, April 27th, 2012


Show sponsor: Career Connect USA

The Strategy Sessions Radio Show on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 11:00 a.m. ET

The Strategy Sessions is pleased to welcome guests Julie Kantor, NFTE, and Thurman Jones, Patriots Technology Training Center on May 1, 2012 to discuss what their organizations are doing to create opportunities for youth in the Washington, DC area.

Julie Kantor, NFTE

Julie Kantor, Executive Director of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship in Washington, DC, talks about the organization’s upcoming Dare to Dream Gala, which will recognize two youth honorees Khaled Khalifa and Jordan Brooks; veteran entrepreneur and CEO of iStrategyLabs Peter Corbett, and DC Teacher of the Year Maureen Naughton of Wakefield High School. Event supporters include E*TRADE, Microsoft: Geek to Chic, and Capital One Bank.

The show’s second guest, Thurman Jones, is the founder of Patriots Technology Training Center in Prince George’s County, MD, which will host their 15th Annual Youth Summit at Bowie State University. Jones will discuss the upcoming event, anticipated to draw almost 1,000 young people interested in STEM careers and sponsors such as Pepco, BAE Systems, and the United States Department of Defense.


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• Friday, April 08th, 2011

Join us for The premiere networking event in DC!

Saturday, April 16, 2011
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


M Street Bar and Grill
2033 M Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036
Get directions by car    Take METRO


Washington, DC business owners, networking mavens, federal government agency representatives, business
decision makers, nonprofit organization leaders, and YOU! 

$42.00 (includes registration, appetizer, main course, dessert, unlimited Champagne or Mimosas, tax, and gratuity)

To foster an intimate environment and maximize conversation, limited spaces are available.

Registration for this event is closed. 


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• Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Forum Panelists (left to right): Ana R. Harvey, L. Content McLaughlin, Raychel Schumacher, S. Lynn Cooper, and Edith Jett McCloud

Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-NY) addresses attendees at the women-owned business forum

On Tuesday, February 15, hundreds of women business owners flocked to the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, DC to hear from the experts during a minority women-owned business forum, The Trailblazers of Our Economy. Hosted by Maryland Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards (D-MD), the panel discussions featured an impressive cadre of elected leaders, government agencies, and key contract decision-makers.

Steps away from where elected officials are currently battling a contested United States budget, the forum tackled two primary themes: trends in female entrepreneurship and improving the outlook for women-owned businesses.

Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-NY), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Small Business, noted that women account for $1 trillion spent on goods and services in 2010. According to the Congresswoman, who represents New York’s 12th Congressional district, women own 1.9 million businesses, and generated $165 billion in revenue last year.

Women are leveraging their impact on the workplace as the leading group that hires employees, outpacing traditional, nationally recognized companies. Rep. Velazquez cited the Women’s Procurement Program, which launched this month, as a vehicle to increase competition among businesses, including those in construction, technology, and agriculture.

Trends Affecting Female Entrepreneurship, moderated by Mauricio Vera, Director of the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization at the U.S. Agency for International Development, highlighted statistics in female business ownership. Panelists included Michelle Ebanks, President of Essence Communications; Gregory Bell, Senior Communications Manager for Green for All; and, Anthony Caruso, Project Manager for the United States Census Bureau.

The second panel, Improving the Outlook for Minority Women-Owned Businesses, featured S. Lynn Cooper, National Association of Black Female Entrepreneurs; Ana Recio Harvey, Assistant Administrator for the United States Small Business Administration; L. Content McLaughlin, President of the National Association of Women Business Owners; Edith Jett McCloud, Associate Director of the Minority Business Development Agency; and, Raychel Schumacher, AdWords Strategist for Google, Inc.

Moderated by Essence Magazine’s Senior Editor of Personal Finance and Careers, Tanisha A. Sykes, the panel focused on the framework for successful entrepreneurship, which can positively impact revenue, an increase in employees, and a sustained business.

Ana Recio Harvey shared her personal story of entrepreneurship and the impact of limited resources had on her company and staff. She encouraged participants to “get counseling, training, and mentoring to prevent roadblocks.”

Raychel Schumacher emphasized the importance of maximizing an online strategy to stay relevant and maintain a continued presence. Schumacher opined that having a great team to support initiatives and business growth goals is a necessity, rather than a luxury.

The panelists agreed that access to opportunities, including government contracts, and access to capital creates a healthy, thriving workplace. The common denominator of success, according to Edith Jett McCloud is an entrepreneur’s “hunger and thirst for more knowledge…never be satisfied until she knows everything about her business, market, and competitors.”

Watch our interview with Samira Cook-Gaines, Director, of the DC Women’s Business Center>>>CLICK HERE TO WATCH

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• Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Veteran Business Training & Outreach Conference

WHEN: Monday, March 21, 2011
Registration starts at 7a.m. Workshops start at 8:30a.m.
COST: $25.00
WHERE: Delaware County Community College, Large Auditorium, 901 S. Media Line Road, Media, PA 19063

A day-long conference for Veteran business owners. Find out how to get started with state and federal government contracting; learn to find state and federal business opportunities; network with other veteran business owners and make connnections with exhibitors, large prime contractors and government service providers; hear from other veteran entrepreneurs sharing their experiences, successes and insights in managing successful businesses.

Keynote Speaker: Rocky Bleier, Vietnam Veteran & Super Bowl Star.

Rocky Bleier’s life story – a gripping tale of courage on the football field and the battle fields of Vietnam – has held audiences in rapt attention for years. Yet, the motivational message behind it, detailing how extraordinary people can become extraordinary achievers, defines success in the new American century. Bleier takes audiences from his early years through his professional career and talks about the lessons he learned along the way…lessons we all can benefit from.

To register, call 610-723-1229 or go to www.veteransconference.widenersbdc.org  

Reasonable accomodations for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested as soon as possible. Please call 610-723-1229 or 610-359-5020 (TDD).

Presented by: Delaware County Community College, Veteran Business Outreach Center, Small Business Development Center – Widener University.

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• Thursday, February 10th, 2011

“Connect To Advance”- Multicultural Networking Event
Hosted by Alton Fox and Julie Tanpitukpong

Date: Thursday, February 17, 2011
Time: 6-9 pm
Location: Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing
201 South Columbus Blvd Philadelphia, PA 19106
Theme: “Winter Wonderland on the Waterfront”
Cost: Registration – $10 Click link below to register:
(Register under “Women’s MBA Network”)
Business Casual Attire
Complimentary self-parking

Connect to Advance is excited to bring “Winter Wonderland on the Waterfront” to the Hyatt Regency at Penn’s Landing. Come enjoy executive chef – inspired appetizers and discounted seasonal cocktails guaranteed to warm up your winter season. Complimentary self-parking is included.

Part of the proceeds will benefit the Philadelphia Chapter of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE). Their mission is to provide programs that inspire young people from low-income communities to stay in school, to recognize business opportunities, and to plan for successful futures.

For more information, go to www.connecttoadvance.com.

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