Roughly 200 people packed the District hotspot for the awards ceremony held by the NLC, a nonprofit that trains progressive political entrepreneurs.

The group also recognized President Obama’s outgoing speechwriter, Jon Favreau. The wordsmith, who is set to step down from his White House post on Friday, says he’s getting away from Washington for just a little while, telling ITK, “I will take a break for a little bit, have some vacation.”

But at 31, retirement isn’t exactly in the cards for the writing whiz. Favreau reveals he plans to start a consulting firm with a colleague and is considering dabbling in screenwriting.

Calling Obama the “best boss I’ll ever have,” he says parting from some of his “best friends” will be bittersweet, “That I will miss very much — just about every day.”