Breakfast & Panel Discussion

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

8:00 am – 9:30 am

Accenture Cyber Fusion Center

1201 Wilson Blvd

Arlington, VA 22209

Please register here


Preparing for Generation Z: Breakfast & Panel Discussion is a forum for business leaders to collaborate with others to share ideas, provide clarity, and uncover business solutions to ensure a continuing workforce of thoughtful, talented, and skilled employees.
The panelists will discuss the importance of a diverse workforce and the value added to an organization through varied backgrounds and experiences. The discussion will focus on inter-generational work environments – with a focus on Generation Z employees and millennial managers.
The interactive breakfast is a catalyst for peer-to-peer networking with other area business leaders with an eye for creating a healthy workforce for years to come.


Leigh Parker

Leigh Parker, Human Resources Manager for Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, is currently responsible for managing the human resources functions for the firm’s East Coast offices, including performance management, onboarding and off boarding, staff recruitment, employee relations, compliance, delivery of benefit and wellness programming, time and attendance, and employment practices and procedures.  She resides in the Washington D.C. office. Leigh has over 15 years of human resources business partner experience in various industries.  Leigh holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and is a certified compensation professional through WorldatWork.


Melanie Wigmore

Melanie Wigmore brings a unique blend of experience in both domestic and international recruiting and system analysis in a line organization.  She joined The MITRE Corporation in 2008 where she began her previous role as an HR Coordinator supporting the Center for National Security’s HR Business Partners in their McLean campus.  In 2014, she was promoted to her current role of Sr. College and Student Programs Specialist under the MITRE College & Student Programs Team. Here she works with student interns, co-ops and college grads and supporting full-life cycle recruitment within College Recruiting, Summer Programs and campus recruiting. Prior to MITRE, she worked at Frimley Park Hospital National Health Service in the UK where she supported the HR department in their recruitment and selection services, including direct advice and support to hiring managers on a wide range of recruiting processes and programs. Melanie earned her B.S. degree in Business Administration from the University of Maine and her Certificate in Personnel Practice (CPP) from Farnborough College of Technology, Farnborough, UK.


Lesely Melgarez

Lesly Melgarez is a 2014 Don Bosco Cristo Rey Alumni. Upon graduation, she decided to stay in the Metropolitan area and attended Trinity Washington University where she received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a minor in Language and Cultural Studies in May 2018. After earning a Carnegie Melon Study Abroad Scholarship, Lesly continued her studies in Barcelona, Spain. Today, Lesly is a full-time employee at Fannie Mae and a part of their Associate Rotation Program. She thanks God and Don Bosco Cristo Rey for giving her the opportunity to intern at Fannie Mae during her Junior and Senior year of high school. Through her internship at Fannie, she was able to network and build relationships which opened further opportunities. She says, Don Bosco helped her discover her college major, her work ethic and polished her professionalism. Don Bosco was the pipeline to what is now the start of her professional career. Thank you, Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School.

Christopher Murphy 

Christopher Murphy serves as Vice President of Government Relations and Community Engagement at Georgetown University where he manages the university’s strategic relationships with the Federal and District governments, community organizations and leaders, and the Georgetown neighborhood.  Through this work, he seeks to advance the university’s long-term sustainability, promote the common good, and enrich students’ educational experience.

Murphy served as Chief of Staff to former Washington, DC Mayor Vincent C. Gray.   In this capacity, he managed the Executive Office of the Mayor to advance Mayor Gray’s highest priorities: growing and diversifying the District economy to create jobs and expand revenue, educating our children and preparing our workforce for the new economy, and improving the quality of life for all District residents.