In today’s technology-obsessed corporate world, driven by profit and productivity, have businesses forgotten what it means to be human?

The George Mason University Arlington Campus Advisory Board has put together a panel that will discuss “Empathy in Business,” and how to keep compassion in today’s economic climate.

The panelists include Angel Cabrera, president of George Mason University; Bill Drayton, chief executive of Ashoka Innovators for the Public; Carly Fiorina, former chief executive of Hewlett-Packard; and Julie Rogers, president and chief executive of the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation. Jonathan Aberman, managing director of Amplifier Ventures, is the moderator.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, at Artisphere, 1100 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free.

Other events of note
Tuesday, March 12

Richard Sarles, general manager of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, is to speak at the D.C. Chamber of Commerce’s Morning Fix event, beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the chamber’s offices at 506 9th St. NW. $30.

Wednesday, Mar. 13

The Center for Innovative Technology is holding a workshop on the Small Business Innovation Research and the Small Business Technology Transfer programs. The event begins at 8 a.m. at the CIT’s offices at 2214 Rock Hill Rd., Herndon. $75 if based in Virginia, $125 for everyone else.

Laura B. Poindexter of Queenb Creative, plans to talk about “What Should I Post Today? Online Content Planning Strategies” as part of the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce’s Business Education Series. The event begins at 8:30 a.m. at the chamber’s offices at 1763 Fountain Dr., Reston. Free for members, $10 for everyone else.

Loudoun Economic Development, Shenandoah University, Arlington Economic Development and the Mason Enterprise Center are hosting an event discussing “Equity 101: Need Funding? What you Should Know.” It begins at 5:30 p.m. at GMU’s Loudoun Campus, 21641 Ridgetop Cir., Suite 210, Sterling. $25.

Anthony W. Robinson, president of the Minority Business Legal Defense and Education Fund, is to speak about “The State of Minority Business Affairs” during the Northern Virginia Black Chamber of Commerce’s Executive Circle Dinner. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center, 5000 Seminary Rd., Alexandria. $55 for members, $75 for everyone else.

Thursday, March 14

The Tech Council of Maryland is holding a panel discussion on the “The Rising Tide of Non-Traditional Funding Opportunities.” Speakers include Margaret Anderson, executive director of FasterCures; Amy Comstock Rick, chief executive of the Parkinson’s Action Network; Mary B. Dwight, vice president of government affairs at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation; and Samantha C. Ventimiglia, senior director for government affairs and public policy at Vertex Pharmaceuticals. The event begins at 8 a.m. at the Bethesda Country Club, 7601 Bradley Blvd., Bethesda. $70 for members, $80 for everyone else.

— Compiled by Shawn Selby