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.
- 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. WadeU.S. Chamber of Commerce Senior Vice President of Strategic Alliances and Outreach
Alberto GarciaAdministrative Vice President; Business Banking M&T Bank
Marvin L. JonesManaging Partner The Diversity & Inclusion Factor, LLC
Charlene WheelessPrincipal Charlene Wheeless, LLC
Annual Meeting & Community Leadership Awards
The Loudoun Chamber will celebrate its 55th Annual Meeting & Community Leadership Awards on Friday, January 20, 2023 at The National Conference Center. We will honor top community leaders as well as celebrate the success of the 2022 Board of Directors Chair, Shawn Mitchell, owner of Modern Mechanical. We will also welcome in our 2023 Board and the new Chair Carol Barbe, owner of Backflow Technology.
The 2023 Community Leadership Award winners in each category will have the opportunity to select one nonprofit organization to receive a $1,000 grant, thanks to the generosity of the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties. *Cocktail attire, please
On Monday, August 15, 2022, the 40th Annual Chamber Classic was held at The Club at Creighton Farms. This event has been Loudoun County’s premier business golf tournament for four decades. The Chamber Classic offers our sponsors tremendous marketing exposure, and an incomparable day of golf on this Jack Nicklaus designed course. If your company’s target market includes senior level executives and business owners who have a passion for the game of golf, we invite you to consider a 2023 Sponsorship. Stay tuned for more information and pricing.
Small Business Awards
For 28 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, at the 2022 Small Business of the Year. Winners are announced in front of a live audience of Loudoun’s top business and community leaders. This event will take place on Friday, November 4th at the Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles. View Photos / View 2021 Finalists & Winners
This Spring, the Chamber will honor the Loudoun Chamber will honor first responders, our community’s real-life heroes, and several truly heroic citizens, for their courageous, often lifesaving actions at the 38th Annual Loudoun County Valor Awards. Stay tuned for the 2023 event date!