LEAD FORUM SPEAKERS

For more than 30 years, Leadership Montgomery has connected its network with the best-in-class speakers and presenters who are experts in their field. For the inaugural LEAD Forum, we are excited to feature inspirational and engaging speakers who will energize forum attendees and prepare them to turn leadership into action.

KEYNOTE
SPEAKERS

ABIGAIL SELDIN
CEO

Seldin/Haring-Smith Foundation

Abigail Seldin is the CEO of the Seldin/Haring-Smith Foundation, which she co-founded in 2019. A Rhodes Scholar and Forbes Education “30 Under 30,” Seldin co-founded the edtech start-up College Abacus in 2012 and served as its CEO until she led the successful sale of the company in 2014. Until 2016, she served as VP of Innovation & Product Development at the acquirer, where she started and led their DC-based innovation Lab, an 80% female technology and design center. While at Oxford, Abigail read for the DPhil in Social Anthropology. She holds an M.S. in Anthropology and a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania. Read more about Abigail

DR. DeRIONNE POLLARD (CORE 2012)
President

Montgomery College

In 2010, DeRionne Pollard assumed leadership of Montgomery College, a three-campus community college with 55,000 credit and noncredit students. She spearheaded the development of a new Montgomery College mission and strategic plan. She has partnered actively with Montgomery County Public Schools and the Universities at Shady Grove in the creation of Achieving Collegiate Excellence and Success (ACES), a support program designed to help disadvantaged students transition from high school to college completion. The program now has 2,700 students enrolled. Montgomery College is also a member of Achieving the Dream network, a non-governmental reform movement for student success at community colleges. Read more about Dr. Pollard

BREAKOUT
SESSION
PRESENTERS
& PANELISTS

LENORE BAKER
Owner
Grace Studios, LLC

ILANA BRANDA (EL 2017)
Deputy Chief of Services to End and Prevent Homelessness
Montgomery County Department of Health & Human Services

TAMMY BRESNAHAN
Associate State Director- Advocacy
AARP Maryland

MOLLY CALLAWAY
Director
Montgomery County Volunteer Center

TOM COLLING (EL 2017)
Deputy Director
Nonprofit Village

DR. RAYMOND CROWEL
Director
Montgomery County Department of Health & Human Services

NATALI FANI- GONZALEZ (CORE 2021)
Vice Chair
Montgomery County Planning Board

AMY K. HARBISON (SLM 2018)
Certified Transition Coach
Open Window Coaching

NEIL HARRIS (CORE 2019)
Councilmember
City of Gaithersburg

JENNIFER HART
ICF-certified leadership coach + Founder and CEO
Intelektularo

CARSON HENRY (CORE 2016)
Chief of Operations
Silver Spring Urban District

LEIGH HENRY (CORE 2010)
Principal
Henry Investment Partners

SUZAN E. JENKINS (CORE 2013)
CEO
Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County

EBONY JONES
Inclusion and Diversity (I&D) Lead
Accenture Federal Services

RICH PARSONS (CORE 2003)
Director, Communications and Public Involvement
WSP

TONJA PAYLOR (CORE 2019)
Director of Marketing & Communications
MedStar Montgomery Medical Center

DR. ADRIANA ROJAS
Consultant
Cook Ross

MICHELE RUSS
Certified Health & Wellness Coach
Grace Studios, LLC

TONY SPEARMAN LEACH (CORE 2018)
Director of Development and Philanthropy
National Academy of Public Administration

KATHY STEVENS (CORE 2011)
Executive Director
Montgomery Coalition for Adult English Literacy

DELEGATE VAUGHN STEWART
District 19
State of Maryland House of Delegates

DR. EARL STODDARD
Director
Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management Homeland Security

ELIJAH WHEELER
Executive Director
Montgomery County Collaboration Council

More speakers and panelists being added. Check back for more updates.