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Weber Recognized with Montgomery Chamber's Chairman's Award

Leslie chamber dinner 2016

Leslie Ford Weber, director of Campus, Government and Community Affairs, Montgomery County, for Johns Hopkins, received the Chairman’s Award at the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce 57th Annual Dinner. The award was presented by Jerry Shapiro, chairman of the chamber’s board.

Weber was recognized for her dedication to the chamber’s board of directors and leadership on legislative issues that affect the business community.

“The MCCC Board of Directors is honored to be presenting Leslie Ford Weber with this year’s Chairman’s Award,” Shapiro said. “Her dedication throughout the year has contributed to the success of our members through her leadership on legislative issues, engagement with our community and beyond.”

As a member of the MCCC Board of Directors and Executive Committee, Weber contributes an important higher education voice to the business community. In her roles as the 2015-2016 vice-chair for legislative affairs, member of the MCCC Business Environment Council, and previous vice-chair for economic development, Weber has been a leader on legislative issues that affect the business community by advocating for and providing guidance to MCCC members. In addition to her work at the chamber, she is engaged in community organizations such as the Montgomery County Workforce Development Board, the Montgomery Business Development Corporation, Montgomery Women and others.

“It’s a pleasure to work with my Chamber colleagues and other leaders who are committed to ensuring that Montgomery County is a place where business can thrive and grow, a mission shared by Johns Hopkins,” Weber said. “Much of building relationships between the public and private sectors is sharing our stories so that everyone understands the vital role commerce plays in building a healthy and financially sustainable community. I’m honored that Jerry and the other directors have singled me out for this when really it’s an activity we all value and undertake together.”

In her remarks at the dinner, which was held at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, Weber talked about the importance of both teamwork and individual achievement.

“Unlike my children, I was not an athlete or a musician in school,” Weber said. “I was a good student, where the recognition for achievement is individual. I learned about teamwork not on the playing field or in the band shell but in organizations. In organizations, we learn that collective wisdom and experience is needed to ensure that we are thinking broadly and making reasoned decisions about the next course of action.”

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