"Each [LGW] member is always looking for something, and for people privileged enough to participate in the program, that can mean professional support, guidance, information, business opportunities, ways to get involved in the community, or simply looking for a friend. Staying connected is the best way to bridge needs among LGW’s members." - Phyllicia Hatton ('95), M. Div, President, Phenomenal Productions, LLC
Over the past year, our members’ continued engagement at LGW programs and events has aided our organization in the pursuit of our mission to bring the region’s top leaders together around community issues. We’ve expanded the benefits we offer to our members to learn, connect and grow by exploring new ways through which our members can take advantage of the LGW network. As we head into FY17, we want to ensure the diverse perspectives, connections and experiences of our members are included in the important conversations we facilitate around the issues affecting our communities.
Dear Friends, This past Wednesday, June 29th, Leadership Greater Washington (LGW) held its Annual Meeting of the Membership. It was great to see so many members in attendance. For those who were not able to attend, I want to share with you the Strategic Vision that was presented at the meeting.
Two promising leaders from the Youth Leadership Greater Washington Class of 2016 joined nearly 200 LGW members - some of the region's top leaders - at the 2016 LGW Annual Meeting to share some some memorable experiences and lessons learned during their program. LGW every year is lucky to have such engaged and forward-thinking students to work with on issues like diversity, social action, public health, leadership and the arts.
I consider myself to be a late bloomer in my career. Admittedly, I wandered around for a while trying on different jobs in my field looking for the right “fit”. It was always something “out there” that made each job less than ideal. The perfect job never seemed to reveal itself.
This morning, LGW members and other professionals from around the region gathered for LGW’s first Flash Mentoring session, hosted in partnership with Twomentor, LLC, MentorPrize and PNC Bank. Throughout the event, our participant-leaders gained important insights into how to be effective mentors and mentees, practiced those skills in a ‘speed-networking’ setting and learned of valuable opportunities to take their mentoring prowess into the region’s nonprofit community.
The last session of the Signature Program – the Closing Retreat hosted at the historic Airlie Center near Warrenton, VA – is typically a look back at the connections built and community topics explored with other classmates, Mindtrust confidants, and close friends.
LGW’s Lessons in Leadership Series features intimate exchanges focused on leadership topics between LGW members, our special guests, and our moderator Michael Harreld, Regional President for Greater Washington, PNC Bank. For our most recent Lessons in Leadership, hosted in partnership with PNC Bank, Leadership Greater Washington welcomed Dave Velazquez, the new Chief Executive Officer of Pepco Holdings, Inc., an Exelon Company.
Last week, LGW members met at the Capital City Public Charter School for our latest Community Service Day. Together with the help of the school’s educators and administrators, we were able to give valuable guidance to 10th graders preparing important presentations required to advance to their next grade level. We started with an overview of CCPCS from Head of School Karen Dresden (’15) and High School Principal Belicia Reaves, and learned about the opportunities they provide in the classroom for over 1000 students across three campuses.
“I truly believe that LGW is the best professional networking organization in the Washington metropolitan region. With strong leadership, an engaged board, amazingly dedicated staff, and alumni made of the region’s most prominent leaders, we are committed to making the Washington region a more dynamic and collaborative community as we embrace and value the diversity – geography, people, sectors, and professions – of our region.” – David Gorodetski (’15), Co-Founder, COO and Executive Creative Director, Sage Communications