Students Attend Half Day Course on Resilience and Innovation

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA. January 23, 2014 – Students from the Federal Executive Institute’s Leadership for a Democratic Society Program attended a field experience at the Headquarters of SHINE Systems & Technologies (SHINE), an intelligence and technology firm based in Charlottesville, Virginia, for the afternoon of January 22, 2014.

The Federal Executive Institute (FEI) offers the four week Leadership for a Democratic Society (LDS) Program 11 times a year. During the third week of the program, students choose from 3-4 offerings for field experiences- half day experiential activities with local companies and agencies. SHINE’s field experience offering was entitled “The SHINE Paradigm- Resilience Feeds Innovation” and was presented by SHINE President Jeff Thomas.

Thomas used the SHINE story as an example of the relationship between resilience and innovation walking students through SHINE’s growth and challenges since its inception in 2008. “SHINE Systems has evolved significantly in the past 6 years, and I believe the challenges we have faced along the way provide excellent real-world examples and learning opportunities for the FEI students,” he said. “I look forward to the opportunity to partner with FEI more in the future.”


SHINE Systems & Technologies (SHINE) is an SBA-certified HUBZone small business headquartered in Charlottesville, Virginia. SHINE Systems is at the forefront of innovation in our core competencies of intelligence analytics, identity intelligence, technology integration, educational services, and consulting services. We develop value-driven solutions for our clients across federal, state, and local government as well as the commercial sector using our industry knowledge, service and product expertise, and ground-breaking technical capabilities. In 2013, SHINE was recognized as #307 on the Inc. 500|5000 list of fastest growing private businesses as well as #3 on the Washington Technology Fast 50 fastest growing small businesses in the government market. To learn more, please visit