Articles by Tracey Madigan

  • Truth, a fragile thing in DC communications: EXTRA

    For this week’s What’s Working in Washington EXTRA episode, Ray Locker, enterprise editor for USA Today; Richard Latendresse, member of the White House Foreign Press Group; and Richard Levick, founder of Levick and business expert discuss “fake news” and the work being done to keep the truth at the top of the communication cycle.

  • One click away from communicating with lawmakers

    New startup Phone2Action focuses on advocacy and the importance of amplifying individual voices. The technology matches people with their elected officials at every level, said co-founder Ximena Hartsock.

  • Selling Virginia’s wine around the world

    After growing and selling a successful tech company, Chris Parker founded New Horizon Wines by turning his passion into an international business.

    “I’ve always had a keen interest in wine. Not just drinking it, but the whole art and science of it. In my twenties, I set up a company in the U.K. to introduce wines from lesser-known regions,” said Parker. His love of wine opened up a world of flavors from different regions.

  • Wize Solutions “outsourcing” urban jobs to rural Virginia

    One area company is working hard to bring more jobs back into the greater Washington region.

    There are ample jobs in Virginia, but access to them is low since they’re centralized in specific areas, so they’re not being filled, says Wize Solutions founder Dario Marquez.

  • Training youth for economy of the future

    Despite the vastly changing times in business and technology, Junior Achievement continues to train young people to work in the real world and expose them to an array of opportunities.

    “We were founded almost a hundred years ago, teaching kids how to start businesses, how to run businesses,” said Ed Grenier, President of Junior Achievement, a not-for-profit organization introducing young people to opportunities and helping them forward towards a successful adulthood.

  • Former Navy SEAL offers tactical business advice

    One of the biggest challenges for leaders is accomplishing change, particularly at moments of crisis and risk.

    Chris Fussell, managing officer of the McChrystal Group and the author of One Mission: How Leaders Build a Team of Teams says his biggest military lesson is that team decisionmaking must be decentralized “down to those frontline elements, that are closest to these fast-changing problems.”

  • Techweek is underway

    This week marks D.C. Techweek, an opportunity for entrepreneurs and companies in the greater Washington region to better raise capital, recruite talent, select advisors, and network.

    Techweek’s mission is to spread the creation of innovation hubs to diverse places.

    “We think technology is one of the biggest drivers of our economy. It’s one of the only industries that’s experienced positive job growth over the last twelve months,” Matt Coursen, managing director at Jones Lang Lasalle told What’s Working in Washington.

  • EXTRA: The power of the First Amendment

    Three of the area’s experts on communication and speech talk about what the First Amendment means, its limits and its controversies.

  • Hispanic Heritage Month underway

    Immigrants are one of the biggest factors that help the D.C. region grow and that fact is being celebrated this month.

    “My mission in the office is to improve the quality [of life] for D.C.’s latino residents,” says Jackie Reyes, director of the Mayor’s office on Latino Affairs, to learn more about how immigration benefits the greater Washington area.

  • Finding your best skills through self-awareness

    What makes a great entrepreneur? It’s not always clear.

    To find out what exactly fits the bill of entrepreneur in today’s economy, What’s Working in Washington spoke to Gene Riechers, a D.C. tech executive, founder, investor and expert.

  • 5 musts to having a kick-ass personal brand

    First things first. Update your profile on professional social media sites, says Frances Reimers, a personal brand consultant and founder of brand consulting business Firestarter LLC.

  • EXTRA: DC social media experts talk 21st century journalism

    JJ Green, National Security correspondent; Brian Fanzo, founder/CEO of iSocialFanz and Judy Kurtz, In the Know columnist for The Hill join in this What’s Working in Washingon EXTRA.

  • Local firm disrupts patent industry with digital currency

    Inventors and small businesses must ensure their intellectual property isn’t stolen by larger companies. Creating currencies might be the solution.

    “Effectively, we have a do-it-yourself search tool,” said John Wise, founder of Loci. “It’s called InnVenn. It’s really simple to use, you can buy it right through your law firm, and it’s protected by attorney-client privilege.”

  • What makes us curious? Astrophysicist has the answer

    One of the biggest questions regarding the structure of the human mind is what, exactly, predisposes humans to be curious.

    “What I found, to my surprise — the number of researchers who focus specifically on curiosity is relatively small,” said Mario Livio, author of Why? What Makes Us Curious.