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Member Thanks-Giving 2014

Posted By Whitney Garner, NIC Maryland, Thursday, November 06, 2014

It’s that time of year…

So after the Tech Tasting with your favorite tech organization, what do you have to look forward to next?  Charting the seating arrangements for your Thanksgiving table?  Planning that Christmas shopping? Before you start to settle down with your friends and family this holiday season, don’t forget to join us for the Member Thanks-Giving Luncheon! 

We are thrilled to kick off the holiday season by giving thanks to all of our dedicated members.  The third annual CRTC Member Thanks-Giving is a members-only luncheon event where we get together to recognize all of the contributions of our board members and the many volunteers that keep this organization going strong year after year.

With the last CRTC Signature Event of the year, we hope you are wrapping up a fantastic year of growth at your own organizations and will join us to show your appreciation and gratitude to your fellow members.  The Member Thanks-Giving is definitely one of those CRTC events that you should look forward to year after year so be sure to make space on your busy calendar for this special luncheon. 

Here is a quick overview of the event’s jam packed agenda: 

  • Engage with our sponsors and network with your CRTC peeps
  • Check out the cool tech products – The Power Hawks are back!
  • Get inspired by our keynote speaker Chris Haddon with a talk on making the "highest and best use of your work and personal time"
  • Recognize outgoing Board Members for their contributions
  • Welcome and introduce the new Board members
  • Introduce the 2015 Tech Awards theme and open nominations 

Many thanks to our Silver Event Sponsors: Mavenspire in partnership with Dell, Sidus Data, Bengur Bryan & Co. and Corporate Office Properties Trust (COPT) and our Program Sponsor The Sutter Group!

Not sure what to expect? Click here to check out the Facebook Photo Album from last year's event!

As the chair of the Member Thanks-Giving and a new member to the CRTC organization, I am looking forward to getting to know each and every one of you over the coming year. 

Happy Member Thanks-Giving to you all!

Tags:  networking  technology  value 

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Girls in Tech Weekend: Columbia, Take 2

Posted By Kris Shock, Chesapeake Regional Tech Council, Monday, October 20, 2014

October 10th and 11th was another great weekend for inspiring Girls in Tech!

Quick note here to THANK the many folks responsible for another great event aimed at GROWING MORE GIRL GEEKS!

First of all the PARTICIPANTS (and the parents/guardians who got them there!)

We were thrilled to welcome more than 40 "Cupcakes and Computers" girls ranging from age 5 - 13 years old to Host Sponsor /training/etc for a great night of girl bonding and tech presentations. They made their own name badges and bonded over pizza and snacks. Then the Hammond High School Robotics Team wowed them with a ball throwing robot! After a quick warmup exercise they split into three age groups for tech presentations. Thank you presenters: Michelle Ballard & Carolyn Gableman from ClearEdge IT Solutions (5-7 year old) , Misty and Malia Melton (8-10 year old) and Katie Spiegel (11-15 year old).

In addition to our "Cupcakes" a dozen high school girls singed up to load software onto their laptops in preparation for a Rails Girls workshop on Saturday, teaching girls how to code using the Ruby programming language. The girls were matched with Coaches on Friday and Saturday to share a bit about their tech careers and coach them through the Ruby workshop. We broke for lunch and a few tech presentations broke up the day. By three o'clock the girls left with a passion for code and a few new friends: Mission Accomplished!

In addition to the folks noted above, huge thanks to Angie Lienert and IntelliGenesis for continued sponsorship support. Thanks to our newest sponsor, the Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumnae Association. Thanks to volunteer wrangler Jen Tress (also ClearEdge IT) and head coach Alana Frome. We truly couldn't off the program without a network of Ruby enthusiasts to come through as coaches; thank you John Mikucki, Adam Schwartz,Brian Sierakowski. Thank you all over volunteers Meghan Shepherd (again ClearEdge! They were all over it! Thank you ClearEdge!) and Eric Spiegel!

Finally enough cannot be said to thank Susan Schneider, our gracious host at her wonderful facility /training/etc. Susan not only donated her facility (along with sodas, and all!), contributed her full spirit (and drafted her husband Bill too! Thanks Bill!) to assist with supporting the event all weekend. Her passion for girls in tech is contagious and from pulling in the robotics to the computer volunteerism program she showcased to the Rails Girls, we remain so grateful for her support and her marvelous example of a highly successful Woman in Tech!


Thank you one and all!

So the most frequently asked question of the Girls in Tech Weekend was "When will there be MORE?" (What's next? When will you do this again...?) The CRTC Women in Tech Forum Group is very proud to offer these programs as Volunteerism/Education initiatives and our goal is to offer TWO Girls in Tech Weekends each year - one in the spring and one in the fall. If you would like to stay in the loop on the next program, please email us with subject line "Girls in Tech" and we'll be sure to reach out when we begin planning the next program! Please be sure to let us know if you are reaching out as a participant or a volunteer (coach, presenter, general volunteer).


Looking forward,


Kris Shock, Executive Director

Tags:  Computers  Rails  Ruby  STEM  WIT 

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Posted By Carrie Geyer, Tower Federal Credit Union, Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Hi Everyone!

Most of us were able to take a day off this past Monday to honor the discovery of America.  If you were lucky enough to enjoy a day off, you probably slept in, ran errands, and maybe even got to something off the "To-Do List" that seems to only get longer and longer.  Others of us were planning your next opportunity for Discovery!

One of the steps in the sales process is Discovery.  It's the eye-opening moment of growing your business.  On Oct 22, (NEXT WEEK!) you will have the chance to discover many things with the CRTC TechTasting!  Last year, so many of us discovered new partnerships and new prospects, that we couldn't take a moment to stop networking!  On top of that, we discovered new wines, brews and food to enjoy!  That's truly a win-win-win!

I cannot wait to discover what this year has in store!  The CRTC TechTasting is going to be another great CRTC event!  One where YOU will discover new business opportunities, new friends, and great food & wine!

Get your tickets now so we don't sell out without you.  You wouldn't want to remain Un-Discovered would you? 

See you next week!


Tags:  crtc  technology  TechTasting  value 

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Up Next!

Posted By Carrie Geyer, Tower Federal Credit Union, Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Updated: Monday, September 22, 2014

Hi Fellow Lovers of all things Tech!

Do you ever find yourself on the CRTC homepage wondering where to click first?  We can quickly look to the right to see what's Up Next and find SO MANY options!  We can go to any forum we want, find other tech events in the region, or just simply scroll right to the next amazing networking opportunity, the 3rd Annual TechTasting!!

Were you there last year?  What an amazing time we all had!  The food was delicious, the wine pairings were fabulous, and the amount of business that was conducted surpassed everyone's expectations. THIS is what a terrific networking environment looks like!

Last year we had over 100 people at this event!  We still have great sponsorships available.  Label sponsors get everyone in their room.  I mean EVERY ONE!  As we taste each wine in each room, stop to eat along the way, grab our business prospects to chat while we walk to the next pouring room and visit the next sponsor, you will get access to every guest in attendance.  It's such a value!

And new this year is a terrific opportunity for you to introduce your new and exciting tech product.  In expo style, tech companies are able to share their wares with everyone at the event. 

All of this with amazing views of the Inner Harbor with our fellow Tech friends!  Check out the event page here.

Check it all out, and let's continue the awesome networking CRTC offers!

See you all soon!


Carrie Geyer
Manager of Business Development
Tower Federal Credit Union


Tags:  networking  sponsors  technology  TechTasting  value 

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2014 President's Reception: Networking & Cruising

Posted By Rachael Osberger, Human Resources inc., Monday, September 22, 2014

To use CRTC Executive Director Kris Shock’s words from last year: “Wow. Just Wow.” Mother Nature pulled it off again and gave us the perfect September weather to network and enjoy the view aboard the Catherine Marie.

If you didn’t make it to the President’s Reception this year, check out the Facebook photo album – thank you to Wendy Hickok for capturing the magic of the night.

Thank you again to our sponsors for this incredible evening!!

Now that we all know how enchanting this event is, I want to focus on the message Jason Silva delivered in his inaugural speech as CRTC Board President. He had recently returned from a marketing conference where he realized that the majority of attendees were there for the same purpose – to move their companies forward.

And that is what the CRTC is all about – how the organization can help you make new and relevant connections and how you can leverage the value of your membership to grow your business. As a resource for visibility, connections, knowledge, and education for tech companies in and around the Annapolis-DC-Baltimore area, the CRTC offers the ability to raise brand awareness and create influential and meaningful relationships in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. And sometimes those new friends made over a mini-quiche and a glass of wine can end up being the most beneficial and long-lasting.

Through nearly 100 member-driven events, programs, and meetings designed to keep you informed of cutting edge technology trends, you have the chance to be exposed to emerging business opportunities and meet key individuals in the commercial and government arena that you may not otherwise have had. In other words – six degrees of separation become zero!

Tags:  crtc  membership  networking  President's Reception  technology  value 

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