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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.

 

Mar
22
Leadership PW
ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: Patrick King, Class of 2015
LPW Outreach
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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.

Nov
2
Leadership PW
Alumni Spotlight: Emily Robinson, Class of 2015
Signature Program
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Emily Robinson, LPW Class of 2015
Assistant Director of Development, 
Hylton Performing Arts Center at George Mason University

 

Tell us a little about your current position:

I’ve been with Mason and the Hylton Center for seven years. In my current role as  Assistant Director of Development, I work with volunteers and donors, as well as corporations and foundations of all sizes, to help them find meaningful ways to engage in the life of the Hylton Center – whether that’s through attending a performance, volunteerism, or philanthropic support. I find that I’m constantly in awe of the ways people and companies elect to manifest their passion for the arts and for this region.

 

What’s new since you graduated from LPW?

 A lot! My husband and I welcomed our first child, John-Paul, just three weeks before I graduated from Leadership Prince William in 2015, and our second, Virginia, just turned 1 year old! I also made a major life change when our family relocated to the Shenandoah Valley in 2016. I feel very fortunate to have been able to maintain my role here at the Hylton Center, working remotely and traveling to the area to work with those interested in becoming involved with the Hylton Center. I really credit the connections I’ve made in this region, especially through Leadership Prince William, in making that transition possible.

 

What is your favorite LPW memory?

Definitely the opening retreat at Skyland Resort. It’s not often that you get the opportunity to literally retreat and reflect on your role in your organization and in this community. It was a real gift to have that intentional time set aside, as well as get to know our class members in such a beautiful place.

 

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

Going through LPW was one of the best things I could have done for my career. It introduced me to so many people who I’ve stayed in touch with through our work at the Hylton Center, and I also now have an instant connection when meeting new people who are also LPW alumni! It’s amazing to see how many LPW alumni are involved at the Hylton Center – as patrons, volunteers, performers, and donors. We so appreciate all of the support and would welcome all LPW alumni to become involved!

 

What does leadership mean to you?

I think of the amazing leaders I’ve known – people who are confident in their strengths and recognize their weaknesses – and then seek out experts to fill those gaps and lead a team ripe for success. It takes a generous amount of humility to achieve that level of balanced leadership, and when it’s done well it inspires future leadership to follow suit!

 

Any final thoughts?

A HUGE thank you to Leadership Prince William and the entire alumni network for the work you all do every day! Whether that’s through your job, volunteer roles, or places you support philanthropically – it’s clear that LPW alumni are invested in shaping the future of this region. And if you’re reading this and wondering how you can get involved in making an impact in this community, just ask Andrea and she’ll put you to work.  😉


Emily invites all LPW alumni to join her at the Hylton Performing Arts Center’s annual gala on Friday, March 22, 2019. This year they will focus on their Veterans in the Arts initiative. Tickets on sale now! {LEARN MORE}