LaKeshia Grant Wins the 2013 Corporate Heroine in Technology Award

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LaKeshia Grant, CEO of Virtual Enterprise Architects, LLC, is recognized for her community service and IT excellence by the March of Dimes and AFCEA NOVA

The March of Dimes and the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA NOVA) announced the 2013 Heroines in Technology winners at the 13th Annual Heroines in Technology® Awards Gala. Held November 8, 2013, the black-tie event honored the significant contributions of women in the technology community including government, nonprofit and commercial organizations for their outstanding commitment to community service. Ms. LaKeshia Grant, CEO of Virtual Enterprise Architects, LLC (VEA), was the winner of the 2013 Corporate Heroine in Technology Award.

In addition to her accolades in business, Ms. Grant’s community involvement includes small business mentoring/speaking engagements, volunteering at Morgan State University’s School of Business, serving on the advisory board for an IT Workforce Development program for DC residents and donating her time and funds to healthcare and community based charities. Last year alone, she contributed her time and money to over nine charities and developed a formal awards program to reward her employees who volunteer in the community. Since VEA's inception, she has financially donated to over 19 charities from her corporate giving.

“When I created VEA, I envisioned a close-knit family of employees, partners and clients. As we grew, I realized that we had a responsibility to our community, our extended family. It’s our responsibility to be good corporate citizens and to foster a spirit of giving through all levels our company. I’m honored to be recognized for our work and our core values,” says LaKeshia Grant.

As a corporate heroine, LaKeshia Grant fosters a spirit of volunteerism through her establishment of “Volunteerism” as the first core value of the company. She motivates volunteerism within VEA and provides monthly opportunities for staff to volunteer in corporate volunteer activities. She rewards employees who volunteer in the community and even provides a financial donation to the charity with the most volunteers at the end of the year. She ensures that all corporate events are tied to a charity and she provides monthly commitment of her internal staff to a local food pantry for two days a month. She even utilized her internal staff to assist in grant writing to assist the food pantry in which she was featured in the September 2013 Inc. magazine for giving back as an Inc. 500 company. She uses her leadership as an example for employee involvement to make a difference in their local communities.

This year’s finalists chosen by the March of Dimes and AFCEA NOVA include women dedicated to ending homelessness and world hunger, encouraging students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, supporting service members and veterans, and numerous other causes.

View the awards photos on VEA’s Facebook Gallery: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10153424964615471.1073741835.241448865470&type=3&uploaded=4

To learn more about the event and view other finalist videos, visit: https://www.marchofdimes.com/marylandmetrodc/events/events_Heroines-in-Technology-2013.html

For more information on Virtual Enterprise Architects, go to http://www.virtual-ea.com or call 888-VEA-4445.

About Virtual Enterprise Architects
Virtual Enterprise Architects, LLC (VEA) is a nationally recognized, certified 8(a), small disadvantaged, woman and minority owned HUBZone company that possesses a track record of delivering high quality EA (EA) and Information Technology (IT) related services to public and private clients. VEA’s mission is to provide holistic consulting to integrate the strategy, business and technology needs of customers. VEA provides services throughout every level of the architecture to include: business, data, software, infrastructure and security services. According to Inc. Magazine for 2013, VEA ranks No. 1 in IT services in Washington, DC; No. 15 of the top 100 IT Services companies in the US; No. 5 company for the top 100 in DC; and No. 17 in the Washington DC metro area.

About the March of Dimes
The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.com or nacersano.org. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

About AFCEA NOVA
The Northern Virginia Chapter of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA NOVA) is partnered with the March of Dimes in support of the Heroines in Technology awards program. AFCEA fosters an ethical dialogue between industry, government and academia on the effective use of technology.

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