October 14, 2016

For 24 years, the Companies As Responsive Employers (CARE) Awards, presented by Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS), have provided insight into employees and programs, offered a forum for innovative thinking and driven strategic changes in the workplace. This year, USTA Mid-Atlantic will be honored as a responsive employer for its outstanding employee engagement and culture, progressive family-friendly policies and deep community impact.


USTA Mid-Atlantic was recognized by NVFS for its forward thinking and inclusive office culture where everyone’s voice is heard. Celebrating individual and company-wide successes is also a key pillar of the office culture, and staff regularly comes together for activities, special events and community outreach beyond the office doors.


In 2016, USTA Mid-Atlantic has focused on an environment grounded in “FUNergy,” – a term collectively coined by the employees to describe the type of environment they work in. ADVERTISEMENT That commitment is reflected both inside its brightly-decorated Reston office and when staff hits the road to host tennis events all over Virginia, Maryland, DC and West Virginia. USTA Mid-Atlantic’s impact can be felt throughout the region in its grants, youth programs and community initiatives.


“We’ve worked hard at developing a culture that embraces individuality, puts people first and truly rewards staff for challenging themselves to develop new, innovative ideas  that help us carry out our mission and grow tennis in the Mid-Atlantic,” said Executive Director Tara Fitzpatrick-Navarro. “Receiving this CARE Award is validation that we’re doing things the right way, and we’ll continue to prioritize fostering a positive work environment for our employees in the future.”


CARE Award winners are selected based on their performance in the categories of flexible work arrangements, dependent care, work/family stress management, and benefits and community involvement.


“CARE Award winners understand the true value of their employees, and take great strides to nurture and develop them through their policies, their culture and their overall business practices,” shares Stephanie Berkowitz, president and CEO at Northern Virginia Family Service. “The end result is not only creating a great place to work, but a community that fosters growth from the inside out. We continue to be impressed by the innovation and passion showcased by these business leaders for their employees, their company and their local community.”


Awards will be presented to these companies at the 24th Annual CARE Awards Breakfast, held this year on Friday, Nov. 18, at the Falls Church Marriott Fairview Park. In addition to breakfast, the event includes the opportunity to hear from local executives on family-friendly workplace policies. Information on attending or sponsoring is available at nvfs.org/careawards


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