The Northern Virginia Technology Council is hosting Michael Chasen, the outgoing president and chief executive of District-based education technology company Blackboard, as the speaker at its Titans Breakfast Series Thursday.

Chasen, who recently announced he is stepping down at the end of the year, has led Blackboard from a start-up with one product and a handful of clients to a $1.7 billion company with 1,700 employees and eight locations.

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

Other events of note
Tuesday, Nov. 13

The Arlington Chamber of Commerce is hosting a forum on “Making Your Smartphone Work for Your Business.” The event begins at noon at the chamber’s offices at 4600 Fairfax Dr., Suite 804, Arlington. Free for members, $25 for everyone else.

Wednesday, Nov. 14

The Fairfax County Economic Development Authority is holding a workshop for veteran-owned businesses on “Maximizing Opportunities in Federal Government Contracting.” The event begins at 8 a.m. at TeqCorner, 1616 Anderson Rd., McLean. Free, with registration.

The D.C. Chamber of Commerce is offering a seminar on end-of-year tax planning for small businesses. Stephen Littlewood of Littlewood & Co. CPAs is the speaker. The event begins at 9:30 a.m. at the chamber’s offices at 506 Ninth St. NW. Free.

Thursday, Nov. 15

Vienna-based TelecomHub is holding a panel discussion on “Telecom and Technology Branding: Securing and Sustaining Dominance.” Panel members include Dave Allen of BrandPie, Rick Buyens of Cbeyond; Phil Meeks of Cox Business, Nicolas Panayi of Global Brand & Digital Marketing and Rick DeRose of Technology Executive Group. The event starts at 11:30 at the Tower Club, 8000 Towers Crescent Dr., Vienna. $45 for members, $65 for everyone else.

Kelly Leonard of Taylor-Leonard Corp. is to talk about using LinkedIn for marketing at the Women Business Owners of Montgomery County’s networking dinner. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. at Normandie Farm Restaurant, 10710 Falls Rd., Potomac. $45 for members, $55 for everyone else.

Friday, Nov. 16

Fabienne Frederickson, founder of Client
, is to give the keynote at the Virginia Women’s Business Conference. The daylong event begins at 7:30 a.m. at the National Conference Center, 18980 Upper Belmont Pl., Leesburg. $225.

The Greater Washington Board of Trade will host Jon Meacham, author of “Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power” for a talk and book signing. The event begins at 8 a.m. in the rotunda of the Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. $75 for members, $100 for everyone else.

Women in Government Relations is to hold a discussion on how sequestration will affect health care. The event starts at 10 a.m. at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, 101 Constitution Ave. NW, Suite 900. $40-$50 for members, $80 everyone else.

— Shawn Selby