2023 Toyota U.S. Alpine Championships

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Sun Valley Resort is proud to announce that the Toyota U.S. Alpine Championships presented by Stifel kicks off April 1 and welcomes elite and next generation ski races vying for spots on the Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team. The racing event, which runs April 2-5, is the final competition on the hotly contended US national ski racing circuit, and is the culmination of a season-long showcase of the best of the best in US ski racing athleticism.

Sun Valley will welcome both men and women competing in slalom, giant slalom and super-G events. The course in Sun Valley has a storied history of alpine racing, having hosted the U.S. Alpine Championships previously in 2018 and 2016 and having tested hundreds of local and visiting athletes with its technical and challenging terrain over the years. The award-winning grooming and steeps contribute to the long list of merits that makes Sun Valley the perfect choice for this event.

Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team athletes expected to compete at the Toyota U.S. Alpine Championships presented by Stifel will include 2022 Olympic silver medalist Ryan Cochran-Siegle and 2023 World Championships gold medalist River Radamus, as well as local Sun Valley athletes Ryder Sarchett, Jack Smith and Dasha Romanov. The athletes will be racing for national titles, as well as increased prize money, courtesy of Stifel.

"Sun Valley Resort could not be more excited to welcome back the U.S. Alpine Championships and the incredible athletes who will lay it all on the line to capture national titles," said Pete Sonntag, Sun Valley Resort GM and VP. "Our rich ski racing history and legendary terrain will provide an awesome backdrop to watch current stars like Ryan Cochran-Siegle and River Radamus go at it with America's best, including our own hometown heroes."

Saturday, April 1, starts the week of events with training opportunities for racers and a sponsor village and live apres music in Warm Springs Plaza. Sunday, April 2, the racing kicks off with men's and women's super-G followed by Clicquot in the Snow Party at Warm Springs and the Opening Ceremony at Town Square in Ketchum featuring a Parade of Athletes and free concert by Lowdown Brass Band. Men's and women's slalom will run on Monday, April 3, women's giant slalom on Tuesday, April 4, and men's giant slalom on Wednesday, April 5; each day's races will be followed by awards and live music in the Warm Springs Plaza.

"The Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team is very excited to return to Sun Valley for the 2023 Toyota U.S. Alpine Championships presented by Stifel for the first time since 2018," said U.S. Ski & Snowboard CEO Sophie Goldschmidt. "Not only will many of the best alpine skiers in the country be competing for coveted national titles, but it's an amazing opportunity to inspire the next generation of ski racers who can see their favorite athletes up close on a resort that has helped produce so many champions."

Sun Valley Resort is thrilled to offer two VIP packages for the Toyota U.S. Alpine Championships presented by Stifel. One VIP package includes Sun Valley lodging at a premium rate and one four-day all-access pass for $900, which will be capped at 100 participants. The VIP Pass includes access to an exclusive viewing area for the races; complimentary food and beverage options; one day of Early Up access, allowing participants to ski or ride on Bald Mountain before the race festivities kick-off and the mountain is open to the public; a meet & greet, photos and signing with race participants; and a coveted U.S. Ski & Snowboard and SVR Swag Bag. To book the VIP Package with lodging, interested parties can call Sun Valley Reservations at (800) 786-8259. Spectators can book the four-day VIP Pass online.

Local ski racing non-profit organization, Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation (SVSEF) is seeking nearly 200 volunteers to support the event between March 31 and April 5 across a wide spectrum of positions. Those interested in volunteering are encouraged to register for the volunteer crew online. Volunteers will receive a one-day Sun Valley lift ticket voucher valid through 12/30/2024 for each shift completed.

Sun Valley Resort was founded in 1936 as America's first destination ski resort. Located in the Idaho mountains, it is truly a four-season resort with a wide array of activities. With more than 3,400 vertical feet and over 2,300 acres of skiable terrain, Sun Valley offers skiers and boarders an exceptional and varied experience. Bald Mountain has 12 chairlifts, 100 runs, and family and beginner-friendly Dollar Mountain offers two high-speed quads, a terrain park- and the Silver Dollar Carpet for ease of access and learning appeal. Sun Valley is a member of The Grand America Hotels and Resorts family. Sister properties include Snowbasin Ski Resort, The Grand America Hotel, Little America Hotel (all Salt Lake City, Utah); The Westgate Hotel, San Diego, Calif.; Little America Flagstaff, Ariz.; Little America, Wyo., and Little America, Cheyenne, Wyo.

Chicago Auto Show - What Drives Her program

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Chicago Auto Show organizers, in partnership with A Girls Guide to Cars and Women in Automotive, held the sixth What Drives Her program during the show's Media Preview on Friday, Feb. 10. Industry leaders from across the country came together for a robust discussion and award recognition ceremony to highlight women in four different categories: Rising Star, Best in Craft Media, Automotive Ally, and Best Retailer. Over the years, the event has welcomed dozens of leading female professionals to the stage to share trends, stories and personal anecdotes of the integral role that women hold in the auto industry.

This year's program, sponsored by Cars.com and CDK Global, brought female executives to the Chicago Auto Show stage to discuss "Women Leading the EV Revolution." The panel was moderated by Cars.com's VP of Cars Media, Julie Scott, and was comprised of four panelists: Chris Feuell, Chrysler brand CEO; Kathy Gilbert, CDK Global senior director, minority dealer and women retail; Melissa Washington, ComEd SVP of customer operations; and Linda White, BMW director of government and external affairs.

"This year's program featured a panel of women who are accomplished in their field and also incredibly inspiring," said Jennifer Morand, co-founder of the What Drives Her program and general manager of the Chicago Auto Show. "The conversation covered a wide range of topics that helped spotlight the influence and purchasing power females have in the EV space."

"In addition to the breadth of themes discussed, it was a privilege to honor some of the industry's top leaders with the What Drives Her awards," continued Morand.

The 2023 winners for each category are as follows:

Rising Star Award

Crystal Windham, executive director, global industrial design, General Motors, has built a solid reputation as a change agent and decisive leader with a future focused on automotive creative design. With more than 20 years of world-class experience, she brings forward-leading practices with quick success across multiple business areas. She builds collaborative, cross-functional teams to leverage emerging technologies by bringing a customer-centric focus that can drive the aesthetic and technology vision for products and overall customer experience.

Windham was unable to attend the event; colleague Shauna Sichi, also a Rising Star award finalist, accepted the award on her behalf.

Rising Star finalists included: Natasha Adams, mechanic, YouTube and Instagram influencer; Shauna Sichi, General Motors West Communications; and Crystal Windham, executive director, global industrial design, General Motors.

Best in Craft Media Award

Kristin Shaw, freelance writer, is passionate about technology, aviation, and parenting, but cars have taken center stage in her life. She has developed a deep knowledge of the automotive world and an affinity for the people who bring cars to life, sharing her stories at Edmunds, Popular Science, Forbes, U.S. News and World Report, A Girls Guide to Cars, and Airport Improvement magazine on a regular basis, with bylines at Motor1, Car and Driver, The Drive, and more. Shaw has also shared her work about relationships and parenting on national platforms like The Washington Post, the TODAY show, Good Housekeeping, Woman's Day, Cosmopolitan, and The Huffington Post.

"It's my absolute honor to receive this award," said Shaw. "It means a great deal to me to be recognized by my peers not just for my work but for my support of other women in this industry. There is room for all of us!"

Best in Craft Media finalists included: Emme Hall, freelance; Elana Scherr, Car and Driver; and Kristin Shaw, freelance.

Automotive Ally

Jennifer Newman, editor-in-chief, Cars.com, has served as Cars.com family-car expert for more than a decade. A certified child passenger safety technician since 2010, Jennifer created Cars.com's Car Seat Check series and each year delivers the Car Seat Check Honor Roll to help parents and caretakers determine which vehicles will best fit cars seats. She's been featured in numerous media outlets including Good Morning America, Business Insider, USA Today, People.com and Martha Stewart magazine. Not only is she an incredibly accomplished journalist, but an incredible mentor as well. Her nominators noted that they respect and admire the way she cultivates a culture of growth and opportunity on her team of writers and editors, and the way she nurtures the careers of the women who work for her.

"It's an honor to be recognized as an Automotive Ally, especially among such an impressive group of nominees and finalists," said Newman. "I have found a welcoming community of both women and men who have nurtured my own growth in automotive. It's my hope to play a small part in developing the next generation of women in automotive."

Automotive Ally finalists included: Emily Miller, founder, Rebelle Rally; Jennifer Newman, editor-in-chief, Cars.com; and Wendy Orthman, executive director, marketing, Genesis.

Best Retailer

Soledad Romero, store manager, Romeoville Toyota, started in an entry-level position at the dealership during the pandemic. She demonstrated her excellence as a leader and a human being with compassion, pride, integrity and discipline to achieve results. Since she has climbed her way up to the top of management. Romero didn't have any automotive experience when joining the team just two years ago. She leads by example and is willing to help with any department in the dealership. Her team says she handles it all with grace and compassion while leading her team.

"It has been such an honorable moment in my career, to have been recognized and presented with the Best Retailer Award," stated Romero. "To have been classified under a category such as 'Influential Woman in Automotive' has been an incredible experience. Let's continue to support and strand strong behind empowering women who share the same passion for retail in automotive."

Best Retailer finalists included: Gabrielle Abinion, general manager, Fox Valley Volkswagen; Soledad Romero, store manager, Romeoville Toyota; and Carly Weck, finance manager, Elgin Kia.

Founder of A Girls Guide to Cars, and Co-Founder of What Drives Her, Scotty Reiss said "It's exciting to see the connections, brainstorming and enthusiasm that What Drives Her creates— this year more than ever. And to see so many women —and men!— coming together to celebrate and support each other is truly rewarding and helps to elevate our entire industry."

The What Drives Her program and award ceremony was livestreamed, courtesy of Reuters Events Automotive.

First staged in 1901, the Chicago Auto Show is the nation's longest running auto exposition in North America. The show is produced by the Chicagoland's new-car dealer association, the Chicago Automobile Trade Association, which has staged the show since 1935. The 2023 public show is Feb. 11-20 at McCormick Place.

Founded in 1904 and located in Oakbrook Terrace, the Chicago Automobile Trade Association is comprised of more than 400 franchised new-car dealers and an additional 150 allied members. The group's dealer members employ about 19,000 people in the metropolitan area. The association has produced the world famous Chicago Auto Show since 1935.

The US Corporate Boardroom

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The US corporate boardroom is the place where business and leisure come together. It's where decisions are made that shape the future of a company. It’s the place people can relax and enjoy the company of colleagues. Yes, since the corporate boardroom is essential, it's important to ensure it is used well for business and leisure. With the right balance, the corporate boardroom can be an effective tool for achieving success in many areas.

Generally, the typical corporate boardroom is a place where business leaders come together to discuss and strategize on how to move the company forward. It is a place where decisions are made to shape the future of an organization. Further, it is a place of leisure where executives relax and unwind after a long day’s work. This combination of business and leisure makes it an ideal environment for executives to network and collaborate with each other while having time for themselves.

The US corporate boardroom is crucial- it’s the epicentre of business decisions in the United States. The corporate boardroom is where it happens, from deciding on mergers and acquisitions to setting strategic goals. As noted, it’s a place for business leaders to enjoy time with colleagues while working. With its luxurious amenities, plush seating areas, and state-of-the-art technology, the corporate boardroom is a veritable haven for those looking to take their business decisions to the next level.

Further, the US corporate boardroom is a place of power and influence; here, decisions are made that profoundly impact the future of businesses and the economy. It is a place where corporate leaders come together to discuss strategy, set goals, and make decisions that shape the future of their companies. In this environment, it is essential for corporate boards to have a good understanding of their objectives and strategies.

They must identify potential risks and opportunities in order to make informed decisions that help them achieve the desired results. Corporate members need to be knowledgeable about the latest trends in technology, finance, law, regulation, and other areas relevant to their industry. They need to communicate effectively with each other to ensure all stakeholders are on the same page when the time comes to make decisions.

The US corporate boardroom plays an integral role in the success of any organization; it is responsible for setting the company’s strategic direction and overseeing its management. The boardroom is the place where corporate executives discuss and debate issues related to corporate governance, risk management, and financial performance. By having an effective boardroom, companies can ensure they are making informed decisions that help them achieve long-term goals.

The corporate boardroom is a true hub for decision-making in the business world. Here, executives and board members often review financials and make other crucial decisions. Corporate boards are responsible for setting policies and procedures, overseeing organizational performance, and ensuring the company is compliant with laws and regulations. With the rise of technology, corporate boards have adapted to new ways of doing business, from virtual meetings to increased use of data analytics. Ultimately, this makes them more efficient.

As noted, the US corporate boardroom is the centre of power and decision-making in the country's largest companies. Here, the top executives come together to give direction on behalf of their organizations; they hold each other accountable for their performance. The corporate boardroom is an essential part of any successful business strategy-understanding how the boardroom works can help companies be better prepared for a situation. From understanding the roles and responsibilities of board members to learning how to prepare for meetings, we can explore how the boardroom works and define its importance to businesses today.

Corporate boards have to be well-informed about the latest trends in their respective industries in order to make sound decisions that benefit their company. They must be aware of potential risks associated with investments or strategies that lead to adverse outcomes for their business. Truly, the US corporate boardroom is an essential part of a successful business venture.

Hence, having the best office space has become increasingly important with the ever-evolving corporate landscape. Companies are now focused on creating a pleasant work environment that not only encourages creativity and productivity but also inspires their employees to do their best work. The best corporate offices in the US stand out for their innovative design, modern amenities, and inspiring workspaces. From vibrant colours to cosy lounges, these offices s provide an enjoyable working experience for employees.

Virginia Tech Networking and Hiring Event

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In recent years, talented workers across the nation have reflected on what a successful and meaningful career can look like. In support of this evolving workforce, Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA) is leading a free, two-day networking and hiring event Jan. 31- Feb. 1, 2023, welcoming talent to build a purpose-driven career in Fairfax County.

"Many of us are thinking about what a truly meaningful career can be, and here in Northern Virginia we are proud to be home to employers and professions that provide that sense of purpose many of us are searching for," said Victor Hoskins, president and CEO of FCEDA. "Cybersecurity, aerospace, IT – these industries fuel global innovation, safety, and exploration, and it all happens right here on the doorsteps of the nation's capital. Working here you can truly help change the world."

During the two-day event, candidates will have the opportunity to network with dozens of hiring organizations from Fortune 500s to government agencies and rising start-ups. Top national employers including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), General Dynamics and Inova Health System are actively hiring for 10,000+ positions across a variety of sectors including IT, aerospace, cybersecurity, and healthcare. To view the full list of companies participating and to register, visit workinnorthernvirginia.com/career-fairs/.

 In-person networking and hiring – Tuesday, Jan. 31, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. EST, at Capital One Hall, 750 Capital One Tower Rd., Tysons, VA, 22102. Virtual networking and hiring – Wednesday, Feb. 1, 1:00-4:00 p.m. EST, via online meeting portal Premier Virtual.

All backgrounds and experience levels are welcome, and attendees do not need to live in Northern Virginia to meet with participating companies. During the in-person event, job seekers can attend free educational sessions by LinkedIn and have a free professional headshot taken. FCEDA is also partnering with Women in Technology to bring discounted memberships to participants.

"We love coming to FCEDA events because there is always a large amount of technical talent at all levels, and we usually come away with many new connections, interviews, and hires resulting from the event," said Matthew Mead, Ridgeline International's Director, Talent Management and Recruiting.

As the tech and cyber sectors continue to grow in Northern Virginia, there are more than 17,000 technology companies in the region. With its proximity to major federal agencies, major educational institutions, and Fortune 500 headquarters, Fairfax County tech and cyber firms have access to industries and resources that are unique to the area. To support this growth, FCEDA and its partners have been organizing networking and hiring events since 2020 to attract, retain and nurture talent by connecting job seekers to companies in the region.

"Fairfax County Economic Development Authority events have provided Peraton with the opportunity to identify top talent, build new connections in the community, and elevate our brand exposure on a local and national platform," said Jeff Carson, Peraton's Senior Talent Acquisition Lead, Military and Veterans. "As the company's Military Veteran Recruiter Lead, I have attended numerous in-person and virtual events hosted by the FCEDA where I found the locations, marketing, and logistics to all be top notch. I look forward to continuing our relationship in the coming year."

To-date, FCEDA-hosted hiring and networking events have attracted more than 5,000 attendees, resulting in more than 12,500 conversations between attending candidates and hiring companies.