Inside LGW

The Thought Leadership Series on Housing Affordability in Greater Washington began in partnership with Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers to highlight the challenges with housing in the region and to develop consensus on ways forward.
  The Signature Program Class of 2017 gathered for Environmental Sustainability Day, at Nationals Stadium. The final program day of the year featured a combination of educational presentations on sustainability and urban planning in Greater Washington and a tour of the Anacostia River. 
Leadership Greater Washington welcomed Deborah Rutter, President of the Kennedy Center, for an engaging conversation on leadership topics with Richard Bynum (’13) of PNC Bank – our host and sponsor for the series. LGW members were enthusiastic to sit down with Deborah, for an honest discussion surrounding her role as the artistic and administrative director of the “Nation’s best performing arts center.” 
Anas “Andy” Shallal is an artist and social entrepreneur.  He is the founder of Busboys and Poets, an environment where racial and cultural connections are consciously uplifted.  Spaces to feed the mind, body, and soul and where art, culture, and politics take center stage and collide.  With 6 locations in the Washington Metropolitan Area, Busboys and Poets has become home for progressives, artists and intellectuals including such notables as Howard Zinn, Cornel West, Alice Walker and Nikki Giovanni to name a few.
Last week, LGW members gathered in the spirit of community service at Whitman-Walker Health to learn about the organization – its mission and scope of work –  before giving back through a service project alongside WWH staff. Members were welcomed by Whitman-Walker’s Abby Fenton (’12), Chief External Affairs Officer, and Josh Riley, Director of Community Commitment, for a discussion of WWH’s history in the region, and impressive operational and service delivery growth across 4 locations throughout Greater Washington.
Leadership Greater Washington is excited to share the perspective and experience of our outgoing Marketing Communications Intern Jazmin Goines who, over the spring semester, worked closely with the LGW team to learn how to effectively market the organization, its programs, and unique events.  
This week, 400 leaders from around the region joined LGW for our most anticipated event of the year, the 2017 Innovative Leadership Awards Dinner at the iconic Mayflower Hotel. LGW is happy to report this year’s event was among our most successful celebrations of the forward-thinking individuals and organizations helping to deliver positive change to the region.
Kristina Bouweiri is President and CEO of Reston Limousine, Washington DC’s premier chauffeured transportation provider and the 10th largest fleet operator nationwide. Starting with only five vehicles in 1990, Bouweiri diversified the business and grew it to a $26 million company today with more than 200 vehicles. As a woman in an industry traditionally dominated by male executives, Bouweiri has been committed to supporting women entrepreneurs over the years and is the founder of the monthly networking luncheon Sterling Women and co-founder of the annual Virginia Women’s Business Conference.
The Signature Program Class of 2017 came together at 1776 in Crystal City for its Entrepreneurship Day – a program all about taking risks and encouraging diverse growth for the region’s future.
LGW is excited to recognize the efforts of our Signature Program Class of 2016 (Sweet ’16) in helping to raise awareness of important community institutions and in supporting their missions. Over the past 6 months, Sweet ’16 has come together to raise over $40,000 to support multiple community-focused nonprofits.