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Feb
17
Leadership PW

LPW to Host Parent Info Session for Summer Youth Academy

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Press Release
February 17, 2020

Leadership Prince William to Host Parent Info Session for Summer Youth Academy

On Wednesday, March 11 Leadership Prince William will host an informational meeting for parents interested in sending their students through their Summer Youth Academy (SYA). The meeting will be held at Osbourn High School (1977 Eagle Way; Manassas, VA 20110) from 6:00-7:00 p.m. Leadership Prince William and camp staff will be present, along with some past participants. There will be a short presentation followed by Q&A. Parents are invited to discover the benefits to students, ask questions about the curriculum and learn more about scholarships.

Anyone who would like to RSVP or get more details should email Sarah Poole at sarah@leadershipprincewilliam.org.

Now in its sixth year, Leadership Prince William’s Summer Youth Academy is planned for July 13-24, 2020. The two-week day camp is designed for rising 7th through 9th graders who live or attend school in Prince William County and the Cities of Manassas and Manassas Park.

What’s in it for the students? 

  • Enhanced team-building, interpersonal communication, conflict resolution, negotiation, time management and other skills necessary for personal leadership development;
  • Working with a diverse cross-section of peers from across their community;
  • Chance to design and manage a community service project with a team.
  • Field trips to relevant local sites including the Public Safety Training Academy, Adult Detention Center, Micron Technology, historical sites & more! All field trips will reinforce the leadership skills taught throughout the two weeks;
  • The opportunity to discover how their unique thinking and behavioral attributes influence their leadership style. Plus, how to work with others who may see the world differently;
  • Meetings with local leaders in business, government and education.

You can learn more about the SYA at https://leadershipprincewilliam.org/programs/youth-leadership-prince-william/. Online applications are now open for interested students.

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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.

Jan
23
Leadership PW

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: Andrea Money, Class of 2015

LPW Outreach, Signature Program
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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!

 

Dec
11
Leadership PW

Big Winners at Gourmet Guys Give Back 2019

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Press Release

For Immediate Release            

Date:  December 11, 2019

 

Contact: Andrea Money, Executive Director, Leadership Prince William

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

 

The Big Winners at Gourmet Guys Give Back

 Photos by Don Flory available on our Facebook page. 

Manassas, VA- On Sunday, December 8 Leadership Prince William and the Prince William Chamber of Commerce hosted their 4th Annual Gourmet Guys Give Back amateur cooking competition at Linton Hall School in Bristow, Virginia.  Over 200 adults and children came through the doors, including Santa Claus himself!

Guests sampled dishes and voted for their favorites to identify the Peoples’ Choice winners. Judges’ Awards were given by professionals in the food service industry: Eric Pollard, Executive Chef at Novant Health UVA Health System Prince William Medical Center; Charles Gilliam, Owner of Okra’s Cajun Creole; Gina Michak, Owner of “From Gina’s Kitchen;” Kumar Iyer, Owner of Rangoli Restaurant and Shawn Terry of Smokin’ Shawn’s BBQ. Gourmet Guys Give Back featured a visit from Santa Claus, children’s activities by ImagiNation Learning Centers, and live music by local singer-songwriter Greg Dodson.

And the winners are….

  • Judges’ Awards:
    • BEST APPETIZER: Larb Sliders by Xiao-Yin Byrom, Owner of Tang’s Alterations, Bridal & Bespoke;
    • BEST SOUP/CHILI (and winner of the Judges’ Top Prize): Thai Fusion Soup by Xiao-Yin Byrom;
    • BEST SALAD/SIDE DISH: Minted Cucumber Salad by Xiao-Yin Byrom;
    • BEST MAIN DISH: The Royal Masala by Shan Lateef, a student in Prince William County Public Schools and a past graduate of the Leadership Prince William Summer Youth Academy;
    • BEST GRILL ITEM: Smoked Beef Brisket by Brian Sipes of the Prince William County Service Authority; a member of the Leadership Prince William Class of 2020;
    • BEST DESSERT: Chocolate Éclair Cake by Aaron Tolson, Development Director at ACTS and a 2018 graduate of Leadership Prince William.

      LPW Chair-Elect Tina Laguna (L) and Chairwoman Jackie Krick (at right in Santa hat) present the Fan Favorite Trophy to Brian Sipes and his son Brandon for their Smoked Beef Brisket.

  • People’s Choice Awards:
    • BEST APPETIZER: Triangles of Heaven (samosas) by Shan Lateef;
    • BEST SOUP/CHILI: Papa D’s Lobster Bisque by Dave Merli;
    • BEST SALAD/SIDE DISH: Minted Cucumber Salad by Xiao-Yin Byrom;
    • BEST MAIN DISH: The Royal Masala by Shan Lateef;
    • BEST DESSERT: Chocolate Éclair Cake by Aaron Tolson.
    • FAN FAVORITE: Smoked Beef Brisket by Brian Sipes of the Prince William County Service Authority. Brian’s brisket received 94 total votes, making it a run-away for the top prize.

Sponsors for Gourmet Guys Give Back included Employment Enterprises, Inc; Novant Health UVA Health System; Linton Hall School; The Benedictine Sisters of Virginia; ImagiNation Early Childhood Learning Center; Prince William Living, What’s Up Prince William; Mike Garcia Construction; Tang’s Bridal, Alterations & Bespoke; FVCbank; Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center; the Prince William Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors 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 community organizations nurturing local leadership, and supporting the business and not-for-profit communities of greater Prince William County and Manassas. 

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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 350 plus alumni and stakeholders have been engaged in every aspect of community evolution for over 10 years!