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2016 Northern Virginia Leadership Awards 
Nominate A Community Leader Today!

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 Northern Virginia Leadership Awards (NVLA).  The awards are given yearly to talented community leaders who have had a significant impact on the Northern Virginia area through volunteerism and community engagement in the following categories:
Regional Leadership Award: This award recognizes an individual or organization for leadership in advancing the cause and spirit of regional collaboration and partnership.

Trustee Leadership Award:  This award recognizes a person who has demonstrated visionary leadership in the Northern Virginia community.

Non-Profit Leadership Award: This award recognizes an outstanding nonprofit individual or organization who has demonstrated service and stewardship in the Northern Virginia community.

Corporate Leadership Award:  This award recognizes a private sector company that has demonstrated excellence and a commitment to the community.

Educational Leadership Award: This award recognizes an individual teacher or administrator at the primary or secondary school level who has demonstrated a long-term and consistent pattern of excellent leadership in the education field.

Winners will be announced at the annual Northern Virginia Leadership Award Luncheon on Thursday, December 1st at the Waterford in Fair Oaks from 11:30 AM-2:00 PM.  The NVLA is the premier forum in Northern Virginia to celebrate leaders who make a difference in our community.  

Welcome ELI, LFI and LLP Classes of 2017

The new program year is off to a great start!  Our classes are full of some of Fairfax County's best and brightest leaders from a variety of sectors.

Special thanks to Reston Association and Navy Federal Credit Union for hosting the opening retreats.   

Who's Who in the Class of 2017: Participant Roster

Calling all Leadership Fairfax Alums!  
Membership Drive Underway 

Susan Garvey LFI'07 

Our annual membership drive is underway. You may be receiving a call from one of our volunteer alums this Friday, September 30th between 1:00-4:00 PM asking for your continued participation as a member. There are two ways for you to participate.
  • You can sign up to join the team of volunteers and make calls to your classmates by calling or emailing Ashleigh Dorfman at Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce (LFI '14...Best Class) at 703.707.9045 or

  • You can also renew your membership online at Simply use the login feature in the upper right hand corner and use   the "forgot password" feature. Whether you are logging on to renew your membership or just checking out what's new, please take a few minutes to review your contact information and update it so we can stay in touch.
Your involvement in the work of Leadership Fairfax is valued and we want to stay connected.  Leadership Fairfax needs you!

Prizes will be awarded to the class with the highest renewal rate.  Renew now and win!

 Leadership Fairfax's 30th Anniversary Alumni Reception
Refreshments! Games! Networking!    

Come out and celebrate 30-years of excellence in community leadership in Fairfax County.

When: Thursday, October 13th; 5:30-7:30 PM  
Where: Great Gatherings, 2920 District Avenue; Fairfax, VA 22031

Register today! 
Sponsorship opportunities available.
New Feature - Meet Our Sponsor

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Heartwood CEO, Justin Paulson LFI'09, has served in several positions within Leadership Fairfax most recently as Chair of the Board from 2014-2015.  Thanks Justin for your continued support of Leadership Fairfax's mission of developing and connecting community leaders. 

Learn more about Heartwood Consulting.

Leaders Accelerate Summit

Leadership Center of Excellence's Leaders Accelerate! will take place on February 10, 2017, and is a transformative, one-day leadership summit for established leaders, emerging leaders, entrepreneurs, activists and other innovators. This engaging experience brings together leaders at varying stages in their leadership development for a forum that fuels personal growth as a leader and innovative thinking. We are proud to be a supporting partner and offer our members the discounted member rate to attend this summit.   Learn more. 

New Faces at Leadership Fairfax

Leadership Fairfax is thrilled to welcome its two newest team members.

Lauri Swift
Director, Leadership Advancement

Sabrina E.Williams
Director, Marketing and Communications

Shopping With A Purpose!

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Shopping and making a difference...what could be better?