Enlightened, Inc.

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Antwanye Ford
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Location: Washington, DC
Founded: 1998

Enlightened, Inc.

Antwanye Ford
President and CEO

Enlightened, Inc. is a HUBZone-certified IT and management consulting firm. “Our workplace environment is diverse, dynamic and innovative,” says president and CEO Antwanye Ford. The company measures employee satisfaction through periodic anonymous surveys, and expresses appreciation for employees’ accomplishments through several different awards. One is the “Make a Difference Award,” which acknowledges employees who recommend innovative ideas that significantly impact Enlightened, and who go above and beyond in their work. Another is the “Brand Ambassador” award, which acknowledges outstanding efforts to promote the Enlightened brand. Nominations are received on a quarterly basis and reviewed by a rotating committee.

Words of Wisdom: “In a world filled with rules and minimum requirements, it’s great to break the mold and find meaning in giving more.”

Under Ford’s leadership, Enlightened works hard at the image it projects, both internally and externally. “Enlightened operates in a manner that continuously supports honesty and integrity in all relationships with staff, customers and partners,” he says. “We foster a climate that encourages proactivity, innovation, work ethic and diligence among staff.”

Enlightened encourages all employees to give back to the community through volunteer service. Recent examples include Enlightened’s sponsorship of the DC government’s Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP). The SYEP provides District youth ages 14 to 24 with summer work experiences through subsidized placements in the private and government sectors. In 2016, Enlightened’s corporate headquarters mentored 10 SYEP youths.