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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.

Mar
27
Leadership PW

Leadership Prince William Seeks Applicants for Class of 2020, this Year with New Scholarship Program

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Date:  March 27, 2019

 

Contact: Andrea Money, Executive Director

Leadership Prince William

andrea@leadershipprincewilliam.org 571-765-7568

 

Leadership Prince William Seeks Applicants for Class of 2020, this Year with New Scholarship Program

 

Manassas, VA-  Leadership Prince William (LPW) is pleased to announce that 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 2020. 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.

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, ages, 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 2020, 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, 2019.

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.

Says Leadership Prince William Executive Director Andrea Money, “Through this new scholarship program 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 scholarship funds must 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)

Selection for these scholarships is contingent upon selection as a member of the Leadership Prince William Class of 2020. Additional scholarship opportunities are available for those who do not meet these criteria. 

Applications for both the Leadership Prince William Signature Program and the Scholarship for Persons of Color became available on January 31, 2019 and will close June 28, 2019. 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!

 

Mar
22
Leadership PW

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: Patrick King, Class of 2015

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Patrick King, LPW Class of 2015

Founder & CEO, IMAGINE
Patrick King

Patrick King, Founder & CEO, IMAGINE

 

Tell us a little about your company:

Imagine is a digital marketing and branding agency. I get to work with some of the most creative, intelligent and passionate people and I’m grateful for each day I get to spend with them. A guy named Jason works here too.

 

What’s new since you graduated from LPW? 

I became a grandfather which, if you haven’t tried it, is definitely something to check out. We sent another Imagine team member through LPW and are considering yet another one, and we’re expanding our focus to include tourism and hospitality. Not only is it work we’re good at, who wouldn’t want to write off a weekend trip to a resort?

 

What is your favorite LPW memory?

On the night of the kickoff retreat, a number of us gathered for a quiet evening. There was definitely no drinking or keeping the rest of the class awake until 3am. The campfire we had planned for that evening was foiled by a cursed fog that seemed bent on our misery and, during this time of calm and peaceful fellowship, I mentioned that I had never had a S’more (too much fellowship apparently makes me hungry).

Enter Jeremy Harridath, who made it his mission to make sure I’d not live another day without experiencing that marshmallowy goodness. So, with lighter in hand, he roasted the marshmallow and we assembled the sugar sandwich. Apart from the strong butane taste, I could now see what the hype was all about.

 

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

I learned that I should not be in charge of anything structural, and that work involving planning or project management should be given to someone else. It kinda feels like a “get out of boring work free” card, but I’ll take it.

 

What does leadership mean to you?

In the Battle of Brooklyn during the American Revolution, George Washington and his men were trapped with the British on one side and the Hudson River on the other. Knowing he was defeated and that it was only a matter of how many men would be lost, he quickly decided to retreat, sneaking his men onto ships to cross the river. Washington made sure that every one of his men were on the ships before he himself boarded one for them to escape.

That’s what leadership means to me: that even in the bleakest of situations, you always put your team first.

 

Any final thoughts?

Although it may be painful for some to hear, I think I would be remiss if I didn’t say that the Class of 2015 is really better than every other class. Like all of them.