Regional leaders from across the Northern Virginia/D.C. area gathered on May 18, 2023, from 1:00 - 5:30 p.m. for an exciting and powerful afternoon of networking and leadership development at the 2023 Leadership Summit.

Participants heard from speakers who specialize in leading transformational change within organizations and communities.

This event also celebrated the culmination of the Classes of 2023 for Leadership Arlington, Leadership Alexandria, and Ignite Young Professionals.

Following the summit, attendees were invited to join Leadership Center for Excellence Alumni for a reception from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

MAY 18, 2023

at Marymount Ballston Campus
1000 N. Glebe Rd, Arlington, VA 22201


Kate Ebner

Kate Ebner

CEO, Founder, & Leadership Coach
The Nebo Company

Kate Ebner

Kate Ebner is a nationally recognized leadership educator, coach, author and speaker with deep knowledge and expertise about how to lead transformational change in complex times. As the founding director of the Institute for Transformational Leadership at Georgetown University, Kate spent almost a decade defining and developing a transformational leadership model designed to cultivate the capacities needed for leading effectively in the 21st century. Kate is the founder and CEO of The Nebo Company, an innovative leadership development and coaching firm whose services provide transformative impact for their international and national clients.

Neil Richardson

Neil Richardson

Emergent Action

Neil Richardson

Neil Richardson, founder of Emergent Action, is a strategist, teacher, and executive coach who specializes in smart government advocacy and integral thinking. He is the co-author of the recently released, Preparing For A World That Doesn’t Exist-Yet.

Neil has worked on civil society building in West Africa and across the United States for over two decades including: organizing large-scale voter observation initiatives, civic engagement and strategic planning processes. He has directed policy development for multiple elected officials in the District of Columbia, including serving as a policy adviser for three mayors. Neil served as the Director of Advancement, Partnerships and Continuing Education at the University of the District of Columbia where he was a founding member of the team that launched the District’s first community college.

Neil is also an instructor and speaker in Georgetown University’s Institute for Transformational Leadership and George Washington University’s Center for Excellence in Public Leadership and he is Deputy Director at DC Appleseed focusing on Workforce Development, Special Education, 0-3 Pre-K funding, Long Term Care issues and managing operations.

Marty Rogers

Martin W. Rodgers

Market Unit Lead, US South

Martin Rodgers

Martin “Marty” Rodgers is Accenture's market unit lead for the US South, responsible for clients, people, offices, community involvement, and financial performance. He has strategic responsibility for integrating Accenture's services to tackle and solve our clients' most complex problems across all industries. Leading more than 22,000 people in the South Market Unit spanning 15 states, Marty focuses on bringing continuous innovation to clients, attracting and retaining top talent, and strengthening Accenture's impact in the local communities. He is also a member of Accenture's Global Management Committee and the North America Leadership Team, as well as the office managing director for the Washington, D.C. Metro Area, the company’s largest office in North America.

A frequent keynote speaker, Marty is an outspoken advocate of social responsibility and committed to inclusion and diversity. He previously served as executive sponsor of Accenture's African American Employee Resource Group and led the company's recruiting efforts at historically black colleges and universities (HBCU).

Marty currently serves on numerous local boards including the Greater Washington Board of Trade, United Way of National Capital Area, Federal City Council and KIPP-DC. He is a member of the Economic Club of Washington, D.C. and active on two national boards: President Bush's Points of Light Foundation and the Children’s Defense Fund. He was recognized as one of corporate America’s most influential black executives by Savoy Magazine, is a member of the Executive Leadership Council, and was named a ‘For All’ leader by Great Places To Work in March, 2020. He has been recognized in 2021 and 2022 by the Washington Business Journal’s Power 100 List, honoree of the Diversity in Business Award by the Washington Business Journal and received the ‘Champion for Change’ by the Association of Corporate Citizenship Professionals.


Henry Spencer

Henry Spencer

Arlington County Fire Deparment

Henry Spencer, Jr.

Born and raised in Northeast Washington, D.C., Henry Spencer, Jr. is a seven year firefighter with the Arlington County Fire Department. He is presently assigned to their academy as an instructor where he is responsible for the mentoring and Fire/EMS training of new members. He was previously assigned to Station 101 as an engine driver and hazmat specialist. In 2022, Henry received the Tony B. Kelson Outstanding Firefighter of the Year, an award given for remarkable service to the Department and community. He volunteers at Long Branch Elementary with 5th graders and Arlington Career Center with differently-abled adults to enrich their learning. His future aspirations are to attain the rank of Captain II, become a credentialed Fire Officer, pursue his Masters in Public Administration, and to expand his volunteerism. Outside of work, Henry enjoys powerlifting and strongman training and recently competed in the World’s Strongest Firefighter Competition.

Kimiko Lighty

Kimiko Lighty

Restorative Arlington

Kimiko Lighty

Kimiko Lighty is an innovator in peace building and conflict resolution. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a Master of Interdisciplinary Studies in Religion, Culture and Values focused in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University. Kimiko holds certificates in Restorative Justice Facilitation, Peace Circle Keeping, Organizational Development and Conflict Resolution, and Mediation.

As a Restorative Justice practitioner, Kimiko strives to embody Ubuntu, the profound interconnectedness that calls on us to cultivate empathy, mutual concern, and grace. As Executive Director of Restorative Arlington, Kimiko works to support the alignment of our values with our practices in our criminal legal system, schools, and communities.

Kimiko is a ten year practitioner of nonviolent communication and a fifteen-year practitioner of hot yoga. She is an avid knitter and a native plant enthusiast. Kimiko lives in Arlington with her husband and their two children.

Pamela Gilchrist

Pamela Gilchrist

Innovation Campus

Pamela Gilchrist

Pamela Gilchrist, director of K-12 Programs for the Innovation Campus, brings 20 years of experience in developing multidisciplinary K-12 programs across the United States and within the public schools of North Carolina. Through partnerships, including with the Alexandria City Public Schools, Gilchrist enhances the Innovation Campus mission to inspire young people to pursue STEM education.

Gilchrist is the former director of The Science House’s Anderson and Imhotep Academies at North Carolina State University. The programs she directed at North Carolina State were geared toward providing K-12 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics programming (STEM) for underrepresented and underserved populations. She was responsible for the oversight, development, and evaluation of synchronous and asynchronous STEM programs for students, teachers, and parents across the state of North Carolina.

Gilchrist is an advocate for equity and has served as a leader in multiple organizations, including as past president of both the North Carolina Science Leadership Association and the North Carolina Science Fair Foundation. She has also served internationally as a science and technology educator in the United Kingdom.

Her research interests are in STEM programs, equity, teacher professional development, curriculum development, workforce development, adoption of innovations, and multidisciplinary partnerships. Gilchrist has developed and presented workshops across North and Central America, Europe, and East Asia. She also has numerous publications that inform research and practice communities. Gilchrist has also garnered a number of grants for her programs from public agencies such as the National Science Foundation and from private foundations totaling in the millions of dollars.

Gilchrist holds a Ph.D. in educational research and policy analysis, an M.S. in instructional technology, and a B.S. in middle grades education.

At Virginia Tech, Gilchrist partners across the broader university and organizations to provide pathways in STEM and to higher learning with the School of Education, the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology, the Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Diversity the Center for Educational Networks and Impacts, the College Access Collaborative, 4-H, the Department of Engineering Education, and Link-License-Launch.






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“ I send a group of my staff members for both the content and the networking. It is a great opportunity for my team. “

Karen Rosales, CEO Arlington Community Federal Credit Union

“ I've never missed a Leadership Summit. It is a reasonable and easy way to get current and actionable ideas about leadership. “

Beth Arthur, Arlington County Sheriff

Don't miss the most important

leadership event of the year!

MAY 18, 2023 1:00 - 7:00 p.m.