By Bobbie Kilberg, President and CEO, NVTC
The Greater Washington region’s technology business community is filled with influential leaders and companies. As one of the nation’s premier high-tech centers, every day we hear about another investment, development or partnership driving growth and innovation in our community.
Having been associated with the technology sector here for almost 20 years, I can honestly say that Greater Washington has the most impressive and passionate community of leaders I’ve ever encountered. Whether it’s a CEO who has successfully grown multiple companies, a trailblazer in an emerging field or an innovator whose early work set the course for our industry, our region is fortunate to be led by truly inspiring individuals.
I’m proud that these leaders choose to give back to the community in which they live and work as active leaders of NVTC. We value their guidance as Board members and volunteers who believe in our region’s potential, supporting the growth of our diverse technology ecosystem, and serving as mentors to entrepreneurs and startups.
For the fourth year in a row, many of these leaders also are giving back through their participation in the NVTC Foundation CXO Auction on April 24. During this unique event, industry C-level executives from companies like Amazon Web Services, CACI International and SAIC are auctioned off and winning bidders are guaranteed a meeting with their auctioned executive to gain insight or pitch future plans.
Best of all, all proceeds from winning bids goes to support the NVTC Veterans Employment Initiative, which connects Veterans and military spouses to employment opportunities and provides support to member companies in their efforts to recruit, hire, train and retain Veteran employees. Veterans are a vital part of the Greater Washington tech community. Many of the auctioned executives are Veterans themselves and understand how difficult the transition can be and how important it is to help a brother or sister in arms.
Doing well by doing good is a common refrain in many corporate circles and the generosity of this region’s technology business community is not just monetary. Our region’s most successful executives are willing to frequently and openly share what they’ve learned in their careers to those on their way up. To me, that’s the Greater Washington region’s competitive advantage – and the mark of a successful business community.