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Navigating pandemic-era resume gaps: asking the right questions to build the best team

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For more than 50 years, a year-long resume gap was a clear red mark against a job applicant. Except for stay-at-home parents or applicants who went back to school, there really wasn’t much sympathy from an employer, even in recessions. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed all that. One or two years out of work is the temporary new normal as …

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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT, F. Kevin Reynolds: the Challenge to be the Best Never Ends

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An Interview with 2022 Greater Washington Good Business Awards Lifetime Achievement Honoree, F. Kevin Reynolds “I believe that to be successful in business and life, one has to be involved, show leadership, and give back.” These are more than words of wisdom from this year’s 2022 Greater Washington Good Business Awards Lifetime Achievement Honoree, F. Kevin Reynolds, Executive Vice President and …

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DEI Research: Introducing the Northern Virginia Champions of Accountability Project

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Recognizing and highlighting businesses that are developing and implementing inclusive practices is a priority of the Chamber as we seek to promote best practices for attracting and retaining a diverse workforce.  To advance this effort, we have partnered with the Northern Virginia Community Foundation to launch the Northern Virginia Champions of Accountability Project.  A groundbreaking initiative, the Champions of Accountability …

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Why is innovation important to business?

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“What does innovation mean to business?” It’s a question we posed to the finalists for our upcoming Mid-Atlantic Innovation Celebration Awards. While they come from different industries and have presented their own, unique innovations to us, each found innovation critical to their business models. Read their answers, presented in alphabetical order, below, and join us on May 12th for the …

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What should businesses be doing now to prepare for the next big challenge in healthcare?

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We are fortunate to have assembled a stellar group of experts for our upcoming Annual State of Healthcare in the Region event on May 4th. During the event, these leaders will cover a diverse set of region-related topics that impact your business, but we wanted to ask them ahead of time: “What should businesses be doing now to prepare for …

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Poll Results: Is Northern Virginia ready for a 4-day workweek?

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Last week we shared information about two pending Bills, one Federal and one State, seeking to reduce the workweek to 32 hours and asked you to answer our poll, “is Virginia is ready for a 4-day workweek?” The results are in with 63.73% answering Yes, 30.39% answering No, and 5.88% answering Maybe. In addition, many people wrote comments, both for …

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Workforce Innovation Highlighted in Key Regional Programs

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Expanding Northern Virginia’s workforce and the continual pursuit of a stronger, inclusive regional work environment, are key components of the Chamber’s strategic plan and initiatives. We actively seek out opportunities to support our region’s employers and engage them with new and exciting workforce development options. We know that a stronger workforce ecosystem not only benefits employees but also employers and …

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4 Cybersecurity Must Haves for the Future of Hybrid Work

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With the rise of remote work and hybrid work arrangements, executive leaders face unprecedented new cybersecurity challenges. Despite our best efforts to move quickly to accommodate the new cybersecurity landscape, we still see many high-profile breaches across sectors, such as the SolarWinds hack and the vulnerabilities in the Microsoft Exchange Server that exposed millions of government records. Such breaches have …

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Member Spotlight: Why aren’t more women in the C-Suite and what it takes to become a successful woman entrepreneur: a conversation with Lovey L. Hammel

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“When I started my company with my mother 43 years ago, most women-owned businesses were home-based. The prevailing wisdom was that a woman-owned business was a small business. Thankfully, due to women leaders who pushed for change, today’s business world is much savvier and those beliefs have been largely relegated to the past. In our modern world, there is an …

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Advocacy Update: That’s a wrap; our takeaways from the 2022 Virginia General Assembly

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You have seen the news that the General Assembly adjourned this weekend, leaving only the budget incomplete. Once House and Senate negotiators reach a compromise (or perhaps sooner), Gov. Youngkin will need to call a Special Session to finalize the first budget in his first term. In the meantime, negotiators must continue to make efforts to close a $3 billion …