Inside LGW

I consider myself to be a late bloomer in my career. Admittedly, I wandered around for a while trying on different jobs in my field looking for the right “fit”. It was always something “out there” that made each job less than ideal. The perfect job never seemed to reveal itself.
This morning, LGW members and other professionals from around the region gathered for LGW’s first Flash Mentoring session, hosted in partnership with Twomentor, LLC, MentorPrize and PNC Bank. Throughout the event, our participant-leaders gained important insights into how to be effective mentors and mentees, practiced those skills in a ‘speed-networking’ setting and learned of valuable opportunities to take their mentoring prowess into the region’s nonprofit community.
The last session of the Signature Program – the Closing Retreat hosted at the historic Airlie Center near Warrenton, VA – is typically a look back at the connections built and community topics explored with other classmates, Mindtrust confidants, and close friends.
LGW’s Lessons in Leadership Series features intimate exchanges focused on leadership topics between LGW members, our special guests, and our moderator Michael Harreld, Regional President for Greater Washington, PNC Bank. For our most recent Lessons in Leadership, hosted in partnership with PNC Bank, Leadership Greater Washington welcomed Dave Velazquez, the new Chief Executive Officer of Pepco Holdings, Inc., an Exelon Company.
Last week, LGW members met at the Capital City Public Charter School for our latest Community Service Day. Together with the help of the school’s educators and administrators, we were able to give valuable guidance to 10th graders preparing important presentations required to advance to their next grade level. We started with an overview of CCPCS from  Head of School Karen Dresden (’15) and High School Principal Belicia Reaves, and learned about the opportunities they provide in the classroom for over 1000 students across three campuses.
“I truly believe that LGW is the best professional networking organization in the Washington metropolitan region. With strong leadership, an engaged board, amazingly dedicated staff, and alumni made of the region’s most prominent leaders, we are committed to making the Washington region a more dynamic and collaborative community as we embrace and value the diversity – geography, people, sectors, and professions – of our region.” – David Gorodetski (’15), Co-Founder, COO and Executive Creative Director, Sage Communications
LGW members met for their fourth session in the Thought Leadership Series on housing affordability. We welcomed some of the region’s top leaders on the housing issue for a moderated discussion on the scope of the housing supply problem, projections on its growth, and some possible ways forward out of the region's crisis.
Leaders from the LGW Signature Program Class of 2016 came together for a program day focused on environmental topics and rapid development along one of the region's top natural treasures - the southwest waterfront area and specifically The Wharf.  Our day kicked off at the Hyatt Place in Southwest DC with an overview of what sustainability means from a government and commercial development perspective from the leaders driving major redevelopment of Southwest DC:
At the Alice Ferguson Foundation in Accokeek, Maryland, environmental education and sustainability is the name of the game, and was the focus of LGW members’ last Community Service Day.
Thoughts on LGW's Leadership Exchange to Chicago, Illinois By Mark Bergel ('16), Founder & Executive Director, A Wider Circle When I saw the early march email for the LGW trip to Chicago, I had to read it twice to believe that the absolute worst elements of poverty - in a city where they are perhaps more present than any other city - were going to be the focus of an LGW trip. A more important trip I could not imagine.