Check out a list of upcoming events below.

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  • DemBiz Welcomes James Parrish, Executive Director of Equality Virginia

    Friday, April 13, 2018 at 07:30 AM · $45.00 USD
    Maggiano's Little Italy in McLean, VA

    Friday, April 13, 2018, Networking Breakfast

    DemBiz Welcomes James Parrish, Executive Director of Equality Virginia

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    James Parrish is the executive director of Equality Virginia (EV), the leading advocacy organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Virginians in the state. EV's work includes research, voter education, and outreach on a broad range of issues affecting LGBT Virginians. A lifelong Virginian, James began volunteering as a fundraiser and organizer with EV and the Commonwealth Coalition in 2006 to defeat the Marshall Newman marriage amendment. Following that campaign, he coordinated EV's Lobby Day programs and finally joined the EV staff at the start of 2009 to manage its workplace non-discrimination program. He has served as executive director since January 2011. 

    Under James' guidance, EV has made enormous strides by engaging the business community of Virginia. The Equality Means Business program boasts over 750 small, locally-owned businesses across Virginia that have pledged not to discriminate against LGBT employees and customers. Virginia Compete is a program comprised of corporations with a footprint in VA who understand that LGBT inclusion makes good business; each member signs a public statement of support of policies that welcome and protect LGBT employees. EV has long enjoyed the support of the corporate community, particularly through EV's annual Commonwealth Dinner, which funds about a third of EV's work. This year EV's supporters will enjoy attending the Dinner on April 14th alongside Governor Ralph Northam and other elected officials, in addition to many employees of corporate sponsors like Altria and Weinstein Properties.

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  • DemBiz Hosts VA-10 CD Candidate Forum

    Friday, May 04, 2018 at 07:30 AM · $50.00 USD

    Friday, May 4, 2018, Networking Breakfast

    DemBiz Hosts VA-10 Congressional District Candidate Forum

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    The Virginia 10th Congressional District has been named by analysts as one of the most competitive House races in 2018 and a nationwide target to swing Blue. The Republican incumbent, Barbara Comstock is going to have a strong challenger in one of the Democratic candidates that will win the nomination in the primary on June 12, 2018 (mark your calendars now!).

    We are hosting a Democratic Candidate Forum AT Maggiano's Tysons, on May 4th.

    In an abundance of talent, there are at least nine (9) candidates vying for the Democratic nomination. This forum will give attendees the opportunity to hear directly from the candidates in a moderated format, with additional questions from the audience.

    Moderator Atima Omara is an award-winning political strategist, advocate, writer and speaker who has spent 15 years engaging youth, women, and people of color in the political process and related progressive causes. From grassroots organizations to state houses; from the Governor's mansion to running for a public office herself, Atima has toiled in the trenches for social and electoral change. 


    Shadi Ayyas
    Julia Biggins
    Alison Kiehl Friedman
    Daniel Helmer
    Julien Modica
    Paul Pelleier
    Micheal Pomerleano
    Lindsey Davis Stover
    Jennifer Wexton


    7:30 - 8:00 am - Doors Open. Meet and Greet with Candidates
    8:00 - 9:30 am - Moderated Candidate Forum Begins
    9:30 - 10:00 am - Open Q&A

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