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Honoring the Washington Region’s Rising Business and Community Leaders


LEADERSHIP CENTER FOR EXCELLENCE’S BOARD OF REGENTS Chairman Ms. Karen Rosales, ‘13 President and Chief Executive Officer Arlington Community Federal Credit Union

We are honored to present the next generation of trailblazers! In this special section, Leadership Center for Excellence and the Arlington Sun Gazette are extremely pleased to recognize 40 exceptional business and community leaders under the age of 40 that are living or working in the greater DC area. While the applications were more detailed, this insert highlights some fun facts and tidbits about each honoree that we thought you would enjoy and to get to know their leadership personalities better. To be selected as an honoree, there is a nomination process (by self or by supervisors, colleagues, or community friends) and an application process. Those submitted applications are reviewed in detail by a selection committee, and from those applications, only 40 honorees are chosen. Each year, applicants from all sectors are selected, representing the private, nonprofit and public sectors. They are devoted leaders, committed to making our community a better place for all to live and work. By celebrating their accomplishments, we hope to continue to inspire their successes in our region and develop strong social and intellectual capital within the next generation of leaders. These honorees demonstrate exceptional leadership impact, personally and professionally, and we are proud to recognize them at an award luncheon ceremony on December 2, 2016, at Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, as well as present the community these honorees listed in this special insert. Finally, with much appreciation and thanks to our Supporting Partners – the Arlington Chamber of Commerce, Arlington Community Foundation, Arlington Economic Development and Arlington Sun Gazette – for helping champion this initiative in its third year. On behalf of all of us, congratulations to the 40 honorees!

Betsy Frantz President & CEO Leadership Center for Excellence

Bruce Potter Chief Operating Officer Northern Virginia Media Services

The mission of Leadership Center for Excellence is to enlighten, inspire and connect leaders through community building and leadership development. For more information, visit www.leadercenter.org or call 703-528-2522. *Please note that honorees with a torch next to their name are Leadership Arlington members that have successfully completed one of our leadership programs.

Chair-Elect Mr. Greg Hamilton, ‘14 Publisher & Co-Founder Arlington Magazine Treasurer Ms. Robin Norman, ‘05 Senior Vice President/CFO Virginia Hospital Center Past Chair Mr. Tim Hughes, ‘06 Managing Shareholder Bean, Kinney & Korman, PC MEMBERS OF THE BOARD

Mr. Randy Anderson, ‘02 President and CEO The National Capital Bank of Washington Sheriff Beth Arthur, ‘01 Arlington County Sheriff’s Office Mr. David Barkley, ‘11 Business Initiatives Director Freddie Mac Mr. Christian Dorsey, ’01 Arlington County Board Member & Director of External and Government Affairs Economic Policy Institute Ms. Shannon Flanagan-Watson, ‘07 Assistant County Manager Arlington County Mr. Michael Foster, ‘00 Principal/Owner MTFA Architecture, Inc. Ms. Betsy Frantz President & CEO Leadership Center for Excellence Rev. Leonard Hamlin, ‘01 Macedonia Baptist Church Mr. John Murphy, ‘99 President Washington Workplace Ms. Mary Ellen Payne, ‘11 Retired, Senior Vice President—Marketing Verizon Mr. John Reiter, ‘11 Senior Vice President BB&T Mr. Mike Richardson, ‘13 Vice President and Commercial Banking Officer Chain Bridge Bank Ms. Robin Robertson, ‘01 Vice President, Director of Marketing Cardinal Bank Ms. Elaine Turville, ‘14 Managing Director, Human Services & Nonprofit Programs Accenture Federal Services

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Margarita Benavides

Jonathan Beninson

» Founder and Director » Children’s Adaptive Team Sports

» Chief Strategy Officer » House of Genius

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your professional career as it relates to leadership, and what was the impact of this accomplishment? Our adaptive basketball clinic at the Verizon Center in January 2015 brought together many people in our community to serve the special needs community. ABC 7 documented the segment on “Harris’s Heroes,” which brought wide awareness. They learned new skills, had fun, and were able to have a very cool experience!

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your professional career as it relates to leadership, and what was the impact of this accomplishment? I am proud that in addition to empowering thousands of people around the world to solve problems and improve lives through entrepreneurship, I have also mentored over a thousand entrepreneurs!

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your personal life (outside of the office) as it relates to leadership, and what was the impact of this accomplishment? Being a leader to my children has paved a path for them to follow their dreams and understand the value of giving their time to others. Personal Background: I studied special education at George Mason University. My husband, Doyle, and I have four children: Mikaela, Doyle Jr., Daniya, and Ezekiel. We live in Fairfax. Who do you most admire? The person I admire most is my father. He immigrated

from Bogota, Colombia, and is a successful business owner who has provided a beautiful life for his parents and children. Favorite Hobby: Playing soccer and photography. What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? Learn from mistakes and setbacks, but don’t change your ultimate goal. What’s something most people don’t know about you? I’m scared of most animals. If I could be an expert on any topic outside my profession, I would be… an NBA sports broadcaster/analyst. If I could change one thing about this region, I would… resources for Latino families with special needs.

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your personal life (outside of the office) as it relates to leadership, and what was the impact of this accomplishment? The proudest moment in my life is when my daughter told me that that I am a changemaker and that she wants to be a changemaker as well when she grows up! Personal Background: I was born in Detroit, Michigan. I received my BA in English and JD from Washington University in St. Louis. I live in Arlington with my wife and our amazing daughter. Who do you most admire? I deeply admire my parents: my father, through his research quietly and profoundly bettered

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Paul Bui

» President » John M. Langston Citizen’s Association

» Computer Science Teacher » Arlington Public Schools Washington-Lee High School

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your personal life (outside of the office) as it relates to leadership, and what was the impact of this accomplishment? As the elected president, I am proud to have turned our small neighborhood nonprofit back into an effective advocacy group that speaks for everyone who lives in our community. Today, the High View Park Citizen’s association has over 400 active members, distributes a monthly newsletter to all 700 households in our neighborhood, and has advocacy efforts and outreach that allows our community to participate in larger decisions that directly affect us, such as the expansion of Virginia Hospital Center and the retention of Fire Station #8. Personal Background: I am a graduate of George Washington University and Georgetown University. I am married and have been blessed with two young daughters, 2½ and 3½ years old. Who do you most admire? I most admire my grandmother because of how she taught me to stand up for myself and stand up for

what is right. Favorite Hobby: I love hosting dinner parties for family, friends and neighbors. You don’t need any special reason to have a good time with your favorite people. What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? My advice is to ask for help when you need it. We can’t do it all on our own. Also, if you never ask for help, you may never get it! If I could change one thing about this region, I would… require Arlingtonians to meet their neighbors.

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your professional career as it relates to leadership, and what was the impact of this accomplishment? I doubled the size of the computer science program at Washington-Lee High School. The program has inspired and prepared hundreds of additional students to pursue STEM-related studies and careers. What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your personal life (outside of the office) as it relates to leadership, and what was the impact of this accomplishment? I coach LincolnDouglas debate, and we have consistently qualified debaters to state and national tournaments. Debaters develop public speaking skills and the confidence to advocate their arguments. Personal Background: I was born and raised in Arlington County; Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Computer Engineering from the University of Virginia; married to another teacher, and we have a child who just turned 1.

millions of lives. My mother stepped down as an executive to raise a family. Both had amazing impact. Favorite Hobby: My favorite hobby is food buying raw ingredients, cooking for friends and family, or eating my way around the world. Food connects us all! What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? It’s not about you; it’s about your team. Whether it’s co-founders, investors, or employees, work with people you love, and you will do amazing things. If I could change one thing about this region, I would… increase support and investment for startups.

parents because they’re Vietnamese refugees who arrived to the U.S. with very little but worked hard to achieve more. They raised two kids and taught us to value family, hardwork, and education. Favorite Hobby: My favorite activity outside of work and family is road cycling. I enjoy going on group rides with friends around neighborhoods and rural areas. What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? Find opportunities to impact others and the community when you are younger because you will have a lot less time if you have kids. If I could change one thing about this region, I would… eliminate traffic. I hate driving in traffic.

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Nicole Callahan

Brett Conrad Cooper

» Digital Engagement Strategist » U.S. Department of Education’s office of Federal Student Aid

» Senior Campaigns & Elections Specialist » National Education Association

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your personal life (outside of the office) as it relates to leadership, and what was the impact of this accomplishment? Being the first person in my family to attend and graduate college. I grew up in an area where college wasn’t the normal path. Most people go into a trade. However, I spent every single day of my senior year at the guidance office and Boys and Girls Club researching scholarships. I was accepted to the George Washington University, and my freshman year was completely paid for in grants and scholarships thanks to all the scholarship applications I filled out. Fast forward four years, I had studied abroad, had three internships, and graduated with a government job and a 3.7 GPA. Moving my tassel in front of the Capitol building in front of my family was my proudest accomplishment. Personal Background: Grew up in innercity Boston and was the first in my family to go to college. I worked two to three jobs throughout college to put myself through school.

Who do you most admire? My cousin Meaghan. Despite a learning disability, she is thriving in college and hopes to be a special ed teacher. Favorite Hobby: Running is my escape. I am blessed to have the National Mall in my backyard and love that it’s my peaceful running path. What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? Choose your boss, not your job. A good manager/leader makes all the difference. If I could change one thing about this region, I would… make people say hello to each other.

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your professional career as it relates to leadership, and what was the impact of this accomplishment? Immediately after graduating from Elon University, I returned home to Virginia Beach to work as a field operative for Tim Kaine’s gubernatorial campaign. I presented a proposal to the field director to go back to my high school to speak to government classes about the campaign and civic engagement and hopefully recruit a few students to volunteer on the campaign. It became a model for a statewide program utilized by the campaign, and I developed a civics program that took me to over 40 high school classrooms, recruited over 300 students to volunteer, and provided over 1,000 high school seniors with a lesson in giving back to their community.

Who do you most admire? I’m a black man raised in an urban locale by a single mother. Every statistic says I should be a statistic. My mother sacrificed a lot to ensure I wouldn’t be. For that, she has my eternal admiration.

Personal Background: Born in Houston, Texas. Raised in Virginia Beach by my blind, single mom. Graduated with a degree in political science from Elon University in North Carolina. Moved to Arlington in 2007.

If I could change one thing about this region, I would… work to make everyone a little less self-absorbed.

Tim Denning

Traci J. DeShazor

» Vice President of Business Development » STG, Inc.

» Deputy Secretary of the Commonwealth » Office of Governor Terence R. McAuliffe

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your professional career as it relates to leadership, and what was the impact of this accomplishment? My current position – I lead STG’s organic growth strategy development and execution. I am exceptionally young for this role at a large, public company; to give me this role is a humbling honor.

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your professional career as it relates to leadership, and what was the impact of this accomplishment? In 2013, I served as African American outreach coordinator for the McAuliffe campaign where I led faith, business, and community outreach efforts. And in November 2013, our efforts paid off as then-candidate Terry McAuliffe was elected as Virginia’s 72nd governor.

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your personal life (outside of the office) as it relates to leadership, and what was the impact of this accomplishment? This past year, I was nominated by a non-profit for the adult “Volunteer of the Year” award in the state of Virginia. I serve as a volunteer on two committees and five providers. Personal Background: I have no immediately family beyond my parents. I am not married, have no children, and only have an adopted dog. He was a rescue from the Washington Humane Society and was neglected before me. Who do you most admire? My father is a principled, gregarious man who, in George Bailey approach to measuring wealth, is one

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of the richest I know. My mother is hard working and tenacious; I get my work ethic from her. Favorite Hobby: My favorite activity is taking my dog on walks around Courthouse/Clarendon, the Marine Corps memorial and Roosevelt Island, or Potomac Overlook Park. What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? Build your network. But, always strive to provide others with value. What’s something most people don’t know about you? When I was 16, I published a children’s cookbook. If I could change one thing about this region, I would… have fewer high-rises and more affordable housing.

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What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your personal life (outside of the office) as it relates to leadership, and what was the impact of this accomplishment? My proudest personal milestone as it relates to leadership is serving as the Company Commander of the George Washington High Naval Junior Reserves Officers Training Corps leading a company of several hundred. This is an accomplishment I’ll truly never forget as it was four years in the making. Personal Background: BA, Virginia Tech; MA, Hollins University Who do you most admire? I admire a great

Favorite Hobby: I love to stay active and I love competition. I play sports any opportunity I can get. What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? Learn to follow. It was one of the hardest skills I had to learn, but has made me a better leader.

deal of people, but lately I’ve been drawn to learning more about Virginia’s civil rights leaders including Oliver Hill. Favorite Hobby: I have three favorite hobbies, which include running, cooking and hiking. What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? Walk in your purpose. What’s something most people don’t know about you? I sketch and paint. If I could be an expert on any topic, outside of my profession, I would be... a diplomat. If I could change one thing about this region, I would… encourage more regional collaboration.


Jennifer Paquette Galloway

Jeremy Ferrara » Assistant Principal » Mount Daniel School

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your professional career as it relates to leadership, and what was the impact of this accomplishment? My proudest accomplishment is helping to build a STEM program at Taylor Elementary School, which was a collaborative effort, working with parents, teachers, students, and the outside community. It helps prepare students for 21st-century learning and 21st-century careers by teaching them how to attack and solve more challenging problems than they are used to. What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your personal life (outside of the office) as it relates to leadership, and what was the impact of this accomplishment? My proudest outside accomplishment is building and developing the Yorktown Club ice hockey team. It has evolved from a junior varsity team to a successful varsity program in which the students take great pride. Personal Background: I am from New Jersey and went to undergraduate and graduate school at Syracuse University. I now live in Washington with my fiancee.

» Founder » Wolcott Hill Group

Who do you most admire? I admire a volunteer at Taylor Elementary. He has since passed on, but he was a retired professor from Georgetown who taught me how to teach science in a fun and engaging way for all students. Favorite Hobby: My favorite hobby is to play ice hockey. It is a great workout and continues to teach me everyday about determination and teamwork. What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? To never give up and continue to work towards what they believe in. It is important to stick strong to your goals. If I could change one thing about this region, I would… make it more diverse.

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your professional career as it relates to leadership, and what was the impact of this accomplishment? The proudest accomplishment in my professional career was the day I opened my consulting firm. Many people told me not to, but four years later the Wolcott Hill Group is here to stay! What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your personal life (outside of the office) as it relates to leadership, and what was the impact of this accomplishment? This past February I was awarded a lifetime membership to the United States Junior Chamber. This award is given to fewer than 2 percent of all Jaycees members and was an amazing honor. Personal Background: Married with our first child (daughter) born in August. Cherrydale resident. B.A. in Political Science, minor in French from Sacred Heart University. Who do you most admire? Ginni Rometty,

the first female CEO of IBM! Rometty not only helped break the glass ceiling for women in business, she brought a few along for the ride. THAT is how women get ahead, together. Favorite Hobby: I’ve been dancing since I was little and it still brings me great joy. I’m the woman dancing in her car or in line at the store. What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? Always say YES to new opportunities! Experiences build character and bring depth to your knowledge, which will be invaluable down the road. If I could change one thing about this region, I would… change its governmentonly reputation.

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We are proud to recognize the distinguished group of young leaders. Leadership Center for Excellence 40 Under 40 are the next generation of trailblazers.

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Mary Goldsmith

Ashley Hammond

» Director » RSM

» Managing Director » Educational Theatre Company

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your professional career as it relates to leadership, and what was the impact of this accomplishment? My business development expertise was leveraged to develop consulting opportunities with federal agencies in order to increase RSM’s brand recognition and market share within the federal government.

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your professional career as it relates to leadership, and what was the impact of this accomplishment? I am proud of taking a small part-time founders organization and helping it grow to an institution. As the first full-time employee, I increased arts programming, finding the balance between tuition-based with grant-funded programming for low-income communities.

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your personal life (outside of the office) as it relates to leadership, and what was the impact of this accomplishment? Philanthropy is critical to the success of a city so this an important component of my weekly routine. My service to our community through time and resources is my single greatest accomplishment. Personal Background: I received my bachelor’s degree from Palm Beach Atlantic University and my master’s from FSU. Before beginning my graduate work, I studied Spanish in both Lima, Peru, and the Dominican Republic. Who do you most admire? My dad has always been my role model, and I admire him greatly. His leadership qualities are exem-

plary; his character beyond reproach. He is strong, kind, confident and humble and leads by example. Favorite Hobby: I love to travel and experience new places. I have visited much of the U.S. and many cities abroad. My favorite destinations are cosmopolitan. What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? Always be over prepared. Know your strategy and plan for execution in advance and be ready to contribute to discussions in a meaningful way. If I could be an expert on any topic, outside of my profession, I would be... a lawyer focused on litigation. If I could change one thing about this region, I would… eliminate racial discord.

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your personal life (outside of the office) as it relates to leadership, and what was the impact of this accomplishment? I have been bringing the artfulness of public speaking into the business world as an adjunct professor through public speaking classes at Georgetown University’s School for Continuing Education. Personal Background: I graduated from the University of Kentucky with a B.F.A. in Acting. I toured professionally, traveling all over the eastern part of the country, and have been teaching acting for over 10 years.

David Kinney

» President » AmeriKraft Beverage Company

» Asset Manager » Kinco, LC

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your personal life (outside of the office) as it relates to leadership, and what was the impact of this accomplishment? Serving as President of the NOVA Urban League Young Professionals Network is the proudest accomplishment in my personal life. I chose this because of the way service and leadership helped me grow and empower the community. During my term, I launched the InNOVAtion Center to assist entrepreneurs and small businesses with training, development, and networking opportunities, as well as helped launch and lead the Northern Virginia Urban League Faith Leaders Initiative. I established Unlocking Literacy, which gifted 350-plus books to the Fairfax County Jail, bringing books by minority authors to the inmates.

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your personal life (outside of the office) as it relates to leadership, and what was the impact of this accomplishment? My proudest leadership accomplishment is my work growing the Arlington Chamber of Commerce’s business advocacy. Kevin Shooshan (a former “40 Under 40” honoree) brought me onto the executive board of the chamber specifically to help increase the chamber’s voice in the community. I was the main point person for the chamber’s pivot to increase its business advocacy. In recognition for outstanding contribution of volunteer assistance, I was awarded the President’s Award by Kate Bates, President and CEO of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce.

Personal Background: I am a proud Virginia Tech Hokie! A native Northern Virginian, I was born in Arlington Hospital (now Virginia Hospital Center) two blocks from my mom’s childhood home in the Highview Park neighborhood. Who do you most admire? My parents.

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Favorite Hobby: Does eating pizza count (I love The Broiler!) as a hobby? No? Then I would have to say enjoying live music, art, and sports. What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? Be confident in your pursuits, both personally and professionally. Don’t be afraid to explore the world. You don’t need permission to be great! If I could change one thing about this region, I would… it’s a toss-up between traffic and crazy random weather.

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Favorite Hobby: I love taking my camera and exploring the city through my lens. I also have a green thumb; my front patio has the most colorful flowers on the block! What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? Nothing will get you farther in life than finding something you are passionate about and sticking to it. If I could change one thing about this region, I would… provide more arts education during the school day.

Who do you most admire? My late grand-

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Their hard work and perseverance drove them to become the first in their families to graduate from college and build the lives that they wanted for our family. They are a true blessing.

father, Dave Rogan, who served as a pilot in World War II. He bravely flew 33 bombing missions in Europe and received several awards, including a Purple Heart.

Personal Background: I attended Arlington Public Schools before heading to Tulane for college. I have a wonderful wife and two young children, ages 3 and 5. Who do you most admire? I most admire my father because he has done so much for me and for his community. I try to model my efforts after how he comports himself.

Favorite Hobby: My favorite activity is playing water polo. I don’t get to do it as much as I once did, but I am trying to get back into the water. What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? I wish I knew earlier in my career just how much more important hard work is compared to intelligence. If I could be an expert on any topic, outside of my profession, I would... probably choose to be an expert on Arlington. If I could change one thing about this region, I would… grant statehood to the District of Columbia.


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John E. Kusturiss, III

» Director of Programs & Partnerships » National PTA

» Vice President of Development » Penzance

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your professional career as it relates to leadership, and what was the impact of this accomplishment? As the former executive director of The Reading Connection, I am most proud of the development and implementation of The Reading Connection’s Path to Greater Impact, a three-year strategic growth plan designed to provide The Reading Connection’s literacy services to more atrisk children in the DC area.

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your professional career as it relates to leadership, and what was the impact of this accomplishment? My contribution to a recently adopted West Rosslyn Area Plan, which enables the development of 250 affordable apartments, a high school, a enhanced Rosslyn Highlands Park, a Fire Station, and 1.19 million square feet of mixed-use density. This private-public partnership will save the community over $25 million in costs associated with designing and constructing the new fire house, park, and new North Pierce Street segment. This collaborative project is a realization of the recommendations outlined in the recently completely community facilities study and a great example of maximizing resources.

Personal Background: I am married, have a delightful 2-year-old daughter and a feisty 6-month-old son. I have a BS in Political Science and Justice Studies from Frostburg State University. Who do you most admire? Ralph Kidder, former CFO of Marymount University and a Leadership Arlington graduate, who served on The Reading Connection’s board as chair. His collaborative leadership style and ability to facilitate teamwork is inspirational to me. Favorite Hobby: I love running and hiking. Now that I have kids, finding ways to

include them and build their love of outdoor physical activity is especially meaningful. What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? Be mindful of organizational culture when seeking a job. Choose a place where the culture is a good fit for you, despite the offer other benefits. What’s something most people don’t know about you? I don’t like to fly. If I could be an expert on any topic, outside of my profession, I would be... a wine connoisseur! If I could change one thing about this region, I would… build a group supporting collective social goals.

Personal Background: BS degree from the University of Delaware and MBA from the George Washington University. Married to Kaitlin Kusturiss and have three daughters: Brooke, Ellianna, and Claire. Who do you most admire? My parents John and Carol Kusturiss. They have been devoted spouses for over 35 years and amazing parents. Throughout my entire life,

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Robert H. Mandle

» Bilingual Family Liaison » Arlington Public Schools Barcroft Elementary

» Chief Operating Officer » Crystal City Business Improvement District

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your professional career as it relates to leadership, and what was the impact of this accomplishment? The proudest milestone in my professional career is the increase on participation and leadership from immigrant parents. Participa en mi Educación is a series of workshops designed for immigrant parents who want to deepen their understanding about the education system in the U.S., particularly in Arlington Public Schools, in order to be able to navigate it effectively and strengthen their ability to support and advocate for their children. Personal Background: I was born in Lima, Peru, and came to the U.S. in 2005. I graduated from Arlington Public Schools and Northern Virginia Community College, and I am currently attending George Mason University to become a teacher. I also have a 10-year-old son. Who do you most admire? I most admire Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. because his legacy inspires me to continue developing qualities such as strength, patience,

perseverance, and leadership. Favorite Hobby: My favorite activity is coloring because I let my creativity flow and that usually helps me to have better ideas. What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? If you made it this far, leave your footprints in this world. Remember where you came from and set an example because you never know who is watching. What’s something most people don’t know about you? I wanted to become a reporter. If I could be an expert on any topic, outside of my profession, I would be... a sociologist. If I could change one thing about this region, I would… make housing more affordable.

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your professional career as it relates to leadership, and what was the impact of this accomplishment? Most proud of the visible and tangible success in creating a climate for economic development in Crystal City and creating a place where people want to live, work, or otherwise spend their time. What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your personal life (outside of the office) as it relates to leadership, and what was the impact of this accomplishment? Co-founded the Petworth Farmers Market which quickly succeeded in attracting hundreds of weekly shoppers and demonstrated a large, pent-up demand for more businesses and services in the neighborhood. Personal Background: BA in Economics and Environmental Studies from Bowdoin College in 2002; Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Tech in 2005; married for 10 years with two boys – Fenwick (6) and Kennedy (3½ ). Who do you most admire? My father. 2016

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they have been a friend, mentor, and loving parents. Favorite Hobby: I love the communal and creation process that goes into cooking a gourmet meal. Nothing brings a family together better than a home-cooked meal. What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? Success is the marriage of opportunity meeting preparation. Always think downstream and push the limits of what you think is possible. What’s something most people don’t know about you? I have a cat named after a Harry Potter character. If I could change one thing about this region, I would… improve the region’s road and Metro infrastructure.

Despite losing his dad on his 10th birthday, he persevered to be a successful leader in the U.S. manufacturing industry and raised (with the help of my mother) three successful boys! Favorite Hobby: When not working on neighborhood activities, I like to camp, hike, and explore the region. What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? Best key to success is to bring your passions into your professional career – the more they align, the happier and more successful you will be. If I could change one thing about this region, I would… found “New Columbia” (i.e., DC Statehood).

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Amanda Martin

Nathaniel Mauer

» Regional Director of Administration - Mid-Atlantic » Winston & Strawn LLP

» Chairman and CEO » America’s Future Workforce

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your professional career as it relates to leadership, and what was the impact of this accomplishment? My proudest accomplishment was an organizational redesign. My boss thought I was crazy, but the structure I championed became an organizational norm. This experience taught me to trust my instincts. What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your personal life (outside of the office) as it relates to leadership, and what was the impact of this accomplishment? My mother has MS, and my father was her caretaker. When he had health issues of his own, I became leader for our family. Through this, I learned that leadership is saying, “I need your help.” Personal Background: I was raised in St. Marys, Ohio. After college at the University of Dayton, I moved to DC. I completed a master’s at George Washington and love living in Ballston. I got married in October!

than-life personality, and commitment to community volunteerism knows no bounds. I aspire to make the sort of impact he has. Favorite Hobby: My favorite hobby is exploring new restaurants. I have delighted in all the new restaurants that have opened in Ballston. What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? Check your ego at the door. When I moved to DC, I knew that people had better credentials, but I also knew that no one could outwork me. If I could change one thing about this region, I would… make home prices more affordable.

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your professional career as it relates to leadership, and what was the impact of this accomplishment? Helping youth connect to employment earning at least $35,000. Graduates alleviate an estimated $235,680 burden on taxpayers and contribute $443,450 in state and federal taxes in their lifetimes. I founded a nonprofit to meet the diverse needs of disconnected youth in DC and the surrounding area. Youth in our program are connected to employment by providing intensive job training, career skill support, and hands-on internship experience. What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your personal life (outside of the office) as it relates to leadership, and what was the impact of this accomplishment? In my free time I give back to those who give.

Who do you most admire? The person I most admire is my father. His loyalty, larger-

Personal Background: I attended a local high school, went north for four years to attend college, and returned to Arlington after graduation. Currently, I live in Arlington with Truman, a Swiss mountain dog.

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John Michael Meehan

» Manager, State Government Affairs » Air-Conditioning, Heating, & Refrigeration Institute

» English teacher and instructional coach » Bishop Denis J. O’Connell High School

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your professional career as it relates to leadership, and what was the impact of this accomplishment? My leadership helped my boss pass significant pieces of legislation in Virginia. We worked across the aisle and with stakeholders to find pragmatic, commonsense solutions to issues facing Virginians. What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your personal life (outside of the office) as it relates to leadership, and what was the impact of this accomplishment? I was elected foreman of jury at a young age where I had to lead a group of all different backgrounds toward a collaborative, civil, and important decision. It was a humbling and impactful experience. Personal Background: I was born and raised in DC, and I have lived in Arlington since 2011 (both north and south). I’m a Virginia Tech graduate (undergrad and post-grad), engaged to Meghan Bader, and have two younger brothers. Who do you most admire? My parents.

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They have taught me the value of hard work and leadership. They have been providers, advice givers, and examples of success. My mom also is a cancer survivor and the toughest person I know. Favorite Hobby: Outdoor life. Especially recreational softball, playing golf, being on the water, fishing, and attending sporting events – especially Virginia Tech football. What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? Get involved in your community. We are the future and smart policy and growth for our generation begins now. Also be kind and care for others. If I could change one thing about this region, I would… improve the transportation infrastructure.

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What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your professional career as it relates to leadership, and what was the impact of this accomplishment? I serve on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Teacher Advisory Council, a national cohort of 52 educators who studies education policy while serving as leaders of this work in the field. We advise foundation staff in their research and funding efforts to shape broader education policy and instructional reform initiatives in public, private, and parochial schools all over the U.S. What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your personal life (outside of the office) as it relates to leadership, and what was the impact of this accomplishment? In 2011, as head coach of the boys’ soccer team, I led the Crossland High School Cavaliers to the 3A District Championship title for only the second time in the school’s history. Personal Background: I was born in New Jersey and am the eldest of three sons to my mother, a teacher, and my father, a carpenter. I hold a B.A. and an M.A. in

Who do you most admire? I admire teachers because they make personal sacrifices to teach students and help them discover new passions, interests, and subject areas. Favorite Hobby: I like to play squash and boast! (I had to be punny!) What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? Learn what you don’t like, so you can find out what you do like. What’s something most people don’t know about you? I played soccer and lacrosse in college! If I could change one thing about this region, I would… have the Nats win the World Series.

literature from The Catholic University of America. Who do you most admire? My wife, Laura. She is an outstanding educator, and she inspires me to think deeper, to work harder, and to be braver as a teacher, as a husband, and as a man. Favorite Hobby: I am an avid marathon runner. What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? Don’t be afraid to take strategic risks and sin boldly. Enthusiasm is infectious, and people respect authenticity. If I could change one thing about this region, I would… close the achievement gap.


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Joy Myers

» Director of Property Management » Kodiak Realty Services LLC

» Director of Development » Arlington Food Assistance Center

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your professional career as it relates to leadership, and what was the impact of this accomplishment? My proudest moment in my professional career would be opening, stabilizing, and operating the rentable 352,750-square-foot headquarters for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), in the Ballston neighborhood of Arlington. The building is a state-of-theart LEED Platinum CI and LEED Gold NC office building that was delivered in 2011. I was able to successfully accomplish opening the building with a dedicated team of colleagues, while also supervising and operating two other Class A office buildings.

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your professional career as it relates to leadership, and what was the impact of this accomplishment? After college, I served as an Americorps VISTA in Appalachia. Over my service year, I launched a program for people in need that matched their savings to buy a home, start a business, or go to college. I learned from my clients each day that year – lessons of patience, pride, resilience, and dedication to your goals. The experience solidified my desire to spend my career in nonprofit work, and the impact that service year had on me resounds forward still.

Personal Background: I am a native Washingtonian, who grew up in Bethesda, MD. I have been married to my wife Courtney for over 10 years. I have one younger brother and one younger sister. Who do you most admire? I admire my wife, Courtney, because she is an instrumental leader in the community with her volunteer work with various charities and community associations. Favorite Hobby: Travel, golf, working on

house projects, local politics, attending live concerts, supporting local sports teams, and attending sporting events. What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? Get involved with the community and local organizations. Giving time, talent, or treasure makes a difference an is fulfilling. What’s something most people don’t know about you? I was the campaign manager for Carla de la Pava (Arlington County Treasurer). If I could be an expert on any topic, outside of my profession, I would be... a great sports-talk show host. If I could change one thing about this region, I would… improve the Potomac and Anacostia rivers.

Personal Background: I am from Virginia Beach, went to school at Virginia Tech, started my career in Appalachia, and now live and work in Northern Virginia. I guess you could say I take being a Virginian pretty seriously! Who do you most admire? My grandmother, who I miss dearly and daily. She taught me the value of hard work and the importance of integrity in it.

lake early in the morning. The world is so peaceful and there is very little separating me from the nature surrounding me. What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? Make sure your career reflects who you are as a person. It is a very bad habit to spend 40 hours a week doing something you don’t believe in. What’s something most people don’t know about you? I’m an introvert. If I could be an expert on any topic, outside of my profession, I would be... British mystery novels. If I could change one thing about this region, I would… create affordable, quality childcare.

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Kathryn Oberg

» Founder and President » Pentagon Mixed Martial Arts

» College and Career Librarian » Arlington Public Library

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your professional career as it relates to leadership, and what was the impact of this accomplishment? When my wife and I opened our martial arts school in 2012, I knew a very important part of the mission would be to give back. I organized a “Fight for Nepal” fundraiser event following the devastating 2015 Nepal earthquakes. After a day of Kick-A-Thons, kids’ in-house tournaments, auction and more, we raised over $30,000.

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your professional career as it relates to leadership, and what was the impact of this accomplishment? My proudest accomplishment is when patrons who attend my College & Career events tell me that my help enabled them to find a job or enter higher education. My work helps Arlingtonians find new careers, stay employed, or seek higher education through events that draw hundreds.

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your personal life (outside of the office) as it relates to leadership, and what was the impact of this accomplishment? My family and I came to this country chasing the American dream. I worked through high school and paid my way through college. I opened my own business at 26 and purchased a home at 29. Personal Background: I graduated from Washington Lee High School and attended George Mason University, with a semester away from graduating. I have three sisters, two of whom live in Nepal.

Who do you most admire? I most admire my mother. She is the strongest woman I know and has instilled in me a “never quit” attitude. Despite her struggles raising our family, she has always remained strong and positive. Favorite Hobby: I love outdoor activities, whether hiking, running, climbing, or just enjoying a beautiful day out. What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? Believe in yourself and your ability to do great things, no matter what the odds. When you pursue something with passion, anything is possible. If I could change one thing about this region, I would… improve mental health resources.

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your personal life (outside of the office) as it relates to leadership, and what was the impact of this accomplishment? My proudest accomplishment to date is my 2015 election to the Board of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association. Personal Background: I am a native Arlingtonian, Washington-Lee High School Class of 2002. I attended Oberlin College and earned my Master’s of Science in Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Harold B. Pettigrew, Jr.

» Patient Care Services Senior Director » Virginia Hospital Center

» Executive Director » Washington Area Community Investment Fund

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your professional career as it relates to leadership, and what was the impact of this accomplishment? I reimagined the way we oriented new graduate nurses in the Emergency Department (ED), developed the ED academy, which is a four-day classroom course, and created a power-hour program for nurses to experience various ED roles. What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your personal life (outside of the office) as it relates to leadership, and what was the impact of this accomplishment? I was as a head coach of a high school dance team. I started with a team of nine dancers and over five years built the team to 22 dancers that had achieved two national championships. Personal Background: In 2006, I obtained a bachelor’s degree in nursing and was hired in the ED. I became board certified in emergency nursing. In 2014, I graduated with a master’s degree in nursing administration. Who do you most admire? The person I

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admire most is my mother. She celebrates my successes and helps me overcome challenges. I have learned from her what it means to be a parent and provide unconditional love. Favorite Hobby: I love to travel and explore new places with my family. It brings us closer together, and we have memories that last forever. What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? Listen to feedback from your team, peers, and other leaders. Never take it personally. Use it as a way to make you a better, more impactful leader. If I could change one thing about this region, I would… reduce the incidence of violence.

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What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your professional career as it relates to leadership, and what was the impact of this accomplishment? At age 33, I served as the youngest member of the DC mayor’s cabinet and led the most aggressive expansion and dynamic offering of services of a District government agency. During my tenure, I launched the first export program, created more than 200 new small businesses with the Kauffman Foundation, launched a procurement technical assistance program, and created a technology commercialization initiative. As a result, I’ve helped hundreds of people start or grow businesses to close the city’s racial wealth divide and income inequality gap. Personal Background: I have a Master’s degree from NYU and a B.A. in Political Science from NC State University, where I served on the Board of Trustees. I am a native Washingtonian and graduate of DC Public Schools. Who do you most admire? Growing up, the DC region was ravaged by crime and

Who do you most admire? Gwen Ifill, local media icon, Carla Hayden, newly confirmed Librarian of Congress, and Deborah Barreau, library school professor, are all women that I deeply admire for their professional success. Favorite Hobby: I love to read. Contrary to popular opinion, librarians do not get to read at work! I often like to read outside. What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? Conversations, from regular talks with mentors to chance encounters, can help you determine the twists and turns of your life. Make them count! If I could change one thing about this region, I would… increase innovation in public service.

drugs, and my father was a drug addict. My grandmother was thrust in to lead the fight against drug abuse when my father was shot on Christmas Eve. Favorite Hobby: My favorite hobby is photography, specifically landscapes and hidden city gems. Also, I have recently begun to teach myself how to play the guitar. What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? The character of the kingdom emanates from the king. Your organization is a reflection of your own leadership traits, whether you are present or not. If I could change one thing about this region, I would… reduce income inequality in the region.


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Jomanda Morton Richards

» Executive Director » Phoenix Bikes

» Health and Physical Education teacher, High School Summer School Assistant Principal » Arlington Public Schools

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your professional career as it relates to leadership, and what was the impact of this accomplishment? Our Youth Advisory Council successfully runs the bike shop by themselves quarterly, a testament to our program which truly empowers teens and helps them develop important success skills for life. I’m proud to lead an organization that has this culture and environment. What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your personal life (outside of the office) as it relates to leadership, and what was the impact of this accomplishment? As an advocate for LGBT equality after “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” I was courageous in publically telling my own story so others would find better support and acceptance within the military community. Personal Background: I was raised in rural New Hampshire and attended the U.S. Coast Guard Academy prior to earning my Master’s in Social Work from the University of Southern California. I have a 5-year-old daughter who lights up my life. Who do you most admire? Anne Frank

because of the sense of hope she sustained despite her circumstances, and her diary was so profound in chronicling the horror of the Holocaust, helping ensure this history is never repeated. Favorite Hobby: Cycling because it’s great for physical and mental health, a mode of green transportation, gets you outside, and is just plain fun! What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? YOU can enact positive change in the community. If you find yourself saying, “they should do something about this,” consider that they could be YOU. If I could change one thing about this region, I would… make public pre-school available to all families.

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your professional career as it relates to leadership, and what was the impact of this accomplishment? My proudest moment to date was when I received the news that 100 percent of the seniors in our summer school program were able to graduate after summer school. What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your personal life (outside of the office) as it relates to leadership, and what was the impact of this accomplishment? My proudest moment was walking across the stage and receiving my master’s degree in educational leadership. Personal Background: I’m from the small town of Monticello, GA. I earned my Bachelor’s of Science degree from Kennesaw State University and my Master’s Degree from Liberty University. I am engaged to be married. Who do you most admire? I admire my fiancée the most because she works diligently to attain her goals while making time for others. She started as a legal

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assistant and in three years became a legal advisor at her company. Favorite Hobby: I enjoy reading educational articles and books on leadership. I am currently learning to speak and write in Spanish. What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? My first piece of advice for them would be to seek out diversified experiences. It will enable them to gain new skills and learn from others. If I could be an expert on any topic, outside of my profession, I would be... an expert on contagious diseases. If I could change one thing about this region, I would… lessen the housing disparity.

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Tim Riordan

» Vice President, Services & Operations » Carr Workplaces

» Partner » Northpoint Realty Partners

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your professional career as it relates to leadership, and what was the impact of this accomplishment? Leveraging my niche expertise into my current role. I oversee our “out of the box” products and mentor our teams on sales, leadership and customer service skills and the services we offer.

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your professional career as it relates to leadership, and what was the impact of this accomplishment? I’m most proud of providing multi-housing for people of many different socioeconomic classes and keeping Arlington County more diverse. With the rising costs in home-ownership, it has become increasingly difficult for people of different means and economic backgrounds to live in Arlington County, and my company has found ways to bridge that gap and create more diversity and opportunities for folks who are on the verge of being pushed out or have never had the chance to live here.

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your personal life (outside of the office) as it relates to leadership, and what was the impact of this accomplishment? I volunteered at an orphanage in Bolivia taking the boys on a backpacking trip climbing Mt. Tunari at 16,502 feet. It was an extreme challenge, but it changed the boys and me forever. Personal Background: Born in DC proper (not many of us). Attended Gettysburg College and moved back to DC after college. Currently live in Eastern Market with my golden retriever, Blue. Who do you most admire? My mother. She is one of the smartest people I know and

taught me to love what you chose to do for a living. She also paddled on the U.S. Kayak team and rows every chance she gets. Pretty inspiring! Favorite Hobby: I love traveling to new places and experiencing the culture based on the food served, the meals prepared, and the people I meet in each new place. What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? Learn from as many different people as you can. Set yourself up with a “board”inspiring people that you can use to help shape your career. If I could change one thing about this region, I would… bring the Redskins back to their ‘80s glory days.

Personal Background: I grew up in the DC area and just recently got married to Brodie Gregory, who was a “40 under 40” honoree last year! I am a graduate of James Madison University and loved every minute of it! Go Dukes! Who do you most admire? My father because he supported my dreams and worked hard so I could get the proper education and tools to actually accomplish

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Cameron Snyder

» CEO » Incite International

» Assistant Principal at Patrick Henry Elementary School » Arlington Public Schools

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your professional career as it relates to leadership, and what was the impact of this accomplishment? I’m honored to hear that my work in strategic planning and in team and leadership development helps clients transform their internal capacity and the impact they’re able to achieve in the world! What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your personal life (outside of the office) as it relates to leadership, and what was the impact of this accomplishment? Despite having no prior experience in fundraising, I ended up chairing an incredibly successful event for Kidsave. We exceeded our goals and 85 percent of orphaned kids we supported that year were adopted. Personal Background: I have a small but mighty family, just my parents and I. We immigrated here when I was 12 with no money or English. It’s been a tough journey so I’m really grateful and proud for how far we’ve come! Who do you most admire? Definitely my mom. When I was bullied at school for being Jewish, she decided to give up every-

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thing to bring me to the U.S. and give me a better life. She is the strongest, most loving person I know! Favorite Hobby: I love to travel especially to places richer in culture than in paved roads. It’s always a gift to learn something new about the country (and myself)! What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? Seek out mentors and friends who joyfully and passionately pursue what you’re interested in. If I could change one thing about this region, I would… better include immigrants socially and economically.

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What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your professional career as it relates to leadership, and what was the impact of this accomplishment? Having the privilege as assistant principal to work collaboratively to increase student achievement and foster the development of the whole child is my proudest career accomplishment. In 2014, at the age of 28, I became assistant principal. Since, the school has been honored as a 2015 National Blue Ribbon School, 2015 Highly Distinguished Title 1 School, 2016 Distinguished Title 1 School, and 2015 Board of Education Distinguished Achievement Award. What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your personal life (outside of the office) as it relates to leadership, and what was the impact of this accomplishment? Being an active member of my community and helping to serve others are my proudest personal accomplishments. I currently volunteer with AFAC and Adapted Aquatics. Personal Background: I grew up in Charlottesville and attended the University of Mary Washington where I earned a Master’s in

them! Favorite Hobby: Has to be travel. It’s so much fun experiencing different parts of the world. What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? It’s a marathon and not a sprint. And never give up on your dreams! What’s something most people don’t know about you? I watch “The Notebook” with my wife sometimes. If I could be an expert on any topic, outside of my profession, I would be... a French culinary cook! If I could change one thing about this region, I would… fix traffic. Ride bikes or Metro!

Elementary Education. I later earned a Master’s in Education Leadership from George Mason University. Who do you most admire? My mom. She taught me the meaning of perseverance and to face challenges head on. She truly valued education and cultivated my desire to give back to the community. Favorite Hobby: I love outdoor activities, including hiking, kayaking, and finding new parks to explore. What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? Relationships with key stakeholders and the drive to persevere are critical to the success of programs you hope to implement. If I could change one thing about this region, I would… increase community support for small businesses.


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Lori Ann Terjesen

» Program Manager, Nonprofit Programs » Amazon Web Services

» Director of Education » Children’s Science Center

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your professional career as it relates to leadership, and what was the impact of this accomplishment? Led Amazon Web Services’ first Global Nonprofit Leadership Forum, which launched a dialogue around achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals through technology to measurably improve and transform our world. The event surfaced transformative approaches and strategies that encompass all sectors. It helped demonstrate that no one organization or sector can do it alone. We’re all part of a continuum of what is needed to achieve real change.

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your professional career as it relates to leadership, and what was the impact of this accomplishment? The Children’s Science Center’s Mobile Labs Family Science Night program, which serves over 20,000 children at 50 schools in Northern Virginia, is my proudest professional accomplishment. Mobile Labs brings a dozen hands-on STEM-based activities to elementary schools across the region.

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your personal life (outside of the office) as it relates to leadership, and what was the impact of this accomplishment? The loss of my father at a young age was a formative moment. It shaped my perspective on life’s challenges, affording me a degree of patience and compassion for others that defines who I am today.

and lives outside Baltimore; my sister is a musician living in LA, and my brother is a graphic artist in Denver. Who do you most admire? My sister and brother who, when they found their passion, followed it. Favorite Hobby: Surfing and good tacos. What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? Only you know what is right for you. Trust your instincts but be self-aware. Nothing should be done at the expense of others. If I could be an expert on any topic, outside of my profession, I would be... focused on promoting ecotourism.

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Personal Background: Although I work for a science museum, my first love is art. I have a doctorate degree in art history and museum studies and have worked in the museum field for 15 years. I am married with two sons. Who do you most admire? I most admire my mentor Erica McCants for her calm demeanor, sharp intelligence, and sassy wit. Erica is a servant leader who makes everyone feel they are valued and heard – qualities I seek to emulate. Favorite Hobby: I enjoy learning about wine. I’m an avid reader on the history of the wine industry in Virginia and am a

frequent visitor to local wineries. What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? Embrace diversity. Think beyond the confines of how diversity is defined. Consider the possibilities of a community that celebrates all diversity. What’s something most people don’t know about you? I love to ski, but I’m remarkably bad at it! If I could be an expert on any topic, outside of my profession, I would be... an expert on Virginia winemaking and viticulture. If I could change one thing about this region, I would… make ample and affordable parking in all districts.

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Matisa Ullrich

» Relationship Management Officer » Freedom Bank

» Owner » Ullrich’s Cleaning Services

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your professional career as it relates to leadership, and what was the impact of this accomplishment? I’m proud of the collective work I’ve done across several organizations engaging young professionals, promoting initiatives important to our community by cultivating the talent pool of young professionals in our area.

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your professional career as it relates to leadership, and what was the impact of this accomplishment? My proudest accomplishment is two-fold – opening Ullrich’s Cleaning Services and being able to service the local community and hiring veterans that have had difficulties finding employment. Many military veterans have been unemployed on an average of six years, and seeing them assisting other veterans brings me great joy and satisfaction.

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your personal life (outside of the office) as it relates to leadership, and what was the impact of this accomplishment? I was mentor to two high schoolers launching Dimes for Dining, a local non-profit supporting AFAC, in the Arlington Chamber’s Young Entrepreneurs Academy. They won and competed in the semifinals in Florida! Personal Background: Graduated from the University of Virginia in 2008, born and raised in the Northern Virginia area and moved to Arlington six years ago. I got married October 2014, and my wife and I live in Ballston with our new lab puppy, Harper. Who do you most admire? Travel Channel show host Andrew Zimmern. Formerly

homeless and a drug addict, he persevered to reform his life and passion into an immensely successful business enterprise and culinary adventure. Favorite Hobby: I love to travel! I’ve visited 30 countries, six continents, and two Olympics. Travel is a great way to gain perspective on the world and other cultures What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? Don’t be afraid to say “Yes” to things! Don’t wait until you’re older and settled down to learn about your community and get involved. If I could change one thing about this region, I would… encourage young professionals to serve as leaders in Arlington.

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your personal life (outside of the office) as it relates to leadership, and what was the impact of this accomplishment? I came from a very rough area in Miami. However, I was determined to make it through and used education as my savior. I have completed a master’s degree and am working on a doctorate. Personal Background: I am married to Chris Ullrich and live in Northern Virginia with my two daugthers. I have a Master’s in Science, concentrating in Public Administration. Currently, I am a doctoral candidate.

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Tim Winter

» Founder and CEO » MtoM Consulting

» Owner & President » Paradigm Building Group

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your professional career as it relates to leadership, and what was the impact of this accomplishment? I was a panelist at the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce 2016 Spring Symposium. It was an incredible, full-circle opportunity to teach where I was a student and inspire people starting in the field.

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your professional career as it relates to leadership, and what was the impact of this accomplishment? I started my company when I was 28, building over 100 projects, totaling over $30 million in revenue to date. Paradigm has grown over 300 percent in 9 years and has helped many families build their dream home.

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your personal life (outside of the office) as it relates to leadership, and what was the impact of this accomplishment? As President of Mothers of North Arlington, I grew the organization from 800 to 3,000 members, developed social media groups, and shaped it into an essential resource for mothers in our community. Personal Background: I received my undergraduate degree in Psychology in 1999 from the University of Virginia and reside in Arlington with my husband and two young boys.

I am so incredibly excited to watch a woman who can weather the toughest of criticisms and maintain incredible poise and dedication. She can play in a game no other woman has before. Favorite Hobby: I love to play tennis and swim – summer makes me very happy. I also enjoy traveling with my friends. What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? Balance what you love to do and what you need to earn to live. Don’t make all career decisions about money. Passion for your work brings more success. If I could change one thing about this region, I would… create equal opportunities across economic classes.

Who do you most admire? Hillary Clinton.

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What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your personal life (outside of the office) as it relates to leadership, and what was the impact of this accomplishment? My proudest accomplishment outside of work is co-founding the Paradigm Foundation. This organization builds homes for extremely impoverished families in the Dominican Republic. Personal Background: I am from Pittsburgh and a graduate of Penn State University. After graduating in 2001, I married my wife Jen, and we moved to Northern Virginia after I was recruited by a well-known homebuilder. Who do you most admire? Abraham Lincoln. He possessed genuine integrity; he

Who do you most admire? I admire my siblings because they are resilent and proactive and have believed in me when no one else has. Favorite Hobby: I love to read and write. What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? Continue to refine your craft-leadership abilities. Growth will never stop. What’s something most people don’t know about you? I am an Iraqi veteran. If I could be an expert on any topic, outside of my profession, I would be... an expert on problem solving. If I could change one thing about this region, I would… change the commuting issues.

was a man of God and his faith helped lead his decisions and direct his steps, which ultimately shaped his character and overall leadership. Favorite Hobby: I’m also an avid golfer; nothing takes the stress away like hitting the links. What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? Don’t settle for what is front of you; go for what you are passionate about! Life is short, so pursue what you really want. If I could be an expert on any topic, outside of my profession, I would be... an expert in finance. If I could change one thing about this region, I would… remove red tape to keep home affordability low.


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