Professional Development

Events Roundup: Here’s where you can watch Inauguration Day 2021 festivities

Plus, professional development events from Refresh DC, Smart City Works, Hera Hub DC and the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority.

The White House. ( photo)

Events Roundup is a column in which we highlight events happening in the D.C. area each month. Got a submission? Email us at so we can consider it for our next roundup.

It’s officially President Donald Trump’s last day in the White House as the nation gears up to welcome a new leadership team. If you feel inclined to take a stroll down memory lane, check out Trump’s inaugural address four years ago.

President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will be sworn into office tomorrow, Jan. 20, and this is a moment you won’t want to miss. Here’s a few places you can catch Inauguration Day 2021:

Following the insurrection on Jan. 6, much of D.C. has been on lockdown and the National Mall has even been closed through inauguration events. Let us also not forget that we are still fighting the coronavirus pandemic. Mayor Muriel Bowser has extended the indoor dining ban and other phase 2 activities through Jan. 22, an order that was suppose to be lifted on Jan.15, to ensure public health and safety through this week. Bowser also issued a 15-day public emergency in the District after the riots that ensued on Jan. 6.

Besides Inauguration Day, here are some tech, biz and professional development-focused events happening in D.C. through January that will keep you off the streets and in front of your computer:

The Design of Leadership: A Conversation with Phim Her

Refresh DC, a local community of designers, developers, media professionals and strategists, is hosting a discussion with Phim Her about leadership development. Her is a senior product marketing manager at The Washington Post and she also hosts Phim’s Chats, a virtual show focused on the design of leadership.

Smart City Works: Smart City Challenge 2021

Local tech nonprofit and accelerator Smart City Works is kicking off a monthlong hackathon this weekend to foster solutions to help cities grow across sectors like housing, broadband, education and public safety. Individuals and teams will convene via Zoom for a chance to vie for more than $350,000 in cash and in-kind prizes. Here are more deets.

  • Saturday, Jan. 23
  • 10 a.m.
  • Register
  • $15

Hera Hub DC: Virtual Business Acceleration Expo

Hera Hub DC, the woman-focused coworking space in Friendship Heights, is hosting a virtual business expo packed with educational workshops and one-on-one meetings with experts. This event is mainly for business owners and entrepreneurs looking to grow their ventures.

  • Wednesday, Jan. 27
  • 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Register

Cyber/Cloud Virtual Career Fair

As part of a larger series, the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority is hosting this virtual career fair featuring more than 25 hiring companies including Microsoft, Amazon Web Services, ManTech, and FireEye. Interested technologists can browse a number of companies in the virtual lobby, view open positions and chat with HR representatives.

  • Thursday, Jan. 28
  • 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Register
Companies: Hera Hub DC

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