District Mayor Vincent C. Gray, who has made bolstering the tech sector part of his economic development goals, made the rounds with his staff, including Deputy Mayor Victor Hoskins, during the reception.
Tim O’Shaughnessy, LivingSocial’s chief executive, could be found in the crowd. Others in attendance were iStrategyLabs chief executive Peter Corbett; NewBrandAnalytics co-founders Kam Desai and Neil Kataria, who has left the company; and Fortify Ventures Managing Director Jonathon Perrelli.
— Steven Overly
Scene elsewhere ...
A ribbon-cutting and a day of volunteering
Bethesda-based Lockheed Martin last month became the latest defense contractor to open an Annapolis Junction-based cyber center.
The company welcomed media and guests to a ribbon cutting at the 56,000-square-foot facility, in National Business Park near Fort Meade’s U.S. Cyber Command and National Security Agency.
The company said the office has space for 250 employees.
— Marjorie Censer
Comcast dispatched nearly 70,000 Comcast and NBC Universal employees, friends and family members into communities around the nation to plant vegetable gardens, paint murals and do landscaping. The outreach was part of the company’s 12th annual Comcast Cares Day, an event that actually lasts 11 days. Comcast executive David L. Cohen helped paint a trellis in the senior courtyard at the Parkside High School campus of Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools in Northeast Washington.
— Vanessa Small
The Society for Women’s Health Research hosted its annual gala at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel to celebrate and highlight technological advances in women’s health. Nearly 600 people attended, including Surgeon General Regina M. Benjamin, CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer, veteran journalist Meryl Comer and Sandra Cohen Kalter, vice president and chief regulatory counsel at Medtronic. The group raised $800,000 to support its programming. Major corporate sponsors included Verizon, Pfizer and Bayer Healthcare.
Georgetown University’s Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership gathered a roster of top names in local philanthropy to discuss new ways to make a difference in giving. Nearly 200 nonprofit leaders and students attended the discussion held at the Pew Charitable Trust. Speakers included Nicky Goren, president of the Washington Area Women’s Foundation and Michael Smith, an executive at the Case Foundation. George Vradenburg, a former America Online executive, stressed the importance of philanthropy education during his keynote address.