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Nolij JV, CyberNolij, Awarded the prime 8(a) Streamlined Technology Acquisition Resource for Services (STARS) III Governmentwide Acquisition Contract (GWAC).

Nolij JV, CyberNolij, Awarded the prime 8(a) Streamlined Technology Acquisition Resource for Services (STARS) III Governmentwide Acquisition Contract (GWAC).

Nolij and Advanced, Innovative IT Solutions (AIIS) are excited to announce that our joint venture company, CyberNolij, has been awarded the prime 8(a) Streamlined Technology Acquisition Resource for Services (STARS) III Governmentwide Acquisition Contract (GWAC). The 8(a) STARS III GWAC is a five year contract with three option years. It is a $50B contract vehicle reserved for 8(a) small businesses to provide IT services and IT services-based solutions to all government agencies.

Scope of work to be performed includes the following: data management, information and communications technology, IT operations and maintenance, IT security, IT workforce augmentation, software development, and systems design. CyberNolij was also awarded scope Sub-Area 1: Emerging Technology-Focused IT Services, which provides emerging technology innovation to accelerate transformation and advance mission outcomes.

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Ashley Mehta, President & CEO of Nolij Consulting, Joins Board of Women Veterans Interactive Foundation

Ashley Mehta, President & CEO of Nolij Consulting, Joins Board of Women Veterans Interactive Foundation

Ashley Mehta, President & CEO, Nolij Consulting, has joined the board of directors of the Women Veterans Interactive Foundation (WVIF). Ms. Mehta is a dedicated supporter of WVIF and deeply believes in their mission to support women veterans through advocacy, empowerment, interaction, outreach, and unification. “There are over 2.3 million women veterans. They are the fastest-growing group of veterans in the active-duty military community. Women veterans struggle with many challenges after military service such as being single parents taking care of both parents and children. They often aren’t aware of services available because there is a dearth of organizations like WVIF dedicated to helping women veterans,” stated Mehta. Ms. Mehta is looking forward to enabling the growth of the organization and widening its reach.

WVIF ensures that this deserving population has the knowledge and the tools necessary to meet their physical, mental, and financial needs.

  • Bring awareness to the plight of homeless women veterans
  • Eradicate homelessness among women veterans
  • Strengthen and empower women veterans
  • Improve healthcare and education delivery systems for women veterans
  • Maintain a network that is a free exchange of experiences and solutions

To learn more, please visit http://womenveteransinteractive.org/

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Celebrating Dads at Nolij

Celebrating Dads at Nolij

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Happy Father’s Day!   

Happy Father’s Day to all the wonderful dads who give Superman a run for his money. Dads, go ahead and kick up your feet, put on your favorite game and break open a bag of chips. It is your special day and you deserve to relax and enjoy. To help celebrate, we had a raffle for all the cool dads of Nolij and hope the three winners, Mike, Shawn and Steven, have an awesome time at Patsy’s with their families. 

In honor of hard-working fathers all over, here are some pun-laden, can’t-but-laugh dad jokes: “I’m afraid for the calendar. Its days are numbered.” Or how about this one: “What do a tick and the Eiffel Tower have in common?” “They’re both Paris sites.”’

P.S. Give your dad a gift he will really love—laugh at his jokes and put a smile on his face.

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Celebrating Moms at Nolij

Celebrating Moms at Nolij

Happy Mothers Day!   

Dear moms, we hope you have a great day full of relaxation, love and your favorite dessert! We celebrated the hard working moms at Nolij with a Mother’s Day raffle, and the winners will celebrate this Sunday with beautiful cakes from Fluffy Thoughts Bakery. Wishing all the caring moms around the world a very happy Mother’s Day!.

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Voices of Nolij – Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

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Voices of Nolij – Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Nolij celebrates Asian American and Pacific Islander heritage month and stands in solidarity with the AAPI community in the midst of a difficult year of pain and fear. Asian American and Pacific Islanders have enriched America’s culture and society and are instrumental in our future success as a nation. We proudly support diversity and inclusivity in the workplace and appreciate the varied cultures, languages, and religions of the vibrant AAPI community.

Thank you Jane, Ellen, Thidarat, Gurwinder, Su, Ivy and Shivane for contributing your skills and energy to the success of Nolij!

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Aaron Brock, The Sound of Success

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Aaron Brock, The Sound of Success

As the nation’s largest minority — comprising almost 50 million individuals — people with disabilities contribute to workplace diversity. They help businesses address challenges through varied perspectives and enhance their competitive edge. At Nolij, we work to ensure people with different skills, abilities and communication styles are integrated into our workforce and customer base.

Aaron Brock, a senior analyst, is a leader in Nolij Consulting’s Development Test and Evaluation team and supports our IT and cybersecurity strategies. Oh yeah, he also happens to be deaf.

Were you born deaf? How did you learn to navigate school and the world without your hearing at an early age?

“I became deaf at two years old from spinal meningitis which damaged my vestibular nerves that impaired my ability to hear sound. I was blessed to learn sign language at a very young age and attended ASL-based schools. I attended the Model Secondary School for the Deaf. I received my Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Gallaudet University, the only liberal arts institution in the world for the deaf and hard of hearing. After graduating from college, I went into Defense Health Information Management System.”

What are some of the daily challenges you encounter at work, and how do you deal with them?

“As a deaf person, I have never felt disabled. I have gained so much from my deafness, much more than I’ve ‘lost.’ We, as deaf people, call it ‘deaf gain’ or the ability to communicate without sound. Communication is always a challenge in the workplace because of meetings. In a sound-driven culture, people are often talking over each other. In many respects, deaf people are better communicators because we talk one at a time—sequentially. We can stay focused on the interaction without being disconnected. Deaf communication culture allows me to educate others on an alternate form of communication because people often forget the barrier that exists between us – my deafness or their inability to sign.”

How did you become interested in IT?

“My father influenced my interest in Information Technology. He worked as an engineer for AT&T and always brought his work home. I was around computers before it was cool. Along the way, I met a software developer who further drove my interest in computer science and software engineering. My initial work experience in IT was in Video Relay Service that provides ASL interpreting services for the deaf. Eleven years later, Nolij has expanded my technical skills by entrusting me to lead key projects. My colleagues are very accommodating– I’m lucky to be working with such a great group of people.” 

What are your interests, hobbies, aspirations?

“I enjoy cycling and playing video games. I am engaged and have two children and four cats. I volunteer at the Metro Washington Association for the DeafBlind doing some web development and IT support.”

What advice would you share with others who also have challenges that most of the population does not?

“Don’t view your disability as a challenge but something you can gain from. I am deaf, but I gained the ability to communicate without sound. You’d be surprised how accommodating people can be when you’re open about challenges you have in any aspect of your life.”
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Nolij has been named a #MoxieAwardDC finalist for being bold in business!

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Nolij has been named a #MoxieAwardDC finalist for being bold in business!

Moxie Award recognizes organizations for having demonstrated boldness and innovation as an integral part of their growth strategy.

“Nolij is pleased to have been named a finalist in the 2021 Moxie Award,” said Ashley Mehta, President & CEO.

“I want to congratulate our team for enabling us to be recognized among the boldest and most innovative organizations in the D.C. metro community,” Mehta said.

Finalists were recently announced by Katie Jordan, the 2021 Moxie Award chair.

“This year’s finalists truly represent the spirit of Moxie and we are excited to help tell the stories of how they have navigated the past year,” Jordan said. “We look forward to revealing the winners at the 2021 Moxie Award celebration on Oct. 13, 2021, at The Ritz-Carlton in Tysons Corner.”

A complete list of finalists can be found at https://moxieaward.com

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Nolij Celebrates Workforce Diversity

Nolij Celebrates Workforce Diversity

For Nolij, strength lies in our differences. Our diverse talent pool means we have a broad range of skills, ideas, experiences and views that boosts creativity and organizational productivity. Different perspectives help us make more well-informed decisions, strengthen our teams’ problem-solving abilities and, in the end, allow us to serve our customers better and make us a superior teaming partner. It is our diverse workforce that consistently leads us to make unfettered discoveries and breakthrough innovations so that our clients are consistently thriving and growing.

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Voices of Nolij: Celebrating Women’s History Month

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Voices of Nolij: Celebrating Women’s History Month

In celebration of Women’s History Month, Nolij would like to acknowledge and honor the extraordinary women who keep our company growing year after year. Leo Faal, a financial analyst, exemplifies every woman who does not let her circumstances deter her from fulfilling her ambitions and following her dreams. Thank you Leo for making the brave journey from The Gambia and contributing to the success of Nolij through your skills, dedication and energy.

“I arrived in New York City in 1990 from the small country of The Gambia in West Africa when I was 17 years old. My ideas of the United States were shaped by movies that celebrated America as a land of possibility and I dreamed of moving here one day to better my life. As a small country, Gambia did not offer many advanced educational or career opportunities after high school. I am the youngest of seven children and lost my father when I was four years old. It had been drilled into me by my hardworking mother that education is the key to a successful life. My cultural education began in New York City, where I found everything to be big, exciting, and a little scary—especially the busy highways! Within months of moving to the United States, I was very fortunate to find a wonderful family who gave me friendship, a home, and a college education. I lived with my new adopted family for 12 years before getting married. After I got married, I became a stay-at-home mother to my two children for 16 years. Although I previously held retail sales positions at stores like Nordstrom, Nolij helped launch my career in finance. I began as an adult intern in the finance department and then transitioned to a full-time financial analyst. As a mature woman entering the job market for the first time, Nolij, a woman-owned company, gave me an extraordinary opportunity to grow professionally. Nolij supports and understands women’s life circumstances and the choices we make because of our families. As my teen daughter now starts her educational journey as a Frederick Douglass Distinguished Scholar, I echo my mother’s words to her often—’education is the key to the whole world and it’s never too late to make your dreams a reality.’ ”

Leo Faal,
Financial Analyst

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Nolij Donates 1,000 Power Packs to Fight Childhood Hunger

Nolij Donates 1,000 Power Packs to Fight Childhood Hunger
Nolij Donates 1,000 Power Packs to Fight Childhood Hunger

Nolij Donates 1,000 Power Packs to Fight Childhood Hunger

 

In Fairfax County, 1 in 13 children lives in poverty with 28 percent of students relying on free and reduced-price school breakfast and lunch for their daily meals. Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, children have been especially vulnerable to food insecurity. At Nolij, we believe that healthy children and strong families are the backbones of our communities. In partnership with Food for Others, Nolij employees recently contributed 1000 Power Packs to their food program initiative, The Power Pack Program. The Power Pack Program delivers assembled packs to 20 different local elementary schools. These packs provide children food for the weekend. Each power pack consists of two items each for breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus two snacks and two drinks. Nolij employees were able to assemble power packs from the safety of their homes.

“I am grateful that Nolij employees were able to help children in our community because this is where we work and live. Food insecure children are not strangers; they attend school, play on the same sports teams and participate in activities with our own kids. I feel a strong sense of duty, as a corporate citizen and mother, to help fight childhood hunger and bring attention to it.” –Ashley Mehta, President & CEO, Nolij Consulting.

We encourage other organizations to give back to their communities and help our next generation thrive so that together we can build a more vibrant future for all of us. If you would like to learn how you can make a difference or want more information on the Power Pack Program, please visit foodforothers.org.