E-News March 2017

Thirty Years Leading the Way in Fairfax and Beyond

WOW! It's hard to believe it has been 30 years since w
e convened the first class of the Leadership Fairfax Signature Program . What started as a vision within the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce has become a dream come true as we have  matured into a prestigious organization with over 1700 committed and engaged alumni, who are now serving as community leaders in a variety of ways.

Many alumni have grown their professional careers while giving back as volunteers and leaders within our nonprofit community and with local government agencies. We are proud to call the Fairfax County Executive, the Sheriff, the Police Chief, and countless captains of industry among our own.   

As we come together to celebrate our successes, and there are many, we are also launching an expanded mission. I like to think of it as Leadership Fairfax 2.0. While we continue to offer high quality experiences through our LFI, ELI and LLP Leadership Development programs, we are expanding our efforts to bring leaders from all sectors to the table to build and maintain the strongest community possible.  

To that end, Leadership Fairfax is engaging our alumni in community conversation around issues that require a new way of thinking and collaboration to find solutions. We are playing the role of facilitator and in other cases the convener. As an example, we have Leadership Fairfax alumni at the table for discussions about public safety, SCYPT (Successful Children and Youth Policy Team) and the development of an Opportunity Neighborhood in Reston.  In addition, we have facilitated meetings and retreats of the Fairfax County School Board and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and others modeling solution-based conversations. Much of what we want to accomplish is in the planning stages, so stay tuned to this E-news for updates and information on how to engage.  

A Conversation with David Birtwistle, LFI'88 Leadership Fairfax's Inaugural Graduating Class
" Thirty years is a long time," David Birtwistle reflects, as early morning light streams through the windows of the Leadership Fairfax office. It's been three decades since the very first Leadership Fairfax Institute class gathered for their first session, ready to take their career to the next level. Birtwistle, now currently serving on the Board of Directors, was a student of the 1988 class and has a unique professional background spanning public, private and nonprofit sectors.

Birtwistle's journey to serving the Fairfax community began in his native state of Rhode Island. During his senior year at Providence College, a congressional internship brought him to the Washington, D.C area. His graduate studies at American University relocated him permane ntly. His network at AU brought him into the fold of Fairfax County government, and in 1987 he was working in the office of the Economic Development Authority and active in the chamber, where Leadership Fairfax was created.

"I was familiar with quite a few of the people who were on the organizing board for that first year, so I contacted them and asked, 'Is this a program that I might benefit from participating in?' They encouraged me to participate so I applied and was accepted in the first year's program." Birtwistle then joined 28 other students who are still in touch. [Continued below...]
Last Call for Board of Supervisors Breakfast!

Please join us and your fellow alums as we hear the latest Fairfax County news from the Supervisors!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Fairview Park Marriott
3111 Fairview Park Drive
Falls Church, VA

 Click  here  to  register. Only 20 Seats Available! 

Leadership Fairfax CEO Karen Cleveland Named Community Champion!

At Leadership Fairfax, we are brimming with pride! Our bold and fearless leader, Karen Cleveland, has just been recognized as a Community Champion by Northern Virginia Family Services. Each year, NVFS recognizes a Legend of Northern Virginia and a Community Champion for their contributions to the region. 

"She's been a visionary leader," says Stephanie Berkowitz (ELI '03), President & CEO of NVFS, citing Karen's commitment to community partnerships and community engagement through her work at Habitat For Humanity, Cleveland Coaching Group and of course, Leadership Fairfax! 

Karen will receive the award at the NVFS Road to Independence Gala happening Friday, May 12, 2017 at the Hilton McLean in Tysons Corner. 
Communications Manager's Photo Featured in PEOPLE Magazine
Congratulations to Leadership Fairfax Communications Manager, Laura Lyon, for having one of her photos published in this week's issue of PEOPLE Magazine, documenting Pulse Survivor Angel Colon on his mission to heal and educate others.
O utstanding Corporate Citizen Award
**Applications Open Through March 27!**

The Northern Virginia Chamber's Outstanding Corporate Citizenship Awards   honor individuals, businesses and non-profits for above-and-beyond business  
leadership, employee engagement, and corporate social responsibility.

We love celebrating Leadership Fairfax Alums at this event so nominate a worthy individual or organization, today. 
Award Categories:
  • Outstanding Corporate Citizen of the Year
    • Large business - more than 500 employees in the DC Metro region
    • Mid-Size business - between 101-500 employees in the DC Metro region
    • Small business - 100 or less employees in the DC Metro region 
  • Executive Leader of the Year
  • Emerging Influential of the Year
  • Non-Profit of the Year
  • Environmental Sustainability Award
  • Outstanding Veteran and Military Advocate Award
Click here to nominate!
Application FAQ  here.
Information Sessions
Bring a friend to learn more about our ELI, LFI and LLP Classes! 

Information Sessions are being hosted in March and April, and we would love to meet anyone you believe would benefit from our programs! 

RSVP here.
Thank You,
Annual Sponsors!
Women Who Lead: Making the Jump to CEO

The Washington Business Journal and the Washington Area Women's Foundation are hosting a panel on women leaders, spotlighting their secrets to success.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Pepco Edison Gallery
702 8th Street NW
Washington, D.C 20068
Cost: $50.00

Click here to register. 

Volunteer Management Boot Camp 101
Come learn the basics of volunteer program planning, recruitment and supervision. Whether new to the volunteer management arena or just in need of a basic refresher, this opportunity is for you. 

Two opportunities:

Boot Camp 101- The Basics!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017
9:30am - 12:30pm

Providence Rec Center
7525 Marc Drive
Falls Church, VA

Click here to register!

Advanced Boot Camp 201

Tuesday,March 28, 2017
9:30am - 12:30pm

Providence Rec Center
7525 Marc Drive
Falls Church, VA

Click here to register!
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Laura Lyon
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Leadership Fairfax
[Continued From Above]...A Moment with David Birtwistle

"My pursuit of the program was that it would help me get a more fundamental understanding across the board of the composition of the county and the various aspects of it. The biggest takeaway was that [Fairfax  County] is a big area: 399 square miles. It's a vast area and yet there's not a lot that the entire community has in common. There's so much diversity throughout the area because it's so big.There's a lot that people need to understand about it in order to truly have an impact."

Birtwistle continued to work for Fairfax County for another decade after he graduated from LFI, continuing on to work for Balfour Beatty Construction and now serving as the CEO of the Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance. Throughout the years he has remained close to Leadership Fairfax, serving on the board several times and helping with philanthropic endeavors as the program continues to expand its reach.

"One of my core philosophies in life is always to leave a place better when you left it than when you got there. We all have a responsibility to look at our community and look at what can we do to make it a better place. I think Leadership Fairfax was a good vehicle for being able to see a wider perspective, to gain a lot of different input from organizations and also to help educate people about what's there."