Introduction to Think Tank Model

Beginning with the Class of 2016, Leadership Loudoun adjusted its Program to replace the “Community Impact Project” with a “Think Tank” component.

As detailed in the Leadership Loudoun’s 2016 Program literature, a Think Tank is widely defined as a temporary organization or group that studies an important policy issue with the intent of finding a resolution. However, Leadership Loudoun Think Tanks are inspired by Ivan Scheier’s work, The Think Tank Technique. Scheier defines Think Tanks in terms of a process, rather than a structure.

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 also serves to:

  • Facilitate objective and balanced examination of a community issue.
  • Move beyond short-term or concrete solutions to make way for visionary ideas.

For the Class of 2017, Leadership Loudoun wanted to maintain this Think Tank model, while also providing community leaders with viable solutions to assist in addressing community concerns, issues, or problems.

Leadership Loudoun has elevated the Think Tank component portion of the program. The expectations include a collaborative and tangible product to be provided to community leaders which may benefit Loudoun County.
          ~ Scott German, Chair of Leadership Loudoun’s Program Committee


Transportation Team Issue Day Notes

On Thursday, January 19, 2017, the Transportation Team presented their Issue Day to Leadership Loudoun’s Class of 2017.  Members of the Transportation Team include:

  • Jefferson Beavers, Loudoun County Public Library
  • Corina Henriques, Neustar, Inc.
  • Sucheta Kodali, Loudoun County Government
  • Jason Mueller, Loudoun County Government
  • Chris Rossbach, Loudoun County Government
  • Carol Smith, Crossroads Jobs

After carefully selecting their Problem Issue, team member Jeff Beavers thoroughly researched and presented the “Problem Statement.”

Panelists included:

  • Tony Howard, President & CEO, Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce
  • Jimmy Nuce, Local Transit User
  • Chair Phyllis J. Randall, Loudoun County Board of Supervisors
  • Rachel Roseberry, Communications Coordinator, Paxton Campus and Member of Transit Advisory Board
  • Victor Rushizky, Erickson Living, General Manager

Think Tank Presentations

Three Think Tank groups, comprised of Leadership Loudoun participants, collaborated on various ways to address the Problem Issue, presenting the class and judges with three well thought-out potential resolutions. Judges included:

  • Scott Gross, Senior Operations Manager, Department of Transportation and Capital Infrastructure (DTCI)
  • Leigh Ann Macklin, Program Coordinator, Leadership Loudoun
  • Paul Mounier, Transit and Commuter Services Manager, (DTCI)
  • Jason Mueller, Loudoun County Government
  • Ryan Reed, Leadership Loudoun Alumni
  • Todd Sheller, Board Member, Leadership Loudoun

All three options are what we need to look at; together, the three solutions presented provide the foundation for a comprehensive plan to tackle the problem. The presentations were impressive and well thought-out. Each group had a good grasp and were knowledgeable about the subject.
          ~ Paul Mounier, Transit and Commuter Services Manager, (DTCI)

Corina Henriques stated she would compile the best of all three plans to make one comprehensive plan to present to the Transit Advisory Board (TAB). For more information on the TAB, please visit: https://www.loudoun.gov/index.aspx?nid=3665


Loudoun County Seeks Community Input on Transit Service

The Transit Advisory Board asks the Loudoun County community for input on transportation services. The survey is available until March 21, 2017 at: www.loudoun.gov/TransitSurvey.
Additionally, members of the Transit Advisory Board and county transit staff will be available to meet with the public during the upcoming information sessions.

  • Saturday, February 4, 2017, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., Cascades Library, Meeting Room A, 21030 Whitfield Place, Potomac Falls
  • Tuesday, February 28, 2017, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m., Dulles Multipurpose Center, Banquet Room #3, 24950 Riding Center Drive, South Riding
  • Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m., Loudoun Valley Community Center, Gymnasium, 320 West School Street, Purcellville

~ Leigh Ann Macklin, Program Coordinator

Questions? Email Leigh Ann Macklin