Sharon Virts, executive director of the Virts Miller Foundation and founder of FCi Federal, was presented with the 2018 Goose Creek District Good Scout Award during a ceremony Thursday night at Stone Tower Winery near Leesburg.
“The Good Scout Award honors outstanding leaders who exemplify the ideals of the Scout Oath and Law in their daily life,” stated Edward Puccio, medical director and chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Inova Loudoun Hospital, who served as chairman of this year’s event, which set a fundraising record to support the youth leadership training program.
Virts serves on the boards of the Loudoun Museum, the Middleburg Film Festival, the Loudoun Inova Hospital Foundation, and Oatlands and recently completed a term as chairwoman of the Loudoun Economic Development Commission. She is also a member of WE Capital, a venture capital group focused on women-led businesses with social impact missions, and 100WomenStrong. She founded FCi Federal 25 years ago and grew it to nearly 5,000 employees and $250 million in revenue before selling it to PAE in 2017. She lectures nationally on leadership development and small business growth.
In addressing the crowd, Virts highlighted the philosophies that helped her build her multi-million-dollar business from its start in a Leesburg basement. “I spent half of my life building my business. I failed. I picked myself up. I did well. I failed again. And I continued to do that,” she said.
“For me, it is all about excellence. It’s about being the very best you can be and to continue to raise the bar on yourself,” she said. “Being the best growing a business, building your business. If you’re a volunteer for a charitable cause, then be the absolute best you can be in the time that you spend working there … and if you’re sweeping, then do that well, too.”
She shared an important element of her daily approach to her job. “My number one thing was that you go to work every day with a smile on your face, a skip in your walk, and a song in your heart,” she said.
Virts said the most important legacy is not a collection of trophies or other accolades. ‘It’s about what you can do for others to help them be successful. It’s what you leave behind in them that makes them successful when you’re long gone. It’s not how you enable people to do good because of you, it’s how you empower people to do good in spite of you,” she said.
“I think that’s what Boy Scouts is about? How do you enable these young children—boys and there’s girls, right?—to be better when you’re not in their lives anymore and leave a lasting impression so that when they become young adults they make good decisions and the become adults and make good decisions and they are happy. And they, in turn, pay it forward to someone else. That’s what it’s about.”
She urged those in the audience to think about their legacies. “What are you doing to leave a lasting legacy? Whose lives have you touched today? Whose life are you going to touch tomorrow? Because the only way that we can leave the world a better place is to leave it in good hands with people we have helped achieve the success that they’ve experienced.”