This event is dubbed the “Academy Awards of Business” for the DC region
Approximately 1,200 attended the 30th annual Washington Business Hall of Fame benefiting Junior Achievement of Greater Washington on November 29, 2017 at the National Building Museum.
A record of more than $1.46 million was raised for Junior Achievement of Greater Washington (JA) with proceeds benefiting their innovative financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship K-12 programs designed to inspire the next generation to navigate their own path to the American dream.
Four Laureates were inducted into the Washington Business Hall of Fame and honored for their professional and philanthropic contributions to the Greater Washington region:
– Michael N. Harreld – Immediate Past President, PNC Bank, Greater Washington Area
– Philip D. M. de Picciotto – Founder and President, Octagon, Inc.
– Gracia C. Martore – Retired President & CEO, TEGNA Inc.
– Christopher J. Nassetta – President & CEO, Hilton
The laureates were introduced by (respectively, according to order above) the following DC business and civic VIPs: Til Hazel 2001 Washington Business Hall of Fame Laureate – Paul Rabil all-star Lacrosse player and entrepreneur – Marge Magner Chairman, TENGA – Tom Baltimore President and CEO of Park Hotels & Resorts.
NBC Washington Leon Harris presided as Master of Ceremonies with some help from JA students Jordan Rouse and Shanelly Sanchez-Antonia. Presenting Sponsors were Capital One and PwC and chaired by PwC Mid-Atlantic Managing Partner, Terri McClements.
In the last 50 years, Junior Achievement of Greater Washington has impacted the lives of more than 800,000 young people in the District, Maryland and Virginia.
Learn more at www.myJA.org.
Photo: Christopher Nassetta, Gracia C. Martore, Michael Harreld, Terri McClements, Philip D. M. de Picciotto, and Edward Grenier.