Session 1 Speakers

Cable-Clarke-HeadshotCable Clarke is the President of Clarke Consulting in Washington, DC. Clarke Consulting is an international consulting firm, founded in 1982, that facilitates cultural change: offering
solutions for effective leadership, developing productive and cohesive teams, and ensuring that organizational structures promote productivity. Cable specializes in implementing leadership development programs and cultural change initiatives in both the public and private sectors. Over the past sixteen years, he has enabled organizational transformation by implementing constructive thinking styles and strategies for individuals, teams, and organizations. Changing the way individuals and organizations think about the behaviors they encourage and reward is the foundation of Cable’s work. He has assisted organizations in aligning their philosophies and strategic directions with compatible internal systems, structures, technologies, and skills to build constructive cultures that enhance individual and organizational effectiveness. He has worked collaboratively with senior leaders in diverse industries, including several Fortune 50 companies, to initiate strategies that increase the constructive impact leaders have on their organizations.

In 2000, Cable used his consulting experience to design a systematic approach to understanding, implementing, and selling the Human Synergistics International product line. Two years later, Cable took on the responsibility of Lead Trainer, and developed a comprehensive certification program to teach both internal and external consultants the theory and methodology of the Human Synergistic System for Individual and Organizational Change.

Cable’s clients include numerous departments of the US Navy, IBM, JP Morgan, Microsoft, Siemens, GE, YUM Restaurants International, FEMA, IRS, and various other small to very large clients. For one Fortune 50 manufacturing company, Cable’s involvement stimulated a cultural shift that effected dramatic increases in productivity and employee satisfaction; the new culture empowered the company to achieve financial results unsurpassed in its history.

From 2003 – 2010, Cable was an instructor for the Leadership Analysis seminar at the Dow Leadership Center of Hillsdale College. Leadership Analysis is an investigation of individual traits and performance compared to world-class benchmarks of effective leadership.

Outside the office, Sean has been actively involved in the District of Columbia Building Industry Association Leaders in Development (DCBIA DLD), the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA), and the Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA|DC) for which he is currently serving as 2014 President.

Leila Batties is a partner in the Real Estate Section at Holland & Knight, with a focus on land use and zoning. For more than 15 years, she has represented property owners, developers and investors in numerous aspects of the real estate development process. She routinely works on legislative and policy matters; appears before governmental boards in order to secure comprehensive plan amendments, rezoning and site plan approvals; negotiates and drafts covenants and agreements; and handles permitting issues. Her work also includes coordinating various tasks related to the development approval process with architects, traffic engineers and other project consultants, as well as communications with various stakeholders, including government agencies, property owners, and neighborhood and civic associations. She conducts land use and zoning due diligence and prepares land use and zoning opinions and analyses.

Ms. Batties is land use counsel on the team selected to redevelop 965 Florida Avenue, NW. The preliminary development program for that parcel includes a new grocery store and approximately 360 apartment units. She is also land use counsel for the master developer of Barry Farm. The plans for Barry Farm propose transforming the neighborhood with mixed-income housing, a mix of housing types and commercial and retail uses. Ms. Batties handled the zoning approvals for the redevelopment of Squares 37 and 50 in the West End. Square 37 will be redeveloped with a new public library, ground floor retail and luxury residential units. A new fire station, squash courts and affordable housing are programmed for Square 50. Her other projects include: the Marriott Convention Center Hotel, Washington Gateway at the intersection of New York and Florida Avenues, the new Petworth Safeway, and two new residence halls on the campus of Howard University.

Mayor Gray recently re-appointed Ms. Batties to her third term on the Board of Directors for the D.C. Housing Finance Agency, where she serves as Vice-Chair. In November, she was appointed to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center Site Reuse Advisory Committee as a community member representing the Shepherd Park neighborhood. Ms. Batties is the President of the Washington, D.C., Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., an organization aimed at developing and nurturing children through learning programs, community service, legislative advocacy and philanthropic giving. She is also a member of the 2012 class of Leadership Greater Washington. Ms. Batties is an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland in College Park where she teaches a course titled “Gentrification: The Remaking of Urban Neighborhoods.”

Mark-Gilliand-Photo_B&WMark Gilliand, AIA, as a Principal with Shalom Baranes Associates, has particular expertise in the design of large scale master plans, mixed-use, residential and office building projects. Among his notable buildings are 101 Constitution Avenue, Naval Air Systems Command Headquarters, the American Red Cross National Headquarters and 1875 Pennsylvania Ave. Among his Master planning projects include Burnham Place at Union Station, The Yards at Southeast Federal Center and Waterfront Station. Since joining SBA, Mr. Gilliand has been responsible for designing more than fifteen million sf of office, residential and retail space. He is thoroughly knowledgeable of all local codes and standards. Mr. Gilliand works closely with Mr. Baranes in the development of preliminary designs and ensures a consistent and rigorous follow-through as designs are finalized and documented as construction drawings.

Mr. Gilliand earned a B.S. Architecture degree from The University of Texas at Arlington and a Master of Architecture from the University of Virginia. After a few years practicing in Texas, he joined Shalom Baranes and Associates in 1986.

WeersAdamC-55549-2569Adam Weers is a Principal at Trammell Crow Company with more than nine years of commercial real estate development and finance experience. Adam currently manages the Shops at Dakota Crossing project, a 430,000sf shopping center located in Washington, DC with high-profile tenants including Costco, Lowe’s and Marshall’s; as well as the McMillan Healthcare Campus, a 1,100,000sf component of the multi-phased, mixed-use redevelopment of the former McMillan sand filtration site in Washington, DC.

Adam has worked on a variety of projects and product types including The Gateway Grand condominium in Ocean City, MD, Shirlington Village condominium in Arlington, VA, St. Matthew’s church redevelopment in Southwest, Washington, DC, and the acquisition and development of the 96-acre South Kitchener Industrial Park outside of Toronto, ON.
In addition, Adam manages the company’s New Market Tax Credit platform which has received seven NMTC allocations from the CDFI Fund since 2004 totaling $555 million, and has placed nearly $539 million of these tax credits into real estate projects across the country.

In 2011, Adam joined Trammell Crow Company’s Diversity and Inclusion Initiative Steering Committee which is tasked with advising the firm’s Executive Committee on matters related to diversity and inclusion and assisting in the creation of programs to attract more diverse pools of professionals, capital and projects to the firm.

Matt-Larson-HeadshotMatt Larson, PE, LEED AP is a Senior Structural Engineer at Arup’s Washington, D.C. office. He is responsible for the discipline coordination and structural design of projects in Washington, the US and abroad. His 10 years of experience designing structures for both new building and renovation projects includes educational, performing arts, museum and science buildings as well as transportation buildings and infrastructure.  Recent projects include King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Carnegie Mellon University Scott Hall in Pittsburgh, PA and a pending competition entry for the 11th Street Bridge Park in Washington, DC. Matt is a native Washingtonian.

Goldstein-HOK-60_Headshot_B&WSuzette Goldstein, AICP, LEED AP is an Urban Planner and Senior Principal with the HOK Planning Group HOK. With more than 25 years of experience, Ms. Goldstein offers a highly specialized planning and project management background in site analysis and design, master planning, and is highly skilled in facilitating community participation during the design process. As co-director of the firm’s global planning practice, Ms. Goldstein works with a multi-disciplinary staff of architects, designers, planners, and landscape architects, and has been responsible for master plans, new town developments, site developments, and landscape architecture for projects in urban and suburban locations. Her extensive experience provides her with a firm understanding of the “total” project from planning through implementation. During her career, Ms. Goldstein has worked on multiple projects of significance in the Nation’s Capital, including the National Air & Space Museum, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, the Capitol Complex Master Plan, and several commemorative memorial projects in the District.