Jean Whiddon Selected for Leadership Montgomery Class of 2009

Bethesda, MD—Jean Whiddon, President & CEO, Fixation Marketing, has been selected for the Core Class of 2009 of Leadership Montgomery. A nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, Leadership Montgomery brings together an impressive lineup of current and emerging local business and community leaders and offers them a unique opportunity to increase their understanding of the complex social and economic issues of Montgomery County and the region. A reception in honor of the 47 member Core Class of 2009 was held Monday, September 22 at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville. A full listing of class participants can be viewed here.

“I’m thrilled to have been selected and to get the opportunity to work side by side with such an impressive and diverse group of professionals from Montgomery County’s business, nonprofit and public service community,” says Jean Whiddon. “Participation is a great way to network, get immersed in the workings of Montgomery County and do good work for the community at the same time.”

The program kicked off with a two-day offsite retreat to introduce to the class members to each other and to help them understand what Leadership Montgomery is all about. Over the next nine months, the class will meet for one day each month for county-focused activities involving intensive hands-on study and discussion on the issues and challenges facing the County, including business, housing and development, transportation, education, public safety, diversity and multiculturalism, and the arts.

Smaller groups will meet separately to undertake community impact projects between October 2008 and May 2009. Jean Whiddon plans to work with the Montgomery County Humane Society to create a comprehensive education and community relations campaign to instill and enhance humane values throughout the county.

Whiddon expects the Leadership Montgomery experience to be a high point both personally and professionally: “I look forward to making lifelong business and personal friendships while contributing time and resources to my community.”

Leadership Montgomery, a member of The Community Leadership Association, has over 1, 400 graduates from its Core, Senior, Executive and Youth programs actively involved in the community serving on State, County and nonprofit boards and committees. For further information about Leadership Montgomery, visit the organization’s website

Fixation Marketing, headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, is a leading tradeshow and event marketing firm. Fixation’s clients include Biotechnology Industry Organization, Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association, International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions, National School Boards Association, Society of the Plastics Industry, International Sign Association and the NBA’s Washington Wizards.