April 5, 2017

This week, 400 leaders from around the region joined LGW for our most anticipated event of the year, the 2017 Innovative Leadership Awards Dinner at the iconic Mayflower Hotel.

LGW is happy to report this year’s event was among our most successful celebrations of the forward-thinking individuals and organizations helping to deliver positive change to the region.

The evening began with a cocktail reception welcoming our guests to the event; it was great to see so many LGW members catching up with another and meeting the Signature Program Class of 2018 – deepening the personal connections that support LGW’s mission to foster regional collaboration.

During the seated dinner and awards portions of the program, LGW was thrilled to welcome back Leon Harris to showcase our presenting partners and honorees.

LGW also presented its second social media wall, which gave members the opportunity to contribute their photos during the event into a rotating display of photos taken during the past year of LGW programming and events.

This event also served as the debut for LGW’s Experience Silent Auction, a fundraiser offered to attendees seeking unique ways to connect with top leaders through VIP experiences generously offered by LGW members. LGW raised nearly $5,000 to support LGW’s programming and events. LGW’s experiences, hosts, and winners (respectively) included:

A Social Media Facelift with David Gorodetski (’15) – Pedro Alfonso (’87)

A Team Experience with Mary Abbajay (’06) – Terry Kenny (’16)

Branding and Breakfast with Cary Hatch (’00) – Chuck Bean (’05)

Get the Inside Scoop at Dinner with the Washington Business Journal’s James MacGregor (’16) and Doug Freuhling (’13) – Pedro Alfonso (’87)

How to Survive a Live Media Interview with Bruce BePuyt (’17) – Kirra Jarratt (’15)

Limo Tour and Power Lunch from Kristina Bouweiri (’16) – Mark Bergel (’16)

On the Air with Johnathan Aberman (’15) – Mahan Tavakoli (’98)

The Other View of Greater Washington with Mark Bergel (’16) – Terry Kenny (’16)

At the end of the night, in continuing our tradition of giving back to youth leaders in the region, LGW encouraged guests to take home a box of Girls Scout Cookies – a souvenir with an understandably-short shelf life – thanks to the generous support of King Street Wireless.  

Please see below for photos of our honorees – true regional collaborators, all:


Private Sector Innovative Leader of the Year:

Michael N. Harreld

Immediate Past President

PNC Bank – Greater Washington Area

Special Advisor to the Chairman

PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.


The Private Sector Innovative Leader of the Year Award is supported by

Total Wine & More.



Public Sector Innovative Leader of the Year:

Beverly Perry (’97)

Office of the Mayor

District of Columbia


The Public Sector Innovative Leader of the Year Award is supported by

Pepco, an Exelon Company.



Innovative Community Partner of the Year:

A Wider Circle

Accepted By:

Mark Bergel (’16)

Executive Director & Founder


The Innovative Community Partner of the Year Award is supported by

The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation.


LGW wants to thank the many organizations and individuals whose support made our evening’s program possible:

Full Table Sponsors:

Alvarez & Marsal

BB&T Bank

Building Hope

Capital One Bank

Children’s National Health System



The Hill Group

Kaiser Permanente

King Street Wireless

Volunteers of America


Half Table Sponsors:

MCN Build

PenFed Credit Union

RP3 Agency

To Your Taste Catering

Victor Hoskins (’16)



More photos from the event are available here.