Episode 5

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15th Dec 2020

The East Coast Silicon Valley with Jennifer Taylor, CEO of The Northern Virginia Technology Council

Jennifer Taylor is President and CEO of the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC), one of the largest regional technology councils in the nation and serves as the regional technology voice representing a diverse and thriving technology ecosystem by promoting innovation, convening, educating, and advocating for the greater Washington technology community.

Taylor, a native of the DC region for 30 years, joined NVTC from the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) where she served as Vice President of Industry Affairs. During her time at CTA, she engaged with its over 2,000 member companies from Amazon, BOSCH, Google, IBM, Microsoft, and Sony Electronics to Ford, Lyft, Toyota, and Uber. Taylor also launched CTA’s 21st Century Workforce Council and the Diversity and Inclusion Working Group to help the tech sector close the nation’s skills gap, increase awareness of the growing number of high-skilled tech-related jobs, and build a fully equipped, diverse and inclusive national workforce.

Taylor frequently writes and speaks on the topic of ‘The Future of Work’, highlighting best practices and new ways for employers to attract, hire, train, and upskill Americans to perform in-demand jobs. Her op-eds and articles have appeared in publications such as The HillFox Business NewsThe Next Web’s PODIUM, and It Is Innovation-i3. Taylor has also served as a host and presenter at CES, the Global Stage for Innovation, in the CES Future of Work and Innovation for All conference tracks.

Highlights of this episode:

  • The fall of blue-collar cities
  • Apprenticeships as the liaison to tech jobs
  • Diversity and inclusion in the tech sector
  • Our ‘new collar’ workforce
  • Roadmap of Northern Virginia Technology Council

Book mentioned: Hillbilly Elegy by JD Vance

Jennifer Taylor on LinkedIn

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The NoVA Business Podcast
A series of interviews with Northern Virginia's most influential business leaders.
The NoVA Business podcast is a stream of interviews with NoVA's leading entrepreneurs, business owners, and executives.

Northern Virginia is America’s best-known secret. With Ranking #1 in the nation for workforce and education and #3 for business friendliness, NoVA is a hotspot for the world’s top talent and entrepreneurs. There's no question why companies like Amazon and Capital One call NoVA home for their headquarters.

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Jessica Du Bois

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Jessica Du Bois is a consultant and advisor for employee benefits, working with dozens of companies in the D.C. region. Creating The NoVA Business Podcast became one of Jessica's goals after working with many of the incredible business leaders in Northern Virginia.

The podcast is a collection of stories that tell us the trials and successes that have formed the community around us. No gimmicks. No paid interviews. Just real-life storytelling of the friends and leaders that inspire you.

When Jessica isn't interviewing for the podcast or advising on benefits, you can find her coaching boxing classes or training for her next half marathon.

Derek Winn

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As a corporate health care strategist, Derek has had the unique opportunity to partner with hundreds of leading and admired businesses across Northern Virginia. Given his role, he has been able to witness and support businesses during the best of times as well as the worst of times.

These stories are the fuel for the Northern Virginia Business Podcast - the only podcast focused exclusively on the founders, leaders, and heroes in our own backyard of Northern Virginia.

These stories are intended to captivate and inspire those who continue to shape the landscape of Northern Virginia.

While he spends the majority of his time working in Fairfax, he has the most fun at home in Warrenton with his family.