December 7, 2020
In August 2020, the Chamber partnered with regional organizations to launch the Capital COVID-19 Snapshot that included an employer survey aimed at better understanding how organizations were planning to reopen worksites and what factors that prevented employers from returning to offices, including testing and transit. The Snapshot’s August survey had more than 430 employers participate covering more than 275,000 employees and showed a high level of uncertainty on physical return to worksites, with a gradual return expected to last well into 2021. 

Working with the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG), Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), Greater Richmond Transit Company (GRTC), Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA), Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC) and leading business organizations, we ask for your business’ help by completing and distributing the second iteration of the COVID Survey: Planning for the Return to Worksites (Powered By the Greater Washington Partnership and EY).

The intent of this effort is to enhance coordination and understanding of reopening strategies and perceptions across stakeholders and jurisdictional boundaries. Your organization’s participation will enable employers and public agencies in the Capital Region to make informed decisions about how to safely and sustainably plan their reopening and recovery efforts. Please complete the Capital COVID Survey: Planning to Return to Worksites by December 11, 2020.
Questions or concerns? Contact the Chamber's Clayton Medford, Vice President, Government Relations, at
Registration is free for members
Capital Region Workforce Summit
December 9th | 10-11:15AM
The Chamber is hosting the Capital Region Workforce Summit – a conversation with regional leaders of the business community to address ongoing and systemic issues affecting the region’s workforce. This year, the event will focus on recruitment, retention and workplace culture, as well as leading strategies for addressing equity and inclusion, all in the time of COVID-19. Speakers for this event include:
Ethan Gill, President, Helios HR

Laurie Foglesong, Chief Human Resources Officer, Peraton

Chris Gros, Vice President, Talent, NT Concepts, Inc.

Michael Batt, Director, Talent Initiative
Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA)
Registration is free for members
WIB Signature Event: Evolution of Diversity and Inclusion - The New Frontier - Belonging
December 15th | 10-11AM
Today's businesses are making tremendous strides in creating workplaces with a diverse employee profile, but even as that progress has been made, there is still much work to be done before we can work in an environment where ALL are valued and welcomed. Our next Women In Business Signature Event addresses this timely and necessary business goal. Speakers for this event:
Tara Rush, SVP, Chief Communications Officer Audi of America

Tamika Tremaglio, Managing Principal Greater Washington Area Deloitte

Monica Schmude, President-Mid-Atlantic Market Cigna

Rebecca Shambaugh, President SHAMBAUGH Leadership
partner event
Virtual Rocket Pitch + Power Networking by CONNECTpreneur Investor Network
December 22nd | 11AM - 1PM
“Rocket Pitch + Power Networking” by CONNECTpreneur features 2 virtual networking sessions and a Rocket Pitch segment with exciting early stage companies. CONNECTpreneur events are cited as "The Best Networking Events in the MidAtlantic" by independent media as well as over 70% of surveyed past attendees.
Registration is free for members
29th Annual Regional Economic Outlook 2021
January 28th | 9-10:30AM
This event will provide industry executives with insight into key market indicators economists are watching as signs of economic recovery continue to emerge. Unique to this year will be a deep dive into regional real estate indicators, and discussion on what the pandemic means for the commercial and residential markets. Don’t miss your opportunity to be in the know in the new year! Speakers for this event:
Luke Tilley, Chief Economist Wilmington Trust

Mark Looney, Partner Cooley LLP

Lisa Sturtevant, Chief Economist Virginia Realtors

William Collins, Executive Vice Chair Cushman & Wakefield
Celebrate the Holidays with the Chamber!
We're getting into the holiday spirit with the following virtual events. Networking and fun are encouraged! Registration is free for members.

Women in Business: Holiday Wine Time Reception
December 9th | 5-6PM | Virtual Event | Register here

GovCon Council: Holiday Happy Hour / Networking Reception
December 11th | 4-5PM | Virtual Event | Register here

Chamber Holiday Party: Virtual Happy Hour
December 18th | 4-5PM | Virtual Event | Register here

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