Regional Events

Northern Virginia Technology Council
Positive Leadership Skills Fall Cohort at George Mason University

Date: October 2, 2018 – November 13, 2018
Location: George Mason University
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, Va. 22030

Discover how to develop the positive mindset that will help you achieve your professional and personal goals. Join the fall 2018 cohort of George Mason University’s Positive Leadership program.

Positive leaders are self-confident, optimistic, and resilient. They create an atmosphere that produces lower turnover, higher productivity, greater satisfaction, and a host of desirable bottom-line outcomes. Read this Positive Leadership faculty interview and see Positive Leadership alumni testimonials for more insights.

The Positive Leadership program consists of 4 half-day sessions. The program is designed for all professionals, but HR professionals can earn the extra benefit of recertification PDCs for their SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP credential by participating in this program.

Learn more and register here.

Celebrating Ability in the Workplace Awards Ceremony

You’re Invited to Celebrating Ability in the Workplace Awards Ceremony

Featured Speaker:
Cheryl Collins
Statewide Outreach Programs Manager, Virginia Department of Transportation

October 17, 2018
Time: 9 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
Dept. for the Blind and Vision Impaired
395 Azalea Ave.
Richmond VA, 23227

Please R.S.V.P. to cindy.roberts@dbvi.virginia.gov

Social Media Week Fairfax

Date: October 18, 2018
Time: 7:45 AM - 2:00 PM
Location: Capital One Headquarters
1680 Capital One Drive
McLean, Va 22102

It’s no secret that Fairfax County and the Metro DC region is thriving in the world of startups and technology, which makes the DMV the perfect place for Social Media Week Fairfax.

Social Media Week (SMW) is a leading news platform that curates and shares the best ideas, innovations and insight into how social media and technology are changing business, society & culture worldwide. The SMW community consists of senior marketers, founders, entrepreneurs, influencers and digitally connected consumers who thrive in the hyper-connected world and push the boundaries of the status quo.

Presented by Fairfax County Economic Development Authority, this one-day event promises to provoke rigorous discussion and debate on the changes in human connectivity through engaging, entertaining, educational and diverse content and experiences.

For more information and to register, please visit SMWFairfax.com. Use code "NVTC" to get 20% off your registration!

Assistive Technology Conference – Innovations in Smart Homes & Smart Cities

Date: October 30th, 2018
Location: Founders Hall
3351 Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA 22201

Join us for the fourth Mason assistive technology conference with technology experts, health care providers, architects, senior living community leaders and users for an informative discussion on innovations in Smart Homes and Smart Cities and ramifications for ageing societies and special needs. Discuss the interplay of architecture and technology; and urban planning and Smart Cities.
  • Hear perspectives on Smart Cities from the U.S., Asia and Europe
  • Learn about new technologies with potential for ageing and special needs
  • Gain insights into the promise of technology to further independent living and ageing in place
  • Discuss policy and business challenges to Smart Homes, Smart Cities and ageing and assistive technologies

Learn more and register here.

Engaging and Succeeding in Negotiations

Date: Nov. 1 to Nov. 3, 2018
Location: George Mason University
Point of View Retreat Center
Lorton, VA, 22079

Engaging and Succeeding in Negotiations is a three-day seminar that distinctively addresses the challenges facing women in negotiations through a variety of experiential, reflective and peer coaching activities. This course provides participants the skill sets to identify and unpack negotiation-based fears (using positive emotions, preparation, and role-plays) to enable participants in confidently engage in negotiations. Course learning tactics and outcomes include:

  • Learning how to prepare for negotiations—starting with clear, data-based goals—that increases negotiators’ confidence, competence, and collaborative capability.
  • Identifying framing strategies that research demonstrates are critical for women in how they ask for what they want and/or deserve.
  • Exploring how mindfulness, invoking positive emotion, or using relaxation techniques can reduce the fear and even increase open-mindedness and creativity.
  • Live role play sessions—bring your current challenges and try out proven negotiation strategies that aid in successful negotiations.

For more information, please click here.

Please contact Lisa O’Rourke, execinfo@gmu.edu, 703-993-2109

Service Contract Act Training

Date: November 6-7, 2018
Time : 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: NRECA Conference Center
4301 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, Va. 22203

The Service Contract Act (SCA) and the regulations implementing SCA are some of the most challenging requirements for contractors and for contracting agencies involved in federal contracts for services. If you are competing for the award of a service contract, or performing a service contract and administering your responsibilities under SCA, this two-day course is critical to understanding SCA and ensuring fair competition and full compliance throughout performance of the awarded contract.

PSC’s updated and enhanced “2017 Service Contract Act Training” teaches the fundamental requirements of SCA as it affects preparation of proposals, wage determinations, classifications and conformances for missing classifications, staffing, pricing, out-year price adjustments, response to payroll audits and worker inquiries, administering SCA provisions as they apply to collective bargaining agreements, and numerous other issues on service contracting.

Highlights of PSC's SCA Course include:
  • Instructors include experts with long careers in the service contracting industry, in Department of Labor enforcement programs, as procurement agency advisors on contract labor issues, and legal experts specializing in SCA and related labor issues.
  • Attendees participate in interactive exercises, worksheets, and question/answer sessions.
  • The presentation will include one-hour panel discussions. Typically PSC invites representatives from the Department of Labor’s national office to discuss their procedures in administering and enforcing SCA (preparation of wage determinations, processing conformances, enforcement statistics, and any questions the attendees offer). PSC also invites procurement agency labor advisors from the Department of Defense, NASA, and other civilian agencies to discuss the agencies’ administration of labor standards on their contracts, including the processing of solicitation and options/extensions where decisions are necessary under SCA and related requirements.
  • The current course includes discussion on relevant executive orders, regulatory changes (those that have occurred or may be pending), e.g., Fair Pay and Safe Workplace; new contractor minimum wage requirement; changes to the exemption at 29 CFR Part 541 (salary); interaction with the Affordable Care Act; and the potential changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act overtime requirements.
  • Attendees will receive extensive course materials, copies of the presentations, and contact information for post-course follow-up.

  • To learn more and register, click here.

    Fall 2018 Inova Discovery Series: The Impact of Changing Consumer Expectations on Healthcare Delivery

    Date : November 7, 2018
    Location: ICPH Conference Center
    3225 Gallows Road
    Fairfax, VA 22031

    Consumer expectations related to healthcare delivery continue to rapidly evolve, forcing health systems and health technology innovators to continually rethink how consumers view the traditional patient-provider-payor relationship.

    • How are consumers shaping the delivery of healthcare?
    • As health insurers are increasingly placing consumers at the center of decision-making, how is industry adapting?
    • How will services be delivered in an increasingly convenient and customer service-oriented manner?
    • What is the role of health systems in supporting the treatment and prevention of chronic conditions today and in the future?

    In an effort to answer these questions, Inova Personalized Health Accelerator recently completed a 1,000 person survey on the expectations of consumers in its region.

    At the Fall 2018 Inova Discover Series, we will reveal the results of our survey, including how they impact our view of priority health technology segments.

    The evening will begin with a networking reception. Following a short briefing, we will host a discussion led by experts representing perspectives from the physician, health system, health tech entrepreneur and health system investor communities.

    *RSVP Required.
    When: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Wednesday, November 7, 2018
    Where: Inova Center for Personalized Health (ICPH) located at 3225 Gallows Road Fairfax, VA 22031
    Who should attend? Entrepreneurs, investors, technologists, clinicians, and health system administrators focused on healthcare innovation.

    To Register click here.

    Annual Summit of the Virginia Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine: Securing Prosperity in the Coastal Zone

    Date: November 7-8, 2018
    Location: Science Museum of Virginia, Dewey Gottwald Center
    2500 West Broad St.
    Richmond, Va. 23220-2057

    The 2018 VASEM Summit, Securing Prosperity in the Coastal Zone, will examine assets, stressors and emerging opportunities to protect and grow the economy of Virginia’s coastal zone. The workshop based summit will include a poster session, reception and dinner for attendees.

    The mid-Atlantic region is facing combined pressures of increasing population, infrastructure and rising sea level due to both eustatic (ocean volume) and isostatic (rebound) changes. Attendees will be national and state industry and government leaders, National Academies members and academics from a wide range of disciplines. Non-VASEM members need to apply to attend the event.

    Learn more and register here.

    Salute to Service

    Date: November 10th, 2018
    Location: Hilton McLean Tysons Corner
    7920 Jones Branch Drive
    Falls Church, VA 22102

    Join the celebration on Saturday, November 10th to salute the service of the men, women, and families in the military and our community who help prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies.

    The celebration is the largest fundraising event of the year for the American Red Cross in the National Capital Region. Funds raised are transformed into services delivered every day in our community. Hundreds of military, government, corporate and community leaders join together for an inspirational evening that supports the programs of the American Red Cross in the National Capital Region.

    Learn more and register here.