(Formerly known as YPLG Leadership Breakfast)

Our mission is simple: sharing strategies for success. The SCN Leadership Group, originally called YPLG, was started by Misti Burmeister, Steve Dorfman, and Mali Phonpadith in 2007. Throughout the years, our group has been organically grown through referrals and currently includes and serves over 300 members. In November 2016, the SOAR Community Network became the primary organizer; taking the lead in continuing the mission. Thank you for sharing your strategies for success and staying with us. Welcome to the SCN Leadership Group.


  • The SCN Leadership Breakfast is held on the first Tuesday of every month (except on major holidays)
  • Sessions are highly interactive, facilitated discussions
  • Facilitators lead the group on a voluntary basis
  • Doors open at 7:00am and the facilitated discussion begins promptly at 7:30am (ends promptly at 8:45am)
  • There are no annual membership fees, only $25 registration fee which covers food, beverage and service charges (continental breakfast will be provided)
  • Sponsorships are available to promote your company to our 300+ members

Preview Upcoming Facilitators and Topics

Preview details about upcoming speakers and topics.  Learn more and register to attend.



October 3, 2017 :: Lori Saitz :: Now What? How to Turn Those Business Cards You Collected Into Valuable Connections

You go to a networking event, spend a few hours mixing and mingling, and leave with a fistful of business cards. Then what happens? If you’re like most people, you stick those cards on your desk, where they sit, staring at you for weeks. You keep adding to the pile after each new event. Eventually you reach a point where you can’t stand the clutter any longer and sweep them into the recycle bin.
We’ve all been there. But, what was the point of forcing yourself to go to those events in the first place if you’re not going to do anything with those fledgling relationships you made there?

In this session, participants learn:
• What to do immediately upon collecting a business card
• What to say in your follow up efforts
• When it makes sense to connect on social media
• How to turn that conversation into an ongoing relationship
• A simple system for consistent follow up

Lori Saitz


Despite outward appearances, Lori Saitz considers herself a quiet girl. In 2003, she launched Zen Rabbit Baking Company and introduced the world to The Gratitude Cookie. In order to build that company, she had to learn how to network effectively to find clients and referral sources.

Today, as a networking strategist and speaker, she helps other quiet people feel more comfortable networking, starting conversations and connecting. Her services are in demand by business professionals who want to feel more confident initiating and building relationships that support their career and business success.

Zen Rabbit



Join us and let’s share strategies for success. We look forward to seeing you at the next SCN Leadership Breakfast.



As facilitator you define the topic, offer thoughts, facts, & observations about it, and tie it to the role of leadership. In the process, you create opportunities for interactive participation by the attendees in groups, as teams, or in some other grouping.

Interactive participation is an important element of the meeting’s success – the attendees have a strong desire to share their experience and to learn from the others, as well as from you. If you are interested in facilitating a future session, please contact Mali or Victor at info@soarcommunitynetwork.com.


Facilitator Guidelines


Our special thanks to Renewed Living for being our sponsors this quarter.

The mission of Renewed Living, Inc.is to provide access to valuable information, technologies and programs that you can use to reverse the damages created by toxic environments and take control of your health. We aim to make it simple and fun.

Learn more about Elaine and Nevin’s powerful journey and why they are on a mission to help everyone live their most extraordinary lives. http://renewedlivinginc.com/


Our special thanks to Empowered Women International for being our partner.

The mission of Empowered Women International is to unlock the potential of women in the Greater DC Metro area facing economic and social challenges—including immigrants, refugees, and American-born women.

We equip them with the training and support they need to become economically mobile, financially stable and socially engaged. Learn more about EWI’s programs here: http://ewint.org/

8000 Towers Crescent Dr #1700, Vienna, VA 22182

Parking for the Tower Club is located in the Towers Crescent Retail Parking Garage.
Validated Hours & Rates are as follows:
2 hours or less: Free
2-3 hours: $2.00
3-4 hours: $4.00
Over 4 hours: $6.00
Please note: you must physically bring your parking ticket to the Club for validation.

For your convenience, there are payment terminals located throughout the garage. It is most efficient to pay for your parking before getting into your car and exiting the garage. There is also free first-come first-serve 2 hour parking located directly along the back of the building. Please note that the time limit is enforced.

Dress Code: Business

Your 3-month sponsorship investment is $300 and includes:

  • Your own tailored two-minute corporate spotlight at our monthly breakfast meetings for each month associated with your sponsorship

This is a unique opportunity for you (and/or your company representative) to address those in attendance before the facilitator begins.

  • Distribution of your company’s marketing collateral for attendees at our monthly breakfast meetings for each month associated with your sponsorship.
  • Your company name, logo, and a link to your web site on all electronic invitations and correspondence for the months associated with your sponsorship commitment

Feel free to contact Mali Phonpadith or Victor Cora Nazario with any questions at info@soarcommunitynetwork.com.


We follow the lead of Fairfax County Public Schools.

If FCPS announces EITHER

1) a delay or;
2) a closing of their public schools

… our session will be rescheduled.

In that event, we’ll send you further details as soon as we’re able to make other arrangements.

Here’s the link to check the verdict:


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