"John Tydings was a towering figure in the business community in Washington, DC through his leadership of the Board of Trade. At his urging, I applied for membership in Leadership Greater Washington and with the benefit of his mentorship and counsel, I have been privileged to grow in my understanding of the region and in my ability to lead during the past 34 years. John gave his time, treasure, and talents to the region for many many years, and for that, we are eternally grateful!"
- Dana B. Stebbins ('87)
"Ed Pena believed strongly about supporting the Latino community in the Nation’s Capital and ensuring they had a seat at the table and a voice in leadership positions. Along with serving as National President of LULAC, Ed was committed to serving the local organizations of the District of Columbia. As a leader in the City, Ed served as Counsel to Martha’s Table and helped start Mary’s Center and Gala Theater. For four years, Ed served as president of the Festival Latino which attracted half a million people to DC for the annual events. It was hard for Ed to say no when asked to help our community and the same was true for LGW where he worked to secure scholarships for program attendees. On a personal note, Ed also inspired me to join LGW and I am a proud alumnus from the class of 1987."
- Ada Pena ('87)
"Ray LaPlaca was a true visionary when it came to human rights and fairness for all. He was a true leader in the legal and social equity communities in Prince George’s County."
- Howard Stone ('96)
"Steve Harlan has been a change-maker all his professional life. He has always believed in and rewarded diversity, inclusion and leadership, which is why he was a Founder of LGW. He is extremely proud of the success of the organization which has always stayed true to its mission."
- Linda Rabitt ('08)
"Robert Linowes was a champion for economic empowerment and philanthropy in the DC region and one of my very first mentors. I worked with him to start the Economic Club of Washington DC in 1986. Bob Linowes understood that regional economic and civic development requires a broad range of strategic initiatives supported by a wide spectrum of community leaders. His leadership was evidenced at the Federal City Council and the Greater Washington Board of Trade where he lead efforts to create the Economic Club of Washington and Leadership Greater Washington as leadership development organizations. He then transformed the Community Foundation of Greater Washington, and the Shakespeare Theater from fledgling efforts into irreplaceable community powerhouses in philanthropy and the arts."
- Mary C. Brady ('09)
“Tom Watson was one of those rare people who brought both deep intelligence and wisdom, along with an open heart and the poignancy of a storyteller. He was a calm and steadying influence even when dealing with difficult issues. Even so many years after his death, his memory warms my heart.”
- Howard Ross ('91)
"When Leadership Washington (Greater came later) was being considered for a Washington, D.C. chapter, Tom Owens, Chairman of Perpetual Bank, the largest DC saving and loan at that time, was a “must-have” as one of the founders. Tom commanded considerable influence and reach into the community. He brought a no-nonsense, seasoned management approach to the inception of the organization. And his warm and approachable personality helped LW create a positive culture that was essential beginning with the very first class in 1987."
- Paul Rothenburg (‘87)