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2017 Gala: Engaging Leaders of Today and Tomorrow

  • October 18, 2017
  • 6:45 PM - 9:00 PM
  • EY 1775 Tysons Boulevard Tysons VA 22102




Join us for an evening of  networking and a live auction to benefit the mission of the DC Metro Business Leadership Network.


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 USBLN® Affiliate, we support the Rising Leaders Academy

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

Funds raised at this year's Gala will continue to  support our ongoing  focus group that is developing  the micro learning series which will be offered to all area colleges and universities. We will be developingan Employer Series to educate the business community on successful employment and retention of Millennials with disabilities. Our long range goal is to share these out across the US and develop a partner series for high school students transitioning form school to work.

Some of our recent efforts include showcasing the Work Early Work Often Campaign (http://www.thenytc.org/workearly) produced by the NYTC; the NYTC Employer Survey Report, research on what employers want from their provider partners; and contributing material to  “Your Pathway to Success” Transition Toolkit “ in collaboration with PolicyWorks(http://toolkit.disabilitypolicyworks.org/) for the HSC Foundation/ Youth Transition Collaborative.

In August, we will debut a national webinar to educate employers to better understand youth with disabilities “The Promise of the ADA: What Business Needs to Know about Millennials with Disabilities,” presented by Tad Asbury, VP & Executive Director, Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities and Rich Luecking, Ed.D., President Emeritus at TransCen, Inc., followed in 4th quarter with,  “The Millennial Viewpoint: What Business Needs to Know about Us”. 

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