In 1986, Leadership Greater Washington was established by a group of regional leaders and three leading organizations—Meyer Foundation, Greater Washington Board of Trade, and the Junior League of Washington—to foster communication and cooperation among the area’s established leaders.
In 1991, after five years of operation, LGW expanded its programming to serve area high school students through its Youth Leadership Greater Washington program. More than 1000 youth leaders have completed the program since its inception. It was created by the LGW Class of 1991 with the goal of advancing area youth leaders.
Then in 2014, the Rising Leaders program was launched to provide career-building skills and training to mid-level professionals. Since it was created, the program has graduated 300 early-career, mid-career, and management professionals.
Today, LGW continues to offer unique programming to leaders by way of its three core programs and an array of events that connect leaders and inspire their collaborative efforts to improve the Greater Washington community. Across its 35-year history, LGW’s impact has fostered the success of more than 1,900 influential leaders, 300 young professionals, and over 1,000 high school students in DC, Virginia, and Maryland.