On March 8, RRB/ITC hosted Zscaler as leading experts from industry and public sector organizations separated zero trust fact from fiction at their Public Sector Summit. Attendees had the opportunity to discover lessons learned and best practices in achieving the promise of a zero trust platform and walk away with practical insights to strengthen their organization’s security posture, streamline access to applications, all while delivering an optimized digital experience.
On February 22, 2023 RB/ITC hosted Association of Government Accountants (AGA) for its 2023 National Leadership Training. The two-day conference convened government financial management professionals from across the country to exchange ideas and best practices, and develop their leadership skills. AGA is the association that connects and empowers financial related professionals through thought leadership, certification, and national and chapter educational events. Longtime client, AGA hosted its first event at RB/ITC in 1998, the same year the building opened its doors.
On January 18, RRB/ITC celebrated the return of Destination DC’s Global Marketplace, the signature seminar about international tourism and travel to Washington, DC. Attendees were able to learn about the impact of international markets and the recovery forecast, and hear from DDC teams based in Australia, China, India and the United Kingdom.
On October 12, 2022 RB/ITC hosted the opening ceremony of the first-ever Taiwan Expo USA in Washington, DC. The three-day event, presented by Taiwan Bureau of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Economic Affairs (BOFT) and Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), revolved around seven major themes: 5G & Smart Cities, Smart Vehicles, Healthcare, Metaverse, Taiwan Excellence, Culture, and Tourism and Food. Attendees witnessed Taiwan’s leading products and innovations through themed industry pavilions and culture through performances and immersive experiences.
On September 28, RRB/ITC hosted the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health as they presented an important opportunity to make ending hunger a national priority. With compelling words from President Joe Biden, attendees were encouraged to stand ready to work with the administration, Congress, and a wide array of diverse stakeholders to eradicate hunger and food insecurity.
On January 29, RRB/ITC hosted their annual Sparkle Lounge. The Pavilion room was transformed into a northern lights, winter escape for our annual appreciation event. When stepping out of the elevators, guests were greeted by an ice skater skating around an indoor rink and made their way into the chalet complete with chic lodge décor.
On January 24, RRB/ITC hosted the Save the Storks 2020 Storks Charity Ball, which included keynotes, former White House Press Secretary and Republican, Sarah Huckabee Sanders; and Democratic Louisiana State Representative Katrina R. Jackson. The theme of this year’s ball is “For Every Woman.” Guests will celebrate the 8,000+ lives saved on mobile medical units, also known as Stork Buses.
On December 5, 2019, RB/ITC hosted the 8th Annual Winternational Embassy Showcase organized by World Trade Center Washington, DC (WTCDC). Bright textiles and handicrafts, a sea of flags, cultural cuisines, and colorful traditional dress, filled the Atrium for the largest showcase in the event’s history with 61 embassies and 5,000 visitors. A private ambassador reception on the Oculus overlooked the Atrium and U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs, Marie Royce remarked, “the event, provides vivid and compelling examples of openness, tolerance and creative expression, as is so vibrantly displayed among today’s exhibitors.”
On June 22, RRB/ITC hosted the Washington Business Journal “Best Real Estate Deals” awards. The awards ceremony celebrated the winners in various categories, including office, residential, retail, and mixed-use deals and provided an excellent opportunity for networking and honoring the accomplishments of the real estate industry leaders.
On April 7, 2018 RB/ITC welcomed Make-A-Wish® Mid-Atlantic as they celebrated their 35th anniversary in conjunction with Evening of Wishes, presented by GPR, Inc. The evening featured unforgettable wish experiences, inspirational testimonials about how lives have been transformed through wishes, a live and silent auction, and a lively after party. Make-A-Wish creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.
On August 20, RRB/ITC hosted their latest edition of “The Art Of The Chalice” at the Reagan Building. Guests were greeted with Stella Artois Cider and beer stations all around the Atrium. The event served as an unveiling of an original DC-inspired artwork commissioned by Stella Artois done by the local artist duo, No Kings Collective, and featured glassblowing, Belgian-themed bites and live music.
On June 8, 2017 RB/ITC hosted the fourth-annual Prom event for Best Buddies in VA & DC. The event welcomed 500 Best Buddies students, of all abilities, to dance the night away, celebrating fun and friendship. It also gathered 250 adults for a Best Buddies reception and auction in support of the organization’s mission to positively impact the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
On May 2, RRB/ITC hosted the 8th Annual Adobe Digital Government Symposium, where industry experts shared best practices for accelerating citizen-centric service delivery while increasing efficiency. This was a must-attend event for government technology, lines-of-business, and communications leaders committed to improving citizen and employee experiences.
On March 16, 2017, RB/ITC welcomed hundreds of guests for the National Cherry Blossom Festival’s Pink Tie Party. Each year, guests enjoy spring-inspired cuisine and cocktails by local DC restaurants, incredible entertainment and interactive experiences provided by event sponsors. All proceeds support the mission of Washington, DC’s iconic National Cherry Blossom Festival, ensuring Festival events remain primarily free and open to the public. RB/ITC has been the event’s host venue sponsor from 2014-2023
On August 3, 2016 RB/ITC hosted BizBash Elevate, a top conference for DC event professionals, featuring in-depth workshops, innovative idea sharing panels, and compelling insights from the most influential names in events. Topics included new event technology tools; improving association events and trade shows and creating blockbuster fundraising galas. Speaking to the needs of the Washington event industry it also featured a workshop on protocol for government events and a special luncheon panel looking ahead to what event planners needed to know about the 2017 presidential inauguration. BizBash is a leading resource for meeting and event professionals looking to stay up-to-date on the latest industry news, trends and more.
On July 20, 2016 RRB/ITC hosted the White House Summit on Global Development in collaboration with the U.S. Agency for International Development. President Obama gathered entrepreneurs, development leaders, public and private sector partners, civil society member diplomats and more to examine the progress achieved by the Administration’s approach to development. The Summit featured an array of panel discussions focused on six key areas: energy, food security, global health, governance, partnership, and youth.
From July 11 through July 13, RRB/ITC welcomed the United Nation’s Foundation Girl Up Campaign as they hosted their 5th Annual Girl Up Leadership Summit. Throughout this conference, young women gained leadership skills, training in community-building and advocacy, learn from influential speakers and engage in skills-based workshops.
On June 9, hundreds of guests filled the Pavilion to celebrate the 188th Anniversary of the Proclamation of Philippine Independence and the 70th Anniversary of the Establishment of Philippines-U.S. diplomatic relations. Among the esteemed guests were U.S. government officials, foreign diplomats and the Filipino-American community.
On November 5, RRB/ITC hosted the White House Tribal Nations Conference with President Barack Obama. This conference welcomed leaders from the 567 federally recognized tribes and gave them the opportunity to interact directly with federal government officials and members of the White House Council on Native American Affairs.
On September 27, 2015 RB/ITC welcomed the DC Mayor’s Office on African Affairs (MOAA) for their 6th Annual DC Africa Festival on Woodrow Wilson Plaza. The Festival celebrates DC’s diverse communities of African diaspora through art, culture, cuisine, history, and music. Since its inception in 2010, it has become one of the District’s most anticipated cultural events drawing thousands of attendees. The event reflects the goals of MOAA’s Multicultural Awareness and Community Building Program -celebrating the varied identities of African people; promoting the different cultures within the District’s African community, and encouraging all District residents to learn about African heritage, customs, and history.
On September 1, RRB/ITC hosted the annual Washington Redskins Welcome Home Luncheon. At the beginning of every season, the organization offers a unique opportunity for fans and corporate partners to have lunch and spend time with the entire organization. At the luncheon, money is raised to support youth programs across the region, and welcome the team back to D.C from training camp.
On February 26, RRB/ITC hosted Microsoft’s Federal Forum. Here, government IT leaders gathered with industry colleagues, technology experts and more to envision the next generation of government in today’s mobile heavy world. At this forum, the CEO made a major announcement about Cloud Maps and presented examples of how agencies at the federal, state and local level are using the cloud solutions to improve productivity and collaboration.
On July 25, RRB/ITC hosted the Citi Open Tournament Draw Ceremony. The ceremony announces the men’s and women’s qualifying round matches. Following the ceremony, kids from the DC Department of Parks and Recreation and the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation put on a tennis tournament on mini courts alongside Madison Keys and Jérémy Chardy.
On May 16-18, RRB/ITC hosted the Smithsonian’s “The Future is Here” festival. This festival features speakers ranging from science fiction authors to astrophysicists exploring science, technology, culture and the arts. This year, visitors witnessed drones and a jet-pack flying through the Atrium of the building. Watch the video here
On April 30, RRB/ITC hosted the Goldman Environment Prize Gala. This prize is awarded annually to environmental activists, one from each of the world’s six geographic regions. Nominations are submitted confidentially by a vast range of environmental organizations and individuals which are then sifted through by an international jury to decide on the winners.
On December 4, RRB/ITC hosted The League of Arab States, in coordination with the Council of Arab Ambassadors for the second annual Arab American Day with more than 400 guests in attendance, who were able to enjoy traditional Arabic music, a selection of regional food and pastries, an exhibition of 50 paintings, and more.
On October 30, 2013 RB/ITC hosted the Bloomberg Government Conference, bringing together business leaders, policymakers, and experts from various industries to discuss the latest trends, opportunities, and challenges in the government contracting market. The one-day conference offered attendees insights into the government contracting market and the opportunity to connect with potential partners and clients.
On April 18, the RRB/ITC hosted an event with The Bertelsmann Foundation, a German non-profit organization that seeks to promote social responsibility, civic engagement, and international understanding. The event brought together policymakers, business leaders, and experts from various industries to discuss a wide range of issues related to international affairs, including economic development, global security, and sustainable governance.
On June 7, 2012 RB/ITC hosted the Emirates Launch Gala, a grand celebration to mark the inaugural Emirates nonstop flight from Dubai to Washington, DC. The event was attended by hundreds of VIP guests, including government officials, business leaders, and members of the media. Featuring a formal presentation, food, drinks and entertainment, the event celebrated an important milestone in the history of Emirates.
On March 26-28, RRB/ITC hosted the 10th Annual Missile Defense Conference by the American Institute of Aeronatutics and Astronauts. The U.S. Missile Defense Agency strives to provide a world-class secure environment for the missile defense community to meet. The conference provides guests service priorities, technical advances and access to the current state of the worldwide Ballistic Missile Defense System. The Ronald Reagan Building has proudly been hosting this conference since 2003.
On March 12, RRB/ITC hosted The American Ireland Fund 20th National Gala. The event celebrated the organization’s 20th anniversary and brought together leaders from both the United States and Ireland to recognize the organization’s accomplishments in promoting peace, culture, and economic development in Ireland and Northern Ireland.
On December 7, 2011 RB/ITC hosted the first-ever TEDWomen Conference, which brought together women from around the world to share their stories, ideas, and experiences through a series of TED Talks. This global event aimed to celebrate and amplify the voices of women and girls, who have historically been underrepresented in fields such as science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). TEDWomen is a conference about the power of women to be creators and change-makers. The program of speakers, workshops, events – and daring discussions- has sparked some of TED’s most iconic moments yet.
On October 21, 2011 RB/ITC hosted Pink Rocks the Runway, an annual breast cancer awareness fashion show presented by PINK JAMS! The event featured fashions from local designer Christian Siriano. PINK JAMS!, is a Washington, D.C. area project combining live music events, arts and fashion with the promotion of breast cancer awareness.
On June 15, RRB/ITC hosted the 2nd Conference, Africa: 53 Countries, One Union, The New Challenges, a two-day conference by the Africa Program of the Woodrow Wilson Center and the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University with opening remarks given by Congressman Chris Smith, chairman of the House Africa, Global Health and Human Rights Subcommittee.
On April 12, 2011 RB/ITC hosted hundreds of guests for the 3rd Annual Embassy Chef Challenge presented by Cultural Tourism DC. During the event, DC Embassy Chefs showcased their talents and cultural cuisines in a friendly culinary competition. Guests and DC celebrity chef judges enjoyed a sampling of dishes and selected the “People’s Choice” and “Judges’ Choice” awards, respectively. The ongoing, annual event not only encourages culinary diplomacy, but also celebrates DC’s arts, culture and heritage by supporting Cultural Tourism DC’s programs and events throughout the year. In 2022, Cultural Tourism was acquired by Events DC
On January 19, RRB/ITC hosted the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) at the 2011 US-China Business Forum, an important event that brought together business leaders, government officials, and experts from both China and the United States to discuss economic and trade issues. The event was attended by more than 600 business leaders, government officials, and academics, including top executives from leading Chinese and American companies.
On July 21, RRB/ITC welcomed President Barack Obama, Senator Chris Dodd, Representative Barney Frank, Representative Steny Hoyer, for the signing of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform. Changes to this bill were made to provide relief for smaller, regional banks but still applying the original laws to larger financial institutions. White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy
On May 18, RRB/ITC hosted USGBC’s Federal Summit 2010, a significant event that brought together leaders in sustainability and green building design from across the federal government, private sector, and non-profit organizations. Throughout the day, speakers shared insights and best practices on how to create more sustainable buildings and reduce energy consumption in the federal government.
On April 23, 2010 RRB/ITC hosted Fight for Children’s annual fundraiser School Night with special guest, Queen Latifah who served as the evening’s MC and headliner. Fight For Children is a pillar in the DC philanthropic community. Founded in 1990, it’s mission focuses on improving the lives of underserved children in the nation’s capital and rallies leaders in public and private sectors to develop long-lasting, scalable solutions to many of the issues affecting children in Washington, DC.
On January 7, RRB/ITC hosted the swearing-in ceremony of the new USAID Administrator, Dr. Rajiv Shah, with Secretary Hillary Clinton. This was a significant moment for Dr. Shah and the USAID community, and it was a testament to the agency’s critical role in promoting U.S. foreign policy and humanitarian efforts around the world. Secretary Clinton’s presence at the event demonstrated the importance of the work being done by USAID and the U.S. government’s commitment to international development.
On November 11, guests filled the Atrium of RRB/ITC for D.C. Central Kitchen’s Capital Food Fight. Since 2005, RRB/ITC has hosted this annual event. Here, guests taste food and drink from some of DC’s best restaurants. Local chefs competed in an iron-chef-style battle judged by Anthony Bourdain, Tom Colicchio and Michael Mina. DC Central Kitchen is a nonprofit developer that breaks the cycle of hunger and poverty. 100% of the proceeds from Capital Food Fight combat hunger in Washington, D.C.
On November 12, RRB/ITC hosted the International Center for Journalists Awards Dinner. This dinner recognizes the achievements of brave colleagues who courageously shed light on the truth. U.S. reporters are joined by overseas journalists to present the power and importance of quality news.
On April 24, RRB/ITC hosted the Washington Business Journal “Best Real Estate Deals” awards. This event draws in over 650 attendees and recognizes the Washington areas most pronounced real estate deals closed in the previous year. Finalists for this award are chosen from a public pool of nominations by a panel of judges that includes a wide array of industry leaders.
On September 18, RRB/ITC hosted the Department of Commerce National Summit on American Competitiveness. The meeting focused on promoting innovation and economic development across the United States. The agenda included discussions on the competitive challenge for America, skill-sets for education and workforce, innovation partnerships, and energy independence.
On September 5, RRB/ITC hosted the screening of HBO-documentary “Alive Day Memories: Home from Iraq.” This film, produced by ‘Sopranos’ star James Gandolfini features interviews conducted by the actor himself of ten severely wounded Marines and other soldiers. They discuss their “alive day” experience which they consider the day they narrowly escaped death in Iraq. Following the screening, eight of the ten pictured in the film, took stage for a standing ovation. Image courtesy of IMDB
On July 16, the Pavilion in RRB/ITC hosted Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton and radio personal Jeannie Jones for their meeting on HIV/AIDS. During this forum they sought out to bring issues out of the shadows that stand in the way of stronger trusting relationships. A series of meetings and testing booths were held to raise awareness of the alarmingly high rates of HIV infection.
On April 24, Laura Bush spoke at the Community Foundation of the National Capital Region Gala in RRB/ITC. The Community Foundation’s mission is to enhance the metropolitan region by encouraging giving and providing direction on critical issues in our community. With over 600 charitable funds to choose from, Washington residents are able to give back to a wide variety of causes. White House photo by Shealah Craighead
On February 13, RRB/ITC hosted the HBO movie screening of Rory Kennedy’s film “Ghosts of Abu Ghraib”. The documentary examines the prisoner abuse scandal that involved U.S. soldiers and detainees at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison in 2003.
On September 29, the world-renowned pioneers of psychedelic soul, The Temptations, performed their greatest hits in the heart of DC as part of a special “After Dark” series of the Live! Concert Series on the Plaza. From salsa to strings, and blues to swing, Live! features diverse sounds and performances throughout the summer. Launched in 2000 as part of RRB/ITC’s mission to offer free public programming on Wilson Plaza, the program helps create a stronger community feel in Downtown DC and remains an annual summer event.
On September 20, RRB/ITC hosted the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Gala. Recipients of this award are nominated by U.S. Senators and House members to honor those who are “unsung heroes” in adoption. They are recognized for their outstanding contributions to the welfare of children in the foster-care system in this country and in orphanages abroad.
From March 19 – April 30, RRB/ITC hosted Celebrate Mickey: 75 InspEARations on the Woodrow Wilson Plaza. 75 Mickey Mouse statues were on display till April 30 to celebrate Mickey’s 75th birthday. These statues were created by Disney legends, artists, actors, athletes and performing artists that lent creative talent. The plaza is the only place, outside of Disneyland and Walt Disney World, where all 75 statues were on display together.
On May 28, RRB/ITC hosted the annual Goodwill Industries Fashion Show and Gala. Over 400 donors and politicians were seated in the Atrium for the runway show which showcased some of the most unique items that have been donated throughout the year. Following the show is a silent auction which featured exotic vacations, rare antiques, and memorabilia from the event. Photo by The Greater Washington Goodwill
On May 13, the Woodrow Wilson Plaza at RRB/ITC hosted the “Dialogue” project art installation.“Dialogue” featured ten freestanding screens covered with inspirational quotes from people throughout history. This art installation intercepted people on their normal routine in hopes of inspiring viewers to reflect on current events.
On November 3, President Bush took the stage in the Atrium of the RRB/ITC after declaring victory over John Kerry. Mr. Bush became the first Republican president to win re-election since Ronald Reagan in 1984. Laura Bush and there two daughters stood by his side as he thanked the campaign team that helped them declare victory.
Established on March 1, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) became the nation’s first comprehensive border, travel and trade agency. As the nation’s first unified border entity, the agency takes a comprehensive approach to border management and control, combining customs, immigration, border security, and agricultural protection into one coordinated and supportive activity. CBP headquarters are located in RRB/ITC.
On December 9-10, The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars hosted a two-day conference at RRB/ITC celebrating the 10th anniversary of the signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement. More than 800 people gathered to explore the impact of NAFTA and hear presentations from the original signers, President George Bush, Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, and President Carlos Salinas de Gortari.
On December 6, RRB/ITC hosted the National Defense University Foundation American Patriot Awards. This award recognizes men and women of extraordinary excellence whose leadership has strengthened our nation. President George H. W. Bush’s selfless character, his love for his country, and his enduring contributions to the security of our nation and the peace of the world is what contributed to him receiving this award in 2002. Over 600 distinguished guests were present when Vice President Dick Cheney, Former U.S. Representative Sonny Montgomery, CIA Director George Tenet, and Former National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft handed the award to the President. White House photo by David Bohrer
Only July 5, RRB/ITC hosted an “Iron Chef” style competition on Woodrow Wilson Plaza. The competition kicked off the summer concert series Live! which is held every day around noon. Iron Chef Chen Kenichi battled two local chefs in a competition based off the popular television show filmed in Japan. “Iron Chef” showcases chefs from across the globe battling Japan’s most skilled chefs in a head-to-head competition specializing in different food categories.
On June 2, RRB/ITC hosted the Race for the Cure on the Woodrow Wilson Plaza. Race for the Cure is one of the most successful fundraising event for breast cancer. There are a series of 5k runs and walks that raises significant funds and awareness for the breast cancer movement. The Race celebrates breast cancer survivors and honors those who may have lost their battle with the disease.
From March 22 – July 18, the crew of the film “Minority Report” set out across Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia. Minority Report is a 2002 American science-fiction film directed by Steven Spielberg. The film is set in the year 2054 where a department of ‘pre-crime’ is a specialized police department that seeks out criminals based on foreknowledge provided by three psychics. The shot of the movie that shows the department of ‘pre-crime’ is set on the Woodrow Wilson Plaza of RRB/ITC. Photo by Movie District
On January 20, RRB/ITC hosted the official Inaugural Ball in the Atrium for the newly elected President George W. Bush. The inauguration marks the commencement of the first four year term of George W. Bush as President, and Dick Cheney as Vice President. Inaugural balls are vast social gatherings that are held to celebrate the commencement of a new term of the President of the United States.
NATO’s 50th Anniversary Summit took place in Washington, DC, April 23-25 to commemorate the Alliance’s success in safeguarding freedom over the previous fifty years, and provide NATO leaders an opportunity to focus together on efforts to resolve the crisis in Kosovo and ensure stability throughout the region. While the Summit took place at the Mellon Auditorium, the event’s Media Centre was located at RRB/ITC, where current President Bill Clinton hosted a press conference and later a working lunch in the Pavilion Room for the North Atlantic Council.
On January 2, RRB/ITC hosted the inauguration of Mayor Anthony Williams. Williams was former D.C. Chief Financial Officer and was credited with guiding the city government out of a fiscal crisis. The oath of office was recited at 12:15pm in the Atrium as it was administered by D.C. Superior Court Judge Eugene N. Hamilton. The new mayor pledged to build an independent world-class city and that a new beginning was here.
On May 5, 1998 RRB/ITC opened as the first and only federal building dedicated to public and private use. It is used as a federal hub, platform for international trade, meeting place for businesses and a central location for tourism. President Clinton was joined on stage with former First Lady Nancy Reagan, Commerce Secretary William Daley and other dignitaries as he spoke about the structure that represented Reagan’s optimism and commitment to free trade and democracy.
Construction began in 1990 under the direction of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and Pennsylvania Avenue Development Corporation (PADC), Pei Cobb Freed & Partners of New York – in association with Ellerbe Beckett, Architects and Engineers of Washington, DC. 1n 1995, Congress voted unanimously to name the building after President Ronald Reagan, who had signed the legislation authorizing the building’s construction.
On August 22nd, 1987 Ronald Reagan stated “I have signed S. 1550, the Federal Triangle Development Act. This legislation will permit completion of the development of the Federal Triangle in the District of Columbia through the construction of a building that will serve as Federal office space as well as house an international cultural and trade center.” A design for the building was picked in October 1989 and construction began shortly after.