• 10/26/2022 12:10 PM | Anonymous

    Vienna, VA – Leadership Fairfax is proud to present the 2-day Youth Leadership Network Conference on Friday, November 11 and Saturday, November 12, 2022, at Virginia Tech Northern Virginia Center, free for all Fairfax County youth ages 12 – 22. The conference will provide opportunities for Fairfax youth to connect with other young leaders, learn about new topics and expand their knowledge of leadership skills they can use in school, at clubs and on councils. Register here:

    The conference theme of Meta Leadership aims to support students to increase their self-awareness, learn how to work better with others and explore topics important to them. The first day will feature diverse sessions about Mentorship, Difficult Conversations, Generational Differences, Identifying Values and Strengths and Improv Activities to Build Teamwork. The second day will be fully immersive and emergent as participants engage in Open Space Technology.

    Sessions will be facilitated by expert trainers and coaches in partnership with Leadership Fairfax. Breakfast and Lunch are included both days.

    The Youth Leadership Network 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. Registration for the conference is now open for free online:

    Leadership Fairfax develops, connects and inspires leaders of diverse backgrounds and experiences to engage in building a better community. It is a diverse community of 2,100+ alumni where public and private sector leaders collaborate to develop and implement solutions to community issues. Programs are open to all, regardless of age, color, ability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, or any other basis protected by law. Leadership Fairfax headquarters is located at 8230 Old Courthouse Rd., Ste 100, Vienna, VA 22182. To learn more, call 703.752.7555 and visit

  • 08/03/2022 9:50 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Not long after D’Ivonne Holman became director of development for Northern Virginia family services nonprofit Britepaths in 2018, she signed up to participate in Leadership Fairfax, a leadership development organization focused on local and regional challenges in Fairfax County. Her boss, a Leadership Fairfax alum, encouraged her to apply.

    She was accepted into Leadership Fairfax’s class of 2019 and joined a cohort of 50 classmates over the next 10 months for a series of discussions, workshops, field trips and trainings.

    Read full article here. 

  • 07/07/2022 11:43 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The term “pivot” used to annoy Karen Cleveland, president and CEO of Leadership Fairfax.

    Then the pandemic struck. Pivoting became the modus operandi for most businesses, organizations and governmental agencies, which bobbed and weaved to accomplish their missions using remote work and other creative arrangements. Read the coverage in the Sun Gazette.

    Watch the full video of the Regional Community Partnership Forum here.
  • 07/07/2022 11:41 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Leadership Fairfax held a joint commencement ceremony for the Leadership Fairfax Institute Signature Program and the Emerging Leaders Institute Classes of 2022 on Wednesday, June 9 at Window Plaza at Reston Town Center, recognizing over 50 talented and accomplished leaders from across the region. Check out the full list of grads below and pictures of the event can be found here, courtesy of East 27 Creative. A huge thank you to Boston Properties, our board members, team advisors, faculty and volunteers that made the event possible.

    LFI Class of 2022 Graduates: 

    John Alexa 

    Ayse Alexander 

    Debra Allen 

    Andrea Crossett 

    Kenneth Dobbs, Jr. 

    Emily Fary 

    Jeanine Finch 

    Rosemarie Floyd 

    Mahwish Hamlani 

    Jenny Heflin 

    Mercedes Kirkland-Doyle 

    Long Lai 

    Pamela Leary 

    Stephanie Ludington 

    Jake Mages 

    Selina March 

    Kylie McCleaf 

    Carolyn Mullen 

    Heather O'Malley 

    Rex Pagerie 

    Doug Povich 

    Kate Reen 

    Nathan Robertson 

    Justin Ruble 

    Deborah Severson 

    Susan Sims 

    Katrina Smith 

    Grelia Steele  

    Harmonie Taddeo 

    Tessema Tefferi 

    Robin Wilson 

    Spencer Wood 

    ELI Class of 2022 Graduates: 

    Levon Ananyan 

    Felicia Barnes 

    Emily Burton 

    Beth Czupil 

    Si Mohamed Ghiwane 

    Brandon Horst 

    Katie Knight 

    Andrew Lampropoulos 

    Tuyen Le 

    Shuang Ma 

    Kelly Mai 

    Ryan Malkes 

    Kelly McNerney  

    Dan Robles 

    Yoselin Peñas 

    Cheryle Thorne-Harris 

    Tabitha Toema 

    Veva Wallace 

    Arrika Watkins 

    Jameel Yusuf 

    Read the full June 2022 Enews Here

  • 02/01/2022 5:07 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    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!" Read the full January 2022 Enews here.

  • 11/05/2021 11:23 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    VIENNA, VA - Leadership Fairfax is excited to announce the launch of their Youth Leadership Network in collaboration with Fairfax County. This new initiative provides a collective umbrella under which over 100 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 will also provide training opportunities for advisors and mentors working with youth councils. There is no cost to join the network and all training and educational classes will be provided for free to members. Leadership Fairfax and Fairfax County believe it is imperative that all interested youth in the community have access to high quality facilitators and educators to increase their knowledge and build skills necessary for success. Members of youth councils can sign up by going

    The Youth Leadership Network is an important part of Leadership Fairfax’s community focused Serve Fairfax initiative. Serve Fairfax provides community volunteers with board training and education to improve service on commissions, boards, committees and advisory councils in the region. Serve Fairfax connects interested volunteers with organizations seeking volunteer assistance. It is additionally the repository for Leadership Fairfax’s community conversations which include all research on community topics through an equity lens conducted annually by Leadership Fairfax fellows.

    “The Youth Leadership Network will provide important training and support to youth councils in Fairfax County, while connecting youth voices with organizations seeking to diversify and expand their approach to policy and procedure with a perspective towards the future,” stated CEO Karen Cleveland. The Youth Leadership Network will kick off official events in 2022 with four educational round tables, networking experiences and more.

    “Life, innovation, and progress continue to advance at a dizzying pace and the challenge to keep up with change only grows. That is why it is imperative that we engage our future leaders, early in their development in the process, as they learn the methods and practices needed to find solutions, bring communities together, and shape a path towards common benefit and a brighter tomorrow for all. Leadership Fairfax is uniquely positioned to provide the tutelage, training and empowerment needed to guide them on that leadership journey and we could not be prouder to answer the call,” stated Chairman of the Board, Danny Vargas.

    Leadership Fairfax is seeking youth councils in Fairfax County to join the youth leadership network at Membership is open to all youth councils supporting businesses, county organizations or nonprofits.

  • 11/03/2021 4:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Do you know a leader who embodies the ideals of selfless service, strategic vision and community collaboration. Now is the time to nominate them for our annual Northern Virginia Leadership Awards (NVLAs)! Awards will be presented at a virtual event on Friday, December 3, 2021

    The awards recognize the dedicated and passionate service of leaders in Northern Virginia, and will be bestowed in the following categories:

    • Covid-19 Hero Award
    • Educational Leadership Award
    • Nonprofit Individual Leadership Award
    • Nonprofit Organization Award
    • Corporate Leadership Award
    • Regional Leadership Award
    • Trustee Leadership Award

    Nominations can be submitted here: 2021 Nomination Form

    Deadline for submissions: Friday, November 5, 2021 by COB!

  • 10/20/2021 9:25 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Coverage of the Equity Council - Connection Newspapers

  • 10/14/2021 4:23 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    VIENNA, VA, OCTOBER 14, 2021 - Leadership Fairfax, a community leadership development nonprofit, launched its Equity Council on October 13th during a kick-off meeting, bringing together over 20 leaders in the fields of racial and social equity, business, community service, academia, and government. The purpose of the council is to be a catalyzing force for the collection, analysis and dissemination of information and resources related to issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in Fairfax County. 

    The council will convene representatives, thought leaders, and influencers who can identify the greatest challenges, possible solutions, and highest potential initiatives related to inequities and disparities in the public, private, nonprofit, and academic sectors as well as civil society. More information, schedules, and research can be found at

    The Equity Council was created by Leadership Fairfax Board Chairman Danny Vargas, President and CEO of VARCom Solutions, Chairman Emeritus of the Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino, and former Chairman of the Virginia Board of Workforce Development. He stated, “The collective experiences over the past two years have shone a light and exposed the fact that there are persistent, 

    lingering, and pervasive inequities and disparities in our society that must be addressed with purpose and intentionality, and it will take leadership to implement these necessary and overdue changes. As the entity charged with developing impactful community stewards in our county and in our region, it is only fitting that Leadership Fairfax step up to coalesce leaders around this common cause and vital mission.”

    The founding Chairman of the Equity Council is Leadership Fairfax At-Large Director Bill Bouie, President and CEO of Sky Communications and Chairman of the Board of the Fairfax County Park Authority. Bouie commented that the Equity Council volunteers “have the passion to make Fairfax County and our world a better place by working to tear down walls that deny access to success and human dignity.”

    Karen Cleveland, Leadership Fairfax CEO stated “The establishment of the Equity Council reaffirms Leadership Fairfax’s commitment to racial and social equity. This effort represents our movement from programmatic training, around the issue, to engaging the community on all levels with defined outcomes and accountability measures in place.”

    The Equity Council will serve as a working group to lead Leadership Fairfax’s involvement in the equity space as part of the organization’s Serve Fairfax initiative. The full list of Equity Council members is below.

    Serve Fairfax provides community volunteers with board training and education to prepare, diversify and expand service on commissions, boards, committees, and advisory councils in the region. Serve Fairfax connects interested volunteers with organizations seeking volunteer service and ideas and serves as a repository for Community Conversations examining racial and social equity.

    Complete List of Council Members:

    Amanda Andere, CEO – Funders Together to End Homelessness

    Cynthia Bailey, Deputy County Attorney – Fairfax County

    Sindy Benavides, CEO – League of United Latin American Citizens

    Stephanie Berkowitz, President and CEO – Northern Virginia Family Service          

    Eileen Ellsworth, President and CEO – Community Foundation for Northern Virginia

    Leila Gordon, Executive Director – Reston Community Center

    Oanh Henry, CEO – Allegra Print and Mail of Fairfax

    Esther Lee, CEO – Refraction

    Noralisa Leo, Founder and President – Volta Communications Group

    Misti Mukherjee, Founder and Managing Member – Extensio Law

    Roberto Quinones, Founder and Mentor – DC Hispanic Employee Network

    Donielle Scherff, Government Proposal Consultant – Scherff Consulting, LLC

    Lynne Strobel, Partner – Walsh, Colucci, Lubeley & Walsh

    Kerrie Wilson, CEO - Cornerstones

    Julian Ha, Executive Recruiter Practice Leader, Heidrick & Struggles

    Dr. James Egenrieder, Research Faculty and Director, Thinkabit Lab – Virginia Tech College of Engineering

    Melody Gonzales, Senior Policy and Program Specialist, Community Advocacy & Partnership Engagement Dept. – NEA

    Karen Smaw, Director of Diversity Business Investment and Entrepreneurship – Fairfax County Economic Development Authority

    Dr. Charles Thomas Jr., CEO – Clear Cloud

    Sang Yi, Councilmember – Fairfax City Council




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