Weekly - Lunch and Leads Tip Groups at Shula's Steak House, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 12:15-1:30 p.m. Contact Harvey Silverman at 703-319-8806 to reserve a space. This is a weekly commitment.

Executive Lunch Club. Every Friday from 12:15-1:30 p.m., at Shula’s Steakhouse, 8028 Leesburg Pike in the Tysons Corner Marriott. R.S.V.P. to Harvey Silverman at 703-319-8806. Dutch.

"Developing Your Growth Strategy (Part I)." This seminar shows how to formulate the role of an acquisition strategy to supplement and complement internal growth and assist in the achievement of shareholders’ goals. Meetings are Wednesday, Feb. 23, 8-10 a.m. and Tuesday, March 1 from 7:30-11 a.m. at the Tower Club, 8000 Towers Crescent Drive, 17th floor, Tysons Corner. Sponsored by The McLean Group LLC, the cost is $25, registration required. Contact Anne Hagen at 703-827-0200, Ext. 111 or Visit the event Web site at

Saks Fifth Avenue at Tysons Galleria is sponsoring a cocktail reception and art event featuring Virginia and Maryland artists to benefit the Save the Children Asia Earthquake/Tsunami Relief Fund. The event will takes place from 6-9 p.m. on Thursday, Feb 24, on the store's third floor. Featured artists include the Creative Edge, an artists' colony on Maryland's Eastern Shore, and honored guests include former Washington Redskin Darrell Green; diplomats from Bangladesh, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Tanzania; and Washington-area state and local government officials. Indonesian and Thai dancers will entertain. Refreshments donated by various local establishments.

The $100 ticket price is tax-deductible and goes directly to the Save the Children fund. Also, 25 percent of art sales and 10 percent of store sales made during the event will be donated to the fund.

"Business Ownership: It's More Than Just Business Cards." Presented by Business and Professional Women Virginia Northern Region, this event features speakers discussing such topics as state law, ID theft, small business development and retirement planning. Saturday, March 5, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at Maggiano's at Tysons Galleria, Tysons Corner. Registration postmarked before Feb. 27 costs $30; registration postmarked after Feb. 27 or at the door costs $42. Make checks payable to BPW/VA Northern Region and mail to Sheila Barry-Oliver, 10121 Captain Hickory Place, Great Falls, VA 22066. Send questions to or call Debi Kabir at 703-733-3073.

The Sixth Annual Women in Technology (WIT) Leadership Awards Banquet takes place on May 19 at the McLean Hilton, McLean. Award nominations are now being accepted until March 31. The WIT Annual Leadership Awards Banquet recognizes individuals for their outstanding accomplishments in the areas of mentoring, entrepreneurship and technology.

The WIT Leadership Awards recognize the outstanding achievements of women who are both members and non-members of WIT. Awards will be issued in six individual categories including Corporate Leadership, Entrepreneur Leadership, Government Leadership, Women in Technology Champion, Rising Star and Lifetime Achievement. For more information on the Awards, sponsorship or to nominate a deserving individual, visit

For more information, visit WIT's Web site,

Thanks to customers at Giant Foods and Super G stores, over $300,000 and 150,000 pounds of food have been donated to local food banks to help feed needy individuals and families throughout the Washington and Baltimore area and Delaware Valley region.

The funds and food were collected during Giant’s 2004-2005 Good Neighbor Food and Funds Drive, which took place at the company’s 202 stores between October 2004 and January 2005. The Good Neighbor program provided customers with the opportunity to support their local food banks by donating non-perishable food items or making monetary donations at the checkout registers at all Giant and Super G stores. Customers could also buy Hunger Boxes, containing nutritious, dry grocery products that fed a typical family of four.

The Freddie Mac Foundation board of directors elected Ralph F. Boyd Jr. to be chairman of the Foundation's board. Boyd also continues as a Freddie Mac senior corporate officer in the role of executive vice president of Community Relations, responsible for all philanthropic efforts including corporate giving and employee volunteerism. Boyd replaces Freddie Mac Chairman and CEO Richard F. Syron, who remains on the Foundation board but resigned as its chair to focus more attention on key legislative and business issues facing the company, including working with the current governmental administration and Congress to achieve regulatory oversight legislation that strengthens market confidence and promotes the company's mission.