About the Alpha Leadership Breakfast

What is ALB?

HTC hosts an Alpha Leadership Breakfast each year to connect and encourage successful leaders and entrepreneurs in order to share wisdom. Each event is a chance to be inspired with fresh thinking about how to pursue excellence, maximize our abilities and achieve valuable goals as well as learn about the Alpha course and its benefits.

The vision behind the Alpha Leadership Breakfast is to expand our understanding of leadership, extend our sphere of influence, and explore life in all its facets. This is an event that allows time to reflect on values and think how faith, life and leadership link together.

ALB 2017 Guest Speaker

Suzy Welch

Suzy Welch is a noted business journalist and public speaker. A popular Today Show correspondent and CNBC contributor, Suzy is the author of the New York Times bestseller 10-10-10: A Life Transforming Idea, a guide to values-driven decision making. With her husband, Jack Welch, Suzy is the also the author of the international best-sellers, The Real Life MBA and Winning. Suzy and Jack Welch have also written business columns for numerous publications, including Business Week, the New York Times, and Fortune magazine.

Born in Portland, Oregon, Suzy received her undergraduate degree from Harvard University in 1981 before joining The Miami Herald as a reporter. She left daily journalism to attend Harvard Business School, where she graduated as a Baker Scholar in 1988. After working as a management consultant at Bain &Co. for several years, Suzy joined the Harvard Business Review in 1995, and was named editor-in-chief in 2001. In 2008, Suzy and Jack co-founded the Jack Welch Management Institute, now one of the largest and most honored online MBA programs in the world.

ALB 2017 Guest Interviewers

Artboard 1 copy 2

Mr. John A. Weida, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Director of Policy, Programs and Strategy, International Affairs, Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force (International Affairs), the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. Mr. Weida develops and implements national, Department of Defense and Air Force policies governing security assistance, international armaments cooperative development, foreign disclosure and technology transfer, as well as military and civilian personnel exchange programs supporting national security objectives. He is also the functional manager of the International Affairs career field and oversees the Air Force’s Air Attache program.

Mr. Weida retired from active duty on May 1, 2011, in the grade of major general, U.S. Air Force. He assumed his present position on Aug. 22, 2016. He received his commission from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1978, and graduated from pilot training in 1979. He commanded at the squadron, group and wing levels. He has held staff positions on the Joint Staff, U.S. Forces Korea, Headquarters U.S.Air Force, Air Force Materiel Command, 9th Air Force and Air University. He served as a member of the Thunderbirds U.S. Air Force Aerial Demonstration Team at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. He was also the Commandant of Cadets at the U.S. Air Force Academy and Commander of the Air Force Security Assistance Center.

Artboard 1 copy 3

Youlee Kim Nishimura is a Principal in the U.S. Real Estate group of The Carlyle Group in Washington, D.C., where she is responsible for fund performance reporting, investment valuations, investor reporting, and people management. Prior to joining Carlyle, Mrs. Nishimura was a Vice President at the J.E. Robert Companies, covering finance, treasury, and investor reporting/relations for their real estate private equity funds and public REIT. She started her career in the audit division of Arthur Andersen before serving in assistant controller roles in local start-up firms. Mrs. Nishimura received her undergraduate degree in Accounting from the University of Maryland, College Park and is a CPA.

Artboard 1

Ray Starling serves as Special Assistant to the President of the United States for Agriculture, Trade and Food Assistance. He was a National FFA Officer and is a former 4-H member.  He received a B.S. in Agricultural Education from North Carolina State University in May of 1999, graduating magna cum laude.  He graduated with honors from the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law in 2002.  After clerking for a NC Supreme Court Justice, he worked for several years in private practice before becoming the General Counsel for the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

He subsequently served as General Counsel and Senior Agricultural Policy Advisor to the North Carolina Speaker of the House, Mr. Thom Tillis.  Upon Mr. Tillis’ election to the United States Senate in 2014, Ray moved to Washington to continue serving as his General Counsel and Senior Policy Advisor.  In late 2015, Mr. Tillis tapped Ray to become his Chief of Staff, the highest ranking employee in his United States Senate office. In 2017, Ray was appointed to the National Economic Council, as Special Assistant to the President of the United States for Agriculture, Trade and Food Assistance.


Wanda Jones-Yeatman specializes in empowering and encouraging her clients to take the steps they need to create success utilizing an appreciative inquiry lens. Wanda currently serves as an Internal Sr. OD consultant at NASA, past roles include serving as Chief Student Affairs Officer at Mount Vernon College, Director of the Career Center at Mount St. Mary’s College, and Associate Director for the Career Center at Georgetown University and a faculty member at OPM’s U.S. Eastern Management Development Center (EMDC), the Western Management Development Center (WMDC) and the Federal Executive Institute.

Wanda has BA in Communication from Arizona State University, an M.Ed. in College Student Personal Administration  from the University of Maryland College Park and a certificate of completion for The Art and Practice of Leadership Development Program, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Executive Education. In addition she is an ICF program certified coach practitioner, well-versed in a variety of instruments, DISC Work of Leaders, advanced MBTI training in type and team building, coaching, career development, conflict management, leadership development, supervisory and management development.  A mother of four wonderful children, one amazing daughter in love, and wonderful friends and family,  Wanda is married and is featured as a parenting expert at KidsInTheHouse.

Artboard 1 copy

Glenn Youngkin is President and Chief Operating Officer of The Carlyle Group and serves on the firm’s Executive Group and Management Committee. He is based in Washington, DC.

From 2011 until May 2014, Mr. Youngkin was Carlyle’s Operating Officer.  From October 2010 until March 2011, he served as Carlyle’s interim principal financial officer. From 2005 to 2008, he was the Global Head of the Industrial Sector investment team. From 2000 to 2005, he led Carlyle’s buyout activities in the United Kingdom and from 1995 to 2000, he was a member of the U.S. buyout team. Prior to joining Carlyle in 1995, Mr. Youngkin was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company and he also previously worked in the investment banking group at CS First Boston.

Mr. Youngkin earned his B.S. in mechanical engineering and his B.A. in managerial studies from Rice University and his MBA from the Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar. Mr. Youngkin serves on the Board of Directors of Carlyle portfolio company Ri-Happy Brinquedos S.A.. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of the National Cathedral School, the Board of Directors of the Rice Management Company, and the Vestry of Holy Trinity Church.

Artboard 1 copy 4

Ordained as a priest in the Church of England, Jamie Haith now lives in McLean, Virginia where he heads up Holy Trinity Church, or HTC, with his wife and co-pastor Andy. Previous to being in America, Jamie was on the staff at Holy Trinity Brompton (HTB) in London for over 20 years. He was involved with the development of the Alpha Course from its beginning at HTB and supported its progress to reach over 25 million people world-wide.

Having studied theology at Ridley Hall Cambridge, he went on to fulfill the role of Alpha Chaplain, traveling extensively to work in all nations and with many church denominations to promote The Alpha Course. Jamie’s other leadership roles include being chaplain to TV adventurer Bear Grylls and his team, as well as father to four young children. He’s not sure which of these is the more challenging…..

McLean, Hilton

7920 Jones Branch Dr

Friday, Oct. 20, 2017

7.30 AM - 9.00 AM



email us

Your Name (required)

Your Email (required)


Your Message