Fairfax Committee of 100
Where leaders meet since 1977
If you are interested in issues affecting Fairfax County and Virginia, we invite you to attend our next
dinner on Thursday evening, December 3, 2015

What is Northern Virginia doing to build the innovative workforce of tomorrow?

Adalene "Nene" Spivy
Executive Director, Children's Science Center
Jennifer Cooper
Director, Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts

Jobs that incorporate Science, Technology, Engineering and Math comprise a larger share of positions in the Washington region than in nearly every other U.S. metropolitan area. How is Northern Virginia preparing our future workforce to fill the needs for STEM-related skills and power our diversifying economy? What role are community-based education programs with museums and the arts playing to provide our children and youth with the tools they will need to be critical thinkers and the builders of our future society?

Join us to hear two leading educators and innovators discuss efforts to fill the gaps in Northern Virginia in engaging children and youth through explorations in science, technology, engineering, the arts and math. The Children's Science Center and Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts have both forged entrepreneurial approaches in education. We will have the opportunity to discuss how these efforts tie in with the region's future as a hub for knowledge-based industries and creativity.


Amphora Restaurant
377 Maple Avenue, West
Vienna, VA 22180

Dinner Cost:
Members - $39
Non-Members - $49

Seating can only be guaranteed with advanced reservations

Date: Thursday, December 3, 2015
Networking: 7 - 7:30 PM
Dinner and Program:  7:30-9:30 PM

Seating is only guaranteed with an advance RSVP to

Please email taniahossain@aol.com if you have any questions.


Nene Spivy

Adalene "Nene" Spivy
Executive Director, Children's Science Center

Adalene “Nene” Spivy is an engineer and MBA with 25 years of diverse management experience including systems and process engineering, new product development, and general management for technology businesses; non-profit management including fundraising, strategic planning, volunteer management, and board development; and over a decade of work with children’s museums.

She has led the Children’s Science Center since 2010, during which the Center has served over 65,000 visitors as a museum without walls, secured two museum sites, and established its first museum operating site in 2015. As Executive Director, Nene oversees all aspects of the organization, including business and museum planning, operations, educational programming, fundraising, finance, and organization development.

Nene is a 2009 graduate of Leadership Fairfax, Past President and Past Fund Development Director of the Junior League of Northern Virginia, Past Chair of Fairfax County’s Community Action Advisory Board, and served in multiple board leadership roles with Discovery Creek Children’s Museum. Nene holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from Virginia Tech and an MBA from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business.


Jennifer Cooper

Jennifer Cooper
Director, Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Throught the Arts

Jennifer Cooper oversees the development, management, and implementation of all components of the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts programs in the DC area and nationally, including classroom residencies, teacher and teaching artist professional development, family involvement workshops, performances for young children, and special initiatives/projects.

Ms. Cooper supervises program monitoring and evaluation, builds relationships with educational and community organizations, and directs the replication and maintenance of Wolf Trap national affiliate sites. Ms. Cooper recently completed the management of a $1.15 million U.S. Department of Education four-year grant for Arts in Education Model Development & Dissemination. This grant studied arts and mathematics integration at the pre-kindergarten and kindergarten levels.

She has served as a grant review panelist and presenter for local, state, and national conferences. Prior to joining the Wolf Trap Foundation in 2007, Ms.Cooper served as a Program Assistant for the Professional Development Opportunities for Teachers program at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She earned a BA in History and Sociology from the College of William and Mary in 2002.

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