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Join your peers and colleagues from across Northern Virginia for an exciting and powerful morning of “Profiles in Leadership.”

Hear from regional speakers who have navigated some of the toughest challenges in the workforce, health, and education fields this past year, and learn how they are preparing for the post-pandemic future of professional and civic life.

Engage in one-on-one networking opportunities throughout the program, salute the winner of the Torch Award for Ethical Leadership, Dr. Mike Silverman, Emergency Department Chairman at Virginia Hospital Center, and conclude the morning with Hoda Kotb, co-anchor of NBC’s TODAY, who grew up in Northern Virginia.

Tickets are $50 per person


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Hoda Kotb, co-anchor of NBC’s “TODAY” and best-selling author, has been an award-winning correspondent and journalist with NBC News since 1998. Kotb started her broadcast career in local news, anchoring and reporting for stations in New Orleans and Fort Myers, Florida. She has covered a wide variety of domestic and international stories across all NBC News platforms, including the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the conflict in the West Bank and Gaza. In addition, Kotb was part of NBC’s extensive coverage of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London and the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. A graduate of both Fort Hunt High School in Fairfax County, Virginia, and Virginia Tech University, Kotb resides in New York City with her partner, Joel Schiffman, and their daughters, Haley Joy and Hope Catherine.


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Gregory Hutchings

Superintendent of Schools, Alexandria City Public Schools

Dr. Gregory C. Hutchings, Jr. is a graduate of T.C. Williams High School. He came up through the ranks of Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS), attending Patrick Henry and James K. Polk Elementary Schools, Mount Vernon Community School, and William Ramsay Elementary School followed by Francis C. Hammond Middle School. As a student, he was a member of the high school track and field team, the Future Business Leaders of America club and was senior class first vice president at T.C. Williams High School before graduating in 1995.
Prior to becoming a superintendent, Dr. Hutchings was the director of pre-K-12 initiatives and director of middle school programs with ACPS, where he launched the candidacy phase of the International Baccalaureate (IB) programme, which has since been implemented at Jefferson- Houston PreK-8 IB School. He also worked collaboratively with the curriculum department on the implementation of the new middle school curricula in ACPS.
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Leslie G. Sarasin

President and CEO of FMI

Leslie G. Sarasin is the president and chief executive officer of FMI – The Food Industry Association. FMI is a champion for the food industry and the issues that make a difference to our members’ fundamental mission of feeding and enriching society. The reach and impact of our work is extensive, ultimately touching the lives of over 100 million households in the United States and representing an $800 billion industry with nearly 6 million employees.
Under her leadership, FMI has emerged as a member-centered organization helping food retailing venues find new and future facing ways of feeding families and enriching lives. A committed collaborator, Sarasin has infused FMI with a vision of cooperative action that amplifies the association’s ability to assist its members in addressing the critical industry issues of the day.

Nancy White

President, Arlington Free Clinic

Nancy White is president of Arlington Free Clinic, a nonprofit organization that provides free health care to low-income, uninsured adults through the generosity of volunteers and donors. As president, Nancy leads a multi-disciplinary medical home for a population of over 1600 ethnically diverse and mostly low- literacy individuals struggling with chronic health conditions and social factors that impact their health. In this clinic, 32 staff members and over 500 volunteers provide primary and specialty care, mental health, physical therapy, pharmacy and dental care for more than 1600 individuals each year. The Clinic relies almost exclusively upon volunteers for provision of health care, clinic support services, interpreting, and even fund raising. AFC receives no federal funds and only limited state and local support totaling less than 7% of its operating budget. Support comes primarily from individual donations, grants from private foundations and corporations, and a major fundraising event in the fall. Prior to joining AFC in 2016, Nancy was Executive Vice President for Professional Affairs at the American Physical Therapy Association. Additionally, she practiced for 30 years in Northern Virginia as a physical therapist. As a member, she has served APTA in numerous volunteer leadership roles including Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Foundation for Physical Therapy.
Dr. White received a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Marymount University, a Master of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Alabama Birmingham, and a Bachelor of Science from Auburn University. She has been a resident of Arlington since 1988 and lives in the Lyon Village neighborhood.


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Tiffanye Wesley

Deputy Fire Chief, Arlington County Fire Department

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Zach Cabot

Senior Network Analyst, Arlington County


Mya Shackleford

Program Manager, American Physical Therapy Association

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The Leadership Center is hosting the virtual summit on the Shindig platform and it will be unlike any you have experienced during this year of virtual meetings and events. Imagine online events that are just as interactive, productive, and memorable as real life. Shindig gives you the tools you need to stop imagining and start experiencing.

Bring Leaders Together

This year’s Leadership Summit will utilize an innovative virtual event technology that offers the dynamics of an in-person event on your personal screen. Speakers, panelists, and participants can share the stage for face-to-face interactions or sidebar with others privately, providing a more robust experience than a one-way video chat.

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Rich Networking

Unlike other video conference or webinar meeting technologies, participants will be able to network, discuss, and socialize with one another in self-initiated private video chats just as you would naturally at in-person events.

Transformative Presentations

While meaningful social venues and experiences seem hard to find online, the 2021 Leadership Summit will be just as interactive, productive, and valuable as our real-life events proved to be in previous years.

Email questions or inquiries to Lisa Fikes.





“ 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

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MAY 21, 2021 8:30 - 11:30 A.M.

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