On March 25, Phebe Novakovic, CEO of General Dynamics, will deliver the final address of the of the 2013-2014 Titans breakfast season. And the year has flown by with many great speakers! To recap, this season has featured:

-          U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia

-          U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and former Solicitor General Ted Olson

-          Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Director Arati Prabhakar

-          Now-retired BAE Systems President and CEO Linda Hudson

Click on the links above to check out past news articles featuring the speakers, or watch a clip of their speeches below.

We hope you join us on March 25 for Phebe Novakovic’s Titans address! Click here to learn more and to register.

C-SPAN’s Coverage of Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

 

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In Case You Missed It: Linda Hudson

February 4th, 2014 | Posted by Sarah Jones in Events - (Comments Off)

1401__titanslindahudson079webOn Jan. 30, Linda Hudson, then-president and CEO of BAE Systems, who retired just this past Saturday (Feb. 1), addressed a packed crowd of NVTC members and colleagues at The Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner. In her keynote speech, which was her last pre-retirement public appearance, she brought attention to the STEM workforce shortage and challenged the audience to engage students from middle school on up. Read our article on the event and the full text of her script here.

One of her most thought-provoking topics was the idea that the academia is “throwing the babies out with the bathwater.” Instead of promoting an inclusive environment, engaging students and recruiting them, academic institutions are still using “weed out” classes to discourage students from continuing in STEM programs. She credited Freeman Hrabowski, president of the University of Maryland Baltimore County, for promoting the idea that we should be working to keep students in the program, not cutting them out. Check out his TED talk on the subject!

Hudson also quoted Malcolm Gladwell, who explains in his most recent book, David and Goliath, why going to an elite school may actually decrease the rate of success for STEM students. According to Gladwell, “Your odds of successfully getting a math degree fall by two percentage points for every ten point increase in the average SAT score of your peers,” meaning the more competitive the school, the less likely a student is to graduate in a STEM field. Hudson and Gladwell attribute the decrease in success to a student’s discouragement when his or her scores aren’t as high as their peers’.

In order to improve the current structure, Hudson called on the audience to understand why students, and specifically minority and female students, embark on a STEM careers less often than their peers.

So, what do you think? Should elite institutions revise their policies? Do STEM students have a better chance at a less prestigious school? How else should the industry be encouraging inclusiveness in STEM education (and the STEM workforce)? Tell is in the comments below.

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20100310_LPH_portrait_headshot webOn Jan. 30, BAE Systems President and CEO Linda Hudson will join NVTC for a Titans breakfast. Hudson, who is often called the “First Lady of Defense,” has been in the headlines lately due to her upcoming retirement, which is set for Feb. 1 (two days after she keynotes Titans).

Here are some excellent recent articles featuring Hudson:

Forbes

Washington Business Journal

Capital Business

So join us on Jan. 30 to hear Hudson share insights from her years of leadership in the defense industry! She’ll also discuss the importance of strengthening the nation’s science, technology, engineering and math labor pool in order to preserve national and economic security. This could be Hudson’s last public keynote before her retirement, so it’s a must-see event.

Click here for more info.

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Helping Veterans and Companies Innovate

January 8th, 2014 | Posted by Allison Gilmore in Veterans - (Comments Off)

NVTC partners with CEA and national technology associations to launch USTechVets.org

NVTC President and CEO Bobbie Kilberg speaks at the U.S. Tech Vets launch in Las Vegas on Jan. 8, 2014.

NVTC President and CEO Bobbie Kilberg speaks at the U.S. Tech Vets launch in Las Vegas on Jan. 8, 2014.

When we launched the NVTC Veterans Employment Initiative in August 2013, at an event that included supporting remarks from Gov. Bob McDonnell and Sen. Mark Warner, our goal was to support our member companies in their efforts to hire, train and retain qualified veteran employees. The NVTC Veterans Employment Initiative is about bringing together the technology business community with academic institutions and policymakers to create an ecosystem where veterans’ valuable skills and talents are matched to private sector needs.

Our member companies believe overall workforce development is one of the greatest long-term challenges facing our technology community. Over the last six months, hundreds of NVTC members have signed on to the Initiative because they recognize that veterans have tremendously valuable skills and experience, such as leadership, teamwork, self-discipline, problem-solving, quick-thinking and experience working in a mission-focused environment.

Now, we’re delighted to be partnering with Monster, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and 10 other national technology associations to expand this effort nationally, with the goal of connecting thousands more veterans with jobs in the technology sector. Launched today at the 2014 International CES in Las Vegas, U.S. Tech Vets expands upon NVTC’s online resource and job board, with the addition of jobs from 10 other national technology associations. NVTC member companies will see their jobs reaching an expanded audience through this new site, since jobs posted to NVTC’s www.novatechvets.org site will be cross posted on the new site…for FREE!

There’s never been a better time to get involved in the NVTC Veterans Employment Initiative. Find out more at www.nvtc.org/veterans or email us at veterans@nvtc.org.

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New Opportunities in 2014

January 7th, 2014 | Posted by Allison Gilmore in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

It’s 2014 and the NVTC team is excited to kick off a new year of connecting, educating and advocating for the technology community in Northern Virginia. We have several new programs and initiatives in the works to support our members as they develop their businesses and seek new partners in the coming year.

Beginning in February, we’ll be kicking off a series of monthly coffees for new members to meet face-to-face while learning more about what NVTC has to offer from staff and long-time, active members. These New Member Coffees will take place the first Friday of each month at the CIT building in Herndon. Whether you just joined this month or last year, consider joining us to develop some new connections and make the most out of your NVTC membership in 2014. Contact Ann Corcoran at acorcoran@nvtc.org to learn more.

On March 5, the NVTC Veterans Employment Initiative will host a workshop based on the Virginia Values Veterans (V3) program to help companies in the region learn how to find, train and retain veteran employees. Participants will learn valuable tips to tap into the highly qualified veteran workforce to give their companies the edge in 2014. And stay tuned for more resources and programs from the Initiative, including the national expansion of NVTC’s veteran job board and online community, novatechvets.org.

These are just two examples of some of our new programs and services for 2014, all of which will build upon our long history of providing valuable benefits to our members and serving as the voice of the region’s technology community. As the year goes on, let us know how we can continue to serve you. You can reach us at 703-904-7878 or nvtc@nvtc.org.

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Tell Us Your Story

January 7th, 2014 | Posted by Allison Gilmore in Membership - (Comments Off)
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NVTC is made up of an extremely diverse and broad array of technology companies. Like you, we are always excited to learn about the fascinating things our members are working on every day. We also think there is tremendous value in hearing about what is important to our members or where they’ve found success.

So send us your updates at editor@nvtc.org! Tell us about how your NVTC membership has helped your company to grow or find new partners. Or share your insights on the latest developments or trends.

We’ll post some of these stories here on the blog or in upcoming issues of the @nvtc eNewsletter or Voice magazine.

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DARPA, Millennials and More – Now on YouTube

January 7th, 2014 | Posted by Sarah Jones in Social Media - (Comments Off)
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Did you know that NVTC is on YouTube? Check out our page for highlights from some of our biggest signature events! The most recent video features DARPA Director Dr. Arati Prabhakar, who shares some of the Agency’s coolest projects and investments in national security.

In addition, we’re sure you’ve heard about “Millennials” (aka Generation Y) and their cultural impact,  but have you considered how their passion might ignite our industry’s workforce? Check out SAP Co-CEO Bill McDermott’s address at our annual banquet, TechCelebration, to hear more.

P.S. – we’re also on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn!

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Meaningful Measurement: The Impact of Social Media

January 7th, 2014 | Posted by Colby Cox in Social Media - (Comments Off)

It should come as no surprise that companies are working at feverous paces to gain a better understanding of the unstructured data that social media provides. Companies are searching for ways to measure and understand social habits of  fans and brand advocates along with a myriad of social activities to advance the company’s position. One of the best ways to do this is have a solid understanding of what you are measuring along with benchmarks to know you are advancing at a productive pace.

In conjunction with DC Week 2012, the NVTC Social Media Committee hosted an event focusing on; “Meaningful Measurement: The Impact of Social Media”. We were joined by speakers from comScoreR2integratedPew Research along with our event moderator Chris Abraham who shared with us some great statistics and insights we can all take advantage of.

Sara Goo (@sarakgoo) of Pew Research kicked off the event with a fantastic Prezi focused around the recent elections that highlighted some key statistics to keep in mind.

  • Who is using social media? – 69% of all American adults (doubled since 2008)
  • ‘Dual Screening’ – 11% of viewers of the 1st Presidential debate used both TV and a mobile device or computer.

Carmela Aquino (@caaquino) of comScore presented next and discussed how her company is going ‘beyond the like’ while providing some key Facebook statistics. Carmela mentioned that measuring your message is very important for direct fans, but don’t forget the impact that ‘like’ has on their friends.

  • 1 Facebook user can virally amplify your message to 80 friends.
  • 40% of Facebook time is on the newsfeed while only 12% is on the profile page.
  • 1 in 6 minutes is spent on a social network

Dave Taub (@davetaub), the co-founder of R2integrated, gave some fantastic advice when he said “Social is a behavior, not a channel.” When companies accept the fact that social interactions should not be viewed simply as another channel but as a chance to truly impact their customers, fans, etc., then they will truly understand the meaning of social media.

I leave you with two questions that came up during the Q&A portion of our discussion. We would love to hear your responses for future posts and a possible event discussion.

Do blogs still play an important role in social media?

Is ‘Behavioral Modeling’ the biggest need for brands to succeed in social media?

Check out some of the pics from today’s event on the NVTC Facebook Page.

- Colby Cox, Director of Sales & Business Development, RepEquity Inc.

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In late September 2011, LinkedIn added new functionality that allows contacts to endorse each other with a single click. This tool is not meant to replace one’s ability to write a detailed recommendation, it’s just meant to increase and simplify the opportunity to endorse others.

True recommendations are often difficult to receive. The time it takes to create a meaningful post for a contact’s profile frequently slows down and hinders the process. Many say that they are willing to show support of their colleagues, but writing a strong recommendation takes thought and effort.

LinkedIn recognizes this fact and now provides a one click option that allows users to quickly and easily recognize contacts for their skills and expertise. This new feature has already become popular and is receiving significant attention.

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Here are some of the basics to take advantage of while using the Endorsement tool:

Add your abilities to your profile – Under the Skills & Expertise section, select the capabilities to show your experience and proficiencies. Make sure your privacy settings allow others to see this feature.

Ask for endorsements – Like recommendations, it is best to reach out to your connections and ask for their blessing. Avoid asking contacts that may not know you well enough to feel comfortable recommending you.

Endorse others – View the profiles of your colleagues, clients, partners and prospects. Select the skills that you truly believe they possess. Remember that NVTC.org is filled with many of your most trusted contacts.

Avoid blindly endorsing contacts – It is very easy to use this feature. It is almost too easy. Endorsements will lose value if anyone and everyone receives them for every skillset on their profiles.

You can do this quickly and you will likely receive endorsements for any expertise that you have developed throughout your career.

Once you are ready, start clicking!

Connect with me on Twitter @AndrewBates or LinkedIn

 

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Andrew Bates is the director of online marketing at Hinge Marketing in Reston, Va. He is responsible for managing all of Hinge’s digital marketing strategies and services. These services include search engine optimization, social media, paid search and media advertising, email lead generation as well as comprehensive web analytics. Bates has developed custom online marketing and social media programs for organizations that include Chevron, the American Cancer Society, DuPont and Rosetta Stone. A self-described super geek entrepreneur, Bates helped create and lead two Washington, D.C. area design and marketing firms, both acquired by industry giants. He has been an active member of NVTC for 10 years, serving on multiple committees.

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The Northern Virginia Technology Council

October 18th, 2013 | Posted by admin in About NVTC - (Comments Off)

The Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) is the membership and trade association for the technology community in Northern Virginia. As the largest technology council in the nation, NVTC serves about 1,000 companies and organizations, including businesses from all sectors of the technology industry, service providers, universities, foreign embassies, non-profit organizations and government agencies. Through its member companies, NVTC represents about 300,000 employees in the region.

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