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3RD ANNUAL GALA: Engaging Tomorrow's Leaders Today

  • October 18, 2017
  • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • EY 1775 Tysons Boulevard 18th floor, Kuykenhall Room, Tysons VA 22102


  • Recognition at Event!
    Recognition on the Website for a Full Year!

    Two GALA Tickets
  • Recognition at Event!
    Recognition on the Website for a Full Year!

    Six GALA Tickets

    Five 2018 Program Passes
  • Recognition at Event!
    Recognition on the Website for a Full Year!

    Four GALA Tickets

    Two 2018 Program Passes
  • Recognition at Event!
    Recognition on the Website for a Full Year!

    Ten GALA Tickets

    Ten 2018 Program Passes
  • Recognition at Event!
    Recognition on the Website for a Full Year!

    Two GALA Tickets

    One 2018 Program Pass

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2017 USBLN Affiliate of the Year Celebrates Our

3rd Annual Gala

"Engaging Tomorrow’s Leaders TODAY"

October 18, 2017

6:30-9:00 p.m.

EY, 1775 Tysons Boulevard, Tysons, VA 22102

18th Floor (Kuykenhall Room)

Tickets: $150 

Be inspired by April Holmes, Paralympic Gold Medalist, Motivational Speaker and Marketing Consultant, EY

Enjoy networking and participate in our LIVE AUCTION!

The DC Metro BLN is the proud winner of the prestigious 2017 USBLN Affiliate of The Year. We are the only BLN Affiliate to have been recognized twice for the award, having also received it in 2012. Our recognition comes from the hard work and passion of our board and team. A driving focus of our BLN is the work we do with millennials and employers.

It is with great pleasure that the DC Metro BLN announces our 3rd Annual Gala to support youth with disabilities in career transition. This year’s theme, “Engaging Tomorrow’s Leaders Today,” supports our commitment to youth with disabilities.

Funds raised at the 2017 Gala will address three critical areas for both employer and Millennial Talent! 

Preparing the Pipeline of college students and graduates for successful career transition by supporting our on-going ME Collaborative e-Learning for area universities. 

Connecting the Pipeline through a series on industry-specific virtual career fairs that will more effectively and successfully connect talent with careers.

Building the Pipeline will include two 2018 roundtable discussions among employers, universities and students on branding, building trust and professional careers.

About Our Keynote:

April Holmes 

April is marketing consultant based in the New York City office tasked with developing, facilitating, and branding the learning experiences and athlete marketing initiatives at EY. Having joined EY in January 2017 after an astonishing career as a track & field athlete, April was honored to wear the USA uniform at every major championship between 2002-2016. She has put together several undefeated seasons, broken IPC World Records fourteen times and American Records eighteen times in the 100, 200, 400 meters and the long jump, won 3 Paralympic medals(1 Gold, 2 Bronze); and 5 World Championship medals. April is also a motivational speaker, best-selling author, host of the “Run Your Life” podcast, and runs the April Holmes Foundation, Inc. to assist individuals with disabilities to receive scholarships and medical equipment. April has a BS in Communications from Norfolk State University; a MBA Marketing from University of Phoenix

Why Attend/Sponsor the Gala

The DC Metro BLN takes seriously the commitment to this nation’s Millennials made by the ADA, the ADAAA and the IDEA that promise education and employment.  

We work with great partners, such as the National Youth Transition Collaborative, BroadFutures, Greater Washington Internship Coalition, Marriott Foundation’s Bridges from School to Work and TransCen, Inc. to bring our employer members together to focus on the gap between school and work. As a USBLN® Affiliate, we support the Rising Leaders program. 

Our ME Collaborative (Millennial  & Employer) is developing an e-learning pilot series of modules to provide education and resources for college youth transitioning from school to work. We are proud to be working with The George Washington University and Gallaudet University in this effort. 

The DC Metro BLN has held numerous virtual career fairs over the past few years. In 2018, we plan to step it up a notch to ensure successful employment outcomes by qualifying and matching employers with talent through industry specific career fairs. 


  • Platinum $10,000
  • Diamond $5,000
  • Gold  $2,500
  • Silver $1,000
  • Crystal $500

Sponsors receive Gala tickets and 2018 Program Passes. Contact Katherine McCary to become a Gala Sponsor!

We are also looking for items for our Live Auction

Help us to make this year's Gala the best ever!!

Best regards,

DC Metro BLN
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