The Northern Virginia Technology Council’s Titans Breakfast Series plays host to Linda Hudson, president and chief executive of Arlington-based BAE Systems on Thursday.

Often called “the first lady of defense,” Hudson is to share insights from her 40 years of leadership in the defense industry and is to discuss the importance of the science, technology, engineering and math labor pool in order to preserve national and economic security.

Hudson is retiring at the end of the month.

The event begins at 7 a.m. at the Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner, 1700 Tysons Blvd., McLean. $75 for members, $95 for everyone else.

Other events of note
Wednesday, Jan. 29

The Maryland Women’s Business Center is hosting a seminar on “Funding Your Business.” The event begins at 1 p.m. at the MWBC’s offices at 95 Monroe St., Rockville. $15.

Arlington Economic Development’s BizLaunch is holding “A Motivational Entrepreneurial Guide: The Best is Yet to Come.” Andres Echeverri, president and chief executive of Rockville-based ACSI Translations, is to speak. The event begins at 6 p.m. at Founders Hall, 3351 Fairfax Dr., Room 134, Arlington. Free. (This event was originally scheduled for Jan. 21.)

Thursday, Jan. 30

The Mid-Atlantic Venture Association’s Crystal Ball Breakfast features speakers Sid Banerjee of Clarabridge, Jason Booma of Columbia Capital, Brian Carney of Harbert Venture Partners and Carter Griffin of Updata Partners. The event begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Tower Club, 8000 Towers Crescent Dr., 17th Floor, Vienna. $75 to $135.

The Alexandria Small Business Development Center is hosting a “Boot Camp for Changing the World: How to Start, Management and Grow and Nonprofit Organization.” Speakers include Larry Checco of Checco Communications, Tom Hay of A2B Research and Development, Page W. Moon of Focus Data Solutions, Catherine M. Pennington of Renner & Co., Ben Takis of Tax-Exempt Solutions and lawyer Robert J. Weil. The event begins at 9 a.m. at the SBDC’s offices at 625 N. Washington St., Alexandria. Free.