Leadership Loudoun develops current and emerging leaders in Loudoun County, Virginia to work together to make a better community. Three partners founded Leadership Loudoun in 1991: County of Loudoun, Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce, and Loudoun County Volunteer Service. We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit, membership-based organization.
Advance. Build. Serve.
Apply now for Leadership Loudoun’s Class of 2018.
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Since 1991, Leadership Loudoun has graduated over 500 business, community, and nonprofit leaders who make a difference in our community!
Leadership Loudoun provides:
- Leadership development program. Learn about the county’s history, political structure, and economic climate while exploring the challenges and issues facing our fast-growing county. Participants represent business, government, and nonprofits sectors.
- Graduates of the leadership development program are invited to become members of Leadership Loudoun. Continue to build your leadership expertise working on issues of importance to the community.
Leadership Loudoun Elevates Components of the Program Curriculum
Beginning with the Class of 2016, Leadership Loudoun adjusted its Program to replace the “Community Impact Project” with a “Think Tank” component.
The purpose of the Leadership Loudoun Think Tank is to drive experiential learning through application of a process. This process gathers different people with diverse expertise and encourages collaborative, creative examination of a community issue. The Think Tank Model serves to both facilitate objective and balanced examination of a community issue and to move beyond short-term or concrete solutions to make way for visionary ideas.
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January – Transportation Team – January Program Day
February – Meeting with State Senators and Delegates
March – Arts and Cultural Team – March Program Day
April – Mental Health Awareness Team – April Program Day
May – Crime, Justice, and Public Safety Team – May Program Day
Affecting Change in Our Community
Suzanne Devlin, Leadership Loudoun Class of 2017, has broken several glass ceilings during her professional career. As Supervisor for Safety and Security at Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS), she develops policy and supports the security infrastructure at all LCPS schools. According to Devlin, the strategic and tactical work is both rewarding and interesting and integrates the experience and skills she developed in her previous positions.
During the Class of 2017 graduation ceremony, Devlin’s classmates described her leadership approach as both respectful and empowering. “Although Suzanne is a leader with the impressive background, she is always interested in learning more about the person she is speaking with. She is a passionate and outspoken advocate for student safety and a champion for victim’s rights.”
One of the national programs that Devlin and LCPS supports is the national program “See Something – Say Something.” If something intuitively doesn’t make sense, Devlin suggests reporting it to the authorities. She encourages and applauds anyone who makes the decision to call about anything that doesn’t “feel right.”
Prior to working for LCPS, Devlin coordinated Intelligence Information Sharing as the Senior Principal Intelligence Analyst with BAE Systems, was Fairfax County Police Department’s Deputy Chief and Acting Chief of Police, taught Criminal Justice classes as a professor at George Mason University, and served as a United States Marine drill sergeant.
When Devlin first started on the police force, she was one of the first 20 women hired. At that time, women had to wear men’s police uniforms and female police officers had to prove they were a viable and credible member of the force. She viewed democratic policing as a community effort, but she had to build credibility one incident at a time until developing a solid reputation.
As a change agent, Devlin believes there is nothing quite as exciting as having a voice in changing a city and making a difference. This type of impact requires character, discipline, collaboration, and education.
George Mason University recently recognized Suzanne Devlin as an “alumnus with distinction” for her accomplishments. In May, she delivered the commencement address to 4,000 graduates where she focused on being resilient and going forward and creating a life story full of experience.
by: Leigh Ann Macklin, Program Coordinator, Leadership Loudoun
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