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19
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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.

Jan
24
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ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: Jason Shriner, Class of 2017

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Jason Shriner, LPW Class of 2017 (Lead by eXample)

Marketing Manager, City of Manassas Park Department of Parks & Recreation (that’s him with the arrow over his head in the photo)

 

Tell us a little about your job: 

I am the Marketing Manager for the Department. To put it very simply, anything the public sees regarding the Department probably came through my Division. My Division handles our social media, website, print collateral (including flyers and our program catalog), surveys, email newsletter and notices, photography, Department signage, community outreach, and more.

 

What’s new since you graduated from LPW? 

Well, thanks to a serious case of hands-up-itis I have joined a plethora of committees. I joined the marketing committee for LPW in March of 2018 and helped out with Summer Youth Academy in 2017 and 2018. I’ve joined a bunch of committees/councils with the Prince William Chamber of Commerce – I’m currently the co-chair of the Young Professionals council, the vice chair of the Not-for-Profit council (along with my classmate Steve Liga), and a member of the Strategic Plan committee. I joined the Haymarket Gainesville Business Association’s Board and became of member of their marketing committee.

I also celebrated my 5th anniversary as a youth facilitator with Metro DC PFLAG’s (Parents, Families, and Friends of the LGBTQ community) PWC community group in November 2018. As part of my work with PFLAG, I sit on the LGBTQ committee for SPAN (Suicide Prevention Alliance of Northern Virginia) and the PWC Police Department’s Citizen’s Advisory Board. I’ve also spoken on three panels since LPW commencement discussing various LGBTQ topics with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Brides & Weddings magazine, and the USDA’s Supplemental Food Programs Division. Due to high demand, I have been working on a LGBTQ cultural competency and allyship presentation and I am FINALLY almost done (it took WAY longer than I thought it would – my structural green failed me …but I guess my conceptual yellow didn’t!)

As for personal, my husband and I will be celebrating two years of marriage in February 2019 (though as with most gay couples we have been together far longer). I’ve also gotten heavily involved in pickleball and participated in two local tournaments (I’ll win one eventually)! My dog, Punkin, passed away in June and we got a new dog named Eggroll. Losing Punkin helped me realize how much we take our pets for granted so I spent lots of time this summer with Eggroll on hikes and outings; however, it’s been an adventure since Eggroll still has a strong urge to mark EVERYTHING slowing down hikes!

For my fellow LPW gamers: I’ve been spending WAY too much time at the new Crossroads Tabletop Tavern in Downtown Manassas and recently joined a Dungeons and Dragons groupthere which I’ve never played before. While it’s definitely fun, I’m hoping to foster my creative thinking/writing skills through roleplaying. Also, if anybody plays League of Legends, I got an S+ with Zilean and Janna. Best ARAM support NA  🙂

 

What is your favorite LPW memory?

Honestly, there are so many good memories of LPW. It’s hard to pick just one. The one that is coming to mind at this moment is the activity we did on the last day where we wrote what traits we saw in each other. Whenever I feel anxious about a presentation or some other event, I carry that piece of paper with me to the event. It’s a tangible reminder that my classmates believe in me as a leader and so I should believe in me too.

 

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

What I really love about being an alum is the vast network of alums I can reach out to for help or advice. Just recently I’ve reached out to alums including Betty Dean, Dr. Mary Lopez, Beverly Hess, Kathie Johnson, Chris Caseman, and Joy Ocetnik for advice on designing our Patron Engagement Survey specifically on how to properly and respectfully collect demographic data on disability. My Department is hoping with this information that we can better develop and direct programming and staffing to meet the needs of the disability community. Having a network of trusted contacts helps me better serve the community.

I’ve also had so many deep conversations with many of my classmates since commencement about my personal life and it has been so helpful knowing some people have experienced what you’re going through and can tell you there is definitely a light at the end of the tunnel! I didn’t expect LPW to have such a profound impact on my personal life, but having a group of trusted friends outside of my previous circle of friends has been an invaluable resource. I’m so grateful for LPW 2017!

 

What does leadership mean to you?

For me, leadership is standing beside or behind others and helping uplift and amplify their voices. This might be informed by my social justice work and my work in communications, but I think too often people think leadership means taking the lead – or maybe it’s more correct to say people think leadership only means taking the lead. I think when you take the time to foster your employees to be the best they can be and when you use your privilege to advocate for marginalized people, that is true leadership. Why? Because both situations put other people first and carry a huge amount of risk. When you develop an employee, you could be setting them up for a great career at another organization and being an advocate always carries the risk of making other people uncomfortable. But I think risk taking is part of being a leader! Especially when it means you’re helping others.

 

Any final thoughts?

Live your best life, make time for self-care, and do MORE of what makes you happy!

Dec
17
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Alumni Spotlight: Sheyna Burt, Class of 2013

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Sheyna Burt, LPW Class of 2013

Founder, The Law Office of Sheyna Nicole Burt, PLC 

 

Tell us a little about your law firm:

My firm focuses on the representation of community associations, charitable nonprofits, and families in Virginia and Washington, D.C. (Learn more Sheyna’s firm at burtlaw.co)

 

What’s new since you graduated from LPW? 

Most recently, in November of 2018 I moved my office to 9306 Grant Avenue in Manassas.  It’s a shared space with other lawyers, close to the courthouse, and absolutely charming.  In April of this year, my family bought a beautiful home in Potomac Shores.

More generally, in the five years since graduation from LPW I’ve expanded my outreach into the community.  The firm’s reputation for passionate advocacy and compassionate service is growing by leaps and bounds.  I also volunteer on the boards of nine organizations: Old Bridge Chamber Orchestra, Hylton Performing Arts Center, Youth Orchestras of Prince William, Friday Morning Music Club, World Doctors Orchestra, Court Appointed Special Advocates – Children’s Intervention Services, Keep Prince William Beautiful, ACLU of Virginia, and Covenant Presbyterian Church.

 

What is your favorite LPW memory?

I smile every time I remember not being eaten by a bear at the opening retreat in the mountains.

 

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

The professional progress I’ve made is directly attributable to LPW.  One of my LPW classmates opened up her office suite to me, allowing me to move my practice out of my home.  And the networking … the sincere friendships I’ve formed because of this program have been a powerful source of clients, service opportunities, and laughs.

 

What does leadership mean to you?

To me, leadership means helping others to identify and accomplish their goals.  It means appreciating the strengths and talents of each member of the team and positioning them to succeed.

 

Any final thoughts?

Lean, Mean 2013 is the undisputed G.O.A.T.

Dec
5
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Big Winners at Gourmet Guys Give Back 2018

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Date:  December 5, 2018

 

Contact: Andrea Short, Executive Director, Leadership Prince William

andrea@leadershipprincewilliam.org // 571-765-7568

 

Big Winners at Gourmet Guys Give Back 2018

 

Manassas, VA- On Sunday, December 2nd, Leadership Prince William and the Prince William Chamber of Commerce co-hosted their 3rd Annual Gourmet Guys Give Back event at Linton Hall School in Bristow, VA.  The event was open to the public and featured 16 local amateur chefs competing for People’s Choice and Judges’ Awards for their tastiest dishes. Amid the tasty dishes and competition, there was live music and activities for the kids; including face painting by Dabbledy Doo and organized play by ImagiNation Early Childhood Learning Center. Even Santa Claus made an appearance courtesy of Fathom Realty.

Professionals doling out the Judges’ Awards included Charles Gilliam, owner of Okra’s Cajun Creole; Eric Pollard, Executive Chef at Novant Health UVA Health System and Mark Kowalewski, Co-Owner of 3 Firefighters and a Pig.

This year’s winners by category were…

JUDGES’ AWARDS

Best Appetizer: Christmas Wontons by Bradley Marshall

Best Soup or Chili: Chili Willy Brisket & Black Bean Chili by Bill White

Best Side Dish: Mexican Street Corn by Dave Merli

Best Main Dish: Tacos Al Pastor by Dave Merli

Best Grill Item: Churrasco by Harry Horning, II

 

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS

Best Appetizer: Ceviche Indulgence by Vicente Garcia

Best Soup or Chili: Chili Willy Brisket & Black Bean Chili by Bill White

Best Side Dish: Smokey Bear BBQ Beans by Ken Krick

Best Main Dish: Tacos Al Pastor by Dave Merli

Best Grill Item: Whitlock’s Wonderful Marinated Filet Mignon by Bennett Whitlock

 

The FAN FAVORITE trophy, for the dish that received the most votes overall went to Bill White and his sous chef Rob Sturm for their Chili Willy Brisket & Black Bean Chili. The two managed to unseat reigning champ, Supervisor Marty Nohe, known for always putting bacon in his dishes.

 

For more information on the event visit www.GourmetGuysGiveBack.com.

 

Sponsors for Gourmet Guys Give Back include Employment Enterprises, Novant Health UVA Health System, Iron Mountain Data Centers, ImagiNation Learning Centers, Mike Garcia Construction, Apple Federal Credit Union, Linton Hall School, The Benedictine Sisters of Virginia, What’s Up Prince William and FreshySites.

 

Proceeds from Gourmet Guys Give Back benefit the programs and activities of Leadership Prince William and the Prince William Chamber of Commerce; two not-for-profit community organizations nurturing local leadership and supporting the business and not-for-profit communities through scholarships, educational activities and more.

 

 

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About the Prince William Chamber of Commerce:
The Prince William Chamber of Commerce is the strongest voice for the business community in the Washington, DC Metropolitan region. Together with our diverse membership, representing over 70,000 employees we work to create an environment where business and people thrive. To accomplish this, we focus our efforts in the key areas of business growth, economic development, advocacy, education and community outreach. In this way, we are building a solid foundation for the success of our business members and our community. For more information, visit our website at www.pwchamber.org or call the Prince William Chamber at 703-368-6600.

 

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 nearly 400 alumni and stakeholders have been engaged in every aspect of community evolution since 2007!