SAP Co-CEO Bill McDermott Challenges Tech Companies to Engage the Millennial Workforce During Keynote Address at TechCelebration

On October 30, NVTC's TechCelebration lived up to its reputation as the networking event of the year as more than 700 members of the Northern Virginia technology community joined federal and state policymakers for an extraordinary evening. The event featured a keynote speech by SAP Co-CEO Bill McDermott, introduced by Elaine Marion, CFO of ePlus, and included the presentation of the Inaugural 2013 Innovator Awards, the 2013 Chairman's Award to Gov. Bob McDonnell, and the Earle C. Williams Lifetime Achievement Award to Former CEO of DynCorp Paul Lombardi.

During his keynote address, McDermott offered insight into the powerful yet often misunderstood millennial generation, challenging technology companies to channel millennials’ passion and engage them through important projects, opportunities to do philanthropic and community work, and support for their careers. According to McDermott, "eighty-four percent would rather work for a company with a purpose, that does something that matters, than get a raise or a promotion." If employers provide an environment with purpose, embrace intellectual curiosity, and create a culture where failure is acceptable, the industry will tap into milliennials’ considerable power as employees and consumers.

Bill McDermott.
SAP Co-CEO Bill McDermott addressing the technology community at TechCelebration on Oct. 30, 2013 at The Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner.

Also during the program, NVTC honored Gov. Bob McDonnell with the 2013 Chairman's Award for his leadership in ensuring Virginia remains a top state for business and in supporting and enacting technology business priorities. McDonnell thanked legislators for working together, focusing on solving problems and getting results.

Bob McDonnell.
Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell accepts the 2013 Chairman’s Award at TechCelebration: NVTC’s Annual Banquet.

During the banquet, NVTC also presented the Earle C. Williams Lifetime Achievement Award to former CEO of DynCorp Paul Lombardi in recognition of his exceptional service to NVTC and the region's technology industry.

Paul Lombardi winning the Earle C. Williams Lifetime Achievement Award.
NVTC Chair Sudhakar Kesavan of ICF, 2013 Earle C. Williams Lifetime Achievement Award winner Paul Lombardi of INpower, NVTC President and CEO Bobbie Kilberg and Earle Williams during TechCelebration: NVTC’s Annual Banquet.

In addition, NVTC Chair Emeritus Brad Antle introduced the new Innovator Awards, which recognize groundbreaking companies and technologies in our region's technology community. Click here to read about the finalists and winners.

Were you featured on our NVTC “red carpet”? Check out photos from the night here!