Join regional leaders from across Northern Virginia/D.C. area on May 20, 2022, from 1 - 5:30 p.m. for an exciting and powerful afternoon of “Reimagined Leadership.”

Participants will have an opportunity to hear from national leaders who specialize in diversity, equity, & inclusion, the latest human resource trends, and breaking the spell of high conflict.

In addition, summit participants and LCE alumni are invited to a reception after the conclusion of the program from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.



Amanda Ripley, Author, Journalist

Amanda Ripley

Amanda Ripley is a New York Times bestselling author and an investigative journalist who writes about human behavior and change for the Atlantic, the Washington Post, and other outlets.

She is the author of High Conflict: Why We Get Trapped and How We Get Out, The Smartest Kids in the World--and How They Got That Way and The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes, and Why, and she is the host of the Slate podcast How To!

JOIN US ON MAY 20, 2022

at Marymount Ballston Campus


We strive to host inclusive, accessible events. To request an accommodation or for inquiries about accessibility, please contact Brenda Nardone at bnardone@leadercenter.org.

In person


Join us in person for the Leadership Summit from 1 - 5:30 p.m. at the Marymount Ballston campus. This registration option includes access to the reception from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

The in-person summit registration includes the reception.



Attend the Leadership Summit virtually from 1 - 5:30 p.m. Using Shindig, we will broadcast the sessions and you will have an opportunity to network with other virtual attendees.

If you attend virtually, and are interested in joining the reception in-person, you will need to purchase a reception ticket.

Alumni Reception


Join us after the conclusion of the Leadership Summit to network with summit attendees and Leadership Center alumni from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.


Stephen Leach

Stephen Leach

Director, Diversity & Inclusion, People & Culture
The Walt Disney Studios

Stephen A. Leach joined the Representation, Inclusion Strategies and Engagement (RISE) Team at The Walt Disney Studios in September 2020. The Walt Disney Studio creates, distributes, and markets some of the most iconic and memorable films and franchises in movie history. The RISE Team helps cultivate creative talent, supports diverse storytelling, conducts outreach and market research, and creates strategies that drive D&I, multicultural consumer acquisition and engagement for The Walt Disney Studios’ businesses. Stephen is responsible for partnering with leadership across studios, lines of business, and global markets, providing subject matter expertise on relevant inclusion practices and enhancing the Disney brand both inside and outside the company. Stephen acts as a strategic consultant to business leaders and HR partners focused on attracting, retaining, and developing talent that reflects Disney’s audiences and promoting an inclusive environment where all employees at all levels can perform their best.

Before joining Disney, Stephen was a member of the Workforce Engagement and Global Diversity and Inclusion team and served as the Senior Director, Diversity + Inclusion Strategies at Marriott International. In this role, he provided knowledge, skill, and consultative leadership to ensure that Marriott’s D+I efforts and strategies were innovative and provided solutions to drive associate engagement. He was responsible for leading and promoting Marriott’s culture of inclusion through the development and implementation of cultural competence trainings, relationship and partner building, data analysis and reporting, and program management. During his time with the company, Marriott International received the very prestigious honor of being ranked #1 for diversity by DiversityInc., one of the leading diversity and inclusion publications in the industry.

Prior to Marriott International, Stephen spent 8 years in the Diversity/Corporate Social Responsibility space as the Manager for Community Relations and the Manager for Workforce Diversity and Inclusion at Nestle USA where he led the development and implementation of D&I strategies, programs, trainings, strategic alliances, and community relations for the world’s largest food and beverage company. Earlier in his career, he held leadership roles in government affairs and community outreach for several national organizations.

Stephen received his B.A. in psychology from Wake Forest University and certificates from the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business, The Executive Leadership Council, and the Leadership Center for Excellence in Arlington, VA. These certifications are in the areas of Executive Leadership for the 21st Century; Critical Factors for Successful Leaders; and the inaugural DMV D&I Institute, respectively.

Stephen and his wife Danielle live in Northern Virginia with their son Steph and twin boys, Jackson and Carter.

Brian Kropp

Brian Kropp

Group Vice President and Chief of HR Research

Brian Kropp, Chief of Research and Distinguished Vice President at Gartner, oversees the lines of business that support Chief Human Resources Officers and their leadership teams. He works with this cadre of leaders to develop strategic plans that will attract, groom, and retain top talent.

Dr. Kropp has authored more than 40 research studies at Gartner, led more than 200 strategy sessions with executive teams at Fortune 100 companies, and more than 300 Executive Education sessions across the Globe. He is a frequent contributor to CNN, the Economist, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, and other top media publications. In 2021, Brian was named Engagedly’s Top 100 HR Influencers list. He has also been named to Human Resource Executive’s Top 100 HR Tech Influencers list for the last three years.


Ignite Young Professionals
Alyssa Williamson

Alyssa Williamson

Administrative Services Chief
Arlington County Government, DES

Leadership Arlington
Samia Byrd

Samia Byrd

Deputy County Manager
Chief Race & Equity Officer
Arlington County Government

Leadership Alexandria
Joshua Turner

Joshua Turner

Alexandria Firefighters, Inc.


Interested in becoming a sponsor?

Review the Sponsorship Packages and contact hdannenfelser@leadercenter.org.



“ 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 20, 2022 1:00 - 5:30 p.m.

In-person spots are limited, so be sure to claim yours today.