WTOP Regional 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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Piper Phillips Caswell, President & CEO, PHILLIPS Programs for Children & Families

PHILLIPS Programs serves the needs of individuals with emotional and behavioral problems and their families through education, family support services, community education and advocacy. Since 1967, PHILLIPS has provided a place where children left behind in traditional settings can get the support and education they need to become successful, responsible adults. Our children’s lives have been colored by a variety of personal and environmental circumstances, so we tailor our approach to address each child’s unique situation. We give our students and their families every advantage: PHILLIPS provides a fresh start, helping children develop critical life skills so they too can enjoy respect, acceptance and personal achievement. At PHILLIPS, we believe any child can overcome adversity, and we help them to prove it everyday. Learn more at www.phillipsprograms.org.

Monsignor John Enzler, President & CEO Catholic Charities of Washington, DC

Catholic Charities assists individuals and families in need, especially those who are most vulnerable. They believe in helping people develop the skills and strength to move from crisis or isolation to stability and growth. The focus is on prevention, when possible, intervention when needed and advocacy when resources or opportunities are either inadequate or unfair. Catholic Charities are strengthened through partnerships with other providers, government agencies, foundations, businesses, individuals, schools, and churches, especially our Catholic parishes. Catholic Charities collaborates with these resources and other community assets to offer programs that are effective and fiscally sound. For more information visit www.catholiccharitiesdc.org.

Radha Muthiah, President & CEO, Capital Area Food Bank

The Capital Area Food Bank is the anchor of the hunger relief infrastructure in our region, providing food to hundreds of area non-profits in communities across D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. But they don’t stop there, because they know that creating long term solutions to hunger requires more than meals. It requires education, training, and opportunity. In short, it demands ideas that address the big picture. That’s why the Capital Area Food Bank approaches the problem in multiple ways: providing food for today and addressing the root causes of hunger by partnering with organizations that provide critical services like job training programs and health care. Learn more at www.capitalareafoodbank.org.

Maury Peiperl, Dean, George Mason University School of Business

Succeeding in today’s marketplace requires continuous upskilling and innovation. At the George Mason University School of Business, they understand this better than most. A place of opportunity for the Washington Region and beyond, their strong tradition of creative business partnerships helps fuel our regional economy and creates opportunities for all. Get to know the school that reflects our community today, and the workforce of tomorrow. Learn more at business.gmu.edu.


Harold Pettigrew, CEO, Washington Area Community Investment Fund (Wacif)

Supporting small business resilience has never been more important. The Washington Area Community Investment Fund advances equity and economic opportunity by getting money, insights, and connections into the hands of underserved entrepreneurs. In the last two years, we deployed more than $30 million and supported more than 20,000 local jobs. Learn more at www.wacif.org.

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 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 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

Hear a message from United Way on WTOP:

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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