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Every year, Leadership Greater Washington throws THE event of the spring to honor the region’s most forward-thinking and innovative leaders in the public and private sectors dedicated to impacting positive change in Greater Washington. For LGW’s 2016 Innovative Leadership Awards Dinner, the area’s top decision makers in government, business, and in the community and non-profit spaces came together to celebrate forward-thinking individuals and organizations at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in northwest Washington, D.C.
"Leadership Greater Washington is a tremendous organization that lives up to it’s mission of connecting diverse leaders and stimulating their collaborative efforts through dynamic education, membership programs and events.
Innovation – simultaneously a buzz word and an often-misused strategic term in this town – was the topic of exploration at the LGW Signature Class of 2016’s last program day. Specifically, we explored an overview of the local startup community and what its impact looks like on the region, from financing to growth.
Leadership Greater Washington members recently took an on-the-ground look at successful affordable housing projects in Arlington, VA with some of the region’s key organizations addressing the affordable housing crisis. LGW’s third session in the Thought Leadership Series on housing affordability provided members the opportunity to learn about concrete solutions, to encourage community development and improve equitable access to sensible housing options.
Last month, Leadership Greater Washington welcomed Paul J. Wiedefeld, General Manager and Chief Executive Officer of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) to its Lessons in Leadership Series, sponsored and hosted by PNC Financial Services Inc.
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Last month, LGW’s Signature Class of 2016 came together to talk regional public safety at the Montgomery County Public Safety Training Academy in Rockville, MD. LGW was welcomed by Montgomery County Police Chief J. Thomas Manger and other officers from the force. Without much hesitation, we jumped right into some of the issues facing our region, and indeed the nation – civilian/police relationships in a post-Ferguson world, how law enforcement is tackling crime reduction in the area and second amendment rights.
Leadership Greater Washington was honored to host its most recent Community Service Day in partnership with A Wider Circle, a local non-profit committed to ending poverty by offering critical, homelessness-transition resources and professional development assistance to the people in the region who need the most help.
In January, Leadership Greater Washington and the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers (WRAG) continued their discussion about housing affordability in the region at the second session of the 18-month Thought Leadership Series. LGW members were joined by the following panel of experts to explore connections between housing, transportation and employee recruitment/retention:  
Earlier this month, LGW’s Signature Class of 2016 spent their Personal and Socio-economic Inclusiveness Program Days exploring the barriers that prevent inclusive understanding and promoting access to society by the multiplicity of ethnic, economic, social, cultural and religious groups.