General Dynamics Chairman and CEO Phebe Novakovic Discusses Corporate Responsibility at the March 25 Titans Breakfast

On March 25, 500 attendees gathered at The Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner for the last NVTC Titans event of the 2013-2014 season. The breakfast featured Phebe Novakovic, chairman and CEO of General Dynamics, who urged the region’s businesses and technology leaders to give back to the community that has helped foster our industry’s success.

Phebe Novakovic.
Todd Stottlemyer of Acentia, left, and Robin Lineberger of Deloitte, right, present Phebe Novakovic, chairman and CEO of General Dynamics, center, with a token of appreciation at the March 25 Titans breakfast.

Despite challenging economic times, Novakovic stressed that Northern Virginia has prospered, with Loudoun, Fairfax and Arlington counties among the country’s richest, and is competitive with the nation’s top technology regions, in part because of our region’s relationship to the federal government and highly educated workforce. Yet the region still faces pockets of poverty and crime that Novakovic believes must be addressed. She urged industry leaders to ask “Have we done enough?” in terms of giving back to the community, saying “it is incumbent on us to help others.” Crimes, including sex trafficking, are on the rise and can be combatted with the types of technologies the region produces, she stated.

Novakovic called on companies and leaders to consider what more they can do, through both funding and action, to help the community and support continued growth in the region. "If we don't keep this area as a place where our talented employees want to raise their families, we will lose those families,” Novakovic concluded.