20 Nov It’s Event Season – Let the Celebrations Begin
It’s crunch time — as the holidays approach it seems that everyone is trying to fit in every last event, award ceremony, party, etc. The technology industry is no exception. Last week the SpeakerBox team dug into this busy stretch of events and mother nature even threw a curveball into the week to make it extra special.
We started the week out co-hosting the DCA Live Power Women of DC Tech. This event is special to the SpeakerBox team as it is a chance to celebrate the great women who are emerging powerhouses or flying under the radar in the DC area tech community. Our own Lisa Throckmorton has been an emcee for the past few years. I had the pleasure of stepping in for Lisa this year and was delighted to shake the hand of each incredible woman who received an award.
Tammy Wincup, COO of Everfi and recipient of a 2018 Power Women of DC Tech award, gave opening remarks. Tammy noted that she initially was wary of an event that focused solely on women in technology because achievement shouldn’t be based on a person’s gender but on their skill and tenacity. Over the years, she realized the value of celebrating, networking, and educating women in the industry. Tammy believes in the strong ecosystem of women that has been developed in the DC area.
It’s a subject that I care deeply about, not only have I wrote about this particular event over the years (here and here), but I’ve also covered the progression of more women leaders in the industry (here and here).
On Wednesday, we had a double-header. Our client, LifeCents, a wellness platform that inspires and empowers people toimprove their financial health and well-being, celebrated the launch of their newly redesigned, reimagined LifeCents financial health and wellness app at District Winery near the Navy Yard. The event opened with LifeCents Special Projects Manager Whitney Jones giving welcome remarks, followed by testimonials from two current LifeCents partners before segueing to founder and CEO Blake Allison’s keynote speech. The remarks concluded with a video on the mission of the company. SpeakerBox is thrilled to support LifeCents.
The biggest technology event in the region was also happening that night – the Deloitte Technology Fast 500™. SpeakerBox has been a proud sponsor for more than 5 years and is honored to be a part of such a special event. This year’s award ceremony was held at the Observation Deck of the CEB Tower with spectacular views of the city all the way around the building.
In the room was 33 of the region’s fastest growing technology companies and the Fast 500 recipients were announced in descending order. The rankings are kept secret until the event, so it’s always fun to see the delight as each company’s placement is revealed. Steve Balistreri and Natalie Buford-Young, both managing directors at Deloitte gave opening remarks. They commented on how transformative the DC technology sector has been and that the average revenue growth in the Greater Washington Region was more than 1900 percent in 2018! SpeakerBox live-tweeted throughout the night as Natalie and Katherine Ferguson, SVP Business Development for Cooley, announced the winners as each ranking was unveiled.
Mother nature threw us a curve ball on Thursday morning as the team was supposed to head to Food for Others, a nonprofit that distributes free food to our neighbors in need, in partnership with our Northern Virginia community. As part of SpeakerBox’s philanthropic efforts, the team dedicates time to volunteer in their warehouse. This is where most food donations are stored and where volunteers and staff members sort, package and distribute food supplies to their clients. Unfortunately, due to delays and safety concerns, we had to reschedule. We encourage you all to consider supporting Food for Others if you’re feeling the generous this holiday season. They also have a 5k race in September and we’d love for you to come run with our team in 2019.
As the beltway dried up throughout the day, a few teammates headed out to DC Inno’s 50 on Fire, hosted at the National Building Musem to network with some of DC’s hottest companies and to support, LifeCents who made this year’s list!
While we were not able to attend this year’s sold out Stevie’s Award Ceremony in New York, SpeakerBox ended the week on a high note, a Bronze award for Women-Run Workplace of the Year – More Than 10 Employees.
2018 has been a great year for all of us and as we head into the holidays, we’d like to extend our thanks and gratitude to our friends, teammates, and clients.