The Leadership Center for Excellence initiative of Leadership Arlington held graduation ceremonies Jan. 12 for the 25 members of its fall 2015 Young Professionals Program.
Members of the class spent four months expanding their footprint in the community, connecting with established community leaders, developing an awareness of community needs and cultivating new leadership skills.
“Overall, participating in the Young Professionals Program has been quite enjoyable,” said Alex Held, member-engagement manager of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce and a participant in the fall class. “One of the main benefits of being a part of this program is for the social aspect, as it provides a way to meet like-minded individuals.”
“Not originally from the Washington metro region, I’ve found the social aspect of the program to be a huge benefit both personally and professionally,” Held said.
New graduates of the program include Tatiana Delgado, Healthcare Distribution Management Association; Ariana Flores, BB&T; Michael Hawald, Marymount University; Alex Held, Arlington Chamber of Commerce; Amanda Herrmann, U.S. Department of Labor; Dan Howard, Communities in Schools of Northern Virginia; Robbie Humphreys, Dominion Virginia Power; Jeremiah Huston, Arlington Food Assistance Center; Rishita Jaju, Smile Wonders, PLLC; Katherine Johnson, Burke & Herbert Bank; Kate Keller, Arlington County Fire Department; Taylor Lawch, JBG Companies.
Also, Heather Mills, RxAnte; Lorraine Nwaoko, Community of Hope; Gretchen Reinemeyer, Arlington County, Electoral Board; Ronald Rodriguez, Accenture Federal Services; Becky Schmitt, Arlington County Department of Parks & Recreation; Emily Simmonds, Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing; Carla Smith, Arlington Community Federal Credit Union; Rich Sobonya, Freedom Bank; Dan Summers, Harris Corp.; Benjamin White, Enterprise Knowledge LLC; Jonny Wilson, Accenture; Andrea Woods, Boeing; and Kahlee Yeldell, Council on Foundations.