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Feb
24
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Leadership Prince William Begins Recruiting for Class of 2021; This Year with More Scholarships than Ever
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Press Release

Date:  February 24, 2020

 

Contact: Andrea Money, Executive Director, Leadership Prince William

andrea@leadershipprincewilliam.org 571-765-7568

 

Leadership Prince William Begins Recruiting for Class of 2021; This Year with More Scholarships than Ever

 

Manassas, VA-  Leadership Prince William (LPW) is pleased to announce that, for the second year in a row, they have received a grant from Potomac Health Foundation which enables them to offer up to five full or ten partial scholarships for their Signature Program Class of 2021. Those eligible for these scholarships will be people of color who live or work in one of the thirteen zipcodes serviced by Potomac Health Foundation. Scholarship recipients must also apply for and be accepted to Leadership Prince William’s Signature Program.

Peace Home Lending is also sponsoring two (2) $1,000 scholarships for young professionals who have been accepted to the Signature Program.

From their first class in 2008 to today, the strength of Leadership Prince William’s adult program has been rooted in participation representing all aspects of the greater Prince William community–various professions, industries, demographics, neighborhoods, experiences and skills.  Their alumni run small businesses, work in the technology sector, the arts, education, health care, government, human services, public safety and more. In order to be eligible to participate in the Class of 2021, candidates for the Leadership Prince William Signature Program must have lived or worked in Prince William County, Manassas or Manassas Park for at least one year by September 1, 2020.

Says Leadership Prince William Executive Director Andrea Money, “Through these new scholarships we are enabled to more actively pursue program participants and graduates who espouse diverse perspectives; crucial to ensuring that the leadership in the local business, government and not-for-profit communities accurately reflects and celebrates the racial and ethnic diversity of the people in the greater Prince William community. We have been a majority minority community since 2010.”

Applicants for the Potomac Health Foundation-funded scholarships must additionally meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • You are a person of color (May include the following: mixed race, African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian American, Pacific Islander, Latin American, etc.);
  • You live or work in the Potomac Health Foundation service area (represented by the following zip codes: 22125, 22079, 22191, 22026, 22135, 22554, 22556, 22134, 22172, 22025, 22193, 22192, 20112)

 

The Leadership Prince William Signature Program exposes emerging and established community leaders to the many facets of Prince William County and Greater Manassas, from History and Government to Health and Human Services. It can be a life-changing experience for many; allowing participants to look behind the scenes at how their community functions. At the same time, class members are discovering their own strengths and how their leadership may be needed in their workplace and beyond.

 

Selection for these scholarships is contingent upon selection as a member of the Leadership Prince William Class of 2021. Additional scholarship opportunities may be available for those who do not meet these criteria.

 

Applications for both the Leadership Prince William Signature Program and the Scholarship for Leaders of Color became available on January 26, 2020 and will close June 26, 2020. Applications are available online at leadershipprincewilliam.org. For more information on the program and scholarships, call Leadership Prince William at 571-765-7568.

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About Leadership Prince William:
Leadership Prince William is a 501c3 non-profit organization focused on engaging individuals, organizations and alumni to enrich the community through collaborative leadership. Our 350 plus alumni and stakeholders have been engaged in every aspect of community evolution for over 10 years!

 

Jan
23
Leadership PW
ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: Andrea Money, Class of 2015
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Andrea (Short) Money, LPW Class of 2015

Executive Director at Leadership Prince William


Tell us a little about what you do:

Andrea (Short) Money, Executive Director, Leadership Prince William

I am the Executive Director of Leadership Prince William. That means I manage a staff of 1 (plus myself) along with a legion of volunteers. I answer to a Board of 26 Regents/Directors + nearly 400 alumni. I am in charge of the planning and implementation of all of our events and two programs (adult and youth). Luckily I have some really great people helping to make it all happen. And yes, this is what I do full time. 🙂

 

What’s new since you graduated from LPW? 

Since graduating from LPW I have been through quite a bit in the way of life changes. I went through the Signature Program at just the right time—it was a real turning point for me. {We can meet for coffee if you want to hear all about it.} But the last 2 years have been very good to me. I left my position at the Prince William Chamber, started this job with LPW, bought my grandparents’ house, got engaged, got married and had my first child in June!

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What is your favorite LPW memory?

There are a lot of great memories to choose from, but I think Education Day may have been my favorite. Specifically, going to the Hylton Planetarium and discovering that they are open to the public. I’ve been back several times for various shows. Laser Led Zeppelin is awesome. You should go!

 

How has LPW helped you get to where you are today? 

LPW taught me the value of what I bring to the table because of my Emergenetics profile, knowledge, relationships and experience. What a confidence boost this program was for me! Recently I was having a conversation with someone I had just met and she stopped me to make sure she had heard me correctly: That I don’t have a college education and yet I still have this great job and I’m making a decent living. She was blown away. I know I’m not the only one who has ended up right where I belong because of my LPW experience. It feels great to be a part of something that helps people discover their own potential…even when they’re already doing big things.

 

What does leadership mean to you?

To me leadership is service. I won’t ask someone to do something that I wouldn’t do myself. In fact, if I’m asking you to take on a task, it’s probably while I’m right in the middle of doing it myself. If someone is going to follow me, I want them to know for certain that I’m more interested in seeing them succeed than in taking credit for myself.

 

Any final thoughts?

Thanks to Kathy Ellington and Kathy Bentz for making this organization so much fun to be a part of. If I’m able to accomplish anything it’s just because I’m standing on the shoulders of two brilliant, sparkly and generous ladies.

 

Dec
23
Leadership PW
ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: Aaron Tolson, Class of ’18
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Aaron Tolson, LPW Class of 2018

Development Director at ACTS


Tell us a little about what you do:

Development Director-responsible for marketing, social media, website development, fundraising, grants, program support, business partnerships, and program director for Prince William Food Rescue.

 

What’s new since you graduated from LPW? 

Since graduating, I started working at ACTS, launched the Prince William Food Rescue program, and am re-launching the Greater Prince William Food Council (started by LPW alumni Pam Ryan), and moved back to Manassas from Warrenton.

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What is your favorite LPW memory?

Lots of good memories, but I really enjoyed being up on the mountain – so many great moments unique to our class (#cloggers)!

 

How has LPW helped you get to where you are today? 

Halfway through the class I found myself applying for new jobs, but my focus shifted following the Health and Human Services day.  The groundwork for bringing the Food Rescue program here and joining the team at ACTS was a direct result of that one class and its impact on me personally.

 

What does leadership mean to you?

Leadership is multifaceted – sometimes it looks like taking risks while others follow, and at other times it looks like simply supporting and empowering others to be the best version of themselves.

 

Any final thoughts?

So many great relationships exist through LPW – from my class to other classes.  LPW Alumni are truly making a tremendous impact in our community, and it is awesome!

 

Nov
12
Leadership PW
ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: Al Alborn, Class of 2012
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Alan P. (“Al”) Alborn, LPW Class of 2012

Freelance writer, photographer, and media consultant
{Watch his Alumni Spotlight Video here}

Al Alborn, Freelance Writer, Photographer, and Media Consultant

 

Tell us a little about what you do:

I write and take photographs for a bi-weekly column for InsideNoVA titled “Around Prince William.”  My bi-weekly column focuses on political, social, human interest and other subjects which occur in Prince William County.  Member of the Virginia Press Association, the Outdoor Writers Association of America, and the Virginia Outdoor Writer’s Association.

 

What’s new since you graduated from LPW? 

Leadership Prince William gave me a greater appreciation of the many dimensions of Prince William County.  This knowledge armed me well to explore issues I write about in greater depth.  It has also made me more active as a political and social activist.

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What is your favorite LPW memory?

Breaking the rules for all of the exercises.  I was surprised to be elected to the Class Representative to the Board of Regents since I didn’t actually run for the position.  Fellow classmate and team member John Frisch nominated me.

 

What does leadership mean to you?

Real leadership is decided by others.  You are only a leader if there are people following you voluntarily, or if you are influencing processes and decisions you care about.

 

Any final thoughts?

I hope you read my column!

 

Aug
6
Leadership PW
Announcing the Class of 2020
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PRESS RELEASE

August 6, 2019

Contact: Andrea Money, Leadership Prince William

Phone: 571-765-7568

Email: andrea@leadershipprincewilliam.org

Web: leadershipprincewilliam.org

 

Leadership Prince William Announces Class of 2020

Leadership Prince William is pleased to announce the members of their Signature Program Class of 2020. The class members will kick off their year with an Opening Retreat at Skyland Resort September 19 and 20. From there the class will meet one business day per month through June; viewing Prince William County and the Cities of Manassas and Manassas Park through a new lense during each session. Session topics range from History and Government to Health and Human Services, providing a comprehensive look at the community while participants discover more about their own leadership styles and how to better engage those in their sphere of influence.

The members of the Leadership Prince William Signature Program Class of 2020 are:

  • Ryan Allday, Prince William County Department of Fire & Rescue
  • Amanda Baity, Semper K9 Assistance Dogs
  • Uma Alexandra Beepat, Lotus Wellness Center
  • Julie Billingsley, Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center
  • Kaytera Caison, Apple Federal Credit Union
  • Jacqueline Connor, George Mason University
  • Jennifer Coppola. FirstLight Home Care of Woodbridge
  • Bernard Davis, Manassas City Public Schools
  • Erin Flynn, B&W Associates
  • Reginald Garland, Ride-Rite Mobile Oil Change, LLC
  • Lazaro Gonzalez, Micron Technology, Inc.
  • Eveie Green, Genuine Gamechanger Consulting
  • Amanda Hamm, City of Manassas
  • Stuart Jackson, ACTS of Prince William, Inc.
  • Justin Jordan, Novant Health UVA Health System
  • Erika Lytle, Lake Manassas Health & Rehabilitation
  • Kristen Marbury, Manassas Park City Schools
  • Paige Meade, P Meade Consulting
  • Jinnae Monroe, Professionals by Design, LLC
  • Holly Morello, Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission
  • John Nguyen, NOVEC
  • Tony Overstreet, Prince William County Sheriff’s Office
  • Steve Rakoff, Northern Virginia Community College
  • Tiara Reddick, Youth for Tomorrow
  • Lucrecia Reyes, Lucrecia Designs, LLC
  • John Rodriguez, Matthew’s Center for Visual Learning
  • Jessica Root, House of Mercy
  • Steve Schrank, City of Manassas Department of Public Works
  • Lawrence Schuster, Youth for Tomorrow
  • Donna Shipman, The Arc of Greater Prince William/INSIGHT, Inc.
  • Brian Sipes, Prince William County Service Authority
  • Melanie Trabosh, City of Manassas Department of Social Services
  • Scott Vago, Prince William County Police Department
  • Andrea Van Wambeke, Sweeney Barn
  • Leigh-Anne Vaughn, Avery Hess Realtors
  • Brittany Watson, Prince William County Public Schools
  • Ariel Zelada, BAE Systems

 Sponsors of the Signature Program include: Youth for Tomorrow; Whitlock Wealth Management; Micron Technology, Inc.; Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center; Compton & Duling, LC; Impacto Youth; Prince William Living; and Imagine.

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Leadership Prince William is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to inspire and engage adult and youth leaders who want to make a difference in the Greater Prince William Area.  Past graduates of the Leadership Prince William program have undertaken leadership roles in business, government, the non-profit sector and community affairs, serving  Prince William County, the City of Manassas and the City of Manassas Park. The overall purpose of Leadership Prince William is to make the community a better place through collaborative leadership. They offer programs for Adult and Youth Leaders. Learn more at www.LeadershipPrinceWilliam.org or call 571-765-7568.

Jun
3
Leadership PW
ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: Sean Porter, Class of 2017
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Sean Porter, LPW Class of 2017

Owner, Loveless Porter Architects

Sean Porter, Owner, Loveless Porter Architects

 

Tell us a little about your job:

I am an Architect lacking love, hence the name…but not only that, I am an owner, provider of inspiration, and your village architect. We have been in Historic Manassas for years and will be for many more.

 

What’s new since you graduated from LPW? 

Time flies by, I now have a son in college who is turning 21 and one turning 18 this year. Also, we have finally relocated to our new offices, designed by Loveless Porter Architects!

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What is your favorite LPW memory?

The first night at the retreat…I can’t say anything more than that.  But also getting to see my classmates every month to learn and then hang out.

 

How has Leadership Prince William helped you get to where you are today?

In Architecture school, they should have said “if you plan on owning a firm, you should take personnel management classes”, but they did not.  So until I graduated LPW, I was winging it with my employees.  Although not easy, I am trying to apply my quad emergenetics to the management structure.  This allows me to react appropriately to my employee attributes.  Still a work in progress…

 

What does leadership mean to you?

“It may be hard, but not impossible” is a motto I have in my office foyer.  To lead is to make mistakes and grow from them in hard situations.  No person or project is perfect; it is how you lead your team through the difficult situations and arrive at a positive outcome.

 

Any final thoughts?

Our class motto was going to be “It took 10 years to Get it Right” but ultimately “Lead by X-ample” was selected.

“If you are not doing what you love, you are wasting your time.”

May
8
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Leadership Prince William Engages 318 Volunteers for Day of Service
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Contact: Andrea Money, Leadership Prince William

Phone: 571-765-7568

Email: andrea@leadershipprincewilliam.org

 

For Immediate Release
May 8, 2019

 

Leadership Prince William Engages 318 Volunteers for Day of Service

May 4 Project Benefited The Arc of Greater Prince William & John Jenkins Park

More photos available on Facebook.

The Leadership Prince William Class of 2019 (pictured here) planned and implemented the entire project.

For the fifth consecutive year, Leadership Prince William (LPW) and Comcast teamed up on a local community service project for the 18th Annual Comcast Cares Day. On Saturday, May 4, over a period of just four hours, more than 300 volunteers came together on the grounds of The Arc of Greater Prince William for a day of service. Projects included revitalization efforts at the adjacent John D. Jenkins Park (part of the Prince William County Parks System), painting the interior of the Muriel Humphrey Childcare Center for the Arc, and  extensive exterior improvements to the Arc grounds; from landscaping to painting playground equipment and over 100 yards of curb. Volunteers even built furniture for the classrooms at the Arc and sowed native wilflower seeds at John Jenkins Park, among other projects.

Andrea Money, Executive Director for Leadership Prince William, explained how The Arc was chosen for this year’s project:  “Each year the members of our Adult Signature Program work in teams to propose various projects for Comcast Cares Day,” she said. “We submit the proposals to Comcast for a final decision. The team that put together the ARC project proposal had such a passion for helping people with disabilities, and it really stood out. The entire Leadership Prince William Class of 2019 threw their weight behind the project and it came together in a huge way. I think that passion extended to the volunteer sign-ups as well. We have never had this many volunteers on any other project.  Eventually we actually had to close the registration because we had exceeded the estimated needed by over 100 people. It was clearly the right time for this project.”

According to Money, the LPW Class of 2019 managed to secure nearly $20,000 in cash and in-kind support for the projects. Comcast employees made up around 20% of the volunteer brigade which also included the Colgan High School baseball team, Leadership Prince William Alumni, a girl scout troop, a local softball team, a handful of residents from Birmingham Green and members of Potomac Valley Church. Michael Carter, a Master Plumber and the Plumbing Program teacher at Gar-Field High School even came out and replaced sinks and toilets in four of the bathrooms in the Arc’s Childcare Center in advance of the project day.

Sponsors and supporters for the day included: COMCAST; The members of the LPW Class of 2019; First Light Home Care of Woodbridge;  Dominion Energy; Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center; Workgroup Consulting, LLC; Livesay & Meyers PC;  Dale City Moose Lodge 2165; Didlake, Inc.; Freddie Mac; American Disposal;  MiBox of Northern Virginia; Cardinal Management Group; Bristle & Yi Law; Community Residences, Inc.; Micron Technology; Northern Virginia Community College-Manassas Campus; The Prince William County Police Association, The Bull Run Manassas Kiwanis Club; ImagiNation Learning Center; Mike Garcia Construction and Harris Teeter.

Leadership Prince William credits their partnership with Comcast and the Prince William County Department of Parks & Recreation with the success of this year’s project.

 

About the Arc of Greater Prince William

The Arc of Greater Prince William is committed to providing opportunities for persons with developmental disabilities to achieve their greatest potential for growth and independence. The Arc offers residential services, The Arc Muriel Humphrey Childcare Center, family support, a recreation program, vocational services and adult day support services.

What is the impact of Comcast Cares Day?

Comcast Cares Day began in 2001 to celebrate Comcast’s commitment to volunteerism. This day mobilizes employees, their families and friends to work alongside community partners and public officials to revitalize, refurbish and beautify communities and neighborhoods. Leadership Prince William partnered with Comcast Cares for the fifth consecutive year to host a day of volunteerism in the Greater Prince William Area.

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Leadership Prince William is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to inspire and engage adult and youth leaders who want to make a difference in the Greater Prince William Area. Our graduates have undertaken leadership roles in business, government, the non-profit sector and community affairs. We serve Prince William County, the City of Manassas and the City of Manassas Park.The overall purpose of Leadership Prince William is simple but powerful—to make our community a better place through collaborative leadership. We offer programs for Adult and Youth Leaders. Learn more at www.LeadershipPrinceWilliam.org.

Apr
15
Leadership PW
ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: Cydny Neville, Class of 2013
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Cydny A. Neville, MAEd, LPW Class of 2013 (Lean, Mean 2013)

Member, Dumfries Town Council ~ 7th Grade English Teacher ~ Entrepreneur

Cydny Neville, Member, Dumfries Town Council & English Teacher

 

Tell us a little about what you do:

As a Councilwoman, my duties include: creating policies, setting tax rates, approving the annual budget and enacting ordinances to carry out those policies. To date, I’ve championed the following policies that were approved with support of the Council:

  • Updating the Town’s nondiscrimination policy to include protections based on gender identity and sexual orientation;
  • Moving the Town’s Election Day from May to November;
  • Making the November Election Day a holiday for Town Staff;
  • Co-championing the Town’s resolution regarding Coal Ash;
  • Championing a means for Town PD to work with PWC PD, to better serve citizens with disabilities;
  • Championing a Business Resolution, to support existing Town business, and help those interested in starting a business in Town, to navigate the process!

As a teacher, I facilitate lessons to help my students master the 7th grade Standards of Learning.  I also take great pride in shaping the minds of the leaders of tomorrow!  I whole-heartedly believe my students have the potential to be, and achieve, whatever they wish in life.  I’m blessed to have the opportunity to teach the next president, next Forbes business owner, next Oprah, the next Poet Laureate, and future <insert title here>!

 

What’s new since you graduated from LPW? 

Well, when I was participating in LPW, I was the Director of Community Services for the Town of Dumfries.  I now have been elected by the citizens of the Town, to represent them on the Town Council. I’ve also become an empty-nester, and strive daily to be the best empty-nester I can be, and find someone to bring my trashcan around on Tuesdays and Wednesdays! LOL!  I’m truly blessed!

 

What is your favorite LPW memory?

This is a difficult question, because there were many favorite LPW memories.  I developed relationships with amazing leaders in Prince William through my class – truly the “leanest, meanest of them all!” I enjoyed the human services session, and helped lead my team to victory by finding a very frugal lunch for team #FlowerPower (I think that was our name), with $5. I also enjoyed our session with Parks and Recreation, where we provided insight on a park design.  Collaborating to volunteer at SERVE after graduation was always awesome! However, the greatest impact has been the bonds that last beyond graduation.

 

How has Leadership Prince William helped you get to where you are today?

I applied to LPW, because…let’s be frank, I’m a little nosey.  I viewed the program as one that would truly help me learn and understand the inner workings or Prince William County, and how all of the moving pieces interacted in order to establish and maintain the wonderful community in which we all live, work, and play.  Leadership Prince William definitely did that and more!

 

What does leadership mean to you?

Leadership is being brave enough to act upon something that is much greater than yourself, to: guide, direct, impact, inspire, motivate, and/or create something for the greater good of others-despite adversity.  Leadership is the state of being absolutely FEARLESS in your pursuit of a purpose; a vision that a higher power has emblazened on your heart.  Leadership is selfless; its rewards have no monetary value, but  those who authentically possess it are spiritually wealthy.  Leadership is also being brave enough to “move” alone, with confidence that others will eventually follow.  #OwnYourPOWER

 

Any final thoughts?

I’d like to share that I managed to get a bill, “Jo’s Law” (HB2474) passed that will be a blessing to many in the Commonwealth. I’m eternally grateful to those who made the magic happen by contacting their representatives, and to my delegate, his team, co-patrons, and all state representatives for passing it unanimously.

Thank you, LPW, for making me the April Spotlight!

Apr
5
Leadership PW
Volunteers Sought for Comcast Cares Day 2019
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PRESS RELEASE

April 4, 2019

Volunteers Sought for Comcast Cares Day 2019

For the fifth consecutive year, Leadership Prince William and Comcast are partnering on a local community service project for the 18th Annual Comcast Cares Day. On Saturday, May 4, from 8:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m., close to 300 volunteers are needed to carry out large-scale community beautification efforts at The Arc of Greater Prince William. Volunteer registration is available online at www.leadershipprincewilliam.org. All volunteers are provided with a commemorative t-shirt and lunch, courtesy of Comcast. This event takes place rain or shine.

The Arc of Greater Prince William is committed to providing opportunities for persons with developmental disabilities to achieve their greatest potential for growth and independence. The Arc offers residential services, The Arc Muriel Humphrey Childcare Center, family support, a recreation program, vocational services and adult day support services.

Andrea Money, Executive Director for Leadership Prince William, explained how The Arc was chosen for this year’s project.

“Each year the members of our Adult Signature Program work in teams to propose various projects for Comcast Cares Day,” she said. “Then we submit the proposals to Comcast for a final decision. The team that put together the ARC project proposal had such a passion for helping people with disabilities, and it really stood out. Volunteers will have the opportunity to make improvements in and around the Arc facility, as well as participate in beautification efforts in the adjoining John Jenkins Park. This is a great opportunity to make a difference for such an important non-profit organization in our community.”

Day’s Agenda:

ALL event volunteers must check in at the registration/check-in area at the ARC of Greater Prince William (13505 Hillendale Dr., Woodbridge, VA 22193). Parking will be offered nearby. Carpooling is encouraged.

8:00- 8:30 a.m.: Registration/Check In (Pick up your event shirts and lunch tickets.)

8:45 a.m.: Kick-Off Rally (Donuts and coffee will be available)

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Volunteer Projects

1:00 – 1:30p.m.: Lunch/Closing Celebration including raffle prizes and re-dedication of John Jenkins Park

What is the impact of Comcast Cares Day?

Comcast Cares Day began in 2001 to celebrate Comcast’s commitment to volunteerism. This day mobilizes employees, their families and friends to work alongside community partners and public officials to revitalize, refurbish and beautify communities and neighborhoods. Leadership Prince William is partnering with Comcast Cares Day for the fifth consecutive year to host a day of volunteerism in the Greater Prince William Area.

How can you help? 

SIGN UP AS A VOLUNTEER or make a donation of supplies or funds to purchase supplies. Contact Andrea for details: 571-765-7568 // andrea@leadershipprincewilliam.org

 

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Leadership Prince William is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to inspire and engage adult and youth leaders who want to make a difference in the Greater Prince William Area. Our graduates have undertaken leadership roles in business, government, the non-profit sector and community affairs. We serve Prince William County, the City of Manassas and the City of Manassas Park.The overall purpose of Leadership Prince William is simple but powerful—to make our community a better place through collaborative leadership. We offer programs for Adult and Youth Leaders. Learn more at www.LeadershipPrinceWilliam.org.

Feb
19
Leadership PW
ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: Kayne Karnbach, Class of 2017
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Kayne Karnbach, LPW Class of 2017

Manager of Individual Philanthropy, Detroit Zoological Society

Kayne Karnbach, Manager of Individual Philanthropy,  Detroit Zoological Society

 

Tell us a little about your job:

I’m the Manager of Individual Philanthropy for the Detroit Zoological Society. As such, I raise funds for capital and major campaigns at the Zoo. Some of the projects I raise funds for are animal habitat improvements and renovations and our campaign to build a new facility, the Great Lakes Nature Center. The Detroit Zoo was built in 1928 and occupies 125 acres in Royal Oak, Michigan just outside Detroit. I have a team of 14 people who help raise funds for the Zoo, which makes my role highly specialized. Unlike the DC metro area, most donors I work with are Michigan natives and as such spent a lot of time here as children and in growing up. As someone new to Michigan, that means I need to know about the Zoo’s history and what’s new and exciting. And there’s a lot of really cool things at the Zoo: we were one of the first  in the country to have barless enclosures throughout the Zoo; we have one of the largest Polar Bear habitats of any zoo in the country; and our penguin center is the largest and most advanced facility of its kind.

 

What’s new since you graduated from LPW? 

I moved to Michigan and started a new job.

 

What is your favorite LPW memory?

There are so many, but time spent with Jennifer Decker (Hylton Performing Arts Center) was always fun. We had the same sense of humor and just clicked. There were a lot of jokes and just funny off-the-cuff moments that I’ll always remember.

 

How has Leadership Prince William helped you get to where you are today?

LPW has instilled a focus on leadership, specifically what type of leader you are and how that fits with others in your organization. The second part, how my style fits with others in my organization is not something I thought much about before enrolling in the program. I was at a coffee shop last week and actually overheard two people discussing different types of leadership, similar to what we learned in the program. It really is something that is used and respected as a professional.

 

What does leadership mean to you?

Towards the end of the session, we had to bring in (and leave) something important and explain how that related to leadership to us. I told the story of deciding to stay home to raise my son. Leadership to me is making hard decisions.

 

Any final thoughts?

I’m grateful I had the chance to enroll in the program. I want to say thanks to my former boss Mary Finnigan and the Benedictine Sisters of Virginia for allowing me the opportunity to take time from work to attend. It truly made me a better employee, and leader.