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Honoring the Washington Region’s Rising Business and Community Leaders


Leadership Arlington’s 2015-2016 Board of Regents CHAIRMAN

Mr. Tim Hughes, ‘06 Executive Managing Shareholder, Bean, Kinney & Korman, PC

We are honored to present the next generation of trailblazers! In this special section, Leadership Arlington 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 our DC metropolitan area. These honorees represent the private, nonprofit and public sectors and demonstrate exceptional leadership impact, personally and professionally. They are devoted leaders, committed to making our community a better place 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. We received more than 200 total nominations, and out of those more than 125 full applications were submitted for review, from which the final 40 honorees were selected. Of those nominated, we read accolades from supervisors, colleagues and community friends. After the formal selection process, Leadership Arlington is now proud to present the 40 Under 40 honorees that are listed in this special insert. On December 4th, we recognize the final honorees at an award luncheon ceremony in the Army Navy Country Club of Arlington. With much appreciation and thanks to our Supporting Partners – the Arlington Chamber of Commerce, Arlington Community Foundation and Arlington Economic Development – for championing this initiative in its second year, and we congratulate the 40 honorees!

Betsy Frantz President & CEO Leadership Arlington & Leadership Center for Excellence

Bruce Potter Regional Vice President Northern Virginia Media Services

The mission of Leadership Arlington is to enlighten, inspire and connect leaders to strengthen the community. For more information, visit www.leadershiparlington.org or call 703-528-2522.

MEMBERS OF THE BOARD

Mr. Randy Anderson, ‘02 Regional President United Bank Sheriff Beth Arthur, ‘01 Arlington County Sheriff’s Office Ms. Marty Almquist, ‘99 Principal Avison Young Mr. David Barkley, ‘11 Business Initiatives Director Freddie Mac Mr. Ted Bilich, ‘09 CEO Risk Alternatives, LLC Ms. Shannon Flanagan-Watson, ‘07 Assistant County Manager Office of the County Manager, Arlington Mr. Michael Foster, ‘00 Principal/Owner MTFA Architecture, Inc. Ms. Betsy Frantz President & CEO Leadership Arlington Mr. Greg Hamilton, ‘14 Publisher & Co-Founder Arlington Magazine Mr. John Murphy, ‘99 President Washington Workplace Ms. Mary Ellen Payne, ‘11 Retired SVP Verizon

*Please note that honorees with a torch next to their name are Leadership Arlington members that have successfully completed one of our leadership programs.

Mr. John Reiter, ‘11 Senior Vice President BB&T

**Please also note, that the years next to each Board of Regent’s name indicate the year that he or she completed Leadership Arlington’s Signature Program.

Mr. Mike Richardson, ‘13 Vice President and Commercial Banking Officer Chain Bridge Bank Ms. Robin Robertson, ‘01 Senior Vice President, Director of Marketing Cardinal Bank Ms. Karen Rosales, ‘13 President & CEO Arlington Community Federal Credit Union Mr. Brian Scull, ‘09 Director of Commercial Development The Shooshan Company Dr. Matt Shank, ‘14 President Marymount University Ms. Elaine Turville, ‘14 Managing Director, Human Services & Nonprofit Programs Accenture Federal Services

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Tom Bartlett

Jessamyn Berniker

»» Senior Manager, Global Corporate Citizenship »» The Boeing Company

»» Partner »» Williams & Connolly LLP

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your professional career as it relates to leadership? In three years, I built the infrastructure of Boeing’s first formalized skills-based volunteer program and empowered the team to move the program from a pilot concept to an institutionalized component of our corporate citizenship strategy. The program places high-potential employees on three-month projects that address an important need for our community partners, in areas such as business development, advocacy and information technology. These projects help build the capacity of our community partners, as well as the skills of our future leaders. Knowing that this program will endure and magnify its impact long after my tenure makes me most proud. Personal background: Originally from Minnesota, I graduated with an engineering degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I am married to an amazing life-partner and we live in Washington with our year-old lab/hound mix.

Who do you most admire? My dad. He passed away when I was 15, but in our short time together, he taught me how to live selflessly, love unconditionally and pursue passion with purpose. Favorite hobby: I am an avid outdoor enthusiast. I enjoy exploring natural beauty around the globe and right here at home. Chances are, you can find me rock climbing, running or fly-fishing in my spare time. What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? Be humble in your intention and fearless in your ambition. Most of all – be you. If I could change one thing about this region, I would...Remove the traffic!

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your professional career as it relates to leadership? For several years, I headed our law firm’s mentor committee. In that capacity, and throughout my career, I have made significant efforts to mentor junior attorneys. I make it a point to reach out to associates and make myself available to help them succeed. What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your personal life (outside of the office) as it relates to leadership? I am very proud of my work with Jitegemee Inc., a non-profit that provides support and training for street children in Machakos, Kenya. Jitegemee assists about 200 children each year, and helps these children learn useful skills and develop a profession — whether through our trade school or our tutoring program. Personal background: I am married to Itai Grinberg, a Georgetown law professor. We have an adorable, year-old son. I have a B.S. in Chemistry and B.A. in French from Pacific Lutheran University and a J.D. from Harvard.

Who do you most admire? I admire the energetic and wonderful people who devote their lives to teaching. They are so important to the development of our children. They work so hard, though are underappreciated. Favorite hobby: I love music and have been singing and performing since I was a child. I have been a member of my current choir, the 18th Street Singers, for almost 10 years. What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? Think about the memories you most cherish, and don’t forget to take time to prioritize that aspect of your life—whether it be family, travel, a hobby or something else. If I could change one thing about this region, I would...improve the sub-par schools.

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Gabrielle Bosché

Eric Brescia

»» Founder and CEO »» The Millennial Solution

»» Former Campaign Manager »» John Vihstadt for County Board Campaign

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your professional career as it relates to leadership? My proudest accomplishment is writing my book “5 Millennials Myths” at 24 and starting a business three months later. Since then, I have spoken internationally for Microsoft, Volkswagen and the US Navy. I work with executives around the world to help them better understand the Millennial generation.

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your professional career as it relates to leadership? My greatest accomplishment is succeeding as the campaign manager for John Vihstadt’s successful back-to-back County Board campaigns. Most campaigns are semi-formulaic; parties have infrastructure, a known donor list, well-used messaging for a party base, and so on. But running as an Independent, in a county that generally votes one party, there was no “cook book” to take off the shelf and execute. Everything had to be thought out and built from scratch. And while this was a group effort, I led the grand strategy. This was often difficult when political personalities from across the spectrum sat around the table. I had to sell ideas, build consensus, then manage execution.

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your personal life (outside of the office) as it relates to leadership? I guest-lecture at universities across the country about Millennial entrepreneurship. My most meaningful moments are receiving notes from students sharing how I have inspired them to start a business, take a chance on their idea and find the voice the world needs to hear. Personal background: I was married November 14th! I studied politics and religion at William Jessup University, Government at Regent University, and did part of my graduate work at Oxford. Who do you most admire? The woman entrepreneurs in my family. My grandmother was the first female plumbing contractor in

California, and my mother always taught me girls can do it better. Favorite hobby: Any day that I am not in the office I am outside -- hiking Old Rag, going for a run through the monuments, or even taking flying lessons! I’m still learning how to land... What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? Wayne Gretzky said, “You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.” Use your youth to make big shots and take big risks. Do something every day that scares you. If I could change one thing about this region, I would... more cross-generational collaboration. More companies co-founded by a 22-year-old and a 62-year-old.

Personal background: I have a full-time career as an economist at Fannie Mae. I graduated with a BA in Economics and Mathematics from Providence College, and I have an MA in Economics from George Mason. I was recently married to Sara Panfil. Who do you most admire? Writing this, the person who came to mind is my inspirational great grandmother re: volunteerism (and life

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Alayna Buckner

»» Teacher »» Washington-Lee High School

»» CEO & Founder »» Elevate

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your professional career as it relates to leadership? The proudest accomplishment of my professional career would have to be delivering the commencement speech at the Washington-Lee graduation this past year. Students elect the speaker, so it spoke to being able to reach and work with many of the students who roam the halls at WL. What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your personal life (outside of the office) as it relates to leadership? The proudest accomplishment in my personal life is the work my family does to raise money for the Race for Hope DC. My daughter, Sophia, has been battling a brain tumor since age 2 and has undergone multiple surgeries and chemotherapy. It is because of her battle that we first became involved in the organization and now have been a top-10 fundraising team the past two years. Personal background: Grew up in La Paz, Bolivia. Married to Jessica Posner with twin daughters, Sophia and Isabelle. Who do you most admire? I have never

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truly admired one person but rather enjoy the strengths and understand the weaknesses that we all bring to world. I admire those who overcome the weaknesses to share their strengths. Favorite hobby: I enjoy soccer, both coaching and watching. I am a regular at DC United games and coaching my daughters’ recreational team in DC. What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? Make sure you are doing what you love so that you wake up Monday mornings excited to start the week. If I could change one thing about this region, I would...wish that it was more affordable for all to be able to live comfortably.

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What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your professional career as it relates to leadership? I founded Elevate in 2013, when I was 28. In about two years, we have grown to a multimillion-dollar firm with more than 20 staff and 45 clients nationwide. Our mission has always been to bring exceptional fundraising expertise to small, local nonprofits. What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your personal life (outside of the office) as it relates to leadership? When I was 25, I was elected to be the Chair of the Women’s Information Network. I had to run a contested election and share my vision for our organization moving forward. For the next year, I led a team of 12 volunteer board members and 100 total volunteer leaders across 10 different volunteer teams. Personal background: I grew up in a small, rural town in Virginia. My mom worked for a local nonprofit and my dad did construction. I have an identical twin sister, Elizabeth, who is a professor at Columbia University. Who do you most admire? Elon Musk. In a recent interview, he said he is always asking: “Is that the type of world I want to live in?”

generally). At a young 98 she was still “helping the old people” at her local senior center.

Favorite hobby: I love baseball in any form - both playing and watching. From back yard whiffle ball to playing baseball in high school, I still continue to play softball. I am a Red Sox and Nats fan. What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? DC politics may be more prestigious, but don’t overlook local civic/political engagement. Barriers to making a meaningful impact are often lower, and young people are generally under-represented. If I could change one thing about this region, I would...increase awareness of how zoning laws and transportation policy make housing more expensive.

I realized this is a question I want to ask too: am I creating the world I want to live in? Favorite hobby: I walk. I go on “urban treks” around the city. A good trek is three to five hours long, hits at least three coffee shops and two cool sites — like a museum or festival or farmers market. What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? First: take the time to figure out your professional strengths, i.e. what you can truly be the BEST at in the world. Then, be relentless in finding (or creating) a job focused only on those strengths. If I could change one thing about this region, I would... ensure quality housing, world-class public transit and exceptional schools for people of all incomes.


Sheyna Nicole Burt

Emmanuel Caudillo

»» Attorney »» The Law Office of Sheyna Nicole Burt, PLC

»» Senior Advisor »» White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your professional career as it relates to leadership? My proudest professional milestone happened when I decided to open a firm. I knew that I had a specific vision about serving the community professionally and as a volunteer, and having my own shop was the only way to make that happen. In the two-plus years since, I have been able to help others to see their dreams realized. What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your personal life (outside of the office) as it relates to leadership? I am extraordinarily proud of being asked to serve as the President of the World Doctors Orchestra in the United States. Though I am not a physician, I am deeply honored by the opportunity to help this group use the power of music to bring healthcare to underserved communities in the United States and around the world. Personal background: I am an enthusiastic alum from the College of William and Mary (B.A. in History and Music ‘98; J.D. ‘01). Tribe pride for life!

establish the wonderful environment that my three siblings and I called home. They are fun and funny, and I hit the lottery being born into this family. Favorite hobby: I am a violinist who never met a gig she didn’t like. What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? Have a vision for yourself and pursue that vision with all the tenacity you can muster. If I could change one thing about this region, I would... encourage the removal of any obstacles that block young people from achieving their positive dreams.

Who do you most admire? I admire my parents most. They overcame much to

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your professional career as it relates to leadership? My proudest professional accomplishment was producing the two-day National Policy Forum on Music and the Arts at Pixar Studios last August. It received great reviews, and it has led to new collaborations and commitments for Hispanic education in music and the arts. What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your personal life (outside of the office) as it relates to leadership? My proudest accomplishment in my personal life was winning the Junior Chamber International –USA National Master Speak-Up competition last June (which consisted of a prepared speech and an impromptu speech), it was a culmination of five years of speech training. Personal background: Born in Glendale, CA, I received my undergraduate degree from USC and my MPP from GWU. My mom lives in Los Angeles, and my younger brother lives in the Portland area. I have lived in DC since 2006. Who do you most admire? I admire my father, Manuel Caudillo, the most. He was in-

credibly loving and encouraged me throughout my childhood. He inspired me to become a prayer warrior and was a foundation in my faith. Favorite hobby: I enjoy participating in long-distance races. Whether it is triathlons or marathons, I have enjoyed staying fit while also challenging myself to go further than before. What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? My advice would be to never stop seeking opportunities that inspire you. Ask questions and find your passion. If it’s in education, learn everything about it and find an avenue to get involved. If I could change one thing about this region, I would... ensure our new immigrants have the resources to succeed and feel welcomed in our communities.

Leadership Arlington Announces 40 Under 40 Honorees!

We are proud to recognize the distinguished group of young leaders. Leadership Arlington’s 40 Under 40 are the next generation of trailblazers.

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Dr. T. Charles Clancy

Danielle Blunt Craddock

»» Director, Hume Center for National Security and Technology, and Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering »» Virginia Tech

»» Founder and Director »» Girls Inspired & Ready to Lead Inc.

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your professional career as it relates to leadership? Since joining Virginia Tech in 2010, I have launched the Hume Center for National Security and Technology and led its growth into an organization now supporting more than 50 faculty and engaging more than 200 students each year. I personally have had the opportunity to co-found three of these startups and all have principal office locations 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? I am an active member of the Institute for Electronics and Electrical Engineers (IEEE), and I serve in leadership roles within the Signal Processing Society and Communications Society, focused around the security of wireless communications and networks. Personal background: I studied electrical engineering and computer science at the University of Illinois and University of Maryland, respectively. My husband and I

are fathers to toddler twins. Who do you most admire? I most admire entrepreneurs and their willingness to take significant personal and professional risks to pursue their passions. Favorite hobby: I enjoy jogging and swimming, when I can find the time. What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? In my experience, a key mechanism for effective leadership is, to the extent possible, create an environment that aligns incentives for those involved, such that outcomes positively impact everyone. If I could change one thing about this region, I would... get rid of all the traffic!

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your personal life (outside of the office) as it relates to leadership? Starting a nonprofit that mentors and empowers teen girls is my proudest accomplishment. Realizing the challenges girls face during their teen years, I formed Girls Inspired & Ready to Lead Inc. (GIRL). GIRL provides educational and social enrichment opportunities and positive role models so girls feel confident in themselves and in achieving their dreams. Over the past five years, GIRL has hosted workshops on various topics for more than 500 girls in the DMV. It has presented three career conferences, published a book of girls’ writings, and co-created two STEM camps in partnership with GMU College of Science STEM Accelerator Program. Personal background: I am a native of Fairfax County and graduate of Robinson Secondary School. I received a BA in communication from Old Dominion University and MA in Higher Education from George Mason University. Who do you most admire? I most admire Marian Wright Edelman because she has been an advocate for youth, particularly

those from low-income families, through the Children’s Defense Fund, which she created in 1973. Favorite hobby: My favorite activity is traveling and visiting cities throughout the United States to tour their historical sites and attractions. When in New York, I love to attend Broadway shows. What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? I would tell them to speak to many people who are successful in the field of work in which they are interested, learn from their failures and successes, and allow them to serve as mentors. If I could change one thing about this region, I would... locate government agencies throughout the metro area to reduce traffic congestion into D.C.

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Lyndsey Clutteur DePalma

»» Member-Elect »» Arlington County Board

»» Founder »» House of Steep

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your professional career as it relates to leadership? My proudest accomplishment was earning (along with a remarkable team of friends, staff and volunteers) one of two Democratic nominations for the Arlington County Board this past June. And even more so, I am buoyed by the idea that voters across Arlington feel like I do, which is that including generational diversity in public leadership benefits the whole community.

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your professional career as it relates to leadership? I identified a need for our busy citizens and created a space that allows us to step away from our busy schedules and reconnect over the timeless simplicity of tea, herbs and alternative health. In creating this space, I also created a positive work environment that allows my ten employees and five contractors to learn as much as they desire about business and their leadership abilities, all while drawing on my skills and life lessons in aiding their growth.

Personal background: My husband, Steve, and I live just off Columbia Pike with Bear, a charming elderly Sheltie. I am a “Woo ’Hoo” (a grad of Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School (“the Woo”) and a UVA Wahoo (a “Hoo”). Who do you most admire? My role model is the late Sen. Emily Couric - a state senator from the Charlottesville area widely admired for her ability to build friendships and consensus across ideological lines.

reading nights with our book group. What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? Everyone you encounter is an expert is something; everyone has something to teach you. If I could change one thing about this region, I would... see more cross-generational/background/neighborhood social networks.

Personal background: I have amazing female influences. My mom and grandma had their own businesses and inspired me. I am proud of my MBA from GMU. I am grateful for my supportive husband, Nick, and my beautiful baby, Truman.

Favorite hobby: I love non-musical theater - performing with the Arlington Players in years past, enjoying Woolly Mammoth’s off-kilter plays and performances, and play-

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Who do you most admire? My husband, Nick, who has the most stressful job of anyone I know. Yet, he is present and grounds me when I become stressed. It’s a joy to have such a reminder of peace in my life every day. Favorite hobby: Being outdoors doing anything. Hiking along the waterfront or bike riding or jogging along our trails is uplifting. I enjoy yoga and above all, spending time with friends and loved ones. What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? There’s no time like the present. If you’re going to do something, do it now! Don’t be afraid to shift your focus as needed to go for it and still maintain the energy to keep it up. If I could change one thing about this region, I would... slow the pace.


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Sara Strehle Duke

»» Branch Chief, Cyber Education and Awarness, Department of Homeland Security »» Head Swim Coach, Washington-Lee HS and Ft. Myer Officer’s Club

»» Executive Director »» Encore Stage & Studio

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your professional career as it relates to leadership? My proudest accomplishment in my career was the first time I led the development and implementation of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) in October 2011. I created the concept of weekly theming to allow for appropriate involvement from organizations; drafted both the Presidential Proclamation and Congressional Resolutions that were published; secured involvement from senior government leaders; and helped develop plans that led to an increase in media impressions by more than 400%. What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your personal life (outside of the office) as it relates to leadership? My proudest accomplishment was being voted the “Best Coach” as part of the Arlington Sun Gazette’s Best Of series in 2015. I am the Head Swim Coach at Washington-Lee High School and the Ft. Myer Officer’s Club Swim Team for the past 10 years. Personal Background: I went to college at GMU for undergraduate and graduate degrees. I am an active alumnae member with Alpha Omicron Pi.

Who do you most admire? My dad. He is from a poor city in Brazil. He worked to become a doctor in the United States. He is now head of the residency program at our local hospital, teaches out of Temple and has received national awards. Favorite hobby: My favorite hobby is scouring thrift stores and flea markets for treasures! The Civitan Flea at W-L each month is my favorite. My largest and best collection is of Fire King Jadeite. What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? Work hard - If you’re known as a hard worker, you will get more work but also more opportunity. Be flexible – then you can manage the tough. Build relationships – gain trust and get things done. If I could change one thing about this region, I would... put down their phones for a day and have some fun!

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What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your professional career as it relates to leadership? Five years ago, I was hired as Encore’s first Executive Director. Since then, our operating budget has more than doubled, and we have grown to four full-time and three part-time staff members. Most importantly, all of these improvements have allowed us to strengthen and increase our programs to serve more children in our community. What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your personal life (outside of the office) as it relates to leadership? For the past six years, I have led a weeklong service trip for the youth from my church. I plan and coordinate these trips and work with our students on various fundraising efforts, including a community carnival. Personal background: I am a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the College of William & Mary where I studied theatre and history. I live in Falls Church with my husband, 1-month-old son and black lab. Who do you most admire? I admire my grandmother, Virginia Dodge. To her, no

one is a stranger. Within five minutes of meeting you, she will know your family history and find some connection or common ground. It’s a talent. Favorite hobby: It is my personal ambition to visit all 59 National Parks in my lifetime. My favorite (so far) is Sequoia in California. I enjoy seeing the amazing natural beauty of the United States. What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? Cultivate friends and colleagues of all ages and from all walks of life – and seek their counsel regularly! If I could change one thing about this region, I would... foster a greater sense of community among all people, no matter what neighborhood they call home.

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Moley Evans

»» Senior Director, Government Relations, Epilepsy Foundation »» President, Junior League of Northern Virginia

»» Founder »» EverWonder Camps

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your professional career as it relates to leadership? Under my leadership, the Epilepsy Foundation has expanded its policy agenda in states around the country and on Capitol Hill. I am proud to have strengthened partnerships with foundation affiliates throughout the country, and that a fragmented approach to advocacy has been replaced with a unified voice. What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your personal life (outside of the office) as it relates to leadership? I came to the United States when I was 15 years old. I am a stronger leader, with greater empathy for the plight of people who are struggling with life’s big challenges because of this experience. Personal background: I was born and raised in Colombia. I graduated from California State University-Fullerton with a Bachelor in Philosophy and Political Science. I am married and have two young sons.

Who do you most admire? I learned from my grandmother the importance of helping others and giving back. She was an active volunteer into her 80s, and was regarded as a caring and wise woman by all who knew her. Favorite hobby: I love good food, wine and beer, cooking and traveling. What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? Seek out opportunities to learn new things by taking on professional or volunteer projects that will expand your network and skills, and believe in your bold visions even when others doubt. If I could change one thing about this region, I would... foster greater awareness and engagement with the many organizations helping people in need.

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your professional career as it relates to leadership? I am most proud of the impact EverWonder has had on children in the larger DC metro area. EverWonder has grown by over 40 percent, with camps this year in seven locations and a staff of more than 30 educators providing exciting learning opportunities for more than 2,000 children. What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your personal life (outside of the office) as it relates to leadership? I was the PTA President at Campbell Elementary for two years. At the start of a school year, we learned more than 75 students were going to lose their bus. Toghether, as a community, we fought to get the bus back, which for so many was their lifeline to school. Personal background: I have a BA from Wake Forest University and a Masters in Education from the University of Virginia. I’ve been married to Nicholas Evans for 13 years. We have two children (Charlotte, 10, and Will, 9) and a dog. Who do you most admire? My friend,

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John Goldener

»» Partner »» The Liberty Tavern

»» Director, Special Initiatives »» Crumpton Group

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your professional career as it relates to leadership? My proudest accomplishment (and biggest challenge) was the successful opening of my first business, The Liberty Tavern. Over the last 10 years, I have proven to be a skilled leader, and I founded a successful company that has touched the lives of many people including our wonderful staff, thousands of happy guests and our local community. I am proud to say that I now have five businesses and 180 employees. It all started at The LT.

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your personal life (outside of the office) as it relates to leadership? I am honored to serve as President of the Lyon Park Citizens Association since 2013. During my tenure, we have navigated several large and potentially contentious issues, most notably the long-planned renovation of our Community Center, rapid commercial growth and several massive new construction projects across the neighborhood. Throughout this process, we were able to expand membership, increase participation and engagement, and bring new voices into the association, all while maintaining civil discourse and fostering the qualities that make Lyon Park and Arlington great. Personal background: I live in Lyon Park with my wife, Carol, and our two children, Sylvia and Gus. I have a BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and an MA in International Service from American University.

Personal Background: My parents were born in Pennsylvania. My brother, Stephen, my sister, Maria, and I were born in upstate New York (Binghamton). I have six nieces and nephews, and I graduated from LeMoyne College in Syracuse. Who do you most admire? My brother, Stephen, is my mentor. He’s taught me industry-best practices and his strategic advice has been invaluable. His sensitivity and care for his own family and our “work family” is an inspiration.

restaurants and bars. What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? Get involved in the community, volunteer and pay it forward. Immerse one’s self in non-profits AND business, AND local government – it’s a proven track to personal happiness and success. If I could change one thing about this region, I would... reinvigorate the commercial real estate market through responsible, innovative, creative planning.

Who do you most admire? Sal Khan, founder of the non-profit Khan Academy. By harnessing new technologies, Khan is making free, high-quality education accessible to anyone with an Internet connection.

Favorite hobby: I love to play the guitar and piano, ski and cook. I love to go to new

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Allison, has overcome obstacles including losing her parents tragically and homelessness. She’s a hard worker, a great mom and such a fighter. She always looks on the bright side. Favorite hobby: You’re going to laugh, but I love to dance. There is a dance fitness class called Vibes by Mimi and Farrah that I don’t get to nearly enough, but when I do it always makes me so happy. What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? Don’t take yourself too seriously, take risks and treat everyone with respect and kindness. If I could change one thing about this region, I would... I think people are WAY too competitive.

Favorite hobby: I am an avid homebrewer. Brewing is equal parts creativity and patience, and if you find the perfect mix of careful science and bold experimentation, your rewards are incredible (and tasty). What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? Don’t wait to become a mentor. The only thing more important than finding a strong mentor invested in your professional and personal success is to be that person for someone else. If I could change one thing about this region, I would... get more young people involved and invested in civic politics and neighborhood improvement.


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Brodie Gregory

»» Officer »» Pew Charitable Trusts

»» Senior Consultant in the Talent Solutions business »» PDRI, a division of CEB (Corporate Executive Board)

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your professional career as it relates to leadership? When I started at Pew, I inherited a state legislative project. The project had no leadership and seemed dangerously close to dying on the vine. I convened stakeholder calls with our in-state and national partners. I hired an in-state public affairs shop to help us through the nuances of the state’s legislative process. By implementing systems of communication and injecting some life into a sputtering campaign, I turned the project around over the course of a few months. The governor signed our legislation into law in April. Personal background: I live in the Nauck neighborhood with my wife, Stephanie, an art history instructor at NOVA, and our Alaskan Malamute, Nikolai. Baby number one is on the way, so keep your fingers crossed for us! Who do you most admire? I most admire Warren Buffett for his Giving Pledge that asks billionaires to part with half of their wealth for charitable causes. On a community level, I most admire County Board Chair Mary Hynes.

Favorite hobby: I am developing two new hobbies. I am an aspiring fly fisherman and I am learning Muay Thai kickboxing at Pentagon MMA on Columbia Pike. Let’s just say I have plenty of room for improvement in both. What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? Focus on your work, but also focus on your network. Ability will get you a job, but people get you in the door. If I could change one thing about this region, I would... build a time machine, go back to the 70s and build additional Metro capacity in Arlington!

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What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your professional career as it relates to leadership? As a consultant and thought leader in leadership development and talent management, I have worked with individuals and organizations on four continents in education, government, non-profit and many private sector industries to help them understand what leadership means to them, why and what they want to achieve with it. What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your personal life (outside of the office) as it relates to leadership? One milestone was coauthoring the book “Using Feedback in Organizational Consulting,” which was published by the American Psychological Association (APA) in February 2015. Another milestone was being selected to the Washington and Lee Alumni Board of Directors, and then being elected president of the board at the age of 30. Personal background: I grew up in Frederick, MD. I attended Washington & Lee University in Lexington, VA for undergrad, and completed my MA and PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology in Akron, OH.

Who do you most admire? People who are authentic – know who they are, what they value are genuine and treat all people with kindness and respect. Favorite hobby: Food – cooking, taking advantage of the great restaurants here, and being active – running, yoga; I could walk all day and never get tired of it! I also love live music – especially the 9:30 Club! What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? Whatever your job, learn everything you can while you’re there. Don’t try to plan your entire career - have a sense of what you want, but be open to opportunities when they arise. If I could change one thing about this region, I would... have more and better options for trains and metro – less traffic and more exploring!

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Julie Huang

Sara Jaffe

»» Director of Music »» The Falls Church Episcopal

»» Senior Director of Development »» Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your professional career as it relates to leadership? I was appointed to serve as Director of Music at The Falls Church Episcopal to create a new music program in the church’s rebuilding process. In the past three years, I have built up a choral program of a select adult choir, an informal adult choir, and a children’s choir; I have increased the general level of music aptitude by offering music theory classes and piano lessons; I have assembled a youth instrumentalist ensemble; I have organized a thriving concert series and advertised the church as a venue for rehearsals and performances.

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your professional career as it relates to leadership? My proudest accomplishment to date is building Signature Theatre, raising the funds to take it from a dilapidated garage space to a newly constructed two-theater complex in Shirlington eight years ago. The Signature experience allowed me to be an ambitious, creative and innovative leader, and the region was supportive and excited for the community’s opportunity to have a an economic anchor and cultural destination.

Personal background: I’m a first generation American and was raised in Maryland. I attended college at Cornell University and completed my master’s in organ performance at University of Oklahoma. I currently serve as Director of Music at The Falls Church Episcopal and reside in Arlington, VA, with my husband, Scott, also a professional musician. Who do you most admire? My father - a singular person who knows himself and is comfortable with himself. He grew up in a Taiwanese aboriginal tribe and overcame great odds to make a life for himself and his family

in the United States. Favorite hobby: I am currently focused on outdoor-adventuring: mountain biking and climbing. Athletic pursuits feel like a natural foil to my “artsy” side, fulfilling a different but equally important part of me. What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? Prioritize work-life balance. A job, title or salary is not the measure of your success, self-worth, or happiness. Remember what is really important: your relationships, health and time. If I could change one thing about this region, I would... properly address traffic and transportation issues, from pollution to congestion.

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your personal life (outside of the office) as it relates to leadership? Without a doubt, being a mother is the best and proudest personal accomplishment. Motherhood is theultimate leadership position, and the role certainly has a high return on investment. Personal background: Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, I received a BA with high honors in Theatre & Dance from Trinity College in Connecticut. I reside in Arlington with my husband, David Ostroff, and our two daughters. Who do you most admire? I most admire

Jennifer Meder

Courtney Mesmer

»» Consulting Director »» Towers Watson

»» Director of Meetings and Events »» American Telemedicine Association

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your professional career as it relates to leadership? When I was 29, I took over as the lead consultant in our firm working with the largest healthcare system in the DMV area and was asked to co-present survey data with their CEO to more than 2,000 managers. Without my knowing, he sent accolades about my presentation, and within the year, I became one of the youngest consultants in the firm’s history to be promoted to the partner-level.

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your professional career as it relates to leadership? One of the proudest moments in my professional career was being part of the senior leadership team that was responsible for strategic development and management of all event operations for the ACC Annual Scientific Session and Exposition that attracts 20,000-plus attendees annually. I am proud that I was able to impact the transformation of this event from a traditional convention information/exchange model into an adultlearning environment which ultimately leads to improving quality of overall medical care.

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your personal life (outside of the office) as it relates to leadership? After college, I moved to New York City to work for a human capital consulting firm and start my Masters in Organizational Psychology at Columbia University. I found out my mother ended her life, and at that time, decided to return to Atlanta to be with two of my younger sisters. Personal background: I was born in DC and am the eldest of six children. I graduated from Vassar College and completed my Masters at Northwestern University. I have been married for 12 years and have two daughters. Who do you most admire? My grandmother

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survived imprisonment in a concentration camp in World War II. Throughout her life, she would remind us that meaning is found in every moment of living even in suffering and death. Favorite hobby: We have a pop-up camper and love to camp as a family in national and state parks. We just returned from Maine, where we camped in Acadia National Park. Our goal is to make it to all 50 states. What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? Create a personal board of directors and tap into their wisdom and knowledge when you face critical decisions or trials in your career. If I could change one thing about this region, I would... make the process of building infrastructure more collaborative and cooperative between DC, VA & MD.

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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? I am currently working with others in the Junior League of Washington in creating the Leadership Institute. The Leadership Institute is a new program created to help our women members develop strong, effective leadership skills. Personal background: I have a degree in Business & Japanese Studies from Gettysburg College. I received my Certified Meeting Planner designation in 2008. Who do you most admire? My husband,

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. I worked with her early in my career, and I am in awe of her enormous intellectual capacity and wisdom about all things related to equality and happiness. Favorite hobby: I love music and get my fix at work, and get my dancing in as an avid Jazzerciser. Food is another hobby - I’ll go anywhere for a great dining experience: Michelin-rated restaurant or greasy hole in the wall. What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? Being “right” is not important. Be open to learning and listening and having a positive attitude. Your professional life will benefit from your openness and hard work. If I could change one thing about this region, I would... slow the rat race.The “busy” epidemic is terrible for our culture. Let’s embrace a less hectic pace!

Mike. He has a magnetic personality that seems to attract people everywhere he goes. He has an uncanny ability to motivate and bring people together, even in tough situations. Favorite hobby: Teaching or taking fitness classes, reading, participating in local events, frequenting local restaurants. What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? If you feel like quitting, remember that sometimes things have to go wrong before they can be right. Sometimes you have to go through the worst to arrive at your best. Life is tough, but you are tougher. If I could change one thing about this region, I would... challenge local groups to provide more opportunities for our youth to develop themselves as leaders.


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Koube Ngaaje

»» Principal of Campbell Elementary School »» Arlington Public Schools

»» Director of Operations »» Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC)

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your professional career as it relates to leadership? In 2012, when I became the principal at Campbell, the school had just been identified as a “Focus” school by the Virginia Department of Education for low test scores in reading. After several years of investing in classroom libraries, providing sound professional development and attracting highquality staff, the test scores have increased dramatically.

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your professional career as it relates to leadership? Becoming the Director of Operations of AFAC at the age of 27 and subsequently leading the organization through a 45 percent increase in overall services. As I embark on my ninth year with AFAC, I am extremely proud to be part of the leadership team that shaped AFAC into the community leader providing and promoting dignified access to nutritious food for all Arlingtonians in need. What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your personal life (outside of the office) as it relates to leadership? I am proud to serve my community through the following organizations: GiveArlington (past board member), NextGenNow (founding member), Our Lady Queen of Peace (Parish Advisory Board member and volunteer), My Sisters Place (volunteer), Leadership Arlington (member) and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc (member). Personal background: I am blessed to call three unique and amazing places home: Annandale, VA; Dallas, TX; and Cameroon, West Africa. I am also a proud alumna of Baylor University and Marymount University. Go Bears & Saints! Who do you most admire? My mother, who

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your personal life (outside of the office) as it relates to leadership? From 2009-2012, I chaired the Dundree Knolls Condo Association Architectural Committee during a multimillion-dollar renovation project. The committee interviewed architects and made design and utilitarian decisions for a community with more than 100 units. Personal background: I attended Bucknell University for my undergraduate degree in Elementary Education. I attended GMU as a member of the APS Leadership Cohort to earn my Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership.

Who do you most admire? I admire agents of social change. An example would be Ruby Bridges, who was so courageous to integrate an elementary school at such a young age, despite public resistance. Favorite hobby: I attend several Zumba classes a week. It is great exercise and stress relief. What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? Young leaders have new ideas and approaches to offer the community. Age can be an asset, not a limitation. If I could change one thing about this region, I would... change perceptions about South Arlington. It is a diverse community with a lot to offer.

instilled in me the values of honesty, dedication and dignity. Growing up, I watched her face insurmountable obstacles head on and with grace. She is the person I strive to be, always. Favorite hobby: Reading a good book is both relaxing and exhilarating! The adventures to be had in literature are seemingly endless, and I love seeing the world through the eyes of remarkable authors and characters. What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? Make time to be proactive and intentional in both your professional and personal lives. Professional success is great, but it falls short when isolated from personal fulfillment. Live, Laugh, Love! If I could change one thing about this region, I would... provide a living wage. Thus allowing millions to live with dignity and break the cycle of poverty.

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Kyriakos Pagonis

Shy Pahlevani

»» Vice President »» Murray, Montgomery & O’Donnell

»» Founder »» LiveSafe Inc.

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your professional career as it relates to leadership? Two years ago, I approached the Yale School of Management Chief Executive Leadership Institute, which is “the world’s first school for CEOs,” to create the Yale Mayors College, which is a forum for private- and public-sector leaders to meet together to share challenges and best practices.

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your professional career as it relates to leadership? I am most proud of building a mission-oriented company of folks who are passionate about making the world a safer place. Growing a team from three people in a garage to nearly 30 in our new Rosslyn office has been an incredible leadership journey.

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your personal life (outside of the office) as it relates to leadership? In 2011, my then-5-month-old son, Kio, went through major health issues that required at-home health care. After Kio’s health improved, we contacted state representatives to discuss our experience and proposed policy solutions. I am proud to say that on July 1, 2015, Virginia SB 944 became law. Personal background: My wife, Meg, and I recently celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary. Children: Zoe(8) and Kio(4), attend Arlington Public Schools. I have degrees from University of Akron, MA and Elon University, BA. Who do you most admire? I admire my parents. Both had very limited educational

experiences and immigrated to the United States in the 1970s without knowing English or culture. My success is directly related to their courage. Favorite hobby: In my limited free time, I like to camp, ski, hike, bike and play soccer. A number of years ago I began a collection of newspaper articles that capture important historical events. What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? My advice would be to recognize early on that success requires multiple partners and is shared. You are at times the hub in the wheel and sometimes a spoke in the wheel of success. If I could change one thing about this region, I would... create a one-stop shop for caregivers.

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your personal life (outside of the office) as it relates to leadership? In my personal life, I am most proud of raising my daughter, Ava. Serving as her role model as she continues to grow challenges me to work harder both personally and professionally, and I look forward to continuing to lead by example. Personal background: I earned my BA in Business Management with a concentration in Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship at James Madison University. My most treasured project is that of a husband and father. Who do you most admire? I most admire Steve Jobs for his upfront and open style of communication, transparency, and ability to

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Veronica Perez-Perea

»» Chair, Arlington Partnership for Children, Youth, and Families »» Co-Founder, Patel & Williams, PLLC

»» Art Specialist »» Arlington County Public Schools

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your personal life (outside of the office) as it relates to leadership? I was tremendously honored to be selected to serve as a community member on the Arlington Partnership for Children, Youth, and Families in 2012 and humbled by the request to serve as the Commission’s Chair effective 2015. For the past 15 years, the partnership has been recognized as a powerful, unprecedented example of school-county-community investment in children and families. The partnership is charged with researching the community’s needs, advocating for changes in policies and programs, and engaging the community as part of the solution. As a graduate of APS, a homeowner, and a business-owner in this community, I am committed to the strength and success of our community. Personal background: My parents immigrated to the United States from India. I am the proud aunt of a beautiful niece, and the mother of two adorable cats.

mother, the oldest of seven, took care of all of her siblings and their children. She spent considerable time with all of her grandchildren and kept us connected to our Gujarati heritage. Favorite hobby: I love watching the home teams! What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? I serve as an adjunct professor at my alma mater, Howard University School of Law. I advise students to couple their passion with their work so that each day will be rewarding in some way. If I could change one thing about this region, I would... eliminate traffic.

Who do you most admire? My grand-

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What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your professional career as it relates to leadership? I was recognized as the 2015 Victoria D. de Sanchez Northern Hispanic Teacher of the Year due to my ability to impart knowledge and to inspire students from all backgrounds to learn. I am a countywide facilitator for Courageous Conversations on Racial Equity. The initiative aims at increasing student achievements by eliminating race and the acquisition of English as a predictor of success in Arlington Public Schools. What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your personal life (outside of the office) as it relates to leadership? I lead a global photography exchange project called “This is My City/ This is My Community,” where children in Uganda learned to use cameras to share their life stories and culture with the community of Arlington. Their artwork was on display at the Arlington Art Center, and it had a huge impact in my school, community and globally. I am a practicing artist, active in leadership positions in numerous community art groups, including: Del Ray Artisans, The Arlington Artist Alliance, Art Latin American Collective Project, and the Latino Art League.

constantly innovate. He was a visionary who knew what people wanted before they knew they needed it. Favorite hobby: I love to advise people starting their own businesses and frequently meet with and mentor entrepreneurs in the DC area. What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? Don’t be afraid to follow your passion. When you are under the age of 40, you have the ability to take a lot of risk. Finding your passion is difficult, but once you do it’s your golden ticket. If I could change one thing about this region, I would... foster a deeper culture of entrepreneurship and bring more talent to Virginia.

Personal background: Master’s Degree in Bilingual/Multicultural Education from GMU; Master’s Degree Equivalent from VCU. Bachelor’s Degree in Art Education from the Inter American of PR. Who do you most admire? My grandma is my hero. Her passion and dedication for her family is very inspiring. Favorite hobby: I enjoy traveling, painting, photography, and spending time with family and friends. What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? Have integrity. Respect yourself and others. Learn as much as you can. Keep an open mind. Be patient. Listen. Create value in your community. Work hard! If I could change one thing about this region, I would... have more diverse leadership positions, particularly in the schools.


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Courtney Reeve

»» Shareholder »» Walsh, Colucci, Lubeley & Walsh, P.C.

»» Executive Director »» Aspire! Afterschool Learning

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your professional career as it relates to leadership? When I decided to leave my position as a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice after five years, I did so with the objective of serving the local community in Northern Virginia. I was honored to join Walsh, Colucci as an associate in 2007, and even more honored to have been asked to take on the leadership role of shareholder in 2013. I like to think that my work as a land use and zoning attorney over the past eight years has positively affected Arlington County, the community in which I have chosen both to work and to raise my family.

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your professional career as it relates to leadership? My proudest professional accomplishment as it relates to leadership is the transformation of Aspire! Afterschool Learning (formerly, Greenbrier Learning Center) from a small, struggling nonprofit with deep debt to a robust, fiscally sound organization with rigorous programs that positively impact the lives of young people in Arlington in clear, measurable ways, giving students from low-income households every opportunity to graduate from high school. Under my leadership, Aspire! has expanded its impact both in its reach and in its results – helping more children make better gains. I have done this by strengthening Aspire’s programs and, simultaneously, building a highly effective Board of Directors to guide and support the organization’s work.

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your personal life (outside of the office) as it relates to leadership? No leadership role is more important to me than being a father. I strive to lead them by example, showing them the value of hard work, but also that family always comes first. Personal background: I grew up in Texas and earned my B.A. and J.D. from University of Texas at Austin. My wife, Julie, and I have lived in Arlington for 14 years. Our three children attend Arlington Public Schools.

Who do you most admire? My wife, Julie. She puts up with my shenanigans (which I appreciate) while managing her own successful law practice at a major international firm and being an amazing mom to our three kids. Favorite hobby: I love watching comedy: Key & Peele and Aziz Ansari. I have a knack for remembering every line from movies or TV shows I enjoy. I love to be outside, hiking and biking, especially in the mountains. What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? I didn’t invent this quote, but I do try to live by it: “Always be yourself. Everybody else is already taken.” If I could change one thing about this region, I would... if I could change one thing, I would improve the blood-pressure-raising Northern Virginia traffic.

Personal background: My formal training is in bilingual education and international education policy, with a certificate in refugee trauma and healing. I have two young children who we are raising bilingually.

Who do you most admire? I most admire the men and women who put their lives at risk every day to protect someone else’s freedom and human worth. Favorite hobby: I enjoy meditation and yoga, although I’m learning to incorporate a more “lively” and impromptu practice into life with two young children! And I love a good book, too! What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? Learn as much as you can and share as much as you can. If I could change one thing about this region, I would...give each child a stable home, a community that values them and support to do well in school and life.

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Angela Rose

Jane Rudolph

»» Founder and Executive Director »» Promoting Awareness | Victim Empowerment (PAVE)

»» Director of the Department of Parks & Recreation »» Arlington County

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your professional career as it relates to leadership? My proudest accomplishment in my career was serving as the CEO/Team Leader of Keller Williams Realty–Arlington. As CEO, I helped cultivate the growth to more than 200 real estate professionals, broke branch records, and our office was continually ranked as having number one in market share in Arlington County. I also created the Arlington Real Estate Network, which hosted events for real estate professionals. What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your personal life (outside of the office) as it relates to leadership? I turned a traumatizing life experience at the age of 17 into helping to protect others. We created a petition drive, which garnered more than 5,000 signatures and culminated with the passage of the Sexually Violent Person’s Commitment Act. Personal background: I grew up in a suburb of Chicago, and I am the oldest of three girls I also am very excited that I married my soulmate in November.

Who do you most admire? I most admire my grandma, Lorraine. She had a contagiously positive outlook on life. I lost her last December, but am inspired by the life lessons that she imparted such as the importance of giving back. Favorite hobby: I love music, and my favorite hobbies include playing guitar, writing music and dancing. What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? Never give up on your dreams. Edison had nearly 1,000 unsuccessful attempts before he discovered the light bulb. It’s also important to visualize what you want. If I could change one thing about this region, I would... eliminate sexual exploitation, trafficking and sexual assault.

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your professional career as it relates to leadership? Before arriving, my department was siloed due to a lack of leadership. In the 2½ years I have been with the county, I believe I have worked to turn the ship around and now have a cohesive leadership team that has enabled the department to have a strong voice on issues of the protection of open space and the importance of providing great and equitable programs and general goodwill about the value of parks in our densely populated community. What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your personal life (outside of the office) as it relates to leadership? My two children. Personal background: I live in Arlington with my husband and two children. I am originally from New York City and moving to Arlington in 2010 was the first time I had ever lived in a single-family house.

Eugene St. Clair

»» Principal/Leasing Director »» Shooshan Company

»» CEO »» Humanproof, LLC

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your professional career as it relates to leadership? In 2011, I was tasked with the lease extension of the Office of Naval Research, a 315,000-square-foot lease. This process took about 13 months, and in the end it was a success. The office remains in the building today, maintaining about 1,200 jobs in Arlington County.

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your professional career as it relates to leadership? It was the moment I decided to leave the comfort of a great salary and great employer and risk starting my own company. It was a moment I finally believed in myself and gave the rest of the world a reason to believe in me, too. It was the moment I decided to become a leader. What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your personal life (outside of the office) as it relates to leadership? My proudest personal accomplishment in leadership was the moment I fully internalized the idea that you must give before you can receive. If you want love, give love. If you want respect, give respect. In my opinion, if you are genuine in your attention, caring and giving to others, you will build unbreakable loyalty and be a true leader in any endeavor. Personal background: I studied aerospace engineering and applied-experimental psychology (Human Factors) at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. My wife and I are expecting our first child in January. Who do you most admire? My wife. She has a no-nonsense attitude about working hard

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your personal life (outside of the office) as it relates to leadership? I am the current chair of the Board of Directors for the Arlington Chamber of Commerce, the youngest person to hold this position in its 91-year history. I am proud to represent both Arlington County as the chair, but also my own company as a volunteer who has worked his way into this leadership position since joining the Chamber in 2010. Personal background: I went to Georgetown, where I majored in Marketing and minored in Theology, and played Division I lacrosse for all four years. I’ve been married for seven years and have a daughter (3) and son (1).

Favorite hobby: Today I love nothing more than running to music with a pair of headphones on. To me, it is the perfect escape from your daily routine, and all you need is a pair of shoes and an iPod. What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? Get out at a young age and get involved in your community in some way. Over time if you stick to an industry, you can learn how to do your job, but nothing can replace the value of relationships. If I could change one thing about this region, I would... end domestic violence.

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What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? Work hard and always strive to be better. Find the work-life balance that works for you - it will make you more productive both in the office and at home. If I could change one thing about this region, I would... like the opportunity to better collaborate on open-space issues and not be so siloed by jurisdictions.

Who do you most admire? I was obsessed with Eleanor Roosevelt as a kid. She was vocal about what she believed and fought for important causes of the day while always conducting herself with grace and kindness.

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cia) who has stood by my father for more than 40 years while he grew our company, and she raised my sister Kelly and I. Now that I’m a dad, I fully realize what she did for our family.

Favorite hobby: Reading, tennis, cooking, being outside with my family, using Arlington parks!

and doing what makes sense day in and day out. We find balance: Where I focus so much energy on planning, she is extraordinary on execution. Favorite hobby: Aerobatic flying. Oddly, it’s something that requires complete and total focus, discipline and a lot of hard work, but there is no greater sense of freedom than this type of flying. What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? Forget the concept of failure. Embrace the idea of failing as an opportunity to learn valuable lessons quickly. You will never be fully ready for anything. As they say, “jump, and the net will appear.” If I could change one thing about this region, I would... shift the focus from individual accomplishment to community and worldwide uplifting.


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Zach Wahl

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What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your professional career as it relates to leadership? My proudest professional and personal accomplishment was writing and publishing my book, “The GPS Guide to Success” in 2013. During the process of writing this book, I learned more about this topic and myself than I would have ever imagined possible, and this endeavor gave me the opportunity to connect and build relationships with people all around the world (prior to publishing my book, it was reviewed by 32 individuals from 16 different countries across the world). The satisfaction of hearing people explain to me how my thoughts in the book positively impacted their lives is one of the most awesome feelings one can have. My book has been shared in the college setting, elementary setting, and even by individual youth-serving organizations internationally.

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your professional career as it relates to leadership? In 2013, I founded Enterprise Knowledge with the goal of creating an unparalleled consultancy that provides the utmost service to our clients, excels in thought leadership and creates an environment of opportunity where employees flourish.

Personal background: I am married and the oldest of six children. I am from Victorville, CA, and I attained my Masters in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Baltimore. Who do you most admire? My mother and father. Our family has gone through a great

deal through life, but they refused to let their children suffer. Favorite hobby: I love hiking because it is a great workout, and it trains your mind to think quickly as you are trying to find a next place to step, or next rock to grab, when you are climbing. What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? Be respectful and nice to others. Many of the opportunities offered to me throughout my life thus far, I received because people liked me and liked working with me. If I could change one thing about this region, I would... ensure that all K-12 schools have budget to conduct field trips to our national parks and museums.

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your personal life (outside of the office) as it relates to leadership? I am most proud of the life that I have built with my fiancée in Arlington. We are surrounded by great friends and neighbors, and we intend for this to be our home our entire lives, where we hope to raise our (future) children. Personal background: I graduated summa cum laude from Dickinson College in 1998 and have been a resident of Arlington County for nearly 20 years. I married Lindsay Stoudt, the love of my life, this past September.

Sheila Yosufy

»» Psychotherapist »» Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center

»» Senior Vice President - Commercial Services Executive »» Cardinal Bank

Personal Background: I was a Rhodes Scholar; I have a doctorate in Neuroscience from Oxford; I will receive my Ph.D. (2016 completion) in Clinical Psychology from Catholic University. At 16, I rode my bicycle across the United States. Who do you most admire? I admire the veterans I serve - not just for their service

to our country, but even more importantly for the courage and leadership they display by overcoming stigma and seeking mental health support. Favorite hobby: I enjoy photography as it helps me focus on the beauty of the moment and see the world from new perspectives. What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? Don’t be afraid to re-invent yourself. Finding your best match between career and intellectual passion is the key to happiness and positive impact on your community. If I could change one thing about this region, I would... lift the stigma of psychotherapy. No one is immune to suffering – and research shows that therapy works.

What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? Regardless of age, my most important piece of advice is one I learned from my parents by example – do good work, treat people fairly and honestly, and you will always be successful. If I could change one thing about this region, I would... promote this area and make more people aware of what an amazing place it is to live and work.

Who do you most admire? My parents. They made sacrifices their entire lives to set us up to be successful and have never asked or expected anything in return.

Megan Wheeler What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your professional career as it relates to leadership? My proudest accomplishment is the re-invention of my career to have a direct effect on the lives of others. I began as a neuroscientist at Dartmouth but soon realized that my research – while important for the creation of new scientific knowledge – would not have a tangible human impact for years to come. So, I resolved to embark on a second Ph.D., this time in clinical psychology, to re-focus my intellectual pursuits on ameliorating human suffering. At the DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center, I am now realizing the fruits of this career transition. I conduct research on how to improve psychotherapy for Veterans, work that has important implications for the future of mental health treatment in VA hospitals locally and across the country.

Favorite hobby: I have a great time with good food and good wine, whether it is cooking for friends or trying something new out in the neighborhood.

What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your professional career as it relates to leadership? In 2006, I was offered the role of Business Development Officer at Cardinal Bank. At that time, I had been a member of the Cardinal team for two years as a branch manager with a small staff. My goal was to increase the commercial client/deposit base in these markets, and it was one of the biggest challenges I faced in my career. Nine years later, I am one of the senior members of my team with one of the highest success rates. What would you describe as your proudest accomplishment or milestone in your personal life (outside of the office) as it relates to leadership? Both of my children were born with medical complications. We were faced with our greatest gifts, but also our hardest challenges. Now, they are both healthy children, and my proudest personal accomplishment is being their mother. Personal background: My husband and I, along with our son and daughter, live in Vienna. I grew up in Fairfax and received my BBA in International Business and MBA in Business Management from Marymount University. 2015

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Who do you most admire? My mom. In 2004, she battled bi-lateral breast cancer. Through chemotherapy, radiation and hair loss, she supported her family. She then lost her only sister to cancer and was the foundation of our support. Favorite hobby: My favorite hobby is fishing. I love the calmness of the water and the excitement I feel when I catch a fish. What is one piece of advice you would give other professionals under the age of 40? I would advise my peers is to be openminded. The ability to take on various challenges and changes will open doors for opportunities they never expected. If I could change one thing about this region, I would... Young professionals should take leadership programs to have a successful career path.

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