35th Anniversary

A Year of Celebration Honoring LGW’s 35th Anniversary

The 35th Anniversary is a celebration across the entire year starting in January 2021 and culminating with the Celebration of Leadership on October 12.

The year of celebration involves everyone. We will be spotlighting members, reflecting on our history and milestones, and bringing people together for special events throughout the year. 

This is an opportunity to reflect on the progress we have made together, look back at some of the obstacles we overcame, celebrate our diversity, and consider plans for our future. 


Key Dates



Class Challenge FUN-raiser

Our Class Challenge FUN-raiser encourages each LGW Class to meet (or exceed) a goal of $3500 in funds raised in 2021. The funds will be used to expand scholarship opportunities within communities in our region where we have less representation, and enhance our core programs, and operating capabilities. With your help, we will meet our goals and have a lot of fun along the way.



History of LGW


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.

Special 35th Anniversary Edition Frontline Conversations: 

Special 35th Anniversary Edition Frontline Conversation ft. Charlene Drew Jarvis ('92)

LGW 35th Anniversary Message - Mayor Muriel Bowser ('13)

Special 35th Anniversary Edition Frontline Conversation ft. Barbara Davis Blum (Founder)

Special 35th Anniversary Edition Frontline Conversation ft. Tim Kime ('98)

Special 35th Anniversary Edition Frontline Conversation ft. Dana Stebbins ('88)