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Honoring the Washington Region’s Rising Business and Community Leaders 2017

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LEADERSHIP CENTER FOR EXCELLENCE’S BOARD OF REGENTS We are honored to present the next generation of trailblazers!

Development. On behalf of all of us, congratulations to the 40 honorees!

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 who are living or working in the greater DC area. While the applications were more detailed, this insert highlights some fun facts and tidbits shared with us by each honoree.

The mission of Leadership Center for Excellence is to enlighten, inspire and connect leaders through community building and leadership development. For more information, visit leadercenter.org or call 703-528-2522.

To be selected as an honoree, there is a nomination process (by self, 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 representing the private, nonprofit and public sectors are selected. 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 this next generation of leaders. These honorees demonstrate exceptional leadership impact personally and professionally, and we are proud to recognize them in this special insert as well as at an award luncheon ceremony on November 30, 2017, at Army Navy Country Club in Arlington. Finally, for helping champion this initiative in its fourth year, we thank our Supporting Partners, the Arlington Chamber of Commerce, Arlington Community Foundation and Arlington Economic

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Betsy Frantz President & CEO Leadership Center for Excellence

Bruce Potter Chief Operating Officer Northern Virginia Media Services

Chairman Mr. Greg Hamilton, ‘14 Publisher & Co-Founder | Arlington Magazine Past Chair Ms. Karen Rosales, ‘13 President and Chief Executive Officer Arlington Community Federal Credit Union Chair-Elect Mr. David Barkley, ‘11 Business Initiatives Director | Freddie Mac Treasurer Ms. Robin Norman, ‘05 Senior Vice President/CFO | Virginia Hospital Center MEMBERS OF THE BOARD

Sheriff Beth Arthur, ‘01 Sheriff | Arlington County Sheriff’s Office Mr. Christian Dorsey, ’01 Arlington County Board Member & Director of External and Government Affairs Economic Policy Institute Ms. Michele Fantt-Harris ‘08 Senior Vice President of Human Resources National Cooperative Bank 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 Dr. Leonard Hamlin Sr, ‘01 Senior Pastor Macedonia Baptist Church

Please note that honorees with a torch next to their name are Leadership Center for Excellence members who have successfully completed one of our leadership programs. Please also note, that the years listed next to the names of our Board of Regents indicates the year that he or she completed Leadership Arlington.

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. Elaine Turville, ‘14 Managing Director, Human Services & Nonprofit Programs Accenture Federal Services


RJ Blake

Wilmer R. Castro

»» President and CEO »» Blake Willson Group

»» Automotive Collision Repair Teacher »» Arlington Public Schools Arlington Career Center

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment in your professional life as it relates to leadership? Being trusted to lead; in the Army as a team leader and today as President of Blake Willson Group where I have been able to offer employment and stimulate the economy. What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment in your personal life as it relates to leadership? My proudest accomplishment is being a husband, father and a mentor to transitioning veterans. The impact of this accomplishment is being able to support them in becoming productive citizens. Personal Background: I hold a BS in Accounting (the first college degree in my family) as well as the CPA, CGFM and CGMA designations. I am married with two children. Who do you most admire? My late mother. She raised my brother and me as a single parent, often working three or four jobs to make ends meet. She never complained, even while battling Stage IV cancer. She was resilient and resourceful.

Favorite Hobby: I love the beach, surfing and anything outdoors. What is one piece of advice you would give to other professionals under the age of 40? 85% of success in life is just showing up. Show up on your bad days, especially when you’re tired and don’t want to get out of bed. What’s something most people don’t know about you? I play guitar. If you could be an expert in something outside of your current profession, what would you be? A carpenter or builder.

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment in your professional life as it relates to leadership? In my first weeks of teaching, I witnessed many at-risk, underserved and underrepresented youth in Arlington Schools without the resources to fully immerse themselves in their new lives. ‘Pathways to Citizenship’ was a workshop I held to educate students on common immigration laws and paths to citizenship. What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment in your personal life as it relates to leadership? I’m the founder of 2 Meals 1 Hug and A High-five, a nonprofit that goes out twice a year to feed and clothe the homeless in the DMV area. Our motto: “A simple act of caring creates an endless ripple.” Personal Background: I was born in La Paz, Bolivia and migrated to the U.S. in 1997. I graduated salutatorian and honor seal from Nashville Auto Diesel College. I’m a single dad of a fur baby, Turbo, an American Pitbull rescue

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from North Carolina. Favorite Hobby: I drove my first car when I was 11, and that awoke my passion for racing. I started drag racing and am now venturing into drifting and circuit racing. What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? Success isn’t measured by the amount of money that you accumulate. Success is measured by the amount of help that you can give to those in need. What’s something most people don’t know about you? In the past 12 years, I have donated my hair five times.

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Hector Gerardo Cendejas

China Dickerson

»» Councilmember, Social Worker »» City of Manassas Park, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington

»» National Deputy Political Director »» NARAL Pro-Choice America

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment in your professional life as it relates to leadership? In my role as a public official, I am most proud of hosting a “Know Your Rights” town hall event for 150 people to address the concerns and fear in our immigrant community. The event educated people on what to do if they were confronted by ICE and encouraged people not to fear local government. Personal Background: I was born in Los Angeles. I received my bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University in 2010 and my master’s from the University of Southern California in 2014. In 2016, I was elected as a write-in for city council. Who do you most admire? I admire my mother for being a resilient person. She suffered a lot in life, but was able to overcome her struggles. Now, she gives back to the community and empowers others. Favorite Hobby: I enjoy playing basketball and football and learning to play musical instruments like the piano and guitar.

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment in your personal life as it relates to leadership? My biggest accomplishment is being the primary caregiver to my disabled brother. It is a tough job, but has taught me that our most important job should be taking care of loved ones and community members.

What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? Stay humble. Take time to volunteer and help others succeed in life. What’s something most people don’t know about you? I am left-handed. If you could be an expert in something outside of your current position, what would you be? An expert in finding innovative medicines. If you could change one thing about this region, what would it be? To be a more inclusive community.

Personal Background: I hail from Charleston, SC as the middle of three siblings. I have both a B.A. and J.D. and work every day as a champion for equal rights, justice and freedom. Who do you most admire? My mother. Even though she endured abuse from my father until her death at 41 from stage four breast cancer, she was always a loving teacher, mother, sister and friend (and very fashionable). What do you consider your strongest leadership skill? Listening. A good leader assesses the problem and develops strategy for a viable solution. Assessment requires the leader to listen, genuinely, to stakeholders and team members. Favorite Hobby: I like to drive an hour or two outside of the city to hike the Shenandoah or Blue

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Nikki Ferraro

»» Assistant Director, Strategy and Operations »» The Aspen Institute

»» Associate, HITT Institute »» HITT Contracting

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment in your professional life as it relates to leadership? As part of the Obama Administration, I helped lead a national call-to-action that resulted in over $335M in investments to advance the educational attainment of the nation’s Latino students.

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment as it relates to leadership? I was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 17. I founded Bite Me Cancer, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit to support teens who are struggling with their diagnosis. I have learned so much about business, myself and other people through this process and am proud to have raised awareness and research funds for thyroid cancer. My foundation has raised $750,000 since its inception, and I hope to continue our steady growth as we impact and inspire more people.

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment in your personal life as it relates to leadership? In 2016, after 17 years of hard work and while raising two children, I received my undergraduate degree with honors, redefining a narrative that had been laid out for me since becoming a teen mother. Personal Background: I was born to and raised by immigrant parents from Mexico in the Southside of Chicago. There is nothing I am more proud of than raising my own two beautiful children, ages 17 and 6, in Virginia. Who do you most admire? Justice Sonia Sotomayor for her conviction to fairness and justice and for overcoming personal and professional obstacles while remaining humble and true to herself. 4

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Favorite Hobby: I enjoy driving, taking road trips, hiking and exploring state and national parks. What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? The role or position you hold does not limit your ability to be a leader. Learn to become one from wherever you sit and use that to affect change.

Personal Background: I grew up locally in Chantilly, Virginia and graduated from James Madison University in 2015 with a B.B.A. in Business Marketing.

What’s something most people don’t know about you? I created a blog for survivors of domestic violence.

Who do you most admire? Karlie Kloss. I think she is an amazing example of a young, strong, powerful and influential woman (and we are similar in height - very tall!).

If you could change one thing about this region, what would it be? Increase mentorships between professionals and students.

Favorite Hobby: Yoga has become one of my favorite activities. It really helps me zen out and relax my mind, body and soul!

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Ridge Mountains. What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? Engage in your passion. The success will come. What’s something most people don’t know about you? I watch cartoons to fall asleep at night. If you could be an expert in something outside of your current position, what would you be? A rapper. I love conscious messages through music. If you could change one thing about this region, what would it be? To make WMATA more affordable for low-income families.

What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? Find something you are passionate about and work it into your every day life. Don’t waste precious time trying to get to the next “better” stage. What’s something most people don’t know about you? I love NASA and outer-space. It’s so fascinating! If you could be expert in something outside of your current profession, what would you it be? Nutrition. I love finding healthier ways to live! If you could change one thing about this region, what would it be? Add a beach!


Jennifer Fioretti

Lynsi Garvin

»» Deputy Director, Department of Parks and Recreation »» Arlington County Government

»» Senior Director, Clinical Applications »» Virginia Hospital Center

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment in your professional life as it relates to leadership? My proudest moment was when my team developed solutions in the EHR to decrease overuse of a potentially harmful order and saw rates rapidly decrease from 143 per month to five per month, leading to safer care.

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment in your professional life as it relates to leadership? As Arlington’s Joint Facilities Advisory Commission Coordinator, I am proud to have guided the first collaborative public facility use determination process for two high profile sites in the County. What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment in your personal life as it relates to leadership? My proudest accomplishment is helping inspire my son to take a risk by starting his own business at 13 years old while balancing a full-time job and earning a master’s degree as a single mother.

strong, independent woman who made her own success in the face of adversity. She taught me to work hard for what I want and stay humble through it all.

Personal Background: I grew up in New York. After receiving a B.A. in International Development, I moved to Central America for work. In 2004, I settled in Virginia where I received an MPA. I live in Alexandria with my husband, 16 year old son and puggle.

What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? Luck favors the prepared! Success is not a matter of random luck, but rather a product of hard work and dedication and some calculated risks.

Who do you most admire? My mother. She is a

Favorite Hobby: I enjoy experimenting with new cooking techniques and flavor combinations.

What’s something most people don’t know about you? I’m fluent in Spanish. Next up, Italian.

Personal Background: I grew up in the Midwest. I received my BSN from the University of Arkansas and my MSN from Duke. My husband and I moved to Arlington in 2017, and we have two kids, ages 9 and 11. What do you consider your strongest leadership skill? I keep my door open, email often and make it a point to talk to my staff daily. I also infuse humor as much as I can. This year, my monthly team meetings each have an 80s song title theme (Don’t Stop Believing). Favorite Hobby: I’m a binge reader. Books help me unwind. Though I try to pace myself, often I get swept up in the story and neglect everything until it’s finished. What is one piece of advice you would give

other professionals under the age of 40? Don’t hide behind email. Never underestimate the power of in-person communication. What’s something most people don’t know about you? I tried to impeach our class mayor in third grade. If you could be expert in something outside of your current profession, what would you be? A greeting card buyer for a boutique paper store. If you could change one thing about this region, what would it be? Relieve the early academic pressure put on kids.

Amina Gilyard James »» Founder and CEO »» Influence by AG

Virginia Hospital Center congratulates

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment as it relates to leadership? My proudest personal accomplishment is spearheading the Wellness Ambassadors initiative. I organized health education events within schools, hospitals, local recreation clubs and virtually. Wellness Ambassador event topics included heart health awareness, how to implement community public health initiatives, self-esteem as it relates to overall wellness, healthy lifestyle tips and connecting individuals in need to free health information and low or no cost health services.

planning and traveling. As a result of this perfect combination, I have become the unofficial travel agent for my friends!

Personal Background: I have a B.S. and a M.Ed., both from Pennsylvania State University, and am currently a Doctoral Candidate at George Washington University. I am also the proud wife of Major Norland James (U.S. Army).

What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? Be firm! Do not be afraid to own your knowledge and abilities. Stay humble, but be confident in what you know and what you do.

Who do you most admire? My dad, Dr. Keith Gilyard. He has achieved success on his own terms. As a black male growing up in Harlem, NY during the 50s, he faced a set of challenges most of us cannot understand.

What’s something most people don’t know about you? I have an artsy side (dance, theatre and writing poetry).

Favorite Hobby: My favorite hobbies are event

Lynsi Garvin, MSN, RN-BC, CPHIMS and all Leadership Center for Excellence 40 Under 40 Honorees.

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If you could change one thing about this region, what would it be? Make it more affordable to own a home here! 2017

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Phillip S. Green

Karim Guirguis

»» President and Founder »» Green Powered Technology

»» Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer »» American Bankruptcy Institute

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment in your professional life as it relates to leadership? My proudest milestone was reaching the five-year mark of Green Powered Technology, a company I started in 2010 in the incubator at University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment in your professional life as it relates to leadership? I was named the first CIO for our organization at the age of 30. The recognition from my peers in the insolvency industry for my digital transformation initiatives that reshaped how bankruptcy professionals interact with online legal resources and research was humbling and rewarding.

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment in your personal life as it relates to leadership? I am proud of the 19-plus years of public service I’ve given to the U.S. government. I’ve served as a military officer, civilian, intern and a member of advisory committees. Personal Background: I was born and raised in the Bronx, NY. I am married with two kids. I have a Master of Business Administration and Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering from the UVa.

What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? Network at all stages of life. It should be genuine with a focus on depth and not breadth. What’s something most people don’t know about you? Since 17, I’ve always held two or more jobs.

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment in your personal life as it relates to leadership? I started “Code your Future” a 24-week code bootcamp training that will teach refugees how to code and program and place them in remote freelance work.

Who do you most admire? I admire my parents for immigrating to the U.S. with nothing and raising me and my siblings. And my dad for always having a side hustle.

If you could be an expert in something outside of your current profession, what would you be? A historian looking to learn from the past.

Personal Background: I was born in Egypt and graduated at 18 as an electrical engineer from Cambridge. I received my MFA in Graphics and Animations and then went on to Harvard Business School to complete an MBA. I am a husband and a father of two.

Favorite Hobby: I enjoy working with technology. Understanding its history, observing its adoption and understanding novel applications.

If you could change one thing about this region, what would it be? Push Arlington toward being a smart city.

Who do you most admire? I admire humanitarian workers who wake every morning trying to make a difference in other people’s lives.

Molly Haines

Katharine Hsu Hale

»» General Music Teacher »» Arlington Public Schools

»» Instructional Technology Coordinator »» Arlington Public Schools/Gunston Middle School

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment in your professional life as it relates to leadership? As Hoffman Boston’s 2017 Teacher of the Year, I pride myself on my ability to create unique, engaging experiences for my students and families. These include themed all-school concerts and exciting trips!

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment in your professional life as it relates to leadership? Being named Apple Distinguished Educator was my proudest moment! There are only 2,000 ADEs in the world, and this achievement launched my career in being able to impact education at a global scale.

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment in your personal life as it relates to leadership? I have been a leading member of the EdcampNoVA planning team for over two years, during which we have successfully executed four events completely on a volunteer basis.

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment in your personal life as it relates to leadership? I’ll never forget planning my entire wedding in six months while living on my own in South Carolina, teaching full time and interviewing for jobs here in Arlington. I was so proud to get it all done!

Personal Background: I grew up in Arlington and graduated from HB Woodlawn. I graduated from Westminster Choir College with my Master’s degree. Who do you most admire? I admire Michelle Obama for following her own path even though she is married to one of the most important people in the world. She is an incredible role model for women everywhere. Favorite Hobby: I love to travel. Over the past 10 years, I’ve taken at least one trip per year to 6

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different countries. What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? Make time for yourself. Find a group of friends and some activities that make you happy, and don’t forget to take advantage of your free time. What’s something most people don’t know about you? I love to make picture collages of special events.

Personal Background: I have a B.A. in both music and elementary education (Furman University) and a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction (GMU). Both my brother and I live here with our spouses and dogs. My mom still lives in Georgia.

If you could be an expert on something outside of your current position, what would you be? A professional chef with a show on Food Network.

Who do you most admire? Chimimanda Ngozi Adiche. Her passion to break gender and cultural stereotypes with our stories is what drives me to change education.

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Favorite Hobby: I love to scuba dive, ride motorcycles, travel and dance. What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? In a world where you can be anything, be kind. What’s something most people don’t know about you? I used to be a Disney animator on Finding Nemo. If you could be an expert in something outside of your current profession, what would it be? Famed archaeologist If you could change one thing about this region, what would it be? Create more shelters and end homelessness.

Favorite Hobby: I am such a foodie. I love local restaurants, farmer’s markets and home-cooking. Even when we travel, we plan destinations and itinerary around food. What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? No is never an answer. When someone says, “That’s impossible,” use it to drive you. Prove them wrong. Doing the impossible is what leads to change. If you could be an expert in something outside of your current profession, what would you be? A professional hip-hop or contemporary dancer.


Katie Simmons Hickey

Francis Homer

»» Senior Loan Officer »» Caliber Home Loans

»» Project Manager »» Whiting-Turner

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment in your professional life as it relates to leadership? My definition of success is achieving goals that are completely ridiculous— doing things that no one else has done or would dream of doing. I’m most proud of being in the top one percent of loan officers in the nation.

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment in your professional life as it relates to leadership? Being part of the many great projects, that Whiting-Turner has had the opportunity to build. I have worked on and managed award winning performing arts centers, magnificent churches, office buildings, and schools. It is rewarding to see the positive impact of our buildings.

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment in your personal life as it relates to leadership? It was becoming the Leukemia and Lymphoma Woman of the Year for 2016 and raising $278K in ten weeks. It was the journey that was so rewarding. Turning a horrifically tragic personal event into a positive. Personal Background: I was born at Sibley Hospital in Washington, DC, and grew up in Great Falls, VA, where I now reside with my husband and our two children. I graduated from Clemson University. Who do you most admire? My parents. They constantly pushed their four children to the top, never letting us do anything halfway and raised us to believe anything is possible. Favorite Hobby: Playing golf and tennis with my

husband and children. Watching Clemson Football. Enjoying good wine! What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? Experience as much as you can while you are young; find something you are passionate about and can commit to and you will be successful. Take Chances. What’s something most people don’t know about you? I worked at Duffys LoveShack in St. Thomas. I hate birds.

Personal Background: I graduated from Villanova University with a degree in Civil Engineering in 2003. I obtained my Master’s Degree from Virginia Tech. I am still actively involved with both schools.

If you could be an expert in something outside of your current profession, what would you be? World’s expert on curing cancer!

Who do you most admire? I admire my many mentors which include former coaches, professors, colleagues and family members. It would be unfair

Megan Jordan

Who do you most admire? I admire my husband, Matt, because he works so hard at everything he does: putting himself through school on athletic and academic scholarships, earning All-American, winning Bronze Medal at the Census, etc.

Favorite Hobby: I like to travel and meet new people, learn about different cultures and try new food. I’ve most recently been to Toronto, Milan, Seoul, and Montreal What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? You will have many challenges in your personal and professional life. When you think about giving up on something, remember why you started. What’s something most people don’t know about you? I played Varsity Football in college.

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What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment in your professional life as it relates to leadership? After one month of employment at Oceana, I managed their international launch of an online transparency tool called Global Fishing Watch, a campaign that won national and global awards for its success.

Personal Background: I hold a master’s degree in Corporate Communications and Public Relations from Georgetown University. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Business and Spanish at University of Mary Washington (magna cum laude).

to single out one person as so many people have shaped who I am today.

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»» Communications Manager »» Oceana

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment in your personal life as it relates to leadership? After two years of serving in leadership roles, mentoring, planning special events and actively participating in the Challenger Toastmasters Club in Arlington, I earned my Competent Leader Award.

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment in your personal life as it relates to leadership? Helping lead a team of professional engineers (through Engineers Without Borders) provide potable water to over 200 homes in El Salvador that previously did not have access to clean water.

Favorite Hobby: I love to hike and spend time in nature; I find the outdoors rejuvenating and good for the soul. My favorite hike in this area is Roosevelt Island. What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? Follow your passions and interests to find work that you enjoy. What’s something most people don’t know about you? I have a sharks’ teeth collection – I found them all! If you could change one thing about this region, what would it be? Increase parks and green spaces available.

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Alex J. Karkeek

Mercedes Kirkland-Doyle

»» Vice President »» Company: Cassaday and Company, Inc.

»» Founder/Executive Director »» Company: The Good News Community Kitchen

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment in your professional life as it relates to leadership? Moving up inside the organization from an entry level research associate position to Vice President in six years. Starting my own book of business and growing that to $75,000,000 within three years.

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment in your professional life as it relates to leadership? Earning my M.S. while maintaining full-time employment in a two year internship program, which propelled advancement into my current national position.

What do you consider your strongest leadership skill (professionally and/or personally)? Adaptability. I meet with different people in different situations on a daily basis and you have to be able to adapt your approach and find the most efficient and effective way to help them. Everyone is different and has different needs. Personal Background: I grew up in the England and came over to the U.S. on a golf scholarship in 2007 to Radford University. After graduating in 2011, I started at Cassaday and Company the following week; that was six years ago. Who do you most admire? My boss, Steve Cassaday. His work ethic and drive is unparalleled and despite his incredible personal success, he

always has time for his employees. He treats everyone like family. Favorite Hobby: Golf; although, I’m pretty rusty these days. Playing soccer is a close second. What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? Find something you are passionate about, get your head down and always make sure you are the hardest worker in the room. If you could be something outside of your current position, what would you be? A professional golfer.

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment in your personal life as it relates to leadership? My proudest personal milestone would have to be starting The Good News Community Kitchen (TGNCK) and having my children play an instrumental role in its success. Personal Background: I am an Army Veteran. I earned my M.S. and B.S. in Management: HR from UMUC. I am an EEOC certified investigator. I’m a certified mediator. I am the proud mother of an active 10 and eight year old.

If you could be an expert in something outside of your current position, what would you be? The world’s most entertaining food expert/critic.

Favorite Hobby: I love to bowl, play softball, play tennis, take golf lessons and explore the world by myself and at times with friends.

If you could change one thing about this region, what would it be? End traffic, parking fees and extend daycare hours

Patrick Kunze

»» President »» Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce

»» Senior Principal »» GHT Limited

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment in your professional life as it relates to leadership? A new publication, the 2016 Greater McLean Guide to Non-Profits, that featured dozens of organizations serving the common good locally and regionally. We mailed the guides to over 26,000 households.

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment in your professional life as it relates to leadership? I designed my company’s maternity and paternity paid leave policy. I convinced my partners that the policy would have an overall benefit to the company through employee attraction and retention.

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment in your personal life as it relates to leadership? My work helping to lead the McLean Community Center’s renovation/expansion project from concept to construction since 2013.

What do you consider your strongest leadership skill (professionally and/or personally)? Empathy. I try to understand the position and situation others are in. I believe this helps me to relate to others regardless if I am trying to lead them or if I am working across the table from them. I’ve found that when you can understand what the other party’s motives and goals are, it is much easier to work together productively.

Personal Background: I was born in Hinsdale, IL. I’ve been a resident of McLean, Virginia since 1986. I was educated in Fairfax County Public Schools, at The Potomac School and at Bowdoin College where I studied Government and Economics. Who do you most admire? I most admire my father and grandfather. They both set strong examples of many principal virtues: moderation; truthfulness; personal responsibility; concern, respect and care for all people. Favorite Hobby: I enjoy reading, golfing, walking in McLean’s many parks and volunteering in the 8

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What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? At the risk of hypocrisy and cliche, the best advice is to follow the Golden Rule – treat others as you would have them treat you. What’s something most people don’t know about you? I lived in Singapore briefly as a child. If you could be an expert in something outside of your current position, what would you be? An economic historian. If you could change one thing about this region, what would it be? Regional transportation.

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What’s something most people don’t know about you? I am truly an extroverted-introvert.

Who do you most admire? I admire any divorced woman or single mother who kept moving forward despite the difficulty associated with starting a new chapter in life.

Paul Kohlenberger

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What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? Live life - ignore any doubt or fear they have and always add value to others lives.

Personal Background: Wife: Victoria Kunze. Children: Charles (seven) and Kate (three). Graduated from Washington-Lee High School (1997), Bucknell University (B.S. Mechanical Engineering 2001), George Mason University (MBA 2009). Who do you most admire? My grandfather. He lived through the great depression and worked hard his entire life to take care of his family. He sparked my interest in engineering and construction.

Favorite Hobby: Sailing. I’ve been sailing since I was two months old and racing sailboats for over 25 years. What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? Get involved with organizations outside of work that you enjoy. It will enhance your personal and professional lives. What’s something most people don’t know about you? I’ve swam from Alcatraz to San Francisco. If you could be an expert on a topic outside your current position, what would it be? History.


Roy K. Lee

Nicole Lynn Lewis

»» Consultant »» Accenture

»» Founder and CEO »» Generation Hope

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment in your professional life as it relates to leadership? Becoming an executive created a new path for me to accomplish bigger goals and make a deeper impact allowing me to build up our employment industry practice and develop opportunities to help clients. As my firm’s DC LGBT Employee Resource Group Lead, we launched two programs that have been adopted at the national level and established a cross-consultancy group in the DMV area where we can make a collective impact for our LGBT and DMV community.

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment in your professional life as it relates to leadership? In 2003, I graduated from the College of William and Mary as a teen mother. I founded Generation Hope in 2010 because I recognized that no organization existed to help teen parents become college graduates here in the DC region (nationally, less then 2% of teen mothers graduate from college before age 30). We now serve 101 teen parents attending 18 different colleges across the region.

Personal Background: My parents are Vietnam War refugees who gave up everything to give their five children a better life. I’m a DMV transplant and consider this region my home with my partner of 11 years. Who do you most admire? I admire volunteers. It’s a powerful act not just for those you’re helping, but for yourself as well. I also admire Harry Potter for the leadership traits he portrays. Favorite Hobby: I two-step. It brings folks

together across the DMV area and no one asks what you do for a living. What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? I have three. 1) Develop personal core values; 2) Watch Remember the Titans; 3) Help others in their career as others have helped you. What’s something most people don’t know about you? I’ll listen to holiday music any time of the year. If you could change one thing about this region, what would it be? Improve large and small business collaboration.

Personal Background: I earned a degree in English from the College of William and Mary and a Master of Public Policy from George Mason University. I married my college sweetheart, Donte, and we have three wonderful children. Who do you most admire? I admire so many people, but Martin Luther King, Jr. has always been someone whom I admire because of his unwavering commitment to helping others and his selfless pursuit of what was right. Favorite Hobby: I love cooking! I am known for my pies (apple, sweet potato and pecan).

What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? Be a constant student, always refining your craft, surround yourself with stellar people and genuinely care. What’s something most people don’t know about you? I love to sing (mostly around the house). If you could be an expert on a topic outside your current position, what would it be? Pie making. If you could change one thing about this region, what would it be? Help more people move out of poverty.

Jacqueline Malkes »» Senior Implementation Project Manager »» SAS Institute

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment in your professional life as it relates to leadership? My greatest accomplishment was serving as a Senior Manager at Noblis in directing the implementation of the ICD10 healthcare coding regulation tied to improving patient outcomes. What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment in your personal life as it relates to leadership? Serving as a leader within Junior League and now as a Board Member for My Sister’s Place (MSP), DC’s oldest domestic violence shelter. It has truly been a joy helping this organization grow their impact. Personal Background: I have both a Master’s Degree (International Economics) and Bachelor’s (Political Science and International Relations) from American University. I live in Merrifield, Virginia with my husband, Ryan. Who do you most admire? Sheryl Sandberg. I have found her insights to be actionable from her books and TED Talks and her leadership style to be present, thoughtful, deliberate and authentic.

reading, volunteering in the community and international travel. I just completed my 200 hour yoga teacher training! What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? Always do your best; you can’t “do it all,” but you can put your best foot forward. What’s something most people don’t know about you? To overcome my fear of heights, I took Trapeze lessions. If you could change one thing about this region, what would it be? Focus more on mental health resources.

Favorite Hobby: Practicing yoga vinyasa, 2017

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Alison T. McNeil

»» Research Team Leader »» CNA

»» Founder and Chief Creative Officer »» McNeil Creative Enterprises

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment in your professional life as it relates to leadership? My proudest milestone was being promoted to manage CNA’s Defense Workforce Analyses team, where my primary role is shaping our research agenda and ensuring we produce high-quality analysis.

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment in your professional life as it relates to leadership? I felt incredibly proud about designing the vision and core values for my company. Having clients come directly to me demonstrated a belief and embrace of said vision, values and skills.

Personal Background: I earned my undergraduate degree at UC Berkeley and my graduate degree at Princeton University. My husband and son, Donovan and Trey, family and friends keep me smiling, supported and motivated!

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment in your personal life as it relates to leadership? My proudest accomplishment has been choosing to walk through this life being the change I wish to see in the world.

your intuition and learn everything you can about that which interests you. Don’t be afraid to ask for help with achieving your dreams.

What’s something most people don’t know about you? I love to bake; cookies, especially.

Personal Background: I was born in Washington, DC and raised in Hyattsville, MD. I’ve lived in Virginia since 2005. I have several godchildren.

If you could be an expert on a topic outside your current position, what would it be? Cultivating professional diversity.

What’s something most people don’t know about you? I started doing voiceovers at 11 years old.

Who do you most admire? I admire people that see a problem and/or a challenge and fight or organize for a change that they’d like to see.

If you could change one thing about this region, what would it be? To focus on community versus individual success.

Favorite Hobby: Listening to music, dancing, traveling and catching up with friends.

If you could be an expert in something outside of your current position, what would you be? An ethnomusicologist.

Who do you most admire? My sisters, Amy Lerseth and Megan Gross, for all the hats they wear: celebrated professionals, supportive mothers, dedicated wives, loving daughters, inspiring sisters and steadfast friends. Favorite Hobby: I love taking trips to reconnect with family and friends, whether it’s a local long-weekend, a cross-country visit or a big international trip.

other professionals under the age of 40? Don’t wait for success to find you. Take responsibility and figure out what you want and how you can accomplish it. You are your own best advocate.

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What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? Trust

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Adele Cowart Nelson

»» Founder and President »» Trustify

»» Director »» Chefs Cycle for Share Our Strength - No Kid Hungry

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment in your professional life as it relates to leadership? At 24 years of age, I became the youngest Executive Director of the world’s oldest and largest child welfare association, Joint Council on International Children’s Services. What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment in your personal life as it relates to leadership? Being a mom to five kids under the age of nine while running a successful technology startup with a team of 35 employees and finding time to give back to my community. Personal Background: I am a graduate of Bucknell University and am working on my MBA from Temple University. I have five children and am married to Trustify’s Co-Founder, Danny Boice. Who do you most admire? My children have taught me about humility, being a lifelong learner and experiencing joy in the little things. They are my heroes. Favorite Hobby: I love to practice and teach 10

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If you could change one thing about this region, what would it be? The traffic.

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment in your professional life as it relates to leadership? In less than two years, I have grown Chefs Cycle from 30 chef riders to 225 and have raised over $3M for No Kid Hungry, working to end childhood hunger in the U.S., impacting millions of children’s lives. yoga. I am a RYT-200 yoga teacher and teach in various studios in Virginia. What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? Whether you are an employee or employer, be your own best advocate. I wish I better advocated for myself as a young mother and chief executive. If you could be an expert on a topic outside your current position, what would it be? Midwifery. I’m in awe of birth workers. If you could change one thing about this region, what would it be? Find better solutions to traffic.

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What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment in your personal life as it relates to leadership? My eight-year-old son, Riley, donated his savings to Chef Voltaggio’s fundraising campaign for Chefs Cycle for No Kid Hungry. In doing this, he realized he could make a difference for kids less fortunate.

about life and work, “Business, like life, is all about how you make people feel. Its that simple and its that hard”.

Personal Background: I grew up in McLean and attended The Madeira School, then Dickinson College, and returned to the area to settle in Arlington. I have three children and live in the East Falls Church area of Arlington.

What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? Trust your gut. If something is meant to be, it will happen at the right time for you so if it doesn’t feel right, take a step back and reevaluate.

Who do you most admire? Danny Meyer. In his book “Setting the Table” he confirmed my attitude

What’s something most people don’t know about you? I’ve never met a donut I didn’t like.

Favorite Hobby: Most of my early mornings are spent running or biking. It clears my head and gets me ready for the day.


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Yadira Sanchez

»» Senior Systems Manager »» NAMI

»» Director of Development »» Mi Familia Vota

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment in your personal life as it relates to leadership? Working with NAMI Ending the Silence, a mental health presentation for students. It’s humbling to make a difference in the lives of young adults by sharing my story and training others to do the same.

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment in your professional life as it relates to leadership? My proudest accomplishment is working for Mi Familia Vota, an organization whose mission is to advocate for social and economic issues that impact the Latino community.

Personal Background: I graduated from William and Mary where I studied Russian Studies, Computer Science and Psychology. I live with my dog, Leia, and my bearded dragon, Gojira. I have six terrific nieces and nephews.

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment in your personal life as it relates to leadership? Volunteering with the Human and Legal Rights Clinic in Tanzania. It helped me realize how import is advocating for others.

Who do you most admire? I admire my Aunt Geri and my co-worker, Suzanne. They’re amazing, independent women who show me it’s ok to be a successful, single woman. I can marry and have kids later in life or not. It’s all good. Favorite Hobby: I love gardening. Tending plants is calming and satisfying to me. I love the variety and beauty that exists with plants and flowers. What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? Have and enforce boundaries. Knowing what works

for you and articulating it is really important. Be dedicated; but burning out doesn’t help anyone. What’s something most people don’t know about you? I can do Irish dancing—think River Dance. If you could be an expert on something outside of your current position, what would you be? An astrophysicist or paleontologist. Space dinos?! If you could change one thing about this region, what would it be? To get everyone to slow down and breathe!

Personal Background: I am a proud daughter of Mexican immigrants. Originally from Santa Ana, CA, I’m the first in my family to receive a B.A. from UC, Santa Barbara and an M.A. from The George Washington University. Who do you most admire? I admire my mother for having gone through a great ordeal to get to this country. She taught me that with hard work, perseverance and faith, anything is possible. Favorite Hobby: I love traveling and learning new cultures and languages. I try not to visit the same

place twice to continue exploring the world. What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? Don’t wait to get engaged! If you care about an issue, get involved and inspire others to do the same. What’s something most people don’t know about you? I played the violin for seven years. If you could be an expert on something outside of your current position, what would you be? A lawyer to advocate for those in need. If you could change one thing about this region, what would it be? Ensure there’s more affordable housing.

Michael Spotts »» President »» Neighborhood Fundamentals, LLC What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment in your professional life as it relates to leadership? For the past decade, I have worked to provide research and technical assistance to those working at the local, regional, state and federal level to ensure that safe, decent housing is affordable and attainable to households at all income levels. In 2015, the Arlington County Board unanimously approved the Affordable Housing Master Plan and Implementation Framework. I served as Vice-Chair of the citizen Working Group advising this effort. Personal Background: I live in South Arlington with my wife, Lesley Oot, who works for an international public health nonprofit, and our son, Timothy. I graduated from Dickinson College and Carnegie Mellon University. Who do you most admire? My late grandfather was my role model for his dedication to family, work ethic and fundamental decency. Professionally, Enterprise’s David Bowers’ passion and eagerness to mentor is an inspiration. Favorite Hobby: A perfect Saturday includes grilling for family and friends with college football on in the background.

What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? Professional growth does not just have to come through your job. Volunteering and community involvement can be just as important for developing skills

“Molly McIntosh is the whole package: intelligent, fearless, selfless, full of initiative and foresight. A leader now and for the future.” Katherine McGrady, President and CEO, CNA.

What’s something most people don’t know about you? I can play four musical instruments, albeit poorly. If you could be an expert on something outside of your current profession, what would it be? Natural resource conservation. If you could change one thing about this region, what would it be? To remediate segregation and redlining’s lasting impact. molly ad2.indd 1

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Camille Stewart

»» Chief Operating Officer »» Federal Management Systems, Inc.

»» Cyber and Technology Attorney »» Deloitte

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment in your professional life as it relates to leadership? I became COO of a multi-million dollar government contracting firm with over 250 employees, bringing an increase in high level productivity and a stronger push towards technology advantages.

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment in your professional life as it relates to leadership? I will represent Microsoft in the Unleash Lab to advance the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This accomplishment is the converging of all my career experiences in support of transforming the world and creating a sustainable future.

Personal Background: My parents are from Guyana in South America. I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice and a Juris Doctorate. I’m a married mother of two children.

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment in your personal life as it relates to leadership? I have dedicated much of my time outside of work to serving and empowering others. Tech should be an interdisciplinary field where a variety of perspectives come together to promote innovation.

Who do you most admire? My dad who came from Guyana with very small amount of money. He earned three degrees, served in the Army and started a multi-million dollar company which exists today. And he gives back to others. Favorite Hobby: My favorite activity is working with service organizations that I’m a member of: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and The Links, Incorporated. What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? Set

a goal of where you want to be and go after it! Embrace your fear of taking the next step in life. Upon achieving your goal, set a new one! What’s something most people don’t know about you? I lost the ability to walk and speak in college. If you could be an expert on something outside of your current profession, what would it be? Cybersecurity and web development. If you could change one thing about this region, what would it be? I would change the traffic. It kills productivity.

Personal Background: I am a first-generation Jamaican-American. I graduated with my B.S. in Business from Miami University and my J.D. from American University. I am blessed with a large and supportive family. Who do you most admire? My mom has successfully balanced career and family while adjusting to a foreign system. She is the most compassionate, tenacious and tireless person I know. Like her, I strive to live my best life.

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Elinor Tesfamariam

»» Vice President, Member Experience »» Arlington Community Federal Credit Union

»» Managing Member »» Plenpovo Law, PLLC

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment in your professional life as it relates to leadership? Developing a culture of service excellence, rooted in core-values, which ultimately resulted in ACFCU winning best community bank by Arlington Magazine and the Sun Gazette.

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment in your professional life as it relates to leadership? Opening an immigration law practice at the age of 28 has allowed me to empower my clients and young women in my community.

Personal Background: I got married in March in Austin, TX, and we just bought our first house together here in May! I’m a proud uncle, and we hope to have kids of our own someday soon. I visit my family in Maryland often. Who do you most admire? 1. Karen Rosales, CEO at ACFCU. The mentor, friend and no-nonsense coach to whom I owe much my professional growth and success. 2. My father. He always encouraged my creative endeavors and is still my favorite role model. Favorite Hobby: My father and I make guitars. I love the exquisite process and the sense of accomplishment I have when each guitar is completed. We own a small company, Sundlof Guitars. What is one piece of advice you would give 12

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other professionals under the age of 40? Get uncomfortable! That’s when growth happens. Seek opportunity, even when it’s scary. You’ll be glad you did. What’s something most people don’t know about you? I love talking in accents and making people laugh. If you could be an expert in something outside of your current position, what would you be? A world-class investor. If you could change one thing about this region, what would it be? More connectedness between nonprofits and volunteers… and teleportation commuting!

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What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment in your personal life as it relates to leadership? My three children are my proudest accomplishments. Learning to maintain a healthy home life while running a law practice has been a great accomplishment. I have used my experience to empower other mothers. Personal Background: I attended Western Washington University for undergrad and Seattle University School of Law. I have a son and two daughters. I am a Seahawks fan, love chocolate and love to cook. Who do you most admire? My mother, a single mom, gave up a lot to make sure I was raised well. My clients who suffer persecution and escape death, yet remain standing. Favorite Hobby: Watching football, reading and cooking.

Favorite Hobby: I enjoy learning to golf. I like to write, read, run and go to brunch with friends. What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? Step outside of your comfort zone and take the leap! What’s something most people don’t know about you? I have juvenile onset Rheumatoid Arthritis. If you could be an expert on something outside of your current profession, what would it be? Communications and public relations. If you could change one thing about this region, what would it be? Change divisive politics.

What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? Anything is possible! Do not limit yourself. Write down your goals. Be humble. Do good for others. Show compassion. What’s something most people don’t know about you? I love chocolate, but not chocolate cake. If you could be an expert in something outside of your current position, what would you be? A wedding planner. If you could change one thing about this region, what would it be? To be more compassionate toward immigrants.


Charles Thomas, Jr.

Danielle Vogel

»» Vice President »» Data Intelligence

»» Founder »» Glen’s Garden Market

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment in your professional life as it relates to leadership? I was elected Board Chair for OAR Fairfax in 2015. In June 2017, we exponentially increased our fundraising. Such an increase in organizational donations will pay significant dividends for our client services. Knowing that I was able to play a small role through my counsel, insight and leadership ability makes me smile.

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment in your professional life as it relates to leadership? I left Capitol Hill to found Glen’s Garden Market, an all-local grocery dedicated to making climate change progress. In the process, I launched 69 like-minded local food businesses.

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment in your personal life as it relates to leadership? One of my proudest moments was when my 10-year-old daughter said, “Thanks for not letting me quit flute or piano. I’m getting better. Also, I want to write books like you. Love you. See ya.” Personal Background: I am married with two children (an almost two-year-old son and 10-yearold daughter). I am an only child, except for my five sisters. I earned a Bachelor’s, Master’s, MBA and doctorate. Who do you most admire? I admire my mom and dad the most. Despite the uncertainty, trials, tribulations and battles they’ve faced on their respective

life journeys, they remain faithful, prayerful, strong, and optimistic. Favorite Hobby: Reading and working out. What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? “As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly and listen to others.” – Max Ehrmann What’s something most people don’t know about you? I have 21 tattoos. If you could be an expert on something outside of your current profession, what would you be? An Artificial Intelligence expert. #ThinkingRobots

Personal Background: I graduated from Tufts University in 2002 and the Washington College of Law in 2007. I am married to Ken Vogel, a reporter for the New York Times covering campaign finance and conflicts of interest. Who do you most admire? I respect most deeply those whose actions unequivocally reflect their convictions even when those convictions are contrary to their self (or political) interest. Congressman Shays is my lifelong hero. Favorite Hobby: I’m a marathoner and I love to cook, especially when dinner involves great, locally made ingredients. What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40?

Millennials: the dues-paying portion of your career is six years, not six months. Pay attention, work hard and follow through. Loyalty is critical. What’s something most people don’t know about you? I can’t tell my left from my right. Still use L’s. If you could be an expert on something outside of your current profession, what would it be? Cooking. I lack that expertise. If you could change one thing about this region, what would it be? Transition our power supply to renewables.

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City of Manassas Park Congratulates Hector Cendejas on his selection as one of the 40 Under 40 Business Leadership Honorees! 2017

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Andrew Watson

Shanta Whitaker

»» Fine Arts Instructional Specialist »» Alexandria City Public Schools

»» Health Policy Consultant »» LMI

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment in your professional life as it relates to leadership? In my previous position in Fairfax County Public Schools, I co-developed the FCPS STEAM Program, which transformed four Elementary School STEM Labs into over 100 STEAM programs in two years.

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment in your personal life as it relates to leadership? As one of the founders of the Bouchet Graduate Honor Society started at Yale and Howard University, I am proud to have contributed to the development of a scholarly network with over 500 members.

Personal Background: I graduated from Lake Braddock S.S. in Fairfax and studied at SCAD, VCU and MICA. I live in Springfield, Virginia with my wife. Laura. and our three-year-old identical twin sons, Nolan and Jonah.

Personal Background: I grew up in Monticello NY and South Boston, VA. I graduated with a B.S. in Biology from Virginia Union University, a PhD in Microbiology from Yale University and a MPH from Johns Hopkins.

Who do you most admire? I truly admire John Dewey. As an education reformer in the early 20th century, he advocated for moving away from the industrialized education of the eighteenth century to instead focus on the students. Favorite Hobby: I am also a professional editorial, event and fine art photographer. But this has taken a backseat since my kids were born! What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? Be

curious, listen to others and ask more questions than you try to answer. What’s something most people don’t know about you? I coached fencing for two years. If you could be an expert in something outside of your current position, what would you be? A marine biologist. I have always loved the ocean! If you could change one thing about this region, what would it be? To make housing more affordable.

Congratulations to Dr. Shanta Whitaker on being named as a 40 Under 40 Award Honoree.

Who do you most admire? I most admire my sister circle. This is a group of older women who took me under their wings when I was a PhD student at Yale University. They have always provided me with guidance and love. Favorite Hobby: My favorite activity is spending time over food or drinks with my friends. What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? Its ok not to know what you want to be yet. Be open to all of the doors of possibility that present

themselves. What’s something most people don’t know about you? Most people don’t realize that I am shy. If you could be an expert in something outside of your current position, what would you be? A food critic. If you could change one thing about this region, what would it be? Reduce health disparities.

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Hon. Zuberi B. Williams »» Judge »» Maryland State Judiciary

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment in your professional life as it relates to leadership? Bringing the ABA’s Judicial Internship Program (JIOP) to Maryland. It is aimed at increasing diversity on the bench by placing diverse law students in judge’s chambers nationwide. Personal Background: Wife, Samantha Thompson, Attorney DC Law Firm. Three children, Silas (five), Xavier (two), and Korra Rose (four months). JD/MBA Joint Degree from AU (2003), TCU BBA 2000. Who do you most admire? I admire my father the most. He grew up poor and on the west side of Chicago. He taught me how to work hard, how to be a family man and why its important to contribute to the community. Favorite Hobby: I am a pop culture guru. I love to binge watch TV and movies. I love it so much, I started a review blog with my law school classmates. What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40?

Establish your own personal board of directors to help create your brand, bounce ideas off of and sculpt your path. What’s something most people don’t know about you? I have a special needs child with a rare genetic mutation. If you could be an expert on any topic outside of your current profession, what would it be? Movie, TV and pop culture. If you could change one thing about this region, what would it be? Increase resources for mental health treatment.

Slavomir Zapata »» Director, Psychology Training Programs »» Department of Veterans Affairs Washington DC VA Medical Center

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What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment in your professional life as it relates to leadership? I led the development of a new clinic, decreasing the time for diagnosis of dementia in veterans at the Washington DC VA Medical Center by 85%. Dementia is one of the few global health problems with no cure. Rapid diagnosis and early intervention are critical. I did this with volunteers and no extra funding. People said it was impossible. I did it anyway.

rival being part of the beginning of a couple’s life together.

Personal Background: I received my BA from Boston University and my PhD in clinical psychology from George Mason University. I work as a clinical psychologist and live outside of DC with my wife and two standard poodles.

What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? Be passionate and grow in unexpected ways. Face fear. Do things that are incredibly meaningful which many say are not possible. Prove them wrong.

Who do you most admire? Winston Churchill because of his unique ability to inspire even in the direst circumstance. He galvanized his people with his foresight and passion and his sheer will to overcome.

What’s something most people don’t know about you? I was voted quietest in my high school class.

Favorite Hobby: I’m a licensed officiant who’s had the privilege of marrying many friends. Few things

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If you could be an expert on something outside of your current profession, what would you be? An expert in the creation of cosmic laughter. 2017

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