2013 Washington Business Hall of Fame Raises $1.2 Million for Junior Achievement of Greater Washington
This week, the Washington Business Hall of Fame brought together over 1,100 professionals to the National Building Museum to honor and award those who indeed greatly impact the capital region, and at the same time, raise money for Junior Achievement of Greater Washington. Co presenters for the night were JAGW, Greater Washington Board of Trade, and The Washingtonian magazine with the Title Sponsor being Capital One. Notable individuals included Event Chair, Susan Lacz, CEO, Ridgewells and Event Master of Ceremonies, ABC-7 Anchor Leon Harris. This night, now in its 26th year, is the “Academy Awards of Business” for the DC region. Presenters included: James C. Dinegar, President and CEO, The Greater Washington Board of Trade Secretary Michael Chertoff, Former Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Don Wood, President and CEO, Federal Realty Investment Trust.
This year’s Laureates included:
William Couper, Retired President, Mid-Atlantic Region, Bank of America
Linda P. Hudson, President and CEO, BAE Systems, Inc.
Bobbie Greene Kilberg, President and CEO, Northern Virginia Technology Council
Mark Ordan, Chief Executive Officer, Sunrise Senior Living
Government officials in attendance included VA Gov. Bob McDonnell and Former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, who were both presenters, as well as Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA).
John Tydings, a founder of the event, a 2003 laureate, and president/CEO of the Greater Washington Board of Trade for 24 years (from 1977-2001) – was honored during the ceremony. He passed away this November 16th.
According to JA President and CEO Ed Grenier, “JA is inspiring future generations to navigate their path to the American dream.” Last year, for example, JA impacted the lives of more than 52,000 young people in Greater Washington through more than half-a-million instructional hours. (52,000, as Ed mentioned that night, is more than what would fit in Nationals Park or Yankee Stadium or Wrigley Field.)
JA student Matt Colwell who helped to introduce Bobbie Kilberg said the following:
“My name is Matt Colwell and I am a senior at George C. Marshall High School. I am also a JA volunteer. JA has allowed me to realize that there are many pathways to achieving your goals. And, what Junior Achievement provides is an intellectual playground for students and teachers to readily test, express and challenge ideas that will end up helping them adapt to this evolving world.
It is difficult, if not impossible, to quantify these benefits or factor them into a “return on investment.” But, I think what we will soon see is an increased number of business owners, an increased number of workplace-ready students, and an increased level of happiness in young adults who are able to wake up every day, enjoy the work that they do and see the positive impact that it has on those around them.”
JA Student Jabari Harris (spoke about the soon to be built Prince George’s JA Finance Park – one of JA’s many offerings that gives kids an experiential encounter with real-world finance … there’s one already built in Fairfax.):
“Ladies and gentleman, my name is Jabari Harris and before we get any further into these presentations, I wanted to tell you about something I am VERY excited about. I am a sophomore at Northwestern High School in Prince George’s County. Last year, I became a Junior Achievement graduate when I tried my hand at walking in your shoes at Finance Park in Fairfax, Virginia. Let me tell you: it wasn’t easy.
When I woke up that morning, I was a 9th grader. By 10am, I was a single father of a 5-year-old! I had to make decisions about mortgages, and car payments, and investments. It was exhausting! But like all the Finance Park graduates before me, I left with a balanced budget. In fact, I think I could teach Congress a thing or two! I left feeling more confident in my ability to make those kinds of decisions in the future.
In fact, when I finish college, I want to be a news anchor… just kidding Leon*. Actually, when I finish college, I am committed to pursuing a career as a sports analyst. And because of my experience at Finance Park, I know one thing for certain: I will be ready!”
To learn more and to support the youth who are our future, please go to http://www.myja.org.
Pamela Lynne Sorensen is the founder of Pamela’s Punch, a platform for profiling people who "make it happen" in the Capital region, reviews & topical blog posts. She launched Punch Enterprises, a connector consulting business in 2015 and Pacific Punch based in LA, in 2012. Pamela comes from an extensive background in sales and business development from a variety of industries, has been involved with charities and fundraising for a number of years and holds several Board and leadership positions. She currently resides in Arlington, VA. Follow her on Twitter at @pamelaspunch.