ELC Gala Networking Lounge at the Dignitary

Join us in the lounge to exchange ideas, forge new relationships, and support our shared mission of promoting diversity and inclusion in Corporate America and globally.


October 3, 2024


$750 per person. Limit of 10 per company.


Marriott Marquis, Washington, DC – The Dignitary

Point of contact

Mayra Espinoza

Email: elcgala@elcinfo.com

Disclaimer: This event will provide a live stream of the Gala and not an entrance to the Gala ballroom.


We are pleased to announce the addition of a Networking Lounge for this year’s ELC Recognition Gala. Located in the Dignitary Restaurant at the Marriott Marquis Washington, DC, the Gala Networking Lounge offers an exclusive space for guests to view the live stream of the Recognition Gala while attending an intimate reception, ensuring you won’t miss a moment of the celebrations and recognitions.

For more information, contact email elcgala@elcinfo.com.


2024 ELC Week Honorees

Arlene Isaacs-Lowe

Alvaro L. Martins Heritage Award
The ELC is proud to announce that the recipient of the 2023 Alvaro L. Martins Heritage Award is Arlene Isaacs-Lowe.

Mellody Hobson

The Achievement Award 
This year, The ELC is excited to announce the recipient of the 2023 Achievement Award is Mellody Hobson.

Arlene Isaacs-Lowe

Corporate Award 
The ELC is pleased to announce the winner of the 2023 Corporate Award is Synchrony.

Thursday October 3, 2024

6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Gala Networking Lounge – Reception Buffet
9:30 pm - Midnight
Post-Gala Networking Reception

The ELC applauds the commitment and support of the 2024 Recognition Gala sponsors:

Gala Networking Lounge Sponsor

Sponsorship opportunities are available, to learn more contact elcgala@elcinfo.com

Gala - Hotel Booking & Additional Details:

Marriott Marquis
901 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001 

The Gala Week room block group rate at the Marriott Marquis will be available through September 9, 2024, or while inventory lasts. We encourage you to book your room(s) as soon as possible to take advantage of these exclusive savings. To secure your room, follow the booking link HERE.

Once all group rate rooms have been reserved, any remaining rooms will be made available at the property’s best available rate.

Overflow Hotels

926 Massachusetts Ave NW Washington, DC 20001

0.1 mi (walking)

0.1 mi (driving)

950 New York Ave NW Washington, DC 20001

0.2 mi (walking)

0.3 mi (driving)

900 10th Street NW Washington, DC 20001

0.2 mi (walking)

0.4 mi (driving)

999 9th Street NW Washington, DC 20001

0.2 mi (walking)

0.3 mi (driving)

The ELC does not have a group block with any of the overflow properties. Room rates will be based on the property’s best available rate at the time of booking. Properties are listed by distance from our host hotel, Marriott Marquis Washington.


Frequently Asked Questions

The Gala Networking Lounge provides guests with live stream access of the Recognition Gala. It takes place at the same time as the ELC Recognition Gala.

No. A ticket to the Gala Networking Lounge will provide exclusive access to a reception experience during ELC’s Recognition Gala. Guests attending the Gala Networking Lounge can view the Gala via live stream. A limited number of individual tickets will be available for purchase to the Gala Networking Lounge at a cost of $750/ticket. Gala Networking Lounge guests will have access to ELC’s Post-Gala Networking Reception, affectionately known as the “afterparty”. For ticket purchases or more details, reach out to us at elcgala@elcinfo.com.

The Gala Networking Lounge will be held in the Dignitary Restaurant at the

Marriott Marquis
901 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001. 

You will be able to access the Post Gala Reception only.

The Post Gala Networking Reception provides guests access to the Post-Gala Reception or “After-Party” only.

Still have a question?

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programs & events

This year, ELC Gala Week programs and events will impact over 3,000 members, students and esteemed guests at the Marriott Marquis Washington, DC.

ELC Member Closing Brunch 

October 4, 2024

Mid-Level Managers’ Symposium (MLMS)

October 2-3, 2024

Honors Symposium 

October 1-4, 2024

ELC Recognition Gala

October 3, 2024