4th Annual Leaders on Leadership Breakfast 


November 3, 2016

On Thursday, November 3rd, B.E.S.T. upper school students and alumni, Baltimore leaders, B.E.S.T. Trustees and generous funders gathered for the 4th Annual Leaders on Leadership Breakfast at The Center Club.  This annual event is an opportunity to recognize the generous donors to the Baltimore Educational Scholarship Trust and to honor Molly Hathaway and Redmond C.S. Finney, for whom the Young Women’s and Young Men’s Leadership Programs are named.

Our Alumna Speaker, Nikki Hasselbarth, B.E.S.T. and Park School of Baltimore Alumna, ’04, shared her personal B.E.S.T. story and expressed her gratitude to B.E.S.T. for being the “answer to her mother’s prayers.” She shared how her B.E.S.T. journey extended well beyond the two years she spent at Park School. After graduating from Park, Nikki fulfilled a life-long dream of attending Columbia University and then went on to work for Teach for America before attending Duke University School of Law. Nikki is currently working as a Tax and Wealth Planning Associate at Venable in Baltimore and serves on the B.E.S.T. Board of Trustees.

Our Honored Speaker for the morning, Domonique Foxworth, a writer for ESPN’s The Undefeated and a B.E.S.T. Trustee, shared his story of growing up in Baltimore and how acting on opportunities that came his way allowed him to play football at the highest level – first at the University of Maryland, College Park, followed by seven years in the NFL. He later went on to receive his MBA from Harvard Business School. He encouraged the students to learn how to recognize opportunities and to value the relationships of their peers and adults, as those relationships will continue to be valuable to them on their life journeys. 

The morning’s program concluded with the recognition of Crystal Lee, B.E.S.T. and Garrison Forest School Alumna, ’96, and Director of Advancement, for being named a Baltimore Business Journal “40 Under 40” Honoree.

1B.E.S.T. Board President, Stuart Simms; Alumna Speaker and B.E.S.T. Trustee, 
Nikki Hasselbarth ’04; Honored Speaker and B.E.S.T. Trustee, Domonique Foxworth;
B.E.S.T. Executive Director, Jessica Wolf Suriano; Head of School,
The Park School of Baltimore and Chair of Program Committee, Dan Paradis

2B.E.S.T. Alumni from left to right: Darius Jennings ’11, Gilman School; Marlon White ’03, Gilman School;  Victor Abiamiri ’03, Gilman School; Crystal Lee ’96, Garrison Forest School and Director of Advancement at B.E.S.T.; Josh Perry ’02, McDonogh School; Robyne McCullough ’07, Garrison Forest School; Tuesday Barnes ’09, Bryn Mawr School; Nikki Hasselbarth ’04, The Park School of Baltimore and B.E.S.T. Trustee; Khalil Uqdah ’06, Gilman School and Director of Programs and Alumni Relations at B.E.S.T.; Dia Clark ’06, The Park School of Baltimore

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B.E.S.T. Trustee Emeritus Redmond C.S. Finney and wife, Jean Finney (seated) with (from left): B.E.S.T. students from Gilman School; Cheo Hurley, B.E.S.T. Trustee and Gilman School Alumnus; Johnnie Foreman, Director of Diversity and Community at Gilman School; Victor Abiamiri, B.E.S.T. and Gilman School Alumnus, ’03; John Schmick, B.E.S.T. Trustee and Former Head of Gilman School; Sherman Bristow, Gilman School Alumnus; Stuart Simms, B.E.S.T. Board President and Gilman School Alumnus; Karlo Young, B.E.S.T. President-Elect and Gilman School Alumnus; Khalil Uqdah, B.E.S.T. and Gilman School Alumnus, ’06 and Director of Programs and Alumni Relations at B.E.S.T.

4Alumna Speaker and B.E.S.T. Trustee, Nikki Hasselbarth ’04, with B.E.S.T. students, faculty, trustees and administration of The Park School of Baltimore

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