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2018 DC Metro BLN 4th Annual Gala

"2017 USBLN Affiliate of the Year"

 Celebrates Our

4th Annual Gala

"No Limits!"

October 25, 2018

6:30-9:00 p.m.


1775 Tysons Boulevard, Tysons, VA 22102

18th Floor (Kuykenhall Room)

Tickets: $150 

Tom Savage


Tom Savard had been a high school athlete and was very active in sports until his 1978 crash. “I was 22, and I remember thinking, ‘Well, this is my life now,’” he said. “I thought I better start making the best of it because they weren’t growing back.” Savard took up skeet and trap shooting from his wheelchair and soon earned the National Rifle Association’s “Expert” ranking. Then, more than a decade after his accident, his sister told him about a group of skiers who used a single pole-mounted ski in place of legs. “The first time I tried it, it was wicked,” Savard said. “I spent the day picking myself up.” But he didn’t let the falls discourage him, he said. “Some people are content to just get down the hill,” he said. “But I always thought that even an expert should fall at least once a day. If you aren’t falling, you aren’t pushing yourself to your potential.” A year later he was competing in national level events and just a few years later, he was attempting to qualify for the Nagano Winter Olympics when a particularly bad fall put him in the hospital with a broken back. Still, he was soon back on skis. “The lesson is that everybody faces challenges, and whatever your potential is, you want to strive for it,” he said. “I always tell them I’m not a disabled person, I’m Tom Savard. I just happen to have a disability.”

Tom has been speaking to elementary students about Diversity for the past 15 years and how, although "we are all different, we are all very similar." At last count he has talked to over 6,000 fourth and fifth graders! Tom says, “The interaction and questions I receive from the students are very inquisitive, insightful and show they truly “get it”.  

Come hear his passionate story as we gather together for our 4th Annual Gala to enjoy great food, wine, music and live auction to launch our 2019 Internship Program.

Tom's Day Job- 30+ years with Northrop Grumman Corporation, Program Manager, Chairperson for Northrop Grumman's  VOICE (Victory Over Impairment & Challenges Enterprise) at the Norwalk CT campus.  

Tom holds a M.B.A. Degree from University of Connecticut. Graduate School of Business, Storrs, CT.  and a B.A. in Economics from Saint Anselms College, Manchester, NH.

Funds raised at the 2018 Gala will address three critical areas for both employer and Millennial Talent! 

Preparing the Pipeline of college students and graduates for successful career transition by supporting our on-going ME Collaborative e-Learning for area universities. 

Connecting the Pipeline through a series on industry-specific virtual career fairs that will more effectively and successfully connect talent with careers.

Building the Pipeline will include two 2018 roundtable discussions among employers, universities and students on branding, building trust and professional careers.

Why Attend/Sponsor the Gala

The DC Metro BLN takes seriously the commitment to this nation’s Millennials made by the ADA, the ADAAA and the IDEA that promise education and employment.  

We work with great partners, such as the National Youth Transition Collaborative, BroadFutures, Greater Washington Internship Coalition, Marriott Foundation’s Bridges from School to Work and TransCen, Inc. to bring our employer members together to focus on the gap between school and work. As a USBLNĀ® Affiliate, we support the Rising Leaders program. 

Our ME Collaborative (Millennial  & Employer) is developing an e-learning pilot series of modules to provide education and resources for college youth transitioning from school to work. We are proud to be working with The George Washington University and Gallaudet University in this effort. 

The DC Metro BLN has held numerous virtual career fairs over the past few years. In 2018, we plan to step it up a notch to ensure successful employment outcomes by qualifying and matching employers with talent through industry specific career fairs. 


  • Platinum $10,000
  • Diamond $5,000
  • Gold  $2,500
  • Silver $1,000
  • Crystal $500

Sponsors receive Gala tickets and 2019 Program Passes. Contact Katherine McCary to become a Gala Sponsor!

We are also looking for items for our Live Auction






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