Social Sightings: Washington Business Hall of Fame and Junior Achievement of Greater Washington
From Junior Achievement of Greater Washington: The Washington Business Hall of Fame recognizes the professional and philanthropic accomplishments of outstanding business leaders in our region who have made significant contributions to the quality of life in Greater Washington. The annual black-tie gala and awards ceremony brings together 1,200 business and civic leaders and raises over $1 million annually to support Junior Achievement of Greater Washington's innovative financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship programs for K-12 students.
Wednesday night, we went to the National Building Museum for the 29th annual Washington Business Hall of Fame. Among the business leaders inducted into the honor roll were Gensler co-CEO Diane Hoskins, whom we snapped with Rand Construction CEO Linda Rabbitt, who introduced her. Diane is at the helm of the biggest architecture firm in the world.
Junior Achievement joined the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation and presenting sponsor Coca Cola for the 4th and Life High School Football Forum, focusing on preparing nearly 400 high school football players for life after football. Redskins players Vernon Davis, Anthony Lanier, Colt McCoy, and Houston Bates joined business leader JA volunteers Michael Steinitz (Robert Half), Mike Hydeck (WUSA9), and James "TaB" Patrick (retired U.S. Air Force), to touch on a variety of topics such as coping with peer pressure, staying healthy, and planning for their academic and athletic futures.
Good evening everyone. You may not have ever heard of a Harvard Graduate named Donovan Livingston. But tonight, as we gather to honor four of Washington’s most renowned business visionaries and come together to commit ourselves to inspiring the next generation to transform “I can’t” into “I can,” I’m here to share some of his words with you. Because I believe they are some of the most powerful words about education ever spoken.
Katie Reineberg was no stranger to South Lakes High School, but she marveled nonetheless at the expansiveness of the two-story brick building, with its byzantine floor plan, neat clusters of lockers and even a glass-topped hallway illuminated solely by natural lighting.
“We used to call it the prison,” the class of 2006 alumnus joked, referring to the lack of windows before the school underwent extensive renovations just after she graduated.
Yet, despite the facelift, South Lakes High School still hasn’t changed quite as much in the past decade as Reineberg herself.
Think you have to search far and wide to find opportunities? Not always.
Tony Nicely started at GEICO as an underwriting clerk at age 18 and stayed on, eventually becoming CEO. Gary Tabach joined his accounting firm straight out of the University of Maryland. The company’s name changed, but his path never did—he’s now a managing partner at Deloitte & Touche. MedStar Health CEO Ken Samet is also a lifer. He started at the much smaller Medlantic Healthcare Group, and as the company grew, so did his career. Diane Hoskins changed her focus—from architecture to the business of architecture—but after earning an MBA, she returned to her previous firm, Gensler, to use her new skills. These four leaders will be inducted into the Washington Business Hall of Fame on November 30.
New campus for Thomas Edison High School of Technology is set to open in 2018 in Silver Spring.
The Montgomery County (Md.) district has broken ground on a new building to replace the existing Thomas Edison High School of Technology.
WHAG-TV reports that the new building in Silver Spring is expected to be ready in time for the 2018-19 school year. The facility will replace the a school, also in Silver Spring, that was built in 1982.
Thanksgiving is upon us and you know what that means, the onset of holiday shopping! The expectation of giving gifts can be financially exhausting. According to a survey of 500 U.S. teens conducted by Junior Achievement USA and ORC International, more than half of teens (51%) planning to shop this holiday season expect to pay more than $100 on gifts, with one-in-seven (15%) saying they plan to spend $250 or more. The survey of 13 to 17-year-olds from the general public was conducted by ORC the week of October 17th.
Babson College, the top-ranked college in the United States for the study of entrepreneurship, and Junior Achievement USA®, the country's leading organization giving young people the knowledge and skills to own their economic success, have partnered to offer a $20,000 per year merit scholarship for a Junior Achievement (JA) USA student who attends Babson. According to research, JA alumni are two and one-half times more likely to become an entrepreneur when compared to the general population.