Destination: Leadership!
June E-News

A Conversation with Marion Myers (LFI '99)
Nestled in a quiet office park in the heart of Reston is Myers Public Relations, an organization that Marion Myers (LFI '99) has built from the ground up since its inception in 1991.  
A Reston resident since 1982, Myers has served her community in several capacities over the decades, as a businesswoman, a volunteer, a committee member and on several boards.
"I heard about (LFI) through the Reston Chamber of Commerce," Myers said. Although she was and remains dedicated to serving the Reston community, her time in the Leadership Fairfax program taught her about the functions of Fairfax County as a whole.
"The understanding that there was a bigger world than my neighborhood was eye opening."
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Classes begin in September.

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Commencement Tickets 

Have you purchased your tickets for the the Class of 2017 Commencement ceremony?

They've worked hard and now it is time to celebrate and welcome a new class of alumni.

June 14, 2017
6:00-9:30 pm 
The Pavilion

Reston Town Center

Sponsor the whole gang or purchase tickets individually on our registration page. 

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Bronze sponsor:
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Remembering Berry Cuffee (LFI '01)

Berry Arjarvis Cuffee (November 15, 1961-May 2, 2017) was a very special graduate of our signature program. 

A native Virginian, Cuffee moved to New York to pursue acting where he performed in theater, film and television roles. He took the most pride as Wesley Snipes' stunt double in Money Train and Too Wong Foo.

While visiting family in 1995, Cuffee was involved in a car accident that left him a quadriplegic. This did not stop him from completing his degree at Virginia Union University, earning a graduate certificate from George Washington University, founding the C4 Foundation (named such after the C4 vertebrae where his spine was severed), serving on numerous boards and graduating from Leadership Fairfax.

Leadership Fairfax CEO Karen Cleveland notes that Cuffee did not live, he thrived.
Myers Conversation continued...

With this knowledge, she was able to expand her business. "It extended my network and my reach and that was when my business started to grow," Myers said, noting that her clients began to include businesses from Reston to D.C and all the way up to Baltimore, and her office grew from two to ten employees. She even sent some of her employees through the ELI program.
Her time in the program was hardly the end of her involvement with Leadership Fairfax. "I've always stayed active," Myers said. "I've either chaired or sat on the communications committee. I participate in events and help with the PR when I can."
Myers also serves on the Board of Directors and is excited about the vision of "Leadership Fairfax 2.0" spearheaded by CEO Karen Cleveland and mentioned in previous E-News publications, with a purposeful mission of initiating solutions-based dialogue on pertinent issues facing the region.
"We should be the go-to place for discussing issues. We should have enough people that know enough about certain areas if we are asked to conduct constructive conversation."
Myers believes the LFI network is fully capable of reaching this goal. "If you look at our alumni, it's very impressive."
She referred to the "golden rolodex" of alumni that are a phone call, text or email away if they're ever needed for service simply because once you've gone through the program, you're essentially part of a professional family that is invaluable to each other.
She hopes to keep the momentum of the alumni network going. As the deadline to apply for the Class of 2018 approaches, she has a message for hopeful applicants.
"Take a look at your service. Do you do volunteer work? What are you doing outside of your day to day existence and work? It's the things that you do personally that will make you qualified for the program."
But, like Myers, everyone is encouraged to continue their involvement with the Leadership Fairfax community once their program year is over.
"If you want to go on a leadership path, pick an organization you believe in, join, and pick a committee that you know could show off your skills," Myers advises. "PR 101 is 'do something good and talk about it!'"

Part of celebrating Leadership Fairfax's 30th anniversary involves spotlighting some of our many noteworthy alumni. Would you like to have a conversation with us? Do you have a recommendation of who should be next? Contact
Thank You, David Bean!

After serving Leadership Fairfax as the Director of Leadership Programs, tirelessly coordinating and successfully executing ELI, LFI and LLP program days, David Bean is stepping down from his position and taking on a volunteer role in the organization.

We are thankful for the time and skills he put into helping our program participants reach their maximum potential and we look forward to his continued participation. Following graduation, and a well deserved vacation, David will be leading an IT Committee to help Leadership Fairfax improve its systems utilization and develop new processes for managing information. 
Information Sessions
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Congrats to our Alumni!
Mariam Tadros (ELI '17) welcomes her baby boy, Henry!
Charles Thomas (ELI '12) has just released his latest book Breakthrough: Stories of Resilience, Tragedy & Triumph. It's available online and if you're interested in shopping local to Fairfax County, it's available at Scrawl Books in Reston!

We love hearing your news! Please keep us informed of new opportunities, promotions and other professional happenings so we can shine a spotlight on your success. Marketing Communications Manager Laura Lyon is keeping her eyes open for your emails at 
Thank You to our Annual Sponsors

Contact Us

Karen Cleveland, CEO

Lauri Swift, Director Leadership Advancement

Michelle Gleeson, Director Leadership Programs

Laura Lyon, Manager Marketing & Communications


Karen Cleveland Honored As Community Champion

On May 12, Leadership Fairfax's CEO Karen Cleveland was recognized as Northern Virginia Family Service's (NVFS) Community Champion at their Road to Independence Gala.

It was a very special evening, with over $600,000 raised to help families in the region in need.

Many LFIers were spotted at the gala which was exciting to see! 

Additionally, Karen's children flew 3,000 miles to celebrate their mom's milestone achievement.  

Congratulations Karen and NVFS on their fantastic work!

Welcome Michelle Gleeson!

As David Bean prepares to step into a volunteer role with Leadership Fairfax, we welcome the unique perspective of Michelle Gleeson, our new Director of Leadership Programs.  

An Ohio native, Gleeson earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Cincinnati, followed by her Master of Education, Community and Agency Counseling from Xavier University and her PhD in Organizational Psychology from the University of London. 

Over a decade of experience in the nonprofit world and a deep background in consulting in the education sector makes Michelle a perfect addition to our program planning efforts. 

Please send a warm Leadership Fairfax welcome to Michelle at

Upcoming Partner Events

June 10, 2017: TEDxTysons hosts
a conversation on ways to create 
[I]mpact across various sectors in
the community.

Purchase tickets here. r

June 22, 2017: Awards For Chamber Excellence Luncheon
(ACE). Join GRCC in recognizing individuals and corporations
that have demonstrated excellence over the past year with 
this fantastic networking event!

Register here.

 June 23, 2017:  SPARC is    
  offering Leadership Fairfax    
  members $30 off their charity
      golf tournament for our 30th      
anniversary! Make sure to
use  discount code: lfi for
individual registration and
lfigroup for packages of 
four  at check out!           

Learn more here.


June 27, 2017:Get your team
registered for the Corporate 
      Fun Run & support the Leukemia
& Lymphoma Society.   
Learn more here

July 12,2017: Join the Chamber for a special
dinner as they honor  the service of 
President & CEO Eileen Curtis,
who is retiring after 23 years. 

Purchase tickets here.