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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
17
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ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: Bennie Herron, Class of 2016

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Bennie Herron, LPW Class of 2016 

Fairfax County Department of Family Service
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Bennie Herron, Father Engagement Specialist,

Fairfax County Dept. of Social Services

 

Tell us a little about your job:

I am a Father Engagement Specialist III. I organize and teach Dads Parenting Groups for fathers. I assist practitioners and community partners on best practices around engaging men and fathers.

 

What’s new since you graduated from LPW? 

I recently published my third poetry collection titled, “Music Made Me (Us) Do This.” I also sit on the board of directors with Words Beats and Life, a non-profit organization that uses Hip Hop and arts to empower and strengthen the youth and communities.

 

What is your favorite LPW memory?

The team-building activities. They challenged me in a healthy way.

 

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

I have a new confidence about myself. I feel like I can connect with people more effectively.

 

What does leadership mean to you?

It means that you are always willing to learn and take risk.

 

Any final thoughts?

LPW is Awesome!

May
14
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Leadership Prince William to Recognize Michael Vanderpool with Vision Award

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Leadership Prince William to Recognize Michael Vanderpool with Vision Award

Prince William, VA– On June 21, Leadership Prince William (LPW) will recognize Michael R. Vanderpool with their highest honor, the Vision Award. The award will be presented during the organization’s annual Evening of Excellence Gala at the Clubs at Quantico.

According to LPW Executive Director Andrea Money, “The Vision Award honors an individual who lives or works in Prince William County, the City of Manassas or the City of Manassas Park. The recognition is for innovative, strategic or bold leadership that has had a positive impact on a significant portion of our community.” She went on to note that the magnitude and scope of the impact are the primary criteria for the award, making the respected attorney, entrepreneur and community advocate an ideal choice.

Vanderpool will join past winners including: The late Senator Charles J. Colgan; Youth for Tomorrow CEO, Dr. Gary Jones; and Todos Supermarkets Founder, Carlos Castro.  The late Prince William County Supervisor John Jenkins and his wife Ernestine were the 2018 recipients of the award. 

Mary Colgan Finnigan, the Chair of LPW’s Board of Regents, added, “From the time Mike began his firm in Manassas he has been a champion for our community, taking on leadership roles in various organizations and projects. Mike is truly, a man of vision, and he has worked diligently to make our community a wonderful place to live, work, and play.”

Michael Vanderpool has been a community advocate and successful businessman since moving to Manassas in the 1970s. To date he has founded five businesses, remaining  actively involved in four; including the law firm of Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian, P.C.

Aside from his professional credentials, Mr. Vanderpool  has cultivated a legacy of encouraging, fostering and educating future leaders in Prince William County. He is known as a forward thinker who often leads the charge in developing new projects that will take the Prince William County/Greater Manassas Community to the next level, most notably in the arena of “quality of life” issues. like

Within his law firm, leadership and community involvement are encouraged and modeled among the associates. Three members of his firm have served as chairmen of the Prince William Chamber of Commerce, including himself.  Three have gone through Leadership Prince William. Current associates are known to Chair and actively serve in important organizations such as local not-for-profit organizations, the Virginia Women’s Attorney Association, Rotary Clubs and the Virginia Indigent Defense Commission—all of it encouraged by Vanderpool who believes in and teaches on the art of leadership.

He practices what he preaches, and has been an active participant in shaping the greater Prince William community for the common good. Mr. Vanderpool was part of the visionary group that recognized the need for the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Prince William County and brought the project to fruition; serving as the organization’s founding Chairman. He has also served as founding Chair for the Manassas Education Foundation, Freedom Aquatic & Fitness Center, 234 Bypass Forum, I-66 Partnership and more.

The public is invited to join with Leadership Prince William in celebrating the contributions of Michael Vanderpool. Tickets for the Evening of Excellence are available for purchase online at leadershipprincewilliam.org or by calling 571-765-7568.The Honorable Marty Nohe will serve as Master of Ceremonies.

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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.

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.