HERNDON, Va., Nov. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) today announced that Blackboard Inc. President and CEO Michael Chasen will headline the organization's Titans breakfast event on Nov. 15, 2012, from 7 – 9:15 a.m. at The Ritz Carlton, Tysons Corner in McLean, Va. Chasen will share lessons from starting a company and growing it to $1.7 billion in 15 years, including how he positioned the company for growth through innovations, acquisitions and partnerships. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20071106/DC06626LOGO) Chasen, who recently announced he will be stepping down as Blackboard's CEO at the end of the year, has provided the leadership to take Blackboard from a startup company with just one product and a handful of clients to a $1.7 billion company with 1,700 employees, thousands of clients, eight global locations and more than 160 partnerships. As co-founder and CEO, Chasen oversaw Blackboard's more than 20 acquisitions and worked with Providence Equity Partners to take the company private in 2011. His expertise managing fast-growth Internet software companies coupled with a passion to enhance education through technology has been critical to Blackboard's success. DATE: Nov. 15, 2012TIME: 7 – 8 a.m. Registration and networking 8 – 9:15 a.m. Breakfast and program featuring Michael ChasenLOCATION: The Ritz Carlton, Tysons Corner1700 Tysons Blvd. McLean, VADirections to The Ritz CarltonREGISTRATION: To register as a member of the press, please contact Jenna Brown at 703-904-7878, ext. 207 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The event is free for press, but advanced registration is required. Press credentials are required for entry.