Diversity, Inclusion and Your Business

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Why Businesses that Embrace Diversity
Are Positioned to Thrive in 2021

Driven by the rapid diversification of the nation’s population and the rising demand by consumers and workers for a more just and equitable society, businesses of every size and industry are recognizing the need to adopt sound Diversity, Equity & inclusion (DEI) policies and practices. On October 23rd, the Loudoun Chamber is hosting a community dialogue with national and regional DEI experts to help Loudoun County businesses better understand the need, value and effective implementation of DEI initiatives.

This virtual Community Dialogue will feature a keynote presentation by Rick C. Wade, Senior Vice President of Strategic Alliances and Outreach at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Wade will discuss the U.S. Chamber’s Equality of Opportunity Initiative, an effort to develop data-driven business and policy solutions to create equal opportunities for African Americans and other minority communities.

Following the presentation, Loudoun Chamber Chair of the Board Stacey Metcalfe of Inova Loudoun Hospital will lead a panel discussion focused on helping business leaders better understand how to adopt effective DEI policies and efforts.

Featured Panelists:

  • Alberto Garcia, Administrative Vice President; Business Banking, M&T Bank – A member of the Loudoun County Chamber’s Board, Al serves on the Diversity Council of M&T Bank and as the Diversity Liaison for the HOLA Resource Groups in Buffalo, Greater Washington and elsewhere.
  • Marvin L. Jones, Managing Partner, The Diversity & Inclusion Factor, LLC – A seasoned facilitator, trainer and strategist, Jones has conducted DEI seminars and workshops for 31,000+ military and civilian personnel at 48 U.S. Navy Medicine facilities around the globe.
  • Charlene Wheeless, Principal, Charlene Wheeless, LLC – Wheeless is a seasoned C-Suite leader and executive at several large, global organizations. Her skills and experiences position her to ensure anti-racist practices, inclusivity, and diversity in corporate environments.


Rick C. Wade

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Senior Vice President of Strategic Alliances and Outreach


Alberto Garcia

Administrative Vice President; Business Banking M&T Bank

Marvin L. Jones

Managing Partner The Diversity & Inclusion Factor, LLC

Charlene Wheeless

Principal Charlene Wheeless, LLC

Signature Events

Annual Meeting & Community Leadership Awards

The Loudoun Chamber will celebrate it’s Annual Meeting & Community Leadership Awards in January 2021.  We will honor top business and community leaders and celebrate the success of the Chamber’s 2020 Board of Directors Chair, Stacey Metcalfe, Inova Loudoun Hospital, and welcome in our 2021 Board.

In addition to the ceremonial swearing-in of our entire 2021 Board of Directors, the 2021 Annual Meeting will feature the annual Community Leadership Awards ceremony. Now in its 8th year, the Community Leadership Awards celebrates the business community’s invaluable contributions to Loudoun’s world class quality of life by honoring those businesses and business leaders who have made exemplary contributions that positively impact the lives of Loudoun’s citizens.

Nominations OPEN Monday, October 5, 2020 and CLOSE Friday, October 30, 2020 at 5 p.m.

Individual Leader Nomination    Business Nomination

Stronger Together Award  Selection Criteria

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Annual Real Estate Event


Loudoun County is one of Northern Virginia’s most dynamic, rapidly evolving commercial real estate markets. The Chamber’s Annual Real Estate Event offers the cutting edge data and analysis on Loudoun’s commercial real estate landscape that real estate professionals need. The market intelligence and contacts you’ll gain as a Annual Real Estate Event sponsor will help position your company as a leader in this highly competitive market.

Expert Insights on Housing, the Economy and New Comp Plan

On October 21st, 2020, we joined the Loudoun real estate industry’s top leaders and decision-makers for the annual “State of the Loudoun Market” where you were able gain the cutting-edge insight into the local economic climate and real estate market that businesses need to compete in today’s rapidly changing, and often chaotic, environment.

We heard from Loudoun’s Economic Development Director Buddy Rizer and Dr. Terry L. Clower, Director of the Center for Regional Analysis at George Mason University, as they offered expert insight into the local, national and global economies and discuss the challenges and the opportunities facing Loudoun.

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Chamber Classic

We held our 38th Annual Loudoun Chamber Classic at the award-winning Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf course, The Club at Creighton Farms. This course is one of the finest on the Eastern Seaboard, and is nothing short of spectacular.  We are proud to have produced Loudoun County’s premier business golf tournament for the past three decades, and we hope you and your colleagues will join us in 2021.

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Golf Tour

For the past 9 years, this casual, networking tournament pairs you and a partner against a field of over 30 two-man teams in a progressive four month tournament. Designed with the busy professional in mind, each event consists of a 9-hole round after work, followed by a short networking reception to get you home in time to put the kids to bed. The team with the lowest cumulative score after four events is the champion.  Check back in 2021 for information on our 10th season.

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Small Business Awards

For 26 years, the Loudoun Small Business Awards have been the most prestigious honors celebrating the best small businesses, entrepreneurs and nonprofit organizations in our Loudoun community. We hope you will join us to congratulate finalists and winners in 9 categories, including the top prize, the 2020 Small Business of the Year. Winners are announced in front of a live audience of Loudoun’s top business and community leaders.

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Superhero 5k & Kids Fun Run

This past Fall we had our Virtual Superhero 5K!  Our 6th Annual Superhero 5K was a virtual race from October 22nd – 25th! Runners completed a course of their choosing during the race window. Proceeds from the race will be given to the Loudoun Chamber Foundation to benefit local nonprofits.

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Valor Awards

The Loudoun Chamber will honor local heroes, from public safety personnel to ordinary citizens, for their courageous, often lifesaving actions in 2019 at the 35th Annual Valor Awards. The entire Loudoun business community is invited to watch these Annual Valor Awards virtually to help honor these dedicated public servants for their selfless acts of heroism and commitment to protecting our families, our neighbors and our community.

2020 Valor Awards Program

2020 Live Recording

Do you know someone who deserves to be nominated for the 2021 Valor Awards? This would include any incident from 2020 where someone went above and beyond for our community.

2021 Valor Nominations

Our first responders spend each and every workday putting their lives on the line to ensure that others remain safe. Being recognized through the Valor Awards by the citizens we protect is the highest compliment any first responder can receive.

- Michael L. Chapman, Loudoun County Sheriff

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