Real Talk. Teen Leader Workshop Debuts to 5 Stars
We were excited to host our inaugural Real Talk. Teen Leadership Workshop over the weekend of January 22 and 23 bringing together 18 high school juniors and seniors from 10 high schools across the County to learn about presentation skills, behavioral styles, building résumés that win, and nailing interview skills. High Schools represented included Chantilly, John Lewis, Lake Braddock, Langley, Madison, South Lakes and Thomas Jefferson. Student reviews gave the program 5 stars and one Real Talk graduate shared, "Amazing workshop and would recommend for others to attend!"

We will plan more Teen Leadership Workshops for the future so stay tuned if you know a teenager who would benefit from increasing their skills and connecting with other high-performing teens in the county. Special thank you to Danny Vargas, LFI'10 and Brian Kincaid, ELI'18 who joined us to share their stories and inspire the teens.
Interested in Volunteering on a Nonprofit Board?
Does Your Nonprofit Board Need Members?
Board and Brew is a Serve Fairfax Initiative that brings together interested volunteers with local nonprofits seeking board members. We invite nonprofits to host an information table, and encourage individuals seeking volunteer opportunities to attend and learn how they can leverage their expertise to solve issues facing the region. Event will be held at Jo Ann Rose Gallery at Lake Anne Reston Community Center. We will convert to virtual if needed.

Space is limited to the first 45 registered individuals and is free to Leadership Fairfax members. Nonmembers are welcome to attend. Tickets are $20 for nonmembers. REGISTRATION CLOSES FEBRUARY 7.
Event Schedule:

2:30 PM-4 PM 
Boardsmanship 101

4 PM-6 PM 
Board Matching Fair
with local brews, samples and tastes
plus nonalcoholic sips!
Board and Brew is made possible by event sponsor Dominion Energy.
Northern Virginia Leadership Awards
Friday, February 24, 2022
Registration Now Open!
We're excited to honor amazing regional leaders for their service to others at our annual Northern Virginia Leadership Awards. Register to join us on February 24 to celebrate the incredible accomplishments of leaders across the region.
Do you Lead, Advise or Mentor a Youth Council or Youth Committee in Fairfax County? - Sign up for the Youth Leadership Network
Our new Youth Leadership Network (YLN) is a place for youth councils to connect, collaborate and learn more about community leadership.

This new initiative is a collaboration between Fairfax County and Leadership Fairfax to create a collective umbrella under which youth councils in the county can network, engage in volunteer opportunities and expand their leadership skills through educational courses that address leadership topics important to youth.

The leadership network provides training opportunities for youth council members, advisors and mentors, and will offer an annual conference for free for all youth involved in the YLN. Join the network today! Questions about the network? Email Susan Sims to connect.
Northern Virginia's 40 Under 40 Award Nominations and Applications Now Open!
We're partnering with Leadership Center for Excellence to honor and acknowledge young leaders proving Millennials and Gen Z's know how to lead others and make a positive difference.

Submit a nomination or apply online by February 18. Anyone can be nominated or apply as long as they meet the following criteria:

  • Live or work in Northern Virginia
  • Be under the age of 40 as of March 25, 2022
  • Demonstrate impact through leadership personally and/or professionally

Leadership Center for Excellence and Leadership Fairfax affiliation is not required.
Danny Vargas, LFI'10 and Chairman of the Leadership Board of Directors was recently highlighted in Washington Business journal for the launch of of his new nonprofit venture to support and serve Latino veterans. Read the full article at WBJ.
Evan Pritchard, LFI'13 has joined Cozen O'Connor Law Firm as Partner. Evan brings extensive experience with securing zoning entitlements throughout Northern Virginia and the District. His clients include mixed-use project developers, corporations, small businesses and nonprofits organizations.
Jameel Yusuf, ELI'22 recently joined the team at Leidos as a Technical Writer. He will be working directly with the Project Management Office in Washington, DC and helping to draft and edit project planning documents. He is also studying for his PMP and we look forward to celebrating his accomplishments when he receives his new credentials.
Kara Shelton, ELI'18 was promoted to Principal at CST Group in January. She has been with CST Group for nearly 7 years and specializes in assurance and management advisory services. She also serves as a consultant for nonprofits assisting with audit readiness, financial planning and implementation of internal controls.
Ryan Brown, ELI'20 graduated from ELI in 2020 and moved to Austin, Texas to become a director of a AIDS/HIV prevention healthcare organization Vivent Health. He then joined the Board of Directors of Austin Child Guidance Center in October 2021. Austin Child Guidance Center provides free to low-cost mental health therapy for youth in Austin.
Ryan Malkes, ELI'22 recently took a new position with Electrify America, a subsidiary of VW/Audi as a Senior Specialist of Digital and Media Branding. He will be overseeing the Media and Creative agency strategy to increase adoption of electric vehicles and utilization of Electrify America's network of high speed vehicle charging stations. Additionally, Ryan increased his community outreach when he joined the Board of Directors for Langley Residential in November.
ANNOUNCING: Mental Health Campaign for Northern Virginia with the Community Foundation
Finding our way back to mental health
If the persistence of the pandemic has taken a toll on you, rest assured that you’re not alone. Right now, an estimated 545,000 adults across Northern Virginia (28% of the population) are experiencing clinical levels of anxiety and depression—and on top of it, 40% of these individuals seeking treatment cannot get it. The pandemic has exacerbated long-standing mental health issues, and we need a way to address this urgent need.
From now until March 18th, Community Foundation of Northern Virginia is inviting the public and their networks to join them as they look to build critical support for quality and affordable mental health services in Northern Virginia, in a time when we need it the most.
Throughout these next weeks, Community Foundation will be sharing periodic updates with data, stories of impact, and ways you can engage as we seek to raise $50,000 for our Mental Health Fund, which will forever benefit the mental health needs and challenges of our region. For every contribution that you, your family, your friends, or your company makes, it will be matched dollar for dollar thanks to a matching gift from an anonymous donor.
The Leadership Fairfax offices will be closed the week of December 27, 2021.