WTOP Business Insights

In May 2021, the Board of Trade partnered with WTOP, the most popular radio station in the region among c-suite executives, on a sponsored content campaign that gives Board of Trade members a platform to broadcast their work. This also provides a unique and valuable opportunity for our non-profit members to share their mission throughout the business community. For more information, contact George Longwell, VP of Engagement, at [email protected]

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Kimberly Bullock Gatling, Partner and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Fox Rothschild LLP

Prioritizing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion has become non-negotiable in today’s business world. In fact, businesses that fail to recognize its importance risk losing ground to their competitors as clients, employees and investors demand accountability. Kim explains the important role these efforts play in corporate responsibility initiatives in the latest episode of the firm’s ESG Essentials: What You Need to Know Now podcast.

Carrie Stoltzfus, Executive Director, Food & Friends

Food & Friends is built on a simple premise – anyone can get sick and everyone can help! They provide home delivered medically tailored meals and nutrition therapy to our neighbors living with serious and chronic illnesses. They also provide meals for their dependents and caregivers, free of charge. They believe that those managing a serious illness should have the nourishment they need to improve their health. Read Carrie’s blog on Five Reasons Why Bringing Your Team to Volunteer at Food & Friends is a Smart Investment and learn more visit www.foodandfriends.org.

Catherine Meloy, President and CEO, Goodwill of Greater Washington

Did you know the resale of your donations funds free job training and supportive services for people with disabilities and disadvantages in industries such as security, healthcare administration, hospitality, energy, and construction? Goodwill even operates a unique charter highschool for DC residents who want to return to school and earn their diploma. To learn more visit www.dcgoodwill.org

Dr. Unique Morris-Hughes, Director, DC Department of Employment Services

As Washington, D.C. continues its economic recovery from the pandemic, the Department of Employment Services (DOES) remains committed to partnering with District employers to meet workforce needs. DOES has programs to assist at every step of the hiring and training process. Learn more about how DOES can help business move forward in their blog.

Reggie Jones, DC Office Managing Partner, Fox Rothschild LLP

Navigating the recent executive order mandating vaccinations on federal contracts is challenging for federal agencies and contractors, especially if only part of your business is federal. Read Reggie’s blog on how to navigate the business risks associated with the federal contractor vaccine mandate.

No federal contractor wants to submit a certified claim to the government or appeal a contracting officers final decision, but sometimes it is inevitable. Whether to head to a Board of Contract Appeals or the Court of Federal Claims, and whether to engage in alternative dispute resolution are tough questions. Fox Rothschild helps your Company navigate that process. Read Reggie’s blog on effective contract management.

Dr. Jimmy Venza, Executive Director, Adventist HealthCare, The Lourie Center for Children’s Social & Emotional Wellness

Adventist HealthCare’s The Lourie Center for Children’s Social & Emotional Wellness is a private, non-profit agency with a mission to improve the social and emotional health of young children and their families through prevention, early intervention, education, research and training. Serving more than 4,000 children and families in the Washington metropolitan area, regardless of ability to pay, the Center is a pioneer and leader in the field of infant and child mental health.

Over the past decade, The Lourie Center has worked in partnership with research colleagues to complete four empirical studies showing the effectiveness of The Lourie Center core programs: Early Head Start, Therapeutic Preschool Program, Lourie Center School (special education elementary school), and Parent-Child Clinical Services Program. The Lourie Center is partnering with the Circle of Security-International and University of Maryland-College Park to pilot the Circle of Security-Classroom model in Prince George’s County Public Schools, which will help provide a safe and secure environment for students.

Learn more by visiting the www.louriecenter.org.

Daniela Hurtado, Director of Programs, La Cocina VA

Hear a message from La Cocina VA on WTOP:

Ruth Williams-Brinkley, Regional President, Mid-Atlantic States, Kaiser Permanente

Ruth Williams-Brinkley shares how they are helping to get people vaccinated against COVID-19 so that we can put this pandemic behind us in her spot for WTOP. She also offers advice on how business leaders can encourage their employees and community to get vaccinated.

Amy Javaid, Interim President & CEO, A Wider Circle

Amy Javaid, Interim President & CEO for A Wider Circle, explains how the organization has used integrated, holistic services to help our neighbors rise out of poverty for 20 years. Read the blog here.

Blue Jenkins, President, Washington Gas

Blue Jenkins discusses Washington Gas’s workforce development program, its Washington Gas Cares program, and it’s “climate business plan” in these WTOP segments:

Learn more about these programs: Creating Careers in the Community | Washington Gas Shares a Roadmap to DC’s Low Carbon Future | www.washingtongascares.com.

Rosie Allen-Herring, President & CEO, United Way of the National Capital Area

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Robin Kelleher, President & CEO, Hope For The Warriors

Hear a message from Hope For The Warriors on WTOP:

Learn more about Robin Kelleher’s vision on our blog: Hope For The Warriors’ Holistic Approach to Aiding Veterans and Their Families

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