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Jan
23
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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.

 

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!

 

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.”

Apr
15
Leadership PW
ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: Cydny Neville, Class of 2013
Signature Program, Uncategorized
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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!

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.

Jan
24
Leadership PW
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
Leadership PW
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.