Yesterday the Willard Ballroom was packed with Washingtonians of The Year honorees past and present – including our own Anne Mosle – breaking bread as they celebrated their collective contributions to the city.
This was the 30th luncheon honoring 30 years of Washingtonians, and as Anne pointed out, the luncheon stretched, "Back to when DC first received home rule and a new mayor, when Richard Nixon was president and there was no e-mail."
The awards were created by the publishers of the Washingtonian to provide a meaningful way to honor the leaders that make Washington such a vibrant place. It was a luncheon unlike others in the city, with the past and the present coming together over their shared concern and commitment to a better future.
I was inspired by the people around me, just as I am inspired by Anne’s vision and The Women’s Foundation’s commitment to serving women and girls in our region.
Yesterday, the Willard held history while looking to the future–the tradition of possibility ignited by leadership. In looking around that room, I saw some of the leaders who will guide the community’s growth and transformation.
And in looking out across the many partners that enliven The Women’s Foundation’s mission, I find many more leaders who will create and sustain the community we create together.