Center16: The Center's 37th Annual Celebration

We had a BLAST celebrating nonprofit success with nearly 300 multi-sector leaders at the Center's 37th Annual Celebration on October 25th
A glance around the room at the Hamilton Restaurant in Washington, D.C found you face-to-face with nearly 300 of the region's leading trailblazers: from government officials to foundation, philanthropic, and nonprofit leaders, each with their own individual leadership perspective. However by the end of the two hour breakfast, a resounding leadership principle was apparent: being a truly charitable leader is the ultimate goal.
This became clear with the introduction of the 2016 Phyllis Campbell Newsome Public Policy Award winners, four public officials who have gone above and beyond in their service to the nonprofit sector. Congratulations to:
Nancy Navarro, County Council Member, District 4, Montgomery County, Maryland
Patricia J. Rohrer, Long Term Care Program Manager, Fairfax County Health Department, Virginia
Elissa Silverman, Councilmember, DC City Council, At Large, District of Columbia
Lupi Quinteros-Grady, Board of Education, District 2 Member, Prince George's County, Maryland
Councilmember Elissa Silverman, commented that "the impact nonprofits have effects not only our community, but our economy as well." She applauded the dedication of leaders committing their lives to serving the greater good and urged those in the room to work with government entities to accomplish their mission. 
Then came the moment everyone was waiting for - Marriott International's Executive Chairman of the Board, J. W. Marriott, took the stage with Marriott Foundation Executive Director, Anne Gunsteens, to share their candid reflections of leadership.
In their coffee shop-style Q&A chat, Ms.Gunsteens asked Mr. Marriott various questions on the hotel pioneer's background, values, and reflections on influence. She also shared her thoughts on working with the Marriott family and insights into the Marriott Foundation's grantmaking:
"Always remember to ask those around you, 'what do you think?' Listen to answers and leave your ego at the door." - J. W. Marriott
"We are truly awed and inspired by nonprofits doing this work everyday. Thay always ask 'what do you fund?'; I ask, 'what do you need?'" - Anne Gunsteens
Mr. Marriott's leadership reflections demonstrated to those in the room how impact is magnified when others are included in the conversation, and was a perfect segue into the presentation of Gelman, Rosenberg, and Freedman Excellence in Chief Executive Leadership (EXCEL) Award recipients. Congratulations to these executive directors for their outstanding achievement in nonprofit leadership:
Christopher Fay, Homestretch;
Scott Jackson, Global Impact
Laurie Strongin, HOPE for Henry
and our honorable mentions:
Tamara Lucas Copeland, Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers
Sally White, IONA Senior Services

"We must have a vision for our lives... our vision brings theirs to fruition." - Christopher Fay, Homestretch, 2016 EXCEL Award recipient. 
If the attendees of #Center16 showed us anything, it's that nonprofit leaders are innately big-hearted! Thank you to our event and award sponsors for their contribution in making this happen. Special thanks to our table sponsors:

Bank of America | Calibre CPA Group, LLC | City First Bank of DC | CohnReznick LLP | Cooley & Darling Insurance | Cornerstone Montgomery | DC Bar Pro Bono Program | Elevate | Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman CPA's | Goldin Group CPA's LLC | Hooks Book Events | Little Lights Urban Ministries | Marriott | M&T Bank | Mylestone Plans | Roderick Johnson, Board Member | SC&H Group | Swell Fundraising | Tate & Tryon | United Way of the National Capital Region | UnitedHealthCare | Winston & Strawn LLP | YWCA National Capital Area
Check out more thoughts from the over 10K individuals following the event using #Center16 on Twitter, or in the Storify below: