Chesapeake Bay Foundation Leading the Way in Sustainable Building…

November 26, 2013
Hosted by Kimberly Stewart

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What does it mean to be Green? Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF)whose mission is to “Save The Bay”, knows exactly what it means to be Green. They led the way in the hottest building trend - - Sustainable Green LEED Certified building. Once again, they are pushing the envelope and leading the way to meet The Living Building Challenge. Tune in when host Kimberly Stewart speaks with Mary Tod Winchester, Vice President of Administration at Chesapeake Bay Foundation and listen as Mary Tod share the journeys CBF has taken to building green. Learn the hottest trends in sustainable building, what the Living Building Challenge is and how CBF is standing up to it, and hear about their stepping stones to success. Mary Tod will share CBF’s lessons learned from their experiences, and tips they have gain, and stories along the way. Tune into Stepping Stones to Everyday Success – Chesapeake Bay Foundation Leading the Way in Sustainable Building…. Tuesday November 26, 2013 3 PM Pacific Time.

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Stepping Stones to Everyday Success provides advice and guidance to the professional whether a team member, manager, or organizational leader on the stepping stones to everyday success. We tell stories, collaborate on tools and techniques, and share our experiences on realizing success and value every day. The show will evolve with you! We invite you to interact with us and participate in the program. The show will give you practical and straight forward tidbits and tools that you can mold and apply. From each show, our goal is for you to have at least one memorable tidbit that you can use in your everyday work life.

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Kimberly Stewart

Kimberly Stewart founded Stepping Stone Consulting, LLC with the vision to apply her twenty plus years of information technology program management to small businesses and organizations helping them implement successful projects and sustain effective business processes. Ms. Stewart has worked with and for non-profits, private industry, and the Federal Government experiencing and navigating through a spectrum of organizational processes, politics, and hierarchy. Today, Ms. Stewart works directly with her Federal government and small business clients’ program managers to support them in their program executions. She has successfully implemented multi-million dollar IT systems that have been integral to the organizations’ supply chains, set-up program management offices that were key to receiving national award recognition, and consulted with small businesses and their program managers. The key tenets to Stepping Stone Consulting’s business philosophy are partnership, knowledge sharing, collaboration, and creative problem solving. Ms. Stewart is a member of the Program Management Institute, U.S. Women Chamber of Commerce, and National Association of Professional Women. In addition, Kimberly is an active community advocate being on the Associate Board of Directors for Wolf Trap Foundation, an avid supporter of Chesapeake Bay Foundation, and a Girl Scout Troop Leader.

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Jennifer Abernethy

Jennifer Abernethy is known as America's Premier Social Marketing Stylist for small business through her companies & Having sold nearly $40 million in products and services, she is now on a mission to help small business America "go social". Jennifer has trained and mentored thousands of entrepreneurs, CEO's and corporate audiences, but most know her teachings through her ever-popular books, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Social Media Marketing. She writes, speaks and advises on Social Media Marketing, Social Business and Social Selling whenever she can. In 2012, Jennifer launched her second business Socially (TM) an ultra-hip social media concierge firm where she and her concierge team manage social media for clients across the country. Jennifer is the first in the USA to develop, launch and license her hugely successful social media management business model. She can be found on Twitter @SalesLounge. View Guest page

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Sylvia Allen

Sylvia Allen, launched her award-winning, Holmdel, N. J.-based PR, sponsorship and integrated marketing communications firm Allen Consulting ( in 1978 at a time when women were discouraged from seeking higher positions in the business world. She brought her firm international recognition for performing the pivotal role of helping to revitalize many downtown communities, particularly in New Jersey, through event marketing and PR, sponsorship sales, and the coordination of events such as outdoor summer concert series, historic walking tours, street festivals, holiday festivities. In 2003, she took this wealth knowledge overseas and founded Sylvia's Children, a non-profit with a mission of improving the lives of more than 1,000 children living in Uganda. In 2005, Sylvia was inducted into the International Festivals and Events Association's Hall of Fame. View Guest page

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Maris Angolia

Maris Angolia is President and CEO of Karin’s Florist. She directs and manages day-to-day activities and is responsible for overall strategic positioning for the organization. For the past 19 years, she has been active in the community and has served in many leadership roles. Currently, she serves on the Wolf Trap Associates Board and the 2015 World Police and Fire Games Board of Directors. She has been with Karin’s full time for over 19 years and is proud to carry on her father’s legacy. Maris has a BSBA degree from The American University, and double majored in Marketing & Computer Systems. View Guest page

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Karen E. Avery

Karen E. Avery joined PBS as Senior Director of Institutional Giving of the PBS Foundation, in January 2011. In this role, she is responsible for increasing support from the foundation and corporate sectors for PBS priorities and programs. Before PBS, she spent seven years as Director of Foundation Relations at the Smithsonian Institution, and served as Chairperson of the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center Board of Directors for three of those years. Prior to joining the Smithsonian, Avery was Assistant Dean of Harvard College, and also worked for many years as a Senior Admissions Officer at Harvard. Avery received her M.Ed. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education with a concentration in administration, planning and social policy, and her A.B. from Harvard in psychology and social relations. She currently serves on the Wolf Trap Associates Board of Directors and she resides in Alexandria, VA with a husband, two kids (15 and 12), and one crazy dog. View Guest page

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Alan Berson

Alan Berson is a Learning Director at Wharton Executive Education and founder and principal of Pulse Point LLC and Leadership Conversation LLC, companies specializing in keynote presentations, leadership and executive training and coaching for teams and individuals since 2001. His book: “Leadership Conversations; Challenging High Potential Managers to Become Great Leaders”, was named one of the top 10 management/leadership books by when it was published by Jossey-Bass in February, 2013. It will be released in India in 2014, and will be translated into Chinese for release in January, 2015. Alan gets each person to focus on how they think of themselves as leaders and the conversations they then hold to make their leadership effective. His specialty is in combining communication with a clear distinction and alignment between the management and leadership mindsets and practices. He teaches and coaches on the four elements of Leadership Conversations: Building Relationships, Developing Others, Making Decisions and Taking Action; which are four essential activities executives must balance each day. Alan has guided executives and teams through change management, diversity and inclusion issues, creating conversation and feedback cultures, internal transitions, as well as creating trust, confidence, creativity and innovation. Parallel to his work at Leadership Conversation LLC, Alan has been an Adjunct Professor at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University where he taught leadership and change management courses to executives in two degreed programs – Georgetown/ESADE Global Executive MBA (GEMBA) and Executive Masters in Leadership (EML) as well as in the Change Management Advanced Practitioner (CMAP) program, a certification sponsored by Booz Allen Hamilton. He was also an Adjunct Professor at the Federal Executive Institute. Prior to this, Alan held executive positions in strategic planning, marketing and finance at Gillette, Bausch & Lomb, Chase Lincoln First Bank, Marriott and was CEO of Member Direct Television, a VC funded company providing training over the DirecTV satellite dish. Alan has performed group, team and leadership coaching and/or keynote presentations with clients across industries and sectors including: KPMG, NASA, The National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health (NCI/NIH), LexisNexis, Children’s Hospital Center, IRS, U.S. Department of the Navy (DoN), Autism Society, Century 21 Real Estate, FINRA, Bristol-Meyers Squibb, First Potomac Realty Trust, Booz Allen Hamilton and PNC Bank. Alan received both a BS in Economics as a finance major and his MBA in Entrepreneurial Management, Strategic Planning and the Legal Aspects of Business from The Wharton School. He became a Certified Leadership Coach (CLC) at Georgetown University and was granted the PCC certification from the International Coach Federation in 2007. He has attended workshops in Leading for Sustainability with Peter Senge and Leadership Agility with Bill Joiner. He is certified to deliver all of the instruments from the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) (including Benchmarks and Executive Dimensions), Profilor from Personnel Decisions International (PDI), StrengthsFinder and Leggo Works. View Guest page

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Carol Bossert

Carol Bossert, @musewrite, VoiceAmerica Radio show host & owner of CB Services LLC with 25 years of experience working in informal learning environments. She is a problem solver who works collaboratively with multidisciplinary teams to realize a creative vision while operating in the real world of schedules & budgets. View Guest page

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Karen Cleveland

Karen Cleveland is the President of the Cleveland Group, LLC, which specializes in helping individuals, teams and companies identify and develop their full leadership potential. Karen brings over 20 years of executive leadership experience to her role. Prior to founding Cleveland Group in 2010, Karen served as the President & CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Northern VA where she was known as a visionary leader and was credited with growing the organization into one of the most respected charitable organizations in the Metro DC area. Karen served as the first CEO of the Reston Chamber of Commerce and in executive positions within the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce. She recently was named Chairman of the Board at Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce. In addition to her expertise in leadership, Karen assists start up businesses and consults in the areas of strategic planning, board and fund development, public speaking and presentations skills. View Guest page

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Jim Corcoran

Since April, 2010, Jim Corcoran has served as President & CEO of the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce. The Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce is the largest chamber of commerce in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area, representing more than 500,000 jobs across the region. In addition to the Chamber of Commerce, Jim serves on several Boards and Committees. Prior to joining the Fairfax Chamber, Jim served fourteen years at the National Confectioners Association and the Chocolate Manufacturers Association; a 700 member Washington, DC based national trade association. Jim earned his MBA from Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ and his BS in Food Marketing from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. View Guest page

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Cynthia de Lorenzi

Cynthia de Lorenzi is a TEDx Women and international motivational speaker, expert interviewer and moderator, co-author and social media expert and consultant, producer, artist, and futurist who likes to refer to herself as a serial entrepreneur and social commentator on the status of women in our world and their impact on our culture and economy today. Washington Business Journal selected her as one of the top 25 “Women Who Mean Business” in 2006, SmartCEO magazine awarded her the BRAVA award in 2009 and was awarded SmartCEO’s Circle of Excellence by her peers as well as recognized by Enterprising Women in 2010. Her organization, Success in the City has been featured in the Business Section of the Washington Post, NPR, DC Modern Luxury Magazine and Washington’s Finest. As founder and chief executive officer of Success in the City, Ms. de Lorenzi leads an unconventional business networking organization for senior level executive businesswomen and in the DC Metropolitan area. View Guest page

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Melonie Dodaro

MELONIE DODARO is the founder of Top Dog Social Media, a company that helps businesses, professionals and sales teams leverage social media and social selling to boost their visibility, attract more leads and clients and put more revenue in their pipeline. She has trained sales teams all across North America on LinkedIn and advanced social selling techniques. These are the same tactics being used by the biggest companies on the planet that have implemented social selling practices with outstanding results. She is regarded by the media as Canada’s #1 LinkedIn expert and Social Media Examiner has listed her blog as one of Top 10 Social Media Blogs of 2014. Melonie travels internationally to speak at both industry and corporate conferences. Website: LinkedIn: Twitter: View Guest page

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Margot Dorfman

Margot Dorfman is dedicated to advancing the economic & leadership opportunities for women. As a founder and CEO of the USWCC, she led the organization’s dramatic growth to over 500,000 members & championed opportunities to increase women's business, career and leadership advancement. She is regularly called upon by Congress & the media to provide insights into the economic issues of women including challenges related to business growth, securing credit and capital, government contracting, retirement planning, affordable healthcare, fair pay, family-friendly work policies, and women's political leadership. Ms. Dorfman lends a powerful voice to the story of the women's economic movement providing insights into the evolving power and influence of women on our economy and how women are transforming their role in our business and financial markets by establishing new economic platforms to position themselves in the driver's seat for their next stage of growth. View Guest page

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Arthur Frankel

Arthur is the founder of Solution Street and has over 20 years of professional experience solving tough business problems. He started working with software development and personally selling custom built software as a teenager for the Radio Shack TRS-80 and the Commodore Vic-20 computers in Brooklyn, New York. Arthur has a B.S. in Computer Science from Binghamton University. His career has spanned the many changes in technology from large mainframe systems to PCs to client/server to web applications. Over the years he has worked with some of the largest and complex enterprise-wide systems for financial and telecommunications companies. Arthur was a Senior Principal for American Management Systems, Inc. (AMS - now CGI) and a Director of Software Engineering for FolioFn before starting Solution Street. Arthur enjoys a good problem to solve and tries to keep things simple. Solution Street website View Guest page

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Gail Guseman

Gail Guseman, Specialist Leader at Deloitte, has experience across the software development life cycle. Throughout her career she has lead customer-facing consulting, help desk, and implementation teams. She has led a customer support practice for implementation and a large help desk. View Guest page

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Simon Hartley

Simon Hartley is a globally respected sport psychology consultant and performance coach. He helps athletes and business people to get their mental game right. For almost 20 years, Simon has worked with gold medalists, world record holders, top five world-ranked professional athletes and championship winning teams. He has worked at the highest level of sport, including spells in Premiership football, Premiership rugby union, First Class County Cricket, Super League, golf, tennis, motor sport and with Team GB Olympians. In 2011, Simon published his first book Peak Performance Every Time, which was followed in 2012 by How To Shine, and in 2013 by Two Lengths of the Pool. For almost 10 years, Simon has also applied the principles of sport psychology to business, education, healthcare and the charity sector. This has included projects with some of the world’s leading corporations and foremost executives. He is also an international professional speaker, delivering keynotes across the world. View Guest page

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Steve Harvey

Steve Harvey is the Worldwide Leader for Technology and Analytics across IBM’s Business Process Outsourcing unit. In addition, Steve is leading the emerging business opportunity around the IBM Watson Genomics solution. Previously, Steve led IBM’s Business Analytics and Optimization practice within the Distribution Sector. Throughout his career, Steve has led numerous consulting groups and engagements as well as provided client business advisory services across a wide range of fields ranging from CRM to custom software development to Internet web technologies. He is experienced in running large organizations and driving transformation across enterprise clients. View Guest page

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Nola Hennessy

Nola Hennessy is renowned for her people skills, love of life and fun, business acumen, and enduring energy and passion for making a positive difference. One of Rotary International’s Inspirational Women 2011, Nola rose from a childhood of severe constraints to become a senior manager at 16 and has three times risen to senior leadership and the top of her chosen profession. She leads the global consultancy Serenidad Consulting in its strategic intent to facilitate peace, and provide services and products that are a cut above the rest. Her guiding principles in business and other aspects of life are excellence, great leadership and utilizing positive personal power to achieve peace in relationships at every level around the globe. Nola offers unrivalled and unique experience as ‘the CEO on the shop floor’ multiple times, is an accomplished and professional speaker, facilitator, change agent, educator, negotiator, mediator, presenter, interviewer and host. View Guest page

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Mary Jo Hoeksema

Since January 2004, Mary Jo Hoeksema has been the Director of Government Affairs for the Population Association of America and Association of Population Centers (PAA/APC), two affiliated organizations comprised of over 3,000 behavioral and social scientists, including economists, demographers, and sociologists, who conduct population-based research and over 40 U.S. population research centers. In addition to her working for PAA/APC, since 2008 Ms. Hoeksema has co-directed the Census Project coalition. From 2006 to 2012, she was on the Associates Board of Directors for the Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, serving as its Chair from 2011 to 2012. Prior to her position with PAA/APC, Ms. Hoeksema worked at the National Institutes of Health for approximately 10 years, as the Legislative Officer at the National Institute on Aging and National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine and as the Special Assistant to the Director of the NIH Office of Policy of Extramural Research Administration. Ms. Hoeksema came to the NIH in 1995 as a Presidential Management Fellow. In addition to her positions at the NIH, Ms. Hoeksema has served as a Legislative Assistant for Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro and Legislative Correspondent for Senator Jeff Bingaman. Ms. Hoeksema has a Master of Public Administration from the George Washington University. View Guest page

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Emily J. Holubowich

Emily J. Holubowich joined CRD Associates in 2009. She has more than thirteen years of experience in health and fiscal policy, government relations, writing and communications, and coalition management. As a senior member of the CRD Associates team, Emily helps her clients promote and protect their interests in the nation's capital. In this capacity she serves as Executive Director of the Coalition for Health Funding, representing more than 80 national organizations that support a strong and sustained investment in public health programs. She is frequently sought out by the media for her expertise on public health and fiscal policy, on record in USA Today, Washington Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Politico, National Public Radio, Huffington Post, Congressional Quarterly, Roll Call, The Hill, and other trade publications. Previously, Emily served as the director of government relations for AcademyHealth, a professional society representing 4,500 health researchers, policy analysts, and practitioners. Prior to joining AcademyHealth, Emily served as a senior health policy analyst with the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) where she conducted research and developed written reports and testimony for Congress on health policy issues, including clinical trials, drug safety, HIPAA coding standards (e.g., ICD-10 and CPT), group purchasing models, and hospital community benefits. In addition, she managed special initiatives on behalf of the Health Care Team Managing Director and the U.S. Comptroller General. Emily serves on the Associates Board of Directors of the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts. Emily holds a Master of Public Policy from The Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and English from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Website: View Guest page

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Martha Johnson

You, the reader, probably do not know me personally, or you may only know me from an online search, which is most likely dominated by the media circus around my resignation. Allow me to establish a bit of a baseline for you. Leaders learn from one another, and you probably want to size me up so as to calibrate the advice or lessons I am sharing. Fair enough. I come from a strong, socially liberal clan. Various ancestors, including both of my grandfathers, and other relatives were and are activist clergy. They include a circuit rider minister, missionaries to Japan and Appalachia, and a founder of an orphanage. My parents met in the 1940s in Beirut, where they were both teachers for the Mission Board before Dad went to divinity school. When I was in the fourth grade, the free speech movement at the University of California at Berkley was unfolding literally down the road. At the dinner table, my father explained what was happening and declared that it would change my life. He believed in teaching us about the problems of the world. He once took me out of middle school for a day trip to hear Cesar Chavez testify before Robert Kennedy’s Sub-Committee investigating the plight of migrant workers. It was my first glimpse of a Congressional hearing in action. Dad’s edgy preaching contributed to his being pressured out of his pulpit in California. So, we packed up and moved to North Dakota. There he served a congregation and founded a still-flourishing environmental advocacy group. I absorbed the important lesson that losing a job is hardly the end of the world. In fact, it takes a person to a whole new world. Dad thought his children needed good organizational skills. He is a bit of a math savant and taught us his system to balance the family’s checkbook. My sister mastered the mimeograph machine, and we all helped compile materials for the parish’s annual meeting, including a carefully presented budget report. I effectively started my MBA at age nine. My mother, on the other hand, was a musician, artist, and master teacher. My earliest memories are singing in her choirs. We had to stand tall and smile as we sang. Blending voices was important, and it was not a good idea to bellow over the others. Much later, in the middle of the feminist movement at college, I was not at all sure if being assertive was the right goal. To me it meant a diva artistic personality. I did get one thing clear from singing, and that was an exquisitely honed sense of the beauty of teamwork. As a frugal minister’s wife, Mom knew her domestic arts, and so therefore do I. Along with canning, pickling, and sewing, I learned about crafting, although that is not what it was called in the 1950s and 1960s. Our house was a constant art studio. We could not use the upstairs bathtub for months, because it was filled with water for soaking wheat stalks. When they were sufficiently pliable, we wove them into holiday ornaments. Quilting frames crowded furniture in the living room. Our encyclopedias were stuffed with pressed flowers. To this day I look for the prism that will shoot some color or flourish into an issue, a meeting, a speech, or an assignment. As a preacher’s kid from North Dakota, I was a good bet for scholarships, and off I went at age 16 to boarding school, then Oberlin College, a teaching assignment in Taiwan, and eventually graduate school at Yale University. Ultimately, I logged 10 years living in dormitories, with all the attendant noise, annual packing up, and small quarters. Later in life, as landlord of one of the largest real estate holdings in the world, I discovered that I have a blind spot for people’s attachment to and anxiety about their personal workspace. It never occurred to me to care. Live and learn. My studies at the Yale School of Management were life-changing. While we had a traditional business curriculum, the embedded case studies ranged across public, private, and not-for-profit situations. How do you market a symphony orchestra? What core financial principles exist despite differences between bringing in revenue and bringing in a budget appropriation? In the 1970s these juxtapositions were relatively new questions. Our professors drilled into us that to lead we must see across all of society’s institutions, focusing on their points of connection instead of their differences. Collaboration and synergy were the new truths for leaders. In addition, we received a heavy dose of organizational behavior training. I was mesmerized. I had had no idea of the clarity that a leader could gain by framing the issues of roles, boundaries, and power. Again and again, that three-way analysis was underscored in the classes and readings. Institutional behaviors began to make sense to me, as did the previously frustrating office politics I had experienced. With my MBA I set out to build a career, starting with an assignment in the corporate world. My timing coincided with the massive productivity revolution across American industry. The automotive industry and my corner of it in my new job at Cummins Engine Company were staring at the onset of international competition and facing down our old business model by radically transforming organizational culture and processes. The transition was happening fast. To show how fast, I sat for examinations in 1980 to be professionally certified in inventory management. My job was managing an aftermarket parts supply of mostly turbochargers stored in a massive distribution warehouse. For the exam, I had to calculate ideal amounts of inventory based on shelf life, interest rates, transportation costs, number of hubs, and production demand. I was awarded my certification and plaque. Within the year, however, the just-in-time resources management philosophy blew in and uprooted the entire inventory management field. That was when I learned about something called “supply chain management.” In a matter of months, my certificate was obsolete. I was left with a quaint frame on the wall and a huge lesson learned. Never sit pretty on a skill base. It can vaporize in an instant. Eventually I left Cummins when my husband’s career took him to Boston. I worked mostly in the services world as the CFO for an architecture firm, at an executive search firm, and at a diversity consulting firm. Each environment opened a new world about customers and solutions as it also augmented my resume. When the Clinton-Gore Transition Team called in 1992, I was equipped to help the Presidential Personnel division respond to the President’s instruction that his administration look like America. From there I was privileged to receive an assignment at the Department of Commerce to contribute my business experience to the business of government at the front end of the revolution. I was enormously lucky to work for David Barram, the Deputy Secretary, and then to move to GSA when he accepted the appointment as Administrator. As his Chief of Staff, I supported him in aggressively introducing the use of the internet, choosing to offer real estate services competitively, and incorporating new legal mandates. We had a ball. It was hard to leave such a vibrant government assignment, but I subsequently moved into the consulting and information technology industry, where I often supported government clients. At one point, I held the title of Vice President–Culture and promoted creative strategies and skills for transforming large organizations. When I returned to GSA as Administrator, I had amassed experience in a surprising number of the agency’s different business lines. Had I planned it from the beginning, I could not have done a better preparation for the job. Every leader has a stash of formative stories. As a history major, I always appreciate how a back story is valuable in explaining motivation and passion. Leaders make a broad swath across an organization, and it is useful to understand what makes them tick. The key question when probing these stories is whether they harken back or lean forward. I am forever grateful that my stories yielded a string of lessons that repeatedly pushed me into the brave new world of creativity, risk, and change. View Guest page

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Terre Jones

Born in Kansas City, MS, Terre earned advanced degrees in Theater Design at Univ. of Kansas and the Univ. of Georgia. That led to faculty and administrative positions at various Universities including University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. Since 1996, he has served as the President and CEO of Wolf Trap Foundation for the performing Arts, the operations partner for America’s only National Park for the Performing Arts. During his time at Wolf Trap, he has created the Face of America series which celebrates the beauty and cultural diversity of our National Parks through the commission of new performance and high definition video, In all, Terre has commissioned more than 70 new works of art during his tenure. He launched Wolf trap’s environmental sustainability initiative – Go Green with Wolf Trap – to make other organization carbon neutral. Jones is the a frequent speaker on arts education and environmental issues, Terre splits his time between Northern VA and Sante Fe NM. View Guest page

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Deborah Kee

Deborah Kee, Director at Suntiva Executive Consulting, leads customers through business transformations including reorganizations and large scale software implementations. She has expertise in program management, customer relationship management, business process reengineering, change management, and strategic communications and planning. View Guest page

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Joel Landi

Joel Landi has been called a modern-day renaissance man. He's been a motorcycle racer, a stunt driver, a triathlete, a Navy pilot, a leader of high-risk water rescues, a motivational Ministry leader, a survival training officer in the U.S. Navy, and can be seen as the face of major ad campaigns for Botox, Viagra and other major consumer brands. Joel’s whole adult life has been about pushing himself past his own limits, and taking calculated risks. He has learned that through taking risks, one can reap valuable rewards in life. Joel has taken this experience and now formed The Performance Group, where he serves his clients as a leading performance coach. Whereas other performance coaches work in predominantly one-on-one sessions, Joel infuses his coaching with an element of adventure through exhilarating excursions, whether it's on a racetrack at 200 mph, riding over the Rockies, or jumping out of an airplane. Joel finds out exactly what his clients want to change about themselves, and helps snap them out of their lulls to reach a deeper fulfillment in their lives. Website: Facebook: The Performance Group ( Twitter: CoachJoelLandi Email address: View Guest page

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Arvind Manocha

Arvind Manocha has served as president and CEO of Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts since January 2, 2013. Manocha leads the Foundation in the presentation of more than 200 performances each year at the Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts’ Filene Center, The Barns at Wolf Trap, and the Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods; a wide variety of education programs, including the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts; and the Wolf Trap Opera Company, a national renowned young artist program. Manocha’s career has been fueled by a lifelong passion for music. Prior to joining Wolf Trap, Manocha worked at the legendary Hollywood Bowl, which under his leadership was named “Best Major Outdoor Venue in America” by Pollstar magazine eight years in a row. Manocha earned his master’s degree from the University of Cambridge, U.K., where he was a Marshall Scholar. He moved from England to Los Angeles to join McKinsey and Co. as a strategy consultant. View Guest page

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Chris Mead

Chris Mead is senior vice president of the American Chamber of Commerce Executives, an organization representing 1,200 local, state, and regional chambers of commerce. Chris has been with ACCE since November 2002. His previous experience includes economic development and other consulting, publishing newsletters on international trade, and serving as vice president of the Council for Urban Economic Development (now the International Economic Development Council. Chris has written a book called The Magicians of Main Street: The Story of Chambers of Commerce in America. This book covers U.S. chambers from 1768 to 1945. The book was published this summer of 2014 by John Cruger Press. The Wall Street Journal on August 16, 2012 wrote about the project: Chris holds an MBA degree from Stanford University and a BA degree in English from Oberlin College. He occasionally writes for ACCE’s magazine, Chamber Executive, and has also written for, Global Reach, The American Interest, and other outlets. View Guest page

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Kevin Morris

Kevin Morris is the author of WHITE MAN’S PROBLEMS and the founding and managing partner of the entertainment law firm Morris, Yorn, *et al.*, which specializes in representing actors, writers, and directors in the motion picture and television industries. He is also the Co-producer of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, “The Book of Mormon,” and producer of the classic documentary film, “Hands on a Hardbody.” He has written for *The* *Wall Street Journal*, *Los Angeles Times* and *Filmmaker Magazine*. He lives with his wife and two children in Los Angeles. View Guest page

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Olivia Parr-Rud

Olivia Parr-Rud, @OLIVIAGroup, VoiceAmerica Radio show host & owner of Olivia Group, is an internationally recognized expert speaker and facilitator in Predictive Analytics and Innovative Leadership. She is a thought leader in the integration of analytic tools and innovative organizational models & practices that optimally leverages resources to improve profitability. View Guest page

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Melissa Peery

Melissa Peery, Executive Consultant and Army veteran with extensive program management & consulting experience. Extensive domestic and international experience with professional services, technology implementation, program management, change management, organizational development, governance and strategy. View Guest page

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Allison Porter

Allison Porter is the Co-Founder and President of Avalon Consulting, a full-service agency dedicated to helping progressive nonprofit and political organizations maximize their fundraising results-in the mail, on the phone, and online. She is recognized across both the nonprofit and fundraising industries for her strategic leadership and integrated, multi-channel approach to client programs. A frequent speaker at industry events, Allison is also a founding member of the Integrated Marketing Advisory Board (IMAB), the current co-chair for the 2014 Bridge to Integrated Marketing & Fundraising Conference, a former board member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and a past president of the Women's Direct Response Group of Washington. Check Avalon Consulting out at View Guest page

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Forrest Pritchard

Forrest Pritchard is a professional farmer and writer, holding degrees in English and Geology from the College of William and Mary. His farm Smith Meadows was one of the first "grass finished" farms in the country, and has sold at leading farmers' markets in Washington DC for over fifteen years. His book Gaining Ground, A Story of Farmers' Markets, Local Food and Saving the Family Farm was named a Top Ten Read by Publishers Weekly, The Washington Post and NPR's The Splendid Table. Forrest is currently at work on a second book, slated for release in June 2015 by the Lyons Press. *The book about our farm, Gaining Ground: A Story of Farmers Markets, Local Food and Saving the Family Farm, was named a Top Read by The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, and NPR's The Splendid Table. .* View Guest page

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Alia Reese

Alia Reese has been with her Marine for over 14 years, married for 12, and they’ve actually lived together for 6 1/2! She has a Masters Degree in Psychology and is the author of the award winning American Hero Books® series for military children. These days find her chasing a very energetic preschooler and trying to stay ahead of a way too savvy tween while juggling research, writing, and taking care of the house while navigating the new family separation challenge of geographic bacheloring…. Follow her adventures in staying connected through everything military life offers at When The Extraordinary Becomes Ordinary ( View Guest page

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Pamela Sams

Pamela Sams helps women improve their personal and financial wealth through good financial planning. She assists her clients with them in attaining a higher level of financial security through education, understanding and scenario planning. With this knowledge, she develops a customized approach for each client’s planning needs. Pamela has become a strong voice in the area of personal finance for women. As an advocate for financial literacy, Pamela conducts financial education seminars and workshops with employees of corporations and small businesses, schools and churches throughout the DC metro area. Throughout her financial services career, she has acquired several client service and financial planning awards. She successfully completed the demanding requirements to become a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor through the College of Financial Planning. View Guest page

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Angela Sharpe

Angela Sharpe, @ASharpeCons, VoiceAmerica Radio show host & owner of ASharpe Consulting, a consulting and training organization. Angela has 35+ years senior management experience in Finance, internal controls, compliance, business development, training and technical assistance, and curriculum development. View Guest page

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Jeff Spenard

Jeff Spenard has over 18 years of broadcast media experience and is the owner of World Talk Radio, LLC, home to the VoiceAmerica and World Talk Radio Networks. Jeff is the former President of Modavox's Internet Radio division. Jeff has worked with hundreds of industry professionals to help them establish a foothold within the media community. In 1994, Jeff managed sales as an Executive Producer for a 50,000 watt independent talk station in New England. Over the course of three years, while building and strengthening a consistent format, the independent talk station expanded and purchased an additional 50,000 watt station in Phoenix, AZ. Following several years of development and syndicating programs, Jeff realized the opportunity to navigate his experience towards Internet Based Radio and became one of the leading minds in the industry. Jeff visualized a format which ultimately became VoiceAmerica, a key member and one of the original "co-founders" of the Internet Talk Radio Network. View Guest page

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Amy Jen Su

Amy Jen Su, Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Isis Associates, has been an executive coach and speaker for over a decade on areas of leadership, leadership presence and executive endurance critical to a leader’s success. She is co-author of the Harvard Business Review Press book “Own the Room: Discover Your Signature Voice to Master Your Leadership Presence” with Muriel Maignan Wilkins. Amy has a proven track record helping leaders to build vision, voice, and followership while sustaining their personal best amidst changing organizational complexity. Amy holds a MBA from Harvard Business School. She is a contributor to both the Harvard Business Review blog and Huffington Post blog on topics related to healthy living and leadership. Her additional background and certifications in Integral coaching, yoga, and the Eastern philosophies provide for a unique high impact, whole-person approach. View Guest page

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The Tag Brothers

The Tag Brothers ( are ten long time friends from Gonzaga Prep in Spokane Washington. Back in 1982, they never would have imagined that fast forward 31 years, and their tag game would be followed by thousands around the world. The Wall Street Journal broke the Epic game on January 28, 2013 since that time, the tag game was played, and they had multiple media requests and an announcement of silver screen motion picture. Check out their website as well as the articles and interviews since that fateful day in January when the Wall Street Journal share their game. Check out ESPN and CBS Sunday Morning View Guest page

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John Tschohl

John Tschohl, called the “guru of customer service” by USA Today, time and Entrepreneur magazines, is a bestselling author, internationally recognized service strategist, and president of service quality institute, the global leader in customer service. For the last 31 years he has solely focused on helping organizations drive a service culture and create a customer experience through his technology built on practicality, simplicity and common sense. Tschohl is dynamic, hard hitting, and inspirational. His experience and “guru” status provide the credibility critical to get management buy-in. He will create an emotional buy-in using measurable data that CEO’s respond to. His books are especially recognized and highly esteemed by senior executives as the most powerful must-reads in Customer Service. Featured on major television shows from Good Morning America, CNBC and PBS to USA Today’s cover story, newspapers, radio stations, and magazines from almost every corner of the world. View Guest page

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Mary Tod Winchester

Mary Tod Winchester Vice President Administration & Operations Chesapeake Bay Foundation Mary Tod Winchester comes from a family of boat builders and watermen who have spent generations on and around the Chesapeake Bay. This heritage played a central part in her desire as a young woman to devote her career to improving and preserving the Bay's environment for generations to come. Mary Tod joined the Chesapeake Bay Foundation in 1971, during its fledgling years. Over the last 40+ years, the Foundation has grown into one of the premier regional environmental organizations in the world. She has grown with the organization over these years progressively serving as the President's secretary, developing and running the membership program, becoming Director of Administration and serving as Vice President for Administration and Operations for the last 15 years. The Foundation's operations department includes properties, facilities, vessels and vehicles valued at $30,000,000. She also serves as Secretary on the Board of Trustees. Mary Tod has been determined to “practice what we preach”. She was instrumental in the purchase of property for CBF’s current headquarters in Annapolis, Maryland in 1997 She hired and was a part of the team that designed and built an international model holistic green facility 15 years ago. The CBF Philip Merrill Environmental Center earned the first US Green Building LEED Platinum rating in the world and has won many other coveted awards, it is recognized as “the” building that educated and jump started the green building effort. In 2012 another property was acquired by CBF for preservation and an environmental center. Mary Tod is leading the team to raise the bar again by building a net-zero water and energy facility expecting to obtain the Living Building Challenge and the US Green Building Council’s LEED Platinum certifications. View Guest page

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Ilyse Wolens Schuman

Ilyse Wolens Schuman is shareholder and co-chair of Workplace Policy Institute at Littler. With a deep understanding of employment and labor policy and the legislative and regulatory process, Ilyse W. Schuman provides strategic counsel and representation to clients on a broad array of workplace issues and developments in Congress and executive branch federal agencies. A former top congressional staffer and policy advisor, Ilyse worked on the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions from 2001 to 2008, serving as minority staff director and chief counsel. She has been published in Bloomberg, Reuters, Virginia Lawyers Weekly, and Wall Street Journal. She received her J.D. from Georgetown University. View Guest page

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