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Apr
15
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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!

Dec
17
Leadership PW
Alumni Spotlight: Sheyna Burt, Class of 2013
LPW Outreach, Signature Program
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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.